Spanish B.A.

This plan of study is for students who wish to earn a B.A. degree in Spanish. It requires thirty six hours.

Core Curriculum Courses
See the Core Curriculum Requirements42
Required courses in the major
SPA 1311GLB/Elementary Spanish I 3
SPA 1312GLB/Elementary Spanish II3
SPA 2311GLB/Intermediate Spanish I 3
SPA 2312 GLB/Intermediate Spanish II3
SPA 331Spanish Conversation, Language, and Culture Through Film3
or SPA 333 GBL/Spa for Heritage Speakers
SPA 332Spanish Comp and Grammar3
SPA 341Intro to Spanish Literature3
SPA 353GLB/Spanish Culture & Civil3
or SPA 354 GLB/Latin Am Culture & Civil
SPA 483Professional Writing in Spanish3
And 9 advanced hours from:9
GLB/ Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
GLB/SPA: Topics in Latin American Comparative Cultural Studies
GLB/Issues in Spanish Literature and Culture
Methods for Teaching Spa
Special Topics
Required Minor
Minimum 18 hours required in the Minor18
Additional Electives Required
Electives required to meet minimum program hours24
Total Hours120

Other Requirements

A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all Spanish courses required for this major. Twelve semester hours of Advanced (300-level or above) Spanish must be taken at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

SPA 331 - Spanish Conversation, Language, and Culture Through Film
Hours: 3
In this course, which uses film as a primary teaching tool, culture takes a central role in the learning of oral language skills. The course, through relevant feature films from Spain and Latin America, motivates the learning of oral language skills, and at the same time fosters cultural awareness. Students are also exposed to linguistic variants in the Hispanic world. The course uses class discussions, filmic text interpretations, and creative writing to fine tune student´s oral skills and foster critical thinking, Prerequisites: SPA 2312 or consent of the department head.

SPA 332 - Spanish Comp and Grammar
Hours: 3
Written communication through creative expression as well as essays, stressing situations that challenge students to think and speak more creatively in Spanish. Development of self-correction techniques. Prerequisites: SPA 2312.

SPA 333 - GBL/Spa for Heritage Speakers
Hours: 3
This course is designed for heritage speakers of Spanish who demonstrate, by taking the Spanish Placement Exam, the CLEP exam or special permission from a Spanish faculty member (or a combination thereof), an ability to comprehend and produce Spanish but who lack previous formal instruction in the language. Capitalizes upon students' existing language skills, expands their knowledge base, and develops their ability to read, write and communicate more effectively in the language. Special attention is given to building vocabulary and strengthening composition skills in Spanish. Taught exclusively in Spanish, and for heritage or native speakers only. For students majoring or minoring in Spanish or bilingual education, this course replaces the SPA 331 requirement. Prerequisites: SPA 2312 or equivalent by exam.

Hours: 3
Spanish for Heritage Speakers II. Three semester hours. A continuation of SPA 333, consisting of a detailed study of advanced Spanish grammar with emphasis on written expression. Capitalizes upon students' existing language skills, expands their knowledge base, and develops their ability to read, write and communicate more effectively in the language. Exclusively for heritage or native speakers of Spanish. For heritage or native speakers majoring or minoring in Spanish or bilingual education, this course replaces SPA 332. Prerequisite: SPA 333 or permission of instructor.

SPA 335 - Advanced Spanish for Teaching Certification
Hours: 3
Spanish 335 is an advanced Spanish course for students who need to improve their proficiency beyond the intermediate level and/or who plan to take the Texas State exams (LOTE / BLPT) to become a certified teacher in bilingual or Spanish education. The course fosters language proficiency through learning scenarios designed to reflect contemporary issues in the Spanish-speaking world and in the bilingual and Spanish classroom. Special attention to developing oral and writing skills for the Texas State exams. Prerequisites: SPA331 & SPA 332 OR SPA333&SPA334, or permission of advisor.

SPA 341 - Intro to Spanish Literature
Hours: 3
Introduction to Spanish Literature. Three semester hours. An introduction to four genres of Spanish literature: poetry, drama, fiction, and non-fiction prose. The course is designed to develop discriminating reading and writing skills. Prerequisite: SPA 332 or 334 or permission of instructor.

SPA 342 - GLB/ Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
Hours: 3
Introduction to the main topics within the field of Hispanic Linguistics. The course examines the areas of Spanish phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, semantics, linguistic change and variation, and Spanish spoken in the United States. Prerequisites: SPA 331/332 OR SPA 333/334 (minimum grade C-).

SPA 353 - GLB/Spanish Culture & Civil
Hours: 3
Explores the history, politics, social structures and traditions of Spain from the XII Century until today. Special emphasis on contemporary life in Spain and the relations with the Americas and the European Market. Prerequisites: SPA 2312.

SPA 354 - GLB/Latin Am Culture & Civil
Hours: 3
Explores the history, politics, social structures and traditions of Latin America. Begins with the pre-Columbian civilizations and continues through independence movements and the Latin America of today. Prerequisites: SPA 2312.

SPA 415 - Spanish Amer Lit
Hours: 3

SPA 428 - Span Amer Novel
Hours: 3

SPA 471 - GLB/SPA: Topics in Latin American Comparative Cultural Studies
Hours: 3
A study of Latin American various cultural discourses that encompasses film, literature, philosophy, art, dance, music and other cultural representations from a global and theoretical perspective. The class intersects these and others discourses in dialog with various lines of thought from around the world. May be repeated for credit when the emphasis changes. Prerequisites: SPA 341 or permission of instructor.

SPA 472 - GLB/Issues in Spanish Literature and Culture
Hours: 3
This course concentrates on essential questions, concepts, and themes (issues of gender, politics, religion, art, etc.) that determine and define the construction of culture throughout Spanish history. The course highlights specific works of literature, film, and other texts, in order to offer the necessary depth for students to produce research of their own interest. Through the study of critical and theoretical terms, and the reading and interpretation of a variety of texts pertaining to a range of art expressions, students will acquire analytic and interpretive tools to draw their own conclusions related to the world in which they live. Among the topics that may be covered by this course are: the construction of gender, social power relations, the relation between art production and Prerequisites: SPA 341 or permission of instructor.

SPA 475 - Methods for Teaching Spa
Hours: 3
This course is a practical introduction to second language acquisition theories, and familiarizes students with different methodologies specifically for the instruction of Spanish as a second language. Beginning with an overview of traditional and current foreign language teaching methods, the course focuses on current pedagogical trends. This class presents a number of techniques designed to develop students’ skills pursuant to language and learning theories, learning objectives, and the role of teachers and students. Students are made familiar with the components of effective teaching tools such as lesson planning, student needs analysis, class materials, and tools for assessment. A large part of the course consists of hands-on activities, discussions, and practical applications to Metho Prerequisites: SPA 2312.

SPA 483 - Professional Writing in Spanish
Hours: 3
Development of advanced writing skills in Spanish; intense practice of strategies and techniques for the production of Spanish texts. The course prepares students to successfully deal with academic and professional writing in Spanish through preparation, production and edition of diverse discourse genres. Prerequisites: SPA 331 & 332 OR SPA 333 & 334 (minimum grade C-).

SPA 489 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

SPA 490 - Honors Thesis
Hours: 3
Honors Thesis. Three semester hours.

SPA 491 - H Independent Honors Rdgs
Hours: 3
Individual Honors Readings. Three semester hours.

SPA 495 - Internship
Hours: 3
Internship. Three credit hours. Approved work experience in a professional organization. Supervision under the guidance of a practicing professional and departmental faculty member. Prerequisite: Junior standing and approval of the department head. May be repeated once when the internship organization changes.

SPA 497 - Special Topics
Hours: 3
Special Topics. One to four semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head.

SPA 1311 - GLB/Elementary Spanish I
Hours: 3
(SPAN 1311) Pronunciation, elements of grammar, vocabulary, and conversation and composition based on situations in everyday life. Emphasis on the spoken language. Introduction to Spanish culture.

SPA 1312 - GLB/Elementary Spanish II
Hours: 3
(SPAN 1312) A continuation of SPA 1311 with emphasis on reading and comprehension and on the spoken language. Prerequisites: SPA 1311 or approved placement or CLEP or consent of department head.

SPA 2311 - GLB/Intermediate Spanish I
Hours: 3
(SPAN 2311) Review of language fundamentals and continuation of conversation and composition. Emphasis on pronunciation, listening, and reading skills. Study of Hispanic civilization. Prerequisites: SPA 1311 and 1312 or consent of the department head.

SPA 2312 - GLB/Intermediate Spanish II
Hours: 3
(SPAN 2312) Introduction to Spanish prose, poetry, or drama, or to Spanish essays on scientific and technical topics. Expansion of vocabulary and syntactical analysis. Further development of reading comprehension. Prerequisite: SPA 2311 or consent of department head.