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Why should I major in spanish?
Spanish is spoken throughout the world and is the second most commonly spoken and fastest growing language in the United States. Through knowledge of Spanish and Spanish-speaking cultures, the graduate with a Spanish degree will be equipped to make positive interpersonal and business connections as well as promote peace and goodwill with new people both domestically and abroad. Spanish courses at the University of Pikeville are not geared exclusively toward the development of basic language skills in its students. Through courses in subjects like civilization and culture, literature and film, one can gain a well-rounded education in Spanish by also learning about the history, governments and artistic creations of the people who speak it.

What can I do with an Spanish degree from the University of Pikeville?
Spanish degree can open doors to unlimited career opportunities. A future in the education field is highly common among those with a bachelor’s degree in a foreign language. However, not all Spanish majors become teachers. Spanish majors learn how to speak, write and read in the language and gain a broad understanding of Spanish and Latin American geography, literatures and cultures. Such knowledge of Spanish can provide many opportunities for interesting and rewarding careers in the global economy in both government and private sectors. Especially when the Spanish major program is combined with another major, the knowledge and competence gained will also prepare students for careers in fields such as health services, social work, law enforcement, foreign service, business, law, military service and communication.

¡Bienvenidos a la Universidad de Pikeville!
The Spanish program is a part of the Division of Humanities. The academic study of Spanish focuses on the development of a linguistic skill set in the language that includes speaking, listening, writing and reading. Emphasis is also placed on the geography and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. The major is designed for individuals who are interested in the study of Spanish for personal, academic or professional goals.


Spanish Degree Options:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

 
Spanish Careers
Bilingual Educator
International Businessperson
Bilingual Medical Professional
Social Worker
College Professor
Journalist
Foreign Exchange Trader
Law Enforcement Officer
Importer/Exporter
Translater/Interpreter
Travel Agent
Hospitality Specialist
Airport/Airline Personnel
Museum/Tour Guide
Military Officer
Foreign Service Officer
Government Jobs
Missionary
Peace Corps Volunteer
 
Courses

Traditionally, the Spanish major degree is conferred as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). To accommodate students who are double-majoring, it is possible to major in Spanish with a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.).
 
SPN 111 Elementary Spanish I (3 credit hours)
An introduction to Spanish for those who have no knowledge of the language. Students will learn introductory vocabulary and the basics of interpersonal and presentational communication and interpretation. Hispanic culture will be studied. Offered every fall semester. This course is not open to native or heritage Spanish speakers or students who have already taken more than two years of high school Spanish. These students should contact the Spanish program faculty for instructions on completing the placement exam for appropriate course placement within the program. This course may not be used to fulfill the requirements for the Spanish major or minor. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 111 or ENG 114.
 
SPN 112 Elementary Spanish II (3 credit hours)
A continuing introduction to Spanish, building on the skills developed in SPN 111. Students will practice interpersonal and presentational communication and interpretation. Hispanic culture will be studied. Course conducted in Spanish. Offered every spring semester. This course is not open to native or heritage Spanish speakers, or students who have already taken more than two years of high school Spanish. These students should contact the Spanish program faculty for instructions on completing the placement exam for appropriate course placement within the program. This course may not be used to fulfill the requirements for the Spanish major or minor. Prerequisite or corequisite: SPN 111 or acceptable score on placement test.
 
SPN 221 Intermediate Spanish I (3 credit hours)
The focus of this course is the improvement of students’ communicative skills in the Spanish language. Students will practice both interpersonal and presentational communication and interpretation. Hispanic culture will be studied. Course conducted in Spanish. Offered every fall semester. This course is not open to native Spanish speakers or students who have already taken more than four years of previous Spanish study. These students should contact the Spanish program faculty for instructions on completing the placement exam for appropriate course placement within the program. This course may be used to fulfill the requirements for the Spanish major or minor. Prerequisite: SPN 112 or acceptable score on placement test.
 
SPN 222 Intermediate Spanish II (3 credit hours)
The continued improvement of students’ communicative skills in the Spanish language, building on the topics covered in SPN 221. Students will practice both interpersonal and presentational communication and interpretation. Hispanic culture will be studied, including Hispanic literature. Course conducted in Spanish. Offered every spring semester. This course is not open to native Spanish speakers. These students should contact the Spanish program faculty for instructions on completing the placement exam for appropriate course placement within the program. This course may be used to fulfill the requirements for the Spanish major or minor. Prerequisite: SPN 221 or acceptable score on placement test.  
 
SPN 305 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics (3 credit hours)
This course is an introduction to basic aspects of Hispanic linguistics, where students learn about the different components of language. The course starts with the introduction of concepts that help students understand the nature of language, such as prescriptive and descriptive grammar, grammaticality judgments, linguistic prejudice, and the nature and goals of linguistic inquiry. Six different areas of Hispanic liguistics are presented in the course: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, history of the Spanish language, and sociolinguistics. The general goal of the course is to present a broad view of the nature of human language using Spanish as an example. Offered every fall semester. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or acceptable score on placement test.
 
SPN 306 Spanish Conversation (3 credit hours)
Students will practice interpersonal and presentational spoken Spanish and will review grammatical concepts most commonly used in oral expression. Course conducted in Spanish. Offered every other fall semester. This course is required for the major and minor. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or acceptable score on placement test. 
 
SPN 307 Spanish Reading & Listening (3 credit hours)
Students will improve their interpretive reading and listening skills through the study and analysis of Spanish-language texts and audio. Offered every other spring semester. This course is required for the major and minor. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or acceptable score on placement test.
 
SPN 308 Spanish Grammar & Composition (3 credit hours)
Students will review elementary and intermediate Spanish grammar, practice a variety of writing tasks, and learn how to edit their own and others’ work. Course conducted in Spanish. Offered every other fall semester. This course is required for the major and minor. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or acceptable score on placement test. 
 
SPN 309 Geography of Spanish (3 credit hours)
An overview of the people, places, and current events of the Spanish-speaking world. Course conducted in Spanish. Offered every other spring semester. This course is required for the major and minor. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or acceptable score on placement test.
 
SPN 310 Civilization and Culture of Latin America (3 credit hours)
Discussion in Spanish of the historical development, social problems, art, and folklore of Latin America. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or acceptable score on placement test.
 
SPN 312 Civilization and Culture of Spain (3 credit hours)
Discussion in Spanish of the historical development, social problems, art, and folklore of Spain. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or acceptable score on placement test.
 
SPN 313 Survey of Latin American Literature (3 credit hours)
Study of important writers and literary works of Latin America from colonial times to the present. Lecture and discussion are in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or acceptable score on placement test.
 
SPN 314 Survey of Spanish Peninsular Literature (3 credit hours)
Study of important writers and literary works of Spain from the Middle Ages to the present. Lecture and discussion in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or acceptable score on placement test.
 
SPN 315 Hispanic Cinema (3 credit hours)
This course examines the cinematic arts as they relate to the cultures and literatures of the Spanish-speaking world. Course topics may include some of the following: gender, class, ethnicity and race in Hispanic cinema. Discussion of film techniques, narrative structures, major directors, cinematic movements of Spanish, Latin American, and/or U.S. Latino film, or the relationship of film to history, culture and society may also be included. All movies are shown with English subtitles, but the class is conducted entirely in Spanish with a focus on content and conversation in the target language. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or acceptable score on placement test. Cross-listed as FMA 315.
 
SPN 316 Contemporary Issues in the Spanish-Speaking World (3 credit hours)
An in-depth study of contemporary Hispanic culture. Topics may include cinema, art, family structure, education, current politics, religion, popular culture, language change, and language contact. Lecture and discussion are in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or acceptable score on placement test.
 
SPN 317 Spanish for the Professions (3 credit hours)
An overview of medical, legal, and business Spanish for those students who might need Spanish in their future careers. Course conducted in Spanish. This course may be used to fulfill the requirements for the Spanish major or minor. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or acceptable score on placement test.
 
SPN 318 Spanish Pedagogy (3 credit hours)
Study of the approaches to teaching Spanish in elementary, middle, and high school settings. This course may be used to fulfill the requirements for the Spanish major or minor. Prerequisite: At least two courses from the following: SPN 306, 307, 308, 309.
 
SPN 390 Special Topics (3 credit hours)
A study of a selected topic of special interest related to the Spanish language or Spanish-speaking peoples and civilizations. SPN 390 may be repeated for credit provided the topic of study differs from previous SPN 390 courses taken for credit. Lecture and discussion are in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or acceptable score on placement test.
 
SPN 400 Study Abroad in Spanish (3 credit hours)
Three-credit-hour elective for students who enroll in an approved study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country. This credit is earned in addition to courses taken abroad in acknowledgement of the linguistic skill and cultural understanding gained from such learning experiences. This course may be used to fulfill the requirements for the Spanish major or minor. It may not be used to fulfill the Bachelor of Arts language requirement. Prerequisite: Approval of Spanish faculty.
 
SPN 495 Senior Capstone in Spanish (3 credit hours)
All University of Pikeville candidates for the B.A. or B.S. in Spanish must complete this senior seminar in which they write their major project. The seminar is the capstone course in the Spanish major and should be taken during the semester in which a student completes the B.A. or B.S. on campus. Students should formulate a research topic before enrolling in the course; early planning and consultation with program faculty is advised so that students may take a relevant core of upper-level elective courses to prepare for the senior capstone. Offered every spring semester, as required. Prerequisite: 21 credit hours in SPN and senior standing.
 
SPN 499 Directed Individual Study (3 credit hours)
A project of individual interest to the Spanish major or minor student that is not addressed by regular existing curricular offerings in the Spanish program. The project is designed and pursued by the student under the supervision of a Spanish faculty member. The purpose of SPN 499 is to enable students to actively pursue their research interests as academic scholars. Each student may enroll in the directed individual study only once. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or acceptable score on placement test.

 
Faculty

Name: Karen Dollinger
Title: Assistant Professor of Spanish
Email: KarenDollinger@upike.edu
Phone: 606.218.5013
Office: Armington 320

Name: Ella Smith-Justice
Title: Assistant Professor of Spanish
Email: EllaSmithJustice@upike.edu
Phone: 606.218.5049
Office: Armington 321

Spanish Placement Exam

The placement exam permits UPIKE students with advanced proficiency in the Spanish language the opportunity to take advanced Spanish courses. The exam does not grant course credit.
 
Native or heritage speakers of Spanish and students who have taken a minimum of two years of Spanish in high school must take the placement exam to place into upper-level Spanish courses.
 
To take the exam, click here and follow these steps:
 
  1. Enter the password: Bears01
  2. After reading the exam introduction, click ‘Begin.’
  3. Enter your first name, last name, UPIKE ID number, and UPIKE email address.
  4. Click ‘Continue’ to access and begin the exam.
Be sure to print the results confirmation page once you have completed the exam. It is your responsibility to print this page – you will need to present it to your academic advisor to enroll in an appropriate Spanish course.
 
Once you have completed the exam, take the printed results confirmation page to your academic advisor to complete the prerequisite override section of the Registration Permissions Request Form. The score bands are as follows:
 
Spanish placement             WebCAPE score
SPN 111                              < 270 *
SPN 112                              270-345
SPN 221                              346-428
SPN 222                              429-550
beyond SPN 222                 551+ **
 
You do not need to submit a registration permissions request form; enroll in SPN 111.
You will need to submit a permissions request form for each upper-level SPN course in which you wish to enroll (i.e., 300-level+ courses).

 
You should consult the Spanish Course Rotation page along with the semester course schedule on WebAdvisor to determine when the Spanish courses above will be offered.
 
You will need to submit this signed form and your exam results page to the Registrar’s Office on the second floor of Armington Learning Center to be officially placed into the appropriate course.

Spanish Course Rotation

Please consult the general Spanish course rotation below to determine when UPIKE Spanish courses are likely to be offered. Course prerequisites are listed in the UPIKE course catalog.
 
Basic Skills
SPN 111 / Elementary Spanish I – every fall semester
SPN 112 / Elementary Spanish II – every spring semester
 
Intermediate Skills
SPN 221 / Intermediate Spanish I – every fall semester
SPN 222 / Intermediate Spanish II – every spring semester
 
Advanced Skills
SPN 306 / Spanish Conversation – every other fall semester
SPN 307 / Spanish Reading & Listening – every other spring semester
SPN 308 / Spanish Grammar & Composition – every other fall semester    
SPN 309 / Geography of the Spanish-Speaking World – every other spring semester
 
SPN 495 / Senior Capstone in Spanish will be offered in spring semesters as needed.
 
The courses below are offered on a rotational basis:
SPN 305 / Hispanic Linguistics
SPN 310 / Civilization & Culture of Latin America
SPN 312 / Civilization & Culture of Spain
SPN 313 / Survey of Latin American Literature
SPN 314 / Survey of Spanish Peninsular Literature
SPN 315 / Hispanic Cinema
SPN 316 / Contemporary Issues in the Spanish-Speaking World
SPN 317 / Spanish for the Professions
SPN 318 / Spanish Pedagogy
SPN 390 / Special Topics

Spanish Major and Minor

Requirements for Spanish Major - 33 hours
 
Required core:
The prerequisite for the required core courses is SPN 222 or equivalent.
 
SPN 306  Spanish Conversation ………………… 3
SPN 307  Spanish Reading & Listening ………... 3
SPN 308  Spanish Grammar & Composition …... 3
SPN 309  Geography of Spanish ………………... 3
SPN 495  Senior Capstone in Spanish …………. 3
 
Electives:
SPN Electives at 300-400 level - 18
Prerequisites for Spanish electives, unless otherwise specified, are one of the core Spanish courses: SPN 306, 307, 308, or 309.


Spanish Minor Requirements - 21 hours
 
Required core:
The prerequisite for the required core courses is SPN 222 or equivalent.
 
SPN 306  Spanish Conversation …………………… 3
SPN 307  Spanish Reading & Listening …………… 3
SPN 308  Spanish Grammar & Composition ……… 3
SPN 309  Geography of Spanish …………………... 3
 
Electives:
SPN Electives at 200-400 level - 9 hours
Prerequisites for Spanish electives, unless otherwise specified, are one of the core Spanish courses: SPN 306, 307, 308, or 309.
 
In addition to the required core courses for the minor (SPN 306, 307, 308, and 309), the student must complete 12 credit hours of Spanish-language coursework, which may include SPN 221 and 222.


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