SPAN 101: Spanish Beginning Cultural and Communication I (3)

Course develops cultural understanding and linguistic proficiency for communication in rudimentary social situations. Activities include engagement with native speakers; in-class conversations; reading, listening, and writing exercises; application of broad cultural definitions to the specifics of Hispanic cultures; discussion (in English) of a problem or concern affecting those cultural groups. Conducted in Spanish 50% of the time.


SPAN 102: Spanish Beginning Cultural and Communication II​ (3)

Prerequisites: SPAN 101 or one year-equivalent high school Spanish.
Course reviews structures and vocabulary for communication in rudimentary social situations. Introduces ways to extend descriptions to communicate in simple settings related to broad social topics such as family, school, and more. Activities include engagement with native speakers; in-class conversations; reading, listening, writing exercises; application of broad cultural definitions to the specifics of Hispanic cultures; discussion of a problem or concern affecting those cultural groups and analysis (in English) of proposed solutions. Conducted in Spanish 50% of the time.


SPAN 103: Spanish Beginning Cultural and Communication III​ (3)

Prerequisites: SPAN 102 or two-year equivalent high school Spanish.
Course reviews and expands on creating descriptions to communicate about current events. Activities include engagement with native speakers; in-class conversations; reading, listening, writing exercises;  application of broad cultural definitions to the specifics of Hispanic cultures; discussion of a problem or concern affecting those cultural groups and analysis of proposed solutions. Course conducted in Spanish 50%-75% of the time.

SPAN 104: Spanish Intermediate Cultures and Communication I (3)

Prerequisites: SPAN 103 or three-year equivalent high school Spanish.
Course introduces communicating in various time frames and offering opinions on current events and issues. Activities include engagement with native speakers;  in-class conversations; reading, listening, writing exercises;  application of broad cultural definitions to the specifics of Hispanic cultures; discussion of a problem or concern affecting those cultural groups and analysis of proposed solutions. Course conducted in Spanish 75%-90% of the time.


SPAN 105: Spanish Intermediate Culture and Communication II​ (3)

Prerequisites: SPAN 104 or four-year equivalent high school Spanish.
Course reviews communicating in various time frames. Develops communication for expressing complex opinions on historical, political, and social concerns. Activities include engagement with native speakers;  in-class conversations; reading, listening, writing exercises;  application of broad cultural definitions to the specifics of Hispanic cultures; discussion of a problem or concern affecting those cultural groups and analysis of proposed solutions. Course conducted in Spanish 90% of the time.


SPAN 115: Spanish for Heritage Speakers​ (3)

Designed for heritage speakers who are conversational in Spanish, but have little to no formal training in reading or writing the language. Course builds on current linguistic strengths in order to develop greater grammatical accuracy, expand vocabulary, and adapt voice/tone to a range of contexts. Activities address what it means to be bi-/multicultural in America today; how students connect with their cultural heritage; what challenges students face on our campus, in town, or across the nation; and how students can celebrate the many ways n which their cultural heritage is a source of strength. There is also the opportunity for students to strengthen their relationships with the community in a community service outreach program through the McGowan Hispanic Outreach Program. Course conducted in Spanish 90% of the time.


SPAN 331 — Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)

Refinement of grammatical principles through traditional exercises and through composition activities designed to develop an ability to address a variety of audiences in both formal and informal contexts.


SPAN 333 — Advanced Conversation and Phonetics (3)

Development of phonetic accuracy in speaking and conversation techniques in order to enhance vocabulary and use of idiomatic expressions, aid in comprehension of native speech at normal speed, respond to a variety of situations beyond those of simple daily activities, discuss in a variety of formats ranging from whole class to small groups, and communicate in formal and informal situations.


SPAN 336 — Business Spanish (3)

Introduction to Spanish and Spanish American economic and commercial terminology and institutions.


SPAN 338 — Spanish Language Media (3)

Study of representative articles and programs from the media of the Spanish-speaking world to develop a contemporary vocabulary and improve comprehension. Emphasis is on current events including politics, economics, and social trends.


SPAN 441 — Spanish Civilization (3)

Study of events, ideas, institutions and major fi gures from the Middle Ages to the present.


SPAN 444 — Latin American Civilization (3)

Study of the politics, history, cultural artifacts, and daily life of the civilizations of Latin America from the pre-conquest to the present.


SPAN 450 — Introduction to Reading Literature in Spanish (3)

Selected readings from Spanish and Latin American literature that reflect a variety of genres serve as the foundation for discussion of key literary concepts and terminology in order to enhance reading comprehension and to expand understanding of literature beyond the level of a simple plot summary.


SPAN 480 — Spanish Capstone: Readings in Spanish and Spanish American Literature (3)

A seminar that approaches reading a novel and related works in a historical, political, and/or cultural context while developing an understanding of the basic tools of literary research, all culminating in a major research paper and fi nal presentations.


SPAN 491 — Selected Topics in Spanish and Spanish American Studies (3)

Study of selected topics in the language, literature, or culture of Spain and/or Spanish America. Topic is announced at preregistration. Offered as required.


SPAN 499 — Spanish Internship (3)

An internship in a Spanish-speaking environment may be taken as an elective in addition to the eight required major courses with the approval of the Department Chairperson. A minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.50 is required and the student must have a G.P.A. of at least a 3.00 in Spanish.