Spanish

"When the heart speaks, however simple the words, its language is always acceptable to those who have hearts."

 Mary Baker Eddy

 Miscellaneous Writings, p. 262

Duncan Charters, Professor

Cecily E. Lee, Associate Professor

Michael P. McGlynn, Associate Professor

The rapid growth in the Spanish-speaking populations of the United States and Latin America means that more of today’s graduates can expect to find their lives and professions touched by the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. In this environment, Spanish becomes increasingly important to every student.

A major in Spanish enables the student to use Spanish effectively as a means of communicating with native Spanish speakers in all parts of the Spanish-speaking world. It also equips the student to understand the cultural, social, and literary backgrounds of the Hispanic peoples, as preparation for positions in the diplomatic service, international business, non-governmental organizations, and bilingual and second language teaching.

Students majoring or minoring in Spanish may elect one of two concentrations: Spanish Language or Hispanic Studies.

For the Spanish Language major concentration, students must complete at least eleven courses for a minimum of 31 semester hours. One class taught in English or partially in Spanish is allowed towards the major if a significant course component requires work directly in Spanish. A minimum of one course for the Spanish language major must be taken in a native Spanish-speaking environment, although a full semester of study abroad is highly recommended.  Courses at the appropriate level offered abroad by accredited institutions may be substituted for required or elective courses by approval of the Spanish faculty, provided they have been officially transferred in for credit through the Registrar’s Office.

The Hispanic Studies major concentration also requires a total of eleven courses for a minimum of 31 semester hours, at least eight taught in Spanish and up to three area studies courses taught in English. Other courses, internships, or on-site experiences require prior review by program faculty if proposed as a substitute for the specified classroom work.

Upon request, the Spanish program faculty may waive the major requirement for SPAN 204 Grammar and Conversation for students placing directly into SPAN 216 Oral Expression & Conversation, thus reducing the required number of semester hours for the major from 31 to 28 SH in either concentration. Students will then take a different Spanish course approved by the advisor as a substitute for the SPAN 205 Intermediate Review major requirement. An alternative to the substitution is to request credit by examination for the equivalent of SPAN 205 Intermediate Review .

Spanish majors are encouraged to take additional Spanish courses and Hispanic Studies courses offered in other departments, in order to strengthen their background for the major. For options, see the course listings for each concentration.

Minors in Spanish Language and Hispanic Studies require six three-semester hour courses. No more than two transfer courses may be counted towards either concentration of the Spanish minor.  Only courses taught in Spanish may be applied to a minor in Spanish Language, whereas one course taught in English may be applied to a minor in Hispanic Studies.

Departmental Learning Outcomes

  1. Communication

Language majors will express themselves at the ACTFL advanced-low proficiency level. 

Studies majors will express themselves at the intermediate-high proficiency level.

  1. Cross-Cultural Competency

Students will demonstrate cross-cultural competency using the target language as a tool.

College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes of Principia College: Defining a Liberal Education

The curricular and co-curricular programs at Principia College are designed for students to be lifelong learners, thinkers, and problem-solvers, to draw out spiritual and moral qualities indispensable to growth in Christian Science, and to cultivate an understanding of service to the Cause of Christian Science in meeting the global needs of the 21st century. To accomplish this, the College has established the following outcomes for its graduates. Students graduating from Principia College will:

  1. Demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate critical and generative thinking.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.
  4. Be intentional learners.
  5. Be effective members of communities.
  6. Act on the basis of Principle.

SPAN 100Introduction to Spanish2.0 SH[  ]

An introduction to Spanish and some of the skills needed for learning a second language. This is the first course of a three-course sequence for fulfillment of the language requirement (GE2L) in Spanish and is required for students with no previous study of Spanish.
Class Level Restriction: Freshman and Sophomore and Junior only.

SPAN 104Elementary Spanish I3.0 SH[  ]

This course is the second in the three-course sequence to fulfill the language requirement (GE2L) in Spanish. Students become effective language learners as they develop basic communication skills in Spanish: speaking, listening, reading, and writing, using the present tense. They are also introduced to the cultures of the Hispanic world.
Prerequisite: Spanish 100 or placement.

SPAN 105Elementary Spanish II3.0 SH[GE2L]

Continuation from SPAN 104. Fulfills the all-college language requirement. The course focuses on developing sufficient oral communication skills for students to survive in daily life interactions with Spanish speakers and to expand simple communications to include speaking in the past and simple future. (A student may receive credit for only one of the courses SPAN 105, SPAN 110, or SPAN 136.)
Prerequisite: SPAN 104 or placement.

SPAN 110Elementary Review3.0 SH[GE2L]

Review of first year Spanish, with emphasis on basic grammatical structure and on development of ability to speak Spanish. Fulfills the general education second language requirement for students entering Principia with insufficient preparation for exemption from further language study. (A student may receive credit for only one of the courses SPAN 105, SPAN 110, or SPAN 136.)
Prerequisite: SPAN 104 or placement.

SPAN 136Language Wkshp Abroad: Elem3.0-6.0 SH[GE2L]

Elementary language study with native speakers at an academic institution in a Spanish-speaking country, in combination with on-campus study in the case of shorter stays abroad. May be offered for variable credit from three to six semester hours. Offered only on Principia abroads. (A student may receive credit for only one of the courses SPAN 105, SPAN 110, or SPAN 136.)
Prerequisite: SPAN 104 or placement into SPAN 110.

SPAN 204Grammar and Conversation3.0 SH[  ]

Conversation, vocabulary and idiom building, grammar review.
Prerequisite: SPAN 105 or SPAN 110 or SPAN 136 or placement.

SPAN 205Intermediate Review3.0 SH[  ]

Continuing oral review and practice of the basic structures of Spanish. Develops pronunciation, listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.
Prerequisite: SPAN 204 or placement.

SPAN 210Practical Spanish3.0 SH[  ]

After the first-year language requirement, students have the opportunity through this course to develop their Spanish in a practical way. This includes working on understanding and using Internet sites for reading skills, the use of film and television broadcasts for listening-comprehension and cultural learning, and a major project looking at Hispanic culture in a special area of personal interest.
Prerequisite: SPAN 105 or SPAN 110 or SPAN 136 or placement.

SPAN 216Oral Expression & Conversation3.0 SH[  ]

Emphasis on a variety of activities developing oral expression, as well as listening comprehension.
Prerequisite: SPAN 205 or placement.

SPAN 220Hispanic Civilization3.0-5.0 SH[  ]

This course, typically taught on a Principia abroad program to a Spanish-speaking area, requires study and work in Spanish to understand the historical and contemporary civilization of the area. The title will be extended to describe the current area being studied. May be taken more than once provided the area culture studied is different.

SPAN 230Hispanic Culture3.0 SH[  ]

Backgrounds of Spanish and Spanish-American culture. Special focus on contemporary Spanish-speaking cultures, including Hispanic culture in the United States. Taught in Spanish, with readings in Spanish and English. The title will be extended to describe the current culture studied. May be taken more than once provided the cultures studied differ.
Prerequisite: SPAN 204 and SPAN 205.

SPAN 236Lang Wkshp Abroad:Intermediate3.0-6.0 SH[  ]

Intermediate language study with native speakers at an academic institution in a Spanish-speaking country, in combination with on-campus study in the case of shorter stays abroad. May be offered for variable credit from three to six semester hours, including credit by examination.
Prerequisite: SPAN 105, SPAN 110, or placement.

SPAN 240Composition3.0 SH[  ]

Writing in Spanish is the main activity of this course. Students will be supported in their writing activity with relevant grammatical explanations as evidenced by the needs shown in their writing. Some specific readings in Spanish will be used to generate ideas for creative writing.
Prerequisite: SPAN 205 or placement.

SPAN 241Phonetics & Diction1.0-3.0 SH[  ]

Theory and practice of pronunciation of the Spanish of modern Spain and Spanish-America. Audio and computer programs used for drill, recording, self-criticism. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be taken twice up to a total of three semester hours.

SPAN 260Intro to Hispanic Literature3.0 SH[  ]

A basic introduction to reading in Spanish and to the literature of Spain and Spanish America. Significant works representing Spanish language poetry, drama, short stories, and essays are studied in a broad historical and cultural context.
Prerequisite: SPAN 205.

SPAN 306Advanced Oral Expression3.0 SH[  ]

Advanced expression in Spanish through the use of drama, video, simulated situations. Discussion topics draw from current issues in the Hispanic world and human experience.
Prerequisite: SPAN 216.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SPAN 315Advanced Grammar & Composition3.0 SH[  ]

Translation and free composition, based on an intensive study of grammar, verbs, and idioms.
Prerequisite: SPAN 216.

SPAN 316Advanced Conversation3.0 SH[  ]

Advanced language study with a focus on developing conversational skills. Offered on Principia abroads and for credit by examination.
Prerequisite: SPAN 216 and SPAN 315.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SPAN 325Advanced Span Language Study3.0 SH[  ]

Continuing work in mastery of the spoken language, with emphasis on everyday vocabulary, colloquial expressions, and idioms; introduction to translating and interpreting (consecutive and simultaneous) between English and Spanish.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SPAN 330Hispanic Culture Sem: Topics3.0 SH[  ]

Advanced study of special topics in modern Hispanic culture. Readings and discussions of texts from authentic sources that reflect the uniqueness and diversity of the cultures studied through the use of movies, songs, media images, and art within historical, political, and social contexts. Allows some in-depth research on topics of special interest to students. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be taken twice up to a total of six semester hours provided the topics differ.
Prerequisite: SPAN 230 and SPAN 315 or placement.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SPAN 335Spanish Applied Linguistics1.0 SH[  ]

Students study the phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic rules of Spanish to understand what rules govern the intuitions of a native speaker in selecting how to structure utterances for communication to others and to learn how this knowledge helps us explain and teach ourselves and others.
Prerequisite: SPAN 315. A strong knowledge of Spanish is expected.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SPAN 336Lang Wkshp Abroad: Advanced3.0-6.0 SH[  ]

Continuing development of advanced conversational skills, with extensive training in aural comprehension of the language as used in different parts of Spanish-speaking world. May be offered for variable credit from three to six semester hours.
Prerequisite: SPAN 316. Offered for study abroad only.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SPAN 338Language Acquisition: Spanish3.0 SH[  ]

Study in Spanish of theories of second language acquisition as applied to the learner's ability to develop a near-native control of the language. Students are trained in precise self-assessment of all their linguistic and intercultural communication skills, and develop a language portfolio along with an individualized plan for continuing progress in their learning and acquisition of the Spanish language.
Prerequisite: SPAN 216 or equivalent level.
Class Level Restriction: Sophomore and Junior and Senior only.

SPAN 355Spanish Film3.0 SH[  ]

Combines the viewing and discussion of classic and contemporary Spanish films with the reading of related scripts and literature. In addition to written and oral responses to the films, students present either a brief acting project or a contemporary film from Spain or Latin America.
Prerequisite: oral communication skills at least at the SPAN 216 level, along with some background in reading Spanish literature.
Class Level Restriction: Sophomore and Junior and Senior only.

SPAN 371Classical Spanish Literature3.0 SH[GEH]

Selected masterpieces of Spanish literature before 1700.
Prerequisite: SPAN 260 or other experience reading literature in Spanish.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SPAN 372Modern Hispanic Literature3.0 SH[  ]

Selected works from modern and contemporary literature of Spain and/or Latin America.
Prerequisite: SPAN 260 or other experience reading literature in Spanish.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SPAN 380Spanish Literature Seminar3.0 SH[GEH]

Seminar in a special topic of the literature of Spain or Spanish America. Examples: Cervantes' Don Quijote, contemporary Latin American short story. The title will be extended to describe the current topic.
Prerequisite: two previous literature courses taught in Spanish. Offered upon sufficient demand.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SPAN 410Highlights of Hispanic Culture1.0 SH[  ]

This lecture series sets in context the major achievements of Spanish-speaking peoples in Spain and Latin America from an historical, cultural, and literary perspective. Focuses on major achievements as well as general background knowledge.
Prerequisite: one Spanish course at the 300-level.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SPAN 470Spanish Capstone3.0 SH[  ]

An in-depth independent research project, typically consisting of a 20-page paper written in Spanish and utilizing sources in Spanish, and a public presentation of the findings during the last week of the semester.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.