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SPAN 131. Elementary Spanish I
An introduction to the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. Grammar emphasis includes present tense, stem-changing, and irregular verbs. Use of the Language Laboratory will reinforce classroom activities. No prerequisite. Credit, 3 hours.

SPAN 132. Elementary Spanish II
A continuation of SPAN 131. Grammar emphasis includes direct and indirect object pronouns, and the preterit, imperfect, and command verb tenses. There is further study of Hispanic culture. Use of the Language Laboratory will reinforce classroom activities. Prerequisite: SPAN 131 or equivalent. Credit, 3 hours.

SPAN 135. Hispanic Popular Culture
Provides an introduction to various aspects of Hispanic culture such as the geography, music, art, cinema, and customs of Spanish-speaking regions. No prerequisite. Taught in English. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed. (NOTE: This is a General Education course. Spanish majors and minors are encouraged to take SPAN 135 to acquire a good foundation in Hispanic culture and to obtain General Education credits. However, the course DOES NOT count toward the requirements of a Spanish major or minor.)

SPAN 231. Intermediate Spanish I
A continuation of SPAN 132. Grammar emphasis includes the present subjunctive and the past participle. There is further study of Hispanic culture. Use of the Language Laboratory will reinforce classroom activities. Prerequisite: SPAN 132 or equivalent. Credit, 3 hours.

SPAN 232. Intermediate Spanish II
A continuation of SPAN 231. Grammar emphasis includes the imperfect subjunctive, future, and conditional verb tenses. There is further study of Hispanic culture. Use of the Language Laboratory will reinforce classroom activities. Prerequisite: SPAN 231 or equivalent. Credit, 3 hours.

SPAN 331. Spanish Composition and Conversation
This course will allow students to work toward mastery of their communication skills with special emphasis on writing and speaking in Spanish. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 231 or instructor consent. Credit, 3 hours.

SPAN 333. Survey of Peninsular Spanish Literature
A survey of the literature of Spain with emphasis on major authors. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 232 or instructor consent. Credit, 3 hours.

SPAN 334. Survey of Spanish American Literature
A survey of the literature of Spanish America with emphasis on major authors. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 232 or instructor consent. Credit, 3 hours.

SPAN 335. Culture and Civilization of Spain
An in-depth exploration of the culture of the Spanish people, including historical highlights, contemporary politics, religion, sports, the arts, and family life. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 232 or instructor consent. Credit, 3 hours.

SPAN 336. Culture and Civilization of Spanish America
An in-depth exploration of the culture of the people of Spanish America, including historical highlights, contemporary politics, religion, sports, the arts, and family life. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 232 or instructor consent. Credit, 3 hours.

SPAN 431. Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages
Designed to prepare students for the teaching of foreign languages in the public schools. Current teaching philosophies, techniques and materials, curriculum innovation and extracurricular activities are discussed. This course includes limited observation and performance in a language classroom. Taught in English by foreign language faculty in conjunction with FREN 431. Prerequisite: must be accepted as a teacher education candidate. Credit, 3 hours.

SPAN 432. Practicum in Hispanic Culture
This course provides an in-depth and hands-on study of Hispanic culture. Weekly class meetings conducted in Spanish provide the foundation and structure for independent and small group field work in which students learn about Hispanic culture through first-hand observation and personal participation. Through activity logs, self-reflective commentary, and cultural analyses, students will gain a deeper understanding of various components of Hispanic culture. Normally limited to students pursuing the Spanish Teaching Minor. Prerequisite: SPAN 232 and SPAN 235, or instructor consent. Credit, 3 hours.

SPAN 433. Topics in Hispanic Literature
An in-depth study of a specific period, genre, or group of related authors of Hispanic literature. The particular focus of the course will change from year to year.  Possible topics are the Golden Age, the Generation of ’98, Spanish plays, Hispanic women writers, or Hispanic-American writers. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 232 or instructor consent. Credit, 3 hours.

SPAN 434. Topics in Hispanic Culture
An in-depth study of one or more aspects of Hispanic culture. The particular focus of the course will change from year to year. Possible topics are medieval Spain, the Mayan civilization, 20th-century Spanish artists, contemporary Hispanic musicians, Hispanic cinema, and Caribbean cuisine. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 232 or instructor consent. Credit, 3 hours.

SPAN 490. Special Topics in Spanish
This course offers an intensive study of a specific topic in Hispanic literature or culture or in the Spanish language. Possible topics include the study of a particular author or literary movement, current events, geography, Hispanic Americans, or advanced grammar. This course may be taken more than once as topics vary. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 232 or instructor consent. Credit, 3 hours.

 

 

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