The Spanish/Hispanic Cultures designated program of emphasis enables students to build functional proficiency in Spanish and to expand their knowledge and understanding of Hispanic cultures. This program will prepare students for graduate work in Spanish-related fields as well as for a variety of domestic and international employment opportunities when pursued in conjunction with interdisciplinary study in such fields as business, criminal justice, education, environmental science/studies, health and allied health professions, international relations, international studies, peace and conflict studies, pre-law, and social work.

Requirements
  • A minimum of one semester and preferably one year of study abroad in a Spanish speaking country. Exceptions will be permitted only under special circumstances with the approval of the Department of World Languages and Culture.
  • After returning from their semester or year abroad, students will take a 300 or 400-level course at Juniata offered in Spanish.
  • Prior to the second semester of the student's senior year, she/he will demonstrate intermediate-high oral proficiency in Spanish as measured by an Oral Proficiency Interview (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
  • A minimum of 33 hours in Spanish and Hispanic Cultures beyond the 210 level, including the courses listed below. One course must be designated "CW" (communication). Alternative courses taken at a foreign exchange institution may be substituted as long as they are deemed to be comparable to the Juniata offering by the Spanish faculty.

SP-110 Spanish I
Fall & Spring; Yearly; 4 Credits; H, I; 
Emphasizes fundamentals of grammar, pronunciation, and language production. The development of skills in oral comprehension, speaking, writing and reading are stressed. Note: Students receive H or I credit provided that they have not taken more than two years of the language at the secondary school level.  

Students will only receive H or I distribution if they have not taken more than two years of Spanish at the secondary level. 


SP-120 Spanish II
Fall & Spring; Yearly; 4 Credits; H, I, CS, SWGLS; 
Spanish 120 is the second part of a three-semester introductory sequence. Its primary goals are to enable students to build their proficiency and attain a broader understanding of Hispanic cultures. Emphasis is placed on the use of the target language in the classroom and the study of culturally authentic materials. Students will achieve greater accuracy with basic language structures.  Pre-req: SP110 or placement test.


SP-210 Spanish III
Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3 Credits; H, I, CS, SWGLS; 
Spanish 210 is the third part of a three-semester introductory sequence. Its primary goals are to enable students to build their proficiency and attain a broader understanding of Hispanic cultures. Emphasis is on the use of the target language and the study of culturally authentic materials. Students will achieve greater accuracy with basic language structures.  Pre-req: SP-120 or placement results.


SP 110, 120, 210 are waived if students place out of them, but no academic credit will be awarded


SP-230 Spanish Conversation & Composition
Spring; Yearly; 3 Credits; H, I, CW, CS, SWGLS; 
SP230 focuses on continued learning of Spanish through the practice of speaking and writing. Students discuss short films, readings, and topics of interest from the Hispanic world. Through practice in and outside of class and study of grammatical structures and vocabulary, students will improve their reading and listening comprehension and their speaking and writing competence.  Prerequisite: SP210 or placement test results.


SP-235 Intensive Spanish Grammar
Fall; Variable; 3 Credits; H, I; 
This course serves to reinforce the fundamental grammar that students have studied previously and to delve more deeply into certain topics that often prove to be challenging for native English speakers of Spanish. Topics typically of this course include; identifying the building blocks of sentences; identifying verb classes and studying how that information determines the way we construct sentences; analyzing the Spanish pronominal system including, subject and object clitic pronouns; reviewing and expanding upon the use of subordinate clauses introduced in SP210.  Prerequisites: SP210.


SP-245 Spanish Phonetics & Phonology
Fall; Yearly; 3 Credits; H, I, CS; 
This course serves as an introduction to the phonetics and phonology of Spanish. The goals of the course include providing students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the system of Spanish sounds, including dialectal variations, as well as strengthening students' Spanish speech in the direction of more native like pronunciation. Prerequisite: SP210.


SP-230 Spanish Conversation & Composition
Spring; Yearly; 3 Credits; H, I, CW, CS, SWGLS; 
SP230 focuses on continued learning of Spanish through the practice of speaking and writing. Students discuss short films, readings, and topics of interest from the Hispanic world. Through practice in and outside of class and study of grammatical structures and vocabulary, students will improve their reading and listening comprehension and their speaking and writing competence.  Prerequisite: SP210 or placement test results.

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SP-255 Contemporary Hispanic Short Fiction
Fall; Variable; 3 Credits; H, I, CS; 
An intensive introduction to reading and analyzing twentieth-century Spanish and Spanish American short narrative. Study of the literary tests enables students to develop a better understanding of and appreciation for Hispanic cultures while continuing to build their Spanish language proficiency.  Prerequisite: SP210.


WL-201 Language in Motion
Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1 Credit; H, I, CS, SW-LE; 
In this course, international students, study-abroad returnees, students with other international experiences, heritage speakers, and/or upper-level language students expand their knowledge of language and culture, process their own intercultural and language-learning experiences, and enrich local school classrooms. In addition to learning about teaching language and culture and the school context, students develop individual projects for presentation in school classrooms.  


Other Requirements
  • Two Spanish or Spanish American civilization, culture, or history courses (at least one of which must be at the 300/400 level)
  • Two Spanish or Spanish American literature courses (at the 300/400 level)
  • Three electives which focus on topics of Spanish language or Hispanic cultures (at the 300/400 level)*

*By way of example only, courses taken on such topics as U.S. trade with Mexico, translation, business Spanish, social violence in Latin America, and Hispanic art and architecture would be considered acceptable electives provided that they were offered at the 300/400 level.

Required credit hours = 45 (including SP 110, 120, and 210 if students have placed out of these introductory-sequence courses)

Total POE credit hours should not exceed 63