SPANISH | A Whole New World

 

Central to the liberal arts education, the study of language provides greater insight into your own language, exposes you to another, diverse culture, and expands your exploration of the human experience. Through courses in the Spanish language, literature, history, culture, and civilization, Spanish students are introduced to the Spanish language, Spanish-speaking societies, and multiple facets of the Spanish world.

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

Spanish students are required to study abroad, to fully immerse themselves into their language studies. Baker makes studying abroad easy, allowing most Baker financial awards and scholarships to be applied directly to study abroad for one full semester.

AMITY INTERNS

Amity interns, who assist in language classes, provide students of world languages the opportunity to receive guidance from and speak with a native speaker, learn from a first-hand perspective about the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries, and make international connections right on Baker’s campus.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Recognizing that practice is essential in acquiring fluency in a world language, students at all levels are invited to gather at la mesa española in the university dining hall every week to eat and speak Spanish. For those without meal plans, lunch is provided by the Department of Humanities.

CELEBRATE SCHOOLWIDE

Each November, the Department of Humanities and Office for International and Heritage Students hold a series of events to celebrate international diversity. Campuswide, the week features international cuisine served in the dining hall and events focused on the cultures of our international students.

BENJAMIN | French & Spanish Major, Class of 2015

As a Spanish and French double major, Benjamin loves connecting with others, especially cross-culturally and internationally. While at Baker, he studied abroad, was the president of his fraternity, cofounded Baker’s Total Equality Alliance club, and was a University Admissions Assistant. He’s now teaching English in Japan.

CAREERS

Our Spanish majors are prepared for these jobs:

  • Foreign Service Officer
  • English Exchange Professor
  • Translator and Interpretor 
  • Writer and Journalist

%

of graduates are employed full time or enrolled in graduate school within six months of receiving their diploma.

Course Descriptions

R: course can be repeated for credit; P/NC: course graded on a pass/no credit basis

Courses required for these programs are listed in the current catalog.

SP 111 – Discovering Spanish

Fall term, yearly
In this course, students will develop basic skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Spanish while discovering connections between the Spanish language and the cultures of the Hispanic world. This course does not count toward a major or a minor in Spanish. (4 credit hours)

SP 112 – Exploring Spanish

Spring term, yearly
A continuation of the first-semester Spanish course, this course provides further development of communicative skills, as well as a more detailed understanding of Hispanic cultures. This course does not count toward a major or a minor in Spanish. Prerequisite: SP 111 or approved placement test result. (4 credit hours)

SP 203 – Building Proficiency in Spanish

Fall term, yearly
Students will refine their communicative skills by learning the more complex stylistic and grammatical features of the language and expanding their vocabulary. The length of readings and compositions will increase and students will deepen their cultural knowledge of the Hispanic world. Prerequisite: SP 112 or approved placement test result. (3 credit hours)

SP 204 – Making Connections in Spanish

Spring term, yearly
This course continues to review previously learned structures and to further develop communicative language skills. Students will make connections between Spanish and other areas of interest or career aspirations. Prerequisite: SP 203 or approved placement test result. (3 credit hours)

SP 305 – Spanish Composition in Cultural Context

This course is designed to enhance student writing skills in Spanish through extensive writing opportunities combined with a thorough review of Spanish grammar and syntax. Prerequisite: SP 204 or permission of the instructor. (3 credit hours)

SP 306 – Spanish Conversation in Cultural Context

This course provides intensive work in communicating in spoken Spanish, with an emphasis on practical, idiomatic usage. Emphasis will be on oral production and listening comprehension. Class time will be spent on various communicative activities such as discussion and debate, role-playing, and presentations. Listening skills will be honed using authentic video and audio sources. Selected readings from Spanish-language journals, newspapers, and Internet sources will be incorporated. Course topics and materials will be designed to stimulate reflection on Hispanic culture. Prerequisite: SP 204 or permission of the instructor. (3 credit hours)

SP 343 – Civilization and Culture of Spain

This course provides an intensive focus on the civilization of Spain from a cultural and historical perspective. It is designed for the student with a general interest in Spanish language and culture as well as for the student who plans advanced literary study. Prerequisite: SP 204 or permission of the instructor. (3 credit hours)

SP 344 – Civilization and Culture of Latin America

This course provides an intensive focus on the civilization of Latin America from a cultural and historical perspective. It is designed for the student with a general interest in Spanish language and culture as well as for the student who plans advanced literary study. Prerequisite: SP 204 or permission of the instructor. (3 credit hours)

SP 360 – Introduction to Hispanic Literature

This course serves as an introduction to the study of Hispanic literature (from Spain and Latin America) and the genres of poetry, drama, and narrative. Texts will be selected from a variety of periods with an emphasis on modern Hispanic literature. Prerequisite: SP 204 or permission of the instructor. (3 credit hours)

Spanish Seminars at the 400 Level

Seminars allow students to develop their skills in research, writing, reading, and conversation by studying Spanish culture, film, and literature related to a specific theme or Hispanic author. All seminars share the following traits: 1) a substantive research paper involving some level of collaboration regarding the writing process; 2) substantial student participation in the conducting of the course through oral presentations or other means; and 3) class interaction based principally on active dialogue rather than on lecture. Prerequisite: A 300-level Spanish course or permission of the instructor. R

SP 413 – Seminar on a Theme or Movement

(3 credit hours)

SP 414 – Seminar on Culture and Literature

(3 credit hours)

SP 416 – Seminar on Film and Literature

(3 credit hours)

SP 418 – Seminar in Specific Authors

(3 credit hours)

Scholarships

The Department of Humanities gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following years tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship
  • Dr. Irene Murphy Memorial Scholarship
  • Etta and Orin Murphy Scholarship Kahle Endowed Scholarship
  • Kahle Endowed Scholarship
  • The Moorman Prize for Prose Writing
  • The Moorman Prize for Poetry Writing
  • Jefferson-Greiner Scholarship

STUDENT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

DIALOGOS RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Dialogos creates opportunities for the free exchange of ideas among scholars. Students from every part of the academy present original works, in a variety of forms and mediums, and engage with an interdisciplinary community of peers, staff and faculty. The symposium also features a keynote address from a prominent Baker alum. Through open and critical discussion, participants learn from and contribute to the betterment of the whole. At Dialogos, to quote John Wesley, we "think and let think."
Dialogos creates opportunities for the free exchange of ideas among scholars. Students from every part of the academy present original works, in a variety of forms and mediums, and engage with an interdisciplinary community of peers, staff and faculty. The symposium also features a keynote address from a prominent Baker alum. Through open and critical discussion, participants learn from and contribute to the betterment of the whole. At Dialogos, to quote John Wesley, we "think and let think."
BOOK Program
Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.
BOOK Program
Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.

FACULTY

Sandra SchummDr. Sandra Schumm

Professor of Spanish | sandra.schumm@bakerU.edu
When Sandra Schumm was 10 years old, she became fascinated with the idea of communicating in another language and visiting another world. Her favorite thing about teaching is being able to nurture that same fascination in her students and then traveling with them as they learn to communicate fully in Spanish and learn to love another culture.

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of Kansas
Expertise: 20th- and 21st-century Spanish narrative, Hispanic civilization and culture, Hispanic narrative by women, Distinguished Scholarship Award recipient, 2005

Office: Case Hall 105B | 785.594.4524

Katya Soll

Visiting Instructor of Spanish | katya.soll@bakerU.edu

B.A. University of Evansville, M.A. Syracuse University, Ph.D. candidate University of Kansas

Expertise: 19th- and 21st-century theater; Southern Cone literature and cultural studies; 20th-century Latin American narrative, film and poetry

Office: Case Hall 105F | 785.594.4573

CONTACT US

Barbara Coffey
Department Assistant
Humanities
Office: Case Hall 105
785.594.8439
barbara.coffey@bakeru.wpengine.com