Courses 2013-2014

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 197   Special Topics   1-6 credits

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 Conversation and 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 297   Special Topics   1-6 credits

SPAN 340   Spanish Civilization and Culture   3 credits
An introduction to the general trends of Spanish civilization and everyday life. Includes Spanish development from prehistoric times to the present. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 255 or equivalent.

SPAN 341   Latin American Civilization and 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 366   Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language   3 credits
An introduction to past and current methods of teaching a foreign language, as well as to develop an understanding of proficiency and a synthesis of sound language-teaching practices.

SPAN 370   Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition   3 credits
A course designed to give students the opportunity to develop their oral proficiency through discussion and presentations.  In addition, consideration is given to composition, using tasks that reflect the type of academic work generally asked of Spanish majors and minors—analysis and classification, argumentation, definition, exposition, comparison and contrast, and cause and effect.  Prerequisite: SPAN 270.

SPAN 375   Judicial and Medical Interpreting 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. Prerequisite: SPAN 255.

SPAN 385   Introduction 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 392   Directed Study in Spanish   1-4 credits
A course of individual research and study about topics in Spanish. Prerequisite: six credits of Spanish beyond SPAN 102.

SPAN 397   Special Topics   1-6 credits

SPAN 460   Hispanic Literature:  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.

SPAN 475  Judicial and Medical Interpreting II   3 credits
An advanced study of highly specialized Spanish vocabulary in two major areas: medicine and law. Students are presented with various advanced sight, simultaneous and consecutive interpreting opportunities. Emphasis is placed on reaching 140 words per minute. Prerequisite: SPAN 375.

SPAN 490   Workshop Abroad  1-8 credits
A series of workshops to study various aspects of contemporary issues in Hispanic cultures abroad. Prerequisite: SPAN 255 or equivalent.

SPAN 492   Independent Study  1-4 credits
A special study in areas of student interest. May be taken for a maximum of four credits. Prerequisite: 15 credits of Spanish.

SPAN 494   Capstone Experience   3 credits
A research project written by the Spanish major in an area of Spanish language and culture that is appropriate for the student’s undergraduate experience. This course is offered yearly. Prerequisite: 24 credits in Spanish beyond SPAN 101 and SPAN 102.