FSC’s Department of Modern Languages offers the opportunity to master a foreign language and develop your understanding of another culture in a student-centered program.

Here, you’ll hone your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills by working closely with faculty from a variety of backgrounds and professional interests experiences. You’ll also put those skills into practice through foreign study and in activities, such as community service, internships, Spanish Club activities, and community outreach.

Top Reasons to Study Foreign Language at FSC

  • Our faculty include the creator of the award-winning documentary “Voices from Mariel.”
  • You can intern with organizations like Real Madrid Football Club, Bodegas Real, and Disney World.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

Our students serve as cultural ambassadors in the Polk Hispanic Festival and in the FSC Latin American Film festival. You’ll also engage the Spanish-speaking community in projects like our oral testimony projects in which FSC students work with faculty to recover various cultural and historical experiences of members of the Hispanic community.

Course Information

Our courses are student-centered and employ engaged and communicative strategies to help you gain fluency and cultural literacy. With small classes, you’ll be able to work closely with your professors—a critical advantage when it comes to learning a language.

In addition to traditional language instruction, we offer classes in Latin American Film and Fiction, Business Spanish, and Hispanic Culture and Civilization. You can also take courses in Spain or Latin America—and you can combine that experience with an internship that will give you an edge in your career.

Related Majors

Departmental Clubs & Organizations

In addition to Cafe Hispano, which gives you a place to practice your Spanish, we sponsor two organizations specifically geared to bring Modern Language’s majors and minors together—the Spanish Club and Sigma Delta Pi, the nationally recognized honorary Spanish fraternity.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

The Sigma Delta Pi scholarship and the Plowman scholarship are two sources of study-abroad scholarships.

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Internship Opportunities

Our location in central Florida—surrounded by Orlando and Tampa, and only four hours away from Miami—opens endless internship opportunities. Our students have interned with a wide array of companies that include:

Career Opportunities

Spanish majors and minors have lots of career options and can enter a wide variety of fields, whether it’s education, business, government, law, or medicine. Many FSC graduates are successful university professors, bankers, and teachers.

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

Our students have earned graduate degrees in areas like ESOL, Latin American Studies, and Hispanic linguistics at graduate schools all over the country:

Special Features

  • FSC’s Modern Languages program emphasizes both linguistic and cultural competency. Studying one of the foreign languages offered, you’ll master the ability to speak, read, and write in those languages within a relatively short time.
  • In addition to Spanish, we teach Latin American Studies, and French, as well as other high-demand, critical languages, such as Arabic, Chinese, German, and Portuguese.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to combine what you’ve learned in the classroom with real-life experiences by studying abroad.
  • Our nationally known study-abroad program in Spain is recognized as one of the most attractive cultural and linguistic experiences at Florida Southern College.
  • If you choose to major in Spanish, you can combine your language and literature courses with Latin American Studies and be exposed to other disciplines such as politics, economics, film, and theater.

 

Degree Requirements

Spanish Major Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 38 hours
SPA 1101 First Semester Spanish
SPA 1102 Second Semester Spanish
SPA 2203 Second Year Spanish
SPA 4999 Senior Capstone Project

At least one Composition and Conversation course:

SPA 2205 Composition and Conversation I
SPA 2207 Composition and Conversation II

One Culture and Civilization course:

SPA/LAS 3308 Topics in Hispanic Culture and Civilization

One Literature course:

SPA 3320 Introduction to Literature in Spanish
SPA 3323 Survey of Spanish Literature
SPA 3334 Survey of Spanish-American Literature
SPA 3335 Latin American Film and Fiction
SPA 4408 Special Topics in Hispanic Literature

12 additional hours of Spanish electives chosen from the following:

SPA 3340 Cinema for Spanish Conversation
SPA 3345 Spanish for Business
SPA 4960/4961 Internship
C. Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 20 hours
D. Electives 24 hours
E. Total 124 hours

Spanish Minor Requirements

To earn a minor in Spanish you will need to complete twenty hours of courses counting towards the major.


 

Course Descriptions

Arabic

ARA 1101        FIRST SEMESTER ARABIC
Four hours. Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 or approval from the Critical Languages Program director.

ARA 1102        SECOND SEMESTER ARABIC
Four hours. Prerequisite: ARA 1101 proficiency. 

ARA 2203        SECOND YEAR ARABIC
Four hours. Prerequisite: ARA 1102 proficiency. 

Chinese

CHN 1101        FIRST SEMESTER CHINESE
Four hours. Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 or approval from the Critical Languages program director.

CHN 1102        SECOND SEMESTER CHINESE
Four hours. Prerequisite: CHN 1101 proficiency. 

CHN 2203        SECOND YEAR CHINESE
Four hours. Prerequisite: CHN 1102 proficiency. 

French

FRE 1101 ELEMENTARY FRENCH I
Four hours. This is an elementary course designed for students who wish to develop the basics of speaking, listening, reading and writing French. Students will learn beginning grammar concepts, gain a strong vocabulary base, practice nuances of pronunciation and explore the French culture as reflected in different French-speaking countries.

FRE 1102 ELEMENTARY FRENCH II
Four hours. Prerequisite: FRE 1101 proficiency or permission of the instructor. This is an elementary course designed for students who wish to continue the development of basic grammar skills through reading, listening, comprehension, writing and speaking French. Students will learn beginning grammatical concepts, gain a strong vocabulary base, practice nuances of pronunciation and explore the French culture as reflected in different French-speaking countries.

FRE 2203 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH
Four hours. Prerequisite: FRE 1102 proficiency or permission of the instructor. The objective of this course is to continue to develop students’ knowledge of the French language and Francophone cultures. Students will work on the development of the four basic language skills; speaking, listening, reading and writing. Classes will focus on the practical application of language in day to day situations, and on cultural awareness. Level of skills demonstrated should be more in depth than in French 1102.

 

Greek

GRE 1111 HELLENISTIC GREEK I
Four hours. An introduction to the basic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of Hellenistic Greek.

GRE 1112 HELLENISTIC GREEK II
Four hours. Prerequisite: GRE 1111. An advanced study of intermediate grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of Hellenistic Greek and the translation of New Testament texts.

GRE 1113 READINGS IN GREEK
Four hours. Prerequisite: GRE 1112. Translation of the Greek New Testament with an emphasis on the interpretation of the Greek text, and the analysis and application of textual criticism.

Latin American Studies

LAS 2005 LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE
Four hours. An introduction to various aspects of life in Latin American countries from early times to the present. Focusing on the social and political development of Latin America, the course will reveal the unity and diversity that characterize contemporary Latin American culture. Typical topics for study include: the precolumbian civilizations and their cultural legacy; the conquistadores and the colonial period; the independence movements; the search for and the definition of an American identity; the twentieth-century dictatorships; and the move toward democracy.

LAS 2006 LATIN AMERICA ON FILM I
Four hours. This course introduces the student to some facets of the Latin American world through a detailed study of films and readings from diverse countries of the region such as Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Cuba and Guatemala. In tandem, it addresses topics such as religion in Argentina, dictatorship in Chile and Cuba and immigration from Guatemala.

LAS 2007 LATIN AMERICA ON FILM II
Four hours. This course introduces the student to some facets of Latin America through a detailed study of films and readings from diverse countries such as Mexico, Colombia, The Dominican Republic, Venezuela and El Salvador. In tandem, it addresses topics such as violence and the family in Mexican society, drugs and violence in Colombia, violence in Venezuela and the civil war in El Salvador. Latin America on Film I is not a prerequisite for this course.

LAS 3308 TOPICS IN HISPANIC CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
Four hours. Same as SPA 3308. Prerequisite: SPA 2203 proficiency or permission of the instructor. This course will serve to Introduce and expand the student's understanding of Hispanic countries through a detailed study of an interdisciplinary topic that will incorporate history, culture, art, literature, current events, and various geographic regions. Students of SPA 3308 will read and write in Spanish, students of LAS 3308 will read and write in English. All class discussions will be held in English. May be taken more than once with a different topic. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw)

LAS 3335 LATIN AMERICAN FILM AND FICTION
Four hours. Same as SPA 3335. Prerequisite: SPA 2203 proficiency or permission of the instructor for students taking this as SPA 3335. This course examines major works of fiction in writing and film by Hispanic writers such as Azuela, Borges, Allende, Sábato, Cortázar, and García Márquez among others. It focuses on the historical, social and political context of their works. Students of LAS 3335 will read and write in English, students of SPA 3335 will read and write in Spanish. All class discussions will be held in English.

LAS 3355 HISTORY OF FLORIDA
Four hours. Same as HIS 3355. Prerequisites: One year of college-level coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course surveys the history of Florida from the Spanish Period to the present. The course examines the major events and personalities in Florida history from chronological and political perspectives. Attention is given to economic, social, and environmental issues that have shaped Florida's history. Florida's unique landscape, geography and natural features are also a subject of inquiry in the course. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw, An), Ql, EC-C

LAS 3365 HISTORY OF MODERN LATIN AMERICA
Four hours. Same as HIS 3365. Prerequisites: One year of college coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course surveys the major events and personalities in Latin American History from the colonial era to the present. Attention is given to economic, social, geographical, and environmental issues that have shaped the region's history. The region's unique landscape, geography and natural features are also a subject of inquiry in the course. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw, An), Ql, EC-C

Portuguese

POR 1101 FIRST SEMESTER PORTUGUESE
Four hours. The objective of this course is to develop students' knowledge of the Portuguese language and Luso-phonic cultures. Students will work on the development of the four basic language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Classes will focus on the practical application of language in day to day situations, and on cultural awareness. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw), Ql

POR 1102 SECOND SEMESTER PORTUGUESE
Four hours. Prerequisite: POR 1102 proficiency or permission of the instructor. The objective of this course is to develop students' knowledge of the Portuguese language and Luso-phonic cultures. Students will work on the development of the four basic language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Classes will focus on the practical application of language in day to day situations, and on cultural awareness. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw), Ql

POR 2203 SECOND YEAR PORTUGUESE
Four hours. Prerequisite: POR 1102 proficiency or permission of the instructor. The objective of this course is to develop students' knowledge of the Portuguese language and Luso-phonic cultures. Students will work on the development of the four basic language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Classes will focus on the practical application of language in day to day situations, and on cultural awareness. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw), Ql

Spanish

SPA 1101 FIRST SEMESTER SPANISH
Four hours. The objective of this course is to introduce students to the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. Students will work on the development of the four basic language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Classes will focus on the practical application of language in day to day situations while promoting cultural awareness. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw), Ql

SPA 1102 SECOND SEMESTER SPANISH
Four hours. Prerequisite: SPA 1101 proficiency. The objective of this course is to introduce students to the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. Students will work on the development of the four basic language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Classes will focus on the practical application of language in day to day situations, and on cultural awareness. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw), Ql

SPA 2203 SECOND YEAR SPANISH
Four hours. Prerequisite: SPA 1102 proficiency. The objective of this course is to introduce students to the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. Students will continue to develop the four basic language skills; speaking, listening, reading and writing. Classes will focus on the practical application of language in day to day situations, and on cultural awareness. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw), Ql

SPA 2205 COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION I
Four hours. Prerequisite: SPA 2203 proficiency. The objective of this course is to expand students knowledge of Spanish grammar and conversation and cultural topics. Students will work on the development of the four basic language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Classes will focus on the practical application of language in day to day situations, and on awareness of Hispanic cultures, diversity, current events and literature. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw), Ql

SPA 2207 COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION II
Four hours. Prerequisite: SPA 2203 proficiency or permission of the instructor. This course will act as a bridge between intermediate and upper-level Spanish courses. With a greater focus on grammar and expression, it will help students be better prepared to take other culture or literature classes in which more reading and writing is required. Students will have more hands-on practice with grammatical structures and will get more feedback from their professors to help them further develop writing skills. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw), Ql

SPA 3308 TOPICS IN HISPANIC CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
Four hours. Same as LAS 3308. Prerequisite: SPA 2203 proficiency or permission of the instructor. This course will serve to introduce and expand the students understanding of Hispanic countries through a detailed study of an interdisciplinary topic that will incorporate history, culture, art, literature, current events, and various geographic regions. Students of SPA 3308 will read and write in Spanish, students of LAS 3308 will read and write in English. All class discussions will be held in English. May be taken more than once with a different topic. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw)

SPA 3320 INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE IN SPANISH
Four hours. Prerequisite: SPA 2203 proficiency or permission of the instructor. This course will help students transition from language focused courses to the appreciation and analysis of literature by reading a variety of works of different time periods from Spain and Latin America. Students will gain an appreciation for the profound impact of literature in society. This course will provide students with the tools and vocabulary to better understand and analyze literature of every genre. Gen Ed: FA (In), Ql

SPA 3323 SURVEY OF SPANISH LITERATURE
Four hours. Prerequisite: SPA 2203 proficiency or permission of the instructor. Panoramic view of Spanish literature, authors, and different genres from epic poetry to present; emphasis on Golden Age and Romanticism to "tremendismo" and Neo-Realism. This course introduces the student to the richness of Spanish literature through a close examination of some of its most important writers and their literary production. The assigned readings and the class discussions will help the students gain an understanding of the literary and cultural movements that have shaped Spanish peninsular literature. Gen Ed: FA (In)

SPA 3334 SURVEY OF SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURE
Four hours. Prerequisite: SPA 2203 proficiency or permission of the instructor. This course is designed to expand the students' understanding of Spanish American literature from 1880 to the present. Hispanic-American literature serves as a window to the many and varied cultures and peoples that have lived in this fascinating region of the world. Through close readings and class discussion, students will develop a historical perspective and appreciation for the literary trends and for some of Latin America's most respected writers and traditions. The course will examine a wide range of genres and representative authors of Spanish America. Special consideration will be given to the political, historical, and social dimensions of the literature and its role in the development of a Latin American consciousness. Gen Ed: FA (In)

SPA 3335 LATIN AMERICAN FILM AND FICTION
Four hours. Same as LAS 3335. Prerequisite: SPA 2203 proficiency or permission of the instructor. This course examines major works of fiction in writing and film by Hispanic writers such as Azuela, Borges, Allende, Sábato, Cortázar, and García Márquez among others. It focuses on the historical, social and political context of their works. Students of LAS 3335 will read and write in English, students of SPA 3335 will read and write in Spanish. All class discussions will be held in English.

SPA 3340 CINEMA FOR SPANISH CONVERSATION
Four hours. Prerequisite: SPA 2203 proficiency or permission of the instructor. This course introduces students to some Latin American current events and social problems through a detailed study of a number of films and readings from diverse regions of the continent. It is also aimed at improving students' written and oral abilities in the Spanish language.

SPA 3345 SPANISH FOR BUSINESS
Four hours. Prerequisite: SPA 2203 proficiency or permission of the instructor. This is a Spanish course with a focus on the development of vocabulary, writing and reading skills, and cultural understanding of the Hispanic business world.

SPA 4408 SPECIAL TOPICS IN HISPANIC LITERATURE
Four hours. Prerequisite: SPA 2203 proficiency or permission of the instructor. Specialized study of one or more related aspects of the literature: authors, themes, or genres. This upper-level Spanish course will give Spanish majors the opportunity to explore in-depth a specific literary topic. They will use the skills they have acquired in previous courses to read critically and write analytical essays about their readings. Course may be repeated for credit with a different topic.

SPA 4960 INTERNSHIP
Four hours. The internships are only available to Spanish majors and minors that have completed at least 16 credit hours and have maintained a GPA of 2.0, permission of internship coordinator. The internship is geared to expose students to a "real world" professional field where Spanish will be the primary language of use. Internships can be performed locally or internationally in a variety of fields.

SPA 4961 INTERNSHIP
Four hours. The internships are only available to Spanish majors and minors that have completed at least 16 credit hours and have maintained a GPA of 2.0, permission of internship coordinator. The internship is geared to expose students to a "real world" professional field where Spanish will be the primary language of use. Internships can be performed locally or internationally in a variety of fields.

SPA 4999 SENIOR CAPSTONE PROJECT
Two hours. Prerequisite: Must be a senior-level Spanish major and have permission of the instructor. An in-depth exploration of one or more literary or cultural topics with emphasis on written and oral presentation. An in-depth exploration of one or more literary or cultural topics with emphasis on written and oral presentation.