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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Spanish (SPAN)

College of Arts and Humanities
2215 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-6441
www.spanish.umd.edu
Chair: J. Quintero-Herencia (Professor)
Professors: C. Benito-Vessels, S. Cypess, R. Harrison, R. Igel, S. Sosnowski
Associate Professors: H. De Pinillos, L. Demaria, M. Lacorte, R. Lavine, R. Long, E. Merediz, J. Naharro-Calderon, A. Rodriguez
Assistant Professors: M. Penrose
Lecturers: A. Acedo Garcia (Senior Lecturer), E. Canabal-Torres (Senior Lecturer), F. Faccio, K. Krausen (Distinguished Senior Lecturer), C. Onate, I. Rodriguez-Santana
Professors Emeriti: J. Aguilar-Mora (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), G. Nemes, J. Pacheco (Distinguished University Professor)
Visiting Faculty: T. Guzman-Gonzalez (Visiting Assistant Professor)

The Major

The undergraduate major in Spanish Language, Literatures, and Cultures consists of 36 credits of coursework beyond the intermediate prerequisite level, with an additional supporting area (nine credits). All students will take a core of four courses and a three course literature/culture sequence focused on Spain or Latin America; the remaining coursework will come from one of three options: Literature and Culture, Linguistics and Culture, Language and Culture in Professional Contexts.

Requirements for the Major

Prerequisites: 11 credits (or equivalent knowledge)
Note: Students who receive a grade of "B+" or above in SPAN203 can proceed directly to SPAN207.

SPAN103

Intensive Elementary Spanish

4 credits

SPAN203

Intensive Intermediate Spanish

4 credits

SPAN204

Review of Spanish Grammar

3 credits

Core Sequence: 21 credits (required for all three options)

SPAN207

Reading and Writing Prereq: SPAN203 with a grade of B+ or higher or SPAN204 or concurrent SPAN204; or equivalent knowledge

3

SPAN301

Advanced Grammar & Composition I Prereq: SPAN207 or concurrent SPAN207

3

SPAN302

Advanced Grammar & Composition II Prereq: SPAN301

3

SPAN303

Approaches to Cultural Materials in the Hispanic World Prereq: SPAN207

3

 

SPAN331, and

Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature I: Medieval Times Prereq: SPAN301 and 303

9

SPAN332, and

Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature II: Renaissance and Baroque Prereq: SPAN301 and 303

 

SPAN333

Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature III: Modern Times Prereq: SPAN301 and 303

 

- or -

SPAN361, and

Latin American Literatures and Cultures I: From Pre-Columbian to Colonial Prereq: SPAN 301 and 303

9

SPAN362, and

Latin American Literatures and Cultures II: From Independence to Nation Formation Prereq: SPAN 301 and 303

 

SPAN363

Latin American Literatures and Cultures III: From Modernism to Neo-liberalism Prereq: SPAN 301 and 303

 

Literature and Culture option: 15 credits
This option provides greater expertise in Spanish or Latin American literature and culture (three 400 level courses minimum). Students can choose either two commercial Spanish classes OR two translation classes OR two additional 400 level literature classes.

SPAN4xx

Two 400 level courses in Spanish

Prereq: one from SPAN331, 332, 333

SPAN4xx

Latin American Literature and Culture or

Prereq: 361, 362, 363 literature sequence above

 

SPAN316

Practicum in Translation I

Prereq: SPAN301 and SPAN303

 

SPAN318  

Translation of Technical Texts  or

Prereq: SPAN316

 

SPAN4xx

Three 400 level courses in Spanish or Latin American Literature and Culture

Prereq: one from SPAN331, 332, 333, 361, 362, 363 literature sequence above

9

Linguistics and Culture option: 15 credits
This option provides greater expertise in Hispanic linguistics (three upper level courses)

SPAN310

Spanish Phonetics

Prereq: SPAN301 and SPAN303

3

SPAN425, and

Intro Hispanic Linguistics I; and

Prereq: SPAN301 and SPAN303

3

SPAN426

Intro Hispanic Linguistics II

Prereq: SPAN425

3

SPAN4xx

Two 400 level courses in Spanish or Latin American Literature and Culture *

 

6

**The approved program in Spanish and Secondary Education requires 2 upper level courses in literature/culture along with the three linguistics courses this option provides.

Language and Culture in Professional Contexts: 15 credits
This option combines business courses with translation courses to provide a better understanding of professional language contexts.

SPAN315 and

Commercial Spanish I           

Prereq: SPAN301 and 303

3

SPAN415

Commercial Spanish II

Prereq: SPAN315

3

 

SPAN316 and

Practicum  in Translation I

Prereq: SPAN301 and 303 

3

SPAN318

Translation of Technical Texts

Prereq: SPAN316

3

 

SPAN422 or

Cross-cultural Communication; or

Prereq: SPAN315

 3

SPAN4xx

One 400-level course in Spanish or Latin American Literature and Culture

Prereq: one from SPAN331, 332, 333, 361, 362, 363 literature sequence

 

Supporting Area
Nine credits in a single area other than Spanish, 6 of which must be at the 300 or 400 level, all with the approval of the Spanish advisor. Students should discuss their choice of supporting area with the Spanish advisor early on in their Spanish studies.

Courses for Heritage Learners
Heritage learners and students from homes where Spanish is spoken or who have had in-depth exposure to Spanish take a series of courses designed to enhance their skills:

SPAN206

Review of Oral and Written Spanish for Native Speakers Educated in the US

Prereq: Native or near native knowledge of and no formal education in Spanish

SPAN306

Spanish II for Native Speakers

Prereq: SPAN206

SPAN307

Oral Communication Skills for Native Speakers of Spanish

Prereq: Native or near native knowledge of oral Spanish and no formal education in Spanish

  • Placement in courses for heritage learners is determined by speaking with the Spanish advisor.
  • Native speakers and all others with the ability to begin coursework at a higher level should speak with the undergraduate advisor for course substitutions.

Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in each course applied toward a major or minor in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.0 in a major or minor is required for graduation.

Study Abroad
For information on study abroad programs see the program advisor and/or the Education Abroad website: www.international.umd.edu/studyabroad .

Requirements for the Minor

Spanish Language and Cultures

School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SLLC)
www.spanish.umd.edu

Information

The minor in Spanish Language and Cultures is a series of five courses in Spanish to be chosen in consultation with the departmental advisor.  Courses taken through Study Abroad programs may be applied. This 15 credit minor will provide students with a solid background in linguistic, cultural and literary aspects of the study of Spanish.

Core Courses Required for the Minor

SPAN207 Reading and Writing in Spanish
SPAN301 Advanced Grammar and Composition I
SPAN303 Approaches to Cultural Materials in the Hispanic World

Other Required Courses

Following completion of the core sequence, students choose two courses from the following:

SPAN206 Review of Oral and Written SPAN for Native Speakers Educated in the United States
SPAN302 Advanced Grammar and Composition II
SPAN306 Spanish II for Native Speakers
SPAN310  Spanish Phonetics
SPAN307 Oral Communication Skills for Native Speakers of Spanish
SPAN315 Commercial Spanish I
SPAN316 Practicum in Translation I
SPAN317 Practicum in Translation II
SPAN318 Translation of Technical Texts
SPAN331 Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature I: Medieval Times
SPAN332 Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature II: Renaissance and Baroque
SPAN333 Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature III: Modern Times
SPAN356 Literary Translation I
SPAN357 Literary Translation II
SPAN361 Latin American Literatures and Cultures I: From Pre-Colombian to Colonial Times
SPAN362 Latin American Literatures and Cultures II: From Independence to Nation Formation
SPAN363 Latin American Literatures and Cultures III: From Modernism to Neo-Liberalism
SPAN415 Commercial Spanish II
SPAN417 Interpretation
SPAN425 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics I: Basic Concepts
SPAN426 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics II: Language In Use
SPAN448 Special Topics in Latin American Civilization
SPAN449 Special Topics in Spanish Civilization

All Spanish literature courses on the 400 level

  • All courses must be taught in Spanish.
  • Native or heritage learners of Spanish should seek the advice of the Undergraduate Advisor for Spanish before choosing their courses.
  • The minor is open to all students except Spanish majors. A grade of "C-" or better is required in each class.
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required for graduation.
  • A maximum of 6 credits may be applied to the minor from courses taken at other institutions. However, a maximum of 9 credits may be applied from a University of Maryland study abroad program.

To make an appointment to explore or declare a minor, go to
www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/academics/minors

Spanish Language, Business, and Cultures

School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (SLLC)
www.spanish.umd.edu

Information

This 15 credit minor will provide students with a solid background in language, culture, and concepts important for business in the Spanish-speaking world.

Core Courses Required for the Minor

SPAN207 Reading and Writing in Spanish
SPAN301 Advanced Grammar and Composition I
SPAN303 Approaches to Cultural Materials in the Hispanic World

Other Required Courses

Following completion of the core sequence, students will complete:

SPAN315 Commercial Spanish I
SPAN415 Commercial Spanish II

All courses must be taught in Spanish.

Native and Heritage Speakers

Native speakers and all others with the ability to begin coursework at a high level should speak with the Undergraduate Advisor.  Heritage learners, students from homes where Spanish is spoken or who have had in depth exposure to Spanish, are encouraged to take a series of courses designed to enhance their skills.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 6 credits may be applied to the minor from courses taken at other institutions.  However, a maximum of 9 credits may be applied from a University of Maryland study abroad program.

Eligibility

The minor is open to all students except Spanish majors.

Application Process

Students should meet with the Minor Advisor, Karen Krausen, during any of her walk-in advising hours. The advising hours are always posted on her office door, 2211 Jimenez Hall, and are available on the Department of Spanish and Portuguese website, https://sllc.umd.edu/spanish/undergraduate/advising .

Undergraduate Research Experiences

The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures has implemented an Annual SLLC Undergraduate Research Forum which allows its outstanding Juniors and/or Seniors to display their research projects. The Forum takes place in late April in the Language House (St. Mary's).

Internships

Annual Language Career and Internship Fair

Each fall semester, SLLC organizes a Language Career and Internship Fair in conjunction with the UMD Career Center. For more information see the SLLC website www.sllc.umd.edu/ .

Co-op Programs

Language Partner Program (LPP)

The Language Partner Program is a joint venture between the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Office of International Services and Education Abroad. International students and SLLC majors are assigned in pairs to meet weekly on a one-on-one basis outside the classroom to work in an informal yet structured way on the listening, speaking and cultural acquisition skills of SLLC majors. SLLC students in good academic standing (3.0 GPA) and at the intermediate to advanced level sign up for a 1 cr SLLC309 - Language Partner Program.

Student Societies and Professional Organizations

Individual SLLC departments hold annual induction ceremonies for students who are eligible for honor society membership. 

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .

Awards and Recognition

The UG Committee organizes an annual awards ceremony to celebrate SLLC students who have earned SLLC, campus, and/or national scholarships, and academic achievement awards. The awards ceremony takes place in conjunction with the annual SLLC UG Research Forum.

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