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Spanish Curriculum

Requirements for Spanish major and minor

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Spanish curriculum

111-112. Beginning Spanish I and II    (4 hours each)
Open to students with little or no previous instruction in Spanish. This course sequence enables students to attain a basic competency in all language skills: listening, speaking, writing, reading, and culture. Emphasis is on basic needs in common everyday situations. Language lab activities complement classroom instruction.

251. Intermediate Spanish I    (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of or exemption from SPN 112.
Continued development of the four language skills leading to the ability to handle a limited variety of social situations such as travel needs, biographical information, leisure activities, etc., including past, present, and future frames of reference. The course includes discussion of appropriate aspects of Hispanic society and culture and presents media-based activities as well as video applications. Language lab activities complement classroom instruction.

252. Intermediate Spanish II    (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of or exemption from SPN 251.
Continued development of the four language skills leading to the ability to handle an increased variety of social situations, including those calling for different levels of subjectivity as well as future and conditional frames of reference. The course continues discussion of appropriate aspects of Hispanic society and culture and presents media-based activities as well as video applications. Language lab activities complement classroom instruction.

253S/353S. Hispanic Studies Abroad    (Variable credit up to 15 hours)                  
Prerequisite: Completion of SPN 112 or consent of department faculty.
Study abroad with emphasis on one or more of the following areas: Hispanic literature, culture, history, and language. Variable credit up to 15 hours, up to 9 of which may be counted toward the major or minor.

285. Intermediate Oral Practice    (1 hour)
Prerequisite: SPN 251 or consent of instructor.
Continued development of the four language skills leading to the ability to handle an increased variety of social situations, including those calling for different levels of subjectivity (expression of opinion, emotions, wishes, etc.) and future and conditional frames of reference. The course includes discussion of appropriate aspects of Hispanic culture and literature. Language lab activities complement classroom instruction. One credit-hour per semester, not to exceed four credit-hours; does not count toward major or minor; non-optional “Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory” grading.

301. Spanish Conversation and Composition I    (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SPN 252 or consent of instructor.
Continued refinement of the four language skills. Various grammatical difficulties will be studied. Concentrated study of everyday Spanish by means of discussions and short compositions. Language lab activities will complement classroom instruction. This course is normally restricted to students studying Spanish as a second language.

302. Spanish Conversation and Composition II    (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SPN 252 or consent of instructor.
Continued work in oral/aural comprehension and communication. The acquisition of a more abstract vocabulary and the ability to work with more complex grammatical structures will be developed through the reading of short literary extracts. This course is normally restricted to students studying Spanish as a second language.

303. Spanish Literature I    (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SPN 302.
Students will continue to improve their linguistic skills and historical and cultural awareness by examining some of the fundamental literary works that are essential to the development and understanding of Spanish society. Class discussion will focus on epic and baroque poetry, clerical works, La Celestina, Lazarillo, de Tormes and selections from the Don Quijote. The course includes basic elements of literary interpretation.

304. Spanish Literature II    (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SPN 302.
Students will continue to improve their linguistic skills as well as historical and cultural awareness by examining some of the fundamental literary works that are essential to the development and understanding of Spanish society. Class discussion will focus on representative authors of such movements as Romanticism, Realism, Existentialism, Surrealism, and Postmodernism. The course introduces basic elements of literary criticism.

306. Spanish American Literature I    (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SPN 302.
A study of representative works in prose and poetry from the colonial period through post-modernism. Readings will include the chronicles and letters of Christopher Columbus and Hernán Cortés, and works by later writers such as Sor Juana de la Cruz, Jose Maria Hereda, Ricardo Palma and the modernist poets Jose Marti, Julian Casal, Gutierrez Najera, and J. Asuncion-Silva, with special emphasis on the poetry of Ruben Dario. The course seeks to develop further proficiency in the communication skills as well as analyze literature within a social and cultural context. Attention will be given to socio-political conditions as a force in the formation of the literature.

310. Spanish American Literature II    (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SPN 302.
A study of the major literary works produced by Spanish America during the twentieth century. Readings will include selections in poetry, drama, and prose. The course emphasizes H. Quiroga, Luis Borges, Julio Cortazar, Jose Donoso, Isabel Allende, and five Nobel Prize recipients: Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, Miguel Angel Asturias, and Garcia Marquez. The course  seeks to develop further proficiency in the communication skills as well as analyze literature in a social and cultural context.  Attention will be given to socio-political conditions as a force in the formation of the literature.

SPN 313. Culture and Civilization of Spain (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SPN 302
This course is designed to engage and prepare students in a cultural, historical and geographical exploration of Spain while continuing the enhancement and refinement of the four language skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking). Classroom discussions will be supplemented by films and readings from newspapers, magazines and selected literary works which highlight the political, historical and social situation of Spain today. (Every two years)

SPN 314. Culture and Civilization of Latin America (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SPN 302 This course is designed to engage and prepare students in a cultural, historical and geographical exploration of Latin America while continuing the enhancement and refinement of the four language skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking). Classroom discussions will be supplemented by films and readings from newspapers, magazines and selected literary works which highlight the political,
historical and social situation of Latin America today. (Every two years)

320. Contemporary Spanish Literature    (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SPN 302.
A study of selected contemporary texts and movements. The course emphasizes communicative skills of learning, reading, speaking, and writing within a social and cultural context, using such themes as personal identity, the family, the individual and society, and social classes in Spain. The course also seeks to develop further proficiency in basic literary analysis and criticism.

325. Business Spanish    (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SPN 252.
An introduction to the communicative skills of business language: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing, and cross-cultural awareness. Emphasis is placed on developing proficiency in realistic contextualized situations encountered in the Hispanic business community.

385. Special Topics in Spanish (Subtitle)    (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
May be repeated for major or minor credit. 

417. The Golden Age of Spanish Literature    (3 hours)
Prerequisite: One 300-level literature class and consent of instructor.
A study of representative works of the great dramatists, prose writers, and poets of the 16th and 17th centuries. Emphasis will be placed on works of Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderon, Tirso de Molina, and Gongora.

420. Advanced Stylistics    (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SPN 302.
This course is designed to help students refine their written communication through practical exercises in both free and directed composition. Concentrates on the development of form and style through the study of model texts by Hispanic authors.

425. Seminar (Subtitle)    (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Junior or senior status or consent of instructor.
A concentrated study of selected authors, literary movements, or topics in Spanish life and culture. Topics will vary from year to year. May be repeated for major or minor credit.

480. Internship    (Variable credit up to 15 hours)
Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
A supervised program of field experience in which students make practical application of their skills in Spanish in an approved establishment outside the University. The department as a whole must approve the student's project, which will be directed by an instructor and an on-site supervisor. No more than 3 hours may be counted toward a Spanish major or minor.

482. Assistantship for Spanish 111/112    (1 hour)
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Selected Spanish majors or minors serve as assistants in SPN 111 or 112. Assistants attend 2-3 classes per week, study the assigned work, and help conduct classroom and lab activities. Assistants may review but will not evaluate students' work. Other duties will be determined by the instructor in consultation with the assistant. In addition, the assistant will be required to complete a written reflection on the experience. Does not count toward the major or minor. Mandatory S/U grading. May not be repeated.

490. Supervised Independent Reading    (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An intensive reading program designed to provide in-depth examination of a particular author or theme in Spanish literature or culture. May be counted toward Spanish major. May not be repeated.

Requirements for Spanish major and minor

A major in Spanish consists of 32 hours*, with a minimum of 18 hours in courses numbered 300 or above. A peninsular survey (SPN 303, 304, or 320) and a Spanish-American survey (306 or 310) of literature are required; majors are also urged to take SPN 315. Non-native speakers of Spanish pursuing the major are required to take SPN 301 and SPN 302. A minor in Spanish consists of a minimum of 18 hours*, 9 hours of which must be in courses numbered 300 or above. Spanish majors must pass an exit exam.

*IN ALL FLL AND MINORS, SOME LOWER-DIVISION REQUIREMENTS MAY BE EXEMPTED AS A RESULT OF EXAMINATION OR EVIDENCE OF PRIOR TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE.

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