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    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 every semester.

  • 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 every semester.

  • 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 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 each semester.

  • 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

    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 each spring semester.

  • SPAN 300 Intensive Language Study (OCSp only)

    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.

  • SPAN 307 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 each semester.

  • 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. Offered each semester.

  • 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 (OCSp only)

    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/Marketing

    This half-credit course integrates Spanish language and Hispanic cultural competency with content from the IWU course Bus 331: Marketing Principles and ManagementStudents will 1. link their knowledge of marketing with language acquisition, 2.  understand and apply Hispanic cultural insights to marketing principles and management, 3.   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 LawStudents will 1. link their knowledge of business law with language acquisition, 2.  understand and apply Hispanic cultural insights to the business-related legal environment, 3.   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 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. Previous internships in Hispanic Studies.

  • 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 Álvarez, Richard Rodriguez, Gloria Anzaldúa, Sandra Cisneros, and others. Prerequisite: Spanish 308. Offered occasionally.

  • 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 Ines, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa and Isabel Allende, among others. Prerequisite: Span 308. Offered alternate years.

  • SPAN 499 Independent Study

    A project related to the advanced study of Spanish language, culture, or literature. Intended for majors who desire to investigate an area in depth. Students will write a research paper under the close supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered as needed. Read here for guidelines.