B.A. Spanish Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish will


1. Recognize Spanish as a global language with regional and social varieties and registers that both unify and differentiate the Spanish-speaking world; in particular, they will recognize the cultural and linguistic roots and features of the Spanish language as spoken in California, elsewhere in the U.S., and throughout the world;

2. Be able to carry out a range of communicative functions in Spanish, such as engaging in oral conversation modes with sufficient accuracy so as to be easily understood by a native Spanish speaker, reading and listening to authentic texts and materials, producing written discourse and composing academic texts, and giving public oral presentations and readings;

3. Have the demonstrated ability to carry out several aspects of collaborative learning tasks, including group communication, and peer review;

4. Use technological tools and Spanish language resources available through electronic means, such as chat rooms, email, and the Internet for research and classroom purposes; they are able to compare information available only in Spanish with information on the same topics available in English to analyze the different perspectives and/or biases shown in the sources;

5. Have confronted and considered issues of social justice relevant to local and global Hispanic communities;

6. Formulate research questions and identify and use appropriate methodology to answer them, applying appropriate guidelines for the ethical treatment of human and non-human research participants to the various phases of research;

7. Appreciate the diversity and richness of the Hispanic world’s multiple forms of literary and artistic expression, and relate the patterns of behavior and values integral to Hispanic cultures to their own culture, aspirations, and identity;

8. Identify, critically analyze and interpret language data and literary texts in Spanish;

9. Identify the distinguishing characteristics and aesthetic registers of the major literary genres and periods of Hispanic literature;

10. Recognize the existence of a variety of literary, linguistic, and cultural perspectives and meanings; and

11. Identify the grammatical and discursive functions of Spanish language structures in a variety of social and cultural contexts.