Spanish (SPA)

SPA 100  Elementary Spanish I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Beginning study of Spanish language and culture, including speaking, listening, reading and writing. Focus on topics of personal interest and activities, using primarily the present tense. Students whose high school transcripts show three or more years of Spanish (with a grade of C or higher, and within three years of the semester in question) should attempt the placement exam because they will receive audit credit only should they enroll in this course.

SPA 101  Elementary Spanish II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Continued study of Spanish language and culture, including speaking, listening, reading and writing. Focus on topics of personal interest and activities. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in order to continue in sequenced languages courses. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in SPA 100.

SPA 110  Accelerated Beginning Spanish     Credits: 6

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Covers the material of SPA 100 and SPA 101 in one accelerated semester. Intended for students who know some Spanish (i.e. two to three semesters in high school) but do not have skills adequate for 200-level courses. Equivalent to SPA 100 and SPA 101 when both courses are taken. Not open to any student who has credit for SPA 100. Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.

SPA 116  Elementary Spanish Review and Conversation     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Review, conversation, and continuation of SPA 101, intended for students who cannot continue their Spanish study until the fall semester. Prerequisite(s): SPA 101.

SPA 200  Intermediate Spanish I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Through classroom interaction, students develop oral and written skills needed for practical and daily-life situations; study linguistic structures and functions needed to ask questions, compare, contrast, and describe; develop reading skills and expand vocabulary; and increase cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in order to continue in sequenced languages courses. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in SPA 101.

SPA 201  Intermediate Spanish II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Through classroom interaction, students further develop oral and written skills needed for practical and daily-life situations; study in greater depth linguistic structures and functions needed to ask questions, narrate in three tenses, compare and contrast, describe; build reading skills and expand vocabulary; and increase cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in order to continue in sequenced languages courses. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in SPA 200 or departmental approval.

SPA 211  Spanish for the Professional     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: A pragmatic approach to the continued development of the skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish, as well as concentrating on increased awareness of Spanish customs and culture. The topic will vary with each offering, including the following settings: business, health care, legal, social services, tourism. Will fulfill major requirement only with departmental approval. Prerequisite(s): SPA 200 or equivalent.

SPA 248  Preparatory Course for Interim Program Spanish Studies Abroad     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Summer.

Course Description: An introduction to Hispanic history and contemporary Hispanic society. Lecture and discussion are in Spanish; readings are in English. A special fee is assessed for this class. Deadline for application is April 15. LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent enrollment in SPA 101 or two years of high school Spanish.

SPA 250  Interim Program in Spanish Studies Abroad: Oral Spanish     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Summer.

Course Description: An intensive three-week intermediate level skills course in spoken Spanish given in a Spanish-speaking country. A special fee is assessed for this class. Deadline for application is March 1. LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): SPA 101 or two years of high school Spanish.

SPA 301  Methods in Teaching Foreign Language     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Techniques, materials, and methodology to be used in teaching foreign language. Same course as FRE 301 and GER 301. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and SPA 201 or SPA 211.

SPA 302  Grammar and Composition     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: A course in advanced grammatical constructions and writing of compositions. Original texts introducing different genres will be read and discussed. LAS Writing. Prerequisite(s): SPA 201 or equivalent.

SPA 310  Spanish Readings     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Reading and analysis of Spanish and Latin-American texts from a variety of genres and periods. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent enrollment in SPA 201.

SPA 312  Conversation     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Solidifies and/or develops students' oral proficiency within a variety of conversational contexts and registers, and a study of the Spanish sound system. Prerequisite(s): SPA 201 or departmental approval.

SPA 315  Spanish for Heritage Speakers     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: A course that emphasizes correct usage of grammar and vocabulary for native/heritage speakers of the Spanish language. Content is similar to that of SPA 302 Grammar and Composition, but focuses on strengthening Spanish for academic purposes. LAS Writing. Prerequisite(s): SPA 201 or its equivalent and departmental approval.

SPA 316  Internship in Spanish     Credits: 2-6

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Practical application skills in speaking, reading, writing in Spanish at a business concern or agency under the supervision of Spanish faculty (30 clock hours of work for each hour of credit). May be repeated for a total of 12 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing and departmental approval.

SPA 322  Introduction to Hispanic Civilization and Culture     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: A study of Hispanic society and culture. The course emphasizes connections between historical development and artistic expression. LAS Ethics; LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): SPA 201 and SPA 310, or department approval.

SPA 332  Introduction to Hispanic Civilization and Culture II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: A study of Hispanic society and culture. The course emphasizes connections between historical development and artistic expression. Recommended as a complementary course to SPA 322. LAS Computer Literacy; LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): SPA 201 and SPA 310.

SPA 340  Extended Study Abroad     Credits: 3-15

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: A semester-long study at a university in a Spanish-speaking country, to be selected in consultation with the foreign language advisor. Student enrolls in 12-15 credit hours of intensive Spanish language and other approved academic courses. Credits will be eligible for substitution of required major courses upon the student's return. A special fee is assessed for this class. LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): SPA 201 or equivalent and departmental approval.

SPA 348  Preparatory Course for Interim Program in Spanish Studies Abroad     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Summer.

Course Description: An introduction to Hispanic history and contemporary Hispanic society. Lecture, discussion and readings are in Spanish. A special fee is assessed for this class. Deadline for application is April 15. LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent enrollment in SPA 201 or four years of high school Spanish.

SPA 350  Interim Program in Spanish Studies Abroad: Oral Spanish     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Summer.

Course Description: An intensive three-week advanced level skills course in spoken Spanish in a Spanish-speaking country. A special fee is assessed for this class. Deadline for application is March 1. LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): SPA 201 or four years of high school Spanish.

SPA 422  The Literature of Spain     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: A study of masterworks of Spanish literature from a range of periods and a variety of genres. LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): SPA 302 and SPA 310, or departmental approval.

SPA 432  Selected Studies in Literature in Spanish     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: A course on topics pertaining to literature written in Spanish-speaking nations. Representative topics include "Survey of Latin-American Literature," "Latin-American Poetry," "Latin-American Prose," "Nineteenth Century Spanish Literature," "Twentieth Century Spanish Literature." LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): SPA 302 and SPA 310, or departmental approval.

SPA 442  Topics in Spanish     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Advanced course in the literature, language, or culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit (under a new topic with departmental consent). Prerequisite(s): SPA 302 or SPA 312.

SPA 450  Independent Research/Project     Credits: 1-5

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Investigation of a research problem, project, or topic on an individual conference basis. Prerequisite(s): Declared Spanish major, a minimum of 2.5 GPA in major field, and departmental approval.

SPA 452  Advanced Conversation     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Students will practice conversational skills and speak Spanish in a variety of contexts and content areas. Prerequisite(s): At least 15 credits at the 300-400 levels.

SPA 462  Senior Thesis     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Students will learn how to develop a research topic, conduct research using resources in the target language, and synthesize their findings. The final product is a research paper in the target language in which students demonstrate the ability to conduct research, apply a critical perspective, and defend their thesis in a written format (10-15 pages). The course will require individual meetings between student and professor, at the professor's discretion. Students will present their thesis in a public forum at the end of the semester. Graded pass/fail. Prerequisite(s): Must be completed during the semester of graduation, except for summer graduates, who must complete the course in the spring semester prior to graduation.