The goals of our Spanish program at Cal Lutheran are proficiency in the language and a high degree of familiarity with Hispanic literature and culture. In order to achieve these goals, we offer a wide variety of courses, from language through literature, linguistics and culture.
Most of our majors and minors go into teaching, some into private industry and some into government service. Our program tries to address itself to the needs of these students by preparing them for an increasingly pluralistic and globally oriented society as well as a competitive career world. To that end and because language and literature are inseparable from a cultural context, our program has a strong cultural orientation. In all of our courses, we strive to develop in our students an understanding of as many aspects of Hispanic culture and civilization as possible in conjunction with the subject focused on. We also place a strong emphasis on developing students’ critical thinking skills in all our courses and many are conducted in Spanish in order to develop students’ proficiency in the language.
Spanish faculty use interactive lectures, group work, entertaining cultural activities, such as singing, video and film presentations, computer-aided presentations and exercises to give the students a well-rounded learning experience. A computer lab is available to enhance this experience outside the classroom.
In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural activities on campus, such as the Dia de los Muertos and Las Posadas celebrations in the fall, as well as the Encuentros festival in the spring. They also can become members of the Spanish honor society, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi and participate in the Latin American Students Association.
We strongly encourage majors and minors in Spanish to study abroad. The Spanish Department sponsors a program in Guanajuato, Mexico, which provides students with an excellent opportunity to polish their language skills through immersion in the culture. Other opportunities to spend a semester or junior year abroad at any one of a variety of universities in Spain and Latin America are available through the Cal Lutheran Study Abroad Program
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish:
32 credits minimum, 32 credits upper division
|SPAN 315||Spanish Literature and Society||4|
|SPAN 325||Spanish American Literature and Society||4|
|One Spanish 400-level course||4|
|Two Spanish upper division electives||8|
At the discretion of the department, a relevant course in another discipline, such as POLS 443 , may be substituted for the upper division elective. In addition, an oral proficiency exam is required before graduation.
Minor in Spanish
12 credits minimum, 12 credits upper division taught in Spanish
|Any upper division literature, film or culture course||4|
Students interested in teaching Spanish should refer to the Chair of the Spanish Department for information about the Spanish subject matter program. (See Education)
SPAN 282. Selected Topic. (4).
SPAN 282C. ST: Select topic (core). (1-4).
Select Topic approved for core requirement.
SPAN 285. Barcelona Through the Looking Glass. (To experience the mathematics that allowed Gaudi to create his unique structures. (6)).
The major purposes of this course are (1).
SPAN 303/303. Don Quijote and Modern Fiction. (4,4).
This course is designed to trace the influence of Don Quijote on contemporary fiction and film. It will involve the study of the work itself as well as that of other select works from Western literature for comparison purposes, focusing on literary aspects as well as the historical, social and cultural context. Instructor's consent is required. Note: This class is offered in English and may not be taken for the Spanish minor. (cross-listed with HNRS 303).
SPAN 305. Introduction to Literature in Spanish. (4).
This course introduces students to the study of literature in Spanish through the reading of short literary texts. Students study literary terminology and methods of analysis and practice the analysis and discussion of literature in Spanish. Texts are selected from across literary periods from Spanish and Spanish-American authors. Conducted in Spanish.
SPAN 315. Spanish Literature and Society. (4).
Designed to familiarize students with major authors of Spanish literature from its beginning to present times. A study of selections viewed in their cultural and historical contexts will highlight the extent to which these authors were influenced by the ideology of their times and how their writings, in turn, relate to contemporary thought. Conducted in Spanish.
SPAN 325. Spanish American Literature and Society. (4).
Designed to familiarize students with major authors of Spanish American literature from its beginning to present times. A study of selections viewed in their cultural and historical contexts will highlight the extent to which these authors were influenced by the ideology of their times and how their writings, in turn, relate to contemporary thought. Conducted in Spanish.
SPAN 463. Women Writers in Hispanic Literature. (4).
Women have long contributed to the wealth of literary production in the Spanish language. This course profiles the writings of women from different parts of the Hispanic world and may include issues of gender, race and ethnicity. Conducted in Spanish.
SPAN 470. Film in Spanish. (4).
This course introduces students to important developments in cinema in the Spanish-speaking cultures. Different types of film are shown and analyzed from an aesthetic perspective and in relationship to Spanish and Spanish American history, literature, art and society. Conducted in Spanish.
SPAN 482C. ST: Select Topic (core). (1-4).
Select Topic approved for core requirement.
SPAN 496. Directed Research Directed Research. (1-3).