Trinity Christian College’s size and location offer students unique opportunities not found at most colleges. Top-notch faculty and a strong education program prepare you for your future. As a Trinity Spanish major, you will have the opportunity to study and live abroad.
In addition, Trinity’s proximity to metropolitan Chicago provides its Spanish majors singular education and employment advantages. The diversity of industries, businesses, people, and institutions near Trinity creates a broad spectrum of internship possibilities. Students who would like to teach Spanish are well-equipped with experience from placements in two school systems during their student teaching. The Spanish education major (grades K-12) combines Spanish language, literature, and culture classes with coursework to fulfill the Illinois State Professional Education requirements. The Trinity policy on credit by placement allows freshman students with an advanced level of experience and proficiency to earn up to six credits of Intermediate Spanish by advanced placement.
Spanish majors and minors complete their studies based on their individual interests and future career goals. Upper-level courses fall within one of three broad categories: language, literature, or culture. The field education course is completed during the Semester in Spain, where students enroll in the culture and civilization of Spain, Spanish literature, and advanced communication classes. The course also provides the opportunity to take part in an internship or project relevant to the major and minor. The student’s future vocation serves as the main criterion for selection of the assignment. The senior seminar provides an overview of the knowledge and skills gained both at Trinity and at Semester in Spain, and a plan for using and developing those skills after graduation.
Trinity not only teaches the Spanish language, but also develops a Christian perspective on Hispanic culture, history, and literature. Faculty use a global approach, concentrating on developing and enhancing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. They seek to develop confidence and fluency in Spanish by improving the student’s command of grammar and vocabulary according to each individual’s level of ability.
The Spanish major provides sufficient knowledge, training, and practical experience for further study, teaching at the middle school and/or secondary level, and many other career options. Those opportunities include vocations in advertising, airline service, broadcasting, business, civil service, consulting, customs, diplomacy, foreign service, health services, hospitality industry, journalism, immigration and naturalization, marketing, missionary settings, publishing and editing, sales and customer service, social work, and tourism.
The Spanish program develops a Christian perspective on Hispanic culture, history, and literature. Students majoring in Spanish are provided with sufficient knowledge, training, and practical experience for continued study at the graduate level. Spanish Education majors are prepared for teaching all levels of Spanish from kindergarten through the 12th grade. A minor or a second major in Spanish augments vocational skills and enhances employment opportunities in business, ministry, government, law, social work, and health industry, among others.
Lower-level courses are designed to bring the student’s communicative proficiency in Spanish up to the level that makes advanced work feasible. These courses are sequential in nature, beginning with Spanish 101 and continuing through 102, 201 to 202. Upper-level courses (300 and above) fall within one of three broad ategories: Language, Literature, and Culture. Minors are required to take one upper-level language course and two upper-level electives. Spanish majors are required to take two language courses, three literature courses and two culture courses from the upperlevel selection. All students who major in Spanish or Spanish Education are required to attend the Semester in Spain (SIS) program in Seville to complete their major coursework requirements. Exceptions may be made for Spanish native speakers reared and educated through High School in a Spanish-speaking country, or heritage students raised in the U.S. whose first language is Spanish, or students raised and educated through High School in a Spanish-speaking country who can demonstrate significant language proficiency and cultural knowledge to the satisfaction of the academic standards of the Department.