College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Spanish Courses at Butler

SP101, Beginning Spanish:

This is the first course in the basic Spanish language sequence. The focus is on developing the four skills of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading and writing production. Although learning grammar is an important part of the process, it will be used around everyday situations and cultural topics related to the Spanish-Speaking world. Prerequisites: No previous Spanish instruction or placement exam results. (U)(4). Annually.

SP102, First Year Spanish:

This is the second course in the basic Spanish language sequence. The course continues to develop basic communication skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing at a more complex level. Prerequisite: SP101 or placement exam results. (U)(4). Annually.

SP201, Spanish Conversation and Pronunciation:

Development of oral proficiency. Concentration on pronunciation and practical vocabulary. Review of basic structures. Practice of speaking skills in class discussions. Uses audiovisual materials to increase accuracy and fluency. Prerequisite: One year of college Spanish or placement test authorization. (U)(3). Annually.

SP203, Intermediate Spanish I:

This is the first course in the intermediate Spanish language sequence. After a review of fundamentals, the course develops intermediate skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening while building communicative competence and enhancing social and cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: One year of college Spanish, SP102 or placement exam results. (U)(3). Annually.

SP204, Intermediate Spanish II:

This is the second course in the intermediate Spanish language sequence. Further review of fundamentals. The course continues development of intermediate skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening while building communicative competence and enhancing social and cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SP203 or placement exam results. (U)(3). Annually.

SP300, Spanish Grammar in Context:

Study of grammatical structures to master language at intermediate/advanced level. Students review, reinforce and practice grammar within contextual framework so as to build vocabulary, read cultural texts and create written material to see the interaction of language. Prerequisite: Complete SP204 or equivalent course or placement on 300-level in Spanish. (U)(3). Annually.

SP305, Spanish for Oral Communication:

Practice in oral Spanish to increase fluency through activities and discussion. Intensive controlled conversation and the facilitation of debates and group discussions in relation to audiovisual materials and cultural readings. Prerequisite: Complete SP204 or equivalent course or placement on 300-level in Spanish. (U)(3). Annually.

SP310, Spanish for Written Communication:

Practice in written Spanish to facilitate the expression of ideas with a review of grammatical structures. Analysis of various writing styles and emphasis on the process of writing through guided correction of drafts to enhance self-evaluation and improvement of writing skills such as developing a good thesis, or adapting the content to the reader. Prerequisite: Complete SP204 or equivalent course or placement on 300-level in Spanish. (U)(3). Annually.

SP320S, Service Learning in Spanish:

The general goal of this course is to increase students' fluency in Spanish skills and to encourage them to frame their community experience in meaningful ways. Class components: a supervised volunteer tutoring work (24 hours/ semester) and weekly class meetings to discuss topics pertaining Latino immigration. This is an intensive writing class. Students elaborate journal and comment papers. Prerequisite: Complete SP204 or equivalent course or placement on 300-level in Spanish. (U)(3). Annually.

SP325, Intro to Hispanic Linguistics:

Overview of the History, Phonetics, Syntax, Acquisition and Language Variation in Spanish (theories, analysis and application, conducted in Spanish). Prerequisite: One 300-level skills course in Spanish. (U)(3). Annually.

SP330, Themes in Hispanic Studies:

Selected themes within the literature and culture of one or more Spanish-speaking countries. Course may be repeated with each different topic. Prerequisite: One 300-level skills course in Spanish. (U)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP335, Spain: Middle Ages to 1700:

Use of selected reading and audio-visual materials to study the history, literature and arts of Spain from the Middle Ages through the seventeenth century. Prerequisite: One 300-level skills course in Spanish. (U)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP340, Spain: 1700 to the Present:

Use of selected reading and audio-visual materials to study the history, literature and arts of Spain from the eighteenth century to the present. Prerequisite: One 300-level skills course in Spanish. (U)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP345, Analysis of Literary Genres:

Readings in selected works from well-known Spanish and Latin American authors. Prerequisite: Two years of college Spanish or placement on the 300-level. (U)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP350, Spanish American Culture:

Mexico, Central America, Caribbean: The study of historical events, and the literary and cultural productions of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Prerequisite: One 300-level skills course in Spanish. (U)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP355, Spanish American Culture:

South America: The study of historical events, and the literary and cultural productions of the Southern Cone and Andean countries. Prerequisite: One 300-level skills course in Spanish. (U)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP360, Hispanic Film:

Approach to Hispanic cultures through film and visual representations. Themes for analyses, discussions and papers vary according to films chosen. Prerequisite: One 300-level skills course in Spanish. (U)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP365, Hispanic Short Story:

Study of selected stories by Spanish and Latin American authors. Prerequisite: One 300-level skills course in Spanish. (U)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP370, Topics - Contemporary Hispanic Societies:

A study of the contemporary societies of one or more countries of Latin America, of Spain and/or the Latino society of the United States. This course may be repeated with each different area studied. Prerequisite: One 300-level skills course in Spanish. (U)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP375, Spanish Pronunciation:

This course introduces the sounds of Spanish and its correct pronunciation. It covers theory and practice. Prerequisite: One 300-level skills course in Spanish. (U)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP400, Internship:

A supervised work experience in business, government, media or other institutions in a Spanish-speaking country as a part of a year or semester study abroad program or in bilingual settings in this country. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program and permission of the department head and two 300-level courses in Spanish. (U/G)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP410, Topics - Communications Skills in Spanish:

Practice in communication in Spanish. Topics vary. Course may be repeated with a different topic. Prerequisite: Two 300-level courses in Spanish. (U/G)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP420, Topics: Golden Age of Spain:

Exploration of the 16th and 17th centuries through literature, history and/or artistic expression. Course may be repeated with each different topic. Prerequisite: Two 300-level courses in Spanish. (U/G)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP430, Topics - 18th- and 19th-Century Spain:

Study of historical, literary and/or artistic aspects of the period. Course may be repeated with each different topic. Prerequisite: Two 300-level courses in Spanish. (U/G)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP435, Spanish Dialectology:

The geography of Spanish in terms of origin, change, dialects, society, contact with other languages, slang, etc. Prerequisite: Two 300-level courses in Spanish. (U)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP440, Topics - Contemporary Spanish Studies:

Analysis of aspects of 20th- and 21st-century Spain through study of literary, historical, artistic works and/or the media, offering such topics as the transition from dictatorship to democracy or the roles of women and men in contemporary society. Course may be repeated with each different topic. Prerequisite: Two 300-level courses in Spanish. (U/G)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP445, Topics - Hispanic Linguistics:

Study of a selected topic in the field of Linguistics (the study of language) from the perspective of Spanish. Themes may deal with Phonetics, Syntax, Morphology, History, Semantics, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, Spanish in contact, etc. Prerequisite: Two 300-level courses in Spanish. (U/G) (3). On a rotating basis.

SP450, Topics - Spanish-American Studies:

Literary, historical, social and/or artistic aspects of Spanish-American culture and civilization. Topics will focus on a historical period, literary genre, social theme or other cultural phenomenon. Course may be repeated with each different topic. Prerequisite: Two 300-level courses in Spanish. (U/G)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP460, Topics - 20th-Century Spanish- American Studies:

Emphasis on the contemporary cultures of the nations of Spanish-America. Through the use of literary texts, historical and social documents, movies and other audiovisual media, topics will focus on the dynamics of this rapidly developing cultural region. Course may be repeated with each different topic. Prerequisite: Two 300-level courses in Spanish. (U/G)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP470, Topics - Hispanic Culture in the United States:

Study of a major facet of Hispanic culture, such as the family, the church, bilingual education, migrant experience, or poetry and theater of protest. Materials vary with the topic but may include literary and social documents, videocassettes, movies and television. Course may be repeated with each different topic. Prerequisite: Two 300-level courses in Spanish. (U/G)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP490, Seminar:

Study of a selected topic in the cultures of Spain and/or Latin America. Themes may deal with literary, social, political and/or esthetic concerns of these countries, one nation or a region. Prerequisite: Two 300-level courses in Spanish. (U/G)(3). On a rotating basis.

SP491, 492, 493, Independent Study:

An opportunity for qualified students to pursue a topic of special interest. Open to majors and minors in Spanish, by permission of the instructor and department head. Prerequisite: Two 300-level courses in Spanish. (U/G) (1, 2 or 3). As needed.

SP499, Honors Thesis in Spanish:

(U)(3). As needed.