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Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

The study of world languages and literature lies at the very center of the humanities. World language majors not only acquire skills in reading, writing and speaking foreign languages, but they also explore and develop an appreciation for literature and broader cultures of lands and people around the globe. The Spanish program offers students the opportunity to study the language and literature of the Hispanic world, including both Peninsular and Latin American cultures. 

A minor in Spanish or Spanish Translation/Interpreting is also offered, requiring students to complete 18 hours of courses, with at least 12 hours of upper level Spanish courses. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the number of job openings for interpreters and translators is projected to increase by an incredible 46% by the year 2022. Students pursuing this minor open up future career opportunities in a range of professional fields.

Summer and Fall 2016 Detailed Course Descriptions

SPAN 398 01W Topics in Spanish Language and Literature: Representations of the Spanish Civil War with Dr. Shannon Polchow
This upper-division course is an online Maymester course offered in Spanish.

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SPAN U311 Introduction to Non-Literary Translation (with Service Learning Component) with Maria Francesco-Monteso
This course will provide students with both the theoretical and practical problem-solving skills necessary for professional translation English<>Spanish. Throughout the semester students will experience a brief introduction to legal, medical, technical and commercial translation using texts in their linguistic and cultural context with an overview of the current translator profession. In addition to language skills, freelance project management, ethics, billing and liability of professional translators will be studied. The course will end with a Service-Learning project where students will translate real documents for non-profit organizations from our Hispanic community, which are part of the Hispanic Alliance. These translation projects will assist our Hispanic community with LEP (limited English proficiency) to better understand the services offered in our county and state.

**NOTE: This course is offered every other spring, but can be taken as independent study in other semesters with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: ENGL U252 and SPAN202, or SPAN309

SPAN U314 Advanced Spanish Language II with Dr. June Carter
This is the second of two writing courses designed to improve students’ writing skills in Spanish through continued practice of the fundamental elements of the language. Students continue practice of the fundamental elements of the language and exercises in composition. Spanish majors, students with a knowledge of Spanish and anyone who is interested in understanding the nature of writing or seeing writing as a process and communicative act rather than a product are encouraged to enroll. To encourage the development of foreign language proficiency, this course is standards-driven, based on the National Standards for World Language Learning and the South Carolina Academic Achievement Standards. 

Required Texts: Composición: proceso y síntesis by Valdés, Dvorak, Hannum, McGraw Hill, 2008; Cuaderno de práctica, 2008; Diccionario de sinónimos e ideas, Afines (Larousse). Recommended reference book:  MLA Handbook, latest edition.
***Prerequisite:  SPAN U309 or consent of instructor. 

SPAN U321 Latin American Civilization in both Spanish and English  with Dr. June Carter
¡Bienvenidos a la clase de civilización latinoamericana!  Este curso abarca la historia y la cultura de América Latina desde la América antigua hasta la época moderna. Se exploran temas como la identidad, el nacionalismo, la religión, la geografía, la música y el arte. Los objetivos de este curso son:

  • que el estudiante mejore su competencia oral, escrita y de lectura; 
  • que se gane mayor aprecio por la gente latinoamericana;
  • que se gane mayor aprecio por las culturas indígenas
  • que se gane mayor conocimiento y entendimiento de cuestiones políticas, religiosas, económicas y sociales;
  • que comprenda la esencia de la cultura latinoamericana a través de lecturas, discusiones, videos, reportajes, investigación personal y películas. 

Libro:  Latinoamérica: su civilización y su cultura, Eugenio Chang-Rodríguez, Thomson Heinle, cuarta edición, 2008

This course explores the cultural heritage of Latin American people from the pre-Columbian period to the present. This course is one of five that help Spanish and Spanish education majors fulfill core and supporting course requirements. Spanish and Spanish education majors, as well as all students with a knowledge of Spanish and those interested in improving their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in Spanish are encouraged to enroll. To encourage the development of foreign language proficiency, this course is standards-driven, based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning and the South Carolina Academic Achievement Standards.
*Prerequisite: SPAN U202 or consent of instructor. 

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Dr. Peter Caster
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