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SPAN 101-102 Beginning Spanish I and II (3, 3)
These introductory courses are aimed at developing basic communicative proficiency in Spanish and also offer insight into Spanish-speaking cultures. (101 Fall; 102 Spring)

SPAN 201-202 Intermediate Spanish I and II (3, 3)
These intermediate courses review material typically covered in a first-year Spanish course. They are aimed at building student proficiency in all four language skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing—and enhancing knowledge of the cultures of Spanish-speaking people. Upon completion of SPAN 201 with C or better, eligible students will receive three credits prior learning for SPAN 200.
Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or equivalent (201 Fall; 202 Spring) 

SPAN 210 Intermediate Spanish Conversation (1)
Students learn vocabulary for a variety of daily conversational situations and strive toward intermediate speaking proficiency.

SPAN 250 Study Tour: Selected Geographical Area (1-3)
Group cultural study tour in a particular geographical area in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will enhance their general cultural knowledge of that region with a Mount professor. This course is conducted in English. May be repeated for credit.

SPAN 270 Study Abroad: Selected Geographical Area (3-12)
Individual or group study in a particular geographical area in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will complete language skills courses at an approved foreign language institute or university equivalent to 200-level foreign language Mount courses. May be repeated for credit.

SPAN 275 Peru Experience (1)
A cultural learning experience during which students or members of the Mount community perform service-learning work. The cultural component includes visiting various Incan sites surrounding Cusco along with a trip to Machu Picchu. (Every Fall Break)

SPAN 280 Costa Rican Experience (1)
A cultural learning experience during which students or members of the Mount community perform service-learning work. The cultural component includes visiting various Costa Rican sites along with service opportunities. (May)

SPAN 285 Mexico Experience (1)
A cultural learning experience each May to a Mexican city (Oaxaca, Querétaro, Cuetzalan). Students will work between 12 to 16 hours a week on a project helping the needy. The cultural component of the experience includes visiting Pre-Colombian or colonial sites that connect the student to the culture and the lives of those in need whom they serve. (May)

SPAN 290 Spain Experience (1)
A trip every three years to Madrid-Toledo or Madrid-Salamanca during Spring Break. Students will be helping the communities in need in the mornings as the afternoons are set aside for the cultural aspects of this service-learning experience.

SPAN 301 Introduction to Hispanic Studies (1)
The goal of this course is to help students transition from intermediate to advanced level in language and to make them aware of the expectations of more advanced courses for the Spanish major or minor. We will review some of the more complex aspects of the grammar at least one day a week, while the remaining two days will be dedicated to studying Hispanic literature and/or discussing Hispanic culture in general. Upon completion of SPAN 301 with C or better, eligible students will receive six credits prior learning for SPAN 300.
Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent.

SPAN 302 Grammar and Composition (3)
Students learn to express themselves clearly and correctly in written Spanish; includes a review of grammar and practice in formal writing. This course is a linguistic skills course.
Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or equivalent.

SPAN 303 Advanced Spanish Conversation (3)
Students learn to express themselves clearly and correctly when they speak Spanish and to understand Spanish spoken in a variety of contexts. This course is a linguistic skills course.
Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or equivalent. SPAN 302 is not a prerequisite for SPAN 303. This course is not open to native speakers of Spanish.

SPAN 210 Intermediate Spanish Conversation (1)
Students learn vocabulary for a variety of daily conversational situations and strive toward intermediate speaking proficiency.

SPAN 250 Study Tour: Selected Geographical Area (1-3)
Group cultural study tour in a particular geographical area in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will enhance their general cultural knowledge of that region with a Mount professor. This course is conducted in English. May be repeated for credit.

SPAN 270 Study Abroad: Selected Geographical Area (3-12)
Individual or group study in a particular geographical area in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will complete language skills courses at an approved foreign language institute or university equivalent to 200-level foreign language Mount courses. May be repeated for credit.

SPAN 275 Peru Experience (1)
A cultural learning experience during which students or members of the Mount community perform service-learning work. The cultural component includes visiting various Incan sites surrounding Cusco along with a trip to Machu Picchu. (Every Fall Break)

SPAN 280 Costa Rican Experience (1)
A cultural learning experience during which students or members of the Mount community perform service-learning work. The cultural component includes visiting
various Costa Rican sites along with service opportunities. (May)

SPAN 285 Mexico Experience (1)
A cultural learning experience each May to a Mexican city (Oaxaca, Querétaro, Cuetzalan). Students will work between 12 to 16 hours a week on a project helping the needy. The cultural component of the experience includes visiting Pre-Colombian or colonial sites that connect the student to the culture and the lives of those in need whom they serve. (May)

SPAN 290 Spain Experience (1)
A trip every three years to Madrid-Toledo or Madrid-Salamanca during Spring Break. Students will be helping the communities in need in the mornings as the afternoons are set aside for the cultural aspects of this service-learning experience.

SPAN 301 Introduction to Hispanic Studies (3)
The goal of this course is to help students transition from intermediate to advanced level in language and to make them aware of the expectations of more advanced courses for the Spanish major or minor. We will review some of the more complex aspects of the grammar at least one day a week, while the remaining two days will be dedicated to studying Hispanic literature and/or discussing Hispanic culture in general. Upon completion of SPAN 301 with C or better, eligible students will receive six credits prior learning for SPAN 300.
Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent.

SPAN 302 Grammar and Composition (3)
Students learn to express themselves clearly and correctly in written Spanish; includes a review of grammar and practice in formal writing. This course is a linguistic skills course.
Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or equivalent.

SPAN 303 Advanced Spanish Conversation (3)
Students learn to express themselves clearly and correctly when they speak Spanish and to understand Spanish spoken in a variety of contexts. This course is a linguistic skills course.
Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or equivalent. SPAN 302 is not a prerequisite for SPAN 303. This course is not open to native speakers of Spanish.

SPAN 355 Survey of Latin American Literature (3)
A survey of Latin American Literature from the pre-Columbian times to contemporary period.
Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or equivalent.

SPAN 360 Experiencia Patagonica (3)
Students examine both the Patagonian and broader Argentine cultures in class and experience the cultures of their study through mandatory study abroad in Argentina. (Fall, even years)

SPAN 365 Topics in Hispanic Literature (3)
A theme-based course that examines literary works from both Spain and Latin America.

SPAN 370 Study Abroad: Costa Rica (6)
Students develop language skills at an approved foreign language institute or university in Costa Rica equivalent to 300-level foreign language Mount courses. May be repeated for credit.

SPAN 375 Study Abroad: Selected Geographical Area (3-12)
Individual or group study in a particular geographical area in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will complete language skills courses at an approved foreign language institute or university equivalent to 300-level foreign language Mount courses. May be repeated for credit.

SPAN 398 Independent Study (1-3)
Supervised individual work in selected areas of Spanish language, literature, or culture.
Permission of the instructor, the department chair and the dean is required.

SPAN 410 Culture and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Spain (3)
The 19th century in Spain was a period of dramatic social, literary, political, and economic shifts. Throughout this period, women’s roles as wives and mothers received a greater amount of attention in Spanish literature and popular culture than in previous centuries. In particular, periodicals and cultural essayists praised women for their role in maintaining the stability of the Spanish state. It is within this socio-historical context that we will study various 19th-century Spanish texts (both literary and non-literary). In addition, we will explore how definitions of gender in Spain compared and contrasted with those held elsewhere in Europe.

SPAN 415 Fantastic Genre (3)
A study of Magic Realism and the development of the fantastic genre in Latin American literature from the 19th century to the present.
Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent.

SPAN 425 Latin American Women Writers (3)
The study of Latin American women writers.
Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or equivalent.

SPAN 430 Spanish Women Writers (3)
The study of women writers of Spain.
Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or equivalent.

SPAN 432 Cine y Ficción española (3)
The study of works of fiction from Spain and their adaptation to cinema.
Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or equivalent

SPAN 435 Ficción Latinoamericana (3)
The study of short stories or novels.
Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or equivalent.

SPAN 438 Cine y Ficción Latinoamericana (3)
The study of works of fiction from Latin America and their adaptation to cinema .
Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or equivalent.

SPAN 440 Ficción española (3)
The study of short stories and novels.
Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or equivalent.

SPAN 460 Topics: Peninsular Literature (3)
A study of some aspect of literature from Spain—a particular author(s), theme, work or genre.
Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or equivalent.

SPAN 465 Topics: Latin American Studies (3)
A study of some aspect of literature from Latin America—a particular author(s), theme, work or genre.
Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or equivalent.

SPAN 498 Senior Seminar (1)
Through a review and reconsideration of significant cultural and literary readings studied throughout the major program, students will demonstrate in writing and speaking their ability to “read,” the products of a culture, to synthesize its practices, and finally to interpret and reflect upon the perspectives of the target Hispanic cultures.
Prerequisite: Senior standing.

SPAN 475 Study Abroad: Selected Geographical Area (3-12)
Individual or group study in a particular geographical area in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will complete culture or literature courses at an approved foreign language institute or university equivalent to 400-level foreign language Mount courses. May be repeated for credit.

SPAN 480 Internship (credits to be determined)
An off-campus work experience that develops Spanish language proficiencies.
Permission of the instructor, the department chair.

 
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