Spanish Major with Teacher Certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-5 (B.A.) - Undergraduate - 2011 University Catalog

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A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study. In addition to the major requirement outlined below, all university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree (for further information, see General Education Requirements).  


SPANISH MAJOR

Complete 36 semester hours including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete the following 9 courses for 27 semester hours:

    SPAN 241 Fundamentals of Spanish Grammar 3
    SPAN 242 Spanish Composition and Stylistics 3
    SPAN 343 Introduction to Spanish Phonetics 3
    SPAN 348 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics 3
    SPAN 349 Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies 3
    SPAN 361 Voices of the Past and Present: Spain 3
    SPAN 363 Voices of the Past and Present: Latin America 3
    SPAN 410 Advanced Spanish Grammar 3
    SPAN 418 Teaching Spanish in K-12 3
  2. ELECTIVE COURSES

    Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. LANGUAGE & LITERATURE ELECTIVES

      Complete 2 courses for 6 semester hours from the following:

      SPAN 344 Spanish Conversation 3
      SPAN 346 Selected Topics in the Spanish Language 3
      SPAN 350 Theory and Practice of Translation 3
      SPAN 351 Fundamentals of Specialized Translation 3
      SPAN 373 Selected Topics in Spanish and Latin American Literature 3
      SPAN 375 Spanish Study Abroad 3
      SPAN 421 Special Topics in Teaching Spanish K-12 3
      SPAN 422 Practicum in Translating 3
      SPAN 439 Spanish Film and Fiction 3
      SPAN 441 Contemporary Spanish Novel 3
      SPAN 442 Spanish Poetry and Drama of the 19th Century 3
      SPAN 443 Spanish Prose of the 19th Century 3
      SPAN 444 Contemporary Spanish Theater 3
      SPAN 446 The Latin American Essay 3
      SPAN 447 Contemporary Spanish-American Short Story 3
      SPAN 448 Contemporary Latin American Poetry 3
      SPAN 449 The Spanish-American Novel 3
      SPAN 450 Introduction to Interpreting 3
      SPAN 452 Capstone Course in Translation 3
      SPAN 460 El Quijote 3
      SPAN 466 Contemporary Latin American Theater 3
      SPAN 469 The Drama of the Golden Age 3
      SPAN 470 Senior Seminar 3
      SPAN 471 Contemporary Trends in the Spanish-American Novel 3
      SPAN 472 Puerto Rican Literature and Thought 3
      SPAN 473 Sexual Subversion in Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Film 3
      SPAN 480 Independent Study 3
    2. CULTURAL ELECTIVE

      Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours from:

      SPAN 374 Cultural Studies: Spain 3
      SPAN 376 Cultural Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean 3

Course Descriptions:

SPAN241: Fundamentals of Spanish Grammar

This course is designed to improve students' knowledge of the basics of Spanish grammar and their ability to apply this knowledge in oral and written exercises. It centers on the various lexical categories and on their syntactic functions in phrases and simple sentences. Attention is given to the linguistic and communicative needs of both native and non-native speakers of Spanish. Taught in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 104 or equivalent.

SPAN242: Spanish Composition and Stylistics

This course is designed to strengthen students' written Spanish in a variety of contexts: short naratives, descriptions, argumentative essays, and literary analysis. Attention is given to style, register, vocabulary enrichment, and referencing. The course emphasizes writing as a process and the critical thinking and research skills needed to fully develop, articulate, and support one's ideas. Meets the University Writing requirement for majors in Spanish. Taught in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 241.

SPAN343: Introduction to Spanish Phonetics

The aim of this course is to examine the phonemic and phonetic systems of the Spanish language within the context of current linguistic theories. The course helps students and future teachers of the language improve their pronunciation in Spanish. It also helps them learn classroom techniques to foster the acquisition of proper pronunciation patterns. Special attention is given to phonetic dialectal differences in the Spanish-speaking world. Technology is used extensively. This course prepares students for the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview. Taught in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 241.

SPAN344: Spanish Conversation

Practice in spoken Spanish through assigned topics and participation in discussions about daily life and world events; gives a competence in Spanish as an instrument of oral expression. Classes limited to 16 students. Required for certification. Native speakers of Spanish must substitute another elective. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 241.

SPAN346: Selected Topics in the Spanish Language

This course will explore one aspect of the Spanish language study which is either not covered in the curriculum or deserves more in-depth treatment than is possible in an existing course. May be repeated twice for a maximum of 9.0 credits. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 241 and SPAN 242.

SPAN348: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

This course provides students with an introduction to the scientific study of the Spanish language. It explores the phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic systems of the language within the context of current linguistic theories. It also gives special attention to the notion of linguistic variation and to sociolinguistic and pragmatic aspects of the language and how they are manifested in the various communitites that constitute the Spanish-speaking world. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the structure and functionality of the Spanish language through a field study. Taught in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 242.

SPAN349: Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies

The course proposes to identify the characteristics of various literary genres and define the inner workings of a piece of literature. Selections from the epic poem, the ballad, drama, satirical essays, philosophical novels, etc., will be used to enable the students to define the uniqueness of each genre. Certain forms of literature such as the jarcha, romance, zejel, peculiar to the Spanish literary tradition will also be analyzed. The role of the author, the uses of images and irony, the narrative point of view, etc. will be stressed as essential to literary criticism. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 241.

SPAN350: Theory and Practice of Translation

This course is an introduction to translation into English and Spanish. Its aim to give students a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of the theory of translation, main techniques and strategies for translating as well as the differences between English and Spanish regarding grammar, syntax, punctuation, register, and style. Students will learn to identify specific and general difficulties in texts at both the linguistic and extralinguistic level and how to solve them by applying the appropriate technique. Students will practice translating general texts taken from newspapers and magazines in both directions: from English into Spanish and Spanish into English. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 241 or equivalent.

SPAN351: Fundamentals of Specialized Translation

The aim of this course is to build on the knowledge students have gained from SPAN350 and expose them to the different types of specilized translation from English into Spanish and vice versa. The types of texts used will be literary, legal, medical, technical, and commercial. Students will learn the specific grammatical and stylistic features of each type of text and the translation strategies relevant to each field. Students will also learn how to use specialized dictionaries and onlne glossaries. Special fee. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 350.

SPAN361: Voices of the Past and Present: Spain

This course analyzes themes, topics and problems that are recurrent but also in the process of change in significant works of Spanish literature throughout the centuries. Readings will include canonical authors as well as lesser known writers. The focus of this course as well as the readings varies according to the instructor. Taught in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 241.

SPAN363: Voices of the Past and Present: Latin America

This course analyzes themes, topics and problems that are recurrent, but also in the process of change, in significant works of Latin American literature throughout the centuries. Readings will include canonical authors as well as lesser known writers. The focus of this course, as well as the readings, varies according to the instructor. Taught in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 241.

SPAN373: Selected Topics in Spanish and Latin American Literature

The exploration of a topic in Spanish or Latin American Literature which deserves more in depth treatment than is possible in an existing course. The specific topic will be announced each time the course is offered. This course may be repeated twice for a maximum of 9.0 credits. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 361 and 363.

SPAN374: Cultural Studies: Spain

This course provides an overview of the interaction between sociohistoric contexts and cultural expressions in Spain, taking into account the phenomenal culture development of Spain at the beginning of the 21st century and its surprising rupture from recurrent patterns of the past. Through the vehicles of literature, film, theater, art, and manifestations of pop culture, the course examines the tension between official and unofficial discourses of representation, manifestations of high and low culture, the negotiation of identity in Spain's various regions, and the restructuring of Spanish "nationhood." Contemporary phenomena will be analyzed in a retrospective fashion providing insights into earlier periods of Spanish cultural hisotry. Taught in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 241.

SPAN375: Spanish Study Abroad

Study at a university in a Spanish-speaking country to gain firsthand knowledge of the historical, social, economic and cultural life of the country. Credit by evaluation. () 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 232 or SPAN 241.

SPAN376: Cultural Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean

This course analyzes selected literary texts, films, and music from Latin America and the Caribbean that grapple such events and issues as the icons of culture; culture as commodity; culture as a site of resistance; and everyday cultural practices. Discussion will focus on theories about the nation, the role of national icons in the formation of cultural identity, cultural practices such as football, the bolero and Latin American telenovelas or soap operas, and the role of television and film. Students will be exposed to the cultural complexities of Latin America and the Caribbean and the relationship between "high" and "low" culture; oral culture and written culture; rural culture and urban culture; and the problems facing Latin America and the Caribbean today. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 232 or SPAN 241.

SPAN410: Advanced Spanish Grammar

This course reviews and refines students' understanding of the most important structural features of Spanish. It gives special attention to the formation and analysis of complex syntactical structures, the interplay between Spanish morphology and syntax, and to areas that present the greatest level of difficulty for English speakers. Taught in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 348.

SPAN418: Teaching Spanish in K-12

This course provides students with the theoretical and practical underpinnings of a communicative, standards-based approach to teaching Spanish as a world language in elementary and secondary schools. Students will become familiar with current theories of second language acquisition and explore their practical application to the Spanish language classroom. They will learn a variety of teaching methods and develop lesson plans that incorporate state and national standards. Required for all students in the Teacher Education Program. Taught in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 241 and SPAN 242.

SPAN421: Special Topics in Teaching Spanish K-12

This course builds on the theoretical and practical foundation established in SPAN 418 by enabling students to delve deeper into specific aspects of language teaching. Students will fine tune their ability to create a wide variety of original pedagogical materials and implement different forms of assessment. They will develop additional strategies for maximizing use of the target language in the classroom, expand the ways in which they use technology to enhance language learning, and participate in multiple microteaching sessions. Students will also familiarize themselves with the specific needs of both second and heritage language learners and will explore strategies for addressing these needs. Required for students in teacher education program. Taught in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 418.

SPAN422: Practicum in Translating

This course is designed to provide students with the practical experience of translating in semi-professional situations under faculty supervision. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Spanish. () 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 350.

SPAN439: Spanish Film and Fiction

A study of significant works of Spanish Literature from the end of the 19th century through the present time as well as films by important film directors that are either based on such texts or reflect their principal themes. The course will provide detailed study of the evolution of major political and social issues in Spain during the last two centuires and the representation of issues in literature and film. The specificities of the fiction and film will be an essential component of the course and different narrative strategies and cinematographic techniques relevant to each work will be discussed. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 361.

SPAN441: Contemporary Spanish Novel

This course examines selected works of Spanish novelists from the beginning of the 20th century to the present time, with particular emphasis on post Civil War writers and the relationship between the evolution of the novel as a literary genre and changing social, cultural, and political structure. Special attention will be given to the novel's role in reflecting and challenging stratified cultural values and in using complex narrative techniques to suggest the dismantling of traditional authority. Authors include Cela, Moix, Goytisolo, Martin Gaite, Rodoreda, among others. Taught in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 361.

SPAN442: Spanish Poetry and Drama of the 19th Century

This course will examine main Spanish poets and dramatists of the 19th century. Textual analysis of the works of Rosalia de Castro, Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, Leandro Fernandez de Moratin, Duque de Rivas, Jose de Espronceda, and Jose Zorrilla will be situated in the context of Neoclassical and Romantic Poetics. Spanish readings will be accomanied by a study of classical rhetoric and references to the Poetics of Aristotle, Luzan, Victor Hugo, and William Wordsworth. Taught in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 361.

SPAN443: Spanish Prose of the 19th Century

This course will examine main literary trends in the Spanish prose of the 19th century: Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism. Selected readings from the works of Mariano Jose de Larra, Cecilia Bohl de Faber (Fernan Caballero), Juan Valera, Benito Perez Galdos, Leopoldo Alas, and Emilia Pardo Bazan will be studied in light of theories of the novel and the literary essay. Taught in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 361.

SPAN444: Contemporary Spanish Theater

This course examines representative works of contemporary Spanish theater from the perspective of the relationship between social, political, physological, and philosophical concerns and dramatic structure. The role of censorship during the Franco regime and its effect on Spanish theater and performance from 1939-1975 will be discussed as well as various political ideologies of the post Franco era and theater's role in portraying a changing urban society marked by shifting gender roles, consumerism, and the redefinition of cultural values. Readings include selection from main stream and independent theater, among them works of Lorca, Arrabal, Buero Vallejo, Pedrero, Romero, Falcon, and Alonso de Santos. Taught in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 361.

SPAN446: The Latin American Essay

This course examines the Latin American essay from its beginnings in 1900 with Rodo's seminal essay Ariel through contemporary exponents of the genre such as Roberto Schwarz. The essay will be studied as a form in its own right, as a vehicle for charting shifts in theories of identity, and a barometer for trends in Latin American literature from Romanticism through the "boom" and current theories of hybridity and globalization. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 363.

SPAN447: Contemporary Spanish-American Short Story

Trends in the contemporary short story; the short story as an important genre in Spanish-American letters. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 363.

SPAN448: Contemporary Latin American Poetry

This course examines contemporary Latin American poetry and changing poetic movements from the Avant-garde through to the Neo-romantic and Neo-baroque. It explores the role of philosophy, religion, and myth in the elaboration of a poetic language. Students will investigate and approach the intricacies of diverse Latin American poetic strategies in the context of different critical practices. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 363.

SPAN449: The Spanish-American Novel

Development of the Spanish-American novel up to 1945. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 363.

SPAN450: Introduction to Interpreting

This course is designed to teach the student the specialized techniques of oral interpreting and to prepare them for a career in the field. Visits to observe professional interpreters at work will be arranged. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 241.

SPAN452: Capstone Course in Translation

The aim of the course is to engage students in an extensive translation project that entails two different aspects: translation and commentary. The first part consists of the translation of a text relevant to a specialized translation field (medicine, law, science, advertising, business, economics, literature, foreign affairs, etc). The second stage consists of a critical essay about the difficulties students encounter in the translation and the techniques and strategies used to solve them. The course includes group work involving students engaged in the translation of similar fields and individual sessions between each student and the professor. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 351 or departmental approval.

SPAN460: El Quijote

This course examines in debth Miguel de Cervantes's masterpiece. It focuses on such aspects as Cervantes's literary hall of mirrors; his use of narrative techniques that anticipate aspects of the contemporary novel; and his profound view of the human condition and of such themes as madness, the complexities of self and identity, shifting gender norms, challenges to authority, and the transformation of fiction into life and life into fiction. It also examines Cervantes's critique of 16th and early 17th century Spain and the relationship between Cervantes's life and the creation of Don Quijote. Taught in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 361.

SPAN466: Contemporary Latin American Theater

Through critical reading of a corpus of works in contemporary Latin American theater, students will examine recurring themes of absolute power versus the quest for social justice, the colonial legacy and the forging of national identity, the power of language and the role of art in theater's trajectory over the course of the twentieth century. Major playwrights such as Rodolfo Usigli, Griselda Gambaro and Luis Rafael Sanchez are studied within the framework of contemporary theories of performance and reception in Latin America. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 363.

SPAN469: The Drama of the Golden Age

An overall approximation to early modern Spanish theater, this course focuses on text analysis and performance as two fundamental elements in the understanding and appreciation of Spanish comedias. It allows students to access the plays from different angles: 1) as texts that need to be studied analytically; 2) as cultural and historical exponents of a specific period; 3) as objects of literary and theatrical research; 4) as would-be productions waiting to be staged. After an introductory account on early modern Spanish theater and comedia performance then and now, classes are organized around three phases resembling those of theater production: text analysism, pre-production workshop, and staging. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 361.

SPAN470: Senior Seminar

Selected topics from Spanish and Spanish-American literature acquaint the student with the techniques of literary research. (3 hours seminar.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 361 and 363; Spanish majors only.

SPAN471: Contemporary Trends in the Spanish-American Novel

The contemporary novel in Spanish America, with emphasis on the "Nueva Novela". (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 363.

SPAN472: Puerto Rican Literature and Thought

Insight into the literature and philosophy of the Caribbean Hispanic world; contemporary Puerto Rican writers and the emergent Puerto Rican influence in the United States metropolitan areas. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 363.

SPAN473: Sexual Subversion in Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Film

This course examines various representations of sexual subversion in selected works and films of Spanish, Latin American, and Caribbean writers and film directors. It analyzes the role of the body and subversive sexualities in challenging politically imposed sexual norms and socially encoded gender practices. Topics include homosexuality and dissidence, transgender and performance, lesbianism, female bonding, and transsexualism. Selections from Allende, Goytisolo, Falcon, Arenas, Umpierre, Riera, Almodovar, Gutierrez Alea, Paris,and Bollain, among others. Taught in Spanish. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 361 or SPAN 363.

SPAN480: Independent Study

Directed independent study and research in Spanish. Open to students with a 3.0 cumulative average in at least 9 semester hours of Spanish electives. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6.0 credits. () 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.