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Spanish Programs

The curriculum in Spanish includes beginning, intermediate and advanced level classes for both native and non-native speakers of Spanish. Spanish linguistics, Hispanic literature and civilization courses are complemented by experiential learning opportunities. All courses are given entirely in Spanish.

The B.A. in Spanish has three concentrations: 1) The Hispanic Language and Literature Concentration; 2) The Spanish Pedagogy Concentration. (Students seeking a teaching credential must complete the Spanish Pedagogy Concentration in addition to courses required by the School of Education); and 3) Cultura y Civilización.

Major Requirements for Hispanic Language and Literature Track


The student should complete a minimum of 34 units beyond the intermediate level (Spanish 25, Spanish 21b). Sixteen of the 34 units must be completed in the Modern Language and Literature Department on this campus.

SPAN 101 Composición
SPAN 103 Introducción a la literatura hispánica
SPAN 133 Don Quijote
SPAN 135 Literatura hispanoamericana del siglo XX
SPAN 141 Sintaxis, semántica y morfología

Plus one of the following courses in hispanic civilization:

SPAN 110 Civilización hispanoamericana
SPAN 112 Civilización española

MLL Required Course:

LANG 195 Capstone Seminar

Plus 8 additional upper division elective courses to bring total to 34 units.

Major Requirements for Spanish Pedogogy Track


The student should complete a minimum of 38 units beyond the intermediate level (Spanish 25, Spanish 21b) . Twenty of the 38 units must be completed in the Modern Language and Literature Department on this campus.

SPAN 101 Composición
SPAN 103 Introducción a la literatura hispánica
SPAN 133 Don Quijote
SPAN 135 Literatura hispanoamericana del siglo XX 
SPAN 141 Sintaxis, semántica y morfología
SPAN 143 Fonética y fonología

Plus one of the following courses in Hispanic civilization:

SPAN 110 Civilización hispanoamericana
SPAN 112 Civilización española

Plus one of the following courses in Hispanic Literature in North America:

SPAN 122 Literatura mexicana
SPAN 124 Escritores hispanos en los Estados Unidos

Plus one of the following experiential learning courses:

LANG 87 Internship in Applied Language
LANG 89 Practicum

MLL Required Course:

LANG 195 Capstone Seminar

Plus 4 additional upper division elective courses to bring total to 38 units.

Plus presentation of Professional Portfolio and Exit Examination during the semester prior to graduation.

Major Requirements for Cultura u Civilizacion


The student should complete a minimum of 34 units beyond the intermediate level (Spanish 25, Spanish 21b). Sixteen of the 34 units must be completed in the Modern Language and Literature Department on this campus.

SPAN 101 Composición
SPAN 103 Introducción a la literatura hispánica
SPAN 110 Civilización hispanoamericana
SPAN 112 Civilización española
SPAN 114 Cine hispano

Plus one of the following courses:

SPAN 133 Don Quijote
SPAN 135 Literatura hispanoamericana del siglo XX
SPAN 140 Traduccíon
ANTH 054 Anthropología cultural (taught in Spanish)

MLL Required Course:

LANG 195 Capstone Seminar

Elective courses to reach 34 units required in the major:

SPAN 027 Conversación
SPAN 087 Internship
SPAN 124 Escortes hispanos en Los Estados  Unidos
SPAN 128 Teatro hispánico
HIST 040 Colonialism in Latin America
HIST 041  The Problem with Latin America
HIST 150 Women in Latin America
HIST 151  History of Mexico

Spanish Minor


20 units beyond Spanish 23 or Spanish 21a to include the following courses or their equivalent: SPAN 101, SPAN 103, SPAN 110 or SPAN 112, SPAN 141 and elective courses (SPAN 25, SPAN 27 or any upper division Spanish course(s) to reach minimum of 20 units. Twelve of the 20 units must be taken in the Department of Modern Language and Literature . Students must demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level before a minor will be granted.

Spanish Course Descriptions


SPAN 011A. First-Year Spanish, First Semester. 4 Units.

Students begin training in the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing at the first semester level. The focus in on a communicative approach, anf the course includes a laboratory.

SPAN 011B. First-Year Spanish, Second Semester. 4 Units.

Students begin training in the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing at the second semester level. The focus is on a communicative approach, and the course includes a laboratory. Placement is subject to continual reevaluation. Prerequisite: SPAN 011A with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

SPAN 023. Intermediate Spanish, Third Semester. 4 Units.

Students examine culture and civilization of the Hispanic world through readings, videos and conversations on daily life and culture in the Hispanic world. The course also includes rapid review of Spanish language as a functioning system. Prerequisite: SPAN 011B with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

SPAN 025. Intermediate Spanish, Fourth Semester. 4 Units.

This course is a continuation of the cultural themes students study in SPAN 023. Students examine culture and civilization of the Hispanic world through readings, videos and conversations on daily life and culture in the Hispanic world. The course continues review of Spanish language as a functioning system. Prerequisite: intermediate SPAN 023 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

SPAN 027. Conversación. 4 Units.

This course is an intermediate level course that develops social skills in a Hispanic context. the emphasis is directed to the practical interpersonal skills important to every day living as well as those cultural manifestations inherent in speaking Spanish among native speakers. Prerequisite: SPAN 011B with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor. May be repeated once for credit.

SPAN 029. Leng/cultura hispanohablantes. 4 Units.

Heritage speakers study the formal use of Spanish and the diverse cultures of Latin American communities in the US. Through literature, art, music, cinema and essay students hone their skills in writing, grammar, orthography, and advanced reading comprehension, while they learn about standard versus vernacular usages, and cross language interference. This course meets the College of the Pacific language requirement. Prerequisite: Course requires native speaking ability in Spanish.

SPAN 101. Composición avanzada. 4 Units.

This course prepares students for formal writing in Spanish in academic and professional contexts. Course includes grammar review and vocabulary building. Prerequisite recommended: SPAN 025 or SPAN 029 with a "C-" or better.

SPAN 103. Introducción a la literatura hispánica. 4 Units.

This course is a systematic survey of Hispanic literature. The course addresses topics as the function of literature, the analysis and interpretation of texts, literary periods, movements and trends. Recommended: SPAN 025 or SPAN 029 or SPAN 101 with a "C-" or better.

SPAN 110. Civilización hispanoamericana. 4 Units.

This course is a systematic survey of Hispanic-American civilization from pre-Columbian times to the modern era. Special attention is paid to the Incas, Aztecs and Mayans. The course may include national and regional historic, political, economic and cultural developments and their impact on Hispanic life. Prerequisite recommended: SPAN 101 with a "C-" or better.

SPAN 112. Civilización española. 4 Units.

This course is a systematic survey of Hispanic literature and an overview of Spanish Peninsular culture and history through literature and art. Representative works from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period are studied in the context of intellectual history and local and international historic developments. Prerequisite recommended: SPAN 101 with a "C-" or better.

SPAN 114. Cine hispano/Hispanic Film. 4 Units.

A study of the development of Latin American or Peninsular cinema through the analysis of themes, styles, and cinematic techniques. Themes include Latin American women film directors or films of Pedro Almodovar, among others. The course is taught in Spanish. Films in Spanish have English subtitles. The course is occasionally offered in English.

SPAN 122. Literatura mexicana. 4 Units.

This course is an in-depth analysis of 20th Century Mexican literature, includes narrative, poetry, drama, and essay. Themes taught include Mexican Revolution, Avant-Garde, Modern Novel, Latin American Boom, and Postmodernism. The course includes concurrent study of Mexican culture through literary supplement La Jornada Semanal; art of Deigo Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and their contemporaries; New Mexican Cinema; current politics; contemporary music; and food. Prerequisite recommended: SPAN 101 or SPAN 103 with a "C-" or better.

SPAN 124. Escritores hispanos en los Estados Unidos. 4 Units.

This course is a systematic survey of U.S. Latino literature. This course provides an overall view of Hispanic literature in the United States with emphasis on the literature of one or more of its major groups: Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, or "Nuyoricans." This course may be repeated with permission of the instructor. Recommended: SPAN 101 or SPAN 103 with a "C-" or better.

SPAN 126. Poesía hispánica. 4 Units.

A study the poetry of the Spanish-speaking world. Writers, periods and regional focus vary from medieval Spain to contemporary Latin America. The changing emphasis of the course ranges from the Middle Ages to the mysticism of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Modernismo, Vanguardias, Las generaciones del '98 y del '27 and poesia social with authors such as Jorge Manrique, Garcilaso, Becquer, Dario, Machado, Lorca, Neruda, Vallejo, Paz, Parra, and Mistral among many others. Prerequisite recommended: SPAN 101 or SPAN 103 with a "C-" or better.

SPAN 128. Teatro hispánico. 4 Units.

A study of the works of major playwrights of the Spanish-speaking world. Writers, periods and regional focus varies. Prerequisite recommended: SPAN 101 or SPAN 103 with a "C-" or better.

SPAN 132. Literatura española. 4 Units.

This course is a survey of peninsular Spanish literature from its origins in the Middle Age up to the present. Students read and analyze texts of several genres including poetry, prose and theater presented in chronological order. In the analysis of the works we pay attention not just to the literary techniques employed by their authors corresponding with the literary fashions of their time but also explore the social, historical, ideological, religious, philosophical, aesthetical and political backgrounds that contributed to their creation. At the end of the semester the students learn the basic components of literary analysis and be familiarized with the origin and evolution of the main genres: poetry, prose and drama.

SPAN 133. Don Quijote. 4 Units.

A study of the major themes and social-historical context of Cervantes' masterpiece with a broad consideration of the human experience from the middle ages to present day. The course is an interdisciplinary approach that includes topics ranging from knights, religious conflicts, racism, economics and politics to classical literature, Joseph Campbell, soap operas, sitcoms, Star Wars, Velazquez, Magritte and Woody Allen. Recommended: SPAN 101 and SPAN 103 with a "C-" or better. Not recommended for freshmen.

SPAN 134. Literatura latinoamericana. 4 Units.

This course is a broad overview of Latin American literature. Focus of the course varies but ranges form pre-Columbian through 21st Century works. Reading is enriched and contextualized through a multi-disciplinary approach that may include history, art, architecture, geography, popular culture and film.

SPAN 135. Literatura del boom latinoamericano. 4 Units.

This course is an analytical study of the novels of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carlos Fuentes, and Mario Vargas Llosa, among others. The writers of the "Boom" are an important focus in the overview of literary trends as well as the cultures of Columbia, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Chile, and other Latin American countries. Recommended: SPAN 101 and SPAN 103 with a "C-" or better.

SPAN 141. Sintaxis, semántica y morfología. 4 Units.

This course is an overview of syntaxes, semantics and morphology within the context of Spanish linguistics that focuses on pedagogical descriptions to explain the structure of language as a complete system. The course is designed to facilitate the understanding and teaching of Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor. This course requires a high level of proficiency in Spanish. Not recommended for freshmen.

SPAN 143. Fonética y fonología. 4 Units.

This course is an overview of phonetics and phonology within the context of Spanish linguistics. This course focuses on the study of the sound system of the Spanish language, the mechanics of sound production, the manner in which the language has organized these sounds into a system of logical relationships, and the way geographical, social and ethnic variations are made manifest through that system. Prerequisite: SPAN 141 with a "C-" or better. Not recommended for freshmen.

SPAN 191. Independent Study. 2-4 Units.

SPAN 193. Special Topics. 4 Units.

Spanish Language Faculty


Email Link for Martin Camps Martin Camps, 2005, Assistant Professor (SPANISH), B.A., Instituto de Comunicacion y Filosofia, Mexico City, 1997; M.F.A., University of Texas, El Paso, 1999; Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 2003.
Webpage - Phone: 209.946.7403 - Office: WPC-Annex 246

Email Link for Arturo Giraldez Arturo Giraldez, 1990, Professor (SPANISH), B.A., Universidad Com-plutense de Madrid, 1976; M.A., 1979; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1990.
Webpage - Phone: 209.946.2911 - Office: WPC-Annex 143

Email Link for Susan C. Giraldez Susan C. Giraldez, 1994, Associate Professor and Acting Chair (SPANISH), B.A., University of the Pacific, 1980; M.A., Middlebury College, 1982; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1992.
Webpage - Phone: 209.946.2914 - Office: WPC-Annex 253

Email Link for Traci Roberts-Camps Traci Roberts-Camps, 2005, Assistant Professor (SPANISH), B.A., Willamette University, 1999; M.A., University of California, Riverside, 2001; Ph.D., 2004.
Webpage
- Phone: 209.946.2343 - Office: WPC-Annex 248