Courses & Requirements

Requirements for the Spanish Major

SPA-480 capstone and 28 additional credits beyond 202, excluding SPA-206. Majors must complete eight 4-credit, upper-level courses, of which at least four courses must be at the 300 level. Of the eight courses required for the major, at least four courses must be completed at Agnes Scott, including the senior captone SPA-480. Credits from the Spanish department-sponsored summer program in Oviedo, Spain satisfy requirements toward the major if the student has completed SPA-202 prior to participation. Spanish majors are required to complete four courses from those offered by department faculty.

Spanish Courses

SPA-101: Elementary Spanish I (4.00)

ELEMENTARY SPANISH I--Fundamentals of Spanish for speaking, listening, writing and reading. Emphasis on proficiency achievement and cultural awareness of the Hispanic world. Not open to students with one or more years of Spanish in high school. All students with more than one year of Spanish are required to take the placement test.

SPA-102: Elementary Spanish II (4.00)

ELEMENTARY SPANISH II--Continuation of 101. All students with more than one year of Spanish are required to take the placement test.

SPA-201: Intermediate Spanish I (4.00)

Grammar review, conversation, listening, comprehension, composition and reading. All students with more than one year of Spanish are required to take the placement test.

SPA-202: Intermediate Spanish II (4.00)

Continuation of 201 including an introduction to the critical reading of literary texts. All students with more than one year of Spanish are required to take the placement test.

SPA-205: Reading and Writing About the Hispanic World (4.00)

Continued study of Hispanic cultures with special emphasis on the development of conversational, written and listening expression in Spanish.

Course requisites: SPA-202 or higher with a minimum grade of C-

SPA-206: Spanish Culture in Spain (2.00)

Intermediate and advanced students will complement their studies at the University of Oviedo by completing weekly activities and projects while they visit sites, live with families and study in Spain.

Course requisites: SPA-101, and participation in ASC Spain Program

SPA-209: Advanced Conversation Through Film (4.00)

The course focuses on short films as the main medium to facilitate discussion of social issues regarding gender equity, immigration, poverty, political violence and race relations. Grammar review and vocabulary building specific to each topic aim to provide students with the tools necessary to communicate effectively and engage in productive dialog.

Course requisites: SPA-202 or higher

SPA-244: Contemporary Short Stories (4.00)

Traces the history and development of the genre with emphasis on examining the elements specific to the short story and the literary devices contemporary writers employ in their craft.

Course requisites: SPA-205 or higher with minimum grade of C-

SPA-295: Topics in Spanish (4.00)

TOPICS IN SPANISH--Special interest topics that address the intersection of music and culture, for example, Music and Ethnicity in the United States, Music and Social Movements, or Music and Film, offered on an occasional basis.


SPA-307: Spanish Civilization & Culture (4.00)

Important historical events, trends and ideas of Spain from earliest times to the present.

Course requisites: SPA-202 or higher graded C- or above (except SPA-206)

SPA-308: Latin American and Caribbean Civilizations and Culture (4.00)

The study of historical, political, social and cultural aspects that unify Latin America as a region from the pre conquest to the present and an exploration of the diversity within countries and across borders.

Course requisites: SPA-202 or higher graded C- or above (except SPA-206)

SPA-323: Approaches to Literature (4.00)

Presentation of representative Latin American and Spanish texts to foster reading, writing and analytical skills.

Course requisites: SPA-205 or higher with a min. grade of C- (except SPA-206)

SPA-325: Hispanic Cultural Studies (4.00)

Cultural studies combines literature, film, television, art, music and the press in dynamic ways to represent today's society. Disciplines such as gender studies, history, economics and other social sciences can also inform cultural studies. This interdisciplinary approach exposes students to the cultural complexities within Hispanic communities and better prepares them to interact with native speakers once outside the classroom.

Course requisites: SPA-205 or SPA-209

SPA-327: Introduction to the Literature of Spain (4.00)

A historical and thematic introduction to representative works of significant literary movements from the Middle Ages to present-day Spain.

Course requisites: SPA-205 or higher with a min. grade of C- (except SPA-206)

SPA-361: Twentieth Century Spain (4.00)

Examines how societal changes throughout the century are reflected in representative works of literature and other forms of artistic expression such as film and painting. Topics include the avant-garde, the dictatorship of Francisco Franco and the transition to democracy.

Course requisites: 323

SPA-365: Black Literature in Cuba and Puerto Rico (4.00)

This course provides an examination of the Caribbean literary movement of "negrismo." Literary texts and interdisciplinary readings examine the impact of ethnicity on Cuban and Puerto Rican national identities. More contemporary media illustrate the present role of Afro-Caribbean religious traditions, such as Santería.

Course requisites: 323

SPA-370: Topics in Latino Literature (4.00)

TOPICS IN LATINA/O LITERATURE--A critical analysis of a specific topic, genre, or period in Latino literature and other English Language media produced in the United States. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies. Many Latino authors write in English while filtering their stories through recollections of another country, the Spanish language and their respective cultures. Readings will examine how ancestry, immigration, and bi-cultural realities shape the identity and perspective of Latinos the communities and generations in the U.S. Cross-listed with ENG-370A/WS-370 when the topic applies.

Description for "LATINA LITERATURE"--This course focuses on the writing of women who self-identify as Mexican, Cuban or Puerto Rican-American. Within this body of literature the course will be dedicated to examining how Latinas handle illness, healing and reproductive issues through a cultural prism different from that of dominant Anglo society.

Course requisites: ENG-110

SPA-380: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Hispanic Literatures & Cultures (4.00)

TOPICS IN HISPANIC THEMES--Examination of selected aspects of the cultures of Spain and/or Latin America through the study of literature, film, mass media, social institutions and movements. May be repeated for credit when the instructor changes. Typically meets with SPA-480. Cross-listed with WS-381 when the topic applies.

Description for "LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN'S WRITING"--A study of Latin American women representing women in literature, theatre and film with a focus on three broad periods:feminist precursors, the feminist "boom" of the 70's-80's, and productions to the present. Cross-listed with WS-381.

Description for "HOW THE VOICELESS SHAPE CULTURE"--Examines the literary and artistic productions of disenfranchised groups across Latin America and mainland U.S.A. who challenge mainstream society and influence the dominant culture that devalues them.

Description for "BETWEEN 'EL DORADO' AND 'LA MADRE PATRIA': TRANS-ATLANTIC MIGRATIONS IN THE HISPANIC WORLD"--Migrations between Spain and Latin America in both directions have been motivated by war, poverty,conflicting ideologies, individual circumstances, and the search for greater personal and professional opportunities. Students will see that a common language does not always simplify cultural social relations between these groups. As a course about these migrations, 100% of the content will address the movement, comparison, or connection of people, information, commodities, ideas, identities, or culture (e.g., arts, religion, language, technology, etc.) across or transcending national borders."

Course requisites: SPA-323

SPA-395: Topics in Spanish (4.00)

TOPICS IN SPANISH--Spanish courses numbered SPA-395-399 represent courses covering a special topic in Spanish that will be taught on a one-time basis or courses cross-listed with Spanish that are offered by other disciplines.

Description for "SPA-395: ALL ABOUT WOMEN ON THE VERGE: WOMEN AND THE FILMS OF P. ALMODOVAR"--Pedro Almodóvar, Spain's best known film maker, has stood the test of time and come to personify the emergence of a revitalized Spanish culture in the wake of thirty-six years of military dictatorship. In fact, many attribute the international prominence of contemporary Spanish cinema to the popularity of his films beyond the borders of his native country. But while few question the significance of his artistic vision, his works have often aroused strong criticism, in spite of his own claims that he "loves women," for the sometimes-questionable treatment of female characters. In addition to viewing a selection of films by Almodóvar, students will read and discuss the different kinds of texts that have been written about his films (i.e., scholarly journal articles, newspaper reviews and popular opinion) as well as consider more general notions regarding the interpretation of film and the portrayal of women in the arts.

SPA-480: Topics in Hispanic Themes (4.00)

A detailed critical analysis of a specific topic, genre or period in Spanish or Latin American literature and other media. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

Course requisites: SPA-323

Requirements for the Spanish Minor

A minor requires completion of 20 credits beyond SPA-202, excluding SPA-370 and 206.  At least 12 credits must be from courses taught by department faculty. Credits from the Spanish department-sponsored summer program in Oviedo, Spain satisfy requirements toward the minor if the student has completed SPA-202 prior to participation.

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