Courses in Spanish

SPA 101. Elementary Spanish I. Introductory course in Spanish. Aimed at developing basic communicative proficiency in Spanish. Also offers insights into Hispanic cultures.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. This course does not meet the new "Language and Culture" requirement of the common learning experience. 3 credits.

SPA 102. Elementary Spanish II. Second half of the introductory course.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: SPA 101 or equivalent. 3 credits.

SPA 102. Elementary Level Spanish: Language and Culture in the Spanish-Speaking World. SPA 102 is an active and immersive language and culture course, taught almost entirely in Spanish in which students will develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish and cultural awareness of the cultures associated with Spanish.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: SPA 101 or placement test. 4 credits.

SPA 201. Intermediate Spanish Level I: Language and Culture in the Spanish-speaking World. This is an active and immersive language and culture course, taught almost entirely in Spanish in which students will develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish and cultural awareness of the cultures associated with the Spanish.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: SPA 102 or placement test. Corequisite: SPA 201L. 4 credits.

SPA 202. Intermediate Spanish Level II: Language and Culture in the Spanish-Speaking World. This is an active and immersive language and culture course. Taught almost entirely in Spanish in which students will develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish and cultural awareness of the cultures associated with Spanish.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or placement test. Corequisite: SPA 202L. 4 credits.

SPA 300. Advanced Spanish: Oral Communication. This is an active and immersive course focused on the intensive use and analysis of spoken Spanish, including phonetics and phonology, designed to help students acquire native-like pronunciation and intonation. Classroom activities will include the practicing of oral skills such as summarizing, telling, narrating, explaining, arguing a point, discussions and presentations.  Fulfills general education requirement: Prerequisite: SPA 202 or placement into 300-level or higher according to the placement test. Students who have been placed into SPA 311 may not take this course. 4 credits.

SPA 310. Advanced Grammar and Writing. This course is an advanced course designed to help students develop communication, writing, and reading skills in Spanish, as well as an awareness and appreciation of Hispanic culture(s). It takes an interactive communicative approach and stresses cultural competency in language learning and successful communication.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or placement into 300-level or higher according to the placement test. 4 credits.

SPA 311. Spanish for Heritage Speakers. This is a special course for Hispanic, Latinos or students that have been exposed to Spanish consistently at home while growing up, have listened to it and want to develop the formal aspects like grammar, more extensive vocabulary and cultural information about their own places of origin. This class will include readings, movies and studies of geographical areas and maps in order to examine historical and social events represented in the students' countries of origin and will require work outside class in the Latino community.  Fulfills general education requirement: American Social Diversity. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or placement into 300-level or higher according to the placement test; permission of the instructor or chair. Corequisite: SPA 311L. 4 credits.

SPA 330. Literatures in Spanish. This course is an introduction to Literatures in Spanish, which offers a selection of authors and genres, introducing students to literary analysis through reading a selection of texts including novels, plays, short fiction, poetry, and lyrics. The primary objective of this course is to acquire communication skills in Spanish, and to develop an awareness and appreciation of Hispanic literature and cultures.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: SPA 202 or placement test. 4 credits.

SPA 345. Introduction to Spanish Linguistics. Introduces students to the study of the systems of Spanish: syntax, phonology, lexicon and morphology and language as a social construct. Regional varieties of Spanish spoken in Spanish, Latin America and the US as well as Spanish in contact with other languages will be considered.  Prerequisite: SPA 300. Corequisite: SPA 345L. 4 credits.

SPA 355. Cultural Studies. Cultural Studies focuses on the analysis of written and visual representations (theatrical productions, poems, short stories, novels, songs, films, documentaries, and other visual media) in order to analyze how Hispanic cultures have been represented, experienced and interpreted during different decades until the present moment. The study of contemporary cultural productions will also help us to better understand the impact of global issues in present-day Hispanic societies and the current debates about their significance and consequences in the political, social, cultural, and intellectual milieu. These texts will also prepare the student for further work in more advanced courses of Hispanic literature(s) and culture(s).  Fulfills general education requirement: Prerequisite: SPA 310 or SPA 311. Corequisite: SPA 355L. 4 credits.

SPA 365. Global Hot Topics. Global Hot Topics offers a study of the major issues confronting the world today, from the perspective of Hispanic cultures. This provides a means of better understanding both the origin of, and potential solutions to, those global issues and problems faced by contemporary societies. It takes an interactive communicative approach and stresses cultural competency in language learning and successful communication.  This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. Fulfills general education requirement: Prerequisite: SPA 310 or SPA 311. 4 credits.

SPA 385. Latinos in the United States. This course examines a definition of Latino literature and culture by reviewing some of the canonical and non-canonical texts and films produced about or by Central Americans, Mexican Americans, Chicano and Hispanic Caribbean writers in the diaspora.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. American Social Diversity. Prerequisite: SPA 310 or SPA 311. 4 credits.

SPA 450. Modern Latin American Literature and 21st Centuries. This course covers a wide range of genres and authors. Some of the reading selections include texts from the Latin American "boom" literary movement as well as from Latin American Nobel Laureates in literature.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: SPA 330. 3 credits.

SPA 480. Capstone Senior Seminar in Spanish. This course is designed to be a culminating experience for the Spanish major. As such, the focus of the course is on synthesizing knowledge from previous courses into a broad historical and cultural framework. It takes an interactive communicative approach to learning.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: A minimum of 30 total hours of Spanish credit. 4 credits.