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  Sep 19, 2017
 
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

Modern Languages and Literatures: Spanish


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Faculty

MARÍA LUISA GUARDIOLA, Professor and Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures
LUCIANO MARTÍNEZ, Associate Professor and Section Head2
NANCI BUIZA, Assistant Professor
DÉSIRÉE DÍAZ, Assistant Professor
ELI COHEN, Visiting Assistant Professor
JULIA CHINDEMI VILA, Lecturer
PATRICIA VARGAS, Lecturer
LARISA COLÓN RODRÍGUEZ, Visiting Instructor (part-time)
JOSEP NAVAS MASIP, Visiting Instructor (part-time)2


Absent on leave, spring 2018.


Built on a solid competence in Spanish language, the major and minor develop students' skills in critical analysis and provide an understanding of the literatures and cultures of Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Latinos in the United States.

The Academic Program


The curriculum is organized in three tiers:

·          Spanish language sequence: Our intensive language courses give students ample opportunity for practice, encouraging the development of communicative proficiency and cultural competency. With two instructors per language class, we are able to expose students to different accents and teaching styles while fostering an active and rewarding learning experience.

·          Introductory courses: Our writing courses enable students to move toward writing proficiency in Spanish and provide a panoramic view of the literary and cultural histories of the Hispanic world. 

·          Advanced courses and seminars explore specific trends and topics pertaining to the literatures and cultures of Spain, Mexico and Central America, South America, and the Hispanic Caribbean as well as those of Latino/a communities in the United States.

With the goal of enabling students to communicate fluently in Spanish, we base our curriculum upon a linguistic and pedagogical continuum beginning at the elementary language level and culminating in the most advanced courses and Honors seminars.

Course Major


The Spanish major seeks to provide training in literary and cultural analysis while enabling students to acquire linguistic proficiency.

Requirements


  1. Students must complete a minimum of 8.5 credits of work in courses numbered 008 and above. One of these courses must be SPAN 022  or SPAN 023 , except in special cases when the section waives this requirement.
  2. Majors must maintain a curricular balance in their overall program. Students are encouraged to choose courses representing each one of the following areas: Caribbean, Mexico/Central America, South America, and Spain.
  3. Students may count only one of these courses toward the major: SPAN 008 SPAN 010  or SPAN 011 . Note that neither AP nor IB credits will count towards the major.
  4. One of the 8.5 credits of advanced work may be taken in English from the courses listed in the catalog under "Literatures in Translation: Spanish" (LITR.S) offered by the section.
  5. All majors are encouraged to take at least one seminar in the section. Students can take a seminar after they have completed one advanced course (numbered 040 to 089). Only one seminar in the major will count for two credits. (A seminar can also be taken for 1 credit depending on student's needs.)
  6. In the spring semester of their senior year, Spanish majors will register in SPAN 095  (0.5 credits) to prepare their Spanish final paper.
  7. A minimum of four of the eight courses must be taken at Swarthmore.
  8. Students majoring in Spanish must spend one semester in a Spanish-speaking country enrolled in a program approved by the section. Only two courses taken abroad that pertain to the curriculum of the section may count toward fulfillment of the major. For full immersion, all courses taken abroad must be taken in Spanish. Only advanced language courses taken abroad may receive Spanish credit. Exceptions to the study abroad requirement: In special cases, depending on the student's language proficiency, this requirement may be waived or fulfilled with a summer-long study abroad program identified and approved by the Spanish section. (For summer programs, only one relevant course taken abroad may count towards fulfillment of the major.) The requirement will be waived for students who have recently arrived in the US and/or have had extensive schooling in Spanish in Spanish-speaking countries. Spanish/English bilingual students who have grown up in Spanish-speaking environments in the United States may petition to have the requirement waived or fulfilled with a summer-long study abroad program. The Spanish faculty will evaluate each case individually.
  9. Upon returning from abroad, students must enroll in a one-credit advanced course in the section.
  10. To graduate with a major in Spanish, a student must maintain a minimum grade of B in the discipline, and a C average in course work outside the department.

Culminating Exercise/Final Examination


Along with development of analytical literary and cultural abilities, majors are expected to reach an advanced level of linguistic proficiency. The Spanish Final Exam has oral and written components, both entirely in Spanish.

In the spring semester of their senior year, Spanish majors will register in SPAN 095 to develop their Spanish final paper and prepare for their oral examination. Spanish majors will re-write one of the best term papers they wrote for courses in the section. The new research paper will: a) deepen the original analysis; b) enhance the critical work on which it is based to include ample documentation; and c) increase the paper's length to at least 20 pages, plus bibliography.

Once the student has selected the paper to be revised, he/she needs to meet with the specific Spanish faculty member to agree on a timeline to turn in drafts, and discuss changes and revisions. 

The oral examination is based on the content of the written essay and on overall course preparation. This essay-and the student's overall course preparation-will provide the basis for the oral examination in May, conducted exclusively in Spanish. The Spanish language ability of majors, as exhibited in this paper and the oral examination, will be part of the final evaluation.

Acceptance Criteria


For admission to the course major, the student needs a minimum of B level work in courses taken at Swarthmore taught in Spanish or the required introductory-level literature course (SPAN 022   or SPAN 023  ), demonstrated ability and interest in language and literature, and a minimum C average in course work outside the department.

Prerequisite: SPAN 004   or its equivalent is the language prerequisite for entering the Spanish major. It does not count as one of the 8.5 credits required for the major.

Course Minor


Requirements


  1. All minors must take a total of five courses and/or seminar offerings numbered 008 and above. Only one of these may overlap with the student's major or other minor. Note that AP and IB credits will not count towards the minor.
  2. All minors must take either SPAN 022 or 023, except in special cases when the section waives this requirement.
  3. Minors must maintain a curricular balance in their overall program. Students are encouraged to choose courses representing the following areas: Caribbean, Mexico/Central America, South America, and Spain.
  4. Students may count only one of the following towards their minor: 008010 and 011. Courses in English translation will not count toward fulfillment of the minor.
  5. All minors are strongly encouraged to take seminars offered by the section. Students can take a seminar after they have completed one advanced course (numbered 040 to 089). Seminars count as one credit toward the minor.
  6. Completion of at least one semester of study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country in a program approved by the Spanish section. Only two courses taken abroad that pertain to the curriculum of the section may count towards fulfillment of the minor. To ensure full immersion, all courses taken abroad must be taken in Spanish. Only advanced language courses taken abroad may receive Spanish credit. Exceptions to the study abroad requirement: In special cases, depending on the student's language proficiency, this requirement may be waived or fulfilled with a summer-long study abroad program identified and approved by the Spanish section. (For summer programs, only one relevant course taken abroad may count towards fulfillment of the minor.) The requirement will be waived for students who have recently arrived in the US and/or have had extensive schooling in Spanish in Spanish-speaking countries. Spanish/English bilingual students who have grown up in Spanish-speaking environments in the United States may petition to have the requirement waived or fulfilled with a summer-long study abroad program. The Spanish faculty will evaluate each case individually.
  7. Upon returning from study abroad, students are expected to register in a one-credit advanced course in the section.
  8. To graduate with a minor in Spanish, a student must maintain a minimum grade of B in the discipline, and a C average in course work outside the department.

Acceptance Criteria


For admission to the course minor, the student needs a minimum of B level work in courses taken at Swarthmore taught in Spanish or the required introductory-level literature course (SPAN 022 ) or (SPAN 023 ), demonstrated ability and interest in language and literature, and a minimum C average in course work outside the department.

Prerequisite: SPAN 004  or its equivalent is the language prerequisite for entering the Spanish minor. It does not count as one of the 5 credits required for the minor.

Honors Major and Minor


Requirements


Candidates for the major or minor in Spanish must meet these requirements to be accepted into Honors:

  1. A "B" average in Spanish coursework at the College.
  2. Completion at Swarthmore of either SPAN 022   or SPAN 023   (except in cases when the section waives this requirement) and one course numbered 040 to 089.
  3. Completion of one semester of study in a Spanish-speaking country in a program approved by the Spanish section. Depending on their linguistic proficiency, as evaluated by the Spanish faculty, honors majors and minors may petition to have the requirement waived or fulfilled with a summer-long study abroad program.
  4. Demonstrated linguistic ability in the language.
  5. Present fields for external examination based on either two-credit seminars offered by the section, or the combination of two advanced courses numbered between 050-089 that form a logical pairing.
  6. All majors in the Honors Program must do three (3) preparations for a total of six units of credit while all minors must complete one (1) preparation consisting of two units of credit.

The Honors Exam for Majors and Minors


Majors will take three (3) three-hour written examinations prepared by external examiners, as well as three (3) half-hour oral exams based on the contents of each field of preparation.

Minors will take one (1) three-hour written examination prepared by the external examiner, as well as one (1) half-hour oral exam based on the contents of the written examination and their overall preparation in the field presented.

All Honors exams will be conducted exclusively in Spanish.

Special Majors


Special Major in Linguistics and Languages


Spanish requirements for the special major: 

  1. Complete three credits numbered above SPAN 022  .
  2. One of the three credits must be SPAN 022   or SPAN 023   but not both.
  3. Courses in translation will not count towards the fulfillment of the three-credit requirement.
  4. In special circumstances, by permission of the Spanish section, one of the introductory writing courses (SPAN 008 , SPAN 010 , SPAN 011  ) could count toward the three-credit requirement. 
  5. If the student is pursuing study abroad in a Spanish speaking country, only one literature course taken abroad that pertains to the curriculum of the Spanish section may count toward fulfillment of the three-credit requirement. For full immersion, all courses taken abroad must be taken in Spanish. (Advanced language courses taken abroad may receive Spanish credit but will not count toward the special major's three-credit requirement.) 

See Linguistics for department specific requirements. 

Special Major in Spanish and Educational Studies


The Spanish Program and the Department of Educational Studies prepare students who wish to pursue a special major in Spanish and Educational Studies, and also those who are seeking certification to teach Spanish in primary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the 45 states with which Pennsylvania certification is reciprocal.

Requirements for the Special Major in Spanish and Educational Studies


  1. Students must complete 6 credits of work in courses numbered 008 and above. None of these courses may be taught in English.
  2. Only one of the following courses may count toward the 6-credits requirement: SPAN 008 , SPAN 010  or SPAN 011 . One of the 6 credits must be SPAN 022   or SPAN 023  .
  3. One credit special major thesis in Educational Studies and Spanish
  4. One semester/summer abroad in a Spanish speaking country in a program approved by the Spanish section. Only two courses taken abroad may count toward the 6 credit requirement. (For summer programs, only one relevant course taken abroad may count towards fulfillment of the major.)
  5. Students must complete 5 credits in Educational Studies.

Note: The special major itself does not constitute preparation toward certification. The required Educational Studies courses are described elsewhere. 


See Educational Studies for department specific requirements.

Requirements for the Special Major in Spanish and Educational Studies with Teacher Certification


In addition to the requirements of the Department of Educational Studies, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Students must complete 8 credits of work in courses numbered SPAN 008  and above.
  2. Only one of the following courses may count toward the 8-credits requirement: SPAN 008 , SPAN 010  or SPAN 011 . One of the 8 credits must be SPAN 022  or SPAN 023 .
  3. One of the eight credits may be taken in English from the courses listed in the catalog under "Literatures in Translation: Spanish" (LITR.S) offered by the section.
  4. One credit special major thesis in Educational Studies and Spanish
  5. One semester/summer abroad in a Spanish speaking country in a program approved by the Spanish section. Only two courses taken abroad may count toward the 8 credit requirement.

See Educational Studies for department specific requirements. 

Application Process for the Major or the Minor


In addition to the process described by the Dean's Office and the Registrar's Office for how to apply for a major/minor, we recommend you to meet with the Spanish faculty to discuss your plans. If after applying you are denied admission to the major/minor, you may apply again once you have addressed the recommendations made by the Spanish section. If your application is deferred, the Spanish section will make a decision immediately after you have taken the necessary steps to address the reasons for being deferred.

Off-Campus Study


Study abroad is an enriching intellectual experience when it is fully integrated into the student's overall academic experience at Swarthmore. Since the principal educational advantages of study abroad are in-depth cross-cultural exposure and language learning, the best study abroad programs are those that maximize these benefits by fully immersing students in the host country's culture and society. This goal can only be effectively achieved by choosing full immersion study abroad programs. Pursuing academic coursework in English in a Spanish-speaking country does not comply with the academic goals and mission of the Spanish section.

The Spanish section encourages students to choose programs that build on previous language study. In order to be better prepared for academic work in Spanish, we recommend students take a writing course in Spanish (SPAN 010 , SPAN 011 , SPAN 022 , SPAN 023 ) at Swarthmore prior to going abroad.

Upon returning from abroad, majors or minors must enroll in an advanced literature course in the section.

Spanish Courses


Students wishing to major or minor in Spanish should plan their program in consultation with the department. Spanish is the only language used in class discussions, readings, and assignments in all courses, except in LITR courses. Students must have taken SPAN 022  or SPAN 023  before they can take an advanced literature, culture or film course in Spanish unless they receive special permission from the instructor. Courses numbered 040 to 089 belong to the same level of complexity, requiring the same level of preparation. The numbering does not imply a sequence.

Seminars


Students wishing to take seminars must have completed at least one course in Spanish numbered 040 and above. Students are admitted to seminars on a case-by-case basis by the instructor according to their overall preparation.

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