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The mission of the program in Spanish at IUPUI is to assist students in achieving proficiency in the Spanish language and to lead them to an understanding of and appreciation for the wide range of Hispanic cultural, literary, and linguistic manifestations. To meet this goal, the program in Spanish offers introductory and advanced instruction in language, linguistics, culture and civilization, literature, and applied language studies.

The introductory and intermediate sequences of courses are designed to provide nonmajors with an exploration into Spanish language and Hispanic culture as an essential component of a liberal arts education. The sequences aim to develop an interest in the language and the peoples who speak it, as well as to prepare students for a variety of careers with international dimensions.

The advanced curriculum prepares students to communicate orally and in writing on the different content areas that comprise the study of Spanish, providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve success in their future careers, to meet their academic and personal goals, and to prepare them for graduate work. The study of Spanish at IUPUI incorporates the Standards for Foreign Language Learning and gives students the ability to:

1. communicate with Spanish speakers in the United States and abroad;

2. understand better the cultural manifestations of other peoples;

3. gain greater insight into the nature of language itself as well as their own native language;

4. reinforce knowledge gained from other disciplines and connect it with the study of a second language; and

5. develop a sense of a multilingual international community of which they form an integral part

The curriculum in Spanish also incorporates most of the Principles of Undergraduate Learning and culminates in a capstone experience. For more information on the IUPUI Principles of Undergraduate Learning, see the Web site: Principles of Undergraduate Learning.

Considering the rapidly growing Spanish-speaking population in the United States , a major in Spanish is becoming increasingly desirable in the workplace. The major in Spanish can prepare students for a wide variety of careers in such fields as education, social services, international business and finance, government service, international communications and information services, and the travel and hospitality industry.

Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Courses

S131-S132 Beginning Spanish I-II (4-4 cr.) Introductory language sequence of courses. Emphasis on developing basic speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills as well as awareness of Hispanic cultures.

S142-S143 Beginning Spanish for Law Enforcement I-II (3 or 4 cr.) Beginning language instruction in Spanish with an emphasis on the communicative needs of law enforcement personnel. Service-learning component available.

S160-S161 Beginning Spanish for Health Care Personnel I-II (3-3 cr.) Beginning language instruction in Spanish with an emphasis on the communicative needs of health care personnel. Service-learning component available.

S203 Second-Year Spanish I (3 cr.) P: S119 or S312, or 8-10 credit hours of college-level Spanish or placement by testing. A continuation of training in the four skills: listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

S204 Second-Year Spanish II (3 cr.) P: S203 or 10-14 credit hours of college-level Spanish or placement by testing. Continuation of S203.

S311 Spanish Grammar (3 cr.) P: S204 or equivalent. This course is designed to integrate the four basic language skills into a review of the major points of Spanish grammar. Course work will combine grammar exercises with brief controlled compositions based on reading assignments and class discussion in Spanish.

S313 Writing Spanish (3 cr.) P: S204 or equivalent. Students are strongly encouraged to have already successfully completed English W131 before enrolling in S313. Grammar review, composition, and themes in Spanish with a focus on the development of academic writing skills. This course is not open to native or heritage speakers.  Native and heritage speakers must take S318.

S315 Spanish in the Business World (3 cr.) P: S204 or equivalent. Introduction to the technical language of the business world with emphasis on problems of style, composition, and translation in the context of Hispanic mores.

S317 Spanish Conversation and Diction (3 cr.) P: S204 or equivalent. Not open to heritage or native speakers of Spanish. Intensive controlled conversation correlated with readings, reports, debates, and group discussions, with emphasis on vocabulary usage, word order, tense relationships, and linguistic devices. Class time is the same as for a 4 credit hour course. May be repeated once for credit.

S318 Writing Spanish For Heritage Speakers (3 cr.) P: S204 or by equivalent placement by department/instructor.  This course required for native Spanish-speakers to earn special credit (S298). Spanish-S 318 is a course that focuses on developing the literacy and writing skills of students who need additional practice and accuracy with standard written Spanish.  It is designed for native speakers and/or heritage speakers of Spanish.  "Native" speakers are students who graduated from a high school in a Spanish-speaking country. "Heritage" speakers are students whose dominant language is English but who have had significant exposure to Spanish at home or in a Spanish-speaking country.  Students who do not fit into either of these categories should register for SPAN-S 313.

S319 Spanish for Health Care Personnel (3 cr.) P: S204 or equivalent. A course designed specifically for those interested in learning Spanish in the context of material related to health care systems. Emphasis placed on vocabulary necessary for communicative competence in the medical fields.

S323 Introduction to Translating Spanish and English (3 cr.) P: S313 or consent of instructor. A comparative study of the style and grammar of both languages with a focus on the difficulties involved in translating. Introduction to the techniques and process of translation through intensive practice.

S326 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3 cr.) P: S313 or consent of instructor. Introduces the basic concepts of Hispanic linguistics and establishes the background for the future application of linguistic principles. The course surveys linguistic properties in Spanish, including honology, morphology, and syntax. Additional introductory material on historical linguistics, second language acquisition, semantics, and sociolinguistics will be included. PUL=2,1A

S360 Introduction to Hispanic Literature (3 cr.) P: S313 or consent of instructor. Using fiction, drama, and poetry from both Spain and Latin America, this course introduces strategies to increase reading comprehension and presents terms and concepts useful in developing the critical skills of literary analysis.

S363 Introduction to Hispanic Culture (3 cr.) P: S313 or consent of instructor. Introduction to the cultural history of Spanish-speaking countries with emphasis on its literary, artistic, social, economic, and political aspects.

S407 Survey of Spanish Literature I (3 cr.) P: S313 and S360, or consent of instructor. A historical survey that covers major authors, genres, periods, and movements from the Spanish Middle Ages through the Baroque period of the seventeenth century. Readings include prose works, poetry, and drama.

S408 Survey of Spanish Literature II (3 cr.) P: S313 and S360, or consent of instructor. A historical survey of Spanish literature that covers the main current of Spain’s literary history in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Readings in prose, poetry, and drama by Larra, Pérez Galdós, Unamuno, García Lorca, and other representative writers.

S411 Spanish Culture and Civilization (3 cr.) P: S313 and S363, or consent of instructor. A course to integrate historical, social, political, and cultural information about Spain.

S412 Latin American Culture and Civilization (3 cr.) P: S313 and S363, or consent of instructor. A course to integrate historical, social, political, and cultural information about Spanish America.

S419 Spanish for Law Enforcement (3 cr.) P: S313 or consent of instructor. Specialized vocabulary necessary for law enforcement professionals in the course of their daily work. Sight and written translation of legal documents, court records, and the language of the courtroom and courtroom procedures. Intensive classroom practice and language laboratory exercises focus on use of specialized vocabulary to help prepare students for communicative competence in this terminology. Information on becoming certified court interpreters, and review of federal standards for interpreters.

S421 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3 cr.) P: S311 and S313, or consent of instructor. Selected grammar review and intensive practice in effective use of the written language.

S423 The Craft of Translation (3 cr.) P: S313 and S323, or consent of instructor. Basic introductory course in translation. The problems and techniques of Spanish/English and English/Spanish translation using a variety of texts and concentrating on such critical areas as stylistics, tone, rhythms, imagery, nuance, allusion, etc.

S425 Spanish Phonetics (3 cr.) P: S326 or equivalent Intensive patterned pronunciation drills and exercises in sound discrimination and transcription, based on detailed articulatory description of standard Spanish of Spain and Latin America. Attendance in language laboratory required. PUL=1A,2

S427 The Structure of Spanish (3 cr.)  P: S313 and S326 or consent of instructor Introduction to Spanish Syntax. Study of the basic principles to express constituency and syntactic dependencies, as well as the mechanism to account for cross-linguistic and cross-dialectal syntactic variation. PUL=2,1A

S428 Applied Spanish Linguistics (3 cr.) P: S313 and S326, or consent of instructor. General aspects of Spanish phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics as they bear on teaching.

S429 Medical Interpreting (3 cr.) P: 300-level Spanish and S319, or consent of instructor. Advanced course for native Spanish speakers or advanced-level students who are considering a career in medical interpreting. Focus on reading, interpreting and translation, as well as intensive practice in interpretation from and into English and Spanish in the health care field.

S430 Legal Spanish (3 cr.) P: 300-level Spanish or consent of instructor. Advanced course for native speakers of Spanish or advanced students in Spanish who are considering careers in the legal professions. Course begins with general knowledge of legal Spanish and focuses on reading, communicative activities, interpreting, and translation.

S440 Hispanic Sociolinguistics (3 cr.) P: S326 or equivalent. Topics include sociolinguistic and phonological and syntactic variation, field methods, discourse analysis, language and power, language ideology, language attitudes, languages in contact, language and gender, language and the law, bilingualism, linguistic politeness, and speech act theory.

S441 The Acquisition of Spanish (3 cr.) P: S326 or equivalent. Examines current topics in the acquisition of Spanish. Provides an introduction to research on the first and/or second language acquisition of Spanish and to the pedagogical applications of these findings. Students develop a background in these fields and have opportunities to link theory and practice.

S445 Major Dramatists of the Golden Age I (3 cr.) P: S313 and S360, or consent of instructor. Lectures outlining the development of the theater during the Golden Age. Readings selected from the works of Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, Calderón.

S450 Cervantes’ Don Quixote I (3 cr.) P: S313 and S360, or consent of instructor. Intensive reading of Don Quixote, with account of the author’s life and thought and discussions of the development of the novel to Cervantes’ time.

S455 Modern Spanish Drama I (3 cr.) P: S313 and S360, or consent of instructor. Selected readings from the works of representative authors of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, with lectures on the development of the Spanish theater.

S468 Varieties of Spanish (3 cr.) P: 363, or consent of instructor.  This course is an advanced descriptive analysis of the varieties of Spanish spoken around the globe. A detailed analysis of the phonetic, lexical and morphosyntactic aspects of such varieties is provided with an aim to define its different macrodialectal areas, including Spanish in the US and Creole languages.

S470 Women and Hispanic Literature (3 cr.) P: S313 and S360, or consent of instructor. The Hispanic woman within her cultural context through literary texts. Topics such as women authors, characters, themes, and feminist criticism.

S471-S472 Spanish-American Literature I-II (3-3 cr.) P: S313 and S360, or consent of instructor. Introduction to Spanish-American literature.

S477 Twentieth-Century Spanish-American Prose Fiction (3 cr.) P: S313 and S360, or consent of instructor. Close readings of representative novelists and short story writers, including established authors (Borges, Asturias, Arreola, Carpentier) and promising young writers.

S487 Capstone Internship in Spanish (3 cr.) P: Senior standing in Spanish, with authorization. Senior-level option for Spanish majors who must complete a capstone course for the B.A. in Spanish. Students apply the skills gained in undergraduate coursework in Spanish to an internship in a professional setting where the use of Spanish is required. Students produce a portfolio, a reflective journal, a written project on the internship, and a final oral presentaion.

S493 Internship Program in Spanish (3 cr.) P: junior standing with authorization. Students work in businesses, organizations, or institutions applying their skills in Spanish in order to gain awareness of the uses of Spanish in the workplace. They record and analyze their experiences through logs and meetings with the internship director and write a research paper. Open to IUPUI students only.

S494 Individual Readings in Hispanic Studies (1-3 cr.) P: S313 with authorization. Topic to be selected by the student with the consent of the Director. Topic may not duplicate the content of an already existing course. May not be taken for graduate credit. Open to IUPUI majors in Spanish only or students in the Certificate in Translation Studies and Interpreting program.

S495 Hispanic Colloquium (3 cr.) P: S313 or consent of instructor. Topic to be selected by the faculty member offering the course. May be taken twice for credit as long as the topic is different.

S496 Foreign Study in Spanish (3-6 cr.) P: authorization of Director. Planning of a research project during the year preceding the summer abroad. Time spent in research abroad must amount to at least one week for each credit hour granted. Research paper must be presented by the end of the semester following foreign study.

S498 Capstone Seminar in Spanish (3 cr.) P: Senior standing in Spanish with authorization. Senior-level course for Spanish majors that integrates students’ undergraduate study. Students showcase academic progress through a portfolio, a reflective journal, discussions with the faculty capstone director, and a final presentation to students and faculty.

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Major and Minor Requirements

The Major in Spanish

In addition to fulfilling the general group requirements for a B.A. degree established by the School of Liberal Arts, the Spanish major (beginning in the Fall of 2000) consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours in courses at the 300- and 400-level . Twelve credits must be completed on the IUPUI campus.  The requirements are listed below, but here is a link to an animated presentation.  Please also consult the Spanish Advising Handbook.

Fifteen hours of credit must be at the 300-level, consisting of these specific REQUIRED courses:

  • S313 (Writing Spanish) or S318 (Writing Spanish For Heritage Speakers)
  • S323 (Introduction to Translating Spanish & English
  • S326 (Introduction to Spanish Linguistics)
  • S360 (Introduction to Hispanic Literature)
  • S363 (Introduction to Hispanic Culture)

Fifteen credit hours of course work at the 400-level must be distributed as follows:

  • one course in literature chosen from:
    • S407 or S408 (Survey of Spanish Literature I orII)
    • S431 or S432 (Survey of Spanish Poetry I or II)
    • S445 (Major Dramatists of the Golden Age I)
    • S450 (Cervantes’ Don Quixote I)
    • S455 (Modern Spanish Drama I)
    • S457 (Modern Spanish Novel I)
    • S461 (Contemporary Spanish Literature I)
    • S470 (Women and Hispanic Literature)
    • S471 or S472 (Spanish-American Literature I or II)
    • S477 (20th Century Spanish-American Fiction)
  • one course in culture and civilization chosen from:
    • S411 (Spanish Culture and Civilization)
    • S412 (Latin American Culture and Civlization)
  • one course in linguistics chosen from:
    • S440 (Hispanic Sociolinguistics)
    • S441 (The Acquisition of Spanish)
    • S425 (Spanish Phonetics)
    • S427 (The Structure of Spanish)
    • S428 (Applied Spanish Linguistics)
  • one elective course
  • one Capstone in Spanish chosen between:
    • S487 (Capstone Internship in Spanish)
    • S498 (Capstone Seminar in Spanish

The Minor in Spanish

A minor in Spanish at IUPUI requires 15 credit hours of course work (6 credit hours must be completed on the IUPUI campus), with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

Required courses are:

  • S311 (Spanish Grammar)
  • S313 (Writing Spanish) or S318 (Writing Spanish For Native/Heritage Speakers)
  • S317 (Spanish Conversation)(Native/Heritage speakers cannot take this course and must replace with any 300 or 400-level course)
  • an additional 6 credit hours in Spanish at the 300 or400 level

To declare the minor, complete the School of Liberal Arts online declaration form:

Dual degree in Spanish and Engineering

Teacher Certification in Spanish

Transition to Teaching Program: T2T

Students with a B.A. in Spanish who have completed their teaching major requirements in Spanish can earn an accelerated Teacher Certification in 12 months with the School of Education . Contact the T2T Program Advisor, Sharice Breland

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Study Abroad

Programs abroad are open to students majoring in all academic disciplines and are not restricted to language majors. Study abroad options include:

  • 9-day summer program in the Dominican Republic in conjuction with coursework at IUPUI
  • 6-week-program in Salamanca, Spain
  • year-long, semester-long and summer programs in other countries such as Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Spain can be searched for via the link below

IU Overseas Study Programs

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Additional Resource Links

Other Activities

Sigma Delta Pi   A chapter of the national Spanish honorary society, Sigma Delta Pi, was established in 1990. Students meeting the qualification requirements may be eligible for induction into the IUPUI chapter, Sigma Epsilon.

Spanish Club   The Spanish program sponsors a Spanish Club, open to all interested students. Various events of cultural and academic interest are presented during the academic year.