Professors: Kietrys, Maiz-Peña, Peña, Sánchez y Sánchez (Chair), Willis
Associate Professors: Boyer, González
Assistant Professor: Jimenez
Visiting Assistant Professor: Pasero-O’Malley
Lecturer: Offerman, Santamaría, 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)
For a major in Hispanic Studies, ten courses above SPA 201 are required, as follows:
**Students are strongly encouraged to take SPA 271 and 272 in sequence; in exceptional circumstances, students may need to deviate from the recommended sequence. If so, please consult with the chair. (See Hispanic Studies Humanities Section below (271/272).
For a minor in Hispanic Studies, students must take a minimum of six courses conducted in Spanish at the 260 level and above (above SPA 201 , Intermediate Spanish).
- Either SPA 271 or SPA 272 is required for Hispanic Studies Minors.
- At least three courses must be at the 300-level or above.
- Two of the three 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
Spanish 271 / Spanish 272 is a two-course sequence that will replace the former SPA 270. The sequence is designed to be a more in-depth introduction to the foundational knowledge and theoretical approaches to Hispanic cultural production from the Middle Ages to the present across primary sources, genres, geographical and temporal borders. The overarching goal is to ensure both breadth and depth before students take more focused upper-level classes at the 300 and 400 level.
Students must take SPA 260 (or its equivalent) before starting 271 and 272.
Students are strongly encouraged to take SPA 271 and 272 in sequence; in exceptional circumstances, students may need to deviate from the recommended sequence. If so, please consult with the chair.
Professors of more advanced 200 and 300 level classes will determine prerequisites for their individual classes. If you have doubts, consult with the individual professor.
“Native” and/or “Heritage Speakers” (meaning that the student came to Davidson from a Spanish-speaking country and/or the student speak Spanish at home) should consult with the chair about the most appropriate course of study and whether or not SPA 271 and/or 272 will be required.
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.
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 260 - Conversation and Composition
- SPA 261 - Introduction to Latin American Culture and Globalization
- SPA 271 - Hispanic Humanities
- SPA 272 - Hispanic Humanities
- SPA 302 - Advanced Grammar
- SPA 303 - Advanced Grammar and Composition
- SPA 304 - Spanish Sociolinguistics
- SPA 306 - Hispanic Bilingual Communities
- SPA 307 - The Bilingual Mind
- SPA 310 - Survey of Literature of Latinx Jews
- 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 324 - Emotional Communities in Medieval Iberia Cultures
- SPA 329 - Independent Study: Spanish Literature prior to 1700
- SPA 330 - Modern Spain
- SPA 331 - Contemporary Spanish Literature
- SPA 332 - Comics & Graphic Novels of Spain
- SPA 334 - Women in Contemporary Spain
- SPA 335 - Spanish Drama for Social Change
- SPA 339 - Independent Study: Spanish Literature since 1700
- SPA 336 - U.S. Hispanic Theatre and Performance
- SPA 340 - Latin American Literature I
- SPA 341 - Latin American Literature II
- SPA 342 - The Latin American City: Historical Narratives & Cultural Representations (= LAS 342)
- SPA 343 - Contemporary Latin American Novel
- SPA 344 - Latinx Culture: Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- SPA 346 - Latin American Theatre
- SPA 347 - Imperial Cities
- SPA 345 - Latinx Digital Cultures
- 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 356 - Special Topics: The Spanish Civil War & Revolution
- SPA 357 - Latin American Icons, Gender & Representation
- SPA 358 - Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Spanish Theatre and Performance
- 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 402 - Travel and Transform in Spain
- SPA 403 - Latinx American Sexualities
- SPA 404 - Writing and Rewriting the Hispanic Tradition
- SPA 406 - Life-writing, Gender, Performativity
- SPA 407 - Medicine and Gender in 20th Century Spain
- SPA 408 - Speaking Spanish in the US
- SPA 409 - Race and Empire in the Hispanic Atlantic
- SPA 410 - Writing and Righting the Cuban Revolution
- SPA 412 - Conflicts and Crises in Contemporary Spanish Cultural Production
- SPA 429 - Independent Study
- SPA 430 - Independent Study
- SPA 490 - Sem: Life-Writing, Perf & Cult
- SPA 498 - Senior Honors Thesis and Tutorial, SPA 498-499
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.