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Spanish and Latin American Studies

Requirements for a bachelors' degree
Guide for Spanish Majors and Minors
Secondary Teacher Certification
Courses of Instruction
Latin American Studies

(SPAN)

Placement. If an appropriate score on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam has not been offered for admission to the University, a CLEP test in Spanish may be taken on campus during one of the summer orientations or at other times by prearrangement with the Counseling Center. Six hours of credit may be granted for competence equivalent to the department's second-year courses. Also, placement into any class beyond the first semester (10153) must take a computer placement exam. Students considering a major in Spanish should bear in mind that 10000 and 20000 level courses are not counted toward a major. However, 20000 level courses may be counted toward a minor. For further information contact the Chairman of the Department of Spanish and Latin American studies, Dr. Lee A. Daniel.

Honors Program. Spanish majors who plan to pursue Departmental Honors must be members of the Honors Program and should enroll in SPAN 40623 during the fall semester of their senior year.

Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society. The department annually recognizes its outstanding students by inviting them to join Sigma Delta Pi, the national honor society for Spanish scholars.

Study Abroad. TCU and the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies offer a wide range of opportunities for a summer, semester or academic year abroad through prestigious programs and institutions. Students may explore language, literature and other areas through TCUs sister university, the Universidad de las Americas, located in Puebla, Mexico.

Pass/No Credit Option. Courses in the major and minor must be taken for letter grades. No course that is to be applied toward any major or minor may be taken on the Pass/No Credit basis.

Requirements for a bachelors' degree

Requirements for the B.A. degree with a major in Spanish. A minimum of 30 semester hours in Spanish, exclusive of courses on the 10000 and 20000 level, are required for the major. SPAN 30423 OR 30433 are prerequisites to all higher-numbered courses; however, SPAN 30443, 30453, 30463, 30473, 30553, 30563 and 30653 may be taken concurrently with them. All majors must take SPAN 40983 and SPAN 40993. All courses in the language sequence except SPAN 10153 require as prerequisite either satisfactory completion of the previous semester or the appropriate score on the CLEP Test or AP exam.

Requirements for the B.A. degree with a major in Spanish (Regular Track). Requires 30 hours of Spanish at 30000-level or above.

Requirements for the B.A. degree with a major in Spanish (Teaching Track). Required 30 hours of Spanish at 30000-level or above.

Requirements for the B.A. degree with a minor in Spanish. Required 18 hours of Spanish at 20000-level or above.

Guide for Spanish Majors and Minors

A student may earn a minor in Spanish by successfully completing 18 hours of Spanish counting 20053 and 20063. The Spanish Major (Regular Track and Teaching Track) may be earned by successfully completing 30 hours of Spanish beginning with SPAN 30423 or SPAN 30433. Spanish majors and all students seeking teaching certification must take SPAN 40983 and SPAN 40993 during the last two semesters of study. All courses taken for the major and minor must be taken for a letter grade. Spanish majors are encouraged to study abroad. Typically, a student will have completed SPAN 20063 before studying abroad. The Spanish and Latin American Studies department offers a six hour course each summer in the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. Other study abroad opportunities are available. All courses in the language sequence except SPAN 10153 require as prerequisite either satisfactory completion of the previous semester, placement according to the computer placement exam, or the appropriate score on the CLEP test or AP exam.

Upon completing SPAN 20063, students are prepared to choose from the following courses:

Note: Students should take SPAN 30423 OR SPAN 30433 depending on their background.

30423 Spanish for native Spanish Speakers (for students who already speak Spanish but don't have mastery of grammar)

30433 Advanced Grammar (for non-native students who are acquiring Spanish as a second language)

30443 Conversation (to improve oral fluency)

30463 Composition (to improve writing skills)

30473 Introduction to Literary Studies (recommended for students with less experience in literary studies)

The above courses may be taken in any order and two or more may be taken simultaneously. A suggested order for a one course per semester sequence would be grammar, conversation, composition and literary studies. For courses taken simultaneously, a suggested sequence would be grammar-conversation and composition-literary studies. The completion of these courses prepares students to take any of the remaining upper division courses offered in the department.

Examples of additional upper division course offerings are the following:

30553 Culture & Civilization of Latin America

30563 Culture & Civilization of Latin America Hispanic Literature in the U.S.

40493 The topic of this course changes each semester

30583 Introduction to Literature of Latin America

40533 Literary Masterpieces: Spain

40983 Senior seminar: Grammar, Composition, Conversation

40993 Senior Seminar: Culture and Literature and any other course offered in the department.

Credit by AP exam: AP3, 6 credit hours (10153, 10163); studies begin in 20053 or 20063. AP4, 9 credit hours (10153, 10163, 20053); studies begin in 20063 or above. AP5, 12 credit hours (10153, 10163, 20053, 20063); studies begin in 30433 or above.

Secondary Teacher Certification

Students seeking certification for teaching in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the secondary school level should be advised by the departmental secondary certification advisor. Specific requirements for Spanish and Latin American Studies as a teaching field follow.

All individuals seeking Texas teaching certification with an elementary specialization (including bilingual education) or secondary teaching field in Spanish must take the TOPT (Texas Oral Proficiency Test). This test must be taken in addition to the ExCet exams required. Candidates who attain the TOPTs passing standard of advanced oral proficiency or higher will be recommended for certification. Candidates who do not meet the TOPTs passing criteria, but who have met all other coursework and certification requirements, may be recommended for a general elementary certificate or a single secondary teaching field.

Students who plan to earn a teaching certificate requiring a passing score in the TOPT must submit a language assessment from the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies when applying to the Teacher Education Program of the University.

The following is a complete list of courses offered by this department. Go to Class Search on the Registrar's Page to see which courses are being taught this semester.

Courses of Instruction


First Year College Spanish

10153 FIRST SEMESTER COLLEGE SPANISH. A beginning course in Spanish intended for students with no previous knowledge of the language, or insufficient knowledge to qualify for placement into a more advanced course. The four skills of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing are taught at the elementary level, with an emphasis on oral proficiency in everyday situations encountered in Spanish-speaking countries. No prerequisite.

10163 SECOND SEMESTER COLLEGE SPANISH. Prerequisite: SPAN 10153 or equivalent placement exam score. Continuation of SPAN 10153.

Second Year College Spanish

20053 THIRD SEMESTER COLLEGE SPANISH. Prerequisite: SPAN 10163, or equivalent placement exam score. Continuation of SPAN 10163. Continuation of the development of the four language skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing of SPAN 10163.

20063 FOURTH SEMESTER COLLEGE SPANISH. Prerequisite: SPAN 20053, or equivalent placement exam score. Continued development of the four language skills but with more emphasis on reading and writing and less on listening comprehension and speaking.

Upper Division College Spanish

30423 SPANISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS. Prerequisite: SPAN 20063. Can be taken concurrently with 30443, 30453, 30463 and 30473. For native Spanish speakers who do not have a mastery of grammar. Concentrates on the development of grammar, reading and writing skills.

30433 ADVANCED GRAMMAR. Prerequisites: SPAN 20063 or equivalent placement exam score. Can be taken concurrently with 30443, 30453, 30463 and 30473. Intended for non-native speakers, the course is an intensive review of Spanish grammar with emphasis on practical applications on listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.

30443 CONVERSATION. Prerequisite: SPAN 20063 or equivalent placement score. Can be taken concurrently with 30433, 30453, 30463 and 30473. Continued development of oral proficiency skills through intensive practice in a wide variety of common situations and topics.

30453 READING. Prerequisites: SPAN 30423 or 34033 or equivalent placement score. Can be taken concurrently with 30423, 30433, 30443, 30463 and 30473.

30463 COMPOSITION. Prerequisites: SPAN 20963 or equivalent placement score. Can be taken concurrently with 30423. 30433, 30443, 30453, and 30473. Continued development of writing skills through expository writing and essays.

30473 INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY STUDIES. Prerequisites: SPAN 30433 or 30453. Introduction to the techniques and theories of literary analysis, with application to all genres and selected literary texts.

30483 SPANISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES. Prerequisites: SPAN 20063. An intensive course on Spanish with emphasis on grammar and vocabulary as it applies to a profession. Specific topics announced in advance.

30543 CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION OF MEXICO. Prerequisites: SPAN 20063 or permission. A study of the development of the culture and civilization of Mexico, through art, geography, history, customs, music and politics. Students typically get 6 hours credit for SPAN 30543 and 30433 or SPAN 40970. Taught on site in Mexico.

30553 CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION OF SPAIN. Prerequisites: SPAN 30423 or 30433. A study of the development of the culture and civilization of Spain, through art, geography history, customs, music and politics.

30563 CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION OF LATIN AMERICA. Prerequisites: SPAN 30423 or 30433. A study of the development of the culture and civilization of Latin America through art, geography, history, customs, music and politics.

30573 INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE OF SPAIN. Prerequisite: SPAN 30473. A chronological overview of the main periods in Spanish literature, from the Middle Ages to the present.

30583 INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE OF LATIN AMERICA. Prerequisites: SPAN 30473. A chronological overview of the main periods in Latin American literature, from pre-Colombian times to the present.

30653 SPECIAL TOPICS ON THE CONTEMPORARY HISPANIC WORLD. Prerequisites: SPAN 30553 or 30563. Rotating topics of special interest relating to the Hispanic U.S., Latin America, or Spain. Specific topics announced in advance.

30663 SPECIAL TOPICS IN LANGUAGE. Prerequisites: SPAN 30423 or 30433. Rotating topics of special interest relating to the Spanish language. Specific topic announced in advance.

40983 SENIOR SEMINAR: GRAMMAR, COMPOSITION, CONVERSATION. The purpose of this course is to ensure mastery of Spanish grammar, conversational fluency and the ability to express oneself clearly and convincingly in written Spanish. The successful completion of the course (a grade of C or better in order to count toward major) will ensure a satisfactory understanding of grammar, composition, and conversational study and skills as taught throughout the program.

40993 SENIOR SEMINAR: CULTURE AND LITERATURE. The purpose of this course is to integrate the knowledge of Hispanic cultures with that of Hispanic literatures. The successful completion of this course will ensure a satisfactory understanding ( a grade of C or better to count toward major) of selected major literary works of the Hispanic world as well as a general and sensitive appreciation of the varied Hispanic cultures. SPAN 40993 culminates the cultural and literary study offered in the program.

Literature of Latin America


40433 LITERARY MASTERPIECES OF LATIN AMERICA. Prerequisites: SPAN 30473. An introduction to the major works of Latin American literature through selected texts and authors.

40443 SHORT STORY OF LATIN AMERICA. Prerequisites: 30473. Novellas and short stories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Also studies the short story as a genre.

40453 NOVEL OF LATIN AMERICA. Prerequisites: 30473. The novel from its beginnings in the early nineteenth century through the present. Also studies the novel as a genre.

40463 POETRY OF LATIN AMERICA. Prerequisite: 30473. A chronological exploration of Latin American poets and poetic works. Also studies poetry as a genre.

40473 THEATRE OF LATIN AMERICA. Prerequisite: 30473. Representative dramatic works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Also studies drama as a genre.

40483 HISPANIC LITERATURE IN THE UNITED STATES. Prerequisites: 30473. Selected major works by writers of Hispanic origin in the United States.

40493 TOPICAL READINGS IN LITERATURE OF LATIN AMERICA. Prerequisite: 30473. A specific author, genre, period or theme will be chosen for study. Topic announced in advance.

50413 GENERAL DESCRIPTIVE LINGUISTICS. Prerequisite: SPAN 30423 or 30433 or permission. Phonetics, morphosyntax of Spanish within an applied linguistic framework. Introduction to Spanish-American dialectology with special reference to the American Southwest. Principles of Spanish generative-transformational syntax.

50453 LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE I. Prerequisite: SPAN 30423 or 30433 or permission. Principal movements and the works of major Latin-American writers. Lectures, collateral readings and written reports.

50063 LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE II. Prerequisite: SPAN 30473 or permission. Continuation of SPAN 50453. SPAN 50453 and 50463 may be taken in reverse chronological order.

50623 SPANISH AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY PROSE. Prerequisite: SPAN 30473 or permission. The novel, short story and essay of Spanish America. Among the authors to be read will be Borges, Asturias, Cortazar, Fuentes, Marquez and others.

50633 SPANISH AND SPANISH AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY THEATER. Prerequisite: SPAN 30473, or permission. Representative dramatists.

Literature of Spain

40533 LITERARY MASTERPIECES OF SPAIN. Prerequisite: 30473. An introduction to the major works of Spanish literature through selected texts and authors.

40543 PROSE FICTION OF SPAIN. Prerequisite: 30473. The major prose fiction of Spain, including novels, short stories and essays from Cervantes to present day.

40553 POETRY/THEATRE OF SPAIN. Prerequisite: 30473. Selections from the poetry and/or th0eatre of Spain. Includes representative works from the Middle Ages to the present.

40593 TOPICAL READINGS IN LITERATURE OF SPAIN. Prerequisite: 30473. A specific author, genre, period or theme. Topic announced in advance.

50073 GOLDEN AGE DRAMA. Prerequisite: 30473 or permission. Representative plays of Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Ruiz de Alarcon, Calderon and others.

50133 COMPARATIVE ROMANCE LINGUISTICS. Prerequisite: SPAN 30423 or 30433 or equivalent. Evolution of the Romance languages from Vulgar Latin through subsequent changes to the present day. Phonetic, morphosyntactic, and lexical changes. Influence of and borrowings from non-Romance groups. Cross-listed under French 50133.

50183 ROMANTICISM. Prerequisite: SPAN 30473, or permission. The literature of the Romantic period, including representative readings in prose, poetry, drama and critical theory of the first half of the 19th century.

50193 REALISM AND NATURALISM. Prerequisite: SPAN 30473 or permission. The literature of the post-Romantic period, including representative readings in prose, poetry, drama and critical theory of the second half of the 19th century.

50203 MODERN SPANISH DRAMA. Prerequisite: SPAN 30473 or permission. Readings from Benavente, Valle Inclan, Lorca, Casona, Buero Vallejo, Ruiz Iriate, Sastre and others.

50213 MODERNISM AND THE GENERATION OF 1898. Prerequisite: SPAN 30473 or permission. Representative writers. Lectures, collateral readings and written reports.

50133 COMPARATIVE ROMANCE LINGUISTICS. Prerequisite: SPAN 30423 or 30433 or equivalent. Evolution of the Romance languages from Vulgar Latin through subsequent changes to the present day. Phonetic, morphosyntactic, and lexical changes. Influence of and borrowings from non-Romance groups. Cross-listed under French 50133.

Directed Study

40623 SENIOR HONORS THESIS. Independent projects in literature or linguistics or cultural studies resulting in a Senior Honors Thesis.

40970 DIRECTED STUDY IN SPANISH. Topic and credit hours determined by instructor. Opportunity for independent study.

Major with Teaching Emphasis

50423 SPECIAL TOPICS IN LINGUISTICS. Prerequisites: SPAN 30423 or 30433. An analysis of language focusing on linguistic patterns.

50433 TEACHING OF SECOND AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Analysis of the historical and theoretical aspects affecting the acquisition and teaching of a first, second and/or foreign language. Includes the analysis of current methods, techniques and materials as well as the development of the appropriate skills needed to put these into practice.

50970 DIRECTED STUDY IN SPANISH LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES. Topic and credit hours announced yearly. Opportunity for independent study. (1-6 sem. hrs.)

Latin American Studies

(LAST)

Available as a major on the B.A. degree.

The Departments of Spanish and Latin American Studies, History (History and Geography), Economics, Political Science, Sociology (Anthropology), Journalism, Radio-TV-Film, and Religion participate in the Latin American Studies major and minor. A minor is normally earned in a participating department but may be taken in a nonparticipating department.

While students are required to take certain courses, they are encouraged to develop a broad background by taking advantage of the flexibility of the major. Freshman seminars and other special Studies or Topics courses with Latin American content may be counted toward the major with the prior approval of the chair of the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies. For further information contact the Chairman of the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies, Dr. Lee A. Daniel.

Pass/No Credit Option. Pass/No Credit is not acceptable for courses in the LAST major.

Requirements for a B.A. degree with a major in Latin American Studies. At least 30 hours, with no more than 15 hours in any single department. Required of all Latin American Studies majors are:

GEOG 30503 Topics in Regional Geography (Latin American topics),
HIST 10923 Latin American history: Colonial Period
or HIST 10933 Latin American History: National Period;
LAST 40003 Latin American Studies Seminar, a critical study of contemporary Latin America from various perspectives within the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts, among others.
SPAN 30423 Spanish for Spanish Speakers
or SPAN 30433 Advanced Grammar
SPAN 30453 Reading
SPAN 30563 Culture and Civilization of Latin America.

Foreign Language Requirement: SPAN 20053 and 20063, plus 6 hours at the junior level (will normally be fulfilled through the required courses as listed above).

Requirements for a minor in Latin American Studies. 18 hours of courses relating to Latin American Studies, distributed among at least three different disciplines.

Latin American Studies program courses:

Economics:

50213 Development Theory

History:

10923 Latin American History - Colonial Period
10933 Latin American History - National Period
30923 The United States and Latin America
30943 The Spanish Borderlands
30970 Topical Studies in History (Latin American topics only)
30983 Aztecs, Incas and Mayas: The Indians of Middle and South America
30953 History of Argentina and Chile
30993 History of Mexico
40713 Indians of the Greater Southwest

Spanish:

30423 Spanish for Spanish Speakers
30433 Advanced Grammar
30443 Conversation
30453 Reading
30463 Composition
30473 Introduction to Literary Studies
30483 Spanish for Specific Purposes
30543 Culture and Civilization of Mexico (Taught on-site in Mexico)
30553 Culture and Civilization of Spain
30563 Culture and Civilization of Latin America
30583 Introduction to the Literature of Latin America
30653 Special Topics on the Contemporary Hispanic World (Latin American topics only)
30663 Special Topics in Language
40433 Literary Masterpieces of Latin America
40443 Short Story of Latin America
40453 Novel of Latin America
40463 Poetry of Latin America
40473 Theatre of Latin America
40483 Hispanic Literature of the United States
40493 Topical Readings in Latin American Literature
40623 Senior Honors Thesis (Latin American topics only)
40970 Directed Study in Spanish (Latin American topics only)
50423 Special Topics in Linguistics
50433 Teaching of Second and Foreign Languages

Geography (Department of History):

30503 Topics in Regional Geography (Latin American topics only)

Journalism:

40543 International Intercultural
Communication (Latin American focus only)

Political Science:

30503 Topics in Comparative Politics Latin America: The Challenge of Democratization 30503 (also RELI 30443) Topics in Comparative Politics Religion and Politics in LatinAmerica: the Cross and the Sword

Radio-TV-Film:

40623 National Cinemas: Latin America

Religion:

30443 (also POSC 30503) Religion and
Politics in Latin America: the Cross and the Sword

Anthropology (Department of Sociology):

30723 Ethnology of Selected Areas (Latin American topics only)
30923 Studies in Anthropology (Latin American topics only)