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    Foreign language and linguistics courses

    The aims of this program are to equip students with skills in a foreign language; to increase student job opportunities in such fields as bilingual elementary education, social work and business; and to promote the appreciation of other cultures. Classroom instruction emphasizes the four basic skills of speaking, understanding, reading and writing. Students interested in a career in international business are encouraged to consider combining a Spanish major or minor with an economics major or minor.

    The department offers Spanish as a major or minor. 

    Major
    Spanish (36 hours)

    36 hours beyond SPA 225:
    ENG 252 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
    SPA 301 Spanish Prose Composition
    SPA 306 Advanced Grammar Review (3)
    SPA 302 Spanish Peninsular Culture and Civilization (3)
    SPA 303 Latin American Culture and Civilization (3)
    SPA 311 Survey of Peninsular Spanish Literature (3)
    SPA 312 Survey of Spanish American Literature (3)

    15 hours in Spanish literature and/or culture courses through BCA study abroad program at a Spanish or Latin American university; courses chosen in consultation with an academic advisor.

    Minor
    Spanish
    (15 hours)
    15 hours beyond
    SPA 225
    Two of the following:
    SPA 301 Spanish Prose Composition (3)
    SPA 306 Advanced Grammar Review (3)
    SPA 302 Spanish Peninsular Culture and Civ (3)
    SPA 303 Latin American Culture and Civ (3)
    SPA 311 Survey of Peninsular Spanish Lit (3)
    SPA 312 Survey of Spanish American Lit (3)
    Or
    21 hours beyond SPA 225
    Two Spanish courses at the 300 level and 15 hours in Spanish literature and/or culture courses through the BCA study abroad program at a Spanish or Latin American university; courses chosen in consultation with academic advisor.

    Courses
    Linguistics
    ENG 252 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
    An introductory course emphasizing the phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics of the English language with examples from other languages as well.

    Greek
    GRK 111, GRK 121 New Testament Greek 1, 2 (3 each)
    An introduction to the elements of New Testament Greek with emphasis on the mastery of basic forms, vocabulary and syntax. The class will combine the formal, systematic approach with the inductive approach to language learning with reading in the Gospel of John. The two semesters are designed to be taken in immediate sequence. Students will also be introduced to the culturally conditioned structures of thought reflected in the Greek language. Students completing the course will be able to read simpler portions of the New Testament at sight and more difficult portions with the aid of a lexicon.

    Hebrew
    HEB 111, HEB 121 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew 1, 2 (3 each)
    An introduction to the Hebrew language of the Old Testament. The two semesters are designed to be taken in immediate sequence. Students will study the basic grammar of the language and read short portions of a wide number of Old Testament books. Students completing the course will be able to read simpler portions of the Old Testament at sight and more difficult portions with the aid of a lexicon.

    Spanish
    SPA 111, SPA 121 Beginning Spanish 1, 2
    (3 each)

    Emphasizes audio-bilingual skills, supplemented by language laboratory. Includes grammar and reading.

    SPA 225 Intermediate Spanish (3)
    Rapid, intensive review of grammar; selected prose readings. Language laboratory as required by the instructor. Prerequisite:
    SPA 121 or placement in course through exam.

    SPA 301 Spanish Prose Composition (3)
    Advanced composition with emphasis on syntax and style. Achievement of a high level of oral and written fluency. Analysis and discussion of contemporary texts of Hispanic prose. May be repeated for credit whenever literature content and course objectives are different. Prerequisite:
    SPA 225 or consent of instructor.

    SPA 302 Spanish Peninsular Culture and Civilization (3)
    Lectures, readings and discussions on Spanish history, philosophy, religion, education, music, architecture, science. Prerequisite:
    SPA 225 or consent of instructor.

    SPA 303 Latin American Culture and Civilization (3)
    Lectures, readings and discussions on Latin American history, philosophy, religion, education, music, architecture, science and pre-Colombian cultures. Prerequisite:
    SPA 225 or consent of instructor.

    SPA 306 Advanced Grammar Review (3)
    There will be conversation, readings and a review or, in many cases, relearning specific areas of grammar. The texts will provide the students with a means to understand very difficult conceptual distinctions between English and Spanish and when there is no graspable concept involved, to learn particular differences between the two. Prerequisite: SPA 225 or equivalent.

    SPA 311 Survey of Peninsular Spanish Literature (3)
    A survey course designed to acquaint the student with the most important works of Peninsular Spanish literature. Analysis and discussion of major works from medieval period to the present. Prerequisite:
    SPA 225 or equivalent.

    SPA 312 Survey of Spanish American Literature (3)
    A survey course designed to acquaint the student with the most important works of Spanish American literature from the colonial period to the present. Prerequisite:
    SPA 225 or equivalent.

     

    SPA 390 Independent Study (1-3)
    By arrangement.