Hispanic Studies

Department Chair: Elena Sánchez Mora

Faculty: Eleonora Bertranou, Patricia Bolaños, Bruce Campbell, Shirley Cardozo, Nelsy Echávez Solano, Marietta Franulic, Tania Gómez, Christina Hennessy, Roy Ketchum, Marina Martín, Elena Sánchez Mora, Sarah Schaaf, Corey Shouse Tourino, Vilma Walter, Gladys White.

The study of another language is an adventure, an exploration into the workings of minds both like and unalike our own. As human minds mold language, so language also molds human minds. A language is therefore not only a means by which we represent our thoughts; it is also a medium that presents the world to us in a certain way. When we learn a new language, we learn to see differently - we acquire a new perspective from which to view both ourselves and the world. In the literature of another language we encounter a culture revealed, extended and tested by its most critical and inventive thinkers, who use the language to explore their society's limitations and possibilities. Because the study of language liberates us from bondage to a single cultural perspective and allows us to converse with members of another culture, it has from the times of the ancient Romans been considered central to a liberal education.

Students of Hispanic Studies seek to understand an intricate contemporary culture and explore the literature and traditions that give it life. The major in Hispanic Studies, accordingly, consists of a balanced program of language, literature, culture, and linguistics, and includes one semester in the colleges' semester study abroad programs in Chile, Guatemala, and Spain, or at least a summer term in Spain.

A major in Hispanic Studies is often interdisciplinary in nature and prepares students for a wide variety of careers, both in the United States and around the world. Some students pursue careers in teaching or go on to graduate school in their field, others enter those professions in which applicants with a broad liberal background are sought. Beyond that, the linguistic competence associated with such a major is increasingly of interest to employers in a growing number of business, service, and government fields. As a result, students often choose to join a foreign language major to an additional major.

Requirements for Majors and Minors:

Major:

A major in Hispanic Studies consists of a minimum of 40 credits including the following required courses: 212, 311, and 312 plus at least six four-credit courses in HISP numbered 320 and higher, plus 394, and may include 12 transfer credits for study abroad. HISP 212 is a prerequisite for all 300-level courses; it also fulfills one course of the Common Curriculum Humanities requirement (HM).

Students who test out of 212, 311 and/or 312 must take additional 300 level courses beyond 312 to complete the total 40 major credits.

Students pursuing a major in Hispanic Studies must take at least one course each in the areas of literature, culture, and linguistics beyond HISP 312. All majors are required to study abroad a minimum of one semester in a Spanish-speaking country. Students who are unable, for whatever reason, to participate in a semester-long study abroad program, can fulfill this requirement through an Internship or a summer program. In order to ensure a well-balanced program, no student may apply more than 12 credits towards the major in any one semester, whether on campus or abroad. No more than 8 credits for upper division courses transferred from another U.S. institution can be applied to the major.

Courses in literature in translation may not be counted toward a major or minor.

All majors must complete the Capstone Course (HISP 394). All seniors must enroll in HISP 394. This 4 credit course is offered every semester.

Minor:

A minor in Hispanic Studies consists of a minimum of 24 credits including 212, 311, 312 plus three four-credit courses in HISP numbered 320 and higher with an expectation of balance between literature, culture and linguistics. HISP 212 is a prerequisite for all 300-level courses; it also fulfills one common curriculum course in humanities (HM). Students pursuing a minor in Hispanic Studies are strongly encouraged to spend one semester or at least a summer term in a Spanish-speaking country.  

The Department of Hispanic Studies also provides the Global Language Proficiency common curriculum requirement for all CSB/SJU students. In order to fulfill this goal, all students will:

  1. Demonstrate a minimum proficiency level of Intermediate-Low, as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, in at least two of the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Such a proficiency level means that students will have a functional command of the target language which allows them to communicate limited basic needs and ideas, and negotiate simple situations.
  2. Be exposed to a variety of cultural contexts in which the target language is spoken, and have a functional command of the basic rules of social interaction in that language.

Assessment

The Department of Hispanic Studies conducts regular assessment of student learning in language skills as well as in the literary, linguistic and cultural components of the major. Methods of assessment include: listening and reading tests according to proficiency guidelines for intermediate language courses, entrance and exit examinations for majors, a senior capstone project written in the target language and presented in a public forum.

Courses (HISP)

111 Beginning Spanish I. (4)
An introduction to the Spanish language that provides a foundation for the four language skills: listening, speaking, writing and reading, along with an introduction to different aspects of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking peoples. The emphasis of this course is on promoting language proficiency. Vocabulary and grammatical structures will be the basis for the development of these skills in a meaningful, effective and creative manner.

112 Beginning Spanish II. (4)
The second in a series of three lower-level language courses. Emphasis remains on promoting language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with background information on the cultures of Spanish-speaking peoples. Class time is devoted mostly to the development of listening and speaking skills. Prerequisite:  HISP 111 or placement into 112.

150 Intensive Beginner’s Spanish. (8)
An intensive Spanish course whose task oriented approach aims at helping students develop fluency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. It also intends to prepare students for a deeper understanding of the civilization and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Due to its demanding nature, this course incorporates CAI (Computer Assisted Instruction) and other technological resources to facilitate students’ language acquisition. Prerequisites: one year of foreign language learning experience and permission of instructor.

151 Intensive Beginner's Spanish I. (8)
An accelerated task oriented course that aims at helping students develop fluency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. It also intends to prepare students for a deeper understanding of the civilization and culture of the Spanish-speaking world with its material and also through the living experience in the Spanish setting. This course shall cover the thematic and linguistic content of Spanish 111 and 112 in five weeks abroad in Valladolid (Spain) and will incorporate CAI (Computer Assisted Instruction) in addition to other technological resources to facilitate students' language acquisition. Summer.

200 Intensive Intermediate Spanish I. (8)
An accelerated task oriented course that aims at helping students develop fluency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. It also intends to prepare students for a deeper understanding of the civilization and culture of the Spanish-speaking world with its material and also through the living experience in the Spanish setting. This course shall cover the thematic and linguistic content of Spanish 112 and 211 in five weeks abroad, in Valladolid (Spain) and will incorporate CAI (Computer Assisted Instruction) in addition to other technological resources to facilitate students’ language acquisition. Prerequisite: 111 or placement into 112. Summer.

211 Intermediate Spanish (4)
The third in a series of three lower-level language courses. Emphasis remains on promoting language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with information on the cultures of Spanish-speaking peoples. Students will expand on vocabulary and grammatical structures presented in 111 and 112 to communicate meaningfully, effectively, and with an increasing amount of fluency and creativity. This course fulfills the Common Curriculum Global Language requirement.

212 Intensive Reading: Texts and Contexts in the Hispanic World. (4)
The main goal of this course is to improve reading and analysis of texts in Spanish in preparation for upper division courses in literature, culture and linguistics. Along with a step-by-step development of reading strategies, the course provides intensive training in textual analysis. Reading topics are related to literary and cultural readings as well as films and other media in the social, cultural and historical context of the Spanish-speaking world. To support textual interpretation, the course provides a systematic review of Spanish grammatical structures. In addition, the course includes practice in oral expression through oral presentations and discussion, and continues practice in writing. Prerequisite: 211 or placement into 212. This course fulfills a Common Curriculum Humanities requirement.

271 Individual Learning Project. (1-4)
Supervised reading or research at the lower-division level. Permission of department chair required. Consult department for applicability towards major requirements. Not available to first-year students.

311 Written and Oral Communication I. (4)
The main goal of this course is to help students improve their command of written Spanish in preparation for upper division courses in literature, culture and linguistics. Written assignments are based on a step-by-step approach to the development of writing skills through rhetorical strategies. Writing topics are related to short literary and cultural readings as well as films and other media. These materials are incorporated thematically using descriptive and narrative writing modes, and providing practice in summary, review and reaction assignments. To support the development of writing skills, the course provides a systematic review of Spanish grammatical structures, integrated with material studied in class. In addition, the course includes practice in oral expression through oral presentations and discussion. Prerequisite: 212 or equivalent.

312 Written and Oral Communication II. (4)
This course builds on the skills acquired in Spanish 311. Its goal is to further improve students' command of written Spanish through a continued review of grammatical structures. As in Spanish 311, thematically selected literary and cultural readings, as well as films and other media, are incorporated by means of step-by-step assignments. The focus in this course is on the argumentative and expository writing modes, providing practice in essay writing; these skills aim at an understanding of the process of preparation and completion of a research project. Strategies for oral communication are also incorporated into this course through presentations and discussions. Prerequisite: 311.

335 Spanish Culture. (4)
This course examines the political, social, cultural and historical development of Spain. The course will consider the different ethnic traditions as well as the linguistic and cultural regions that comprise present day Spain. The primary texts of the course will be approached in an interdisciplinary fashion that combines socio-historical, political and literary critical perspectives. Prerequisite: 312.

336 Latin American Culture. (4)
This course examines the political, social, cultural and historical development of the Spanish-speaking Americas. In geographic terms, the course includes countries of North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Historically, the course covers the period prior to the Conquest, the Colonial era, the emergence of national identities, and current cultural trends, issues and conflicts. The primary texts of the course—whether these are literary, visual, performative, or ideological in character—will be approached in an interdisciplinary fashion that combines socio-historical, political and literary critical perspectives. Prerequisite: 312.

337 Latino Identity in the United States. (4)
The diverse population of Latino groups traces its origins to a variety of countries and their experience in the United States is quite varied. This course will examine the socio-historical background and economic and political factors that converge to shape Latino/Hispanic identities in the United States. This class will explore issues of race, class, and gender within the Latino community in the United States (Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, Central and South American). Prerequisite: 312. Spring.

340 Latin America: Conquest and Colonization. (4)
This course examines the origins of regional literature in the period of the Spanish Conquest and colonization of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Representative literary texts—encompassing genres such as essay, chronicle and biography among others—will serve as the basis for a study of the historical development of regional literary traditions out of the cultural conflicts and transformations of the colonial period. Prerequisite: 312.

341 Spanish Golden Age: Renaissance and Baroque. (4)
This course will study dominant themes and trends in 16th- and 17th century Spain with a concentration on either Spanish poetry, prose, or national theater. The course may include all three genres and will be taught within the context of Hispanic and Western culture. Authors may include Garcilaso, Góngora, Cervantes, María de Zayas y Sotomayor, Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina and Calderón.

342 Latin America: Autonomy, Nation and Identity. (4)
This course examines the emergence and development of regional and national literary traditions in the Spanish-speaking Americas following Independence from Spain. Works from a variety of genres, such as poetry, essay and the novel, will be used to explore important aesthetic, economic and political manifestations of the nineteenth-century quest for autonomy and development in Latin America. Prerequisite: 312.

344 Premodern Spanish  Literature. (4)
An introduction to Spanish literature from 1700 to the turn of the twentieth century. This course studies some of the most representative literary works of neo-classicism, romanticism, costumbrismo, realism and naturalism, and examines the historical and cultural backgrounds of the texts under study. Prerequisite: 312.

345 Modern Latin America through Literature. (4)
A study of major themes and works of contemporary narrative, criticism, poetry. This course examines the historical background of the texts under study as well as the emerging literary and cultural debates surrounding them. Prerequisite: 312.

349 Modern Spanish Literary Traditions. (4)
An exploration of the major themes and authors of this period of Spanish literature, including representative works from the Generation of 1898, the Generations of 1914, ’27, & ’50, los novisimos, current authors, literature by women. Works read in their historical and cultural context. Prerequisite: 312.

350 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics. (4)
A survey of general linguistics as it applies to Spanish with attention to the major areas of the field-Spanish phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and language acquisition. Offered every year. Prerequisites: 312 or permission of instructor.

354 Seminar: Topics in Hispanic Linguistics. (4)
An in-depth study of Hispanic linguistics in the Spanish-speaking world. The precise subject to be studied will be announced prior to registration. Recent topics include: bilingualism, second-language acquistion, history of Spanish language, etc. Prerequisites: 312 and one upper-division course in literature or culture.

355 Seminar: Topics in Hispanic Literature. (4)
An in-depth study of a particular work, author, or theme in Hispanic literature or language. The precise subject to be studied will be announced prior to registration. Recent topics include: the picaresque novel; literature of the gaucho; women authors; Siglo de Oro; Generación de 98; Spanish drama from Lope de Vega to Buero Vallejo; Latin American short story. Prerequisites: 312 and one upper-division course in literature or culture.

356 Seminar: Topics in Hispanic Culture. (4)
An in-depth study of cultural issues in the Spanish-speaking world. The precise subject to be studied will be announced prior to registration. Recent topics include: race, gender, ethnicity, national identity and its construction/invention, globalization, etc. Prerequisites: 312 and one upper-division course in literature or culture.

358 Seminar: Contemporary Hispanic Issues. (4)
The aim of this course is an intensive study on a topic in Hispanic Cultures, Literatures or Linguistics, including reading, discussion and independent research. Specific course content varies but focus is on contemporary issues. This course also questions the limits between Latin American, Caribbean and Latino identities, to propose a productive redefinition of the local and the global in the study of culture, literature and dialectology and sociolinguistics variation.  Prerequisite:  HISP 312.

360 Special Topics in Hispanic Studies. (2)
A course focused on a particular work, author, genre, or theme in Hispanic literature, culture, or language. The precise subject to be studied will be announced prior to registration. Some examples of topics are: The New Song, Latin American soap operas, etc. This course is designed to complement the credits obtained through ILPs and summer programs abroad. Limited to two 2-credit courses counting toward the major or minor. It does not fulfill the Linguistics, Literature, or Culture requirement. Prerequisite: 312.

371 Individual Learning Project. (1-4)
Supervised reading or research at the upper-division level. Permission of department chair and completion and/or concurrent registration of 12 credits within the department required. Consult department for applicability towards major requirements. Not available to first-year students.

394 Capstone Project. (4)
This course is designed to be a culminating experience for Hispanic Studies majors in which the student demonstrates skills and knowledge acquired from his/her work in the major and experience in Spanish-speaking contexts. The course will focus on research methods. Each student will select a topic related to the language, literature, culture, history and/or civilization of the Spanish-speaking peoples of the world. Students will write a research paper and will present their findings in a public forum. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

397 Hispanic Culture/Issues Internship. (1-4)
A practical off-campus experience with a substantial academic component, the internship represents an opportunity to apply language skills and explore issues and culture of Minnesota’s Hispanic communities through a combination of social service/professional experience and independent research. Prerequisite: 312 and approval of the department chair. A-F grading only.

398 Honors Senior Essay, Research, or Creative Project. (4)
Required for graduation with "Distinction in Hispanic Studies." Prerequisite: HONR 396 and approval of the department chair and director of the Honors Thesis program. For further information see HONR 398.

Hispanic Studies courses taught abroad

All the following courses count towards the major or minor in Hispanic Studies. Cross listed courses cannot count twice.

Viña del Mar, Chile (Fall)
ART 309 Topics in Art History: Latin American Art and Culture. (4) (FA)
HISP 316 Spanish Conversation Abroad. (4)
HISP 328 History of Chile. (4)
HISP 363 Advanced Spanish Abroad. (4) (Meets the linguistics requirement)
SA 370 Direct enrollment courses

Quetzaltenango, Guatemala (Spring)
HISP 216 Spanish Intermediate II. (4)
HISP 315 Spanish Conversation Abroad. (4)
HISP 316 Spanish Conversation Abroad. (4)
HISP 321 Mayan Societies: History, Politics and Economy. (4)
HISP 356D Guatemalan History. (4)
HISP 363 Advanced Spanish Abroad. (4) (Meets the linguistics requirement)
HISP 356F Theater of the Oppressed (4) (LLAS) (Meets the culture requirement)

Segovia, Spain (Spring)
ART 345 Culture and Art History. (4) (FA)
HISP 324 History, Society and Spanish Cinema. (4)
HISP 356AA National Tradition, Modernity and Cultural Identity. (4) (HM)
HISP 359 Spain and the European Union. (4)
HISP 363 Advanced Spanish Abroad. (4) (Meets the linguistics requirement)
HISP 396 Myths and Legends in Times of Globalization. (4) HM)
SA 398 Field Experience/Practicum. (1-4)

Valladolid, Spain (Summer)
HISP 200 (112 + 211) Intensive Intermediate Spanish. (8)
HISP 211 Intermediate Spanish I. (4)
HISP 212 Texts and Contexts in the Hispanic World. (4)
MGMT 305A Spain: Business, Government and Society
HISP 311 Written and Oral Communication I. (4)
HISP 312 Written and Oral Communication II. (4)
HISP 355 Seminar: Topics in Hispanic Literature. (4)
HISP 356 Seminar: Topics in Hispanic Culture. (4)

El camino de Santiago, Spain (Summer)
Can be taken for college credit or for credits toward the major or minor