Spanish

Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the world, trailing only Mandarin Chinese, and is the official language of 20 countries. Our program allows students to develop their linguistic skills while gaining an appreciation for the cultures, civilizations and literature of the Spanish-speaking world.

Our Program

Our program immerses students in the Spanish language, allowing them to master their speaking, reading and writing skills. Additional coursework explores the heritage and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries and promotes understanding between individuals and nations.

We encourage students to seek new experiences that lead to proficiency in the language, exercise their responsibilities as global citizens and promote meaningful cross-cultural exchange. Students who major in Spanish spend at least one semester studying in a Spanish-speaking country, and internships abroad are supported wherever possible.

With just 11 courses required for the major, students have excellent opportunities to combine their study of Spanish with programs such as global studies, health care administration and management, political science, psychology or social work. Students may also choose to double major in Spanish and secondary education, which prepares them to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification for grades 7-12.

Program Spotlight: Gilman Scholarship

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program aims to broaden the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate. Recent Salve recipients have studied in St. Petersburg, Russia; Sippy Downs, Australia; and Santiago, Dominican Republic.

 The Gilman scholarship made it possible to take the next step in achieving my goal of becoming fluent in Spanish by the end of my journey at Salve. Without it, this experience would have not been feasible for my small family and me. 

Taelor Washington, marketing major, Spanish minor

Our Faculty

With experience living and studying in countries around the globe, our full-time faculty specialize in French, Italian and Spanish language and culture. We are supported by additional faculty who teach languages such as Arabic, Chinese, German and Portuguese, and we routinely welcome visiting professors from countries such as France, Spain and Venezuela through the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program.​

 

Meet Our Faculty

Life After Salve

There are more than 400 million native speakers of Spanish worldwide and more than 37 million U.S. residents speaking Spanish as their first language, making proficiency in the language a desirable asset for careers both at home and abroad.

Our recent alumni are pursuing careers and advanced degrees in fields such as:

  • Health care
  • Hospitality industry
  • International marketing
  • Journalism
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Diplomat
  • FBI agent
  • Foreign service officer
  • International business executive
  • International development worker
  • International relations specialist
  • Peace Corps volunteer

Program Spotlight: Queen of the Conversas

Assistant professor Dr. Emily Colbert Cairns recently published her first book, “Esther in Early Modern Iberia and the Sephardic Diaspora: Queen of the Conversas.” The book explores Queen Esther as an idealized woman in Iberia, as well as a Jewish heroine for conversos in the Sephardic Diaspora in the 16th and 17th centuries.

For a changing Iberian and broader European landscape, Esther was compelling and relatable precisely because of her hybridity, Colbert Cairns writes, noting that Esther was an early modern globetrotter and border transgressor. The book analyzes the many retellings of the biblical heroine that were composed in a turbulent early modern Europe, revealing national undercurrents where religious identity was transitional and fluid.

Major in Spanish (B.A.)

11 courses | 33 credits

Required courses (may vary based on language placement):

  • SPA205: Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPA206: Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPA241: Communication and Cultures I
  • SPA242: Communication and Cultures II
  • SPA305: Spanish American Cultures and Civilizations
  • SPA306: Spanish Culture and Civilization
  • SPA311: Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature
  • SPA312: Masterpieces of Spanish Literature

Students take additional Spanish electives at or above SPA245 to reach the 11-course requirement, with at least one course at or above SPA399. Students are required to take at least one Spanish course during their senior year

Major in Spanish and Secondary Education (B.A.S.)

To earn the double major, students complete the Spanish courses listed below and must also meet the requirements for secondary education.

11 courses | 33 credits

Required courses (may vary based on language placement):

  • SPA205: Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPA206: Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPA241: Communication and Cultures I
  • SPA242: Communication and Cultures II
  • SPA245: Introduction to Linguistics
  • SPA305: Spanish American Cultures and Civilizations
  • SPA306: Spanish Culture and Civilization
  • SPA308: Teaching a Modern Foreign Language
  • SPA311: Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature
  • SPA312: Masterpieces of Spanish Literature

Students take additional Spanish electives at or above SPA245 to reach the 11-course requirement, with at least one course at or above SPA399. Students are required to take at least one Spanish course during their senior year

Minor in Spanish

6 courses | 18 credits

Required courses:

  • SPA205: Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPA206: Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPA241: Communication and Cultures I
  • SPA242: Communication and Cultures II

Students choose one of the following:

  • SPA305: Spanish American Cultures and Civilizations
  • SPA306: Spanish Culture and Civilization
  • SPA322: Contemporary Hispanic Life: Total Immersion

Students also take one elective course in Hispanic literature.