Spanish (Major, Minor)

Department of Classical and Modern Foreign Languages Department

Rachel Burk, Ph.D.
Thérèse Marie Dougherty, SSND, Ph.D.
Marcela Valencia, Ph.D.


Associate Faculty in Spanish
Alejandro Sánchez-Aizcorbe, Ph.D.
Marta Izquierdo Robredo, M.A.
Joseph Wieczorek, Ph.D.

Degrees offered

Major
Minor

Campuses

Main Campus
Anne Arundel Community College
College of Southern Maryland (CSM)
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC)
University Center Northeastern Maryland (formerly the HEAT Center)

¡Bienvenidos al programa de español! Learn to speak the third most popular language in the world through individualized attention, integrated technology, and communication-focused coursework. Our students take Spanish from the classroom into the NDMU community and the larger world via study abroad, service learning, language-exchange partners, the Hispanic Culture Club, and internships. ¡Qué aproveche!

Summary

Spanish courses cover essential language structures, practical communication, and cultural learning. Small classes, close relationships with professors, multimedia technology, and interactions with native speakers encourage general education students to speak, write, listen, and read in Spanish while gaining perspectives on the Hispanic world. Majors and minors in Spanish refine their language skills and at the same time immerse themselves in Hispanic literature, history, film, art, and culture, locally and internationally.

The Spanish Major

The Spanish Major requires 33 credit hours (11 courses) beginning at the 200-level. Students who place out of LSP-233 and LSP-234 will take 27 credits (nine courses). All Majors, including native and heritage speakers, must take LSP-301 and LSP-302.

Required Courses for The Spanish Major

       Language Skills:

       LSP-233 Spanish for Oral Proficiency (3) 
       LSP-234 Spanish for Written Proficiency (3)
       LSP-301 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition I (3)
       LSP-302 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition II (3)

       Introduction to the Discipline:

       LFN-201 The World of Language (taught in English) (3)
       LSP-258* Readings in Hispanic Literature (taught in Spanish) (3)

*For native speakers who have successfully completed a literature course in English, LSP-258 should be replaced by one 300-level literature course in Spanish.

      Literature:

      One literature course in Spanish at the 300- or 400- level (3)

       Culture and Civilization:

       LSP-358 Spanish Culture & Civilization or LSP-359 Latin American Culture & Civilization (3)
       LFN-450 Research Seminar (3)

       Elective Courses:

       One course at the 200-, 300- or 400- level (3)
       One 400-level course in linguistics, literature or culture in Spanish (3)

The Spanish Minor

The Spanish Minor requires 21 credit hours (7 courses) beginning at the 200-level. Students who place out of LSP-233 and 234 will take 27 credits (six courses). All Minors, including native and heritage speakers, must take LSP-301 and LSP-302.

Required Courses for The Spanish Minor

       Language Skills:

       LSP-233 Spanish for Oral Proficiency (3) 
       LSP-234 Spanish for Written Proficiency (3)
       LSP-301 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition I (3)
       LSP-302 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition II (3)

       Introduction to the Discipline:

       LFN-201 The World of Language (taught in English) (3)
       LSP-258* Readings in Hispanic Literature (taught in Spanish) (3)

*For native speakers who have successfully completed a literature course in English, LSP-258 should be replaced by one 300-level literature course in Spanish.

       Culture and Civilization:

       LSP-358 Spanish Culture & Civilization or LSP-359 Latin American Culture & Civilization (3)


Courses

LFN-201 The World of Language

Overviews the history, foundations and linguistic methods, as well as the social and cultural aspects of the discipline. Makes explicit the links among language, communication and culture. Helps students to see language in its larger context and introduces them to the principles of linguistic and cross-cultural analysis. Explores current issues in the field: first and second language acquisition, language development and change, bilingualism, literacy, language and the mind, and language use in society. Taught in English. Required for minors and majors of all languages. Open to non-majors. Fulfills general education requirement in cross-cultural studies. Prerequisite: one foreign language course at the 103-level or equivalent. [3 credits]

LFN-450 Research Seminar

Under the supervision of the appropriate language instructor, each student prepares a written paper and oral presentation on a topic of particular interest designed to demonstrate linguistic, cultural and cross-cultural learning within a global context at home and abroad. The oral presentation would be done at a department function/event, an upper-level language class or other appropriate venue. Required of all majors in the department, this team-taught seminar is also open to minors and native speakers. Serves as the capstone course for modern language and Spanish majors. [3 credits]

LSP-233 Spanish for Oral Proficiency

Offers intensive oral-aural practice, with emphasis on the language used in daily life. Serves those who wish to perfect pronunciation and increase fluency in Spanish through extensive use of multimedia materials and interaction with native speakers. Independent lab work required. Fulfills the general education language requirement. Prerequisite: LSP-103 or placement. [3 credits]

LSP-234 Spanish for Written Proficiency

Aims to increase proficiency in the written use of the language. Provides a review of grammar and extensive practice based on cultural themes of the Hispanic world. Uses multimedia materials and reading selections from contemporary Latin American authors and publications. Focuses on various issues such as women's roles and human rights. Fulfills the general education language requirement. Prerequisite: LSP-103 or placement. [3 credits]

LSP-258 Readings in Hispanic Literature

Introduces students to literary analysis by the reading of selected short works by Hispanic authors. Discussion and writing of short essays in Spanish with emphasis on understanding and appreciating Hispanic literature in its cultural context. Fulfills the general education literature and cross-cultural studies requirements. Prerequisite: LSP-233 or 234 or permission. [3 credits]

LSP-301 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition I

Gives special attention to the idiomatic use of language and to the finer points of Spanish grammar. Based on writings and media sources dealing with present-day events and cultural issues. Analysis of structure and style. Fulfills the general education language requirement. Required of all majors and minors. Prerequisite: LSP-233 and 234 or equivalent. [3 credits]

LSP-302 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition II

Gives special attention to the idiomatic use of language and to the finer points of Spanish grammar. Based on writings and media sources dealing with present-day events and cultural issues. Analysis of structure and style. Fulfills the general education language requirement. Prerequisite: LSP-233 and 234 or equivalent. Required of all majors and minors. [3 credits]

LSP-358 Spanish Culture & Civilization

Surveys the cultural history of Spain through an examination of its most significant physical, intellectual, artistic and sociopolitical aspects. Special emphasis will be given to the development of Spanish art, literature and philosophical thought. Fulfills the General Education cross-cultural studies requirement. [3 credits]

LSP-359 Latin American Culture and Civilization

Provides an introductory study of the main features of Latin American political and cultural history. Includes artistic and literary movements. This course is given in Spanish and is designed for students who have advanced knowledge of the language. Fulfills the General Education cross-cultural studies requirement. Prerequisite: LSP-233/234 required, LSP-301 recommended. [3 credits]