Spanish (BA)

Arts and Sciences
World Languages, Literatures and Humanities
HEGIS Number: 1105

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Course Descriptions
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Spanish Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Spanish program is to prepare our majors and minors for their professional careers through a variety of courses in which they study and learn about the Spanish language, culture, and literature. Students in our program are introduced to an enriching and challenging intellectual and cultural life by exposing them to guest lectures, colloquia, poetry and narrative readings, film festivals, museum trips, and student writing contests. Furthermore, our program aims to provide students with a comparative element that will enable them to improve communication skills in their own language. In order to accomplish our educational goals, a rigorous academic orientation is provided to each student.

Spanish Program Goals (PGs):

  1. Learn the origin and evolution of the Spanish language throughout the centuries.
  2. Understand what literature is; write about it and relate studied literary works to their socio-political and cultural contexts.
  3. Master Spanish Language through analyses of the orthography, morphology, and syntax used in a variety of Spanish texts and popular cultural resources.
  4. Develop writing and oral communication skills.
  5. Attain information literacy skills relevant to the discipline.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs):

  1. For PG1: Learn the origin and evolution of the Spanish language throughout the centuries.
    1. Understand the relationship between Spanish and Latin, Arabic, and languages of the Americas.
    2. Understand the evolution of Spanish through time.
    3. Discuss the importance of linguistic borrowing, neologisms, etc.
  2. For PG2: Understand what literature is; write about it and relate studied literary works to their socio-political and cultural contexts.
    1. Explain linkage of socio-political culture and literary texts.
    2. Analyze the main character of a text.
    3. Analyze stylistic elements and literary techniques through close readings of texts.
  3. For PG3: Master Spanish Language through analyses of the orthography, morphology, and syntax used in a variety of Spanish texts and popular cultural resources.
    1. Demonstrate mastery of the Spanish grammar in both writing and oral communications in both its normative and linguistic variations.
    2. Demonstrate mastery of Spanish idioms, regionalisms, linguistic calques and loans analyzing the vast diversity of orthography, morphology, and syntax that mark the language and ethnic identity of Spanish speakers across the Spanish speaking world.
    3. Explain the linkage of Spanish socio-political culture and its literary texts through language variations peculiar to the modern Spanish vast diversity.
    4. Demonstrate the ability to capture the Spanish language multicultural identity reflecting its variations in orthography, morphology, and syntax in written creative piece work (short story, poem, testimony, journal entry, short dramatic play, etc.).
  4. For PG4: Develop writing and oral communication skills.
    1. Write well developed essays using appropriate organization, vocabulary and grammatical structures.
    2. Present information orally, using appropriate vocabulary and grammatical structures, organization and vocabulary.
    3. Write creative works such as stories, poems, testimonies, journals or short dramatic works.
  5. For PG5: Attain information literacy skills relevant to the discipline.
    1. Identify the markers of authority recognized by the discipline's communities of knowledge and practice and recognize the legal concepts regarding intellectual property.
    2. Recognize that similar content may be presented in different formats which may affect interpretation of the content.
    3. Select a source that best meets an information need based on audience, context, and purpose.
    4. Create bibliographic citations of literary and scholarly works according to the latest MLA format.

The Spanish Discipline offers a two-track sequence of three courses at the intermediate level, one for native speakers of Spanish and one for non-native speakers of Spanish. The goal of this sequence (Spanish 103 and 104 for bilingual students; and 105) is to provide students with the instruction and practice they require in order to be successful in Spanish 106 and the advanced courses, where native speakers and non-native speakers will study together. Placement in the appropriate course level and track will be determined by the Discipline through its placement procedures.

The Spanish major has been designed to reflect recent literary scholarship. Our program prepares students for graduate school as well and for various careers. Students may prepare for careers in Childhood Education 1-6 with Bilingual Extension; and Adolescence Education 7-12. Spanish majors can also design a program that will allow them to pursue careers in public service and business.

Students exempted (0 credits) from taking foreign language requirements are recommended to take Spanish electives (200 level or above, minor or Liberal Arts electives).

CourseDescriptionCredits

Spanish BA

 

Major Discipline Requirements

36 

Foundation Courses

24 
SPAN200Introduction to Literary Theory and Analysis 
SPAN208Advanced Grammar 
SPAN209Composition and Style 
SPAN210Spanish Linguistics 
SPAN351Cervantes 
SPAN413Hispanic Civilization 

Choose one of the following:

 
SPAN201Hispanic-American Literature from its Origin Through Modernismo 
SPAN202Hispanic-American Literature after Modernismo 

Choose one of the following:

 
SPAN221Spanish Literature to 1700 
SPAN222Spanish Literature 1700-Present 

Elective Courses

12 

Select any 12 credits in the SPAN 200 Level or above. 6 Credits MUST be at the 300 or 400 level.

 

Departmental Honors

Students with a 3.0 average in Spanish courses in the major may qualify for departmental honors by completing 6 additional credits on the 400 level and completing a substantial individual research project in a designated seminar.

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