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Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Christoph teaching

Courses Required


Students must take 33 credit hours of coursework that must include:

FL 436

SPAN 501


SPAN 570

4 additional classes of literature/culture (for Spanish students, at least one of these courses must be in Latin American Literature, and at least one in Peninsular Literature).

A minimum of 21 hours of coursework must be completed in the language of study (18 hours for double majors).

Courses that count towards the MA degree in Spanish

FL 436 (3) Methods of Teaching World Languages

FL437 (3) Introduction to Computer-Assisted Language Learning

SPAN 414 (3) Translation Techniques

SPAN 490 (3) Advanced Independent Study

SPAN 501 (3) Studies on a Selected Topic or Author

SPAN 511 (3) Linguistic Structure of Spanish

SPAN 512 (3) History of the Spanish Language

SPAN 520 (3) Studies in Literature of the Middle Ages

SPAN 530 (3) The Golden Age: Drama

SPAN 531 (3) Cervantes

SPAN 532 (3) The Golden Age: Prose and Poetry

SPAN 534 (3) Colonial Literature

SPAN 550 (3) Neoclassicism and Romanticism in Spain

SPAN 551 (3) Spanish-American Literature of the19th Century

SPAN 555 (3) Spanish Realism and Naturalism

SPAN 560 (3) Modern Spanish Literature and Culture

SPAN 561 (3) Spanish-American Literature of the 20th Century

SPAN 565 (3) Post-War and Contemporary Spanish Literature and Culture

SPAN 570 (3) Hispanic Culture and Civilization

Course Descriptions

FL436-3 Methods in Teaching World Languages. The course prepares future language teachers with the theoretical knowledge and the practical tools necessary to meet the demands of today’s communicative language classroom. Based on insights from second language acquisition research and current trends and standards in the language teaching profession, students develop an informed and principled approach to teaching world languages effectively. Required of prospective language teachers in secondary schools.

 FL437-3 Introduction to Computer-Assisted Language Learning.

(Same as LING 573) This hands-on course introduces essential concepts and skills for applying technology to language learning and instruction. Topics include online quizzes and activities, creating and editing multimedia objects for use in instructional materials, social networking, Web resources, evaluating commercial materials, digital storytelling and hypermedia. New developments in CALL are introduced as the state of the art progresses.

SPAN490-1 to 3 Advanced Independent Study. Individual exploration of some topic in Hispanic literature, language, or culture. Special approval needed from the instructor.

SPAN501-3 to 6 (3,3) Studies of a Selected Topic or Author. A topic related to Hispanic cinema, literature, linguistics, or translation. Topic announced in advance.

SPAN511-3 Linguistic Structure of Spanish. A comprehensive introduction to the study of various aspects of Spanish such as phonology, morphology, and syntax with a special emphasis on sociolinguistic variation. Theoretical implications of formal and functional linguistics will be discussed in relation to theories of sociolinguistic variation including colonial, post-colonial, and other contact-varieties of Spanish.

SPAN512-3 History of the Spanish Language. This course examines the biological journey of Spanish and Spanish-based languages, including topics on how Spanish emerged, and how different varieties of Spanish change, diffuse, and die. It explores models of biodiversity and phylogenetics applied to Spanish linguistics, historical linguistics models and current trends in contact linguistics to explore social dynamics of Spanish language change.

SPAN520-3 Literature of the Middle Ages. Studies in epic and didactic literature, and lyric poetry, from the origins of Spanish literature to the fifteenth century. Representative works such as the Cantar de Mío Cid, Libro de buen amor, Romancero viejo and La Celestina will be studied.

SPAN530-3 The Golden Age: Drama. Study and discussion of plays by Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Calderón, and other Golden Age playwrights.

SPAN531-3 Cervantes. Study of Miguel de Cervantes’s masterpiece “Don Quixote” and of other Cervantine works.

SPAN532-3 The Golden Age: Prose and Poetry. Appreciation and analysis of the poetry of Garcilaso de la Vega, Fray Luis de León, Góngora, Quevedo, and of narrative forms such as picaresque fiction, pastoral fiction, and Moorish fiction.

SPAN534-3 Colonial Literature. Study of the literature of Latin America before 1825.

SPAN550-3 Neo-Classicism and Romanticism in Spain. Study of important neoclassical and romantic literary works and the socio-historical context in which they were produced.

SPAN551-3 Spanish-American Literature of the 19th Century. Intensive study of a literary movement, trend, genre, or author of the period, as specified by the topic to be announced for each semester.

SPAN555-3 Spanish Realism and Naturalism. Study of important realist and naturalist literary works and the sociohistorical context in which they were produced.

SPAN560-3 Modern Spanish Literature and Culture (1898 to the Spanish Civil War). The study of important literary, philosophical, and artist works of the early 20th-century and the socio-historical context in which they were produced.

SPAN561-3 Spanish-American Literature of the 20th Century. Intensive study of a literary movement, trend, genre, or author of the period, as specified by the topic to be announced for each semester.

SPAN565-3 Post-War & Contemporary Spanish Literature & Culture. The Study of important literary, philosophical, and artistic works of the post-war period and beyond, and of the socio-historical context in which they were produced.

SPAN570-3 Culture and Civilization. The cultural patterns and heritage of the Hispanic people from earliest times to the present.

601-1 per semester Continuing Enrollment. For those graduate students who have not finished their degree programs and who are in the process of working on their dissertation, thesis, or research paper. The student must have completed a minimum of 24 hours of dissertation research, or the minimum thesis, or research hours before being eligible to register for this course. Concurrent enrollment in any other

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