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If you consider yourself a global citizen, have a passion for learning, want to see the world through new eyes, or give yourself an amazing edge in today's competitive job market, St. Ambrose has the program to help you achieve your goals.

Our graduates work at St. Norbert College, St. Thomas More High School, and attend prestigious graduate programs at the University of Iowa, DePaul University, Washington University, and the University of Connecticut.


Ambrose Advantages

  • Cultural Immersion Through Study Abroad and Campus Events
  • Robust Program Options
  • Creative Education Using Comics, Films, Pop Culture

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You will grow your linguistic and cultural proficiency, and deepen your appreciation and awareness of global perspectives through one-on-one guidance, unique courses, and opportunities abroad. Your St. Ambrose education and experience will set you apart in the global job market or graduate studies.

See Our Spanish Major Program Fact Sheet (pdf)


More Information on the Spanish Language Program

What Will I Learn?

Courses will improve your reading and writing skills, grammar, stylistics, and vocabulary, but there is so much more. You'll have the opportunity to explore Spanish language and Hispanic and Latino cultures through the understanding of popular culture (film, TV, comics, music...), literature, and linguistics. You'll study contemporary culture and language within a global context in order to become a bicultural citizen.

Our faculty work hard to offer students creative and compelling courses and seminars on topics such as comics and sequential art, media representation of violence, popular culture, and film.

All Spanish majors are required to study abroad for one semester, and Spanish minors spend at least four weeks abroad, giving you the opportunity to be fully immersed in the language and culture while earning credit toward your degree.

We offer study abroad opportunities in Argentina, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Spain. And, there are additional opportunities Chile, Mexico, and Uruguay.

We do all we can to make your time abroad a valuable and affordable learning experience. Our Modern Languages department offers scholarships to assist with study abroad expenses (see below).

Proficiency in more than one foreign language is very beneficial if you want a career in International Studies, Criminal Justice, Education, or healthcare. SAU makes it easy, too. We offer minors in French and Spanish. If you want to share your enthusiasm for languages and culture with a younger generation, you can earn a Spanish Secondary Education Major and take a minor in Hispanic Studies.

SAU graduates who dual major in modern language and another specialty--such as business, health care, social work, engineering – have been very successful. We live in a global world, and experience with world cultures makes our graduates more adaptable – something employers highly value. Contact the department chair on the right to learn about your dual major possibilities.

Read why Arturo Meijide-Lapido, PhD, believes foreign languages provide a window to the greater world.

What are some potential career opportunities?

Foreign language majors can pursue careers in education, translation or interpreter, international sales, foreign media, diplomatic corps, immigration and customs, and with international aid organizations.

Foreign language skills are highly desired by government agencies, such as U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Foreign Service Institute, CIA, Homeland Security, and all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

A second major in a foreign language is especially beneficial for those pursuing careers in International Studies, Criminal Justice, Education, or healthcare.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016), the job market for interpreters and translators will grow by 29 percent by the year 2025. The growth is driven by increased emigration and immigration to the U.S. The average median salary for interpreters and translators was $46,120 in May 2016.

Foreign language majors have an entry point into international business and international finance. The Bureau of Labor Statistics cited $121,750 as the 2016 median average salary for international finance managers and $127,560 for international marketing managers. 

What have alumni of this program done?

Matt Rogalski '12 travels around the world recruiting students as the Director of St. Ambrose University International Admissions.

Sharice Clough '15 is a graduate student in the University of Iowa Speech Language program. Her undergraduate majors in Spanish and Behavioral Psychology helped build the foundation for this career.

Kayla Wills '12 is a MidMarket Account Executive, Sales Solutions, for LinkedIn.

Morgan Reyes '15 is studying Spanish Language and Literature at DePaul University as well as a research assistant.

Scholarships

Scholarships and Grants

For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics. Give us a call or send an email so we can get to know you and find the best package for you. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

Foreign Language Scholarships
Two scholarships are available from the Modern Languages Department to study overseas for modern foreign language credit:

1) Awards of up to $500 for students taking a General Education Foreign Language course abroad taught by St. Ambrose University language faculty members.
2) Scholarships of up to $2,000 for declared language minors and majors. 

Students who apply for either scholarship need to complete an application (pdf) and return it to the department chair by these deadlines:

  • Nov. 15 for a Winterim or Spring semester program
  • May 1 for a May term, Summer term, or Fall semester program

Institutional scholarships (2018-19)

To receive an institutional grant or scholarship students must meet specific criteria, and some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible. There is no need to apply for these; students automatically are eligible if they meet the criteria.

The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Ambrose Scholar
For First Year, on-campus residents only. Straight As on high school transcript and a minimum 30 ACT score. Applicants who meet Ambrose Scholar criteria will be invited to compete for a full tuition scholarship for $@{17-18-Tuition}.

Trustee Scholar
$22,000/year - For First-year, on-campus residents only. Unweighted 3.8 GPA, 28+ACT. May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible.

Academic Scholarship
$14,000-17,000/year - Based on GPA and ACT/SAT score

University Grant
$12,000/year - Based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT score

Additional Awards

If you want to apply for any of the scholarships below, contact the Admissions Office.

Fine Arts Scholarships
Award based on performance and ability in art, music, or theatre. Includes the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship. Audition or portfolio required.

Athletics Scholarships
Award varies. Based on performance and ability. Marching Band scholarships available. See below.

Freeman Pollard Minority Scholarship
$1,000 for on-campus students; $500 for off-campus. For accepted minority students.

Diocese of Davenport Catholic Parish Scholarship
Award varies. For First Year students only who are recommended by their parish pastor in the Diocese of Davenport. Recommendation to be completed by your pastor available here (pdf).

Father Welch Alumni Scholarship
$1,000/year. For on-campus students only whose parent is a St. Ambrose graduate.

Athletic Scholarships

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) awards millions of dollars annually to student-athletes at more than 250 colleges and universities. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at playNAIA.org

Award Terms

FAFSA forms must be filed every year.

  • To be considered for an Iowa Tuition Grant, the filing deadline is July 1.
  • The St. Ambrose priority deadline is March 15 for some institutional funds. 
  • The Financial Aid Office has the right to adjust your award at any time due to changes in your financial, academic, enrollment, or housing status. 
  • Awards offered from State and Federal programs are contingent upon legislative allocation of funds and maximum limits allowed.
  • You must report any assistance you receive from outside sources – including assistance from your employer – to the Financial Aid Office.

Institutional Aid

Undergraduate level students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester to receive Institutional money. All students, undergraduate or graduate, must be enrolled at least half-time per semester to be eligible for student loans. (Half-time for Undergraduate level = 6 credits; Graduate level = 5 credits)

There is no institutional aid for summer sessions. Federal Loans may be available if you are enrolled at least 1/2 time.

You are eligible for institutional financial aid for up to eight semesters, including semesters taken at other schools, before or after time spent at the university (i.e. if you transfer in as a junior, you will receive 4 semesters of institutional aid; or you attended St. Ambrose, left to attend another school, and then returned). This means that if you continue into a fifth year of classes, you will not be eligible for any institutional funds you may have received previously. (Institutional funds are those awarded by the university, not state, federal, or outside based scholarships or grants.)

Loans

All financial aid awards, including loans, are disbursed in two disbursements: one for the fall term and one for the spring term. If you are a first-time borrower, there is a 30-day hold on your first disbursement. Once the loan funds have been applied to your account and if you have awards in excess of your costs, you may receive a refund. Any other questions regarding your financial aid should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

Work Study

If you are receiving assistance under the work study program, you must understand that the amount shown on your award letter is the amount we expect you to earn during one academic year if you work all your allotted hours. Any additional earnings must be approved by your department supervisor and taken into consideration in your financial award package.

Endowed Scholarships

Part of the financial aid funds that St. Ambrose awards come from monies provided through the generous support of St. Ambrose University benefactors. Most endowed scholarships are meant to provide financial support for St. Ambrose University's academic and need based awards. Due to this, in some cases you may see a portion of your Academic Scholarship, for example, being replaced by a named endowed scholarship. The total dollar amount you receive between the two awards, however, will remain unchanged.

Recipients are chosen based on the criteria established by the donor, which include, but are not limited to: major, class rank, GPA, performance in a fine art, or residency. You may be contacted by the Advancement Office to write a thank you letter to the donor.

What happens if I withdraw or need to drop a class?

  • If you drop a class, it may affect the amount of aid you can receive. It is very important to visit your Financial Aid counselor if you are planning on dropping a class.
  • If you are going to withdraw completely from all your classes, your financial aid awards will be prorated according to the amount of time you were actually enrolled. It is possible that you may end up owing the University for a portion of your expenses incurred.
  • More information regarding this policy is available in the University catalog.
  • Please contact your Financial Aid counselor if you are considering dropping classes or withdrawing from the University.

Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish (non-education)

Required:
+SPAN 311 Advanced Spanish Grammar
+SPAN 312 Spanish Abroad (1-5 credits)
+WI-SPAN 313 Writing in Spanish
SPAN 314 Introduction to Hispanic Cultural Studies
SPAN 317 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
+SPAN 340 Second Language Acquisition
SPAN 400 Capstone

Choose 9 credits:
SPAN 316 Introduction to Hispanic Film Studies
SPAN 320 Spain
+SPAN 332 Latin American Women Writers
+SPAN 335 Comic Books in the Hispanic World
+SPAN 341 Spanish Pronunciations
+SPAN 342 Methods and Approaches in Spanish Language Teaching
SPAN 350 Special Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
SPAN 360 Special Topics in Hispanic Cultural Studies (350 and 360 may be repeated if topic is different)

Study Abroad
The program and course abroad must be pre-approved by the department. Approved programs vary in length; students should consult with their Spanish advisor for information and planning.

Other requirements:
18 credit hours of coursework in the major must be taken on the SAU campus.

Plan to Graduate

For majors with no previous Spanish coursework:

First Year
Fall - First semester of Spanish
Spring - Second semester of Spanish

Second Year
Fall - Intermediate Spanish Reading in Spanish
Spring - Advanced Spanish Grammart Writing in Spanish

Third Year
Fall - Introduction to Hispanic Cultural Studies
Spring - 2 elective courses or seminars on Hispanic culture or linguistics

Fourth Year
Fall - Study Abroad
Spring - Captsone

For majors with some previous Spanish coursework:

First Year
Fall - Depends on placement test
Spring - Advanced Spanish Grammar

Second Year
Fall - Writing in Spanish
Spring - Intro to Hispanic Cultural Studies

Third Year
Fall and Spring - 2 each of elective courses or seminars on Hispanic culture or linguistics

Fourth Year
Fall - Study Abroad
Spring - Capstone

Minor in Spanish (18 credits)

Required:
+SPAN 311 Advanced Spanish Grammar
SPAN 312 Spanish Abroad (1-5 credits)
+WI-SPAN 313 Writing in Spanish
+SPAN 314 Introduction to Hispanic Cultural Studies

Choose 6 credits:
SPAN 316 Introduction to Hispanic Film Studies
SPAN 317 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
SPAN 320 Spain
SPAN 332 Latin American Women Writers
SPAN 334 Seminar in Spanish Cinema and Media
+SPAN 335 Comic Books in the Hispanic World
+SPAN 340 Second Language Acquisition
+SPAN 341 Spanish Pronunciations
+SPAN 342 Methods and Approaches in Spanish Language Teaching
+SPAN 350 Special Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
+SPAN 360 Special Topics in Hispanic Cultural Studies (350 and 360 may be repeated if topic is different)

Study Abroad
Study Abroad in a high-language immersion program. The program and courses abroad must be pre-approved by the department. Approved programs vary in length; students should consult with their Spanish advisor for information and planning.

Other requirements:
15 credit hours at the 300 level must be taken on the SAU campus.

Spanish Secondary Education Major (31 credits)

You must first be accepted into the SAU Teacher Education program.

Required:
+SPAN 311 Advanced Spanish Grammar
+SPAN 312 Spanish Abroad (1-5 credits)
+WI-SPAN 313 Writing in Spanish
+SPAN 314 Introduction to Hispanic Cultural Studies
+SPAN 317 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
SPAN 400 Capstone

Choose 9 credits:
+SPAN 316 Introduction to Hispanic Film Studies
SPAN 320 Spain
+SPAN 332 Latin American Women Writers
+SPAN 335 Comic Books in the Hispanic World
+SPAN 341 Spanish Pronunciations
+SPAN 342 Methods and Approaches in Spanish Language Teaching
+SPAN 350 Special Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
+SPAN 360 Special Topics in Hispanic Cultural Studies (350 and 360 may be repeated if topic is different)

Study Abroad:
The program and course abroad must be pre-approved by the department. Approved programs vary in length; students should consult with their Spanish advisor for information and planning.

Other requirements:
18 hours of coursework in the major must be taken on the SAU campus.

All Secondary Education degree requirements (see the Education department description in the course catalog for current information).
Spanish Secondary Education Majors should have two advisors: one in Spanish and one in Education.

Plan to Graduate

For a Spanish Education Major with some previous coursework in Spanish:

First Year
Fall - depends on placement test
Spring - Advanced Spanish Grammar

Second Year
Fall - Writing in Spanish
Spring - Intro to Hispanic Cultural Studies

Third Year
Fall - Intro to Hispanic Linguistics OR any elective course or seminar on Hispanic culture or linguistics
Spring - Second Language Acquisition Any elective course or seminar on Hispanic culture or linguistics

Fourth Year
Fall - Study Abroad
Spring - Capstone


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Nathan Tappen

Class of 2021


Nathan Tappen was undecided on a major when he became an Ambrosian in 2017, but “undecided” is OK. We offer more than 60 undergraduate majors, and Nathan was eager to explore. “I like the academic programs SAU offers, and maybe what I want to do in the future will be inspired by a class I take.”

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Arturo Meijide Lapido, Associate Professor and Chair

Modern Languages and Cultures
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518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6139
MeijideArturoF@sau.edu

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