Spanish and Portuguese

Undergraduate

GOALS STATEMENT: LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, LINGUISTICS AND/OR EDUCATION OPTION

KNOWLEDGE

1.    Awareness of fundamental outlines of history of Spanish or Spanish American literatures and/or linguistic/grammatical concepts.

2.    Familiarity with major creative writers in either Spanish or Spanish American Literature and/or significant linguistic/grammatical concepts.

3.    Awareness of basic critical methodologies in the study of poetry, drama, narrative fiction and the essay and/or linguistic/grammatical concepts.

4.    Awareness of the literary, social and historical context in which particular literary/language traditions developed (that is, history and other more panoramic historical factors which are relevant).

SKILLS

1.    Ability to read sophisticated texts written in Spanish at a level at which literary analysis can be performed and at which complex texts in Spanish can be read.

2.    Ability to write and speak Spanish in such a way as to be able to participate in critical discussions and write critical essays in compliance with grammatical rules.

3.    Ability to analyze and interpret texts in terms of themes, characters, structure, style, overall textual strategies.

4.    Ability to relate analysis and interpretations of different texts to one another (to identify or generate a relevant context and place a text in that context).

5.    Ability to communicate such interpretations competently in written form in Spanish.  A student with these skills and knowledge can identify and formulate a problem, can divide the problem into parts and analyze the parts, and can synthesize the parts into a conclusion.

GOALS STATEMENT: LANGUAGE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

KNOWLEDGE

1.    A basic command of modern professional practices as applied to the Spanish-speaking world.

2.    Awareness of the cultural environment in which transactions are conducted in the Spanish-speaking world.

3.    A working knowledge of fundamental business/medical/legal Spanish terminology.

SKILLS

1.     Ability to read and interpret in cultural and business related terms sophisticated texts concerning business/medical/legal transactions written in Spanish.

2.    Ability to write and speak Spanish in such a way as to be able to communicate effectively on business/medical/legal related issues and to be involved in discussions and to write essays on the subject.

3.    Ability to translate adequately business/medical/legal related documents.

A student with these skills and knowledge can identify and formulate a problem, can divide the problem into parts and analyze the parts, and can synthesize the parts into a conclusion.

Graduate program

KNOWLEDGE

1.    Awareness of fundamental outlines of history of Spanish or Spanish American Literatures and/or linguistic patterns.

2.    Familiarity with canonical creative writers in either Spanish or Spanish American Literature and significant linguistic concepts.

3.     Awareness of fundamental critical methodologies and theoretical approaches in the study of literature and/or linguistics.

4.    Awareness of the literary, social and historical context in which particular literary/language traditions developed (that is, history and other more panoramic historical factors which are relevant).

5.    Ability to expand existing knowledge in the field in terms of one or more of the following areas:  textual scholarship, interpretation, historical scholarship, active use of theoretical constructs, interdisciplinary nature of work, awareness of significant aspects of gender and ethnic studies, cultural approaches, language acquisition and language learning, relations between language, culture and society, the function of the scholar in society (many of these topics were explored in the Modern Language of America’s Introduction to Scholarship in Modern Languages and Literatures volume.

SKILLS

1.    Ability to read sophisticated texts written in Spanish at a level at which literary and/or linguistic analysis can be performed.

2.    Ability to write and speak Spanish in such a way as to be able to participate in critical discussions and write critical essays in compliance with grammatical rules.

3.    Ability to analyze and interpret texts in terms of its many components and using diverse critical constructs.

4.    Ability to relate analysis and interpretations of different texts to one another (to identify or generate a relevant context and place a text in that context).

5.    Ability to communicate such interpretations competently in written form in Spanish.  A student with these skills and knowledge can identify and formulate a problem, can divide the problem into parts and analyze the parts, and can synthesize the parts into a revealing conclusion.