All courses taught in Spanish
SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I
An introduction to Spanish language and culture that emphasizes the basic language
skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Primary emphasis is placed on
interpersonal and presentational oral skills and on functioning in real-life situations
in a Spanish-language cultural context. Taught in Spanish. Offered each spring.
SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II
A continuation of basic language skills developed in 101, with exposure to more complicated
structural forms as well as cultural issues. Primary emphasis is placed on interpersonal
and presentational oral skills and on functioning in real-life situations in a Spanish-language
cultural context. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 101 or equivalent. Offered each fall.
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish (LA)
This course continues the proficiency-oriented approach of the Beginning Spanish sequence.
It is designed to strengthen the basic language skills introduced in 101 and 102 with
an emphasis on interpersonal and presentational oral skills. Students have to attend
one weekly conversation session. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or equivalent. Offered every semester.
SPAN 275 Intermediate Spanish (Accelerated)
The course reviews basic Spanish structural forms and strengthens language skills
(reading, writing, speaking) by analyzing the cultural diversity of Spanish-speaking
societies. Designed for students with an AP score of 3; four years of HS Spanish;
and heritage speakers of Spanish who wish to fulfill the LA requirement. Prerequisite:
Consent of dept. chair. OFFERED ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS FALL 2019.
SPAN 203 Conversation and Composition (G)
This course reviews Spanish structural forms and builds vocabulary in the context
of developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, and examines the diverse
Spanish-speaking cultures. In-class time focuses on the development of interpersonal
and presentational skills, while out-of-class time will be directed toward the development
of interpretative skills. Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or equivalent. Cannot enroll in this course if you've already taken Spn 303. Offered annually.
SPAN 230 Medical Spanish and Cultural Competency of Health Care (U)
This course is designed for students planning to work in health care and who want
to acquire more skills in medical Spanish. We will discuss Hispanic culture in the
U.S., particularly how it relates to health care. Students will participate in an
informal internship at a local community clinic. Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or equivalent.
Offered each spring semester. Video: Dr. Nadeau Discusses the Course
SPAN 240 Spanish for Social Justice (U)
Students develop language skills and cultural competency for situations that focus
on social justice. Fieldwork in one of the following areas: immigration, housing,
education, employment and voter rights is a key part of the course. Prerequisite:
Spanish 201 or equivalent. Offered alternate years, fall semester.
SPAN 250 Business Spanish in its Cultural Context (G)
This course is designed for students planning to work in business or accounting and
who want to acquire more business-related language and cultural competency skills
before entering the workforce. Students will read and analyze business documents in
Spanish, present oral reports, and work 1-3 hours/week as part of a group project
related to the local Latino community. Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or equivalent. Offered annually.
SPAN 300 Intensive Language Study
When taken abroad in an approved program. This course should be an intensive practice
of intermediate/advanced oral and written communication skills in the language. Credit
should be discussed and approved by the department chair before departure. Prerequisite:
Spanish 203 or equivalent. Offered each semester.
SPAN 303 Advanced Grammar and Communication
Thorough review of basic problems of grammar and vocabulary with a focus on nuances
of word choice. Study of all tenses of the subjunctive. Writing assignments increase
in complexity and length, involving comparison and contrast, hypothetical argument
and literary analysis. Prerequisite: Spanish 203 or equivalent. Offered each semester.
SPAN 305 Travel Seminar
Travel with a faculty member to countries in which Spanish is spoken. Will include
independent projects, a daily journal, and field trips to cultural monuments, museums,
and other sites of interest. An experience in linguistic and cultural immersion. Prerequisites
vary. Offered occasionally.
Reading and Writing Culture (W, G)
In this assignment-based course, students will strengthen reading and writing skills
in Spanish through a variety of cultural texts; use writing as a tool for discovery,
and explore research paths beyond the basics (accessing authoritative, quality information;
using information ethically, and understanding MLA-style conventions). Prerequisite:
Spanish 303 or equivalent. Offered annually.
SPAN 308 Introduction to Literature (LT, G)
An introduction to the literary analysis of Spanish in texts. Major authors, themes,
and genres from both Latin America and Spain are included, with basic concepts of
contemporary literary criticism and theory. Prerequisite: Spanish 303 or equivalent.
SPAN 314 Iberian Culture and Civilization (CHC)
Cultural history of the Iberian Peninsula from the early Celtic settlements to the
present, including medieval Arab Spain, the Golden Age, Romanticism, the Avant-garde,
the Spanish Civil War and the transition to democracy. Emphasis on the artistic achievements
of the periods and their socio-political contexts. Prerequisite: Spanish 303. Offered each fall semester.
SPAN 316 Latin American Culture and Civilization (CHC)
Cultural history of Latin America, from pre-Columbian times to the present, including
the main indigenous cultures, the Colonial period, the wars of Independence, changing
US relations, the Cold War, transnationalism and globalization. Emphasis on cultural
production in social, political, economic and historical contexts. Prerequisite: Spanish 303. Offered each spring semester.
SPAN 330 Topics in Hispanic Studies
Taken abroad in an approved program. Subject matter might include anthropology, economics,
history, literature, political science, or other. Credit should be discussed with
the department head before departure. Prerequisite: Spanish 303. Offered each semester.
SPAN 340 Spanish Across the Curriculum: Spanish and Marketing
This half-credit course integrates Spanish language and Hispanic cultural competency
with content from the IWU course Bus 331: Marketing Principles and Management. Students will 1. link their knowledge of marketing with language acquisition, 2.
understand and apply Hispanic cultural insights to marketing principles and management,
read and analyze texts in Spanish that are related to marketing, 4. and
deepen their overall business and marketing vocabulary. Prerequisite Span 303. Offered occasionally.
SPAN 340 Spanish Across the Curriculum: Spanish and Business Law/Derecho Mercantil
This half-credit course integrates Spanish language and Hispanic cultural competency
with content from the IWU course Bus 355: Business Law. Students will 1. link their knowledge of business law with language acquisition, 2.
understand and apply Hispanic cultural insights to the business-related legal environment,
read and analyze texts in Spanish that are related to business law, 4. and deepen their overall business law vocabulary. Prerequisite Span 303. Offered occasionally.
SPAN 360 Studies in Media and Film (AR, G)
Analysis of main aesthetic, cultural and philosophical questions in the Hispanic world
as articulated in film and media. Topics may vary. Prerequisite: Spanish 303 or equivalent.
Offered occasionally. Click here for Prof. Valverde's course flyer.
SPAN 397 Internship
Opportunities to apply linguistic and cultural skills in a professional context in
a wide variety of professional areas and locations including local, domestic, and
international sites. Visit the Career Center for procedures and requirements. Prerequisites: Spanish 303 and consent of instructor.
Offered occasionally. Internship opportunities in the B/N community here
SPAN 399 Directed Study in Spanish
A project of interest to the student related to the advanced study of the Spanish
language, or the cultures and literatures of Spanish-speaking countries. Normally
topics may not duplicate the content of regularly offered courses. Prerequisites:
Consent of instructor and the chair of the department. Students must submit a plan
of study prior to enrollment, see form here. Offered as needed.
SPAN 418 Spanish Literature (LT)
Representative authors, genres, and/or literary movements of Spanish literature from
medieval to present times. Texts may include medieval and Golden Age texts, Cervantes
and El Quijote, masters of the Baroque, the Romantics and the Generation of 1898 and
1927. Authors and topics vary. Prerequisite: Span 308. Offered alternate years.
SPAN 468 Topics in Latino/a Literature (LT, U)
This course analyzes the literary production of Latinos/as in the United States from
the 1980's to the present with particular attention to questions of gender, ethnic,
linguistic, class, racial and cultural differences. We will read works by Julia lvarez,
Richard Rodriguez, Gloria Anzalda, Sandra Cisneros, and others. Prerequisite: Spanish
308. Offered alternate years.
SPAN 470 Special Topics in Hispanic Studies
Focuses on a variety of literary or linguistic topics related to Spanish-speaking
communities. Specific topics may include a single author, a broad theme like anti-slavery
narrative, language in society or languages in contact. May be repeated if subject
matter is not duplicated. Prerequisite: Spanish 308. Offered occasionally.
SPAN 478 Latin American Literature (LT)
This course focuses on the literary production of Latin America, from colonial to
present times. Topics and authors will include Romanticism, Regionalism, The Boom,
Sor Juana Ins, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garca Mrquez, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas
Llosa and Isabel Allende, among others. Prerequisite: Span 308. Offered alternate years.
SPAN 491 Advanced Directed Study
A major research project developed in consultation with a Hispanic Studies faculty
member. Emphasizes original research in Spanish, and may lead to the completion of
a research honors project. Prerequisites: Hispanic Studies majors and minors with
senior standing, and consent of department chair. Students must submit a plan of study prior to enrollment,
here. Offered as needed.