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B.A. Spanish Course Descriptions

MFL 1010 English as a Second Language: Grammar and Composition I (3)

Instruction and practice in the use of the English language, with primary emphasis on writing. Four credits. Required of all non-native speakers of English, unless exempted by the placement exam in English as a Second Language. Only non-native speakers of English may enroll in this course.


MFL 1020 English as a Second Language: Grammar and Composition II (3)

Instruction and practice in the use of the English language, with primary emphasis on writing. Four credits. Prerequisite: MFL-1010 or permission of the instructor. Required of all non-native speakers of English, unless exempted by the placement exam in English as a Second Language. Only non-native speakers of English may enroll in this course.


MFL 1030 Oral Communication Skills in English as a Second Language (3)

A course designed to help non-native speakers of English develop the practical skills necessary for academic success. Intensive work in speaking and in listening comprehension, with attention to improving pronunciation . Work with a tutor outside of class is required. Four credits. Required of all non-native speakers of English, unless exempted by the placement exam in English as a Second Language. Restricted to non-native speakers of English. Placement or permission of instructor.


MFL 2881 Special Topics (Variable Credits)

Course may be repeated.


MFL 2991 International Business Communication (3)

A course designed to enhance skills in international business communication. Students will be introduced to a theoretical model for analysis of cultural variables which affect international business/professional interaction. One credit. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing


MFL 3881 Special Topics (Variable Credits)

Course may be repeated.


MFL 4444 Independent Study (3)

Individual study and research under the guidance of a member of the department. One to four credits each semester.


MFL 4810 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

MFL 4811 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

MFL 4812 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

MFL 4813 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

MFL 4814 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

MFL 4815 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

MFL 4881 Special Topics (Variable Credits)

Course may be repeated.


SPN 1010 Basic Skills Acquisition I (3)

Acquisition of basic communication skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Designed to provide the students with the tools necessary to develop a level of competency sufficient to meet survival needs and limited social demands. Online component required. Four credits. May not be taken after the completion of SPN-1020 or higher level course. Bilingual students or native speakers of Spanish may not receive credit for SPN-1010.


SPN 1020 Basic Skills Acquisition II (3)

Continued development in and improvement of basic communication skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Designed to provide the student with the tools necessary to meet survival needs and limited social demands. Online component required. Four credits. Prerequisite: SPN-1010 or equivalent. May not be taken after the completion of SPN-2010 or higher level course. Bilingual students or native speakers of Spanish may not receive credit for SPN-1020.


SPN 2010 Intermediate Spanish I (3)

Review and practice of intermediate communication skills, with emphasis on the expansion of listening, reading, and writing skills on the intermediate level. Further development of listening/viewing skills and cultural awareness. Online component required. Four credits. Prerequisite: SPN-1020 or equivalent. May not be taken after the completion of SPN-2020 or higher level course. Bilingual students and native speakers may not receive credit for SPN-2010.


SPN 2020 Intermediate Spanish II (3)

Continued review and practice of intermediate communication skills, and expansion of listening, reading, and writing skills on the intermediate level. Further development of listening/viewing skills and cultural awareness. Online component required. Four credits. Prerequisite: SPN-2010. May not be taken after the completion of SPN-2130 or higher level course. Bilingual students and native speakers may not receive credit for SPN 2010.


SPN 2090 Pronunciation (3)

A course designed to help students develop a more authentic pronunciation of Spanish. Includes a study of vowel quality, intonation, stress, consonantal points of articulation, and the voice-producing organs used in spoken Spanish. One credit. Prerequisite: “SPN-2020 or higher, or permission of the instructor. Native speakers of Spanish may not receive credit for SPN-2090.


SPN 2130 Hispanic Cultures: Intermediate Reading and Conversation (3)

Practice and expansion at the intermediate level of all four linguistic skills with a special emphasis on reading, and speaking in Spanish. Readings provide exposure to fields such as literature, culture, history, and communications. The selection allows students to express themselves critically, both orally and in writing about Hispanic cultures. This course is designed to prepare students for upper-level spanish courses. A grade of C or better must be earned in order to continue studying Spanish at the 300-level. Four credits. Prerequisite: SPN-2020 or its equivalent. Bilingual students and native speakers of Spanish may not receive credit for SPN-2130.


SPN 2140 Spanish Grammar Review (3)

A review of higher intermediate grammatical structures and concepts with emphasis on tense usage and verb conjugation. Attention to enhancing sophistication in sentence structure. Two credits. Prerequisites: SPN-2020. Bilingual students and native speakers of Spanish may not receive credit for SPN-2140.


SPN 2141 Spanish for the Medical Professions (3)

The course provides the student with practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing centered on the vocabulary, customs and practices used by health professionals in the workplace. Four credits. Prerequisites: SPN-2130 and SPN 2140 or permission of the instructor. Bilingual students and native speakers may not receive credit for 2141.


SPN 2142 Spanish for Social Services and Non-Profit Professionals (3)

The course provides the student with practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing centered on the vocabulary, customs and practices used by social services and non-profit professionals in the workplace. Four credits. Prerequisites: SPN-2130 and SPN-2140 or permission of the instructor. Bilingual students and native speakers may not receive credit for 2142.


SPN 2881 Special Topics (Variable Credits)

Course may be repeated.


SPN 3000 Advanced Conversation (3)

Expansion of listening and speaking skills in Spanish Development of listening comprehension skills through the use of authentic video and audio materials. Emphasis on the development of oral communication skills sufficient to discuss complex issues and express abstract notions. Four hours credit. Prerequisites: SPN-2130 with a grade of C or higher and SPN 2140, or permission of the instructor. Bilingual students and native speakers of Spanish may not receive credit for SPN 3000.


SPN 3020 Contemporary Hispanic Literatures (3)

Reading, study and discussion of contemporary literature and literary trends in Spain and Spanish America. Reading, interactive analysis and discussion of literary selections from Spanish speaking areas of the world. Special consideration will be given to the understanding of the literary genres and literary techniques. Four credits. Prerequisites: SPN-2130 with a grade of C or higher and SPN-2140 or permission of instructor.


SPN 3030 Cultures and Civilizations of Spain (3)

Reading and discussion in Spanish of peninsular culture and civilization from the pre-historical times until the present, accompanied by a discussion of the relevant historical background. Four credits. Prerequisites: SPN-2130 with a grade of C or higher, and SPN-2140, or permission of the instructor.


SPN 3040 Spanish-American Culture and Civilization (3)

Overview of the culture and civilization of Spanish-American countries from the pre-Columbian period until the present. Reading and discussion of Spanish-American society, culture and the arts accompanied by a discussion of relevant historical background. Four credits. Prerequisites: Spanish 2130 with a grade of C or better, and Spanish 2140 or permission of instructor.


SPN 3050 Hispanic World Today (3)

A course focusing on current events in Spain and the Spanish-speaking world today. Materials include selected televised news broadcasts in Spanish, current articles from newspapers and magazines in Spanish. Four credits. Prerequisites: SPN-2130 with a grade of C or higher, and SPN-2140, or permission of the instructor.


SPN 3060 Hispanic Short Stories (3)

The study, analysis, and discussion of Hispanic short stories of the XX and XXI centuries. The class will discuss themes such as social inequalities, the power of imagination, gender issues, among others. Special consideration will be given to the understanding and application of techniques for literary analysis. Four credits. Prerequisites: SPN-2130 with a grade of C or higher, and SPN-2140 or permission of the instructor.


SPN 3150 Hispanic Culture Through Film (3)

This course will familiarize students with contemporary Hispanic films. Students will explore how these films position themselves with respect to politics, cultural identity, society and the history of Spain and Latin America. Special attention is given to: Introducing the students to a basic reading of what is a movie and improving the students’ linguistic context in a film context. Four credits. Prerequisites: SPN-2130 with a grade of C or better and SPN-2140 or permission of instructor.


SPN 3180 Business Spanish (3)

This course seeks to develop the ability to conduct business Spanish successfully. As such, it is a course in language for special purpose. Within the context of the development of great cross-cultural awareness and competency, it will develop the following skills for business purposes: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing and translation/interpretation. Four credits. Prerequisites: SPN-2130 with a grade of C or better and SPN 2140 or permission of instructor.


SPN 3210 Spanish Literature I: The Birth of the Spanish Nation (3)

A study of the concept of national identity as it is developed in Spanish Literature. Discussion of key works from the Jarchas until the 19th century. The course will consider the cultural, historical and literary context which produce the texts. Four credits. Prerequisites: SPN-2130 with a grade of C or higher and SPN-2140 or permission of the instructor.


SPN 3220 Spanish Literature II: Voices of the Regions (3)

This course studies the main literature movements from the late XIX to XXI century in Spain, focusing in the contradictions between the central Castilian culture and the peripheral discourses of the different Regions, and how this dichotomy has shaped contemporary Spain. Four credits. Prerequisites: “SPN-2130 with a grade of C or higher and SPN-2140, or permission of the instructor.


SPN 3230 Literary Genres in Latin American Literature (3)

Studying, analysis and discussion of the development of different literary genres that have emerged in Latin America during the 20th century. The content of the course will vary each semester and it will cover works on genres such as Testimonial Poetry, Fiction of the Dictatorship, The Detective Fiction, The Novel of the Mexican Revolution, etc. The course will explore how these specific genres develop as social and political commentary of the society in which they took form. Special consideration will be given to the understanding and application of techniques for literary analysis. Four credits. Prerequisites: SPN-2130 with a grade of C or higher, and SPN-2140 or permission of the instructor.


SPN 3240 Spanish-American Literature I: In Search of an Identity (3)

A study of the theme of identity as seen in Spanish-American Literature from the pre-Columbian times to the beginning of the 20th century. Particular attention will be given to the major literary movements, works and figures. Four credits. Prerequisites: SPN-2130 with a grade of C or higher, and SPN-2140 or permission of the instructor.


SPN 3250 Spanish-American Literature II: The Voices of the Writers (3)

Study of how social, historical and political issues affecting Spanish-American countries during the 20th and 21st century are reflected in literature. The class will explore how literary works position themselves with regards to issues such as authoritarianism, inequality, women’s rights and the role of art in society among others. Particular attention will be given to the major literary movements, works and figures. Four credits. Prerequisites: SPN-2130 with a grade of C or higher, and SPN-2140 or permission of the instructor.


SPN 3260 Caribbean Literature: Images of A Region (3)

A general overview of the Spanish Caribbean Literature throughout its most representative authors. The works will be discussed within the cultural, historical and literary context attending to the particularities of each country. Special consideration will be given to the understanding and application of techniques for literary analysis. Four credits. Prerequisites: SPN-2130 with a grade of C or higher, and SPN 2140 or permission of the instructor.


SPN 3881 Special Topics (Variable Credits)

Course may be repeated.


SPN 4010 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)

Study and practice of advanced grammatical structures and continue the development of more advanced types of writing such as literary analysis, expository writing, analytical writing, etc. Four credits. Prerequisites: SPN-2140 and a 3000-level literature or cultural course, or permission of the instructor. Bilingual students or native speakers of Spanish may not receive credit for SPN-4010.


SPN 4444 Independent Study (3)

Individual study and research under the guidance of a member of the department. One to four credits each semester.


SPN 4810 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

SPN 4811 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

SPN 4812 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

SPN 4813 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

SPN 4814 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

SPN 4815 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

SPN 4881 Special Topics (Variable Credits)

Course may be repeated.


SPN 4990 Senior Seminar (3)

Individual study and research under the guidance of a member of the MFL faculty. Periodic discussion of research with faculty and students in a formal seminar setting. Paper must be written in Spanish. Seminar students are required to take the exit competency exam in Spanish and to present the final research in Spanish to Spanish-speaking faculty in the Modern Foreign Language Department. Four credits. Prerequisites: Senior standing, major in Spanish, permission of the instructor.

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