Hispanic Studies

With more than 400 million Spanish speakers, Spanish is one of the most important languages in our globalized world.

Globalization is part of the reality of the twenty-first century and speaking Spanish has almost become a necessity. Thus, the study of the Spanish language and its culture is quite practical. Given the Hispanic presence in the United States and the proximity of our Spanish-speaking neighbors in Latin America, proficiency in Spanish is increasingly advantageous and even necessary for numerous professions and careers. 

The Spanish area faculty members recognize the need to provide today's students with a broad education and perspective. To that end the Spanish area offers three different majors as well as a minor.  The three majors are:

  1. Hispanic Studies
  2. International Studies-Spanish concentration (see International Studies page)
  3. Liberal Studies - Hispanic Studies as one of three concentrations

The College of Education, Health and Human Services offers a Secondary Certification Program for teaching Spanish to grades 7-12 (More information and details are available on secondary certification page.

Prerequisites to the Major

Students desiring to  major in Hispanic Studies must successfully complete SPAN 202 or exhibit equivalent Spanish language proficiency.

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

The minimum passing grade for a Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) course is 2.0. The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.

Foundational Studies

Written and Oral Communication (GEWO) – 6 Credits

Upper Level Writing Intensive (GEWI) – 3 Credits

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving (GEQT) – 3 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (GECC) – 3 Credits

Areas of Inquiry

Natural Science (GENS) – 7 Credits

  • Lecture/Lab Science Course
  • Additional Science Course

Social and Behavioral Analysis (GESB) – 9 Credits

Humanities and the Arts (GEHA) – 6 Credits

Intersections (GEIN) – 6 Credits

Capstone

Capstone (GECE) – 3 Credits

Foreign Language Requirement

Complete a two-semester beginning language sequence.

Ancient Greek I and II MCL 105 and MCL 106
Arabic I and II ARBC 101 and ARBC 102
Armenian I and II MCL 111 and MCL 112
French I and II FREN 101 and FREN 102
German I and II GER 101 and GER 102
Latin I and II LAT 101 and LAT 102
Spanish I and II SPAN 101 and SPAN 102

Major Requirements

A minimum of 24 credit hours in upper level Spanish (SPAN) classes must be completed as outlined below.

Required Courses
SPAN 301Adv Conversation and Comp I3
SPAN 302Advan Conversation Comp II3
Specialized Language course (CAHS)
SPAN 305Language of Business3
or SPAN 310 Intro to Hispanic Linguistics
Civilization/Culture course (CAHC)
Select one of the following:3
Spanish Food and Cuisine
Spanish Civilization and Cult
Latin American Civiliztn Cult
Spain in the Twentieth Century
Literature course (CAHL)
Select one of the following:3
Masterpiece of Latin Amer Lit
Masterpieces of Spanish Lit
Latino Literature
400-level Language courses
Select two of the following:6
Advanced Written Expression
Oral Expression
Introduction to Translation
Advanced Translation
Hispanic Cinema
Spanish Film
Contemporary Spanish Lit
Other Spanish Area Offerings
Select any one 300+ level SPAN3
Cognates
Select upper level courses from the following disciplines: AAAS, ANTH, ARBC, ARTH, COMM, COML, ECON, ENGL, ENST, FREN, GEOG, GER, GLOC, HIST, HUM, JASS, LIBS (excluding LIBS 395, LIBS 396, LIBS 397), MCL, PHIL, POL, RELS, SOC, WGST.6
Total Credit Hours30

Notes:

Majors must take at least one course that deals specifically with Spanish (peninsular - CAPH) topics such as SPAN 321 SPAN 351SPAN 356, SPAN 358, or SPAN 465 and at least one course that deals specifically with Latin American topics (CALA) such as SPAN 350, SPAN 353, or SPAN 357.

Majors are encouraged to spend a semester or year in one of the many approved study-abroad programs.

  1. A maximum of 54 hours in SPAN may count in the 120 hours required for graduation.
  2. At least 18 of the 24 upper level hours in Spanish (SPAN) must be elected at UM-D.
  3. A maximum of 3 credits of HUM 485 internship can be used in the cognate area.

Minor or LIBS Concentration

A minor or concentration consists of 12 credit hours of upper-level courses in Spanish (SPAN).

SPAN 101     Beginning Spanish I     0 or 4 Credit Hours

First course in the two-course elementary Spanish sequence. Listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and culture are emphasized. Course materials promote the use of language to communicate with others and to function in Hispanic culture. (F,S).

SPAN 102     Beginning Spanish II     0 or 4 Credit Hours

Second course in the two-course elementary Spanish sequence. Continued emphasis on culture and the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. (F,W,S).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 101 or SPL with a score of 102 or SPL with a score of 201 or SPL with a score of 202 or SPL with a score of 301 or SPL with a score of 302

SPAN 201     Intermediate Spanish I     0 or 4 Credit Hours

An intermediate-level course designed to increase the proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on acquiring new vocabulary and expanding the use of grammar structures. Course materials promote the use of language to communicate with others and to function in Hispanic culture. (F).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 102 or SPL with a score of 202 or SPL with a score of 301 or SPL with a score of 302 or SPL with a score of 201

SPAN 202     Intermediate Spanish II     0 or 4 Credit Hours

Continuation of SPAN 201 with emphasis on the development of all language skills. (W).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 201 or SPL with a score of 202 or SPL with a score of 301 or SPL with a score of 302

SPAN 254     Spanish Conversation     2 Credit Hours

This course provides extensive oral practice to reinforce vocabulary and grammar concepts and to improve pronunciation. Conversational skills are developed through discussion and use of communicative exercises, activities, and games. (OC).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 102

SPAN 301     Adv Conversation and Comp I     3 Credit Hours

An advanced course in conversion, composition, and syntax designed to strengthen existing skills. An intensive review of grammar combined with pronunciation and vocabulary exercises should enable the student to make progress in composition and conversation. Oral and written assignments will be based on readings from contemporary sources. (F).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 202 or SPL with a score of 301 or SPL with a score of 302

SPAN 302     Advan Conversation Comp II     3 Credit Hours

Continuation of SPAN 301 with emphasis on the command of conversational and writing skills. (W).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 301 or SPL with a score of 302

SPAN 305     Language of Business     3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the language and practices of the Hispanic world of business. Particular emphasis will be placed on learning the terminology used in typical business correspondence and documents. A variety of businesses will be examined and practice in reading and composing business letters will be provided. (AY).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 301

SPAN 310     Intro to Hispanic Linguistics     3 Credit Hours

This class provides students with a systematic overview of key areas of Spanish linguistics, including the sound system, forms of words, syntactic patterns, the development of the language, and regional, social and contextual variation.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 301

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Level is Undergraduate

SPAN 321     Spanish Food and Cuisine     3 Credit Hours

Spanish 321 is a course intended to provide students with an overview of Spanish Peninsular culture, civilization and history through the analysis and exsposure to its foods, products, dishes and social events around its eating habits. (OC)

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 301

SPAN 350     Masterpiece of Latin Amer Lit     3 Credit Hours

A survey of Latin American literature from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis will be placed on such influential and outstanding contemporary authors as Borges, Garcia Marquez, Paz, Poniatowska, Rosario, Ferre, and Rulfo. (AY).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 301

SPAN 351     Masterpieces of Spanish Lit     3 Credit Hours

An overview of Spanish Peninsular literature beginning with the Medieval period. Students read and discuss outstanding works from a variety of literary periods and genres. Works by authors such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderon, Galdos, Unamuno, Lorca, and Goytisolo are included. (AY).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 301

SPAN 353     Latino Literature     3 Credit Hours

The course offers a selection of literary representations from a range of Latino groups with an emphasis on Cubans, Dominicans, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans in the United States. Students examine these minority groups and the realities of their migrations through a variety of literary periods and genres.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 301

SPAN 356     Spanish Civilization and Cult     3 Credit Hours

A survey of Spanish civilization from its origins to the present. The course explores the achievements of the Spanish people in art, architecture, music, literature, and the sciences and examines aspects of contemporary Spanish institutions and society.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 301

SPAN 357     Latin American Civiliztn Cult     3 Credit Hours

A survey of Hispanic culture in the Americas from its inception to the present. The course examines the contributions of the Latin American ethnic groups and explores the relationship between Latin America's past and contemporary achievements and problems.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 301

SPAN 358     Spain in the Twentieth Century     3 Credit Hours

A cultural study of the institutions, issues, and values of Spanish society in the twentieth century as seen in art, architecture, music, literature, film, and the media. Special emphasis is placed on contemporary Spain from the end of the Franco era through the development of a democracy. (OC).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 301

SPAN 385     Spanish Across the Curriculum     1 Credit Hour

Course is attached to an upper-level course in another discipline and taken concurrently with it. Course materials in Spanish are related to the subject matter of the second course and are discussed with a Spanish-area faculty member. Materials are also integrated into the assignments of the second course. (OC).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 202

SPAN 390     Topics in Spanish     3 Credit Hours

Examination of problems and issues in selected areas of Spanish. Title as listed in Schedule of Classes will change according to content. Course may be repeated for credit when specific topics differ. (OC).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 301

SPAN 398     Independent Studies in Spanish     1 to 6 Credit Hours

Readings or analytical assignments in Spanish in accordance with the needs and interests of those enrolled and agreed upon by the student and instructor. Students may receive a maximum of six credit hours for a combination of SPAN 398 and SPAN 399. (F,W).

SPAN 399     Independent Studies in Spanish     1 to 6 Credit Hours

Readings or analytical assignments in Spanish in accordance with the needs and interests of those enrolled and agreed upon by the student and instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (F,W).

SPAN 406     Advanced Written Expression     3 Credit Hours

Through the reading and analysis of authentic materials students will develop and improve their writing skill in various narrative styles such as dialogue, description, essay or research paper. Writing as a process involving editing and revision will be emphasized. (AY).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 302

SPAN 409     Oral Expression     3 Credit Hours

A course designed to increase the conversational skills of advanced-level students. A variety of activities and assignments will help students refine their oral accuracy and expand upon the number of social situations in which they can function. (AY).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 302

SPAN 420     Introduction to Translation     3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the history, theory and practice of English-to-Spanish and Spanish-to-English translation. Emphasis will be placed on material selected from the fields of business and commerce, the legal system, and brief passages of literature. Class projects will include translations of advertisements, brochures, and documents provided by area businesses. (AY).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 302

SPAN 421     Advanced Translation     3 Credit Hours

The course will continue to apply the translation theory and techniques introduced in SPAN 420, and it will continue to focus on English-to-Spanish and Spanish-to-English non-literary translation. Emphasis will be placed on materials selected from the fields of business, advertising, and legal discourse. Class projects will include translation of advertisements, legal documents, and business brochures. (AY,W).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 305 and SPAN 420

SPAN 450     Hispanic Cinema     3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the history and critical analysis of representative Hispanic films of major directors from Spain and Latin America. Emphasis will be placed on the historical, political, and cultural content of these films as they reflect the problems, customs, and contradictions of Hispanic culture. (AY).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 301

SPAN 451     Spanish Film     3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the history and critical analysis of representative Spanish films of major directors from Spain. Emphasis will be placed on the historical, political, social and cultural content of these films as they reflect the problems, customs, and contradictions of Spanish culture.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 301

SPAN 465     Contemporary Spanish Lit     3 Credit Hours

Spanish 465 provides students with an overview of Contemporary Spanish Peninsular literature and culture through the analysis of narrative texts. Selected readings provide the basis for stylistic and textual analysis. Fostering critical thinking through an analysis of texts is the primary focus of the class. The course specifically examines narrative works that belong to the Spanish literary canon produced after the end of an almost forty year dictatorial regime in 1975. The literary works are deeply rooted in Spain?s social and cultural history. Consequently, they describe the contemporary socio-political scene in which they were produced and look at the uncertain future of this reborn nation.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 301

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Sophomore or Junior or Senior

SPAN 490     Topics in Spanish     3 Credit Hours

Examination of problems and issues in selected areas of Spanish language, literature, culture and/or civilization. Title as listed in the Schedule of Classes changes according to content. Course may be repeated for credit when specific topic differs. (OC).

 
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An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally