Spanish

The Spanish program provides students the opportunity to develop a solid command of the Spanish language, and an understanding of the literature, culture, and linguistics of the Hispanic world. Diverse course offerings allow students, in consultation with their advisers, to tailor a program of studies consistent with various goals: to prepare for graduate school, to usefully complement a variety of majors (business, political science, psychology, etc.), to interact with Spanish-speaking people in the US and abroad, to analyze the Spanish language and apply what is learned to a variety of contexts, and to read great Spanish and Spanish American literature. We offer (and strongly recommend) study abroad as a fundamental component of the Spanish major.

Spanish - Major Field Guide

Major in Spanish

  • In consultation with their major field adviser, students must complete thirty-two (32) credits in courses numbered 300 and above:

Required Core Courses (12 credits):

  • SPAN 300 Advanced Spanish Grammar (4 credits)
  • SPAN 301 Advanced Written Spanish and Culture (4 credits)
  • SPAN 305 Spanish Oral Expression and Culture (4 credits)

 

Areas of Concentration: Cultural and Literary Studies or Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

 

For the remaining 20 credits, students must choose an area of concentration and take a minimum of 12 credits in that area.  Up to 8 of the remaining 20 credits may be taken from the other concentration.

Cultural and Literary Studies

Required for concentration (8 credits):

  • SPAN 335 Introduction to Spanish Literature (4 credits)
  • SPAN 331 Spanish Culture and Civilization (4 credits) OR SPAN 332 Latin American Culture and Civilization

For the remaining 12 credits, students may choose from the following electives.  Up to 8 credits may be taken from the Linguistics and Applied Language Studies area. For the concentration in Cultural and Literary Studies, students must take a minimum of four (4) credits in courses numbered SPAN 340 or higher:

  • SPAN 331 Spanish Culture and Civilization (4 credits)
  • SPAN 332 Latin American Culture and Civilization (4 credits)
  • SPAN 340 Themes in Spanish Literature (4 credits)
  • SPAN 380 Themes in Latin American Literature (4 credits)
  • SPAN 405 Spanish Genre Studies (4 credits)
  • SPAN 410 Women and Discourse of the Spanish-speaking World (4 credits)
  • SPAN 411 Ethnicity and Multiculturalism of the Spanish-speaking World (4 credits)
  • SPAN 412 Chicano and U.S. Latino Culture(s) and Literature(s) (4 credits)
  • SPAN 415 Hispanic Cinema Studies (4 credits)

 

Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

Required for concentration (4 credits):

  • SPAN 315 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics (4 credits)

For the remaining 16 credits, students may choose from the following electives.  Up to eight (8) credits may be taken from the Cultural and Literary Studies area:

  • SPAN 316 Studies in Spanish Linguistics (4 credits)
  • SPAN 317 Spanish Phonetics and Pronunciation (4 credits)
  • SPAN 318 Introduction to Spanish Translation (4 credits)
  • SPAN 320 Business Spanish (4 credits)
  • SPAN 434 Spanish Applied Linguistics (4 credits) 

Students in teacher licensure programs must include a course in linguistics (recommended SPAN 315).

Students majoring in Spanish must take a minimum of twelve (12) credits in Spanish at the 300-level or above at St. Thomas or in a St. Thomas-approved study abroad program.

Students must complete the introductory and intermediate language program (SPAN 111, 112, 211, 212), or its equivalent, with a C- or above in all coursework before moving on to SPAN 300. Spanish majors/minors must complete SPAN 300, 301, and 305 with a C- or above in each course before proceeding on to further courses in the Spanish major.

For administrative purposes, students will complete assessment measures at the beginning of their major (in their 300 class) and during their final semester.

Note: The rare student who majors in Spanish, but begins her/his language training at St. Thomas with SPAN 111 may need to complete 136 units to graduate rather than the normal 132.

Minor in Spanish

In consultation with their minor field adviser, students must complete twenty (20) credits in courses numbered 300 and above. After completing the core courses (SPAN 300, 301, 305), students may select two additional courses from any of the remaining upper-division Spanish courses (numbered above 305). Students must complete the introductory and intermediate language program (SPAN 111, 112, 211, 212), or its equivalent. Spanish minors must complete SPAN 300, 301 and 305 with a C- or above in each course before proceeding on to further courses in Spanish.

Students minoring in Spanish must take a minimum of eight (8) credits in Spanish at the 300-level or above at St. Thomas or in a St. Thomas-approved study abroad program.

Course Number Title Credits
SPAN  111 Elementary Spanish I 4
SPAN  112 Elementary Spanish II 4
SPAN  211 Intermediate Spanish I 4
SPAN  212 Intermediate Spanish II 0 TO 4
SPAN  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
SPAN  297 Topics 4
SPAN  300 Advanced Spanish Grammar 4
SPAN  301 Adv Written Spanish & Culture 4
SPAN  305 Span Oral Expression & Culture 4
SPAN  315 Hispanic Linguistics 4
SPAN  316 Studies in Spanish Linguistics 4
SPAN  317 Spanish Phonetics and Pronunc. 4
SPAN  320 Business Spanish 0 TO 4
SPAN  331 Spanish Culture & Civil 4
SPAN  332 Latin Amer Cult & Civil 4
SPAN  335 Intro to Spanish Literature 4
SPAN  340 Survey of Spanish Literature 4
SPAN  380 Spanish-American Literature 4
SPAN  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
SPAN  405 Spanish Genre Studies 4
SPAN  411 Ethnicity and Multiculturalism 4
SPAN  412 Chicano/US Latino Lit/Culture 4
SPAN  415 Hispanic Cinema Studies 4
SPAN  434 Spanish Applied Linguistics 4
SPAN  476 Experiential Learning 2
SPAN  478 Experiential Learning 4
SPAN  485 Seminar 4
SPAN  487 Topics 2
SPAN  489 Topics 4
SPAN  490 Topics 4
SPAN  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4