Major in Spanish (36 credits)
212, 310 or 311, 312; an additional 24 credits in Spanish numbered 320 and higher, of which at least one 4-credit course must be in literature, one in linguistics, and one in culture; and 399. All Spanish majors and minors are urged to include in their program of study an immersion experience through the study abroad programs in Spain and Latin America.
Major in Spanish/Secondary Education (36 credits)
Same requirements as for the major in Spanish, but includes Spanish 350.
See the education department listing for minor requirements.
Minor in Spanish (20 credits)
212, 310 or 311, 312; plus two additional upper-division 4-credit courses in Spanish numbered 320 and higher.
111 Beginning Spanish I. (4)
An introduction to the Spanish language that provides a foundation for the four language skills: listening, speaking, writing and reading, along with an introduction to different aspects of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking peoples. The emphasis of this course is on promoting language proficiency. Vocabulary and grammatical structures will be the basis for the development of these skills in a meaningful, effective and creative manner.
112 Beginning Spanish II. (4)
The second in a series of three lower-level language courses. Emphasis remains on promoting language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with background information on the cultures of Spanish-speaking peoples. Class time is devoted mostly to the development of listening and speaking skills.
150 Intensive Beginner’s Spanish. (8)
An intensive Spanish course whose task oriented approach aims at helping students develop fluency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. It also intends to prepare students for a deeper understanding of the civilization and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Due to its demanding nature, this course incorporates CAI (Computer Assisted Instruction) and other technological resources to facilitate students’ language acquisition. Prerequisites: one year of foreign language learning experience and permission of instructor.
200 Intensive Intermediate Spanish I. (8)
An accelerated task oriented course that aims at helping students develop fluency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. It also intends to prepare students for a deeper understanding of the civilization and culture of the Spanish-speaking world with its material and also through the living experience in the Spanish setting. This course shall cover the thematic and linguistic content of Spanish 112 and 211 in five weeks abroad, in Valladolid (Spain) and will incorporate CAI (Computer Assisted Instruction) in addition to other technological resources to facilitate students’ language acquisition. Prerequisite: 111 or placement into 112. Global Flag. Summer.
211 Intermediate Spanish (4)
The third in a series of three lower-level language courses. Emphasis remains on promoting language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with information on the cultures of Spanish-speaking peoples. Students will expand on vocabulary and grammatical structures presented in 111 and 112 to communicate meaningfully, effectively, and with an increasing amount of fluency and creativity. This course fulfills the core foreign language requirement.
212 Texts and Contexts in the Hispanic World. (4)
An introduction to textual analysis in the context of the cultural histories and social issues of the Spanish-speaking world. The student will study a variety of texts, including a range of literary genres and film, with a unifying theme to be determined by the instructor. The course also reviews language structures to enhance reading, writing, and speaking skills, serving as a bridge between 111-211 and the more advanced courses in language, literature and culture. The student will learn about internship opportunities and study abroad in Central America and Spain. This course fulfills a core HML requirement. Prerequisite: 211 or equivalent.
271 Individual Learning Project. (1-4)
Supervised reading or research at the lower-division level. Permission of department chair required. Consult department for applicability towards major requirements. Not available to first-year students.
310 Advanced Grammar. (4)
A review and advanced study of Spanish grammar designed for students who already have taken 212. While the emphasis of the course is on practical usage, theoretical concepts will also be considered when necessary. The course will also concentrate on selected contrastive aspects of the structures of English and Spanish and the study of problematic vocabulary items as they relate to the grammatical component. Prerequisite: 212 or permission of instructor.
311 Spanish Conversation. (4)
This course is designed to consolidate and elaborate on oral skills attained in previous courses. Emphasis will be on creative, meaningful and well structured oral expression. Students will develop discussion skills. Discussion will be based on selected topics and literary and cultural readings in order to put into practice the reading and literary skills developed in 212. In addition, students will continue their study of Spanish grammar and a component of writing practice will be introduced. Required laboratory activities once per cycle. Prerequisite: 212.
312 Spanish Composition. (4)
This course is designed to help students improve their command of written Spanish. It also includes practice in oral expression, oral presentations, and daily debate. Written assignments will be based on a step-by-step approach to the development of writing skills. Writing topics will be related to short literary and cultural readings. These readings will be incorporated thematically and according to the writing styles presented in class. The course will also provide a systematic review of Spanish grammatical structures and troublesome lexical items. The grammar will be integrated with the material studied in class. Prerequisites: 212 and 310 or 311.
335 Spanish Culture. (4)
This course examines the political, social, cultural and historical development of Spain. The course will consider the different ethnic traditions as well as the linguistic and cultural regions that comprise present day Spain. The primary texts of the course will be approached in an interdisciplinary fashion that combines socio-historical, political and literary critical perspectives. Prerequisite: 312.
336 Latin American Culture. (4)
This course examines the political, social, cultural and historical development of the Spanish-speaking Americas. In geographic terms, the course includes countries of North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Historically, the course covers the period prior to the Conquest, the Colonial era, the emergence of national identities, and current cultural trends, issues and conflicts. The primary texts of the course—whether these be literary, visual, performative, or ideological in character—will be approached in an interdisciplinary fashion that combines socio-historical, political and literary critical perspectives. Prerequisite: 312.
337 Latino Identity in the United States. (4)
The diverse population of Latino groups traces its origins to a variety of countries and their experience in the United States is quite varied. This course will examine the socio-historical background and economic and political factors that converge to shape Latino/Hispanic identities in the United States. This class will explore issues of race, class, and gender within the Latino community in the United States (Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, Central and South American). Prerequisite: 312. Spring.
340 Latin American Literature: Pre-Columbian to Independence. (4)
This course examines the origins of regional literature in the period of the Spanish Conquest and colonization of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Representative literary texts—encompassing genres such as essay, chronicle and biography among others—will serve as the basis for a study of the historical development of regional literary traditions out of the cultural conflicts and transformations of the colonial period. Prerequisite: 312.
341 Spanish Golden Age. (4)
This course will study dominant themes and trends in 16th- and 17th century Spain with a concentration on either Spanish poetry, prose, or national theater. The course may include all three genres and will be taught within the context of Hispanic and Western culture. Authors may include Garcilaso, Góngora, Cervantes, María de Zayas y Sotomayor, Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina and Calderón.
342 Latin American Literature: Independence to Modernismo. (4)
This course examines the emergence and development of regional and national literary traditions in the Spanish-speaking Americas following Independence from Spain. Works from a variety of genres, such as poetry, essay and the novel, will be used to explore important aesthetic, economic and political manifestations of the nineteenth-century quest for autonomy and development in Latin America. Prerequisite: 312.
344 Spanish Literature: 18th-19th Century. (4)
An introduction to Spanish literature from 1700 to the turn of the twentieth century. This course studies some of the most representative literary works of neo-classicism, romanticism, costumbrismo, realism and naturalism, and examines the historical and cultural backgrounds of the texts under study. Prerequisite: 312.
345 Latin American Literature: Modernismo to Present. (4)
A study of major themes and works of contemporary narrative, criticism, poetry. This course examines the historical background of the texts under study as well as the emerging literary and cultural debates surrounding them. Prerequisite: 312.
349 Spanish Literature: 20th Century to Present. (4)
An exploration of the major themes and authors of this period of Spanish literature, including representative works from the Generation of 1898, the Generations of 1914, ’27, & ’50, los novisimos, current authors, literature by women. Works read in their historical and cultural context. Prerequisite: 312.
350 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics. (4)
A survey of general linguistics as it applies to Spanish with attention to the major areas of the field-Spanish phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and language acquisition. Offered every year. Prerequisites: Two courses in the sequence 310, 311, 312 or permission of instructor.
355 Seminar: Topics in Hispanic Literature. (4)
An in-depth study of a particular work, author, or theme in Hispanic literature or language. The precise subject to be studied will be announced prior to registration. Recent topics include: the picaresque novel; literature of the gaucho; women authors; Siglo de Oro; Generación de 98; Spanish drama from Lope de Vega to Buero Vallejo; Latin American short story. Prerequisites: 312 and one upper-division course in literature or culture.
356 Seminar: Topics in Hispanic Culture and Linguistics. (4)
An in-depth study of cultural issues in the Spanish-speaking world or of Hispanic linguistics. The precise subject to be studied will be announced prior to registration. Recent topics include: race, gender, ethnicity; national identity and its construction/invention; globalization; bilingualism; second-language acquisition; history of Spanish language, etc. Prerequisites: 312 and one upper-division course in literature or culture.
371 Individual Learning Project. (1-4)
Supervised reading or research at the upper-division level. Permission of department chair and completion and/or concurrent registration of 12 credits within the department required. Consult department for applicability towards major requirements. Not available to first-year students.
397 Hispanic Culture/Issues Internship. (1-4)
A practical off-campus experience with a substantial academic component, the internship represents an opportunity to apply language skills and explore issues and culture of Minnesota’s Hispanic communities through a combination of social service/professional experience and independent research. Prerequisite: 312 and approval of the head of the Spanish section. A-F grading only.
398 Honors Senior Essay, Research, or Creative Project. (4)
Required for graduation with "Distinction in Spanish." Prerequisite: HONR 396 and approval of the department chair and director of the Honors Thesis program. For further information see HONR 398.
399 Senior Project. (1 credit)
All majors must present a senior project in a public forum. In consultation with a faculty advisor students choose a project appropriate to their previous course of study and/or their individual goals.
Spanish courses taught abroad
Segovia, Spain (Spring)
324 Spanish Cinema and Society. (4) FA
335 Spanish Civilization. (4) HMU
350 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics. (4)
355 Seminar: Topics in Hispanic Literature. (4)
Valladolid, Spain (Summer)
112 Beginning Spanish II. (4)
200 Intensive Spanish. (8) Global Flag.
211 Intermediate Spanish I. (4)
Viña del Mar, Chile (Fall)
322 Topics of Conversation and Composition on Chilean and Latin American Issues. (4)
325 Chilean Indigenous Communities. (4)
326 Seminar on Chilean Literature. (4)
328 History of Chile. (4)
329 Seminar on Latin American Literature. (4) HMU
330 Latin American Cinema and Society. (4) FA
Central America (Spring)
216 Spanish Intermediate II. (4)
315/316 Conversation/Composition I & II. (4, 4)
355 Seminar: Topics in Hispanic Literature. (4) HMU
363 Advanced Spanish Abroad. (4)