Spanish  
 

 

 

Degrees/Courses

 
Major Requirements
For Spanish, a total of 35 semester hours (exclusive of 101, 102 and 201) including SH301, 302 and 305, two literature courses (SH325 or 326 and 327 or 329) and one culture course (SH320, 363 or 370).
 
Students seeking to major in Spanish must complete all courses beyond the introductory level with a grade of “C” or higher to continue with the next-level language class (102, 201, 202, 301, and 302). At graduation the student must have a cumulative G.P.A. of B (3.0) or higher in those courses used to fulfill the major requirement. Overseas language study is strongly recommended for all majors. At least 18 credit hours must be taken at Aquinas College, which may include courses taken while studying abroad. Aquinas College conducts a variety of Study Abroad programs representing the Modern Languages offered by the Department. Participants in study abroad programs remain registered at Aquinas College and the student’s financial aid package may be applied in full.
 
All Spanish majors and students who wish to enroll in SH496 and/or 497 must demonstrate proficiency at the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) standard of Advanced-Low in Writing and Speaking through examination in SH301 and 302.
 
Students transferring credits for SH 301 and/or 302 from other institutions will be required to take a proficiency exam and demonstrate proficiency at the ACTFL standard of Advanced-Low in Writing (for SH301 credits) and Speaking (for SH302 credits). Students must consult with the department chair to arrange the proficiency exam.
 
Minor Requirements

A minor in Spanish may be obtained by completing 23 credit hours (exclusive of SH101, 102 and 201); including SH301 and 302. At least two literature courses (SH325 or 326, and 327 or 329) and one culture course (SH320, 363 or 370) are required for a Spanish minor.

 
At least 12 credit hours must be taken at Aquinas College, which may include courses taken while studying abroad.
 
Students seeking to minor in Spanish must complete all courses beyond the introductory level with a grade of “C” or higher to continue with the next-level language class (102, 201, 202, 301, and 302). At graduation time, the student must have a cumulative G.P.A. of B- (2.7) or higher in those courses used to fulfill the minor requirement. The language minor is not available for those students seeking teacher certification.
 
The Language Requirement for General Education
To successfully complete the two-semester language requirement (101 and 102) for the General Education program, all languages offered by the department count to fulfill this requirement. However, students must complete the sequence and receive a minimum grade of “C-” or higher in 101 or 110 and 102 or 120. Traditional-age freshman and transfer students who have not earned an Associate of Arts degree must take a language proficiency test for correct placement in, or possible waiver from, the required language courses. Students who have not studied a foreign language in high school, or those who choose to study a language other than that taken in high school, will be placed in a 101 level course. Transfer students who have earned an Associate of Arts degree, and Continuing Education students are not required to fulfill a language requirement under the General Education Program.
 
A maximum of eight credit hours toward the major or minor may be earned through Credit by Examination (CBE) or through Credit for Demonstrating Prior Learning and Competencies (CDPLC). Before applying for CDPLC, students should consult the Student Guide for CDPLC. All CDPLC credits must be approved by the department’s chairperson.
 
Important Information for Education Students

Students seeking Elementary and/or Secondary Michigan teacher certification must have a major in Spanish. In Spanish, students can obtain an Elementary (K-8) or Secondary Certification (K- 12). Candidates must successfully complete 30 credit hours of the language beyond SH202, including SH301 and 302, and seven additional advanced-level FSH courses. Please contact an Education Department advisor for details.

 

SH496 (Methodology of Teaching Foreign Languages in the Elementary and Middle School, K-8) and SH497 (Methodology of Teaching Modern Languages in the Secondary School, 9 - 12) are required of all students seeking teacher certification in Spanish. These courses do not count as credit hours toward the foreign language major, but rather as methodology courses for the Education Department. The Department of Modern Languages works closely with the Education Department to obtain a Bilingual Minor Endorsement and with the Business Department to obtain an International Business Degree. Please see appropriate Department Chairs for details.
 
 

Courses

SH101 First Semester in the Language: Four Skills (4) 
Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and the culture of the countries. 
Prerequisite: None.
 
SH102 Second Semester in the Language: Four Skills (4) 
Continuation and development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Further exposure to the culture of the countries. 
Prerequisite: C- or higher in SH101 or equivalent.
 
SH201 Third Semester in the Language (4) 
Expansion of the four language skills and cultural knowledge at an intermediate level. 
Prerequisite: C or higher in SH102 or equivalent.
 
SH202 Fourth Semester in the Language (4) 
Further expansion of the four language skills and cultural knowledge at an intermediate level. 
Prerequisite: C or higher in SH201 or equivalent.
 
SH301 Advanced Composition (4) 
Strong emphasis on reading and writing in Spanish. Students read authentic literary texts for language comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and understanding literature as art. Mastery of key grammar topics through self-study and discussion in class. Organizational skills in writing and correct grammar will be emphasized within various exercises such as multiple drafts and peer editing of several short compositions. Students must demonstrate an ‘Advanced-Low’ proficiency level (ACTFL) in writing in order to pass this course. 
Prerequisite: C or higher in SH202 or equivalent.
 
SH302 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Diction (3) 
A course designed to integrate the four basic language skills: speaking, listening, writing and reading. The main focus of this course is based on controlled conversations correlated with readings, reports, debates, discussions and presentations. Topics include, among others, language, politics, national and personal identities, diversity issues, foreigners, minorities, the educational system, religion, and gender issues. Students must demonstrate an ‘Advanced-Low’ proficiency level (ACTFL) in writing in order to pass this course. This course may be repeated if taken abroad and on campus. Offered every Spring.
Prerequisite: C or higher in SH301 or equivalent.
 

SH303 Spanish in the Business World (3) 
A course designed mainly for International Business majors and other Spanish majors or minors interested in learning about economic issues and culture in a business context in Spain and Latin America. Concentration on various types of texts (e.g. business letters), vocabulary, past/current issues and developments frequently encountered in particular business professions. Offered on an occasional basis. 
Prerequisite: C or higher in SH301 or equivalent.

 
SH 304 Spanish Pronunciation (3)
This course provides a comprehensive description of the sound system of Spanish, with attention to the major phonetic characteristics of regional varieties of Spanish both from Spain and Latin America. The main goal of this class is to help students improve their own pronunciation of Spanish through an understanding of how sounds are articulatory produced (phonetics) and organized in the Spanish language (phonology).  It will also address common pronunciation problems faced by learners of Spanish. Offered every fall.
Prerequisite: C or higher in SH 301 or equivalent.
 
SH305 Spanish-English Linguistics (3) 
Examination of major phonetic, morphological, and syntactic differences between Spanish and English. The history of Spanish, dialectal differences among various Spanish-speaking regions, and practical applications of linguistic knowledge are also discussed. Offered every spring.
Prerequisite: C or higher in SH301. Recommended: SH302.
 
SH310 Special Topics (Variable) 
Variable topics offered on an occasional basis. 
Prerequisite: C or higher in instructor approval.
 
SH320 Hispanic Film and Literature (3) 
Study of Spanish feature films from Spain, Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Includes film viewing, discussion, in-class essays, oral presentations, and thematic compositions based on literature and film with common issues. Organizing themes vary, as does the selection of film to be viewed. Emphasis is on language acquisition, historical and cultural understanding, character and plot analysis, discussion, and self-expression. Offered alternate fall semesters.
Prerequisite: C or higher in SH301 or equivalent.
 
SH325 Seminar in Spanish Literature: Medieval and Early Modern Spain (3) 
Reading, discussion, and analysis of Peninsular works in prose, poetry, and/or theater from the 12th century to the 17th century. The course’s organizing theme and its selection of genres may vary. Offered every spring, except spring 2014.
Prerequisite: C or higher in SH301 or equivalent. Recommended: SH302.
 
SH326 Seminar in Spanish Literature: 18th Century to Present Day Spain (3) 
Reading, discussion, and analysis of Peninsular works in prose, poetry, and/or theater from the 18th century to the present. The course’s organizing theme and its selection of genres may vary. Offered alternate spring semesters.
Prerequisite: C or higher in SH301 or equivalent. Recommended: SH302.
 
SH327 Seminar in Latin-American Literature (3) 
Reading, discussion, and analysis of several short stories and books related to a given theme, period, genre, or author. 
Offered every fall.
Prerequisite: C or higher in SH301 or equivalent.
 
SH 329 Chicano/a and Latino/a Literature (3)
In this course we will develop skills in speaking, listening, and writing; the means of which will be acquired through reading Chicano/a or Latino/a literature. Through this study we will gain a perspective on multicultural and multilingual life in the Spanish-speaking diasporas and places of origin. Class lecture, discussions and assignments will be conducted in Spanish. This course has a travel component. Offered alternate spring semesters.
Prerequisite: C or higher in SH301 or equivalent.
 
SH 333: English/Spanish Medical Interpretation (3)
This course consists of investigating the theory, application and practice of English-Spanish and Spanish-English medical interpreting and translating. Throughout the course, students will practice and perfect sight translations, consecutive interpretations, and simultaneous interpretations in English-Spanish and Spanish-English. This course is primarily designed to assist students who are currently involved with the medical profession and students wishing to pursue a career related to medicine or interpreting and/or translating. Offered alternate fall semesters.
Prerequisite: C or higher in SH 301 or equivalent
 
SH363 Latin-American Culture and Civilization (3) 
Study of political and social institutions, education, art, architecture, literature, and music from pre-Columbian period to present; contemporary problems and everyday life. Offered every spring. 
Prerequisite: C or higher in SH301 or equivalent.
 
FH/SH/SY 370: Service Learning (3)
Courses taught in conjunction with Service Learning trips to Mexico during Winter Break and the Caribbean in early summer. Students prepare for their experience abroad and analyze the concepts of service and social justice. Classes are interdisciplinary and include art, government and history to encourage students to appreciate the lives, values and background of the people they will encounter.  Students taking the courses for language credit will do reading and writing in Spanish and French. Offered on an occasional basis.
Prerequisite: FH301 or SH301 for Language Majors, Instructor approval for SY students.
 
SH 372: Engaging Hispanic Grand Rapids (3)  
This is an experiential learning course dedicated to understand the effects of immigration on Spanish speaking children in the greater Grand Rapids Area.  Aquinas students will analyze Spanish narratives and films.  Class lecture and discussion will be conducted completely in Spanish, as well as the assignments and exams. In addition, Aquinas students will volunteer two hours a week at a Bilingual School such as César E. Chávez Elementary School. Through this study, we will gain a perspective on multicultural and multilingual life in the Spanish-Speaking diaspora of Western Michigan. Offered alternate fall semesters.
Prerequisite: C or higher in SH 301
 
SH398 Advanced Readings in the Foreign Language (Variable) 
Individually negotiated program of readings on selected topics established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts are filed with the Registrar. 
Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.
 
SH399 Independent Project (Variable) 
Individually negotiated project of defined nature that are established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts are filed with the Registrar. 
Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.
 
SH496 Methodology of Teaching Foreign Languages in the Elementary and Middle School, K-8 (3) 
These courses do not count as credit hours toward the foreign language major, but rather as methodology courses for the Education Department. Offered every Fall.
Prerequisite: FH/GN/SH301and 302 or equivalent.