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Course Descriptions

Spanish Courses:

SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I (4 SH). A course designed for students who have had less than one year of Spanish in high school, or who wish to study Spanish as a new language. All four basic language skills — speaking, listening, reading, and writing — are addressed, with particular emphasis on satisfying immediate communicative needs in the language.

SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II (4 SH). A continuation of the skills and emphases stated for SPA 101. Prerequisite: SPA 101 or consent of instructor.

SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I (4 SH). A course designed for students who have a basic background in Spanish. All four basic language skills — speaking, listening, reading, and writing — are addressed, with particular emphasis on developing oral proficiency. Prerequisite: SPA 102 or consent of instructor.

SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II (4 SH). A continuation of the skills and emphases stated for SPA 201. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or consent of instructor.

SPA 301 Advanced Conversation and Composition I (4 SH). A course in oral and written practice at the advanced level, designed to develop fluency in speaking and writing Spanish. The emphasis is on the reading of cultural and literary texts, as well as current periodicals, which serve as the basis for group discussion and for writing short essays. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or consent of instructor.

SPA 302 Advanced Conversation and Composition II (4 SH). A continuation of the skills and emphases stated for SPA 301. Prerequisite: SPA 301 or consent of instructor.

SPA 303 Commercial Spanish (4 SH). An introduction to the technical vocabulary of international business, including the writing of business letters and the translation of magazine articles using the computer. Authentic documents and videos are used. The course also examines advertising images, immigration, and business ethics in their cultural and historical context. A competency examination will be given at the end of the course. Prerequisite: SPA 302 or consent of instructor.

SPA 351 Culture of Spain (4 SH). An introduction to major institutions of peninsular Spain in their historical context. The course examines the various factors (historical, social, economic, artistic) that have shaped contemporary cultural identity. The arts and popular culture are included. Prerequisite: SPA 302 or consent of instructor.

SPA 352 Cultures of Hispanic America (4 SH). A study of the cultural diversity of Hispanic America presented through literature, film, and the arts. Attention is given to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and the United States in the 20th century. Prerequisite: SPA 302 or consent of instructor.

SPA 401 Studies in the Golden Age of Spain (4 SH). A study of the major literary works of the 16th and 17th centuries and of the cultural values that provide the context for these works. Emphasis will be given to the unique character of the Spanish Renaissance within the greater European movement. Prerequisite: SPA 302 or consent of instructor.

SPA 402 Studies in 19th Century Spain (4 SH). A study of selected works by representative authors from the major literary movements of 19th century Spain, with consideration given to the history, art, and culture of the era. Prerequisite: SPA 302 or consent of instructor.

SPA 403 Spain in the Modern Era (4 SH). A study of representative works of literature from the Generation of ’98, the Generation of ’27, and the postwar period in Spain undertaken in conjunction with developments in the arts, politics, and society. Prerequisite: SPA 302 or consent of instructor.

SPA 404 Hispanic American Short Story (4 SH). A study of the Hispanic American short story within its historical and cultural context from the 19th century until the present. Authors such as Lugones, Borges and Garcia Marquez are included. Prerequisite: SPA 302 or consent of instructor.

SPA 407 Advanced Spanish Language Skills (4 SH). A course emphasizing the development of reading, writing, and speaking skills through textual analysis, creative writing, and oral practice. Short fiction, poems, essays, and articles pertaining to Hispanic culture will serve as models and topics for composition and discussion. Prerequisite: SPA 302 or consent of instructor.

SPA 408, 409 Topics in Spanish: Hispanic America (4 SH). An in-depth study focusing on a major Hispanic American writer, a genre, the literary and artistic production of a particular country, or a significant theme. Prerequisite: SPA 302 or consent of instructor.

SPA 410, 411 Topics in Spanish: Spain (4 SH). An in-depth study focusing on a major peninsular Spanish writer, genre, period, or significant theme. Prerequisite: SPA 302 or consent of instructor.

SPA 590-594 Field Experience/Internship (1-4 SH). Prerequisite: SPA 301 or consent of instructor.

SPA 601 Spanish Capstone (4 SH). A course required of all Spanish majors. The course will examine in some depth a topic in the language, literature, or culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Both classic works and some that are less well known (especially by women and minorities in less industrialized societies) will be examined. Literature, film, and cultural theory are included; methodology is interdisciplinary. Plenary sessions for this course are combined with those of French and German, and are taught in English; however, Spanish majors will also do independent research under the direction of a member of the Spanish faculty and will write their final paper in Spanish.

SPA 620-624 Independent Study (1-4 SH). Courses designed for advanced students who are capable of undertaking individual projects in Spanish language or literature. A comprehensive report or scholarly paper in Spanish is required. Prerequisites: completion of at least three Spanish courses numbered 351 or higher, and consent of the department chair.

SPA 660, 670, 680, 690 Honors Project (1-4 SH).

Supporting Course:

IC 101 The World of Language (4 SH). A study of the world of language from a multicultural perspective. Students will explore language origins, first and second language acquisition, and cross-cultural differences. The course will also cover such topics as body language, gesture, the relationship between language and perception, anthropological foundations, attempts to create a “universal language,” computer language, artificial intelligence, and animal communication.

IC 102 Reading the World (4 SH). An introduction to the study of culture in countries where French, German, and Spanish are spoken. The course uses texts in the broadest sense, including literature, film, advertising, and cultural theory, in order to explore culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. This course examines the specific content and form of these four kinds of texts and the role of gender, race, and social class in shaping them. Special emphasis is given to texts by and about women, minorities, and the Third World.

 

What can you do with a Spanish degree?

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