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Spanish (SPA)

Spanish (SPA)

100 Spanish on the Job
This introductory Spanish course focuses on oral communication for future professionals who will be dealing with the Spanish-speaking public. Previous study of Spanish not required, though helpful. (Three hours per week starting at mid-semester for five weeks.)
One credit.

101, 102 Elementary Spanish I & II
A study of Spanish grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary. The course includes practice in speaking, reading, and writing the Spanish language and an introduction to Hispanic cultures.
Prerequisite for SPA 102: SPA 101.
Three hours, three credits each.

201, 202 Intermediate Spanish I & II
An intermediate course in reading, writing, and conversation, with emphasis on grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.
Prerequisite for SPA 201: SPA 102 or equivalent; Prerequisite for SPA 202: SPA 201 or equivalent.
Three hours, three credits each.

301 Advanced Grammar and Composition
A study of advanced Spanish composition, conversation, and phonetics. Literary or journalistic texts may be used to study grammar. Course may be directed in vocabulary and content to support areas of interest in the student's major.
Prerequisite: SPA 202 or equivalent or any 300-level Spanish course.
Three hours, three credits each.

302 Advanced Speaking and Comprehension
A study of advanced Spanish composition, conversation, and phonetics. Literary or journalistic texts may be used to study grammar. Course may be directed in vocabulary and content to support areas of interest in the student's major.
This course is designated by Ferrum College faculty to meet the entire Speaking Intensive requirement; a grade of "C" or higher in this course is required for this course to be used by a student to complete the Speaking Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College. A student cannot earn a grade of "C" or higher in this course unless he or she earns a "C" or better on the speaking assignments required by the course.
Prerequisite: SPA 202 or equivalent or any 300-level Spanish course.
Three hours, three credits each.

320 Introduction to Literature in Spanish
An introduction to selected readings in Spanish with an emphasis on becoming familiar with various genres and periods of Hispanic literature and the methods used in literary analysis. The course is conducted in Spanish with emphasis on oral and written expression by the student. Taught in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPA 301 or 302.
Three hours, three credits.

325 Spanish Culture
A study of Spanish civilization and culture as depicted in its art, geography, history, and literature. Taught in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPA 202 or equivalent or any 300-level Spanish course.
Three hours, three credits.

326 Latin American Culture
A study of the Latin American civilizations and cultures as depicted in its art, geography, history, and literature. Taught in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPA 202 or equivalent or any 300-level Spanish course.
Three hours, three credits.

351, 352 Spanish Conversation Circle
An opportunity for concentrated practice in the spoken language. Taught entirely in Spanish. (Note: 200-level students with a strong foundation in their language are encouraged to enroll in the Conversation Circle.)
Prerequisite: SPA 202 or equivalent or any 300-level Spanish course.
One hour, one credit each.

403 Latin American and Spanish Short Story
An exploration of the short story in Spanish with an emphasis on historical trends within the genre. This course will strengthen the students' ability with literary analysis and their Spanish language skills. Taught in Spanish. This course meets the Literature requirement in the Liberal Arts Core.
Prerequisite: Any previous 300-level Spanish course with a grade of "C" or higher.
Three hours, three credits.

404 Selected Topics in Hispanic Literature
A careful study of a selected topic in the literatures of the various countries where Spanish is spoken. Taught in Spanish. This course meets the Literature requirement in the Liberal Arts Core.
Prerequisite: Any previous 300-level Spanish course with a grade of "C" or higher.
Three hours, three credits.

411 Professional Spanish
Prepares the advanced student for careers involving Spanish and for travel or residence in Spanish-speaking countries, with emphasis on fluency in the spoken language and proficiency in written Spanish. Taught in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Any previous 300-level Spanish course with a grade of "C" or higher.
Three hours, three credits.

451, 452 Directed Study
An advanced directed study of an aspect of Spanish language or Hispanic literature or culture particularly suited to the student's interests. Normally taught on an independent study basis, but may be offered as a seminar on demand. Taught in Spanish. May be repeated.
Prerequisite: Two courses at the 300-level or above.
Three hours, three credits each.

498: Senior Thesis
This is a research-based capstone course, and must be taken in the senior year. Students will choose a research topic based on a cultural, historical, or literary topic of interest to them, based on research done for a previous Spanish course. Working closely with a faculty advisor, students will examine and evaluate their own work and identify strengths and weaknesses in order to expand their prior research into a longer, more in-depth project. They will focus on stating a clear thesis, formulating an argument, identifying and appropriately employing sources, and writing clearly and correctly in Spanish. As a culminating part of this process, students will have a public presentation of their work.
Prerequisites: Senior status and a declared Spanish major. Students must complete this course with a "C" or higher in order to complete the Spanish major.
Three credits, three hours.