Courses

Spanish Language Courses (SPA)

SPA-101   Spanish Language and Culture I4 credits

Semester-sequenced beginning course in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Spanish, focused on cultural understanding and proficiency in communication.

SPA-101REV   Spanish Grammar and Phonetics Review1 credit

Prerequisites: SPA-101 or equivalent proficiency level demonstrated by placement test results

A systematic review of the most challenging elements of first semester Spanish using a different set of instructional materials from those employed in SPA-101. This course provides students with an opportunity to preserve, reinforce, and enhance their mastery of newly acquired skills before beginning their second semester in the language.

SPA-102   Spanish Language and Culture II4 credits

Prerequisites: SPA-101 or equivalent proficiency level demonstrated by placement test results.

Semester-sequenced beginning course in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Spanish, focused on cultural understanding and proficiency in communication.

SPA-201   Spanish Language and Culture III3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA-102 or equivalent proficiency level demonstrated by placement test results.

Using civilization, contemporary society, and the cultural heritage for context, this course focuses on increasing fluency at the intermediate level while providing additional training in grammar and writing.

SPA-202   Spanish Language and Culture IV3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA-201 or equivalent proficiency level demonstrated by placement test results.

Using civilization, contemporary society, and the cultural heritage for context, this course focuses on increasing fluency at the intermediate level while providing additional training in grammar and writing.

SPA-210   Introduction to Spanish for Healthcare Professionals3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission and SPA-101 or equivalent placement.

Corequisites: HSC 397, HSC 106

This study abroad course provides a linguistic and cultural foundation for beginning and intermediate Spanish learners to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients and co-workers in healthcare settings. Students will learn to use appropriate vocabulary to ask questions about pain and illness, to discuss common ailments, and to offer simple advice. This course also will help students develop cultural awareness through readings and discussions about the host country's cultural belief systems related to illness and health.

SPA-235   Spanish for Heritage Speakers3 credits

Prerequisites: Proficiency level demonstrated by placement test results.

This course is designed for heritage speakers of Spanish with oral proficiency but with little or no formal training in the language. The course will expand students’ linguistic abilities through intensive grammar instruction, vocabulary building, readings from various academic and professional contexts, and writing assignments. Students will develop their abilities to communicate in an accurate, informed manner within various registers and socio-cultural contexts.

SPA-299   Intermediate Readings in Spanish1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Special topics for intermediate students who want to improve their reading skills working in German, French, Spanish, or English as a Second Language. Students read fiction and non-fiction works. May be repeated for credit.

SPA-301   Spanish Composition, Language and Culture3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA-202, SPA-235, or equivalent proficiency level demonstrated by placement test results.

This course develops essential writing skills through various written assignments, including academic essays, as well as a systematic grammar review. Topics may vary but will focus on cultural production from the Spanish-speaking world.

SPA-302   Spanish Conversation, Language, and Culture3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA-202, SPA-235, or equivalent proficiency level demonstrated by placement test results.

This course develops oral communication through class discussions and presentations, as well as a systematic grammar review. Topics may vary but will focus on cultural production from the Spanish-speaking world.

SPA-310   Advanced Spanish for Healthcare Professionals3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission and SPA-202, SPA-235, or equivalent placement.

Corequisites: HSC-397, HSC-106.

This study abroad course develops advanced Spanish students’ linguistic abilities and cultural awareness, so that they may communicate more effectively with Spanish-speaking patients and co-workers in healthcare settings. Students will review pertinent grammar and develop vocabulary in the areas of anatomy, common diseases, medical history assessment, and care of patients. This course also will help students develop cultural awareness through Spanish-language readings and discussions about the host country's cultural belief systems related to illness and health.

SPA-332   Film in the Spanish-Speaking World3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA-301 and SPA-302.

This course provides an introduction to cinema and film studies in the Spanish-speaking world, with emphasis on aesthetics and methods of critical analysis. Topics vary; course may be repeated for credit with Instructor permission.

SPA-333   Literature of Latin America3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA-301 and SPA-302.

A survey of major periods and genres through the works of representative Latin American authors.

SPA-334   Literature of Spain3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA-301 and SPA-302.

A survey of major periods and genres through the works of representative Spanish authors.

SPA-335   U.S. Latino/a Literature3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA-301 and SPA-302

This course considers key issues in contemporary US Latino/a cultural production by examining diverse literary and cultural texts within the social, historical, and political contexts in which they were created. This course treats a variety of genres from both “high” and “popular” culture: narrative, poetry, theater, film, music, and visual art. The course will be conducted in Spanish.

SPA-340   National Traditions in the Spanish-Speaking World3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA 333, SPA 334, or SPA 335

This course considers the literature and cultural history of a particular Spanish-speaking country or countries. The role of literature and other cultural production in constructing the modern nation and local identities will be considered. Readings are in Spanish and may cover a variety of time periods, genres, and authors. A different country may be considered each time the course is taught, and the course may be repeated with Instructor permission.

SPA-342   Latin American Indigenous Studies3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA 333, SPA 334, or SPA 335

This course considers the relationship between indigenous, Iberian, and Latin American societies through the study of indigenous, indianist, and/or indigenista cultural production. Topics vary; course may be repeated for credit with Instructor permission.

SPA-350   Transatlantic Literature and Society3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA 333, SPA 334, or SPA 335

This course considers themes found in both Peninsular and Latin American cultural production. Topics vary. Students analyze specific traditions, genres, or periods, while taking into account political, social, and historical processes, as well as post-colonial studies. The course may be repeated for credit with Instructor permission.

SPA-437   Spanish Literature and Society: Narrative and Film3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA 333, SPA 334, or SPA 335

A study of literary and cinematic narrative through representative works. Their relationships to Spanish and Spanish-American society and history will be emphasized.

SPA-438   Spanish Literature and Society: Poetry, Drama and Song3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA 333, SPA 334, or SPA 335

A study of verse and drama through representative historical and contemporary works from Spain and Spanish America.

SPA-490   Spanish Major Capstone1 credit

Prerequisites: Senior standing and Instructor permission

A capstone course designed for students within six credits of completion of the Spanish Major requirements and who are co-enrolled in an upper division literature or professional course. Required for the Spanish Major. Students demonstrate their consummate communication competencies and knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures and literatures by means of a research paper, a formal oral presentation, and an oral proficiency interview. In this course students compile a portfolio for Spanish majors preparing for the next step into graduate school or the professional world.

SPA-493   Research in Spanish3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

A research project arranged with an advisory committee, culminating in a paper written in accordance with the committee's guidelines. See independent study guidelines.