Spanish Studies

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The division of Spanish Studies offers a major and a minor in Spanish,  a BA/MA in Hispanic Studies, and a MA in Hispanic Studies.

The Value of Knowing Spanish

Spanish is the language that the majority of students in the United States (and in Villanova) chooses to study at the present time for very good reasons:  It is the second major language spoken in the world (after Mandarin)*  and it is the second language spoken in the United States. Therefore it will be very useful and advantageous to know Spanish in any career path that students may choose. Approximately 800 students take Spanish undergraduate courses every semester at Villanova. Students are encouraged to spend summers and semesters abroad in Spain and Central and South America, to obtain a greater proficiency in the language.

The faculty are involved in the Honors Program, and other interdisciplinary pursuits on campus, and they serve as advisors of the Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish Honors Society.  They also organize a summer-long study abroad program in Cádiz, Spain, as well as a semester long program at the University of Cádiz, Spain.  In addition to emphasizing language skills, the Division offers literature courses and interdisciplinary studies in the faculty's areas of specialization: Medieval, Renaissance, Modern and Contemporary literature, Linguistics and Cultural Studies. The Division also offers an on-going Internship with the Villanova Law School and the local Hispanic Community.

The influence of Spanish crosses centuries as well as geographic boundaries. It is a dynamic and exciting language used in diverse parts of the world, such as: Central, South, North America, the Caribbean and Spain.  Spanish and its different cultures are taught at Villanova in interdisciplinary courses, in the Liberal Arts Program, Cultural Studies program, and in courses that were designed in response to these developments. The classes provide students with a thorough grounding in the history, politics, cultural production (literatures, film, theater), sociolinguistics, post-colonial experiences, and development of the Hispanic world.
 

* Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers

Useful Links for Spanish Studies:

Diccionario de la Real Academia Española (DRAE):
http://rae.es/recursos/diccionarios/drae
All verbs in this dictionary also include a conjugation function.  

Diccionario panhispánico de dudas:  
http://rae.es/recursos/diccionarios/dpd
Includes a comprehensive guide to Spanish grammar and spelling conventions.

Wordreference:
http://www.wordreference.com 
Aside from Spanish (monolingual) definitions and Spanish-English translation, this site also includes a very useful Spanish Thesaurus (great for compositions!), along with many forums discussing lexical doubts.

Diccionario de Autoridades:
http://rae.es/recursos/diccionarios/diccionarios-anteriores-1726-1996/diccionario-de-autoridades
This is an historical dictionary which can be very useful for students interested in early modern or medieval Spanish.

Verbix:  
http://www.verbix.com/languages/spanish.shtml
A simple verb conjugator.

DESTINOS for beginning students:
http://www.learner.org/series/destinos/

Veinte mundos:  
http://www.veintemundos.com/

Instituto Cervantes readings:
http://cvc.cervantes.es/aula/lecturas/

A large selection of newspapers and news sources from around Latin America can be found here:
http://www.zonalatina.com/Zlpapers.htm

For news in Spain, http://elpais.es and http://elmundo.es.

RADIO:

For a large selection of streaming radio stations in Spanish from around the world:
http://www.logratis.info/medios/radios.asp 

Online streaming radio sources like http://www.pandora.com and http://www.spotify.com are also excellent ways to access music in Spanish.

FILMS:

There is a large selection of movies in Spanish available streaming on http://netflix.com , as well as http://youtube.com .

The Falvey Libary also includes a section of films in Spanish available for viewing:
http://library.villanova.edu 

* PrimeroHayQueAprenderEspanol.RanhouZaiXueZhongwen.-NYTimes.pdf
Please read more about the value of knowing Spanish: NY Times Article "Primero Hay Que Aprender Español. Ranhou Zai Xue Zhongwen." By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF Published: December 29, 2010
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Learning Spanish at Villanova

Do You Know?

Do you know that approximately 500 million people speak Spanish all over the world?

Career

For careers in government, health care,education, art, and for travel purposes, knowing Spanish will put youin great advantage. The number of students who choose to study Spanishbeyond the requirement has grown dramatically in the last decade.

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