Course Descriptions

Foreign Languages Courses

SP 101 - Acquisition Spanish I(GD)(ND)

3.00 Cr
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 - Acquisition Spanish II-GD/ND

3.00 Cr
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 203 - Acquisition Spanish III-GD/ND

3.00 Cr
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 - Acquisition Spanish IV-GD/ND

3.00 Cr
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 - 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 301 - Spanish Conversation(GD)(ND)

3.00 Cr
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 - Spanish & Lat Am Civ/Cul (GD)

3.00 Cr
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 - Spanish & Latin Am Lit (GD)

3.00 Cr
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 (WI)

3.00 Cr
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 the 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 - Intens Spanish Immersn Abroad

3.00 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 401 - Topics in Spanish Cult/Lit-GD

3.00 Cr
This course provides a topical study of peninsular texts written in the Spanish-language tradition. According to the chosen topic, the course will cover historical and cultural elements of nation formation and imperialism, religious influences of Catholicism and Islam, the rise and fall of chivalry, modern literary movements such as romanticism, realism, naturalism, the Generation of '98, the Generation of '27, the Avant-garde, Civil War and Francoism, post-modernism and contemporary narrative. The course will focus on developing techniques for analytical reading and for argumentative writing in Spanish. It will also give students opportunities to practice and improve textual interpretation in both oral and written form.

SP 403 - Latin Am Lit & Culture I (GD)

3.00 Cr
This class will introduce readings of poetry, prose narrative, essay, and drama depending on a selected topic, exploring literature in relation to its historical and cultural contexts. The course will focus on developing techniques for analytical reading and for argumentative writing in Spanish. It will also give students opportunities to practice and improve textual interpretation in both oral and written form.

SP 404 - Latin Am Lit & Culture II(GD)

3.00 Cr
This class will introduce readings of poetry, prose narrative, essay, and drama depending on a selected topic, exploring literature in relation to its historical and cultural contexts. The course will focus on developing techniques for analytical reading and for argumentative writing in Spanish. It will also give students opportunities to practice and improve textual interpretation in both oral and written form.

SP 410G - Topics: Span/Latin Am Film GD

3.00 Cr
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 410N - Topics: Span/Latin Am Film ND

3.00 Cr
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 415 - Spanish Lab Coordinator Intern

1.00 Cr
Students who enrolled in this course must have a high-intermediate level of speaking proficiency in Spanish or by consent of the Spanish lab faculty supervisor. By participating as a lab coordinator for first- and/or second-semester Spanish classes, students conducting these labs will earn up to one credit per semester, with a maximum of two credits per academic year. Labs will meet every week for 50 minutes throughout the semester. The lab coordinator will function as a mediator in the group to promote language acquisition in order to facilitate and help improve the oral production and communication of the students.

SP 425 - Spansh Internship

1.00 Cr
Internship Programs Recognizing that learning can take place outside the classroom, Carroll College allows its students to participate in a work program that relates to their area of studies. This employment must relate directly to classroom work in order to qualify for an internship. Close cooperation between Carroll and the participating companies insures a work 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 the department chairperson, academic advisor, and the internship coordinator. Students will receive academic credit and may or may not receive monetary compensation for an internship. A student may earn a maximum of 6 semester hours in the internship program. Enrollment in the course must be during the same semester in which the majority of the work experience takes place. Interested students should contact their academic advisor and the intership coordinator at the Career Services Office.

SP 485 - Indepndnt Stdy:

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 491 - Spanish Capstone

1.00 Cr
Students will work with their major advisor on a final project. These projects may include an internship, writing or performance of a dramatic work, or a written research paper with approval from the student's advisor. The final project will be presented to a public audience in a formal or informal setting. The student will work with the Spanish Program faculty to organize, prepare and present their project. This course is offered as needed at the discretion of the department and should be taken during the final semester of a student's senior year. This course is required for graduation from the Spanish Program. 1-3 Credits depending on Project.

SP 499 - Senior Thesis

1.00 Cr
Senior Thesis (Effective August 1, 2016)

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 to be completed for three (3) credits in the discipline that best matches the content of the thesis. If the thesis credits exceed the credit limit, the charge for additional credits will be waived. Applications and further information are available in the Registrar's Office.