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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Spanish Major with Inclusive Adolescence Education

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The purpose of the Spanish Major Program with Inclusive Adolescence Education is to prepare students to think in an informed manner and critically about the Spanish language, its evolutions, and its cultural uses in contemporary Spanish-speaking societies, including the United States, with the goal of becoming effective teachers. It is now documented that the languages that human beings speak impacts the ways in which we think. An important focus of our program is the multilayered connections between Spanish-speaking countries and the United States, which might illuminate the reasons behind the presence of Latinos in the United States. By critically analyzing texts, movies, songs, websites, paintings, art, and different cultural artifacts, students will learn the language while gaining a better understanding of these neighboring Spanish-speaking societies, in order to become inspiring change-makers who will strive for making a difference in our world. Our program also encourages students to establish connections between our class discussion and what they are learning in other disciplines, in a true cross-disciplinary manner, in Spanish.

Course options include: Conversational Spanish; Spanish for the Health Professions; Business Spanish; Short Stories; Culture of Spanish-Speaking societies (with a focus in the relationship between Latin America and the U.S., which explains the presence of Latinos in the United States); Towards Proficiency in Spanish; Foundational Stories of Latin America; Women, Film, and Literature; Testimonial Narratives; Migrant Voices; Exploring the Latin American City; and Intercultural Cyber-Pals (which provides the opportunity to work bilingually, in English and Spanish, with students from Universidad de Concepción in Chile). In addition, the Spanish Program offers students the opportunity to participate in deeply transformational experiences with migrant communities in the area with whom we have community engagement projects. Furthermore, students will find internship opportunities in Spanish both abroad and locally.

Through the Emerson Foreign Language Laboratory, students use technology and media at all language levels to communicate effectively in the target language by using the most updated software for language acquisition, an experience that includes interactions with native speakers both locally and abroad.

For students pursuing careers in education a minimum GPA of 2.7 is required for student teaching.

Core Curriculum Requirements

All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

Spanish Course Requirements

  • 9 courses in Spanish (3 credits each), starting at the 102 level or higher


  • 3 labs in Spanish are required (1 credit each); other labs are optional
  •  plus

  • Credits: 3
  • The Senior Experience for the Spanish major culminates with a capstone course, SPN*400, a seminar format that encourages students to further develop their critical thinking skills. It is a discussion-centered course that will allow seniors to reflect in depth about their experience in becoming fluent in the Spanish language, as well as their translingual and transcultural competence in contemporary Spanish-speaking societies, including the United States, and including their experience abroad.


    • Classes taught in English do not count toward NYSED certification in teaching the target language.

Spanish Study Abroad Program

  • One semester of study abroad is highly recommended:

Nazareth University offers different options for study abroad programs in Valencia, Spain, as well as in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Chile, and Peru, through the Center for International Education (CIE). Spanish majors and non-majors alike may take advantage of the exciting course offerings in the fall and spring semesters. We highly encourage students to spend a semester abroad to make of their education a more in-depth experience.

Required Courses for Inclusive Adolescence Education

See Education: Initial Teacher Certification in Inclusive Adolescence Education   for course requirements.

  • Note - Students who are planning to study abroad and complete the Inclusive Adolescence Education program complete their study abroad semester during the sophomore year.

Sample Program for the Spanish Major with Inclusive Adolescence Education

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENGW 101 Exposition    3 ENGW 102 Argument and Research   3
ACS 101 Academic and College Success   1 SPN 202 Intermediate Spanish II   3
FYS - PEQ (1) 3 SPN 202L Lab Intermediate Spanish II   1
Science PEQ plus lab (2) 4 PEQ (3) 3
SPN 201 Intermediate Spanish I          3 PEQ (4) 3
SPN 201L Lab Intermediate Spanish I   1 PEQ (5) 3
Fall Semester Spring Semester
SPF 204 History and Philosophy of Education   3 Study Abroad - coursework may include: 15
Integrative Studies (IS) - 1 3      *Experiential Learning (EL) Pathway  
PEQ (6) 3      *SPN 205  
PEQ (7) 3      * PEQ(s)  
PEQ (8) 3      *300-level Spanish coursework  
Fall Semester Spring Semester
ADOL 030 Orientation for Professional Semester    0 LST 301 Language, Literacy, and Culture   3
ADOL 410 Principles of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment for Diverse Secondary Learners   3 EDU 485 Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training)   0
SPN 203 Spanish-Speaking Cultures I    3 SPN 204 Spanish-Speaking Cultures II   3
DEIB/Integrative Studies (IS) - 2 3 Integrative Studies (IS) - 3 3
Spanish course (300 level) 3 Spanish course (300 level) 3
Liberal Arts Elective (math) 3 SPN 457 Curriculum Methodology Middle School And High School   3
EDU 475 Health Education, Child Abuse, and Violence Prevention Workshop   0 CME 050 Core Milestone Experience   0
Note - summer tuition is required
ADIN 440 Foundations of Teaching Secondary Students With Disabilities   3 ADIN 441 Curriculum and Instruction for Diverse Secondary Learners   3
Fall Semester Spring Semester
ADOL 476 Designing and Maintaining Positive Learning Environments     2 ADOL 480 Adolescent Development and Youth Leadership in School and Community   3
ADOL 477 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Secondary Learners   3 SPN 400 Spanish Senior Seminar   3
ADOL 478 Reflective Seminar   2 Science Elective 3
SPN 479 Student Teaching Middle School and High School   6 Spanish courses (300 level) 6


  • NYS certification standards require that students complete 6 credits in each of the following subject areas, with a minimum grade of “C” or higher in each course: English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
  • Eligibility for student teaching requires that students have a minimum GPA of 2.7 or higher.
  • Bachelor of Arts programs require a minimum of 90 liberal arts credits; at least 9 credits of Integrative Studies (IS) course or electives must be liberal arts courses.


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