College Bulletin 2016-2017 
    
    Apr 16, 2024  
College Bulletin 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Modern Languages and Literatures: Spanish


Faculty

MARÍA LUISA GUARDIOLA, Professor and Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures
LUCIANO MARTÍNEZ, Associate Professor and Section Head
NANCI BUIZA, Assistant Professor3
DÉSIRÉE DÍAZ, Assistant Professor
ADRIÁN GRAS-VELÁZQUEZ, Visiting Assistant Professor
ELI COHEN, Visiting Assistant Professor
JULIA CHINDEMI VILA, Lecturer
PATRICIA VARGAS, Lecturer


3Absent on leave, 2016-2017


Spanish is the official language of 20 countries and is spoken by more than 500 million people around the world. With more than 50 million native speakers and second-language speakers, the United States now has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world after Mexico.

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 consists of eight courses and a culminating senior exercise. The Spanish major seeks to provide training in literary and cultural analysis, as it enables students to acquire linguistic proficiency.

Requirements


  1. 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 but will not count toward the major.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. Depending on their linguistic proficiency, as evaluated by the Spanish faculty, 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.
  2. Upon returning from abroad, students must enroll in a one-credit advanced course in the Section.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of eight 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 or approves a similar course taken abroad.
  4. Students may count only one of these courses toward the major: 008, 010 or 011. Note that neither AP nor IB credits will count towards the major.
  5. One of the eight credits of advanced work may be taken in English from the courses listed in the catalog under “Literatures in Translation: Spanish” (LITRS) offered by the section.
  6. All majors are encouraged to take at least one seminar in the section. Students can take a seminar after one advanced course (numbered 050 to 089) or with permission of the instructor. Only one seminar in the major will count for two credits.
  7. In the spring semester of their senior year, Spanish majors will register in SPAN 095 (0.5 credits) to prepare their Spanish final paper. 
  8. Majors must maintain a balance in their overall program, taking advanced work in different historical periods from Spain and Latin America.

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 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 credits required for the major.

Course Minor


Requirements


  1. 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 but will not count toward the minor. Exception 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. Depending on their linguistic proficiency, as evaluated by the Spanish faculty, 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. 
  2. Upon returning from study abroad, students are expected to register in a one-credit advanced course in the section.
  3. 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.
  4. Students may count only one of the following towards their minor: 008, 010 and 011. Courses in English translation will not count toward fulfillment of the minor.
  5. All minors must take either SPAN 022 or 023, except in special cases when the section waives this requirement or approves a similar course taken abroad.
  6. All minors are strongly encouraged to take seminars offered by the section. Seminars count as one credit toward the minor.
  7. 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. Candidates to the minor must prove their ability and interest in the language, cultures and literatures of the Spanish-speaking world.

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 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 023 (except in cases when the section waives this requirement or approves a similar course taken abroad) 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


Students have the possibility of designing a special major, such as Spanish and Latin American Studies; Spanish within comparative literature; Spanish and linguistics; etc.

Special Major in Linguistics and Languages


Spanish requirements for the special major:

1. Complete three credits numbered above 022.

2. One of the three credits must be SPAN 022 or 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 (008, 010, 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: 008, 010 or 011. One of the 6 credits must be SPAN 22 or 23.
  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 008 and above.
  2. Only one of the following courses may count toward the 8-credits requirement: 008, 010 or 011. One of the 8 credits must be SPAN 22 or 23.
  3. One of the eight credits may be taken in English from the courses listed in the catalog under “Literatures in Translation: Spanish” (LITRS) 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 that students take a writing course in Spanish (010, 011, 022, 023) at Swarthmore prior to going abroad.

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

*Waiver of the study abroad requirement for students of Spanish: Majors and minors of Spanish who cannot go abroad for one semester due to academic or other constrains, should speak to the Section Head to discuss their circumstances. In special cases, depending on the student’s language proficiency, the study abroad requirement may be waived or fulfilled with a summer-long study abroad program identified and approved by the Section. For summer programs, only one relevant course taken abroad may count towards fulfillment of the minor or major. Please consult with the Section Head if you have any questions.

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 023 before they can take an advanced literature 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.