Spanish

Requirements & Courses

  • Spanish courses, as designated by the three-letter prefix SPN, are offered through the Modern Languages Department.

    All courses are taught in Spanish unless otherwise indicated. Courses taught internationally may have a different emphasis from those offered on campus. Department Honors
    Students may achieve honors in the Modern Languages Department by:

    • Having a 3.5 GPA in all language classes,
    • Performing beyond minimum requirements on the Language Exam portion of the Departmental Comprehensive Evaluation, and
    • Presenting a senior thesis of honors caliber.

    Advanced Credit in a second language may be earned by:

    • Scoring at the 4 level or higher on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam.
    • Successfully completing the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) HL exam with a score of 5.
  • Major Requirements

    Thirty-six credits beyond SPN-112 which must include:

    1. SPN-321
    2. Sixteen credits of upper-level Spanish classes with at least four credits at the 400 level.
    3. Successful completion of ENG-201, 220, or 225.
    4. A minimum of one semester of approved international study in a Spanish-speaking country.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
  • Minor Requirements

    Twenty-four credits in Spanish which must include:

    1. SPN-321, 350 or 352
    2. At least four additional credits at the 300 level.
    3. A semester or Spring Term of study in a Spanish-speaking country is highly recommended.
    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. Minors are expected to perform at the B1 level or equivalent.
  • Teaching Major Requirements

    Thirty-six credits (thirty-four of which must be beyond SPN-222) and which must include:

    1. SPN-321
    2. Aat least four credits at the 400 level
    3. At least four credits from each of the following groups:Successful completion of ENG-225 and EDC-445F.
      • Spain Culture and Civilization — SPN-350, 355, 261/361
      • Latin American Culture and Civilization — SPN-334, 352, 364, 374, 263/363
      • Literature — SPN-331, 340, 343, 344, 360, 362, 370, 372, 460, 462
    4. Successful completion of ENG-225 and EDC-445F.
    5. A minimum of one semester of approved international study in a Spanish-speaking country.
    6. 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.
    7. 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 ACTFL’s OPI 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
    .
    Beginning Spanish I
    4 credits
    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. NOTE: Students who have earned credit for three or more years of high school Spanish may not enroll in SPN-111 or 112. Laboratory. (Alma, Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    112
    .
    Beginning Spanish II
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: SPN-111 or Permission
    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. NOTE: Students who have earned credit for three or more years of high school Spanish may not enroll in SPN-111 or 112. Laboratory. (Alma, Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    113
    .
    Intensive Beginning Spanish
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: Recommend at least one year of high school Spanish
    Intensive introduction to Hispanic culture and the Spanish language appropriate for students who have some previous study but for whom placement in SPN 221 or SPN 230 is not appropriate. Emphasizes cultural knowledge and proficiency with sufficient grammar and vocabulary review to enable communication in all four skills.
  • SPN
    185
    .
    Service Learning in Spanish
    1 credit
    May be repeated for credit with a maximum of four credits applied toward the major or minor. Requires permission and placement.
  • SPN
    201
    .
    Spanish for Health Care I
    2 credits
    Part I of a 2-credit, 2-course sequence that introduces basic vocabulary and cultural information specific to health care contexts in all four skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening). This sequence will not be sufficient for translation or interpretation certification, nor for practicing medicine in Spanish, but it provides basic communication skills that students could build on if they so choose. SPN-201 is not appropriate for students with no previous Spanish experience, nor for students who have the equivalent of SPN-221 or higher. No lab, however, students will sign up for a weekly appointment outside of class for oral practice.
  • SPN
    202
    .
    Spanish for Health Care II
    2 credits
    Part II of a 2-credit, 2-course sequence that introduces basic vocabulary and cultural information specific to health care contexts in all four skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening). This sequence will not be sufficient for translation or interpretation certification, nor for practicing medicine in Spanish, but it provides basic communication skills that students could build on if they so choose. SPN-202 is not appropriate for students with no previous Spanish experience, nor for students who have the equivalent of SPN-222 or higher. No lab; however, students will sign up for a weekly appointment outside of class for oral practice.
  • SPN
    221
    .
    Intermediate Spanish Language I
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: 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. Laboratory. (Alma, Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    222
    .
    Intermediate Spanish Lang II
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: SPN-221
    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. Laboratory. (Alma, Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    223
    .
    Intermediate Spanish Language III
    4 credits
    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. Requires placement into this course. (Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    224
    .
    Intermediate Spanish Language IV
    4 credits
    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. Requires placement. (Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    230
    .
    Hispanic Readings
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: 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.
  • 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
    .
    Language & Culture in Spain
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: Permission
    Spanish language instruction, investigation and comparative studies of social and ethnic issues. Students live with a host family. Destination may vary. Course fee. (Spring Term course)
  • SPN
    263
    .
    The Other America
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: 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. Course fee. (Spring term course)
  • SPN
    265
    .
    Hispanic-American Lit 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
    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
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: Permission
    Supervised study and research of an area not covered in available courses.
  • SPN
    311
    .
    Spanish Grammar I
    4 credits
    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. Requires placement. (Alma, Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    312
    .
    Spanish Grammar II
    4 credits
    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. Requires placement. (Alma, Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    313
    .
    Spanish Grammar III
    4 credits
    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. Requires placement. (Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    314
    .
    Spanish Grammar IV
    4 credits
    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. Requires placement. (Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    315
    .
    Advanced Spanish Language
    4 credits
    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. Requires placement. (Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    316
    .
    Advanced Spanish Language
    4 credits
    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. Requires placement. (Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    321
    .
    Advanced Composition in Spanish
    4 credits
    Advanced composition in a variety of genres aimed at developing skills appropriate to professional as well as academic contexts. Course fee. (Alma)
  • SPN
    322
    .
    Written Expression
    4 credits
    Development of written skills and creative expression in a variety of genres. Taught in programs abroad. Prerequisite is placement during study abroad.
  • SPN
    325
    .
    Investigation of Grammar
    2-4 credits
    Prerequisite: SPN-321 or Permission
    Intensive review of Spanish grammatical theory and structures. Prerequisites are SPN 321 and overseas study completed.
  • SPN
    329
    .
    Translation/Interpretation
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: SPN-222 or placement
    This is a service-learning course in which students will study and practice theories and techniques of translation and interpretation. Students will apply their developing skills to Spanish translations of English-language materials submitted by a variety of community organizations.
  • SPN
    330
    .
    Myths, Tales and Legends
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: 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.
  • SPN
    331
    .
    Introduction to Hispanic Literature
    4 credits
    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
    Prerequisite: SPN-222 and Placement
    Introduction to the society and culture of Mexico from a historical perspective: political, religious and social institutions.
  • SPN
    335
    .
    Spanish for Business & Commerce
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: 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
    Prerequisite: 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.
  • SPN
    343
    .
    Survey of Spanish Literature
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: 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. (Segovia)
  • SPN
    344
    .
    Survey of Regional Hispanic Literature
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: SPN-222 and Placement
    Reading and discussion of regional literature, poetry, novels and epics. Themes and authors include pre-Columbian legend, Romanticism, Modernism.
  • SPN
    350
    .
    History of Spanish Civilization
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: 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 & Civilization
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: 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 effect 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
    Prerequisite: 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. Site visits in Madrid and the surrounding area. (Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    360
    .
    Spanish Literature to 1700
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: 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, Gongora and Quevedo; drama of Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina and Calderon. (Alma)
  • SPN
    362
    .
    Hispanic-American Literature to 1888
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: 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
    Prerequisite: SPN-222 and Placement
    Period, cultural, economic, and ethnic studies of the people of a specific country in Hispanic America. (Alma Programs Abroad)
  • SPN
    370
    .
    Spanish Literature Since 1700
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: SPN-321, 331 or Permission
    Reading and discussion of representative works from the Romantic period to the present in Spain: Becquer, Galdos, Unamuno, Ortega y Gasset, Garcia Lorca and others. (Alma, Alma Programs in Spain)
  • SPN
    372
    .
    Hispanic-American Literature Since 1888
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: SPN-321, 331, or Permission
    Reading and discussion of representative works in Hispanic-American literature from Modernism to the present: Dario, Marti, Borges, Neruda, Paz, Cortazar, Vargas Llosa, Fuentes, Garcia Marquez and others. (Alma, Alma Programs in Hispanic America)
  • SPN
    373
    .
    Hispanic-American Theater
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: SPN-321 or Permission
    This course introduces students to select texts and movements of twentieth and twenty-first century Hispanic-American drama and performance. We will analyze and engage with dramatic texts, performances, and key theoretical perspectives to approach questions of theater practices and intersections with society and politics, representations of race/ethnicity, class, gender/sex/sexuality.
  • SPN
    374
    .
    Regional History of Hispanic America
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: SPN-222, Permission and Placement
    A comprehensive study of the history of specific regions of Hispanic America including pre-Columbian through contemporary issues. (Quito)
  • SPN
    377
    .
    Studies in Hispanic Film
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: SPN-321 or Permission
    This course, taught in Spanish, examines contemporary Hispanic cultural issues through a critical analysis of Hispanic film. Goals include learning to watch film critically to understand how cinematographic elements contribute to a deeper analytic understanding of the film. Additionally, students will critically examine the ways films engage with history and culture, analyzing them as sources of knowledge. Possible course fee.
  • SPN
    380
    .
    Topics in Spanish
    2-4 credits
    Requires instructor permission. Prerequisites vary by topic.
  • SPN
    460
    .
    Seminar in Spanish Literature
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: 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
    Prerequisite: 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
    Requires instructor permission.
  • SPN
    499
    .
    Spanish Independent Study
    1 credit
    Supervised reading and research in an area not covered by available courses. Requires senior standing and instructor permission. (Alma)
  • SPN
    500
    .
    Senior Thesis
    4 credits
    Definition of a question, thesis paper and oral defense in Spanish. Requires senior standing and permission. (Alma)