Spanish

Wabash College understands that language is the foremost avenue for understanding and interacting with the world, its peoples, and its histories. Consequently, the study of foreign languages is fundamental to a liberal arts education and a well-lived life beyond. Serious intellectual work in other languages broadens a Wabash man’s communicative potential; deepens his understanding of his native tongue; refines his expressive abilities; inculcates in him analytical and creative habits of mind; helps him see beyond his own place, time, and circumstance; and is foundational for his further study and appreciation of the literatures, histories, and aesthetic sensibilities of global cultures throughout time.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Wabash College prepares students for citizenship in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual global community. The Department promotes proficiency in languages, expands knowledge of cultures and literatures, and enables students to actively engage in cultural and linguistic exchanges. Our faculty works with students to provide a greater understanding of world affairs in an historical context, an enhanced knowledge of the traditions, achievements, and lifestyles of the international community, and an appreciation of differences and similarities among peoples and nations.

The Wabash College foreign language requirement sets students on their path to these goals while recognizing that some students bring to campus proficiency in a second language.

Language Studies Requirements-Proficiency in a Foreign Language

The Wabash curriculum requires that all students demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. Students who fulfill this requirement in Spanish usually do one of the following:

  • Earn a passing grade for the elementary sequence (SPA-101 Elementary Spanish Iand SPA-102 Elementary Spanish II or SPA-103 Accelerated Elementary Spanish [formerly 176]) 
  • Earn a passing grade for any single course beyond 103 (e.g.SPA-201 Intermediate Spanish).
  • Demonstrate proficiency by being admitted to Wabash as an International Student whose native language is one other than English.

Students may also fulfill this requirement by passing a proficiency exam with written and oral components. Students interested in pursuing this option should contact the department chair prior to mid-semester break in the fall of their freshman year.

Less Commonly Taught Languages

Students who wish to demonstrate proficiency in a language not offered at Wabash will be responsible for demonstrating proficiency by exam. MLL will assist the student in finding an institution to administer an exam, but the associated costs and arrangements will be the responsibility of the student.

Placement

Students who wish to continue at Wabash with a language studied in high school must enroll at the level determined by the departmental placement policy. Students who have taken at least two years of a language in high school will begin at the 201 level or higher. Placement beyond the 201 level is determined by the Computerized Adaptive Placement Exam and reference to high school transcripts. Any student may begin at the 101 level in a language that is new to him. For example, a student who is placed in FRE-201 Intermediate French can choose to enroll in SPA-101 Elementary Spanish Iand complete the requirement with the elementary sequence.

Background Credit

A student who starts with the third semester course or higher (201 or 301 level) of a language and completes that course with a B-or better also receives one elective credit for the course immediately preceding the one he has taken. Background credit does not count toward a major or minor in the language.

A student need not earn a grade of B- or better to fulfill the language requirement. A passing grade in the appropriate courses will satisfy the language proficiency requirement.

Comprehensive Examinations

Majors in a modern language must successfully complete a two-day written comprehensive examination. In keeping with the goals of the Department, the student must demonstrate his proficiency in the language in which he is majoring, as well as his knowledge of its culture and his critical appreciation of its literature.

Study Abroad

Modern language students are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Students in modern languages and literatures should meet with a member of the department as early as possible to develop an appropriate plan for study abroad.

Requirements for a Major

SPA-302Intro to Literature1
SPA-401Spanish Senior Seminar1
Spanish Electives7
Total Credits9

Requirements for a Minor

Five course credits in Spanish5
Total Credits5

Minor concentrators are encouraged to take courses beyond SPA-302 Intro to Literature.

Background credit does not count toward a major or minor in the language.

 Spanish (SPA)

SPA-101 Elementary Spanish I

The student with little or no previous training in Spanish will become grounded in the language and gain some understanding of Hispanic cultures. Upon successful completion of the course students will understand and respond in common conversational situations, read straightforward prose, and write simple but correct Spanish. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: none
Corequisites: SPA-101L
Credit: 1

SPA-102 Elementary Spanish II

The student with little or no previous training in Spanish will continue building in the language and gain further understanding of Hispanic cultures. Upon successful completion of the course students will understand and respond in common conversational situations, read straightforward prose, and write simple but correct Spanish. This course is offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: SPA-101
Corequisites: SPA-102L
Credit: 1

SPA-103 Accelerated Elementary Spanish

This is an accelerated Introduction to Spanish course that reviews the basic grammar elements and vocabulary for students with a limited background in high school Spanish. The course covers in one semester the material presented in SPA 101 and 102. Successful completion of the course satisfies the Wabash language requirement and prepares students to move on to SPA 201. This course is offered every semester.
Prerequisites: none
Corequisites: SPA-103L, PreReq SPA-103 placement
Credit: 1
Distribution: Foreign Language

SPA-176 Special Topics: Lang. Studies

These courses treat topics in Spanish language. Conducted in Spanish.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Corequisites: SPA-176L
Credit: 1
Distribution: Foreign Language

SPA-177 Special Topics

These courses treat topics in Spanish literature and culture. Conducted in Spanish.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

SPA-187 Independent Study

Topics in literature, language, or culture chosen in consultation with the instructor, discussed in tutorial sessions. Students who plan to do independent study are expected to consult with the faculty member and to submit their proposals well in advance of the beginning of the semester in which they will do the work.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

SPA-188 Independent Study

Topics in literature, language, or culture chosen in consultation with the instructor, discussed in tutorial sessions. Students who plan to do independent study are expected to consult with the faculty member and to submit their proposals well in advance of the beginning of the semester in which they will do the work.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

SPA-201 Intermediate Spanish

This course provides a thorough review of the fundamentals of the language. Students will continue their growth via active use of the language in order to develop communication skills: speaking, listening, writing, and cultural awareness. Students will also read Spanish texts that reinforce the study of the language and knowledge of Hispanic cultures. Particular attention will be given to improving self-expression in Spanish beyond the rudimentary level. This course is offered every semester.
Prerequisites: SPA-102, 103 or 201 placement
Corequisites: SPA-201L
Credit: 1
Distribution: Foreign Language

SPA-202 Spanish Language & Hispanic Cultures

This course focuses on the active use of Spanish. Its goals are to develop the student's command of Spanish through guided practice in the use of the language and to increase his understanding of Hispanic cultures as reflected in the language and life in the Spanish-speaking world. This course is offered every semester.
Prerequisites: SPA-201 or 202 placement
Corequisites: SPA-202L
Credit: 1
Distribution: Foreign Language

SPA-276 Special Topics: Lang. Studies

These courses treat topics in Spanish language. Conducted in Spanish.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1

SPA-277 Special Topics: Literature & Culture

These courses treat topics in Spanish literature and culture. Conducted in Spanish.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

SPA-287 Independent Study

Topics in literature, language, or culture chosen in consultation with the instructor, discussed in tutorial sessions. Students who plan to do independent study are expected to consult with the faculty member and to submit their proposals well in advance of the beginning of the semester in which they will do the work.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

SPA-288 Independent Study

Topics in literature, language, or culture chosen in consultation with the instructor, discussed in tutorial sessions. Students who plan to do independent study are expected to consult with the faculty member and to submit their proposals well in advance of the beginning of the semester in which they will do the work.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

SPA-301 Conversation & Composition

This course focuses on the continued development of the student's command of the Spanish language and his understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, with an emphasis on speaking and writing. Students gain competence in writing and speaking and read selections of both Spanish and Spanish American fiction and nonfiction. This course is offered every semester.
Prerequisites: SPA-202 or 301 placement
Credit: 1
Distribution: Foreign Language

SPA-302 Intro to Literature

This first course in the study of literature examines the workings of literature: style, form, structure, genre, symbolism, allusion, and metaphor. It also includes an introduction to the lexicon of literary criticism and the principles of literary theory. Required for majors. This course is offered every semester.
Prerequisites: SPA-301 or 302 placement
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts, Foreign Language

SPA-311 Studies in Spanish Language

Studies in Spanish Language offers advanced study in the Spanish language. Topics may vary and include, but are not limited to, linguistics: phonetics, grammar and syntax, and second language acquisition. Students will develop the analytical tools and language specific to the study of the Spanish language and demonstrate those skills in interpretative essays and class discussion. May be retaken for credit if topic is different from previously taken course. This course counts toward the Language Studies requirement.
Prerequisites: SPA-301 and 302.
Credit: 1
Distribution: Language Studies

SPA-312 Studies in Hispanic Culture

Studies in Hispanic Culture offers advanced study of Spanish and Latin American culture. Topics may vary and include, but are not limited to, film, popular culture and arts, theory of mind, regional and ethnic identities, gender studies, politics and religion. As they consider the connections among different disciplines and cultural contexts, students will develop the analytical tools and language specific to the interpretation of cultural moments and demonstrate those skills in interpretative essays and class discussion. May be retaken for credit if topic is different from previously taken course.
Prerequisites: SPA-301 and 302
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

SPA-313 Studies in Hispanic Literature

Studies in Hispanic Literature offers advanced interdisciplinary study of Spanish and Latin American literary genres, periods, and authors. Topics may vary. Students read and analyze texts to better understand the dialog between literature and historical, political, and social realities, as well as the connections between Hispanic and other literary traditions. Students will develop the analytical tools and language specific to the interpretation of a particular genre and demonstrate those skills in interpretative essays and class discussion. May be retaken for credit if topic is different from previously taken course.
Prerequisites: SPA-301 and 302
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

SPA-314 Special Topics in Spanish

Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: SPA-301 and 302
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

SPA-321 Spanish Conversation & Composition

This course, for native and nearnative speakers, focuses on the continued development of the student's command of the Spanish language and his understanding of the cultures of the Spanishspeaking world, with an emphasis on speaking and writing. Students gain competence in writing and speaking and read selections of both Spanish and Spanish American fiction and nonfiction. This course is offered every semester. This course focuses on the continued development of the student's command of the Spanish language and his understanding of the cultures of the Spanishspeaking world, with an emphasis on speaking and writing. Students gain competence in writing and speaking and read selections of both Spanish and Spanish American fiction and nonfiction. This course is offered every semester.
Prerequisites: SPA-202 or Placement
Credit: 1

SPA-376 Special Topics: Lang. Studies

These courses treat topics in Spanish language. Conducted in Spanish.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1

SPA-377 Special Topics: Literature & Culture

These courses treat topics in Spanish literature and culture. Conducted in Spanish.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

SPA-387 Independent Study

Topics in literature, language, or culture chosen in consultation with the instructor, discussed in tutorial sessions. Students who plan to do independent study are expected to consult with the faculty member and to submit their proposals well in advance of the beginning of the semester in which they will do the work.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

SPA-388 Independent Study

Topics in literature, language, or culture chosen in consultation with the instructor, discussed in tutorial sessions. Students who plan to do independent study are expected to consult with the faculty member and to submit their proposals well in advance of the beginning of the semester in which they will do the work.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

SPA-401 Spanish Senior Seminar

A seminar on genres and writers from Spanish America and/or Spain. Students will engage in an in-depth literary analysis of texts central to Spanish letters, and will produce original interpretive work and/or an original research project. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts, Foreign Language

SPA-476 Special Topics: Lang. Studies

These courses treat topics in Spanish language. Conducted in Spanish.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1

SPA-477 Special Topics: Literature & Culture

These courses treat topics in Spanish literature and culture. Conducted in Spanish.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

SPA-487 Independent Study

Topics in literature, language, or culture chosen in consultation with the instructor, discussed in tutorial sessions. Students who plan to do independent study are expected to consult with the faculty member and to submit their proposals well in advance of the beginning of the semester in which they will do the work.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

SPA-488 Independent Study

Topics in literature, language, or culture chosen in consultation with the instructor, discussed in tutorial sessions. Students who plan to do independent study are expected to consult with the faculty member and to submit their proposals well in advance of the beginning of the semester in which they will do the work.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

SPA-IND Independent Study

Students may enroll in independent study courses for 0.5 or 1 course credit(s), with the approval of a supervising faculty member, the appropriate department/program chair, and the student's advisor. Registration forms for independent study are available in the Registrar's Office.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1

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Secondary Licensure Program

The Department of Education Studies offers a minor in Education Studies, and an additional licensure preparation program for students interested in becoming licensed to teach at the secondary level (middle and high school grades 5-12). With a major in this department and a minor in Education Studies, students may also choose to complete the licensure preparation program by applying in the spring of the junior year. For more information about the licensure program, students are advised to meet with faculty in the Department of Education Studies. Requirements for the minor and licensure preparation program are outlined in the Department of Education Studies section of the Academic Bulletin.