Spanish (SPA)

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Spanish Major

(All colleges*) — 30 credits above SPA 202.

Category I: Core course requirements (21 credits) SPA 303, 304, 305, 320 or 321, 326, 330, 331.
Category II: (three credits). Select one SPA 400-level literature course. Prerequisite: SPA 305.
Category III: Choose one course from the following (three credits): an additional SPA 400-level literature course, SPA 320 or 321 (whichever NOT taken in Category I), SPA 351, 390, 410, 470.
Category IV: Electives - select one course from the following (three credits): SPA 315, 320 or 321 (if not taken in Category III), 351, 390, 394, 470 (if not taken in category III), and an additional SPA 400-level literature course, SPA 410, 450, 491, 495, 498, 499 or ENG 432.

*Spanish Majors and Minors in Education

Spanish majors and minors in education are required to take SPA 320, 321, and 331. In order to be certified to teach a foreign language, students must take CI 467, Teaching a Foreign Language, click here for other teacher education courses and student teach at the appropriate levels. Prior to student teaching, students are required to demonstrate proficiency at a level equivalent to Intermediate High on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Scale, complete an approved foreign language immersion experience, and pass the Praxis II content test(s) in the language(s) to be certified for teaching. (official test score report required prior to student teaching enrollment) Questions should be referred to the department of modern languages.

Note: SPA 400-level literature courses include the following: SPA 401, 402, 403, 420, 421, 425, 440, 441, 495.

Spanish Major with Business Concentration

(All colleges) — 54 credits – 30 credits above SPA 202.

Category I: Core course requirements (24 credits) SPA 303, 304, 305, 315, 320, 321, 326, and 331.
Category II: (three credits) select one SPA 400-level literature course. Prerequisite: SPA 305.
Category III: Elective - select one course from the following (three credits): SPA 351, 390, an additional SPA 400-level literature course, SPA 330, 410, 450, 495, 498, 499 or ENG 432.

Business requirements: (24 credits) – ACC 235 (or 221 and 222), ECO 110, 120, 340, MKT 309, 341, MGT 308, and one from the following: ECO 311, MGT 430, FIN 355. Recommended courses: CS 101, ECO 375, MTH 145 or 250, 175, FIN 440 and the two courses not chosen in the second group.

Spanish Minor

(All colleges) — 18 credits above SPA 202, including SPA 303, 304, 320 or 321, 326, and six credits of electives.

Note: Students should consult with an adviser in the department of modern languages regarding their individual plan of study. Students planning to pursue graduate studies in Spanish need to be aware of special requirements.


+ next to a course number indicates a General Education course.


SPA 101 Cr. 4 Elementary Spanish I

The first of two introductory courses in Spanish. The five language skills are introduced: listening, speaking, writing, reading and culture. (Not open to students with more than two years of high school Spanish.) Offered Summer.

+ SPA 102 Cr. 4 Elementary Spanish II

The second introductory course in Spanish comprehension, speaking, writing, reading, and culture. Prerequisite: SPA 101 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores. Offered Fall, Spring.

+ SPA 201 Cr. 4 Intermediate Spanish I

The first of two intermediate-level Spanish courses. Students continue to develop all language skills with special emphasis placed on refining speaking and listening comprehension. Prerequisite: SPA 102 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores. Offered Fall, Spring.

+ SPA 202 Cr. 4 Intermediate Spanish II

The second of two intermediate-level Spanish courses. Students continue to develop all language skills with special emphasis placed on refining reading and writing in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores. Offered Fall, Spring.

SPA 303 Cr. 4 Integrated Skills Development I

Development of Spanish proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and listening with emphasis on reading and writing. Students will advance their cultural knowledge by working with a variety of texts. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: SPA 202. Offered Fall, Spring.

SPA 304 Cr. 4 Integrated Skills Development II

Development of Spanish proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and listening with emphasis on listening and speaking. Students will advance their cultural knowledge by working with a variety of texts. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: SPA 202. Offered Fall, Spring.

SPA 305 Cr. 3 Introduction to Hispanic Literature

An introductory literature course designed both for students desiring to develop an appreciation of Hispanic literature and those planning to pursue more advanced courses requiring a critical background. The course may include works from the following genres: narrative, poetry, drama and essay. Prerequisite: SPA 303 and 304. Offered Fall, Spring.

SPA 315 Cr. 3 Business Spanish

A course designed to prepare advanced students of Spanish to communicate effectively in the business world. Intensive practice in oral comprehension, speaking, writing, utilizing special, topical vocabulary related to international commerce. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304. Strongly recommend MGT 100 or concurrent enrollment. Offered Spring odd-numbered years.

SPA 320 Cr. 3 Spanish Civilization

A study of the civilization of Spain, from pre-historic times to the present; this includes such topics as political developments, geography, literature, art, music, and the current situation. Prerequisite: SPA 303 and 304. Offered Fall, Spring.

SPA 321 Cr. 3 Spanish American Civilization

A study of the political, social, intellectual, artistic and literary development of Spanish America. Prerequisite: SPA 303 and 304. Offered Fall, Spring.

SPA 326 Cr. 1 Current Events

A weekly discussion of current events in the Spanish-speaking world, based on readings, Web-based news sources and television broadcasts in the target language. Repeatable for credit — maximum three. Prerequisite: SPA 303 or 304. Students may take as many times as desired, but only three credits will count towards major/minor. Offered Fall, Spring.

SPA 330 Cr. 3 Advanced Grammar and Syntax

A comprehensive survey of grammatical principles with an examination of the main syntactical elements of the Spanish language. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304. Offered Fall, Spring.

SPA 331 Cr. 3 Spanish Phonetics

Comparison of English and Spanish sounds. Systematic study of the production of Spanish sounds. Individual work with native tapes and recording of student’s pronunciation and intonation. Prerequisite: SPA 303. Offered Fall, Spring.

SPA 351 Cr. 4 Films in Spanish

The study of films of the Spanish-speaking world. Film viewing, discussion and writing assignments will all be in Spanish. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: SPA 303 and 304. Offered Spring.

SPA 390 Cr. 3 Topics in Hispanic Cultures

A course designed to investigate areas of current social and cultural interest in Hispanic/Latin American culture. Topics will vary. Prerequisite: SPA 303 or 304. Offered Spring odd-numbered years.

SPA 402 Cr. 3 Spanish Literature II

Principal authors from the generation of 1898 to the present. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304, 305. Offered occasionally.

SPA 403 Cr. 3 Studies in Hispanic Literature

A course designed to allow flexibility in the study of current topics of interest in Spanish or Latin American literature. Prerequisite: SPA 305 or equivalent. Offered occasionally.

SPA 410 Cr. 3 Advanced Conversation

Oral work based on Spanish life, culture, and literature. Prerequisite: SPA 303 and 304 or equivalent. Offered occasionally.

SPA 420 Cr. 3 Latin American Literature I

A course designed to study the main literary works of Latin America from pre-colombian times through the 19th Century. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304, 305. Offered occasionally.

SPA 421 Cr. 3 Latin American Literature II

A course designed to explore new trends and themes in the writings of contemporary Spanish American authors. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304, 305. Offered occasionally.

SPA 425 Cr. 3 Latino Literature of the United States

Backgrounds, literary influence and major works of an emerging new literature of the United States, written by Hispanic minorities. Works are read in the original language or in translation. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304, 305. Offered occasionally.

SPA 427/527 Cr. 1 Spanish Grammar for Teachers

A review of selected essential concepts of Spanish grammar with a focus on developing effective strategies for teaching them to beginning Spanish students.  Prerequisites: SPA 303, 304; one additional 300-level course in Spanish. Offered Spring.

SPA 440 Cr. 3 The Spanish Novel

A study of the Spanish novel. Masterpieces from the picaresque to the contemporary novel will be read. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304, 305. Offered occasionally.

SPA 441 Cr. 3 The Spanish Theatre

A study of Spanish drama. Works to be read will be chosen from masterpieces from the Renaissance and Baroque periods to the modern theatre. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304, 305. Offered occasionally.

SPA 450 Cr. 1-4 National/International Intern Program

A course in Spanish individually tailored to fit career needs: cultural awareness, technical vocabulary in Spanish to prepare students who elect internship credits in other departments. Spanish majors or minors, or other students having the equivalency of SPA 202 may elect to take these credits off campus. Repeatable for credit – maximum four. Offered occasionally.

SPA 470 Cr. 3 Introduction to Spanish Translation

An introduction to the theoretical and technical aspects of translation from English to Spanish and Spanish to English with special attention paid to methods, techniques, research, documentation, and problems involved in written translation. It is also designed as a course aimed at improving language skills for intermediate-high and advanced students of Spanish through the use of translation as research mechanism, a means for critical analysis, and as a skill-building tool. Emphasis is on written discourse culled from journals, newspapers, and commercial texts, with some consideration of specialized material from the fields of business, literature, technology, and the social sciences. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304, and 330. A “BC” or higher in SPA 330 must be received. Offered Fall odd-numbered years.

SPA 491 Cr. 3 Films and Literature

Viewing and criticism of sub-titled films and reading their literary sources in translation. Prerequisite: one course in literature from either the modern language or English department. Offered occasionally.

SPA 495 Cr. 2 Senior Seminar in Hispanic Studies

A seminar for students who possess the background and ability to engage in individual research related to social, cultural or literary aspects of the Hispanic world. Readings, oral presentations of ongoing research and a seminar paper are required. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304, 305, plus one 400 level literature course or concurrent enrollment. Offered occasionally.

SPA 498/598 Cr. 1-3Independent Study

Fieldwork, research and individual projects in a specific area of Spanish language, civilization or literature. Registration with the consent of instructor and the department chair. Prerequisite: two advanced courses and junior standing. Repeatable for credit – maximum six. Offered occasionally.

SPA 499/599 Cr. 1-3 Independent Study

Fieldwork, research, individual projects in a specific area of Spanish language, civilization or literature. Registration with the consent of instructor and the department chairperson. Prerequisite: two advanced courses and junior standing. Repeatable for credit – maximum six. Offered occasionally.