Spanish

Courses

Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

The Spanish Department curriculum includes a Beginning level course sequence that fulfills SU’s Language and Culture requirement; Intermediate level courses designed for native speakers of Spanish, heritage speakers of Spanish, and Spanish language learners who have completed the Language and Culture courses or who have placed out due to previous studies; and Advanced level courses for majors, minors, native speakers, heritage speakers, and any students interested in advancing their language and cultural proficiency and who have taken at least one 300-level course.

The beginning level Spanish course sequence fulfills SU’s Language and Culture requirement.

  • Spanish 1 is offered fall, spring, and May term.
  • Spanish 2 and 3 are offered fall, spring, May term, June term, and in a summer study abroad program.

A placement test taken before beginning coursework at Southwestern helps determine which level in the language sequence will provide the appropriate challenge when getting started. Students who have not placed out of Southwestern’s third semester language proficiency requirement must begin language study at the level of placement, and take the next courses from -144, -154 and -164 sequentially. Students must earn a grade of C- or better to continue within this sequence.


  • SPA15-144 Spanish I: Language and Culture
    Introduction to the language. Skills development in listening, speaking, writing, reading and cultural study. Contingent on placement exam results and language background.
  • SPA15-154 Spanish II: Lang & Culture
    Skills development in listening, speaking, writing, reading and cultural study. Prerequisite: Spanish 15-144 or equivalent placement.
  • SPA15-164 Spanish III: Lang & Culture
    Intermediate course on Spanish language and culture with emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing. Continued practice in the target language. Prerequisite: Spanish 15-154 or equivalent placement. Exit interview/examination is required to satisfy course requirements.

The intermediate level courses are designed for native speakers of Spanish, Heritage speakers of Spanish, and Spanish language learners who have completed the Language and Culture courses or who have placed out due to previous studies.

Please visit the Office of Intercultural Learning for information about our Intermediate level summer study abroad program as well as other study abroad options.


  • SPA15-214 Written and Oral Expression
    An intermediate level course designed to prepare students for advancing their studies in Spanish by improving the students' skills in oral and written expression, while furthering their development in oral and written comprehension. The goal of this class is to increase students' self-confidence in using the language and in controlling complex grammatical aspects, with special emphasis placed on the use of already-learned grammatical structures. Prerequisites: Spanish 15-164 or equivalent . (WA) (H).
  • SPA15-314 Conversation in Context
    An intermediate level course focused on conversational and grammatical skills as well as cultural aspects of the study abroad country. Offered during the summers in SU Summer Study Abroad programs. Prerequisites: Spanish 15-164 or equivalent. (H)
  • SPA15-324 Textual and Visual Analysis
    An intermediate level course designed to promote the integration of literature, culture, and film while also focusing on critical thinking, interpretation, speaking, and writing skills. Prerequisite: Spanish 15-164 or equivalent placement or permission of instructor. (WA) (H)
  • SPA15-334 Conversation Through Hispanic Cinema
    An intermediate level course designed to improve conversational, written, and presentational Spanish skills through the discussion of movies from around the Spanish-speaking world. This course is designed specifically for students who have not yet reached confident fluency in the Spanish language. Prerequisite: Spanish 15-164 or equivalent placement. Also Latin American and Border Studies 06-314. (WA) (IP) (H)
  • SPA15-344 Introduction to Literary Studies
    An intermediate level course designed to introduce students to the interpretation of literary texts and to promote the acquisition of the technical vocabulary needed to describe and debate literary issues. Prerequisite: Spanish 15-164, or equivalent placement, or permission of instructor. Also Latin American and Border Studies 06-324. (WA) (H)
  • SPA15-354 Cultures of Latin America
    Exploration of Latin American cultures incorporating a variety of materials and approaches, such as geography, history, architecture, literature, music, art and religion. Prerequisite: Spanish 15-164 or equivalent placement or permission of instructor. Also Latin American and Border Studies 06-334. (H) (IP) (SJ)
  • SPA15-364 Cultures of Spain
    Exploration of Peninsular Spanish cultures incorporating a variety of materials and approaches, such as geography, history, architecture, literature, music, art and religion. Prerequisite: Spanish 15-164 or equivalent placement or permission of instructor. (H) (IP) (SJ)

The advanced level courses for majors, minors, and any students interested in advancing their language and cultural proficiency and who have taken at least one 300-level course.

Note on course numbering: The 400 level courses are on literature from Spain; 500 level courses are on literature from Latin American literature; 600 level courses focus on culture; 700 level courses focus on linguistics; 900 level courses are capstone, tutorial, independent study, internship and honors.

We also encourage all students who speak Spanish well to consider study abroad, since the experience abroad will give you a life changing experience in addition to enhancing your resume. Studying abroad will not only improve your Spanish skills but also allow you to experience and learn about diverse cultures and topics from a non- American perspective. Also, please consider seeking Paideia with Distinction since you have an advanced proficiency in language. Talk to one of our faculty members for more ideas on how to get involved.


  • SPA15-444 Iberian Literature Abroad
    Prerequisite: One 300 level course. (H)
  • SPA15-454 Race & Immigration in Spanish Literature Literature
    Exploration of literature written by and about immigrants and people classified as other in Spain. Also Feminist Studies 04-454. Contributes to Race and Ethnicity Studies. Prerequisite: One 300 level course. (H) (WA)
  • SPA15-464 Spanish Civil War
    Exploration and analysis of literature and film about the Spanish Civil War. Prerequisites: One 300 level course. (H) (WA)
  • SPA15-524 Readings in Contemporary Hisp-Amer Liter Hispano-American Literature
    Interpretation and analysis of 20th- and/or 21st-century representative texts from Hispano-America. May be repeated for credit with change in topic. Also Latin American and Border Studies 06-364. Prerequisite: One 300 level course. (H) (WA)
  • SPA15-534 Cultural Memory in Latin America
    This interdisciplinary course will explore the construction of cultural memory-collective meaningful understandings of the past and present in a given socio historical context-in contemporary Latin America through the examination of symbolic systems, practices, and cultural products: written and audiovisual narratives, music, memorials, and popular traditions. Contributes to Race and Ethnicity Studies. Also Latin American and Border Studies 06-374. Prerequisite: One 300 level course. (H) (WA) (SJ)
  • SPA15-554 Contemporary Hispano-American Theatre
    This course explores, analyzes and critiques the works of contemporary Hispano American and Chicano dramaturges, utilizing appropriate terminology, theory and trends to situate the works within a global context. Also Latin American and Border Studies 06-384. Prerequisites: One 300 level course. (H) (WA)
  • SPA15-614 Topics in Hispanic Film
    Interpretation and analysis of selected works by Spanish and/or Latin American directors. May be repeated for credit with change in topic. Also Latin American and Border Studies 06-414. Prerequisites: One 300 level course. (H) (IP) (WA)
  • SPA15-624 Topics in Hispanic Literature
    Interpretation and analysis of selected Iberian and/or Hispano-American works. May be repeated for credit with change in topic. Also Latin American and Border Studies 06-424. Prerequisites: One 300 level course. (H) (WA)
  • SPA15-634 Topics in Hispanic Culture
    Interpretation and analysis of selected cultural events and festivities, works of art and/or literary works by Iberian and/or Hispano-American authors. May be repeated for credit with change in topic. Also Latin American and Border Studies 06-434. Prerequisites: One 300 level course. (H) (IP) (WA)
  • SPA15-644 Gender, Race and Nationalism in Spanish Cinema
    Discussion of topics such as body, performance, migration and cultural exchange through the viewing, discussing and analyzing of recent films from Spain and the Mediterranean world. Contributes to Race and Ethnicity Studies. Also Feminist Studies 04-654. Prerequisites: One 300 level course. (WA) (H)
  • SPA15-654 Cittzenship & Conflict Colombian Cinema
    Interpretation and analysis of contemporary Colombian films that expose the complex relation between citizenship, state practices and insurgent forces. Also Latin America and Border Studies 06-394. Contributes to Race and Ethnicity Studies. Prerequisites: One 300 level course. (SJ) (IP) (WA) (H)
  • SPA15-714 Spanish Sociolinguistics
    Study of the use of the Spanish language in its social context with analysis of variations that occurs over geographic, class, gender, racial, and educational lines. Focus on current issues in sociolinguistics as well as the field's main findings, approaches, and research methodologies. Contributes to Race and Ethnicity Studies. Prerequisite: One 300 level course. (H)
  • SPA15-724 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
    Study of the theoretical concepts and analytical tools used to describe and categorize sounds in natural languages, focusing specifically on the sound system of Spanish. Prerequisite: One 300 level course. (H)
  • SPA15-734 Spanish in the United States
    Study of the use of the Spanish language in the United States, focusing primarily on linguistic phenomena evidenced in the various speech communities, as well as the social, historical, political, and educational forces that influence Spanish language use, maintenance, and Spanish/English bilingualism. Contributes to Race and Ethnicity Studies. Prerequisite: One 300 level course. (WA) (H)
  • SPA15-934 Research Seminar for Seniors
    Fulfills the requirements for a capstone experience in Spanish. Offered only in the spring. Prerequisites: Spanish 15-344, 15-354 or 15-364, and four additional upper-level electives. Exit interview/examination is required to satisfy course requirements. (WA)

If you already speak Spanish, please consider taking any of the courses under our intermediate or advanced tabs. These courses are designed to engage both native and non-native speakers alike. You’ll be surprised how much more there is to learn about Spanish as a language and the cultures that speak the language.

We also encourage all students who speak Spanish well to consider study abroad, since the experience abroad will give you a life changing experience in addition to enhancing your resume. Studying abroad will not only improve your Spanish skills but also allow you to experience and learn about diverse cultures and topics from a non- American perspective. Also, please consider seeking Paideia with Distinction since you have an advanced proficiency in language. Talk to one of our faculty members for more ideas on how to get involved.