Major in Spanish (B.A)
Choose one from intermediate Spanish I courses:3-4
Intermediate Spanish I
Intensive Intermediate Spanish I in Guatemala
Choose one from intermediate Spanish II courses:3-4
Intermediate Spanish II
Intensive Intermediate Spanish II in Guatemala
Spanish for Health Professionals
Choose one from history courses in Spanish:3-4
Ibero-American History
Ibero-American History in Guatemala
Ibero-American History in Spain
Choose one from culture courses in Spanish:4
Hispanic Cultures
Hispanic Cultures: Guatemalan Perspectives
Historic Spain and its Cultures
Choose one from advanced Spanish language courses:4
Advanced Communication in Spain
Advanced Spanish Communication
Advanced Spanish Communication in Guatemala
Choose one from introductory literature courses in Spanish:3-4
Introduction to Hispanic Literature
Readings from Latin America and Spain
Choose two from literature and current events in Spanish:7-8
Current Issues in Guatemala
Contemporary Literature
Classical Literature
Modern Spain: An Examination of Ethics - Spain
Classical Literature in Spain
Marketing and Management in Spain
Choose one from Spanish elective courses: 13
Photography in Spain
Electives from Spanish courses at 200-level or above 1
Select from related areas of study:3-4
Introduction to Second Language Acquisition
Introduction to Linguistics
Sociology of Third World Development
Internship in Spanish
SPA 499Senior Seminar4
Major *37-43
General Education49-50
Electives29-36
Total Credits122

Additional requirements for a major in Spanish: Students must have a semester-long experience in a Spanish-speaking setting outside the United States. The experience must include living with members of the host culture. The program must be approved by the chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

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B.A. in Spanish 2018-2019: Option 1 - CWILT (Fall Abroad)

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SPA 2011,4 Intermediate Spanish I3Mathematics (M) course 3SPA 202UZ Intermediate Spanish II4
BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3 GES 130 Christianity Western Culture4
GES 125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4 GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing3
Elective 3 GES 160 Inquiry Seminar3
 13 3 14
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SPA 290 Ibero-American History3Elective 3SPA 301U5 Hispanic Cultures4
THE 201 Christian Theology3 Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course 3
Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1 Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Electives 7
Elective 3  
 14 3 14-17
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
Semester Abroad (Z-tag earned at this time)2,3 Science, Technology and Society (K) course 3SPA 322 Advanced Spanish Communication4
SPA 300 Introduction to Hispanic Literature4 Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3
SPA 316 or 318 Modern Spain: An Examination of Ethics - Spain or Classical Literature in Spain4 Electives 8
Spanish Elective(s) 3-4  
Spanish Related Area 3-4  
 14-16 3 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SPA313 (odd years) or SPA312 (even years) or elective Classical LiteratureContemporary Literature4Interim Off Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
SPA 499 Senior Seminar4 Electives 12
Comparative Systems (G) course 3  
Elective 3  
 14 0 15
Total Credits 122-127

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 25 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

B.A. in Spanish 2018-2019: Option 1 - CWILT (Spring Abroad)

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SPA 2011, 4 Intermediate Spanish I3Mathematics (M) course 3SPA 202UZ1 Intermediate Spanish II4
GES 125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4 GES 130 Christianity Western Culture4
BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3 GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing3
Elective 3 GES 160 Inquiry Seminar3
 13 3 14
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SPA 290 Ibero-American History3Elective 3SPA 301U5 Hispanic Cultures4
THE 201 Christian Theology3 Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course 3
Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1 Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Electives 6
Elective 3  
 14 3 15
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SPA 305 Readings from Latin America and Spain3Science, Technology and Society (K) course 3Semester Abroad (Z-tag earned at this time)2,3
Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3 SPA 308 Current Issues in Guatemala4
Electives 9 SPA 323 Advanced Spanish Communication in Guatemala4
  Spanish Elective 3-4
  Spanish Related Area 3-4
 15 3 14-16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SPA 313 (odd years) Classical Literature4Interim Off Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
SPA 499 Senior Seminar4 Electives 10
Electives 7  
 15 0 13
Total Credits 122-124

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 25 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

B.A. in Spanish 2018-2019: Option 2 - Humanities (Fall Abroad)

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SPA 2011,4 Intermediate Spanish I3GES 147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4SPA 202UZ Intermediate Spanish II4
GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3
GES 145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4 GES 244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
Elective 3 Mathematics (M) course 3
 13 4 14
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SPA 290 Ibero-American History3Electives 3SPA 301U5 Hispanic Cultures4
GES 246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 Laboratory Science (D) course 4
Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1 Electives 6
Electives 6  
 14 3 14
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
Semester Abroad - Spain Term2,3 Science, Technology and Society (K) course 3SPA 322 Advanced Spanish Communication4
SPA 300 Introduction to Hispanic Literature4 Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3
SPA 316 or 318 Modern Spain: An Examination of Ethics - Spain or Classical Literature in Spain4 Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
Spanish Electives 3-4 Electives 6
Spanish Related Area 3-4  
 14-16 3 13-16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
Spanish choice: SPA313 (odd years) or SPA312 (even years) or elective Contemporary Literature4Interim Off Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
SPA 499 Senior Seminar4 Electives 12
Contemporary Systems (G) course 3  
Electives 6  
 17 0 15
Total Credits 124-129

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 25 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

B.A. in Spanish 2018-2019: Option 2 - Humanities (Spring Abroad)

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SPA 2011, 4 Intermediate Spanish I3GES 147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4SPA 202UZ1 Intermediate Spanish II4
GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3
GES 145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4 GES 244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
Elective 3 Mathematics (M) course 3
 13 4 14
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SPA 290 Ibero-American History3Elective 3SPA 301U5 Hispanic Cultures4
GES 246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1 Electives 8
Laboratory Science (D) course 4  
Elective 3  
 15 3 14
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
SPA 305 Readings from Latin America and Spain3Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3Semester Abroad (Z-tag earned at this time)2,3
Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3 SPA 308 Current Issues in Guatemala4
Comparative Systems (G) course 3 SPA 323 Advanced Spanish Communication in Guatemala4
Electives 6 Spanish Elective 3-4
  Spanish Related Area 3-4
 15 3 14-16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
Spanish choice: SPA313 (odd years) or SPA312 (even years) or Contemporary Literature4Interim Off Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
SPA 499 Senior Seminar4 Electives 10
Electives 6  
 14 0 13
Total Credits 122-124

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 25 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

SPA 101 • Introductory Spanish I 4 Credits.

Listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Opportunities for oral and written practice encourage actual communication in Spanish.
Prerequisites: No more than one year of high school Spanish or placement exam. Offered: Fall, spring

SPA 102S • Introductory Spanish II 4 Credits.

Continuation of functional and practical understanding and communicative use of the Spanish language. Further study of Spanish history and culture through films, discussions, and readings.
Prerequisites: SPA 101 or placement exam. Offered: Fall, spring

SPA 120A • Photography in Spain 3 Credits.

Technical and conceptual acquaintance with the medium of photography and its vocabulary within the realm of high art. Includes camera operation, black and white film developing, black and white print processing, and print finishing.
Offered: Fall. Special Notes: Course taught in Spanish. Carries cross-credit in art.

SPA 201 • Intermediate Spanish I 3 Credits.

Synthesis and expansion of language study in order to further develop communicative language ability. Study of the rich cultural diversity in the Spanish-speaking world.
Prerequisites: SPA 102S or placement exam. Offered: Fall, spring. Special Notes: Students may not receive credit for both SPA 201 and SPA 203.

SPA 202UZ • Intermediate Spanish II 4 Credits.

A further development of communicative language ability through the study of the rich cultural diversity in the Spanish-speaking world. Topics include religious practices, Hispanics in the United States, and violations of human rights. Service-learning experience required.
Prerequisites: SPA 201 or placement exam; GES 130 (may be taken concurrently) or GES 244 (may be taken concurrently). Offered: Fall, spring. Special Notes: Students may not receive credit for both SPA 202UZ and SPA 204.

SPA 203 • Intensive Intermediate Spanish I in Guatemala 4 Credits.

Synthesis and expansion of language study in order to further develop communicative language ability. Study of the rich cultural diversity in the Spanish-speaking world, including topics such as family structures, racial diversity, and perspectives on death and the afterlife. Intensive one-on-one interaction with Guatemalan instructor.
Prerequisites: SPA 102S or placement exam. Offered: Spring. Special Notes: Students may not receive credit for both SPA 203 and SPA 201.

SPA 204 • Intensive Intermediate Spanish II in Guatemala 4 Credits.

A further development of communicative language ability through the study of the rich cultural diversity in the Spanish-speaking world. Topics include religious practices, Hispanics in the United States, and violations of human rights. Intensive one-on-one interaction with Guatemalan instructor.
Prerequisites: SPA 201, SPA 203, or placement exam. Offered: Spring. Special Notes: Students may not receive credit for both SPA 204 and SPA 202UZ.

SPA 208 • Spanish for Health Professionals 3 Credits.

Designed for those studying or preparing for healthcare professions. Emphasis on building culturally and linguistically competent communication skills with Spanish-speaking immigrants in healthcare settings.
Prerequisites: SPA 201, SPA 203, or placement exam. Offered: Occasionally

SPA 228 • Intensive Language Study in the Spanish-Speaking World 3 Credits.

Study of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture taught in a Spanish-speaking country through an approved language school. Homestay required.
Prerequisites: Two semesters of intermediate Spanish at the college level or placement exam; consent of Department of World Languages and Cultures. Grade exceptions: Graded on an S/U bases. Offered: Interim, by arrangement. Special Notes: Program must be approved by the Department of World Languages and Cultures in advance. Enrollment is limited.

SPA 290 • Ibero-American History 3 Credits.

An examination of key historical processes in Spain, Latin America, and the Spanish-speaking communities in the United States with a focus on social, economic, political, geographic, and religious dimensions.
Prerequisites: SPA 202UZ, SPA 204, SPA 208, or placement exam. Offered: Fall, spring

SPA 291 • Ibero-American History in Guatemala 4 Credits.

An examination of key historical processes in Spain, Latin America, and the Spanish-speaking communities in the United States with a focus on social, economic, political, geographic, and religious dimensions.
Prerequisites: SPA 202UZ, SPA 204, SPA 208, or placement exam. Offered: Spring

SPA 292 • Ibero-American History in Spain 4 Credits.

An examination of key historical processes in Spain, Latin America, and the Spanish-speaking communities in the United States with a focus on social, economic, political, geographic, and religious dimensions.
Prerequisites: SPA 202UZ or SPA 208. Offered: Fall

SPA 300 • Introduction to Hispanic Literature 4 Credits.

Readings in novels, essays, short stories, poetry, newspapers, and magazines from Latin America and Spain.
Prerequisites: SPA 290, SPA 291 (may be taken concurrently) or SPA 292 (may be taken concurrently). Offered: Fall (Spain Term) and Spring (Guatemala Term). Special Notes: Students may not receive credit for both SPA 300 and SPA 305.

SPA 301U • Hispanic Cultures 4 Credits.

Study of the history, traditions, cultural practices, values, and social structures of Latin America and Spain. Service-learning experience may be required.
Prerequisites: GES 130 (may be taken concurrently) or GES 244 (may be taken concurrently); SPA 290, SPA 291, or SPA 292. Offered: Spring. Special Notes: Students may not receive credit for both SPA 301U and SPA 302U.

SPA 302U • Hispanic Cultures: Guatemalan Perspectives 4 Credits.

Study of the history, traditions, cultural practices, values, and social structures of Latin America and Spain. Intensive one-on-one interaction with on-site instructor and interviews with Guatemalans enhance understanding of cultural issues from a Guatemalan perspective.
Prerequisites: GES 130 (may be taken concurrently) or GES 244 (may be taken concurrently); SPA 290 or SPA 291(may be taken concurrently), or placement exam. Offered: Spring. Special Notes: Students may not receive credit for both SPA 302U and SPA 301U.

SPA 303U • Historic Spain and its Cultures 4 Credits.

Study of the multi-cultural richness of Spain in its unique history, society, politics, art, film, and music. Students participate in a series of field trips to places of cultural and historical interest in Segovia and to museums in Madrid.
Prerequisites: GES 130 or GES 244 (may be taken concurrently), SPA 290, SPA 292 (May be taken concurrently), or consent of instructor. Offered: Fall.

SPA 305 • Readings from Latin America and Spain 3 Credits.

Readings in novels, essays, short stories, and poetry from Latin America and Spain.
Prerequisites: SPA 290, SPA 291, or SPA 292. Offered: Fall. Special Notes: Students may not receive credit for both SPA 305 and SPA 300.

SPA 308 • Current Issues in Guatemala 4 Credits.

Students participating in the Guatemala Term use multiple media sources available to them only in the country and interact with Guatemalan people to learn about political, economic, and social issues. Study of a literary text dealing with political issues in Guatemala is included.
Prerequisites: SPA 300 (may be taken concurrently) or SPA 305. Offered: Spring

SPA 312 • Contemporary Literature 4 Credits.

Prose and poetry from selected contemporary Latin American and Spanish authors.
Prerequisites: SPA 300 or SPA 305. Offered: Fall, even # years

SPA 313 • Classical Literature 4 Credits.

Prose and poetry from the classical literature of Spain.
Prerequisites: SPA 300 or SPA 305. Offered: Fall, odd # years

SPA 316 • Modern Spain: An Examination of Ethics - Spain 4 Credits.

An examination of moral and ethical questions during the Spanish Civil War, the Franco regime, and post-Franco Spain. Topics include national unity, justice, political assassination, the responsibility of individuals in society, Basque nationalism, the role of the United States, immigration, and the role of the Catholic Church.
Prerequisites: SPA 305 or concurrent enrollment in SPA 300. Offered: Fall

SPA 317 • Advanced Communication in Spain 4 Credits.

Further development of communicative ability in Spanish, including reading, writing, listening, and conversational skills. Students write compositions, participate in discussions, have conversational exchanges with Spanish university students, give presentations, and read short essays.
Prerequisites:SPA 301U or SPA 303U (May be taken concurrently), or consent of instructor. Offered: Fall

SPA 318 • Classical Literature in Spain 4 Credits.

Prose and poetry from the classical literature of Spain.
Prerequisites: SPA 305 or concurrent enrollment in SPA 300. Offered: Fall. Special Notes: Students may not receive credit for both SPA 318 and SPA 313.

SPA 322 • Advanced Spanish Communication 4 Credits.

Further development of communicative abilities in Spanish including reading, creative and academic writing, formal and informal discussions and debate, and formal presentation skills.
Prerequisites: SPA 301U, SPA 302U, or SPA 303U. Offered: Spring.

SPA 323 • Advanced Spanish Communication in Guatemala 4 Credits.

Further development of communicative abilities in Spanish including reading, creative and academic writing, formal and informal discussions and debate, and formal presentation skills.
Prerequisites: SPA 301U, SPA 302U, or SPA 303U (may be taken concurrently). Offered: Spring

SPA 327 • Marketing and Management in Spain 3 Credits.

Theoretical and practical concepts of marketing and management in the semi-globalized world. Understand the significant challenges globalization presents to management and marketing, specifically in the context of Spain. Business terminology and reality in a Spanish business environment.
Prerequisites: SPA 202UZ. (Carries cross-credit in business.) Offered: Fall. Special Notes: The class is taught and assignments are completed in Spanish.

SPA 481 • Internship in Spanish 3-4 Credits.

Cross-cultural experience to apply and expand Spanish communication knowledge and skills in an off-campus setting. Placements must be at an organization or business within the Latino community or in the Spanish-speaking world. Must be planned in advance of placement in consultation with the Department of World Languages and Cultures.
Prerequisites: Spanish major or minor, or enrollment in Spain or Guatemala Term. Offered: Fall, interim, spring, summer

SPA 499 • Senior Seminar 4 Credits.

An in-depth study and presentation of a topic related to Hispanic cultures, literatures, or the Spanish language. Service-learning experience may be required.
Prerequisites: Major in Spanish; senior standing. Offered: Fall

Overview

The Ministry Scholars program is Bethel University's 5-year Bachelor's Degree and Master of Arts in Ministry program that reduces cost and time-to-completion by streamlining undergraduate and graduate education. Graduates receive a Bachelor's degree from Bethel University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and a Master of Arts in Ministry from Bethel Seminary. This program is well suited for a variety of majors who want to become equipped to lead churches, parachurch organizations, and other ministries. It is also a good fit for ministry-minded students who want to pursue bi-vocational ministry or work outside of professional ministry. Students learn from successful ministry leaders and experts in Biblical and Theological Studies, Spiritual and Personal Formation, and Transformational Leadership. This program offers supplemental training resources, cohort-based activities, and mentorship opportunities to prepare ministry-minded students for effective ministry leadership. Students also gain valuable field experience in local churches and ministry settings.

The objectives of the program are that graduates will demonstrate age-appropriate growth and ultimately ministry leadership preparedness in the following domains:

  1. Spiritual life: Students will grow spiritually, deepening their love for, commitment to, and dependence on God, and develop an instinct to trust in God and to connect intimately with God.
  2. Discernment of call: They will clarify and reaffirm their sense of calling to glorify God, to work in Christ’s church and to serve humanity sacrificially.
  3. Emotional maturity: They will become emotionally mature adults, possessing the ability to sense and manage emotions, to see others’ perspectives, to sympathize and empathize, to follow and lead as appropriate and to foster healthy relationships.
  4. Cultural competence: They will become culturally aware, gaining a perspective that all cultures possess strengths and vulnerabilities, an ability to work across cultural lines and an appreciation that diverse teams are stronger teams.
  5. Bible knowledge: They will gain a clear understanding of the Bible’s content and a deep and abiding passion for the truth of the Gospel.
  6. Spiritual wisdom: They will grow in wisdom, possessing a capacity to apply the Bible so that others are inspired by their teaching and preaching to live out biblical truth and experience human flourishing.
  7. Intellectual virtues: They will develop virtues such as critical thinking, respect for data, intellectual humility, and thirst for learning, combined with the skill to interpret and teach the Bible accurately.
  8. Leadership capacity: They will learn to follow leaders and to lead followers—enlisting people, building teams, leading change and achieving results.
  9. Godly character: They will become virtuous people—individuals who love others, speak truth, live humbly, sacrifice their own interests, live justly, express joy and show compassion.

What is Bethel looking for in a Ministry Scholar?

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA (cumulative college grade point average or unweighted high school GPA if the student has less than one year of college experience), and maintenance of 3.0 minimum GPA throughout the duration of the Ministry Scholars program while enrolled at CAS and Seminary.

  • Able to provide a pastoral or ministry leader reference that speaks to the student’s character and call to ministry.

  • Committed to prioritizing activities and retreats offered for Ministry Scholars, enabling the individual to develop a strong sense of community.

Click here for more information on the Ministry Scholars program at Bethel University