Spanish

Professor H. Stewart Robertson; Associate Professors Gina Sherriff and Judith Stallings-Ward (Program Director); Lecturers Susan Nevins and Kaitlin Thomas

The Spanish student pursuing the major or the minor has access to a wide range of courses designed to build a solid foundation in the language, perfect speaking and compositional skills, teach literature in tandem with the culture of both Spain and Hispanoamerica, focus on special topics in Latino studies, cinema, women authors, or literary genres, and culminate in a senior capstone course, typically dealing with an eminent writer, such as Cervantes or García Márquez. The senior portfolio incorporates assessment of writing and speaking proficiency with samples of student work toward the major. All students are encouraged to participate in the program´s on-campus cultural activities and to study abroad for a summer or semester in an approved overseas program to experience language immersion and explore in situ a Hispanic culture. The foreign language placement test is required before any student registers for a first course in the program.

Goals:

Students achieve advanced language proficiency, expand their cultural understanding of the Hispanic world, develop critical expertise in works of literature written in Spanish, strengthen critical thinking skills, and experience personal transformation. This educational growth will empower students to connect with and impact a diverse world in a meaningful way.

Outcomes:

At graduation, Spanish majors will present test results and written work in a senior portfolio showing the abilities

  • To listen, speak, and write with advanced proficiency and produce different styles of writing;
  • To read literary and popular texts in Spanish and discern moral, cultural, aesthetic values,  literary movements, and historical periods informing the conditions in which those works are produced;                
  • To demonstrate a comprehension and appreciation of the differences and similarities among the three Hispanic cultures Spain, Latin America, and the U.S. Latino population as they compare to other cultures;
  • To conduct research on and think critically about works of literature, film, and art produced by Hispanic cultures and identify leadership qualities and discuss ethical questions in the works.
Graduate School Preparation:

The Spanish major strengthens verbal and critical thinking skills, cultural awareness, international experience, and foreign language competency necessary to excel in graduate study in all professional schools.

Careers for this Major:

The Spanish major provides a competitive edge in the national and international job markets where Spanish is the second widest spoken language in the world. When combined with a second major, it doubles the value of the college degree and strengthens the curriculum vitae. Among the many job opportunities awaiting the Spanish major are those found in

  • Law Enforcement
  • Military Service
  • Diplomacy
  • Education
  • Business
  • Social Services
  • Health Care 
  • Politics
  • Environmental Science
  • Advertising and Mass Media

B.A. Spanish - Curriculum Map 2018-2019 Catalog

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New PlanGrids
Freshman
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
EN 101 Composition and Literature I3EN 102 Composition and Literature II3
SP 121 Beginning Spanish I c4SP 122 Beginning Spanish II c4
General Education History3 General Education Math3 
General Education Leadership1-3 General Education Social Science3 
General Education Math3 Free Elective3 
      
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 14-16Spring Semester Total Cr.: 16
Sophomore
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
SP 205 Intermediate Spanish I c3SP 206 Intermediate Spanish II c3
General Education Ethics3 General Education Arts & Humanities3 
General Education Lab Science4 General Education Lab Science4 
Free Elective3 Free Elective3 
Free Elective3 Free Elective3 
      
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 16Spring Semester Total Cr.: 16
Junior
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
SP 300-Level Elective (Study Abroad) c3 SP 302 Advanced Spanish II c, 13
SP 300-Level Elective (Study Abroad) c3 BA Intercultural Elective3 
SP 300-Level Elective (Study Abroad) c3 Free Elective3 
Free Elective3 Free Elective3 
Free Elective3 General Education Literature c3 
      
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 15Spring Semester Total Cr.: 15
Senior
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
SP 300-Level Elective c3 SP 415 Seminar: Topics in Spanish Literature and Culture (General Education Capstone) c, 1, 2, 33
SP 300-Level Elective c3 SP 300-Level Elective c3 
BA Intercultural Elective 3 Free Elective3 
Free Elective3 Free Elective3 
Free Elective3 Free Elective3 
      
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 15Spring Semester Total Cr.: 15
TOTAL CREDITS FOR THIS MAJOR: 122-124

Spanish Minor Curriculum Map 2018-2019 Catalog

All courses require a grade of C or higher.  The courses required to complete the minor depend on the foreign-language proficiency level of the incoming student. See tracks A and B below:

A. The following is the track to complete the minor for those who enter Norwich at or below the intermediate level:

SP 205Intermediate Spanish I3
SP 206Intermediate Spanish II3
SP Elective (250 or higher)3
SP Elective (301 or higher)3
SP Elective (301 or higher)3
SP Elective (301 or higher)3
Total Cr.18

B.  Track B is to be completed by students who place above the intermediate level:

SP Elective (301 or higher)3
SP Elective (301 or higher)3
SP Elective (301 or higher)3
SP Elective (301 or higher)3
SP Elective (301 or higher)3
SP Elective (301 or higher)3
Total Cr.18

Courses

SP 121 Beginning Spanish I 4 Cr.

Students progress along the first steps towards acquiring basic languages skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with a focus on their use for several modes of communication, such as the interpersonal, the interpretive, and the informative, within the context of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. For students with little or no previous exposure to Spanish. 4 lecture hours. Pre-reqs: none.

SP 122 Beginning Spanish II 4 Cr.

Students continue progress toward novice-high skill levels in speaking, listening, reading, and writing - and their use in several modes of communication: the interpersonal, the interpretive, and the informative - all within the context of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. 4 lecture hours. Pre-req: SP 121 or the equivalent score on the Foreign Language Placement Test.

SP 150 Topics Course 3 Cr.

Specialized topics relating to culture, business practices, or language. Topic will be indicated in the schedule of classes. This is an introductory-level course. Course may be repeated for credit if the topic differs. Taught in Spanish.

SP 150EN Topics Course in English 3 Cr.

Specialized topics relating to culture, literature, business practices, or language. Topic will be indicated in the schedule of classes. Taught in English. This course does not count toward the B.A. Modern Language requirement.

SP 1XX Spanish Transfer Elective 3 Cr.

This course is used for transfer when no equivalent Norwich course exists.

SP 205 Intermediate Spanish I 3 Cr.

A course that provides aural-oral practice in Spanish, in which students are enabled to enter into full discussion of topics that include abstract themes; review and expanded use of syntactical structures; intensive and extensive reading; and composition. Classroom 3 hours, laboratory 1 hour. Prereqs: SP 122, appropriate score on NU Foreign Language Placement Test, or instructor permission.

SP 206 Intermediate Spanish II 3 Cr.

A course that provides aural-oral practice in Spanish, in which students are enabled to enter into full discussion of topics that include abstract themes; review and expanded use of syntactical structures; intensive and extensive reading; and composition. Classroom 3 hours, laboratory 1 hour. Prereqs: SP 205, appropriate score on NU Foreign Language Placement Test, or instructor permission.

SP 250 Topics Course 3 Cr.

Specialized topics relating to culture, literature, business practices, or language. Topic will be indicated in the schedule of classes. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SP 206 or permission of the instructor. Counts as General Education Arts & Humanities elective. Course may be repeated for credit if the topic differs.

SP 250EN Topics Course in English 3 Cr.

Specialized topics relating to culture, literature, business practices, or language. Topic will be indicated in the schedule of classes. Taught in English. Topics in Literature count as a General Education Literature elective and have EN 102 as a prerequisite; others as a General Education Arts & Humanities elective. This course does not count toward the B.A. Modern Language requirement.

SP 2XX Intermediate Spanish Transfer Elective 3 Cr.

This course is used for transfer when no equivalent Norwich course exists.

SP 301 Advanced Spanish I 3 Cr.

Oral and written practice of the language through class discussions of selected Hispanic authors. Selective review of grammar, especially of the more difficult and subtle aspects, designed to facilitate an idiomatic and fluent use of the language. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisite: SP 206, appropriate score on NU Foreign Language Placement Test, or instructor permission.

SP 302 Advanced Spanish II 3 Cr.

Oral and written practice of the language through class discussions of selected Hispanic authors. Selective review of grammar, especially of the more difficult and subtle aspects, designed to facilitate an idiomatic and fluent use of the language. Classroom: 3 hours. Prerequisite: SP 206 or permission of instructor.

SP 318 Spanish American Short Stories 3 Cr.

An examination of Spanish American short stories from the 19th century through the present day by the authors Horacio Quiroga, Juan Rulfo, Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar, Ricardo Piglia, and Isabel Allende, among others. Addresses major themes and formal aspects of the short story. Prerequisites: SP 301, or instructor permission. Taught in Spanish.

SP 321 Introduction to the Literature of Spain I 3 Cr.

A survey of peninsular Spanish literature from prehistoric Spain to the Modern Age. Lectures, readings, discussion, and written reports in Spanish. Co or Prerequisite: SP 301 or permission of the instructor.

SP 322 Introduction to the Literature of Spain II 3 Cr.

A survey of peninsular Spanish literature from the Modern Age up through the 20th Century. Lectures, readings, discussion, and written reports in Spanish. Co or Prerequisite: SP 301 or instructor permission.

SP 327 Spanish-American Literature I 3 Cr.

A survey of Spanish-American literature from the pre-Columbian period up through the 19th Century. Lectures, readings, discussion, and written reports in Spanish. Co-Prerequisite: SP 301, NU placement, or permission of the instructor.

SP 328 Hispano-American Literature II 3 Cr.

A survey of Spanish-American literature from the end of the 19th Century up through the 20th Century. Lectures, readings, discussion, and written reports in Spanish. Prerequisite: SP 301 or permission of the instructor.

SP 350 Topics Course 3 Cr.

Specialized topics relating to culture, literature, business practices, or language. Topic will be indicated in the schedule of classes. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SP 301 or permission of the instructor. Topics in Literature count as General Education Literature elective; others as General Education Arts & Humanities elective. Course may be repeated for credit if the topic differs.

SP 350EN Topics Course in English 3 Cr.

Specialized topics relating to culture, literature, business practices, or language. Topic will be indicated in the schedule of classes. Taught in English. Topics in Literature count as a General Education Literature elective and have Co-Prerequisite: SP 301 or instructor permission. Course may be repeated for credit if the topic differs. This course does not count toward the B.A. Modern Language requirement.

SP 354EN El narco 3 Cr.

This course studies Mexico’s violent drug industry--el narco--through its representations in Latin American narrative in the many media comprising an entire narco cultura, and in the symbolic language used by cartel paramilitary assassins to create public terror. The literary and cultural perspective will be augmented by historical analysis. Offered every other year. Counts as a General Education literature elective or as an Arts & Humanities elective. Taught in English. Prerequisite: EN 102 or instructor permission.

SP 356 Cinema of Spain 3 Cr.

An introduction to Spanish cinema spanning the early decades of the twentieth century, influenced by the avant-garde, moving into the period of censorship, under the Franco dictatorship, and finally covering the transition of the post-Franco era that give rise to the Movida madrileña of the 80’s. The course will focus on the films of Luis Buñuel, Carlos Saura, and Pedro Almodóvar. Offered every other year. Counts toward the General Education Arts & Humanities requirement. Co-Prerequisites: SP 301, or permission of instructor. Taught in Spanish.

SP 3XX Advanced Spanish Transfer Elective 3 Cr.

This course is used for transfer when no equivalent Norwich course exists.

SP 415 Seminar: Topics in Spanish Literature and Culture 3 Cr.

A study of a particular author, theme, genre, or literary movement including cultural themes. Topic varies each year these courses are offered. Prerequisite: SP302, Spanish major or minor, J2 class level or higher, or instructor permission.

SP 421 Reading and Research in Spanish Literature and Culture 3 Cr.

A report on an approved project of original research in Spanish or Spanish-American literature or civilization under the direction of a department member. Limited to students who have demonstrated aptitude for independent work. May be scheduled either or both semesters. Prerequisite: SP 302, Spanish Major or minor, J2 Class level or higher and permission of the Program Chair, Program Director and instructor.