The study of a modern language is a way of expanding one's horizons while developing specific linguistic skills that will enhance career, academic, and travel opportunities. One of the many benefits derived from modern-language study is the ability to transcend linguistic and cultural parochialism. To understand the uniqueness of one's own language and civilization, knowledge of another culture is essential. Language study is the key that unlocks the mysteries surrounding a foreign people. Through language, one is able to explore their literature, art, history, and philosophy-in short, their way of life.
Proficiency in more than one modern language increases potential for employment many areas, including business, education, medicine, technology, and social work. In our rapidly changing and interdependent world, knowledge of a second language is not only desirable but necessary.
The Humanities Division seeks to enrich students' lives through exploration of the diversity of human expressions and cultures as well as to build a foundation for life-long learning - including successful future academic achievement - through writing, literature, language arts and philosophy.
Students may earn an Associate in Arts AA-DTA degree (90 credits) which is designed for students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution with junior standing. Students pursuing this degree should meet with an academic advisor at WWCC and an advisor at their intended baccalaureate institution to determine an appropriate educational plan. (See AA-DTA in Degrees section of catalog).
- Practice Spanish communication skills with emphasis on interpersonal communication.
- Identify and discuss principal areas of difference between American and Latino cultures.
- Compare and contrast the construction and use of Spanish and English and demonstrate an increased grammatical and syntactic competency in both languages.
- Demonstrate competence in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to Spanish as measured by ACTFL standards and O.P.I. criteria.
Preparation For Success
Students seeking a modern language major should take a broad range of courses that include writing and comprehension, both in English and in at least one other modern language. Competence in word-processing is very important. Other helpful pursuits include spending time abroad, engaging in comparable forms of direct contact with non-English speaking cultures, and reading extensively on a variety of subjects in English and at least one other language.