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Spanish (SPN) Course Descriptions

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, College of Liberal and Fine Arts


SPN 1014  Elementary Spanish I [TCCN: SPAN 1411.]
(3-2) 4 hours credit.
Fundamentals of Spanish, offering the opportunity to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis on listening and speaking. Introduction to Hispanic culture. May be applied toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Language, Philosophy and Culture.

SPN 1024  Elementary Spanish II [TCCN: SPAN 1412.]
(3-2) 4 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 1014, the equivalent, or an appropriate placement test score.
Fundamentals of Spanish offering the opportunity to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis on listening and speaking. Further study of Hispanic culture.

SPN 2013  Intermediate Spanish I [TCCN: SPAN 2311.]
(3-1) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 1008, SPN 1024, the equivalent, or an appropriate placement test score.
Continued opportunity to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Grammar and further study of Hispanic culture.

SPN 2023  Intermediate Spanish II [TCCN: SPAN 2312.]
(3-1) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 2013, the equivalent, or an appropriate placement test score.
Continued opportunity to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Grammar review and further study of Hispanic culture.

SPN 2333  Hispanic Literature in English Translation
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: WRC 1013 or the equivalent.
Major works in Hispanic literatures: themes, genres, and movements. May not be applied to a major in Spanish. May be applied toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Language, Philosophy and Culture. (Formerly SPN 3333. Credit cannot be earned for both SPN 2333 and SPN 3333.)

SPN 2513  Spanish for Special Purposes [TCCN: SPAN 2316.]
(3-1) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 2013, the equivalent, or an appropriate placement test score.
Foreign language communication and cross-cultural skills relevant to one or more of the following areas: business, health care, law, education, science, southwest Spanish, Hispanic literature, or technology. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

SPN 3003  Oral and Written Expression
(3-1) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 2023, the equivalent, or an appropriate placement test score. If placement is at a higher level, a Spanish elective may be substituted for the minor.
Conversation, reading, and grammar review toward building literacy skills. Opportunities for composition and oral communication for a variety of situations and topics. May not be used as an elective for the Spanish major. (Formerly SPN 2103. Credit cannot be earned for both SPN 3003 and SPN 2103.)

SPN 3013  Spanish Phonetics and Pronunciation
(3-1) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 2023 or SPN 3003, the equivalent, or consent of instructor.
Offers the opportunity for study of the sound system of Latin-American Spanish. Activities may include pronunciation exercises, exercises in sound discrimination and transcription, and articulatory description of various dialects of Spanish.

SPN 3033  Oral Communication Skills
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 2023 or SPN 3003, the equivalent, or consent of instructor.
Opportunity for development of speaking skills in a formal register through activities directed at vocabulary building, grammatical accuracy, and aural/written comprehension. May not be used as an elective for the Spanish major.

SPN 3043  Advanced Reading
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 3063, the equivalent, or consent of instructor.
Approaches to reading, comprehension and analysis of literary and other advanced texts. Use of analytical terminology, advanced vocabulary building, and further development of formal writing skills.

SPN 3063  Grammar and Composition
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 2023 or SPN 3003, or the equivalent.
Extensive review of fundamental grammar with vocabulary building. Development of writing skills and style through activities directed at the Advanced level on the ACTFL-ETS proficiency scale. Consideration of usage and differences between written and spoken language.

SPN 3113  Linguistic Structures of Spanish
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 3063, the equivalent, or consent of instructor.
Offers the opportunity for the application of the basic principles of analysis and description of language structure to Spanish. Attention given to structural regularities at the levels of word formation, syntax, and semantics of formal Spanish, recognizing variability in spoken registers.

SPN 3153  Spanish for the Business/Management Fields
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 2023 or SPN 3003, or the equivalent.
Foreign language skills relevant to careers in business fields. Emphasis on reading skills and simple conversations on business topics. Exposure to terminology from contracts, financial statements, business law, marketing, and banking. Intended for students with some background in Spanish. May be repeated once for credit when topics vary.

SPN 3413  The Literature of Spain from the Middle Ages to 1700
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 3043 or consent of instructor.
Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to 1700. Readings of selections and complete works. Practice in critical analysis through papers and examinations.

SPN 3423  The Literature of Spain from 1700 to the Present
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 3043 or consent of instructor.
Spanish literature from 1700 to the present. Readings of selections and complete works. Practice in critical analysis through papers and examinations.

SPN 3463  Latin American Literature to Modernism
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 3043 or consent of instructor.
Latin American literature from pre-Columbian times to Modernism. Practice in critical analysis through papers and examinations.

SPN 3473  Latin American Literature since Modernism
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 3043 or consent of instructor.
Latin American literature from Modernism to the present. Practice in critical analysis through papers and examinations.

SPN 3493  Mexican American Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 3003, SPN 3063, or consent of instructor.
Readings and discussion of works by Mexican American writers. The expression through poetry, the novel, the short story, and the theater of the Mexican American cultural experience as well as universal themes and literary concerns. Selections from popular literature, including the oral tradition. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

SPN 3613  Spanish Culture and Civilization
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 3043.
Emergence of the Spanish peoples from pre-Roman times to the present: history, cultural expression, myths, values, and worldview.

SPN 3623  Latin American Culture and Civilization
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 3043.
The cultural life of the respective geographic regions and social strata of Latin America from before the Conquest to the present, as reflected in and interpreted by its literature and arts.

SPN 4003  Advanced Language Skills
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 3043, or SPN 3063 as appropriate, or consent of instructor.
Development of advanced skills in formal Spanish, including such areas as grammar, composition, oratory, creative writing, Spanish/English translation, and other practical applications of language study. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

SPN 4113  Topics in Spanish Linguistics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 3113 or consent of instructor.
Advanced study and applications of topics in Spanish linguistics. May include one or more of the following: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, dialectology, language variability, and history of Spanish. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. This course fulfills the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Signature Experience.

SPN 4123  The Spanish of the Southwest
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 3013, SPN 3113, or consent of instructor.
The analysis of the Spanish language as used by Mexican Americans in the southwestern United States, from a linguistic and sociolinguistic perspective. Particular attention given to the Spanish spoken in Texas.

SPN 4203  Topics in Hispanic Literatures
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: An upper-division course in literature taught in Spanish or consent of instructor.
An intensive study of an area of Spanish or Spanish American literatures. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. This course fulfills the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Signature Experience.

SPN 4303  Topics in Hispanic Cultures
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: SPN 3043 or consent of instructor.
An intensive study of an area of Hispanic cultures. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. This course fulfills the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Signature Experience.

SPN 4913  Independent Study
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and Dean of the College in which the course is offered.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree. No more than 6 semester credit hours of SPN 4913 and/or SPN 4993 may be applied to the major in Spanish.

SPN 4933  Internship in Spanish
3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair.
Supervised experience in a setting that provides the opportunity to integrate theory and practice in language usage. May be repeated once for credit.

SPN 4953  Special Studies in Spanish
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

SPN 4993  Honors Research
3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the undergraduate advisor.
Supervised research and preparation of an honors thesis. May be repeated once for credit, with approval. No more than 6 semester credit hours of SPN 4993 and/or SPN 4913 may be applied to the major in Spanish.


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