Spanish Course Descriptions

LOWER DIVISION (100-200 level)

 SPA 101       Elementary Spanish I
For students with no background or previous study of Spanish. The focus of SPA 101 is the development of communicative abilities in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension of Spanish and an introduction to the cultural practices of the Spanish-speaking world. Themes on: university life, family, leisure activities, and professions. Includes both oral and written assignments of grammatical structures and vocabulary introduced, informal and formal writing. Conducted entirely in Spanish. Not open to students who have completed 2 or more years of high school Spanish. Closed to heritage and native speakers of Spanish.

 Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.

 

SPA 102       Elementary Spanish II
Continuation of SPA 101. The development of communicative abilities in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension of Spanish and an introduction to the cultural practices of the Spanish-speaking world. Themes on: childhood and adolescence, university life, home and community, food and lifestyle, and environmental issues. Includes both oral and written assessments of grammatical structure and vocabulary introduced, informal and formal writing. Conducted entirely in Spanish.

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.

 

SPA 105       Accelerated Elementary Spanish
For students with previous study of Spanish desiring to review material covered in SPA 101 and 102 in preparation for continued study of Spanish at the intermediate level. The focus of SPA 105 is the continued development of communicative abilities in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension of Spanish and an introduction to the cultural practices of the Spanish-speaking world. Themes on: university life, family, leisure activities, and professions, childhood and adolescence, university life, home and community, food and life- style, and environmental issues. Includes both oral and written assessments of grammatical structures and vocabulary introduced, informal and formal writing. Conducted entirely in Spanish.

Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

 

SPA 107       Basic Spanish for Heritage Learners
Designed for students with little or no prior instruction in Spanish who, because of family background or social experience, can understand some casual spoken Spanish and have a passive knowledge of the language, but do not speak the language themselves. Focus on developing basic speaking, reading, and writing abilities.

Typically: Fall, Spring & Summer.


 

SPA 201       Intermediate Spanish I
For students with previous study of Elementary-level Spanish. The focus of SPA 201 is the continued development of communicative abilities in speaking, reading, writing and comprehension of Spanish and as an introduction to the cultural practices, family values, and social and environmental issues. Includes both oral and written assessments of grammatical structures and vocabulary introduced, informal and formal writing. Conducted entirely in Spanish.

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer

 

SPA 202       Intermediate Spanish II
For students with some previous study of Spanish at the intermediate level, who are familiar with all tenses and with vocabulary related to the topics covered in SPA 101-201. SPA 202 is the first semester of a two-semester sequence ending with SPA 203. The continued development of skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening in Spanish with an additional emphasis on cultural competence in the Spanish-speaking cultures of the world. Themes on: relationships, cultural values, different historical perspectives, and current politics. These themes will be explored through articles, films, and literary texts. The course will develop writing and reading strategies, providing students with the tools to think, read, and write critically and analytically in papers of 1-3 pages. Progress will also be assessed through quizzes and exams. Course conducted entirely in Spanish.

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.

 

SPA 203       Advanced Spanish
Continuation of SPA 202. This course will prepare students for advanced literature, linguistic, and culture courses. The class will use films, literary works, and other cultural texts. Students will write analytic essays of 3-5 pages to develop style, vocabulary, and syntax. Course conducted entirely in Spanish.

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.


 

SPA 207       Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Learners
Designed for students with some prior instruction in Spanish who, because of family background or social experience, can understand casual spoken Spanish and have some functional communication abilities in the language. Focus on developing basic speaking, reading, and writing abilities.

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.

 

SPA 208       Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners
This course is designed for those students who, because of family background or social experience and prior instruction in Spanish, possess functional communication abilities in the language. Focus is on developing formal speaking, reading and writing abilities.

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.

 

SPA 280       Special Topics
Awarded for 200 level study abroad course led by UM faculty.

Typically Offered: Summer.

 

SPA 295       Transfer credit
Awarded for 200-level course work, beyond the intermediate I level, at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.


UPPER DIVISION (300-400 level)

SPA 301       Interpreting Literary And Cultural Texts In Spanish
Tools for the interpretation and analysis of literary and cultural materials from the Spanish-speaking world. Acquisition of terminology and theories through the study of the main literary genres (prose, poetry, and drama) and a complementary genre of cultural analysis (e.g., film studies, cultural studies, etc.). Emphasis on critical writing skills. Closed to heritage/native speakers. Students may not receive credit for both 301 and 343. Writing Credit.

Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

 

SPA 302       The Culture of Spain
Historical survey of the arts, science, letters, and political and social institutions in Spain. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: SPA 203 or SPA 208; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 303       The Cultures of Spanish America
Historical survey of the arts, letters, science, and political and social institutions in Spanish-speaking Americas. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: SPA 203 or SPA 208; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 307       Interpreting Literary And Cultural Texts In Spanish For Heritage/Native Speakers
Introduction to Literary Genres for Native/Heritage Speakers Tools for the interpretation and analysis of literary and cultural materials from the Spanish-speaking world. Acquisition of terminology and theories through the study of the main literary genres (prose, poetry, and drama) and a complementary genre of cultural analysis (e.g., film studies, cultural studies, etc.). Emphasis on critical writing skills. Special attention to characteristics of heritage/native speaker expression. Students may not receive credit for both 301 and 307 –—˜ or formerly 343. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: SPA 208; Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

 

SPA 310       Topics in Spanish and Spanish American Studies in Translation
Topics in the literatures and/or cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Readings and discussion in English. Development of critical reading and writing skills. Fulfills humanities literature requirement. Writing Credit. Does not fulfill foreign language requirement. Maybe be repeated when the topic varies. Maybe used toward the Spanish major in accordance with Department of Modern Languages and Literature stipulations. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: ENG 106 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 318       Cinema From The Spanish-Speaking World In Translation
Topics in the cinema of the Spanish-speaking world. Analysis of films in their cultural context. This course is taught in English and does not fulfill the CAS foreign language requirement. Maybe be repeated for credit if topics vary. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: ENG 106 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 321       Introduction to Literary Themes
The study of literature through thematic readings. Writing credit. May be repeated for credit if topics vary. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: SPA 301, SPA 307 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

 

SPA 322       Cultural Topics
Issues related to the cultures in the Spanish-speaking world. Topics may include film, journalism, religion, language in society, popular and mass culture, visual arts, immigration, slavery, mestizaje. May be repeated for credit if topics vary. Writing Credit.

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.

 

SPA 325       Topics In Spanish-Language Cinema
Cinema of the Spanish-speaking world. Analysis of films in their cultural context. May be repeated for credit if topics vary. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: SPA 301, SPA 307 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 330       Topics In Gender And Sexuality
The study of gender and sexuality as developed in the Hispanic context. Writing Credit. May be repeated if topics vary. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: SPA 301, SPA 307 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 340       Migration Studies
Topics within the literary and/or cultural dimensions of migration in the Spanish-speaking world. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: SPA 301, SPA 307 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 353       Colonial Spanish American Topics
Topics within Latin American literatures and cultures from the colonial centuries. May be repeated for credit if topics vary. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: SPA 301, SPA 307 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 354       19th Century Spanish American Topics
Topics within Latin American literature and cultures from independence to the end of the nineteenth century. May be repeated for credit If topics vary. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: SPA 301, SPA 307 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 355       Studies in 20th and 21st Century Latin American Literatures and Cultures
Latin American literature and cultures from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. May be used to fulfill the humanities literature requirement. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: SPA 301, SPA 307 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

 

SPA 360       The Caribbean Through Literary And Cultural Studies
The study of the Spanish Caribbean through literary and cultural studies. Writing Credit. May be repeated if topics vary. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: Typically Offered: Spring.

 

SPA 362      Caribbean Culture Studies
Cultural Topics within the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: SPA 301, SPA 307 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 363       Medieval And Early Modern Peninsular Topics
Topics within Spanish peninsular literature and cultures from the earliest literary forms through the seventeenth century. May be repeated for credit if topics vary. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: SPA 301, SPA 307 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 364       18th and 19th Century Peninsular Topics
Topics within Spanish peninsular literatures and cultures from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. May be repeated for credit if topics vary. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: SPA 301, SPA 307 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 365       Studies in 20th and 21st Century Spanish literatures and Cultures
Spanish peninsular literatures and cultures from the twentieth century to the present. May be used to fulfill the humanities literature requirement. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

 

SPA 394       Internship
The internship is intended to provide the student with an opportunity to apply analytical, interpretive, expressive, and creative skills developed in coursework. Internships ordinarily take place outside the University. They involve UM-faculty supervision as well as supervised on-site experience in an Spanish-speaking cultural, business, or not-for-profit organization. Student needs to fill out the internship application form. Normally 40 internship hours are required per credit earned (the host will supply documentary evidence of hours worked).

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.

 

SPA 395       Transfer credits
Awarded for course work at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.

 

SPA 396       Transfer credits
Awarded for course work at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.

 

SPA 397       Transfer credits
Awarded for course work at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.

 

SPA 398       Transfer credits
Awarded for course work at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.

 

SPA 399       Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners
Awarded for course work at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.

 

SPA 401       Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
Survey of principal areas of inquiry in Hispanic linguistics, including phonetics/phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, historical, social and dialectal variations. Writing credit.

Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 402       Spanish Second Language Acquisition
The linguistic contrast between Spanish and English and the pedagogical and practical implications of understanding language, especially grammar, from a foreign/second language perspective.

Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 422       Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
Special topics in the study of Hispanic linguistics. Possibilities include phonetics/phonology, pragmatics/discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, sociocultural theory, bilingualism.

Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 432       Business and Diplomatic Spanish
Commercial vocabulary, economic, technical, and diplomatic terminology in Spanish. Composition based on models of business correspondence directed to Spanish- speaking countries or firms.

Prerequisite: SPA 301, SPA 307 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 433      Spanish for Health Care Professions
Medical vocabulary, technical and practical terminology in Spanish. Composition based on models of the documents, letters, medical history cases required in health care professions.

Prerequisite: SPA 301, SPA 307 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 434       Legal and Cultural Debates In the Spanish-Speaking World
An advanced level opportunity for students to master their written and oral communicative skills in Spanish tailored for the professional legal setting in a global environment. Students will cultivate the necessary abilities to work professionally in Spanish, that is, to have the capability of writing legal documents in Spanish as well as to formally present legal information in Spanish in professional setting. Students will engage in textual analysis of legal documents and literary pieces, debates on current events, situational practice, as well as continue to develop their Legal Spanish portfolio.

Prerequisite: SPA 301, SPA 307 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.

 

SPA 440       Phonetics
Spanish pronunciation based on phonetics. Exercises in diction and phonetic transcription. Attention to individual difficulties. Conducted in Spanish.

Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 442      Stylistics and Composition
Analysis of grammar and style. Discussion of readings. Intensive writing. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: SPA 301, SPA 307 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.

 

SPA 444       Introduction to Translation
Problems in translation: Spanish to English; English to Spanish. Writing Credit.

Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 446       Cultural Debates: Public Speaking On Societal Issues
This course is designed to give students at the advanced level the opportunity to focus on spoken Spanish as it would be used in the academic arena or any professional field. Using the format and techniques of public speaking and debate, the course will focus on several controversies or issues within Hispanic cultures. Through readings on various issues in the Spanish-speaking world and in-class debates and presentations, students will expand their vocabulary, develop their stylistic expression, and improve their spoken fluency and analytic and argumentative skills. The class is conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPA 301, SPA 307 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 495       Transfer Credits
Awarded for 400-level course work at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.

 

SPA 501       Capstone
Course with a broad-based topic designed to integrate all the high-level linguistic, critical and analytical skills with the body of knowledge acquired during the course of study towards the major. Topics vary. Open only to undergraduates completing their Spanish major. Writing Credit. To be taken in the last semester of the major.

Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

 

SPA 591       Directed Readings

Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 592       Directed Readings

Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 593       Directed Readings

Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

SPA 594       Senior Honors Thesis I
Directed research for honors thesis.

Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

 

SPA 595       Senior Honors Thesis II
Directed writing of honors thesis.

Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.