Spanish

Spanish Course Descriptions

SPAN 111 Beginning Spanish I
Credit Hours:
3

Is designed to develop listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills in Spanish as well as cultural competency in the Hispanic world. This course is intended for students with no prior knowledge of Spanish or those who have had two years or less of high school Spanish.

SPAN 112 Beginning Spanish II
Credit Hours:
4

Is designed to enhance and further develop listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills in Spanish as well as cultural competency in the Hispanic world. Students meet once a week with a language assistant from Latin America or Spain. Prerequisite: SPAN 111 or 2-3 years of high school Spanish.

SPAN 123 Explorations in Hispanic Literature in English Translation
Credit Hours:
3

Is taught entirely in English. The course includes a variety of literary genres from a cross-section of Hispanic countries. Emphasis is on significant literary works ranging from the earliest to the most modern.

SPAN 211 Intermediate Spanish I
Credit Hours:
4

Continue the development of interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills through a variety of texts (journalistic, short story, poetry, advertising, film, etc.) that reflect the cultural, social, and linguistic diversity of the Hispanic world. Students explore the diversity of practices, products, and perspectives found within contemporary Spanish-speaking societies. Topics may include gender, multiculturalism, ethnicity, family, religion, literature, art, music, gastronomy, education, economics, and politics. Students meet once a week with a language assistant from Latin America or Spain. Prerequisite: SPAN 112 or its equivalent.

SPAN 212 Intermediate Spanish II
Credit Hours:
4

Continue the development of interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills through a variety of texts (journalistic, short story, poetry, advertising, film, etc.) that reflect the cultural, social, and linguistic diversity of the Hispanic world. Students explore the diversity of practices, products, and perspectives found within contemporary Spanish-speaking societies. Topics may include gender, multiculturalism, ethnicity, family, religion, literature, art, music, gastronomy, education, economics, and politics. Students meet once a week with a language assistant from Latin America or Spain. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 or its equivalent.

SPAN 240 Business Spanish
Credit Hours:
3

Introduces the language and culture of business in a Hispanic context. Topics include marketing, banking, accounting, trade, business communication, and the role of government. Prerequisite: SPAN 212, its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

SPAN 251 Spanish Table
Credit Hours:
1

Is a weekly meeting designed to increase or maintain fluency and to expand vocabulary. The course may be taken up to three times for credit but applied to the major or minor only twice. Prerequisite: SPAN 111 or its equivalent.

SPAN 291 Advanced Spanish Table
Credit Hours:
1

Is a weekly meeting designed to expand vocabulary and increase the speaking proficiency of students at or above the advanced-intermediate level. Maximum number of Spanish Table classes (251, 291, or a combination) that may be taken for credit: three. Maximum number of Spanish Table classes that can be applied to the 33 hours required for the major: two (can consist of two 251s; two 291s, or one of each). Prerequisite: SPAN 212, its equivalent or permission of instructor.

SPAN 301 Advanced Spanish: Conversation and Pronunciation
Credit Hours:
3

Emphasizes listening and speaking skills through laboratory practice, class discussion, and other activities and includes a selected grammar review. Prerequisite: SPAN 212, its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

SPAN 302 Advanced Spanish: Grammar and Composition
Credit Hours:
3

Combines a writing course with a review of Spanish grammar. Given different contracts, the course may be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: SPAN 212, its equivalent, or permission of instructor.

SPAN 303 Panoramas of Hispanic Literature I
Credit Hours:
3

Introduces major literary movements, principal writers, and outstanding works of Spanish peninsular literature. Prerequisite: SPAN 302 or permission of instructor.

SPAN 304 Panoramas of Hispanic Literature II
Credit Hours:
3

Introduces the major literary movements, principal writers and outstanding works of Latin American and literatures by Hispanics in the United States. Prerequisite: SPAN 302 or permission of instructor.

SPAN 310 Study Abroad Seminar
Credit Hours:
1

Satisfies the study abroad requirement for the major. Students attend preparatory meetings and participate in assignments designed to maximize the value of the required study abroad experience. Before departure, students engage in readings and discussions. After study abroad, students submit a reflection paper and/or assigned written work related to their formal and informal learning gained during the stay.

SPAN 325 Hispanic Civilization
Credit Hours:
3

Explores the geographic, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the Spanish-speaking world including the Hispanic heritage of the United States. The course may be repeated for credit as the subject matter changes. Prerequisite: SPAN 212, its equivalent, or permission of instructor.

SPAN 350 Hispanic Cinema in English
Credit Hours:
3

Covers Hispanic Cinema in all of the Spanish-speaking regions: Spain, Latin America, and Hispanics in the U.S. The history of Hispanic cinema is first studied through the development of Spain’s major directors from BuZuel to Almodóvar. This portion of the course establishes an understanding of cinematic techniques and narrative structure which will then be applied to films from a variety of Latin American countries and Hispanic communities. Common themes, such as socio-political structures, repression, gender, and artistic expression, unify and direct the study of cultural contents. Taught in English.

SPAN 360 Topics in Hispanic Language and Culture
Credit Hours:
1-3

Provides an opportunity to study a linguistic, literary, or cultural topic related to the Spanish-speaking world. Courses in topical areas not offered in the regular curriculum may be offered on a rotating basis. The course may be repeated for credit as subject matter changes. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and permission of instructor.

SPAN 431 Hispanic Culture Seminar
Credit Hours:
3

Provides the advanced student an opportunity to study in depth an aspect of Hispanic culture, which may include: literature, art, business culture, or another approved topic. The course serves as a capstone for the Spanish major. Prerequisite: Two Spanish courses numbered above SPAN 302 (one of which must be 303 or 304) or permission of instructor.

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