Department of World Languages and Literatures

http://www.uab.edu/languages

 

Chair: Dr. Julian Arribas

The Department of World Languages and Literatures offers a multifaceted foreign language program that will meet the diverse global challenges facing students of the 21st century. The Department offers programs of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts in World Languages with concentrations in French and Spanish, and a concentration in Applied Professional Spanish. The Department offers minor programs in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Spanish for Business, as well as a Certificate of Spanish for Specific Purposes. There are also opportunities for students to take courses in Arabic, Italian, Portuguese, and courses about foreign cultures and literatures in English. Additional courses in foreign languages may be taken through the Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education (BACHE). Promoting a comprehensive view of foreign cultures, languages and literatures enhances the students’ ability to compete in the job market and/or pursue graduate or professional studies.

Our programs are rooted in diversity within and across cultures, and foster the international exchange of knowledge and information between humanities scholars, teachers and other professionals.  Our instructional methods are aligned with national standards.  The foreign language experience at UAB includes classroom learning, scholarship and research, experiential learning, and extracurricular opportunities.

The UAB Department of World Languages and Literatures offers traditional language, culture, civilization, linguistics and literature classes and also enrolls students in such fields as literature in translation, film and cultural studies, foreign media and society, US Latino topics, applied linguistics and languages for the professions.

The Department also offers an Honors Track Program and internships in World Languages to students in Spanish for Specific Purposes, and for qualified majors with Departmental approval. Furthermore, we promote and sponsor opportunities for study abroad in conjunction with UAB Education Abroad programs. UAB Distinguished Professor Emeritus of French, William C. Carter has built one of the world's largest collections of books by and about French author Marcel Proust. The collection is housed on campus in Mervyn H. Sterne Library and includes original letters and other documents.

For more information about our programs, online placement exams, internships, events and sponsored study abroad opportunities, visit the Department of World Languages and Literatures web site at http://www.uab.edu/cas/languages/.

Language Placement

To assure that students taking foreign language courses are properly placed, all students must take a placement exam in the language before enrolling in foreign language classes. Students enrolling in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese will work directly with designated foreign language faculty members to ensure proper placement. Placement exams in French, Spanish, and German are available online at the Department of World Languages and Literatures web site: https://www.uab.edu/cas/languages/student-resources/placement-tests. The level at which native/heritage language speakers may begin formal language study will be determined by the appropriate foreign language advisor after the student has taken the online placement exam. Exceptional native/heritage language students may apply for Credit by Examination (CBE). The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is available in French, German, and Spanish.

Major

The Department of World Languages and Literatures offers programs of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts in World Languages with concentrations in Japanese, French, Spanish, and Applied Professional Spanish. Students who major or minor in foreign languages are encouraged to consult the Department web page to identify the appropriate departmental advisor to assist in formulating an individual program of study.

The world language major requires completion of the introductory sequence (Introductory Japanese I and II, Introductory French I and II, or Introductory Spanish I and II) or the equivalent.

Concentration in Japanese 

The Japanese concentration/track at UAB offers an articulated approach to the study of the Japanese language and the culture, civilization and literature of the Japanese-speaking world. Literacy skills and understanding (e.g., listening, reading, writing, speaking) are developed throughout the course of study, as is the nurturing of critical and analytical skills. Majors will leave the program with the ability to engage in critical and cross-cultural analysis. Students have the opportunity to do in-depth work in special topics seminars (e.g., Advanced language structure, Japanese culture and civilization, Contemporary Japan, Japanese Business, Film, Literature, Translation, and Japanese current issues.) Typically, Japanese concentration majors have more than one major or a complement minor to facilitate the applied aspect of language study (e.g., art anime, business, digital forensics, education, international studies, and pre-health and public health). Students graduating from UAB with a concentration in Japanese may go on to graduate or professional schools and/or employment in such fields as business, education, engineering, entertainment, industry, international relations, medicine, and public health.

The Japanese concentration provides opportunities for community outreach activities (e.g., internships, service learning) in Alabama, and has diverse study abroad opportunities from which to choose. We work very closely with students to personalize their studying experience. We also help them to find ways to enhance their language and culture skills through unique experiences abroad (e.g., Fulbright, teaching in Japan, and teaching exchanges).

The Department recommends students to enroll in more than one language to learn about varied linguistic structures and receive a broader cross-cultural perspective.

Concentration in French

The French concentration/track at UAB offers an articulated approach to the study of the French language and the culture, civilization and literature of the French-speaking world. Literacy skills and understanding (e.g., reading, writing, speaking) are developed throughout the course of study, as is the nurturing of critical and analytical skills. Majors will leave the program with the ability to engage in critical and cross-cultural analysis. Students have the opportunity to do in-depth work in special topics seminars (e.g., Advanced Grammar, French Civilization, Contemporary France, French Film, Environment in the French-Speaking World, Francophone literature and current issues.) Typically, French concentration majors have more than one major or a complement of minors to facilitate the applied aspect of language study (e.g., pre-health, international studies, public health, digital forensics, education, art, anthropology, communication studies, business, criminal justice). Students graduating from UAB with a concentration in French have gone on to graduate or professional school and/or employment in such fields as business, education, government, industry, international relations, law, public health, medicine, hotel and restaurant management, and publishing.

The French concentration has opportunities for community outreach activities (e.g., internships, service learning) in Alabama, and has diverse study abroad opportunities from which to choose. We work very closely with students to personalize their studying experience. We also help them to find ways to enhance their language and culture skills through unique experiences abroad (e.g., application for French government youth grants and internships, teaching exchanges).

The Department recommends students to enroll in more than one language to learn about varied linguistic structures and receive a broader cross-cultural perspective.

Concentration in Spanish

The Spanish concentration/track at UAB offers an articulated approach to the study of the Spanish language and the culture, civilization and literature of the Spanish-speaking world. Literacy skills and understanding (e.g., listening, reading, writing, speaking) are developed throughout the course of study, as well as the nurturing of critical and analytical skills.  Our Spanish curriculum emphasizes the gradual development of the three principal Modes of Communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. Majors will leave the program with the ability to engage in critical and cross-cultural analysis. Students have the opportunity to do in-depth work in special topics seminars like Afro-Hispanic writers, Hispanic and Latino topics, peninsular film, and applied linguistics, and sociolinguistics.  Typically, Spanish concentration majors have more than one major or a complement of minors to facilitate the applied aspect of language study (e.g., criminal justice and digital forensics, neuroscience, pre-health, nursing, education, communication studies, business, and international studies). Students graduating from UAB with a concentration in Spanish have gone on to graduate or professional school and/or employment in such fields as business, education, government, industry, international relations, law, medicine, publishing, translation, and interpretation.

The Spanish concentration major has diverse study abroad opportunities from which to choose.

The Department recommends students to enroll in more than one language to learn about varied linguistic structures and receive a broader cross-cultural perspective.

Concentration in Applied Professional Spanish (APSP)

The concentration/track in Applied Professional Spanish at UAB is a program intended to prepare students to develop the necessary communicative skills and cultural knowledge to serve the needs of the U.S. Spanish-speaking community in professional settings (such as health care, business and management, social work, criminology, education, translation, and interpretation) and better prepare students for a career with an international scope. This carefully-designed, progressive coursework is a combination of professionally-focused Spanish courses, advanced Spanish linguistics and phonology courses, contemporary Hispanic culture courses, and practical experience (community service learning and internship).  Our Spanish curriculum emphasizes the gradual development of the three principal Modes of Communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational.

While maintaining a firm Humanities foundation within the tradition of the Liberal Arts, the overarching goal of the APS program is to enhance students' professional preparation for a global job market as well as for domestic positions that require proficiency in Spanish and understanding of U.S. Hispanic cultures. Courses are offered in various formats (seated, online, hybrid) and schedules (morning, afternoon, and evening) to accommodate both regular and returning students with a full-time job.

This program is especially adaptable as a double major.

Minor

Twelve semester hours at the 200 level or above are required for the minor in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, or Business Spanish. No course in which a grade below C has been earned may be counted toward the minor requirement. The Department of World Languages and Literatures strongly recommends that more than half of student course work for the minor be completed on the UAB campus. Students that transfer courses from non-UAB programs into the UAB minor programs will be examined for placement and proficiency level.   At least 6 hrs. of the credits applied toward the minor must be taken at UAB.  Exceptions to this rule can be granted with the permission of the Chair.

Foreign Language Media Services

The computer-based Foreign Language Media Services (FLMS) at UAB enables students, faculty and community users to access and utilize foreign languages and cultures in a digital environment in order to provide multi-dimensional learning and research opportunities. The FLMS plays an integral role in the activities and services of the UAB Department of World Languages and Literatures and also serves as a support center for the University. The FLMS enables the UAB Department of World Languages and Literatures to respond to the demand for additional language resources, the requirements for a wider range of tasks being performed in the languages, a greater number of language learners of different types and a broader array of instructional modes.

For more information about FLMS, online placement exams and internships, visit the Department of World Languages and Literatures web site: http://www.uab.edu/cas/languages/.

Foreign Language Education

The Department of World Languages and Literatures regularly offers graduate foreign language classes as content courses in French and Spanish for graduate degrees in foreign language education. Students interested in seeking one of the graduate degrees in foreign language education should contact the UAB Department of Curriculum and Instruction (School of Education).

 Bachelor of Arts with a Major in World Languages & Literatures (Concentration in French)

*At least 18 credits must be taken at UAB

RequirementsHours
FLL 120Foreign Cultures 13
FLL 121Songs of Social Change through World Cultures 23
FLL 485Foreign Language Capstone Seminar3
FR 201Intermediate French I 33
Select at least three (3) 200 level courses from this group:9
Intermediate French II
French and Business Culture
Exploring French-speaking Culture
Intermediate Survey of French Literature
Intermediate French Composition
Practical Conversation
French for Health
Food for Thought: French Culture through Cuisine
Study Abroad
Advanced French Courses
Select at least three (3) 300 level courses from this group:9
French-Speaking Cinema
Parlons affaires! Global Engagement in the French-Speaking World
Advanced Grammar and Composition I
Advanced Grammar and Composition II
Exploring French-Speaking Culture
Greatest Hits of French Literature
Bande-dessinée: Reading French Language Comics
Creative Writing in French
Practical Conversation
Approaches to Translation
Soccer, History, and Politics in the French-Speaking World
La Chanson Française: French Culture through Songs
Study Abroad
Special Readings in French
Select at least three (3) 400 level courses from this group:9
Histoires de France: French History Through Stories
Aux Armes! Revolutions in the French-speaking World
Fin-de-Siecle France (1895-1940)
French Literature since 1940
Race, Gender, and Transnationalism in Francophone Literature and Thought
Special Topics in French
French Civilization:before 1789 Pre-Revolutionary
French Civilization after 1789 Post-Revolutionary
Literature and the Environment in the French-Speaking World
Study Abroad: French
Directed Studies
Total Hours39

Grade Requirement

No course in which a grade below C has been earned may be counted toward the major.

Beginning Language Requirement

To enroll in any 200-level French (FR) course, students must either complete 8 hours of 100-level French (FR) courses or complete the equivalent placement test.

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in World Languages and Literatures with a Concentration in Japanese

At least 18 credit hours must be taken at UAB.

RequirementsHours
FLL 120Foreign Cultures 13
FLL 121Songs of Social Change through World Cultures 23
FLL 485Foreign Language Capstone Seminar3
JPA 201Intermediate Japanese I 33
Intermediate Japanese Courses
Select three 200-level courses from below:9
Intermediate Japanese II
Intermediate Japanese Language & Culture I
Intermediate Japanese Language & Culture II
Business Japanese
Discourse and Culture in Japanese
Contemporary Issues in Japanese Society
Japanese for Study Abroad
Directed Readings in Japanese
Advanced Japanese Courses
Select three 300-level courses from below:9
Advanced Japanese I
Advanced Japanese II
Japanese Pragmatics I
Japanese Culture and Civilization
Japanese Children Stories
Advanced Business Japanese
Japanese Translation I
Japanese Cinema I
Study Abroad
Select three 400-level courses from below:9
Advanced Japanese III
Advanced Japanese IV
Japanese Pragmatics II
Japanese Popular Culture
Japanese Literature
Advanced Japanese for the Professions
Japanese Translation II
Japanese Cinema II
Study Abroad: Japan
Directed Readings: Japanese
Total Hours39

 Grade Requirement

No course in which a grade below C has been earned may be counted toward the major.

Beginning Language Requirement

To enroll in any 200-level French (FR) course, students must either complete 8 hours of 100-level French (FR) courses or complete the equivalent placement test. 

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in World Languages and Literatures (Concentration in Spanish)

RequirementsHours
FLL 120Foreign Cultures 13
FLL 121Songs of Social Change through World Cultures 23
FLL 485Foreign Language Capstone Seminar3
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish I 33
Select at least three (3) 200 level courses from this group:9
Intermediate Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish Review
Intermediate Spanish for the Professions
Conversation and Culture
Introduction to Translation for the Professions
Intermediate Spanish Grammar in Context
Study Abroad
Special Readings in Spanish
Advanced Spanish Courses
Select at least three (3) 300 level courses from this group:9
Advanced Grammar in Context
Phonetics and Phonology
Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World
Greatest Hits of Hispanic Literature I
Greatest Hits of Hispanic Literature II
Hispanic Children Stories
Study Abroad
Special Readings in Spanish
Select at least three (3) 400 level courses from this group:9
Voices of Imperial Spain
Voices of Colonial Latin America
Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film
Medicine and Literature in the Spanish-Speaking World
US Latino Writers
Indigenous and Indigenist Latin America
Spanish-Speaking Nobel Laureates
Cervantes and the Quixote
Voices of Contemporary Latin America 1920-Present
Afro-Latin American Literature and Culture
Special Topics in Spanish
Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
Spanish Sociolinguistics
History of Spanish Language
Spanish Second Language Acquisition
Pop Culture in Translation
Globalization in the Hispanic World
Contemporary Spain
Study Abroad: Spanish
Directed Studies
Total Hours39

Other Requirements (Concentration in Spanish)

Grade Requirement

No course in which a grade below C has been earned may be counted toward the major.

Beginning Language Requirement

To enroll in any 200-level Spanish (SPA) course, students must either complete 8 hours of 100-level Spanish (SPA) courses or complete the equivalent placement test.

Major in World Languages and Literatures with a Concentration in Applied Professional Spanish

Beginning Language Requirement

To enroll in any 200-level Spanish (SPA) course, students must either complete 8 hours of 100-level Spanish (SPA) courses or complete the equivalent placement test.

RequirementsHours
FLL 120Foreign Cultures 13
FLL 121Songs of Social Change through World Cultures 23
FLL 485Foreign Language Capstone Seminar3
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish I 33
SPA 485Spanish for Leadership at the Workplace 43
Select at least three 200 level courses from this group:9
Intermediate Spanish for the Professions
Introduction to Translation for the Professions
Intermediate Spanish Grammar in Context
Spanish for Health Professionals
Study Abroad 5
Advanced Spanish Courses
Select at least three 300 level courses from this group:9
Advanced Grammar in Context
Phonetics and Phonology
Business Spanish
Applied Spanish Translation and Interpretation
Hispanic Cultures Through Culinary Art
Advanced Spanish for Health Professionals
Study Abroad 5
Select at least two 400 level courses from this group:6
Medicine and Literature in the Spanish-Speaking World
Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
Spanish Sociolinguistics
Spanish Second Language Acquisition
Pop Culture in Translation
Globalization in the Hispanic World
Contemporary Spain
Contemporary Latin America
Total Hours39

Grade Requirement

No course in which a grade below C has been earned may be counted toward the major.

 Minor in French

RequirementsHours
Beginning Language Requirement8
To enroll in any 200-level French (FR) course, students must either complete 8 hours of 100-level French (FR) courses or complete the equivalent placement test.
No course in which a grade below C has been earned may be counted toward a minor.
French Courses12
Select 12 credit hours from 200-level, 300-level, or 400-level French (FR)
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
French and Business Culture
Exploring French-speaking Culture
Intermediate Survey of French Literature
Intermediate French Composition
Practical Conversation
French for Health
Food for Thought: French Culture through Cuisine
Study Abroad
At least 6 hrs. of the credits applied toward the minor must be taken at UAB. Exceptions to this rule can be granted with the permission of the Chair.
Total Hours20

 Minor in Spanish

RequirementsHours
Beginning Language Requirement8
To enroll in any 200-level Spanish (SPA) course, students must either complete 8 hours of 100-level Spanish (SPA) courses or complete the equivalent placement test.
No course in which a grade below C has been earned may be counted toward a minor.
Spanish Courses12
Select 12 credit hours from 200-level, 300-level, or 400-level Spanish (SPA)
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish Review
Intermediate Spanish for the Professions
Conversation and Culture
Introduction to Translation for the Professions
Intermediate Spanish Grammar in Context
Spanish for Health Professionals
Study Abroad
Special Readings in Spanish
At least 6 hrs. of the credits applied toward the minor must be taken at UAB. Exceptions to this rule can be granted with the permission of the Chair.
Total Hours20

Minor in Spanish for Business

RequirementsHours
Required Courses
SPA 206Intermediate Spanish for the Professions3
SPA 313Business Spanish3
Spanish Electives
Select two of the following:6
Intermediate Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish Review
Conversation and Culture
Introduction to Translation for the Professions
Intermediate Spanish Grammar in Context
Spanish for Health Professionals
Study Abroad
Special Readings in Spanish
At least 6 hrs. of the credits applied toward the minor must be taken at UAB. Exceptions to this rule can be granted with the permisison of the Chair.
Total Hours12

 Minor in Chinese

RequirementsHours
Beginning Language Requirement6
To enroll in any 200-level Chinese (CHI) course, students must either complete 8 hours of 100-level Chinese (CHI) courses or complete the equivalent placement test.
No course in which a grade below C has been earned may be counted toward a minor.
Chinese Courses12
Select 12 credit hours from 200-level Chinese (CHI) or higher:
Intermediate Chinese I
Intermediate Chinese II
Intermediate Chinese Language & Culture I
Intermediate Chinese Language and Culture II
Chinese Through Culinary Art
Chinese for Health Professionals
Study Abroad: Chinese
Chinese for the Professions
Directed Readings in Chinese
At least 6 hrs. of the credits applied toward the minor must be taken at UAB. Exceptions to this rule can be granted with the permission of the Chair.
Total Hours18

 Minor in German

RequirementsHours
Beginning Language Requirement8
To enroll in any 200-level German (GN) course, students must either complete 8 hours of 100-level German (GN) courses or complete the equivalent placement test.
No course in which a grade below C has been earned may be counted toward a minor.
German Courses12
Select 12 credit hours from 200-level German (GN) or higher:
Intermediate German I
Intermediate German II
German Culture and Civilization
Readings in German Literature
German for the Professions
German for Technology and Media
German Culture and Civilization II
Study Abroad
At least 6 hrs. of the credits applied toward the minor must be taken at UAB. Exceptions to this rule can be granted with the permission of the Chair.
Total Hours20

Minor in Japanese

RequirementsHours
Beginning Language Requirement6
To enroll in any 200-level Japanese (JPA) course, students must either complete 6 hours of 100-level Japanese (JPA) courses or complete the equivalent placement test.
No course in which a grade below C has been earned may be counted toward a minor.
Japanese Courses12
Select 12 credit hours from 200-level Japanese (JPA) or higher:
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Japanese II
Intermediate Japanese Language & Culture I
Intermediate Japanese Language & Culture II
Business Japanese
Discourse and Culture in Japanese
Contemporary Issues in Japanese Society
Japanese for Study Abroad
Directed Readings in Japanese
Study Abroad
At least 6 hrs. of the credits applied toward the minor must be taken at UAB. Exceptions to this rule can be granted with the permission of the Chair.
Total Hours18

Spanish for Specific Purposes

The Department of World Languages and Literatures offers a Spanish for Specific Purposes (SSP) Certificate. The certificate is built upon the existing Spanish program and course offerings with modifications and additions. The courses are designed for traditional as well as non-traditional candidates. The objective of this certificate is not only to fulfill UAB degree candidates’ academic and future needs, but also to reach out to local professionals. The courses are content-, vocabulary-, and culture-based. Students learn the vocabulary, language and cultural background that they will use in their professional field through extensive practice in class and beyond the classroom as well. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will receive an official UAB Certificate of Completion, which will also be recorded on their transcript.

Candidates who wish to obtain a UAB Spanish for Specific Purposes Certificate must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Have the Spanish prerequisites specific to each SSP class.
  2. Enter with and maintain a minimum 2.8 GPA in Spanish courses.
  3. Submit an application online following the link provided below and receive formal acceptance to the SSP program.
  4. Obtain a B grade or above in all SSP courses.
  5. Complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of SSP classes (6 courses) in the UAB Department of World Languages and Literatures, of which a minimum of 12 credits  (4 courses) must be at the 300 level (SPA 304, FLL 333, and two other 300 level SPA courses).
  6. Complete a successful SSP  Service Learning course (FLL 333, 3 credit hours) as part of the 18 credit hour requirement.
  7. Upon completion of the program, take the Oral Profiency Interview by computer (OPIc) in Spanish and earn the performance rank of Intermediate-Mid or above.
  8. Have a minimum of 12 credit hours of successful college level work (grade C or above in all courses), with the following distribution (minimum): at least 6 credit hours in Area 1 (English Composition), at least 3 credit hours in Area 2 (Arts and Humanities), at least 3 credit hours in Area 4 (Social Sciences) (non-degree-seeking candidates only).
RequirementsHours
SPA 304Phonetics and Phonology 13
FLL 333Foreign Language Service Learning 13
Directed Electives 112
Select twelve credits from the following:
Intermediate Spanish for the Professions
Introduction to Translation for the Professions
Spanish for Health Professionals
Business Spanish
Applied Spanish Translation and Interpretation
Advanced Spanish for Health Professionals
Study Abroad 5
Study Abroad: Spanish 5
Core Courses 2
EH 101English Composition I3
EH 102English Composition II3
Select One Fine Art & Humanities Course 33
Select One Social Science 4

For detailed information about the SSPC courses, registration process and procedures, online registration application and other updates, please visit our web site at http://www.uab.edu/cas/languages/

Honors in World Languages and Literatures

Purpose

The World Languages and Literatures Honors Program is designed for qualified, self-motivated foreign languages majors. Through special course distribution and credit hours requirements, as well as a directed honors thesis, students are prepared for in-depth foreign language research and related graduate or professional opportunities.

Eligibility

Acceptance into the World Languages and Literatures Honors Program requires the student to:

  • Be a Foreign Languages major
  • Have at least sophomore standing
  • Have at least 6 hours at the 300-level in UAB foreign languages courses
  • Have at least a 3.25 GPA in UAB foreign languages courses
  • Have at least an overall 3.0 GPA
  • Have submitted a Formal Application for the World Languages and Literatures Honors Program to the Department Chair or have been recommended to the program by a member of the department.

Requirements

  • Completion of required courses for the World Languages and Literatures major
  • Submission of a formal project proposal to DFLL faculty Mentor and DFLL Chair
  • Agreement and acceptance by a DFLL faculty Mentor and DFLL Chair of a research project
  • Constitution of a former Honors Committee with membership that consists of the DFLL faculty Mentor and two faculty Consultants
  • Registration for 3 credit hours of FLL 410
  • Public Defense of the research project
  • Acceptance of the completed project by the student's Honors Committee
  • Submission of an archival copy of the completed project signed by the Honors Committee to the office of the DFLL
     

Contact

For more information and/or admission to the World Languages and Literatures Honors Program, please contact:
Chair of the Department
Department of World Languages and Literatures

Courses

SPA 101. Introductory Spanish I. 3 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 101L. Introductory Spanish I Lab Practice. 1 Hour.

Lab for Introductory Spanish I.

SPA 102. Introductory Spanish II. 3 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 102L. Introductory Spanish II Lab Practice. 1 Hour.

Lab for Introductory Spanish II.

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. 1-8 Hour.

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.

This intermediate course bridges the gap between personal and professional contexts. Course aims to facilitate acquisition of more sophisticated vocabulary related to the professional world, increased grammatical accuracy, sentence- to paragraph-level discourse, and a deeper understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures. Both course and online learning management system, Canvas, are delivered in Spanish. The online version of this course is Quality Matters (QM) certified.
Prerequisites: SPA 201 [Min Grade: C] or SPA 202 [Min Grade: C]

SPA 210. Conversation and Culture. 3 Hours.

Development of oral expression within the context of contemporary Spanish-speaking cultures. Intermediate Spanish course recommended for students who have completed Spanish 201. Oral proficiency developed through conversation partners and teams. Internet technology is used to facilitate communication. Culture is learned through film and other authentic texts. Final project synthesizes cultural topics and oral language skills. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisites: SPA 201 [Min Grade: C] or SPA 202 [Min Grade: C]

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

This course focuses on the improvement of the Spanish language through translation. While studying basic aspects of translation and translating short texts from a variety of sources in the context of contemporary situations, students review the most important and complex structures of the Spanish language as they relate to English. Students will work in a collaborative workshop format –in Spanish– in order to better understand the process of translating and editing one’s work.
Prerequisites: SPA 206 [Min Grade: C]

SPA 233. Intermediate Spanish Grammar in Context. 3 Hours.

This course is an intermediate-level Spanish course that focuses on the language skills of writing and speaking. It has been designed to help students improve their proficiency and fluidity in the language and in the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, focusing on grammatical understanding, and written and oral communication in formal and informal situations. All the while, the course exposes students to a variety of authentic cultural contexts in the Hispanic world.
Prerequisites: SPA 201 [Min Grade: C] or SPA 202 [Min Grade: C]

SPA 280. Spanish for Health Professionals. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on the Spanish-speaking health-related culture, presenting practical vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, medical terminology, and cultural attitudes of Spanish-speaking patients towards health issues. This course builds and develops the speaking, listening, and reading skills by emphasizing intensive conversation, technical reading, and vocabulary acquisition. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisites: SPA 201 [Min Grade: C] or SPA 202 [Min Grade: C]

SPA 290. Study Abroad. 1-12 Hour.

Approved program in a Spanish-speaking country.

SPA 299. Special Readings in Spanish. 1-3 Hour.

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

SPA 300. Advanced Grammar in Context. 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. Conducted in Spanish.

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.

This advanced course introduces the student to essential business terminology and language situations in common business contexts. Course reinforces strategies for understanding, interpreting, responding to new information and the importance of cultural awareness in doing business in Spanish-speaking countries or with Hispanics in the United States. Both course and the online learning management system, Canvas, are delivered in Spanish. The online version of this course is Quality Matters (QM) Certified.

SPA 314. Applied Spanish Translation and Interpretation. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on the improvement of the Spanish language for the professions through translation. While studying general aspects of translation and interpretation, and translating short texts from a variety of sources within the context of the professions, such as business, health, journalism (magazines, papers, and TV), legal, sports, and technology, students review the most important and complex structures of the Spanish language as they relate to English with an emphasis on vocabulary building. Students will work in a collaborative workshop format –in Spanish– in order to improve the process of translating, interpreting, and editing one’s work. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 320. Hispanic Cultures Through Culinary Art. 3 Hours.

This course has been designed for advanced Spanish students to develop an understanding of cultural differences within the Spanish-speaking world through culinary art. The course focuses on cultural competence in order to appreciate the importance of food in culture and the different cooking styles of the Hispanic World. Students will discover how Hispanics shape cultural values around the kitchen table, such as business, family, holidays, and traditions. Such a thematic approach will allow students to penetrate into the universal commonalities among cultures, as well as to appreciate important differences in the various cultures. This course also develops necessary communicative skills for a professional career in the culinary sector. Offered in Spanish.

SPA 350. Hispanic Children Stories. 3 Hours.

This course has been designed to help students of Spanish transition from an intermediate to an advanced level of proficiency in the language, and move students to learn content through language and language through content. It focuses on the language skill of reading, through the exploration and understanding of Hispanic Children’s literature. This is an innovative way to introduce the literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 380. Advanced Spanish for Health Professionals. 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, and further expands on functions and notions of the language related to the medical field. Course conducted in Spanish.

SPA 390. Study Abroad. 1-9 Hour.

Approved program in a Spanish-speaking country.

SPA 399. Special Readings in Spanish. 1-3 Hour.

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, focuses on the role of medical science in literary and cultural texts from Latin American countries, Spain, 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 Europe and the Americas. Offered in Spanish.

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.

This course offers a survey of the Hispanic authors who have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature since the award’s founding in 1901, such as Gabriela Mistral (1945), Pablo Neruda (1971), Gabriel García Márquez (1982), Camilo José Cela (1989), and Octavio Paz (1990). The panorama will include critical discussions and reflections on the writings of these authors. 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. Afro-Latin American Literature and Culture. 3 Hours.

The diverse cultures of many Latin American nations will be discussed with a focus on the descendants of Africa in the Americas. Slavery will be discussed during the colonial and independence periods. Black identity and cultural forms will be discussed through the writers, musicians, and filmmakers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Parallels and connections will be drawn to race and history in the United States. 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.

This advanced Spanish linguistics course is intended to analyze, clarify and expand upon critical aspects of the Spanish language. The course will provide a general understanding of the Spanish sound system (phonetics and phonology), morphology and syntax, as well as an introduction to relevant topics within the field of Hispanic linguistics.

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 455. Pop Culture in Translation. 3 Hours.

This course aims at further developing students’ proficiency in the language as well as an understanding of the process of translation through translation from English into Spanish and vice versa. Students will develop their translation skills through a number of activities translating cartoons, popular songs, professional documents, and slam poetry. Students will also increase their theoretical understanding of the translation process from a linguistic point of view. This course involves a translation project originated and connected with the professional needs of the Birmingham area and beyond. Offered in Spanish.

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. 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 462. Contemporary Latin America. 3 Hours.

This course develops a constructivist framework for the study of contemporary Latin America by engaging students in higher-level discussions, critical thinking, and active learning. Through films, music and literature (poems, short stories and novel excerpts), and guided research, course explores recent Latin American history (late 20th and 21st centuries), politics, economics and sociocultural issues and their global impact, such as the construction of a new Hispanic American identity and nationalism; the new Mexico after the Revolution; the Cuban Revolution and its aftermath; Central American revolutions and their peace processes; and the processes of democratization, development and integration in South America. Course conducted in Spanish.

SPA 480. Applied Spanish and Medical Interpreting. 3 Hours.

The course blends an academic curriculum on Spanish for healthcare and medical interpreting with a semester-long service-learning project where students will work with a community partner and apply course materials to real-life situations pertaining the health of Latinos. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have satisfied the medical interpreting training required to take the medical interpreting examinations offered by the two certification organizations in the area (CCHI and NBCMI). Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 485. Spanish for Leadership at the Workplace. 3 Hours.

This is a culminating course in the Applied Professional Spanish major concentration. The course provides an opportunity to practice professional Spanish through service-learning by requiring a practical experience locally or abroad. Students work side by side with well-established community partners to explore and transform the community’s linguistic landscape in order to make public spaces more accessible, inclusive and welcoming to the Spanish-speaking community. Course conducted in Spanish.

SPA 490. Study Abroad: Spanish. 1-9 Hour.

Approved program in a Spanish-speaking country.

SPA 499. Directed Studies. 1-3 Hour.

Directed readings in Spanish. Conducted in Spanish.