Undergraduate

Course Descriptions

SPA-0100 Introductory Spanish I
An introduction to a practical, everyday beginning language experience and to the Spanish-speaking cultures. Emphasis in acquiring the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Offered fall semester. 3 credits. This course partially fulfills the Global Awareness/Foreign Language requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

SPA-0101 Introductory Spanish II
A continuing emphasis on practical use of language and acquaintance with Spanish-speaking cultures. Prerequisite: SPA-0100 or placement. Offered spring semester. 3 credits. This course partially fulfills the Global Awareness/Foreign Language requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

SPA-0200 Intermediate Spanish I
This is a course for the student with some study of Spanish within the two previous years. Development of listening and speaking skills in practical, everyday situations. Review and improvement of grammar. Audiovisual support materials. Prerequisite: SPA-0101 or placement. Offered fall semester. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Global Awareness/Foreign Language requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

SPA-0201 Intermediate Spanish II
A continuing emphasis on practical use of language in everyday situations and improvement of grammar control. Enrichment of vocabulary, reading proficiency, and knowledge of the Spanish-speaking cultures through songs and short selections of fiction on the Spanish-speaking civilizations. Prerequisite: SPA-0200 or placement. Offered spring semester. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Global Awareness/Foreign Language requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

SPA-0300 Representative Works in Spanish and Spanish-American Literature
This is a foundation course designed to introduce students to literary analysis in Spanish and to develop cultural and literary history background. Written and oral practice of Spanish through compositions and class discussion on literary selections representing major genres and periods in Spanish and Spanish-American literature. Prerequisite: SPA-0201 or permission of instructor. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

SPA-0301 Spanish Conversation and Composition
Class discussion, panels, and debates on current social or cultural topics, chosen by the students. Vocabulary activities. Review of basic grammar. Integration of activities outside of the classroom. Prerequisite: SPA-0201 or placement. Offered fall semester. 3 credits.

SPA-0302 Immersion Experience in Spanish
An opportunity to combine travel and intensive language practice in a Spanish-speaking country. The experience includes a few preparatory classes, a stay of 10 to 15 days in the country selected by the Spanish coordinator, and a written paper on a topic selected by the student and researched while abroad. Prerequisite: SPA-0201 or permission of the Spanish Program. Offered as needed. 1 or 3 credits.

SPA-0305 Business Spanish I
A course providing review and improvement of vocabulary, expressions, and grammar needed for travel or work in Spanish-speaking contexts as well as essential information on cultural differences between speakers from different origins. Practice in the writing of letters, emails, resumes, professional interviews, and conversations. Field trip and/or contact with Spanish-speaking professionals. Prerequisite: SPA-0201 or permission of instructor. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

SPA-0306 Business Spanish II
A course providing information and practice on specialized vocabulary, expressions, and most common documents needed for business and work in Spanish-speaking countries. This course prepares for the examination to earn an official certification from the Camara de Comercio e Industria de Madrid, very valued by American companies, organizations, and even schools. Prerequisite: SPA-0305 or permission of instructor. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

SPA-0307 Medical/Scientific Spanish
A course providing review and improvement of vocabulary, expressions, and grammar needed to communicate in Spanish in the health professions as well as an understanding of different cultural medical-related attitudes and behaviors. Class emphasis on oral practice. Field trip(s) and/or contact with Spanish-speaking health professionals. Prerequisite: SPA-0201 or permission of the Spanish Program. Offered as needed. 1 or 3 credits.

SPA-0309 Spanish-Speaking Media
Discussion about life and cultural perspectives in Spanish-speaking countries as mirrored in diverse media. Emphasis chosen, according to students’ interests, between major Spanish and Spanish-American films or TV programs, newspapers, and magazines. Oral and written practice of Spanish at the intensity of a half unit course. Prerequisite: One 300-level Spanish course or permission of instructor. Offered as needed. 1 credit.

SPA-0310 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition
A course providing guided composition activities on different kinds of written messages as well as grammar activities needed for articulate communication, both oral and written. Integration of one or more activities outside of the classroom. Prerequisite: SPA-0301. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

SPA-0311 Spanish Communication Styles
An advanced language course providing the students with the opportunity to prepare presentations on topics of their interest, related to their majors. Theater reading, debates, and grammar activities are used as needed. Integration of one or more activities outside of the classroom. Prerequisite: SPA-0301. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

SPA-0315 Spanish Conversation and Composition
Class discussion, panels, and debates on current social or cultural topics, chosen by the students. Vocabulary activities. Review of basic grammar. Integration of activities outside of the classroom. Prerequisite: SPA-0201 or placement. Offered every fall. 3 credits.

SPA-0350 Spanish Civilization
This course traces the development and evolution of the Spanish nation from prehistoric times to the 18th century. The geography, history, and arts of Spain are studied through class discussion, video activities, compositions, and presentations. Field trip or activity outside of the classroom. Prerequisite: SPA-0301. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

SPA-0351 Contemporary Spain
An examination of Spain’s diverse aspects since the end of the 19th century; history, political trends and institutions, art and culture, social and ideological trends, and everyday living. Discussions on essays, films, and periodicals. Field trip or activity outside of the classroom. Prerequisite: SPA-0301. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

SPA-0355 Latin-American Civilization
A study of the cultural, social, and political development of Latin-America as well as significant aspects of current life and culture in three representative countries. Class discussion, video activities, compositions, and presentations. Field trip or activity outside of the classroom. Prerequisite: SPA-0301. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

SPA-0400 Spanish Literature to 1500
A study of the origin of lyric and epic poetry in Spain, literary schools of the Middle Ages, and prose development. Audiovisual materials. Field trip or activity outside of the classroom. Prerequisite: SPA-0300. Offered as needed. 1 credit.

SPA-0410 Women in Spanish and Spanish-American Literature
A study in the representation of women in several major Spanish works: epic poetry, romance, and contemporary narratives. Taught in English, using texts in English translation (see FLL-0310). Students can earn credit toward major or minor when doing all coursework in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA-0300. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

SPA-0420 Modern Spanish Poetry
A study of the poetry from the Renaissance to the present with an emphasis on theory and analysis. Required for the major. Prerequisite: SPA-0300 or permission of instructor. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

SPA-0421 Spanish Theater of the Golden Age
A reading, analysis, and discussion of works of outstanding authors from the schools of Lope de Vega and Calderon. The influence of social and didactic themes of the period, and originality and creativity of the playwrights. Prerequisite: SPA-0300 or permission of instructor. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

SPA-0425 Development of the Spanish Novel as a Form
An analysis of the development of the modern novel with Lazarillo de Tormes and don Quijote. Emphasis on the picaresque novel. Required for majors. Prerequisite: SPA-0300 or the permission of instructor. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

SPA-0430 Nineteenth-Century Spanish Prose Forms
A study of the main literary movements of the century through analysis of the most representative authors of the time. Prerequisite: SPA-0300 or permission of instructor. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

SPA-0440 Twentieth-Century Spanish Prose Forms
A reading and analysis of the works on the Generacion Del ’98 and of the post-war generation. Prerequisite: SPA-0300 or permission of instructor. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

SPA-0445 Colonial Spanish-American Literature
A reflection on the discourse of the Spanish Conquest. Outstanding works from colonial times to independence. Prerequisite: SPA-0300 or permission of instructor. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

SPA-0446 Spanish-American Literature: Independence to Present
A study of Romanticism, the gaucho genre, Modernismo, avant-garde poetry, and the theater of the twentieth century. Prerequisite: SPA-0300 or permission of instructor. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

SPA-0447 Contemporary Spanish-American Prose
A study of world famous narrative works, writers, and their contemporary narrative techniques with reflections on the search for national and continental identity of Spanish-American essay and analysis and discussion of texts. Emphasis on novel, short story, or essay. Required for majors. Prerequisite: SPA-0300 or permission of instructor. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

SPA-0450 Independent Study
Arranged on an individual basis. 1 to 3 credits.

SPA-0490 Seminar in Civilization
A discussion of selected topics and their impact on the development of Spanish civilization. Critical reading and structured discussion; individual research and oral presentations; audio-visual support materials. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status or permission of instructor. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

SPA-0491 Seminar in Literary Studies
A seminar study of advanced literary topics through close textual analysis and extensive critical reading with weekly structured discussion. Individual research and oral presentations. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status or permission of instructor. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

SPA-0494 Seminar on Special Topics
A seminar study of selected literary, cultural, or scientific material. Adapted to needs of members of the class. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status or permission of instructor. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

Faculty


Tatiana Ripoll-Paez
Assistant Professor, Spanish
tripollpaez@rosemont.edu