Department of Languages and Literature

Courses in Spanish

The Department offers a wide array of courses in Spanish to meet the various interests and needs of students. For the most updated information about course offerings, please consult the University course catalog and BenULive course schedule at the Office of the Registrar website, or contact the Department.

 

SPAN 101 | Elementary Spanish I
Introduction to the basic structure of the language. Designed to enable the student to begin to develop oral proficiency and writing skills. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring.

SPAN 102 | Elementary Spanish II
Continued study of the basic structure of the language. Designed to enable the student to continue to develop oral proficiency and writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or placement. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring.

SPAN 105 | Elementary Spanish I through Study Abroad
Credit for language courses taken through accredited programs overseas. Variable credit based on total contact hours.1-3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically as needed.

SPAN 106 | Elementary Spanish II through Study Abroad
Credit for language courses taken through accredited programs overseas. Variable credit based on total contact hours.1-3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically as needed.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

SPAN 108 | Elementary Spanish I Lab
This course involves small-group work and/or oral practice outside class with a native language assistant on a regular basis throughout the semester. Co-registration with SPAN 101 required. Typically offered: Periodically.

SPAN 109 | Elementary Spanish II Lab
This course involves small-group work and/or oral practice outside class with a native language assistant on a regular basis throughout the semester. Co-registration with SPAN 102 required.  Typically offered: Periodically.

SPAN 201 | Intermediate Spanish I
Review of the basic structure of the language. Emphasis on extensive language practice in simulated cultural settings in order to enable students to continue to develop their oral and writing proficiency. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or placement. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

SPAN 202 | Intermediate Spanish II
Continued review of the basic structure of the language. Emphasis on extensive language practice in simulated cultural settings in order to enable students to continue to develop their oral and writing proficiency. IAI H1 900. Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or placement. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

SPAN 205 | Intermediate Spanish I through Study Abroad
Credit for language courses taken through accredited programs overseas. Variable credit based on contact hours.1-3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically as needed.

SPAN 206 | Intermediate Spanish II through Study Abroad
Credit for language courses taken through accredited programs overseas. Variable credit based on contact hours.1-3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically as needed.

SPAN 208 | Intermediate Spanish I Lab
This course involves small-group work and/or oral practice outside class with a native language assistant on a regular basis throughout the semester. Co-registration with SPAN 201 required.  Typically offered: Periodically.

SPAN 209 | Intermediate Spanish II Lab
This course involves small-group work and/or oral practice outside class with a native language assistant on a regular basis throughout the semester. Co-registration with SPAN 202 required.  Typically offered: Periodically.

SPAN 211 | Intermediate Grammar and Composition
Comprehensive review and synthesis of Spanish grammar. Designed to provide students with extensive writing practice in order to prepare them for more effective participation in advanced courses, and to enable them to improve their ability to use and manipulate the language with a higher degree of accuracy, flexibility and assurance. Co-registration with SPAN 212 strongly recommended. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or placement. 3 semester credit hours. Writing Intensive Course. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

SPAN 212 | Intermediate Oral Communications
Emphasis on oral proficiency, syntax and grammar, as well as on enabling students to develop their ability to respond to the cultural challenges that faces someone living in an Hispanic culture. Co-registration with SPAN 211 is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or placement. Important note: Native or heritage speakers of Spanish may not be required to take SPAN 212.  These students should seek a waiver of the SPAN 212 requirement from the Chair of the Department of Languages and Literature. Any student receiving a waiver of the SPAN 212 requirement must then take an alternative course above the SPAN 212 level in order to earn at least 36 credit hours in Spanish for the major or 21-22 credit hours in Spanish for the minor, depending on the minor option chosen.  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

SPAN 213 | Business Spanish I
Survey of the fundamental vocabulary and concepts of commercial language in Spanish. Designed to help students improve their oral and writing proficiency and cultural sensitivity while developing a vocabulary for business functions. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 and SPAN 212, or department consent. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

SPAN 214 | Business Spanish II
Continued survey of the fundamental vocabulary and concepts of commercial language in Spanish. Designed to enable students to continue to improve their oral and writing proficiency in Spanish and their cultural sensitivity while developing a vocabulary for business functions. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 and SPAN 212, or department consent. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

SPAN 215 | Medical Spanish I
Survey of the fundamental vocabulary and concepts of medical language in Spanish. Students will also review some grammatical structures that are often used in medical contexts. The course is generally designed to help students improve their oral and writing proficiency as well as their cultural sensitivity while developing specialized vocabulary to communicate effectively in Spanish in medical settings and emergency situations. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 and SPAN 212, or department consent. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term, Even Years.

SPAN 216 | Medical Spanish II
Continued survey of the fundamental vocabulary and concepts of medical language in Spanish. Students will give formal presentations, engage in role-plays, practice typical health care interview routines, read texts useful for future health care professionals, learn how to interpret and fill out Spanish-language forms used by US hospitals, and study specialized medical terms in Spanish. The course is designed to enable students to continue improving their oral and writing proficiency in Spanish as well as their cultural sensitivity while developing a specialized vocabulary to communicate effectively in medical settings and emergency situations. It is strongly recommended that SPAN 215 be taken before SPAN 216, but it is not required. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 and SPAN 212 or department consent.  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term, Odd Years.

SPAN 218 | Intermediate Grammar and Composition Lab
This course involves small-group work and/or oral practice outside class with a native language assistant on a regular basis throughout the semester. Co-registration with SPAN 211 required.  Typically offered: Periodically.

SPAN 219 | Intermediate Oral Communications Lab
This course involves small-group work and/or oral practice outside class with a native language assistant on a regular basis throughout the semester. Co-registration with SPAN 212 required.  Typically offered: Periodically.

SPAN 220 | Introduction to Spanish Literature
Close reading of selected Spanish short stories, poetry, plays and essays. Analysis of how these works reflect and influence the thinking of their times and the relevance of their ideas to the contemporary world. This course is designed to help students improve skills in written and oral narration and description, and reading proficiency. IAI H3 916. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 and SPAN 212, or department consent. 3 semester credit hours. QLR Course. Global Course. Typically offered: Fall Term, Even Years.

SPAN 221 | Introduction to Latin American Literature
Close reading of selected works of Latin American literature including poetry, short stories and plays. Students will learn about the lives of the authors and their times, and will explore the critical role of literature in Latin American social and political development. Emphasis on enabling students to develop skills in written and oral narration and description, and reading proficiency. IAI H3 916. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 and SPAN 212, or department consent. Writing Intensive Course. 3 semester credit hours. QLR Course. Global Course. Typically offered: Fall Term, Odd Years.

SPAN 230 | Spanish Civilization and Culture
Designed to allow students to work on development of language proficiency through class discussions, written assignments and selected readings concerned with key elements of Spanish civilization: the family, the Catholic Church, the government, social relations and how these factors have shaped the artistic, literary and historic experience of the Spanish people. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 and SPAN 212, or department consent. 3 semester credit hours. QHT Course. Global Course. Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.

SPAN 231 | Latin American Civilization and Culture
Designed to allow students to work on development of language proficiency through class discussions, written assignments and selected readings concerned with key elements of Latin American civilization: the family, the Catholic Church, indigenous peoples and religions, social and political movements, and how these factors have shaped the artistic, literary and historic experience of Latin American peoples. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 and SPAN 212, or department consent. 3 semester credit hours. QHT Course. Global Course. Multi-Cultural Course. Typically offered: Fall Term, Even Years.

SPAN 291 | Intermediate Topics in Spanish Language and Hispanic Literature and Culture
Intermediate-level study of topics in Spanish and Latin American literature, culture and/or civilization. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 and SPAN 212, or department consent. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 12.

SPAN 295 | Independent Study
Designed for the intermediate student who wishes to explore an aspect of Spanish language or literature beyond the scope of the regular course offerings. 1-3 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 12.

SPAN 297 | Internship
Professional experience designed to enhance language proficiency and cultural understanding by working in a human service agency, an educational institution, or a business organization where Spanish is the primary language. Prerequisite: Approved application.  1-6 semester credit hours.  Department Consent Required.

SPAN 305 | Advanced Grammar
In-depth study of Spanish syntax and grammar. Strong emphasis on sentence analysis, grammar terminology, translation, and word expression acquisition. Highly recommended for prospective language teachers, but useful for all Spanish majors or minors. Designed to enable students to improve their ability to use and manipulate the language with a higher degree of accuracy, flexibility, and assurance.  Prerequisite: SPAN 211 and 212 or department consent. 3 semester credit hours. Important note: Major requirement and course eliminated effective January 1, 2016.

SPAN 307 | Advanced Spanish Literature
Study of representative literary works. Discussion of the political, social, economic and religious issues reflected in the works. Emphasis on enabling students to develop skills in oral and written analysis, narration and description in Spanish, as well as to strengthen reading proficiency. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 and 212, or department consent. 3 semester credit hours. QLR Course. Global Course. Typically offered: Spring Term, Odd Years.

SPAN 310 | Advanced Latin American Literature
Study of representative literary works. Discussion of the political, social, economic and religious issues reflected in the works. Emphasis on enabling students to develop skills in oral and written analysis, narration and description in Spanish, as well as to strengthen reading proficiency. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 and 212, or department consent. 3 semester credit hours. QLR Course. Global Course. Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.

SPAN 311 | Advanced Composition
Designed to enable students to improve writing skills through extensive practice and intensive study of various forms of written communication. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 and SPAN 212, or department consent. 3 semester credit hours. Writing Intensive Course. Typically offered: Fall Term, Even Years.

SPAN 312 | Advanced Oral Communications
Continued emphasis on developing oral proficiency and on improving oral syntax and grammar in Spanish.  Students will work on their ability to respond to the communication challenges faced when living in a Hispanic culture. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 and SPAN 212 or department consent. 3 semester credit hours. Normally offered concurrently with SPAN 313, 314 and/or 315.  Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.

SPAN 313 | Advanced Oral Medical Spanish
Continued emphasis on developing oral proficiency and on improving oral syntax and grammar in Spanish. Students will work on their ability to respond to the communication challenges faced when using Spanish in authentic professional contexts, particularly those related to health care issues (including physical and mental well-being and nutrition).  Prerequisite: Span 211 and 212 or department consent.  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.

SPAN 314 | Advanced Oral Business Spanish
Continued emphasis on developing oral proficiency and on improving oral syntax and grammar in Spanish. Students will work on their ability to respond to the communication challenges faced when using Spanish in authentic professional contexts, particularly those related to the business world.  Prerequisite: Span 211 and 212 or department consent.  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.

SPAN 314 | Advanced Oral Legal Spanish
Continued emphasis on developing oral proficiency and on improving oral syntax and grammar in Spanish. Students will work on their ability to respond to the communication challenges faced when using Spanish in authentic professional contexts, particularly those related to law and law-enforcement issues.  Prerequisite: Span 211 and 212, or department consent.  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.

SPAN 350 | Competence in Latino Culture for Health Care Professionals and Emergency Responders
Continued emphasis on developing oral and writing proficiency in Spanish, particularly as related to the language used in health care settings and/or emergency situations. In addition, students will learn about and discuss in Spanish aspects of the culture of the various Spanish-speaking countries or Latino communities in the U. S. of particular interest to health care professionals and/or emergency responders. For example, students will develop cultural and linguistic competency by exploring cultural and racial diversity in the Spanish-speaking world; Latinos in the U. S.; the traditional Hispanic diet; traditional medicine, remedies, practices, and beliefs in the Hispanic world; health care systems in some major Spanish-speaking countries; cultural and religious sensitivities that can affect the quality of health care that Latinos receive in the US; and socio-economic challenges facing a large portion of  the Hispanic population in the US that impact access to and quality of health care. This class may include a short service-learning experience (Spanish majors will NOT be able to use this experience in place of the study abroad requirement). It is strongly recommended that SPAN 215 and/or SPAN 216 be taken before SPAN 350, but it is not required. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 and SPAN 212 or department consent. 3 semester credit hours. Global Course.Typically offered: Spring Term, Odd Years.

SPAN 360 | Introduction to Medical Interpretation in Spanish
This course provides students with: a) ample opportunities to improve their oral and writing proficiency in Spanish, particularly as related to the grammatical structures and specialized terminology most commonly used  in medical settings, b) exposure to some of the most frequently encountered colloquial and formal dialectal variations in the Spanish-speaking world, c) extensive practice interpreting oral and written medically-related discourse from Spanish to English and vice versa in all three main modes of interpretation (consecutive, simultaneous, and sight translation), d) exposure to some common traditional medical beliefs and practices of the US Latino population, e) a brief overview of the most significant differences between the U.S. health care system and that of some major Spanish-speaking countries, f) familiarity with issues related to the profession of medical interpretation such as the ethical, legal, and personal self-care responsibilities of a professional medical interpreter; cultural conflict in medical settings and strategies to resolve it; common health care interview routines and related forms; standard interpreting protocols; and detailed information on the minimal qualifications and procedures necessary to become a fully certified medical interpreter. This class may include a short service-learning experience. (Spanish majors will NOT be able to use this experience in place of the study abroad requirement.) It is strongly recommended that SPAN 215 and/or SPAN 216 be taken before SPAN 360, but it is not required. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 and SPAN 212 or department consent  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term, Odd Years.

SPAN 391 | Advanced Topics in Spanish Language and Hispanic Literature and Culture
Advanced level study of topics in Spanish and Latin American culture, civilization and/or literature. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 and SPAN 212, or department consent. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 12.

SPAN 395 | Independent Study
Designed for the advanced student who wishes to explore an aspect of Spanish language or Hispanic literature, civilization or culture beyond the scope of the regular course offerings. 1-3 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 12.

SPAN 397 | Internship
Advanced professional experience designed to enhance language proficiency and cultural understanding by working in a human service agency, an educational institution, or a business organization in a country where Spanish is the primary language. Prerequisite: Approved application. 1-6 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required.