Spanish

David Thompson (department head), Nancy Gates Madsen (section head)

Required for a major: Nine courses (36 hours), starting at SPAN 201 or above. Required courses are SPAN 303 and SPAN 346; either SPAN 450 or SPAN 460; plus additional hours above 300; language immersion experience. Writing requirement completed with SPAN 303. Students interested in teaching should see the education department for secondary minor requirements.

Recommended supporting courses for students majoring in Spanish: Courses in Latin American history; politics and anthropology; courses in another modern or classical language; courses in linguistics.

Required for a minor: Five courses (20 hours), starting at SPAN 201 or above. Required course is SPAN 303; language immersion experience.

Required for a second teaching area: See Education Department for specific requirements. The second teaching area license is offered only in the state of Iowa.

Language immersion experience: For majors, a minimum of 12 weeks of academic study in a country where Spanish is an official language. For minors, at least three weeks of academic study or one January Term of study in such a country, although a semester is strongly recommended. Homestay is required for both majors and minors. Those preparing to teach must complete at least 12 weeks of academic study in such a country. Program selection must be approved by the department for all majors and minors prior to departure. All majors and minors are encouraged to help maintain and advance their language skills by completing courses in the language during their final semesters at Luther.

Language Learning Center

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics has a Language Learning Center in Main Building. Language students have access to computerized language learning materials, to computers with audio and video editing software, and to video study rooms where they may view prerecorded foreign language videos and DVDs or watch live international TV. The Language Learning Center also houses the department's Foreign Language Media Library with over 800 foreign language films and a selection of leisure reading books and audio books for language learners. Students can check out these materials as well as audio and video equipment for their class assignments. The Language Learning Center also provides language students with valuable work-study experiences related to their interest in languages.

For courses on teaching Spanish in the elementary grades, see education.

Spanish Courses

SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I

  • 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.

SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: SPAN 101 or recommended placement.

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.

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: SPAN 102 or recommended placement.

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

SPAN 302 Conversation and Listening Comprehension

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: SPAN 201 or recommended placement.

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 proficency in extended narration and dialogue and developing knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures.

SPAN 303 Written Expression

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: SPAN 201 or recommended placement.

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.

SPAN 304 Advanced Grammar and Translation

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: SPAN 201 or placement into the course.

This course is for students who have completed SPAN 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 SPAN 302 and SPAN 303.

SPAN 335 Cultural Expressions of the Hispanic World

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: Take Span-303

This course studies the Spanish-speaking world through its cultural manifestations: language, literature, film, arts, television, music, and the news media. Several topics are offered on a rotating basis: cinema, social revolution and the arts, Hispanics in the U.S., current events, popular music and poetry, Spanish and Latin American civilizations. May be taken up to two times for credit under different topics.

SPAN 340 Language and Culture in the Spanish- Speaking World

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Intercultural
  • Prerequisites: SPAN 302 strongly recommended.

This January-term study abroad course will introduce students to the culture of a Spanish-speaking country first-hand. Course locations may include Peru, 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.

SPAN 341 Spanish for Medical Professionals

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Intercultural
  • Prerequisites: SPAN 302 strongly recommended.

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.

SPAN 346 Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literature

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression—Primary Texts
  • Prerequisites: Take Spanish 303 or consent of instructor.

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.

SPAN 350 Practical and Professional Uses of Spanish

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Intercultural
  • Prerequisites: Span 302, 303 or 304

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.

SPAN 450 Seminar in Spanish Penisular Literature And Culture

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression, Intercultural
  • Prerequisites: SPAN 346

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.

SPAN 460 Seminar in Latin American Literature and Culture

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression, Intercultural
  • Prerequisites: SPAN 346

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.

SPAN 490 Senior Project

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: SPAN 346 and senior standing

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 research 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 the project at the end of the term.