Course Offerings | Spanish

Division of Humanities

Mary Daniels (chair), Genny Ballard, Phyllis Bellver, Patricia Finch, Laura Hunt, Julie James, Nuria Sabaté-Llobera; students:

The first two years of the Spanish program focus on establishing a practical knowledge base in the language, concentrating on speaking and writing skills. Many students who have studied several years of Spanish in high school are able to test into intermediate or advanced-level courses, providing them with a head start on a degree in Spanish. After Spanish 220 or its equivalent, majors take eight additional courses and minors take five.

The next level of courses targets advanced composition and conversation skills, explores both Peninsular and Latin American culture, and provides an introduction to literary analysis. Advanced courses concentrate primarily on the literature of Spain and Latin America, although culture always figures as an important part of all the courses offered in the Spanish program. Our curriculum also integrates the growing body of literature written by Latinos/as, individuals of Hispanic descent living in the United States. In addition to our regular rotation of courses, specialized new courses are offered which reflect both student and faculty interest.

Students are encouraged to develop their language skills both here and abroad. The Spanish program regularly offers courses in international settings through Centre’s established program of study in Mérida, México and through CentreTerm courses abroad
, most recently in Nicaragua and in Spain. The program’s faculty is also available to help students gain access to reputable programs abroad at other locations.

Other activities on campus are available to those students wishing to make practical application of their language skills. The Service Learning Project provides the opportunity to interact with Latinos in the Danville area, as students become involved in community volunteer projects of their choosing. The Hispanic Society, open to all Spanish students at all skill levels, meets throughout the year for discussions related to current issues in the Hispanic world. There is also a chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society on campus, Sigma Delta Pi.

Increasingly, those individuals who possess additional language skills will have a distinct advantage on the job market. Opportunities for Spanish speakers abound in translation, hotel management, business, medicine, finance, and law, etc. Since parents want their children’s competitive edge to start early, Spanish language teachers are always in demand. U.S. Latinos represent the nation’s fastest-growing minority; the emerging Latino population makes students’ knowledge of culture especially relevant. A major or minor in Spanish is a useful complement to a major in any field.

Recommended Freshman-Sophomore Preparation

Students considering a major in Spanish are encouraged to plan their academic programs to include as wide a distribution of courses as possible regardless of their professional or vocational objectives. Prospective majors should consider especially taking courses in literature, history, philosophy, anthropology, government, and the fine arts.

Requirements for the Major

SPA 210, 220 or equivalent;
SPA 230, 2
40, and two of SPA 250, 260, 270;
SPA 390 or 395;
Two additional SPA courses numbered 301-399 (excluding SPA 390 and 395);
One additional SPA course numbered 301-499
(excluding SPA 390 and 395).

Requirements for the Minor

SPA 210, 220 or equivalent;
SPA 230, 2
40, and two of SPA 250, 260, 270;
One additional SPA course numbered 301-499.

Spanish Courses

SPA 110, 120 Fundamentals-I, II (four credit hours each)
An introductory sequence developing all four basic communication skills (speaking, listening, writing, reading). Prerequisite: SPA 110 required for SPA 120.

SPA 121 Review of Fundamentals
A review of major grammatical concepts and vocabulary of elementary Spanish. This course is open only to incoming students and others with the permission of the Spanish Program chair.

SPA 210, 220 Intermediate-I, II
An intermediate language sequence which strengthens and develops basic communication skills. Prerequisite for SPA 210: SPA 120 or 121 or 122 or placement. Prerequisite for SPA 220: SPA 210.

SPA 230 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition

A thorough review of basic problems of grammar and vocabulary with focus on nuances of word choices, style, and grammatical structure. This course is designed to make students' writing more accurate and organized as well as to develop a notion of style in Spanish using reading excerpts as examples. Prerequisite: SPA 220 or equivalent.

240 Advanced Conversation
Provides students with situational practice of spoken Spanish, emphasizing vocabulary building and increasing proficiency, and a review of basic grammar structures. Prerequisite: SPA 220 or equivalent.

SPA 250 Introduction to Literary Analysis
Students focus on several readings and interpretation of texts in Spanish. Texts may include literary, political, and cultural documents. The reading and analytical discussion of major genres and styles of selected Hispanic texts from Spain and Latin America familiarizes the student with basic techniques of literary analysis while further developing oral and writing skills and providing a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture and thought. All writing and discussion
is done in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPA 220 or permission of the instructor.

SPA 260, 270 Spanish Culture
, Spanish American Culture
A study of the character and spirit of the Hispanic people as exemplified in selected works of Spanish and Spanish-American literature, articles, art, film, and music. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA 220 or placement.

NOTE: All literature courses numbered 310 and higher have the following prerequisite: SPA 230 and one of SPA 250, SPA 260, SPA 270 or special permission by the instructor.

SPA 310 Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature
A study of the literature of Spain from medieval times through the early modern period (16th-17th century). The focus of the course varies from year to year. Prerequisite: One SPA course numbered 330 or higher.

SPA 315 Don Quijote
Analysis and interpretation of Cervantes' masterpiece. Lectures on discussion of musical, artistic, and cinematic interpretations of Don Quijote, and Don Quijote . Prerequisite: Two of SPA 230, 260, 270.

SPA 320 Iberian Masterpieces
A study of a work or works from key periods of Iberian literature. Works and themes will vary according to the instructor. Examples include Don Quixote by Cervantes, Fortunata y Jacinta by Perez Galdos, or the collected works of Federico Garcia Lorca.

SPA 330 19th-Century Hispanic Literature and Civilization
A study of the literature of Spain and Spanish America in the 19th century.

SPA 335 Hispanic Women Writers
This course provides a context of research and analysis of women writers from Spain , Mexico , Central and South America and the United States . The core group of texts and the related crtical/theoretical essays will ground our exploration/discussion of such issues as race, gender, sexulaity, culture, and immigration. Prerequisite:

SPA 340 20th-Century Spanish Literature
A survey of the literature of Spain from 1898 to the present, including theatre, novels, poetry, and the short story. The focus of the course varies from year to year.

SPA 355 Contando Historias: Documentary Seminar on Local Latino Culture
The project of this course is to plan, shoot, edit, and present a video documentary telling stories from the local Latino community in the Danville area. Students engage cultural theory on the topic, selections of Latino literature, practical and theoretical concepts of video narrative production, and strategies for informed and sensitive cultural encounters. The goal is to encourage advanced Spanish students to contextualize their language skills in a way that connects them with the community in which they live. The course is designed as a workshop and requires some fieldwork outside of class times. No video production experience is required. The class is conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA 230 and 270 or permission of the instructor.

SPA 360 20th-Century Spanish American Literature.
A study of the literature of Spanish America in the 20th century.

SPA 370 Spanish American Literature before 1910
A survey of early indigenous traditions and subsequent written traditions in Spanish America. Special emphasis is placed on the colonial period and on modernismo, a literary movement that inaugurates modern perspectives and techniques.

SPA 380 The Contemporary Novel in Latin America
A study of the major contributors to the most critically acclaimed fiction of Latin America, beginning with writers from the "Boom" period and extending into the present day, among them: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa, Isabel Allende, Luisa Valenzuela, and Clarice Lispector.

SPA 390 Hispanic Linguistics
Topics on the Spanish language including phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, semantics, linguistic change and variation, and Spanish dialects spoken both in the Old World and the New. Students analyze important contrasts between the sounds of standard Spanish and English by means of phonetic transcription. Intensive exercises in Spanish that drill the patterns of intonation, sound combinations, and rhythm, aid the student in acquiring greater spoken fluency and improve everall pronunciation skills. Also includes an examination of Spanish first and second language acquisition and the speech of bilinguals, as well as code-switching. Prerequisite: One Spanish course numbered 301 or higher.

SPA 395 History of the Spanish Language
This course treats topics within the history of the Spanish language and is concerned with the linguistic evolution of Spanish from neo-Latin to its present status as a world language. Includes a consideration of important historic, linguistic, literary, and cultural currents. Representative topics may include a diachronic study of Spanish linguistic forms, the extension of Spanish to the New World , and linguistic and literary texts in Old Spanish. Prerequisite: One SPA course numbered 301 or higher.

SPA 450-499 Special Topics Offered 2006-2007

SPA 457 Nicaragua After the Revolution
Students conduct an in-depth study of Nicaraguan culture with special emphasis on arts and literature (particularly the works of Ruben Dario, Ernesto Cardenal, and Giaconda Belli). Includes a study of the intersection of the arts and political movements within Nicaraguan history, and within the current context of its economic development. In this sense, Nicaragua provides a case study for insight into Latin American civilization. Offered in Nicaragua.

SPA 458 Lorca and His World
A study of Federico Garcia Lorca's life, beloved Andalucía, his poetry and major theatrical works. Includes an overview of the art and music of his time and the film versions of the three plays studied. Prerequisite: One of SPA 230, 260 or 270.

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