The study of a language leads to a greater understanding of the civilizations, cultures and literature of the countries in which the language is spoken. Language study is a traditional and integral component of a liberal arts education. It is basic to cross-cultural understanding and sensitivity, and it aids in an understanding of multiculturalism and diversity. Increasingly, in a global economy, the ability to speak and understand a world language is an asset that provides important leverage in both obtaining employment and career advancement.
About the Spanish Program
The Spanish major consists of 30 credit hours of study at the 300 level (or above). Students must obtain 12-15 credits of semester study abroad from Spring Arbor University Guatemala. During their semesters abroad, students will live with Spanish-speaking families, study advanced conversation and grammar and take other courses taught in Spanish that are relevant to the country of study, covering such topics such as civilization, art, history, literature and current events.
The Spanish minor consists of 24 credit hours of study at the 300 level (or above). Students must obtain 3-12 credits of Spanish study abroad by spending either three consecutive weeks in a Spanish-speaking country (as part of SAU’s Cross-Cultural Studies program) or a 12-week semester at Spring Arbor University Guatemala. During semesters abroad, students will live with Spanish-speaking families, study advanced conversation and grammar and take other courses taught in Spanish that are relevant to the country of study, covering such topics such as civilization, art, history, literature and current events.
Learn more about the Spanish program at Spring Arbor University: view course descriptions and requirements in the undergraduate catalog.
Visit the Department of World Languages page to learn more about what is offered at SAU.
Why should you choose one of SAU’s world language programs?
Language study encourages a cross-cultural approach to learning. The small class sizes in SAU’s Department of World Languages allow students many opportunities for oral practice and performance with their professors and peers.
Our elementary and intermediate language courses make use of audio and video programs that focus on lifestyle and culture in addition to the development of communication skills. Language students also have independent use of computer learning software and online workbook/lab activities, which are integrated into courses as tools for developing listening and speaking skills.