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Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Course Descriptions: Summer Session I 2010

Spanish Courses

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

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  #7339    8:15A-10:10A   Daily  BH 337  STAFF

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   #7343       8:55A-10:10A   Daily   BH 233    STAFF
HISP-S 200   #7344       8:55A-10:10A   Daily   BH 347    STAFF
HISP-S 200   #7345     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   #7350     8:55A-10:10A   Daily   BH 317     STAFF
HISP-S 250   #7351     8:55A-10:10A   Daily   BH 238     STAFF
HISP-S 250   #7352     8:55A-10:10A   Daily   BH 148     STAFF

HISP-S 280  Spanish Grammar in Context  (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  HISP-S 250 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 four short compositions, two medium-length 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 or e-mail

HISP-S 280  #10702     8:55A-10:10A   Daily  BH 344    STAFF

HISP-S 324  Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures  (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  HISP-S 280 or S310 or equivalent

This course critically examines a variety of Hispanic cultural contexts, with special attention devoted to the Hispanic Caribbean, Spain, Argentina, Mexico and the Andean nations.  The study sequence follows three primary topical units:  Race & Mestizaje, Gender & Sexuality and Memory & Post-Dictatorship.  Focusing on a variety of texts (visual, literary, documentary, historiographical) from different historical periods (1600’s to the present), the course explores the historical and cultural traits which are unique to the regions studied as well as the many elements they share in common.

Note:  This class replaces S275; if you have already taken S275 you should not take S324. Look at taking a higher level class.  Have questions, call the department at (812) 855-8612 or e-mail

HISP-S 324   #12987     8:55A-10:10A    Daily    BH 015    STAFF

HISP-S 326  Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics  (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  HISP-S 280 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    #10389       10:20A-11:35A      Daily    BH217     Professor Erik Willis

HISP-S 328 Introduction to Hispanic Literature  (3 credits)
Prerequisite: HISP-S 280 or S310 or equivalent

This course will help students to develop tools needed for more advanced study of Hispanic literatures through the reading and analysis of selected literary texts from Spain and Spanish America.  One of the key aspects that you should take away from the course is an appreciation of different genres as well as a reflection on the concept of genre itself.  In this section of the course, the following three genres will be covered: narrative fiction, poetry and theater.  The course will also highlight the importance of socio-historical context to literary works by presenting texts from different historical periods.  In the study of the selected texts, the course will introduce you to basic terms of narratological, poetic, dramaturgical and rhetorical terms used in the study of literature, which are the bases of “close reading”.

Note:  For students who matriculated Fall 2009 or before, credit given for only two of these:  S328, S331, S332, or S333.  If you have already taken two of these three courses, S331, S332, S333, then DO NOT take S328.  Have questions?  Call the department at (812) 855-8612 or e-mail

HISP-S 328    #12988    12:00P-1:15P   Daily   Room=TBA      STAFF

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

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   #7357       6:30P-8:30P       MTWR      BH 138       STAFF

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

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    #7359       Arranged                          Arranged                           Prof. J. Clancy Clements

Portuguese Language

HISP-P 135  Intensive Portuguese  (4 credits)

For students from secondary school placed into the second semester of first‑year study or those with a strong background in Spanish or another Romance Language.  Content of P100 and P150 covered at an accelerated pace.  See description of P100.  Credit not given for both P135 and P150.  This course may count for the Spanish major to fulfill the 300/400-level elective.  

HISP-P 135     #7329       2:35P-4:30P     Daily    BH 134     STAFF

Note:  This class HISP-P 135 meets jointly with HISP-P 491, #7330.

HISP-P 491  Elementary Portuguese for Graduate Students  (3 credits)

An accelerated introduction to the structure of the Portuguese language, covering in one semester content matter usually reviewed in two semesters.

HISP-P 491   #7330         2:35P-4:30P      Daily      BH 134     STAFF

Note:  This class HISP-P 491 meets jointly with HISP-P 135, #7329.

HISP-P 494  Readings in Luso-Brazilian Literature  (1-3 credits)

Prerequisite:  Consent of the Department      BY PERMISSION ONLY.
Call (812) 855-8612 or  E-mail concerning the permission.

May be repeated for a maximum of up to 6 credit hours as long as each registration covers a different topic.

HISP-P 494      #7331     Arranged                    Arranged                                    Prof. Darlene Sadlier