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Foreign Language at Pitt-Johnstown

The Foreign Language program offers students the opportunity to develop language proficiency at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels in Spanish.  Students may obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with a concentration in Foreign Language and Literature, and often utilize their language training within the International Studies program and in preparation for approved study abroad programs or for graduate study. The Spanish minor requires 18 credits in intermediate, or higher, level Spanish courses. A foreign language minor is popular with many students, as it helps them to further an interest in a language they studied in high school, a new language, or even help to bolster their job prospects in a chosen field. Any study in foreign languages is becoming more and more indispensible as global connectivity increases at an astronomical rate.


What Spanish language classes are available?

The courses listed below are only a small glimpse into the Spanish courses available on our campus. To view the full list of Spanish course descriptions, click here

SPAN 0211 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH 1
This course is a continuation of the first-year sequence and includes a functional review of language structure and vocabulary.  Primary emphasis is development of conversational skills, with topical reading and some writing.
 
SPAN 0320 CONVERSATION
The aims of this course are to improve the learner's ability to understand and speak fluent Spanish.  A native speaker instructor guides the student, but the learner does most of the talking.  Emphasis in small classes is on vocabulary building and some basic structures.  Daily participation is necessary.
 
SPAN 0351 LATIN AMERICAN CIVILIZATION
Readings, lectures, films, and class discussions in Spanish on the historical development of Latin American civilization and its major social, economic, and cultural features. This course is required for Spanish majors.

SPAN 0355 INTRODUCTION TO HISPANIC LITERATURE 1
Aims to acquaint students with major genres and trends of Spanish literature from the 16th century to the present, to equip them with essential techniques of literary criticism, and to develop their ability to speak and write in the foreign language.



Pitt-Johnstown Spanish Faculty

 

Dr. Alvaro Bernal  

Office: 227A Biddle Hall   Phone: (814) 269-7154   Email: aab52@pitt.edu  



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Last Reviewed: January 18, 2012