• Brenci Patiño, Verónica Gutiérrez

    Students learn about Spanish-speaking countries as they learn to speak, write, read, and understand the language. Literature, culture, history, art, and music are also explored. May Term in Spain or a Latin-American country provides a total immersion experience, giving students opportunities to further their study of Spanish. Students can pursue a major or minor in Spanish.

    Students who choose to do a double major may, with permission, count up to two courses (six credits) of the other major as part of the total credits required for the Spanish major.Please see Dr. Patiño for more information.

    This major requires a substantial portion of the coursework to be completed at the Staunton campus.

  • Requirements for the Major in Spanish

    39 semester hours. 33 semester hours in Spanish and 6 in supporting courses
    SPAN 201
    SPAN 205
    SPAN 218
    SPAN 232
    SPAN 246
    SPAN 400
    Four of the following: SPAN 127, SPAN 210, SPAN 215, SPAN 216, or SPAN 241
    One of the following: SPAN 324 or SPAN 325
    Two of the following: ANTH 120, ANTH 220, ARTH 102, ARTH 103, ARTH 204, ENG 208, ENG 209, ENG 220, ENG 221, ENG 350, FREN202, FREN 241, FREN 242, HIST 101, HIST 102, PHIL 234, REL 355

    Senior Requirement: Successful completion of SPAN 400

    Requirements for the Minor in Spanish

    18 semester hours
    SPAN 201
    SPAN 205
    SPAN 216
    SPAN 232
    Two of the following: SPAN 127, SPAN 210, SPAN 215, SPAN 218, SPAN 241, SPAN 246, SPAN 324, or SPAN 325

    Note: SPAN 218 provides a total immersion experience and is strongly recommended.

  • Civic and International Engagement Opportunities

    • May Term study abroad
    • Study abroad for a semester or a year
    • Study and volunteer for a semester or a year in Perú
    • Volunteer in non-profit organizations in the U.S. or abroad
    • Internships
    • Tutor Latino migrant workers’ children
    • Interpreter for Latino migrants
  • 101, 102 Beginning Spanish (4 s.h. each) (F: both 101 and 102)
    An introductory course designed to teach the student the basics of Spanish language. The goal of this two-semester sequence is to develop basic proficiency in Spanish in the four skills: listening, speaking, writing, and reading. For students who have never studied Spanish before or have taken only one year of Spanish in high school. Students with more than two years of Spanish may NOT take Spanish 101 or 102.

    127 U.S. Latino Literature and Culture (3 s.h.) (D)
    This course explores the complexities of the U.S. Latina/o experience through the study of fictional and non-fictional texts by or about Latinas/os.  Although most Latino groups are covered, this course studies Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, and Cuban Americans in a more detailed manner.  Students read, reflect on, and discuss texts from a variety of disciplines including history, law, sociology, film studies, public health, literature, and ethnomusicology.  Taught in English.  Students who wish to count this course for the major or minor are required to write their term paper and other assignments in Spanish.  This course is a requirement for students in the Latino Culture Gateway. Crossed listed as AMST 127.

    150 Spanish Conversation (3 s.h.) (F)
    Study Abroad. The student who is at an early stage of language study concentrates on the development of communication skills in everyday situations. Extensive use will be made of videos and audio tapes. Class conducted in Spanish.

    151, 152 Intermediate Spanish (4 s.h. each) (F: both 151 and 152)
    This two-semester sequence continues to develop the student’s proficiency in Spanish language, enabling students to communicate successfully in everyday situations. They will also build on their reading and writing skills. For students who have taken two or three years of Spanish in high school. Students with more than three years of Spanish may NOT take Spanish 151 or 152. *Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or equivalent.

    201 Advanced Spanish (3 s.h.) (I)
    Intensive grammar review and amplification of knowledge of grammatical principles enable the student to achieve greater accuracy and idiomatic flavor in the use of oral and written language. Particular emphasis is given to developing reading and writing skills. Regular practice in controlled and free conversation. *Prerequisite: SPAN 152 or equivalent.

    205 Spanish Composition (3 s.h.) (I, W)
    A writing course designed to develop the student’s ability to write critical essays in Spanish. Special attention is given to developing strategies for planning, developing, and organizing a scholarly writing assignment from the first to the final draft. *Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or permission of Instructor.

    210 Advanced Spanish Conversation (3 s.h.) (I)
    Study Abroad. Intensive oral training designed to help the student achieve more sophisticated expression in Spanish, along with good pronunciation and intonation and a reasonable degree of speed. *Prerequisite: SPAN 152 or the equivalent.

    215 Let’s Talk About Movies/Hablemos de Cine (3 s.h.) (I)
    A conversation course for students interested in improving their speaking and listening skills. We will watch a selection of Latin American and Spanish movies and discuss the language and cultural issues presented. The movies also provide an excellent example of natural language in context. Students will develop techniques for understanding oral language, will learn to identify different regional accents, and will acquire advanced level speaking skill. *Prerequisite: SPAN 152.

    216 Women Writers in Spanish (3 s.h.) (G)
    This course focuses on the works of outstanding women writers from Spain and Latin America. We will study the tradition of women’s writing in Spanish language: What are its characteristics? Who are the founding/canonical authors of this tradition? How do contemporary writers relate to this tradition? The texts will be treated analytically, we will analyze form, structure, and rhetorical strategies. *Prerequisite: SPAN 205 or the equivalent.

    218 May Term Abroad (3 s.h.) (I)
    Study Abroad. Students spend the May Term abroad, where they live with native families while attending language and culture classes taught by native professors. With an MBC director, students visit museums and monuments of artistic and historic interest. All travel and other expenses abroad are in addition to the MBC tuition already paid for the semester. Provides a total immersion experience. *Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    232 Topics in Hispanic Culture (3 s.h.) (I)
    This course explores the political, cultural and social relations between Spain and Latin America through the study of historical, cultural, and literary texts, and of films that deal with this transatlantic subject. In order to do this, we will analyze a wide variety of cultural expressions: movies, music, art, web pages, and religious celebrations, among others. *Prerequisite: SPAN 205. Fall semester.

    241 Topics in Hispanic Literature (3 s.h.)
    The topic dealt with during the semester is selected to accord with the interests and needs of the students enrolled. It may be an entire period in Spanish or Latin-American literature, a literary movement, a specific work or author. Class taught in Spanish. *Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    246 Approaches to Hispanic Literature (3 s.h.) (H)
    Introduction to literary analysis through close readings and interpretation of representative works by major Latin American and Spanish writers. Students will learn to identify texts of different genres, and will become acquainted with the styles of the different periods of Hispanic literary history. Throughout the course, the students will acquire the appropriate vocabulary and the critical skills that will allow them to write critical essays and comment on what a text says and how it says it. *Prerequisite: SPAN 205 or permission of the instructor.

    324 Contemporary Latin-American Fiction (3 s.h.)
    We will read novels and short stories of contemporary Latin American writers. Through reading these works, as well as critical texts, students acquire an understanding of the development of Latin-American narrative and insight into important aspects of Latin-American culture. *Prerequisite: SPAN 205.

    325 Spanish Literature of the Golden Age (3 s.h.)
    The literary works in poetry, prose, and theatre of the 16th and 17th centuries play a pivotal role in Hispanic literature and culture; their study is fundamental to understanding the literary tradition of Spanish language. Students will acquire insight into important aspects of the Spanish Renaissance and Baroque. *Prerequisite: SPAN 205.

    400 Senior Seminar (3 s.h.) (M)
    A required course for all Spanish and Spanish combined majors. Students pursue research on a theme or issue of their choice approved by their thesis supervisor. Throughout the semester, students give three oral presentations of their work, which will be evaluated. The work culminates in an oral presentation and a research paper in Spanish.