The foreign language curriculum is designed to introduce all Drury students to selected languages of the world and their cultural and literary traditions. Language majors are prepared for graduate studies and also for careers in a variety of fields including teaching, international business and other professional disciplines. The department offers majors and minors in French and Spanish.
A Spanish major requires a minimum of 27 hours, and at least three hours required for the major must be taken at the 400-level. Faculty approval is recommended before enrolling in any 300-level course or above.
All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.
Prerequisite: SPAN 202. This intermediate - advanced Spanish course is designed to review and practice previously learned grammatical concepts in Spanish as well as to learn to recognize and use specific advanced structures in the Spanish language. To this end, students will expand their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar through practice in both spoken and written Spanish, and will experiment with a variety of writing styles over the course of the semester.
Prerequisite: SPAN 202. This course focuses on increasing and developing listening and communication skills through intensive practice in Spanish conversation. Students will have periodic readings, simulations, and presentations as a basis for conversation throughout the semester.
Choose seven courses (21 hrs.)
(At least one must be at the 400 level)
Designed to develop, with SPAN 202, a more advanced proficiency in Spanish. This course provides instruction for and assesses students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening and provides a continuation of study of the cultures and cultural practices of the Spanish-speaking world.
A continuation of SPAN 201, designed to continue the development of a more advanced proficiency in Spanish. This course provides instruction for and assesses students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening and provides a continuation of study of the cultures and cultural practices of the Spanish-speaking world.
Prerequisite: SPAN 101. Intensive study of Spanish at the elementary level, undertaken as part of a Drury-sponsored travel experience in a Spanish-speaking country. Students can fulfill the foreign language requirement by passing SPAN 101 and this course.
Prerequisite: SPAN 306. A study of the culture of Spain, including such subjects as music, dance, art, folklore, religion and customs of daily life. Particularly recommended for students planning to study in Spain.
Prerequisite: SPAN 306. A study of culture of Spanish America, including such subjects as music, dance, art, folklore, religion and customs of daily life. Particular attention paid to the ways in which elements of Spanish, Native American and African cultures have combined to create distinctive regional cultures. Particularly recommended for students planning to study in Spanish America.
Prerequisite: SPAN 306. Hispanic studies represent an interdisciplinary exploration of the literature, intellectual history and civilization of Spain and Spanish America, as well as in the Spanish language. This course provides a space in which students not only have the opportunity to continue their development of language skills, but also to study a wide range of literary and cultural topics, introducing students to elite, mass and folk cultures of Latin America and Spain. Sample topics include transculturation, globalization, border culture, and relations between culture, democratization and human rights. Organized in units, this course serves as an introduction to the field of Hispanic studies, as well as to the methods and theories used in upper? division analyses of literary and cultural representations. Students will develop skills in writing research papers in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 306. A study of contemporary Spanish culture including such subjects as health care, politics, economics, foreign policy, education and the arts. Particularly recommended for students planning to study in Spain.
Prerequisite: SPAN 306. Reading and discussion in Spanish of the most important authors of Spanish America, with emphasis on the twentieth century.
Prerequisite: SPAN 306. Reading and discussion in Spanish of the most important authors of Spain with emphasis on the Golden Age and the twentieth century.
This course investigates issues of power, space and archetypes in the literature written by Hispanic women. Beginning with the first great women writers, this course proceeds chronologically to the twenty-first century.
This course is designed to give students active participation with the Hispanic community. Students will combine preparation and reflection in the classroom with real?life experiences as part of a group volunteer project. At the same time, students will learn about the local and national Hispanic community. This course will afford them opportunities to expand their knowledge and their linguistic competence.
Prerequisite: SPAN 306. Special topics on rotation, such as translation and interpretation, advanced grammar and composition, history of Spain, history of Latin America and commercial Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 306. Special topics on rotation, such as Cervantes, other individual authors, literary movements and genre studies.
This course is designed to give students familiarity with the Latin American Boom and narratives after the Boom. Beginning with some precursors to the Boom, students will gain an understanding of the importance of this group of writers in both a regional (Latin American) as well as global context and will then explore the impact of the Boom for future generations of writers. All class sessions will be conducted in Spanish, and papers and tests will be written in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 305. This course provides students with the opportunity to synthesize the information, theories and concepts introduced in Spanish 305 and through the upper-division course offerings in literature, history, culture and film studies. The course provides an advanced opportunity for students to refine and perfect their skills in comprehension and expression of the Spanish language while learning more about textual and cultural representations of the Hispanic World.
Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.
Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.
Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options. S/U grading.