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Spanish Major

As a Spanish major, you will concentrate your studies in the areas of language grammar and syntax, history, culture and civilization of Spain and Spanish speaking Latin American countries as well as Spanish literature and criticism through the ages. You will spend one or two semesters studying abroad through the Council for International Educational Exchange in such countries as:

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • The Dominican Republic
  • Spain

Requirements for the Major in Spanish
A minimum of 36 credits in intermediate or advanced courses and LIN200 Introduction to Linguistics are required for the Spanish major. These courses are chosen in consultation with the advisor to include a broad distribution among language, literature and culture in Spanish Peninsular and Latin American courses. Students are required to study for one or two semesters at a departmentally approved site through the Center for International Educational Exchange programs (see www.ciee.org for details). Junior year is recommended for study abroad.

Requirements for the Minor in Spanish
The minor consists of one of the following: 20 credits in intermediate- and upper-level courses in Spanish or in linguistics (with department approval); 8-12 credits in intermediate or upper-level courses in each of two languages; or 12 credits in intermediate or upper-level courses in one language plus 8 credits in linguistics. Up to 12 credits towards the minor may be taken abroad in a non-English speaking country. Contact the department chair for more information.
 



SPANISH


Lower Level (First Year)
 

*SPN101, *102 Introductory Spanish I, II (4, 4)
Introduction to Spanish language and Hispanic cultures with practice in four skills associated with language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. SPN101 conducted primarily in Spanish;
SPN102 conducted in Spanish. Language placement score required. Successful completion or validation of SPN101 is a prerequisite for SPN102.


Intermediate Level (Second Year)

SPN201 Intermediate Spanish I (4)
Continued study and practice in Spanish language and Hispanic cultures through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN102, placement score or equivalent.

SPN202 Intermediate Spanish II (4)
Continued study and practice in Spanish language and Hispanic cultures through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Prerequisite: SPN201, placement score or permission of instructor.


Upper Level


SPN311 Advanced Spanish Syntax (4)

Development of understanding of more complex points of syntax and idiomatic expressions through explanation, practice and application in both oral and written format. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN202, placement score or equivalent. (Alternate years. Not offered 2012-13.)

SPN313 Advanced Spanish Writing (4)
Focus on idiomatic expressions and style needed for various kinds of writing. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN202, placement score or equivalent.

SPN315 Advanced Spanish Conversation (4)
Development of facility in spoken Spanish through simulation of situations, oral reports and discussion of contemporary topics. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN313 or equivalent or permission of instructor. (Alternate years. Offered 2012-13.)

SPN371 Selected Topics (2 or 4)
Explores pertinent literary, linguistic or cultural topic not specifically covered elsewhere in curriculum. Designated as repeatable; students may enroll more than once if topic changes. Prerequisites set by instructor.

SPN425 Internship in Spanish Conversation and Culture (4)
Supervised experience in a Spanish-speaking environment; individualized syllabus for each student combining on-the-job work experience with related academic study. Prerequisites: SPN202 or equivalent, permission of instructor, minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA and approval by Registrar's Office.


SPANISH PENINSULAR COURSES


SPN360 Spanish History, Culture and Civilization (4)

Survey of geography, history, fine arts, religious makeup, economics and demographics of Spain.
Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPN311, 313 or equivalent. (Alternate years. Not offered 2012-13.)

SPN370 Survey of Spanish Peninsular Literature (4)
Study of representative literature of Spain in historical and cultural settings. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPN311, 313 or equivalent. (Alternate years. Offered 2012-13.)

SPN491, 492 Seminar in Spanish Topics I, II (2, 2)
In-depth study of a chosen area of literature or culture of Spain. Students make several presentations. Conducted in Spanish. Designated as repeatable for credit if topic differs. Prerequisite: SPN311, SPN313 or equivalent. (Alternate Years. Not offered 2012-13.)


LATIN AMERICAN COURSES

SPN362 Latin American History, Culture and Civilization (4)
Survey of geography, history, fine arts, religious makeup, economics and demographics of Latin America. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN311, 313 or equivalent. (Alternate years. Offered 2012-13.)

SPN372 Survey of Latin American Literature (4)
Study of representative literature of Latin America in historical and cultural settings. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPN311, 313 or equivalent. (Alternate years. Not offered 2012-13.)

SPN493, 494 Seminar in Latin American Topic I, II (2, 2)
In-depth study of a chosen area of literature or culture of Latin America. Students make several presentations. Conducted in Spanish. Designated as repeatable for credit if topic differs. Prerequisites: SPN311, 313 or equivalent. (Alternate years. Offered 2012-13.)

*Fulfills core common or thematic requirement.