​Listed below are the course descriptions of the classes offered by the Spanish Program in compliance with the 2016-17 CMU Bulletin. To view the most current classes offered by CMU click HERE.

SPN 101 Elementary Spanish I 4(4-0)
Designed for students who have had no Spanish. Basic language skills. Introduction to the culture of the Spanish-speaking countries. Students who have had previous preparation in Spanish are required to take a placement exam. Students who have had more than two years of high school Spanish may enroll only with permission of instructor. May be offered in an online or hybrid format.  (Group IV-B: Studies in Cultures Outside of the Anglo-American Tradition).

SPN 102 Elementary Spanish II 4(4-0)
Designed for students who have had Spanish 101. or the equivalent. Basic language skills.  Introduction to the culture of the Spanish-speaking countries.  Students who have previous preparation in Spanish are required to take a placement exam at www.chsbs.cmich.edu/fllc using the password chippewas1. Students who have had more than two years of high school Spanish may enroll only with permission of instructor.  This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: SPN 101. (University Program Group IV-B Studies in Cultures Outside of the Anglo-American Tradition)

SPN 105 Accelerated Elementary Spanish  4(4-0)
Intended for students with high school or other preparation in Spanish who are not ready to begin Intermediate Spanish. Combines SPN 101 and 102. Students with previous preparation in Spanish are required to take a placement exam.  (University Program Group IV-B Studies in Cultures Outside of the Anglo-American Tradition)

SPN 110 Study Abroad 1-8(Spec)
Intended for beginning students studying abroad. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

SPN 201 Intermediate Spanish I 4(4-0)
Further development of all language and reading skills, a review of grammar, and exploration of Hispanic culture. May be offered as Writing Intensive.  Recommended: SPN 102. (University Program Group IV-B Studies in Cultures Outside of the Anglo-American Tradition)

SPN 202 Intermediate Spanish II 4(4-0)
Designed to develop fluency in reading Spanish; cultural emphasis. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Recommended: SPN 201. (University Program Group IV-B Studies in Cultures Outside of the Anglo-American Tradition)

SPN 210 Study Abroad 1-12(Spec)
Intended for intermediate students of Spanish studying abroad. Prerequisite: SPN 102.

SPN 214 Intermediate Conversation and Composition 3(3-0)
Designed to develop fluency and accuracy in written and oral expression. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Recommended: SPN 202; or may be taken concurrently with SPN 202.  (University Program Group IV-B Studies in Cultures Outside of the Anglo-American Tradition)

SPN 310 Study Abroad 1-12(Spec)
Intended for advanced students studying abroad. Prerequisites: SPN 202; permission of instructor.
 
SPN 320 Spanish Pronunciation
Provides an understanding of Spanish articulatory phonetics and helps students improve pronunciation by training them in Spanish articulatory habits to make their pronunciation more native-like. Recommended: SPN 214
 
SPN 331 Advanced Grammar and Composition
Designed to develop greater accuracy in grammar and fluency in written expression in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPN 202, SPN 214.
 
SPN 335 Spanish for Business 3(3-0)
Designed for students interested in acquiring practical Spanish vocabulary related to business, and in developing writing, reading and speaking skills through business documents in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 214.
 
SPN 341 Advanced Spanish Conversation 3(3-0)
Intended for those with some skill in speaking Spanish who wish to achieve greater fluency. Recommended: SPN 202 and SPN 214.
 
SPN 370 Advanced Studies in Spanish 1-12(Spec)
Special topics may include language, literature and/or culture. May be repeated when the content is not a duplication of a previous special topics offering. Prerequisite: SPN 331.

SPN 375 Introduction to Spanish/English Translation 3(3-0) 
Introduction to the history, theory, and practice of translation in Spanish. Special attention will be paid to the translation principles concerning a variety of texts.  Prerequisite: SPN 331.
 
SPN 376 Culture and Civilization of Spain 3(3-0)
Spanish culture and civilization focusing on political, social, intellectual, and artistic developments and their influence on the history and present of Spain. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: SPN 331.
 
SPN 377 Culture and Civilization of Latin America 3(3-0)
Historical and cultural development of Latin America from the pre-Columbian era through the present. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: SPN 331.
 
SPN 386 Survey of Spanish Literature (Beginning to 1700) 3(3-0)
Literature of Spain from the Middle Ages to 1700. Prerequisite: SPN 331.
 
SPN 387 Survey of Spanish Literature (1700 to Present) 3(3-0)
Literature of Spain from the eighteenth century to the present. Prerequisite: SPN 331.
 
SPN 388 Survey of Spanish-American Literature (Beginnings to Modernism) 3(3-0)
General acquaintance with the literature of Spanish America from its beginnings to the modernist movement. Selections from representative authors. Prerequisite: SPN 331.
 
SPN 389 Survey of Spanish-American Literature (Modernism to Present ) 3(3-0)
General acquaintance with the literature of Spanish America from modernism to the present. Selections from representative authors. Prerequisite: SPN 331.

SPN 390 Chicano/Latino  Experience in the US 3(3-0) 
An examination of the Chicano/Latino experience in the US, including broader issues of inequality, race, ethnicity and discrimination.  Taught in Spanish. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: SPN 331  (University Program Group IV-C Studies in Racism and Cultural Diversity in the United States)
 
SPN 404 Drama of the Siglo de Oro 3(3-0)
A study of major and lesser playwrights of the 17th century. Recommended: SPN 376 or SPN 377; AND one of SPN 386, SPN 387, SPN 388, SPN 389.
 
SPN 405WI Modern and Contemporary Spanish Novel 3(3-0)
Development of the novel in Spain from the nineteenth century to the present. Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: SPN 376 or SPN 377; AND one of: SPN 386, SPN 387, SPN 388, SPN 389.

SPN 406 The Generation of 1898 3(3-0)
A study of the literary works of this group as masterpieces of literature and as a reflection of national and spiritual values. Recommended: SPN 376 or SPN 377; AND one of: SPN 386, SPN 387,  SPN 388, SPN 389.

SPN 410 Study Abroad 1-12(Spec)
Intended for advanced students studying abroad. Prerequisites: Six hours of Spanish at the 300 level; permission of instructor.

SPN 411 Practicum in Teaching Spanish 3(2-1)
Techniques for teaching and testing foreign language skills, planning lessons and units, and selecting materials for secondary-level classrooms. Practical experience through mini-teaching situations. Prerequisites: two 300-level courses; passing the competency exam; departmental permission.
 
SPN 412 Practicum: Secondary Field Experience 1(Spec)
Pre-student teaching experience in middle or high school teaching situations. CR/NC only. Co-requisite: SPN 411.
 
SPN 415WI Spanish-American Novels  3(3-0)
Representative masterpieces of the novel as they reflect the political and social conditions of the Spanish-American countries. Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: SPN 376 or SPN 377; AND one of: SPN 386, SPN 387, SPN 388, SPN 389.
 
SPN 416 Spanish-American Drama and Essay 3(3-0)
Representative masterpieces of the two genres as they reflect the political and social conditions of the Spanish American countries. Recommended: SPN 376 or SPN 377 AND one of: SPN 386, SPN 387, SPN 388, SPN 389.
 
SPN 417 Spanish-American Poetry and Short Story 3(3-0)
Representative masterpieces of the two genres as they reflect the political and social conditions of the Spanish American countries. Recommended: SPN 376 or SPN 377 AND one ofSPN 386, SPN 387, SPN 388, SPN 389.
 
SPN 421 Foreign Language in Elementary Schools 1(1-0)
Techniques for teaching and testing foreign language skills, planning lessons and units, and selecting materials for the elementary school classroom. Practical experience through mini-teaching situations. Co-requisites: SPN 411.
 
SPN 422 Practicum: Elementary Field Experience 1(Spec)
Pre-student teaching experience in elementary teaching situations. CR/NC only. Co-requisite: SPN 421.

SPN 431WI Advanced Writing in Spanish 3(3-0)
Writing Spanish in different registers, giving special consideration to the command of grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and style. Emphasis on expository and argumentative texts. Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: SPN 331 with a B- or better; SPN 376 or 377.
 
SPN 470 Advanced Studies in Spanish 1-12(Spec)
Special topics may include language, literature and/or culture. May be repeated when the content is not a duplication of a previous special topics offering. Recommended: SPN 376 or SPN 377 AND one of: SPN 386, SPN 387, SPN 388, SPN 389.
 
SPN 508 Contemporary Spanish Novel and Short Story 3(3-0)
Outstanding novels and short stories of Spain since 1940 reflecting politics, society, economics, and culture of Spain after the Civil War. Recommended: three (3) credits in Spanish at the 400 level.

SPN 585 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics 3(3-0)
Seminar on the major aspects of Hispanic Linguistics such as sound patterns, word-formation, sentence structure, meaning and context, discourse structure, regional and social variation. Prerequisite: one 400-level SPN course; or graduate standing in the M.A. Spanish Program.

SPN 591 Special Topics in Spanish 1-9(Spec)
Special topics may include language, literature and/or culture.  May be repeated when the content is not a duplication of a previous special topics offering.  Recommended: three (3) credits in Spanish at the 400-level; or graduate standing in the M.A. Spanish Program.

SPN 595 Theory and Practice of Translation 3(3-0)
Seminar on the historical, theoretical and practical aspects of translation. The link between linguistic and cultural factors and their relationship to translation will be emphasized.  This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format.  Prerequisites: SPN 375; one SPN 400 level course; or graduate standing in M.A. Spanish Program.

SPN 597 Independent Study 1-6(Spec)
The in-depth study of a topic under the direction of a faculty member who together with a student designs the format of the study. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and department chairperson; three (3) credits in Spanish at the 400 level.