Spanish

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

SPA 101: Introduction to Spanish

Class Program
Credits 3

This course introduces the beginning student to listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. Three hours weekly, plus recitation. Note: Students with prior Spanish language study can not be admitted to SPA 101. 

Corequisites

SPA-101R Recitation

SPA 102: Continuing Introduction to Spanish

Class Program
Credits 3

Students who have completed SPA 101, or who present one semester of college or two years of high school Spanish, can benefit from this continuation of the introductory course. The emphasis on the communicative application of the language continues; partners and group work enhance this. The fundamentals of survival Spanish grammar are rounded out, and more complex reading and writing skills are developed. Three hours weekly, plus recitation.

 

Prerequisites

SPA 101, one semester college, or two years high school Spanish

Corequisites

SPA-102R Recitation

SPA 110: Intro to Spanish for the Health Professions

Class Program
Credits 3

The course is designed for medical students and health care professionals who want to learn basic Spanish and to be able to communicate more effectively with Spanish-speaking patients and their families in order to form strong clinical-patient rapport. It's not a traditional Spanish language class. The course is for true beginners in Spanish with a focus on specific nursing tasks (e.g., to greet patients, conduct the medical interview, review the history exam, recommend prescriptions, fill out medical forms, read medical brochures etc.). It presents everyday situations that medical students, pre-professionals, and professionals may encounter at work settings such as hospitals, emergency rooms, doctors' offices, and clinics when dealing with Spanish-speaking patients and personnel in the US. 

SPA 201: Intermediate Spanish I

Class Program
Credits 3

Building on the foundation course, this intermediate sequence develops increased proficiency in speaking Spanish and understanding a more advanced level of the spoken and written language. Study of the grammar fundamentals is completed. Classroom communication in Spanish, reading texts, and increasingly independent writing provide ample opportunity for applying the grammatical fundamentals. Students learn to express opinions, give explanations, argue a point, and generally strive for effective communication. Supplementary use of computer-aided instruction expands their understanding of life and culture in Spanish speaking countries. Classes are conducted in Spanish. Three hours weekly, plus recitation.

 

Prerequisites

SPA 102, two semesters of college, or three years of high school Spanish

Corequisites

SPA-201R Recitation

SPA 202: Intermediate Spanish II

Class Program
Credits 3

Building on the foundation course, this intermediate sequence develops increased proficiency in speaking Spanish and understanding a more advanced level of the spoken and written language. Study of the grammar fundamentals is completed. Classroom communication in Spanish, reading texts, and increasingly independent writing provide ample opportunity for applying the grammatical fundamentals. Students learn to express opinions, give explanations, argue a point, and generally strive for effective communication. Supplementary use of computer-aided instruction expands their understanding of life and culture in Spanish speaking countries. Classes are conducted in Spanish. Three hours weekly, plus recitation.

 

Prerequisites

SPA 201, three semesters of college, or four years of high school Spanish

Corequisites

SPA-202R Recitation

SPA 210: Introduction to Spanish for the Health Professions II

Class Program
Credits 3

SPA 210 is designed for the students who would like to combine their interests in fields or majors related to the health care professions with a more advanced knowledge of the Spanish language and culture.  The course focuses on the vocabulary needed for the workplace, the grammar to complete the basic skills sequence, and task-based practical skills.  A knowledge of basic Spanish is a prerequisite for the course.

 

SPA 211: Advanced Intermediate Spanish I

Class Program
Credits 3

This course, conducted in Spanish, consists of reading and discussion of newspapers, magazines, and samples of Hispanic literature. Meets three hours weekly.

 

Prerequisites

SPA 202 or four years of high school Spanish

SPA 248: Special Topic:

Class Program
Credits 1

The department will occasionally offer special courses in Spanish dealing with areas not otherwise included in the curriculum.

SPA 250: Spanish Culture & Civilization Topics

Class Program
Credits 1

This course explores different aspects of the cultural history of the Spanish-speaking countries. Selected topics will be analyzed through a variety of sources, such as historical documents, documentary movies and literary texts. Taught in English. Course is repeatable, so students may take it multiple times.

SPA 265: Legends, Myths, and Folktales of Latin America

Class Program
Credits 3

SPA 265 investigates the culture and history of Latin America through Legends, Myths, and Folktales. Through the analysis of folklore, students will deepen their understanding of the Spanish-speaking countries and their formation, development, identity, and culture. This course is taught in English.

SPA 270: Hispanic Women Writers

Class Program
Credits 3

This course is designed to familiarize and enhance students' critical and analytical reading and writing skills through selected works by Hispanic women writers from the Colonial through Contemporary periods.  Using different genres (novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and essays), we will endeavor to understand how women's literary expression has been shaped by history, society, cultural identity, traditions, and politics in Spain and Latin America. The course is taught in English. Cross-listed with ENG 270 and WST 270.

 

SPA 273: Intermed Spanish for Health Professions

Class Program
Credits 3

Students will practice interview and health assessment techniques using Spanish only. As part of the course students will review the fundamentals of human physiology and gross anatomy in the target language. Previous knowledge of intermediate level Spanish is highly recommended. 

Prerequisites

SPA 201, 4 years of high school Spanish, or permission of the instructor.

SPA 275: Memory & Fiction in Spain

Class Program
Credits 3

This course offers an overview of Spanish History from the fall of the Spanish empire in 1898 to the established democracy in 1975 and European Union. We will investigate the formation of Spain’s national identity by analyzing its culture, literature and history. This course is taught in English.

SPA 301: Advanced Spanish Conversation

Class Program
Credits 3

This course deals with the production of speech, both from the point of view of articulation (intonation, production of sounds) and from the point of view of content. Through various sources ~ recordings, videos, readings ~ students are made aware of the divergent levels of speech (e.g., familiar, formal, literary, and poetic) and are called upon to write and deliver various kinds of speeches and oral presentations. Three hours weekly, plus online assignments on Blackboard and the Web.

Prerequisites

Two (2) 200-level courses in Spanish or permission of instructor

SPA 307: Advanced Spanish Composition

Class Program
Credits 3

Students keep diaries and write one original composition per week. Through constant research and correction of errors, rewriting, and re-editing until the best result is achieved, students learn how to self-correct. The class will conduct a systematic review of increasingly more difficult Spanish morpho-syntactic structures. As students intensively analyze model texts and their own revised drafts, their writing style in Spanish will become more effective. Class is held once weekly at the computer lab for group work.

Prerequisites

SPA-301

SPA 310: Spanish Culture and Conversation

Class Program
Credits 1

This course explores aspects of culture that are common in Spanish-speaking countries. The main goal of this course is to improve student's conversational skills through active, responsible participation in discussions, debates and oral presentations in class. Advanced language structures and idiomatic expressions will be used in conversation between couples, small and large groups. The course will be conducted entirely in Spanish, Previous knowledge of intermediate level Spanish is highly recommended. This course may be taken more than once for credit.

SPA 335: Latin American Society in Film

Class Program
Credits 3

In this course, selected issues affecting Latin America are examined: search for a cultural identity, class and race, men's and women's roles, artists' and intellectuals' influence on society, effects of economic and political dependency on great powers, etc., as depicted in films from and about Latin America, in Spanish, Portuguese, French, etc., with English subtitles. (Taught in English.)

 

SPA 348: Special Topics:

Class Program
Credits 3

The department occasionally offers special courses in Spanish dealing with areas not otherwise included in the curriculum.

SPA 408: Seminar

Class Program
Credits 3

This is the capstone course. The course presents the typical format of readings, discussions of a student's research project, and its presentation by the student.