MaconCatalog : College of Liberal Arts and Sciences : ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS : SPANISH (SPN)
 
SPANISH (SPN)
J. Fernando Palacios, Chair/Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Alana Alvarez, Assistant Professor
Libertad Aranza, Lecturer
Lydia Masanet, Professor
Clara Mengolini, Assistant Professor
José H. Pino, Associate Professor
 
The Spanish major, minor, and courses are offered by the Department of Foreign Language and Literature. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is affiliated with a study-abroad programs in Spain and various Latin-American countries. The prerequisite for each is either successful completion of SPN 112 or consent of department faculty. Students study with Spanish Studies Abroad (SSA) in Seville, Alicante, and Barcelona, Spain; Córdoba, Argentina; La Havana, Cuba; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. They may earn up to 16 hours of credit, up to 9 of which may count toward the major. No more than 6 credit hours may count toward the minor.
NOTE: SPN 111, 112, 251, and 252 may be exempted by achieving a specific score on the Spanish placement exam. Students who place into, and successfully complete, SPN 251 or above will receive an additional 4 hours of credit toward graduation.
 
Major in Spanish
32 semester credit hours with a minimum of 18 credit hours in 300-level courses or above
SPN 111. Beginning Spanish I
SPN 112. Beginning Spanish II
SPN 251. Intermediate Spanish I
SPN 252. Intermediate Spanish II
SPN 301. Spanish Conversation and Composition I*
SPN 302. Spanish Conversation and Composition II*
One literature course from:
SPN 304. Survey of Spanish Literature
SPN 306. Survey of Latin American Literature
SPN 310. Contemporary Latin American Literature
SPN 320. Contemporary Spanish Literature
Nine additional hours in SPN courses numbered 300 or above. SPN 313. Culture and Civilization of Spain and SPN 314. Culture and Civilization of Latin America are strongly advised.
Successful completion of an exit examination
*Native speakers and near-native heritage learners of Spanish are not permitted to enroll in SPN 301 or 302. They must successfully complete 18 hours in SPN courses numbered 304 and above as well as the exit exam.
 
Majors may attain Departmental Honors in Spanish by meeting the following requirements: (1) apply for admission to the program by the end of the spring semester of the junior year; (2) select a director from the department faculty; (3) attain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00; (4) attain a 3.75 grade point average in language courses; (5) enroll SPN 495; (6) complete a special project in language, literature, methodology, or other approved area; and (7) give a Departmental Honors presentation.
 
Minor in Spanish
18 semester credit hours with a minimum of 9 credit hours in 300-level courses or above
SPN 111. Beginning Spanish I
SPN 112. Beginning Spanish II
SPN 251. Intermediate Spanish I
SPN 252. Intermediate Spanish II
9 additional SPN hours in courses numbered 300 or above
Native speakers and near-native heritage learners of Spanish are not permitted to enroll in SPN 301 or 302. They must successfully complete 9 hours in courses numbered 304 or above.
 
SPN 111–112. Beginning Spanish I and II (4 hours each)
Prerequisite for SPN 112: completion of SPN 111, exemption from SPN 111, or consent of instructor.
Open to students with little or no previous instruction in Spanish. This course sequence enables students to attain a basic competency in all language skills: listening, speaking, writing, reading, and culture. Emphasis is on basic needs in common everyday situations. (Every semester)
SPN 153S–253S–353S. Spanish Studies Abroad (1-15 hours)
Prerequisites: SPN 111 for SPN 153S, SPN 112 for SPN 253S, SPN 252 for SPN 353S, or exemption from the listed prerequisite.
Study abroad with emphasis on one or more of the following areas: Spanish language, literature, civilization, culture, and history. Under the direction of a faculty member and/or an on-site supervisor, students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least three on-site hours per week for every hour of credit. Nine hours may count toward the major or 6 toward the minor. (Occasionally)
SPN 251. Intermediate Spanish I (3 hours)
Prerequisite: successful completion of or exemption from SPN 112.
Continued development of the four language skills leading to the ability to handle a limited variety of social situations such as travel needs, biographical information, leisure activities, etc., including past, present, and future frames of reference. The course includes discussion of appropriate aspects of Hispanic society and culture and presents media-based activities as well as video applications. (Every semester)
SPN 252. Intermediate Spanish II (3 hours)
Prerequisite: successful completion of or exemption from SPN 251.
Continued development of the four language skills leading to the ability to handle an increased variety of social situations, including those calling for different levels of subjectivity as well as future and conditional frames of reference. The course continues discussion of appropriate aspects of Hispanic society and culture and presents media-based activities as well as video applications. (Every semester)
SPN 285. Intermediate Conversational Practice (1 hour)
Prerequisite: SPN 251 or consent of instructor.
Continued development of the four language skills leading to the ability to handle an increased variety of social situations, including those calling for different levels of subjectivity (expression of opinion, emotions, wishes, etc.) and future and conditional frames of reference. The course includes discussion of appropriate aspects of Hispanic culture and literature. One credit-hour per semester, not to exceed four credit-hours; does not count toward major or minor; mandatory S/U grading. (Every year)
SPN 301. Spanish Conversation and Composition I (3 hours)
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in SPN 252 or consent of instructor.
Continued refinement of the four language skills. Various grammatical difficulties will be studied. Concentrated study of everyday Spanish by means of discussions and short compositions. This course is normally restricted to students studying Spanish as a second language. (Every fall)
SPN 302. Spanish Conversation and Composition II (3 hours)
Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in SPN 252 or consent of instructor.
Continued work in oral/aural comprehension and communication. The acquisition of a more abstract vocabulary and the ability to work with more complex grammatical structures will be developed through the reading of short literary extracts. This course is normally restricted to students studying Spanish as a second language. (Every spring)
SPN 304. Survey of Spanish Literature (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SPN 301 or SPN 302 or SPN 353S.
Students will continue to improve their linguistic skills as well as historical and cultural awareness by examining some of the fundamental literary works that are essential to the development and understanding of Spanish society. Class discussion will focus on representative authors of such movements as Romanticism, Realism, Existentialism, Surrealism, and Postmodernism. The course introduces basic elements of literary criticism. (Every two years)
SPN 306. Survey of Latin American Literature (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SPN 301 or SPN 302 or SPN 353S.
A study of representative works in prose and poetry from the pre-colonial period through post-modernism. The course seeks to develop more proficient communication skills as well as analyze literature within a social and cultural context. Attention will be given to socio-political conditions as a force in the formation of the literature. (Every two years)
SPN 310. Contemporary Latin American Literature (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SPN 301 or SPN 302 or SPN 353S.
A study of the major literary works produced by Latin American authors during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The course seeks to develop more proficient skills in communication as well as analyze literature in a social and cultural context. Attention will be given to socio-political conditions as a force in the formation of the literature. (Every two years)
SPN 313. Culture and Civilization of Spain (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SPN 301 or SPN 302 or SPN 353S.
This course is designed to engage and prepare students in a cultural, historical and geographical exploration of Spain while continuing the enhancement and refinement of the four language skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking). Classroom discussions will be supplemented by films and readings from newspapers, magazines and selected literary works which highlight the political, historical and social situation of Spain today. (Every two years)
SPN 314. Culture and Civilization of Latin America (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SPN 301 or SPN 302 or SPN 353S.
This course is designed to engage and prepare students in a cultural, historical and geo- graphical exploration of Latin America while continuing the enhancement and refinement of the four language skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking). Classroom discussions will be supplemented by films and readings from newspapers, magazines and selected literary works which highlight the political, historical and social situation of Latin America today. (Every two years)
SPN 320. Contemporary Spanish Literature (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SPN 301 or SPN 302 or SPN 353S.
A study of the major literary works produced by Spanish authors from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. This course seeks to develop more proficient communication skills as well as analyze different genres of literature in a social and cultural context. Course readings may include works from movements such as Generation 98, Generation 27, the avant-garde, the Franco era, post-Franco democracy, and women’s narrative. (Every two years)
SPN 325. Business Spanish (3 hours)
Prerequisite: 301 or SPN 302 or SPN 353S.
An introduction to the communicative skills of business language: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing, and cross-cultural awareness. Emphasis is placed on developing proficiency in realistic contextualized situations encountered in the Hispanic business community. (Occasionally)
SPN 326. Spanish for Medical Purposes (3 hours)
Prerequisite: 301 or SPN 302 or SPN 353S.
This course is intended for students with a background in Spanish who are pursuing a career in medicine or health-related fields. It is designed to increase the development and application of Spanish conversational skills in real world scenarios through the acquisition of medical terminology, contextualized dialogues, debates, and authentic readings from the medical field. Special attention is given to the awareness and understanding of cultural and social differences that may affect medical care and the practitioner-patient relationship with Spanish speaking people. (Every year)
SPN 385. Special Topics in Spanish: (Subtitle) (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. May be repeated for major or minor credit. (Occasionally)
SPN 425. Seminar: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Prerequisite: junior or senior status or consent of instructor.
A concentrated study of selected authors, literary movements, or topics in Spanish life and culture. Topics will vary from year to year. May be repeated for major or minor credit. (Occasionally)
SPN 480. Internship (1-16 hours)
Prerequisite: departmental approval.
A supervised program of field experience in which students make practical application of their skills in Spanish in an approved establishment outside the University. The department as a whole must approve the student’s project, which will be directed by an instructor and an on-site supervisor. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least three on-site hours per week for every hour of credit. No more than 3 hours may be counted toward a Spanish major or minor. (Occasionally)
SPN 485. Assistantship for Spanish 111-112 (1 hour)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Selected Spanish majors or minors serve as assistants in SPN 111 or 112. Assistants attend 2-3 classes per week, study the assigned work, and help conduct classroom and lab activities. Assistants may review but will not evaluate students’ work. Other duties will be determined by the instructor in consultation with the assistant. In addition, the assistant will be required to complete a written reflection on the experience. Does not count toward the major or minor. Mandatory S/U grading. May be repeated. (Occasionally)
SPN 490. Supervised Independent Reading (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
An intensive reading program designed to provide in-depth examination of a particular author or theme in Spanish language, literature, or culture. May be counted toward Spanish major. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. May be repeated. (Occasionally)
SPN 495. Directed Independent Research (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
This course is intended to provide students an opportunity to conduct supervised research in an area of their interest in Spanish language, literature, or culture. It may be used to fulfill the course requirement for Departmental Honors. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. May be repeated for major or minor credit. (Occasionally)