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SPA-101 Elementary Spanish I (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
Introduction to modern spoken Spanish. English will be used in the classroom for orientation purposes only. Independent language laboratory work required each week.

SPA-102 Elementary Spanish II (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
A review and continuation of SPA-101. English will be used in the classroom for orientation purposes only. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Prerequisite: SPA-101.

SPA-205 Intermediate Spanish I (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
A review and continuation of SPA-102, and gradual introduction of graded readings. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Prerequisite: SPA-102.

SPA-206 Intermediate Spanish II (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
A continuation of SPA-205. Emphasis on the reading and discussion in Spanish of texts of moderate difficulty. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Prerequisite: SPA-205.

SPA-207 Intermediate Conversation and Service Learning (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year, Alternate Years
A course in conversational Spanish which focuses on increasing a student's oral proficiency at the intermediate level. Emphasis is placed on the proper pronunciation of the language and on listening and speaking. The class also includes Service-Learning hours in the community. It may be repeated once for credit through an approved program of study abroad. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA-206 (or equivalent)

SPA-299 Introduction to Research in Spanish (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an intermediate level of complexity. In her project, the student will investigate an aspect of Spanish or Hispanophone literature, culture or civilization of personal interest and, as a culminating experience, prepare a paper or other research project whose outcomes or conclusions she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisites: 3 credits from SPA at Level 200.

SPA-300 Life and Study Abroad (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
Intensive study and homestay in a Spanish-speaking country. Credit awarded according to departmental guidelines. Permission of department required to enroll. Pass/Fail grading only.

SPA-301 Business Spanish (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
An advanced-level course to orient students' functional use of Spanish to the world of business from a Hispanic cultural perspective. Students will report on current events, trade accords among nations and intercultural issues in the workplace. Prerequisites: Successful completion (grade of C or better) of Intermediate Spanish II (SPA-206) is required and Advanced Composition and Grammar (SPA-306) is preferred. Students who wish to take Business Spanish without having completed SPA-306 should seek the permission of the instructor.

SPA-302 Topics in Language and Culture (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
This course is offered only in connection with the department's programs of study in a Spanish-speaking country. Since instruction is in Spanish, the course carries as a prerequisite the completion of second-year language study. The course may entail instruction before, during, and after the experience abroad. Credit is awarded according to the following guidelines: Completion of assigned readings: 1 hour; Completion of a paper or journal: 1 hour; Participation in a series of organized visits: 1 hour. Depending on the objectives of the foreign study program, directors may require any combination of the above elements, but in no case will more than three credit hours be awarded for the course. Pass/Fail grading may be elected by the student. Instructor's consent required. Prerequisites: SPA-206, SPA-207.

SPA-303 Identities of Spain (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
Students in this course explore the history and diverse cultures of Spain from antiquity to the consolidation of the nation, ending with the study of the contemporary social, cultural, and political make-up of Spanish society. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA-207 or equivalent.

SPA-304 Identities of Latin America (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
Students in this course explore the history and diverse cultures of Latin America from Pre-Columbian and colonial times to independence, ending with the study of the contemporary social, cultural, artistic, and political make-up of its societies. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA-305 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
This course focuses on students' pronunciation, intonation, and oral proficiency. Required of all Spanish majors and minors. One hour of non-credit language laboratory required each week. May be taken without prerequisite courses with permission of instructor. Prerequisites: SPA-206, SPA-207 or equivalent.

SPA-306 Written Communication in Spanish (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
Study of complex grammar structures. Designed to improve students' writing skills. Required of all majors and minors in Spanish. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA-207 or equivalent.

SPA-307 Spanish in the Community (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
This course focuses on developing oral proficiency at the advanced level. Students will engage in conversations about numerous topics relevant to the Spanish-speaking community in the US and abroad. They will learn to express abstract ideas about the intricacies of culture and global issues. All students will be required to complete service-learning hours and reflect on how the experience connects to class topics. Open to juniors and seniors or to other students with special permission to the instructor. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA-306 or equivalent.

SPA-308 Discovering Literature in Spanish (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course introduces students to basic techniques for approaching and examining different literary genres in Spanish. Selected readings include poetry, short story, and drama. Recommended as an introduction to literature.
Prerequisites: SPA-206, SPA-207 or equivalent.

SPA-321 Language and Society (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course explores the relationship between language and society. Through the study of linguistic communities, students will examine the various contexts in which communities use language to express their identity and social
behavior, including the sociocultural rules of appropriate language use. Conducted in Spanish. Pre-requisite: SPA 207 or equivalent.

SPA-331 Spanish and Latin American Film (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
This course is designed to help the student improve oral and written communication in Spanish and to become familiar with major Hispanic films, directors, and actors and their contributions to cinematic art. Through the medium of film, students will develop a deeper awareness of Hispanic culture and of global affairs. Prerequisite: SPA-206, SPA-207 or equivalent.

SPA-333 Literary Explorations of Spain (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
An exploration of the rich literary history of Spain through a selection of readings ranging from the medieval period to the twenty-first century. The course will examine major literary movements and periods such as Golden Age and Romanticism through different genres (e.g., poetry, theater, short and long narrative), as well as critical perspectives on peninsular cultures. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA-308

SPA-334 Literary Explorations of Latin America (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
An exploration of the rich literary history of Latin America through a selection of readings ranging from Pre-Columbian to contemporary texts. The course will examine major literary movements and periods such as Modernism and the Boom through different genres (poetry, theater, short and long narrative), as well as critical perspectives on Latin American cultures. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA-308.

SPA-335 Special Topics in Literature and Culture (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Intensive study of related authors, a particular group or generation, a movement, a genre, and/or a particular work. Topics and texts relevant to Spanish, Latin American and/or U.S. Latino contexts. May be repeated for credit if topic varies. Topic is announced each time the course is offered. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA-308.

SPA-385 Basic Concepts of Spanish Translation (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
This course aims to increase the student’s reading proficiency in Spanish and writing skills in both Spanish and English through grammar review, practice, vocabulary expansion, and translation from and sometimes into the foreign language. Content includes basic principles of translation, translation skills and techniques. A variety of general and semi-technical texts in Spanish will be studied. Course includes guest speakers, weekly independent assignments in translation, and a final translation research project. Class will be conducted in English and Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA-306.

SPA-386 Advanced Spanish Translation Practice (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
This course aims to apply advanced proficiency in reading and writing to translation both from and into the target language. Content applies and expounds upon principles from SPA 385, including translation theory, skills and techniques, language levels, lexicography, transposition and equivalence. A variety of semi- and technical texts in the target language will be read in depth. Course includes guest speakers, weekly independent assignments in translation, and a final translation research project. Class sessions and lectures will be conducted in English and Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA-385.

SPA-480 Community Internship (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This is a supervised experience in which the student uses her Spanish skills in a professional setting. Possible placements may include companies, governmental agencies, schools (excluding student teaching), and not-for-profit organizations. Permission required from the department chair. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Pass/Fail grading only. Prerequisites: SPA-306.

SPA-498 Honors Thesis in Spanish (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the honors student investigates an aspect of Spanish language or Hispanophone literature, culture or civilization of personal interest and prepares a paper or other research product whose conclusions or outcomes she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. Weekly meetings. It is expected that the honors student will spend at least ten hours per week on her thesis. Fulfills honors thesis requirement. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. Prerequisites: 15 credits from SPA at Level 300 or above.

SPA-499 Junior and Senior Research in Spanish (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an advanced level of complexity. In her project, the student will investigate an aspect of Spanish or Hispanophone language or literature, culture or civilization of personal interest, and, as a culminating experience, prepare a paper or other research project whose outcomes or conclusions she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisite: 12 credits from SPA at Level 300 or above.

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