The major in Spanish consists of nine courses and a comprehensive examination or, with faculty approval, a senior thesis. The Spanish Comprehensive Exam consists of two parts: 1) a Standardized Proficiency Exam that assesses students' mastery of the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and 2) an individualized content-based language product intended for an outside audience. Students who are exempt from the two-semester general education language requirement must complete eight courses above the 102 level plus the comprehensive exam or senior thesis.
The following are required for the major:
- SP 207 Spanish: Written Expression
- At least two 300 level courses
- At least one 400 level course
All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better. All 300/400 level courses fulfill the Humanities requirement for general education.
Spanish majors are expected to speak the language well enough to be rated at the Intermediate Mid-level of proficiency as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and are therefore strongly urged to spend at least one semester abroad. The Office of International Education will assist students in identifying appropriate programs. Please note that all study abroad must be approved by language faculty and cleared by the registrar. Students are also encouraged to participate in Eckerd's language-intensive winter terms offered in Spain and Latin America. Moreover, Eckerd offers a semester of study abroad at the Latin American Studies Center.
Majors who transfer credit (from U.S. or abroad) are required to take at least one advanced Spanish course at Eckerd.
Double majors: Students who major in International Business, International Relations and Global Affairs, or International Studies are especially encouraged to add a Spanish major to their course of studies.
Many Spanish majors continue their study of language at the graduate level. Proficiency in a modern language and knowledge of its literature and cultural context will increase employablility and opportunities for graduate study and will prepare students for our increasingly global society. Our majors pursue a variety of careers in education, law, government, social work, journalism, and business.
The minor in Spanish consists of five courses. Students who are exempt from the two-semester general education language requirements must complete four courses above the 102 level. Native speakers must complete four courses at the 300/400 level.
Minors who transfer credit (from the U.S. or abroad) are required to take at least one advanced Spanish course at Eckerd.
SP 101: Elementary Spanish I
Fundamentals of Spanish language with a focus on developing skills in speaking and listening comprehension. Introduction to basic grammatical structures and basic vocabulary.
SP 102: Elementary Spanish II
Continuation of SP 101. Completion of SP 102 fulfills the one year language requirement. Prerequisite: SP 101 or equivalent.
SP 201: Intermediate Spanish I
Comprehensive review and in-depth review of grammar. Emphasis on interaction and communication, allowing students to express, interpret, and negotiate meaning in context. Practice in all four skills, including writing and fiction reading. Prerequisite: SP 102.
SP 202: Intermediate Spanish II
Continuation of SP 201. Prerequisite: SP 201.
SP 204: Spanish: Reading the Classics
Study great works of Spanish and Latin American literature (abridged versions) in the historical and literary context in which they were created. Explore their universal appeal through their most recent film reinterpretations. Prerequisite: SP 202.
SP 205: Spanish: Oral Expression
Develop proficiency in speaking and listening comprehension. Extensive acquisition of new, theme-based vocabulary, and exposure to authentic language through in-class films, followed by post-viewing activities. In class oral presentations based on cultural information. Prerequisite: SP 202.
SP 207: Spanish: Written Expression
Development of writing skills. Review of selected grammar topics such as relative pronouns, indicative and subjunctive tenses, and narrating in the past. Vocabulary acquisition and proper use of dictionary. Intensive writing. Prerequisite: SP 202.
SP 300H: Hispanic Short Fiction
Introductory survey of the short fiction of both Spain and Latin America during the 19th and 20th centuries. Among the themes to be studied are social and political injustice, women's rights, alienation, violence, humor and love. Prerequisite: SP 204 or SP 207.
SP 301H: History and Culture of the Hispanic World
History and culture of Spain and Latin America and their interaction. Consider the birth of Spain as a nation, the discovery and conquest of Latin America, the transition from autocracy to democracy in Latin America. Prerequisite: SP 207.
SP 302H: Advanced Spanish Conversation
Work towards Spanish fluency through oral practice, using meaningful situations through discussion of selected texts, films, and everyday topics. Emphasizes accurate use of grammatical structures and awareness of style and usage, including the colloquial. Prerequisite: SP 205
SP 305H: Latin American Literature: Dictators and Revolution
Ideas about revolution, dictatorship, democracy, war, independence, autonomy and identity will be discussed after reading literary texts by major Latin American writers including Azuela, Garcia Marquez, Carlos Fuentes and Isabel Allende. Prerequisite: SP 207 or any 300 level Spanish course.
SP 308H: Film and Literature: Spanish Civil War
Historical overview of the Spanish Civil War. In-depth study of texts and films that address the war in a national and international context. Multiple perspectives through works by authors from Spain, England and Italy. Prerequisite: SP 207 or any 300 level Spanish course.
SP 309H: Film and Literature: Hispanics in the U.S.
Selected films and narrative works of fiction and non-fiction explore and highlight contrasting aspects of "Anglo" and Hispanic cultures. Development of cultural awareness through the analysis of the general principles that guide the students' own culture. Prerequisite: SP 207 or any 300 level Spanish course.
SP 310H: Literature, Film and Art: Lorca, Bunuel, Dali
Contribution of these artists to a cultural renaissance in 20th century Spain. In-depth analysis of selected plays, poems, films and paintings. Visits to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. Prerequisite: SP 207 or any 300 level Spanish course.
SP 312H: Latin American Culture in Film
In-depth analysis of Latin American films by contemporary directors like Bemberg, Cuaron, Diegues, Lombardi and Martel covering all major regions. Influence of class, religion, history, economics, politics and national identities in contemporary Latin America. Prerequisite: SP 207 or any 300 level Spanish course.
SP 320H: Applied Spanish: Translation
Advanced course in translation. Practical application in translating technical and literary texts. Students will translate written material mostly from Spanish to English, but will also practice translation from English to Spanish. Prerequisite: SP 207 or any 300 level Spanish course.
SP 401: Spanish Literature: Modern Novel
Major novels from late 19th century to the 1960's by eminent Spanish writers such as Galdos, Baroja, Unamuno, Cela, Delibes and Laforet.
SP 403: Spanish Literature: Modern Drama
In-depth study of major Spanish playwrights including Buero Vallejo, Olmo, Muniz, and Fernan-Gomez. Focus on plays as socio-historical documents.
SP 406: Spanish Contemporary Narrative
Major contemporary narrative from the 1980's by writers such as Antonio Munoz Molina, Arturo Perez Reverte, Rosa Montero, Juan Jose Millas, Elvira Lindo, Lorenzo Silva, and Almudena Grandes.
SP 407: Hispanic Women Writers
In-depth study of novels, short stories and films by contemporary Spanish and Latin American women writers and filmmakers including Allende, Montero, Mastretta, Bemberg, Novaro, and Bollain. Introduction to feminist and reader-response literary critism.
SP 408: Latin American Literature: Reinventing Fiction
Understanding the social messages and aesthetic literary innovations, such as magical realism, in key works of 20th century Latin America literature by authors such as Vargas Llosa, Garcia Marquez and Fuentes. Prerequisite: Any 300 level course.
SP 409: Latin America: Human Rights Literature
Overview of Latin American literary representations of human rights issues, with emphasis on traditionally repressed voices, and issues of conscience arising from cultural dirrerences. Prerequisite: Any 300 level Spanish course.
SP 412: Cuban Literature
A panoramic view of Cuban litarature in Spanish from the colonial period to the present. Study how a sugar cane economy and slavery impact Cuban society through short fiction, novels, poetry, theater, essay, and film.
SP 414H: 20th Century Mexican Lit
Interdisciplinary study and discussion of major 20th Century Mexican literary production and artistic trends. Exploration of works by both consecrated and lesser-known authors. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite SP207 or any 300-level Spanish course.
SP 498: Comprehensive Examination
SP 499: Senior Thesis