Indiana University East will begin offering a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish this fall. The university says the addition is part of an initiative to offer degree options that meet the needs of the region.
The new Spanish degree will be available on campus and online. The program has already been approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Indiana University Board of Trustees.
Students will be required to complete a language immersion experience, which includes study abroad. IU East already has several overseas programs that include one- or two-week trips to Spain, Costa Rica, Argentina and the Dominican Republic.
"Immersion is essential to language learning," said Dianne Moneypenny, assistant professor of Spanish and coordinator for the World Languages and Cultures program at IU East. "We are committed to offering varied and meaningful contexts in which our students can interact in Spanish both inside and outside the walls of the traditional classroom."
Currently, IU East only offers a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Hispanic Studies. The university says it has determined a need for a work force more skilled in Spanish in the region.
Registration for fall classes begins March 21.