world Languages and Literatures

Stacey Alba D. Skar, Chair
Berkshire Hall 224, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8734
(203) 837-8912 (fax)

Department Secretary
Berkshire Hall 120b, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8250
(203) 837-8912 (fax)


S. Alba Skar, Chair G. Bakhtiarova  

Adjunct Faculty

W. Atanasoff A. de la Vega H. Elmahy
P. Farina J. Frankle R. Ludanyi
J. Matranga    


The Department of World Languages & Literature creates a strong foundation for learning a variety of languages, both in our courses, and through study abroad opportunities.  Major programs in the bachelor of arts degree in Spanish, and educaiton programs in elementary or secondary education with a concentration in Spanish, offer students a curriculum that is balanced between the study of language, cultures, and literary traditions from Spain and Latin America, as well as a greater awareness of the vital connections between global and local Hispanic communites.

In advanced courses for majors and minors, our curriculum retains the strengths of traditional linguistic analysis, and adds a cutting-edge cultural studies focus to the study of literature and civilizations.  Students at all levels develop language proficiency, in addition to critical thinking and problem solving skills, oral communication, and writing abilities, which are all key competencies for a variety of professional careers.



The Department of World Languages & Literature engages students in the study of languages, cultures, and literary traditions.  Learning to speak languages of the world opens doors for travel and creates professional opportunities in such diverse fields as education, law, government, international affairs, business, and many others.  Courses and programs we offer encourage students to be critical thinking citizens and leaders of local and global communities.  Our students learn to view the world from diverse perspectives, and to cross borders through effective communication based on an appreciation of cultural diversity.

Degree Programs in World Languages

Bachelor of Arts


Bachelor of Science

Elementary Education: Spanish
Secondary Education: Spanish

Minor Programs


Foreign Language Requirements

All students enrolled in B.A. programs and secondary education majors must fulfill the foreign language requirement in one of the following ways:

1. By completing through the third year of one foreign language in high school with an overall "C" average.

2. By studying a total of three years of two foreign languages in high school with an overall "B" average.

3. By successfully completing a foreign language proficiency examination, or by providing the necessary documentation outlined in the language waiver policy in this catalog.

4. By successfully completing a language immersion experience of one semester abroad.  Consult the Department of World Languages and Literature or Western's International Center.

5. By successfully completing the specified language courses at WCSU.  Students may fulfill the foreign language requirement by successfully completing an Introductory II second-semester course in languages offered in the Department of World Languages and Literature, or any one semester of a language course at the intermediate level or above that is taught in the target language, not in English.

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (B.A.)


Students must complete all general education requirements, the courses and credits listed below and additional free electives to total a minimum of 122 semester hours, including physical education.

SPA 201 El mundo iberoamericano
SPA 203 Conversación
SPA 205 Traducción inversa
SPA 207 Comentario de texto
SPA 221 La civilización española
SPA 230 El cuento
SPA 231 El teatro española
SPA 300 Advanced Composition and Syntax
SPA 330, 331 Autores representativos I & II
SPA 400 Linguistics
Two Spanish literature courses

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education–Spanish (B.S.)


See page 104 for requirements.

Minor in Spanish

Eighteen (18) semester hours of Spanish courses.
(SPA 196–Lengua y Cultura I and SPA 197–Lengua y Cultura II are accepted toward minor.) Courses in Spanish for Professions (i.e. SPA 170) shall not be accepted for credit for this minor.

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