Spanish (BA)

The mission of the DBU Spanish Department is to provide a Christ-centered quality program where the Spanish language, culture, literature, and oral/written communication are acquired with the integration of faith and learning. The Spanish Department is committed to equipping students to master essential language and cultural competencies and provide a foundation for global servant leadership.

Goals of the Spanish Major

The Spanish Department strives to uphold the following goals for its graduates:

  • Students will acquire the Spanish language at a proficient communicative level.

  • Students will gain an understanding of the Hispanic culture and world view, especially from a Christian perspective.

  • Students will develop advanced reading and writing skills in Spanish through the study of Hispanic literature, culture and civilization readings and lectures, fostering critical thinking.

  • Students will have opportunities to serve while learning the Spanish language through internship possibilities, which will guide and develop the students to use Spanish in their profession, ministry or calling.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (ba)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

English

12

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Fine Arts
FINE 1306 - Introduction to Fine Arts

3

Foreign Language

8

SPAN 1401 - Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 1402 - Elementary Spanish II

(or equivalent)

Foundations for Excellence

1

FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence

is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

Choose two:

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I

HIST 2302 - World Civilization II

Kinesiology

2

KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living

and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

Mathematics

3

Choose one:

MATH 1301 - Math for Liberal Arts

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
One laboratory science selected from two or more areas of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics

4

Religion

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

and

three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

6

POLS 2301 - American National Government

and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS

57

Spanish Major

30

(A letter grade of “C-“ or better in each SPAN course is required.)

SPAN 2301 - Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 2302 - Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 3305 - Advanced Conversation and Composition

or

SPAN 3307 - Advanced Spanish Grammar

SPAN 3301 - Survey of Spanish Literature I

or

SPAN 3303 - Survey of Spanish-American Literature I

SPAN 3310 - Studies in Hispanic Life and Culture I

or

SPAN 3311 - Studies in Hispanic Life and Culture II

SPAN 4301 - Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (S-L)

Plus an additional 12 upper-level credit hours in Spanish. Two of the additional courses must be at the 4000-level.

Electives

Upper-Level

Lower or Upper-Level

18

15

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED

120

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required, including 42 upper-level credit hours.

  • 30 hours minimum required in Spanish, not including 1st year Spanish.

  • At least 24 hours must be Upper Level (3000/4000)

  • At least 9 hours at 4000 level

Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University: DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0.

Students who have had two or more years of Spanish in high school may apply for either AP credit for AP courses taken in high school, take the Spanish CLEP test for beginning Spanish, or take a Spanish Placement test [non-credit] administered by the Spanish Department.

(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

MINOR IN SPANISH

See information about the Spanish minor here.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Find course descriptions by category under the Undergraduate Course Descriptions section in the navigation panel.