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+ = Applicable toward general education degree requirements

WI = Writing intensive course

+SPAN 101  First Semester Spanish - 3 credits
Acquaints the student with Spanish through experience in the five language skills of understanding, speaking, reading, writing and culture. Prerequisites: No previous study of Spanish or appropriate score on placement exam. 

+SPAN 102  Second Semester Spanish - 3 credits
Continuation of SPAN 101. Prerequisite: SPAN101 or equivalent score on placement exam. 

+SPAN 103  Accelerated Beginning Spanish - 5 credits 
Combines the course content of the first two semesters of basic Spanish (101, 102) in one semester of accelerated study. This course acquaints students with the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing of simple non-literary Spanish prose on high-frequency topics. Learning and language practice occurs in the context of geographical and cultural topics of interest in the Spanish-speaking world. Appropriate score on the placement exam or permission from department.

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish - 3 credits 
Review and expansion of Spanish grammar, vocabulary and communication skills, especially through speaking and writing. Hispanic cultures and forms of cultural expression are emphasized. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or 103 or appropriate score on the placement test.

SPAN 202  Readings in Spanish - 3 credits 
Readings and discussion in Spanish of a variety of texts, genres and themes. Designed primarily to develop literacy in Spanish with emphasis on reading comprehension, discussion, and enjoyment, rather than literary criticism. Prerequisite: SPAN201or equivalent score on placement exam.

SPAN 203  Spanish for the Professions - 3 credits 
This course provides an introduction to Spanish in a professional field such as business, law/law enforcement, medical, education or social services. Focus of course will vary according to need/demand. Regardless of the professional focus during a given semester, major topics to be covered include: the importance of bilingualism in the U.S., strategies for lifelong learning, culture considerations, and the functional use of Spanish in a professional context. Prerequisites: Span 201 or equivalent.

SPAN 311  Advanced Spanish Grammar - 3 credits 
This course reviews essential grammatical concepts from the present indicative to the pluperfect subjunctive in Spanish. In addition to reviewing and learning new verb tenses, and analyzing the uses of the indicative and subjunctive moods, students will also be introduced to advanced uses of infinitive verbs, ser and estar, common idiomatic expressions used in a variety of Spanish speaking countries, among other grammar topics. By taking this course, students will have the opportunity to increase their vocabulary through brief texts, writing assignments, and vocabulary exercises. Some basic topics in linguistics will also be covered. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent.

+SPAN 312  Spanish Abroad - 1-5 credits 
Coursework taken abroad primarily in oral Spanish or Spanish conversation; may include some composition and/or grammar work at the intermediate or advanced level. 1-5 credit hours. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent.

+WI-SPAN 313  Writing in Spanish - 3 credits 
Practice writing in Spanish; principles of Spanish stylistic patterns; creative writing in Spanish; compositions in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 311.

SPAN 314  Intro to Hispanic Cultural Studies - 3 credits 
An introduction to Hispanic cultures through the study of different artistic and cultural manifestations such as film, literature, and popular art. Focus will be on learning to interpret these works within their cultural, historical and socio-political context. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent.

SPAN 315  Second Language Acquisition - 3 credits 
This course reviews a variety of Spanish grammar concepts including ser and estar, direct and indirect object pronouns, the preterit and imperfect indicative, and the present subjunctive. In addition to reviewing grammar, students and future teachers will learn how to identify and address difficult acquisition problems that face second language learners of Spanish. Throughout the course, students will also observe and teach classes, design rubrics, create lesson plans, and analyze second language acquisition data. Prerequisite: SPAN 202; SPAN 311 recommended, but not required.

SPAN 316  Introduction to Hispanic Film Studies - 3 credits 
An introduction to the national cinemas of Latin America and Spain, as well as to the analysis of film production. A review of the cinematic production of these countries focusing on the historical, political and cultural background in which they take place. Prerequisites: SPAN 311 and 313.

SPAN 320  Spain - 3 credits
The study of socio-cultural issues in Spain Usually taken abroad. Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or equivalent if taken abroad; SPAN 311 & 313 if taken on campus.

SPAN 321 Latin America - 3 credits  
The study of socio-cultural issues in Latin America. Usually taken abroad. Emphasis may be on one or more particular regions of South America. Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or equivalent if taken abroad; SPAN 311 & 313 if taken on campus.

SPAN 325  Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics - 3 credits 
An introduction to a variety of areas in Hispanic Linguistics including sounds and pronunciation (phonetics and phonology), sentence structure (syntax), word formation (morphology), and dialectal differences between numerous Spanish speaking regions in Spain, the Americas, and the United States. This course also introduces theoretical linguistic models such as Chomsky's Universal Grammar and some history of the Spanish language. Prerequisite: SPAN 311

WI-SPAN 334  Seminar in Spanish Cinema & Media - 3 credits 
An advanced study of the cinema of Spain throughout its history with an emphasis on the production of the last decades and its incorporation into the global scene. Emphasis on the historical, cultural, social and political background that determines this production. Student writing will occur on a regular basis throughout the semester and take various forms. Writing in this course is treated as a process, assigned and evaluated in steps. 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: SPAN 316

SPAN 336 Cuban Revolution in Literature & Film - 3 credits 
This course seeks to ground students' understanding of contemporary Cuba within a global context. Students will examine the limits and possibilities of "liberation" within the Castro revolution and the Cuban exile communities. Students will explore how cultural texts (written, visual, oral) reproduce or subvert traditional paradigms of gender, race and class in the Cuban context. This course also explores more global questions, such as: How do those outside of the island imagine Cuba and why? What are the realities? 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: SPAN 311, 313 and 314.

SPAN 350 Special Topics in Hispanic Linguistics - 3 credits 
This course offers students the opportunity to explore an advanced topic in Hispanic linguistics, such as structure of Spanish, Spanish phonetics, History of the Spanish language, or dialectology. Depending on the topic, this course provides an in-depth look at syntactic, phonetic, historical, or dialectal issues from theoretical and practical perspectives. Students taking this course will have the opportunity to participate in discussions and comment articles relevant to Hispanic linguistics. Prerequisites: SPAN 311 and 325.

SPAN 360  Special Topics in Hispanic Cultural Studies - 3 credits 
This course explores Hispanic cultural representations–visual, written, oral, etc.–in the context of the world in which they are produced and consumed. The course explores how cultural texts (such as film, literature, music, art, graffiti, and/or media). 1) create and embody meaning and values, and 2) symbolize, depict or portray objects, people, thoughts, beliefs or emotions. Topics, on specific region(s) or issue(s) of the Spanish-speaking world, will vary. May be repeated when topic is different. Prerequisites: SPAN 311, 313 and 314.

SPAN 400  Capstone - 3 credits
A required course for Spanish majors to be taken during the final year of study. This course is an independent study for which students create a portfolio of their studies in Spanish and design and complete a final project with the guidance of their advisor in the department. Prerequisite: With permission of Spanish advisor.

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