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Program

Please consult the full list of Spanish course descriptions in the current Catalog, all of which are offered on a regular basis. Note that some upper-level classes are offered exclusively in Fall or Spring: please schedule a meeting with an adviser for further information.


SPA 1000 - Conversational Spanish for Travel I

Credits: 3

Description: This course is designed for the student who wants to acquire a basic knowledge of conversational Spanish for personal travel.

Note: It does not fulfill the prerequisite requirements for any Spanish 2000-level course.


SPA 1002 - Conversational Spanish for Law Enforcement I

Credits: 3

Description: This course is designed for the student who wants to acquire a basic knowledge of conversational Spanish for the law-enforcement professions.

Note: It does not fulfill the prerequisite requirements for any Spanish 2000-level course.


SPA 1003 - Conversational Spanish for Law Enforcement II

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 1002

Description: This course is a continuation of SPA 1002 and is designed for the student who wants to acquire a basic knowledge of conversational Spanish for the law-enforcement professions.

Note: It does not fulfill the prerequisite requirements for any Spanish 2000-level course.


SPA 1004 - Conversational Spanish for Medical Professions I

Credits: 3

Description: This course is designed for the student who wants to acquire a basic knowledge of conversational Spanish for the medical professions.

Note: It does not fulfill the prerequisite requirements for any Spanish 2000-level course.


SPA 1005 - Conversational Spanish for Medical Professions II

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 1004

Description: This course is a continuation of SPA 1004 and is designed for the student who wants to acquire a basic knowledge of conversational Spanish for the medical professions.

Note: It does not fulfill the prerequisite requirements for any Spanish 2000-level course.


SPA 1006 - Conversational Spanish for School Personnel I

Credits: 3

Description: This course is designed for the student who wants to acquire a basic knowledge of conversational Spanish for the school environment.

Note: It does not fulfill the prerequisite requirements for any Spanish 2000-level course.


SPA 1007 - Conversational Spanish for School Personnel II

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 1006

Description: This course is a continuation of SPA 1006 and is designed for the student who wants to acquire a basic knowledge of conversational Spanish for the school environment.

Note: It does not fulfill the prerequisite requirements for any Spanish 2000-level course.


SPA 1010 - Elementary Spanish I

Credits: 5

Description: This is a basic course in Spanish, with emphasis primarily on pronunciation, speaking and understanding, supplemented by grammar, reading, and writing.


SPA 1020 - Elementary Spanish II

Credits: 5

Prerequisite(s): SPA 1010 or the equivalent high school or transfer experience

Description: This course is the continuation of SPA 1010 and focuses on skills development in listening, speaking, reading, and writing with an emphasis on the use of functional, communicative language for oral and written proficiency and cultural competency.

Note: This course requires a grade of “C” or better to fulfill the General Studies requirement.

General Studies: Oral Communication


SPA 1800 - International Spanish Year I

Credits: 1-15

Description: This variable credit course is designed for first-year students learning Spanish in a study abroad setting. The course will recognize an approved, study-abroad, educational experience in Spanish speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing.


SPA 2010 - Intermediate Spanish I

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 1020 or placement or two years of high school Spanish or its equivalent with a grade of “C” or better

Description: This course continues the sequence of SPA 1010 and SPA 1020 and is the first of a two-semester, integrated, second-year sequence. The course focuses on further skills development in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with emphasis on the use of functional, communicative language for oral and written proficiency and on cultural competency. Class is conducted mostly in Spanish and will include a variety of interactive activities designed to help students develop their knowledge of Spanish and their ability to use it productively in situations of communication.


SPA 2020 - Intermediate Spanish II

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 2010 or equivalent

Description: This course is a continuation of SPA 2010 and is the second of a two-semester, integrated, second-year sequence. The course focuses on further skills development in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with emphasis on the use of functional, communicative language for oral and written proficiency and on cultural competency. Class is conducted mostly in Spanish and will include a variety of interactive activities designed to help students develop their knowledge of Spanish and their ability to use it productively in situations of communication.


SPA 2110 - Spanish Reading and Communication I

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 1020 with a grade of “C” or better or placement or two years of high school Spanish or its equivalent

Description: This intermediate course introduces increasingly complex readings and promotes the development of oral and written proficiency. The course is designed to afford the student the necessary practice to communicate with ease in Spanish. Emphasis lies on vocabulary building, reading of cultural material, and communication skills.


SPA 2120 - Spanish Reading and Communication II

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 2110 or equivalent, or permission of instructor

Description: This intermediate course is a continuation of SPA 2110. It is designed to review, widen, and strengthen the knowledge of language structures as a basis for more advanced work in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing in Spanish.


SPA 2340 - Intermediate Spanish for the Heritage Speaker

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 2120 or equivalent or permission of instructor

Description: This is an intermediate-level course for the heritage and bilingual speaker of Spanish who has developed speaking ability outside of the classroom with little training in the formal components of the language. The course focuses on the practice and use of standard oral and written Spanish structures found in cultural, literary, journalistic and media platforms. Particular attention is given to the development of language skills necessary for communication in social or professional settings, and to discussions on specific cultural issues faced by the Spanish speaker. This course may be taken by Spanish majors or minors, or non-majors or minors in lieu of SPA 2320.


SPA 2750 - Intensive Intermediate Spanish Grammar Review

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 2110 with “C” or higher, or equivalent, or departmental permission

Description: SPA 2750 is an intensive transition course between the intermediate and advanced Spanish writing and grammar courses. It provides comprehensive grammar review and writing practice by building on topics covered in lower-level Spanish courses, and approaching them in a more detailed manner. The course introduces additional aspects of the Spanish language, not previously covered in preceding courses. The foundations of grammar and their expression in oral and written communication are especially emphasized. The course is designed for students who wish to pursue further studies in Spanish, and is especially useful to proficient speakers (native, heritage, and second-language learners) who have had limited exposure to the formal study of language structure.


SPA 2800 - International Spanish Year II

Credits: 1-15

Prerequisite(s): One year of college Spanish or equivalent

Description: This variable credit course is designed to recognize second year study of Spanish language and culture in an approved study-abroad setting.


SPA 3050 - Cultural Crossroads: France, Germany, Spain

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): ENG 1020

Description: This course gives students the cultural background necessary to understand and appreciate those spiritual and intellectual developments that have given today’s three European nations (representing our language disciplines) their characteristics. Main topics include the Indo- European language family, the cultural and technological development of Germanic and Romance-speaking countries, the causes for the rise and fall of these countries throughout the 2000 years under consideration, the role of women in politics and the arts, the development of differing social etiquette, reasons for mass emigrations, contributions of immigrants to their new countries, and the effect that the European Union has on the educational social welfare of its member nations.

Note: Students can get credit for only one prefix.

Cross Listed Course(s): FRE 3050, GER 3050, MDL 3050


SPA 3100 - Spanish Terminology for the Bilingual Classroom

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): Two years of college Spanish, its equivalent, or Permission of the instructor

Description: This is a practical course designed to help students with the Spanish structures and terminology used in the different areas of instruction.


SPA 3110 - Advanced Conversation

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): Two years of college Spanish or equivalent, or Permission of instructor

Description: This is an advanced course to broaden and strengthen the student’s conversational skills, emphasizing current topics in the Hispanic world.


SPA 3140 - Advanced Composition

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 2310 and SPA 2320 or equivalent, or Permission of instructor

Description: This course is designed to reinforce and develop further the student’s abilities in composition tasks that reflect the kind of writing students are generally asked to perform as Spanish majors. Classes are conducted in Spanish.


SPA 3150 - Spanish Phonetics: Theory and Practice

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): Two years of college Spanish or equivalent, or Permission of instructor

Description: This course in Spanish phonology is aimed at improving students’ pronunciation and introducing them to the field of descriptive linguistics.


SPA 3200 - Culture and Civilization of Spain

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): Two years of college Spanish or equivalent, or Permission of instructor; and completion of General Studies requirements in Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Literacy.

Description: This course is an advanced Spanish conversational approach to the understanding of the traditions and history of Spain and the national character as expressed in everyday life. It is based on a reading-lecture discussion format. Oral presentations and a term paper are required. This class is conducted in Spanish.


SPA 3210 - Spanish-American Culture and Civilization

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): Two years of college Spanish or equivalent, or Permission of instructor; and completion of General Studies requirements in Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Literacy.

Description: This course is an advanced Spanish conversational approach to the chief cultural characteristics of the Hispanic-American world. It is based on a reading-lecture-discussion format. Oral presentations and a research paper are required. Conducted in Spanish.


SPA 3220 - Folklore and Culture of the Mexican Southwest

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): Two years of college Spanish or equivalent, or Permission of instructor; and completion of General Studies requirements in Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Literacy.

Description: This course is designed to acquaint the students with the culture, folklore and civilization of the Mexican American in the Southwest. The introductory lectures will deal with the Spanish and Indian heritage. Main concentration will be on the culture and folklore of the people from the arrival of Juan de Oñate to the present. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish.


SPA 3250 - Introduction to Literary Studies in Spanish

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 2320 or equivalent, or Permission of instructor

Description: This course is designed to introduce the students to the study of literature in the Spanish language. Emphasis will be placed on reading and critical analysis of representative works, main literary trends and terminology. Conducted in Spanish.


SPA 3340 - Advanced Spanish for the Heritage Speaker

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 2320 or SPA 2340 or permission of instructor

Description: This course is designed specifically for the heritage or bilingual learner of Spanish who brings strong proficiency and literacy skills in Spanish. The course focuses on the development of advanced communicative competence in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing, as well as on understanding Hispanic cultures, issues of identity of the heritage speaker in the U.S., language variation, customs, geography, history, and current events. Students will gain linguistic and oral proficiency in order to develop, evaluate, compare and express ideas critically in both oral and written formats on varied topics and themes. This course is open to the heritage learner with, at least, two years of formal training in Spanish.


SPA 3400 - Survey of Spanish Literature I

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 3250 or equivalent, or Permission of instructor

Description: This course is a general survey of the literature of Spain from the Middle Ages through the romantic era. Reading of representative works, lecture on biography, criticism and recitation will be included. Conducted in Spanish.


SPA 3410 - Survey of Spanish Literature II

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 3250 or equivalent, or Permission of instructor

Description: This course presents Spanish literature since 1870, including post-romanticism, realism, naturalism, the generation of 1898, the genero chico, and more recent works. Conducted in Spanish.


SPA 3510 - Survey of Latin American Literature

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 3250 or equivalent, or Permission of instructor

Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to the most important works in Latin American literature from the late 15th century to the late 19th century. Conducted in Spanish.


SPA 3600 - Latin American Cinema

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 2320 or LAS 2860 or Permission of instructor

Description: This 3000-level course, a survey of recent Latin American film, is interdisciplinary and crosscultural, emphasizing the socio-economic and political issues (race, gender, sex, and identity issues) central to the development of Latin American cinema. This course is suitable for nonspeakers of Spanish and is designed to introduce students to the cinematic work of a number of Latin American film artists or movements by discussing them from a variety of perspectives (narrative, rhetoric, aesthetics, film language). This course is designed to heighten perceptual skills by viewing films and increase critical understanding of the ways films function as visual discourse. Students in the SPA major program at the time the course is taken will complete all work in Spanish.


SPA 3650 - Introduction to Spanish Translation I

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 3140 with a grade of at least a “B” or Permission of instructor

Description: This course is an introduction to the principal topics in the discipline of translation. The student will translate a variety of texts from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish, discuss and critique translations in class, examine various historical and theoretical concepts of translation, and analyze grammatical, lexical and cultural issues faced by translators. Student is expected to be fluent in both Spanish and English.


SPA 3800 - International Advanced Spanish

Credits: 1-15

Prerequisite(s): upper-division standing in Spanish or equivalent

Description: This course is designed to recognize upper-division study in language, culture and literature in a study-abroad setting. This advanced study in Spanish uses a variety of methods and includes reading, writing and discussion seminars in Spanish.


SPA 4010 - Advanced Spanish Writing and Grammar I

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 3140 or equivalent, or Permission of instructor

Description: This course is designed to afford the student of Spanish an overall acquaintance with contemporary grammatical analysis and terminology, in order to promote and enhance the student’s sensitivity regarding the syntactical structure of the Spanish oral and written modes of expression. Classes are conducted in Spanish.


SPA 4020 - Advanced Spanish Writing and Grammar II

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 4010 or equivalent, or Permission of instructor

Description: This course is an intensive study of Spanish idiomatic expressions and selected vocabulary to strengthen the student’s language skills, with emphasis on written style and on the understanding of the Spanish syntax. The main purpose of this course is to enable the student to manipulate the target language with accuracy, elegance and assertiveness. Classes are conducted in Spanish.


SPA 4050 - Introduction to Translation II

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 3140 and SPA 3650 with grades of “B” or better

Description: This course further explores the principal topics in the discipline of translation. Students will translate (Spanish to English and English to Spanish) challenging “real-life” texts from such diverse fields as law, medicine, marketing, human resources, literature and poetry. Class sessions will focus on discussion of assigned translations, examination of various historical and theoretical concepts of translation, and analysis of grammatical, lexical, and cultural issues faced by translators. Students are expected to be fluent in both Spanish and English.


SPA 4110 - Contemporary Spanish Literature

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 3250

Description: This course involves reading and analysis, through discussion and writing, of representative works of contemporary Spanish literature. The course affords students an opportunity to explore changes in cultural development in Spain from the end of the Civil War until the present. This course is conducted in Spanish.


SPA 4120 - Contemporary Latin-American Literature

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 3510 or equivalent, or Permission of instructor

Description: This is a course in which the student will be critically reading and discussing the major works of contemporary Spanish American authors in order to appreciate their literary and cultural values and to participate in a meaningful language experience. Conducted in Spanish.


SPA 4130 - Contemporary Mexican Literature

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 3250 or equivalent, or Permission of instructor

Description: This course offers a panoramic view of Mexican literature. It will examine the articulation of diverse social and cultural questions, as well as the ways in which Mexican writers represent themselves and their cultural heritage through literary texts. The student will read and discuss representative works of 20th century Mexican writers. Conducted in Spanish.


SPA 4200 - Spanish-American Essay: 19th and 20th Centuries

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SPA 3250 or Permission of instructor

Description: This course presents, discusses, and analyzes the most important literary work of representative 19th and 20th century Spanish-American essayists. The course exposes the student to the thought and stylistic modes found in the intellectual production of the selected prominent figures to be studied. Conducted in Spanish.

University Requirement(s): Senior Experience