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Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Course Descriptions: Summer Session I 2009

Spanish Language

HISP-S 100 Elementary Spanish (4 credits)
By permission only. Call (812) 855-8612 or e-mail

The course presents a four‑skills approach to Spanish with an emphasis on critical thinking skills. Students will practice speaking in small groups in class as well as reading and discussing materials in Spanish. Grading is based on exams, homework, participation, attendance, and a cumulative final exam. Enrollment in S100 is restricted to those with less than 2 years of high school Spanish or with the consent of the department. All others must enroll in S105. The next course in the sequence for HISP-S 100 students would be HISP-S 150 Elementary Spanish II.
HISP-S 100   #2311   8:15A-10:10A   Daily   BH 337   STAFF
Note: A student wishing to enroll in HISP-S 100 must call or e-mail to
request permission prior to registering.

HISP-S 200 Second-Year Spanish I (3 credits)
Prerequisite: HISP-S 105 or HISP-S 150 or equivalent.
This course reviews some of the basic structures studied in the first year, and examines them in greater detail. Emphasis remains on the four skills and on critical thinking skills. Short literary readings are also included. Grades are based on exams, homework, compositions, participation, attendance, and a cumulative final exam. Homework load is substantial. The next course in this sequence is HISP-S 250 Second-Year Spanish II.

HISP-S 200   #2315   8:55A-10:10A   DAILY   BH 233   STAFF
HISP-S 200   #2316   8:55A-10:10A   DAILY   BH 347   STAFF
HISP-S 200   #2317   8:55A-10:10A   DAILY   BH 142   STAFF

HISP-S 250 Second-Year Spanish II (3 credits)
Prerequisite: HISP-S 200 or equivalent.

This course continues the work of HISP-S 200 with a continued emphasis on the four skills and on critical thinking skills. Short literary readings are also included. Grades are based on exams, homework, compositions, participation, attendance, and a cumulative final exam. Homework load is substantial. After successful completion of this course, the foreign language requirement is fulfilled for schools that require a 4th -semester proficiency. For those students who wish to go on for a minor or major in Spanish, the next course to take would be HISP-S 280 Spanish Grammar in Context.

HISP-S 250   #2321   8:55A-10:10A   DAILY   BH 016   STAFF
HISP-S 250   #2322   8:55A-10:10A   DAILY   BH 317   STAFF
HISP-S 250   #2323   8:55A-10:10A   DAILY   BH 238   STAFF
HISP-S 250   #2324   8:55A-10:10A   DAILY   BH 148   Prof. S. Falconi

HISP-S 280 Spanish Grammar in Context  (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  S250 or equivalent

The goal of this course is to provide students with the language skills necessary to pursue upper division course work in Spanish.  The main focus is on the development of formal linguistic skills through explicit grammar instruction, reading original texts by contemporary authors, and developing the link between literature and culture through writing and conversation.  Students will cover a variety of topics for which assignments involving composition, conversation, and/or the formal aspects grammar will be given.  In this way, the course offers an overview of grammar, explicitly focused on its formal aspects.  There will be three 200-word compositions and two 400-word compositions, readings of annotated literary and/or cultural texts, incorporating internet sources as a complement to the readings.  The course will be conducted in Spanish. 

Note:  This class replaces S310; if you have already taken S310 you should not take S280 and look at taking a higher level class.  Questions, call the department at (812) 855-8612.

HISP-S 280  #12988      8:55A-10:10A  Daily    BH 344     STAFF

HISP-S 280  #12989    10:20A-11:35A  Daily    BH 148     STAFF


HISP-S 326 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  S280 or S310 or Equivalent

This course examines the basic linguistic structure of Spanish based on the principal fields of linguistic studies.  The course begins with an overview of the characteristics of human language.  Course topics include the structure and order of words (syntax), the forms and structure of words (morphology), the sounds of Spanish
(phonetics and phonology) and how they compare with English, and how Spanish varies across regions, and by social considerations.

Class time is primarily lecture based, but also includes linguistic exercises, analysis, and discussion.  Course activities include self analysis of Spanish abilities and comparison with native speakers (the goal being to improve the student’s language abilities by contrastive analysis of linguistic structure).  Evaluation is based
on participation, homework assignments, projects, exams and presentations.

HISP-S 326  #4858   10:20A-11:35A  Daily  BH 236  Prof. Erik Willis

HISP-S 333 The Hispanic World  (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  HISP-S 310 or equivalent

This course is a study of Hispanic literature through the analysis and discussion of representative literary works from both Spanish America and Spain.  It includes an introduction to narrative, poetry, and theater.  Students will be evaluated on the basis of class attendance and active participation, exams, and written assignments. The course will be taught in Spanish.

Note:  Credit is given for only two of the following:  S331, S332, S333

HISP-S 333     #2330    8:55A-10:10A     Daily      BH 015     STAFF

HISP-S 491  Elementary Spanish for Graduate Students (3 credits)

This course is designed to enable graduate students to achieve an intermediate level of proficiency in reading Spanish for their research.  To help these students reach an adequate level of proficiency, the course will focus on elementary and intermediate concepts of Spanish grammar and translations of literary journalistic and other kinds of texts.

Next course in the sequence is HISP-S 492.

HISP-S 491     #2331  6:30P-8:30P   MTWR     BH 138    STAFF

HISP-S 494  Individual Readings in Hispanic Studies  (1-3 credits)
Permission needed.  Call Spanish & Portuguese Department  (812) 855-8612.
Prerequisite:  Consent of the department.  Approval must be given by Director of Undergraduate Studies.

This course is by permission only.  This course is used only in emergencies pertaining to graduating seniors who are short credit hours for graduation.  Course may be repeated once with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours.  This course cannot be used for the Spanish 300/400 level requirements for the major or minor.

HISP-S 494     #2333    Permission Needed   Arranged         Prof. J. Clancy Clements