Spanish

Why Study Spanish?

Of the over 400 million native speakers of Spanish in the world, over 38 million live in the United States. In fact, according to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States is the world's fourth largest “Spanish-speaking” country, with over one person in ten who speaks Spanish as his or her native language.

Spanish Opportunities

Students enrolled in the liberal arts option in Spanish may prepare for careers in government, public service, translation, interpreting, sales, etc. Completion of the teacher preparation option in Spanish qualifies students for an Initial Type 10 Illinois Special Certificate with high school (9-12) and elementary (K-8) endorsements in Spanish. Certification requires the successful completion of the Illinois Certification Tests of Basic Skills, Spanish, and Assessment of Professional Teaching (Special K-12). The program meets Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) standards for foreign language education in Spanish.

Proficiency Credit

The department will grant a maximum of nine hours of proficiency credit to both Spanish and bilingual education majors, six hours to elementary education majors and students undertaking a Spanish minor or Latin American/Latino Studies minor, and six hours to French minors. Proficiency credit will be awarded during the last semester of the program.

Transfer students

Transfer students should complete 30 hours in the major or have consent of the department and the appropriate departmental assessments for graduation. Courses older than seven years will not be accepted. Oral proficiency will be assessed.

Liberal Arts Option in Spanish

Course requirements

Completion of 120 semester hours of work: 6 hours in composition; 36 hours in general education, consisting of 18 hours in the social sciences, 12 hours in natural sciences, and 6 hours in mathematics; 45 hours in Spanish; 9 hours in cognate electives; 27 hours in general electives selected with the Spanish departmental advisor's approval; and passing the examination on the state and federal constitutions.

Required Spanish Courses (27 Credit Hours)

SPAN 2010, 2020; 3010 or 3020; 2060 or 2070; 3130 or 3140; 3150 or 3160; 3220 or 3230; 3500 or 3510. Students must choose one course from the following group: SPAN 3190, 3210, 3330, 3660, 4140, 4150, 4170, 4300, 4410, 4420, 4440, 4450, 4610, 4620, 4630, 4640, or 4650.

Elective Spanish Courses (15 Credit Hours)

15 credit hours in Spanish to be selected with the approval of the academic advisor.

Cognate Elective Courses (9 Credit Hours)

9 credit hours of cognate electives to be divided among courses that will either complement the Spanish degree or will create a more intensified area of expertise in a field related to the major. These electives may be taken from anthropology; political science; foreign languages; art; music; educational leadership, curriculum, and foundations; history; geography; or any other discipline approved by the department. Courses are to be selected with the approval of the academic advisor.

Elective Courses (27 Credit Hours)

Courses are to be selected with the approval of the department academic advisor.

Secondary Teaching Option in Spanish

General Requirements

Students must:

  • pass the examination on the state and federal constitutions.
  • complete 126 credit hours:
    • 48 credit hours in general education
    • 45 credit hours in area of specialization
    • 33 credit hours in professional education

Specific Requirements General Education (48 Credit Hours)

6 credit hours in c: ENG 1270 and 1280.

Humanities (6 Credit Hours)

CMAT 2030 and ENG 1260.

Natural Sciences (12 Credit Hours)

6 hours of elective courses in biological sciences and 6 hours of elective courses in physical sciences; at least one course must be a laboratory course.

Social Sciences (15 Credit Hours)

HIST 1310 or 1310 or POL 1010; PSYC 1100 and 2040; 6 hours of courses in the social sciences in the same discipline.

Mathematics (6 Credit Hours)

MATH 1010 and 1020.

Elective Courses (3 Credit Hours)

3 hours of elective courses approved by advisor.

Area of Specialization (45 Credit Hours)

Required Courses

SPAN 2010, 2020, 2060 or 2070; 3010 or 3110, 3020 or 3120; 3130, 3140; 3150 or 3160; 3210, 3220, 3230, 3500, 3510, 4170; select one course from the following: SPAN 3190, 3300, 3660, 4140, 4150, or 4300, 4410, 4420, 4430, 4440, and 4450.

Required Supportive Course (To Be Taken Before Student Teaching).

SPAN 1092 or pass the state Content Area Certification Test in Spanish.

Required Pre-Professional Education

ED 4312; ED 1520, 2000; PSYC 2020; S ED 4301.

Professional Education (33 Credit Hours)

S ED 4303*; ED 4500*, 2000; READ 4100*; FL&L 4000*, 4630*; SPAN 1092, SPAN 4675*; CAS 2630.
Course must be passed with at least a grade of C.
*Restricted to students admitted to the College of Education.

Spanish Honors Program

The Spanish Honors Program is designed for rising juniors (second semester sophomores) or juniors who wish to challenge themselves beyond the requirements of their major (Liberal Arts Spanish or K-12 Spanish Education). Students are provided with faculty mentorship and opportunities for independent research during their junior and senior years of undergraduate study. The Honors Committee of the department solicits candidates from faculty in the department. Candidates are then interviewed for final admission into the program. Students may also apply to the program by contacting the Honors advisor.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, students must:

  • be juniors or second semester sophomores.
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.25 in Spanish course work (after a minimum of 12 hours taken) and
  • a cumulative average GPA of 3.0.

General Requirements

Honors students must:

  • successfully complete 15 honors credit hours in the major with a minimum grade of B;
  • complete 9 credit hours taken from honors designated courses or independent studies within the major at the 3000-4000 level courses. These courses will require additional projects, research and activities;
  • fulfill course requirements over three or four semesters (one honors course should be taken each semester);
  • enroll in and successfully complete the Spanish Honors Seminar (6 credit hours) and complete an honors thesis or special project under the supervision of a faculty member. A presentation will be required.

Spanish Undergraduate Courses

Spring 2014 Courses

Subject to change. Please refer to the CSU catalog for the most up-to-date, accurate information.

  • 1000 FRESHMAN SEMINAR SPANISH (1)
    Exposure to the Spanish major. Introductory study skills, time management, and career exploration.
  • 1092 ILLINOIS FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHER CERTIFICATION REVIEW (1)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 4170 or equivalent, ED 4500 and consent of the department. Must be completed before enrolling in student teaching. Review of vocabulary, syntax, language usage, specific grammar points, cultural concepts, and principles of foreign language teaching to prepare for the state certification examination. Credit may not be counted toward degree requirements.
  • 1010 ELEMENTARY SPANISH I LECTURE AND LABORATORY /4 (3)
    Oral-aural mastery of basic grammar and vocabulary. Reading simple Spanish texts.
  • 1020 ELEMENTARY SPANISH II (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 1010 or consent of the department.
    Continuation of Spanish 1010.
  • 1030 ELEMENTARY SPANISH III LECTURE AND LABORATORY /4 (3)
    Prerequisites: SPAN 1020 or consent of the department.
    Continuation of SPAN 1020. Optional bridge course for students interested in continuing with Spanish at more advanced levels and who are not able to satisfy intermediate level proficiency.
  • 1100 INTENSIVE BEGINNING SPANISH /8 (6)
    Intensive oral-aural mastery of basic grammar and vocabulary. Reading simple Spanish texts. Course covers one year of college Spanish. Credit may not also be given for SPAN 1010, 1020, 1200, and 1210.
  • 1120 ELEMENTARY BUSINESS SPANISH I (3)
    Credit not given for SPAN 1120 and SPAN 1200.
  • 1130 ELEMENTARY BUSINESS SPANISH II (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 1120.
  • 1200 ELEMENTARY SPANISH FOR THE PROFESSIONS I /4 (3)
    Mastery of basic grammar and specific vocabulary for professions in the context of specific professions: business, heath and social services, and police and criminal justice. Course may be taken a maximum of three times if the topic is different: (e.g., Spanish for Business, Spanish for Healthcare and Social Services Professions, and Spanish for Police and Criminal Justice.) Credit not given for SPAN 1120 and SPAN 1200 (Spanish for Business).
  • 1210 ELEMENTARY SPANISH FOR THE PROFESSIONS II /4 (3)
    Prerequisites: SPAN 1200.
    Mastery of basic grammar and specific vocabulary for professions in the context of specific professions: business, heath and social services, and police and criminal justice. Course may be taken a maximum of three times if the topics are different: (e.g., Spanish for Business, Spanish for Health Care and Social Services Professions, and Spanish for Police and Criminal Justice). Credit not given for both SPAN 1130 and SPAN 1210 when the topic is business.
  • 2010 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I LECTURE AND LABORATORY /4 (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 1020 or consent of the department.
    Intensive oral drill and recitation in Spanish grammar. Advanced practice in reading and writing.
  • 2020 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II LECTURE AND LABORATORY/4 (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN2010 or consent of the department.
    Continuation of SPAN 2010. IAI H1900
  • 2030 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH III LECTURE AND LABORATORY /4 (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
    Continuation of SPAN 2020. Optional bridge course for students interested in continuing with Spanish at more advanced levels and who are not able to satisfy intermediate level proficiency.
  • 2060 CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH I /4 (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 1020 or consent of the department.
    Development of spoken Spanish for general purposes. Cannot be taken by fluent speakers of Spanish. Additional course fee.
  • 2070 CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH II (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2060 and consent of the department.
    Further development of spoken Spanish for general purposes. Cannot be taken by fluent speakers of Spanish. Additional course fee.
  • 2200 SPANISH FOR CAREERS: VARIABLE TOPICS (3)
    Prerequisite: Three credit hours of Spanish and consent of the department.
    Skills in the Spanish language for specific careers such as business, health services, and social services.
  • 2610 FIELDWORK IN SPANISH (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
    Application of Spanish in areas of community and educational concerns and in local business and industry. Specific vocabulary, conversation and comprehension exercises. Workshop. May be repeated for maximum of 6 credit hours.
  • 3010 ADVANCED SPANISH I LECTURE AND LABORATORY/4 (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department
    Continued study of grammar through proper idiomatic usage. Writing emphasis course.
  • 3020 ADVANCED SPANISH II LECTURE AND LABORATORY /4 (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or consent of the department.
    Continuation of SPAN 3010. (A writing emphasis course.)
  • 3100 INTRODUCTION TO THE ART OF TRANSLATION (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 and consent of the department.
    Techniques of translation and their practical application. Credit not given for both FL&L 3100 and SPAN 3100.
  • 3110 SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS I (3)
    Prerequisite: Consent of the department.
    An accelerated review of language skills for native and near-native speakers of Spanish.
  • 3120 SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS II (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 3110 or consent of the department. Continuation of SPAN 3110.
  • 3130 CULTURE OF SPAIN (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
    Study of Spain's culture, traditions, and customs as revealed in readings, art and music. (A writing emphasis course.)
  • 3140 CULTURE OF LATIN AMERICA (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
    Study of Latin American culture and customs as revealed in readings, art and music. (A writing emphasis course.) IAI: HF 904N.
  • 3150 SPANISH COMPOSITION I (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
    Original compositions in Spanish. Translations from English to Spanish. Advanced practice in Spanish conversation.
  • 3160 SPANISH COMPOSITION II (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
    Original compositions in Spanish. Translations from English to Spanish.
  • 3190 AFRO-HISPANIC CULTURE AND LANGUAGE (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
    Afro-Hispanic culture and language as revealed in customs, history, speech, art, music and religion. (An enrichment core course.) (Satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor.) IAI: HF 904N.
  • 3200 SPANISH FOR COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONALS I (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
    Study of specialized vocabulary and structures of the language needed to deal with the Hispanic population in a variety of community and social agencies.
  • 3205 SPANISH FOR COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONALS II (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
    Study of specialized vocabulary and structures of the language needed to deal with the Hispanic population in a variety of community and social agencies.
  • 3210 INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH LITERARY CRITICISM FIELD (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
    Literary analysis of Spanish texts, using different critical approaches. Frequent written reports.
  • 3220 SURVEY OF SPANISH LITERATURE I (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
    Selected masterpieces of Spanish literature from its origins to 1699.
  • 3230 SURVEY OF SPANISH LITERATURE II (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department. Selected masterpieces of Spanish literature from 1700.
  • 3300 THE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE OF HISPANICS IN THE UNITED STATES (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
    The course examines the linguistic features that are unique to the various Hispanic groups in the United States, as well as their cultural heritage.
  • 3500 SURVEY OF SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE I (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
    Selected masterpieces of Spanish American literature from the time of the conquest to modernism.
  • 3510 SURVEY OF SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE II (3)
    Prerequisite: 2020 or consent of the department.
    Selected masterpieces of Spanish American literature from postmodernism to the present.
  • 3660 AFRO-HISPANIC LITERATURE (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
    Study of the outstanding Black writers of Peru, Ecuador, and the Caribbean Circle. (Satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor.)
  • 3990 INDEPENDENT STUDY (3)
    Prerequisite: Consent of the department and of faculty members who will supervise the research.
    Individual research in a specific area suited to the student's needs. Weekly conference with faculty advisor and summary paper required.
  • 4140 TOPICS IN SPANISH/SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE/ CULTURE/ METHODOLOGY /LINGUISTICS (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 3020 or consent of the instructor.
    Specific topics dealing with literature, culture, language, or foreign language methodology. May be repeated for a total of six credit hours.
  • 4150 MEXICAN LITERATURE (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or consent of the department.
    Selected masterpieces of Mexican literature with emphasis on works from the twentieth century.
  • 4170 INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH PHONETICS AND LINGUISTICS (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or SPAN 3020 or consent of the department.
    Study of the Spanish sound system and analysis of the syntactic, morphological and semantic system of Spanish. Contrast between English and Spanish sounds and between English and Spanish grammatical structures.
  • 4270 HISPANIC MEDIA (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the Spanish and/or CMAT advisors.
    Examination of the Hispanic media industry and important issues confronting Hispanic media producers. (CMAT 4327 is identical to SPAN 4270, and credit will not be given for both.)
  • 4300 HISPANIC LITERATURE OF THE UNITED STATES (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 3020 or consent of the department.
    Study of writings by United States Hispanic authors. Topics may vary to emphasize specific genres and/or nationalities and/or themes. May be repeated three times under different topics for a total of 9 credit hours.
  • 4310 SPANISH FOR BUSINESS II: TRANSLATION (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 3020 or consent of the department.
    The study of business vocabulary and concepts is continued with an emphasis on translating business letters and documents.
  • 4330 SPANISH FOR BUSINESS I (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 3020 or consent of the department.
    Study of specific vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and concepts used in international business. Areas of interest include import/export, international banking, and marketing.
  • 4410 MEDIEVAL SPANISH LITERATURE TO 1500 (3)
    Prerequisites: SPAN 3010 or 3020 or the consent of the department.
    Spanish literature from its beginnings to the Renaissance. Oral and written reports.
  • 4420 SPANISH LITERATURE OF THE GOLDEN AGE : 16TH AND 17TH CENTURIES (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or 3020 or the consent of the department.
    Spanish poetry and prose, and/or drama from the Renaissance to the Baroque. Oral and written reports.
  • 4430 SPANISH LITERATURES OF THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or 3020 or the consent of the department.
    Spanish poetry, prose, and/or drama from the Enlightenment to the Generation of 1898. Oral and written reports.
  • 4440 SPANISH LITERATURE OF THE 20TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or 3020 or the consent of the department.
    Spanish poetry, prose, and/or drama since the Generation of 1898. Oral and written reports.
  • 4450 SPANISH FILM (3)
    Prerequisites: SPAN 3010 OR 3020 or the consent of the department.
    Survey of major Peninsular films. Discussion of theory and themes with screenings of representative works. Oral and written reports.
  • 4610 PRE -COLUMBIAN AND COLONIAL LITERATURE (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or 3020 or the consent of the department.
    Latin American literature and culture from its beginnings through the Colonial period. Oral and written reports.
  • 4620 LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE: FROM THE INDEPENDENCE THROUGH MODERNISM (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or 3020 or the consent of the department.
    Nineteenth century Latin American literature and culture, including poetry, prose, and drama. Oral and written reports.
  • 4630 LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE: MODERNISM TO THE BOOM (3)
    Prerequisites: SPAN 3010 OR 3020 or the consent of the department.
    Twentieth century Latin American literature and culture including poetry, prose and drama. Oral and written reports.
  • 4640 LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE: BOOM AND POST BOOM (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or 3020 or the consent of the department.
    Latin American Literature and culture since 1961, including poetry, prose, and drama. Oral and written reports.
  • 4650 LATIN AMERICAN FILM (3)
    Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or 3020 or the consent of the department.
    Survey of Latin American films. Discussion on theory and themes with screenings of representative works. Oral and written reports.
  • 4990 SPANISH HONORS SEMINAR (3-6)
    Prerequisite: Prior admission to the department honors program.
    A program of study and research during senior year with an individual faculty mentor (thesis advisor). A thesis/project and public presentation are the expected culmination of the course.
  • 4995 SPANISH SENIOR SEMINAR (2)
    Prerequisite: Consent of the department.
    Writing of Spanish senior thesis in Spanish with guidance of a faculty advisor. Oral presentation of thesis to a faculty panel is required.