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The Spanish Program at Clemson University

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The Spanish Program at Clemson University helps students develop skills in critical thinking and intercultural communication as well as the ability to speak, listen, read, write, and conduct research in Spanish. The Program engages students, scholars and members of national and international communities in the interdisciplinary study of language, culture, business, and health of the Spanish-speaking worlds, including Spain, Latin America, Africa and the US.

 The Program offers:

  • Modern Languages: Spanish Emphasis Area, BA. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages-Spanish proposes a broadly humanistic course of study to provide students with basic competence in both the language and the literary and cultural heritage pertaining to Spanish. The Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages is intended to prepare students for a wide range of careers in the international arena as well as for graduate programs.
  • Language and International Health, BS: Spanish. The Bachelor of Science program in Language and International Health is jointly administered by the Department of Languages and the Department of Public Health Sciences. The Spanish concentration area emphasizes linguistic and cultural proficiency in the language by studying cultures, literatures, technical language, health environments, and multicultural issues. Graduates are qualified to assume positions in hospital systems, consulting firms, managed care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and community centers. They can also pursue professional health degrees.
  • Language and International Business, BA: Spanish. The Spanish concentration area of the Bachelor of Arts program in Language and International Business prepares students in communicative competence in the language, a familiarity with specific cultures, literatures, business environments, and the knowledge and skills to pursue graduate studies or careers in business. The International Business Conference provides leadership and networking opportunities for students of foreign languages and promotes student awareness of international businesses in the region.
  • Spanish Studies Minor. A minor in Spanish Studies requires 15 credits of 3000- and 4000-level SPAN courses, including at least one 4000-level literature course (select from SPAN 4010, SPAN 4030, SPAN 4040, SPAN 4050, SPAN 4060, SPAN 4070, SPAN 4220, and SPAN 4990). SPAN 4380 and SPAN 4390 may not be used to satisfy requirements for the Spanish Studies minor.
  • Spanish-American Area Studies Minor. A minor in Spanish-American Area Studies requires the equivalent of SPAN 2020; and ECON 4100 and 12 additional credits distributed as follows: Six credits selected from GEOG 3400, HIST 3400, HIST 3410, HIST 3420 and HIST 4400. Six credits selected from SPAN 3080, SPAN 3110, SPAN 3820, SPAN 4030, SPAN 4220 and SPAN 4350. 

Study-abroad requirements for Spanish majors 

  • Modern Languages-Spanish: Students are required to study abroad with a Clemson-approved program for at least one semester.
  • Language and International Health, BS: Spanish. An internship of at least 135 contact hours and study abroad are mandatory. Both the internship and study abroad must be conducted in a target-language setting and selected from a list of L&IH pre-approved programs. Students may petition for L&IH approval of an alternate program by application.
  • Language and International Business: Spanish. Study abroad of at least one semester at a degree-providing institution in the target language setting is mandatory. Students are strongly encouraged to complete at least one advanced modern language course in their area or to engage in an immersion experience prior to enrolling in study abroad programs. In addition, students are required to complete an internship of a minimum of 140 hours with an international company in the United States or abroad.

 Study-abroad opportunities for all students

  • CLIP Program (summer). Clemson Language Immersion Program in Granada is a five-week, faculty-led program where students can take SPAN 3100, earning 6 credits towards a Spanish minor (or 3 credits of SPAN 2020 and 3 credits of SPAN 3100). 
  • Córdoba Program, Argentina (fall, spring, and year-long). The Clemson University Córdoba Center (CUCC) was established to propose a new language and cultural immersion experience. This program offers the Intensive Language and Culture Session, the regular Academic Semester, and the opportunity to participate in an internship or in volunteer work depending on the discipline.
  • Seville Program, Spain (fall and spring). The International Spanish Program & Internships in Seville is a unique program designed for students pursuing a degree in Modern Languages-Spanish, Language and International Health, Language and International Business, or a minor in Spanish. Those who wish to embark on this journey are rewarded with the chance of a lifetime to explore the Spanish culture and perfect their Spanish skills in Seville, Spain.

General Education requirements

  • The following courses will satisfy the Gen Ed Arts & Humanities Non-Literature requirement (3 credits): select from SPAN 3070 (The Hispanic World: Spain), SPAN 3080 (The Hispanic World: Latin America).
  • The following courses will satisfy the Gen Ed Arts & Humanities Literature requirement (3 credits): select from SPAN 3040 (Introduction to Hispanic Literary Forms), SPAN 3110 (Survey of Spanish-American Literature), SPAN 3130 (Survey of Spanish Literature I).

 Modern Languages-Spanish requirements

  • The following courses will satisfy the Advanced Arts and Humanities Requirement (6 credits): select from SPAN 3040, SPAN 3070, SPAN 3080, SPAN 3110, SPAN 3130, SPAN 3180, SPAN 4010, SPAN 4030, SPAN 4040, SPAN 4050, SPAN 4060, SPAN 4070, SPAN 4200, SPAN 4210, SPAN 4220, SPAN 4350.
  • The following courses will satisfy the Methodology and Theory Requirement (9 credits): select from SPAN 3140, SPAN 4010, SPAN 4030, SPAN 4040, SPAN 4050, SPAN 4060, SPAN 4070, SPAN 4200, SPAN 4210, SPAN 4220, SPAN 4350.