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Spanish

The modern language curriculum is designed to give students an opportunity to become conversant in one or more languages from linguistic, literary and cultural perspectives. We encourage serious students to examine the social, philosophical and aesthetic themes in literature and to acquire fluency and sensitivity to structure and style in the languages offered which include French, German, and Spanish.

Careers in such fields as government, law, business, medicine, social service, journalism, or education are enhanced by the knowledge of foreign languages. Many graduate programs require proficiency in a foreign language.

Majors are offered in French and Spanish. Students should spend their junior year in an approved program of studies abroad, or participate in an approved program of summer studies. Minors are offered in French and Spanish. In cooperation with other academic departments, the department also participates in programs providing a minor in Latin American Studies. This program is designed to encourage the student to combine her interests in a language with other disciplines. The student considering such a program, or planning to study abroad, should consult the department chair as soon as possible to assure proper preparation.   

A student who chooses one of these majors is expected to achieve a reading, writing, and speaking knowledge of the language (or languages) in which she concentrates. The foreign language is used exclusively in all advanced courses and as much as possible in the others. Not more than one approved course given in English may be credited toward the major. The department recommends participation in a Junior Year Abroad program or a residence of six weeks or more in a summer school where the exclusive use of the foreign language is required. Courses taken in programs abroad must be evaluated and approved by the appropriate departmental faculty before credit is granted toward the major. A student who has begun the study of a language in college will still find it possible to fulfill the major requirement in the language by arranging her courses in consultation with her major professor.

The Department of Modern Languages does not approve credit for online courses taken at any level.  No course being counted toward the V.3 general education knowledge area may be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option.

 

The Spanish Major
The Spanish Minor
Course Descriptions

 

The Spanish Major
(33 semester hours)

Required:
SPAN 222    (3)    Introduction to Hispanic Literatures

Senior Exercise:
SPAN 452    (3)    Senior Seminar

Choose 1 of the following courses:

Peninsular Literature
SPAN 326    (3)    Early Spanish Culture: Heritage and Identity
SPAN 330    (3)    Topics in Hispanic Culture, Language, and Literature (approval required)
SPAN 349    (3)    Realism, Naturalism, and Regeneration: Spanish Literature 1850-1914
SPAN 367    (3)    Contemporary Artistic Expression in Spain: 1920-Present

Choose 1 of the following courses:

Latin American Literature
SPAN 330    (3)    Topics in Hispanic Culture, Language, and Literature (approval required)
SPAN 382    (3)    The Latin American Novel
SPAN 384    (3)    The Latin American Short Story and Essay
SPAN 386    (3)    Latin American Theatre
SPAN 388    (3)    Latin American Poetry

Choose 1 additional three-credit course at the 300-level in Spanish or Latin American literature or culture.

Choose 1 course in Latin American studies.

Choose 5 additional three-credit courses in Spanish numbered 215 or above.

Note: Spanish majors are strongly advised to take at least one course in Spanish during the fall term of the senior year.

 


The Spanish Minor
(21 semester hours)

Required:
SPAN 222    (3)    Introduction to Hispanic Literatures

Choose 6 additional three-credit courses in Spanish  numbered 215 or above, of which at least two courses must be at the 300-level.

Note: One course taught in English may be counted toward the minor by permission when the topic is appropriate.


 

Teacher Licensure Spanish
(33 semester hours in addition to required professional courses in education)

Required:
SPAN 215    (3)    Spanish Conversation
SPAN 216    (3)    Advanced Grammar and Composition
SPAN 222    (3)    Introduction to Literary Analysis
SPAN 452    (3)    Senior Seminar

Choose 1 of the following courses:
SPAN 219    (3)    Hispanic Themes: Spain
SPAN 221    (3)    Hispanic Themes: Latin America

Choose 1 of the following courses:
Peninsular Literature
SPAN 326    (3)    Early Spanish Culture: Heritage and Identity
SPAN 330    (3)    Topics in Hispanic Culture, Language, and Literature (approval required)
SPAN 349    (3)    Realism, Naturalism, and Regeneration: Spanish Literature 1850-1914
SPAN 367    (3)    Contemporary Artistic Expression in Spain: 1920-Present

Choose 1 of the following courses:
Latin American Literature
SPAN 330    (3)    Topics in Hispanic Culture: Heritage and Identity (approval required)
SPAN 382    (3)    The Latin American Novel
SPAN 384    (3)    The Latin American Short Story and Essay
SPAN 386    (3)    Latin American Theatre
SPAN 388    (3)    Latin American Poetry

Choose 1 of the following courses:
LAST 201    (3)    Latin American Culture I
LAST 202    (3)    Latin American Culture II

Choose 3 additional three-credit courses in Spanish numbered 215 or above.

Note: In some cases, depending on the student’s background and proficiency, a student may receive a departmental exemption for one or more of the following: SPAN 215, SPAN 216, SPAN 219, or SPAN 221. The exemption is for the course(s), not the credit; students still need a minimum of 30 semester hours in Spanish numbered 215 or above and 3 semester hours in Latin American studies.

Recommended: The student is encouraged to spend the junior year or one term of that year in a Spanish-speaking country. Degree credit is granted for participation in an approved program abroad.   


Course Descriptions

SPAN 101

| Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 102

| Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 201

| Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 202

| Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 215

| Spanish Conversation

SPAN 216

| Advanced Grammar and Composition

SPAN 219

| Hispanic Themes: Spain

SPAN 221

| Hispanic Themes: Latin America

SPAN 222

| Introduction to Hispanic Literatures

SPAN 240

| Spanish for Business

SPAN 255

| Topics in Hispanic Literature in Translation

SPAN 261

| Directed Study

SPAN 304

| Spanish-English Translation

SPAN 326

| Early Spanish Culture: Heritage and Identity

SPAN 330

| Topics in Hispanic Culture, Language, and Literature

SPAN 349

| Realism, Naturalism, and Regeneration: Spanish Literature 1850-1914

SPAN 361

| Special Study

SPAN 367

| Contemporary Artistic Expression in Spain: 1920-Present

SPAN 377

| Internship

SPAN 382

| The Latin American Novel

SPAN 384

| The Latin American Short Story and Essay

SPAN 386

| Latin American Theatre

SPAN 388

| Latin American Poetry

SPAN 452

| Senior Seminar

SPAN 461

| Independent Study