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Studying one of the modern languages at Wright State will help you improve your ability to read, write, and speak in another language, study how that language is used in a social context, and become a more enlightened citizen. You will also learn about the history, politics, culture, media, and literature of your chosen country and study their economic and educational systems.
New technologies have increased global opportunities, and studying a modern language prepares you to work with people all over the world. Government and non-governmental agencies have discovered a critical need for college graduates with foreign language skills.
If the idea of studying abroad excites you, no other degree field offers as many opportunities for you to immerse yourself in a different culture while improving your language skills.
We are proud to offer a rich and varied program, with countless opportunities for involvement beyond the classroom. Below are only a few highlights of what we offer.
Knowledge of a foreign language can prove quite valuable when seeking employment in a global economy. Your awareness of foreign cultures and language and communication skills could be an asset to any business—especially one that trades internationally. Some possible career options for those with a modern language degree include:
Where are our recent graduates?
View the Spanish program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections
Wright State has many opportunities for earning credits while living or traveling abroad. Consult the modern languages website's Study Abroad page, the University Center for International Education (UCIE) Study Abroad website or faculty in the relevant language for study abroad opportunities.
Teaching Assistantships (SPN 3810) are designed for you if who want to explore the teaching profession. Sign up for SPN 3810, Applied Elementary Instruction, by first contacting a professor who will be teaching a SPN 1010 or a SPN 1020 course. Typically, you will earn 3 credits for attending all classes, tutoring students outside of class, keeping a journal of observations, turning in several reflection essays on pedagogical readings assigned by your instructor, and developing original mini-lessons on vocabulary, grammar, and culture under the supervision of your instructor. Currently, SPN 3810 is a 3-credit course but we hope to be able to offer 1- and 2-credit options soon.
Internships (SPN 3700) are opportunities to use your Spanish in professional settings while gaining academic credit. Some of the internships are unpaid, some are paid, and others are paid on commission. We have partnerships with area schools, afterschool programs for Latino children, and area businesses such as AFLAC and Vocalink.You will be required to keep a record of hours worked and complete a mid-semester and a final evaluation with your site supervisor. Transportation is required, as well as good work attitude. For 3 credits, you must fulfill at least 135 hours, of which 120 hours must be completed on site. Internships are typically open to seniors and coordinated by Professors Maria Astudillo (email@example.com) and Ksenia Bonch Reeves (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How it works:
SI (Supplemental instruction) Leaders are paid $10.01/hour for up to 8 hours a week, including 2-3 hours for sitting in on class, 2 hours a week for your SI sessions, and 3 hours a week for session preparation. You must have taken at least one 3000-level course (typically SPN 3210), earned an A or B in the course you will be an SI for, and have a GPA of 3.0. You must attend mandatory training and keep a record of student attendance. If interested, contact Dr. Melissa Doran (email@example.com). Supplemental Instruction opportunities are limited each semester and students are typically recommended by faculty members.
Spanish tutors must have taken at least 15 credits at Wright State including SPN 3210, earned a grade of A or B in the course you will be tutoring, and have a 3.0 GPA. Tutors earn $10.01/hour and can benefit from professional development opportunities available from Tutoring Services. Contact your Spanish advisor for approval.
View Bachelor of Arts in Spanish program information and requirements in the Academic Catalog.
If you are a current student and wish to change majors, go to the WINGS Express major/minor change request form and change your major. If you are an undecided/exploratory student, talk to your advisor about majoring in Spanish.