Spanish Major and Minor

A major in Spanish requires that students complete the following trajectory. Students must move forward after completing the requirements at a given level.

SPN 222 Waived for students who place at 300-level 4 sh
SPN 300-349 Two courses numbered 300 to 349 (must be taken on campus) 8 sh
SPN 350-399 Two courses numbered 350 to 399 (must be taken on campus) 8 sh
SPN 400-499 One course at the 400-level (must be taken on campus) 4 sh
SPN 485 Capstone Seminar (offered fall semester only) 4 sh
 Total on campus credits24-28 sh

Spanish majors are required to study abroad for at least one semester in a program that has been approved by the university and the department. The study abroad semester may be completed at any point in the above trajectory and includes the following requirements.  Additional credits from abroad may be applied to general studies requirements, another major, or a minor as appropriate, or used as elective credit for graduation.

Preparing for and reflecting on the Study Abroad Experience WLC 301, 302, 303: pre, during and post study abroad experience 4 sh
Study Abroad A maximum of 3 courses (12 sh) taught in Spanish can be counted from the semester study abroad. Courses must be pre-approved by the Spanish section and the Registrar.

An internship in Spanish is strongly encouraged, and up to 4 sh of internship credit can count as elective credit for the Spanish major. Internship must have pre-approval and a faculty mentor on campus.
8-12 sh
 Total credits for the major*40 - 44 sh

A major in Spanish with Teacher Licensure, K-12, requires the above 44 semester hours plus 35 semester hours of professional studies courses in education and psychology. Students pursuing licensure to teach Spanish are required to take SPN 341 Structures of the Spanish Language and SPN 35* Voices of Identity through Spanish Phonetics.

A minor in Spanish requires that students complete the following trajectory. Students must move forward after completing the requirements at a given level.

SPN 222 Waived for students who place at the 300-level 4 sh
SPN 300-349 Two courses numbered 300 to 349 8 sh
SPN 350-399 Two courses numbered 350 to 399 8 sh
SPN 400-499 One course numbered 400 to 499 4 sh

A minor in Spanish requires 20 to 24 semester hours of courses taught in Spanish. At least one course numbered SPN 350-399 or SPN 400-499 must be taken on campus.

A winter or summer term abroad in a Spanish-speaking country is strongly encouraged. If student choses to study abroad for one semester, s/he is required to take 4 sh of WLC 301, 302, 303 as part of the study abroad course load that counts towards the minor. A maximum of 2 courses (8 semester hours) taught in Spanish abroad at the appropriate level and approved by the department can apply to the minor.

An internship in Spanish is strongly encouraged, and up to 4 sh of internship credit can count as elective credit for the Spanish major. Internship must have pre-approval and a faculty mentor on campus.

SPN 350-399 TOPICS IN TEXTUAL INTERPRETATIONS
These courses continue to advance students’ Spanish language skills and intercultural competency, while acquainting students with Spain’s and Spanish America’s intellectual, cultural, and historical development through selected events, periods or themes. They also introduce students to the analysis of language and texts of diverse genres from the Hispanic world, such as literary, cinematic, testimonial, journalistic, etc. Course content emphasizes critical reflection and the way meaning is created through language, form, and expression. Students start to use appropriate terminology and concepts to analyze selected language and texts from different genres. Topics will vary according to term and faculty as well as the materials examined in the course. The prerequisite for all of the courses below is two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349).

Major goals for courses at this level will be for students to:

  • Achieve ACTFL Intermediate High proficiency in Spanish;
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices;
  • Recognize new perspectives about their own cultural rules, judgments and biases. Be open to interactions with culturally different others;
  • Recognize cultural differences and incorporate that understanding appropriately in verbal and nonverbal communication;
  • Recognize and make hypotheses about cultural perspectives revealed by differences in vocabulary and syntax. Be able to appropriately manipulate the conventions of the target culture revealed through language within certain genres;
  • Demonstrate good understanding of the issue/problem being researched. Acknowledge and critically consider different sides of an issue. Use appropriate, relevant and compelling texts to develop and articulate complex ideas;
  • Using credible and relevant source(s) develop a coherent analysis and synthesis. Evaluate and question the viewpoints expressed by experts;
  • Conduct research in the target language, following field-appropriate standards. Identify core issues of given topics (based on cultural products, such as literature, film, historical texts, journalistic texts, visual art), research those issues and engage in analysis;
  • Often independently connect and interrelate their learning to previous studies within and outside the discipline.

Below is a selection of elective courses that may be offered:

SPN 352 DETECTIVE FICTION – 4 sh

This course examines the historical and critical background of detective fiction, where writers have fought for recognition in a genre that some scholars consider less prestigious. Specific goals of the course are to: familiarize students with detective fiction and its struggles; evaluate students’ performance in writing, speaking, reading and listening comprehension; provide opportunities for the students to improve their critical thinking and analytical skills. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 353 TEXT, CULTURE AND MEDIA - 4 sh
In this course, students will practice analytical skills as they study provocative texts, significant historical, literary and cultural moments, cultural products, or a particular genre from Spain and/or Spanish America. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 355 CONQUESTS, CLASHES AND TRANSITIONS - 4 sh
This course analyzes broad-based issues such as dictatorship, democracy, and social justice in cultural texts from Spain and Spanish America. Representative topics include: dictatorship and democracy in the Hispanic World, social justice in Spanish America. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 356. TEXTS AND SOCIAL CHANGE  - 4 sh
This course investigates how creative texts function to mirror power structures, reveal underlying tensions and provoke social action in Spain and Spanish America. Representative topics include: “Theatre and Social Activism in the Hispanic World,” “Trans-Atlantic Dialogue: Transculturation in the Hispanic World,” and “Why the Past Matters: Refashioning Archetypes of the Hispanic World,” and will be offered in rotation. This course may be repeated with a different topic. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 357 (RE)PRESENTATIONS OF SOCIO-POLITICAL CONFLICTS - 4 sh

In this course students will read, view and analyze literary and cinematographic representations of several foundational events in contemporary Spain and Spanish America. Particular emphasis will be given to the understanding of when and how literary and cinematographic discourses present, represent and reshape the history of these events and to what degree these discourses are crucial in the process of construction of national histories, memories and identities. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 358 IN SEARCH OF IDENTITY - 4 sh

This course explores how historical, social, political, religious, literary, artistic, culinary and other forces have shaped and produced Spanish and Spanish-American Culture. Topics vary and may include in-depth study of a particular theme, region, author, and historical periods. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 359 COLONIAL ENCOUNTERS– 4 sh

This course is designed to strengthen reading and discussion skills in Spanish, and to equip students to analyze texts using appropriate terminology and concepts and relevant contextual information. It also aims to familiarize the student with texts produced in America before and after the arrival of the Spaniards. The materials included vary from oral and written narrations to videos, movies and texts. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 360 VOICES OF IDENTITY THROUGH SPANISH PHONETICS – 4 sh

This course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of the sound system of Spanish in order to refine their pronunciation and explore the relationship between identity and accent. In addition to discussing the implications of foreign and dialectal accents for language learners, the course will develop students’ ability to describe and analyze Spanish speech sounds using both phonetic transcription and speech analysis software. Special attention will be paid to the wide array of dialectal accents present in the Spanish-speaking world, especially those differences that students may encounter during travel or study abroad. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN300-349).

SPN 361 LANGUAGE IN CULTURAL CONTEXT – 4 sh

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of linguistics, the art of observing and analyzing language to better understand its role in our lives. A major focus of the course will be on Sociolinguistics, and our class discussions, readings, and projects will push students to think about how language shapes their reality and their identities. Students will also gain experience evaluating linguistic theories, analyzing data, and performing original research based on their own use of Spanish. Prerequisites: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 362 RACE, CLASS AND GENDER – 4 sh

This course will define culture as both high art and as the traditions and way of life of a people. It will examine concepts of gender, race and class in Spain and/or Spanish-America through its cultural production in music, visual arts, architecture, literature and cinema. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 363 GENDER AND SEXUALITY – 4 sh

This course will focus on the construction and representation of gender and sexuality in Spanish texts, in order to better understand the complexity of Spain and/or Spanish American cultures and society.  We will examine literary texts, cultural and artistic productions, gender performance, sexual identities, as well as theoretical approaches to gender, such as feminism. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 371-79. SPECIAL TOPICS - 4 sh
Topics may include advanced study of language, cinema, selected literary authors, periods, genres or regions. Taught in Spanish.

SPN 381 INTERNSHIP 1-4 sh
This course provides students with practical experience using Spanish in a professional setting and may include internships in teaching, social service, government service, business, etc., in the U.S. or abroad. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349).

SPN 399 INDEPENDENT STUDY – 2-4 sh

SPN 400-479 TOPICS IN CULTURAL HISTORY AND INTELECTUAL THOUGHT OF SPAIN AND SPANISH-AMERICA

At this level, students will continue to expand their mastery of the Spanish language and intercultural competency by engaging in critical study and analysis of specific historical moments, selected works, topics or themes in cultural history in Spain and/or Spanish America These courses will continue developing students’ understanding of Spain’s and Spanish America’s intellectual thought, culture, language and history, through selected events, periods or themes. Course contents will further emphasize critical reflection and the way meaning is created through language, form, and expression. Topics will vary according to term and faculty as well as the materials examined in the course. Prerequisite: two courses at the upper 300-level (numbered SPN 350-399).

Major goals for courses at this level will be for students to:

  • Achieve ACTFL Advanced Low proficiency in oral expression and listening comprehension, and Advanced Mid proficiency in written expression and reading comprehension;
  • Demonstrate sophisticated and nuanced understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices;
  • Articulate insights into their own cultural rules, judgments and biases, resulting in the shift in self-description. Initiate and develop interactions with culturally different others and always suspend judgments in those interactions;
  • Articulate a complex understanding of cultural differences and incorporate them consistently in verbal and nonverbal communication;
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of and ask complex questions about cultural perspectives revealed by vocabulary and syntax differences in target language. Be able to appropriately manipulate the conventions of the target culture within a variety of genres;
  • Critically consider issue/problem being researched. Demonstrate sophistication in the analysis of different sides of an issue and use relevant and compelling texts to articulate ideas that show a deep understanding of complex issue;
  • Using credible and relevant source(s) develop a coherent analysis and synthesis. Critically evaluate and thoroughly question the viewpoints expressed by experts;
  • Conduct in-depth research in the target language, following field-appropriate standards. Identify core issues of given topics (based on cultural products, such as literature, film, historical texts, journalistic texts, visual art), research those issues and engage in substantive analysis;
  • Independently connect and interrelate their learning to previous studies within and outside the discipline.

Below is a selection of elective courses that may be offered:

SPN 450 INNOVATION AND SOCIAL PROTEST IN THEATRE – 4 sh

In this course students will explore works of Spanish American theatre of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, which dramatize social protest themes and theatrical innovation, to understand how protest and resistance produce socio-cultural change. Prerequisite: two courses at the upper 300-level (numbered SPN 350-399). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 451 WOMEN’S WRITING IN THE HISPANIC WORLD – 4 sh

This course offers a critical study of selected works, themes, techniques, and ideas depicted by female prose writers of Spain or Spanish America. Special attention will be directed to the obstacles overcome by female writers and the socio-historical context that left an unmistakable and influential mark in their narrative. Prerequisite: two courses at the upper 300-level (numbered SPN 350-399). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 452 TRENDS IN 20TH AND 21st CENTURY NARRATIVE – 4 sh

In this course students will study how recent narrative both reflects and produces culture in its representation of places, identities, history and social issues. In the course students will situate literary works within their geographical historical horizons while at the same time consider how our own social and historical positions shape our interpretation of literary works. Through the study of Hispanic texts students will analyze the multicultural, historical, literary and ideological context of contemporary Spain and/or Spanish America. Prerequisite: two courses at the upper 300-level (numbered SPN 350-399). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 453 REALISMO MAGICO OR REAL MARAVILLOSO – 4 sh

Realismo mágico (magical realism) or lo real maravilloso americano (marvelous American reality) are terms used to describe the cultural production of certain twentieth-century Latin American writers. Magical realists such as Cuban Alejo Carpentier posit a theory of lo real maravilloso americano portraying a Latin American continent. Through the lens of magical realism we will explore identity and how magical realist techniques function to subvert systems of power. Prerequisite: two courses at the upper 300-level (numbered SPN 350-399). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 454 EATING THROUGH THE PAGES: FOOD IN CONTEMPORARY TEXTS – 4 sh

This course centers on the presence and manipulation of culinary imagery in contemporary Spain and/or Spanish America. The intent of the course is to be as multi-genre as possible so we will be analyzing visual as well as written texts, including art, photography, film, videos, chefs’ demonstrations, food itself, cookbooks, short stories, poems, plays, essays, and a novel.  We will be analyzing how images of food, cooking, eating, hunger, gluttony, and the like, express diverse topics such as gender, sexuality, race, class, identity, power, control, sin, and memory, all within the frame of Spanish and/or Spanish American cultures. Prerequisite: two courses at the upper 300-level (numbered SPN 350-399). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 455 RELIGION, IDOLATRY AND CONQUEST: FROM MEDIEVAL SPAIN TO THE NEW WORLD – 4 sh

Early modern Spain provided the framework for some major changes: the interaction of three cultures in the same territory, the establishing of an empire, the discovery of America, and the attempt to create an international hegemony under the shadow of one religion. The main purpose of this course is to provide students with a general perspective of the issues developing in imperial Spain and surrounding the conquest of America. Students will read about problems of colonization, as well as about the creation of otherness, and the emergence of indigenous resistance in the context of the creation of imperial hegemony in Spain. Prerequisite: two courses at the upper 300-level (numbered SPN 350-399). Taught in Spanish.