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Spanish (Minor)

Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world, the first in the Americas, and the second in the USA. At a global and national level, cultural and language proficiency in Spanish has become an indispensable strength in many professional fields. Whether you are interested in the impact of global warming and rising sea levels, in national and international social issues, business entrepreneurship, health, law, social sciences, engineering, U.S. government, or education, a Spanish minor is a great way to strengthen your CV and improve your national and international career prospects when paired with a B.A or B.S degree.

Spanish (Minor)


Description


What is Spanish at ODU like?

Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world, the first in the Americas, and the second in the USA. At a global and national level, cultural and language proficiency in Spanish has become an indispensable strength in many professional fields. Whether you are interested in the impact of global warming and rising sea levels, in national and international social issues, business entrepreneurship, health, law, social sciences, engineering, U.S. government, or education, a Spanish minor is a great way to strengthen your CV and improve your national and international career prospects when paired with a B.A or B.S degree.

Program Highlights


What makes Spanish at ODU unique?

  • Knowledgeable instructors with expertise in Hispanic culture and language

  • Course methodology focused on language proficiency and intercultural communication

  • Improve your language skills through class projects, language clubs, and cultural events

  • Opportunities to work abroad in Spain for the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (includes medical insurance and a stipend for living costs) for a full academic year, typically from October 1 through May 1 the following year, as a Language and Culture Assistant supporting English teachers

  • Study abroad grants

  • Students have access to the Language Learning Center as a resource

Courses


What are some courses offered in Spanish at ODU?

SPAN 311:
Communicative Competence: Speaking and Listening


This course is primarily a conversation course to develop linguistic and cultural proficiency in verbal communication. Task-oriented communication strategies in cross-cultural training will be practiced by presenting students with models that demonstrate appropriate linguistic and cultural competencies. Students will practice these skills by role-playing, giving presentations, enriching self-awareness with practiced in-group discussions on various topics |such as, prejudice, racism, values, and customs) that dispel stereotypes and foster more in-depth social-cultural understanding, and with participation in guided cultural encounters. Students will improve their listening and comprehension skills and deepen cultural proficiency by learning how to communicate and collaborate with other people and cultures in a global age. |This is an oral skills course.) Prerequisites: a grade of C or better in SPAN 202 or SPAN 221 or advanced placement.

SPAN 312W:
Communicative Competence: Writing and Reading


This is an intensive writing course designed with writing assignments that examine various cultural contexts that enable students to understand cultural content, style, audience and organization. The main objective of the course is increased awareness of and sensitivity to appropriate word choice, and syntax in the language. Students will engage in writing for different cultural audiences and in varied contexts such as literary, artistic and media expressions around the world. Special emphasis is placed on the methodology of close reading as students hone the analytics skills and vocabulary necessary to interpret idioms, regionalism, cultural expressions and overall intercultural skills observed in various genres and cultures. Students will analyze compelling global issues and the diverse cultural perspectives that inform them. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in ENGL 211C, ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C and a grade of C or better in SPAN 202 or SPAN 221 or advanced placement.

SPAN 322:
Identities and Cultures of the Hispanic World


This course examines historical and cultural identities in Spain and Latin America, beginning with a study of the historical constructs that helped create the basis of Spanish and Latin American identities. These include the concept of Convivencia (co-existence) of the three religions in Medieval Spain, pre-Columbian civilizations, the Spanish Conquest, the Colonial period, and the fight for Independence. The course also addresses more modern notions of culture and identity by focusing on themes such as globalization, immigration, economic crises, political leadership, and daily life. Along with these themes, popular culture will be discussed at length in order to understand the role it plays in generating identities. Prerequisites: SPAN 311 and SPAN 312W with a grade of C or better.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Spanish at ODU?

Students entering the Minor program in Spanish should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • Students must complete 15 hours of 300/400-level courses in the language and earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in the upper-level courses specified as a requirement for the minor. Lower-level courses and prerequisite courses do not count toward the grade point average required for the minor. Only one SPAN course taught in English may be applied toward the minor.

  • At least six hours of upper-level courses must be taken through courses offered by Old Dominion University.

  • To declare a minor the student must have completed ENGL 110C and the 202 course in the language.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Luis Guadano Ph.D.


Location:

4018 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5741


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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