2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions

Spanish
English, Philosophy & Modern Languages
(406) 657-2348

SPNS 101, 102 Elementary Spanish I, II
[formerly SPAN 101, 102 Elementary Spanish I, II]
4, 4 cr. (F, Sp)  A sequence course; student must pass SPNS 101 before enrolling in SPNS 102.  Introduces modern Spanish; an audio-lingual approach which teaches the grammar necessary for simple spoken and written Spanish.

* SPNS 150 The Hispanic Tradition
[formerly SPAN 150 The Hispanic Tradition]
(WR) 3 cr. (F)  Presents aspects of Hispanic traditions and culture across the time and geography as they have shaped current Hispanic societies.  Taught in English.

SPNS 201, 202 Intermediate Spanish I, II
[formerly SPAN 201, 202 Intermediate Spanish I, II]
3, 3 cr. Prerequisite: SPNS 102 or equivalent. (F, Sp)  A sequence course; student must pass SPNS 201 before enrolling in SPNS 202.  Provides a systematic review and expanded study of Spanish grammar and increased development of oral, reading, and writing skills.

SPNS 292 Independent Study

SPNS 293 Study Tours/Study Abroad

SPNS 304 Spanish for Business
[formerly SPAN 304 Spanish for Business]
3 cr. Prerequisite: SPNS 321 or equivalent.  Introduces essential business terminology and practices in Spanish, including idioms and special language affecting business investments, labor relations, and corporate economic viability.  Special attention is given to U.S.-Latin American sphere.

SPNS 305 Spanish Phonetics
[formerly SPAN 360 Spanish Phonetics]
3 cr. Prerequisites: SPNS 202 or junior standing. (alternating Sp)  Introduces students to the unique sound system and fundamentals of Spanish pronunciation, with attention to syllabication intonation, articulation, and individual difficulties; provides students with opportunities to produce, recognize, and transcribe a wide variety of Spanish language sounds.

SPNS 311, 312 Hispanic Culture and Civilization I, II
[formerly SPAN 311, 312 Hispanic Culture and Civilization I, II]
(WR) 3, 3 cr. Prerequisite: SPNS 202 or equivalent. (F, Sp)  Studies the culture and civilization of Spain (SPNS 311) and Latin America (SPNS 312).  Readings and discussion on Hispanic history, politics, and culture.  Conducted in Spanish.

SPNS 314 Latino Literature (crosslisted with LIT 307)
[formerly SPAN/ENGL 309 Latino Literature]
3 cr. (odd Sp)  Introduces Latino/a literature with focus on classic and contemporary writers of Hispanic origin living and writing in the U.S.  Analyzes their historical, political, cultural, and literary discourses through fictional and some non-fictional works focusing on Latino/a society as a marginalized minority.

SPNS 321, 322 Advanced Spanish Conversation I, II
[formerly SPAN 301, 302 Advanced Spanish Conversation I, II]
3, 3 cr. Prerequisite: SPNS 202 or equivalent. (F, Sp)  Provides extensive oral practice to develop greater fluency and proficiency in spoken Spanish.  Conducted in Spanish.

SPNS 405, 406 Spanish Composition & Grammar I, II
[formerly SPAN 405, 406 Spanish Composition and Grammar Review I, II]
(WR) 3, 3 cr. Prerequisite: SPNS 202 or equivalent. (F, Sp)  Considers various points of Spanish grammar with the goal of developing an awareness of style necessary for teaching or advanced studies.

SPNS 455 Topics in Spanish American Literature
[formerly SPAN 410 Topics in Spanish American Literature]
3 cr. Prerequisites: SPNS 312 or consent of instructor. (even Sp)  Studies aspects of Spanish American literature by genre, theme, or period.  Focus varies.  May be repeated for up to 6 credits.  Conducted in Spanish.

SPNS 456 Topics in Spanish Literature
[formerly SPAN 414 Topics in Spanish Literature]
3 cr. Prerequisites: SPNS 311 or consent of instructor. (alternating Sp)  Studies aspects of Spanish literature by genre, theme, or period.  Focus varies.  May be repeated for up to 6 credits.  Conducted in Spanish.

SPNS 493 Study Tours/Study Abroad

SPNS 492 Independent Study
[formerly SPAN 491 Independent Study]
V1-5 cr. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department chairperson.  Offers an opportunity for students of outstanding ability to explore material not covered by regular courses in languages.

SPNS 494 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly SPAN 492 Seminar]
V1-3 cr. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department chairperson.  Provides advanced students an opportunity to investigate intensively topics pertinent to the field of Spanish Languages and Literatures.

SPNS 494 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly SPAN 493 Workshop]
3 cr. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.  Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of Spanish Language and Literatures.

SPNS 498 Internship/Cooperative Education
[formerly SPAN 490 Internship]
V1-3 cr. Prerequisites: Completion of 60 credit hours or upper division standing in Spanish, 3.0 overall GPA, consent of advisor, and approval of Department Chair.  Provides an opportunity for students to acquire field experience and material not covered in regular classes in Spanish; can only be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

SPNS 498 Internship/Cooperative Education
[formerly SPAN 496 Cooperative Education]
V1-8 cr.  Provides university credit for a paid work experience in the area of Spanish supervised by faculty and requiring written assignments.

SPNS 499 Senior Thesis/Capstone
[formerly SPAN 499 Senior Paper]
1 cr. Prerequisite: Senior standing in Spanish.  Major research paper to be defended in Spanish.

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