Program Highlights

The Spanish program is guided by a set of learning goals that drive our decisions and actions related to teaching and program management.

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing in Spanish.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to engage in meaningful interactions in Spanish with people from other countries.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to analyze, and conduct research on works of literature from the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Students will demonstrate their understanding of the contributions made to society by Hispanics in the United States and in the Spanish-speaking nations of the world.
  • Students will demonstrate their comprehension and appreciation of the diversity of Hispanic culture, and their understanding of the social, historical, political, and cultural contexts of the Spanish-speaking nations of the world.

Plan of Study

Departmental Course Offerings

Courses change each semester, so this list should not be considered a commitment to these individual topics. However, this does represent a list of many of our current and popular courses. The list is provided so that you can begin to imagine your academic career at Millikin in this major.

French Conversation Intensive practice in the u se of French as a means of oral and written self-expression, with particular emphasis on listening and speaking skills. (FR301)
Spanish for Radio Production Practice of Spanish communicative skills for the production of a radio show. Students work on radio-dramas, poems, news, commentaries and music from Latin America and Spain. (SP312)
Art, Lit, & Film of US Latinos Spanish 320 constitutes a survey of visual art, literature and film by artists from the various Latino communities of the U. S. (principally Cuban-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Dominican-Americans and Chicanos). Primary sources will include poetry, drama, short stories, novels, painting, film and music. Special focus on border studies and the question of what Gustavo Perez-Format calls ?life on the hyphen? - the double identity of those who live in the U. S. but have cultural roots in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Short critical essays and oral presentations allow students to practice skills in Spanish. Course conducted in Spanish. Pre-requisite: SP301 or SP302 or SP303 or SP304. (SP320)
Survey of Spanish Lit I Spanish 321 constitutes a survey of the literature of Spain from the Middle Ages to present day. Texts will include poetry, drama, short stories and a novel. Students will also study film adaptations of particular works of literature. Particular focus on the questions of gender and intertextuality in the creation of literature. Short critical essays and oral presentations allow students to practice skills in Spanish. Course conducted in Spanish. Pre-requisite: SP301 or SP302 or SP303 or SP304. (SP321)
Survey of Latin-American Lit I Survey of Spanish-American literature from the pre-Colombian period to the late 19th century. Special attention given to development of critical skills for literary analysis. Pre-requisite: SP301 or SP302 or SP303 or SP304. (SP323)
Survey of Latin-Amer. Lit II Survey of Spanish-American literature from the late 19th century to the present. Special attention given to the development of critical skills for literary analysis. Pre-requisite: SP301 or SP302 or SP303 or SP304. (SP324)
Spanish for Business Study of the vocabulary, culture and strategies to communicate in the Hispanic business world. Emphasis is in reading and discussing about current events and writing business correspondence. Pre-requisite: SP301 or SP302 or SP303 or SP304 or permission of instructor. (SP330)
Theatre Perf in Spanish Intensive work in all areas of a theatre production in Spanish, including acting. Preparation for a public performance. Pre-requisite: SP301 or SP302 or SP303 or SP304 or permission of instructor. (SP340)
Study Abroad in Spanish Study of the culture of Spain or Latin America. Practice of oral skills and vocabulary in a foreign country. Pre-requisite: SP223 or permission of instructor. (SP350)
Linguistics Introduction to Spanish phonology. Practical application of technical concepts. Study of phonological history of the Spanish language. Required of all Spanish and modern languages majors. Pre-requisite: SP301, SP302, SP303 or permission of instructor. (SP402)
Topics in Hispanic Literature An advanced literature seminar. Selected topics to be determined by instructor. Writing and presentation of analytical studies. Pre-requisite: SP301 or SP302 or SP303 or SP304. (SP482)