Spanish Course Offerings and Descriptions

​Spanish Course Offerings and Descriptions

101. ELEMENTARY SPANISH I. This course is intended for students with no previous study of Spanish or those who have had minimal exposure to the language. An introduction to Spanish, stressing the spoken language and giving practice in grammar, reading, writing, and developing an awareness of culture. Fall semester only, three hours.

102. ELEMENTARY SPANISH II. Continuation of Spanish 101. Further development of basic communication skills including listening, speaking, reading, writing, and developing an awareness of culture. Prerequisite: Spanish 101. Spring semester only, three hours.

201. INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I. This course is appropriate for students who have completed Spanish 101 and 102, or two years of high school Spanish with grades of B or better. A review of elementary Spanish and an intensive study of grammar and vocabulary in oral and written practice, readings from selected texts, and the development of cultural awareness. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or equivalent. Fall semester only, three hours.

202. INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II. Continuation of Spanish 201. The intensive study of grammar and vocabulary in oral and written practice, readings from selected texts, and the development of cultural awareness. Further development of basic communication skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: Spanish 201. Spring semester only, three hours.

260. INDEPENDENT STUDY. Individual study of specialized topics in Spanish. Sophomore standing and permission of the department chair and a faculty sponsor are required. Semester course, one, two or three hours.

270. INDEPENDENT RESEARCH. An opportunity to conduct supervised research in Spanish. Sophomore standing and permission of the department chair and a faculty sponsor are required. Semester course, one, two or three hours.

295. TRANSITIONAL SPANISH. An intermediate-level transitional course designed to help prepare students for advanced-level Spanish courses. This course will review, broaden, and solidify Spanish language proficiency, communication skills, and cultural awareness via increasingly more complex listening, speaking, reading, and writing tasks. Intended for students who have completed Spanish 202 or three years of high school Spanish. Semester course, three hours.

300. CONTEMPORARY CULTURE. A study of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world: geography, family life, beliefs and customs, educational systems, religious perspectives, social questions, festivals, and holidays. Prerequisite: Spanish 295 or a 300-level Spanish course, or by permission. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

301. INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE. Introduction to techniques of literary analysis and study of representative works by major authors of the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: Spanish 306. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

303. CONVERSATION. Training in oral expression with extensive vocabulary building. Study of grammatical structures in conversational and role-playing circumstances. Required of all Spanish majors and those desiring teacher certification in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 295 or a 300-level Spanish course, or by permission. Fall semester only, three hours.

304. NARRATION. Exploration of the oral traditions of Spanish-speaking regions and practice in storytelling in Spanish with an emphasis on the development of fluency, comprehensibility, intonation, and gesture. Prerequisite: Spanish 295 or a 300-level Spanish course, or by permission. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

305. PHONETICS AND LINGUISTICS. A systematic study of the sounds, sound patterns, and intonations of Spanish as contrasted with English. Training in Spanish pronunciation, with special attention given to the problems teachers encounter in the classroom. Introduction to Spanish linguistic theory and terminology. Required of all Spanish majors and those desiring teacher certification in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 295 or a 300-level Spanish course, or by permission. Spring semester only, three hours.

306. VERB CONSTRUCTS AND USAGE. Exploration of Spanish verbs and their forms, modes and applications. Designed to assist the development of written and oral competencies needed for Spanish 340, for Student Teaching, for graduate studies, and for the professional world. Required of all Spanish majors and of those desiring teacher certification in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 295 or a 300-level Spanish course, or permission of the instructor. Spring semester only, three hours.

310. COMMERCIAL SPANISH. Preparation for fundamental Spanish communication related to the fields of business and economics: applications, presentations, correspondence, advertising, reports, etc. Prerequisite: Spanish 295 or a 300-level Spanish course, or by permission. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

319. INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH CIVILIZATION. A survey of Spanish history and civilization from pre-Roman times to the present. Through readings, videos, discussions and presentations, students explore the social, political, economic and cultural developments of Spain and its people. Prerequisite: Spanish 295 or a 300-level Spanish course, or by permission. Alternate Spring semesters, three hours.

320. MODERN SPAIN. A study of the events and ideas which have shaped Spain with an emphasis on the evolution of socioeconomic and political structures, cultural achievements and traditions from the seventeenth century to the present. Through readings, videos, discussions and presentations, students will develop an understanding of how Spain's rich history contributes to the daily life of contemporary Spain (politics, religion, family, social issues and other current topics) and influences the ways in which Spaniards view themselves and the world. Students are required to consult Spanish news sources on the Internet regularly. Prerequisite: Spanish 295 or a 300-level Spanish course, or by permission. Alternate Spring semesters, three hours.

322. LATIN AMERICAN CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE I. A survey of the twenty-one Latin American republics, their history and civilization, people and society, arts and letters, customs, geography, and cultural accomplishments. This course fulfills the Speaking Intensive (SI) requirement for the Spanish major. Prerequisite: Spanish 295 or a 300-level Spanish course, or by permission. Alternate Fall semesters, three hours.

323. LATIN AMERICAN CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE II. A cultural understanding of Latin America including identity issues, "mestizaje," socio-political characteristics, and patterns of thought and expression in language, literature, philosophy, and art. The course also examines the effects of the Spanish conquest upon the development of Latin American society. This course fulfills the Speaking Intensive (SI) requirement for the Spanish major. It is not necessary to take Spanish 322 before Spanish 323. Prerequisite: Spanish 295 or a 300-level Spanish course, or by permission. Alternate Spring semesters, three hours.

326. TRENDS IN LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE. A study of the literature of Latin America from the pre-Columbian era to the beginning of the 20th century. This course fulfills the Information Literacy (IL) and Writing Intensive (WI) requirements for the Spanish major. Prerequisite: Spanish 306. Alternate Fall semesters, three hours.

327. CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICAN AUTHORS. A survey with readings from representative works of the most important 20th century authors in Latin American and Mexican-American (Chicano) literature. This course fulfills the Information Literacy (IL) and Writing Intensive (WI) requirements for the Spanish major. Prerequisite: Spanish 306. Alternate Spring semesters, three hours.

330. GENRES OF SPANISH LITERATURE I. A study of representative authors and works of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Golden Age with exposure to various approaches to the reading and interpretation of literary works. This course fulfills the Information Literacy (IL) and Writing Intensive (WI) requirements for the Spanish major. Prerequisite: Spanish 306. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

331. GENRES OF SPANISH LITERATURE II. A study of the major genres and works from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Spain. This course fulfills the Information Literacy (IL) and Writing Intensive (WI) requirements for the Spanish major. Prerequisite: Spanish 306. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

333. CONTEMPORARY SPANISH AUTHORS. A survey with readings from representative authors and works of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This course fulfills the Information Literacy (IL) and Writing Intensive (WI) requirements for the Spanish major. Prerequisite: Spanish 306. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

340. ADVANCED GRAMMAR FOR PROFICIENCY I. A thorough review and expansion of the basic elements of Spanish grammar and the study of finer grammatical points, with applications to written and oral proficiency. Required of all Spanish majors and those desiring teacher certification in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 306. Fall semester only, three hours.

341. ADVANCED GRAMMAR FOR PROFICIENCY II. Continued review and expansion of the basic elements of Spanish grammar and the study of finer grammatical points, with applications to written and oral proficiency. Required of all Spanish majors and those desiring teacher certification in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 340. Spring semester only, three hours.

360. INDEPENDENT STUDY. Individual study in Spanish directed by a faculty member, with permission of the department chairman. Semester course, one, two or three hours.

362. ASPECTS OF LANGUAGE LEARNING. A course designed to provide opportunities to teach various grammar aspects of the Spanish language, and to examine and implement a variety of technical aspects and resources in the foreign language curriculum in preparation for student teaching. Teacher candidates will regularly reflect on their teaching experiences and will develop a portfolio of materials representing their teaching in the target language. Required of all students desiring teacher certification in a foreign language. Corequisite: Spanish 364. Spring semester of the sophomore year, two hours.

364. PEDAGOGICAL MATERIALS. Introduction to the materials and resources of foreign language teaching. Analysis and preparation of instructional and evaluative materials in a specific target language. Required of all students desiring teacher certification in a foreign language. Corequisite: Spanish 362. Spring semester of the sophomore year, two hours.

370. INDEPENDENT RESEARCH. An opportunity to conduct supervised research in Spanish. Junior standing and permission of the department chair and a faculty sponsor are required. Semester course, one, two or three hours.

375. SPANISH FOR THE PROFESSIONS. Training in vocabulary, reading comprehension, and oral and written skills for the utilization of Spanish in professions such as communications, social services, business, education, health professions, law, tourism, and computer applications. Designed for advanced-level students who wish to pursue their study of Spanish in combination with another field. Prerequisite: Spanish 295 or a 300-level Spanish course, or by permission. Offered periodically, semester course, 3 hours.

390. STUDIES IN SPANISH. Readings and discussion of topics in literature or language. Subject matter varies. Offered periodically, one, two or three hours.

420. TRANSLATION AND ORAL INTERPRETATION. Training and practice in the techniques of written translation and oral interpretation with development of the non-literary vocabulary needed for professional skills. Prerequisite: Spanish 306. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

424. HISPANICS IN THE U.S. A study of the life-styles, heritage, influence, thoughts, and experiences of Cuban, Puerto Rican, Mexican American, Dominican, and other Spanish speakers in the United States today. Through extensive reading, videos and discussion, we will explore contemporary issues and topics of interest such as demographics, immigration, discrimination, workers' rights, education, the arts, customs, beliefs and daily life. The course will foster a greater awareness of the similarities and differences existing between these communities, as well as their contributions to American society. Of particular interest to students of Spanish, sociology, and political science. Required of all Spanish majors and those desiring teacher certification in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 306. Fall semester only, three hours.

460. INDEPENDENT STUDY. Individual study in Spanish directed by a faculty member with permission of the department chairman. Semester course, one, two or three hours.

470. INDEPENDENT RESEARCH. An opportunity to conduct supervised research in Spanish. Senior standing and permission of the department chair and a faculty sponsor are required. Semester course, one, two or three hours.

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