Professor Malin; Associate Professor Bordera-Amerigo; Assistant Professors Borchard,
Masserie, and Reagan
In its full range of courses, the Spanish section of the Modern languages Department
seeks to develop student proficiency in four areas: listening, speaking, reading,
and writing. Courses at
all levels are designed to provide continued opportunities for use of the language
in a variety of modes and settings, on campus, in the Ashland and Richmond communities,
and abroad. In addition to imparting linguistic skills, the Spanish section of the
Modern Languages Department nurtures critical thinking and synthesis in a program
balancing language, civilization, and literature. The Spanish faculty believes that
a multifaceted study of another culture sensitizes students to realities other than
their own, permits them to become less ethnocentric, and encourages them to become
more understanding of cultural differences through the language and literature which
evolves from another culture.
The department offers a number of study abroad opportunities. Individual faculty
members accompany groups of students to Spain, Mexico, Peru, and Costa Rica, or
other countries depending on faculty interest during the January term. The College
has also established a fall and spring semester program in Salamanca, Spain. In
addition, through its affiliation with ISEP, the college has exchange programs with
several universities in the Hispanic world.
The program for a major in Spanish consists of a minimum of 33 semester hours (including
the completion of a capstone research project) and 11 courses of at least 3 semester
hours numbered 231 or above, planned in consultation with an advisor in the department.
SPAN 231, 232, and 241 as well as 351 and 356 must be completed as soon as possible.
To major in Spanish, students must have departmental permission. All majors are
required to take all assessments test at the end of the spring semester of their
The Spanish minor consists of a minimum of 18 semester hours and at least 6
courses numbered 231 or above, and includes the three core courses (231,
232 and 241), one course in literature, one course in culture, and one elective.
Study abroad is required for a semester, although alternative arrangements can be
made with permission of the department. (Interested students should contact the
department chair for details.)