A bachelor's in Spanish opens the door to diverse cultures and opportunities to work around the world while laying the foundation for a wide variety of rewarding careers.
As the official language of 20 countries around the world, a foundation in Spanish opens the doors to a wealth of opportunities at home and abroad. Students in the 4-year Spanish BA program will learn about Hispanic communities of the world through coursework, internship experiences, and service opportunities.
Spanish is a global language that extends to a diverse set of cultures and countries, and students in the program will be fully-immersed in the various varieties of Spanish spoken around the world. Students will gain a deep knowledge of the language, history, culture, and literature of the Spanish-speaking world as they learn about the values, customs, and beliefs that frame the various rich and dynamic Hispanic cultures.
At 41 credit hours, the Spanish BA major is a compact major that allows you to pursue a dual major in any other BA major field of study offered at D’Youville. And a second major opens even more opportunities in fields like business, government, politics, education, or the non-profit world.
- Get individualized attention in small classes taught by accomplished, liberal arts faculty —not teaching assistants.
- D’Youville’s surrounding neighborhood, Buffalo’s West Side, is known for its vibrant Hispanic community and an ideal location to get engaged and learn beyond the classroom.
- Deepen your knowledge and cultural understanding through study abroad at a foreign university.
- D'Youville's long commitment to a liberal education means that you'll receive the kind of interdisciplinary education that will give you a rock-solid foundation.
When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!
Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year.
Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
|Scholarships||SAT (M & EBRW) or ACT* / GPA||Scholarship Amount|
|President's||88/1170 or 24||$13,000 + $3,000 Room and Board Waiver|
|Founder's||83/1080 or 21||$10,000 + $2,000 Room and Board Waiver|
|Dean's||80/980 or 18
Anyone with a 90 GPA can receive this award without test score consideration.
|Transfer||3.25 - 3.49||$5,000|
|Transfer||3.0 - 3.24||$4,500|
|Transfer||2.75 - 2.99||$4,000|
*D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.
Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.
D'Youville selects students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.
Students entering D'Youville as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria:
|High School Average||SAT + (or)||ACT|
+ Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
Our admitted freshman class profile:
High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
|Test Scores||25th Percentile||75th Percentile||Median|
|SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing*||460||590||530|
*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.
Students entering D'Youville as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:
Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.
Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26
Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.
The compact and focused Spanish degree curriculum is designed to allow students to explore a second major and the unique Study Abroad programs at D'Youville.
Course Requirements for the Major:
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
SPA-101 and SPA-102; or SPA-103; or SPA-104
Spanish 201 is an intermediate-level integrated skills language course that will
expand on the language skills mastered in Spanish 101 and 102 or SPA 103, or SPA
104. The course begins with a quick review of the salient points of beginner Spanish
before it introduces you to the intermediate level material. This course will enhance
your proficiency in the Spanish language and acquire an intermediate-level foundation
in the Spanish language. There will be extensive practice of the four fundamental
skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as extensive instruction
on culture. Through a communicative approach and the exclusive use of Spanish, students
will learn more complex grammatical structures of the Spanish language and apply
their knowledge of such concepts in both spoken and written exercises. Integrated
throughout the course, are lessons and readings linked to the daily activities and
basic aspects of the Hispanic culture, which vary from country to country.
Spanish 202 is an intermediate-level integrated skills language course and continuation
of SPA 201. This course furthers a student's proficiency in the Spanish language
and acquisition of an intermediate-level foundation in the Spanish language. There
will be extensive practice of the four fundamental skills: listening, speaking,
reading, and writing, as well as extensive instruction on culture within the context
of myths and legends of the Hispanic world. Through a communicative approach and
the exclusive use of Spanish, students will learn increasingly more complex grammatical
structures of the Spanish language and apply their knowledge of such concepts in
both spoken and written exercises. Integrated throughout the course, are lessons
and readings linked to the daily activities and basic aspects of the Hispanic culture,
which vary from country to country.
SPA 211 is an intermediate-advanced level course that offers extensive practice of
the oral and written communication of the Spanish language, and prepares students
for more advanced courses in Spanish. A key component of the course is treating
the communication of language as a process. Students will not only practice the
different stages of writing (pre-writing, writing and revising) in draft workshops,
but also compare these stages with those linked to the overall delivery and presentation
of language in its oral form. The class also explores descriptive, narrative and
expository forms of communication through class readings, audio clips, and lectures,
and their respective assignments. A portion of the class time will also be dedicated
to grammar instruction that reviews and expands on the student's already established
knowledge of grammar.
Choose from SPA 212 or SPA 213.
Choose any three SPA 300-level electives.
Choose from SPA 400 or SPA 401
SPA 410 is a Spanish senior seminar designed for students to reflect upon and integrate
issues of culture, civilization, language and literatures of the Spanish-speaking
world. Through a research project on a topic of linguistic, cultural or literary
focus, students will synthesize previous course work and study abroad / internship
experience as well as establish career goals and professionalism in the field of
Hispanic language and culture. Completion of a research portfolio and summative
evaluation of language skills will be required.
*All students will be required to complete the Spanish Language Assessment and Agreement form in order to place students in the appropriate level.
** For students beginning with SPA 101, this would equal 23 credit hours in foundation courses and six electives for a total of 41 credit hours. A minimum of three electives at the 300 level are also required. Students who place out of one or more of the required foundation hours will make up their hours by selecting more electives.
|Core requirements and electives||79|
A Bachelor of Arts in Spanish allows students to boost their marketability and gain an advantage in a wide variety of career fields.
Spanish opens the door to many different occupations. After graduation, students with a degree in Spanish from D’Youville can:
- Enter the interpretation and translation field, a top ranked social service job with a high starting salary and high projected employment opportunities ,
- Explore heathcare opportunities and the rich history of health and wellness education at D’Youville,
- Work in the business and legal professions fields where the a consistent increase in Spanish speakers has led to a demand for bilingual employees ,
- Embrace D’Youville’s mission of leadership and service through opportunities in social work and services ,
- Find meaningful and rewarding work in the emergency services and law enforcement fields .
A Spanish BA also opens to advanced graduate study in fields like business, journalism, education, and more.
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