2013–2014 Spanish Courses

 

SPAN 110 Spanish I (4)
A novice introduction to the written and spoken structures of the language. Cultural appreciation also emphasized.
       
SPAN 111 Spanish II (4)
Continued development of second semester listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, as well as cultural appreciation.
       
SPAN 220 Spanish III (4)
A third semester conversation/composition course with emphasis on grammar. Prerequisite: SPAN 111 or consent of instructor.
       
SPAN 221 Spanish IV (4)
An intermediate second-year conversation/composition course with readings in Spanish culture, history, and literature. Prerequisite: SPAN 220 or consent of instructor.
       
SPAN 300 Special Topics in Spanish (1–4)
A changing topics course that provides a variety of special insights into the Spanish language and culture. Includes both on campus and May term courses.
       
SPAN 300SA Study Abroad (12)
All majors must complete one semester of study abroad, preferably during Fall or Spring semester of the senior year (or Summer semester prior to senior year). Native speakers and students who have served a volunteer mission for 1–2 years in a Spanish-speaking country may design an alternative project (subject to faculty approval), such as community-based internship, in-service learning, additional upper division Spanish coursework, or a combination of these alternatives.
       
SPAN 301 The Spanish Speaking World (4)
Development of speaking proficiency with professional application, such as medical, legal, and business Spanish. The study of cultural values is an integral component. May emphasize oral proficiency, idiomatic mastery, expository writing, and/or advanced grammar review. Course materials are derived from Spanish literature and contemporary cultural issues.
       
SPAN 320 Survey of Peninsular Spanish Culture and Literature (4)
General survey of culture and civilization of the Iberian peninsula from its earliest inhabitants (intersection of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures) to the present (21st century). Covers major historic trends, varied genres, cultural and literary events, and society in a globalization sense.
       
SPAN 321 Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies (Peninsular) (4)
Presents a range of special topics exploring issues relevant to Spanish literature and culture. Some of the courses include:
       
    SPAN 321A Medieval and Golden Age Literature (4)
Readings in Spanish Medieval Literature will include El Mio Cid and Alfonso the Wise. Golden Age Literature will include Calderon de la Barca, Lope de la Vega, Quevedo and Miguel de Cervantes.
       
    SPAN 321B Modern Spanish Literature (4)
Romanticism and Realism. Critical study of representative works and authors of both literary periods, such as Larra, Espronceda, Perez Galdos, Emilia Pardo Bazan and Clarin.
       
    SPAN 321C Contemporary Spanish Cultural Studies (4)
General introduction of the literature of the pre- and post-Spanish Civil War and the dictatorship of Franco. A study of Spain’s novels preceding and following the Spanish Civil War that reflect the diversity of postwar Spanish literature and its authors. Works by major novelists, including Cela, Laforet, Matute, Sender, and Delibes comprise the texts of this course. In order to gain a more complete understanding of the era and its reflection in literature, films by Aranda, Cuerda, Saura, and Del Toro will be included.
       
SPAN 330 Survey of Latin American Culture and Literature (4)
Covers major historic trends in Latin American literature from Pre-Colombian to the present. Selections range from Mexican masterpieces to those of the Southern Cone. Prerequisite: SPAN 221 or instructor consent.
       
SPAN 331 Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies (4)
Presents a range of issues relevant to Latin American literature and culture. Some of the courses include:
       
    SPAN 331A Pre-Colombian Literature (4)
From Inca, Mayan, and Aztec literary history through the chronicles of the Spanish conquest to the novels of Mexico and the Carribean. Traverses independence and revolution.
       
    SPAN 331B Literature of the Southern Cone (4)
       
    SPAN 331C Latin American Literature (4) (4)
    Modernism and Post-Modernism.  
       
SPAN 387 Undergraduate Teaching (1–2)
Advanced students may work as teaching assistants to an instructor of SPAN 110 or 111. A maximum of two credit hours of SPAN 387 may be applied to the major or minor. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and language program director.
       
SPAN 401 Directed Studies (1–4)
An in depth, independent course for student-initiated proposals on topics not normally offered in the Spanish program. Prerequisites: upper-division status, consent of instructor (mentor) and school dean.
       
SPAN 440 Internship (1–8)
An opportunity for students to integrate classroom knowledge with professional experience in the public or private sector. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster or permission of instructor), minimum 2.5 GPA, and consent of program director and Career Center internship coordinator.
       
SPAN 470 Senior Thesis (2)
A capstone opportunity to produce a well-researched, fully documented, comprehensive thesis on a literary or cultural topic under the support and guidance of a Spanish faculty member. Prerequisite: concurrent registration with another upper division Spanish course and instructor consent.