Modern Languages Department

Modern Languages Department

Spanish Course Descriptions

1311/1312  Elementary Spanish I/II: These courses introduce students to fundamentals of Spanish, with emphasis on developing listening comprehension and speaking skills. They include activities for developing abilities in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. 3 class hours. Individual laboratory. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

1313  Beginning Spanish for Health Care Professionals: This course offers further development of Spanish communication skills acquired in previous study or experience, with focus on vocabulary needed in the health care field, and on cultural appropriateness of interactions with Hispanic patients. Prerequisite: At least one course in beginning Spanish (1311 or 1312) or permission of the instructor. May also be counted for credit by students who have taken both 1311 and 1312 or who have earned 6 hours of CLEP credit. (As required)

2311  Intermediate Spanish I: Oral Communication: This course provides extensive practice in oral communication, with emphasis on the development of oral proficiency and skills such as discussion, reading aloud, story telling, informative presentations, and persuasive speaking. It includes a review of grammar and usage in the context of the spoken word. Prerequisites: SPAN 1311-1312 or equivalent. (Fall)

2312  Intermediate Spanish II: Writing: This course involves practice of written Spanish appropriate for limited publication, such as newsletters and collections of recipes, essays, and other academic or creative writing. It presents grammar and usage, as well as spelling, punctuation, and use of the orthographic accent, in the context of writing for a wider audience. Prerequisites: SPAN 2311 or the equivalent proficiency, as determined by the instructor. (Spring)

3301  Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition: This course covers an extensive review of complex grammatical structures with vocabulary building. Students will do a selected grammar review to strengthen skills in Spanish language composition. The basic writing skills of spelling, punctuation, and accentuation will also be reviewed. Differences between the written and spoken language will be pointed out toward the production of compositions using the written standard. Prerequisites: SPAN 2311 and 2312, or permission of the instructor.
(Fall, odd-numbered years)

3311  Culture and Civilization of Spain: This course is a study of the customs, ideas, and attitudes of the people of Spain. It explores the development of regional differences in popular culture, as well as the changes in the material and intellectual culture of ruling groups. Prerequisites: SPAN 2311 and SPAN 2312, or permission of the instructor. (Spring, even-numbered years)

3312  Culture and Civilization of Latin America: Theis course is a study of the customs, ideas, and attitudes of the people of Latin America.  It explores the development of regional differences in popular culture, as well as the changes in the material and intellectual culture of ruling groups. Prerequisites: SPAN 2311 and SPAN 2312, or permission of the instructor. (Fall, even-numbered years)

3319/3619  Internship in Spanish: This course provides a practical experience as a language professional in an international or bilingual environment, with opportunities to develop skills in speaking, reading, and translating Spanish. Prerequisites: 6 hours of Intermediate Spanish or the equivalent, and permission of instructor. Requires 140-160 hours of work for 3 hours credit, 280-320 hours of work for 6 hours credit. SPAN 3319 may be repeated once for credit. (As needed)

3321  Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics: This course studies the sound system, grammar, and semantics of Spanish using methods of analysis developed in modern linguistics. Attention will be given also to social variation of language, language acquisition, and the historical development of dialect differences. Prerequisites: SPAN 2311 and SPAN 2312, or permission of the instructor. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

3322  Spanish Phonetics and Oral Communication: This course is an analysis of the sound system of Spanish, with intensive practice in oral communication with emphasis on pronunciation and voice quality suitable for culturally appropriate communication in a variety of situations. Prerequisites: SPAN 2311 and SPAN 2312, or permission of the instructor. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

3331  Spanish Literature to 1700: This course examines readings from major Spanish authors from the Middle Ages to 1700. Practice in critical analysis through discussion, reports, compositions, and examinations. Prerequisites: SPAN 2311 and SPAN 2312, or permission of the instructor. (Spring, even-numbered years)

3332  Spanish Literature since 1700: This course examines readings from major Spanish authors from 1700 to the present, involving practice in critical analysis through discussion, reports, compositions, and examinations. Prerequisites: SPAN 2311 and SPAN 2312, or permission of the instructor. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

3333  Spanish for Professional Fields: This course provides refinement of language skills and study of cultural patterns and behavior observed in the professional world. Attention will be given to pronunciation, vocabulary, syntax, and style levels appropriate to professional areas. Prerequisites: SPAN 2311 and SPAN 2312, or permission of the instructor. (As required)

3334  Spanish in the Media: In this course, students will view video and film, read newspaper and magazine articles from Spanish and Latin American sources, analyze the linguistic and stylistic requirements of the different media, and practice in writing articles and scripts. Student productions will be videotaped for evaluation. Prerequisites: SPAN 2311 and SPAN 2312, or permission of the instructor. (As required)

3335  Children’s Literature in Spanish: This course is a survey of children’s and adolescent literature written in Spanish by authors from the U.S., Latin America, and Spain. It presents approaches to literature appropriate for young readers, with research into the reading process in second language and bilingual settings. Prerequisites: SPAN 2311 and SPAN 2312, or permission of the instructor. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

3337  Applied Linguistics for Teaching: This course examines recent theory of language acquisition and teaching, current language teaching practice, new national and state standards, and other professional issues for language teachers. It also provides an analysis of the problem areas of Spanish for students, both experienced and inexperienced speakers, and involves practical application of theory to classroom activities, for teachers K-12. Prerequisites: Advanced standing in Spanish. Recommended: SPAN 3321, Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics.
(Fall, even-numbered years)

3341  Spanish-American Literature to Modernism: In this course, students will read Spanish-American authors from Pre-Columbian times to Modernism, and thoroughly analyze them through discussion, reports, compositions, and examinations. Prerequisites: SPAN 2311 and SPAN 2312, or permission of the instructor. (Fall, even-numbered years)

3342  Spanish-American Literature since Modernism: In this course, students will read Spanish-American authors from Modernism to the present, and critically analyze them through discussion, reports, compositions, and examinations. A topic chosen each semester will provide a central theme for study of the texts: the dictatorship, women and men in literature and society, a child’s view of the world, or other theme. Prerequisites: SPAN 2311 and SPAN 2312, or permission of the instructor. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

3343  The Literature of U.S. Hispanics: In this course, students will read and analyze American-born authors of Hispanic descent, especially from the Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, and Cuban-American traditions. May be taken as a Cultural Studies elective. Prerequisites: SPAN 2311 and SPAN 2312, or permission of the instructor. (Spring, even-numbered years)

4311  Topics in Hispanic Linguistics: This course is an advanced study in Hispanic linguistics. It may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (As required)

4312  Topics in Spanish or Spanish-American Culture and Civilization: This course is an advanced study in Spanish or Spanish-American culture and civilization. It may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (As required)

4313  Topics in Spanish or Spanish-American Literature: This course is an advanced study in Spanish or Spanish-American literature, focusing on a period, genre, or author. It may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (As required)

5398  Independent Study in Spanish: This course provides an opportunity for students to engage in independent research and writing under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Senior standing and approval in writing of the student’s proposal by the instructor. (As needed)


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