Spanish

 

Western State Colorado University Spanish Program allows its majors to study the language, literature, history and culture of Latin America and Spain. Graduates of the Spanish Program are expected to understand and generate language at a very high proficiency level; therefore, reading, writing, listening and speaking are emphasized all four years.

All Spanish students are exposed to literary pieces from a variety of time periods and genres. In addition, as part of their education they are also introduced to interpreting techniques and strategies that they put into practice serving as voluntary interpreters within the community.

The Spanish Major prepares students for positions with the federal government in areas that serve Spanish speakers, major corporations concerned with international business,  as medical or judicial interpreters and also as Spanish teachers.

Our Program offers the option of a Secondary Licensure Emphasis that qualifies students for the Colorado Licensure in Spanish Education.

 

Colorado Statewide Articulation Agreements for Approved Majors: http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Transfers/Students.html

 

Courses

 SPAN 101 - ELEMENTARY SPANISH I (3 credits)

An introduction to essentials of the Spanish language: comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Reserved for students with less than two years of high school Spanish.

 SPAN 102 - ELEMENTARY SPANISH II (3 credits)

A continuation of SPAN 101. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or equivalent.

 SPAN 254 - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I (3 credits)

A continuation of SPAN 102. A grammar review and extensive practice in conversation, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or equivalent (two years or more of high school Spanish).

 SPAN 255 - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II (3 credits)

A continuation of SPAN 254. Further practice and development of speaking, reading, and writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 254 or equivalent.

 SPAN 270 - SPANISH CONVRSTN COMPOSITION (3 credits)

A course to develop oral proficiency and writing skills in Spanish. Focuses on structure and vocabulary, emphasizing both speaking and listening, as well as basic writing skills within the Spanish language. Prerequisite: SPAN 255 or equivalent.

 SPAN 341 - LATIN AMER CIV CULTURE (3 credits)

An introduction to the general trends of Latin American civilization, culture and the national character, as expressed in everyday life in the various countries of Latin America. Includes pre-Columbian history to the present. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 255 or equivalent.

 SPAN 375 - JUDICAL AND MEDICAL INTRPRET I (3 credits)

A study of specialized Spanish vocabulary in two major areas: Medicine and Law. Students are exposed to sight, simultaneous and consecutive interpreting modes. Emphasis is placed on reaching 120 words per minute.

 SPAN 385 - INTRO TO HISPANIC LITERATURE (3 credits)

Students read authentic Hispanic literature concentrating on details such as style, point of view, theme, and symbolism rather than simply reading for comprehension. Students read works by authors from Spain and Latin America with emphasis on works from major literary movements and styles. This course is conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 270.

 SPAN 460 - HISP LIT: NARRATIVA (3 credits)

A course to give students the opportunity to read and analyze works by major Hispanic novelists, dramatists, essayists, poets and short story writers. The content of the course varies. This course may be taken for credit more than once. This course is conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 385.

Scholarships

Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

 Fair, Scholarship In Modern Languages

Available to:
Colorado Resident and US citizen. Declared Foreign language major preferred or a minor with strong interest in studies of other cultures. Awards will be awarded to incoming Freshman who demonstrates a strong interest in and an aptitude for foreign languages. Balance of awards given to students who obtained at least Sophomore standing. Must have 3.0 GPA or better and demonstrate financial need. Scholarship may be renewable. Cultural diversity shall be valued in making award decisions.

Provided by:
Dr. Jeane Fair, Professor of Modern Languages from 1948-65, in memory of her parents.

Amount:
Depending on funds available.

Selected by:
Department of Modern Languages.

Application:
Contact the CALL Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943- 2025 - Taylor Hall 216

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Senior Lecturer in Spanish
B.A., Western State College of Colorado; M.A., University of Northern Colorado.
Phone: (970) 943-2129
Office Location: Taylor Hall 222B
Phone: (970) 943-2025
Office Location:
Associate Professor of Spanish
B.A., University Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; M.A., Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona; Ph.D., Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
Phone: (970) 943-2430
Office Location: Taylor Hall 222C