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

 

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Courses

FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a list of courses offered by Western State Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the current university catalog at http://www.western.edu/catalog. To determined the courses required for your major, check the "Majors and Minors" tab for your area of study.

 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 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 340 - SPANISH CIVIL 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 minor's analysis and classification, argumentation, definition, exposition, comparison and contrast, and cause and effect. Prerequisite: SPAN 270.

 SPAN 375 - JUDICAL 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.

 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 credits)

A course of individual research and study about topics in Spanish. Prerequisite: six credits of Spanish beyond SPAN 102.

 SPAN 397 - SPECIAL TOPICS, SPANISH ( 1-6 credits)

Special topics (1-6 credit hours, to be determined by faculty, department and student)

 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 - JUDICAL AND MEDICAL INTRPRETING 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.

 SPAN 490 - WORKSHOP ABROAD (1 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 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.

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

Fair, Scholarship In Modern Languages is 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.

Modern Language Scholarship Provided by:

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

Amount: Depending on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Department of Modern Languages.

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

Find out more about Western's Spanish Program at www.western.edu/spanish

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Lecturer in Communication Arts
Phone: 970.943.2580
Office Location: Taylor 225A
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
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