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Academic Year

2013-2014

School

School of Humanities and Social Science School Web site

School Dean

Janet Dizinno, Ph.D. hssdean@stmarytx.edu

Department

Languages

Department Chair

Mark Lokensgard, Ph.D. mlokensgard@stmarytx.edu

Description of Program/Major

The Spanish Language Program at St. Mary's University is one of the oldest at the University. Its roots come from the international education character of the Marianist Order, which has schools and universities not only throughout the United States, but in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The Department offers the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish with or without Texas State Teaching Certification.

International Experience
St. Mary's University has a spring semester at the Universidad de Alcala de Henares outside of Madrid, Spain. Part of the program was designed to give prospective teachers a cultural experience. All Teacher Certification students are encouraged to participate in the Spain Semester abroad.

Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum (SMC)
St. Mary's University Core (30 Hours)
All St. Mary's Core SMC13## "Reflection" courses must be completed before registering for SMC23## "Practice" courses. "Reflection" courses can be taken in any order followed by "Practice" courses in any order.
SMC 1301Foundations of Civilization3
SMC 1311Foundations of Reflection: Self3
SMC 1312Foundations of Reflection: Nature3
SMC 1313Foundations of Reflection: Others3
SMC 1314Foundations of Reflection: God3
SMC 2301Foundations of Practice: Ethics3
SMC 2302Foundations of Practice: Civic Engagement and Social Action3
SMC 2303Foundations of Practice: Fine Arts and Creative Process3
SMC 2304Foundations of Practice: Literature3
SMC 4301Capstone Seminar: Prospects for Community and Civilization3

School Specific Core (SSC)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences School Specific Core (30 Hours)

SpeechSE 1321 (for international students), SE 1341, SE 2333, SE 33913
Composition and Rhetoric (grade of "C" or better)EN 1311, EN 1313 (for international students)3
Mathematics MT 1301, MT 1302, MT 1303, MT 1305, MT 1306, MT 1411, MT 24123
Foreign LanguagesSix hours at the sophomore level (2311, 2312) in a Foreign Language previously studied for a minimum of one year;
Or, 6 hours of introductory level (1311, 1312) in a Foreign Language not previously studied;
Or, 12 hours of CLEP credit for a language previously studied.
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HistoryAny HS courses.3
ScienceBL 1301, BL 1302, BL 3311, BL 3312, CH 1303, CH 1304, CH 1401, CH 1402, EG 2300, ES 1300, ES 1303, ES 1304, ES 1373, PY 1300, PY 1310, PY 1401, PY 14023
TheologyAdvanced Theology 33XX, HU 33033
Fine ArtsAR, DM, MU3
LiteratureEN 23XX3

Four Year Degree Plan

Department Courses and Descriptions

Department Courses and Descriptions
SP 1311
Intro to Spanish I (3)
Essentials of Spanish. An introduction to the four phases of language learning: understanding, reading, speaking, and writing Spanish, and an introduction to Spanish and Spanish American culture. The course consists of two semesters. Each semester consists of two hours lecture and one hour of audio/video/writing laboratory. A laboratory fee is charged. Enrollment restricted to students with no prior experience in Spanish. Students who have been introduced to Spanish at home or in high school should take SP 2311 and 2312. SP1311 is a prerequisite for SP1312. Permission of the Department Chair is required for entry into the Introductory course.

SP 1312
Intro to Spanish II (3)
Essentials of Spanish. An introduction to the four phases of language learning: understanding, reading, speaking, and writing Spanish, and an introduction to Spanish and Spanish American culture. The course consists of two semesters. Each semester consists of two hours lecture and one hour of audio/video/writing laboratory. A laboratory fee is charged. Enrollment restricted to students with no prior experience in Spanish. Students who have been introduced to Spanish at home or in high school should take SP 2311 and 2312. SP1311 is a prerequisite for SP1312. Permission of the Department Chair is required for entry into the Introductory course.

SP 2311
Second Year Spanish I (3)
Spanish grammar reviewed and applied to practice in composition. Course includes practice in comprehension of spoken Spanish and guided speaking, reading, and writing activities leading to self-expression in the Spanish language. The course consists of two semesters. Each semester consists of two hours lecture and one hour of audio/video/writing laboratory. A laboratory fee is charged. SP 2311 or equivalent obtained through CLEP or Advanced Placement Exams or experience is a prerequisite for SP 2312.

SP 2312
Second Year Spanish II (3)
Spanish grammar reviewed and applied to practice in composition. Course includes practice in comprehension of spoken Spanish and guided speaking, reading, and writing activities leading to self-expression in the Spanish language. The course consists of two semesters. Each semester consists of two hours lecture and one hour of audio/video/writing laboratory. A laboratory fee is charged. SP 2311 or equivalent obtained through CLEP or Advanced Placement Exams or experience is a prerequisite for SP 2312.

SP 3301
Advanced Grammar and Written Composition (3)
Advanced review of Spanish grammar in context and in targeted exercises. Use of acquired grammar and expanded vocabulary in guided compositions aiming at a complete command of the written expression in Spanish in a formal context.

SP 3302
Advanced Communication Skills in Spanish (3)
This course focuses on writing skills and on the delivery of oral presentations in Spanish, covering a wide range of interests. Prerequisite: SP3301 or at least one other 3000 level class, or permission by professor.

SP 3303
Latin American Popular Culture (3)
This course focuses on the study of theory and practice of popular culture in Latin America. It also discusses the intersection of popular culture and other areas of culture. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: at least one 3000+ course or special permission by professor.

SP 3304
Latin American Women Writers (3)
This course emphasizes the study of Latin American women novelists from the Barroque to current time.

SP 3325
Mexican-American/Chicano Culture (3)
An interdisciplinary survey of Mexican-American/Chicano culture. Topics include history, literature, art, folklore, oral tradition, music, and politics, as well as "everyday" cultural manifestations.

SP 3329
Southern Cone Spanish Language & Culture (3)
This course is designed to prepare participants in the Southern Cone Studies program for their semester in Chile. Since countries in the region have a shared history and culture and a tradition of involvement in diplomatic and commercial engagements throughout the ages, a comparison and contrast approach to the region makes this course a must for all participants in the program. Students will review their language skills in preparation for the "in-country" phase of the program. Enrollment is limited to participants in the Southern Cone Studies Program.

SP 3331
Spanish Short Story (3)
A reading and analysis of Spanish and Spanish-American Short Stories of the XIX and XX centuries.

SP 3341
Main Currents of Spanish Poetry (3)
A historical survey of Spanish poetry, together with a study of prominent literary movements. Reading and analysis of the masterpieces of Spanish poetry.

SP 3343
Mexican-American/Chicano Literature (3)
Survey of the literary and cultural contributions of contemporary Mexican-American/Chicano writers. Representative works in all genres. Conducted primarily in Spanish. SP 2312 or equivalent is a prerequisite.

SP 3345
Hispanic/Latino Literature in the United States (3)
Survey of the literary and cultural contributions of contemporary Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South and Central American writers in the United States. Conducted primarily in Spanish. Prerequisite: SP 2312 or equivalent.

SP 3371
Spanish Phonetics & Oral Discourse (3)
The principles of Spanish phonetics and pronunciation will be studied and applied to a wide variety of oral discourse such as speeches, poetry recitation, and news briefs. Taught principally in Spanish. Prerequisite: SP3301 or SP3302, or at least one other 3000+ level class, or permission by professor.

SP 3381
Spanish Language for the Professions (3)
Review of Grammar. Incorporates the language and vocabulary relating to a variety of professions such as medicine, business, law, education, and sociology to enable the student anticipating a career in these professions to convey his/her skills in Spanish. Includes the principles of writing business letters, summaries, and reports. Prerequisite: SP 2311 or equivalent. To be taken instead of SP 3353.

SP 3382
Topics in Spanish (3)
Study of any one of the broad range of topics in contemporary Spanish language, to include issues of the day. Conducted entirely in Spanish. May be taken three times if the topic is different. Prerequisite: SP2312 or any 3000+ level class, or permission by professor.

SP 3392
Language Variation and Dialectology of Spanish (3)
Course presents and analyzes the language variation observed in the Spanish-speaking world including bilingualism and language contact. Particular emphasis placed on the significance and meaning tied to the varieties of Spanish along social, cultural and geo-political dimensions.

SP 3393
History of the Spanish Language (3)
Course designed to explain the evolution of the Spanish language from its Latin roots into a modern global language. Critical historical context will inform the linguistic development into what became Modern Spanish.

SP 4311
Culture & Civilization of Spain (3)
A survey of the historical, social, political, artistic,and cultural institutions of Spain, designed to provide a better understanding of the country and its people. Taught principally in Spanish. Prerequisite: SP 2312 or equivalent..

SP 4312
Culture & Civilization of Latin America (3)
A survey of the historical, social, political, artistic, and cultural institutions of Spanish-speaking Latin American countries, designed to provide a better understanding of the countries and their people. Taught principally in Spanish. Prerequisite: SP 2312 or equivalent.

SP 4313
Culture & Civilization of Mexico (3)
A survey of the cultural, historical, political, and geographical aspects of Mexico. Designed to provide the background for a better understanding of the people of Mexico. Major writers and thinkers. Cultural and artistic achievements.

SP 4331
Survey of Spanish Literature I: Origins to 1700 (3)
Principal movements and typical productions from the beginning of Spanish Literature to the end of the Golden Age. Prerequisite: SP 3301 or other 3000 level class, or permission by professor

SP 4332
Survey of Spanish Literature II: 1700 - Present (3)
Principal movements in Spanish Literature and typical productions from the Neo-Classical period through the present time. Prerequisite: SP 3301 or SP3331 or at least one other 3000 level class, or permission by professor.

SP 4341
Survey of Spanish American Literature I (3)
A survey of the literary movements, major writers and their main works from the times of Discovery and Conquest to Romanticism and independence. Lectures, readings and literary analysis. Prerequisite: SP3301 or at least one other 3000 level class, or permission by professor.

SP 4342
Survey of Spanish-American Literature II (3)
Survey of the literary trends, major writers and their works, and philosophical trends informing the literary movements from Modernismo to contemporary authors. Emphasis: fiction and essay. Prerequisite: SP3301 or at least one other 3000 level class, or permission by professor.

SP 4351
Spanish-American Prose Fiction (3)
A study of the history and development of the novel in Latin America. Major trends of the novel according to the literary movements. Reading and analysis of great novels in the different Latin American countries.

SP 4355
Latin American Literary Essay (3)
The course focuses on the work of Latin American essayists who have historically provided a privileged means to understand Latin American literary as well as cultural phenomena since the beginning of the colonial period to our current time.

SP 4365
Latin American Cinema (3)
The course concentrates on the study of Latin American cinema, from its inception to current days. The course helps illuminate both the practice of the genre in Latin America, as well as issues related to the struggle of Latin American cinema to survive in face of competition by American cinema.

SP 5321
Golden Age Prose Fiction (3)
Study of the Golden Age prose fiction in Spain. Pastoral, Moorish, and picaresque novel.

SP 5322
Don Quijote and the novela caballeresca (3)
This course will review the history of genre (knight errant literature) which Don Quijote comments and expands. The course will also provide a close reading of Book I and Book II of the novel, as well as of theoretical approaches to studying the Quijote.

SP 5361
Golden Age Drama (3)
A survey of drama from its origin through the Neo-Classical period. Readings and analysis of representative works.

SP 5362
Modern Spanish Drama (3)
Development of the contemporary the ater in Spain. Different types of modern drama. Reading and analysis of representative plays with respect to the literary movements in the XIX and XX centuries. Emphasis on the contemporary the ater.

SP 5382
Principles and Issues of Second Language Acquisition (3)
This course includes a study of the nature of language, theories of 1st and 2nd language acquisition andlearning, communicative strategies, language teaching methodologies, and issues related to teaching foreign languages. This course should ideally be taken by all students preparing for the student teacher practicum. Prerequisite: at least three 3000+ level Spanish classes, or permission by professor.

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