Spanish

College of Arts and Letters

Program Description

A working knowledge of Spanish will enable students to communicate with one of America's rapidly growing minority groups, as well as to benefit extensively from travel to foreign countries. Most coursework lends itself to a practical acquisition of the necessary language skills for effective communication.

Coursework at the upper division and graduate level is equally distributed among four areas: linguistics, culture, Peninsular literature, and Hispanic American literature. Students with career plans in teaching, bilingual programs, translation and diplomatic services, as well as careers in public service requiring knowledge of Spanish, will find a balanced curriculum available at Sacramento State. The programs in Spanish also serve those students who plan on continuing their studies at the doctorate level by providing a thorough academic background in the language.

Students interested in Bilingual/Crosscultural programs should also contact the College of Education (916) 278-6840 for more details.

Many students find that the acquisition of skills in Spanish is a valuable adjunct to their career goals in other areas such as business administration, public administration, international relations, etc.

Career Possibilities

International Business Personnel · Trade and Commerce · Export/Import · Interpreter/Translator · Banking Representative · Buyer/Sales Representative · Foreign/Diplomatic Service · Airlines Personnel · Travel Industry · Media Personnel/Foreign Correspondent · Public Relations · U.S. Immigration/Customs · U.S. Information Agency · Peace Corps · Language Teacher · Bilingual/Foreign Secretary · Foreign Publications/Textbook Editor · Research Assistant · Bilingual: Counselor, Social Worker, Civil Service, Law Enforcement Officer, Medical/Health Worker, Realtor, IRS/Franchise Tax Board · Court Interpreter

Contact Information

Curtis Smith, Department Chair
Erika Mendoza, Administrative Support Coordinator
Mariposa Hall 2051
(916) 278-6333
www.csus.edu/wll

BARANOWSKI, EDWARD

BLANC, MARIO

KIM, EUISUK

MAYBERRY, MARIA

SANTANA, MARIELA

Undergraduate Programs

Study Abroad Programs

Students having a 2.75 GPA average overall are eligible to apply for admission to the CSU International Programs in a Spanish-speaking country such as Chile, Mexico, or Spain for their junior or senior years or during graduate studies. Spanish skills must be sufficiently developed to permit satisfactory performance in a Spanish-language university; planning from the beginning of the freshman year is advisable. Programs are also available for beginning students in Spain and Mexico. For details, contact International Programs and Global Engagement and consult a member of the Spanish faculty about developing your language skills.

Required Lower Division Courses

It is assumed that Spanish majors will have completed the equivalent of college level elementary and intermediate Spanish in high school, at a community college, or by completing SPAN 2B at Sacramento State, prior to beginning upper-division courses. 

BA Degree - Spanish

Units required for Major: 42
Minimum total units required for BA: 120
All Spanish majors must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses counted toward the major.

Required Upper Division Courses (36 Units)
LING 1303
SPAN 100Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literature3
SPAN 1013
or SPAN 142 Advanced Spanish Conversation
SPAN 102Spanish Phonetics3
SPAN 103Advanced Spanish Grammar3
SPAN 106Advanced Spanish Composition3
SPAN 110Survey of Spanish Literature to 18003
SPAN 111Survey of Spanish Literature from 1800 to the Present3
SPAN 113Latin American Literature, Beginnings to Modernism3
SPAN 114Latin American Literature, Modernism to Present3
SPAN 152Civilization and Culture of Spain3
Select one of the following:3
Civilization and Culture of Hispanic America
Civilization and Culture of Mexico
SPAN 156
Electives (6 Units)
Select two of the following:6
Conversation In Spanish
Introduction to Composition and Grammar Review
Magical Realism
Spanish For Professionals
Topics in Spanish Literature
Contemporary Mexican Literature
The Short Story in Latin America
Total Units42

Minor - Spanish

Units required for Minor: 20; Twelve units must be upper division courses
Minimum total units required for BA: 120
All Spanish minors must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses counted toward the minor.

SPAN 100Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literature3
SPAN 103Advanced Spanish Grammar3
One course from the SPAN 150 series3
Select one of the following:3
SPAN 101
Advanced Spanish Composition
Spanish For Professionals
Advanced Spanish Conversation
Total Units12

Certificate - Program in Healthcare Spanish (HealthSPAN)

Total units required for certificate: 17

Required Lower Division (8 Units)
SPAN 2AIntermediate Spanish4
SPAN 2BIntermediate Spanish4
Required Upper Division (9 Units)
SPAN 121Spanish For Professionals3
SPAN 151Civilization and Culture of Hispanic America3
SPAN 194Field Experience/Internship 13
Total Units17
1

Hosted by CSUSB as SPAN 575D.  This course reflects the criteria and learning outcomes of the Certificate Program.  It will be transferred to CSUS as 3 units of SPAN 194 Field Experience/Internship. Petition for substitution will be approved by the Department of World Languages and Literatures. 

Subject Matter Program (Pre-Credential Preparation)

Spanish majors wishing to pursue a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Spanish should contact the Spanish credential advisor to have their transcript reviewed for courses currently required for the credential program and then have single subject competency assessed. Specific course requirements are the same as for the BA in Spanish plus successful completion of a proficiency examination in Spanish. The Single Subject Credential in Spanish is valid for teaching Spanish in grades K-12.

Teaching credential candidates must also complete the Professional Education Program in addition to other requirements for a teaching credential. Consult the department credential advisor for details. You may also obtain information about the Professional Education Program from the Teacher Preparation Credentialing Office, Eureka Hall 216, (916) 278-6403.

Graduate Program

The Master of Arts program in Spanish affords an opportunity for specialized work in Spanish linguistics, Peninsular and Latin American Literature, and in the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. The program is of particular value to those who plan to teach Spanish at the secondary school level (or already do so) or in a community college, and to those who plan to continue working toward a doctorate in Spanish.

Admission Requirements

Admission as a classified graduate student in Spanish requires:

  • a baccalaureate degree;
  • a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units attempted;
  • a satisfactory score on the Graduate Examination designed and administered by the Spanish Area of the Department of Foreign Languages. The student must take the Graduate Examination prior to entrance into any 200 series graduate course and must successfully pass the entire examination before being advanced to candidacy. The student may pursue graduate work while concurrently correcting any deficiencies noted as a result of the examination and must retake the exam sections failed only after the passage of one semester. Three-summer MA applicants will take the Graduate Exam during their first summer in the program and will retake any sections not passed during the second summer that they attend the program. Consult the Graduate Coordinator in Spanish regarding steps to complete this requirement; and
  • completion of the following Sacramento State courses (or equivalents):
    LING 1303
    SPAN 100Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literature3
    SPAN 102Spanish Phonetics3
    SPAN 103Advanced Spanish Grammar3
    One upper division course in Peninsular Literature3
    One upper division course in Latin American Literature3
    One upper division course in Hispanic culture3

Students not meeting all these requirements may be admitted with conditionally classified graduate status and work toward the MA degree while the admission requirements are being completed. (SPAN 102 and SPAN 103 may be met by challenge examination.) Units taken to remove admission requirement deficiencies do not count toward the MA program. Any such deficiencies will be noted on a written response to the admission application.

Admission Procedures

Applications are accepted as long as room for new students exists during the application filing period. The University operates under a completion deadline system; all transcripts and materials must be received by the filing deadline. Only completed applications will be reviewed. All prospective graduate students, including Sacramento State graduates, must file the following with the Office of Graduate Studies:

  • an online application for admission; and
  • two sets of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State.

For more admissions information and application deadlines please visit http://www.csus.edu/gradstudies/.

At the same time, each applicant must forward to the Spanish Graduate Coordinator a transcript of all college-level courses attempted or a list of all courses attempted. Applicants should contact the Department of Foreign Languages for instructions on when and where to take the Graduate Examination, indicated above.

A decision regarding admission will be mailed from the Office of Graduate Studies approximately 6 weeks after the completion deadline.

Advancement to Candidacy

Each student must file an application for Advancement to Candidacy, indicating a proposed program of graduate study. This procedure should begin as soon as the classified graduate student has:

  • removed any deficiencies in admission requirements;
  • completed at least 18 units in the graduate program with a minimum 3.0 GPA, including at least four 200-level courses; and
  • taken the Writing Placement for Graduate Students (WPG) within the first two semesters of coursework at California State University, Sacramento or secured approval for a WPG waiver.

The Advancement will list all of the courses presented for the degree and must be approved by the Spanish Graduate Coordinator and the Office of Graduate Studies.

MA Degree in Spanish

Units required for the MA: 30
Minimum required GPA: 3.0

Required Courses (24 Units) 1
Latin American Literature
Select two of the following:6
Latin American Literature, Beginnings to Modernism
Latin American Literature, Modernism to Present
Magical Realism
Contemporary Mexican Literature
The Short Story in Latin America
Spanish-American Literature to 1825
Spanish-American Literature, 1825 to 1880
Spanish-American Literature, 1880 to 1945
Spanish-American Literature, 1945 to Present
Spanish Literature
Select two of the following:6
Survey of Spanish Literature to 1800
Survey of Spanish Literature from 1800 to the Present
Topics in Spanish Literature
Spanish Literature in the Middle Ages
Spanish Literature in the Golden Age
Spanish Literature in the 18th and 19th Centuries
Contemporary Spanish Literature
Hispanic Culture
Select two of the following:6
Civilization and Culture of Hispanic America
Civilization and Culture of Spain
Civilization and Culture of Mexico
SPAN 156
Civilization and Culture of Spain
Civilization and Culture of Modern Spain
Civilization and Culture of Hispanic America
Civilization and Culture of Mexico
Linguistics
Select two of the following:6
General Spanish Linguistics
History of the Spanish Language
Contrastive Grammatical Structures of Spanish and English
Applied Spanish Linguistics
Other Course Requirements (2-6 Units)
Select 2-6 units of Spanish courses or a related field in consultation with the Spanish Graduate Coordinator 22 - 6
Culminating Requirement (4 Units)
SPAN 500Culminating Experience (Thesis, Project, or Comprehensive Exam)3 - 4
Total Units30-34
1

Take at least one 200-level course in each of the four categories; a minimum of 18 graduate level units required.

2

The Graduate Coordinator will coordinate the examination process with the faculty involved.

SPAN 1A.     Elementary Spanish. 4 Units


Beginning Spanish language with primary emphasis on the development of audio-lingual skills. Attention will also be given to the interrelatedness of language and civilization and culture. Additional attention will be given to the development of reading and writing. Students will be expected to spend several hours per week in the language laboratory. Not recommended for students with any previous study of Spanish.

SPAN 1B.     Elementary Spanish. 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 1A, or instructor permission.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Foreign Language Graduation Requirement, Humanities (Area C2)


Continuation of SPAN 1A with a greater emphasis on the development of speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. Cultural knowledge continues to be an important component: elements of Hispanic character, customs, and the way in which the Spanish and Latin American peoples view themselves and others in the world is studied.

SPAN 1C.     Intensive Elementary Spanish. 6 Units

Prerequisite(s): Two years of high school Spanish or equivalent.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Foreign Language Graduation Requirement


This course emphasizes a rapid development of the four language skills--speaking, reading, writing, and listening--covered in the first two semesters of university Spanish. Cultural knowledge is also an important component of this course, and elements of Hispanic character, customs, and the way in which the Spanish and Latin American peoples view themselves and others in the world will be studied. Recommended for students who have had some previous study of Spanish, but need a quick review of the structures covered in the first two years of high school Spanish or the equivalent.

SPAN 2A.     Intermediate Spanish. 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): One year of college Spanish, or instructor permission.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Foreign Language Graduation Requirement


Oral, auditory, and written practice based on more advanced dialogue material and on short stories, plays, and the like. Attention to the development of reading fluency and to the extension of both active and passive vocabulary. Meets the Foreign Language Graduation Proficiency Requirement.

SPAN 2B.     Intermediate Spanish. 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2A, suitable score on placement exam, or instructor permission.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Foreign Language Graduation Requirement


Continuation of SPAN 2A. Meets the Foreign Language Graduation Proficiency Requirement.

SPAN 7.     Spanish Reading Proficiency. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 1A or two years of high school Spanish.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Foreign Language Graduation Requirement


Designed to improve Spanish reading proficiency. Students will acquire the ability to understand various types of materials written in Spanish (e.g. news items, personal correspondence, technical material, short stories); follow essential points and ideas of special interest or knowledge. Students will demonstrate Spanish reading comprehension by their ability to translate and answer content questions in Spanish as well as English.

SPAN 42.     Conversation In Spanish. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2B or equivalent, or instructor permission.


Conducted in Spanish, will further develop the audio-lingual skills that the students have acquired in their early Spanish language training. Emphasis will be placed on maintaining ideas and concepts in actual conversation situations, taken from topics of most interest to students.

SPAN 47.     Introduction to Composition and Grammar Review. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2B or equivalent.


Develops the necessary skills to write with clarity, precision, and style. It emphasizes the proper use of the accents and the correct use of grammar.

SPAN 100.     Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literature. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 47.


Introduction to literary theory and a practical application of the techniques of literary criticism.

SPAN 102.     Spanish Phonetics. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 47 or equivalent.


Study of the sound system of Spanish with some attention to comparison with English and the physiology of sounds. Drills to develop good pronunciation.

SPAN 103.     Advanced Spanish Grammar. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2B or equivalent.


Study of the specific components of Spanish grammar with particular emphasis on the Spanish verbal system, the subjunctive, and other problematic aspects of grammar. Will be of particular interest to those planning to teach Spanish as well as to the Spanish-speaking students.

Note: SPAN 47 strongly recommended.

SPAN 106.     Advanced Spanish Composition. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 103 and completion of all lower division requirements.


Increased practice in writing with emphasis on sentence and paragraph structure, and compositions to effectively convey meaning and ideas. Attention will be given to narrative, descriptive, expository prose, and dialogue, as well as to letters and other forms of written communication.

SPAN 110.     Survey of Spanish Literature to 1800. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 100.


Advanced readings, lectures, and discussions dealing with a panoramic view of Spanish literature from early works through the Golden Age and up to the 1800s.

SPAN 111.     Survey of Spanish Literature from 1800 to the Present. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 100.


Continuation of SPAN 110; deals with literature from the Neoclassic period to the contemporary. Readings taken from works and genres of this period.

SPAN 113.     Latin American Literature, Beginnings to Modernism. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 100.


Study of the major writers and trends in Latin American literature from beginnings until Modernism.

SPAN 114.     Latin American Literature, Modernism to Present. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 100.


Study of the major writers and trends in Latin American literature from Modernism to the present.

SPAN 115.     Magical Realism. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 100.


Magic and the wonderful infra-mythical world of major contemporary Latin America writers are explored in this in-depth study of Magical Realism. Short stories and novels are examined as they create a marvelous "other world" or reality. Authors studied include Gortazar, Carpentier, Bombal, Borges, Rulfo, Garcia Marquez, Fuentes, Sainz, Esquivel, and others.

SPAN 121.     Spanish For Professionals. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2A or equivalent.


Designed to teach present and future public servants the necessary vocabulary and structures for effective communication in interviews, visits, etc. Some attention to local dialect differences.

SPAN 123.     Topics in Spanish Literature. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 100


Topics in literature from Spain offered as needed. Typical topics are: Spanish novel through the Golden Age; 19th and 20th century Spanish novel; Spanish drama from the Middle Ages to the Golden Age; Spanish Contemporary drama.

Note: May be repeated for credit provided topic is different.

SPAN 130.     Contemporary Mexican Literature. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 100.


Inquiry into the significance of the individual in contemporary Mexican culture and his greater relationship to the cosmos as seen through his literature. May be of particular interest to the Mexican American.

SPAN 134.     The Short Story in Latin America. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 100.


Development of the short story in Latin America with some introductory study of the North American short story by way of comparison. Selected readings from different countries where the short story has had an important development. Emphasis on the contemporary short story.

SPAN 142.     Advanced Spanish Conversation. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2B or equivalent.


Increases language fluency and acquisition of new vocabulary through intensive conversational practice, based on topics of contemporary interest.

SPAN 151.     Civilization and Culture of Hispanic America. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2B or equivalent.


Readings, visuals, and discussion of the history, geography, anthropology, sociology, politics, economics, folklore, and artistic expression of the nations of Hispanic America.

SPAN 152.     Civilization and Culture of Spain. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2B or equivalent.


Reading and discussion of the history, geography, anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, folklore, music, art, and the dance as these areas relate to Modern Spain.

SPAN 153.     Civilization and Culture of Mexico. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2B or equivalent.


Reading and discussion of the history, geography, anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, folklore, music, art, and the dance of Mexico.

SPAN 194.     Field Experience/Internship. 1 - 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Intermediate competency in Spanish and instructor permission.


Directed fieldwork in a project which uses the language skills developed through previous study of Spanish. The projects may include interpreting and translating for public and/or private agencies in Sacramento, teaching or tutoring in the community, or other projects approved by the faculty supervisor. All work will be monitored by Sacramento State faculty. The student must submit written reports to his/her supervisor. Can be taken more than once for credit.

Credit/No Credit

SPAN 195.     Fieldwork -- Tutoring. 1 - 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Advanced students with native or near-native fluency, upper division status ("U" exam), or instructor permission.


Tutoring of lower division Spanish students, under the supervision of an instructor.

Credit/No Credit

SPAN 199.     Special Problems. 1 - 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor supervising work, the advisor, and the Department Chair.


Individual projects or directed reading.

Note: Open only to students who appear competent to carry on individual work, and enrollment will be limited to hardship cases.

Credit/No Credit

SPAN 201A.     General Spanish Linguistics. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): LING 130, SPAN 102, SPAN 103; or equivalent.


Depending upon the interest of the group, one topic of Spanish Linguistics will be chosen. The emphasis may be Comparative, Popular Spanish divergencies, or psycho- or socio-linguistics, especially the development of Mexican-American Spanish and the learning problems of bilinguals.

SPAN 201B.     History of the Spanish Language. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): LING 130, SPAN 102, SPAN 103; or equivalent.


Historical evolution of the Spanish language from Vulgar Latin to the present day with special emphasis on the phonetic and morphological changes involved in this evolution. Some attention will be devoted to Old Spanish readings as well as the differences between Old and Modern Spanish. Knowledge of Latin is helpful, but not required.

SPAN 201C.     Contrastive Grammatical Structures of Spanish and English. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): LING 130, SPAN 102, SPAN 103; or equivalent.


Analyzes the major differences between the grammatical system of Spanish and English, with particular emphasis on those areas of contrast which are vital to the teacher.

SPAN 201D.     Applied Spanish Linguistics. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): LING 130, SPAN 102, SPAN 103; or equivalent.


Application of linguistic theory, principally to the areas of language teaching and learning acquisition. Occasionally the application of linguistics to other fields may be examined.

SPAN 220A.     Spanish Literature in the Middle Ages. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 100 and an upper division course in Peninsular Literature; or equivalent.


Specific topic from this period will be chosen for intensive study as announced.

SPAN 220B.     Spanish Literature in the Golden Age. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 100 and an upper division course in Peninsular Literature; or equivalent.


Specific topic from this period will be chosen for intensive study as announced.

SPAN 220C.     Spanish Literature in the 18th and 19th Centuries. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 100 and an upper division course in Peninsular Literature; or equivalent.


Specific topic from this period will be chosen for intensive study as announced.

SPAN 220D.     Contemporary Spanish Literature. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 100 and an upper division course in Peninsular Literature; or equivalent.


Specific topic from this period will be chosen for intensive study as announced.

SPAN 224A.     Spanish-American Literature to 1825. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 100 and an upper division course in Latin American Literature; or equivalent.


Beginnings of Spanish American Literature from the period of discovery and conquest through the colonial period until the end of the Wars of Independence in 1825. Covers the Renaissance, Baroque, and Neo-Classical Periods.

SPAN 224B.     Spanish-American Literature, 1825 to 1880. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 100 and an upper division course in Latin American Literature; or equivalent.


Independence (1825) through 1880. Covers the following movements: Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism and deals with selected authors.

SPAN 224C.     Spanish-American Literature, 1880 to 1945. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 100 and an upper division course in Spanish American Literature; or equivalent.


Specific topic from this period will be chosen for intensive study as announced.

SPAN 224D.     Spanish-American Literature, 1945 to Present. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 100 and an upper division course in Spanish American Literature; or equivalent.


Specific topic from this period will be chosen for intensive study as announced.

SPAN 250A.     Civilization and Culture of Spain. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status with fluency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing contemporary Spanish.


Seminar examining aspects of the national character and personality of Spain as revealed through Hispanic social and literary studies from prehistory to 1700.

SPAN 250B.     Civilization and Culture of Modern Spain. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status with fluency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing contemporary Spanish.


Seminar examining aspects of the character and personality of the various political, geographical, and cultural groups of Spain as revealed through the social and literary studies of Spain from 1700 to the present.

SPAN 250C.     Civilization and Culture of Hispanic America. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status with fluency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing contemporary Spanish.


Seminar examining aspects of the character and personality of the various nations of Hispanic America as revealed through Hispanic-American social and literary studies. Attention will be given to the various ethnic groups found in Hispanic America.

SPAN 250D.     Civilization and Culture of Mexico. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status with fluency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing contemporary Spanish.


Seminar examining aspects of the national character and personality of Mexico as revealed through Mexican social and literary studies.

SPAN 299.     Special Problems. 1 - 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor supervising work, the advisor, and the Department chair.


Individual projects or directed reading.

Note: Open only to students who have the required number of units in residence and who appear competent to carry on individual work. Enrollment will be limited to hardship cases. Only 3 units of upper division or 3 units of graduate division credit will be accepted for any one degree in Spanish.

Credit/No Credit

SPAN 500.     Culminating Experience. 1 - 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): Advanced to candidacy and permission of the graduate coordinator.


Completion of a thesis, project or comprehensive examination.