The MCLC department offers to students at the beginning and intermediate levels an awareness of linguistic diversity in human societies, an ability to communicate at a basic level in a second language, and an acquaintance with the culture of that language. Majors and minors acquire high levels of communicative skills, a broad acquaintance with the culture, and an ability to understand and analyze the cultural manifestations (mores, literature and the arts, history) of their chosen languages. A major in this department prepares the conscientious student for graduate school or for teaching in secondary, middle, or elementary schools, and provides very useful skills applicable in international business, the travel industry, social work, foreign missions, and other areas. A language major or minor can also be a valuable complement to another major. Majors are encouraged to spend a semester or a year in a foreign study program. Foreign studies at any level, with fully transferable credit, are available at through the Kentucky Institute for International Studies and through other programs. Minors in Asian Studies and Classics are also offered.
Students with two years of Spanish at the high school level desiring to continue in the same language must enroll in the 102 – level course, or they may take the placement exam to attempt to place into 201. Those with more than two years of high school study in Spanish are required to take a placement exam to determine placement in 102 or higher.
Students who have successfully completed 200 level courses will not be allowed to take 100 level courses; nor will students who have successfully completed 300 or 400 level courses be allowed to take 100 level courses or SPA 201. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the departmental chair. (This policy applies to students who have taken language courses at Georgetown or another college or university.)
(B.A. degree) Thirty-six hours of Spanish above the 102 level, to include the following: SPA 201, SPA 230, SPA 235, plus 27 hours at the 300 or 400 level, 3 hours of which must be a 400 level literature or topics course. Majors who plan on entering the teaching profession must also take 402. Prospective majors who start with 101 are encouraged to study abroad in order to complete the program in four years.
Eighteen hours above the 102 level.
101-102. Elementary Spanish I and II. (3 hours each) Development of the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and culture. Communicative skills will be emphasized. One hour of lab per week required. ACTFL level of novice-mid for SPA 101 and level novice-high for SPA 102. Fall and Spring
201. Intermediate Spanish. (3 hours) Continued development of the four language skills plus culture. Communicative skills will be emphasized. One hour of lab per week required. Prerequisite: SPA 102 or by placement exam. ACTFL level of intermediate-low. Fall and Spring
230. Intensive Grammar/Composition. (3 hours) Designed to improve proficiency in all four language skills with an emphasis on grammar. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or evidence of proficiency. ACTFL level of intermediate-mid. Fall and Spring
235. Introduction to Hispanic Literature: Reading/Conversation. (3 hours) Development of reading comprehension and introduction to literary criticism through the study and discussion of literary, historical and cultural texts. ACFTL level of Intermediate-high (1+). Prerequisite: Spanish 230 or permission of the instructor. Fall and Spring
310. Spanish Civilization and Culture. (3 hours) A study of the various aspects of Spanish culture such as the arts and theater, music, leisure activities, geography, political structures, and the main events of Spanish history. Prerequisites: SPA 230 and 235 or permission of instructor. Alternate Falls
312. Hispanic American Civilization/Culture. (3 hours) A study of the various aspects of Spanish American culture such as the arts and theater, music, leisure activities, geography, political structures, and the main events of Hispanic American history. Prerequisites: SPA 230 and 235, or permission of instructor. Alternate Falls
314. Latino Civilization/Culture. (3 hours) A study of Latino civilization and culture through literary historical and cultural texts. Major issues and challenges to the Latino population will be addressed; in addition, students will learn of the contributions made by Latinos to U.S. culture. Prerequisite: SPA 230 and 235, or permission of instructor. Alternate Falls
320. Survey of Spanish Literature. (3 hours) A study of outstanding authors and works from the 12th through the 21st centuries. Prerequisites: SPA 230 and 235, or permission of instructor. Alternate Springs
322. Survey of Hispanic American Literature. (3 hours) A study of outstanding authors and works from the 15th through the 21st centuries. Prerequisites: SPA 201, 230 and 235, or demonstrated reading proficiency. Alternate Springs
327. Hispanic Film. (3 hours) This course will be dedicated to the study of contemporary Spanish culture. Through the critical examination and analysis of prominent Spanish films produced during the Dictatorship (1939-1975) and the Democracy we will analyze notions related to the complex formation process of the individual and national identity, paying special attention to cultural and political aspects. Prerequisites: SPA 230 and 235, or permission of instructor. Fall as needed
329. Hispanic Women Writers. (3 hours) This course will give students the basic knowledge about Hispanic women writers from various countries and time periods. We will read different literary genres (narrative, theatre, poetry) and discuss numerous themes and issues tackled by these writers. All discussions, readings, participation, homework, written papers and presentations will be in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA 230 and 235, or permission of instructor. Fall as needed
331. Caribbean Literature (3 hours) The objective of this course is to explore the history, culture and experience of the Hispanic Caribbean by means of various artistic and literary genres,. At the same time a series of concepts and techniques will be used to augment the esthetic appreciation, bibliographic knowledge and cultural and linguistic command of the student. We will investigate the concept of “caribeñidad” within the framework of Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico and its repercussions in the United States, Hispanic America and Spain. Prerequisites: SPA 230 and 235 or permission of instructor. Spring as needed
340. Independent Study. (1, 2, 3 hours)
355. Business Spanish. (3 hours) A study of language and cultural practices as related to the world of business and/or other professional activities. “Language is the medium, culture is the context, business is the content.” Prerequisites: SPA 230 and 235 or permission of instructor. Alternate Springs
370. Topics in Hispanic Language/Culture/Literature. (3 hours) Study of special topics announced at advanced registration.
402. Teaching of World Languages. (3 hours) Methods and materials for the teaching of world languages. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Fall as needed
420. Spanish Literature of the Golden Age. (3 hours) A study of the golden age of Spanish literature. Prerequisite: SPA 310 or 320, or instructor’s permission. Alternate Springs
422. Hispanic American Short Story. (3 hours) A study of the principal authors and representative examples of the Spanish American short story. Prerequisite: SPA 312 or 322, or instructor’s permission. Alternate Springs
435. Advanced Grammar. (3 hours) A study of advanced grammatical structures of the Spanish language. Emphasis will be placed on skills required for the ACTFL advanced level. Prerequisite: any 300 level SPA course, or instructor’s permission. Alternate Springs
440. Independent Study. (1, 2, or 3 hours)
450. Seminar. (3 hours)
470. Topics. (1, 2, or 3 hours) Cervantes, Literature of the “Boom”, Hispanic Testimonial Literature, Spanish Post-War Literature, or Spanish Modernity, 1700-1898. As Needed