Courses

Spanish Language Courses (SPA)

SPA-131   Spanish Language & Culture I4 credits

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

SPA-131REV   Spanish Grammar & Phonetics Review1 credit

Prerequisites: SPA-131 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 MFL-131. 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-132   Spanish Language & Culture II credits

Prerequisites: SPA-131 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-232   Spanish Language& Culture III3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA-132 or equivalent 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-233   Spanish Language& Culture IV 3 credits

Prerequisites: MFL-232 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-235   Spanish for Heritage Speakers3 credits

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-330   Spanish Composition and Conversation I3 credits

Prerequisites: FYS-101 and SPA-233 or equivalent proficiency level demonstrated by placement test results

The first in a sequence of two semesters designed to increase lexicon, to refine accuracy of linguistic forms, and to develop competency in language functions: to explain, elaborate, support opinions, convince, and persuade. The course integrates cultural studies using all skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing), with emphasis on academic writing.

SPA-331   Spanish Composition and Conversation II credits

Prerequisites: SPA-330 or equivalent proficiency level demonstrated by placement test results

The second in a sequence of two semesters designed to increase lexicon, to refine accuracy of linguistic forms, and to develop competency in language functions: to explain, elaborate, support opinions, convince, and persuade. The course integrates cultural studies using all skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing), with emphasis on academic speaking.

SPA-333   Literature of Latin America3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA-331

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

SPA-334   Literature of Spain3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA-331

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

SPA-337   Spanish for Business I credits

Prerequisites: SPA-330 or SPA-331

A course that utilizes the context of business to develop Spanish communication skills and knowledge of current economic and socio-political issues in the Spanish-speaking world at large. Emphasis on macroeconomics.

SPA-338   Spanish for Business II3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA-337

A course that builds on Spanish for Business I to further develop Spanish communication skills and knowledge of current economic and socio-political issues in the Spanish-speaking world, specifically Latin America. Emphasis on microeconomics.

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

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-345   U.S. Latino/a Literature 3 credits

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-399T.2   Latin America Today3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA-330

The focus of this course is the study of specific aspects of contemporary Latin American culture, including history, art, literature, music, politics and social issues.

SPA-399T.4   Human Rights for the First Generation3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA-330

This course focuses on the evolving awareness of human rights as an ethical issue in the United States with particular emphasis on the perspectives of first generation immigrants. Topics for exploration include peace, justice, freedom, equality, security, dignity, tolerance, and a healthy environment. Lecture, readings, and coursework in Spanish.

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

Prerequisites: SPA-333 or SPA-334

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 & Society: Poetry, Drama and Song3 credits

Prerequisites: SPA-333 or SPA-334

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.