Spanish Language & Culture for Heritage and Native Learners

Arts and Humanities

Spanish Language & Culture for Heritage and Native Learners


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  • Academic Plan
  • Cognate
    Arts and Humanities
  • Responsible Academic Unit

    Contact Info
    • Name: Rebecca Doran
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    • Phone: Please contact by email
    • Location: 210-11 Merrick
  • Recommended for
    Students interested in the language and cultures of Spain, Spanish America, and/or Spanish-speaking immigrant communities, as well as students interest in International Studies or intercultural contact in general.
  • Required Courses
    Students must complete at least 3 courses for at least 9 credits.
  • Number of Groups: 3

Cognate Categories


Centered on the Spanish language and culture courses offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, this cognate is specifically geared for students who are learning Spanish as a heritage language (a language that was part of their upbringing, but not the primary language of their formal education), as well as for students who are native speakers of Spanish who received their formal education in Spanish. This cognate offers heritage learner students the linguistic skills and cultural competencies needed to communicate within a Spanish-speaking environment, offers native learners enhanced writing skills and broader cultural competency, and offers both heritage and native learners the skills to interpret the cultural products of the Spanish-speaking world. The introductory and intermediate language courses teach oral and written communication and cover cultural practices and norms through examples from history, literature, and visual media. Thus they teach students how to communicate in the language and according to its cultural codes. The high intermediate and advanced courses engage students in the analysis and interpretation of themes and issues present in literature, film, and other cultural products from the Spanish-speaking world. The more advanced courses engage students in the analysis and interpretation of the workings of language itself and/or focus on specialized usage according to different contexts.

Option Groups

Complete at most 2 of the following option groups:

*Indicates an inactive course

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