Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

O'Dowd Hall, Room 372
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2060
Fax: (248) 370-3170

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

O'Dowd Hall, Room 372
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2060
Fax: (248) 370-3170

An aerial view of a Spanish skyline with colorful architecture.

Spanish

Spanish is spoken by more than 559 million people globally. In the United States, over 13% of the population speaks Spanish at home which makes the US the second largest population of Spanish speakers in the world after Mexico. Learning Spanish is key for business, politics, and for contributing to your education as a global citizen.

We study the process of second language acquisition, explore the cultural history of the Spanish world, and gain fluency in technical Spanish for the professions.

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Teaching Spanish

Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP)

Spanish B.A. K-12
Students must complete the requirements for a B.A. degree as well as a sequence of undergraduate course work in education, including:

  • SED 3000 - Introduction to Secondary Education (4)
  • DLL 4197 - Digital Technologies (4)
  • RDG 4238 - Teaching Reading in the Content Area (4)
  • FE 3010 - Educational Psychology for K-12 Educators (4)
  • EED 3001 - Managing the Classroom Community for U.S. Diverse Learners (4)
  • SED 4100 - Minor Methods (4)
  • SE 4401 - Introduction to Students with Special Needs (4)

Also required:

  • EED 4240 - Elementary Foreign Language Teaching Methods (3)
  • SED 4200 - Secondary Foreign Language Teaching Methods (4)
  • SED 4952 - Internship in Secondary Education (12)
Information For Majors

Spanish Language and Literature, B.A.

Program Overview

Students must complete a minimum of 36 credits at the 3000-4000 levels in language, culture and literature including:

  • SPN 3140 - Spanish Grammar Review (4 credits)
  • SPN 3170 - Spanish Conversation and Composition (4 credits) or SPN 3190 Business Spanish: Communications & Journalism (4)
  • SPN 3700 - Introduction to Spanish Literature (4 credits)
  • SPN 3800 - Introduction to Spanish-American Literature (4 credits)
  • SPN 4080 - Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition (4 credits)
  • Two 4000 level literature courses (8)
  • Two electives at the 3000 - 4000 level (8)

One corequisite course is also required:

  1. SPN 3500 - Latin American Civilization (4)

or

  1. SPN 3510 - Spanish Civilization (4)

Plus one of the following

  1. LIT 1810 -European Literature I (4)
  2. LIT 1820 - European Literature II (4)

Latin American Language and Civilization, B.A.

Students must complete a minimum of 28 credits in Spanish language courses, including:

  • SPN 3140 - Spanish Grammar Review (4 credits)
  • SPN 3170 - Spanish Conversation and Composition (4 credits) or SPN 3190 Business Spanish: Communications & Journalism (4)
  • SPN 3500 - Latin American Civilization (4)
  • SPN 3800 - Introduction to Spanish-American Literature (4 credits)
  • SPN 4080 - Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition (4 credits)
  • SPN 4880 - Spanish-American Literature before 188 (4) or SPN 4890 - Spanish-American Literature after 1888 (4)
  • 4 elective credits at the 3000 - 4000 level (4)

And a minimum of 12 credits in Latin American studies courses.

These courses should be chosen in consultation with the faculty adviser.

Note:

At least 16 credits of the Spanish courses required for the major in Latin American language and civilization must be taken at Oakland University.

Admission to Major Standing

To be eligible for a major in one or more foreign languages, a student must be admitted to major standing by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Normally, a student should apply for major standing at the department office after having attained 56 credits and no later than three semesters before graduation. A student planning to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree will be admitted to major standing after completion of 8 credits of language or literature at the 3000 level with a minimum grade point average of 2.80.

Students planning graduate work are strongly urged to study a second foreign language recommended by the department. At least 16 credits of those required for the major in any of the languages must be taken at Oakland University.

Information For Modified Majors

Modified majors are available in Spanish with majors or minors in economics, general business, international management, engineering, computer science or computing. (Students with majors or minors in one of the other professional schools may petition the department for a modified major.) The requirement is a minimum of 24 credits at the 3000-4000 level. Students should note the credit hour restriction for minors in economics or business. At least 16 credits of those required for the modified liberal arts major in a modern language must be taken at Oakland University.

Information For Minors

Spanish Language

Students must complete 20 credits beyond the 1150 level, including:

  • SPN 3140 - Spanish Grammar Review (4)
  • SPN 3170 - Spanish Conversation and Composition (4) or SPN 3190 Business Spanish: Communications & Journalism (4) or SPN 3580 Spanish Language and Culture for Health Care Professionals and First Responders

and one of the following:

  • SPN 3500 - Latin American Civilization (4)
  • SPN 3510 - Spanish Civilization (4)
  • SPN 3550 - Translation: Spanish into English (4)
  • SPN 4080 - Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition (4)
  • SPN 4550 - Translation: English into Spanish (4)
  • SPN 4570 - Business Spanish (4)
  • SPN 3931 - Advanced Spanish and Academic Service Learning (4)
  • SPN 3580 - Spanish Language and Culture for Health Care Professionals and First Responders (4)

Spanish Language and Literature

Student must complete 20 credits beyond the 1150 level, including:

  • SPN 3700 - Introduction to Spanish Literature (4)
  • SPN 3800 - Introduction to Spanish-American Literature (4)

A student planning a minor in the department must apply in the department office, 372 O’Dowd Hall, after consultation with an adviser in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

At least 12 credits of those required for the minor in any of the languages must be taken at Oakland University.

Advising

Advising for students in Spanish, please contact:

STEP Program

Dr. Raquel Prieta
373 O'Dowd hall
rprieta@oakland.edu

Spanish Majors

Dr. Cecilia Saenz-Roby*
364 O'Dowd Hall
saenzrob@oakland.edu

Dr. Daniel Lorca**
359 O'Dowd Hall
lorca@oakland.edu

Spanish Minors

Dr. Aldona Pobutsky*
356 O'Dowd Hall
pobutsky@oakland.edu

Dr. Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo**
314 O'Dowd Hall
campoycu@oakland.edu

Study Abroad

Julia Urla
Special Instructor
355 O'Dowd Hall
urla@oakland.edu

* Students whose last name begins with letters A-M
** Students whose last name begins with letters N-Z

Spanish Clubs
Spanish Club

The Oakland University Spanish Club focuses on providing OU students and members of the community with the opportunity to practice Spanish and to spread cultural awareness across our campus and community.

Please join us to practice Spanish speaking skills, learn new things, and meet other students in an informal setting.

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Spanish Grammar Club

The Spanish Grammar Club celebrates the Spanish language by studying its grammar, usage and culture through games and other activities.  

Mesa de Conversación

More information coming soon!

Volunteer Opportunities

For more information about the following opportunities, please contact: Cecilia Saenz-Roby saenzrob@oakland.edu. Volunteers do NOT need to speak Spanish.