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B.A. in Spanish

A Bachelors of Art in Spanish consists of: 

A minimum of thirty hours from courses numbered 200 and beyond in the Spanish field of study. One of these courses must be an internship or study abroad course (WLC 320 or WLC 210). One WLC course, other than the internship or study abroad course, may also satisfy three credits of this major requirement. Two general elective courses (outside the 30 required credits in the Spanish field) must be satisfied in another foreign language, written or signed. 

Potential majors are encouraged to consider a second major in another department so as to enhance their marketability after graduation. Under the auspices of the Self-Directed Major program, a customized major course of study with a foreign languages emphasis may be requested.

 

Summary of Requirements

2015-2016
General Studies 37
Pre-major courses 8
Major and related courses 36-38
Free Elective courses 37-39
TOTAL 120

Required pre-major courses 8 hours

CodeTitleCredits
SPA 111Basic Spanish I4
SPA 112Basic Spanish II4

Required internship or foreign study experience 1-5 hours

CodeTitleCredits
WLC 210Spanish Studies1-5
WLC 320*Field Experience1-5
  • *  A maximum of five hours count toward the requirements for the major

Required Spanish courses 12 hours

CodeTitleCredits
SPA 211Reading in Spanish3
SPA 212Spanish Through Film3
SPA 311Advanced Spanish I3
SPA 312Spanish Through Short Fiction3

Elective Spanish courses 13-17 hours

CodeTitleCredits
SPA 295Special Topics1-5
SPA 395Special Topics1-5
SPA 403Spanish Literature to 17003
SPA 406Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Literature3
SPA 437Contemporary Latin American Society3
SPA 438Spanish Civilization3
SPA 439Mexican Civilization3
SPA 495Special Topics1-5
SPA 499Independent Study1-3
WLC 295Special Topics1-5
WLC 314Topics in Language Diversity3
WLC 380The Latino Presence in the United States3
WLC 381Masterpieces of Spanish Literature in English Translation I3
WLC 382Masterpieces of Spanish Literature in English Translation II3
WLC 384U.S. Latino Literature3
WLC 395Special Topics1-5
WLC 401Methods, Technology and Research in Foreign Language Teaching3
WLC 495Special Topics1-5
WLC 499Independent Study1-3
WLC 599Independent Study1-6

A minimum of two SPA courses at the 400 level. One WLC course, other than the internship or study abroad course, may also satisfy three credits of the major requirement.

Elective related courses 6-8 hours

Two general elective courses must be satisfied in another foreign language of the student's choice, written or signed.

To see possible elective courses, refer here.

 

SPA 111 - Basic Spanish I (4)

This is the first part of a two-semester course sequence. Intensive study of the principles of grammar and usage of the language. Basic vocabulary building, reading, composition, and translation of elementary texts. A contrastive grammar approach will be incorporated, drawing upon elements of English and ASL. Expressive use of the target language will be supported by real-time conferencing software and/or simple fingerspelling-based activities. While oral/aural skills are not normally taught, they may be incorporated optionally into the curriculum. Students will also be exposed to aspects of the target culture(s), including information on the deaf community abroad, where feasible. four hours of classroom-based instruction will be supplemented by a required weekly session in the department's Learning Laboratory.

SPA 112 - Basic Spanish II (4)

This is the second part of a two-semester course sequence. Intensive study of the principles of grammar and usage of the language. Basic vocabulary building, reading, composition, and translation of elementary texts. A contrastive grammar approach will be incorporated, drawing upon elements of English and ASL. Expressive use of the target language will be supported by real-time conferencing software and/or simple fingerspelling-based activities. While oral/aural skills are not normally taught, they may be incorporated optionally into the curriculum. Students will also be exposed to aspects of the target culture(s), including information on the deaf community abroad, where feasible. four hours of classroom-based instruction will be supplemented by a required weekly session in the department's Learning Laboratory.

  • Prerequisite: SPA111 and permission of the department if more than two semesters have elapsed since enrollment in SPA111

SPA 211 - Reading in Spanish (3)

This is one of two courses in the second year Spanish sequence. The main focus of this course is reading. The students will build on their knowledge of Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and culture through the reading of Spanish literary and non-literary texts of graded difficulty. A contrastive grammar approach will be incorporated, drawing upon elements of English and ASL.

  • Prerequisite: SPA112.

SPA 212 - Spanish Through Film (3)

Students will apply the knowledge of vocabulary and syntax acquired in Basic Spanish to a variety of printed, Web-based texts, or captioned films. Readings and films will be chosen for their cultural value, interest, and accessibility. Grammar and composition will be practiced within the context of the selected reading and film materials.

  • Prerequisite: SPA112.

SPA 295 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for sophomores. Students may enroll in 295 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

SPA 311 - Advanced Spanish I (3)

Composition and readings.

  • Prerequisite: SPA211,212; or the equivalent

SPA 312 - Spanish Through Short Fiction (3)

This is an advanced Spanish grammar and composition course. The students will acquire knowledge of advanced grammatical structures through the analysis of original contemporary Spanish and Latin American literary short fiction. A contrastive grammar approach will be incorporated, drawing upon elements of English and ASL.

  • Prerequisite: SPA 311

SPA 395 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for juniors. Students may enroll in 395 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

SPA 403 - Spanish Literature to 1700 (3)

A survey of Spanish literature from the 12th century through the Golden Age.

  • Prerequisite: SPA211,212; or the equivalent

SPA 406 - Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Literature (3)

This course covers a survey of contemporary Spanish and Latin American Literature in the target language.

  • Prerequisite: SPA 312 or the equivalent

SPA 437 - Contemporary Latin American Society (3)

A survey of important aspects of Latin American society today, dealing with the major political, economic, and social structures of the various countries and areas and their impact on the everyday life of the people.

  • Prerequisite: SPA 312 or the equivalent

SPA 438 - Spanish Civilization (3)

An introduction to the history, geography, art, and literature of Spain.

  • Prerequisite: SPA211,212; or the equivalent

SPA 439 - Mexican Civilization (3)

This course offers an introduction to the general trends of Mexican civilization and
culture. The course surveys historical, economic, political and artistic developments of Mexico from pre-Columbian times to the present.

  • Prerequisite: SPA 312 or the equivalent

SPA 495 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for seniors who are majors or minors. Students may enroll in 495 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

SPA 499 - Independent Study (1-3)

Intensive supervised study and research on topics of the student's selection.

  • Prerequisite: Permission of the department

WLC 210 - Spanish Studies (1-5)

A survey, conducted in Spain or any Spanish-speaking country, of its art, history, politics, literature, and contemporary society. Classroom instruction followed by guided visits to relevant museums, monuments, and other points of interest. Weekend excursions.

  • Prerequisite: Permission of the department

WLC 295 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special Topics in the discipline, designed primarily for sophomores. Students may enroll in 295 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

WLC 314 - Topics in Language Diversity (3)

This course provides an introduction to the diversity of human language and the role of language in society. By studying the origins, the interrelationships, and the characteristics of several of the world's languages, students will gain an appreciation for language as an outgrowth of culture. Comparisons and contrasts will be drawn among several of the world's languages, with language-related issues studied from the perspective of different cultures.

WLC 320 - Field Experience (1-5)

This junior-level course provides an effective way for students to integrate theory and practice. Students will apply knowledge, foreign language and cross-cultural skills gained in the classroom by interning at international organizations, agencies or schools in the U.S. or abroad for at least 10 weeks. Depending on the number of credit hours, students will be required to work a minimum total number of hours, and will fulfill the duties outlined in a learning contract developed with their on-site supervisor, their sponsoring organization and their faculty sponsor. Student performance will be assessed via various products (e.g. weekly journals, reflective paper, learning agreements), which will include samples of products or reports completed during the internship in both English and in the foreign language used at the internship site.

WLC 380 - The Latino Presence in the United States (3)

Comparative study of three of the largest Latino communities in the United States: Chicanos, Cuban-Americans, and Puerto Ricans. Topics will include an exploration of the cultural identities of each of these communities, focusing notions of ethnicity, race, religion, as well as economic and social class distinctions. Taught in English.

WLC 381 - Masterpieces of Spanish Literature in English Translation I (3)

This course covers readings from the Medieval and Renaissance periods to Spain's Golden Age plays, Cervantes' Don Quixote, and exemplary novels of the 17th century. This course satisfies the humanities literature requirement.

  • Prerequisites: ENG204 or the equivalent, or permission of the department

WLC 382 - Masterpieces of Spanish Literature in English Translation II (3)

This course covers readings from the 18th century to the modern works of the 20th century by Pardo Bazan, Perez Galdos, Blasco Ibanez, and Garcia Lorca. The course satisfies the humanities literature requirement.

  • Prerequisites: ENG204 or the equivalent, or permission of the department

WLC 384 - U.S. Latino Literature (3)

This course is an introduction to the writings of U.S. Latino authors writing in English and/or in Spanglish. Through a close analysis of various genres (poetry, fiction, comic strips, interviews, art exhibits, and films), students will explore the contemporary experiences of U.S. Latinos of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Cuban descent, and how they are represented in American literature. Topics to be discussed include the construction of identities in terms of race, gender, class and sexuality, bilingualism and code-switching, the experiences of migration and exile, and the longing for a place to call home. As part of their learning experience, students will work in teams to develop a lesson plan to educate the community about U.S. Latino author.

  • Prerequisite: GSR 150 or permission of the department

WLC 395 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for juniors. Students may enroll in 395 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

WLC 401 - Methods, Technology and Research in Foreign Language Teaching (3)

Students will learn foreign language teaching and learning techniques and research methods for classroom application. In addition to acquiring knowledge of past language learning theories and principle methodologies, comparisons and discussions of those theories will be applied to current best practices in foreign language teaching and research as guided by the discipline's National Standards for Foreign Language. Learning developed by the national professional organization, the American Council on Foreign Languages. Learning outcomes include evaluation and assessment criteria, student review and the development of student-centered written class work through mentoring and collaboration with department faculty in the students' target language area.

  • Prerequisites: Open to students majoring in French or Spanish or minoring in French, German, or Spanish; permission of the department

WLC 495 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for seniors who are majors or minors. Students may enroll in 495 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

WLC 499 - Independent Study (1-3)

Intensive supervised study and research on topics of the student's selection.

WLC 599 - Independent Study (1-6)

Independent Study

 
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