Spanish | Course Catalogue

2020-2021 Catalogue

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, International Business, Education, English, Leadership and Social Change, History, Politics and Global Affairs, Political Science, pre-law or pre-med, 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.

Major Requirements: Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. The Spanish major contains a total of 36 semester hours beyond SPA 101, 102:
 

Upon completing this program…

  1. a student will demonstrate oral skills in Spanish.
  2. a student will demonstrate knowledge of important people and places in the Hispanic world.
  3. a student will demonstrate geographic awareness of the Hispanic world.

While every class in the Spanish curriculum enables students to strengthen these skills, each class foregrounds one or two, which are noted parenthetically below. In addition to completing 36 hours of coursework, the major includes an integrative experience (completed as part of SPA 401: Senior Seminar in Spanish).

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

I. Required (18 hours)

*SPA 211 Intermediate Spanish I (I, III) 3 hours

SPA 212 Intermediate Spanish II (I, III) 3 hours

SPA 250 Spanish Phonetics (I) 3 hours

SPA 307 Advanced Spanish Conversation (I) 3 hours

SPA 318 Advanced Composition (II) 3 hours

SPA 401 Senior Seminar in Spanish (I, II) 3 hours
 

II. Required (12 hours; select 4)

SPA 300 Online Latin American Culture (taught in English) (II) 3 hours

SPA 305 Spanish Culture and Civilization (II) 3 hours

SPA 306 Latin American Culture and Civilization (II, III) 3 hours

SPA 352 Spanish Peninsular Literature: medieval to 18th Century (II) 3 hours

SPA 354 Spanish Peninsular Literature: 19 th Century to the Present (II) 3 hours

SPA 358 Survey of Latin American Literature (II) 3 hours
 

III. Required (6 hours)

SPA 220 Intermediate Medical Spanish (I) 3 hours or SPA 320 Advanced Medical Spanish (I) 3 hours

SPA 327 Business Spanish (I) 3 hours

SPA 281 Tertulia (I) 1 hour (repeatable up to 3 hours)

SPA 396 Special Topics in Spanish (II) 3 hours

SPA 399 Teaching Assistant in Spanish (I) 1 hour (repeatable up to 3 hours)

SPA 451 Directed Independent Study (II) 3 hours

TRA 242 Travel Study Seminar in Humanities (II, III) (only when the travel is to a Spanish-speaking country) 3 hours

Or an additional course not taken to fulfill the requirements of section II.

*Declared Spanish majors who have placed out of Spanish 211 or 212 may retroactively receive up to 6 hours credit for these courses by completing two more Spanish courses above the 212 level. Upon completion of a course, the student must fill out the departmental form in order to receive credit. Students may not surpass the College limit of 30 credit hours by examination.

**The student must maintain a C average (minimum 2.0) in the major.

Integrative Experience. Spanish majors will meet the integrative Experience requirement through SPA 401: Senior Seminar (3 hours).

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 PDE 400 Professional Development Experience and PDE 401 Professional Practice Seminar. 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. 

Minor Requirements: Spanish. A minor in Spanish consists of a minimum of 24 hours distributed as follows:

SPA 101 Beginning Spanish I - 3 hours

SPA 102 Beginning Spanish II - 3 hours

SPA 211 Intermediate Spanish I - 3 hours

SPA 212 Intermediate Spanish II - 3 hours

SPA 250 Spanish Phonetics - 3 hours

Any three Spanish courses at the 300 level or above - 9 hours

*Declared Spanish minors who have placed out of Spanish 101, 102, 211, or 212 may retroactively receive up to 9 hours credit for these courses by completing the next three levels of Spanish. Upon completion of a course, the student must fill out the departmental form in order to receive credit. For example, a student who places into SPA 211 may earn credit for SPA 101 by completing SPA 211, then may earn credit for SPA 102 by completing SPA 212. Students may not surpass the College limit of 30 credit hours by examination. Students who place into 300-level courses must take a fourth 300-level course to complete the 21 hours of the minor.

** Some 300-level courses have SPA 318 as a prerequisite. All minors are highly encouraged to take SPA 318.

***The student must maintain a C average (minimum 2.0) in the minor.

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) Course Descriptions

SPA 100: Beginning Spanish Review.
Goal: This course provides the opportunity for students who have a sufficient background in Spanish based on their Spanish Placement test score to review in preparation for SPA 102.
Content: Class time will emphasize listening and speaking activities to review vocabulary and pronunciation along with pointed grammar review of material taught in SPA 101 as class preparation.
Taught: Fall, Split Term B.
Prerequisite: Placement in SPA 102 or permission of the instructor.
Credit: 1 hour, CR/NC.
 
SPA 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).
 
SPA 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, or placement.
Credit: 3 hours.
 
SPA 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.
 
SPA 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.
Prerequisites: SPA 102, or placement.
Credit: 3 hours.

SPA 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.
 
SPA 281: Tertulia.
Goal: In Spanish, a tertulia is a social gathering often with an intellectual purpose. The goals of this course are to improve the level of student comfort interacting in Spanish, to reinforce material learned in previous study, and to add new vocabulary, especially idiomatic and slang expressions. 
Content: Students will meet weekly in an informal setting to use Spanish in engaging activities using the target language such as games, skits, role-playing, interviews, or debates. Activities may be prompted by short videos, music, artwork or written texts. Students will be given tasks based on their level of language.  
Taught: Fall and Spring.
Prerequisites:  SPA 102 or equivalent.
Credit: 1 hour. Credit/No credit (repeatable up to 3 hours total)
 
SPA 300: Seminar in Latin American Studies.
Goal: Students analyze texts in order to identify issues in the Latin American world arising from increasingly complex global connections based in the culture and history of a Spanish colonial past and interventions by other countries. They will strengthen communication skills in an intercultural context.
Content: This course will allow students to explore the dynamic of Latin America, focusing on key themes such as culture, race, politics, women's issues, the drug trade, immigration, Latin American identity and language, and history. Students will read excerpts from textbooks and scholarly articles, view films and documentaries, view artwork, and listen to music. Topics and regional focus will vary. Taught in English.
Taught: Alternate years.
Prerequisite(s): None.
Gen. Ed. Category: Expanding; Diverse & Interdependent World; (HUM).
Credit: 3 hours.
 
SPA 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.

SPA 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.

SPA 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 212 or equivalents.
Credit: 3 hours.

SPA 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.
 
SPA 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.
Prerequisites: SPA 318.
Credit: 3 hours.

SPA 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.

SPA 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.

SPA 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.

SPA 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

SPA 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 352, 354, 358 or 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.
 
SPA 399: Teaching Assistant in Spanish.
Goal: To allow advanced students to learn about second language acquisition and to try out different methods of teaching as well as to offer students the opportunity to consider teaching Spanish as a career option.    
Content: Students who serve as Teaching Assistants for Spanish will have short weekly readings about language teaching methodology and pedagogy, will attend SPA 100, 101, 102 or 281 one day a week where they will lead activities, and will spend one hour per week leading tutoring sessions.
Taught: Fall, Spring
Prerequisites: Permission of Department Chair.
Credit: 1 hour (repeatable up to 3 hours)
 
SPA 401: Senior Seminar.
Goal: To enable Seniors in Spanish to undertake a major research project in Spanish which will connect with their other interests and goals, as well as past course materials and experiences such as study abroad or internships.
Content: Each student will select and carry out a significant research project on a topic chosen in conjunction with the instructor. Students will present their research at a formal defense at the end of the semester. Students will also explore career options in the major.
Taught: Fall.
Prerequisite(Dar&#í;o): Senior status and completion of SPA 318 and at least two courses in section two of the major requirements (except SPA 300) or Permission of Department Chair
Credit: 3 hours.
 
SPA 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.

SPA 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.

SPA 499: Honors Thesis. (Fee required).

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