Mission and Goals

The Department of Spanish Studies supports the missions of the university and the School of Arts and Letters offering academic excellence through the study of language, literature, and culture, and prepares the students to become proficient linguistically and culturally in a multicultural, multiethnic, and multilingual society and be able to communicate successfully. The Department will apply the National Standards for Foreign Language in the four basic skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

To help students develop specific levels of language proficiency that equip them for success in professional pursuits, in personal com­communication needs or in continued academic undertakings. These proficiency level goals, measured by guidelines developed and recognized by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, are:

  • End of year in elementary language courses—Novice High
  • End of year in intermediate language courses—Intermediate Low
  • End of year in junior level courses—Intermediate High
  • End of year in senior level courses—Advanced for students with a B average in the course.