Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Listed courses may not be taught every semester or every year. The department head (located in Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall 101) and departmental advisors have information about projected course offerings for a semester/year. All courses are conducted in Spanish, unless otherwise noted.

SPA 105 SPANISH I (3, fa, sp).

Students will develop skillsin the five areas of second language acquisition: speaking, listening, writing, reading, and cultural awareness. Prerequisite: Enrolled in or completed English 101 or equivalent.

SPA 120 ELEMENTARY SPANISH FOR TRAVELERS (3, fa, sp).

This introductory course is designed to provide travelers with essential speaking skills in Spanish. Upon completing this course, participants will be able to meet their basic needs, interact with native speakers, and become acquainted with the Spanish way of life. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required.

SPA 200 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3).

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects of study will vary from semester to semester. Students may re-enroll as topic changes for up to six credit hours. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

SPA 205 SPANISH II (3, sp).

Students will use previously acquired skills to achieve basic communicative exchanges. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to communicate successfully in interactive, task-orientated and social situations. Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or better in Spanish 105 or a satisfactory score on the placement test.

SPA 230 INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH COMPOSITION (3, sp even).

 This course integrates the semantic and syntactic knowledge acquired in SPA 105 and 205 to provide students with an introduction to thematic writing in the target language. Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or better in SPA 205 or placement through examination.

SPA 300 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3).

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects of study will vary from semester to semester. Students may re-enroll as topic changes for up to six credit hours. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor.

SPA 303 SPANISH CONVERSATION AND COMPOSITION I (3, fa, even).

Students will develop fluency in spoken and written expression and build vocabulary through composition and discussion about everyday life in the Spanish- speaking world, particularly in professional settings. Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or better in SPA 230.

SPA 304 SPANISH CONVERSATION AND COMPOSITION II (3, sp, odd).

Students will continue to acquire flexibility in spoken and written expression. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to initiate and sustain general conversation on various topics in professional and other settings and to use written language effectively for professional and personal exchanges. Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or better in SPA303.

SPA 305 TOTAL IMMERSION SPANISH CONVERSATION AND COMPOSITION (3).

While studying abroad, students will develop fluency in spoken and written expression and build vocabulary through composition and discussion in everyday life. Prerequisites: a grade of "C" or better in SPA 205.

SPA 312 SPANISH FOR THE PROFESSIONS (3).

A composition and conversation course designed to provide students with the skills required to function professionally in international settings. Topics will vary to include diverse fields such as business, education, nursing, criminal justice, etc. Students may re-enroll as topic changes for up to six credit hours. Prerequisite: SPA 303 or 304.

SPA 321 LATIN AMERICAN CIVILIZATION (3).

Students will gain an appreciation of the Latin American civilization through the study of history, literature, art, and music. No knowledge of Spanish is required. This course is taught in English. This course is designated writing intensive.

SPA 322 SPANISH CIVILIZATION (3).

Students will develop an appreciation of the Spanish civilization from the Moorish invasions to the modern era through the study of history, literature, art, music, and cinema. No knowledge of Spanish is required. This course is taught in English. This course is designated writing intensive.

SPA 323 SPANISH CIVILIZATION ABROAD (3).

While traveling in Spain or Latin America, students will reach their own understanding of the Spanish culture and gain an appreciation of the Hispanic civilization. This course is required for all students enrolled in the Study Abroad Program. This course is taught in English. Prerequisites: SPA 205.

SPA 330 SPANISH LINGUISTICS (3).

An overview of the history and structure of the Spanish language combined with an opportunity for advanced writing focusing on the morphology and syntax of standard modern Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA 304 or 305.

SPA 331 HISPANIC LITERATURE SURVEY I (3).

A study of selected fiction and non-fiction prose of Spain and Spanish America. Prerequisite: SPA 304 or 305.

SPA 332 HISPANIC LITERATURE SURVEY II (3).

A study of selected plays and poetry of Spain and Spanish America. Prerequisite: SPA 304 or 305.

SPA 400 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3).

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects of study will vary from semester to semester. Students may re-enroll as topic changes for up to six credit hours. Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of instructor.

SPA 412 ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL SPANISH (3).

This course emphasizes written and oral communications in professional settings as well as

translation and creation of work-related documents such as memoranda, business letters and resumes. Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of instructor.