Course Descriptions

Spanish Courses

Faculty

Professor: Tama Lea Engelking (Chairperson); Associate Professors: Hebat El-Attar, Delia V. Galván, Antonio Medina-Rivera, Lee Wilberschied, Stephen Gingerich; Lecturers: Elia Lafelice, Maureen Pruitt.

Course Descriptions

Additional courses in linguistics, literature, and civilization which have no prerequisites are listed under English Translations of Foreign Literatures, French, German, and Modern Languages.

Students with native experience of Spanish may not enroll for credit in the 100-level courses in Spanish. See the information concerning language-skill courses in the Spanish program section.

A veces los requisitos no son exigidos a los hispanohablantes. Conviene que éstos consulten con un consejero de la Sección de Español antes de matricularse.

All students with training or experience in Spanish other than a previous course in that language at Cleveland State should continue their study in accordance with their background. Failure to seek counseling may result in schedule shifts during the first week of class.

All language courses have the following divisions and courses numbered from:

100-114 (200-214, etc.) concern the development of performance skills;

115-34 (215-234, etc.), the nature of language;

135-64 (235-264, etc.), culture and civilization;

165-89 (265-289, etc.), literature;

190-99 (290-299, etc.), independent and specialized courses.

SPN 100-200-300-400 Practicum in Spanish (1-6 Credits). Prerequisites: Permission of instructor, departmental approval. This course involves specially arranged projects or supervised experiences for non-native speakers in Spanish conducted in the university and in the community. Examples include special work in the Instructional Media Services laboratory. Or participation in a Spanish-language play, and a study or service project involving fieldwork in one of the Spanish communities. Projects arranged between individual students and instructors; title of the project will appear on the student's transcript. The course is available on S/U basis only. It may be repeated for credit with change of topic. Return to top

SPN 101 102 Spanish Language Skills I, II (4-2-5). Prerequisites: SPN 101: No prerequisite; SPN 102: SPN 101 or the equivalent course with C or better. This course involves the development of proficiency in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Spanish with contextual cultural information. It includes a lab fee. Return to top

SPN 111 Spanish First Year Review (4-2-5). Prerequisites: SPN 102 or two years of high-school Spanish. The course involves the increasing mastery of the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. It also includes basic grammar review and enrichment. Return to top

SPN 192 292-392-492 Special Topics: Study Abroad (1 to 6 Credits). Prerequisites: SPN 192: No prerequisite; SPN 292: SPN 201; SPN 392: SPN 301; SPN 492: SPN 301 and one literature or civilization course. This is the study of a particular topic in Spanish language, literature, or civilization as part of the university’s Study Abroad Program. It may be repeated with change of topic. Return to top

SPN 196 296-396-496 Independent Study in Spanish (1 to 6 Credits). Prerequisite: Student must have sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Proposed projects must be approved by a full-time department faculty member (who will serve as the project adviser) and the department chairman. The course is comprised of student-initiated supervised projects involving Spanish language or literature, such as in-depth study of a particular writer, or special readings in linguistics. Independent study may be used to cover the materials of a listed course not offered in a given year. Projects are arranged between individual students and instructor; title of project will appear on the student's transcript. It may be repeated for credit with change of topic. Return to top

General Prerequisites

SPN 201 and SPN 202 are prerequisites for all major courses. The student's adviser, in consultation with the instructor concerned, may grant exceptions. These courses offer content area study and further practice in conversation and composition at the intermediate level and are appropriate for both majors and non-majors.

SPN 201 Intermediate Spanish (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Completion of SPN 102 with C or better or equivalent. This course is comprised of readings in U.S. and Hispanic culture and practice in conversation and composition. It includes refinement and expansion of grammar capabilities and activities. SPN 201 may be taken before or after SPN 202 or SPN 203. Return to top

SPN 202 Literature Survey (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Completion of SPN 102 with C or better or equivalent. Reading strategies and a variety of short literary pieces, activities, and writings help develop the student's ability and background in Hispanic literature. The course includes practice and expansion of grammar, skills development and writing proficiency. SPN 202 may be taken before or after SPN 201 or SPN 203. Return to top

SPN 203 Culture and Civilization (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Completion of SPN 102 with C or better or equivalent. Readings explore both U.S. and Hispanic customs, attitudes, and values. It also includes ongoing review and expansion of skills development. SPN 203 may be taken before or after SPN 202 or SPN 201. Return to top

SPN 205 Intermediate Spanish Studies (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Completion of SPN 201 with C or better or equivalent. This course involves intermediate-level work on various topics as specified in the course catalog. Topics may address concerns of contemporary society or be specific to professions or areas of study. Grammar and skill development are appropriate to the topic. Sample topics are Spanish for social services, for business, or for the medical professions. Return to top

SPN 207 Intermediate Commercial Spanish (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Completion of SPN 102 with C or better or equivalent or permission of instructor. This is an introduction to the world of business and technology in Spanish speaking countries. It covers socio-economic issues that affect business; everyday commercial activities, such as job interviews, on-the-job routines, and banking. It includes continued development of language skills appropriate to the course topic and level. Return to top

SPN 240 340, 440 Field Study (1 to 6 credits). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. This is study abroad in a Western hemisphere Spanish-speaking country such as Mexico, under the auspices of Cleveland State Spanish Section faculty. Program and course content vary annually. Consult an adviser in Spanish for current information. Return to top

SPN 241 341, 441 Spanish Field Study (1 to 6 credits). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. This course is study abroad in Spain under the auspices of Cleveland State Spanish Section faculty. Program and course content vary annually. Consult an adviser in Spanish for current information. Return to top

SPN 245 Hispanic Resources of Cleveland (3-0-3).This is field experience with aspects of the Spanish-speaking community in the Cleveland area. It includes informal conversation practice. Return to top

SPN 293 393-493 Special Topics in Spanish (1 to 4 credits). Prerequisites: SPN 193: No prerequisite; SPN 293: Completion of SPN 102 with a C or better or permission of instructor; SPN 393: SPN 301; SPN 493: SPN 301 and one literature or civilization course. This is the intensive study of a particular topic in Spanish language, literature, or civilization. It may be repeated for credit with change of topic. Some topics offered as Linguistic Studies courses. Return to top

SPN 301 Advanced Spanish: Oral Skills Emphasis (4-0-4). Prerequisites: SPN 302 or two of the following: SPN 201, 202, 203 or the equivalent, and sophomore standing, or permission of the instructor. This course involves advanced conversation and composition; improvement of all language skills and knowledge of grammar, with special emphasis on development of oral skills. Return to top

SPN 302 Advanced Spanish: Writing Skills Emphasis (4-0-4). Prerequisites: SPN 301, or SPN 202 and either SPN 201 or 203 or the equivalent, and sophomore standing, or permission of the instructor. This course is advanced conversation and composition; improvement of all language skills and knowledge of grammar, with special emphasis on development of writing skills. Return to top

SPN 303 Advanced Composition and Conversation for Native Speakers (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Native speaker of Spanish or permission of instructor. The course involves practice in composition and conversation based on short literary or cultural reading. Emphasis is placed on development of skills particular to scholastic work, such as summaries, reports, and projects. Return to top

SPN 315 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (4-1-4). Prerequisites: Two from SPN 201, SPN 202, SPN 203 and sophomore standing, or permission of instructor. This course covers the physiology and articulation of Spanish sounds, application of contrastive phonology to the teaching of Spanish, and intensive pronunciation drill in the Instructional Media Services laboratory. It is required for majors and students seeking teaching licensure in Spanish. This is a Linguistics Studies course. Return to top

SPN 345 Spanish Civilization (4-0-4). Prerequisites: Two from SPN 201, SPN 202, SPN 203 and sophomore standing, or permission of instructor. This course covers the historical interpretation of Spain through the study of geography, religion, sociology, and the arts of the Iberian Peninsula. Return to top

SPN 346 Latin American Civilization (4-0-4). Prerequisites: Two from SPN 201, SPN 202, SPN 203 and sophomore standing, or permission of instructor. This is an introduction to the historical, political, sociological, cultural, and artistic development of Latin America. Return to top

SPN 365 Readings in Hispanic Literature (4-0-4). Prerequisites: Any two courses on the 200 level. This course may be taught concurrently with ENF courses, but students will read additional selections in Spanish and will be expected to react to them in Spanish both orally and in writing. It may be repeated for credit with change of topic. Return to top

SPN 371 Introduction to Spanish Literature (4-0-4). Prerequisites: SPN 202 and either SPN 201 or SPN 203 and sophomore standing, or permission of instructor. This is an introduction to the study of Spanish literature, with concentration on principal authors and their works from the Middle Ages to the present. Return to top

SPN 372 Introduction to Spanish American Literature (4-0-4). Prerequisites: SPN 202 and either SPN 201 or SPN 203 and sophomore standing, or permission of instructor. This is an introduction to the study of Spanish-American literature with concentration on principal authors and their works from the colonial period to the present. Return to top

SPN 374 Readings in Hispanic Literature (3-0-3). Prerequisites: Any two courses at the 200 level and sophomore standing, or permission of instructor. The course may be taught concurrently with ENF courses, but students read additional selections in Spanish and are expected to react to them in Spanish both orally and in writing. It may be repeated for credit with change of topic. Return to top

SPN 402 Advanced Grammar and Stylistics (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Either SPN 301, SPN 302, or SPN 203, or permission of instructor. This course focuses attention to the fine points of grammar in Spanish with an emphasis on the development of oral and written expression reflecting Spanish language patterns. Return to top

SPN 416 Studies in Spanish Linguistics (3-0-3). Prerequisites: SPN 315 and sophomore standing, or permission of instructor. This is an analysis of aspects of Spanish grammar or usage from the perspective of modern linguistics. It may be repeated for credit with a change of topic. This is a Linguistics Studies course. Return to top

SPN 417 History of Spanish (3-0-3). Prerequisites: SPN 315 and sophomore standing, or permission of instructor. This course is a survey of the development of the Spanish language from Roman times to the present day. This is a Linguistics Studies course. Return to top

SPN 445 Studies in Spanish Civilization (3-0-3). Prerequisites: SPN 345 or SPN 346 and sophomore standing, or permission of instructor. This course is the study of the civilization or culture of a particular period or topic, such as "20th-Century Politics in Context," or "Civil War in Film and Art." Topics will be announced. It may be repeated for credit with a change of topic. Return to top

SPN 446 Studies in Spanish American Civilization (3-0-3). Prerequisites: SPN 345 or SPN 346 and sophomore standing, or permission of instructor. This is a study of the civilization or culture of a particular period or topic, such as "Colonial Culture," "Caudillismo," "Art in the Caribbean," or "Writers of Spanish America." Topics will be announced. It may be repeated for credit with a change of topic. Return to top

SPN 483 Studies in Spanish Literature (3-0-3). Prerequisites: SPN 371 or SPN 372 and sophomore standing, or permission of instructor. This is a study of a particular period, author, or theme, such as "The Picaresque Novel," "The Generation of 98," "Galdos," "García Lorca," "Dynamic Women in Drama." Topics will be announced in course schedules. It may be repeated for credit with change of topic. Return to top

SPN 484 Studies in Spanish American Literature (3-0-3). Prerequisites: SPN 371 or SPN 372 and sophomore standing, or permission of instructor. This course is the study of a particular period, author or theme, such as "Romanticism," "Modernism," "Darío," "García Márquez," "Magic Realism." Topics will be announced. It may be repeated for credit with change of topic. Return to top

SPN 491H Senior Honors Project (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Spanish major with Honors standing. Project must be preapproved by project adviser who is a full-time faculty member, department chair, and department curriculum committee. This is an independent research project developed in cooperation with faculty adviser. Completed projects will be submitted in written form and presented orally in a public forum. Return to top

SPN 494 Spanish Capstone (4-0-4). Open to students who have completed a minimum of two courses in Spanish at the 400-level, or by permission of instructor. Course focuses on building analytical, research, oral communication, and writing skills in Spanish on topics related to the Spanish language and Hispanic literatures and cultures. Topics vary. This course satisfies the capstone requirement for Spanish majors. Return to top

SPN 495 Spanish Field Study Capstone (4-0-4). Open to students who have completed a minimum of three 300-level courses in Spanish and who are participating in one of the faculty-led summer study abroad programs. The course focuses on an individual research project completed under the supervision of the study abroad director. Topics require research and field work in the study abroad site, and the completion of the project develops analytic, research, writing, and oral communication skills in Spanish. It satisfies the capstone requirement for Spanish majors. Return to top

The Department of Modern Languages offers a Master of Arts degree in Spanish and a 4 + 1 program.The 4 + 1 Spanish BA/MA is an accelerated program which allows qualified students to complete a B.A. and M.A. degree in Spanish in 5 years. Please see the graduate catalog for a description of these degree programs. The SPN 500- to 600-series of courses may also be taken as part of the Master of Education degree program in Curriculum and Instruction.

SPN 501 Research Methods ( 4 credits). Return to top

SPN 502 Advanced Grammar and Stylistics (4-0-4). Return to top

SPN 534 Studies in Language and Linguistics (4-0-4). Return to top

SPN 540 Field Experience Abroad (2 to 4 credits). Return to top

SPN 545 Studies in Spanish Civilization (4-0-4). Return to top

SPN 546 Studies in Spanish American Civilization (4-0-4). Return to top

SPN 564 Studies in Culture and Civilization (4-0-4). Return to top

SPN 583 Studies in Spanish Literature (4-0-4). Return to top

SPN 584 Studies in Spanish American Literature (4-0-4). Return to top

SPN 589 Studies in Literature (4-0-4). Return to top

SPN 592 Special Topics: Study Abroad (1 to 6 credits). Return to top

SPN 596 Independent Study (1 to 8 credits). Return to top

SPN 616 Seminar in Spanish Language (4-0-4). Return to top

SPN 631 Teaching College Spanish (1 to 8 credits). Return to top

SPN 665 Seminar in Hispanic Culture (4-0-4). Return to top

SPN 685 Seminar in Spanish Literature (4-0-4). Return to top

SPN 686 Seminar in Latin American Literature (4-0-4). Return to top

SPN 696 Independent Study (1 to 8 credits). Return to top

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