Foreign Language

Program Description

The need to know another language is now a necessity for persons who want to make themselves marketable in today’s global economy. By exposing oneself to foreign languages, individuals not only learn to appreciate and value diversity but also gain a better understanding of themselves.

In BSC’s Spanish program, speakers can experience the thrill of being able to communicate information, feelings and ideas in another language. Faculty are committed to help students foster personal confidence and confidence in others by implementing traditional teaching methods and the latest technology to develop foreign language skills required for use in day-to-day tasks.


Students will be placed in the appropriate language course according to the following two guidelines:

  1. Previous foreign study
    • SPAN 101 – No previous foreign language study or up to one year of high school foreign language study
    • SPAN 102 – Two years of recent high school foreign language study (within the past four years)
    • SPAN 201/SPAN 202 – Three to four years of recent high school foreign language study or one year of college foreign language study
  2. A college-level foreign language placement test will be administrated to all students with previous foreign language experience. To make a testing appointment, call Ryan Pitcher at 701-224-5463 or the BSC Testing and Assessment Office at 701-224-5658.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the requirements earn an Associate in Arts degree. Spanish courses fulfill the Humanities requirement for BSC graduation and will transfer as humanities to help fulfill university graduation requirements.

Students should be aware that more four-year schools demand a two-year, college-level foreign language proficiency requirement in many majors. Students planning to continue their studies in a foreign language should follow the Liberal Arts suggested curriculum while at BSC and check requirements of the college to which they want to transfer.

Career Opportunities

The study of foreign languages, in combination with another major, provides opportunities in government agencies, the Foreign Service, international business, import-export, banking or tourism.

Career opportunities include translator, interpreter, and foreign language teacher.



Ryan Pitcher • Schafer Hall 312D

Associate in Arts

College degree requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits60-61
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Arts & Humanities  
HIST 101 Western Civilization I 3
SPAN 101 First Year Spanish I 4
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II (Recommended)  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Elective Course 1 4
Foreign Language Elective  
SPAN 102 First Year Spanish II 4
Math, Science & Technology  
MATH 103 College Algebra (or higher, except MATH 137) 3-4
Social & Behavioral Science  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities  
HIST 102 Western Civilization II 3
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Elective Course 1 4
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Foreign Language Electives  
SPAN 201 Second Year Spanish I 4
SPAN 202 Second Year Spanish II 4
Lab Science Elective  
General Education Matrix (Lab Science Elective Course) 4
Math, Science & Technology  
CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers 3
Social & Behavioral Science  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
 Total Credits60-61