SPANISH AND SPANISH AMERICAN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Spanish deals with the Spanish language, and you learn about culture, history, literature and social conditions in both Spain and Latin America.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

On the Bachelor's degree programme in Spanish, having good Spanish language skills is an advantage, because you can fully benefit from the teaching from the very first day, as teaching primarily takes place in Spanish.

Studying on the Spanish programme

At the BA degree programme in Spanish, teaching is based on lectures, presentations and discussions in smaller groups. You will spend a lot of time together with your study group, in which you prepare for lectures and complete assignments. During the fourth semester you have the opportunity to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country, where you can develop your language skills and experience a Spanish-speaking country first-hand.

Historical perspectives

The Bachelor's degree programme in Spanish gives you an insight into Spain's development from the Golden Age of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, via Franco’s regime, and up until today's modern democracy comprising regions with their own language and culture. You also learn about the Latin American countries' development, cultural differences and history, which is characterised by drama and bloody tales of colonisation, secession, dictatorships and fights for social justice.

Career opportunities

Most graduates of the BA programme in Spanish go on to do a Master’s degree in Spanish. The MA programme, a direct continuation of the BA programme, gives you career opportunities in a variety of fields, including education, tourism, cultural exchange, communication and translation. As a graduate of the BA programme in Spanish, you are also eligible for admission to variety of other relevant Master’s degree programmes.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22355

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • Spanish A

 

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of: 

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria. 

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • Spanish A

Programme structure

The Bachelor's degree programme in Spanish is structured around three central areas. You will first and foremost learn to understand, speak and write Spanish. In so doing, you will learn about the Spanish language’s history, development and construction. In addition, the course focuses on Spanish literature as well as historical, political, cultural and social conditions in the Spanish-speaking countries of the world. The degree programme diagram gives an outline of the entire Bachelor’s degree programme in Spanish. You can click on the different courses to read the course descriptions.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in Spanish, you can find more information about the individual subjects, the programme structure and the requirements you must meet as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The degree programme diagram gives an outline of the entire Bachelor’s degree programme in Spanish. You can click on the different courses to read the course descriptions.

 

 

Student life

Teaching on the programme in Spanish

While studying Spanish, you will meet many lecturers who have Spanish as their mother tongue. This also means that the great majority of teaching takes place in Spanish. It is therefore an advantage if you have knowledge of the Spanish language before beginning your studies.

Your teaching will alternate between lectures, where your teacher reviews assigned texts, and classroom instruction, where you and your fellow students actively take part in discussions. You will also be part of a study group and will come to do presentations and practical exercises together.

Below is an example of a timetable for the first semester of the BA programme in Spanish. Even though there are not so many scheduled lessons, Spanish is a full-time degree programme, where you spend many hours preparing for individual lessons.

Monday
09:00 - 12:00 Lecture: History, Society and Culture 1
12:00 - 15:00 Lecture: Studium Generale

Tuesday
8:00 - 10:00 Lecture: Grammar 1
10:00 - 12:00 Lecture: Literature 1
13:00 - 16:00 Preparation time

Wednesday
8:00 - 10:00 Classroom instruction: Grammar 1
10:00 - 13:00 Study group work
13:00 - 16:00 Preparation time

Thursday
10:00 - 12:00 Lecture: Textual Analysis 1
12:00 - 14:00 Classroom instruction: Textual Analysis 1
14:00 - 15:00 Practical exercises: Grammar 1

Friday
08:00 - 15:00 Preparation time

Social life on the study of religion programme

As a student at Spanish, you are located in the Nobel Park together with the students from the language programmes in Italian, French and German. Once your studying is finished for the day, you have the chance to get involved in a variety of social associations, such as:

The degree programme committee
The degree programme committee is the students' voice. This is where you can influence your own and your fellow students study environment.

Esparanto
Spanish shares a Friday bar with students from the other language programmes. The Friday bar is called Esperanto and offers beer, soft drinks and a cosy atmosphere every Friday.

Studying abroad

As a student of Spanish, spending a semester in a Spanish-speaking country where you can really get to know the language and culture is an obvious choice. You have the opportunity to study abroad during the fourth semester. Aarhus University has partnerships with universities in Madrid, Valencia and Mexico City. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

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Follow the student life at Aarhus University

-experienced, photographed and filmed by the students themselves.

With thousands of pictures #yourniversity gives insight into the everyday life as a student at AU; the parties, procrastination, exams and all the other ways you’ll spend your time at university.

 

The photos belong to the users, shared with #Yourniversity, #AarhusUni and course-specific AU-hashtags.

Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

Your career opportunities as a graduate of the BA programme in Spanish depend on what supplementary subjects you take as, well as what Master’s degree programme you choose later on.

As a Bachelor of Spanish you will get a practical and theoretical understanding of the Spanish language - both written and orally. You will gain broad knowledge of Spanish literature, and you will be able to communicate inter-culturally given that you also learn about the culture of the Spanish-speaking countries. At the same time, you will get an insight into the history of – and current society – in Spain, as well as in the Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America.

The majority of graduates from the degree programme in Spanish become teachers at upper secondary schools, business colleges or seminars. You also have the opportunity to work as a translator or interpreter in the EU or elsewhere, or with communication and marketing for companies with an interest in the Spanish and Latin American markets.

Supplementary subjects

As part of the third year of the BA programme in Spanish you must choose a supplementary subject. This is where you can choose between a wide range of subjects. Examples of supplementary subjects chosen by other students of Spanish include:

  • Supplementary subject in English
  • Supplementary subject in History
  • Supplementary subject in Scandinavian Language and Literature

Master’s degree programmes

Most graduates of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Spanish go on to do a Master’s degree. Some MA programmes may require a specific supplementary subject. Some of the options are:

  • The Master's degree programme in Spanish and Latin American language, literature and culture, where you expand your practical skills in the Spanish language and learn to apply a critical perspective to the three main areas of the subject.
  • The Master's degree programme in Latin American studies, where you acquire extensive knowledge about the whole continent, but can also explore the part of the Latin American region that you find most interesting.
  • The Master's degree programme in English, where you learn the English language and become acquainted with the culture and social conditions of English-speaking countries.
  • The Master's degree programme in Scandinavian language and literature, where you become good to analyse and communicate, while also gaining extensive cultural understanding.