Spanish Course Descriptions

SPAN-101 Intro to Spanish Language & Culture

The beginning course is intended to give training in the basic patterns and structures of Spanish. Conversation and reading related to the cultures of Spanish-speaking areas. Classroom work is supplemented by laboratory practice. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-102 Intro to Spanish Language & Culture

A continuation of Span 101. The beginning course is intended to give training in the basic patterns and structures of Spanish. Conversation and reading related to the cultures of Spanish- speaking areas. Classroom work is supplemented by laboratory practice. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 with a minimum grade of C- or placement. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-195 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

SPAN-201 Intermediate Spanish

Focus on conversational skills, comprehension, Hispanic cultures, reading, and grammar. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 with a minimum grade of C- or placement. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-202 Intermediate Spanish

Continuation of SPAN-201. Focus on conversational skills, comprehension, Hispanic cultures, reading, and grammar. Prerequisite: SPAN 201 with a minimum grade of C- or placement. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-211 Spanish for Heritage Speakers

This course is designed for students who are native speakers of Spanish but have not studied the language formally. In this course, students will learn accentuation, syllabification, grammatical terminology and sentence analysis through written exercises and readings related to the culture of the Spanish speaking communities in other countries and within the United States. Instructor's consent required. Students may take SPAN 202 or SPAN 211, but may only earn credit for one of these courses. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-215 Spanish Conversation Laboratory

This course is designed as a conversation lab for students enrolled in SPAN 201 and 202, although those who have completed SPAN 102 are eligible to enroll. The course provides additional opportunity to improve speaking and writing skills. Students will participate in weekly discussions and oral activities and produce presentations and written work in Spanish. Course taught entirely in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 102. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.
Credits: 1.00

SPAN-255 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

SPAN-275 Internship

See department for details. Internship contract required.
Credits: 1.00

SPAN-295 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

SPAN-301 Composition and Conversation

Practice in conversational idiom through reading and discussion of contemporary short stories, periodical literature, and oral interviews. Extensive practice in composition with analysis and correction of students' errors in the classroom. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 with a minimum grade of C- or placement. Offered annually. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-303 Intro to Hispanic Literature

An introduction to the study of literature in Spanish through the genres from different periods and countries of the Hispanic world. Continued practice in composition with in-class student presentations. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 with a minimum grade of C- or placement. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities. Offered annually. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-305 Contemporary Spanish Poetry

Analysis of representative poems of the major contemporary poets of Spain and Latin America: Antonio Machado, Garcia Lorca, Juan Ramon Jimenez, Vicente Alexandre, Pablo Neruda, Cesar Vallejo, and others. Student reports on poems and authors not covered in the classroom. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or placement. Taught in Spanish. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities. Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-310 Contemporary Spanish Music and Cultures

Study and analysis of representative genres of popular music and their relationship to culture and literature in twentieth-century Spanish America and/or Spain: "Musica Folklorica,""El bolero y la baladam,""La cancion politica;" "musica Afro-hispana,""Latin-Jazz," "Rock en espanol" and others. Students will report on material not covered in the classroom. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 with a minimum grade of C- or placement. Counts toward core requirement: Comparative Cultural. Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-315 Advanced Grammar and Composition

This course is designed to "fill in" the Spanish grammar and vocabulary gaps of the advanced/intermediate student. Course reviews the more difficult grammatical structures in Spanish while introducing advanced vocabulary, idioms and colloquialisms. Emphasizes vocabulary building, composition skills and comprehension of the wide range of Spanish found in literature, journalism, and everyday speech. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 with a minimum grade of C- or placement. Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-325 Mexican-American Cultural Exploration

This course offers students studying Spanish a chance to improve their linguistic abilities and their understanding of the cultures of Mexico and Mexican-Americans through direct contact with local native Spanish speakers. In addition to meeting as a class 3 hours/week to discuss readings on the socio-economic, political and health situations of Spanish speakers living in the US, students conduct 30 hours of service learning in local organizations that provide services exclusively or predominantly to Latinos. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or placement. Counts toward core requirement: Comparative Cultural, Civic Engagement, and/or Diverse Perspectives. Offered annually. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-355 Special Topics

See department for course description. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 with a minimum grade of C- or placement.
Credits: 1.00

SPAN-367 Tapalpa, Mexico: Teaching Practicum

This 3-week travel course immerses students in the language, culture and educational system of rural Mexico. It also exposes students to elements of pre-Colombian cultures in Mexico that are still important today (religion, food, health care). Students will observe and teach in elementary/middle schools in the small town of Tapalpa, Mexico and will participate in workshops that focus on a variety of regional indigenous cultural expressions. Travel course also includes several pre- and post-trip meetings at Pacific University. Students will also attend evening class sessions on literature and culture while in Tapalpa. Taught in Spanish with some English. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 with a minimum grade of C- or placement. Counts toward core requirement: Comparative Cultural, Civic Engagement, and/or International Perspectives. Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-395 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

SPAN-400 Survey Spanish Peninsular Lit & Culture

A study of the major works and literary movements of 20th century Spain. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: one 300-level SPAN course with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: Study Abroad or high fluency in Spanish. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities. Offered alternate years. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-403 Contemporary Spanish Cinema

This class will be a survey of Spanish language film, with emphasis on contemporary productions. While the focus of the course may vary, the principal objective is for the student to develop a broad understanding of central issues and movements within Spanish language film. The course will expose the student to a variety of different genres, directors, and countries. We will study the films within their sociopolitical, historic, and/or filmic contexts and will analyze how context is reflected within film as a cultural production. Prerequisite: One 300-level SPAN course with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: Study Abroad or high fluency in Spanish. Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-405 Survey of Spanish American Lit & Culture

A study of the major works and literary movements of Spanish America. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: one 300-level SPAN course with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: Study Abroad or high fluency in Spanish. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-406 Special Topics Spanish American Studies

Detailed study of works of selected areas of Spanish American cultures. Prerequisite: one upper division SPAN course with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: Study Abroad or high fluency in Spanish. Counts toward core requirement: International Perspectives. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-407 Special Topics Spanish Studies

Detailed study of works of selected areas of Spanish Peninsular cultures. Prerequisite: one upper division SPAN course with a minimum grade of C-. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-455 Special Topics

See department for description.
Credits: 1.00

SPAN-465 Spanish in the Elementary School

This course is an introduction to the principles of second language acquisition as they apply to bilingual education and second-language instruction in elementary school programs. Students will become acquainted with dual language materials, bicultural perspectives, and strategies for the achievement of biliteracy. This class includes an observation component in a bilingual classroom. Taught in Spanish and English. Does not count toward Spanish major. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 with a minimum grade of C- or placement. Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-466 Mexico:A Cultural Mosaic

This class will focus on Mexican history, folklore, culture, music, and visual arts with the needs of the elementary classroom in mind. The class will be taught bilingually and discuss the historical and cultural basis for the Mexican aesthetic. In addition, students have opportunities to participate in musical experiences and hands-on art projects also suitable for the elementary classroom. As a culminating event, the students will design and implement Festival day that will include community participation. Includes an observation component in a bilingual classroom. Does not count towards Spanish major. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 with a minimum grade of C- or placement. Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

SPAN-475 Internship

See department for details. Internship contract required.
Credits: 1.00

SPAN-490 Thesis in Spanish I

Thesis in Spanish on a topic of their choice. Prerequisite: Senior standing (90 or more completed credits) and SA-476. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

SPAN-491 Thesis in Spanish II

Continuation of SPAN 490. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPAN-490 with a minimum grade of C-. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

SPAN-495 Research

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00