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Degree Débuts – Associate of Arts-Spanish Emphasis

Posted: Apr 21, 2014

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There are new opportunities and classes for students interested in foreign language study at Truckee Meadows Community College … in Spanish you might say “las nuevas clases comienzan”, and in German, “der neue klassen anfang”.

The Associate of Arts-Spanish Emphasis degree takes effect Fall semester 2014.

“If you’ve taken Spanish classes before, you can apply them to this degree,” said Gabriela Brochu, Humanities Department Coordinator at TMCC.

Also, 200-level German and Russian language courses are offered this summer. Students will be able to complete in one year the 14 credits of foreign language required by many baccalaureate degree programs at the University of Nevada, Reno, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

An Associate of Arts-Spanish Emphasis degree is transferable to a four year program

Students with an Associate of Arts-Spanish Emphasis can transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno to study toward a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.

Spanish studies will prepare students to better compete for the growing number of career posts which list multilingual skills in their job descriptions, Brochu said.

Another higher education expert agrees.

Knowledge of Spanish language and culture can be of benefit to many occupations, from working in business, to political affairs and the media, wrote Armida Fruzzetti, Dean of Liberal Arts at TMCC in a follow-up email.

Culture and history classes enrich Spanish studies

In addition to language speaking classes, courses in culture and history will be offered. These classes will complete both emphasis requirements for the Associate of Arts-Spanish Emphasis, and the needed three credits of diversity.

Spanish 221; Iberia and its Cultures will be offered during the 2014-2015 academic year.

“We will talk about the literature of Spain from different periods, Spanish history, food, dance and cultural mores,” Brochu said. “Literature and papers will be read and written in English.”

In the Spanish 222 class, students will be introduced to the culture of Spanish-speaking countries of the New World; from Mexico to Chile. One influential writer from Columbia is Gabriel García Márquez, a 1982 Nobel Prize winner in literature, and writes in a style he popularized called magic realism, where magical things happen in otherwise commonplace circumstances.

Another interesting author from the time when Mexico was a colonial territory of Spain is Juana Inés de la Cruz. Sister Juana learned how to read and write by the age of three and was known for defending a woman’s right to an education, but had to discard or destroy many of her writings by order of the church, Brochu said.

The infamous Hernán Cortés will be considered during Spanish 225; Cultural perspective from Spain to New Mexico. The connection between Spain and New Mexico will be examined, and Spanish conquistadors are discussed.

“Cortés wrote letters to the Spanish king about talks with the Aztec emperor Moctezuma II, which were mostly fiction because Moctezuma didn’t speak Spanish,” Brochu said. “The way that Cortés conquered Mexico was by being an ally with the tribes that were enemies of the ruling Aztecs.”

TMCC is offering the second year of German and Russian language during Summer

For Summer of 2014, TMCC will offer German 211 and Russian 211 from May 27-June 26, and German 212 and Russian 212 from June 30-July 31.

German is offered from 12:40 p.m. until 2:50 p.m. on Monday-Thursday afternoons. The prerequisite for these summer courses is German 112. Correspondingly, the prerequisite for the summer Russian language classes, held from 5:30-7:20 on Monday-Thursday evenings, is Russian 112.

Prerequisites can also be met by a 200-level placement earned on the CAPE Foreign Language exam. The CAPE examination is offered not only for German and Russian, but also in Spanish, French and Chinese.

Twenty-two major programs in the UNR College of Liberal Arts, and degrees in International Affairs and International Business list a requirement of 4 semesters.

“Students can save one year of school, and not take two years to complete the requirement — students can complete the foreign language sequence in 10 weeks and the courses are transferable to UNR,” Brochu said.

More information about foreign language studies and the new degree may be found on the Humanities Department pages or by contacting the department.

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