Professors: Kietrys, Maiz-Peña, Peña, Sánchez-Sánchez, Willis (Chair)
Associate Professors: Boyer, González
Visiting Assistant Professor: Tahmassian
Visiting Instructor: Santamaría
Language Coordinator and Visiting Lecturer: Esparragoza-Scott
Foreign Language Requirement
Completion of Spanish 201 meets the foreign language requirement for graduation.
Cultural Diversity Requirement
SPA 241, 244, 270, 340, 341, 344, 346, 352, 374, 375, and 402 fulfill the cultural diversity requirement.
Placement in Spanish Courses
Students who have taken Spanish previously and who want to take Spanish courses at Davidson must take a placement test before the beginning of the academic year. Please consult the new student registration material sent by the Registrar, or contact the Language Coordinator, Professor Rosalba Esparragoza.
No student who has studied Spanish in junior or senior year of high school should expect to take SPA 101 for credit without the express permission of the department. Placement will be based on online exam score and high school experience.
Major Requirements (A.B. Degree)
Ten courses above SPA 201 or 203 including: at least one SPA 401-411 Seminar on Special Topics; SPA 490; and, a minimum of one course from each of the following areas:
Area I: Literature and Culture of Spain prior to 1700 (320, 321, 322, 329, 354);
Area II: Literature and Culture of Spain since 1700 (330, 331, 339, 350);
Area III: Hispanic Cultures (342, 344, 352, 353, 360, 361, 369, 374, 394, 395, 396);
Area IV: Literature and Culture of Latin America Prior to 1900 (340, 347, 348, 349, 358 (Spring 2016);
Area V: Literature and Culture of Latin America Since 1900 (341, 343, 346, 359 (2015-16), 375).
At least five of the courses toward the major should be taken in residence; courses taken on Davidson’s Cadiz program count as courses in residence. The course sequences in Cadiz, depending on each student’s language level, are: 203-272, 260-394, 393-394.
With specific approval of the department chair, a maximum of three transferred courses for one semester or five transferred courses for the academic year may be applied to the Hispanic Studies major or minor.
Students electing to write a senior thesis may do so as a SPA 429 independent study with a faculty member of the department. The independent study will be counted as an elective. SPA 429 does not take the place of the SPA 401-411 Seminar on Special Topics or SPA 490.
Study in a Spanish-speaking country is strongly recommended. Students are strongly encouraged to take SPA 270 before studying abroad during the academic year. The department may also recommend Advanced Spanish Grammar 302 or 303, depending on the student’s language proficiency. Also recommended is at least a minimum knowledge of a second foreign language.
Courses to be counted toward the major or minor may not be taken Pass/Fail.
Six courses conducted in Spanish above SPA 201 or 203. Two courses may be at the 200-level. At least four courses must be at the 300-level or above. Two of the four 300-level or above courses should be taken in residence at Davidson. The department may also require Advanced Spanish Grammar 302 or 303 as one of the four upper-level courses, depending on the student’s language proficiency. Courses to be counted toward the minor may not be taken Pass/Fail.
Twelve courses are needed for departmental honors. In addition to the major requirements, a two-semester senior honors thesis (SPA 498 and 499) is required. An oral defense of the thesis proposal is required at the end of SPA 498 and an oral defense of the thesis project is required at the end of SPA 499. See description of the courses and consult guidelines available on the department webpage. In the case of an exceptional academic record, together with a thesis of the highest quality, the department may confer high honors.
Several courses offer the opportunity for service learning. Some may require this component.
Rationale for Course Numbering
SPA 100-level courses and SPA 201 are language courses that satisfy the three-semester foreign language requirement at Davidson College. SPA 260 and SPA 270 are prerequisite courses focused on conversation, composition, grammar, introduction to Hispanic literatures and cultures, and textual analysis. The 300-level courses are designed for majors and minors, as well as for juniors and seniors with the desire to further their knowledge in Hispanic language, literatures, or cultures. The 400-level seminars on special topics are open to junior and senior majors and minors, or with permission of the instructor; SPA 490 is a capstone experience open only to senior majors; SPA 429 is an elective independent thesis; SPA 498 and 499 are independent research and tutorial for the honors thesis, under the direction of a faculty member.
Hispanic Studies Courses
- SPA 101 - Elementary Spanish I
- SPA 102 - Elementary Spanish II
- SPA 103 - Intensive Elementary Spanish (2 credits)
- SPA 201 - Intermediate Spanish
- SPA 203 - Advanced Intermediate Spanish Abroad
- SPA 219 - Independent Study: Language and Linguistics
- SPA 241 - Latin American Literature in Translation
- SPA 244 - U.S. Latino Literature in English
- SPA 260 - Conversation and Composition
- SPA 261 - Introduction to Latin American Culture and Globalization
- SPA 270 - Textual Analysis
- SPA 272 - Intermediate Seminar in Spanish Cultures
- SPA 302 - Advanced Grammar
- SPA 303 - Advanced Grammar and Composition
- SPA 304 - Spanish Sociolinguistics (=SPA 411, spring 2018)
- SPA 311 - Teaching Spanish in the Elementary School
- SPA 320 - Spanish Literature Through the Golden Age
- SPA 321 - Theater of Spain’s Golden Age
- SPA 322 - Cervantes
- SPA 323 - Spanish Picaresque Novel
- SPA 329 - Independent Study: Spanish Literature prior to 1700
- SPA 330 - Cultural Production and Crisis in Contemporary Spain
- SPA 331 - Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Spain
- SPA 332 - Comics & Graphic Novels of Spain
- SPA 339 - Independent Study: Spanish Literature since 1700
- SPA 340 - Latin American Literature I
- SPA 341 - Latin American Literature II (= SPA 401, spring 2018)
- SPA 342 - The Latin American City: Historical Narratives & Cultural Representations (= LAS 342)
- SPA 343 - Contemporary Latin American Novel
- SPA 344 - Latino Culture in the U.S.
- SPA 346 - Latin American Theatre
- SPA 347 - Imperial Cities
- SPA 348 - Hispanic Theatre and Performance
- SPA 349 - Latin American Literature - Independent Study
- SPA 350 - García Lorca and His Generation
- SPA 352 - Contemporary Latin American Cinema
- SPA 353 - Contemporary Spanish Film
- SPA 354 - Dying of Love in Medieval Iberia (=SPA 402, spring 2018)
- SPA 356 - Special Topics: Screening Contemporary Spain (=SPA 408, spring 2018)
- SPA 357 - Women in Contemporary Spanish
- SPA 358 - “Writing the Amerindian Americas” (=SPA 405, spring 2018)
- SPA 359 - Contemporary Latin American /Latino Short Story
- SPA 360 - Cultures of Southern Spain
- SPA 361 - Civilization of Spain
- SPA 369 - Hispanic Cultures - Independent Study
- SPA 372 - Walls and Bridges: Mexico/US Border Culture
- SPA 374 - Caribbean Peoples, Ideas, and Arts
- SPA 375 - Latin American Women Writers
- SPA 390 - Course in Special Topics
- SPA 393 - Advanced Language Seminar
- SPA 394 - Advanced Seminar in Spanish Cultures
- SPA 400 - Seminar on Special Topics, SPA 401-411
- SPA 401 - Latin American Literature II (=SPA 341, spring 2018)
- SPA 402 - Dying of Love in Medieval Iberia (=SPA 354, spring 2018)
- SPA 403 - Latino American Sexualities
- SPA 404 - Writing and Rewriting the Hispanic Tradition
- SPA 405 - “Writing the Amerindian Americas” (=SPA 358, spring 2018)
- SPA 406 - Life-writing, Gender, Performativity
- SPA 407 - Gender and Memory in Television and the Novel
- SPA 408 - Screening Contemporary Spain (=SPA 356, spring 2018)
- SPA 409 - Race and Empire
- SPA 411 - Spanish Sociolinguistics (=SPA 304, spring 2018)
- SPA 429 - Independent Study
- SPA 490 - Senior Capstone in Hispanic Studies
- SPA 498 - Senior Honors Thesis and Tutorial, SPA 498-499