Course Descriptions

Spanish Courses

SP 101 - Elementary Spanish I

3.00 Cr
Oral Communications, Cultural Diversity. SP 101-102 Acquisition of Spanish I and II. These two classes form a one-year elementary Spanish sequence and are designed to encourage students' development of listening, writing, reading and speaking in Spanish. Emphasis will be placed on communicative performance in the target language through discussion of current events as well as cultural, political, economic and social topics. In this manner, learners will acquire the foundations of language in an authentic communicative context.

SP 102 - Elementary Spanish II

3.00 Cr
Oral Communications, Cultural Diversity. SP 101-102 Acquisition of Spanish I and II. These two classes form a one-year elementary Spanish sequence and are designed to encourage students' development of listening, writing, reading and speaking in Spanish. Emphasis will be placed on communicative performance in the target language through discussion of current events as well as cultural, political, economic and social topics. In this manner, learners will acquire the foundations of language in an authentic communicative context.

SP 150 - Intens Spanish Immersn Abroad

2.00 Cr
This program consists of three levels of proficiency: SP 150 for students with no prior knowledge or experience with Spanish, SP 250 for students who have successfully completed SP 102 or have the equivalent knowledge or experience with Spanish, and SP 350 for students who have successfully completed SP 204 or have the equivalent knowledge or experience with Spanish. The program offers the student the opportunity to become immersed in the Spanish language while experiencing the cultural and societal conditions of the country where the program takes place. The methods used in this program are intended to foster the acquisition of Spanish both in and out of the classroom. The acquisition will take place through students' and teachers' active interaction with the language and daily life in the host country. Students will read, write, and speak Spanish on a daily basis and will be required to analyze social, political, and cultural aspects of their surroundings. Through this process, students also will have the opportunity to develop new perspectives with regard to peoples of other cultures and a point of comparison upon which to base questions of human existence.

SP 189 - Special Topic

1.00 Cr
Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

SP 203 - Intermediate Spanish III

3.00 Cr
Oral Communications, Cultural Diversity. SP 203-204 Acquisition of Spanish III and IV. These two classes form a one-year intermediate Spanish sequence and are designed to continue students' development of language acquisition by listening, writing, reading and speaking in Spanish. Emphasis will be placed on communicative performance in the target language through discussion of current events as well as cultural, political, economic and social topics. Learners will acquire the structural foundations of language through an authentic communicative context.

SP 204 - Intermediate Spanish IV

3.00 Cr
Oral Communications, Cultural Diversity. SP 203-204 Acquisition of Spanish III and IV. These two classes form a one-year intermediate Spanish sequence and are designed to continue students' development of language acquisition by listening, writing, reading and speaking in Spanish. Emphasis will be placed on communicative performance in the target language through discussion of current events as well as cultural, political, economic and social topics. Learners will acquire the structural foundations of language through an authentic communicative context.

SP 250 - Intense Spanish Immersn Abroad

3.00 Cr
Oral Communications. Cultural Diversity. This program consists of three levels of proficiency: SP 150 for students with no prior knowledge or experience with Spanish, SP 250 for students who have successfully completed SP 102 or have the equivalent knowledge or experience with Spanish, and SP 350 for students who have successfully completed SP 204 or have the equivalent knowledge or experience with Spanish. The program offers the student the opportunity to become immersed in the Spanish language while experiencing the cultural and societal conditions of the country where the program takes place. The methods used in this program are intended to foster the acquisition of Spanish both in and out of the classroom. The acquisition will take place through students' and teachers' active interaction with the language and daily life in the host country. Students will read, write, and speak Spanish on a daily basis and will be required to analyze social, political, and cultural aspects of their surroundings. Through this process, students also will have the opportunity to develop new perspectives with regard to peoples of other cultures and a point of comparison upon which to base questions of human existence.

SP 301 - Spanish Conversation

3.00 Cr
Oral Communications, Cultural Diversity. This class provides students with opportunities to develop their speaking performance and presentation skills expected in advanced courses. The class acts as a bridge between lower division and upper-division Spanish courses. It improves student's spoken facility with Spanish through listening, reading, and extensive, open and authentic dialogue. The course also introduces students to idiomatic words, phrases, and expressions used in the Spanish world. This course is conducted in Spanish.

SP 303 - Pwr&Culture:Utopias&Dystopias

3.00 Cr
Cultural Diversity. Power and Culture: Utopias and Dystopias in the Hispanic World. This course serves as a bridge between the Acquisition of Spanish courses (I-IV) and upper-division Spanish courses. This course is an introduction to the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world of the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas. Students learn about the key events and the fundamental ideas and themes running through the cultures of Spain and Latin America across the centuries as well as introductory literary selections representative of the different periods. Class discussions focus on processes of conquest and colonialism, nation formation, modernization, and on the changing roles of religion, race and gender. Through discussions, presentations, written response papers and exams, students learn to critically read and understand Spanish-speaking cultures, and to develop original arguments.

SP 305 - Hisp Literary Perspectives

3.00 Cr
Cultural Diversity, Arts & Letters-Literature. Literary Perspectives from the Hispanic World. This course provides an introduction to Spanish-language literature and to the analysis of cultural texts. During the semester, students will learn how to read both critically and creatively, analyzing the strategies that different authors use to express their ideas, create their literary worlds, and engage the reader. The course will focus on interpretation in both oral and written form. The analytical approach presented in this course will prepare students for more advanced classes in literature and culture. The course aims, then, to expose students to a wide range of Spanish-language texts and encourage learners to create more critical, insightful and engaging readings of texts.

SP 306 - Adv Spanish Gram & Comp CD/WI

3.00 Cr
Cultural Diversity, Advanced Writing. Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition. This course is designed to strengthen students' comprehension and application of the most challenging grammatical structures for second language learners within a meaningful written language context. This objective will be accomplished through a thorough review and practice of problematic grammatical structures, and the application of these structures in writing and discussion sessions. Students will learn to write creatively as well as in both expository and argumentative formats. The course will be conducted in Spanish.

SP 320 - Spanish for Health Professions

3.00 Cr
This course is conducted in Spanish and is designed for students who have a particular interest in using Spanish in a workplace environment. The selected topic will give students a foundation in the vocabulary of either business, public service or the health professions. The course will aid in the expression of basic concepts in Spanish along with expressions of non-verbal communication and cultural norms. It will cover specific career/vocation-oriented information related to the field in Spanish. Additionally, the course will address the importance of cultural awareness and sensitivity in the context of international discourse. This course is conducted in Spanish. Offered at the discretion of the department.

SP 350 - Cultural Immersion Experience

3.00 Cr
Cultural Diversity. Cultural Immersion Experience. This program consists of three levels of proficiency: SP 150 for students with no prior knowledge or experience with Spanish, SP 250 for students who have successfully completed SP 102 or have the equivalent knowledge or experience with Spanish, and SP 350 for students who have successfully completed SP 204 or have the equivalent knowledge or experience with Spanish. The program offers the student the opportunity to become immersed in the Spanish language while experiencing the cultural and societal conditions of the country where the program takes place. The methods used in this program are intended to foster the acquisition of Spanish both in and out of the classroom. The acquisition will take place through students' and teachers' active interaction with the language and daily life in the host country. Students will read, write, and speak Spanish on a daily basis and will be required to analyze social, political, and cultural aspects of their surroundings. Through this process, students also will have the opportunity to develop new perspectives with regard to peoples of other cultures and a point of comparison upon which to base questions of human existence.

SP 405 - Topics in Hispanic Literature

3.00 Cr
This course offers topic-specific approaches to modern Hispanic literature (1499-present) to be read alongside contemporary criticism on these works and their authors and literary movements. In particular, this course focuses on honing your ability to read analytically and express your textual interpretation both orally and in written form. During the semester, we will read both critically and creatively, analyzing the strategies that various authors use to express their ideas, create their literary and filmic worlds, and engage the reader. The course will also situate the selected texts within leading Hispanic literary movements and help you to understand the historical context in which this literature was/is produced. The course aims focus on a specific set of literary texts and historical moments, help you further develop your tools for literary and film analysis, and push you to create more critical, insightful and engaging readings. These are tools that will empower you to be more critical and creative thinkers across the board, whatever your major or interests. Example topics include but are not limited to Medieval Spanish poetry, the Gaucho and Argentine Independence, the Spanish Civil War, Afro-Caribbean Literature and Culture, and Contemporary Latin American graphic novels.

SP 406 - Topics in Spanish Linguistics

3.00 Cr
This course builds upon the science of language and dives deeper into various topics associated with Spanish linguistics, pragmatics, phonetics, phonology, second language acquisition, and sociolinguistics. In this course students will learn to engage with, process, describe and analyze linguistics data. This course will include a research project component for graduating seniors.

SP 410 - Topics: Span/Latin Am Film

3.00 Cr
Arts & Letters-Literature. Students will view various Spanish and Latin American films produced during the second half of the 20th Century and the beginning of the 21st Century and considering these cultural productions in conjunction with readings on current events affecting the Hispanic World concerning social issues, artistic and aesthetic production and theoretical considerations of filmmaking. During classroom activities and discussions, students will analyze texts and films in terms of their subject matter, cinematic and technical style, historical and contemporary resonance, critical and popular reception, the filmmakers' background and vision, and secondary critical sources. Students will engage with the presented material through class discussion, oral presentations as well as producing a final analytical paper in Spanish. This course is taught in Spanish.

Fulfills Global or National Diversity requirement depending on topic.

Taught Fall, Even.

Prerequisites: SP 303, SP 305 and SP 306 or permission of the instructor.

SP 425 - Internship

1.00 Cr
Internship Experiences recognize that learning can take place outside the classroom. Carroll College allows its students to participate in opportunities that relate to their area of study. This opportunity must relate directly a student's program of study in order to qualify for an internship. Close cooperation among Carroll and the participating organizations ensures an experience that contributes significantly to the student's overall growth and professional development. Juniors and seniors in any major area may participate with the approval of faculty internship advisor and/or department chair, Career Services, and a site supervisor. Students will receive academic credit and may or may not receive monetary compensation for an internship. A student may apply a maximum of 12 semester hours to degree requirements; academic departments will determine the number of credits that may count toward the major (most majors accept 6 hours total). Enrollment in the course must be during the same semester in which the experience takes place. Interested students should contact their academic advisor and Career Services prior to the start of an experience.

SP 485 - Independent Study

1.00 Cr
The Independent Study form is available in the Registrar's Office or MyCaroll Document Center. Independent study is open to junior and senior students only. At the time of application, a student must have earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. A student may register for no more than three (3) semester hours of independent study in any one term. In all cases, registration for independent study must be approved by the appropriate department chairperson and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

SP 499 - Senior Thesis

1.00 Cr
The senior thesis is designed to encourage creative thinking and to stimulate individual research. A student may undertake a thesis in an area in which s/he has the necessary background. Ordinarily a thesis topic is chosen in the student's major or minor. It is also possible to choose an interdisciplinary topic. Interested students should decide upon a thesis topic as early as possible in the junior year so that adequate attention may be given to the project. In order to be eligible to apply to write a thesis, a student must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 based upon all courses attempted at Carroll College. The thesis committee consists of a director and two readers. The thesis director is a full-time Carroll College faculty member from the student's major discipline or approved by the department chair of the student's major. At least one reader must be from outside the student's major. The thesis director and the appropriate department chair must approve all readers. The thesis committee should assist and mentor the student during the entire project. For any projects involving human participants, each student and his or her director must follow the guidelines published by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Students must submit a copy of their IRB approval letter with their thesis application. As part of the IRB approval process, each student and his or her director must also complete training by the National Cancer Institute Protection of Human Participants. The thesis is typically to be completed for three (3) credits in the discipline that best matches the content of the thesis. Departments with a designated thesis research/writing course may award credits differently with approval of the Curriculum Committee. If the thesis credits exceed the full-time tuition credit limit for students, the charge for additional credits will be waived. Applications and further information are available in the Registrar's Office.