Languages Courses

FR 101 - Elementary French

(Credits: 4.00)

This course introduces students to French language and culture. Students will learn basic grammar and vocabulary while studying pronunciation rules through oral and written practice. Students also will study basic aspects of French culture and civilization. Prerequisite: Not open to seniors..

FR 102 - Elementary French

(Credits: 4.00)

This course is a continuation of the introduction to the study of French. It emphasizes learning to speak, read, write and understand French at a basic level. The course is appropriate for students who have one semester of college-level French or equivalent. Students will be asked to participate in communicative activities, complete workbook assignments as well as reading a variety of authentic texts. Prerequisite: FR 101.

FR 201 - Intermediate French

(Credits: 3.00)

This course follows two or three years of high school French or two semesters of college French. The course offers a review of previously learned material, but gives emphasis to more complex grammatical structures to develop conversational and reading skills. Prerequisite: FR 102 or permission from the instructor.

FR 202 - Intermediate French

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a continuation of the review and development of French. The course emphasizes proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and comprehension of the language as it is presented in everyday situations. Culture and history are an integral dimension. Students will be actively involved in furthering communicative skills as they interact in real-life situations. Prerequisite: FR 201 or two years high school French.

GR 101 - Elementary German

(Credits: 4.00)

This is an introductory course designed to teach students to understand, speak, read and write in German. Students will become familiar with recent German culture and history. Emphasis is on learning the fundamentals of: grammar, speaking in simple sentences using correct pronunciation, responding to questions regarding everyday life, and reading short selections about everyday activities. Fundamentals of oral and written grammar and a correct reading of simple German is practiced. Prerequisite: Not open to seniors..

GR 102 - Elementary German

(Credits: 4.00)

This is a continuation of GR 101 and emphasizes learning to speak, read, write and understand German at a basic level. The course is appropriate for students who have one semester of college-level German or equivalent. Students will be asked to participate in communicative activities, complete workbook assignments as well as reading a variety of authentic texts. Prerequisite: GR 101.

GR 201 - Intermediate German

(Credits: 3.00)

This course follows two or three years of high school German or two semesters of college German. The main emphasis is to review previously learned material, as well as to introduce more complex grammatical structures with emphasis on speaking and reading German. Prerequisite: GR 102 or permission from department chair.

SPN 101 - Elementary Spanish

(Credits: 4.00)

This is an introduction to the study of Spanish emphasizing proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and comprehension of the Spanish language. Orientation to Hispanic civilization and culture from a global perspective is included. Students will be actively involved in the development of their communicative skills. No previous study of Spanish required; or by departmental placement. Prerequisite: Not open to seniors.

SPN 102 - Elementary Spanish

(Credits: 4.00)

This course is a continuation of the introduction to the study of Spanish emphasizing proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and comprehension of the Spanish language. Orientation to Hispanic civilization and culture from a global perspective is studied. Active student involvement is expected in the development of their communicative skills. Prerequisite: SPN 101.

SPN 200 - Spanish for Health Professions

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is geared toward individuals working or majoring in health-related areas. The course focuses on the vocabulary needed for the workplace, the grammar to complete the basic skills sequences, and task-based practical skills. Cultural aspects also are addressed. Students will fill out medical forms, read medical brochures, write letters, conduct interviews, and more. Prerequisite: SPN 102 or permission from the chairperson.

SPN 201 - Intermediate Spanish

(Credits: 3.00)

This course includes review and further development of Spanish, emphasizing proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and comprehension of the language as it is presented in everyday, authentic situations. Culture and history are an integral dimension of this course. Students will be actively involved in furthering communicative skills as they interact in real-life situations. Prerequisite: SPN 102 or a score of 384 or higher on the WebCAPE exam.

SPN 202 - Intermediate Spanish

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is a continuation of the review and development of Spanish. The course emphasizes proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and comprehension of the language as it is presented in everyday, authentic situations. Culture and history are an integral part of this course. Students will be actively involved in furthering communicative skills through regular class presentations and assigned compositions. Field trips may be required. Prerequisite: SPN 201 or a score of 492 or higher on the WebCAPE exam.

SPN 203 - Spanish Composition and Conversation

(Credits: 3.00)

Emphasis is on the development of fluency in speaking and proficiency in writing correct and idiomatic Spanish. Students will review Spanish syntax and grammar through work in composition. Selected introductory readings of literature are included. Active student participation in oral communication is expected. Prerequisite: SPN 202 or a score of 600 or higher on the WebCAPE exam.

SPN 204 - Spanish Composition and Conversation

(Credits: 3.00)

This course includes continued emphasis on the development of fluency in speaking and proficiency in writing correct and idiomatic Spanish. Students will review Spanish syntax and grammar through work in composition. Selected introductory readings of literature are studied. Active student participation in oral communication is expected. Prerequisite: SPN 203 or a score of 600 or higher on the WebCAPE exam.

SPN 205 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is designed for heritage Spanish speakers. Emphasis is placed on the special linguistic needs of students of Hispanic background who were born or educated in the United States. They may speak Spanish at home and want to improve their formal knowledge of the language. In addition, the course aims to provide those students with cultural insights/materials about the diverse Hispanic world that is part of their heritage. Prerequisite: Heritage Spanish speaker.

SPN 300 - Latinos in the U.S.

(Credits: 3.00)

This course examines the historical and sociological phenomena of the Latinos in the U.S. through literature, film and essays. The primary focus of the course will be to compare and contrast the twentieth-century experiences of the four largest Latino populations: those who can trace their heritage to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. All course meetings and readings will be in English. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent.

SPN 306 - Spanish Civilization

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on the study of Spanish life and culture. Students will survey the historical, religious, philosophical and political aspects of Spain through the centuries to modern day. Classes are conducted in Spanish. This is required for teachers. Prerequisite: SPN 203 or equivalent.

SPN 307 - Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on the study of the sound system of the Spanish language by: exploring linguistic theories, practicing with tapes, and transcribing and completing individual exercises. The Spanish language's contrast with the English system is reviewed. Pronunciation and intonation are stressed. This is required for teachers. Prerequisite: SPN 203.

SPN 309 - Latin American Civilization

(Credits: 3.00)

This course features the study of Hispanic life and culture in places besides Spain. Students will survey the historical, religious, philosophical and political aspects of Latin American countries. Classes are conducted in Spanish. This is required for teachers. Prerequisite: SPN 203.

SPN 310 - Spanish Immersion Experience

(Credits: 1.00 - 4.00)

This is a valuable opportunity for the student seeking to strengthen and perfect language skills while gaining a better understanding and appreciation of the Spanish-speaking world. The immersion experience will allow students to apply learned language skills to real-life situations. Students also will develop a better understanding of Hispanic customs, traditions and cultures through interactions with Spanish-speaking members of their community or while studying abroad. This course is required for Spanish majors and minors. Students will work individually with a faculty adviser to design an immersion experience tailored to the students' needs and interests. Prerequisite: SPN 102.

SPN 312 - Multi-Kultural Quilt

(Credits: 3.00)

This course explores the culture and folklore of the people of the Americas. The exploration will be achieved while studying on campus as well as through a field experience in a host country or in the Milwaukee area. Students will not be required to leave the country. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the following: music, dance, films, plays, and readings. While learning about the different characteristics of the cultures studied in class, students will be able to see the 'thread' that connects them to form a multi-kultural quilt. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent.

SPN 313 - El Sur, Salsa, Latin@s and More

(Credits: 3.00)

This course invites students to experience and reflect upon the lived reality of the people who make up American culture. Following an introductory study of the cultural, social, economic and political realities of Latin American countries, students will choose between an “out-of-country” experience or some “in-country” experience(s) that will immerse them in the lived reality of individuals from a Latin American country. Knowledge of a foreign language is helpful, but not required. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent
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SPN 330 - Survey of Peninsular Spanish Literature

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a study of major literary works from the Medieval period to the 21st century. The course includes historical background of selected works from the Golden Age through Modern times. Studies also include works outside of the literary canon. All lessons are conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 204 or SPN 205.

SPN 331 - Survey of Latin American Literature

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a study of major literary works from the Colonial period through Modernism to the 21st century. The course includes the historical background of selected works. Works not included in the literary canon also are discussed. All lessons are conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 204 or SPN 205.

SPN 345 - Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation

(Credits: 3.00)

This course includes intensive conversational practice of the Spanish language based on readings, tapes and interactive media. In addition, the course aims to improve students’ knowledge of Spanish morphology, syntax, and writing style through reading of original texts and extensive writings projects. Active student involvement is expected. All lessons are conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 204 or SPN 205.

SPN 365 - Current Topics

(Credits: 1.00 - 3.00)

This course is a study of selected topics or issues of special interest. The course may be taken more than once for credit if the topic is different. Examples of previous courses include: Chicano Literature, Golden Age Theatre, Golden Age Prose: The Novel, Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Theatre, and Spanish Immersion Workshop. Prerequisite: SPN 203.

SPN 401 - Seminar

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a culmination of the student's undergraduate preparation in Spanish. Under the guidance of a faculty member, the student will be directed to study areas needing additional exposure or reinforcement. Topics may range to offer a broad spectrum of language and related areas. Prerequisite: Senior standing.