Department of Language & Literature
- The Spanish Division offers a variety of courses designed to improve the four communicative skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing.
- Students are exposed to communicative exercises and practices in the recently updated, state of the art Language Laboratory.
- Students have the unique opportunity to study in a Spanish Speaking country when participating in Faculty Led Study Abroad Programs.
- Learning experience is enriched by active participation in community service projects and through the Spanish Club and the Spanish Honor Society.
- Career opportunities go from translation and interpretation to teaching and editing or combining Spanish with other disciplines (i.e. Business, Nursing, Computer Science, Law Enforcement, etc.)
Dear Prospective Student,
Thank you in advance for your interest in the Spanish Program at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. We are a growing program devoted to helping students become fluent in Spanish and to fully developing the four linguistic skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Our Spanish students in all course levels receive personalized attention. The Spanish program at SWOSU does not have teaching assistants, Spanish students at SWOSU take classes from experienced professors who teach all classes from Elementary I to the Spanish Senior Capstone Course. Another positive attribute of our degree program is the small class size. Our upper division classes only occasionally have more than 15 students. This enables our professors to work closely with their students to achieve their academic goals.
The Spanish program at SWOSU has a state of the art language laboratory which is updated frequently. It is a multimedia lab integrating audio and video, complete with 25 student stations for students to practice listening, comprehension, and oral skills outside of class. The Spanish faculty often take their classes to the language lab as well to facilitate the learning experience.
We also have a faculty-led summer Study Abroad program in Spain every year. The cost of the program includes two weeks of classes, accommodations, local excursions. Students have the opportunity to interact with local students who want to learn English, and much more. Similar programs cost between $2,500.00 and $3,000.00, and not all of them are as well structured— some omitting the important cultural experience of the excursions and others without the support of a full time faculty leading the program from beginning to end.
The Spanish major at SWOSU includes outlets for community involvement with our service learning opportunities for Spanish students. One such program is an internship and partnership with West-Central Oklahoma Literacy Coalition. Through this partnership, our Spanish students can volunteer for a fulfilling opportunity to teach local adults who want to learn English. This semester we have nine Spanish students involved in this project. Student involvement does not stop there. As one of the important goals of the Spanish program is learning through participation, we offer two Spanish student organizations: Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Spanish Honor Society, and the Spanish Club. These clubs offer our students numerous educational outlets. In the past, our Spanish student organizations have helped organize several cultural projects for the benefit of both the students and the community at large such as the visit of the world-renown artists, Spanish guitarist Francesc de Paula Soler and Russian pianist Kirill Gliadkovsky; both performed music pieces composed by Spanish and Spanish American composers as well as music inspired in traditional Hispanic music. This year, Sigma Delta Pi is organizing a cultural trip to San Antonio, Texas. There are also a Spanish film series, a translation contest, and many more fun and interesting programs that serve to give our students the best, most well-rounded of educations.
If you have already completed two or three years of Spanish or if you have learned Spanish at home from family members, you can be sure that your knowledge will be taken into consideration. We assure you that your time here at SWOSU will be rewarding and challenging. You will be placed in the right class, according to your level through our placement tests. These advanced placement tests give you the opportunity to use your already acquired knowledge of Spanish to finish your major or minor quickly or pick up a double major. Most of our students choose this second route, majoring in both Spanish and another discipline such as Marketing, Criminal Justice, English, Social Work, Psychology, Computer Science, Exercise Science and Nursing, among others.
Again, thank you for your interest in our Spanish Program at SWOSU. If you have any questions that we can answer for you, we will be happy to talk with you. Visit us anytime!
Dr. Cynthia Peña Dr. Héctor Garza
Associate Professor of Spanish Assistant Professor of Spanish
Phone: (580)774 7052 Phone: (580) 774 3093