Spanish

The Spanish program at Wesleyan prepares students with a firm foundation of skills and knowledge to take advantage of opportunities for Spanish-speaking employees and volunteers in the United States. Such opportunities expand each year with the ever-increasing Hispanic population and the opening of more free trade zones within the Americas. A major or minor in Spanish complements study in areas such as business, education, international relations, law, pre-seminary, human services, and pre-med.

Major Program. All Spanish majors are encouraged to participate in a year-or a semester-abroad program either in Spain or in Latin America, or an intensive summer course in a Spanish-speaking country. Courses taken abroad may be substituted for some of the required courses, on the recommendation of the Spanish faculty and with the approval of the program director and the Registrar.

The Modern Foreign Language faculty encourages students to double major or minor in fields such as fine arts, business, communication, education, English, journalism, history, history/political science, human services, international relations, math/science, and psychology. Faculty advisors provide counsel on graduation requirements, overseas programs, jobs, and graduate study. Students are encouraged to declare their major by the beginning of their sophomore year. In addition to the courses listed below, the major includes an integrative experience and a professional development experience.

The student learning outcomes for the Spanish major are:
I. speak confidently at an intermediate high to advanced low level (ACTFL scale) in Spanish, with a mindfulness of register, context, and cultural norms.
II. communicate in a variety of written forms in Spanish at an intermediate high to advanced low level (ACTFL scale), including research writing, creative writing, and interpersonal communication.
III. understand Hispanic peoples and cultures through readings and research in primary and secondary sources, comparison with other cultures, and the impact of historical events on current events.
IV. demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of literature in Spanish and its reflection of historical contexts and societal norms and shifts, as well as proper literary citation in MLA style.
V. develop additional depth and breadth of knowledge in literature, culture, or language for special purposes.


Major Requirements: Bachelor of Arts in Spanish . The Spanish major contains a total of 34 semester hours beyond SPA 101, 102:

The requirements for the Spanish major and the goal that each fulfills are as follows:

I. *SPA 211 Intermediate Spanish I - 3 hours
SPA 212 Intermediate Spanish II - 3 hours
SPA 250 Spanish Phonetics - 3 hours
SPA 307 Advanced Spanish Conversation - 3 hours
 
II. SPA 318 Advanced Composition - 3 hours
SPA 475 Portfolio Presentation -1 hour
 
III. SPA 305 Spanish Culture and Civilization - 3 hours
SPA 306 Latin American Culture and Civilization - 3 hours
 
IV. SPA 352 Early Spanish Peninsular Literature - 3 hours
Or SPA 354 Spanish Peninsular Literature: 19 th Century to the Present
SPA 358 Survey of Latin American Literature - 3 hours
 
V. Choose 2 courses (6 hours) from the following (Students may not take both SPA 220 and SPA 320 to fulfill this requirement):
SPA 220 Intermediate Medical Spanish - 3 hours
SPA 320 Advanced Medical Spanish - 3 hours
SPA 327 Business Spanish - 3 hours
SPA 396 Special Topics in Spanish - 3 hours
SPA 451 Directed Independent Study - 3 hours
Or an additional literature course not taken to fulfill the requirements of section IV.


Integrative Experience. Spanish majors will be required to submit a substantial senior portfolio and give an oral presentation of their research in order to satisfy their integrative experience requirement. A student must choose an integrative experience advisor from the Modern Foreign Language faculty and begin developing her portfolio as soon as she has declared her major. The student is expected to have regularly scheduled meetings with her advisor and submit ongoing evidence of the progress she is making toward completing her portfolio project. Following the guidelines set up by the Modern Foreign Languages Department, the student will engage in portfolio building activities in all her upper-level Spanish courses. Formal presentation of the portfolio, however, will occur in SPA 475. The senior portfolio will be interdisciplinary in nature. In addition to reflecting on the courses that she has taken in her major, the student will also be asked to show the connections between these courses and the courses outside the Spanish major.

Professional Development. Throughout her Wesleyan education each student is given opportunities to explore professional and career choices, and to develop and demonstrate the knowledge and skills essential for professional success. Each student will complete a PDE 400 Professional Development Experience and submit a PDE 401 Professional ePortfolio prior to graduation. In addition, students who major in Spanish are encouraged to participate in a workplace experience by means of one of the following: an internship taken as the SPA 452 Field Study Course: a summer employment experience; volunteer work or any other comparable work experience deemed acceptable to the Modern Foreign Languages Department. A journal description of the workplace experience will be included in the portfolio presented for the Integrative Experience.

Minor Requirements: Spanish. A minor in Spanish consists of a minimum of 18 hours distributed as follows:

*SPA 211 Intermediate Spanish I - 3 hours
SPA 212 Intermediate Spanish II - 3 hours
SPA 250 Spanish Phonetics - 3 hours
OR SPA 307 Advanced Spanish Conversation
SPA 318 Advanced Composition - 3 hours
SPA 305 Spanish Culture and Civilization - 3 hours
OR SPA 306 Latin American Culture and Civilization
OR SPA 327 Business Spanish
OR SPA 220/320 Intermediate/Advanced Medical Spanish
One additional literature course in Spanish at or above the 300 level - 3 hours


*Students who place beyond SPA 211 must take sufficient upper-level SPA courses to earn 34 hours for the major and 18 hours for the minor. Students who place above proficiency level may earn credit for foreign language courses at or above the intermediate level by passing the appropriate department challenge examination(s).

Resources for Non-Majors. Spanish courses are open to all students based on level of placement. Students are encouraged to take subsequent courses as they meet the prerequisites. Spanish courses provide an excellent complement to nearly all majors because the growing Hispanic population in the country makes the ability to communicate with non-English speakers desirable in practically all fields-medicine, law, business, industry, and government.

Postgraduate Opportunities. Students who major in Spanish often go on to jobs in fields such as international business, foreign service, marketing, education, translation/interpretation, and journalism, or to graduate study in Spanish, Romance languages, linguistics, the teaching of English as a foreign language, foreign relations, international law, and medicine, where knowing Spanish may be a necessary component of their major.

Spanish (SPA) Gen. Ed. Course Description

211 Intermediate Spanish.
Goal: To improve and development speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish through dialogues, magazine articles, and literary selections.
Content: Emphasis on grammar, comprehension of advanced conversation and reading, and development of correct sentence structure.
Taught: Fall.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Historical Events & Phenomena; (HUM).
Prerequisites: SPA 102, 150, or placement.
Credit: 3 hours.

220: Intermediate Medical Spanish.
Goal: To elicit and to understand necessary medical information from an exclusively Spanish-speaking patient.
Content: Emphasis on vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary for communication in a medical environment and standard medical interviews. Secondary emphasis on providing information that will enhance the student's knowledge of Hispanic cultural attitudes toward health issues. Class conducted in Spanish.
Taught: As needed.
Gen. Ed. Category: Expanding; Diverse & Interdependent world; (HUM).
Prerequisites: SPA 102, 150, or placement.
Credit: 3 hours.

320: Advanced Medical Spanish.
Goal: To elicit and to understand necessary medical information from an exclusively Spanish-speaking patient.
Content: This course is designed for those who are currently taking advanced 300-level Spanish courses and who specifically need to practice communication in a health-related profession. It will emphasize role-play exercises for the standard medical interview. Secondary emphasis is placed on providing information that will enhance the student's knowledge of Hispanic cultural attitudes toward health issues. Class conducted in Spanish. A student cannot receive credit for this course if she already has credit for SPA 220.
Taught: As needed.
Gen. Ed. Category: Expanding; Diverse & Interdependent world; (HUM).
Prerequisites: SPA 318
Credit: 3 hours


Spanish (SPA) Other Course Descriptions

101, 102: Elementary Spanish I, II.
Goal: To teach students to speak, understand, read, and write basic Spanish.
Content: Subjects used in learning the four basic skills include everyday situations relevant to Hispanic culture.
Taught: SPA 101, Fall; SPA 102, Spring.
Prerequisite: SPA 101 or equivalent for SPA 102.
Credit: 3 hours. (Students must earn grades of C or better in these courses to fulfill the modern foreign language proficiency requirement).

150: Spanish for Advanced Beginners.
Goal: To teach students to speak, understand, read, and write basic Spanish.
Content: Subjects used in learning the four basic skills include everyday situations relevant to Hispanic culture.
Taught: Fall.
Prerequisite: 2 years of Spanish in high school and placement between SPA 101 and 102 on placement exam or permission of instructor.
Credit: 4 hours. (Students must earn grades of C or better in these courses to fulfill the modern foreign language proficiency requirement).

212: Intermediate Spanish.
Goal: To improve and develop speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish through dialogs, magazine articles, and literary selections.
Content: Emphasis on grammar, comprehension of advanced conversation and reading, and development of correct sentence structure.
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisites: SPA 211 or equivalent.
Credit: 3 hours.

250: Spanish Phonetics.
Goal: To improve Spanish pronunciation through study of pronunciation rules and practice in and out of class.
Content: Students will study sounds, phrasing, intonation, as well as common pronunciation errors of English speakers learning Spanish and will practice corrections of these mistakes.
Taught: Spring alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPA 211 and 212 or equivalents, or concurrent enrollment in SPA 212.
Credit: 3 hours.

305: Spanish Culture and Civilization.
Goal: To provide a geographical, historical, and cultural overview of Spain.
Content: Geographical, historical, ethnic, and religious influences. Focus on historic highlights that have contributed to present-day Spanish society.
Taught: Fall. Alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPA 212 or equivalent.
Credit: 3 hours.

306: Latin American Culture and Civilization.
Goal: To provide a geographical, historical, and cultural overview of Latin America (which includes for the purpose of this course, all countries in the Western Hemisphere in which Spanish is spoken).
Content: Geographical, historical, ethnic, and religious influences. Focus on how the blend of indigenous civilizations, with the addition of both African and European influences, has produced the multitude of societies in this region.
Taught: Fall. Alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPA 212 or equivalent.
Credit: 3 hours.

307: Advanced Spanish Conversation.
Goal: To improve Spanish speaking and listening skills.
Content: The goal of this course is to offer students as much time speaking Spanish as possible. This goal may be met through activities such as debates, discussions of films, news and cultural articles, student presentations, role play, drama.
Taught: Spring alternate years.
Prerequisites: SPA 211 and SPA 212 or equivalents.
Credit: 3 hours.

318: Advanced Composition.
Goal: To refine writing skills, enrich vocabulary, and emphasize grammar.
Content: Weekly writing assignments, translation, and advanced reading.
Taught: Fall.
Prerequisite: SPA 212 or equivalent.
Credit: 3 hours.

327: Business Spanish.
Goal: To provide students with the vocabulary needed to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to transact daily business operations in Spanish. To help students become better prepared for the ever-increasing demands of the growing international market.
Content: The course combines practical language with the study of Spanish business terminology. Emphasis is on conversation and business transactions such as preparing commercial correspondence, as well as reading, writing and translating contracts and other related documents in Spanish.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: SPA 318 or equivalent or permission of instructor..
Credit: 3 hours.

352: Early Spanish Peninsular Literature.
Goal: To introduce major writers of Spain from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Baroque periods with emphasis on historical conditions and literary genres.
Content: Poetry, drama, prose and essay. Selections from major authors such as Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calder&#ó;n, Santa Teresa, San Juan de la Cruz.
Taught: Spring alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPA 318 or equivalent. SPA 305 recommended.
Credit: 3 hours.

354: Spanish Literature: 19th Century to the Present.
Goal: To introduce major writers of Spain from the 19th and 20th Centuries (Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, etc) as well as the most recently published authors, with emphasis on historical conditions and literary genres.
Content: Poetry, drama, prose and essay. Selections from major authors such as Benito Barca, P&#é;rez Gald&#ó;s, Unamuno Carmen, Manuel Laforet.
Taught: Spring alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPA 318 or equivalent. SPA 305 recommended.
Credit: 3 hours.

358: Survey of Latin American Literature.
Goal: To acquaint students with the literature from colonial Spanish America to the present. To study literary movements that influenced Latin American thought: naturalism, realism, modernism, surrealism, and magical realism.
Content: Selections from major authors such as Federico Juana Garc&#í;a, Lorca Rivas de Sor, Julio In&#é;s, and Isabel Rub&#é;n.
Taught: Spring. Alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPA 318 or equivalent. SPA 306 recommended.
Credit: 3 hours

396: Special Topics in Spanish.
Goal: To allow students to concentrate on a particular area of language or literature.
Content: Varied.
Taught: Fall. Alternate years.
Prerequisites: SPA 356 or equivalent, and permission of instructor.
Credit: 3 hours. A student may take a maximum of six to eight semester hours (two courses) of special topics in any one field.

451: Directed Independent Study.
Goal: To provide additional advanced work in Spanish language or literature.
Content: Varied, according to course taught.
Taught: Upon request of student, with approval of sponsoring faculty.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and the program director. Open to advanced students only.
Credit: 1-6 hours.

452/199: Field Study.
Goal: To provide practical experience to allow the student to apply what she has learned.
Content: Generally dealing with communicative, administrative, or instructional assistance; student will perform support services such as limited translation or interpretation, or use language skills to perform other duties under professional supervision.
Taught: Upon request of student, with approval of sponsoring faculty.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and program director.
Credit: 1-12 hours.

475: Portfolio Presentation.
Goal: To provide a capstone experience for Spanish majors in which students construct and present a senior portfolio to document their integrative experience.
Content: Students will use the completed portfolio and subsequent oral presentation to reflect upon the interdisciplinary nature of their course of study. The final step in the process will be to submit the completed portfolio to the Modern Foreign Language faculty for evaluation and assessment of the student's integrative experience.
Taught: Spring.
Credit: 1 hour.

499: Honors Thesis. (Fee required)
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