A. All of the following if not placed into a higher level:
SP101 Beginning Conversational Spanish I (4 cr.)
Through the use of proficiency-based methodologies and multimedia this course helps students get acquainted with Hispanic cultures, discover similarities and differences between the target culture and their own, develop basic communication skills necessary to function in a Spanish-speaking country, and acquire basic grammatical structures and vocabulary. Enrollment is limited to students who have not previously studied Spanish or who place into the course following the placement interview.
SP102 Beginning Conversational Spanish II (4 cr.)
SP201 Intermediate Conversational Spanish I (4 cr.)
This course uses an intensified conversational approach to build vocabulary, to review grammar, and to introduce the student to selected readings dealing with Hispanic literature, culture, and civilization.
SP202 Intermediate Conversational Spanish II (4 cr.)
B. The following courses:
SP301 Advanced Spanish Conversation (3 cr.)
This course provides the oral practice and vocabulary necessary to move from simply describing the physical world toward a broader and more sophisticated use of the language. The students develop analysis, synthesis, and evaluation skills; compare and contrast their own and the target culture; and hypothesize about links between the Spanish language and contemporary culture.
SP302 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition (3 cr.)
This course offers intensive practice in the refinement of writing skills and vocabulary building through a variety of readings, exercises, and numerous writing activities. The students work toward a more sophisticated and idiomatic use of the Spanish language.
SP331 Civilization/Culture Spain (3 cr.)
This course is an initiation to the civilizations and cultures which have existed on the Iberian Peninsula from prehistoric times to the present. The students study the political, social, artistic, and intellectual evolution of Spain through a series of texts, images, and videos.
SP332 Civilization/Culture Latin America (3 cr.)
This course is an initiation to the diversity of the Hispanic world. Through a series of texts and videos the students address several important social, political, and cultural themes.
SP490 Senior Capstone (2 cr.)
Students complete a major independent research paper or other significant project of interest related to their primary major and present their project/findings at the end of the course. Advanced instruction in research methods, drafting and revision, translation, and bibliographical work is provided through a series of sequenced assignments and revisions.
C. One of the following:
SP401 Medieval/Renaissance Spanish Literature (3 cr.)
This course is an introduction to major authors and literary works of Spain from the medieval period through the end of the 17th century. Literary movements, history, culture, and other artistic works are examined in their relation to the literary output of these periods.
SP402 18th–20th Century Spanish Literature (3 cr.)
This course is an introduction to the major authors and literary works of Spain from the 18th through the 20th century. Literary movements, history, culture, and other artistic works are examined in their relation to the literary output of these periods.
SP403 Latin American Literature through the 18th Century (3 cr.)
This course is an introduction to the major authors and literary works of Latin America from the colonial period through the 18th century. Literary movements, history, culture, and other artistic works are examined in their relation to the literary output of these periods.
SP404 19th–20th Century Latin American Literature (3 cr.)
This course is an introduction to the major authors and literary works of modern Latin America. Literary movements, history, culture, and other artistic works are studied in their relation to the literary output of these periods.
SP405 Don Quijote (3 cr.)
This course is an introduction to Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, considered by many to be the first modern novel. This literary masterpiece, its author, its historical and social context, and other related works of the Spanish Golden Age will be studied in this class.
SP407 El Fútbol in Latin American Literature (3 cr.)
This course will explore the relationship between the international game of soccer/fútbol/football/fobal and literature in contemporary Latin American culture and society. The works to be analyzed will range from the journalistic essay, to the short story, blogs, and, but not limited to, selections of important sociological texts related to the game. Students will be encouraged to enhance their critical thinking skills through close readings, class discussions, and analytical writing exercises both in and outside of the classroom, as well as perform activities of vocabulary (re)production.
D. Additional 300 and 400 level courses to complete a minimum of 27 credits
(if not used to meet C or D above)
E. Required education coursework
F. Study abroad or significant domestic experience in a Spanish language environment.
At least one semester of study abroad is strongly suggested any time after completion of SP202. All 300+ level study abroad courses taught in Spanish through Spanish Studies Abroad, HECUA or Saint Mary's University will count toward the major. Study abroad courses taught in Spanish through other programs will count toward the major with approval of the department chair.