Freed-Hardeman University has added a Spanish major and teaching licensure in Spanish to its curriculum offerings for the coming year. The university had previously offered a Spanish minor.
The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish includes 46 hours of general education credits and 35 hours of Spanish credits. These include a field laboratory and study abroad. Next summer’s immersion program will be held in Madrid where students can earn up to eight credits at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
The United States has the second-largest Spanish-speaking population in the world and the numbers continue to grow, according to Rhonda Thompson, program coordinator. Approximately 20% of the country’s population speaks Spanish. “We want to help prepare students to work with and serve others in bilingual situations,” Thompson said.
“After a year of putting together a major that would be acceptable to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the FHU Board of Trustees, we are happy and excited to offer what be believe is a well-rounded, balanced course of study,” Thompson said. “We believe this degree will help our students to be even better prepared for life after graduation.”
More information about the Spanish major may be obtained by contacting Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Linda Moran at email@example.com