Yes

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Major

The 28 units of upper-division work, which are selected from Spanish courses numbered 300 or above, must include:

SPAN 301WWriting and Composition in Spanish3
 SPAN 311W Writing and Composition for Heritage Speakers
SPAN 302Cultural History of Spain3
SPAN 303Introduction To Cultural Analysis3
SPAN 304Cultural History of Latin America3
Select one of the following 400-level courses in Spanish Peninsular Literature:3
SPAN 422Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature
SPAN 423Studies in Spanish Literature of the Golden Age
SPAN 424Don Quijote de la Mancha
SPAN 426Studies in 18th and 19th Century Pennisular Literature and Culture
SPAN 427Studies in 20th and 21st Century Peninsular Literature and Culture
SPAN 430Studies in Hispanic Film
Depending on content, SPAN 430 may count for either the Peninsular or Latin American requirement. Consult with instructor or section director.
SPAN 434The "New" World
SPAN 494Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture (depending on topic)
Select one of the following 400-level courses in Latin American Literature:3
SPAN 410DLatin@ Literatures and Cultures
SPAN 430Studies in Hispanic Film
Depending on content, SPAN 430 may count for either the Peninsular or Latin American requirement. Consult with instructor or section director.
SPAN 434The "New" World
SPAN 448Latin American Short Story
SPAN 449Latin American Novel
SPAN 453Mexican Literature and Culture
SPAN 458Jewish Latin America
SPAN 494Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
One 400-level elective course 3
Select any 6 units of upper-division SPAN courses6
SPAN 495Senior Capstone Project 11
1

The capstone project is carried out in the student’s last year in the program, and it should be linked thematically to one of the last two upper-division courses taken for the major. The student must consult with the program director to determine her or his project and enroll in SPAN 495.

A minimum of 15 upper-division units must be taken on the USD campus.

Recommended Program of Study for the Spanish Major

This program of study is designed for incoming freshmen with little or no previous knowledge of the Spanish language. Students begin the program at the level corresponding to their placement as determined through the department's Placement Policy, and, therefore, with sufficient prior language preparation, they may initiate upper-division course work as early as their freshman year. While students having successfully completed SPAN 202 may enroll in many 300-level courses (300-307), it is highly recommended that the sequence outlined above be followed.

Freshman Year
Semester IHours
SPAN 101First Semester Spanish3
Semester II
SPAN 102Second Semester Spanish3
Sophomore Year
Semester I
SPAN 201Third Semester Spanish3
Semester II
SPAN 202 212Fourth Semester Spanish
Spanish for Heritage Speakers
3
Junior Year
Semester I
SPAN 301W 311WWriting and Composition in Spanish
Writing and Composition for Heritage Speakers
3
Semester II
SPAN 302Cultural History of Spain3
SPAN 304Cultural History of Latin America3
300-level course3
Senior Year
Semester I
300- or 400-level course3
400-level course3
Semester II
400-level course3
400-level course3
SPAN 495Senior Capstone Project (linked to 400-level course)1-3

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Minor

Two options are available:

  1. 18 units: At least 9 of the 18 units must be in upper division courses (numbered 300 and above).
  2. 12 units of upper-division courses (numbered 300 and above). Prerequisites: Fourth-semester competency in Spanish and approval of department chair.

A minimum of 6 upper-division units must be taken on the USD campus for the minor.

Both SPAN 301 (or SPAN 311) and SPAN 303 are prerequisites for Spanish courses numbered 320 and higher. In addition, either SPAN 302 or SPAN 304 is a prerequisite for each 400-level course. (See individual course descriptions).

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 103, SPAN 140, SPAN 141, SPAN 142, SPAN 194, SPAN 201, SPAN 202, SPAN 212, SPAN 293, SPAN 294, SPAN 300, SPAN 301W, SPAN 302, SPAN 303, SPAN 304, SPAN 305, SPAN 306, SPAN 307, SPAN 311, SPAN 311W, SPAN 312, SPAN 315, SPAN 320, SPAN 360, SPAN 394, SPAN 410D, SPAN 422, SPAN 423, SPAN 424, SPAN 426, SPAN 427, SPAN 430, SPAN 434, SPAN 448, SPAN 449, SPAN 451, SPAN 453, SPAN 458, SPAN 493, SPAN 494, SPAN 495, SPAN 499

SPAN 101 | FIRST SEMESTER SPANISH

Units: 3

Prerequisites: Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Introduction to the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Throughout the sequence, emphasis is placed on the development of communicative proficiency—with a focus on oral practice—and on heightening students’ awareness of cultural contexts.

SPAN 102 | SECOND SEMESTER SPANISH

Units: 3

Prerequisites: SPAN 101 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Introduces new structures and continues the development of cultural awareness, as well as communicative proficiency, in the four basic skills described above.

SPAN 103 | FIRST YEAR SPANISH

Units: 4

Prerequisites: Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

An accelerated course in which SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 are combined into one semester. This course is designed for a specific profile of student who has already taken Spanish 101 or the equivalent and needs to review the structures and vocabulary presented in that course in addition to completing Spanish 102 as outlined above. Requires approval of Director of Placement only. Every semester.

SPAN 140 | TOPICS IN SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in Spanish literature and culture. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

SPAN 141 | TOPICS IN SPANISH LITERATURE, FILM OR CULTURE-DOMESTIC FOCUS

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in Spanish literature, film and/or culture with a Domestic Focus. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

SPAN 142 | TOPICS IN SPANISH LITERATURE, FILM OR CULTURE-GLOBAL FOCUS

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in Spanish literature, film and/or culture with a Global Focus. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

SPAN 194 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in Spanish literature and culture. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

SPAN 201 | THIRD SEMESTER SPANISH

Units: 3

Prerequisites: SPAN 102 or SPAN 103 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language, with continuing emphasis on communicative proficiency. At this level students are encouraged to participate in community service-learning and/or cultural activities within the Spanish speaking community.

SPAN 202 | FOURTH SEMESTER SPANISH

Units: 3

Prerequisites: SPAN 201 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

A review of the structures of the language, as well as practice in composition and conversation, in preparation for upper-division work. First of two-semester sequence with SPAN 301. Every semester.

SPAN 212 | SPANISH FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: SPAN 201 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Intensive Spanish for Heritage speakers who have had little or no formal training in the language. Students will develop writing and oral skills, while increasing their understanding of Hispanic cultures. First of two-semester sequence with SPAN 311.

SPAN 293 | LANGUAGE TUTORING OR FIELD EXPERIENCE IN SPANISH

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community organization in which the student’s skills in Spanish are developed.

SPAN 294 | TOPICS IN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, OR CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or SPAN 212

Study at the lower-division level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course will not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. Consult with instructor or the department chair.

SPAN 300 | CONVERSATION

Units: 3

Prerequisites: SPAN 202

A course designed for students who wish to enhance their command of spoken Spanish, including building vocabulary and expanding the use of more advanced grammatical structures. This course does not accept students who already have high intermediate or advanced oral proficiency in the language. A brief interview with the instructor is required for admission.

SPAN 301W | WRITING AND COMPOSITION IN SPANISH

Units: 3

Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Students will develop writing competency in Spanish through a study of representative styles, genres, and forms, as well as review select grammatical structures. Second of two-course sequence with SPAN 202, or equivalent. Every semester.

SPAN 302 | CULTURAL HISTORY OF SPAIN

Units: 3

Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or SPAN 212 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

An introduction to the cultural history of Spain from pre-Roman times to the present through a wide variety of historical, visual, and literary texts, among other materials.

SPAN 303 | INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANALYSIS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or SPAN 212

An introduction to critical categories and vocabulary of cultural analysis, focusing on works from the Spanish-speaking world. Topics covered may include literature, the visual arts, cartography, language, music, and history, among others. Every semester.

SPAN 304 | CULTURAL HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA

Units: 3

Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or SPAN 212 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

An introduction to Latin American civilizations and cultures from Pre-Columbian times to the present. The course is designed to introduce the cultural history of Latin America through a wide variety of readings and materials.

SPAN 305 | SPANISH FOR THE PROFESSIONS AND SOCIAL INNOVATION

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or SPAN 212 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Project-based course in which students learn basic vocabulary in Spanish from different professions based on their own career paths. Students develop their intercultural competence and communicative proficiency through the study of cultural texts from the Spanish-speaking world with a focus on social innovation.

SPAN 306 | STUDIES IN SPANISH LINGUISTICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Prerequisites: SPAN 301 or SPAN 311

This course will alternate different topics in Spanish linguistics, such as introduction to linguistics, applied linguistics, or phonetics.

SPAN 307 | SPANISH APPLIED LINGUISTICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: SPAN 301 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

An introduction to linguistics and its applications. Students participate in the practical aspects of classroom techniques for the teaching and learning of Spanish.

SPAN 311 | WRITING AND COMPOSITION FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: SPAN 212 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

This course is equivalent to 301 for Heritage speakers, who have had some formal training in the language. Students will develop competency in Spanish through a study of representative styles, genres, and forms, as well as select grammatical structures. Second of two semester sequence with SPAN 212.

SPAN 311W | WRITING AND COMPOSITION FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: SPAN 212

This course is equivalent to 301W for Heritage speakers, who have had some formal training in the language. Students will develop competency in Spanish through a study of representative styles, genres, and forms, as well as select grammatical structures. Second of two semester sequence with SPAN 212.

SPAN 312 | CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

Units: 3

Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or SPAN 212 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

A course designed for students who wish to explore different modes of writing creatively in Spanish by experimenting with a variety of narrative and lyric forms of expression, including screenwriting and drama, among others.

SPAN 315 | L2 TEACHING METHODOLOGIES AND APPLIED LINGUISTICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: SPAN 301 or SPAN 311

An introduction to the history of second language teaching methods, applied linguistics, and the fundamentals of second language teaching. Initial training in the skills needed to be a second language teacher.

SPAN 320 | SURVEY OF SPANISH LITERATURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: SPAN 302 (Can be taken Concurrently) and SPAN 303 and (SPAN 301 or SPAN 311)

A survey of Spanish literature from its origins in the Middle Ages to the present, including representative works and authors from major periods.

SPAN 360 | SURVEY OF LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (SPAN 301 or SPAN 311) and SPAN 303

A survey of representative works and authors of Latin American literature from pre-Columbian times to the present. Includes readings in prose, poetry, and drama.

SPAN 394 | TOPICS IN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, OR CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or SPAN 212 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Study at the third-year level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course will not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. Consult with instructor or the department chair.

SPAN 410D | LATIN@ LITERATURES AND CULTURES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: SPAN 303 and SPAN 304 and (SPAN 301 or SPAN 311)

A study of the literary traditions and cultural production of Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. May focus on a specific topic, time period, genre, or group.

SPAN 422 | STUDIES IN MEDIEVAL SPANISH LITERATURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: SPAN 302 and SPAN 303 and (SPAN 301 or SPAN 311)

Readings from the prose and poetry of the Middle Ages in Spain, from the 10th century to the 15th century.

SPAN 423 | STUDIES IN SPANISH LITERATURE OF THE GOLDEN AGE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: SPAN 302 and SPAN 303 and (SPAN 301 or SPAN 311)

A study of the masterpieces and authors of Spain’s Golden Age (1500-1700). Readings may include poetry, theater, and the novel.

SPAN 424 | DON QUIJOTE DE LA MANCHA

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: SPAN 302 and SPAN 303 and (SPAN 301 or SPAN 311)

Considered Spain’s greatest contribution to world literature, Cervantes’ "Don Quijote" is read and analyzed. Includes reading and discussion of appropriate critical commentary.

SPAN 426 | STUDIES IN 18TH AND 19TH CENTURY PENINSULAR LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: SPAN 302 and SPAN 303 and (SPAN 301 or SPAN 311)

Organized thematically, this course offers intensive readings and discussion of selected literary works and cultural texts from Spain. May cover texts from the Enlightenment through the Generation of 1898.

SPAN 427 | STUDIES IN 20TH AND 21ST CENTURY PENINSULAR LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: SPAN 302 and SPAN 303 and (SPAN 301 or SPAN 311)

Organized thematically, this courses offers intensive readings and discussion of selected literary works and cultural texts from Spain. May cover texts from the Generation of 1898, the Civil War, the Franco dictatorship, the transition to democracy, or the contemporary period.

SPAN 430 | STUDIES IN HISPANIC FILM

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: SPAN 303 and (SPAN 301 or SPAN 311)

A study of major Latin American and/or Spanish films in relation to their cultural, historical, and social contexts. Depending on content, this course may count for either the Peninsular or Latin American requirement. Consult with instructor or section director.

SPAN 434 | THE "NEW" WORLD

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (SPAN 301 or SPAN 311) and (SPAN 303 and SPAN 304) or SPAN 302

A transatlantic study of the historical, cultural, and literary influences involved in the representations of the “New" World during the Colonial Era.

SPAN 448 | LATIN AMERICAN SHORT STORY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (SPAN 301 or SPAN 311) and SPAN 303 and SPAN 304

A study of the Latin American short story from the beginning of the genre in the 19th century to the present.

SPAN 449 | LATIN AMERICAN NOVEL

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (SPAN 301 or SPAN 311) and SPAN 303 and SPAN 304

A study of the novel in Latin America from the 19th century to the “Boom” and beyond.

SPAN 451 | LATIN AMERICAN POETRY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (SPAN 301 or SPAN 311) and SPAN 303 and SPAN 304

A study of the development of Latin American poetry from pre-Columbian times to the present.

SPAN 453 | MEXICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: SPAN 303 and SPAN 304 and (SPAN 301 or SPAN 311)

A study of major works of prose, poetry, and drama in Mexico in relation to other significant aspects of Mexican culture.

SPAN 458 | JEWISH LATIN AMERICA

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: SPAN 303 and SPAN 304 and (SPAN 301 or SPAN 311)

This is a course on Jewish cultural production in the Americas. An interdisciplinary course that examines migration and exile, otherness, memory, and the Holocaust in literature, film, music and the visual arts, in relation to the intersectionality of ethnicity, religion, class, sexuality, gender and nation.

SPAN 493 | LANGUAGE TUTORING OR FIELD EXPERIENCE IN SPANISH

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community agency in which the student’s skills in Spanish are developed.

SPAN 494 | TOPICS IN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, OR CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Prerequisites: (SPAN 301 or SPAN 311) and (SPAN 302 or SPAN 304) and SPAN 303

Study of special topics in Spanish and/or Latin American literatures, languages, or cultures. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal.

SPAN 495 | SENIOR CAPSTONE PROJECT

Units: 1-3

This is a culminating experience in which students reflect upon and integrate aspects of their entire undergraduate study. Through a writing project, an oral presentation, and an exit interview, students demonstrate their achievement of the program learning outcomes. The capstone is taken concurrently with one of the last two upper-division courses for the major, to which it is thematically linked. Consult with program director. Capstone projects are approved by the program director.

SPAN 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: (SPAN 301 or SPAN 311) and SPAN 303

A program arranged between the advanced student and the instructor to provide intensive study in a particular area of interest. This course is not intended to substitute for regular course offerings. A maximum of three units may be applied to the major, but none to the minor.

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