Spanish Major

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Department Faculty

The Spanish Program

The Spanish major leads of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Foreign Languages. Through courses in Spanish, students gain proficiency in understanding, reading, writing, and speaking the language. Classes are conducted in Spanish from the beginning levels. Through classroom instruction, individual research, and department-sponsored organizations, students come to know the varied Hispanic cultures around the world. Experiential learning through individual study, internships, study abroad, and service learning offers students valuable experience outside the classroom. Internships are available to juniors and seniors in local and regional agencies and organizations and in Washington D.C.

Students wishing to major may select from courses in language, literature, linguistics, and culture of Spain, Latin America, and U.S. Latinos.  The Spanish program hosts a Language Coordinator from the Universidad de Deusto who spends a year in residence teaching, leading conversation hours, and scheduling special events that promote the Spanish language and Hispanic culture.

UMW has a well-established study abroad program in Bilbao, Spain with the Universidad de Deusto. Students may choose from summer, semester, or year-long courses of study in language, culture, and literature as well as courses in business, economics, and international affairs. Additionally, the university cooperates with a variety of other overseas study programs in Latin America.

The program also offers courses for students with an interest in environmental studies, business, women and gender studies, digital studies, and in creative writing.

Graduates in Spanish may pursue careers in government or in private fields in which the knowledge of Spanish language and Hispanic culture is essential. Careers that attract language students include education, business, interpreting and translating, research, social services, law and law enforcement, health, and international affairs.

Requirements for the Spanish Major

Seven required skills courses, to include three reading courses: SPAN 312, and two introduction to literature courses chosen from SPAN 323, 324, 327, or 328; two courses in writing chosen from SPAN 306, 413, or 414; and two courses in speaking chosen from SPAN 305, 314, or 415.  Three electives in culture, language or literature chosen from SPAN 315 or above.  One capstone experience chosen from SPAN 481, 483, 485, or 492.  Experiential learning is fulfilled by taking SPAN 491, 492, 499, or 301 for academic credit, or by an approved community service experience of a minimum of 42 site hours.  Community service may be part of the work required in a course or may be volunteer work.  Students must conduct their community service in institutions and agencies approved by the Community Outreach and Resources office.  To earn credit for experiential learning for community service, students must fill out a Service Learning Contract and submit an evaluation from the institution/agency supervisor to their faculty member.

 

Spanish Course Offerings

Spanish course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of SPAN in the course listings.

101, 102 – Beginning Spanish (3)

Students who have received high school credit hours for two years or more of Spanish may not register for SPAN 101.  Prerequisite for 102: SPAN 101 or equivalent. Grammar, conversation, reading, laboratory use. Introduction to the elementary aspects of Spanish. Review of elementary Spanish for beginning students of the language. Students with credit for a higher level course in Spanish may not take this course.

105 – Intensive Beginning Spanish (6)

Grammar, conversation, reading, laboratory use. Intensive review of elementary Spanish skills before the intermediate level. Students who have taken SPAN 101 are not eligible to take this class. Students with credit for a higher level course in Spanish may not take this course.

201, 202 – Intermediate Spanish (3)

Prerequisite for 201: SPAN102 or 105 or equivalent. Prerequisite for 202: SPAN 201 or equivalent. Grammar review, oral work, reading, laboratory use. Review of Spanish language skills. Two semesters of language study at the intermediate level. Completion of SPAN 202 fulfills the language requirement. Students with credit for a higher level course in Spanish may not take this course.

205 – Intensive Intermediate Spanish (6)

Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or 105 or equivalent. Grammar review, oral work, reading, laboratory use. Intensive review of intermediate Spanish skills. Completion of this course fulfills the language requirement. Students who have taken SPAN 201 are not eligible to take this class. Students with credit for a higher level course in Spanish may not take this course.

301 – Study Abroad Reflection (1)

Prerequisite: Four-week minimum study abroad program. Follow-up course to a study abroad program to earn credit for experiential learning.

305 – Conversation and Grammar (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 205 or equivalent.  Course designed to increase students’ spoken Spanish in formal and informal conversation and presentations.  Review of major points of grammar. Native speakers are encouraged to take SPAN 314 or 415 instead of this course.

306 – Composition and Grammar (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 205 or equivalent.  Course designed to polish student’s writing skills in Spanish in a variety of format, including analytical essays.  Review of major points of grammar.

310 – Spanish for Native and Heritage Speakers (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 205 or equivalent. Class addresses special problems in grammar and spelling. Only open to native and heritage speakers of the language.

312 – Introduction to Literary Studies in Spanish (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 205 or equivalent. An introduction to the analysis of literary texts. This course prepares students for reading, analyzing, discussing and writing about texts before taking literature courses in Spanish.

314 – The Sounds of Spanish: Theory and Practice (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 205 or equivalent. An introduction to the study of speech/production of sounds in Spanish.  Emphasis on description and criteria to classify sounds, phonetic transcription, syllabification, accent/intonation, and phonetic features of different varieties of Spanish.

315 – Spanish Civilization (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 205 or equivalent. Geography, history, and the social, political and cultural background of Spain and the Spanish people.

316 – Latin American Civilization (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 205 or equivalent. History, geography, and the social, political and cultural backgrounds of Latin America and the Latin American people.

320 – Topics in Hispanic Culture (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 205 or equivalent. Explores cultural issues dealing with the Hispanic culture.

323, 324 – Introduction to Spanish Literature (3, 3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 205 or equivalent. Survey of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to present day.

327, 328 – Introduction to Latin American Literature (3, 3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 205 or equivalent. Survey of Latin American literature from the colonial period to present day.

345 – Ideas on Nature in Latin American Literature (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 312 or permission of the instructor. A study of ideas about nature and environment in Latin American narrative and poetry.

365 – Detective Fiction from Spain and Latin America (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 312 or permission of the instructor. Study of the genre from representative authors from Spain and Latin America. Focus on issues of social justice and human rights in detective fiction.

370 – Caribbean Culture and Literature in the 20th and 21st Centuries (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 312, 305, 306, or permission of the instructor. A study of the culture and literature of the Caribbean region, with a special focus on the Spanish speaking Caribbean.

375 – Spanish Realism and Generation of 1898 (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 312 or permission of the instructor. Representative authors or themes from 19th-century Spanish Realism and Naturalism through the Generation of 1898 in Spain.

378 – Latin American Poetry (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 312 or permission of the instructor. A study of representative poetic works from the Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassic, Romantic, Modernista and/or contemporary periods in Latin America.

383 – Contemporary Spanish Prose (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 312 or permission of the instructor. Novels and short stories selected from the beginnings of the 20th century to the present.

385 – Latin American Novel (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 312 or permission of the instructor.  Latin American novels from the foundational narratives of the 19th Century to the present.

386 – The Twentieth-Century Spanish American Short Story (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 312 or permission of the instructor. Collections of short fiction from the avant-garde to present day.

388 –Twentieth-Century Latin American Drama (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 312 or permission of the instructor. Major dramatists from Latin America.

393 – Business Spanish (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 305, 306. Study of specialized vocabulary, cultural variances, and their application to business professions.

413 –Advanced Writing (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN305, 306. Study of composition, grammar, and lexicon at an advanced level with a special focus on creative writing.

414 – Spanish for Translation (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 306. English-Spanish and Spanish-English translation of texts from different disciplines. Includes studies in history and theory of translation.

415 – Advanced Conversation (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 305. Oral communication at an advanced level. Students practice conversation skills through individual presentations, group discussions, and other formats.

416 –Topics in U.S. Latino Issues (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 315, 316 or 320. Issues dealing with the culture and concerns of U.S. Latinos are explored. Topics will vary.

420 – Cinema in the Hispanic World (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 312 or 315, or permission of the instructor. Selected topics in film.

425 – The Boom of Latin American Literature (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 312. In depth study of novels from the period known as the Boom of Latin American Literature (1960-1970).

451 –Cervantes (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 312 or permission of the instructor. Ready and intensive study of Don Quijote.

475 –Hispanic Women Writers (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 312 or permission of the instructor. Study of women writers from Spain and Latin America.

481 – Spanish Seminar (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 312, or permission of the instructor. Selected topics in literature, culture, and film from Spain.

483 – Topics in Spanish Linguistics (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 314 or permission of the instructor. Selected topics in linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, and history of the language.

485 – Spanish American Seminar (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 312 or permission of the instructor. Selected topics in literature, culture, and film from Latin America.

491, 492 – Individual Study (3, 3)

Intensive study of a topic selected by student in consultation with instructor. By permission of the department.

499 – Internship (Credits variable)

Supervised off-campus experience, developed in consultation with a faculty advisor and the office of Career Services.