University of Arkansas Spanish Student Sae Matsumoto with friends


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UAFS Mission Statement

Vision and Mission of the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith:


The vision of the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith is to “prepare students to succeed in an ever-changing global world while advancing economic development and quality of place.” The University’s mission is that “UAFS will be a national model for preparing students for workforce mobility through education and professional development while serving as the thought leader in the region for workforce training.”

Spanish Bachelor of Arts

"A semester studying abroad is one of the degree requirements for the Spanish B.A..  A unique aspect of our program, this opportunity enables our students to become part of a different culture for a semester, learning how things are done in other parts of our beautiful planet. We aspire to promote and encourage that world-embracing vision in our students."

~ Dr. Mary A. Sobhani, World Languages Department Head

Spanish Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the B.A. in Spanish, students will be able to:

1. Speak in Spanish at an Intermediate-High level or above (ACTFL). Students will narrate and describe in major time frames (past, present, and future) and will be able to produce connected discourse of paragraph length.

2. Research and write at an Advanced-Low level (ACTFL). Students will read and demonstrate literacy skills using texts in Spanish (e.g., short stories, poetry, essays, academic articles, journalistic texts).

3. Demonstrate a metacognitive knowledge of the main features of the Spanish language. Students will demonstrate understanding of the linguistic differences and similarities between English and Spanish and their cultural context.

4. Use Spanish language in bilingual settings locally and abroad. Students will use Spanish language acquired in practical immersion to build their intercultural and career skills.