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Spanish Course Descriptions

24 credits:

ENG 412   Introduction to Language
3 credits
A survey of types of linguistic study, including phonology, morphology, semantics, and syntax. Students become more aware of the universal features of language, the history of the English language, social and political variations in language use, and theories and stages of child language acquisition. Applications are made to the students’ vocational areas in papers that are shared in a seminar setting.

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 201   Intermediate Spanish I
3 credits
Prerequisite: SPA 102 or appropriate Spanish placement test score
A continued development of competence in the intermediate 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 intermediate Spanish grammar with special practice in reading, introducing short stories concerning topics of general and current interest of the Spanish-speaking world.

SPA 301   Latin American Civilizations
3 credits
Prerequisite: SPA 202 or appropriate Spanish 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 401   Introduction to Literary Studies in Spanish
3 credits
Prerequisite: SPA 202 or appropriate placement test score
Introduction to the study of advanced literature and literary analysis of the works of some principal writers 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.

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SPA 302   History and Culture of Spain
3 credits
Prerequisite: SPA 202 or 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 202 or 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 and Conversation in Spanish
3 credits
Prerequisite: SPA 202 or 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 study of foreign language for the Bachelor of Arts degree.)

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 study of foreign language for the Bachelor of Arts degree.)

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 study of foreign language for the Bachelor of Arts degree.)

SPA 404   Special Topics
3 credits
Prerequisite: SPA 202 or 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 Hispanic Literature
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: SPA 202, 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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