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Spanish Curriculum

Spanish Curriculum

The Major

Students majoring in Spanish become conversant with the language, literature, and culture of Spain and Latin America.

Majors complete an intensive Senior Project on a topic of their choosing under the direction of a professor.

Recommended Courses

  • a second foreign language through the intermediate level;
  • courses in Latin American civilization, economics, and politics;
  • courses in European, Spanish or Latin American history;
  • courses in art; religion; philosophy; mythology; comparative politics; and in English, American, and foreign literature.  

Degree Requirements

Course Catalog

Course Offerings

Below is a list of available courses in Spanish offered by the department of modern languages, literatures, and cultures. Consult the Registrar’s Office and the College Catalog for registration information.

SPAN 1101 - Elementary Spanish

Introduction to the basic phonological and structural patterns. Emphasis on oral-aural skills. Hours credit: 4.

SPAN 1102 - Elementary Spanish

A continuation of SPAN 1101. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: SPAN 1101 or permission of the Department.

SPAN 2201 - Intermediate Spanish

Continued practice in oral-aural skills. A grammar review designed to strengthen the command of the spoken and written language. Online exercises are used to improve fluency and comprehension. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: Spanish 1102 or placement.

SPAN 2202 - Intermediate Spanish

Continued practice in oral-aural skills. A grammar review designed to strengthen the command of the spoken and written language. Laboratory work used to improve fluency and comprehension. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: Spanish 1102 or placement.

SPAN 2222 - Topics In Hispanic Literature

The course is identical to Spanish 4422, except that the student may read much of the literature in English (a few works are available only in Spanish), and may write her papers in English. Classes are conducted in Spanish. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: Spanish 3302 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.

SPAN 2231 - Modern Latin American Literature

Readings in the short story, the novel, drama, and poetry. Special focuses are political and social problems, as these are defined by contemporary Latin American writers, and literary styles and techniques. The course is conducted in Spanish, but non-Spanish majors may do most of the reading in English and may write their papers in English. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: Spanish 2218 or permission of the instructor. Offered alternate years.

SPAN 2286 - Span One Time Only

One time only.

SPAN 2286S - One Time Only Summer

One time only summer.

SPAN 3301 - Composition & Conversation

Intensive practice in oral and written Spanish. Readings from a variety of texts and a review of grammar. The course includes weekly individual conversation sessions. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: Spanish 2202 or placement.

SPAN 3302 - Composition & Conversation

Intensive practice in oral and written Spanish. Readings from a variety of texts and a review of grammar. The course includes weekly individual conversation sessions. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: Spanish 3301 or placement.

SPAN 3321 - Conversational Spanish

This course provides the opportunity to practice conversational skills one hour per week. The course format may include class discussion of general topics, small group activities such as role playing, and weekly individual conversation sessions. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite: SPAN 3301 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit. Offered on a pass/fail basis only.

SPAN 3333 - Spanish Culture

A general overview of the culture and civilization of Spain from pre-Roman times to the present. Focuses include geography, the arts, and social institutions and contemporary society in the post-Franco era. Recommended in preparation for study in Spain. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: Spanish 3302 or permission of the instructor. Offered alternate years.

SPAN 3335 - Topics In Latin American Culture

An exploration of selected aspects of Latin American Culture primarily through literature, painting and film. More popular cultural elements such as music, cuisine, and leisure pastimes are also considered. Focuses include Latin American attitutdes toward pre-Columbian civilizations, religion, social structures, and the United states, as well as regional differences. Recommended as preparation for study in Latin America. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: SPAN 3302 or permission of the instructor. Offered alternate years.

SPAN 3366 - Approaches To Hispanic Literature

An introduction to the short stories, drama, and poetry of Spain and Latin America. The student will examine and practice various approaches to literary interpretation. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: SPAN 3302 or permission of the instructor.

SPAN 3390 - Independent Study

SPAN 4406 - Advanced Language Study

Readings from periodicals, essays, and fiction will be used in conjunction with a grammar text to explore modern Spanish usage and contrasts between Spanish and English. Focuses include advanced grammar, use of idiomatic expressions, translation, word order, and stylistics. Students polish their language skills through writing and conversation. This course is recommended for those planning to teach Spanish. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: Spanish 2218 or equivalent. Offered alternate years.

SPAN 4422 - Topics In Hispanic Literature

Identical with SPAN 2222, but readings must be done in the language in which each work was written, and papers must be written in Spanish. Recent topics have included "The Modern Latin American Novel" and "An Introduction to Latino Literature". Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: SPAN 218 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.

SPAN 4431 - Modern Latin American Literature

Identical with Spanish 2231, but readings and papers must be done in Spanish. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: Spanish 2218 or permission of the instructor. Offered alternate years.

SPAN 4469 - Research For The Senior Program

An independent study course for preliminary preparation of the spring senior project. Course requirements include compiling an annotated list of sources, meeting with a supervisor to explore the feasibility of possible topics for the senior project, and generally laying the groundwork for writing the senior paper. The goal of this course is to maximize the time a student can devote to writing and revising her senior paper. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only. This course is required of all senior majors who are not reading for honors in Spanish.

SPAN 4471 - Seminar

Intensive study and discussion on a topic or author(s) to be announced each year. Preparation and presentation of short papers during the semester. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisites: senior standing or permission of the department. May be repeated for credit once if topic differs.

SPAN 4490 - Independent Study

SPAN 4494 - Senior Project

An independent research or study project on a topic of the student's choice under the direction of a member of the Department. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: SPAN 4471 and senior standing or permission of the Department.

SPAN 4497H - Honors In The Major

SPAN 4498H - Honors In The Major

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