Spanish

Requirements & Courses

  • Major Requirements
    1. Thirty-six credits beyond SPN 112 which must include SPN 321 plus 16 credits of upper-level Spanish classes with a minimum of 4 credits at the 400 level.
    2. A minimum of one semester of approved international study in a Spanish-speaking country.
    3. Successful completion of ENG 201 or ENG 225.
    4. Language Proficiency must be demonstrated by taking the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Exam, the Examen Básico of the Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) or equivalent. Majors are expected to perform at the B2 level or equivalent.
    5. Write and defend in open forum an acceptable paper of moderate length reflecting on their study of Spanish, their study abroad experience and how they combine with the mission of a liberal arts education.

    Majors may earn honors in the department by writing a quality senior thesis and defending it in open forum.

  • Minor Requirements
    1. Twenty-four credits in Spanish which must include SPN 321, 350 or 352 and at least 4 additional credits at the 300 level.
    2. A semester or Spring Term of study in a Spanish-speaking country is highly recommended.
    3. Language Proficiency must be demonstrated by taking the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Exam, the Examen Básico of the Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) or equivalent. Minors are expected to perform at the B1 level or equivalent.

    All courses are taught in Spanish unless otherwise indicated. Courses taught internationally may have a different emphasis from those offered on the Alma campus.

  • Teaching Major Requirements
    1. Thirty-four of Alma’s 36-credit-hour major must be beyond SPN 222 and include SPN 321, at least 4 credits at the 400 level, and at least 4 credits from each of these groups: Spain Culture and Civilization — SPN 350, 355, 261/361; Latin American Culture and Civilization — SPN 334, 352, 364, 374, 263/363; and Literature — SPN 331, 340, 343, 344, 360, 362, 370, 372, 460, 462.
    2. A minimum of one semester of approved international study in a Spanish-speaking country.
    3. Successful completion of ENG 225 and EDC 445f.
    4. Write and defend in open forum an acceptable paper of moderate length reflecting on their study of Spanish, their study abroad experience and how they combine with the mission of a liberal arts education.
    5. In order to be recommended for teacher certification, students must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject area test in Spanish as well as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Exam at the Advanced Low level. The Teacher Education Program is proactive about informing students of opportunities for taking these tests.
  • Teaching Minor Requirements
    1. Twenty-three of Alma’s 24 credit minor must be beyond SPN 222 and include SPN 321 and at least 4 credits from each of these groups: Spain Culture and Civilization — SPN 350, 355, 261/361; Latin American Culture and Civilization — SPN 330, 334, 352, 364, 374, 263/363; and Literature — SPN 331, 340, 343, 344, 360, 362, 370, 372, 460, 463.
    2. A semester or Spring Term of study in a Spanish-speaking country is highly recommended.
    3. Successful completion of ENG 225 and EDC 445f.
    4. In order to be recommended for teacher certification, students must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject area test in Spanish as well as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Exam at the Advanced Low level. The Teacher Education Program is proactive about informing students of opportunities for taking these tests.
  • Four credits from SPN 112 or higher, with the exception of practicum or independent study courses, count towards the Distributive Requirements in the Humanities.

Courses

  • SPN
    111-112
    .
    Beginning Spanish I-II
    4 credits each
    SPN 111 or Permission for 112
    Intensive course for beginners in Spanish. Primary objective: to help students begin early and meaningful communication in Spanish by acquiring necessary basic skills. Emphasizes all four language skills: reading, writing, and especially listening and speaking. Secondary objective: to provide insight into Hispanic culture and society through readings, discussions and activities. Students who have earned credit for three or more years of high school Spanish may not enroll in SPN 111 or 112. (Alma, Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    185/*385
    .
    Service Learning in Spanish
    1 credit
    Permission and Placement
    May be repeated for credit with a maximum of four credits applied toward the major or minor. (Alma)
  • SPN
    221-222
    .
    Intermediate Spanish Language I-II
    4 credits each
    SPN 112 or Placement
    Continuing study of the Spanish language with additional emphasis on reading and writing skills. Study of Hispanic culture and close reading of selected Hispanic texts from various genres. Extensive grammar review, composition, and oral-aural practice. Students who have earned credit for three or more years of high school Spanish will have a default placement of SPN 221. These students are encouraged to take the placement test to continue their study at a higher level. (Alma, Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    223-224
    .
    Intermediate Spanish Language III-IV
    4 credits each
    Placement
    Intermediate level study of Spanish. Designed for students who have completed second year college Spanish but whose language skills need strengthening before they enter upper level courses while studying at the Universidad Iberoamericana. (Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    230
    .
    Hispanic Readings
    4 credits
    SPN 222 or Placement
    Development of reading and vocabulary skills necessary for success in upper level study in Spanish. Practice of strategies and techniques to become more efficient and better readers, deciphering the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary from structure and context, and improving comprehension of texts representative of a variety of genres. (Alma)
  • SPN
    *
    255
    .
    Peninsular Literature in Translation
    4 credits
    Reading and discussion of selected representative works of Spanish Peninsular literature in English translation. Content may vary. Does not count toward the Spanish majors or minors. (Alma)
  • SPN
    261/*361
    .
    Language and Culture in Spain
    4 credits
    Permission
    Spanish language instruction, investigation and comparative studies of social and ethnic issues. Students live with a host family. Destination may vary. (Spring Term course)
  • SPN
    263/*363
    .
    The Other America
    4 credits
    Permission
    Travel and study in “The Other America.” Spanish language instruction, investigation and comparative studies of social and ethnic issues. Students live with a host family. Destination may vary. (Spring Term course)
  • SPN
    *
    265
    .
    Hispanic-American Literature in Translation
    4 credits
    Reading and discussion of selected representative works of Hispanic-American literature in English translation. Content may vary. Does not count toward the Spanish majors or minors. (Alma)
  • SPN
    281
    .
    Conversation
    2 credits
    SPN 221 or Permission
    Fluency in oral expression developed through extensive class discussion. May include oral reports, summaries of reading and viewing materials, phonetics and pronunciation exercises, colloquial expressions and creative dramatic performance. May be repeated for a total of four credits. (Alma, Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    *
    299
    .
    Independent Reading
    2 credits
    Permission
    Supervised study and research of an area not covered in available courses. (Alma)
  • SPN
    *
    311-*312
    .
    Spanish Grammar I-II
    4 credits each
    Placement
    Intermediate level study of Spanish. Designed for students who have completed third year college Spanish but whose language skills need strengthening as they pursue upper level courses while studying abroad. (Alma, Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    *
    313-*314
    .
    Spanish Grammar III-IV
    4 credits each
    Placement
    Advanced level study of Spanish. Designed for students who have completed third year college Spanish and who are pursuing upper level courses while studying abroad. (Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    *
    315-*316
    .
    Advanced Spanish Language
    4 credits each
    Placement
    Advanced level study of Spanish. Designed for students who have completed third year college Spanish and who are pursuing upper level courses while studying abroad. (Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    *
    321
    .
    Advanced Composition
    4 credits
    SPN 222 or Placement
    Advanced composition in a variety of genres aimed at developing skills appropriate to professional as well as academic contexts. (Alma)
  • SPN
    *
    325
    .
    Investigation of Grammar
    2-4 credits
    SPN 321 or Permission
    Intensive review of Spanish grammatical theory and structures. (Alma)
  • SPN
    330
    .
    Myths, Tales and Legends
    4 credits
    SPN 321 or Permission
    Reading and discussion of Hispanic folktales and traditional stories. Focus on cultural context and narrative tradition, combined with principles of orality and storytelling. (Alma)
  • SPN
    *
    331
    .
    Introduction to Hispanic Literature
    4 credits
    SPN 321 or Permission
    Combines practical and theoretical approaches to reading and understanding literature from Spain and the Americas. Study of the attributes of various genres as well as selected works representative of the same. Provides the basic analytical foundation necessary for advanced study and interpretation of Hispanic literature required for the major. (Alma)
  • SPN
    *
    334
    .
    Mexican Culture and Civilization
    4 credits
    SPN 222 and Placement
    Introduction to the society and culture of Mexico from a historical perspective: political, religious and social institutions. (Alma)
  • SPN
    *
    335
    .
    Spanish for Business and Commerce
    4 credits
    SPN 222 and Placement
    Acquisition of specific commercial concepts and vocabulary in Spanish and the study of worldwide and local economic factors. (Alma, Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    *
    340
    .
    Survey of Hispanic-American Literature
    4 credits
    SPN 321 or Permission
    Reading and discussion of selections from major works of Hispanic-American Literature and their relationships to contemporary and subsequent society and culture. (Alma, Alma Programs in Hispanic-America)
  • SPN
    *
    343
    .
    Survey of Spanish Literature
    4 credits
    SPN 222 and Placement
    Reading and discussions of selections from the major works of Spanish literature and their relationship to contemporary and subsequent society and culture. (Alma Programs in Spain)
  • SPN
    *
    344
    .
    Survey of Regional Hispanic Literature
    4 credits
    SPN 222 and Placement
    Reading and discussion of regional literature, poetry, novels and epics. Themes and authors include pre-Columbian legend, Romanticism, Modernism. (Alma Programs in Hispanic-America)
  • SPN
    *
    350
    .
    History of Spanish Civilization
    4 credits
    SPN 321 or Permission
    Introduction to the history of Spanish civilization and culture. Political, religious and social institutions; art, architecture, literature and music. Readings, lectures, compositions and discussions in Spanish. (Alma, Alma Programs in Spain)
  • SPN
    *
    352
    .
    Hispanic-American Culture and Civilization
    4 credits
    SPN 321 or Permission
    Introduction to society and culture of contemporary Hispanic-America through examination of political, social, religious and artistic forces. Emphasis on social-political problems and their affect on the United States. Readings, lectures, compositions and discussions in Spanish. (Alma, Alma Programs in Hispanic-America)
  • SPN
    *
    355
    .
    History of Art and Architecture
    4 credits
    SPN 222 and Placement
    Period and manner studies of the great Spanish and Hispanic-American painters. Vision of aesthetic ideas through painting. Architectural concepts and styles. (Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    *
    360
    .
    Spanish Literature to 1700
    4 credits
    SPN 321, 331, or Permission
    Reading and discussion of the major works of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods in Spain: the Cantar del Mio Cid, La Celestina, Lazarillo de Tormes; poetry of Garcilaso, San Juan de la Cruz, Góngora and Quevedo; drama of Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina and Calderón. (Alma)
  • SPN
    *
    362
    .
    Hispanic-American Literature to 1888
    4 credits
    SPN 321, 331, or Permission
    Reading and discussion of principal works in Hispanic-American literature from pre-Columbian to Modern: chronicles of the Conquest, poetry of the Colonial period, poetry and prose of Romanticism, Realism and Naturalism. (Alma)
  • SPN
    *
    364
    .
    Indigenous Cultures
    4 credits
    SPN 222 and Placement
    Period, cultural, economic, and ethnic studies of the people of a specific country in Hispanic America. (Alma Programs Abroad, Alma Programs in Hispanic-America)
  • SPN
    *
    370
    .
    Spanish Literature Since 1700
    4 credits
    SPN 321, 331, or Permission
    Reading and discussion of representative works from the Romantic period to the present in Spain: Bécquer, Galdós, Unamuno, Ortega y Gasset, García Lorca and others. (Alma, Alma Programs in Spain)
  • SPN
    *
    372
    .
    Hispanic-American Literature Since 1888
    4 credits
    SPN 321, 331, or Permission
    Reading and discussion of representative works in Hispanic-American literature from Modernism to the present: Darío, Martí, Borges, Neruda, Paz, Cortázar, Vargas Llosa, Fuentes, García Márquez and others. (Alma, Alma Programs in Hispanic America)
  • SPN
    *
    374
    .
    Regional History of Hispanic America
    4 credits
    SPN 222, Permission and Placement
    A comprehensive study of the history of specific regions of Hispanic America including pre-Columbian through contemporary issues. (Alma Programs in Hispanic-America)
  • SPN
    *
    380
    .
    Special Topics
    2-4 credits
    Permission
    Offered periodically for the study of a particular issue, theme or topic in Hispanic literature or civilization; for example, Spanish cinema, revolution in Central America, literary theory and criticism. Courses may be given in English as interdepartmental or interdisciplinary courses. (Alma, Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    *
    460
    .
    Seminar in Spanish Literature
    4 credits
    SPN 321, 331, or Permission
    Advanced study of a specialized area, movement, writer or work in Peninsular literature; for example, Don Quijote, the picaresque, the post-Civil War novel. (Alma)
  • SPN
    *
    462
    .
    Seminar in Hispanic-American Literature
    4 credits
    SPN 321, 331, or Permission
    Advanced study of a specialized area, movement, writer or work in Hispanic-American literature; for example, Literature of the Conquest, the gaucho in Argentine society and literature, and the literature of the “Boom.” (Alma)
  • SPN
    *
    495
    .
    Thesis Preparation
    1 credit
    Permission
    Preparation of the bibliography, outline and prospectus for a forthcoming thesis.
  • SPN
    *
    499
    .
    Independent Study
    4 credits
    Senior Standing and Permission
    Supervised reading and research in an area not covered by available courses. (Alma)
  • SPN
    *
    500
    .
    Senior Thesis
    4 credits
    Senior Standing and Permission
    Definition of a question, thesis paper and oral defense in Spanish. (Alma)