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Spanish Courses

SP 111 - Discovering Spanish 4 hrs.

In this course, students will develop basic skills in speaking, understanding, reading and writing Spanish while discovering connections between the Spanish language and the cultures of the Hispanic world. This course does not count toward a major or a minor in Spanish. (Offered during the fall semester.)

SP 112 - Exploring Spanish 4 hrs.

A continuation of the first-semester Spanish course, this course provides further development of communicative skills, as well as a more detailed understanding of Hispanic cultures. This course does not count toward a major or a minor in Spanish. Prerequisite: SP 101 or 141 or approved placement test result. (Offered during the spring semester.)

SP 203 - Building Proficiency in Spanish 3 hrs.

Students will refine their communicative skills by learning the more complex stylistic and grammatical features of the language and expanding their vocabulary. The length of readings and compositions will increase and students will deepen their cultural knowledge of the Hispanic world. Prerequisite: SP102 or 142 or approved placement test result. (Offered during the fall semester.)

SP 204 - Making Connections in Spanish 3 hrs.

This course continues to review previously learned structures and to further develop communicative language skills. Students will make connections between Spanish and other areas of interest or career aspirations. Prerequisite: SP 203 or 243 or approved placement test result. (Offered during the spring semester.)

SP 305 - Spanish Composition in Cultural Context 3 hrs.

This course is designed to enhance student writing skills in Spanish through extensive writing opportunities combined with a thorough review of Spanish grammar and syntax. Prerequisite: SP 204 or permission of the instructor.

SP 306 - Spanish Conversation in Cultural Context 3 hrs.

This course provides intensive work in communicating in spoken Spanish, with an emphasis on practical, idiomatic usage. Emphasis will be on oral production and listening comprehension. Class time will be spent on various communicative activities such as discussion and debate, role-playing, and presentations. Listening skills will be honed using authentic video and audio sources. Selected readings from Spanish-language journals, newspapers and Internet sources will be incorporated. Course topics and materials will be designed to stimulate reflection on Hispanic culture. Prerequisite: SP 204 or permission of the instructor.

SP 343 - Civilization and Culture of Spain 3 hrs.

This course provides an intensive focus on the civilization of Spain from a cultural and historical perspective. It is designed for the student with a general interest in Spanish language and culture as well as for the student who plans advanced literary study. Prerequisite: SP 204 or permission of the instructor.

SP 344 - Civilization and Culture of Latin America 3 hrs.

This course provides an intensive focus on the civilization of Latin America from a cultural and historical perspective. It is designed for the student with a general interest in Spanish language and culture as well as for the student who plans advanced literary study. Prerequisite: SP 204 or permission of the instructor.

SP 360 - Introduction to Hispanic Literature 3 hrs.

This course serves as an introduction to the study of Hispanic literature (from Spain and Latin America) and the genres of poetry, drama, and narrative. Texts will be selected from a variety of periods with an emphasis on modern Hispanic literature. Prerequisite: SP 204 or permission of the instructor.

Spanish Seminars at the 400 Level

Seminars allow students to develop their skills in research, writing, reading, and conversation by studying Spanish culture, film, and literature related to a specific theme or Hispanic author. All seminars share the following traits: 1) a substantive research paper involving some level of collaboration regarding the writing process; 2) substantial student participation in the conducting of the course through oral presentations or other means; and 3) class interaction based principally on active dialogue rather than on lecture. Prerequisite: A 300-level Spanish course or permission of the instructor.

  • SP 413 - Seminar on a Theme or Movement 3 hrs.
  • SP 414 - Seminar on Culture and Literature 3 hrs.
  • SP 416 - Seminar on Film and Literature 3 hrs.
  • SP 418 - Seminar in Specific Authors 3 hrs.

SP 295, 495 - Selected Topics in Spanish 1-3 hrs.

Each selected topics course focuses on a specialized topic in Spanish language, literature, or culture. Students may repeat this course for credit as long as the topic changes. Prerequisite: SP 204 or permission of the instructor.

SP 499 - Independent Study in Spanish 1-3 hrs.

Independent study is open only to highly qualified students who receive permission from the instructor. Independent study may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: SP 204 and department chair approval.