Georgetown College’s Spanish Immersion Program (SIP) helps students gain fluency in the language by taking general education courses in Spanish. Studies demonstrate that immersion is the most effective method for learning a foreign language. Luckily, Georgetown students don’t have to travel far for this opportunity. SIP participants can immerse themselves in the language on our campus by taking Foundations and Core courses taught in Spanish. SIP also gives students the opportunity to use Spanish outside the classroom through community events, social activities, study abroad programs, and professional internships.
In order to receive SIP recognition upon graduation, students must: (1) complete a minimum of 15 hours in SIP designated courses (including a senior capstone project, (2) participate in a minimum of three program-sponsored and/or community-based activities per semester, and (3) maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
As of the 2013-2014 school year, the program has 21 members, including:
- native English speakers who completed advanced language studies in high school and wish to continue their study of Spanish outside the traditional language classroom
- heritage speakers of Spanish who grew up speaking Spanish at home but seek to maintain and improve their language skills through formal instruction
- native Spanish speakers who want to improve their linguistic competency in different disciplines and/or seek a transition to undergraduate studies taught completely in English.
SIP-qualified courses are those in which content area studies are taught in Spanish. These courses may satisfy general studies and/or major/minor requirements. Students may only count one Spanish (advanced literature) course toward their SIP credits.
- Freshmen generally take a 1 credit hour Seminario en Español (Freshmen Seminar) in the fall and Foundations 112 en Español in the spring
- Previous courses offered on rotation include: Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Literature of Spain, Literature of Latin America
- Students may also take classes in English but do extra work to learn vocabulary in order to discuss the same material in Spanish, as well as tailor the course to emphasize an aspect of the Spanish-speaking world
- Students are highly encouraged to supplement on-campus course offerings with study abroad