Spanish Courses

SPA 101 Introduction to Spanish I - 3 credits

Introduces students to the essentials of Spanish with emphasis on learning to speak and to understand practical, conversational Spanish. The class prepares students for basic communication in Spanish and explores different aspects of Hispanic cultures: countries, customs, traditions and people.

SPA 102 Introduction to Spanish II - 3 credits

A continuation of SPA 101. In this course students keep learning aspects of Hispanic cultures, increase basic vocabulary, review basic grammar and acquire additional key grammatical structures, and further develop simple conversational, written, and reading skills.

Prerequisite: SPA 101 or equivalent proficiency, and by placement evaluation.

SPA 105 Spanish for Health Care Professionals - 3 credits

This is a communication-oriented course, with a practical task-based approach. Its goal is to introduce essential Spanish vocabulary, practical reference information, and present students with everyday situations that health care professionals may encounter at work settings such as hospitals, emergency rooms, doctor's offices, and clinics when dealing with Spanish-speaking patients and personnel. It also provides an introduction to the major grammatical features of the language.

SPA 120 Conversational Spanish for Business - 3 credits

Develops the basic Spanish language skills required to interact in today’s business world. It provides the introduction to the major grammatical features of the Spanish language and the context of business, as well as essential business vocabulary.

SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I - 3 credits

  This course strengthens the concepts learned at the basic level, and introduces students to more complex structures of the Spanish language. It focuses on real communication in meaningful contexts to develop and consolidate student’s speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. In addition to taking an interactive, communicative approach, this class aims to teach a cultural knowledge of the rich Hispanic world through the study of different lifestyles, traditions and customs.
Prerequisite: SPA 102 or equivalent proficiency, and by placement evaluation.

SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II - 3 credits

A continuation of Spanish 201. This course builds on the speaking, reading and writing skills already acquired in Spanish, and it provides exposure to new vocabulary and grammatical forms. Emphasis will be placed on fluency and accuracy of spoken Spanish. Students will also be exposed to different cultural and literary manifestations of the Spanish-speaking world.
Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or equivalent proficiency, and by placement evaluation.

SPA 203 Spanish in the Workplace - 3 credits

An intensive course designed to refine the student’s Spanish reading, translation, and communication skills in career/professional situations, and to give the student information on Hispanic business and commercial customs and practices.

SPA 205 Spanish for Health Professionals - 3 credits

Designed to enrich students’ vocabulary with terms that can be used in the many careers related to health care or health and wellness. Much of the vocabulary is also appropriate for the layperson wishing greater facility with anatomical and other common medical terms in Spanish. The course will develop Spanish writing skills, grammar, and communicative ability in this context within the parameters of the online medium via assignments appropriate to the student’s individual skill level and professional interests (including but not limited to specialized vocabulary, letter and memo writing, interview skills, or interpretation). The course’s thematic focus is health issues as they pertain to Hispanic populations in the United States.

SPA 300 Linguistics and Translation - 3 credits

Explores how lexicon, structure, and dialect change throughout the Hispanic world. We will study some of the issues inherent in Spanish spoken in the U.S.; issues of language contact and language mixture; facts about language learning and use, especially as they pertain to K-12 teaching of Spanish in the U.S.; linguistic terminology useful to non-linguists; techniques of literary translation (how to do it) and practicalities of translation (how to use the skill to enhance your career).
Class is taught in Spanish.

SPA 301 Conversation and Composition - 3 credits

A study of vocabulary and idioms used in spoken Spanish with varied exercises to develop ease in writing. Special emphasis is placed on learning to communicate in situations of everyday life and the usage of specialized vocabulary. The student is introduced to Spanish-language resources available on the Internet.
Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or equivalent proficiency, and by placement evaluation.

SPA 302 Advanced Conversation and Composition - 3 credits

Through individualized and guided conversation, students continue to acquire vocabulary, structures and idioms essential to ease in communication on the advanced level. This course includes intensive in-class practice in speaking through role-playing, debates, simulated interviews and discussions. Students learn to express themselves orally and in writing on a wide range of topics from current events to personal values.
Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or equivalent proficiency, and by placement evaluation.

SPA 303 and 304 Survey of Spanish Literature and culture- 3 credits each term

An overview of the richness and variety of Spanish literature and culture from its origins in the Middle Ages through the twentieth century. The readings consist of a variety of genres of work (including poetry, prose and drama) presented in chronological order by numerous authors. The analysis of the works incorporates not just to the literary techniques employed by their authors but also the social, historical, ideological, religious, and political backgrounds that contributed to their creation. The course also includes critical discussions and reflections in connection with the culture and everyday life in Spain.
Class is taught in Spanish.

SPA 305 Survey of Latin-American Literature and Culture- 3 credits

A study of Latin American literature from pre-Columbus period to the present. The course examines a wide range of genres (including poetry, prose and drama) and representative authors of Latin America. Special attention is given to explore literature as a fundamental reflection of culture, taking into account sociopolitical historical, and ideological aspects present in all texts. In other words, this class should not be considered a literature course per se, but an invitation to a broadly delineated and profoundly rich cultural world of Latin America. The course also includes critical discussions and reflections in connection with the culture and everyday life in Latin America.
Class is taught in Spanish.

SPA 306 Seventeenth-Century Spanish Literature: The Golden Age - 3 credits

An introduction to the glitter and the terror of the Spanish Golden Age, with all its artistic splendor, political intrigues and religious persecutions. Main themes of the course include the interconnectedness of literary development and political climate, the Spanish code of honor, and the role of women in Spanish Baroque society and literature. Writers include Cervantes, Calderón, Lope de Vega and Tirso de Molina.
Class is taught in Spanish.

SPA 310 Hispanic Women Writers - 3 credits

A study of Hispanic women and their world(s) through the media of text, film and cybertext. Students read and write short stories (by, for and about women), hear the biography of Latina writers through the ages, discover and share information on prominent Latina figures available on the Internet, and participate in a classroom literary gathering. Emphasis is placed on living Latina writers and their perspectives, and how they relate to the Cedar Crest students’ experience as women.
Class is taught in Spanish.

SPA 311 Hispanic Culture and Civilization - 3 credits

A study of the relationship between Spanish and Latin-American history, the idea of colonial culture, and Latin-American identity in the United States and the modern world. Students experience the culture by seeing Hispanic films and/or theatrical works as well as through readings.
Class is taught in Spanish.

SPA 312 Hispanic Popular Culture in the United States - 3 credits

Explores in-depth the cultural variety of the Hispanic experience in the U.S., both as it exists currently and as it developed over the past five centuries. Students acquaint themselves with Latino history in the United States and better understand their evolving relationships with other ethnic groups. They also reflect upon the presence and portrayal of Hispanics in the U.S. film, television and other performing arts, and read literature written by U.S. Latinos and Latinas. We focus our inquiry particularly upon the Latino community of the Lehigh Valley.
Class is taught in Spanish.

SPA 313 Caribbean Literature and Culture- 3 credits

An examination of how the history and writings of the peoples of the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Puerto Rico differ from those of other Latin American cultures (or non-Hispanic Caribbean cultures). It considers the historical, political, and cultural factors that have shaped Caribbean literature. We will evaluate how we can characterize Cuban, Puerto Rican, or Dominican identity based on the pictures conveyed in their literature and will engage in critical discussions and reflections in connection with the culture and everyday life in the Hispanic Caribbean.
Class is taught in Spanish.

SPA 315 Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture - 3 credits

A variety of topics chosen by students and faculty for in-depth study. Selected topics include: introduction to literary analysis; the Spanish Civil War; the generation of 1898; contemporary Spanish and Latin-American literature; southern Mediterranean civilization; and literature of the conquistadores.
Class is taught in Spanish.

SPA 160, 260 and 360 Special Topics - 1-3 credits

Highlights special topics that are not covered by regular departmental offerings.

SPA 391 and 392 Independent Study - 1-3 credits each term

Consists of individual projects. Students electing this course prepare a reading list and outline of the proposed project in consultation with a member of the department. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.