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SPA-101: Elementary Spanish I 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 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 Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | 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 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 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 a community-based learning component and service hours spent 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 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 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 Session(s): Every Third Semester | 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 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. SPA 302 may be repeated once for credit through an approved program of study abroad. Pass/Fail grading may be elected by the student. Instructor’s consent required. Prerequisites: SPA-206, SPA-207.


SPA-303: Identities of Spain 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 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. Prerequisite: SPA-207.


SPA-305: Spanish Phonetics and Phonology Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

This course focuses on students' pronunciation, intonation, and oral proficiency. 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 Session(s): Fall; Spring | 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 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 of the instructor. Conducted in Spanish. SPA 307 may be repeated once for credit through an approved program of study abroad. Prerequisite: SPA-306.


SPA-308: Discovering Literature in Spanish 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.  Required of all Spanish majors.
Prerequisites: SPA-206, SPA-207 or equivalent.


SPA-321: Language and Society 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. Prerequisite: SPA 207.


SPA-331: Spanish and Latin American Film 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 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 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 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 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 or permission of the instructor. 


SPA-386: Advanced Spanish Translation Practice 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 or permission of the instructor. 
 


SPA-480: Community Internship 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 and junior or senior standing. 


SPA-498: Honors Thesis in Spanish 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 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.



Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.



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