Spanish Courses

SPAN 101, 102 Elementary Spanish I, II,

4, 4 hours

Introduction to the basic skills needed for communicating in Spanish. Stress on both oral and written forms. Intended for those with no previous Spanish study. Prerequisite for SPAN 102: 101, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 139, 239, 339, 439 Special Topics

Credit arr.

SPAN 185 First-Year Seminar

4 hours

A variety of seminars for first-year students offered each January Term.

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish

4 hours

This course is for students who have successfully completed at least one year of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or equivalent.

SPAN 285/295 Directed Study

2, 4 hours

An opportunity to pursue individualized or experiential learning with a faculty member, at the sophomore level or above, either within or outside the major. SPAN 285 can be taken only during January Term, SPAN 295 can be taken during the fall, spring, or summer terms.

SPAN 302 Conversation and Listening Comprehension

4 hours

This is a course for students who have completed intermediate-level coursework in Spanish and who have a solid background in Spanish grammar. Focus on developing speaking and oral comprehension skills, increasing proficiency in extended narration and dialogue and developing knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures. Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or consent of instructor. (S)

SPAN 303 Written Expression

4 hours

This is a course for students who have completed intermediate-level coursework in Spanish and who have a solid background in Spanish grammar. Focus on developing skills in writing and reading comprehension in a variety of cultural contexts. The course culminates in a research project. Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or consent of instructor. (R, S, W)

SPAN 304 Advanced Grammar and Translation

4 hours

This course is for students who have completed Spanish 201 or the equivalent and who require more practice with advanced grammar structures. This course is especially recommended for those who plan to teach Spanish. Focus on advanced grammar functions and correcting common mistakes. Translation exercises reinforce grammar fundamentals. It is recommended to take this course after Spanish 302 and Spanish 303. Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or consent of instructor.

SPAN 340 Language and Culture in the Spanish-Speaking World

4 hours

This January Term study abroad course will introduce students to the culture of a Spanish-speaking country first-hand. Course locations may include Perú, Dominican Republic, Spain, Ecuador, Mexico, Argentina and other countries where Spanish is an official language. In addition to language and culture instruction at a local institution, students will live with host families and participate in guided visits to sites that illustrate the diverse cultural history of the country. This course satisfies the immersion requirement for the Spanish minor. All interested students must complete an interview with the instructor prior to enrollment. May be repeated for credit up to three times in three different locations. Prerequisite: SPAN 302 strongly recommended, consent of instructor. (Intcl)

SPAN 341 Spanish for Medical Professionals

4 hours

This course is designed for students studying to become medical professionals and who require training in Spanish to serve Spanish-speaking clients in hospital or clinical settings. In addition to exploring medical terminology related to the human body, illnesses and treatments, we will also study communication between Spanish-speaking clients and English-speaking providers in U.S. clinical settings. The course takes place abroad in Spain or Latin America and thus fulfills the immersion requirement for the Spanish minor. In addition to academic work, students will live with host families; visit local clinics, hospitals or medical offices; and participate in guided tours to sites that illustrate the diverse cultural history of the country. All interested students must complete an interview with the instructor prior to enrollment. Prerequisite: SPAN 302 strongly recommended, consent of instructor. (Intcl).

SPAN 346 Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literature

4 hours

An introduction to the basic dramatic, narrative, and poetic forms of Hispanic literature utilizing representative works of Spanish and Spanish-American authors. The course will focus on critical approaches to literature, introduce bibliographic resources, and continue development of writing proficiency. Prerequisite: SPAN 303 or consent of instructor. (HEPT, S)

SPAN 350 Practical and Professional Uses of Spanish

4 hours

A course for students of Spanish who desire further training in specific professional and practical contexts. Focus on Spanish for business and medical professionals. Development and assessment of writing and speaking skills in these contexts. May satisfy the language requirement for students who arrive with advanced proficiency. Prerequisite: Span 301, 302 or 303. (Intcl, S)

SPAN 395 Independent Study

1, 2, or 4 hours

SPAN 450 Seminar in Spanish Peninsular Literature and Culture

4 hours

A seminar with rotating topics on Spanish peninsular literature and culture. Topics may include the Spanish Civil War, literature by Spanish women writers, the history of Spanish film, Golden Age Spanish literature, and others. Significant writing practice, including a research project. Assessment of speaking proficiency. May be repeated for credit up to three times under three different topics. Prerequisite: SPAN 346 or consent of instructor. (HE, Intcl, S, R)

SPAN 460 Seminar in Latin American Literature and Culture

4 hours

A seminar with rotating topics on Latin American literature and culture. Topics may include the short story in Latin America, Latin American poetry, memory and political violence, Latin American women writers and the representation of Latin America in literature and film. Significant practice in writing, including a research project. Formal assessment of speaking skills. May be repeated up to three times for credit under three different topics. Prerequisite: SPAN 346 or consent of instructor. (HE, Intcl, S, R)

SPAN 465 Latino Literature of the United States

4 hours

This course, offered in Spanish, explores the cultural history and current situation of U.S. Latinos and Hispanics. Students read and analyze short stories, novel, autobiographies, and poetry representative of Cuban-American, Puertorican, Mexican-American, Dominican-American, and other Latino authors with special emphasis on bilingualism, ethnicity, and gender in identity formation. Prerequisite: SPAN 346 or above. (HE, Intcl, S, R)

SPAN 470 Issues in Film: Spain and Latin America

4 hours

This course will present important social and historical issues as portrayed in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking film industry. Issues will include race and slavery, gender, dictatorship, and economic inequalities. In addition, students will compare film theories and techniques from the United States, Spain, and Latin America. Prerequisite: SPAN 346, 450, 460 or 465. (HE, Intcl, S, R)

SPAN 490 Senior Project

2 hours

A required course for Spanish majors who choose to do their senior projects in Spanish. Review of research methods and MLA-style documentation appropriate for reseach papers on topics in Spanish language and linguistics, Hispanic cultures and literatures, second language acquisition and language pedagogy. Weekly seminar meetings to discuss research projects. Periodic assessment of speaking skills in Spanish, including a formal presentation of project at end of term. Prerequisites: SPAN 346 and senior status.

SPAN 493 Senior Honors Project

4 hours

A yearlong independent research project. Applications are completed on the Honors Program form available at the registrar's office, requiring the signatures of a faculty supervisor, the department head, the honors program director, and the registrar. Interdisciplinary projects require the signatures of two faculty supervisors. The project must be completed by the due date for senior projects. The completed project is evaluated by a review committee consisting of the faculty supervisor, another faculty member from the major department, and a faculty member from outside the major department. All projects must be presented publicly. Only projects awarded an "A-" or "A" qualify for "department honors" designation. The honors project fulfills the all-college senior project requirement. (S, R)