Spanish Course of Instruction

SPA 101 - Beginning Spanish I: Language and Culture

An introduction to the Spanish language and to the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing for students at the novice level. Supplemented by multimedia and the Language Resource Center. Intended for students with no previous study of Spanish. Offered fall and winter semesters.
Credits: 4

 

SPA 102 - Beginning Spanish II: Language and Culture

Continuation of SPA 101. Continued development of speaking, listening, reading and writing for students at the novice level. Cultures of the Spanish-speaking world integrated throughout. Supplemented by multimedia and the Language Resource Center. Students may not receive credit for both SPA 102 and SPA 150. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: C (not C-) or better, or credit, in SPA 101, or appropriate placement test score.
Credits: 4

 

SPA 150 - Accelerated Beginning Spanish: Language and Culture

One semester accelerated review of beginning Spanish for students with prior study. Covers the same material as SPA 101-102. Development of speaking, listening, reading, writing and cultural competencies. Supplemented by multimedia and the Language Resource Center. Students cannot receive credit for both SPA 102 and SPA 150. Prerequisite: Prior study of Spanish.
Credits: 4

 

SPA 180 - Special Topics in Spanish

Course content varies. Expectations of students approximate those in other 100-level courses. May be repeated for credit when content differs. Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 1 to 4

 

SPA 201 - Intermediate Spanish I: Language and Culture

Continued development of speaking, listening, reading and writing for students at the intermediate level. Cultures of the Spanish-speaking world integrated throughout. Supplemented by multimedia and the Language Resource Center. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: C (not C-) or better, or credit, in SPA 102 or SPA 150, or appropriate placement test score.
Credits: 4

 

SPA 202 - Intermediate Spanish II: Language and Culture

Continued development of speaking, listening, reading and writing for students at the Intermediate level. Review of grammar and expansion of vocabulary. Focus on cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through authentic texts. Supplemented by multimedia and the Language Resource Center. Fulfills Cultures - Global Perspectives. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: C (not C-) or better, or Credit, in SPA 201, or appropriate placement test score.
Credits: 4

 

SPA 203 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers

An intermediate Spanish course for students who grew up listening to and/or speaking Spanish. Focus on developing all four language skills, with special emphasis on the needs of heritage learners. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Credits: 4

 

SPA 204 - Supplemental Spanish Grammar

An intermediate-level review of Spanish grammar designed for students who have weak language skills. This course provides a rigorous grammar review of the entire verb system (tense, mood, voice, and aspect), clause structure, and the pronominal system. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: SPA 202.
Credits: 4

 

SPA 280 - Special Topics in Spanish

Course content varies. Expectations of students approximate those in other 200-level courses. May be repeated for credit when content differs. Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 1 to 4

 

SPA 285 - Intermediate Spanish in Mexico

Of varying focus, the course makes use of the history, culture, and society of a host country in order to highlight disciplinary perspectives in context. To be taught in that country (or countries) as part of an approved study abroad program. By permit only. Credit may vary.
Credits: 4

 

SPA 286 - Mexican Culture

Of varying focus, the course makes use of the history, culture, and society of a host country in order to highlight disciplinary perspectives in context. To be taught in that country (or countries) as part of an approved study abroad program. By permit only. Credit may vary.
Credits: 2

 

SPA 300 - Reading and Telling Stories

This course introduces some of the most important short story writers from Spain and Latin America of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is designed to aid students to develop reading strategies, as well as to become more skilled storytellers. Offered fall and winter semesters. Part of the Creativity: Ideas and Innovations Theme. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in SPA 202, or credit, or appropriate placement test score.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 303 - Professional Writing

Builds practical writing skills in written Spanish to enable students to produce documents pertinent to their future professional careers. Designed for the Spanish minor, with an emphasis on linguistic and cultural registers of written Spanish and on specialized vocabulary. Contains a service-learning component. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: SPA 322 with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 304 - Spanish for Health Professionals

A third-year Spanish course designed to prepare students in the health professions to successfully communicate with Spanish-speaking clientele. Offered winter semester. Prerequisites: SPA 202 with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 305 - Spanish for Law Enforcement

This course is designed to teach the specialized vocabulary and terminology necessary for law enforcement professionals to communicate in Spanish. A review of relevant grammatical structures will also be presented. In addition, cross cultural differences, cultural sensitivity, and language variation as they relate to issues of law enforcement will be central themes of this course. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: SPA 202 with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 306 - Spanish for Business

The purpose of this class is to introduce students to the Spanish business terminology and to teach the fundamentals of practical commercial correspondence (oral and written) in advertising, insurance, transportation, banking, and foreign trade. Special attention will be paid to cross cultural differences and similarities in specific countries. Offered winter semester. Prerequisites: SPA 202 with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 307 - Death and Dying in Hispanic Literature

Examines the literary representations of and responses to death and dying within the historical and cultural context of Spain and Latin America through the reading and discussion of representative poetic, dramatic, and narrative works. Course does not count toward the major or minor when taught in English. Does not count toward Spanish major or minor. Part of Death and Dying theme. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: WRT 150 and the completion of the Philosophy and Literature General Education Foundation.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 308 - Spanish Phonetics

Introduction to the sound system of Spanish. Phonetic transcription of texts in Spanish. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: Completion of SPA 202 with a grade of C (not a C-) or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 309 - Advanced Spanish Grammar

A study of the syntax and morphology of Spanish designed to give students a deeper understanding of the language and to increase their accuracy and range in the use of it. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: Completion of SPA 322 with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 310 - Spanish Civilization and Culture

An introduction to the political, social, economic, and cultural history of Spain. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: Completion of SPA 322 with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 311 - Latin American Civilization and Culture I

An introduction to the political, social, economic, and cultural history of Latin America up to the 1800s. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: Completion of SPA 322 with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 312 - Latin American Civilization and Culture II

Designed to provide students with the knowledge of major historical, literary, and cultural moments in Latin America from Independence to the present day. Offered winter semester. Prerequisites: Completion of SPA 322 with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 313 - U.S. Latino/a Civilization and Culture

An introduction to the political, social, economic, and cultural history of Latinos/as in the United States that leads to an appreciation and awareness of the cultural roots and current lifestyles of these groups. Fulfills Cultures - U.S. Diversity. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: Completion of SPA 322 with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 314 - Teaching Methods

This course provides future Spanish teachers with an introduction to the basic concepts of Spanish pedagogy with particular emphasis on the communicative approach. Students will learn to write lesson plans, design and teach communicative activities, and create appropriate evaluation materials such as exams and quizzes. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: Completion of SPA 322 with a grade of C (not C-), and SPA 310 or SPA 311 or SPA 312 or SPA 313.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 315 - One-Act Hispanic Drama

This introduction to the study of Spanish-American and Peninsular drama through one-act plays focuses on textual analysis as well as practicing Spanish oral and written skills via informal performances, creative writing, and analytical projects. The course is based primarily in discussion and active learning activities. Offered fall semester of odd numbered years. Prerequisite: SPA 202.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 320 - Composition and Conversation for Spanish Heritage Speakers

This course focuses on developing the academic language skills of heritage learners of Spanish, defined as those who have acquired Spanish through cultural connections with family, community, or country of origin. SPA 320 is designed for heritage speakers who have intermediate-high or advanced proficiency. Course offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: SPA 203 or permission of the instructor.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 321 - Composition and Conversation I

First of a two-part sequence designed to improve proficiency in oral skills and academic writing in Spanish as well as listening and reading skills. Course will present a systematic review of grammar and promote the acquisition of new vocabulary in the context of Hispanic culture. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in SPA 202, or credit, or appropriate placement test score.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 322 - Composition and Conversation II

Second of a two-part sequence designed to improve proficiency in oral skills and academic writing in Spanish as well as listening and reading skills. Course will present a systematic review of grammar and promote the acquisition of new vocabulary in the context of Hispanic culture. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in SPA 321.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 324 - Spanish-American Novel in Translation

A study of the twentieth-century Spanish-American novel. Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 325 - Early Spanish Literature in Translation

A survey of Spanish literature from its beginnings to 1800, including Don Quixote and other works of the Golden Age. Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 326 - Modern Spanish Literature in Translation

A survey of Spanish literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 327 - The History of the Spanish Language

An introduction to the phonological, morphological, and syntactic evolutions and changes that took place as Spanish developed from spoken Latin. Offered winter semesters in odd-numbered years. Prerequisites: SPA 308 and SPA 309 with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 329 - Sociolinguistics of Spanish

An introduction to the relationship between Spanish language and society, including the evolution of Spanish in Spain and Latin America, dialectal variation, Spanish in contact with other languages, and Spanish as a component of individual and group identity. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: Completion of SPA 322 with a grade of C (not C-) or better, or permission of instructor.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 330 - Introduction to Literary Analysis

Introduction to the literary analysis of the narrative, poetry, and drama of Spain and Spanish America. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: Completion of SPA 322 plus three credits at the 300 level with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 331 - Survey of Spanish Literature

A historically grounded survey of the principal literary works and movements of Spain. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: Completion of SPA 322 plus three credits at the 300 level with a grade of C (not C-) or better. May be taken in conjunction with SPA 330.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 332 - Survey of Spanish American Literature

A historically grounded survey of the principal literary works and movements of Spanish America. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: Completion of SPA 322 plus three credits at the 300 level with a grade of C (not C-) or better. May be taken in conjunction with SPA 330.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 335 - Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

A general introduction to modern linguistic concepts, applied especially to the Spanish language. Includes the sound system (phonetics and phonology), word formation (morphology), the structure of utterances (syntax), meaning and usage (semantics and pragmatics), and language variation. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: SPA 309 with a grade of C (not C-) or better or permission of instructor.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 350 - Spanish Laboratory Theatre

Consists of rehearsal and public performance of a full-length play or a group of one-act plays. Plays selected from contemporary peninsular and Spanish-American authors. Offered winter semester in even numbered years. Prerequisite: C (not C-) or better in SPA 202.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 360 - Perspectives on Hispanic Culture & Society

A multidisciplinary study of Spanish-American and Peninsular culture and society, as represented in architecture, food, music, sports, the visual arts and other cultural expressions. Special emphasis is placed on the historical and sociopolitical contexts of the examined material. Prerequisites: SPA 321 with a C or better. Course offered fall and winter semesters. 
Credits: 3

 

SPA 361 - Spanish/Latin American Culture Through Film

A study of language and culture that emphasizes the relationships among society, politics and history through the lens of Latin American and/or Peninsular filmmakers and their film production. Prerequisite: One of the following courses (SPA 310, SPA 311, SPA 312, or SPA 313) with a grade of C or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 378 - Contemporary Latin American Literature

A survey of Spanish literature of the past three decades in English translations, taking in a variety of nations, regions, and cultures, including Afro-Latin and Indigenous voices. Genres to be studied include the novel, the short story poetry, drama, testimonial narrative, speeches, folklore, and film. Cross-listed with ENG 378 and LAS 378. Offered winter semesters in even-numbered years. Prerequisites: WRT 150 and one literature course (SPA 330 for Spanish majors).
Credits: 3

 

SPA 380 - Special Topics in Spanish

Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 1 to 6

 

SPA 385 - Advanced Spanish in Mexico

Of varying focus, the course makes use of the history, culture, and society of a host country in order to highlight disciplinary perspectives in context. To be taught in that country (or countries) as part of an approved study abroad program. By permit only. Credit may vary.
Credits: 4

 

SPA 386 - Mexican Culture

Of varying focus, the course makes use of the history, culture, and society of a host country in order to highlight disciplinary perspectives in context. To be taught in that country (or countries) as part of an approved study abroad program. By permit only. Credit may vary.
Credits: 2

 

SPA 387 - EUSA Madrid-Language

Of varying focus, the course makes use of the history, culture, and society of a host country in order to highlight disciplinary perspectives in context. To be taught in that country (or countries) as part of an approved study abroad program. By permit only.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 388 - EUSA Madrid-Internship

Of varying focus, the course makes use of the history, culture, and society of a host country in order to highlight disciplinary perspectives in context. To be taught in that country (or countries) as part of an approved study abroad program. By permit only.
Credits: 3 to 6

 

SPA 395 - Advanced Speaking Strategies and Skills

Development and assessment of speaking skills in Spanish at the Advanced level as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Prerequisite: SPA 314. Course offered fall and winter semesters. 
Credits: 3

 

SPA 399 - Independent Reading

Offered fall and winter semesters.
Credits: 1 to 4

 

SPA 410 - Spanish American Narrative

Study of some of the major prose writers of the twentieth century. Offered fall semester in even-numbered years. Prerequisites: SPA 330 and SPA 332 with a grade of C (not C-) or better, or permission of instructor.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 420 - Topics in Early Spanish Literature

Study of Spanish literature before 1700, centered around a thematic or genetic framework relevant to the cultural climate of early Spain. Topics may include The Evolution of Early Spanish Literature, Love and Honor in Golden Age Drama, Imaginative Fiction before Cervantes, The Language of Desire in Early Prose and Poetry. Offered winter semester in odd-numbered years. Prerequisites: SPA 330 and SPA 331 with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 430 - U.S. Latino/a Literature

An in-depth study of Latino/a literature produced in the United States. Texts will be closely examined from a cultural and historical perspective as well as within the history of narrative forms in order to facilitate an appreciation and awareness of the cultural roots and current lifestyle of Latinos/as in the United States. Offered winter in even-numbered years. Prerequisites: SPA 330 and SPA 332 with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 440 - Cervantes

Survey of Cervantes' masterwork, Don Quixote de la Mancha. Offered winter semester in even-numbered years. Prerequisites: SPA 330 and SPA 331 with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 450 - Modern Spanish Novel

Study of the novel in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spain. Special emphasis on the realists and the generation of 1898. Offered fall semester in odd-numbered years. Prerequisites: SPA 330 and SPA 331 with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 460 - Women Authors

An in-depth study of Spanish and Spanish American women authors whose literature, across the centuries, has dealt with a particular historical, cultural, social, and philosophical experience. Offered fall semester in even-numbered years. Prerequisites: Completion of SPA 330, and SPA 331 or SPA 332 with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 480 - Special Topics in Spanish

Course content varies. Expectations of students approximate those in other 400-level courses. May be repeated for credit when content varies. Variable credit.
Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 1 to 6

 

SPA 495 - Cross-National Literary Movements (Capstone)

Interdisciplinary exploration of a major literary period or genre such as Romanticism, Rationalism, or Symbolism from a cross-national perspective. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: Completion of three credits at 400 level (literature) with a C (not C-) or better and senior standing with a major in Spanish. Required of all Spanish majors.
Credits: 3

 

SPA 499 - Independent Study and Research

Offered fall and winter semesters.
Credits: 1 to 4