Spanish Course Descriptions

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. Course taught 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: 0.00 - 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. This course can be taken for credit or no credit but in both cases, consent from the department chair is required. Prerequisite: SPN 102 or departmental approval.

SPN 312 - Counter Kulture: Expressions of Identity and Resistance

(Credits: 3.00)

This course engages students in discussions of cultural and artistic expressions used to articulate identity and resistance by people in the Americas. As Michael Foucault once said, “Where there is power, there is resistance.” Through the exploration of resistance in fiction, popular culture, film, music, graffiti, murals and historical texts, students will be able to develop a critical mind that is constantly critical of power relations and hegemony. The exploration will be achieved while studying on campus as well as through a field experience in the Milwaukee area. While learning about the characteristics of the cultures and countercultures studied in class, students will be able to understand better the diversity of voices that constitute the Americas. The course is taught in English. 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. Course taught in English. 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 334 - Introduction to Spanish Interpretation and Translation

(Credits: 3.00)

An introduction to the basic principles of translation and interpretaion, the theory, the methods, and the challenges involved in rendering both written texts and oral statements from Spanish to English and vice-versa without losing the basic ideas, the intent, the stylistic level and the linguistic register. The emphasis is on general materal taken from journals, newspapers, electronic media, government publications, pre-recorded audio and video speeches and dialogues, and live presentations with consideration of specialized material from the fields of business, literature, medicine, advertisement and law. Course is taught in English. Prerequisite: SPN 203 or score of 600 or higher on the WebCAPE exam or department approval.

SPN 335 - Ethics and Cultural Competency in Interpretation and Translation

(Credits: 3.00)

An in-depth analysis and application of interpreter and translator ethical codes including accuracy, confidentiality, avoidance of conflicts of interest, professional demeanor, maintaining a proper role, competency, reporting ethical violations, professional development, disciplinary procedures and cultural advocacy. Model scenarios are used for developing and applying ethical judgments in business, legal and medical interpretation and translation. Course taught in English. Prerequisite: SPN 334.

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.