If you wish to attain proficiency in Spanish, and you’re fascinated with Hispanic culture, you’ll appreciate this degree program, which will increase your personal interactions and will lead to a wide array of careers and possibilities.
With on-campus courses focusing on acquiring linguistic and cultural skills and a required Study Abroad program, you will engage in personal interactions and discover Argentine or Spanish civilization first-hand. You will also have the opportunity to develop a dynamic Christian worldview as you encounter differing cultural values and beliefs. The Spanish major is designed to equip students to interact in authentic situations in the Spanish language and to live intentionally as global citizens.
The major focuses primarily on proficiency by developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as cultural awareness. Furthermore, through the Study Abroad program, students will be enrolled in advanced Spanish and civilization courses in one of Grace College’s member institutions in Argentina or Spain, where the students will have the opportunity to apply their faith in the context of Hispanic culture.
Examples of courses in this major:
Students are put in the presence of authentic, unsimplified Spanish and are trained to use it in the dynamic context of communication. The emphasis is placed on oral proficiency, the development of skills, self-expression and cultural insight.
Continuation of language study to advance students toward comprehension, speaking, reading and writing while gaining a deeper appreciation for the Spanish-speaking culture, language and people.
This course is an advanced, proficiency-based approach to oral skill development. Students speak the language in a range of contexts likely to be encountered in the Spanish-speaking culture, carrying out a range of functions likely to be necessary in dealing with others in the Spanish-speaking culture. Students are exposed to a repertoire of methods or techniques of speech in order to increase sociolinguistic competence.
This course provides a link between basic language work and the increasingly diversified advanced work students will encounter overseas. The class is designed to prepare students for the academic standards and teaching style in Latin countries. Students are exposed to a variety of genres in their readings, compositions and conversation, training them to analyze and synthesize their material while they learn to become more articulate in the Spanish language.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
E.N.E.T., the Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo diploma from the Instituto Biblico Palabra de Vida, Argentina; M.A. in Intercultural Studies, Grace Theological Seminary
Benjamin Navarro was born and raised in Argentina. After receiving his bachelor's degree, he taught Spanish in Buenos Aires for seven years before receiving an invitation to teach Spanish at Grace College in 1996. Since arriving at Grace, he has taught for the institution's Prison Extension Program at the Indiana State Penitentiary in Michigan City and at the Miami County Correctional Facility. He has been recognized multiple times in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Navarro is active in his community, having served on the Board of the Kosciusko County Soccer League and participated in the planting of a Hispanic Ministry through his local church. He has spoken at conferences in Washington, California, Indiana, and also in Argentina, Uruguay, Panama, Mexico and Spain.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
What others are saying:
Grace has shown me how to teach my students out of a heart of service. I have found the Grace faculty, staff and student body to be united in growing in integrity, knowledge and love for each other and for our world.
- Valerie Swart, B.A. Spanish Education, 2013
I love the Christian community I have found at Grace. I'm so blessed by the many great friends I've made who I can share life with and who challenge me to grow spiritually. I've also found community in the classroom—my professors care not only about providing me with an excellent education, but also seeing me mature in my walk with Christ.
- Elizabeth Heuss, B.A. Spanish Education and Math Education (double major), 2012