Course Descriptions

1341. Spanish I (1415): 3 hours

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and structural analysis. Includes an introduction to Spanish and Latin American culture. Students should be able to communicate basic needs in the Spanish language.

1342. Spanish II (1416): 3 hours

A continuation of SPN 1341, this course focuses on the development of language skills, structural analysis, and Spanish and Latin American culture. Students should be able to communicate and interact properly with native speakers of Spanish in a natural situation.

313. Intermediate Spanish I: 3 hours

Prerequisite: SPN 1342 or the equivalent
Grammar review and readings.

314. Intermediate Spanish II: 3 hours

Prerequisite: SPN 2313
Grammar review and readings.

341. Colloquium in Medical Spanish: 3 hours

Prerequisite: SPN 1341, 1342, 2313, 2314, or the equivalent
Designed to facilitate fluency through expanded oral language practice.

3301. Survey of Spanish Literature : 3 hours

Prerequisite: SPN 3322 or consent of instructor
Representative Spanish literature from the medieval period to the present.

3301H. Survey of Spanish Literature : 3 hours

Prerequisite: SPN 1342, 1342, 2313, 2314, or the equivalent and acceptance in the Spanish Department Honors Program

This survey course is designed to introduce the student to important authors and literary currents of Spain, to give them practice in reading essays, poetry, dramas and fictions written in Castilian Spanish, and to direct them toward applying critical/analytical literary concepts to the readings. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to discuss the works read in class form the following critical perspectives:

  • Narrative point of view
  • Plot development
  • Characterization
  • Language
  • Themes
  • Style
  • Structure
  • Tone

In addition, the student will be able to identify and discuss characteristics, authors and works of the following literary currents in Spain:

  • Neoclasicismo
  • Romanticismo
  • Naturalismo
  • Modernismo
  • La generacion del '98

3305. Children's Literature in Spanish: 3 hours

Survey of children's literature in Spanish with emphasis on selection and use of materials and storytelling. This course includes fundamental pedagogical methods for future teachers.

3311. Survey of Spanish-American Literature: 3 hours

Prerequisite: SPN 1342, 1342, 2313, 2314, or the equivalent
Representative Spanish-American literature from the pre-Colombian period to the present.

3311H. Survey of Spanish-American Literature: 3 hours

Prerequisite: SPN 1342, 1342, 2313, 2314, or the equivalent and acceptance in the Spanish Department Honors Program
As part of the Wesleyan Honors Program, the literature course offers students the opportunity to study more in depth representative Spanish-American literature for the Pre-Columbia period to the present.

3315. Hispanic History and Culture: 3 hours

Prerequisite: consent of instructor
Selected readings in the history, culture, and language of Hispanic peoples.
The course is junior level and reading texts are in Spanish.

3322. Advanced Grammar and Spanish Composition I: 3 hours

Prerequisite: SPN 2314 or equivalent
This course is designed to master grammar and syntax.

3324. Advanced Grammar and Composition for Native Speakers3 hours

Prerequisite: SPN 2314 or the equivalent
This course is designed for students for whom Spanish is a first language to master grammar and syntax.

3326. Commercial Spanish : 3 hours

Prerequisite: SPN 2314 or the equivalent
Acquisition of business Spanish used in commercial transactions. Emphasis is on business letters, practices, vocabulary, and conversation.

4301. Spanish Seminar: 3 hours

Prerequisite: consent of instructor
Offers the student the opportunity to select an advanced-level area of study exclusive of those offered in other Spanish courses. May be repeated once for credit with consent of instructor.

4302. Special Topics in Spanish Literature3 hours

Prerequisite: SPN 3301
An in-depth exploration of special topics in the field of Spanish literature, such as Spanish Women Writers: 1900-Present; Post-Civil War Literature; Modernismo and the “Generation of ‘98”; Spanish Romanticism; and the Picaresque Novel.

4303. Special Topics in Spanish-American Literature : 3 hours

Prerequisite: SPN 3311
An in-depth exploration of special topics in the field of Spanish American literature, such as the Twentieth-Century Latin American Novel; Indigenismo to Magic Realism; Women Writers of Latin America; Latin American Theater; the Novel of Latin American Social Romanticism; and the Twentieth-Century Latin American Short Story.

4330. Spanish Certification Review : 3 hours

Prerequisite: senior standing

The course is designed to review the content area information required for the Spanish TExES exam and the Spanish version of TOPT.  This course is divided into two major portions: 1) a review of all content area major courses, and 2) language proficiency reviews for TExES and TOPT practice exams.  This is pass/fail class.

4369. Hispanic American Literature: 3 hours

Prerequisite: SPN 1342, 1342, 2313, 2314, or the equivalent
This course explores the literature of Spanish-speaking people of the United States, focusing on novels, short stories, poetry, film and essays. Special emphasis is given to Chicano literature and criticism.

4369H. Hispanic American Literature: 3 hours

Prerequisite: SPN 1342, 1342, 2313, 2314, or the equivalent and acceptance in the Spanish Department Honors Program

As part of the Wesleyan Honors Programs Program, this literature course offers students the opportunity to study novels, short stories, poetry, film and essays of Spanish-speaking peoples in greater depth, with an emphasis on Chicano literature and criticism.

4370H. Honors Research Seminar and Thesis  3 hours

Prerequisite: SPN 331H or SPN 4369H

The sequel to both SPN 3311H and SPN 4369H, this research based course provides students an opportunity to concentrate on a particular idea, reading, writer, concept, or theory, culminating in an extensive thesis that department faculty assesses.

4405. Comparative/Contrastive Linguistics4 hours

Prerequisite: SPN 3322 or consent of instructor
A comparative and contrastive analysis of the form and function of Spanish and English and its pedagogical implications in the teaching of language minority children.

Spanish Honors

Students will be admitted to the departmental Honors in Spanish if they have at least a 3.5 GPA in Spanish and Departmental approval.

In order to fulfill the 6-hour requirement for Honors in Spanish, students will need to enroll in an H-designated version of one of the following courses. The honors portion of the course will be determined by the professor and the student.

SPN-3311: Survey of Spanish-American Literature

SPN-33011: Survey of Spanish Literature

SPN-4326: Hispanic-American Literature

Students must successfully complete that work before they can enroll in the sequel course SPN 4370H Honors Research Seminar and Thesis.

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