Spanish (SPAN)

Major Courses

SPAN A100 First-year Spanish I, 3 crs

This course examines at the fundamental structure of the language emphasizing the development of the four basic skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.  The cultural elements of the Spanish-speaking world are also presented.

SPAN A101 First-year Spanish II, 3 crs

This is a continued study of the fundamental structure of the language that stresses the development of the four basic skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.  The course also includes the study of culture in the Spanish-speaking world.

Prerequisite: SPAN A100 or placement

SPAN A200 Second-year Spanish I, 3 crs

This course focuses on grammar and vocabulary development, continuing the advancement of the four basic skills: listening comprehension, conversation, reading, and composition, along with culture.

Prerequisite: SPAN A101 or placement

SPAN A201 Second-year Spanish II, 3 crs

This course offers review and development of grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary, and reading skills, with an emphasis on intermediate conversation, composition, and culture.

Prerequisite: SPAN A200 or placement

SPAN A300 Syntax and Composition, 3 crs

This course is an intensive study of grammar, sentence structure, and translation difficulties, with extensive written practice in Spanish. Various texts, including film, are used for discussion and stylistic models.

Prerequisite: SPAN A201 or placement

SPAN A301 Intensive Conversation, 3 crs

This course places an emphasis on oral expression with exercises to provide students with a working knowledge of conversational Spanish. This course is open only to non-native speakers.

Prerequisite: SPAN A201 or equivalent

SPAN A305 Introduction to Hispanic Literature, 3 crs

This course offers readings and discussion of literature in Spanish, including narrative, poetry, drama, and the essay.  Students learn the necessary tools and skills to conduct literary analysis in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPAN A201 or permission of instructor

SPAN A310 Survey of Spanish Literature I, 3 crs

This course offers literary readings from Spain. Texts from the Middle Ages through the Golden Age/Baroque period are used.

Prerequisite: SPAN A300 or SPAN A301 or permission of instructor

SPAN A311 Survey of Spanish Literature II, 3 crs

This course focuses on Spanish literary readings from the 18th century to the present and examines relevant themes, movements and social issues.

Prerequisite: SPAN A300 or SPAN A301 or permission of instructor

SPAN A315 Culture and Civilization of Spain, 3 crs

This course is a historical approach to Spanish civilization.  Students study elements of Spanish culture including the languages, music, arts, architecture, and current socio-political issues.

Prerequisite: SPAN A300 or SPAN A301 or permission of instructor

SPANA330 Spanish Across Disciplines, 3 crs

This is a variable-topic class that stresses vocabulary, writing, and oral skills in Spanish pertaining to specific disciplines, such as Social Work or Journalism, and other professions. Through reading texts, discussions in class, and writing, students practice the vocabulary and approaches for the profession(s) and learn about cultural specifics.

Prerequisite: SPAN A300 or permission of instructor

SPAN A340 Spanish-American Literature I, 3 crs

This course is a survey of Latin-American literature from the Discovery to the Romantic movement.

Prerequisite: SPAN A300 or SPAN A301 or permission of instructor

SPAN A341 Spanish-American Literature II, 3 crs

This course is a survey of Latin-American literature from the latter part of the 19th century to the present, including realism, naturalism, modernism, and post-modernism.

Prerequisite: Any SPAN A300-level course or permission of instructor

SPAN A350 Culture of Spanish America to 1850, 3 crs

This course offers a study of the different cultural traditions that have shaped Latin America from the pre-Colombian period to 1850.

Prerequisite: Any SPAN A300-level course or permission of instructor

SPAN A351 Culture of Spanish America from 1850, 3 crs

This course is a continuation of SPAN A350 and focuses on the cultural heritage that has shaped the newly formed nations of Latin America from 1850  to the present.

Prerequisite: Any SPAN A300-level course or permission of instructor

SPAN A400 Advanced Syntax and Composition, 3 crs

This course develops and fine-tunes writing skills, including grammar difficulties, problem translations, and complex constructions through readings, in-class exercises, and creative, engaged writing.

Prerequisite: SPAN A300 or permission of instructor

SPAN A404 Immigration, 3 crs

This course incorporates service-learning with the New Orleans Latino community, and includes readings and films about the problems of being an immigrant. In particular, the course addresses the problems of immigrants from and within the Spanish-speaking world, including Spain. In-class discussions about these topics, lectures by guest-speakers, and the service-learning component culminate in written compositions reflecting on the issues and how we can better know the "other" in our midst.

Prerequisite: Any SPAN A300-level course or permission of instructor

SPAN A410 Spanish-American Regional Literature, 3 crs

In this course, students study of the literature and culture of a particular region, nation, or culture in Latin America.  For example, the Caribbean, the River Plate, the Andean region, Central America, Puerto Rico, or Mexico may be the focus of study. Repeatable when topic varies.

Prerequisite: Any SPAN A300-level course or permission of instructor

SPAN A455 20th Century Currents, 3 crs

This course offers readings and discussion of contemporary literary trends, including Spanish and/or Spanish American flim. Topics vary but may include the Generation of 1898, theater of protest in Spain, modernism, fantastic literature, Indigenista literature of Latin America, or Latin-American women writers. Repeatable when subject varies.

Prerequisite: Any SPAN A300-level course or permission of instructor

SPAN A456 Spanish-American Narrative, 3 crs

This course offers readings and discussions of Latin-American novels and/or short stories.

Prerequisite: Any SPAN A300-level course or permission of instructor

SPAN A457 Spanish Golden-Age Literature, 3 crs

This course offers readings and discussions of selected works, including prose, drama, and/or poetry, by 16th and 17th centuries Spanish authors such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega and Calderon.

Prerequisite: Any SPAN A300-level course or permission of instructor

SPAN A480 Spanish Senior Capstone, 1 cr

A Capstone course required of all majors. Students work independently on a research paper in conjunction with a regular advanced course, and under the supervision of a professor. The Capstone reflects the skills and knowledge the student has acquired as a Languages and Cultures major.

SPAN A495 Special Project, credits vary

Work focusing on the creative or productive efforts of one or more students.

SPAN A496 Seminar/Workshop, credits vary

A seminar is a supervised group of students sharing the results of their research on a common topic. A workshop is a supervised group of students participating in a common effort.

SPAN A497 Internship/Practicum, credits vary

An internship is supervised practical experience. A practicum is supervised practical application of previously studied theory.

SPAN A498 Senior Thesis, credits vary

This course offers students pursuing a thesis the opportunity to do research under the guidance of their thesis advisor.

SPAN A499 Independent Study, credits vary

Work done independently under professorial supervision.

Loyola Core

SPAN T121 First-Year Seminar, 3 crs

Foundation Courses: First-Year Seminar

The gateway course to the Loyola Core is the First-Year Seminar (FYS). This issues-based, interdisciplinary seminar introduces students to college-level thinking and learning as well as Jesuit values at the core of a Loyola education. A full list of currently offered FYS courses can be found on the Loyola Online Records Access (LORA) system.