The study of foreign languages develops students’ understanding of themselves as world citizens and an appreciation for the world through the study of languages and literatures, linguistics and cultural phenomena. The Spanish major and minor develop skills needed to communicate with native speakers of Spanish, learn critical and theoretical approaches to texts and build cross-cultural perspectives from which to evaluate global issues.
Given the evolving nature of the modern languages, instruction at the College stresses oral communication, while using reading and writing to reinforce general language proficiency.
Ripon College offers majors in foreign languages and in Spanish; and minors in Classical Studies; Ancient, Renaissance and Medieval Studies; Francophone studies; French; and Spanish.
Requirements for a major in Spanish: 36 credits in coursework beyond the 100-levels including SPA 280, LIN 332, one survey course (SPA 321, 322, 331 or 332) and a 500-level seminar with a capstone project. Spanish majors also should consider taking courses in anthropology, art history, history, Latin American studies, literary theory, and politics and government.
Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.
As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.
Foreign language study can lead to careers in a variety of areas, including government, industry and commerce, travel and tourism, interpretation/translation, service, education, arts, media and entertainment. Some students go on to complete graduate work in languages, while others pursue professions in communications, business, international relations, medicine, nonprofit management, public health, public policy and theology.
Those students who study Spanish may choose from study abroad programs in Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Alicante and more.
College faculty members regularly lead Liberal Arts In Focus study and other travel experiences, including recent trips to Castilla and León (Spain) in 2011, and Barcelona and neighboring sites in 2010.
Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.
Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program; minimizing additional expenses.
- Teaching certification in Spanish in early childhood/adolescence (birth-grade 12) is available through the Department of Educational Studies.