Spanish

College of Arts and Humanities

Department of Modern Languages

Bachelor of Arts

Linguistics Option

Literature Option

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies Spanish Option

      (for major requirements, refer to the
Liberal Studies section in this catalog)

Minor

Spanish

Subject Matter Preparation Program

Spanish

Faculty

Miguel Domínguez, Department Chair

Michael Galant, Benito Gómez, Ivonne Heinze-Balcazar, Frances Lauerhass, Raúl Romero

Modern Languages Department Office: LCH E-309,
(310) 243-3315; FAX (310) 516-3316

Emeritus Faculty

Richard Beym, José S. Cuervo, Porfirio Sánchez, Luz Watts

Program Description

The Major in Spanish provide students with a solid foundation in the Spanish language. Indeed, as the number of Spanish-speaking residents in the United States continues to grow, so too do the career opportunities available to Spanish majors.

The Spanish major provides students with two options: literature or linguistics.  These options prepare students who intend to continue their studies in graduate school either in the field of Spanish and Latin American literature or in historical and contemporary Spanish or Romance linguistics.  They also are designed for students who plan to teach Spanish in high schools.

A Minor in Spanish also is offered. This minor is particularly useful to students majoring in business, in the public service fields, in French, or in any other field where knowledge of another language is desirable.

Features

At present, the most urgent need for majors in Spanish is in the area of public school teaching, at both the elementary and secondary levels. There is an acute shortage of bilingual teachers in the Greater Los Angeles area. For students who plan to teach at the elementary level and who are majoring in Liberal Studies, the Spanish program provides a Liberal Studies Bilingual Spanish Concentration, which is particularly helpful for those potential elementary teachers who intend to seek bilingual certification. The Single Subject Waiver Program in Spanish is designed for students who plan to teach Spanish at the secondary school level.

Academic Advisement

The Department of Modern Languages is eager to provide all its students with the advisement they will need to continue their studies in a foreign language. Students may choose an advisor of their choice from the full-time faculty in Spanish or, if preferred, come to the department office and be assigned an advisor. An advisor can be helpful in choosing the Spanish course best suited to the background and needs of each student.

Students must see an advisor upon admission, upon completion of 60 semester units, and during the first semester of the senior year.

Preparation

High school students who plan to major or minor in Spanish are encouraged to take at least two years of Spanish in high school. Those who have completed four years of high school Spanish successfully may be able to begin their study of Spanish at CSU Dominguez Hills at the upper division level. Students who have taken AP Spanish, French or Japanese may receive credit for some lower division courses.

Community college transfer students planning to take upper division Spanish courses at CSU Dominguez Hills should have completed four semesters of college level Spanish successfully.  Those who have taken fewer than four semesters of Spanish in a community college will be placed at an appropriate level by means of advisement.

Student Organizations

Sigma Delta Pi: Membership in our Nu Psi Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish National Honorary Society, is open to students who have completed at least 18 upper division semester units in Spanish including at least one upper division course in literature or culture, and who have a 3.0 grade point average in all classes, including a 3.0 grade point average in all Spanish courses. Sigma Delta Pi seeks to honor those who seek and attain excellence in the study of Spanish language, literature and culture; to honor those who strive to make Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known in the world in general; to encourage college students to acquire a greater interest in and deeper understanding of Hispanic culture; and to foster friendly relations and mutual respect between Spanish speaking nations and other peoples of the world. Students interested in applying for membership should consult the chair of the Department of Modern Languages.

Graduation With Honors

An undergraduate student may graduate with Honors in Spanish provided that the following criteria are met:

1.   A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;

2.   A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;

3.   Recommendation by the faculty of the Modern Languages Department.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

See the “Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree” in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.

General Education Requirements (55-62 units)

See the “General Education” requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the “Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement” in the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements

While the department does not require a minor for graduation, it is strongly suggested that the student consider one in consultation with an advisor.

Major Requirements (45-57 units)

Common Core Requirements (18-30 units)

A.   Lower Division Required Courses (3-15 units)

A1. Beginning and Intermediate Spanish (0-12 units)

SPA 110.      Beginning Spanish I (3)

SPA 111.      Beginning Spanish II (3)

SPA 220.      Intermediate Spanish I (3)

SPA 221.      Intermediate Spanish II (3)

A2. Required Lower Division Course (3)

SPA 280.      Grammar for Spanish Composition (3)

NOTE: Students take beginning and intermediate Spanish courses (SPA 110, SPA 111, SPA 220, and SPA 221) as needed- those who have completed two, three or four years of high-school Spanish or any community college Spanish will be placed in the appropriate semester of college Spanish in consultation with a departmental advisor.  Students may get credit for some of these courses through the Advanced Placement Examination in either Language or Literature, and/or by challenging them (but never in descending order), and/or by transferring equivalent courses from other institutions. 

The Modern Languages Department strongly recommends those students who need additional fluency in Spanish to travel to a Spanish-speaking country (under the guidance of an advisor) or to take SPA 230 Spanish Conversation (3) before they take SPA 280.  All Spanish majors must take SPA 280 at CSUDH.

B.   Upper Division Required Common Core Courses (21 units)

SPA 305.    Advanced Composition, Syntax, and Stylistics (3)

SPA 306.    Advanced Composition, Syntax, and Stylistics II (3)

SPA 311.    The Structure of Spanish (3)

SPA 330.    Interpreting Hispanic Literature (3)

SPA 340.    Practical Spanish for Interpreters and Translators (3)

SPA 350.    Contemporary Hispanic Culture: Spain (3)

SPA 351.    Contemporary Hispanic Culture:
Spanish-Speaking America (3)

Linguistics Option (33-45 units)

A.   Common Core Requirements (18-30 units)

B. Upper Division Required Courses (15 units)

SPA 414.    Spanish Phonology (3)

SPA 430.    Spanish Morphology (3)

SPA 440.    Spanish Syntax (3)

SPA 450.    Introduction to the History of the Spanish Language (3)

SPA 490.    Seminar in Special Topics: Linguistics

C. Writing Intensive Requirements (6 units)

      As of the fall semester, 2008, all students are required to take two Writing Intensive (WI) courses.  Currently proposed WI courses for the Spanish major include ENG 307 Practice in Literary Criticism, SPA 435A Sociolinguistics Approach to Chicano/Latino Dialect, ENG 414 American English, and ENG 492 Seminar in Linguistics.  Please consult a departmental advisor in choosing among these or other WI courses.

D.  Second Language

      It is strongly recommended that Spanish major students take two semesters of another language other than English and Spanish.

Literature Option (33-45 units)

A.   Common Core Requirements (18-30 units)

B.   Upper Division Required Courses (15 units)

SPA 453.    Literature of Spain (3)

SPA 454.    Cervantes: Don Quijote (3)

SPA 456.    Literature of Latin America (3)

SPA 461.    Lecturas Mexicanas y Chicanas (3)

SPA 490.    Seminar in Special Topics: Literature (3)

 

Minor in Spanish (12-27 units)

A.   Lower Division Optional Courses (0-12 units)

SPA 110-111.    Beginning Spanish I and II (3,3)

SPA 220-221.    Intermediate Spanish I and II (3,3)

B.   Lower Division Required Course (3 units)

SPA 280.    Grammar for Spanish Composition (3)

NOTE: Students take beginning and intermediate Spanish courses (SPA 110, SPA 111, SPA 220, and SPA 221) as needed- those who have completed two, three or four years of high-school Spanish or any community college Spanish will be placed in the appropriate semester of college Spanish in consultation with a departmental advisor.  Students may get credit for some of these courses through the Advanced Placement Examination in either Language or Literature, and/or by challenging them (but never in descending order), and/or by transferring equivalent courses from other institutions. 

The Modern Languages Department strongly recommends those students who need additional fluency in Spanish to travel to a Spanish-speaking country (under the guidance of an advisor) or to take SPA 230 Spanish Conversation (3) before they take SPA 280.  All Spanish majors must take SPA 280 at CSUDH.

C.  Upper Division Required Courses (12 units)

SPA 305.    Advanced Composition, Syntax, and Stylistics (3)

 

Required Course: Select 3 courses from the following:

SPA 302.      Business Spanish (3)

SPA 340.      Practical Spanish for Interpreters and Translators (3)

SPA 350.      Contemporary Hispanic Culture: Spain (3)

SPA 351.      Contemporary Hispanic Culture: Spanish-Speaking America (3)

Spanish Option                                            

under the B.A. in Liberal Studies (9-27 units)

(for major requirements, refer to the Liberal Studies section in this catalog)

A.   Lower Division Prerequisites (0-15 units):

SPA 110.    Beginning Spanish I (3)

SPA 111.    Beginning Spanish II (3)

SPA 220.    Intermediate Spanish I (3)

SPA 221.    Intermediate Spanish II (3)

    Note: Students who have completed some high school or community college Spanish and who pass a proficiency test will be placed in the appropriate semester of college Spanish. Consult the Spanish department advisor for details.

B.   Required courses (9-12 units):

SPA 305.    Advanced Composition, Syntax and Stylistics (3)

SPA 311.    The Structure of Spanish (3)

SPA 341.    Advanced Conversation (3)

SPA 435.    A Sociolinguistic Approach to
Mexican American Dialect (3)

 

 

Subject Matter Preparation Program in Spanish (48 units)

The Subject Matter Preparation Program in Spanish is designed for students interested in a career in teaching Spanish at the secondary school level. This program satisfies the requirements set by the State Commission on Teacher Credentialing for demonstrating substantive preparation in the subject matter field of Spanish. Completion of an approved waiver program or passing The National Teachers Examination in the subject matter field fulfills one part of the requirements leading to the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Spanish. While the waiver in Spanish is not an academic major, credits earned toward a major in Spanish can be used to meet most of the requirements of the waiver program. Students interested in pursuing a teaching career at the secondary level should meet regularly with the designated departmental waiver program advisor.

A.   Lower Division Required Courses (12 units)

SPA 110.    Beginning Spanish I (3)

SPA 111.    Beginning Spanish II (3)

SPA 220.    Intermediate Spanish I (3)

SPA 221.    Intermediate Spanish II (3)

B.   Upper Division Required Courses (36 units)

SPA 305.    Advanced Composition, Syntax, and Stylistics (3)

SPA 311.    The Structure of Spanish (3)

SPA 314.    Spanish Phonology (3)

SPA 330.    Interpreting Hispanic Literature (3)

SPA 341.    Advanced Conversation (3)

SPA 350.    Contemporary Hispanic Culture: Spain (3)

SPA 351.    Contemporary Hispanic Culture: Spanish-Speaking America (3)

SPA 400.    Teaching School Subject Matter in Spanish (3)

SPA 435.    A Sociolinguistic Approach to Mexican American Dialect (3)

SPA 453.    The Literature of Spain (3) or

SPA 461.    Lectura Mexicana y Chicana

SPA 456.    Literature of Spanish America (3)

SPA 454.    Cervantes: Don Quijote (3)

SPA 490.    Seminar in Special Topics in Spanish or Spanish American Literature (3)

 

 

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

Lower Division

SPA 110    Beginning Spanish I (3).

Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in SPA 100.

Basic instruction in Spanish. Training in speaking, listening, reading, and writing for students who have had no previous work in Spanish.

SPA 111    Beginning Spanish II (3).

Prerequisite: SPA 110 or equivalent.

A continuation of Spanish 110.

SPA 115    Intensive Beginning Spanish (6).

Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in SPA 100.

An accelerated course in beginning Spanish; emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension. Development of elementary reading and writing skills. Active participation and engagement. The equivalent of SPA 110 plus SPA 111.

SPA 151    Introduction to Hispanic Culture (3).

Introduction to Hispanic Culture. A designated geographical area studies course focusing on patterns of culture in the Spanish-speaking world. Specific topic will vary from semester to semester; for example, Mexico and the Southwestern U.S., or Contemporary Spain. Conducted in English.

SPA 220    Intermediate Spanish I (3).

Prerequisite: SPA 111 or equivalent.

A continuation of Spanish 111, with emphasis on oral communication skills.

SPA 221    Intermediate Spanish II (3) FS.

Prerequisite: SPA 220 or equivalent.

A continuation of Spanish 220, with emphasis on reading and writing.

SPA 230    Spanish Conversation (3).

Intermediate-level Spanish conversation with special emphasis on increasing the oral proficiency of second-language learners of Spanish.  Conversational functions practiced will include describing and identifying people, places, things, and events, requesting and providing information, and expressing opinions.  Student will be exposed to various aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures.

SPA 280    Grammar for Spanish Composition (3).

Prerequisite: SPA 221 or equivalent

In this course, students advance their knowledge of Spanish grammar in the areas of orthography, accentuation, punctuation, parts of speech, verb morphology, sentences types, and they study essay types, with an emphasis on narration.

Upper Division

SPA 302    Business Spanish (3).

Prerequisite: Knowledge of Spanish.

The principal objective of this course is to prepare students to use Spanish for business.  Topics for this course include: 1) informal vs. formal Spanish; 2) the communicative purpose: informative vs. persuasive presentation; 3) technology and business; 4) the language of finance; 6) legal language for business; and 7) ethical considerations and their reflection on language use.

SPA 305    Advanced Composition, Syntax and Stylistics I (3).

Prerequisite: SPA 221 or equivalent.

A reading, composition, and discussion course concerned with elements of style and syntax, with emphasis on creative writing by the students.

SPA 306    Advanced Composition, Syntax and Stylistics II (3).

Prerequisite: SPA 305.

A reading, composition and discussion course that focuses on expository writing and literary criticism. Three hours of lecture per week.

SPA 311    The Structure of Spanish (3).

Prerequisite: SPA 280.

An analysis of the sounds, formations, and routines of the language, focusing on global characteristics of Spanish that English speakers need to acquire. Selected language acquisition problems of English speakers featured.

SPA 330    Interpreting Hispanic Literature (3).

Prerequisite: SPA 305.

Analysis and interpretation of representative Hispanic prose, poetry, and drama.

SPA 340    Practical Spanish for Interpreters and Translators (3).

Prerequisite: SPA 305 or equivalent.

Translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish with practical application for journalistic, advertising, commercial, and governmental activities. Introduction to the art of consecutive translation.

SPA 341    Advanced Conversation (3).

Prerequisite: SPA 221 or equivalent.

Intensive conversation leading to fluency in the use of academic Spanish.  The course aims to develop a comprehensive vocabulary which prepares the student for persuasive and oratory speeches, as well as for upper division linguistics and literature courses.  Useful for public service and the bilingual/cross-cultural credential program. 

SPA 350    Contemporary Hispanic Culture: Spain (3).

Prerequisite: SPA 221 or equivalent.

An area studies course focusing on patterns of culture in contemporary Spain.

SPA 351    Contemporary Hispanic Culture: Spanish-Speaking America (3).

Prerequisite: SPA 221 or equivalent.

A designated geographical area studies course focusing on patterns of culture in the Spanish-speaking world. Specific topics may vary from semester to semester. Norms, intergroup relations, institutions, language, and societal values of rural and urban people.

SPA 400    Teaching School Subject Matter in Spanish (3).

Prerequisite: Knowledge of Spanish or consent of instructor.

Vocabulary and materials used in elementary or secondary schools for teaching reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies in Spanish. Aspects and problems of language acquisition and linguistic transitions made by English speakers acquiring Spanish proficiency. Required for credential candidates.

SPA 414    Spanish Phonology (3).

Prerequisite: SPA 311.

A beginning course in the segmental and suprasegmental phonetic systems: phonological pronunciation phenomena of standard and regional Spanish.

SPA 430    Spanish Morphology (3).

Prerequisite: SPA 311; SPA 305 is recommended.

In-depth introduction to selected topics of Morphology.  Topics include inflection, derivation, and compounding, as well as the relation of morphology to phonology, syntax and the lexicon.

SPA 435    A Sociolinguistic Approach to Chicano/Latino Dialect (3).

Identification of characteristic linguistic difficulties of Spanish-speaking children correlated to social-cultural background. Contrastive analyses of the linguistic competencies and performances for these children learning English. Repeatable course.

SPA 440    Spanish Syntax (3).

Prerequisites: SPA 305, SPA 311.  SPA 430 is recommended.

Study of the formation and structure of phrases, clauses, and sentences in Spanish, informed by the generative Syntax theoretical framework.

SPA 450    History of the Spanish Language (3).

Prerequisite: SPA 311

History of the development of the Spanish language from Vulgar Latin to the present.

SPA 453    The Literature of Spain (3).

Prerequisites: SPA 330.

Readings and analysis of Spanish literary works in all genres. Topic varies from semester to semester. Repeatable course.

SPA 454    Cervantes: Don Quijote (3).

Prerequisite: SPA 330 or equivalent.

Reading and analysis of the major work of Spanish literature.

SPA 456    Literature of Spanish America (3).

Prerequisites: SPA 330.

Readings and analysis of selected works of Spanish American literature. Course content may cover a single country or a literary movement or genre as represented in various Spanish American countries. Topic varies from semester to semester. Repeatable course.

SPA 461    Lecturas Mexicanas y Chicanas (3).

Prerequisites: SPA 330.

Reading and analysis of Mexican and Chicano literary works in all genres.  Specific genre and country will vary from semester to semester.  Three hours of lecture per week.

SPA 490    Seminar in Special Topics in Spanish or Spanish American Literature (3).

Prerequisite: SPA 305, SPA 306, SPA 31, SPA 330, SPA 340, SPA 350, SPA 351.

Intensive study of a single author, a literary movement, a literary genre, or a single literary work, or an issue/topic in linguistics.  Repeatable with different topics for credit.  Three hours of seminar per week.

SPA 494    Independent Study (3).

Prerequisites: “B” average in Spanish; consent of instructor and department chair.

Independent study of a literary or linguistic problem, an author, or a literary movement. Repeatable course.

SPA 495    Special Topics in Spanish (3).

Prerequisites: Senior Standing and consent of the instructor.

Intensive study of a topic in Spanish literature, linguistics or culture. May be repeated with a different topic for up to six units.

 

Graduate

Graduate standing or consent of the graduate program coordinator is prerequisite to enrollment in graduate (500 level) courses.

 

SPA 594    Independent Study (1-3).

Prerequisites: Consent of department chair and faculty advisor.

In consultation with a faculty member, the student will investigate, in detail, current scholarship in selected area(s) or will undertake a project involving original research or creative study. Repeatable course.

SPA 595    Special Topics in Spanish (3).

Prerequisites: Two upper division courses in Spanish Literature, two upper division courses in Spanish Linguistics, or consent of the instructor.

Intensive study of a topic of current interest to the disciplines of Spanish Literature and Spanish Linguistics. Topic and content will vary each term. New topics will be offered each term. Course may be repeated with different topic.

SPA 597    Directed Reading (1-3).

Prerequisites: Consent of department chair and faculty advisor.

Extensive reading in selected areas under the guidance of a faculty member. Repeatable course.

Infrequently Offered Courses

The following courses are scheduled only on a “demand” basis. Students should consult the department office for information about the next scheduled offering.

 

SPA 105    Career Related Spanish I (3).

Basic communication skills in Spanish for persons currently working or planning a career in education, business, allied health fields, social welfare, as well as other sectors of the world of work.

SPA 320    Bilingual Community Internship (3).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Participation in an off-campus internship directly servicing monolingual Spanish-speaking persons. Provides experience for persons who are developing reasonable communication skills in Spanish in a commercial or public service setting. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units. Repeatable course. An average of two hours of lecture per week plus fieldwork. CR/NC grading.