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Spanish Course Descriptions

SPA 101   Elementary Spanish I

3 credits

An introduction to the fundamentals of comprehending, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish. The course provides, at the same time, the cultural background of the Hispanic world.

SPA 102   Elementary Spanish II

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 101 or appropriate Spanish placement test score 

A continuation of SPA 101. This course continues to develop the basic skills of comprehending, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish by providing live and meaningful situations with the cultural background of the Hispanic world.

SPA 104   Spanish for Business I

3 credits

This is a practical course for professionals in the field of business. Students will develop conversational and written skills necessary in business settings that serve the Hispanic population. The course will be a combination of online and in person instruction include topics such as: business travel, Spanish speaking airports, hotels, food, import-export, filling out forms, means of communication, transportation of people and transport of goods. Mexican business contracts and business correspondence. This course may be audited.

 SPA 105   Spanish for Business II

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 101 or SPA 104

This is a practical course for professionals in the field of business. Students will develop conversational and written skills necessary in business settings that serve the Hispanic population. The course will be a combination of online and in person instruction to include topics such as business correspondence: memos, faxes, email in a cultural context, numbers, math and accounting, public relations in the Spanish speaking world, cultural sensitivity, loans, purchasing a house or business locale, the law office, insurance in Hispanic society, and securities exchange. This course may be audited.

 SPA 107   Spanish for Law Enforcement I

3 credits

This is a practical course for professionals in the law enforcement field. Students will develop conversational and written skills necessary in the settings that serve the Hispanic population. The course will include topics, such as interviewing techniques; reporting accidents and robberies; making and accepting emergency calls; preventing crimes; giving warnings; controlling traffic; investigating burglaries; and inquiring into episodes of domestic violence, etc.

 SPA 108   Spanish for Law Enforcement II

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 101 or SPA 107

This is a practical course for professionals in the law enforcement field. Students will develop conversational and written skills necessary in the settings that serve the Hispanic population. The course will include topics such as interviewing techniques; reporting accidents and robberies; making and accepting emergency calls; preventing crimes; giving warnings; controlling traffic; investigating burglaries; inquiring into episodes of domestic violence, etc. This course may be audited. 

SPA 109   Spanish for Medical Personnel I

3 credits

This is a practical course for professionals in the field of health care such as nurses, physicians, medical technicians, and allied professionals. Students will develop conversational and written skills necessary in health care settings that serve the Hispanic population. The course will be a combination of online and in person instruction to include topics such as interviewing techniques; explaining medical conditions and preventive health care options; explaining procedures; giving advice; comforting patients; etc. This course may be audited. 

 SPA 110   Spanish for Medical Personnel II

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 101 or SPA 109

This is the continuation of SPA 109 Spanish for Medical Personnel I that builds on the grammar concepts, the practical vocabulary and the linguistic skills developed in that course. It is a practical course for professionals in health care such as nurses, physicians, medical technicians, and allied professionals. Students will continue to develop conversational and written skills necessary for basic communication in settings that serve the Hispanic population. The course will include topics such as interviewing techniques; explaining medical conditions and preventive health care options; explaining procedures; giving advice; comforting patients; etc.

SPA 112   Spanish for Social Work I

3 credits

This is a practical course for professionals in the field of social services. Students will develop conversational and written skills necessary in the social work settings that serve the Hispanic population. The course will be a combination of online and in person instruction to include topics such as: welfare office, Social Security (including the ITIN form), IRS forms, interviewing techniques, food stamps, employment office, etc. This course may be audited.

SPA 113   Spanish for Social Work II

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 101 SPA 112

This is a continuation of the practical course for professionals in the field of social services. Students will continue to develop conversational and written skills necessary in the social work settings that serve the Hispanic population. The course will be a combination of online and in-person instruction to include topics such as job service: employment and training, Medicare and Medicaid office, dealing with child abuse, help for the aged, prenatal and post-partum care, and the culture role of women and men in Latin American society and cultural expectations. This course may be audited.

 SPA 201   Intermediate Spanish I

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 102 or appropriate Spanish placement test score

A continued development of competence in the basic language skills through intensified usage of grammar with practice in conversational role-playing, using topics of general and current interest of the Spanish-speaking world.

 SPA 202   Intermediate Spanish II

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 201 or appropriate Spanish placement test score

A continuation of SPA 201, this course concludes basic Spanish grammar with special practice in reading, introducing short stories concerning topics of general and current interest of the Spanish-speaking world.

 SPA 204   Special Topics

1-3 credits 

Intermediate level study of a literary, cultural, or linguistic topic or career-related application.

SPA 220   Salud Hispana: Spanish for Health Care

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 102

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop intermediate-level communication skills in Spanish for use in health care fields. It examines cultural, linguistic, and medical issues to enhance their cultural competence in working with Spanish-speaking peoples in the United States. Students practice grammar and vocabulary useful for interacting with Latinos in hospitals, clinics, or counseling sessions.

SPA 222   Latino Patient

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 201or SPA 220

A second course in the series of Intermediate Spanish for health care, this course provides students with the opportunity to further refine intermediate-level communication skills in Spanish for use in health care fields. Through role plays, extended audio and video interactions, and research projects students develop oral proficiency, control of grammar, and cultural awareness essential for working with Latino patients in the United States.

 SPA 301   Latin American Civilizations

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 202or appropriate placement test score

An introduction to cultural diversity and historical legacies of peoples of Hispanic America. Through

the study of texts from multiple genres, the course addresses the evolution of social structures, the construction of gender, the role of indigenous peoples, economics, etc. Historical themes include pre-Colombian civilizations, exploration, conquest, colonialism, independence, and socio-economic revolutions.

 SPA 302   History and Culture of Spain

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 202or appropriate Spanish placement test score

An introduction to the cultural diversity and history of Spain. Through the study of texts from multiple genres, the course addresses the evolution of social structures, languages, religion, the economy, the arts, politics, etc. from the Middle Ages until the 20th century.

 SPA 311   Advanced Spanish Grammar

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 202or appropriate Spanish placement test score

An intensive review of all major structures of the Spanish language with emphases on focused written and aural/oral practice as well as the clarification of words often mistranslated from English into Spanish.

 SPA 312   Advanced Composition andConversation in Spanish

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 202or appropriate Spanish placement test score

The principles of expository and creative writing in Spanish through the study of models and a guided exploration of the students' own writing process. Students model their conversational gambits and writing skills on samples of five types of composition: description, narration, reporting, persuasion, and thesis development.

SPA 320   Hispanic Experience in the United States

3 credits

Exploration of the contemporary writings of Hispanic Americans that provide insight into the history, socio-political, and literary roots of cultural identity in the U.S. Texts are representative of various genres in Spanish and English and illuminate the diverse ethnic and cultural components of Hispanic communities in different regions of the U.S. Texts are in English. This course is taught in English. (This course may be applied toward the requirement of 12 credits of the study of foreign languages, cultures, and literature.)

 SPA 322  To Be a Woman in Latin America

3 credits

A literature course surveying the construction of gender in Latin America from pre-colonial times, through 300 years of colonization and into the 21st century. A variety of texts including novels, poetry, diaries, nonfiction essays and several videos will explore topics such as the myths of machismo and marianismo, the politics of women's speaking and writing, women's activisms for social justice, human rights, and to expand the literary canon. This course is taught in English. (This course may be applied toward the requirement of 12 credits of the study of foreign languages, cultures, and literature. It also may be used as a literature elective in the liberal arts core and as an elective in women's studies.)

 SPA 324  Truth and Memory in Latin America 

3 credits

The advanced study of critical fictions and testimonial texts to explore how art as activism in Latin America challenges the literary canon and restores the people's historical memory during periods of enforced forgetfulness. This course is taught in English. (This course may be applied toward the requirement of 12 credits of the study of foreign languages, cultures, and literature. It also may be used to fulfill the requirement of a literature elective in the liberal arts core.)

SPA 390  Spanish Immersion Practicum and Seminar

1-3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 202or appropriate Spanish placement test score

Four- to six-week immersion language experience in approved program abroad. Course includes a preliminary seminar and final proficiency evaluation by staff of the foreign language department. Students will be required to attend all phases of the program, speak only target language during the immersion experience, and present a program to the Marian University community upon return.

SPA 397   Internship

1-3 credits

Prerequisite: Permission

Students earn academic credit for internship work experiences as they test career choices, improve work skills, and establish professional contacts. These experiences ultimately serve to directly tie students' academic coursework to non-academic professional experiences.

SPA 401  Introduction to Literary Studies in Spanish

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA202or appropriate placement test score

Introduction to the study of advanced literature and literary analysis of the works of some principal writes of Spain and Latin America in the context of historical periods and their literary movements, past and present.

 SPA 402   Hispanic Literature of Social Conscience

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 202 or appropriate placement test score

Literary and socio-cultural analysis of a variety of works of literature in Spanish that examine issues such as human rights, construction of gender, cultural identity, social class, civil war, religion, displacement, land tenure, economic inequality, and political power.

 SPA 404   Special Topics

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 202or appropriate Spanish placement test score

Advanced level study of a literary, cultural, or linguistic topic, or career-related application.

 SPA 411   Masterpieces of Spanish Literature

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 202

Study of representative works of Peninsular Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the present. This course presents literary movements in a socio-historical context to foster greater understanding of currents of thought and literary style in each era.

SPA 412   Masterpieces of Spanish-American Literature

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 202  

Analysis of the major literary works of Latin America from pre-Columbian times to the present. Students study texts of all genres representing literary movements in a socio-historical context.

SPA 413   Twentieth Century HispanicLiterature

3 credits

Prerequisite: SPA 202  

Socio-historical and literary foundations of contemporary literature in Spain and Latin America. This course examines the unique aspects of socio-political reality as well as modernism, realism, and regionalism as the foundation for various post-modernist genres in Spanish.

SPA 414   Independent Study

1-3 credits

Prerequisite: Permission

A course designed by the student with an instructor's guidance to allow students of superior ability to pursue a topic of interest not available through regular courses.

 SPA 497   Internship

1-3 credits

Prerequisite: Permission

Students earn academic credit for internship work experiences as they test career choices, improve work skills, and establish professional contacts. These experiences ultimately serve to directly tie students' academic coursework to non-academic professional experiences.

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Marian University has an articulation agreement with Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) and the UW School System, making the transfer of credits easier for students (Source: Academic Bulletin, 2013-2014).

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