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Spanish (BA), 4-Year

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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.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

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.

Dual Major

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.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • 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.

Automatic Merit-based Scholarships

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. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship SAT (M & EBRW)* or ACT⁺ / GPA Tuition Scholarship Room & Board Waiver GPA Required to Retain
President's 88/1170 or 24 $13,000 $3,000 2.75
Founder's 83/1080 or 21 $10,000  $2,000 2.5 
Dean's 80/980 or 19
Anyone with a 90 GPA can receive this award without test score consideration.
$8,000   2.25
Transfer 3.5+ $5,000  

2.5

Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $4,500  

2.5

Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,000   2.5
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 or 29 100% off $3,000 2.75
Buffalo Say Yes 90/1080 or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

First Time Freshmen

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
80 980 19

+ 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
SAT Math* 510 590 550
SAT Composite* 1010 1180 1090
ACT Composite* 21 25 23

*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.

Transfer students

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.

Curriculum

Curriculum

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.

Spanish
Degree: BA

Course Requirements for the Major:
Course Number Course Name Credits
*SPA

SPA 101 and SPA 102; or SPA 103; or SPA 104

SPA-101 and SPA-102; or SPA-103; or SPA-104
3-6
SPA 201

Intermediate Spanish I

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.

Prerequisites: SPA-102 SPA-103 or SPA-104

3.0
SPA 202

Intermediate Spanish II

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.

Prerequisites: SPA-201

3.0
SPA 211

Conversation and Composition I

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.

Prerequisites: SPA-202 or permission of instructor

3.0
SPA

SPA 212 or SPA 213

Choose from SPA 212 or SPA 213.
3
SPA

Three SPA 300-level electives

Choose any three SPA 300-level electives.
9
SPA

SPA 400 or SPA 401

Choose from SPA 400 or SPA 401
3
SPA 410

Spanish Senior Seminar

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.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor

2.0
**SPA

SPA electives

SPA electives
9
Total 38-41

*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.   

Totals

Requirement Credits
Major 41
Core requirements and electives 79
Total 120

Careers

Careers

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
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  • 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
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  • Embrace D’Youville’s mission of leadership and service through opportunities in social work and services
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  • Find meaningful and rewarding work in the emergency services and law enforcement fields
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A Spanish BA also opens to advanced graduate study in fields like business, journalism, education, and more.

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