SPA-Spanish Courses

Courses

SPA 101. Introductory Spanish I. 4 Hours.

This course introduces students to the language by focusing on the acquisition of essential elements for basic communication and development of the practical language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) for communicating in daily life situations, as well as provides a broader awareness of and appreciation for the cultures of the countries where Spanish is spoken. This course meets the Core Curriculum requirements for Area II: Humanities.

SPA 102. Introductory Spanish II. 4 Hours.

This course continues to develop the language-learning process by focusing on the acquisition of essential elements for basic communication and development of the practical language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) for communicating in daily life situations, as well as provides a broader awareness of and appreciation for the cultures of the countries where Spanish is spoken. This course meets the Core Curriculum requirements for Area II: Humanities.

SPA 108. Introductory Intensive Spanish. 4 Hours.

Accelerated essentials of language and culture needed for communication. Includes listening comprehension, speaking, writing, and reading. Fast-paced review of SPA 101 and SPA 102. Conducted in Spanish. This course meets the Core Curriculum requirements for Area II: Humanities.

SPA 180. Spanish for Health Professionals. 3 Hours.

Intensive conversation course to expose health professionals to basic vocabulary of Spanish-speaking patients. Focus on practical vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and cultural patterns of Spanish-speaking patients with little or no proficiency in English. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 190. Study Abroad. 6 Hours.

Approved program in a Spanish-speaking country.

SPA 201. Intermediate Spanish I. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to help students make the transition to natural communication and develop the language-learning process by focusing on the expansion of necessary elements for development of the practical language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) by using cultural and literary readings as well as grammatical exercises. It also provides a broader awareness of and appreciation for the cultures of the countries where Spanish is spoken. This course meets the Core Curriculum requirements for Area II: Humanities.

SPA 202. Intermediate Spanish II. 3 Hours.

Continuation of SPA 201. Conducted in Spanish. This course meets the Core Curriculum requirements for Area II: Humanities.

SPA 203. Intermediate Spanish Review. 3 Hours.

This course is designed as a review of the content covered in Introductory Spanish I, Introductory Spanish II, Intermediate Spanish I, and Intermediate Spanish II, while deepening the knowledge and understanding about different grammatical and cultural topics. This course is especially useful for students who have already taken Spanish courses at the intermediate level but whose exposure has been limited or fragmented in recent times. The primary focus of this course is to improve communication skills in Spanish. Therefore, Spanish is the language of instruction.
Prerequisites: SPA 201 [Min Grade: D]

SPA 206. Intermediate Spanish for the Professions. 3 Hours.

Focusing on Spanish-speaking professional culture, this course emphasizes elementary-level conversation acquisition and vocabulary. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 210. Conversation and Culture. 3 Hours.

Development of oral expression within the context of contemporary Spanish-speaking cultures.

SPA 214. Introduction to Translation and Interpretation for the Professions. 3 Hours.

This course introduces students to translation and interpretation techniques, theory and vocabulary related to the professions. The course is conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisites: SPA 201 [Min Grade: C]

SPA 233. Intermediate Spanish Composition and Conversation. 3 Hours.

Foundational composition and conversation, which focuses on correct written and oral expression in Spanish.

SPA 280. Spanish for Health Professionals. 3 Hours.

Focusing on the Spanish-speaking health-related culture, this course emphasizes intensive conversation, technical reading, and vocabulary acquisition. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 290. Study Abroad. 1-6 Hour.

Approved program in a Spanish-speaking country.

SPA 299. Special Readings in Spanish. 3 Hours.

Directed readings in intermediate Spanish. Studies select texts of the Spanish-speaking world to increase overall literacy in Spanish.

SPA 300. Advanced Grammar and Composition. 3 Hours.

Designed to improve the use of fundamental grammatical structures of Spanish in diverse contexts. Strong emphasis is given to the development of writing skills that are appropriate for this level. Six hours of SPA courses at the minor level required. Writing is a significant component of this course.

SPA 304. Phonetics and Phonology. 3 Hours.

Course focuses on how the Spanish sound system functions in various regions. Development of pronunciation through oral practice. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 310. Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World. 3 Hours.

Historical overview of the heritage of Spain, Latin America, and the Hispanic U.S., with emphasis on social, political, and economic institutions. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 311. Greatest Hits of Hispanic Literature I. 3 Hours.

This course is an overview of Spanish civilization, culture, literature, and the arts from early to contemporary times. Highlights of best selling works of various authors, with emphasis on fundamental literary concepts and distinctive stylistic features of Spanish discourse, will be reviewed. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 312. Greatest Hits of Hispanic Literature II. 3 Hours.

This course is an overview of Latin American civilization, culture, literature, and the arts from early to contemporary times. Highlights of best selling works of various authors, with emphasis on fundamental literary concepts and distinctive stylistic features of Spanish discourse, will be reviewed. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 313. Business Spanish. 3 Hours.

Vocabulary, idioms, protocol, and style characteristic of speaking and writing commercial Spanish. Concentration on writing letters, job descriptions, advertisements, and import-export documents. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 314. Spanish Translation and Interpretation. 3 Hours.

History, principles, theory, and practice of translation and interpretation, including a systematic study and contrastive exercises in Spanish-English translation and interpretation. A wide variety of conceptual fields with emphasis on vocabulary building. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 380. Advanced Spanish for Health Profess. 3 Hours.

This advanced course emphasizes intensive Spanish conversation, technical readings and vocabulary pertinent to the medical field. The course focuses on practical vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, medical terminology and cultural patterns of Spanish-speaking patients. The main objectives of the course are: To further develop advanced communicative competence within the medical context of the various regions of the Spanish-speaking world, especially the Hispanic community in Alabama; To foster critical thinking skills, such as problem-identification and solving, decision making, anticipation and planning, patient understanding and achieving communication; To expand on students' functional vocabulary, in particular, the language of the Hispanic medical world at an advanced level; To promote a better understanding of the Hispanic cultures in general, especially of the Hispanic communities who live in the United States; To further develop oral, listening and reading skills at the advanced levels; To further expand on functions and notions of the language and to apply those to the medical field.

SPA 390. Study Abroad. 1-6 Hour.

Approved program in a Spanish-speaking country.

SPA 399. Special Readings in Spanish. 3 Hours.

Directed readings in Spanish.

SPA 401. Voices of Imperial Spain. 3 Hours.

Culture and civilization of Imperial Spain from the age of the Catholic Monarchs to the close of the Hapsburg Dynasty (1469-1716). Includes a study of the art, historical documents and literature from both the center and periphery of the Empire. Selected works by representative authors will vary according to instructor. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 402. Voices of Colonial Latin America. 3 Hours.

Culture and civilization of Colonial Latin America from the advent of European dominance to the decades following the Spanish American War (1492-1920). Emphasis on the blending of Spanish, Amerindian, and African cultural forms and their diverse literary expressions. Selected works by representative authors will vary according to instructor. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 403. Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film. 3 Hours.

Cultural and literary trends of Spain from the transformation of Spanish society in the late nineteenth century to the post-Franco era. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 404. Medicine and Literature in the Spanish-Speaking World. 3 Hours.

How does literature help us to understand the relationship between medicine, culture, and politics? This class, which seeks answers and related questions, spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, charting the role of medical science in literary and cultural texts from six Latin American countries, representing Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, and the United States. Students will read short stories, poems, novel excerpts, and essays, and they will interpret films and visual art to discuss how science and the humanities supplement one another to create a richer understanding of the human body and its role in the historical development of the Americas.

SPA 405. US Latino Writers. 3 Hours.

Focus on the growing body of literature written by Latinos in the United States. Explores Latino issues and cultural identity through the analysis of their narrative works and experience. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 407. Indigenous and Indigenist Latin America. 3 Hours.

Cultural and literary forms of Amerindian, Hispanic or mixed-descent writers of Latin America. Focus on the concepts of hybridity, syncretism and mestizaje. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 409. Spanish-Speaking Nobel Laureates. 3 Hours.

Literary masterpieces of the Spanish-speaking world. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 411. Cervantes and the Quixote. 3 Hours.

This course will review the major episodes of Don Quixote de La Mancha, one of the most influential works of Spanish and World literature, as well as other selected works written by Cervantes. Emphasis will be given to the author’s unique contribution to the birth of the modern novel and his ingenuity to create stories that transformed all literary genres. These readings will be analyzed within the civilization of the Golden Age of Spain, while exploring a diverse array of topics, such as: love and marriage, religion, race, class, magic, madness, and honor. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 412. Voices of Contemporary Latin America 1920-Present. 3 Hours.

Cultural and literary trends of Latin America from la nueva narrativa through the Boom and post-Boom periods. Focus on Mexico, Northern Latin America, and the Southern Cone. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 414. African Hispanophone Writers. 3 Hours.

Cultural and literary forms of African-descended writers in Spanish-speaking world. Focus on African presence in Medieval and Golden Age Spain, Equatorial Guinea, Latin America, or the Caribbean. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 416. Special Topics in Spanish. 3 Hours.

Seminar on individual authors, specific genres, literary movements, literary discourse/theory, or transatlantic studies. Conducted in Spanish. May be repeated for credit.

SPA 420. Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics. 3 Hours.

Analyze, clarify and expand upon critical aspects of the Spanish language (grammar, vocabulary and phonetics) and related cultural aspects in relation to the second language acquisition processes.

SPA 430. Spanish Sociolinguistics. 3 Hours.

This advanced Spanish linguistics course provides a general overview of sociolinguistics and the pragmatics of oral communication in Spanish. This course studies the Spanish language in its social context. In addition to specific regional linguistic features, social factors such as geography, social class, politics, race, gender, economics, education and history are discussed as determiners of the linguistic landscape.

SPA 440. History of Spanish Language. 3 Hours.

This advanced Spanish linguistics course provides a general overview of the evolution of Spanish language, while relating it to relevant historical events. It pays special attention to diachronic change in order to understand the phenomenon of language variation in a multicultural society.

SPA 450. Spanish Second Language Acquisition. 3 Hours.

This course describes the cognitive, developmental and linguistic processes involved in the acquisition of Spanish as a second language while exploring the basic research techniques used in the field.
Prerequisites: SPA 300 [Min Grade: D]

SPA 460. Globalization in the Hispanic World. 3 Hours.

This course develops a constructivist framework for the study of contemporary globalization issues in the Hispanic world by engaging students in higher-level discussions and critical thinking. Through films, music and literature, and guided research, course explores history, politics, economics and sociocultural issues of the recent Spanish-speaking world. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 461. Contemporary Spain & Globalization. 3 Hours.

This course develops a constructivist framework for the study of contemporary Spain by engaging students in higher-level discussions and critical thinking. Through films, music and literature, and guided research, course explores recent Spanish history, politics, economics and sociocultural issues. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 490. Study Abroad: Spanish. 1-6 Hour.

Approved program in a Spanish-speaking country.

SPA 499. Directed Studies. 3 Hours.

Directed readings in Spanish. Conducted in Spanish.