Languages and Cultures
West Chester University
Dr. Mahmoud Amer
Acting Chair 2016-2017
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Welcome to the Spanish Program
of West Chester University
Professors: Jason Bartles, Maria José Cabrera, Marcos Campillo-Fenoll, Cristóbal Cardemil-Krause, Megan Corbin, Gloria Hernández, Daniela Johannes, Iliana Pagán-Teitelbaum, Megan Saltzman, Israel Sanz-Sanchez, Stacey Schlau, Maria VanLiew, Andrea Varricchio, Jerome Williams.
The Spanish Undergraduate Program
We offer a major and minor option in our Spanish program:
You can also complete the language requirement for other departmental majors with our Spanish courses.
Additionally, you can transfer in up to 50% of the courses for the Spanish major and minor.
In general, for Spanish majors and minors, we offer courses in grammar and conversation, literature, Spanish and Latin American civilization, Introduction to Peninsular and Latin American Literature, and Phonetics, among other advanced courses.
At the basic Spanish level we offer SPA 101 and SPA 102.
At the intermediate level, we offer SPA 201 and SPA 202.
Advanced courses that may be used for the major (BALC, Spanish track) and minor include:
Some advanced courses do not count toward the major concentration, but they count toward the minor in Spanish, and can also be taken as electives:
Students with a concentration in Spanish need to take advanced courses at the 400 level (seminars). You can consult the complete course catalog for descriptions. Spanish majors must take SPA 444 (Advanced Spanish Proficiency Development) and one seminar course at the 400 level, to choose from:
Students can also obtain Pennsylvania K-12 teaching certification in Spanish, in conjunction with the College of Education here at West Chester University. You can consult the Certification page for further information and requirements.
Study Abroad Options and Student Activities
Students can participate in a study abroad program as part of their curriculum. You can study in Salamanca or Seville, Spain; as well as at the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica. Starting the Summer of 2012, West Chester is starting a new program in Rosario, Argentina.
Spanish Faculty also offer new Study Abroad programs each year during the Summer Sessions or Winter Sessions. Check the Spanish Study Abroad site for updated information.
The Spanish Club is a very active club on campus, holding weekly meetings, movie nights, fundraisers field trips to NYC and the Repertorio Español, etc. Additionally, our Faculty members often take our students to field trips to explore Hispanic cultures and attend significant events.
We offer courses toward the master's degree, with or without certification, in our new Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures, as well as in the M.A. or M.Ed. programs (for students enrolled prior to August 2014). Please consult the Graduate Programs site for more specific information.
Apart from courses in Spanish, we also offer courses in second language acquisition at the Graduate level, such as LAN 500 (Research in 2nd Language Education) and LAN 503 (Techniques of 2nd Language Teaching).
For more information contact Dr. Stacey Schlau, Spanish Coordinator.