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* Key

Courses that fulfill
General Education Requirements:

  • (A-AR) = Analytical - Abstract Reasoning
  • (A-QR) = Analytical - Quantitative
  • (D-D) = Diversity - Domestic
  • (D-I) = Diversity - International
  • (D-L) = Diversity - Language
  • (ES) = Earlham Seminar
  • (IE) = Immersive Experience
  • (RCH) = Research
  • (W) = Wellness
  • (WI) = Writing Intensive
  • (AY) = Offered in Alternative Year

*SPAN 101 BASIC SPANISH I (5 credits)
The first semester of a year-long beginning Spanish program, intended for students who have no previous experience with Spanish or for those who have been placed into the course. The course provides a communicative approach to basic Spanish that emphasizes the development of language skills as well as the cultural competence needed to communicate effectively with native speakers.Offered Fall Semester. (D-L)

*SPAN 102 BASIC SPANISH II (5 credits)
A continuation of SPAN 101. Offered Fall and Spring semesters. (D-L)

*SPAN 105 SUPER SPANISH (8 credits)
Accelerates the acquisition of competencies in Spanish while reducing the time required to fulfill the language requirement from two semesters to one. Through a daily formal class plus approximately two hours daily of small group exercises and activities such as films and food (one in the morning, one in the afternoon), students learn how to be engaged citizens in a cooperative learning environment and how to communicate their ideas effectively in Spanish. Additionally, Super Spanish includes required movement activities such as walking or yoga, and students successfully completing the course will also earn .5 credits for AWPE. Students who take Super Spanish should consider registering for only 2 other courses. Offered Fall or Spring semesters. (D-L)

*SPAN 201 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I (4 credits)
Students continue development of conversational skills, review grammar, and engage in vocabulary building through structured and unstructured conversations, readings, and activities. Offered Fall and Spring semesters. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or placement or consent of the instructor. (D-L)

SPAN 202 SPANISH FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II (3 credits)
How do we study, analyze and discuss topics such as discrimination, human rights, social inequality, class, gender and race in Spanish? While we continue to develop our oral and writing skills as well as lexical and grammatical structures in Spanish, this class will focus on the topic of social justice movements through the study and discussion of different texts such as documentaries, newspapers, magazines and short stories. Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or placement.

SPAN 205 SUPERINTERMEDIATE SPANISH (6 credits)
Accelerates the acquisition of intermediate competencies in Spanish while reducing the time required from two semesters to one. Through class and other activities, students learn how to be engaged global citizens. This course is ideal for students who want to continue their SuperSpanish experience, for CLL majors, or for students who are getting ready for a Spanish-speaking off-campus program. Offered spring semester. (D-L)

Upper-Level Courses

SPAN 301 is the Departmental gateway course to all upper-level courses. It is required of all majors and minors, and suggested for anyone who wishes to continue classes in Spanish and Hispanic Studies. Beyond SPAN 301, upper-level Spanish and Hispanic Studies courses are organized around four broad disciplinary categories or clusters:

  1. Linguistics, language and pedagogy
  2. Texts and cultures
  3. Creative writing
  4. Film studies

Students may pick one or more of the introductory 300-level courses in these areas to continue their studies. 300-level courses may be prerequisites for the 400-level topics courses.

*SPAN 301 INTRODUCTION TO TEXT ANALYSIS (3 credits)
Designed to introduce students to text analysis and effective writing in Spanish. May be organized around a cultural or literary theme. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or placement or consent of the instructor. Required of all Spanish and Hispanic Studies majors and minors. (WI)

SPAN 336 LINGUISTICS, LANGUAGE, AND PEDAGOGY (3 credits)
A general introduction to the field of linguistics or pedagogy as it relates to Spanish. Topics vary. May be taken more than once if different topics. Topics may include phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax in Spanish, practical applications for understanding and improving students' own language skills as well as issues for teaching Spanish to English speakers or English to Spanish speakers. Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or placement or consent of the instructor.

*SPAN 346 TEXTS AND CULTURES (3 credits)
Designed to study aspects of the societies and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Topics vary. Students may take this course more than once if different topics. In this course, students will continue to sharpen their skills in textual and cultural interpretation. Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or placement or consent of the instructor. (D-D, D-I or RCH dependent on topic)

*SPAN 355 CREATIVE WRITING (3 credits)
Designed to allow advanced language students a chance to write original works in Spanish as well as read examples of texts from the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or placement or consent of the instructor. (WI)

SPAN 356 TOPICS IN FILM STUDIES (3 credits)
Studies the development of movies and movie-making in the Hispanic world. Topics vary. May be taken more than once if different topics.  Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or placement or consent of the instructor. (D-I)

*SPAN 406 TOPICS IN LINGUISTICS (3 credits)
Designed to study of aspects of Spanish linguistics, including semantics, historical linguistics, regional variations, dialects and creoles, translation, and Spanish in the U.S. Students will perform independent research projects in areas of their choice. Prerequisite: SPAN 336 or consent of the instructor. (D-I, RCH)

SPAN 407 TRANSLATION: THEORY AND PRACTICE (3 credits)
Students consider a range of issues in translation, such as comparative stylistics, machine translation, and gender in translation. In addition to readings, discussion, and research on particular aspects of translation, students design and carry out individual and group translation projects. May be team taught with other languages. Prerequisites: Vary according to topic.

SPAN 408 GRAMMAR TRANSLATION (1 credit)
Focuses on advanced grammar issues in Spanish, especially applied to translations between Spanish and English. A seven-week course. Prerequisites: Requirements vary; consent of the instructor.

*SPAN 416 TOPICS IN CULTURAL STUDIES (3-4 credits)
Designed to allow students to engage in serious cultural analysis of a specific topic. May be taken more than once. Prerequisite: SPAN 346 or consent of the instructor. (D-D, D-I or RCH dependent on topic)

*SPAN 418 TOPICS IN LATINO/LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES (3-4 credits)

Topics ranging from literature to history, including U.S. Chicano and Latino cultural studies. May be taught in English or Spanish. Prerequisites: Vary according to topic and language in which the course is taught. (D-D, or D-I, dependent on topic)

SPAN 425 TOPICS IN CRITICISM AND THEORY (3-4 credits)
Designed to sharpen students’ abilities in text analysis and critical theory. May be organized around a theme or geographic region or historical period. Prerequisite: SPAN 346 or consent of the instructor.

*SPAN 426 TOPICS IN LITERATURE AND TEXT ANALYSIS (3-4 credits)
A study of texts written in Spanish, often through thematic approaches or historical periods or movements. May be taken more than once if different themes. Prerequisite: SPAN 346 or consent of the instructor. General Education credit varies depending on the topic; see course schedule. (WI)

*SPAN 427 TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURES (4 credits)
Develops students’ appreciation of texts from various countries or regions. Students may be asked to read texts in translation or in the original language. Prerequisites: Vary according to theme. (WI)

SPAN 481 INTERNSHIP (1-4 credits)
Students should consult a faculty adviser before registration.

SPAN 483: TEACHING ASSISTANTS (1-3 credits)
Students must be selected as a Teaching Assistant for a Spanish course and consult with the instructor before registration.

*SPAN 484 FORD/KNIGHT COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS (1-4 credits)
Collaborative research with faculty funded by Ford/Knight Program. (RCH)

SPAN 485 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)
Independent studies cover material not taught in our regularly offered courses. Intended for advanced students who have developed a special interest in Spanish and Hispanic Studies, such as a literature project, a cultural theme or some other independent research. Independent Study proposals must be approved by the Department. Only one 485 course may be counted toward the Major or Minor. Prerequisite: Consent of the Department.

SPAN 487  SENIOR THESIS (1-3 credits)
Only students who have been invited by Department to write a senior honors thesis may enroll in this course. Credits for this course do not count toward requirements for the major. Offered spring semester.

SPAN 488  SENIOR SEMINAR (4 credits)
Required of all majors, double majors, and interdisciplinary and interdepartmental majors. Part of the Spanish and Hispanic Studies majors' senior comprehensives and involves a substantial project or thesis. Offered Fall Semester and generally open only to Senior majors.

May Term Courses

SPAN 399 MAY TERM
Current programs follow:

CURAÇAO (3 credits)
Language and cultural immersion course offered on-site in Curaçao. Prerequisites may vary. Consent of the instructor and acceptance to the May Term off-campus program is required.

SPAIN (3 credits)
Special topics course offered on-site in Spain during May Term. Prerequisites may vary. Consent of the instructor and acceptance to the May Term off-campus program is required.

COSTA RICA (3 credits)
Language and cultural immersion course offered on-site in San José, Costa Rica. Prerequisites may vary. Consent of the instructor and acceptance to the May Term off-campus program is required.