Departmental Student Learning Outcomes

Through the Major in Spanish and Latin American Cultures, students who rigorously apply themselves to their studies will be able to:

1) Use the Spanish language at the B2-C2 proficiency levels (Independent User/Proficient User), as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference (depending on initial background and ability). *

* The Common European Framework of Reference defines these levels as follows:

Proficient User 
C2 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations. 

C1 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. 

Independent User 
B2 Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. 

2) Identify and describe the cultures of Spain and Spanish America throughout their history, from Islamic Spain and the colonial period through the present.

3) Demonstrate specialized knowledge of selected literary and cultural works, authors and cultural producers of the Hispanic world, understood in their aesthetic, historical, and social contexts. 

4) Use basic principles of literary and cultural theory to analyze and interpret a variety of texts and other cultural products. 

5) Express their ideas, analyses, and interpretation through clear oral exposition and effective critical writing.

6) Conduct research in the fields of Spanish and Spanish American literature and culture, and demonstrate the results of their research and thinking in original academic essays.