The Spanish program at Marquette provides students with the opportunity to develop linguistic proficiency in one of the most widely spoken languages in the world while learning about the rich and diverse cultures of Latin America, Spain and the Latino communities in the United States. The goal of the undergraduate program is twofold: to master all four skills of language acquisition (speaking, understanding, reading and writing), and to gain in-depth knowledge of content areas related to language, linguistics, literature, culture and film of the Spanish-speaking world. Majors in Spanish may combine studies with other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences or sciences. Students considering careers in education, international business, medicine, law, government or communications are particularly encouraged to pursue a double major or a minor in Spanish. Two distinct majors are offered: Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture, with special concentrations including one for Education majors; and Spanish for the Professions, with concentrations in either Business or Health. Both majors also offer curricular concentrations designed to meet the needs of heritage and native speakers of Spanish. An accelerated five-year B.A./M.A. degree is also offered in Spanish, affording enhanced concentration on language skills, cultural and literary competency, and critical thinking skills for use in fields such as business, health, and international relations.

Minors may also choose to concentrate on Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture or Spanish for the Professions. The minor consists of six to seven courses (18-22 credit hours), excluding SPAN 1001 Elementary Spanish 1, SPAN 1003 Intensive Elementary Spanish, and SPAN 2001 Intermediate Spanish 1.

The Klingler College of Arts and Sciences also offers an Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies major or minor for those students who would like to combine their language skills with other disciplines.

Notes:

  • Heritage learners of Spanish are students of Hispanic background who have been educated in the United States and have been exposed to Spanish in their homes or communities from an early age, but who consider English their primary language.

  • Native speakers of Spanish have been primarily educated in Spanish and consider Spanish their first language.

  • Electives: These are upper-division courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels which were not previously taken to fulfill a requirement. Where there are options listed, if a student wanted to take both instead of choosing only one, such as SPAN 3300 or SPAN 3310, or SPAN 3515 and SPAN 3520, one course could be used to fulfill the requirement and the other course to fulfill an elective.

 

Major in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture

The major in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture consists of ten to eleven courses (30-34 credit hours), depending on the Concentration 1-4 completed as listed below.

Notes:

  • Electives: These are upper-division courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels which were not previously taken to fulfill a requirement. Where there are options listed, if a student wanted to take both instead of choosing only one, such as SPAN 3300 Peoples and Cultures of Spain or SPAN 3310 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America, or SPAN 3515 Panorama of Spanish Literatures and SPAN 3520 Panorama of Latin American Literatures, one course could be used to fulfill the requirement and the other course to fulfill an elective.
  • The following elementary and intermediate language courses are not counted toward the major.
Elementary Spanish 1
Intensive Elementary Spanish
Intermediate Spanish 1

Concentration 1: Spanish Language, Literature and Culture

Required Courses:15-16
Intermediate Spanish 2
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Communication in Spanish
Peoples and Cultures of Spain
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
Panorama of Spanish Literatures
Panorama of Latin American Literatures
Introduction to Linguistics: Choose one course from the following.3
Structure of Spanish from a Linguistic Perspective
Spanish Phonetics
Spanish Applied Linguistics
Electives: Choose five Spanish courses not previously taken.15
Total Credit Hours33-34

Concentration 2: Spanish Language, Literature and Culture for Heritage Speakers

Notes:

  • The following SPAN courses do not count toward the major in Concentration 2: Spanish Language, Literature and Culture for Heritage Speakers:
Intermediate Spanish 2
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Communication in Spanish
Spoken Spanish
Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
  • Education majors completing Concentration 2 must complete SPAN 4110 Structure of Spanish from a Linguistic Perspective, SPAN 4120 Spanish Phonetics, and SPAN 4130 Spanish Applied Linguistics or SPAN 4140 Spanish Second Language Acquisition as electives, if not taken previously to fulfill a requirement, as well as the Additional Requirements for Concentration 4: Education Majors.
Required Courses:
SPAN 3005Advanced Communication in Spanish for Heritage Speakers3
SPAN 3300Peoples and Cultures of Spain3
or SPAN 3310 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
SPAN 3505Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers3
SPAN 3515Panorama of Spanish Literatures3
or SPAN 3520 Panorama of Latin American Literatures
SPAN 4400U.S. Latino/a Literature3
or SPAN 4150 Spanish in the United States
Introduction to Linguistics: Choose one course from the following.3
Structure of Spanish from a Linguistic Perspective
Spanish Phonetics
Spanish Applied Linguistics
Electives: Choose four Spanish courses not previously taken.12
Total Credit Hours30

Concentration 3: Spanish Language, Literature and Culture for Native Speakers

Note:

  • The following SPAN courses do not count toward the major in Concentration 3: Spanish Language, Literature and Culture for Native Speakers:
Intermediate Spanish 2
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Communication in Spanish
Spoken Spanish
Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation
Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
Panorama of Spanish Literatures
Panorama of Latin American Literatures
Introduction to Business Spanish
Introduction to Spanish for Health Care
Required Courses:
SPAN 3300Peoples and Cultures of Spain3
or SPAN 3310 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
SPAN 3505Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers3
Introduction to Linguistics: Choose one course from the following.3
Structure of Spanish from a Linguistic Perspective
Spanish Applied Linguistics
Literature Courses: Choose two courses in Spanish literature.6
Early Global Worlds: Al-Andalus to the Americas
Spanish Renaissance and Baroque
Cervantes' Don Quijote
Spanish Enlightenment and Romanticism
Iberian Literatures, Avant-gardes to Postmodernism
Hispanic Theater and Performance
Literature Courses: Choose two courses in Spanish-American literature.6
Trends in Colonial Latin American Literature
Building Nations and Identities in Latin American Literature
Latin American Poetry, Music and Visual Arts
Trends in Contemporary Latin American Literature
Novels and Novelists in Latin America
Latin American Short Story
Electives: Choose three Spanish courses at the 4000 level not previously taken.9
Total Credit Hours30

Concentration 4: Spanish Language, Literature and Culture for Education Majors

Required Courses:15-16
Intermediate Spanish 2
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Communication in Spanish
Peoples and Cultures of Spain
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
Panorama of Spanish Literatures
Panorama of Latin American Literatures
Introduction to Linguistics:
SPAN 4110Structure of Spanish from a Linguistic Perspective3
SPAN 4120Spanish Phonetics3
SPAN 4130Spanish Applied Linguistics3
or SPAN 4140 Spanish Second Language Acquisition
Electives: Choose three Spanish courses not previously taken. 9
Total Credit Hours33-34

Additional Requirements for Concentration 4: Spanish Language, Literature and Culture for Education Majors:

  1. Maintenance of a minimum 2.750 grade point average in the language major with a minimum of a 3.000 grade point average in the following courses: SPAN 3001 Advanced Communication in Spanishor SPAN 3005 Advanced Communication in Spanish for Heritage Speakers, SPAN 3100 Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation, SPAN 4110 Structure of Spanish from a Linguistic Perspective,  SPAN 4120 Spanish Phonetics, SPAN 4130 Spanish Applied Linguistics, and  SPAN 4140 Spanish Second Language Acquisition as applicable.
  2. Passing an official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in Spanish at the level of Intermediate-High on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Scale as well as an official writing proficiency test (WPT) in Spanish at the Intermediate High level prior to registering  for FOLA 4000 Teaching World Languages and Cultures.
  3. Completion of FOLA 4000 Teaching World Languages and Cultures.
  4. Residence in a country in which Spanish is spoken or participation in a structured study abroad program and/or intensive immersion experience. The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures must approve the program selected.

Spanish B.A./M.A. Accelerated Degree PROGRAM

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers an accelerated five-year B.A/M.A. degree as well as the traditional two-year master of arts degree program in Spanish. Both programs are designed to provide students with a broad background in Spanish language, literature and culture. The majority of the department's graduates have entered teaching careers, continued on to doctoral studies or secured a position in business, non-profit organizations or government. Students in the program form a small and relatively intimate group. Graduate seminars are kept small, averaging ten students, and students are given individual guidance throughout their course of study.

This five-year program is designed for the student majoring in Spanish who is interested in continuing the study of Spanish language, literature, culture or Spanish for the Professions. The program is conceived for students who are interested in studying an extra fifth year in order to concentrate on their language skills, cultural and literary competency, critical thinking skills, as well as their ability to use Spanish effectively in the fields of business, health, international relations and other professional fields.

Students pursuing the accelerated B.A./M.A. program in Spanish complete the requirements for the major in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture or Spanish for the Professions (30-34 credit hours) in addition to the master of arts degree in Spanish requirements (30 credit hours). Up to four courses (12 credit hours) of course work taken at the graduate level (SPAN 5000/6000) completed during the senior undergraduate year can count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. The student’s fifth year consists of the completion of six graduate level courses (18 credit hours) in fulfillment of the remaining master’s degree course and area requirements, as well as the master’s written and oral comprehensive examinations. Upon completion of the first term as a master's candidate, the student must petition the Graduate School to transfer the SPAN 5000/6000 graduate level courses taken as an undergraduate to the master's degree.

Should a student be denied admission to the master's degree program, the graduate level courses can be counted toward the requirements of the bachelor of arts degree major in Spanish.

PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION TO THE SPANISH B.A./M.A. ACCELERATED Degree PROGRAM

Candidates for admission are required to consult with their Spanish academic adviser prior to submitting an application and must notify the Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures of their intentions.

Candidates should have undergraduate junior status and have completed at least 3 upper division Spanish courses (typically SPAN 3001 Advanced Communication in Spanish or SPAN 3005 Advanced Communication in Spanish for Heritage Speakers; SPAN 3300 Peoples and Cultures of Spain or SPAN 3310 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America; and SPAN 3500 Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish or SPAN 3505 Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers), and should also have a GPA of at least 3.000 in their Spanish major.


 

Major in Spanish for the Professions

The major in Spanish for the Professions consists of ten to eleven courses (30-34 credit hours) in one of the four concentrations as listed below.

Notes:

  • The following elementary and intermediate level Spanish courses do not count toward fulfilling credit hours in the major in Spanish for the Professions:
Elementary Spanish 1
Intensive Elementary Spanish
Intermediate Spanish 1
  • Electives: These are upper-division courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels which were not previously taken to fulfill a requirement.  Where there are options listed, if a student wanted to take both instead of choosing only one, such as SPAN 3300 Peoples and Cultures of Spain or SPAN 3310 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America, one course could be used to fulfill the requirement and the other course to fulfill an elective.

Concentration 1: Spanish for the Business Professions

Required Courses:18-19
Intermediate Spanish 2
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Communication in Spanish
Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation
Peoples and Cultures of Spain
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
Latin American and Latino/a Contemporary Issues
Professions Focus:
SPAN 3700Introduction to Business Spanish3
SPAN 4705Advanced Spanish for Business3
Electives - Choose three Spanish courses not previously taken.9
Total Credit Hours33-34

Concentration 2: Spanish for the Health Professions

Required Courses:18-19
Intermediate Spanish 2
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Communication in Spanish
Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation
Peoples and Cultures of Spain
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
Latin American and Latino/a Contemporary Issues
Professions Focus:
SPAN 3710Introduction to Spanish for Health Care3
SPAN 4715Advanced Spanish for Health Care3
Electives - Choose three Spanish courses not previously taken.9
Total Credit Hours33-34


Concentration 3: Spanish for the Professions for Heritage Speakers

Note:

  • The following SPAN courses do not count as elective courses for the Concentration 3: Spanish for the Professions for Heritage Speakers:
Intermediate Spanish 2
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Communication in Spanish
Spoken Spanish
Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
Required Courses:
SPAN 3005Advanced Communication in Spanish for Heritage Speakers3
SPAN 3100Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation3
or SPAN 4110 Structure of Spanish from a Linguistic Perspective
SPAN 3300Peoples and Cultures of Spain3
or SPAN 3310 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
SPAN 3505Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers3
SPAN 4320Latin American and Latino/a Contemporary Issues3
Professions Focus: Choose either Business or Health Professions sequence.6
Introduction to Business Spanish
and Advanced Spanish for Business
Introduction to Spanish for Health Care
and Advanced Spanish for Health Care
Electives: Choose three Spanish courses not previously taken. 9
Total Credit Hours30

Concentration 4: Spanish for the Professions for Native Speakers of Spanish

Note:

  • The following SPAN courses do not count as elective courses for the Concentration 4: Spanish for the Professions for Native Speakers of Spanish:
    Intermediate Spanish 2
    Intensive Intermediate Spanish
    Advanced Communication in Spanish
    Spoken Spanish
    Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation
    Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
    Panorama of Spanish Literatures
    Panorama of Latin American Literatures
    Introduction to Business Spanish
    Introduction to Spanish for Health Care
Required Courses:
SPAN 3300Peoples and Cultures of Spain3
or SPAN 3310 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
SPAN 3505Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers3
SPAN 4320Latin American and Latino/a Contemporary Issues3
Introduction to Linguistics: Choose one course from the following.3
Structure of Spanish from a Linguistic Perspective
Spanish Applied Linguistics
Professions Focus: Choose either Business or Health.3
Advanced Spanish for Business
Advanced Spanish for Health Care
Electives - Choose five Spanish courses not previously taken.15
Total Credit Hours30

Spanish B.A./M.A. Accelerated Degree PROGRAM

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers an accelerated five-year B.A/M.A. degree as well as the traditional two-year master of arts degree program in Spanish. Both programs are designed to provide students with a broad background in Spanish language, literature and culture. The majority of the department's graduates have entered teaching careers, continued on to doctoral studies or secured a position in business, non-profit organizations or government. Students in the program form a small and relatively intimate group. Graduate seminars are kept small, averaging ten students, and students are given individual guidance throughout their course of study.

This five-year program is designed for the student majoring in Spanish who is interested in continuing the study of Spanish language, literature, culture or Spanish for the Professions. The program is conceived for students who are interested in studying an extra fifth year in order to concentrate on their language skills, cultural and literary competency, critical thinking skills, as well as their ability to use Spanish effectively in the fields of business, health, international relations and other professional fields.

Students pursuing the accelerated B.A./M.A. program in Spanish complete the requirements for the major in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture or Spanish for the Professions (30-34 credit hours) in addition to the master of arts degree in Spanish requirements (30 credit hours). Up to four courses (12 credit hours) of course work taken at the graduate level (SPAN 5000/6000) completed during the senior undergraduate year can count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. The student’s fifth year consists of the completion of six graduate level courses (18 credit hours) in fulfillment of the remaining master’s degree course and area requirements, as well as the master’s written and oral comprehensive examinations. Upon completion of the first term as a master's candidate, the student must petition the Graduate School to transfer the SPAN 5000/6000 graduate level courses taken as an undergraduate to the master's degree.

Should a student be denied admission to the master's degree program, the graduate level courses can be counted toward the requirements of the bachelor of arts degree major in Spanish.

PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION TO THE SPANISH B.A./M.A. ACCELERATED Degree PROGRAM

Candidates for admission are required to consult with their Spanish academic adviser prior to submitting an application and must notify the Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures of their intentions.

Candidates should have undergraduate junior status and have completed at least 3 upper division Spanish courses (typically SPAN 3001 Advanced Communication in Spanish or SPAN 3005 Advanced Communication in Spanish for Heritage Speakers; SPAN 3300 Peoples and Cultures of Spain or SPAN 3310 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America; and SPAN 3500 Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish or SPAN 3505 Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers), and should also have a GPA of at least 3.000 in their Spanish major.

Minor in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture

The minor in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture consists of six-seven courses (18-22 credit hours) in one of the three concentrations listed below.

Notes:

  • The following elementary and intermediate level courses do not count toward the minor in any of the concentrations listed below:
Elementary Spanish 1
Intensive Elementary Spanish
Intermediate Spanish 1
  • Electives: These are upper-division courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels which were not previously taken to fulfill a requirement.  Where there are options listed, if a student wanted to take both instead of choosing only one, such as SPAN 3300 or SPAN 3310, or SPAN 3515 and SPAN 3520, one course could be used to fulfill the requirement and the other course to fulfill an elective.

Concentration 1: Spanish Language, Literature and Culture

Required Courses:15-16
Intermediate Spanish 2
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Communication in Spanish
Peoples and Cultures of Spain
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
Panorama of Spanish Literatures
Panorama of Latin American Literatures
Electives: Choose two Spanish courses not previously taken.6
Total Credit Hours21-22

Concentration 2: Spanish Language, Literature and Culture for Heritage Speakers

Note:

  • The following courses do not count as electives for the minor in Concentration 2: Spanish Language, Literature and Culture for Heritage Speakers:
Intermediate Spanish 2
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Communication in Spanish
Spoken Spanish
Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
Required Courses:
SPAN 3005Advanced Communication in Spanish for Heritage Speakers3
SPAN 3300Peoples and Cultures of Spain3
or SPAN 3310 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
SPAN 3505Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers3
SPAN 3515Panorama of Spanish Literatures3
or SPAN 3520 Panorama of Latin American Literatures
SPAN 4400U.S. Latino/a Literature3
or SPAN 4150 Spanish in the United States
Elective - Choose one Spanish course not previously taken.3
Total Credit Hours18

Concentration 3: Spanish Language, Literature and Culture for Native Speakers

Note:

  • The following courses do not count as electives for the minor in Concentration 3: Spanish Language, Literature and Culture for Native Speakers:
Intermediate Spanish 2
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Communication in Spanish
Spoken Spanish
Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation
Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
Panorama of Spanish Literatures
Panorama of Latin American Literatures
Introduction to Business Spanish
Introduction to Spanish for Health Care
Required Courses:
SPAN 3300Peoples and Cultures of Spain3
or SPAN 3310 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
SPAN 3505Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers3
Introduction to Linguistics: Choose one course from the following.3
Structure of Spanish from a Linguistic Perspective
Spanish Applied Linguistics
Literature - Choose one course in Spanish literature:3
Early Global Worlds: Al-Andalus to the Americas
Spanish Renaissance and Baroque
Cervantes' Don Quijote
Spanish Enlightenment and Romanticism
Iberian Literatures, Avant-gardes to Postmodernism
Hispanic Theater and Performance
Literature - Choose one course in Spanish-American literature:3
Trends in Colonial Latin American Literature
Building Nations and Identities in Latin American Literature
Latin American Poetry, Music and Visual Arts
Trends in Contemporary Latin American Literature
Novels and Novelists in Latin America
Latin American Short Story
Elective: Choose one Spanish course at the 4000 level.3
Total Credit Hours18

Minor in Spanish for the Professions

The minor in Spanish for the Professions consists of six to seven courses (18-22 credit hours) in one of the four concentrations as listed below.

Notes:

  • The following elementary and intermediate level courses do not count toward the minor in Spanish for the Professions:
Elementary Spanish 1
Intensive Elementary Spanish
Intermediate Spanish 1
  • Electives: These are upper-division courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels which were not previously taken to fulfill a requirement.  Where there are options listed, if a student wanted to take both instead of choosing only one, such as SPAN 3300 or SPAN 3310, one course could be used to fulfill the requirement and the other course to fulfill an elective.

Concentration 1: Spanish for the Business Professions

Required Courses:12-13
Intermediate Spanish 2
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Communication in Spanish
Peoples and Cultures of Spain
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
Professions Focus:
SPAN 3700Introduction to Business Spanish3
SPAN 4705Advanced Spanish for Business3
Elective: Choose one Spanish course not previously taken.3
Total Credit Hours21-22

Concentration 2: Spanish for the Health Professions

Required Courses:12-13
Intermediate Spanish 2
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Communication in Spanish
Peoples and Cultures of Spain
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
Professions Focus:
SPAN 3710Introduction to Spanish for Health Care3
SPAN 4715Advanced Spanish for Health Care3
Elective: Choose one Spanish course not previosly taken.3
Total Credit Hours21-22

Concentration 3: Spanish for the Professions for Heritage Speakers

Note:

  • The following courses do not count toward Concentration 3: Heritage Speakers of Spanish:
Intermediate Spanish 2
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Communication in Spanish
Spoken Spanish
Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
Required Courses:
SPAN 3005Advanced Communication in Spanish for Heritage Speakers3
SPAN 3300Peoples and Cultures of Spain3
or SPAN 3310 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
SPAN 3505Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers3
SPAN 4320Latin American and Latino/a Contemporary Issues3
Professions Focus: Choose the Business or Health Professions sequence:6
Introduction to Business Spanish
and Advanced Spanish for Business
Introduction to Spanish for Health Care
and Advanced Spanish for Health Care
Total Credit Hours18

Concentration 4: Spanish for the Professions for Native Speakers of Spanish

Note:

  • The following courses do not count toward the electives in Concentration 4: Native Speakers of Spanish:
Intermediate Spanish 2
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Communication in Spanish
Spoken Spanish
Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation
Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
Panorama of Spanish Literatures
Panorama of Latin American Literatures
Introduction to Business Spanish
Introduction to Spanish for Health Care
Required Courses:
SPAN 3300Peoples and Cultures of Spain3
or SPAN 3310 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
SPAN 3505Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers3
Introduction to Linguistics: Choose one course from the following.3
Structure of Spanish from a Linguistic Perspective
Spanish Applied Linguistics
Professions Focus: Choose Business or Health.3
Advanced Spanish for Business
Advanced Spanish for Health Care
Electives: Choose two Spanish courses not previously taken.6
Total Credit Hours18

Curricular Requirements

Seminar Series *3
Introduction to Honors in the Humanities
Developing a Humanities Honors Project and Writing a Research Proposal
Humanities Honors Project Seminar
One upper-division Spanish Disciplinary Honors course3
One upper-division Humanities Disciplinary Honors Languages, Literatures and Cultures (CLAS, FREN, GRMN, LATN, SPAN), History, Philosophy or Theology course3
SPAN 4999HHonors Senior Thesis3
Total Credit Hours12
*

The seminar series prepares students to write a Humanities Disciplinary Honors project and helps to mentor them during the writing of the project. While enrolled in HOPR 3954H Developing a Humanities Honors Project and Writing a Research Proposal students also secure individual faculty mentors for their Humanities Disciplinary Honors project.

**

The instructor is the student’s faculty mentor for their Humanities Disciplinary Honors project.

Notes:

  • Two upper-level departmental Humanities Disciplinary Honors courses, one in student’s major and one that must be in another humanities department are required. Each must be a 3-credit, graded course and designated as a departmental Honors course. These courses are normally taken during student’s junior year. The H courses in the student’s major count toward total major credits and toward other major requirements where applicable. The H course in another humanities department does not count toward major requirements.
  • A Humanities Disciplinary Honors committee made up of representatives from all five humanities departments regularly decides on a broad theme for Humanities Disciplinary Honors program, to last at least two years, and individual faculty and departments submit courses that fit that theme. 
  • The Honors Humanities committee designates an appropriate number of Humanities Disciplinary Honors courses (These courses may also be taken by non-Honors students depending on the number of Humanities Disciplinary Honors students in the program). 
  • Students may take these upper-level departmental Humanities Disciplinary Honors courses concurrently or in different terms; they should have finished at least one before beginning their independent projects.  

Academic Standards

Students must have a 3.200 cumulative overall grade point average for entry into the Humanities Disciplinary Honors Program. Students must achieve a 3.200 cumulative grade point average in the above 12 credit hours required in order to graduate with Humanities Disciplinary Honors. Students who complete both Core Honors and Humanities Disciplinary Honors earn a Comprehensive Honors degree. Students must have a 3.200 cumulative GPA to graduate with this degree. Students admitted to Humanities Disciplinary Honors become part of the University Honors Program and are eligible for Honors research fellowships and Honors study-abroad scholarships. If an Honors student drops below a 3.200 in any given term during the junior year or any subsequent year, the student receives a letter of warning from the director. If a student drops below a 3.200 cumulative GPA, they are placed on University Honors Program academic probation; if they do not achieve a 3.200 cumulative GPA by the end of the following term, they are removed from the program. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for Humanities Disciplinary Honors and the Comprehensive Honors degree.

Eligibility

Humanities Disciplinary Honors is designed to be completed during students’ junior and senior years. Sophomores interested in pursuing Humanities Disciplinary Honors should enroll in HOPR 2954H Introduction to Honors in the Humanities during their sophomore year. Sophomores are eligible to apply to the program near the end of the spring term as long as they meet the 3.200 minimum cumulative GPA requirement.  

Application

Students apply for admission to the Languages, Literatures and Cultures department. Application materials can be obtained in person from the department office.

Courses

SPAN 1001. Elementary Spanish 1. 3 cr. hrs.

Fundamentals of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. Cultural awareness is developed through exposure to a wide range of authentic texts and materials. No previous Spanish experience is accepted. Does not count toward language proficiency requirement. Prereq: No previous study of Spanish.

SPAN 1003. Intensive Elementary Spanish. 4 cr. hrs.

First-year Spanish course, and the first course in the core language sequence. Development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. Cultural awareness is developed through exposure to a wide range of authentic texts and materials. Emphasis on communicative practice and interaction in Spanish. No previous Spanish experience is required. Prereq: No previous Spanish, or by departmental placement. Not open to native or heritage speakers of Spanish.

SPAN 2001. Intermediate Spanish 1. 4 cr. hrs.

Second-year Spanish course. Continuation of 1003. Fulfills language proficiency requirement. Continued development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. Cultural readings from the Spanish-speaking world are discussed. Emphasis on communicative practice and interaction in Spanish, and the development of Intermediate Low language proficiency. Prereq: SPAN 1003, or by departmental placement. Not open to native or heritage speakers of Spanish.

SPAN 2002. Intermediate Spanish 2. 3 cr. hrs.

Second-year Spanish course. Continuation of SPAN 2001. Continued development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. Cultural readings from the Spanish-speaking world are discussed. Emphasis on communicative practice and interaction in Spanish, and the development of Intermediate Mid language proficiency required for the Spanish major and minor. Prereq: SPAN 2001. Not open to native or heritage speakers of Spanish.

SPAN 2003. Intensive Intermediate Spanish. 4 cr. hrs.

Second-year intensive Spanish course. Continuation of SPAN 1003. Fulfills language proficiency requirement. A combination of SPAN 2001 and SPAN 2002, this course allows qualified students to complete the language proficiency requirement at a fast and demanding pace. Continued development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. Cultural readings from the Spanish-speaking world are discussed. Emphasis on communicative practice and interaction in Spanish, and the development of Intermediate Mid language proficiency required for the Spanish major and minor. Prereq: SPAN 1003 with minimum grade of AB; or by departmental placement. Not open to native or heritage speakers of Spanish.

SPAN 3001. Advanced Communication in Spanish. 3 cr. hrs.

Development of advanced oral and writing proficiency in Spanish through a variety of texts and in different real-life and simulated contexts. Review and refinement of language structures and linguistic functions for more effective writing and oral proficiency. Focuses on activities and strategies to improve accuracy and fluency. Prereq: SPAN 2002 or 2003; or departmental placement. Not open to students with native or near native fluency.

SPAN 3002. Spoken Spanish. 3 cr. hrs.

Development of oral proficiency in Spanish within a wide range of contexts. Focus on activities and strategies to improve accuracy and fluency. May be taken concurrently with SPAN 3001. Prereq: SPAN 3001; or cons. of dept. ch. Not open to students with native or near native fluency.

SPAN 3005. Advanced Communication in Spanish for Heritage Speakers. 3 cr. hrs.

Focuses on activities and strategies aimed at improving research, writing, presentational skills, grammar accuracy, spelling and vocabulary. Development of linguistic, sociolinguistic, strategic and discourse competence in different real-life and simulated contexts. Special emphasis placed on reading and lexical development, grammar review, orthographic practice and composition. Prereq: Departmental placement or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 3100. Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation. 3 cr. hrs.

Practice and review of advanced grammatical structures of the Spanish language for further development of oral and written communication skills. Prereq: SPAN 3001 or SPAN 3005; or cons. of dept. ch. Not open to students with native fluency.

SPAN 3210. Hispanic Cultures and Literatures in English. 3 cr. hrs.

Readings in English covering the major cultural, social and literary developments in Hispanic literature with emphasis on outstanding literary works and figures. Taught in English, knowledge of Spanish not required. May be counted as part of the Arts and Sciences literature requirement but not as part of the foreign language requirement.

SPAN 3300. Peoples and Cultures of Spain. 3 cr. hrs.

Historical development of the cultures of Spain from early times to the present. The course will explore various topics pertaining to Spanish society, literatures, politics, art, music and film. Prereq: SPAN 3001 or SPAN 3005; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 3300H. Honors Peoples and Cultures of Spain. 3 cr. hrs.

Historical development of the cultures of Spain from early times to the present. Explore various topics pertaining to Spanish society, literatures, politics, art, music and film. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. Prereq: SPAN 3001 or SPAN 3005; or cons. of dept. ch.; admission to Spanish Disciplinary Honors Program.

SPAN 3310. Peoples and Cultures of Latin America. 3 cr. hrs.

A multidisciplinary and historical study of the development of the cultures and civilizations of Latin America from pre-Columbian days to the present. Emphasis on such topics as geography, and the gradual evolution of the different forms present in architecture, music, painting, literature, history, politics, education, art and film of Latin America. Prereq: SPAN 3001 or SPAN 3005; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 3310H. Honors Peoples and Cultures of Latin America. 3 cr. hrs.

A multidisciplinary and historical study of the development of the cultures and civilizations of Latin America from pre-Columbian days to the present. Emphasis on such topics as geography, and the gradual evolution of the different forms present in architecture, music, painting, literature, history, politics, education, art and film of Latin America. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. Prereq: SPAN 3001 or SPAN 3005; or cons. of dept. ch.; admission to Spanish Disciplinary Honors Program.

SPAN 3500. Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish. 3 cr. hrs.

Basic literary concepts and analysis of the four genres, with intensive practice in reading, writing, development of critical thinking skills and oral comprehension. Prereq: SPAN 3001; or cons. of dept. ch. Not open to students with native or near native fluency.

SPAN 3500H. Honors Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish. 3 cr. hrs.

Basic literary concepts and analysis of the four genres, with intensive practice in reading, writing, development of critical thinking skills, and oral comprehension. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. Not open to students with native or near native fluency. Prereq: SPAN 3001; or cons. of dept. ch.; admission to Spanish Disciplinary Honors Program.

SPAN 3505. Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers. 3 cr. hrs.

Acquaints heritage speakers of Spanish with basic literary concepts and analysis of the four genres, the principal literary movements, and representative authors in the Hispanic world. Intensive practice in reading, writing, development of critical thinking skills, and oral comprehension. Prereq: SPAN 3005; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 3505H. Honors Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers. 3 cr. hrs.

Acquaints heritage speakers of Spanish with basic literary concepts and analysis of the four genres, the principal literary movements, and representative authors in the Hispanic world. Intensive practice in reading, writing, development of critical thinking skills, and oral comprehension. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. Prereq: SPAN 3005H; or cons.of dept.ch.; admission to Spanish Disciplinary Honors Program.

SPAN 3515. Panorama of Spanish Literatures. 3 cr. hrs.

Major trends and figures of the literatures of Iberia. Readings may range from selections of the earliest forms of poetry to contemporary works. Prereq: SPAN 3500 or SPAN 3505; or cons. of dept. ch. Not open to students with native or near native fluency.

SPAN 3520. Panorama of Latin American Literatures. 3 cr. hrs.

Major trends and figures of Latin American literatures. Readings may range from selections of the earliest forms of indigenous poetry to contemporary works. Prereq: SPAN 3500 or SPAN 3505; or cons. of dept. ch. Not open to students with native or near native fluency.

SPAN 3700. Introduction to Business Spanish. 3 cr. hrs.

A practical overview of Spanish commercial terminology, vocabulary and correspondence used in modern and contextualized business settings in the Hispanic world. Prereq: SPAN 3001 or SPAN 3005; or cons. of dept. ch. Not open to students with native or near native fluency.

SPAN 3710. Introduction to Spanish for Health Care. 3 cr. hrs.

Medical terminology, language skills, and cultural awareness and sensitivity are among the areas that will be developed in the course. Prereq: SPAN 3001 or SPAN 3005; or cons. of dept. ch. Not open to students with native fluency in Spanish.

SPAN 3720. Introduction to Spanish/English Translation. 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to the field of Translation Studies and to a variety of professional translation areas, including commercial, legal, medical, and scientific texts, from English to Spanish and vice versa. Through the development of the basic techniques of translation and practice, students improve their mastery and control over written expression in both Spanish and English while developing sensitivity to cultural contexts and regionalisms in both languages. Prereq: SPAN 3001 or SPAN 3005; or cons. of dept. chair.

SPAN 4110. Structure of Spanish from a Linguistic Perspective. 3 cr. hrs.

Study of Spanish grammar from a linguistic framework with emphasis on the reasons why Spanish speakers make the structural choices they make. Focuses on the continued mastery of the most difficult points of Spanish grammar, also addressing grammatical variation. Provides an introduction to morphosyntax of Spanish and background for advanced courses in linguistics. Prereq: SPAN 3001 or SPAN 3005; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4120. Spanish Phonetics. 3 cr. hrs.

Study of Spanish phonetics and phonological systems. The fundamental principles of phonetic analysis are introduced in a simple and concise manner in order to show how Spanish sounds are produced, how they fall into patterns and how they change in different environments. Emphasis on articulation, conditioned, dialectal variation, introductory training in phonetic transcription and the contrast between Spanish and English sound patterns. Prereq: SPAN 3001 or SPAN 3005; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4130. Spanish Applied Linguistics. 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to the field of applied linguistics in Spanish. Examines the application of language research to different language sub-fields. Review of language learning theories and processes, language teaching, and assessment of language competence. Pragmatics and linguistic variation are included. Special attention given to developing explicit knowledge and understanding of difficult-to-acquire structures for second language learners of Spanish through targeted language practice and awareness-raising activities. Prereq: SPAN 3001 or SPAN 3005; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4140. Spanish Second Language Acquisition. 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to second language acquisition. Students participate in a critical examination of second language acquisition theories and research; discussion of the role of individual differences in language learning; consideration of the effect of study abroad on language development; and discussion of the impact of instruction on language acquisition. Prereq: SPAN 3001 or SPAN 3005; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4150. Spanish in the United States. 3 cr. hrs.

Descriptive and critical overview of the linguistic practices of different Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. Focus on the characteristics of Spanish in contact with English, as well as the role that social factors like age, education, gender, race, nationality, and socioeconomic status have on the use of the language. Also examines social issues such as language attitudes, bilingualism and the role of education. Prereq: SPAN 3001 or SPAN 3005; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4310. Film and Society in Spanish. 3 cr. hrs.

Focuses on Spain and/or Latin America. Introduces the fundamentals of film history, film analysis and cultural analysis. Examines key elements of twentieth- and twenty first-century cultures of the Spanish-speaking world: national and regional identity formation, trans-nationalism, territory, technology and modernization, gender, class and race. Prereq: SPAN 3500 or SPAN 3505; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4320. Latin American and Latino/a Contemporary Issues. 3 cr. hrs.

Focuses on the study and discussion of current topics, preoccupations, trends and issues pertaining to various Latin American and Latinx cultures in areas such as religion, educational reforms, ethnicity, race, identity, social stratification and economic development. Prereq: SPAN 3500 and SPAN 3300 or SPAN 3310; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4350. Transatlantic Literary Connections. 3 cr. hrs.

Study of literary texts by authors working on both sides of the Atlantic such as Asturias, Benavente, Lorca, Cela, Echegaray, García Márquez, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Mistral, Neruda, Paz and Vargas Llosa. Prereq: SPAN 3505, SPAN 3515 or SPAN 3520; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4400. U.S. Latino/a Literature. 3 cr. hrs.

Overview of U.S. Latino/a literature from a historical perspective with an emphasis both on literary and cultural issues. Topics include the construction of identity, bilingualism, migration, exile and the relationship between writers and their communities. Readings in Spanish and English from a variety of literary and artistic genres, such as fiction, poetry, theater, autobiography and music. Prereq: SPAN 3505, SPAN 3515 or SPAN 3520; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4450. Afro-Hispanic and Afro-Latino/a Literatures and Cultures. 3 cr. hrs.

Exploration of the literary and cultural production of Afro-Hispanic and Afro-Latino writers, with a particular focus on themes of slavery, race, class, identity, religion, migration and politics. Writers studied may include: Manzano, Gómez de Avellaneda, Villaverde, Guillén, Del Cabral, Palés Matos, Julia de Burgos, Mayra Santos Febres, Duncan, Brindis de Salas, Estupiñán Bass, Piri Thomas and Junot Díaz. Prereq: SPAN 3505, SPAN 3515 or SPAN 3520; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4500. Early Global Worlds: Al-Andalus to the Americas. 3 cr. hrs.

Overview of cultural contact and conflict in early Spain and/or the Americas with focus on transfers of skills and technologies, comparative social systems, religious syncretism and coexistence (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, indigenous religions) and their textual reflections. Texts include: Poema del Mío Cid, Libro de Buen Amor, La Celestina, lyrical poetry and Popol Vuh. Prereq: SPAN 3505, SPAN 3515 or SPAN 3520; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4505. Spanish Renaissance and Baroque. 3 cr. hrs.

Readings and analysis in literary historical context of selected, significant works and representative authors such as Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, Tirso de Molina, Fray Luis de León, San Juan de la Cruz, Santa Teresa de Jesús, Garcilaso, La Celetina, Lazarillo de Tormes and Góngora. Prereq: SPAN 3505, SPAN 3515 or SPAN 3520; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4510. Cervantes' Don Quijote. 3 cr. hrs.

In-depth study and analysis of Cervantes' masterpiece Don Quijote within the historical, political, and cultural context of the Spanish Golden Age. Special attention to his life, his novelistic theories, his literary works and importance in the creation of the modern novel. Prereq: SPAN 3505, SPAN 3515 or SPAN 3520; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4525. Spanish Enlightenment and Romanticism. 3 cr. hrs.

The major figures of the Enlightenment, Neoclassic, Romantic, Realist and Naturalist movements in Spain. Readings include: Cadalso, Larra, Meléndez Valdés, Bécquer, Pardo Bazán, Clarín and Galdós. Prereq: SPAN 3505, SPAN 3515 or SPAN 3520; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4550. Iberian Literatures, Avant-gardes to Postmodernism. 3 cr. hrs.

Prose and poetry of Spain after 1898 with emphasis on socio-political analysis and cultural pluralism. Readings include Pardo-Bazán, Unamuno, de la Cerna, Burgos, Delibes, Goytisolo and Vázquez Montalbán. Prereq: SPAN 3505, SPAN 3515 or SPAN 3520; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4560. Hispanic Theater and Performance. 3 cr. hrs.

Studies the major formal and thematic developments in peninsular Spanish theater and/or Spanish American theater with emphasis on the works of such dramatists as Sor Juana, Marqués, Triana, García Lorca, Valle Inclán, and Sanchis Sinisterra, among others. Texts and authors vary per term. Prereq: SPAN 3505, SPAN 3515 or SPAN 3520; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4600. Trends in Colonial Latin American Literature. 3 cr. hrs.

Overview of the major literary and cultural developments leading to the early formation of a Latin American body of literature. Explores major literary and cultural themes and trends within Latin America’s colonial literary production. Texts explored include: pre-Columbian mytho-historical narratives (e.g. Popol Vuh), letters and chronicles from the period of the conquest and colonization (e.g. Colón, Cortés, Las Casas), as well as literary texts from writers such as Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Sor Juana and Mier. Prereq: SPAN 3505, SPAN 3515 or SPAN 3520; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4610. Building Nations and Identities in Latin American Literature. 3 cr. hrs.

Overview of the development of literature in Latin America during the 18th and 19th centuries. Major movements studied include Romanticism, Realism and Naturalism. Topics of particular interest include: the promotion of independence, the search for national identity and efforts to reform colonial practices such as slavery. Writers studied generally include: Fernandez de Lizardi, Bello, Bolívar, Echeverría, Isaacs, Gómez de Avellaneda, Sarmiento and Martí. Prereq: SPAN 3505, SPAN 3515 or SPAN 3520; or cons. of dept ch.

SPAN 4615. Latin American Poetry, Music and Visual Arts. 3 cr. hrs.

Study of poetry and its relationship to music, painting, photography and digital media. Selections may include pre-Columbian and colonial, nineteenth-century and contemporary poets and avant-garde artists in Latin America. Writers and texts studied may include: Visión de los vencidos, Ercilla, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Avellaneda, Darío, Huidoboro, Storni, Vallejo, Pizarnik, Neruda, Paz and Borges among others. Prereq: SPAN 3505, SPAN 3515 or SPAN 3520; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4620. Trends in Contemporary Latin American Literature. 3 cr. hrs.

Overview of major literary and cultural developments from the beginning of the twentieth-century to the present. Emphasis is placed on understanding how Latin American writers respond to political, social and economic changes. Topics to be discussed include: identity, feminism, social justice and globalization. Readings from a variety of genres by authors such as Marti, Rodo, Asturias, Borges, Castellanos, Parra, Fuentes, Puig, Poniatowska, Menchu, Bolano and Restrepo, among others. Prereq: SPAN 3505, SPAN 3515 or SPAN 3520; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4640. Novels and Novelists in Latin America. 3 cr. hrs.

Focuses on the different trends, forms and contents of the Latin American novel as a genre, with emphasis on the works of such modern and cosmopolitan writers as Sabato, Fuentes, Carpentier, Ferré, Allende, Esquivel, Vargas Llosa and García Márquez. Prereq: SPAN 3505, SPAN 3515 or SPAN 3520; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4670. Latin American Short Story. 3 cr. hrs.

Study of the evolution of the Latin American short story. Writers studied include: Borges, Cortázar, Donoso, Bombal, Ferré, Lispector, Shua, Fuentes, García, Marquéz, Quiroga, Rulfo and Valenzuela, among others. Prereq: SPAN 3505, SPAN 3515 or SPAN 3520; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4705. Advanced Spanish for Business. 3 cr. hrs.

An advanced course designed to train students to deal successfully with a linguistic, geographic and commercial context with business components and practices closely related to the Hispanic business world of today. Prereq: SPAN 3700 for non-native speakers of Spanish or SPAN 3005; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4715. Advanced Spanish for Health Care. 3 cr. hrs.

An advanced course in medical Spanish to train students who plan to work in a health-related area to communicate effectively in their field, with focus on interpretation and translation, analysis of professional literature and medical humanities. Prereq: SPAN 3710, for non-native speakers of Spanish or SPAN 3005; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4931. Topics in Spanish Language, Culture and Literature. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Topics vary. Subject to be announced. Prereq: SPAN 3505, SPAN 3515 or SPAN 3520; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4951. MU Led Travel/Study Abroad. 3 cr. hrs.

Course taught in an international setting by Marquette professors and where students earn Marquette credit. Study Abroad expenses apply. Prereq: cons. of the Office of International Education.

SPAN 4960. Senior Seminar in Spanish. 3 cr. hrs.

Advanced study of a cultural, linguistic or literary theme in Spanish. Seminar will fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Senior Experience Curriculum requirement. Specific topic of the seminar to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prereq: Major or minor in Spanish and Sr. stndg.; or cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4995. Independent Study in Spanish. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4999. Senior Thesis in Spanish. 2 cr. hrs.

Introductory thesis guidance for approved students under the direction of a departmental adviser. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

SPAN 4999H. Honors Senior Thesis. 3 cr. hrs.

Introductory thesis guidance for approved students under the direction of a departmental adviser. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.; admission to Spanish Disciplinary Honors Program.