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Program Requirements

Students who complete the major requirements for a bachelor of arts in Spanish will show mastery of both written and spoken Spanish for daily life and academic topics, as well as a broad understanding of the history, heritage, culture, and relevant issues affecting various Spanish-speaking cultures.

Major Requirements

Course descriptions for all SPAN courses are available at the bottom of this page.

36 semester hours (sh) of major courses:

  • Required core of language, grammar, and writing courses — SPAN 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020, 4010, 4901; one of 3150 or 3930; and one of the following 2040, 3160, or 3170
  • Spanish language foreign study OR at least 4sh of Internship in Community Spanish (SPAN 4970)
  • Elective courses to bring semester hour total to 36 for the major (Note: SPAN 2130 is not applicable to a major or minor.)

Minor Requirements

20 semester hours

  • Required core of language, grammar, and writing courses (20sh) — SPAN 1010; 1020; 2010; 2020 (or equivalent); one of 2030, 3150, or 3930
  • Any additional Spanish courses (Note: SPAN 2130 is not applicable to a major or minor.)

Notes

  • Students also pursuing a secondary education major have additional language and culture course requirements beyond these major requirements, as well as passing the Oral Proficiency Interview at the high intermediate level.
  • SPAN 2130, Mexican History and Culture, is not applicable to a major or minor, but does fulfill the culture and society general education requirement. It is also applicable to the Latin American-Latino Studies minor.
  • Students with a major GPA of at least 3.5 may apply for Departmental Honors in Spanish. During their fourth year, they will enroll in SPAN 4000 and complete a 25-page research paper on a selected topic in Spanish.

Course Descriptions

Click on the links below for course descriptions for all Spanish courses. For a complete list of all North Park's programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

SPAN 1010 – Basic Spanish I
Introduction to Spanish through materials relating to culture and contemporary society, with equal emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Coordinated with multi-media materials. No credit for SPAN 1010 will be granted to students who have completed more than two years of high school Spanish within the last five years.

SPAN 1020 – Basic Spanish II
Introduction to Spanish through materials relating to culture and contemporary society, with equal emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing. Coordinated with multi-media materials.

SPAN 2010 – Intermediate Spanish I
Expansion of vocabulary, review of grammar, and extended involvement in conversation and writing through work on short readings about contemporary Hispanic culture.

SPAN 2020 – Intermediate Spanish II
Expansion of vocabulary, review of grammar, and extended involvement in conversation and writing through work on short readings about contemporary Hispanic culture.

SPAN 2030 – Advanced Intermediate Conversation and Grammar
Taught only during the winter program in Morelia, Mexico.

SPAN 2040 – Spanish Phonetics and Pronunciation
An introduction to how the sound system of Spanish functions with emphasis on phonetic transcription, accentuation, syllabification, spelling, dialectical variations, and contrast with English.

SPAN 2130 – Mexican History and Culture
A multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Mexico from pre-Colombian societies to the present. Taught in English. Required for the Morelia program. Does not count for the major or minor.

SPAN 3100 – Literature of Spain I: Medieval Through Golden Age
A survey of Spanish literature as viewed through short selections of classic literature from the Cid through Cervantes. Taught in Spanish.

SPAN 3150 – Advanced Grammar and Composition
An intensive review of problematic grammar and vocabulary through short literary selections to strengthen written expression.

SPAN 3160 – The Cultures of Spain
Advanced intermediate course taught in Spanish, intended to familiarize students with major trends and some specific detail concerning the culture and history of Spain. Course content will expand vocabulary and reinforce grammar while improving skills of summary and synthesis. Applicable toward Spanish major and minor.

SPAN 3170 – The Cultures of Latin America
Advanced intermediate course taught in Spanish, that introduces major trends in four regions of Latin America: The Caribbean, the Andes, the Southern Cone and Central America. Course content will expand vocabulary and reinforce grammar while improving skills of summary and synthesis. Applicable toward Spanish major and minor.

SPAN 3200 – Literature of Spain II: Neoclassical through Contemporary
A survey of Spanish literature including Neoclassic, romantic, the Generation of '98, '27 Civil War, and post-Civil War. Students read short selections and one full-length work. Taught in Spanish.

SPAN 3300 – Colonial Latin American Literature
A survey of significant literary movements in Latin America and representative works from the conquest to the nineteenth century.

SPAN 3400 – Contemporary Latin American Literature
A survey of significant literary movements in Latin America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as viewed through representative works.

SPAN 3910 – Topics: Language or Literature
An in-depth study on selected topics from the field of language, literature or cultures of Spanish speaking people.

SPAN 3920 – Mexican Literature
An in-depth study of a theme in contemporary Mexican literature, taught in conjunction with the Morelia program.

SPAN 3930 – Advanced Morphology and Syntax
This course is an intensive review of Spanish grammar, with a large component of the most problematic elements of the subjunctive. It includes other grammatical structures and idiomatic expressions as well. Emphasis is on both oral and written fluency. Evaluation is based on oral presentations, class work, essays, and written tests.

SPAN 4000 – Departmental Honors in Spanish
A 25-page research paper on a topic approved by the chair of the department. The paper is to be presented at the Spring Honor Society meeting. Student must have approval of department chair.

SPAN 4010 – Senior Capstone
Senior Capstone seminar on selected topics in Spanish and/or Latin American literature. Students do intensive reading of texts and theory and write a final thesis paper in Spanish. Required for the Spanish major. Students can repeat the course with different topics studied.

SPAN 4901 – Senior Assessment
A non-credit course in which all Spanish majors must register in order to complete their final requirements to graduate: a portfolio, an oral proficiency interview, CLA Exam, and written exit questionnaire. Graded on a pass/fail basis.

SPAN 4910 – Independent Study in Spanish
Advanced independent research.

SPAN 4970 – Internship in Community Spanish
Students work with one of several organizations in the Chicago region or in the Morelia rogram. Areas of specialization include social work, ministry, legal or psychological counseling, education, and political activism. Please refer to the internship section of the catalog for further requirements and guidelines.

Program requirements