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The second-most widely spoken language in the world, Spanish is a key that opens as many doors in the United States as it does in any of the 21 countries in which it’s the official language. Few other foreign languages enable its bilingual speakers to so immediately connect, interact and discover opportunities (both professional and personal) in the world around them.


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The world is your classroom...

As with any foreign language, students are encouraged to learn through immersion, and that means travel! A student can earn Spanish credit abroad as a part of his or her degree program. Students can join MTSU Spanish faculty on an annual immersion program in Cuba, or study Spanish in Mexico, Costa Rica or Spain. Their options are not limited to these trips—with a little extra planning and footwork, a student can also design his or her own unique study abroad experience.

Leaping language barriers

Almost any job that calls for communicating with a wide range of people will have good reason to employ someone with Spanish-speaking skills. This is especially true in fields related to education and customer/client service fields. For example, after earning her B.A. in Spanish at MTSU in 2005, Sarafina Croft went on to complete her Master’s degree in Secondary Education at Vanderbilt University and now works as a training specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Besides opening up a host of career opportunities in traditional foreign language fields (teaching, interpreting, etc.), fluency in Spanish is the ultimate “add-on” skill, often catapulting a job seeker ahead of all other competition in industries as diverse as business, law, and government.

Examples include

  • Bilingual customer support
  • Bilingual educator
  • College professor
  • Court interpreter
  • Cultural attaché
  • Cultural events coordinator
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Foreign service officer
  • Immigration officer
  • International account manager
  • Interpreter
  • Proofreader
  • Translator
  • Travel agent
  • Travel guide

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Tennessee Department of Children's Services
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of State

The major in Foreign Languages has four concentrations—FrenchGerman, Japanese, and Spanish—and leads to either the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Minors are offered in French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. Courses in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Kurdish, Latin, Portuguese, and Russian are available.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Interdisciplinary minors coordinated through the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures include Classical Studies, Early Modern European Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistic Studies, and Portuguese Studies.

Students in Spanish can study abroad in Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba, or Spain in a variety of arrangements for a semester or a full year. Living with a host family allows immersion in the culture and improvement in communication skills.

Students wishing to teach in elementary and secondary schools need to seek licensure in a foreign language. This requires the equivalent of a major in that language (Spanish, French, or German); FL4500 Introduction to Teaching a Foreign Language; and a minor in Education.

Graduate students may pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T).

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SPAN 1015 - Spanish for Concrete and Construction Management
3 credit hours

Introduces basic Spanish vocabulary and grammar with specific emphasis on facilitating communication, improving productivity, and promoting safety in the concrete and construction work environment. Cannot be used as prerequisite for SPAN 1020. Open only to majors and minors in Concrete Industry Management and Construction Management Technology.

SPAN 1035 - Introduction to Medical Spanish
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Two years of high school language or equivalent recommended. An online introduction to the linguistic and cultural skills needed  to work with Spanish-speaking patients in a healthcare setting.

SPAN 1040 - Intensive Elementary Spanish
6 credit hours

A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. SPAN 1040 counts as combined credit for SPAN 1010 and SPAN 1020.

SPAN 2010 - Intermediate Spanish I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 1020, SPAN 1040, or advanced placement. A review of Spanish grammar with reading and oral exercises designed to improve the ability to understand the written and spoken language.

SPAN 2020 - Intermediate Spanish II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 2010 or advanced placement. A continuation of SPAN 2010.

SPAN 2105 - Introduction to Latin American Studies
3 credit hours

(Same as PS 2105, SOC 2105, ART 2105, ANTH 2105, GEOG 2105.) A multidisciplinary, team-taught introduction to Latin America. Covers the cultures and societies of the region: pre-history, history, geography, politics, art, languages, and literatures. Required course for all Latin American Studies minors. Does not count for Spanish major or minor.

SPAN 3000 - Group Conversational Spanish
1 credit hour

Conducted entirely in Spanish by a native speaker and designed to improve students' ability to converse fluently. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 hours credit for the major; does not count for the minor. Pass/Fail.

SPAN 3010 - Advanced Spanish
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or equivalent. Advanced-level practice in language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including review of Spanish grammar. Native Spanish speakers should consult with instructors before enrolling.

SPAN 3015 - Contemporary Cuba
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Taught in Cuba. Explores Cuban life and culture through history, education, health, economics, politics, art, society, music, and language. Credit may not be applied toward the major or minor in Spanish but may be counted toward the minor in Latin American Studies.

SPAN 3020 - Advanced Spanish
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or equivalent. Advanced-level practice in language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including review of Spanish grammar. Native Spanish speakers should consult with instructors before enrolling.

SPAN 3030 - Business Spanish
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or SPAN 3020 or equivalent. Native speakers should consult with instructor. The linguistic and cultural skills necessary to conduct business in a Spanish-speaking setting.

SPAN 3035 - Spanish for Medical Professions
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: SPAN 3010 and SPAN 3020 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. The linguistic and cultural skills to work with Spanish-speaking patients in a healthcare setting.

SPAN 3060 - Introduction to Hispanic Culture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or permission of instructor. Peninsular Spanish culture focusing on the geography, history, social institutions, values, and beliefs.

SPAN 3130 - Grammar and Composition
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010, SPAN 3020, or permission of instructor. Review of major concepts of Spanish grammar and intensive practice of writing in Spanish.

SPAN 4030 - Spanish Literature II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 3080 or permission of instructor. Spanish literature from the eighteenth century to the present.

SPAN 4040 - Latin American Literature I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 3080 or permission of instructor. Latin American literature from pre-Columbian times through Romanticism. Prose fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and drama included.

SPAN 4045 - Topics in Hispanic Cinema
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 3080 or permission of instructor. A cultural study of the peoples and societies of Latin America and Spain through film.

SPAN 4050 - Latin American Literature II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 3080 or permission of instructor. Major works of Latin American literature from the late nineteenth century to the present.

SPAN 4055 - Cervantes' Don Quixote
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 3080 or permission of instructor. Don Quixote in the social, historical, and cultural context of Spanish Renaissance literature.

SPAN 4060 - Special Topics in Hispanic Studies
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 3080 or permission of instructor. Topics selected from specialized fields of language, culture, or literature.

SPAN 4065 - Studies in Hispanic Popular Culture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 3080 or permission of instructor. Context, critical analysis, and perspectives on contemporary culture studies and practices. Offers preparation for a better understanding of popular culture in Hispanic countries.

SPAN 4070 - Special Topics in Spanish Literature or Culture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 3080 or permission of instructor. Topics selected from specialized areas of peninsular Spanish literature or culture.

SPAN 4080 - Theory and Practice of Spanish Drama
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 3080 or permission of instructor. Drama theory and participation in a theatrical production.

SPAN 4090 - Special Topics in Latin American Literature or Culture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 3080 or permission of instructor. Topics selected from specialized areas of Latin American literature or culture.

SPAN 4900 - Directed Readings in Spanish Literature and Culture
1 to 6 credit hours

Prerequisites: 15 hours of Spanish or permission of instructor. Individualized intensive reading in primary and secondary sources relating to a specific topic in Spanish literature or culture.

SPAN 4920 - Spanish for Reading Knowledge
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Graduate Studies or permission of the instructor. For graduate students seeking proficiency in reading Spanish for research purposes. Open to undergraduates seeking to prepare for graduate study. Will not count toward a major or minor in Spanish or the undergraduate foreign language requirement.

Students can participate in study abroad programs which offer intensive Spanish language study in numerous countries through the following programs:

MTSU students can study abroad on a short term program (summer, winter) or a lengthier program (semester, full year).

Contact Information

Dr. Jason Pettigrew
Jason.Pettigrew@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2981
Fax | 615-898-5735

Who is My Advisor?

Ja'Net Davis (A-L)
JaNet.Davis@mtsu.edu
615-494-7651 | JH 117

Lyle Morgan (M-Z)
Lyle.Morgan@mtsu.edu
615-494-7753 | JH 108

Mailing Address

Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 79
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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