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THE SPANISH MAJOR

Berry College Department of Foreign Languages- Evans School of the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Prerequisites:

Intermediate level ability in Spanish demonstrated by proficiency testing or by satisfactory completion of the following introductory courses:

This course is designed for true beginners with little to no prior experience with the Spanish language. Emphasis is placed on speaking, reading, aural comprehension, and writing skills. Students will learn to use these skills in the present indicative on a variety of common themes. PR: Departmental Placement or CI.

SPA 102          Introduction to Spanish II (4 hours)

This course is designed to help students further develop their speaking, reading, aural comprehension, and writing skills. Students will continue using these skills in the present indicative and will learn to use them in the past indicative (preterite and imperfect). Students will also begin to employ the present subjunctive through formal and informal commands. PR: SPA 101 or departmental placement.

SPA 200          Intermediate Spanish (4 hours)

This course is designed to help students further refine speaking, reading, aural comprehension, and writing skills. Students will continue using these skills in reference to the present and past indicative and will learn to use them in the present and past subjunctive and in the future indicative. Students will also be introduced to conditional sentences. PR: SPA 102 or departmental placement.

§Heritage language learners should contact the Department Chair for course placement.

Requirements:  

Completion of the following major area courses (16 hours):

SPA 290          Spanish in Context (4 hours)

This course promotes Spanish language proficiency in all four skill areas, with a particular focus on reading and writing, and deepens students’ cultural awareness.  Through a thorough review and expansion of Spanish vocabulary and grammar, the course serves as a bridge between the basic language sequence and upper-level courses. Students enrolled in this course are required to participate for one hour per week in outreach initiatives involving the local Latino community. PR: SPA 200 or departmental placement. 

SPA 301          Oral and Written Expression in Spanish (3 hours)

This course promotes further development of language proficiency with particular emphasis on speaking and writing. Students will learn to converse more fluently through varied activities centered on Hispanic cultural artifacts. Students will also gain practice composing short papers in Spanish. PR: SPA 290.

SPA 302I        Advanced Grammar and Composition in Spanish (3 hours)

This course is an intensive grammar review that takes the student through previously learned material while introducing more advanced forms and structures.  Acquisition will be reinforced through a series of writing assignments that will focus on particular grammar points and encourage students to internalize new structures through repetitive usage. PR: SPA 290.

One of the following two courses:

SPA 310          Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Literary Analysis: Spain (3 hours)

This course is a panoramic exploration of peninsular Spanish literature. Readings from a wide variety of authors, movements, genres, and themes will be used to teach students how to practically and critically read literature. Students will produce a series of essays and/or one major final essay that will be produced through a series of drafts. This course prepares students for upper-level literature courses. PR: SPA 290.

SPA 311          Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Literary Analysis: Latin America (3 hours)

This course is a panoramic exploration of Latin American literature. Readings from a wide variety of authors, movements, genres, and themes will be used to teach students how to practically and critically read literature. Students will produce a series of essays and/or one major final essay that will be produced through a series of drafts. This course prepares students for upper-level literature courses. PR: SPA 290.

One of the following two courses:

SPA 320          Histories and Cultures of the Hispanic World: Spain (3 hours)

This course is a survey of the cultures and civilizations of Spain. Areas of study will include history, politics, geography, the arts, daily life, religions, and traditions. PR: SPA 290.

SPA 321          Histories and Cultures of the Hispanic World: Latin America* (3 hours)

This course is a survey of the cultures and civilizations of Latin America. Areas of study will include history, politics, geography, the arts, daily life, religions, and traditions. PR: SPA 290.

Completion of three of the following elective courses at the 400-level (of these electives, at least one should be a literature course) (9 hours):

Linguistic Studies:
SPA 402          Introduction to Translation Studies (3 hours)

This course focuses on issues of translating texts from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish. Students will gain both theoretical knowledge through varied readings and practical knowledge on this topic through written translation exercises and analyses. Particular emphasis will be placed on grammatical and stylistic points of contrast between Spanish and English. The appropriateness of direct vs. indirect or approximate translations will also be discussed in different contexts. PR: SPA 302I.

SPA 404I        Spanish Business Communication (3 hours)

Development of oral and written skills in business and trade transactions.  The course explores basic business concepts, vocabulary, and the culture of Spanish-speaking countries in a business context. PR: SPA 302I.

SPA 406I        Spanish for Professionals (3 hours)

This course centers on oral and written skills and interpretation within a professional context. Vocabulary and forms of expression appropriate to the legal and medical fields will be explored. PR: SPA 302I.

SPA 407          Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics (3 hours)

This course introduces students to the study of Hispanic linguistics and establishes the basis for future applications of linguistic principles. Students will explore the sound system of Spanish and its theoretical representation; topics in morphology such as word formation and verbal inflection; and issues in syntax and semantics analyzed both in isolation and in terms of their relationship to each other. Students will also study sociolinguistic issues including bilingualism and multilingualism; language contact and transfers; dialectal variation; and Spanish in the United States. PR: SPA 302I.

Literary Studies:
SPA 421I        Major Hispanic Writers and Their Worlds* (3 hours)

This course focuses on the work and life of one significant Hispanic author or literary movement and is taught as a seminar. Students will explore the literary production of that writer or movement within the context of the personal, social, political, cultural, historical, and literary worlds in which their œuvre was produced. Students will write a series of short response papers about the works studied. This course will culminate in a research project involving the writing of an extensive term paper analyzing a unique theme related to the study of this author or movement. PR: SPA 310 or SPA 311.

SPA 422I    Seminar on Marginalized Voices in Hispanic Literature* (3 hours)

This course involves the intensive study of discourses and themes of power and agency in Hispanic literature. Works by typically marginalized authors will be studied, including indigenous, immigrant, impoverished, queer, and women’s voices. Students will learn to articulate observations and opinions on the aforementioned issues through seminar-style conversation. PR: SPA 310 or SPA 311.

SPA 424          Hispanic Theatre and Performance Workshop (4 hours)

This course is a study of masterworks of Hispanic drama. Students will learn how to critically read these works as literature, isolating issues of performance, audience, and identity. Students will also learn the basics of acting and how to interpret and perform these works. Students will participate in the design and performance of a Spanish-language drama as the final project for the course. PR: SPA 290 or CI.

Culture Studies:
SPA 430          Cultural Icons of the Hispanic World* (3 hours)

This course explores how major icons of the Hispanic world are understood and how they are represented today in literature, mythology and history, film, the plastic arts, and popular culture. This course considers the context(s) in which these figures first appear and their later appropriation as cultural icons as a means of cultural, sociopolitical, personal, or artistic identification. Icons to be studied will vary based on professorial preferences; examples include Don Quijote, Don Juan, Sor Juana, la Celestina, la Virgen de Guadalupe, Moctezuma, Salvador Dalí, Che Guevara, Francisco Franco, Frida Kahlo, etc. PR: SPA 320 or SPA 321

SPA 432I        Seminar on Hispanic Visual Media (3 hours)

This course centers on the study of visual media as “texts” reflective of the cultural milieus in which they were created. Media to be studied will vary based on professorial preferences but may include film, television, the plastic arts, architecture, etc. Students will develop advanced oral skills and vocabulary related to these media through seminar-style conversation about assigned works. Students will also write a series of response papers about the assigned “texts” and a research paper.  PR: SPA 301.

Special Topics and Directed Studies:
SPA 405          Topics in Spanish (3 hours)

This course is a special seminar on a subfield within Hispanic linguistic, literary, linguistic, or culture studies not covered by other courses. The particulars of the course will be determined by the professor, and may be repeated for credit provided that the topics vary. PR: SPA 290

SPA 496          Academic Internship (3 to 12 hours)

Problem-oriented experiences on specific academic projects relating to the individual student’s program of study and planned in consultation with the student’s advisor.  PR: See general provisions for academic internships in this catalog.

SPA 498          Directed Study (3 hours)

This course involves the independent study of a Hispanic topic. Students will work closely with the professors directing their studies to determine course requirements and a related research project. PR: any 400-level SPA and CI; JS or SS majors only, and approval of school dean.

Completion of SPA 450 – Capstone Project (3 hours)

SPA 450          Hispanic Studies Abroad (3 hours)

Research project required for graduation if student cannot complete study abroad. Class will be created in consultation with major advisor.” PR: SS, CI.

 

* Cross-listed with Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor if on LA/C topic.

Students may take the alternate survey literature or culture courses for elective credit; students may not double-count classes used to fulfill basic major requirements for elective credit.

   
Required hours for the major: 28
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