Spanish Language and Literature – Field of study catalogue MU
Spanish Language and Literature
“Language and culture: gates to the world.”
The Bachelor’s degree study programme in Spanish Language and Literature opens the way to the acquisition of basic knowledge and competence in the linguistics, history, literature, and culture of Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries. Input language level according to the Common European Framework Reference for Languages is B1, output language level C1.
The study programme is focused on humanities. Students learn the Spanish language and the structure and functioning of Spanish as a rather specific Romance language, as well as the history, culture, and literature of Spanish-speaking countries in the context of the present and the past in Europe and in the Americas.
The programme is specific in the attention paid to the broad linguistic and cultural diversification of Spanish and Spanish-speaking countries on various continents.
After graduation, students are prepared for translating, editorial tasks, tourism, and journalism related to the field of study. Generally, graduates can find employment in professions that demand independent and critical thinking as well as excellent communicative skills in Czech and Spanish.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- write and speak in Spanish at the C1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
- think independently and critically in areas that demand solid knowledge of Spanish in its cultural and language context
- have good knowledge of the social, political, and cultural situations in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries
- be aware how Spanish functions and how it is structured as a specific Romance language
Graduates with this degree are capable of complex written and oral expression in Spanish. They are equipped with a detailed knowledge of the social, political, and cultural situations in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries. They have a good knowledge of another selected Romance language and country. In addition to working in the fields of translation, interpretation, editing, journalism, and tourism, they are well-suited for any profession that demands the ability to think independently and critically and to express themselves in both their mother tongue and Spanish.
The standard length of the Bachelor’s degree study programme is three years.
Major and minor studies are identical in the corpus of compulsory subjects. The difference is in the range of optional subjects. In the major, the amount of subject studies is larger, in particular for preparatory courses toward another Romance language, so that students can acquire the required optional credits in other Romance fields.
To qualify for the final state examination, students must earn a total of 180 credits for type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective subjects. Type A/required courses form the basis of the discipline. Other type B/selective and type C/elective credits can be earned in the field of Spanish language and literature, in other Romance disciplines, or other in fields taught at Masaryk University.
During the course of their studies, students should follow the study catalogue valid for their year of matriculation. The study catalogues for the individual years of matriculation are available at the Faculty of Arts website.
The final state examination consists of the thesis defence (in major studies) and an oral examination: one part of the oral exam tests and checks linguistic knowledge and understanding of morphology, syntax, lexicology, and semantics with a focus on language standards and the other part checks cultural and literary knowledge of Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries.
Graduates can continue to the Master’s degree study programmes in Spanish language and literature, Spanish language translation, North American studies (if the previous major or minor study was English), and upper secondary school teacher training in Spanish.