Based on the liberal arts tradition, the Spanish programs at BYU are designed not only to improve students’ communication skills but to immerse them in a study of Hispanic linguistics, literature and culture. The undergraduate major serves the needs of students who plan to enter a variety of fields, including business, medicine, law, government service, teaching, and graduate studies in literature, culture, linguistics, and pedagogy; this major is intended to help students cultivate lifelong habits of reading and study, as well as provide them with practical tools for serving and working among a Spanish-speaking population. The M.A. program, one of the nation's largest, most diverse, and most respected, is a liberal arts program that aims to master skills in critical thinking, written expression and oral proficiency, while allowing students to specialize in either linguistics, literature, or pedagogy.
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BYU Spanish professor Greg Stallings does more than study and teach Spanish literature and culture; he also has an interest in critical theory as it relates to the paradoxes of combining jazz music and noir subjectivity.