Spanish, BA

A Commitment to Language

Whether on its or as a double major with another field, the Bachelor Arts in Spanish at Bemidji State is a commitment to language excellence that is a pathway to many opportunities in careers and in life.

With 28 credits required overall, including 22 in Spanish courses numbered 3300 or above, students graduate as capable speakers, writers and readers of Spanish with a broad understanding of Spanish-language history, culture and literature.

Professor Miriam Rivera-Hokanson.

The major is built on coursework in Spanish and Spanish American literature and culture and in Spanish linguistics, while also providing continuing courses in language skills. Its primary goals are: (i) to study content areas related to the Spanish language, such as literature, culture and linguistics, and (ii) to continue developing proficiency in the Spanish language in all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. 

Review the Spanish BA degree in the BSU course catalog.

Preparing for Graduate Study

Students majoring in Spanish may go on to graduate study in areas such as Spanish and Spanish American or Spanish literature, comparative literature or Hispanic linguistics. They may combine their Spanish studies with other areas to prepare for career opportunities in international business, government, travel or communications, where knowledge of a foreign language and of foreign cultures is essential.

Suggested Year-by-Year Plan

The list below is a suggested year-by-year plan for required language courses. It is intended to help students plan their courses in an orderly fashion. Students entering with previous high school language background may begin at the 2000 or 3000 level. See Dr. Miriam Rivera-Hokanson, department chair, for placement testing.

Spanish students are encouraged to choose liberal education courses in the following areas to enhance their language study: European and/or other appropriate History courses, Philosophy, European and/or appropriate Art History courses, folk dance, Economics or Political Science.