Spanish Studies

2014-15 General Catalog

Languages and Applied Linguistics
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Program Description

The interdisciplinary major in Spanish Studies is designed to offer students advanced linguistic proficiency in Spanish as well as a broad understanding of the historical and cultural developments of the Spanish-speaking world.

The Spanish Studies major at UCSC combines the strengths of language and applied linguistics with those of literary and cultural studies. The sequence of courses first exposes students to the academic registers of Spanish, a critical component for both heritage speakers and second language learners. Students will then develop academic literacy in the language while gaining familiarity with the methods of analysis in different fields. The configuration of the major affords students flexibility in following their particular interests by choosing one of two tracks: (1) literature and culture or (2) language and linguistics.

These pathways within the major prepare students for a range of career possibilities that involve working with the Spanish-speaking public in a variety of professions (e.g., law, business, public service). Students may also pursue further training in teaching Spanish as a second language at the high school or university level.

Study Abroad

Spanish studies encourages students to take advantage of the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP). EAP language and culture programs are focused primarily on language acquisition. Some programs do not require prior language study while others have language prerequisites. Many of these programs provide students with the language skills needed to participate in regular university courses taught in the language of the host country. EAP opportunities in Spanish include Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Spain, and Costa Rica.

Students who participate in the EAP may petition to apply up to 5 courses (up to 25 upper-division credits) from EAP toward the major. Petition forms are available in the Language Program Department office.

Requirements for the Major

There are a total of 52 credits (including the 2-credit senior exit course) required for the Spanish studies major. See Program Major Requirements below for a breakdown of the credit requirements.

Major Prerequisite Foreign Language Requirement

Six courses in the regular track Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; or three courses in the Spanish for Heritage Speakers (SPHS) track, SPHS 4, 5, 6; or equivalent proficiency and Linguistics 50, Introduction to Linguistics.

Five required Spanish studies core courses (25 credits total):

  • Literature: Spanish Literature (LTSP) 102A, From the Conquest to Sor Juana; or LTSP 102B, Romanticism to Modernism (5 credits)

  • Spanish Studies: Spanish Literature 105*, Introduction to Spanish Studies (New cross-listed course) (5 credits)

  • Linguistics: Spanish 150*, Topics in Hispanic Linguistics: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics (5 credits)

  • Spanish Language: Spanish 114, Advanced Conversation and Composition (5 credits)

  • History: One history upper-division course in a related field (i.e., History 131, 132, 133, 134A, 134B) (5 credits)

*Spanish Literature 105/Spanish 105  and  Spanish 150  must  be  taken  prior  to  enrollment  in  or  in  conjunction with concentration courses.

Choice of Concentrations (choose one concentration—3 courses, 15 credits total)

Languages and Linguistics Track (three courses): Five-credit Spanish-language courses numbered 100-189, Spanish 199 and Languages 199 (except Spanish 150, Spanish 114 and Spanish Literature 105/Spanish 105) are accepted with the permission of the Spanish studies director (or faculty adviser).

  • Spanish 151, Topics In Hispanic Linguistics: Varieties of Spanish

  • Languages 152, Topics In Hispanic Linguistics: Spanish in the U.S.

  • Languages 153, Topics In Hispanic Linguistics: Spanish as a Second Language

  • Spanish 156A, The Language of Latin American Cinema

  • Spanish 156B, The New Latin American Song SPAN 156C, Latin American Women’s Voices SPAN 156E, Spanish Culture

  • Spanish 156F, Humor in the Spanish Speaking World

  • Spanish 156I, Hispanic Culture through Dance

  • Spanish 156M, Mexico and the Southwest

Literature and Culture Track (three courses): Any 5-credit Spanish literature course numbered 100-189, Spanish Literature 195, Spanish Literature 199 (except Spanish Literature 102A, 102B, 105); see below for examples:

  • 100A, Spanish Literature: Origins to 18th Century

  • 100B, Spanish Literature: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

  • 100C, Medieval Spanish Literature

  • 117, Spanish Speaking Caribbean

  • 130A, Spanish American Prose

  • 130D, Latin American testimonio

  • 130E, Latin American Poetry

  • 130F, U.S. Latino/a Writing in Spanish, English, and Spanglish

  • 131A, Mexico

  • 131B, Novel of the Mexican Revolution

  • 131D, Chile

  • 131H, Cuba

  • 134C, Fiction and Marginality: The Marginal at the Center

  • 134G, Popular Culture in Latin American Narrative

  • 134H, African-Latin American Literature

  • 134L, Historia de la lectura y los lectores: recepción y consumo cultural en el mundo Latino Americano

  • 134M, Modernidad y Literatura: El Boom de la novela latinoamericana

  • 134N, El cuento en Hispanoamérica: Variedades esteticas de la literatura breve in America Latina

  • 135A, Mexico Through Movies

  • 135C, La Globalizacion en/del Cine Latin/o Americano

  • 135D, Social Documentary

  • 135F, Cine y Literatura

  • 135G, Geografías y géneros del cine hispanoparlante

  • 150, Introduction to the Golden Age

  • 151, Literature and Life in Don Quijote and Other Cervantes Texts

  • 152, Spanish Golden Age Theater

  • 153, Picaresque Novel

Electives (one upper-division course, 5 credits total): Choose from related 5-credit courses in Anthropology, Education, Feminist Studies, History, History of Art and Visual Culture, Latin American and Latino Studies, Linguistics, Sociology (see Elective Courses for Spanish Studies), or any upper-division Spanish Literature, Spanish, or languages concentration courses not taken for concentration credit or capstone requirement.

Capstone Requirement

Spanish 195F, Senior Essay: With faculty permission, students will enroll in Spanish 195F, a 2-credit senior exit course taken in conjunction with an upper-division Spanish, Languages or Spanish Literature concentration course not used for core or concentration credit. Students will work with a faculty adviser to complete a senior capstone essay in addition to course requirements for the upper-division course. This combination must be approved by a faculty adviser in Spanish studies.

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement

The Disciplinary Communication general education requirement (DC requirement) is satisfied by successfully completing Spanish 114.

Declaring the Major in Spanish Studies

To qualify for the major in Spanish studies, students must have completed Spanish 4 or equivalent with a grade of C or better, or receive a Spanish placement examination score of 50.

Transfer Students

In addition to the required courses to satisfy the campus general education requirements, transfer junior students are strongly advised to complete two years of Spanish language study in accredited two- and four-year institutions. Transfer students who arrive at UCSC with two years of Spanish language preparation should be able to complete the Spanish studies major in normative time. While it is not a condition of admission, students from California community colleges may complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) in preparation for transfer to UC Santa Cruz.

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Revised: 09/01/14