Why at Saint Rose?
Innovative, Outcomes-Based Learning
The Department of World Languages and Cultures fosters an outcomes-based learning. We want to ensure you develop communicative proficiency in Spanish as quickly as possible! By the time you finish your Spanish degree at St. Rose, you will be able to tell all your favorite stories from elementary school and high school in Spanish! You’ll slip some subjunctive constructions in there without even thinking, ‘Okay, opposite endings here!’
Our programs are designed to achieve fluidity of expression in the language of your choice. They prepare students for careers in education or for graduate study. They are also designed in combination with another field of interest to prepare students for employment in professional careers.
Emphasis on Culture
The key to learning a language is learning the culture that the language expresses. Why does Spanish lack an adequate translation for privacy? Because the culture does not value privacy as does the mainstream US culture. Why does a Chilean say “Oops!” when s/he drops something, using sounds that do not exist in Spanish? All of these questions and corresponding cultural information enrich your language preparation at The College of Saint Rose.
And for those of you who are interested in our Spanish-Adolescence Education B.A., our program will also prepare you according to ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) standards. These are the standards that you will use as a teacher. We will prepare you according to these standards, so that you will easily be able to adapt them to your own classroom teaching. You will get your own classroom, too! Solamente es cuestión de tiempo.
Good with languages?
Chances are, if you are good with Spanish, you are good with languages in general. Take courses in non-traditional languages such as Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Greek! Develop proficiency in those high-need languages and watch your marketability skyrocket!