B.A. in Languages and Cultures with Elective Certification - Spanish Concentration

College of Arts and Humanities
General Education Requirements 1
First Year Experience4
Academic Foundations
English Composition requirement6
Mathematics requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Distributive Requirements
Science requirement6
Behavioral & Social Science requirement6
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Psychology
Humanities requirement6
Arts requirement3
Additional Baccalaureate Requirements
Writing Emphasis requirement9
Speaking Emphasis requirement9
Ethics requirement3
Major Language Courses 2
Tier 1: Language Skills
SPA 202Intermediate Spanish II3
SPA 301Advanced Spanish Grammar and Conversation I3
SPA 302Advanced Spanish Grammar and Conversation II3
Tier 2: Proficiency
SPA 315Advanced Readings in Spanish3
SPA 353Introduction to the Study of Language: Spanish3
or SPA 365 Spanish Phonetics
Tier 3: Competency Content
Select one course from each of the following groups:9
Literary Analysis
Spanish Narrative
Spanish-American Narrative
Cultural Analysis
Latin America on Film (in Spanish)
Cultures of Spain
Cultures of Spanish America
Language and Linguistics
Study of Bilingualism: An Introduction
History of the Spanish Language
Spanish for Heritage Speakers
Tier 4
Select one 400-level course in cultural, film, or literary studies3
Immersion Experience 33-12
Immersion study and/or internship work is an essential component of the B.A.L.C. curriculum. Languages and cultures are inextricably entwined. The goal of the immersion experience, which is a requirement for graduation, is to enable students to apply linguistic and cultural knowledge in an authentic social context, and for them to experience the challenges and the gratification of living in another culture.
Capstone Requirement
SPA 444Advanced Spanish Proficiency Development 43
Pennsylvania certification in languages K–12 5
Effective August 2013 students must complete professional education sequence of the following:
EDA 103Foundations of Special Education3
EDT 349Technology Tools to Transform Teaching and Learning1
EDP 250Educational Psychology3
ERM 355Ethical and Effective Assessment for Learning 7-123
EDP 349Adolescent Development3
or PSY 382 Infant, Child and Adolescent Development
EDR 347Literacy Development and Secondary Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms3
Following Teacher Candidacy
EDA 304Special Ed Processes/Procedures for Secondary Educators3
EDS 306Teaching Principles and Field Experience in Secondary Schools3
LAN 401Teaching of Modern Languages: K - 12 (LAT 301 FOR Latin majors)3
SED 411
SED 412
Student Teaching Sec - 1st Half
and Student Teaching Sec - 2nd Half
PDE Prerequisites and Requirement for Program
LAN 327Introduction to Linguistics for Language (or substitute)3
or LIN 230 Introduction to Linguistics
LNC 368Comparative Cultural Studies (Language area cognate)3
Second Math Course3
Total Minimum Credit Hours123

For national recognition, the Department of Languages and Cultures, along with ACTFL and CAEP (formerly NCATE), requires OPI and WPT testing with the expected achievement of Advanced Low (AL). The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires teacher candidates score Intermediate High (IH) on the ACTFL OPI and WPT; consequently, those student who reach IH or AL on the OPI and WPT are recommended in PDE’s Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) for K-12 certification by the College of Education and Social Work. Students enhance their career options and competitiveness in the job market by achieving AL. The Department of Languages and Cultures recognizes that school districts are looking for candidates who meet the ACTFL requirement of AL on the WPT and OPI. Therefore, for those teacher candidates who do not reach AL on the OPI or the WPT, we create remedial plans informed by a candidate’s OPI or WPT diagnostic feedback acquired from ACTFL/LTI.

See the Teacher Certification Programs section of this catalog for an explanation of related requirements.