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Spanish

About the Program

Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos!

The Spanish Minor is designed for students who wish to achieve a higher level of proficiency in Spanish while also deepening their knowledge of Hispanic culture. Courses at the 300-level and above challenge students to discuss social, political, historical, and artistic movements and trends in Spain and Latin America entirely in Spanish. The Spanish Minor pairs well with any Major and positively impacts a student’s written and verbal communication skills in both English and Spanish while also making them cross-culturally competent for an increasingly globalized workplace.

Spanish in the Workplace Certificate

This certificate is designed for learners interested in acquiring basic Spanish language skills that will prepare them to communicate in basic Spanish professionally and as supplementary preparation for many professional fields, such as criminal justice, early childhood education, pre-professional health sciences, and business. This proficiency certificate is based on standardized outcomes set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL, actfl.org) and on a recognition of the importance of cultural competency.

Certificate Requirements:

The Spanish in the Workplace Certificate requires a minimum of 9-18 credit hours, depending on the level at which the student begins the study of Spanish language. All students enrolled in the certificate program must complete SPA 301 and SPA 302, regardless of initial placement. A letter grade of B or higher must be earned in all classes.

For students who place into:

  • SPA 101 – Required courses: SPA 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302
  • SPA 102 – Required courses: SPA 102, 201, 202, 301, 302
  • SPA 201 – Required courses: SPA 201, 202, 301, 302
  • SPA 202 – Required courses: SPA 202, 301, 302

*Only students who place at or below SPA 202 are eligible for this certificate. Those that place above SPA 202 are encouraged to complete a Spanish Minor.

*Demonstrated proficiency through a placement test may reduce the number of required credits to a minimum of 9. (Note that completion of placement test[s] do not count toward academic credit.)

Jennifer Irish
Chair of Humanities
Coordinator & Assistant Professor of Spanish
Director of Int’l Programs
B.A., Georgia College
M.A., West Virginia University
Ph.D., Florida State University
Patricia Sagasti Suppes
Associate Professor of Spanish
Director of International Programs
B.A., Sweet Briar College
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Find Out More

Contact the Program Coordinator of Spanish: spanish@ferrum.edu.

Spanish in the Workplace Certificate

This certificate is designed for learners interested in acquiring basic Spanish language skills that will prepare them to communicate in basic Spanish professionally and as supplementary preparation for many professional fields, such as criminal justice, early childhood education, pre-professional health sciences, and business. This proficiency certificate is based on standardized outcomes set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL, actfl.org) and on a recognition of the importance of cultural competency.

Certificate Requirements:

The Spanish in the Workplace Certificate requires a minimum of 9-18 credit hours, depending on the level at which the student begins the study of Spanish language. All students enrolled in the certificate program must complete SPA 301 and SPA 302, regardless of initial placement. A letter grade of B or higher must be earned in all classes.

For students who place into:

  • SPA 101 – Required courses: SPA 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302
  • SPA 102 – Required courses: SPA 102, 201, 202, 301, 302
  • SPA 201 – Required courses: SPA 201, 202, 301, 302
  • SPA 202 – Required courses: SPA 202, 301, 302

*Only students who place at or below SPA 202 are eligible for this certificate. Those that place above SPA 202 are encouraged to complete a Spanish Minor.

*Demonstrated proficiency through a placement test may reduce the number of required credits to a minimum of 9. (Note that completion of placement test[s] do not count toward academic credit.)

The Spanish minor requirements:

The Spanish Minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of study:

  • SPA 201 (3 credits)
  • *SPA 221 (1 credit) (Co-requisite of SPA 201)
  • SPA 202 (3 credits)
  • *SPA 222 (1 credit) (Co-requisite of SPA 202)
  • SPA 301 (3 credits)
  • SPA 302 (3 credits)

A choice of: One 300-400 level SPA course beyond SPA 302 (3 credits) or SPA 250 and SPA 299 (6 credits).

Total: 15-20 credit hours

*Students who complete a Placement Test and place into the 300-400 level of Spanish must complete at least 15 credit hours at the 300-400 level to complete the Minor.

*Spanish Minors are strongly encouraged to complete a study abroad program or international E-Term in a Spanish-speaking country, for which they can receive upper-level SPA credits.

For full listing of current classes, view the college catalog here.

¡Aquí se habla español!

El Club de Español, or The Spanish Club, participates in a variety of activities involving Spanish language and Hispanic and Latino culture. We host conversation tables, film nights, and other cultural events on campus. Historically, we have attended Hispanic heritage festivals in the Southwest Virginia area, including Roanoke, Martinsville, and Greensboro (NC). We also attend Salsa Noke in Roanoke, where we take salsa lessons and dance the night away on the rooftop at the Center in the Square!

If you are interested in joining our club, come to one of our meetings or speak to a club member today!

Why Study Spanish? Here are a few reasons:

  1. You will be competitive on the job market – Being fluent in another language not only stands out on a resume, but also opens doors to employment opportunities that require some skill with foreign language. Businesses and government agencies will value your international expertise, and the number of jobs to which you can apply will easily triple.
  2. You can get a job in another country – Do you like to travel? Many of our graduates teach English or Spanish abroad after graduation for international organizations such as the Peace Corps. Why not combine a passion for travel with work?
  3. You will be better prepared for graduate school – Some graduate programs require a higher level of proficiency in a foreign language in order to be admitted into certain programs such as those in the humanities (literature, music, philosophy).
  4. Personal enjoyment – Being able to converse with someone in their native language will provide you with immense satisfaction and a huge sense of achievement. Building relationships with people different from yourself, learning about a new culture and its traditions, and experiencing new places and customs is exciting and fun. Studying a new language also provides cognitive benefits that will last a lifetime and it will open your mind to new ideas and broader points of view.

Our alumni work in a variety of professional settings, including:

  • Education
  • Mass Media and Journalism
  • Law Enforcement
  • Government Policy
  • Non-Profit Agencies
  • Health Care

Read about some of our alumni here!

Vanessa Torres, Class of 2012

Norma Velez, Class of 2015

Jessa King, Class of 2016

Caitlin Fournier, Class of 2012

Delana Smith, Class of 2015

Chris Miller, Class of 2013