Spanish Courses

This is a listing of Spanish (SPAN) classes available at Bethany, overseen by the Languages Department. Not all courses are available every semester. Please contact the registrar with any questions.

Incoming students need to take the Language Inventory Exam for placement in Spanish courses.

There are 15 courses in this subject. View other subjects or view all courses.

CodeCourse Title / Description
SPAN101Beginning Spanish I 4 credits
This introductory course to Spanish language and culture begins developing the four basic-skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing with a focus on meaningful communication in a Spanish setting.
SPAN102Beginning Spanish II 4 credits
This is a continuation of Beginning Spanish I. Prerequisite: SPAN101 - Beginning Spanish I or placement exam.
SPAN203Intermediate Spanish I 4 credits
Development of conversational fluency is emphasized while the fundamentals of grammar are reviewed and expanded. Cultural awareness is enhanced through selected readings. Prerequisite: SPAN102 - Beginning Spanish II or placement exam.
SPAN204Intermediate Spanish II 4 credits
This course is a continuation of Intermediate Spanish I. Prerequisite: SPAN203 - Intermediate Spanish I or placement exam.
SPAN211Intro to Latin American Identities 3 credits
SPAN211 - Intro to Latin American Identities is taught in English and is aimed at students with little or no knowledge of the region. We begin with the indigenous cultures that existed in Latin America prior to the arrival of the Spaniards. The course continues through the conquest of Latin America and its impact on Latin American society today, specifically in the USA. This course creates culturally literate students who, upon completion of the course, appreciate and differentiate the various Latino cultures in the USA.
SPAN280Topics in Spanish 1 credit
A course designed to include topics outside the scope of other Spanish course offerings. Course may be repeated with different topics.
SPAN305Conversation and Literature I 4 credits
Short literary works stimulate discussion and help to build an understanding and appreciation of Hispanic life and culture, with special attention given to Hispanic life in the United States and Latin America. Selected grammar topics are reviewed and expanded. Prerequisite: SPAN204 - Intermediate Spanish II or placement exam.
SPAN310Latin America and Iberian Cinema 3 credits
This course examines significant and influential films produced in Spain and Latin America, studied in social, political, ethical, and cultural context. This exposure to landmark and contemporary Spanish-language films will challenge the student to examine the forces that have shaped modern Hispanic culture and identity. Students will engage with the coursework through readings, film screenings, cultural materials, class discussions, and written assignments. Conducted entirely in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN305 - Conversation and Literature I.
SPAN320History and Culture of Spain 3 credits
An overview of the history and culture of Spain from pre-history to the present. Topics include art, literature and politics. Prerequisite: SPAN306 - or consent of instructor.
SPAN330History and Culture of Latin America 3 credits
An overview of the history and culture of Latin America from the time of the conquest to the present day. Topics include art, literature, and politics. Prerequisite: SPAN306 - or consent of instructor.
SPAN340Spanish Literature 3 credits
This course will be taught through an agreement with Wisconsin Lutheran College. Why do we study stories? Stories sit at the basis of our cognitive structure. We look at the world through stories. There's a hierarchy of stories, some are better than others, deeper than others. Great literature is deep (it holds its value over time); deep means affecting many things simultaneously. Deep narratives are at the base of our culture and everything in our culture depends on them. Stories posit cultural structures to the world. The stories and poetry we read in this class will guide us to better understand not only Spanish culture, but Culture in general. Additionally, reading and discussing them in Spanish will help raise your level of articulation. Our stories begin in the Medieval Period and stretch to the 20th century with readings about the Guerra Civil Espanola and the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Prerequisite: SPAN305 - Conversation and Literature I.
SPAN350Latin America Literature 3 credits
This course will be taught through an agreement with Wisconsin Lutheran College. Why do we study stories? Stories sit at the basis of our cognitive structure. We look at the world through stories. There's a hierarchy of stories, some are better than others, deeper than others. Great literature is deep (it holds its value over time); deep means affecting many things simultaneously. Deep narratives are at the base of our culture and everything in our culture depends on them. Stories posit cultural structures to the world. The stories and poetry we read in this class will guide us to better understand not only Latin American culture, but Culture in general. Additionally, reading and discussing them in Spanish will help raise your level of articulation. In this class we will begin our survey of early Latin American literature with the first pieces recorded on the South American continent such as Popul Vuh and continue through the 20th century. Prerequisite: SPAN305 - Conversation and Literature I.
SPAN480Topics Course 3 credits
A course designed to include topics outside the scope of other Spanish course offerings. Course may be repeated with different topics.
SPAN495Spanish Senior Thesis 3 credits
This course will be taught through an agreement with Wisconsin Lutheran College. The Spanish Senior Thesis as the Capstone experience for the major is designed to be an open concept project. The student may write on any subject he or she is interested in that focuses on a Hispanic theme.
SPAN498Spanish Study Abroad 3 credits
The Spanish Study Abroad Program represents an exceptional opportunity to increase Spanish proficiency and to experience a Latino culture. The program is open to all BLC students. Students from all language levels (beginner through advanced) are welcome.

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