Spanish (SP)

SP101  Elementary Spanish I  (3 Credits)  

Development of listening, reading, and writing skills in an online format. Introdution to selected aspects of Hispanic culture. Please note: Due to the online format, this course is recommended to those students who do not wish to develop a speaking proficiency. Students who have credit for SP101 and 102 may not register for SP105 and 106.

SP102  Elementary Spanish II  (3 Credits)  

Development of listening, reading, and writing skills in an online format. Introdution to selected aspects of Hispanic culture. Please note: Due to the online format, this course is recommended to those students who do not wish to develop a speaking proficiency. Students who have credit for SP101 and 102 may not register for SP105 and 106.

Prerequisite(s): SP101.

SP105  Beginning Everyday Spanish I  (3 Credits)  

Conversational Spanish for beginning students. Development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills using a communicative approach. Stress on the acquisition of a practical working vocabulary and simple sentence structure. Discussion themes related to typical daily situations. Use of technology to support language acquisition.

SP106  Beginning Everyday Spanish II  (3 Credits)  

Conversational Spanish for beginning students. Development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills using a communicative approach. Stress on the acquisition of a practical working vocabulary and simple sentence structure. Discussion themes related to typical daily situations. Use of technology to support language acquisition. SP106 is a course for continuing students and for those who place into it based on their placement exam results. Students who start in SP106 must continue in SP205 in order to complete their language requirements.

Prerequisite(s): SP105.

SP107  Spanish for Specialized Work Settings  (3 Credits)  

Conversational Spanish for beginning students in professional settings such as, but not limited to, the medical field, pastoral ministry, social work, and supervisory personnel in business. Emphasis placed on the acquisition of a practical working vocabulary within a specific work environment. Offered on application.

SP205  Intermediate Everyday Spanish I  (3 Credits)  

Conversational Spanish for students with previous background. Discussion themes related to everyday situations, lifestyles of Spanish-speaking countries. Introductory readings, cultural and literary. Use of technology to support language acquisition.

Prerequisite(s): SP102, SP106 or placement test.

SP206  Intermediate Everyday Spanish II  (3 Credits)  

Conversational Spanish for students with previous background. Discussion themes related to everyday situations, lifestyles of Spanish-speaking countries. Introductory readings, cultural and literary. Use of technology to support language acquisition.

Prerequisite(s): SP205 or placement test.

SP211  Spanish Conversation & Composition  (3 Credits)  

Intensive practice in conversational skills, designed to improve students’ ability to speak Spanish at an advanced level. Through the debating of contemporary sociocultural aspects of the Hispanic world using news articles, short stories, plays, feature and documentary films, and popular lyrics and songs, students will discuss contemporary topics with the goal of acquiring good communication skills. Focus on developing the students’ writing ability in Spanish. Offered each fall.

Prerequisite(s): SP206, placement test, or permission of the chair.

SP212  Latinx Culture & Identity  (3 Credits)  

Exploration of important issues in contemporary Latino and Spanish cultures through the study of literature, film, art, and history. Discussion topics related to identity, gender, social justice, religion, and transnational migration in order to understand the forces of tradition and change that have shaped contemporary Hispanic society. Given in Spanish. Offered each spring.

Prerequisite(s): SP206, SP211, or permission of the instructor.

SP221  Hispanic Literature & Culture I  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to critical reasoning and interpretation based representative works from Spanish and Latin American literatures. Skills-building course that familiarizes students with the lexicon of Spanish literary criticism and trains them to be active readers of Hispanic literature. Reading and analysis of selections from the four basic literary genres: narrative, poetry, drama, and essay. Taught in Spanish.

Prerequisite(s): SP211 or SP212 or equivalent or permission of the instructor.

SP222  Hispanic Literature & Culture II  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to critical reasoning and interpretation based representative works from Spanish and Latin American Literatures. Skills-building course that familiarizes students with the lexicon of Spanish literary criticism and trains them to be active readers of Hispanic literature. Reading and analysis of selections from the four basic literary genres: narrative, poetry, drama, and essay. Taught in Spanish.

Prerequisite(s): SP221 or permission of the instructor.

SP301  Structures of Modern Spanish I  (3 Credits)  

Study of vocabulary and idioms with special stress upon points of syntax peculiar to the Spanish language. Translation into Spanish. Analysis of phonic theory. Directed and free composition.

Prerequisite(s): SP211 and SP212, or the equivalent or permission of the chair.

SP310  Spanish Around the World  (3 Credits)  

A cross-disciplinary study of Spanish around the world, encompassing selected historical, sociological, religious, political, educational, and artistic aspects of the language. Readings and projects in Spanish for Spanish majors, minors, and heritage speakers, and in English for other students. Taught in English or Spanish, depending on enrollment.

SP312  Modern Hispanic Cinema  (3 Credits)  

Films will be “read” as texts that mirror modern Hispanic society. Analysis, discussion and writing about award-winning films produced in Spanish (some may be dubbed in English) from several countries. Readings in Spanish and English. Screenings include historical, artistic, and women’s films. Taught in Spanish.

Prerequisite(s): SP221 or permission of the instructor.

SP322  Spanish for Careers in Business  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the terminology and procedures in the Spanish-speaking world; emphasis on developing students’ oral and written proficiencies. Special focus on cultural factors that impact on various transactions, especially with Latin America. Visit to an international company. Guest lectures from specialists in the field.

Prerequisite(s): SP212 or the equivalent or permission from Chair.

SP331  Self&NationLatinxLit  (3 Credits)  

This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the study of Latina/o/x/s in the United States. We examine U.S.-based arguments supporting and contesting the use of “Latino/a” and “Hispanic” as ethnic-racial-classist terms uniting all of the diverse U.S. Latin@ communities. We examine the ways in which U.S. Latina/o/x/s have constructed identities within the dominant as well as countercultural registers. From a queer studies perspective, we examine how the work of queer and feminist Latinx cultural theorists questions and challenges how they are portrayed by the mainstream. Written assignments in Spanish for Spanish majors/minors, Latina/o and Caribbean Studies minors, and in English for other students. Taught in English.

Prerequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221.

SP345  Advanced Language Study I  (3 Credits)  

Consolidation of Spanish language skills to enable students to develop an advanced level of proficiency. Attention to all linguistic skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) with an emphasis on both oral and written communication. Topics covered focus on the peoples and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.

Prerequisite(s): SP212 or permission of the chair.

SP346  Advanced Language Study II  (3 Credits)  

Consolidation of Spanish language skills to enable students to develop an advanced level of proficiency. Attention to all linguistic skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) with an emphasis on both oral and written communication. Topics covered focus on the peoples and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.

Prerequisite(s): SP345 or permission of the department chair.

SP350  Hispanic Women in Life & Literature  (3 Credits)  

Studies the image of Hispanic women as presented in literature and society by male and female writers. Comparison and contrast of roles of women in Spain, Latin America, and the United States. Readings in Spanish. Applicable to Women's Studies minor.

Prerequisite(s): For Spanish majors: SP221 and SP222 or equivalent or permission of the chair.

SP351  Special Studies I  (3 Credits)  

Specialized topics in advanced language study, literature, culture, civilization, careers, or internship. Directed by member of department and approved by the chair. Offered upon application at the discretion of the department.

SP361  CurrentTrendsLangEd-SP  (3 Credits)  

Spanish language and culture in the 21st century: an eclectic approach toward proficiency in the communicative classroom. Study and experience of various methodologies and strategies that encourage communication, cultural understanding, and tolerance as well as furthering the teacher’s own proficiency according to the ACTFL (American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages). Proficiency Guidelines. Hands-on experiences including total physical response, total physical response storytelling, cooperative learning, and other proficiency-based activities. Overview of holidays celebrated in the Hispanic community as well as culturally based games, songs, and folk arts.

Prerequisite(s): SP211 or equivalent or permission of the chair.

SP406  Survey Spanish Literature II  (3 Credits)  

Representative authors of Spanish literature. Reading of selected texts. Presentations and written papers will be required.

Prerequisite(s): either SP312, SP345, SP346, or SP350, or permission from the instructor.

SP415  Spanish Civilization  (3 Credits)  

Study of physical environment of Spain; development of the Spanish nation. Interpretation of modern Spain; institutions, economy, people, and culture.

Prerequisite(s): Two courses from this list: SP312, SP345, SP346, SP350 prior to or with permission from the instructor.

SP418  Latin America: Past & Present  (3 Credits)  

A historical approach to the countries and cultures of Latin America. A detailed chronological study of Latin American countries from the great indigenous cultures to the present day. Emphasis on the history, economics, politics, arts, and ideologies that have shaped each country's unique identity.

Prerequisite(s): SP221 or SP222; and SP345 or SP346 or SP350.

SP419  Contemporary Latin American Culture  (3 Credits)  

A thematic approach to the cultures of Latin America. Emphasis on the societal factors that have contributed to the identity of today’s Latin America and how it has evolved throughout the Post-Colonial Period.

Prerequisite(s): SP221 or SP222; and SP345 or SP346; or SP350 or equivalent or with permission of the instructor.

SP425  Lat Am Lit I  (3 Credits)  

An introduction to literary movements and literary analysis from indigenous works to contemporary literature. Emphasis on the application of technical terms to analyze short stories, poetry, essays, novels, and theatrical works.

Prerequisite(s): SP221 or SP222, and SP345 or SP346; or SP418 or SP419 or equivalent or with permission of the instructor.

SP426  Lat Am Lit II  (3 Credits)  

Focus on analyzing and interpreting literary texts to understand narrative strategies through reading, writing and thinking critically. Special emphasis on the writing process in order to aid the students’ development of a clear, concise, and focused writing style. Several authors will be read, including: Borges, Rulfo, Cortázar, Garcia Márquez, and Fuentes.

Prerequisite(s): SP425 or permission of the instructor.

SP450  Literary Seminar  (3 Credits)  

Senior seminar focused on specific works that represent a thematic approach to the study of literature. Oral presentations and written papers will be required.

Pre/corequisite(s): another 400-level course taken prior to or concurrently.