Spanish Studies

Department Affiliation: Language and Culture

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world and in the United States, and it is of particular importance in our state of California and other states. Complete proficiency of the language provides enormous leverage in all public and private sectors of the job market.

The department offers Majors, Emphasis, and Minors that lead to a proficiency in the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Incorporated into the program are the cultures, literatures, and civilizations of the Spanish speaking world.

Degrees:

Spanish Studies B.A. Major: 41units

Spanish Studies B.A. with Translation Emphasis: 35 units

Spanish Studies B.A. with Spanish Journalism Emphasis: 35

Spanish Studies Minor: 18 units

Chicano Studies Minor: 18 units

Interdepartmental Degrees:

A.A. Human Services for Bilingual Settings. See A.A. Human Services (Sociology).

B.A. Major in Spanish and Business Administration, as listed below.

Spanish Studies Major

Required Courses for the Spanish Studies Major: 41 units

All courses required for the Minor, also known as Core Courses (18), plus 5 upper division courses in the department (15). A total of 14 lower division and 27 upper division in the department.

Students receive 8 Spanish language college units if they have a score of 4 or 5 in the College Board Spanish Language Advanced Placement Test.

Students who are Spanish speakers, and have been placed in SPA 3 or 3A after taking the MSMC Spanish Placement test, should take SPA 3A. Non-Spanish speakers should take SPA 3. No credit will be awarded as a result of Placement Examinations.

Majors and Minors must earn a grade of C or higher in the courses applied towards degree requirements. Grades of C- or lower must be repeated. Courses may be repeated one time.

Students are strongly encouraged to do double Majors or combine a Major and a Minor. Students are also strongly encouraged to spend a Junior semester abroad, for a maximum of 12 transferable units.

Majors must take at least 15 units in the department. Minors must take at least 12 units in the department.

Three courses can double count for both History and Spanish Studies degrees and can be taken interchangeably: SPA 44/144 and HIS 162, SPA 145 and HIS 165, and SPA 112 and HIS 113.

Prerequisites:

SPA 1 (4 units) & SPA 2 (4 units)
or
Language Fulfillment Alternative

(8)

Core Courses required for all Spanish Studies Majors and Minors:

SPA 3

or

SPA 3A

 

Intermediate Spanish III

or

Accelerated Spanish III

 

 

(3)

SPA 4

Intermediate Spanish IV

(3)

CUL 107

Theory & Practice of Culture

(3)

SPA 109

Writing Lab

(3)

 

SPA 112

or

 

Civilization & Culture of Spain

 

 

(3)

SPA 44/144

Civilization & Culture of Latin America

 

 

SPA

 

One additional upper division course

 

(3)

 

 

(18)

Spanish Studies Major with Spanish Journalism Emphasis

Prerequisites: Spa 1 and Spa 2 (8 units) or Language Fulfillment Alternative

1. Core Courses required for Majors and Minors

Same Core Courses as above

 

(18)

2. Additional courses required for the Spanish Journalism Emphasis

SPA 110

Introduction to News Writing in Spanish

(3)

SPA 111

Reporting and News in Spanish

(3)

SPA 190A

Internship

(3)

 

Total: 27 units

Spanish Studies Major with Translation Emphasis

Prerequisites: Spa 1 and Spa 2 (8 units) or Language Fulfillment Alternative

1. Core Courses required for Majors and Minors

Same Core Courses as above

 

(18)

2. Additional courses required for the Spanish Emphasis in Translation

SPA 114A

Introduction to Translation/Interpretation

(3)

SPA 114B

Translation and Interpretation

(3)

SPA 190A

Internship

(3)

 

Total: 27units

Spanish Studies Major with Chicano Studies Emphasis

Prerequisites: Spa 1 and Spa 2 (8 units) or Language Fulfillment Alternative

1. Core Courses required for Majors and Minors

Same Core Courses as above

 

(18)

2. Additional courses required for the Spanish Emphasis in Chicano Studies

SPA 145

Spanish Speaking People of the United States

(3)

SPA 150

Chicano/Latino Literature

(3)

SPA 190A

Internship

(3)

 

Total: 27 units

Spanish Studies Minor

Prerequisites: Spa 1 and Spa 2 (8 units) or Language Fulfillment Alternative

Required Courses for the Spanish Studies Minor: 18 units

SPA 3

or

SPA 3A

Intermediate Spanish III

 

Accelerated Intermediate

 

(3)

 

SPA 4

 

Intermediate Spanish IV

 

(3)

CUL 107

Theory and Practice of Culture

(3)

SPA 109

Spanish Writing Lab

(3)

 

SPA 112

or

 

Spanish Civilization and Culture

 

 

 

(3)

SPA 44/144

Latin American Civilization and Culture

 

Plus 1 upper division course of the student's choice

(3)

Chicano Studies Minor

Prerequisites: Spa 1 and Spa 2 (8 units) or Language Fulfillment Alternative

Required Courses for the Chicano Studies Minor: 18 units

SPA 3

or

SPA 3A

Intermediate Spanish III

 

Accelerated Intermediate

 

(3)

 

SPA 4

 

Intermediate Spanish IV

 

(3)

CUL 107

Theory and Practice of Culture

(3)

SPA 109

Spanish Writing Lab

(3)

SPA 144

Latin American Civilization and Culture

(3)

SPA 145

Spanish Speaking People of the United States

(3)

 

SPA 150

Chicano/Latino Literature

(3)

SPA 190A

Internship

(3)

Interdepartmental Degrees

A.A. in Human Services for Bilingual Settings.

See A.A. Human Services (Collaboration with the Sociology Department)

Various courses including:

SPA 1 & 2

Elementary Spanish

(4,4)

SPA 3A

Accelerated Spanish

(3)

SPA 4

Intermediate Spanish

(3)

B.A. Degree with a Major in Spanish and Business Administration

(Collaboration with Business Administration).

Spanish Studies:

SPA 1 and 2

Elementary Spanish I and II

(or equivalent)

(4,4)

SPA 3 or 3A, and 4

Intermediate Spanish III and IV

(or equivalent)

(3,3)

Requirements:

SPA 107

Theory and Practice of Culture

(3)

SPA 109

Spanish Writing Lab

(3)

SPA 114A or 114B

Translation/Interpretation

(3)

SPA 149

Business Communication and Culture

(3)

SPA 144

Culture and Civilization of Latin America

(3)

SPA 112

Culture and Civilization of Spain

(3)

SPA 190A or 190B

Internship

(3)

Choose 1 of the following:

BUS 189

International Management

(3)

BUS 195

International Marketing

(3)

ECO 195

International Economics

(3)

BUS 181

Global Business

(3)

Business Administration

Lower Division Requirements:

BUS 5

Business Law 1

(3)

BUS 15A

Accounting Principles I

(3)

BUS 15B

Accounting Principles II

(3)

BUS 21

Essentials of Bus Writng & Presentation

(3)

ECO 1

Microeconomics

(3)

ECO 2

Macroeconomics

(3)

MTH 28

Math Analysis for Business

(3)

MTH 38

Elements of Probability and Statistics

(3)

PHI 92/192

Business Ethics

(3)

Total: 27 lower division units in Business Administration

Upper Division Requirements:

BUS 122

Business Communications

(3)

BUS 130

Principles of Finance

(3)

BUS 160

Principles of Marketing

(3)

BUS 177

Management Information Systems

(3)

BUS 185

Principles of Management

(3)

BUS 192

Business Policy and Strategy

(3)

Total: 18 upper division units in Business Administration

Students with a major in Spanish and Business are strongly encouraged to do a Junior semester in Europe or Latin America.

Total units in Spanish and Business: 83

Spanish Studies Courses

SPA 1 Elementary Spanish I (4)

Develops the four fundamental skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis on speaking and grammar. GS-IV

SPA 2 Elementary Spanish II (4)

Further develops the fundamental skills stressing reading and writing as well as vocabulary building. Prerequisite: SPA 1 or equivalent. GS-IV

SPA 3 Intermediate Spanish III (3)

This is the logical continuation of SPA 1 and SPA 2 for students who are not Spanish-speaking. Emphasis on conversation and oral comprehension. Prerequisite: SPA 2 or equivalent. GS-IV

SPA 3A Accelerated Spanish III (3)

This is a fast-track course for students who can communicate orally but need to improve in grammar, vocabulary, and spelling. The class is conducted in Spanish only and will focus primarily on grammar. Prerequisite: Oral Test. GS-IV

SPA 4 Intermediate Spanish IV (3)

Introduction to literature which underlines cultural diversity. Prerequisite: SPA 3 or equivalent. GS-IV, VI

SPA 27/127/227 Spanish for Health Professionals (3)

An introduction to medical vocabulary with emphasis on the process of communication, on medical vocabulary and role playing. Prerequisite: Elementary knowledge of Spanish useful, but not required.

SPA 33A Civilizations and Cultures of Spain (3)

A general view of historical, social, and cultural developments in Spain up to today. This course is given in English through the Weekend College only. GS-IV

SPA 33B Civilizations and Cultures of Hispanic America (3)

An introduction to the Civilizations and Cultures of Hispanic America with emphasis on their artistic and literary masterpieces. Cultural differences and similarities will be stressed. This course is given in English through the Weekend College only. GS-IV, VI

SPA 44/144/244 Hispanic Civilizations and Cultures (3)

A background course for the study of the arts and literature of Hispanic America, focusing on historical, social, and cultural developments. Emphasis on cultural differences and similarities. GS-VI (HIS 162)

SPA 107 Theory and Practice of Culture (3)

The course addresses the growing domestic and global necessity for understanding and communication across cultural boundaries. This is a theoretical and practical approach to understanding cultural differences as well as similarities. It is taught in English.

SPA 109 Spanish Writing Lab (3)

Intensive training in writing, with emphasis on vocabulary, idiom, structural patterns, and style. Exercises in rhetoric, in creative and non creative forms of writing.

SPA 110 Chicano & Other Hispanic Literature in the U.S. (3)

The focus will be on Chicano writers and other authors from Cuba and the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Central and South America writing in the United States.

SPA 112 History and Civilization of Spain (3)

An historical and cultural analysis of the civilization of Spain, and the development of its socio-political institutions up to this day.

SPA 114A Introduction Translation/Interpretation (3)

This course is designed to introduce the basic concepts, theories and strategies for translation and interpretation from Spanish to English. Students will translate Spanish texts from various categories which may include legal, business, medical, social and literary. In addition, students will examine the best ways to handle idiomatic expressions, non-equivalents, tenses and other grammatical structures. Prerequisite: Basic fluency in both languages.

SPA 114A Translation/ Interpretation (3)

This course will continue to acquaint students with concepts, theories and strategies for translation at an advanced level. Focus will be placed on translation and interpretation from English to Spanish. Students will review the fundamentals of written Spanish grammar as prescribed in the latest revision of La Real Academia Española and make contrastive analysis between the source and the target language’s written form. Translation of texts from individual student’s field(s) of interest will include, but are not limited to, legal, business, medical, social and literary.

SPA 115/215 Applied Linguistics (3)

Modern descriptive linguistics and its application to teaching. Attention will be given to phonology, morphology, syntax, and other structural elements that apply to language learning.

SPA 125 Spanish Masterpieces (3)

A study of the masterpieces of Spanish literature with emphasis on themes and styles of works by Cervantes, Calderón, Feijoo, Zorilla, Galdós, Blasco Ibanez and others.

SPA 129 Cervantes (3)

A study of the most important shorter works of Cervantes meant to elucidate his thoughts and his continuing relevance for our time.

SPA 132 Studies in the Generation of 1898 (3)

The spirit of the Generation of `98 as reflected in the works of major representative authors.

SPA 135 Contemporary Spanish Literature (3)

Major trends of poetry, theater, and prose from 1898 to present. Intensive study of specific authors and critical analysis of selected works.

SPA 140 Contemporary Literature of Hispanic America (3)

A study of the most outstanding works by contemporary Hispanic and Spanish-American writers such as Octbavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Marquez and others. GS-VI

SPA 145 Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking Peoples of the Americas (3)

Various historical and modern aspects of the cultures and their roles within the United States and California. Includes origins, values, communication and socialization systems, migration and immigration patterns, relationships with other cultures. Prerequisite: Completion of SPA 1 & 2.

SPA 146 Women in Hispanic Literature (3)

Major contemporary women writers in the literature of Hispanic America and Spain: women's view of life and culture. GS-VI

SPA 148 Films and Hispanic Literatures (3)

Analysis of main aesthetic, cultural, and philosophical questions in the Hispanic world as articulated in literature and films.

SPA 49/149 Business Communication and Culture (3)

An introduction to the forms, styles, usages and procedures followed in commercial correspondence and business practices in the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPA 25 or instructor’s consent.

SPA 50/150 Chicano/Latino Literature (3)

This course will explore Chicano literature themes through different literary genres (short stories, novels, plays and essays), and the context that prompted the creation of these texts.

SPA 190AB Internship Program (3,3)

Internship program in areas related to the emphasis.

SPA 191 Senior Thesis (3)

A two-semester directed research project required for majors under the direction of a department faculty member. The topic of the thesis may be related to culture, literature or international business and must be approved by the department chairperson. Students must enroll in their thesis course no later than the first semester of their senior year.

SPA 194 Study/Travel (1-6)

Pre-travel lectures and readings, as well as guided tours in the country, serve as basis for a study/travel program, with each participant developing a project highlighting the travel experiences.

SPA 196H Senior Honors Thesis (3)

Open only to students admitted to the Honors Program,

SPA 198AB Directed Readings (3,3)

Directed readings selected from authors representative of significant literary periods.

SPA 199AB Independent Studies (1-3, 1-3)

Directed readings and research. For qualified students with the approval of the department.