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Morris Bulletin / Division Structure and Course Descriptions

Spanish (Span)

This discipline is in the Division of the Humanities. It promotes a global perspective by encouraging students to take a close look at another culture and in this way become aware of both the diversity and similarity among all people.

Objectives—The Spanish curriculum offers coursework in Hispanic culture, language, and literature. The courses are designed to help students develop critical insight into the philosophy and values of another culture, fluency in a second language, and sensitivity toward literature that reflects the experience of Spanish-speaking peoples. The curriculum accommodates liberal arts students interested in a cross-cultural perspective, language study, secondary school teaching, or preparation for graduate study in the field.

Required Proficiency/Placement Examination—Students who plan to complete courses in the same language that they studied in high school must take the proficiency/placement examination and abide by the placement recommendation. If, after an initial exposure to the recommended course, the placement seems inappropriate, they may follow the recommendation of their language instructor as to the proper entry course.

Requirements for a Major include Span 1110, 1120 or equivalent, 3101, 3120, 3130, 3140, 3700, 3701, 3800, 3801, and one additional course from the following: 3531, 3604, 3620, 3630. A foreign study experience and regular use of the language lab are strongly recommended to maintain language skills. Latin American area studies courses are also recommended. Courses with grades of D are not acceptable to meet the major requirements.

Requirements for a Minor include Span 1110, 1120 or equivalent, 3101, 3120, 3130, 3140, and three additional literature courses from the following: 3531, 3604, 3620, 3630, 3700, 3701, 3800, 3801. A foreign study experience and regular use of the language lab are recommended to maintain language skills. Latin American area studies courses are also recommended. Courses with grades of D are not acceptable to meet the minor requirements.

Requirements for Teacher Preparation—Spanish majors and minors must complete required professional education courses including methods (LanE 3940) and student teaching in Spanish. Students seeking teaching licensure must also demonstrate their proficiency in Spanish by examination. The examination will be administered by the discipline and will cover the skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. A foreign study experience and regular use of the language lab are recommended to maintain language skills. Latin American area studies courses are also recommended. Required courses may not be taken S-N unless only offered S-N.

Students not Majoring or Minoring in Spanish—For an in-depth cultural emphasis, students should complete Span 1100, 1101, 1102 or equivalent, 1110, 1120, 3101, and 3640. Courses in Latin American area studies and a foreign study experience are recommended. For an in-depth language emphasis, students should complete Span 1100, 1101, 1102 or equivalent, 1110, 1120, 3101, 3120, 3130, and 3140. A foreign study experience, special projects in language, and regular use of the language lab are recommended to maintain language skills.

Course Descriptions

Note: Students may not receive credit twice for a course that is offered in both English and Spanish.

Span 1100f. Beginning Spanish I. (5 cr)

Study of basic Spanish skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and aspects of culture, customs, and traditions of Latin America and Spain.

Span 1101w. Beginning Spanish II. (5 cr; prereq 1100 or placement or #)

Second course in the sequence beginning with 1100.

Span 1102s. Beginning Spanish III. (5 cr; prereq 1101 or placement or #)

Third course in the sequence beginning with 1100.

Span 1110f. Intermediate Spanish I: A Cultural Approach. (W, E3; 5 cr; prereq 1102 or placement or #)

Intensive review of grammar, expansion of vocabulary, cultural readings from contemporary Latin American and Peninsular short fiction and journalism, and activities such as reports, cross-cultural debates, situational (survival) dialogues, simulations, dramatic presentations, and compositions on cultural topics.

Span 1120w. Intermediate Spanish II: A Cultural Approach. (W, E3; 5 cr; prereq 1110 or #)

Second course in the sequence beginning with 1110.

Span 3101s. Introduction to Spanish Literature. (W, E6; 5 cr; prereq 1120 or #)

Introduction to literature of Spain and Latin America through examples from various genres. Emphasis on literary analysis and methods of interpretation.

Span 3120f. Advanced Spanish I. (W; 5 cr; prereq 3101 or #)

In-depth study of basic grammatical structures and pronunciation and diction patterns of the Spanish language with projects designed to develop a high degree of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Intensive practice in conversation and writing.

Span 3130w. Advanced Spanish II. (W; 5 cr; prereq 3120 or #)

Second course in the sequence beginning with 3120.

Span 3140s. Advanced Spanish III. (W; 5 cr; prereq 3130 or #)

Third course in the sequence beginning with 3120.

Span 3531w. Seminar in Contemporary Peninsular Literature. (W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 3140 or #; not offered 1997-98)

Literary theme or genre from contemporary Spanish Peninsular literature. Topic to be announced.

Span 3604w. Seminar in Latin American Literature. (W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 3140 or #; not offered 1998-99)

Literary theme or genre from contemporary Latin American literature. Topic to be announced.

Span 3620s. Major Hispanic Women Writers. (W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 3140 or #; not offered 1998-99)

In-depth study of major Latin American and Peninsular women writers. Themes, concepts, points of view, and images found in various genres. Influence of sociocultural forces. Authors such as Victoria Ocampo, Gabriela Mistral, Dolores Medio, Rosario Ferré, Mireya Robles, and Mercé Rodoreda.

Span 3620Hs. Major Hispanic Women Writers. (W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 3140 or #, # for students not in Honors Program; not offered 1998-99)

In-depth study of major Latin American and Peninsular women writers. Themes, concepts, points of view, and images found in various genres. Influence of sociocultural forces. Authors such as Victoria Ocampo, Gabriela Mistral, Dolores Medio, Rosario Ferré, Mireya Robles, and Mercé Rodoreda.

Span 3630s. Hispanic Literature and Film. (W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 3140 or #; not offered 1997-98)

Major literary works and their film adaptation. Includes such directors as Buñuel, Saura, Babenco, and Sanjines who have adapted works by Lorca, Delibes, Vargas Llosa, Galdós, and Sábato.

Span 3700f. Masterpieces of Peninsular Spanish Literature I. (W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 3140 or #; not offered 1998-99)

Major literary works from the generation of 1898 and the contemporary period. Novel, poetry, drama, and essays from such authors as Unamuno, Cela, Goytisolo, Laforet, Lorca, Machado, Valle-Inclán, Casona, Buero Vallejo, Benavente, Ramón Jiménez, and Ortega y Gasset.

Span 3701s. Masterpieces of Peninsular Spanish Literature II. (W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 3140 or #; not offered 1998-99)

Major literary works from the Renaissance to the generation of 1898. Novel, poetry, drama, and essays from authors such as Garcilaso de la Vega, Góngora, Quevedo, Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Zorrilla, Larra, and Galdós.

Span 3800f. Masterpieces of Latin American Literature I. (W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 3140 or #; not offered 1997-98)

Major literary works from contemporary Latin American literature. Novel, poetry, drama, and essays from authors such as Huidobro, Vallejo, Neruda, Paz, Asturias, Azuela, Carpentier, Borges, Vargas Llosa, Cortázar, and García Márquez.

Span 3801s. Masterpieces of Latin American Literature II. (W; 5 cr; prereq 3140 or #; not offered 1997-98)

Major literary works from 1400 to 1900. Novel, poetry, drama, and essays from authors such as Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Cortés, Sor Juan Inés de la Cruz, Lizardi, Echeverría, Sarmiento Palma, Darío, Martí, and Lugones.

Span 3950f, 3951w, 3952s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq #)

Span 3960Hf, 3961Hw, 3962Hs. Senior Honors Project. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq participation in Honors Program, #)

A substantial scholarly or creative work (at the undergraduate level) within the discipline. Successful completion of the senior honors project is one of the requirements for graduating from UMM "with honors."

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