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Spanish B.A.

Division of Humanities - Adm
Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 40
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Spanish is spoken by many people--more than 28 million in the U.S., 132,000 in Minnesota, and more than 300,000,000 worldwide. With a rich and diverse history, it is also a language essential to the contemporary world in areas such as education, business, health care, international relations, and law. The Spanish discipline offers courses that emphasize the richness and diversity of Hispanic culture, and prepares students with a range of linguistic and critical skills applicable to a wide variety of potential careers or further advanced study in a range of fields. Objectives--The Spanish curriculum offers coursework in Hispanic cultures, languages, literatures, and films. The courses are designed to help students develop critical insight into the philosophies and values of other cultures, proficiency in a second language, and sensitivity toward literature and film that reflect the experiences of the Spanish-speaking world. The curriculum accommodates liberal arts students interested in a cross-cultural perspective, language study, secondary school teaching, working for nonprofit organizations and social services, or preparation for graduate study in Spanish and related fields. Upon the successful completion of the Spanish major (in addition to participation in a study abroad experience to a Spanish-speaking country and engagement in outreach activities widely available across campus), students should be able to: * Recognize and develop strategies to support and improve their Spanish language proficiencies in reading, writing, speaking, and listening; * Refine their cross-cultural and intercultural awareness; * Expand their critical thinking, analytical competencies and problem-solving skills; * Discover and critically evaluate the traditions, philosophies, values, artistic expressions, and histories of the cultures of Spain and Latin America; * Design and conduct in-depth, sustained, analytical research in Spanish. STUDY ABROAD In light of today's increasingly interdependent world, the UMM Spanish faculty endorses study abroad, in combination with a Spanish major or minor, as the most effective means by which to: * improve language abilities * broaden academic horizons * globalize one's world view * expand career opportunities * advance cross-cultural and problem-solving skills * gain confidence in oneself personally and professionally ADVISING FOR THE SPANISH MAJOR It is strongly recommended that students majoring or minoring in Spanish meet with a Spanish faculty member to plan for a timely and successful completion of their program, even if their primary academic adviser is in another discipline.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of Spanish.
Students must complete Span 1001 and Span 1002 or equivalent previous language experience (e.g. placement exam, transfer credit) required to take intermediate Spanish before beginning the major. No grades below C- are allowed. Courses may not be taken S-N unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced. A foreign study experience, regular use of the Language Teaching Center, and participation in outreach and educational activities such as the weekly Conversation Table (la Mesa de conversacion), the Jane Addams School of Democracy and the Community ESL program are strongly recommended to enhance language skills and cultural competency. Latin American Area Studies courses are also recommended as a complement to courses in the Spanish discipline. Students majoring in Spanish are encouraged to take at least one year of instruction in another foreign language.
Required Courses
SPAN 2001 - Intermediate Spanish I [IP] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 2002 - Intermediate Spanish II [IP] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 3011 - Conversation, Composition, and Culture [IP] (2.0 cr)
SPAN 3012 - Spanish Grammar in Practice [IP] (2.0 cr)
SPAN 3111 - Readings in Spanish I [HUM] (2.0 cr)
SPAN 3112 - Readings in Spanish II [HUM] (2.0 cr)
SPAN 3211 - Literature and Culture of Latin America [HUM] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 3212 - Literature and Culture of Spain [HUM] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 4001 - Research Symposium [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Elective Courses
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· SPAN 3651 - Seminar: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha" [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3654 - Seminar: Sex, Love, and Marriage in Golden Age Spanish Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3681 - Seminar: Romanticism and Revolution in 19th-Century Spain [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3682 - Seminar: Realism and Reform in 19th-Century Spain [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3683 - Seminar: Modernity and Identity in Spain, 1900-1930 [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3684 - Seminar: Hispanic Film [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3685 - Seminar: Slavery and Abolition in Cuban Literature and Culture [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3686 - Seminar: Writing History in Spanish American Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3687 - Seminar: Afro-Hispanic Literature and Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3688 - Seminar: Literature and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Spain [HUM] (4.0 cr)
 
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SPAN 2001 - Intermediate Spanish I (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Emphasizes the continued development of oral expression, vocabulary building, spelling, grammar, reading, and composition through the use of authentic materials such as short films and news features, cultural readings, literary selections, and contemporary music that strengthen students' proficiency in Spanish and their understanding of Hispanic cultures. prereq: 1002 or 1003 or placement or instr consent
SPAN 2002 - Intermediate Spanish II (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuation of the sequence beginning with 2001. prereq: 2001 or instr consent
SPAN 3011 - Conversation, Composition, and Culture (IP)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Practice in effective oral and written communication in Spanish for advanced students, with an emphasis on the diversity of contemporary Hispanic cultures and a review of basic grammatical concepts. prereq: 2002 or instr consent
SPAN 3012 - Spanish Grammar in Practice (IP)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
A review of advanced Spanish grammar, with emphasis on areas of concern and challenge for the non-native speaker, and on strengthening academic writing skills in Spanish. prereq: 3011 or instr consent
SPAN 3111 - Readings in Spanish I (HUM)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to representative works of contemporary Hispanic literature from diverse genres and cultural contexts, with emphasis on strategies for comprehension and interpretation. prereq: 3011 or instr consent
SPAN 3112 - Readings in Spanish II (HUM)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Further examination of representative works of Hispanic literature from diverse genres, time periods, and cultural contexts, with emphasis on literary concepts and terminology, analysis, research and writing practices, and interpretation. prereq: 3012, 3111 or instr consent
SPAN 3211 - Literature and Culture of Latin America (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3012, 3112, or #
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study of important exemplary works of Latin American literary and cultural production through major historical periods. Texts are examined in light of multiple contexts, such as artistic, political, historical, and philosophical. prereq: 3012, 3112, or instr consent
SPAN 3212 - Literature and Culture of Spain (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3012, 3112, or #
Typically offered: Every Spring
Study of important exemplary works of Spanish (peninsular) literary and cultural production through major historical periods. Texts are examined in light of multiple contexts, such as artistic, political, historical, and philosophical. prereq: 3012, 3112, or instr consent
SPAN 4001 - Research Symposium (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
A capstone experience for majors, consisting of an introduction to research methods and critical approaches to literature, as well as development of an independent research project and presentation. Spanish majors are required to complete a minimum of 16 of the 20 required credits at the 32xx and 36xx levels prior to registering for Span 4001. It is recommended to have all 20 of these credits completed prior to taking Span 4001. prereq: instr consent
SPAN 3651 - Seminar: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha" (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha" in light of its socio-historical context. prereq: 3012, 3112 or instr consent
SPAN 3654 - Seminar: Sex, Love, and Marriage in Golden Age Spanish Literature (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
The theme of sex, love, and marriage in Golden Age Spanish Literature through prose, poetry, and theatre of the Golden Age (XVI-XVII centuries) Spain. Consideration of the gender relations and gender politics reflected in the works and the socio-historical context in which these works were produced. prereq: 3012, 3112 or instr consent
SPAN 3681 - Seminar: Romanticism and Revolution in 19th-Century Spain (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of representative texts (prose and poetry) from the first half of the 19th century in Spain, with emphasis on the expression of the Romantic vision within the particular political context of the period, marked by tensions between liberal reform and traditional conservatism. prereq: 3012, 3112 or instr consent
SPAN 3682 - Seminar: Realism and Reform in 19th-Century Spain (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of representative texts (novels, stories, and essays) from the second half of the 19th century in Spain, with emphasis on the rise of realism as an exploration of the socio-political reality of the era and the need for reform. The focus is on general trends in Western cultures (e.g., industrialization, positivism, secularization). prereq: 3012, 3112 or instr consent
SPAN 3683 - Seminar: Modernity and Identity in Spain, 1900-1930 (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of representative texts (prose and poetry) from the early decades of the 20th century in Spain with particular emphasis on their responses to changes brought by modernity: advancing technology, modern psychology, political experimentation, spiritual exploration, and artistic innovation. prereq: 3012, 3112, or instr consent
SPAN 3684 - Seminar: Hispanic Film (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3012, 3112 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
View, study, and discuss relevant Hispanic films from Spain, Latin America, and the U.S.A. Consider films' cinematic techniques and their specific socio-cultural and socio-political contexts. prereq: 3012, 3112 or instr consent
SPAN 3685 - Seminar: Slavery and Abolition in Cuban Literature and Culture (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
A study of the major texts surrounding Cuban slavery from the 1812 Aponte slave rebellion to independence from Spain in 1898. How did 19th-century writers depict Cuban slave society? What was the relationship between literature, abolition, and independence? prereq: 3012, 3112, or instr consent
SPAN 3686 - Seminar: Writing History in Spanish American Literature (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
A study of 20th- and 21st-century Latin American historical novels and the colonial and 19th-century texts on which they are based. How and why is the past mobilized to meet the needs of the present? How do historical events continue to haunt the present day? prereq: 3011, 3012, or instr consent
SPAN 3687 - Seminar: Afro-Hispanic Literature and Culture (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
An overview of the literature and culture of peoples of African descent in Spanish America from the colonial period to present day. How have Afro-Hispanics been marginalized from national projects in Spanish America? To what extent and under what circumstances has the group been included? How have Afro-Hispanic writers responded to larger culture? prereq: 3011, 3012, or instr consent
SPAN 3688 - Seminar: Literature and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Spain (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
An examination of 19th-century Spanish literature with primary emphasis on gender representation and construction. Readings include both canonical and lesser known works, by both male and female writers, that reflect an ongoing dialogue regarding traditional and shifting notions of gender identity and relations in Spain at the time. prereq: 3012, 3112 or instr consent