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Spanish

Spanish Placement Exam
CLEP Examination in Spanish
B.A.in Spanish
Spanish Minor Requirements
Spanish Course Descriptions
Applied Spanish Program Sequence PDF


Spanish Placement Exam

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures requires potential Spanish Majors to take a Spanish Placement Exam in order to begin the program at the appropriate level. Potential Spanish Minors are also strongly encouraged to take the Spanish Placement Exam. Students may obtain prerequisite waivers for courses based on their Spanish language proficiency as determined by the Spanish Placement Exam. For more information, contact Esther Mas Serna at mas@rowan.edu.

Click HERE for FAQ about the Spanish Placement Exam.

Click HERE for information regarding how to prepare for the Spanish Placement Exam.

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CLEP Examination in Spanish

Course credit requirements for Spanish I and II (max. 6 s.h.) may be fulfilled by successfully passing the CLEP Exam for Spanish. For more information concerning the CLEP Exam, contact Testing Services at testingservices@rowan.edu in the Center for Academic Success in Savitz Hall.

B.A. in Spanish

Spanish Major Guide PDF

The Spanish program offers a flexible curriculum with many opportunities for selection of courses in the Spanish language and in Spanish and Spanish American civilization, culture, literature, and linguistics. It also provides a general background for future professional studies and advanced degrees in Spanish as well as careers in a wide variety of fields, such as social, administrative, and governmental work, as well as international business. The Spanish Major may be officially declared at the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department.

The minimum number of credits required for the B.A. in Spanish is 121 s.h.. Of these 121 credits, General Education courses account for 52 s.h., Spanish Major courses account for 39 s.h. and Free Electives account for 30 s.h..

I. Spanish Major General Education Requirements (52 s.h.)

Effective September 2003, a grade of C- or greater is required in all general education, free electives, major and minor courses for Freshman, Transfer Students, and Internal Transfers. Incoming Fall 2005 Freshmen and Fall 2007 transfers are required to follow the new Gen-Ed model. All current students may opt to follow the new Gen-Ed model immediately.

see Spanish Major Guide PDF above

II. Spanish Major Requirements (39 s.h.)

A maximum of 18 credits may be transferred into the major. All major courses are worth 3 s.h.

see Spanish Major Guide PDF above

III. Spanish Major Free Electives (38 s.h.)

see Spanish Major Guide PDF above

Spanish Minor Requirements (18 s.h.)

Spanish Minor Guide PDF

The Spanish Minor offers a flexible curriculum with many opportunities for selection of courses in the Spanish language and in Spanish and Spanish American civilization, culture, literature, and linguistics. It provides a general background for future professional studies and advanced degrees in Spanish and/or work in a wide variety of fields, such as social, administrative, and governmental work, as well as international business. The Spanish Minor may be officially declared at the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department.

All Spanish Minor courses must be passed with a letter grade of C- or better and may not be taken Pass/No Credit. Course credit requirements for Spanish I and II (max. 6 s.h.) may be fulfilled by successfully passing the CLEP Exam for Spanish. Up to 9 credits may be transferred into the Minor including CLEP credits.

The Spanish Minor requirements must be fulfilled by taking 6 courses, equaling 18 semester hours, made up of any combination of the following 3 s.h. course options:

SPAN 05.101 - Spanish I (no pre-requisite)
SPAN 05.102 - Spanish II (pre-requisite SPAN 05.101 or waiver)
SPAN 05.201 - Spanish III (pre-requisite SPAN 05.102 or waiver)
SPAN 05.211 - Spanish Reading and Conversation (pre-req. SPAN 05.201 or waiver)
SPAN 05.212 - Spanish Reading and Composition (pre-req. SPAN 05.211 or waiver)
SPAN 05.300 - Spanish Phonetics (pre-requisite SPAN 05.212)
SPAN 05.305 - Oral Spanish (pre-requisite SPAN 05.211 or waiver)
SPAN 05.312 - Spanish for Business (pre-requisite SPAN 05.212)
SPAN 05.313 - Spanish for Medical Personnel (pre-requisite SPAN 05.212)
SPAN 05.301 - Appreciation of Hispanic Literature (pre-requisite SPAN 05.212)
SPAN 05.340 - Introduction to Spanish Translation (pre-requisite SPAN 05.212)
Any other SPAN 05.300 or SPAN 05.400 level courses (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)

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Spanish Course Descriptions

Five Year Projection of Spanish Major Course Offerings PDF

Spanish I - SPAN 05.101
(3 s.h.) (no pre-requisite)
This course introduces the Spanish language and focuses on the students' development of communicative competence in Spanish, with emphasis on the four skill areas of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.

Spanish II - SPAN 05.102
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.101 or waiver)
This course focuses on the students' continued development of communicative competence in Spanish, with emphasis on the four skill areas of speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension.

Spanish III - SPAN 05.201
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.102 or waiver)
This course focuses on the students' continued development of communicative competence in Spanish, with emphasis on the four skill areas of speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension.

Spanish Reading and Conversation - SPAN 05.211
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.201 or waiver)
This course focuses on the students' continued development of communicative competence in Spanish, with practice in the four skill areas of speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension, in addition to greater emphasis on reading skills and oral production.

Spanish Reading and Composition - SPAN 05.212
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.211 or waiver)
This course focuses on the students' continued development of communicative competence in Spanish with special emphasis on written communication. Students will produce descriptive, narrative and expository texts.

Introduction to Anthropological Linguistics - SPAN 05.250/ANTH 02.250
(3 s.h.) (no pre-requisite)
Students in this interdisciplinary course will engage in the scientific study of language with particular reference to the relationships among the languages, thoughts, and cultures of speech communities living all over the world, including within the United States, France, India, Canada, Spain, Japan and Peru, among others. Additional course topics include the process of human language acquisition, structures of human language, bilingualism and the ways in which race, class, gender, and other social characteristics may be displayed through the use of language.

Spanish Phonetics - SPAN 05.300
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.212)
This course provides a scientific study of Spanish pronunciation based upon the international phonetic system. It emphasizes exercises in diction and phonetic transcription and the correction of individual problems in pronunciation.

Appreciation of Hispanic Literature - SPAN 05.301
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.212)
This course introduces students to the reading of Hispanic literary texts. Students acquire a vocabulary of basic critical terms necessary for the discussion and analysis of narrative works, poetry and theatrical texts. Through close reading of at least one text per genre, students develop critical approaches with emphasis on the comentario de textos method.

Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics - SPAN 05.302
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course will introduce students to the major subfields of Hispanic linguistics, including phonology (sound structure), morphology (word structure), syntax (sentence structure), semantics (structure of meaning), pragmatics (language use), language change and sociolinguistics (language use among speakers with different social and geographical backgrounds).

Oral Spanish - SPAN 05.305
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.211 or waiver)
This course is open to students who wish to improve their spoken Spanish skills. Its design reflects the objectives of current national trends in encouraging oral Spanish production as outlined and measured by the ACTFL standards. Students will develop greater grammatical accuracy and control, the ability to describe and narrative, and greater facility in the production of sentences and oral paragraphs.

Spanish for Business - SPAN 05.312
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.212)
This course is designed to help students interact with Hispanic communities on a business level, by improving their written and verbal skills, and exposing them to authentic print and visual media from the world of banking, advertising and commerce. It stresses the development of functional language skills for real-life purposes within an accurate cultural context that reflects the variety of the Hispanic world.

Spanish for Medical Personnel - SPAN 05.313
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.212)
This course is designed to give students and practicing medical personnel the conversational and cultural tools they need to interact with Hispanic communities in a clinical setting. It stresses the development of functional language skills while addressing the special concerns of medical personnel working with Spanish-speaking patients and their families in hospitals, emergency rooms, doctors' offices and clinics.

Spanish Civilization and Culture - SPAN 05.320
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course provides an overview of the religious, political, artistic and social history of Spain.

Survey of Spanish Literature I - SPAN 05.321
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course studies texts, beginning with the Middle Ages and continuing to the mid-eighteenth century, examining their relevance in the historical and literary movements of their time.

Survey of Spanish Literature II - SPAN 05.322
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course is a continuation of SPAN 05.321, covering works from the mid-eighteenth century to the present.

Survey of Spanish American Literature I - SPAN 05.323
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course is a historical overview of Spanish American literature in its cultural, sociological, bibliographical and formal make up across many different genres from the Conquest to the precursors of Spanish American Modernism.

Spanish American Civilization and Culture - SPAN 05.324
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course is an overview of cultural, social, political and economic history of the different major periods that have shaped Spanish America through tradition, process and crisis.

Readings in Contemporary Spanish Literature - SPAN 05.325
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course examines Peninsular works of various genres from Contemporary Spanish writers.

Spanish American Poetry - SPAN 05.327
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
Students are introduced to the various movements and philosophies of Spanish American poetry which began to take shape in Spanish American Modernism and continue through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Students will examine its genesis and evolution as it adapts and reacts to socio-cultural, geographic and political issues.

Spanish American Theatre - SPAN 05.328
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course examines Spanish American drama in both its textual and performance aspects, tracing its relationships to ethics, society, history, culture and contemporary public issues. Representative works from the European tradition as well as non-traditional, regional and vanguard theater will be examined.

Survey of Spanish American Literature II - SPAN 05.329
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course is a historical overview of Spanish American literature in its cultural, sociological, bibliographical and formal make up across many different genres from the consolidation of Spanish American Modernism to Contemporary literature.

Introduction to Spanish Translation - SPAN 05.340
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.212)
Beyond acquiring the basic skills necessary for professional Spanish-to-English and English-to-Spanish translation, students of this course will improve their Spanish and English reading comprehension skills, sharpen their insight into the linguistic nature of both Spanish and English, gain knowledge regarding the ways in which both languages communicate cultural values and become acquainted with social and geographical variations of both languages. In addition, studetns will acquire experience in translating general material, such as from magazines, newspapers, and letters, and specialized material from the fields of literature, business, medicine, law and the social sciences.

Contemporary Spanish Theatre - SPAN 05.381
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course introduces students to recent trends in Peninsular drama beginning with the initial manifestations of formal renovation towards the beginning of the twentieth century and continuing through to present-day Spain.

Spanish American Short Story - SPAN 05.383
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course analyzes a selection of Spanish American short stories and their relation to culture, aesthetics and modernity, covering a wide variety of authors, both canonical and vanguard.

History of the Spanish Language - SPAN 05.400
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course gives students an overview of the historical evolution of Spanish from its Latin roots to present-day varieties spoken in Spain and Latin America. It provides an introduction to the science of linguistics.

Advanced Spanish Grammar (WI) - SPAN 05.409 (WI) / SPAN 05.410 (non-WI)
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisites SPAN 05.301 and ENGL 01.112)
This course focuses on the continued improvement of writing Spanish with emphasis on narrationn and description situated in time. It provides an advanced grammar review and practice in the process of writing and in the expression of nuances and idioms in Spanish.

Advanced Spanish Conversation - SPAN 05.411
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course is open to students who wish to improve their spoken Spanish skills. Students will develop enhanced grammatical precision, the ability to produce connected and cohesive discourse and communicative strategies in a variety of conversational situations.

Spanish American Novel - SPAN 05.426
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course deals primarily but not exclusively with contemporary Spanish American novels, analyzing their political, historical, social and cultural importance. Also examined are critical aspects such as voice, narratology, discourse and gender.

Spanish Individual Study - SPAN 05.435
(1 to 8 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course gives students an opportunity to study independently in order to strengthen their background in a particular area of Hispanic studies.

Special Topics in Foreign Languages and Literatures - SPAN 05.440 (undergraduate) / SPAN 05.540 (graduate))
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course brings new perspectives and themes to the established Foreign Languages and Literatures curriculum. Each semester the instruction of this course rotates among faculty members who select topics according to their current scholarly interests. In this way, the course expands options for upper-level electives.

The Generation of 1898 - SPAN 05.481
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course studies the origin, development and influence of the so-called "Generation of `98," its philosophy and outstanding characteristics. Students read and discuss works of some of the major authors.

Contemporary Spanish Novel - SPAN 05.482
(3 s.h.) (pre-requisite SPAN 05.301)
This course studies the contemporary novel of the twentieth and twenty-first century Spain, examining its most outstanding characteristics. Texts from several important periods such as posguerra, Transición and present-day Spain among others will be studied. Areas of emphasis include voice, narratology, discourse and gender.

Study Abroad - SPAN 05.499
(1 to 6 s.h.)
The Department encourages students to study abroad. In addition to formal study, this course is designed to provide exposure to the social and cultural life of a Spanish-speaking country.

 

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