minors

Spanish Minor (updated March 2010)

The minor in Spanish will equip students to understand, speak, read and write Spanish fluently, and will introduce them to the contemporary cultures and ways of life of the peoples of Spanish speaking countries. This program is comprised of required coursework totaling eighteen credits including language courses from the intermediate through to the advanced level. The courses cover the cultures of the peoples of Spain and Spanish speaking countries, with an additional course at the three or four hundred level depending on each student’s area of interest.

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HLS 201 Intermediate Spanish III 3
HLS 202 Intermediate Spanish IV 3
HLS 301 Advanced Spanish Grammar
& Composition 3
HLS 303 Spanish Civilization and Culture 3
HLS 306 Advanced Spanish Conversation 3

One additional course is required and may be chosen from the following:

HLS 304 Spanish Phonetics 3
(Or a course in Spanish Literature)
HLS 311 Survey of Spanish Literature 3
HLS 405 Contemporary Spanish American Literature 3
HLS 406 Latin American Novel 3
HLS 407 Contemporary Spanish Literature 3

Spanish Course Descriptions

HLS 101, Spanish I (3). This course introduces students to the basic elements of the Spanish language, focusing on the development of communicative skills in the language as it is spoken by native speakers. Emphasis is placed on all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. An overview of the cultures of Spanish speaking peoples of the world is an integral part of the coursework.

HLS102, Spanish II (3) Prerequisite: HLS 101. This course is a continuation of Spanish I, and will build upon the knowledge acquired in Spanish I. More emphasis is placed on assisting the students to apply their skills in the language.

HLS 201, Intermediate Spanish III (3) Prerequisite: HLS 102. This course will review grammatical principles, verbs and idioms. The focus of the course will be to improve readings and writing skills. Students will be exposed to a diverse selection of literary readings and fine arts from Spanish speaking peoples.

HLS 202, Intermediate Spanish IV (3) Prerequisite: HLS 102 or consent of instructor. This course will expand and increase writing and reading in the language through in-depth understanding of grammatical structures and concepts. Cultural readings will be part of the course work.

HLS 301, Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition (3) Prerequisite: HLS 102 equivalent or consent of instructor. An intensive workshop course in which students will write different types of compositions including, but not limited to, description, narration, comparison and contrast, analysis, synthesis, and argumentation. In this workshop, grammar is seen as more than a set of rules. Grammar is studied as a practical tool to express thoughts, feelings, and perspectives. As the students write, they will refer to direct, concise grammatical examples in a state-of-the art dictionary that will lead them step by step, to write correctly in a foreign language. Some basic research is required to support students’ theses in their papers.

HLS 303, Spanish Civilization and Culture (3) Prerequisite: HLS 302 Spanish Civilization and Cultures will survey the rise of the cultures of Spain and Latin America from the formation of the civilization and cultures to the present time. Discussions will be centered on history, politics, customs, literature, art, music and all other aspects of Hispanic cultures. Class materials will be presented using a chronological timeline. All lectures and assignments will be in Spanish.

HLS 304, Spanish Phonetics (3) Prerequisite: HLS 302. This course is designed to teach students the phonetic system of the Spanish Language.

HLS 306 Advanced Spanish Conversation (3) (G designation) Prerequisite: HLS 202, equivalent or consent of instructor. Advanced Spanish Conversation is designed to assist students practice the oral communication skills they need as educated professionals, community leaders and future teachers. Students will engage in dialogues, panels, and will prepare short speeches to present them in class. They will receive immediate feedback from peers and faculty evaluators.

HLS 405, Contemporary Spanish American Literature (3) Prerequisite: HLS 301, equivalent or consent of instructor. An intensive study of 20th and 21st Century Spanish American Literature concentrating on the novel and short story.

HLS 406, Latin American Novel (3) Prerequisite: HLS 301, equivalent or consent of instructor.
The study of the novel in Spanish America from it beginning through the novel of the Mexican Revolution.

HLS 407, Contemporary Spanish Literature (3) Prerequisite: HLS 301, equivalent or consent of instructor. The Literature of Spain from the 1898 to the present with an emphasis on the novel and drama.

HLS 311, Survey of Spanish literature. Prerequisite: HLS 301. Survey of Spanish literature is an introductory course comprising significant works from the Poems of Mio Cid through the Golden age. Students will learn to recognize major literary movements by identifying their characteristic features in selected genres written throughout these times. Accordingly, students will analyze epic poetry, prose models, and drama written by Spanish authors. Every work will be interpreted in the light of historical, political, social and/or economic contexts.
 

Minor In French

The minor in French will equip students to understand, speak, read and write French fluently, and will introduce them to the contemporary cultures and ways of life of the peoples of France and other francophone countries. This program is comprised of required coursework totaling eighteen credits including language courses from the intermediate through to the advanced level, a course in the culture of the peoples of France and francophone countries, with an additional course at the three or four hundred level depending on the student’s area of interest.

Guidelines for the French Minor: (18)

HLF 201 Intermediate French III 3
HLF 202 Intermediate French IV 3
HLF 301 Advanced French Grammar & Composition 3
HLF 302 Advanced French Conversation 3
HLF 305 Advanced Civilization and Cultures 3

One additional course is required and may be chosen from the following:

HLF 304 French Phonetics 3
HLF 405 Modern French Drama 3
HLF 406 Modern French Novel 3
HLF 408 French Literature Outside of France 3