Hispanic Studies

Bachelor of Art Degree

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This program is being phased out at Graceland and incoming students will not be able to major or minor in Hispanic Studies effective Fall 2022. Current students and transfer students may still declare this major/minor, so long as they work with their Academic Advisor to be sure to complete the degree requirements by Spring 2026.

An HISPANIC STUDIES major from Graceland is more than simply learning Spanish – it is a program that encourages students to explore the history and culture of the Spanish-speaking world through oral, written and visual expression. Graceland’s communicative approach, a language teaching style emphasizing meaning rather than simple memorization, combined with upper-division course offerings anchored in cultural studies makes the Hispanic Studies curriculum unique from other higher education institutions offering similar programs.

Offerings
Major, Minor
Field of Study
Humanities
Format
Lamoni Campus
Curriculum
  • Hispanic Studies Major

    In addition to the essential education requirements, the interdisciplinary major in Hispanic Studies requires 42 semester hours.

    All Spanish core requirements 18 s.h.

    *Placement Examination is available for those students with some background in Spanish, including heritage/native speakers. Students who place out of SPAN1410 or SPAN1410/1420 sequence may complete the major with 36-39 s.h. instead.

    6 s.h. of history courses from the following list:

    18 s.h. of electives, at least 9 of which must be upper-division Spanish courses, from the following list:

    Other Requirements for the Hispanic Studies Major
    In order to successfully complete a major in Hispanic Studies, a student must maintain a minimum of 2.0 GPA in Spanish courses. If a student receives a grade lower than a C, he/she must retake the course.

    Courses Offered
    • COMM3100Intercultural Communication
      COMM3100 Intercultural Communication - 3 s.h.

      An examination of concepts that have application to communication across cultural boundaries, with emphasis on relating them to effective intercultural communication skills. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL2350American Ethnic Literature
      ENGL2350 American Ethnic Literature - 3 s.h.

      A survey of multi-ethnic U.S. literature, including Latino/a literature, Asian American literature, Native American literature, and American Jewish literature. As a complement to literary texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the interdisciplinary field of ethnic studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. ++ This course is on a four-year cycle.

    • GEOG1200Introduction to International Studies (also INTD/POLS1200)
      GEOG1200 Introduction to International Studies (also INTD/POLS1200) - 3 s.h.

      An overview of the major disciplines represented in the International Studies major. This course will also offer an introduction to contemporary global concerns through a study of current political, economic, and social issues. Discussion of important global issues will lead to a more critical analysis of news and an awareness of the responsibilities of national and international citizenship. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship

    • HIST1200History of the African Diaspora
      HIST1200 History of the African Diaspora - 3 s.h.

      A history of the people of African descent in the Americas, including the United States, as well as the Caribbean, Central and South America. Issues of survival and resistance, the persistence of racism and white supremacy, and struggles for freedom, across countries and time periods, will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - Equality, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace.

    • HIST2200Survey of Latin American History I
      HIST2200 Survey of Latin American History I - 3 s.h.

      A history of the peoples of the Americas, from their arrival in the western hemisphere through the 19th century. Topics to be addressed include Native American societies and states, the encounter with Europe, the long colonial period, and struggles for political and economic independence. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

    • HIST2210Survey of Latin American History II
      HIST2210 Survey of Latin American History II - 3 s.h.

      A history of the peoples of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, from the 19th century to the present. Topics to be addressed include struggles for political and economic independence, social movements, and the influence of North American and other outside powers. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

    • HIST3200Modern Mexico
      HIST3200 Modern Mexico - 3 s.h.

      A history of Mexico from the end of the Porfiriato through the 2000 presidential election. Emphasis will be placed on the Mexican Revolution and the rise and dominance of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). +This course is only offered every other year.

    • MUSC2350Musics of the World
      MUSC2350 Musics of the World - 3 s.h.

      Explores the musical history of the planet's diverse human communities. Music is not one universal language but a group of languages that express, shape and record human experience. An intensive study of how music works within the social and cultural context including a specific examination of indigenous music of West Africa, Latin America, China, Indonesia, and Japan. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace.

    • PHIL2420World Philosophy
      PHIL2420 World Philosophy - 3 s.h.

      A survey of philosophical worldviews with origins in differing traditions, appealing to historical and contemporary Western and non-Western philosophy. Addresses fundamental philosophical issues from a variety of perspectives and evaluates points of convergence and divergence. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - World Citizenship, ELO3 Ethical Thinking - Innovation

    • POLS1200Introduction to International Studies (also INTD1200)
      POLS1200 Introduction to International Studies (also INTD1200) - 3 s.h.

      An overview of the major disciplines represented in the International Studies major. This course will also offer an introduction to contemporary global concerns through a study of current political, economic, and social issues. Discussion of important global issues will lead to a more critical analysis of news and an awareness of the responsibilities of national and international citizenship. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship

    • POLS2360The Politics of Immigration
      POLS2360 The Politics of Immigration - 3 s.h.

      Examines immigration in an interdisciplinary way, focusing on how politics affects, obscures or exacerbates inequalities of power, wealth and safety among immigrant populations worldwide. Explores motives for migration across or within states, the means by which people migrate, and the reception immigrants receive in their destination countries. Goal 1B, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    • PSYC3370Cross Cultural Psychology
      PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology - 3 s.h.

      Study of psychological theories and empirical findings relating to variations in cultures. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace.

    • SOCI2300Race and Ethnicity in the United States
      SOCI2300 Race and Ethnicity in the United States - 3 s.h.

      Examines the basic sociological concepts and theories of race and ethnicity. Particular focus will be given to the social construction of race, as well as the causes and consequences of racism, immigration, education and residential segregation, environmental inequality, and social justice movements.

    • SPAN1410First-Year Spanish I
      SPAN1410 First-Year Spanish I - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to the practice of using and understanding Spanish to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Goal 4.

    • SPAN1420First-Year Spanish II
      SPAN1420 First-Year Spanish II - 3 s.h.

      Provides further practice in using and understanding Spanish to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN1410 or equivalent. Goal 4.

    • SPAN2100Second-Year Spanish
      SPAN2100 Second-Year Spanish - 3 s.h.

      Review and development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Introduces students to cultural topics in the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN1420 or Placement Examination. Goal 4.

    • SPAN2310Spanish Contact Hours
      SPAN2310 Spanish Contact Hours - 1-2 s.h.

      Contact hours in Spanish conducted independently. Available only to students in the Hispanic Studies major. Can be taken simultaneously with the Spanish 1410-2100 sequence or before enrolling in SPAN2440. A student cannot complete more than two Spanish Contact semester-hours at a time per semester. The Spanish faculty, in collaboration with the student, will design a plan to comply with the number of Spanish Contact Hours needed. Experiential Learning in Spanish (including a study away opportunity) may satisfy this requirement for Spanish majors. Goal 4.

    • SPAN2440Cultural Conversations: Oral and Written Expressions
      SPAN2440 Cultural Conversations: Oral and Written Expressions - 3 s.h.

      Designed to facilitate a discussion, in Spanish, about contemporary cultural topics that affect the Spanish-speaking world. Students will also engage and write about texts that discuss and/or embody Hispanic culture. Prerequisite: 3 s.h. of SPAN2100 and SPAN2310 or Placement Examination. Goal 4

    • SPAN2600Spanish Immersion (Intermediate)
      SPAN2600 Spanish Immersion (Intermediate) - 3-6 s.h.

      Practice of acquired language skills (intermediate level) in context while exploring the diverse history and culture of a Spanish-speaking country during a study-abroad experience. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis).

    • SPAN3110Hispanic Cinema
      SPAN3110 Hispanic Cinema - 3 s.h.

      Designed to enhance students' knowledge of Hispanic culture through selected Spanish-speaking films. Prerequisite: SPAN2440. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    • SPAN3120Hispanic Literatures
      SPAN3120 Hispanic Literatures - 3 s.h.

      Designed to enhance students' knowledge of Hispanic culture through selected pieces of literature from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN2440. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    • SPAN3220Unheard Voices
      SPAN3220 Unheard Voices - 3 s.h.

      Explores representations of vulnerability in Latin American cultural production, particularly short narrative and film. Discusses the diversity of vulnerable experiences among unheard sectors of Latin American societies with a focus on women, afrolatinos, and the LGBTQ+ community. Taught in Spanish. Instructor approval required. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace Note: Since this course is taught in Spanish, an intermediate-high proficiency level in Spanish is recommended for non-minor students.

    • SPAN3240Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean
      SPAN3240 Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean - 3 s.h.

      Explores contemporary literature, visual culture, and digital media in translation produced in the Hispanic Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic). Through the examination of literary, digital, and visual materials, including narrative prose, paintings, murals, films, and performances, students will be exposed to multiple interpretations (new and traditional) of concepts such as citizenship and gender, sexual, and racial identities in the Hispanic Caribbean and its diasporas, particularly in the United States. Taught in English. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    • SPAN3500Experiential Learning in Spanish
      SPAN3500 Experiential Learning in Spanish - 3 s.h.

      Experiential learning (e.g. service in a Spanish-speaking country, working with a Latino non-profit organization, etc.) in Spanish conducted independently. The Spanish faculty, in collaboration with the student, will set up an appropriate Experiential Learning opportunity.

    • SPAN3600Spanish Immersion (Advanced)
      SPAN3600 Spanish Immersion (Advanced) - 3-6 s.h.

      Practice of acquired language skills (advanced level) in context while exploring the diverse history and culture of a Spanish-speaking country during a study-abroad experience. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis).

    • SPAN3900Topics in Spanish
      SPAN3900 Topics in Spanish - 3 s.h.

      Study of selected topics of interest in the Spanish-speaking world, to be announced prior to the semester when the course is offered. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Goal 4

    • SPAN4800Hispanic Studies Senior Project
      SPAN4800 Hispanic Studies Senior Project - 3 s.h.

      A semester-long project in which the student, in consultation with the Spanish faculty member, selects a research topic related to Hispanic cultural production (i.e. literature, film, art, etc.) and conducts original research and presents in either an oral or poster presentation. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

    COMM3100Intercultural Communication ENGL2350American Ethnic Literature GEOG1200Introduction to International Studies (also INTD/POLS1200) HIST1200History of the African Diaspora HIST2200Survey of Latin American History I HIST2210Survey of Latin American History II HIST3200Modern Mexico MUSC2350Musics of the World PHIL2420World Philosophy POLS1200Introduction to International Studies (also INTD1200) POLS2360The Politics of Immigration PSYC3370Cross Cultural Psychology SOCI2300Race and Ethnicity in the United States SPAN1410First-Year Spanish I SPAN1420First-Year Spanish II SPAN2100Second-Year Spanish SPAN2310Spanish Contact Hours SPAN2440Cultural Conversations: Oral and Written Expressions SPAN2600Spanish Immersion (Intermediate) SPAN3110Hispanic Cinema SPAN3120Hispanic Literatures SPAN3220Unheard Voices SPAN3240Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean SPAN3500Experiential Learning in Spanish SPAN3600Spanish Immersion (Advanced) SPAN3900Topics in Spanish SPAN4800Hispanic Studies Senior Project
    Course Descriptions
    COMM3100 Intercultural Communication - 3 s.h.

    An examination of concepts that have application to communication across cultural boundaries, with emphasis on relating them to effective intercultural communication skills. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL2350 American Ethnic Literature - 3 s.h.

    A survey of multi-ethnic U.S. literature, including Latino/a literature, Asian American literature, Native American literature, and American Jewish literature. As a complement to literary texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the interdisciplinary field of ethnic studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. ++ This course is on a four-year cycle.

    GEOG1200 Introduction to International Studies (also INTD/POLS1200) - 3 s.h.

    An overview of the major disciplines represented in the International Studies major. This course will also offer an introduction to contemporary global concerns through a study of current political, economic, and social issues. Discussion of important global issues will lead to a more critical analysis of news and an awareness of the responsibilities of national and international citizenship. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship

    HIST1200 History of the African Diaspora - 3 s.h.

    A history of the people of African descent in the Americas, including the United States, as well as the Caribbean, Central and South America. Issues of survival and resistance, the persistence of racism and white supremacy, and struggles for freedom, across countries and time periods, will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - Equality, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace.

    HIST2200 Survey of Latin American History I - 3 s.h.

    A history of the peoples of the Americas, from their arrival in the western hemisphere through the 19th century. Topics to be addressed include Native American societies and states, the encounter with Europe, the long colonial period, and struggles for political and economic independence. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

    HIST2210 Survey of Latin American History II - 3 s.h.

    A history of the peoples of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, from the 19th century to the present. Topics to be addressed include struggles for political and economic independence, social movements, and the influence of North American and other outside powers. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

    HIST3200 Modern Mexico - 3 s.h.

    A history of Mexico from the end of the Porfiriato through the 2000 presidential election. Emphasis will be placed on the Mexican Revolution and the rise and dominance of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). +This course is only offered every other year.

    MUSC2350 Musics of the World - 3 s.h.

    Explores the musical history of the planet's diverse human communities. Music is not one universal language but a group of languages that express, shape and record human experience. An intensive study of how music works within the social and cultural context including a specific examination of indigenous music of West Africa, Latin America, China, Indonesia, and Japan. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace.

    PHIL2420 World Philosophy - 3 s.h.

    A survey of philosophical worldviews with origins in differing traditions, appealing to historical and contemporary Western and non-Western philosophy. Addresses fundamental philosophical issues from a variety of perspectives and evaluates points of convergence and divergence. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - World Citizenship, ELO3 Ethical Thinking - Innovation

    POLS1200 Introduction to International Studies (also INTD1200) - 3 s.h.

    An overview of the major disciplines represented in the International Studies major. This course will also offer an introduction to contemporary global concerns through a study of current political, economic, and social issues. Discussion of important global issues will lead to a more critical analysis of news and an awareness of the responsibilities of national and international citizenship. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship

    POLS2360 The Politics of Immigration - 3 s.h.

    Examines immigration in an interdisciplinary way, focusing on how politics affects, obscures or exacerbates inequalities of power, wealth and safety among immigrant populations worldwide. Explores motives for migration across or within states, the means by which people migrate, and the reception immigrants receive in their destination countries. Goal 1B, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology - 3 s.h.

    Study of psychological theories and empirical findings relating to variations in cultures. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace.

    SOCI2300 Race and Ethnicity in the United States - 3 s.h.

    Examines the basic sociological concepts and theories of race and ethnicity. Particular focus will be given to the social construction of race, as well as the causes and consequences of racism, immigration, education and residential segregation, environmental inequality, and social justice movements.

    SPAN1410 First-Year Spanish I - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to the practice of using and understanding Spanish to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Goal 4.

    SPAN1420 First-Year Spanish II - 3 s.h.

    Provides further practice in using and understanding Spanish to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN1410 or equivalent. Goal 4.

    SPAN2100 Second-Year Spanish - 3 s.h.

    Review and development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Introduces students to cultural topics in the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN1420 or Placement Examination. Goal 4.

    SPAN2310 Spanish Contact Hours - 1-2 s.h.

    Contact hours in Spanish conducted independently. Available only to students in the Hispanic Studies major. Can be taken simultaneously with the Spanish 1410-2100 sequence or before enrolling in SPAN2440. A student cannot complete more than two Spanish Contact semester-hours at a time per semester. The Spanish faculty, in collaboration with the student, will design a plan to comply with the number of Spanish Contact Hours needed. Experiential Learning in Spanish (including a study away opportunity) may satisfy this requirement for Spanish majors. Goal 4.

    SPAN2440 Cultural Conversations: Oral and Written Expressions - 3 s.h.

    Designed to facilitate a discussion, in Spanish, about contemporary cultural topics that affect the Spanish-speaking world. Students will also engage and write about texts that discuss and/or embody Hispanic culture. Prerequisite: 3 s.h. of SPAN2100 and SPAN2310 or Placement Examination. Goal 4

    SPAN2600 Spanish Immersion (Intermediate) - 3-6 s.h.

    Practice of acquired language skills (intermediate level) in context while exploring the diverse history and culture of a Spanish-speaking country during a study-abroad experience. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis).

    SPAN3110 Hispanic Cinema - 3 s.h.

    Designed to enhance students' knowledge of Hispanic culture through selected Spanish-speaking films. Prerequisite: SPAN2440. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    SPAN3120 Hispanic Literatures - 3 s.h.

    Designed to enhance students' knowledge of Hispanic culture through selected pieces of literature from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN2440. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    SPAN3220 Unheard Voices - 3 s.h.

    Explores representations of vulnerability in Latin American cultural production, particularly short narrative and film. Discusses the diversity of vulnerable experiences among unheard sectors of Latin American societies with a focus on women, afrolatinos, and the LGBTQ+ community. Taught in Spanish. Instructor approval required. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace Note: Since this course is taught in Spanish, an intermediate-high proficiency level in Spanish is recommended for non-minor students.

    SPAN3240 Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean - 3 s.h.

    Explores contemporary literature, visual culture, and digital media in translation produced in the Hispanic Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic). Through the examination of literary, digital, and visual materials, including narrative prose, paintings, murals, films, and performances, students will be exposed to multiple interpretations (new and traditional) of concepts such as citizenship and gender, sexual, and racial identities in the Hispanic Caribbean and its diasporas, particularly in the United States. Taught in English. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    SPAN3500 Experiential Learning in Spanish - 3 s.h.

    Experiential learning (e.g. service in a Spanish-speaking country, working with a Latino non-profit organization, etc.) in Spanish conducted independently. The Spanish faculty, in collaboration with the student, will set up an appropriate Experiential Learning opportunity.

    SPAN3600 Spanish Immersion (Advanced) - 3-6 s.h.

    Practice of acquired language skills (advanced level) in context while exploring the diverse history and culture of a Spanish-speaking country during a study-abroad experience. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis).

    SPAN3900 Topics in Spanish - 3 s.h.

    Study of selected topics of interest in the Spanish-speaking world, to be announced prior to the semester when the course is offered. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Goal 4

    SPAN4800 Hispanic Studies Senior Project - 3 s.h.

    A semester-long project in which the student, in consultation with the Spanish faculty member, selects a research topic related to Hispanic cultural production (i.e. literature, film, art, etc.) and conducts original research and presents in either an oral or poster presentation. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

  • Hispanic Studies Minor

    A Hispanic Studies minor requires 18 or more semester hours in Spanish including the following core requirement:

    *Placement Examination is available for those students with some background in Spanish. Students who place out of SPAN1410 will be required to complete an additional three (3) semester hours of upper division Spanish courses.

    **Students with previous background in Spanish or heritage/native speakers who place out of the SPAN1410/1420 sequence will be required to complete an additional six (6) semester hours of upper division Spanish courses.

    Other Requirements for the Hispanic Studies Minor

    • In order to successfully complete a minor in Hispanic Studies, a student must maintain a minimum of 2.0 GPA in Spanish courses. If a student receives a grade lower than a C, he/she must retake the course.
    Courses Offered
    • SPAN1410First-Year Spanish I
      SPAN1410 First-Year Spanish I - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to the practice of using and understanding Spanish to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Goal 4.

    • SPAN1420First-Year Spanish II
      SPAN1420 First-Year Spanish II - 3 s.h.

      Provides further practice in using and understanding Spanish to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN1410 or equivalent. Goal 4.

    • SPAN2100Second-Year Spanish
      SPAN2100 Second-Year Spanish - 3 s.h.

      Review and development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Introduces students to cultural topics in the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN1420 or Placement Examination. Goal 4.

    • SPAN2440Cultural Conversations: Oral and Written Expressions
      SPAN2440 Cultural Conversations: Oral and Written Expressions - 3 s.h.

      Designed to facilitate a discussion, in Spanish, about contemporary cultural topics that affect the Spanish-speaking world. Students will also engage and write about texts that discuss and/or embody Hispanic culture. Prerequisite: 3 s.h. of SPAN2100 and SPAN2310 or Placement Examination. Goal 4

    SPAN1410First-Year Spanish I SPAN1420First-Year Spanish II SPAN2100Second-Year Spanish SPAN2440Cultural Conversations: Oral and Written Expressions
    Course Descriptions
    SPAN1410 First-Year Spanish I - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to the practice of using and understanding Spanish to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Goal 4.

    SPAN1420 First-Year Spanish II - 3 s.h.

    Provides further practice in using and understanding Spanish to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN1410 or equivalent. Goal 4.

    SPAN2100 Second-Year Spanish - 3 s.h.

    Review and development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Introduces students to cultural topics in the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN1420 or Placement Examination. Goal 4.

    SPAN2440 Cultural Conversations: Oral and Written Expressions - 3 s.h.

    Designed to facilitate a discussion, in Spanish, about contemporary cultural topics that affect the Spanish-speaking world. Students will also engage and write about texts that discuss and/or embody Hispanic culture. Prerequisite: 3 s.h. of SPAN2100 and SPAN2310 or Placement Examination. Goal 4

  • Course list - Spanish
    Courses Offered
    • SPAN1410First-Year Spanish I
      SPAN1410 First-Year Spanish I - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to the practice of using and understanding Spanish to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Goal 4.

    • SPAN1420First-Year Spanish II
      SPAN1420 First-Year Spanish II - 3 s.h.

      Provides further practice in using and understanding Spanish to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN1410 or equivalent. Goal 4.

    • SPAN2000Individual Study (Goal 4)
      SPAN2000 Individual Study (Goal 4) - 1-3 s.h.
    • SPAN2100Second-Year Spanish
      SPAN2100 Second-Year Spanish - 3 s.h.

      Review and development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Introduces students to cultural topics in the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN1420 or Placement Examination. Goal 4.

    • SPAN2310Spanish Contact Hours
      SPAN2310 Spanish Contact Hours - 1-2 s.h.

      Contact hours in Spanish conducted independently. Available only to students in the Hispanic Studies major. Can be taken simultaneously with the Spanish 1410-2100 sequence or before enrolling in SPAN2440. A student cannot complete more than two Spanish Contact semester-hours at a time per semester. The Spanish faculty, in collaboration with the student, will design a plan to comply with the number of Spanish Contact Hours needed. Experiential Learning in Spanish (including a study away opportunity) may satisfy this requirement for Spanish majors. Goal 4.

    • SPAN2440Cultural Conversations: Oral and Written Expressions
      SPAN2440 Cultural Conversations: Oral and Written Expressions - 3 s.h.

      Designed to facilitate a discussion, in Spanish, about contemporary cultural topics that affect the Spanish-speaking world. Students will also engage and write about texts that discuss and/or embody Hispanic culture. Prerequisite: 3 s.h. of SPAN2100 and SPAN2310 or Placement Examination. Goal 4

    • SPAN2600Spanish Immersion (Intermediate)
      SPAN2600 Spanish Immersion (Intermediate) - 3-6 s.h.

      Practice of acquired language skills (intermediate level) in context while exploring the diverse history and culture of a Spanish-speaking country during a study-abroad experience. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis).

    • SPAN2900Topics in Spanish
      SPAN2900 Topics in Spanish - 3 s.h.

      Special studies in Spanish designed primarily for the non-Spanish major. Content may vary and will be announced at time of offering. When content changes, course may be repeated for credit. Goal 4

    • SPAN3110Hispanic Cinema
      SPAN3110 Hispanic Cinema - 3 s.h.

      Designed to enhance students' knowledge of Hispanic culture through selected Spanish-speaking films. Prerequisite: SPAN2440. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    • SPAN3120Hispanic Literatures
      SPAN3120 Hispanic Literatures - 3 s.h.

      Designed to enhance students' knowledge of Hispanic culture through selected pieces of literature from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN2440. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    • SPAN3220Unheard Voices
      SPAN3220 Unheard Voices - 3 s.h.

      Explores representations of vulnerability in Latin American cultural production, particularly short narrative and film. Discusses the diversity of vulnerable experiences among unheard sectors of Latin American societies with a focus on women, afrolatinos, and the LGBTQ+ community. Taught in Spanish. Instructor approval required. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace Note: Since this course is taught in Spanish, an intermediate-high proficiency level in Spanish is recommended for non-minor students.

    • SPAN3240Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean
      SPAN3240 Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean - 3 s.h.

      Explores contemporary literature, visual culture, and digital media in translation produced in the Hispanic Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic). Through the examination of literary, digital, and visual materials, including narrative prose, paintings, murals, films, and performances, students will be exposed to multiple interpretations (new and traditional) of concepts such as citizenship and gender, sexual, and racial identities in the Hispanic Caribbean and its diasporas, particularly in the United States. Taught in English. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    • SPAN3500Experiential Learning in Spanish
      SPAN3500 Experiential Learning in Spanish - 3 s.h.

      Experiential learning (e.g. service in a Spanish-speaking country, working with a Latino non-profit organization, etc.) in Spanish conducted independently. The Spanish faculty, in collaboration with the student, will set up an appropriate Experiential Learning opportunity.

    • SPAN3600Spanish Immersion (Advanced)
      SPAN3600 Spanish Immersion (Advanced) - 3-6 s.h.

      Practice of acquired language skills (advanced level) in context while exploring the diverse history and culture of a Spanish-speaking country during a study-abroad experience. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis).

    • SPAN3900Topics in Spanish
      SPAN3900 Topics in Spanish - 3 s.h.

      Study of selected topics of interest in the Spanish-speaking world, to be announced prior to the semester when the course is offered. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Goal 4

    • SPAN4800Hispanic Studies Senior Project
      SPAN4800 Hispanic Studies Senior Project - 3 s.h.

      A semester-long project in which the student, in consultation with the Spanish faculty member, selects a research topic related to Hispanic cultural production (i.e. literature, film, art, etc.) and conducts original research and presents in either an oral or poster presentation. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

    SPAN1410First-Year Spanish I SPAN1420First-Year Spanish II SPAN2000Individual Study (Goal 4) SPAN2100Second-Year Spanish SPAN2310Spanish Contact Hours SPAN2440Cultural Conversations: Oral and Written Expressions SPAN2600Spanish Immersion (Intermediate) SPAN2900Topics in Spanish SPAN3110Hispanic Cinema SPAN3120Hispanic Literatures SPAN3220Unheard Voices SPAN3240Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean SPAN3500Experiential Learning in Spanish SPAN3600Spanish Immersion (Advanced) SPAN3900Topics in Spanish SPAN4800Hispanic Studies Senior Project
    Course Descriptions
    SPAN1410 First-Year Spanish I - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to the practice of using and understanding Spanish to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Goal 4.

    SPAN1420 First-Year Spanish II - 3 s.h.

    Provides further practice in using and understanding Spanish to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN1410 or equivalent. Goal 4.

    SPAN2000 Individual Study (Goal 4) - 1-3 s.h.
    SPAN2100 Second-Year Spanish - 3 s.h.

    Review and development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Introduces students to cultural topics in the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN1420 or Placement Examination. Goal 4.

    SPAN2310 Spanish Contact Hours - 1-2 s.h.

    Contact hours in Spanish conducted independently. Available only to students in the Hispanic Studies major. Can be taken simultaneously with the Spanish 1410-2100 sequence or before enrolling in SPAN2440. A student cannot complete more than two Spanish Contact semester-hours at a time per semester. The Spanish faculty, in collaboration with the student, will design a plan to comply with the number of Spanish Contact Hours needed. Experiential Learning in Spanish (including a study away opportunity) may satisfy this requirement for Spanish majors. Goal 4.

    SPAN2440 Cultural Conversations: Oral and Written Expressions - 3 s.h.

    Designed to facilitate a discussion, in Spanish, about contemporary cultural topics that affect the Spanish-speaking world. Students will also engage and write about texts that discuss and/or embody Hispanic culture. Prerequisite: 3 s.h. of SPAN2100 and SPAN2310 or Placement Examination. Goal 4

    SPAN2600 Spanish Immersion (Intermediate) - 3-6 s.h.

    Practice of acquired language skills (intermediate level) in context while exploring the diverse history and culture of a Spanish-speaking country during a study-abroad experience. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis).

    SPAN2900 Topics in Spanish - 3 s.h.

    Special studies in Spanish designed primarily for the non-Spanish major. Content may vary and will be announced at time of offering. When content changes, course may be repeated for credit. Goal 4

    SPAN3110 Hispanic Cinema - 3 s.h.

    Designed to enhance students' knowledge of Hispanic culture through selected Spanish-speaking films. Prerequisite: SPAN2440. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    SPAN3120 Hispanic Literatures - 3 s.h.

    Designed to enhance students' knowledge of Hispanic culture through selected pieces of literature from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN2440. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    SPAN3220 Unheard Voices - 3 s.h.

    Explores representations of vulnerability in Latin American cultural production, particularly short narrative and film. Discusses the diversity of vulnerable experiences among unheard sectors of Latin American societies with a focus on women, afrolatinos, and the LGBTQ+ community. Taught in Spanish. Instructor approval required. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace Note: Since this course is taught in Spanish, an intermediate-high proficiency level in Spanish is recommended for non-minor students.

    SPAN3240 Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean - 3 s.h.

    Explores contemporary literature, visual culture, and digital media in translation produced in the Hispanic Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic). Through the examination of literary, digital, and visual materials, including narrative prose, paintings, murals, films, and performances, students will be exposed to multiple interpretations (new and traditional) of concepts such as citizenship and gender, sexual, and racial identities in the Hispanic Caribbean and its diasporas, particularly in the United States. Taught in English. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    SPAN3500 Experiential Learning in Spanish - 3 s.h.

    Experiential learning (e.g. service in a Spanish-speaking country, working with a Latino non-profit organization, etc.) in Spanish conducted independently. The Spanish faculty, in collaboration with the student, will set up an appropriate Experiential Learning opportunity.

    SPAN3600 Spanish Immersion (Advanced) - 3-6 s.h.

    Practice of acquired language skills (advanced level) in context while exploring the diverse history and culture of a Spanish-speaking country during a study-abroad experience. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis).

    SPAN3900 Topics in Spanish - 3 s.h.

    Study of selected topics of interest in the Spanish-speaking world, to be announced prior to the semester when the course is offered. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Goal 4

    SPAN4800 Hispanic Studies Senior Project - 3 s.h.

    A semester-long project in which the student, in consultation with the Spanish faculty member, selects a research topic related to Hispanic cultural production (i.e. literature, film, art, etc.) and conducts original research and presents in either an oral or poster presentation. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

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Career Growth Ahead

An hispanic studies major from Graceland University can help to prepare you for these careers:

  • Bilingual educator
  • Translator
  • International Relations
  • Medical Interpreter
  • Political Analyst
  • Foreign Diplomat

…and many other exciting fields.

Employed in Field

38%

Hispanic Studies graduates

Estimated Salary

$56,600

Hispanic Studies graduates

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ExpenseAnnual CostSemester Cost
Tuition$31,250$15,625
Room (based on a two-person room)$3,770$1,885
Board$6,040$3,020
Activity Fee $370$185
University Technology Fee$300$150
TOTAL DIRECT COSTS$41,730$20,865
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