Spanish Major

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Department Faculty

The Spanish Program

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. Students may reside in the Spanish speaking residence hall which sponsors various inter-cultural programs during the semester. 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. A spring break program led by a Spanish faculty member allows students to explore the rich history of Central Mexico and Veracruz. Summer and semester programs are also offered at the Academia Latinoamericana-Equatorialis University in Quito, Ecuador where students may choose home stays with Andean families and focus on communityoriented programs. Additionally, the university cooperates with a variety of other overseas study programs, advises and encourages students wishing to study abroad, and helps in planning their foreign study programs.

The program also offers courses for students with an interest in environmental studies, business, 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.

The Minor in Business Spanish was created in response to students’ requests for a business language oriented curriculum. The program attracts students interested in becoming qualified for today’s globalized markets and who are mostly double majors in Spanish and Business or Spanish and Economics as well as International Affairs majors. The minor in Business Spanish targets students oriented towards the application of the Spanish language and culture in a work environment that encompasses Spain and almost two dozen countries of Latin America, including the US Latino market.

The program includes introductory courses as well as more advanced courses in the discipline as requirements. Business Spanish minors can take no more than 29 credits in Business without declaring a Business Major.

Requirements for the Spanish Major

Ten required courses in the major include: SPAN 312, 317; two speaking courses from 314, 318, or 415; two courses in culture from 315, 316 or 320; three introduction to literature courses (from 323, 324, 327, or 328); one advanced writing course from 413 or 414; and three electives in literature, culture, or linguistics above 328 (not including SPAN 491, 492, 499). 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 advisor.

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)

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.

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 – Spanish Pronunciation and Oral Use (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 205 or equivalent. Introduction to phonetics and intensive oral practice above the intermediate level.

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.

317 –Grammar and Composition (3)

Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or 205 or equivalent. Studies in grammar and composition.

318 –Grammar and Conversation (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 205 or equivalent. Studies in grammar and oral skills.

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.

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. Great works from Latin America selected from the period of the Boom and Post-Boom.

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 317, 318. Study of specialized vocabulary, cultural variances, and their application to business professions.

413 –Advanced Writing (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 317, 318. Study of composition, grammar, and lexicon at an advanced level with a special focus on creative writing.

414 – Spanish for Translation (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 317. 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 318. 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 – Spanish Cinema (3)

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

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.