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Department of English and Modern Languages

Spring/Summer Spanish Courses

SPA 100 Elementary Spanish I (3). Beginning study of Spanish language and culture, including speaking, listening, reading and writing. Focus on topics of personal interest and activities, using primarily the present tense. Students whose high school transcripts show three or more years of Spanish (with a grade of C or better, and within three years of the semester in question) should attempt the placement exam because they will receive audit credit only should they enroll in the beginning Spanish course (SPA 100).

SPA 101 Elementary Spanish II (3). Continued study of Spanish language and culture, including speaking, listening, reading and writing. Focus on topics of personal interest and activities. Prerequisite: SPA 100 or equivalent.

SPA 200 Intermediate Spanish I (3). Through classroom interaction, students develop oral and written skills needed for practical and daily-life situations; study linguistic structures and functions needed to ask questions, compare, contrast, and describe; develop reading skills and expand vocabulary; and increase cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPA 101 or departmental approval.

SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish II (3). Through classroom interaction, students further develop oral and written skills needed for practical and daily-life situations; study in greater depth linguistic structures and functions needed to ask questions, narrate in three tenses, compare and contrast, describe; build reading skills and expand vocabulary; and increase cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPA 200 or departmental approval.

SPA 211 Spanish for the Professional (3). A pragmatic approach to the continued development of the skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish, as well as concentrating on increased awareness of Spanish customs and culture. This course is recommended for students pursuing a business major, as well as those who want to acquire more confidence in practical use of Spanish. Prerequisitie: SPA 200 or equivalent.

SPA 250 Interim Program in Spanish Studies Abroad: Oral Spanish (3). An intensive three-week intermediate level skills course in spoken Spanish given in a Spanish-speaking country. A special fee is assessed for this class. Deadline for application is March 1. Prerequisite: SPA 101 or two years of high school Spanish. LAS International/Intercultural.

SPA 301 Methods in Teaching Foreign Language (3). Techniques, materials, and methodology to be used in teaching foreign language. Same course as FRE 301 and GER 301. Prerequisites: Junior standing and SPA 201 or SPA 211.

SPA 310 Spanish Readings (3). This course focuses in reading and analysis of Spanish and Latin-American texts from a variety of genres and periods. This semester SPA310 will be oriented to the comprehension and discussion on Human Rights in Latin America, Spain, and the United States. Prerequisite: SPA 200.

SPA 312 Advanced Spanish II: Conversation (3). Solidifies and/or develops students’ oral proficiency within a variety of conversational contexts and registers, and a study of the Spanish sound system. Prerequisite: SPA 211 or SPA 201 or departmental approval. This courses reinforces all previously vocabulary and enlarge the lexicon available to communicate with others. The student work in group and is expected to do regular presentations in increasing time length.

SPA 332 Introduction to Hispanic Civilization and Culture II (3). It is a study of Hispanic society and culture. The course emphasizes connections between historical development and artistic expression. SPA 332 is recommended as a complementary course to SPA 322 Introduction to Hispanic Civilization and Culture I. Prerequisite: SPA 211 or 201, and SPA 310. LAS Computer Literacy; International/Intercultural. The course consider aspects of the culture in America from before the encounter with Spanish culture, until the clear differences of 20 + countries using the Spanish language in the XXI century.

SPA 340 Extended Study Abroad (12-15). A semester-long study at a university in a Spanish-speaking country, to be selected in consultation with the foreign Language advisor. Student enrolls in 12-15 credit hours of intensive Spanish language and other approved academic courses. Credits will be eligible for substitution of required major courses upon the student’s return. A special fee is assessed for this class. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or equivalent and departmental approval. LAS International/Intercultural.

SPA 350 Interim Program in Spanish Studies Abroad: Oral Spanish (3). An intensive three-week advanced level skills course in spoken Spanish in a Spanish-speaking country. A special fee is assessed for this class. Deadline for application is March 1. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or four years of high school Spanish. LAS International/Intercultural.

SPA 422 The Literature of Spain (3). A study of masterworks of Spanish literature from a range of periods and a variety of genres. Prerequisite: SPA 302 and SPA 310, or SPA 310 and SPA 312, or departmental approval.

SPA 462 Senior Thesis (1). Students will learn how to develop a research topic, conduct research using resources in the target language, and synthesize their findings. The final product is a research paper in the target language in which students demonstrate the ability to conduct research, apply a critical perspective, and defend their thesis in a public forum at the end of the semester. Graded pass/fail. Prerequisite: Must be completed during the semester of graduation, except for summer graduates, who must completed the course in the spring semester prior to graduation.