Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Mark DeStephano, Ph.D (1995) Chairperson

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures offers a major in Spanish. Students may, with the permission of the Department and the Academic Dean, major in Modern Languages with a concentration in Italian and/or French.  Minors in French and Italian are also offered. All majors and minors must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in their major courses in order to be awarded their degree.

Requirements for Major in Spanish

Degree of Bachelor of Arts

Six of the required credits for the major may count towards the Core Curriculum Requirements.

Select one of the following sequences:6
Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II 1
Intermediate Spanish for Native Speakers I
and Intermediate Spanish for Native Speakers II 1
SP-243Survey: Literature of Spain I3
SP-244Survey: Literature of Spain II3
SP-245Hispanic American Literature I3
SP-246Hispanic American Literature II3
SP-Choose 8 Spanish Electives 224
Total Credits42

Special Notes on Requirements for the Spanish Major

Special Note on Interdisciplinary Modern Language (ML) Courses

Courses labeled ML (Modern Language) are interdisciplinary in scope and may be taught in English. Majors in the department may apply up to 15 credits in these courses towards their major requirements. Selected assignments will be required in the departmental student’s major language. 

Requirements for Minor in French

FR-133
FR-134
Intermediate French I
and Intermediate French II 1
6
FR-French Electives12
Total Credits18

Special Note on Requirements for the Minor in French

Requirements for Minor in Italian

IT-133
IT-134
Intermediate Italian I
and Intermediate Italian II 1
6
IT-Italian Electives12
Total Credits18

Special Note on Requirements for the Minor in French

Requirements for Minor in Spanish

Select one of the following sequences:6
Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II 1
Intermediate Spanish for Native Speakers I
and Intermediate Spanish for Native Speakers II 1
SP-243Survey: Literature of Spain I3
SP-244Survey: Literature of Spain II3
SP-245Hispanic American Literature I3
SP-246Hispanic American Literature II3
Total Credits18

Special Notes on Requirements for the Minor in Spanish

Core Curriculum World Languages Requirements

Any six-credit sequence (e.g., parts I and II consecutively-in the same academic year) in one of the modern or Classical languages offered by the Department is required of all students who are Bachelor’s Degree candidates. This requirement can be fulfilled in a number of ways and on a number of levels, namely:

  1. The Elementary courses (113-114) introduce the sounds, spelling and basic grammatical principles with emphasis on hearing and speaking the language. No student who has any previous study in the language is admitted to these courses. If students wish to continue further study in that language, they must register for the intermediate-level course or higher.
  2. Intermediate courses in a language (133-134, 135-136) seek to provide a solid foundation in all language skills, namely reading, writing, speaking and aural understanding and a foundation for continued study of a language on more advanced levels. Readings and material for oral practice include literature, past and present. Use of the language laboratory may be required at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: one or two years of secondary school or one year of college-level elementary language .
  3. With departmental permission, any two language or literature courses in the same language above the intermediate level, which are dedicated to advanced practice in language skills or to particular topics in the study of literature.
  4. Completion of the Advanced Placement Examination in language and/or literature, with a grade of 4 or 5. The student will be awarded three credits for each Advanced Placement Examination in Language and/or Literature that has been passed with a grade of 4 or 5. If the student successfully passed both the language and the literature AP examinations, this will be considered as the successful completion of the World Languages Core Requirement. AP students who are awarded three credits of the language requirement must take the additional three credits in the same language at the advanced level (i.e., over the “200” level).
  5. Students may not fulfill the Core World Languages Requirement with Classical Civilization courses.
  6. Students may fulfill the World Languages Core Requirement by taking any two-course sequence in American Sign Language (when offered).
  7. Students may fulfill the World Languages Core Requirement by taking the two-course sequence in “Romance Language Synthesis, I and II”.
  8. Students fulfilling the core requirement with an elementary or intermediate level course must complete both parts of the course consecutively (i.e. both parts of the course must be taken in the same academic year). Students failing to complete the core requirement consecutively must begin a new language in order to fulfill the requirement. Exceptions may be made in special cases.

Proficiency Examinations

All proficiency examinations have been eliminated. The only external examination accepted by the Department is the AP Examination, as explained above. Other than this, the language requirement must be fulfilled through coursework at Saint Peter’s University. The Department does not accept CLEP or International Baccalaureate tests for credit or for the fulfillment of the Core World Languages requirement.

CC Courses

CC-287. The City of Rome. 3 Credits.

An in-depth study of the history of the City of Rome with emphasis on art and architecture. An artistic history of Rome from prehistoric times through the eighteenth century.

CN Courses

CN-113. Elementary Mandarin Chinese I. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the tones, pronunciation, characters and basic grammatical principles of Mandarin Chinese. Only for students with no previous Mandarin.

CN-114. Elementary Mandarin Chinese II. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the tones, pronunciation, characters and basic grammatical principles of Mandarin Chinese. Only for students with no previous Mandarin. Prerequisites: AN-113 OR CN-113.

CN-133. Intermediate Mandarin Chinese I. 3 Credits.

Continued study of tones, pronunciation, vocabulary, and essential grammatical structures aimed at improving competence in the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Prerequisites: AN-114 OR CN-114 OR 1 YEAR HIGH SCHOOL MANDARIN.

GK Courses

GK-222. Intermediate Greek II. 3 Credits.

Further study of all forms and syntax of the ancient Greek language. Prerequisites: GK-221.

IT Courses

IT-113. Elementary Italian I. 3 Credits.

An introduction to spoken and written Italian stressing grammar and pronunciation.

IT-114. Elementary Italian II. 3 Credits.

An introduction to spoken and written Italian stressing grammar and pronunciation. Prerequisites: IT-113.

IT-127. Intensive Italian. 6 Credits.

An Intensive introduction to Italian which condenses two semesters of study into one. Fulfills language requirement in one semester.

IT-133. Intermediate Italian I. 3 Credits.

Presentation of advanced grammar and vocabulary for improved listening, speaking, reading comprehension, and writing. Practical use of Italian through dictation, oral and written exercises, Prerequisites: IT-114 OR 1-2 YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL ITALIAN.

IT-134. Intermediate Italian II. 3 Credits.

Presentation of advanced grammar and vocabulary for improved listening, speaking, reading comprehension, and writing. Practical use of Italian through dictation, oral and written exercises, sight-reading, and guided conversation. Prerequisites: IT-133.

IT-141. Italian Conversation I. 3 Credits.

Introduction to Italian conversation and review of Italian grammar. Prerequisites: IT-134 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

IT-142. Italian Conversation II. 3 Credits.

Introduction to Italian conversation and review of Italian grammar. Prerequisites: IT-141.

IT-246. Survey: Italian Literature II. 3 Credits.

Survey of Italian literature from the Renaissance to the present. Prerequisites: IT-245.

IT-252. The Italian Theater I. 3 Credits.

A study of the Italian theater from the Renaissance to the present. Prerequisites: IT-134 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

IT-253. The Italian Theater II. 3 Credits.

A study of the Italian theater from the Renaissance to the present. Prerequisites: IT-252.

IT-255. Modern Italian Literature II. 3 Credits.

A study of Italian literature focusing on the works of the best Italian writers of the 20th century. Prerequisites: IT-254.

JP Courses

JP-130. Elementary Japanese I. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the basic language skills of speaking, reading, listening, and writing Japanese through a variety of media.

JP-131. Elementary Japanese II. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the basic language skills of speaking, reading, listening, and writing Japanese through a variety of media. Prerequisites: JP-130 OR AN-130.

LA Courses

LA-113. Elementary Latin I. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the basic grammatical structures of Latin presented through exercises and brief literary selections.

LA-114. Elementary Latin II. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the basic grammatical structures of Latin presented through exercises and brief literary selections. Prerequisites: LA-113.

ML Courses

ML-110. American Sign Language I. 3 Credits.

This beginners' course develops expressive and receptive skills, vocabulary knowledge, and sensitivity to deaf culture. The history and social environment of the deaf community will be presented and discussed.

ML-125. Intensive American Sign Language. 6 Credits.

Intensive development of expressive and receptive skills, vocabulary, and sensitivity to deaf culture, and study of the history and social environment of the deaf community.

ML-258. The Baroque Aesthetic. 3 Credits.

Literature from the Age of Versailles, monarchy, and the Counter Reformation. Excerpts from French, Spanish, and Italian literary works of the Baroque.

ML-305. Romanticism. 3 Credits.

Interdisciplinary study of the Romantic Movement based on reading of primary texts and critical evaluations. Taught in English; individual projects in target languages.

SP Courses

SP-113. Elementary Spanish I. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the basic grammar and vocabulary of spoken and written Spanish.

SP-114. Elementary Spanish II. 3 Credits.

Continued practice in the grammar and vocabulary of spoken and written Spanish. Prerequisites: SP-113.

SP-117. Spanish for Health Care Professions I. 3 Credits.

Grammar and vocabulary taught through dialogues and situations related to the healthcare professions.

SP-118. Spanish for Health Care Professions II. 3 Credits.

Further practice in grammar and vocabulary related to the healthcare professions. Prerequisites: SP-117.

SP-119. Spanish for Business and Finance I. 3 Credits.

Study of Spanish grammar, pronunciaton, writing, and vocabulary with an emphasis on business and financial usage. Prerequisites: SP-114 OR 1-2 YEARS HIGH SCHOOL SPANISH OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-120. Spanish for Business and Finance II. 3 Credits.

Further study of Spanish grammar, pronunciation, writing, and vocabulary with an emphasis on business and financial usage. Prerequisites: SP-119.

SP-133. Intermediate Spanish I. 3 Credits.

Presentation of advanced grammar and vocabulary for improved listening, speaking, reading comprehension, and writing. Practical use of Spanish through dictation, oral and written exercises, sight-reading, and guided conversation. Prerequisites: SP-114 OR 1-2 YEARS HIGH SCHOOL SPANISH.

SP-134. Intermediate Spanish II. 3 Credits.

Presentation of advanced grammar and vocabulary for improved listening, speaking, reading comprehension, and writing. Practical use of Spanish through dictation, oral and written exercises, sight-reading, and guided conversation. Prerequisites: 1-2 years of high school Spanish, Sp114, or Sp196. Prerequisites: SP-133.

SP-135. Intermediate Spanish for Native Speakers I. 3 Credits.

Provides instruction and practice in the elements of grammar, syntax, spelling, and formal knowledge and use of the language.

SP-136. Intermediate Spanish for Native Speakers II. 3 Credits.

Provides instruction and practice in the elements of grammar, syntax, spelling, and formal knowledge and use of the language. Prerequisites: SP-135 OR LS-135.

SP-180. Hispanic New York: Language and Culture. 3 Credits.

Study of Hispanic language and culture through New York Metropolitan venues taught in conjuction with AR-180. Prerequisites: AR-180.

SP-195. Spanish: Social Services I. 3 Credits.

Serves social workers, police officers, medical professionals, and those in related fields. Basic grammar structures and specialized vocabulary writing exercises, conversation, and role play. Fulfills core language requirement. Prerequisites: SP-114 OR 1-2 YEARS HIGH SCHOOL SPANISH.

SP-196. Spanish: Social Services II. 3 Credits.

Serves social workers, police officers, medical professionals, and those in related fields. Basic grammar structures and specialized vocabulary writing exercises, conversation, and role play. Fulfills core language requirement. Prerequisites: SP-195.

SP-198. Introduction to Hispanic Literature I. 3 Credits.

A basic introduction to the principal literary genres through readings in Spanish. Prerequisites: SP-114 OR 3-4 YEARS HIGH SCHOOL SPANISH OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-199. Introduction to Hispanic Literature II. 3 Credits.

A continued introduction to the principal literary genres through readings in Spanish. Prerequisites: SP-198.

SP-243. Survey: Literature of Spain I. 3 Credits.

Origins and evolution of literature from xarcbas to contemporary works. Required for Spanish majors and minors. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: SP-134 SP-136 SP-199 OR 3-4 YEARS H.S. SPANISH.

SP-244. Survey: Literature of Spain II. 3 Credits.

Origins and evolution of literature from xarcbas to contemporary works. Required for Spanish majors and minors. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: SP-243 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-245. Hispanic American Literature I. 3 Credits.

Development of Hispanic-American literature from its origins through the 18th century. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-246. Hispanic American Literature II. 3 Credits.

Development of Hispanic-American literature from the 19th century to the present. Prerequisites: SP-245 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-248. Spanish Cultural History in Film. 3 Credits.

Examination of the rich cultural history of Spain as it has been presented through film. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-249. Cultural Geography of Hispanic America. 3 Credits.

A study, through readings and video, of the history, culture, and societal aspects of the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-250. Spanish Conversation I. 3 Credits.

Intensive practice in Spanish conversation through discussion of interesting topics, as well as review of critical grammatical structures and vocabulary to facilitate effective expression. Prerequisites: SP-114 SP134 OR 1-2 YEARS H. S. SPANISHL.

SP-251. Spanish Conversation II. 3 Credits.

Intensive practice in Spanish conversation through discussion of interesting topics, as well as review of critical grammatical structures and vocabulary to facilitate effective expression. Prerequisites: SP-250 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-265. Social Justice in Latin American Film. 3 Credits.

Analysis of film, viewed politically and socially, as a mediator of the dynamics of tradition and change in Latin America. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-290. Advanced Grammar and Composition. 3 Credits.

An in-depth study of the finer points of Spanish grammar and their application in stylistics. Prerequisites: SP-134 SP-136 SP-199 OR 3-4 YEARS H.S. SPANISH.

SP-292. Translation. 3 Credits.

Practice in technical, commercial, scientific translation, legal documents and business correspondence, Spanish English, English- Spanish. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR SP-199.

SP-293. Business Spanish. 3 Credits.

SP-294. Business Writing in Spanish. 3 Credits.

Review of Spanish grammar and syntax through the study of various forms of business writing, including letters, memos, bills, order forms, receipts, resumes, and other forms of correspondence. Prerequisites: SP-114 OR 1-2 YEARS HIGH SCHOOL SPANISH.

SP-300. Medieval Literature in Spain. 3 Credits.

Development of Medieval Spanish literature from the jarchas to La Celestina. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-310. Spanish Novel of the 19th Century. 3 Credits.

Study of the major novelists of 19th-century Spain, including Pardo Bazan, Blasco Ibanez, and Galdos. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-312. The Generation of 1898. 3 Credits.

Ganivet, Unamuno and other writers of the Generation of 1898. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-320. Marco Polo and the Silk Road. 3 Credits.

Exploration, through literature, art, film, and music, of Marco Polo's adventures along the Silk Road as he winds his way through Asia.

SP-355. Seminar: Literature of the Boom. 3 Credits.

Analysis of several of the representative texts of the explosion of Hispanic-American literary production onto the world market, in their literary, historical, and cultural contexts. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-357. Literature and Politics : Hispanic-America. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the expression of political ideologies in Hispanic America in and through literature of various genres, Nation-building and statecraft. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-359. Seminar: Literature of the Boom II. 3 Credits.

Continued analysis of the representative texts of the explosion of Hispanic-American literary production onto the world market, in their literary, historical, and cultural contexts. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-361. History and Culture of the Philippines. 3 Credits.

A survey of Filipino history from its origins to the present and examination of its culture, as expressed through its customs, art, music, film, and food.

SP-362. History and Culture of Cuba. 3 Credits.

Study of the language, traditions, history, and culture of Cuba from its origins to the present.

SP-370. Picaresque Literature. 3 Credits.

Study of the Picaresque genre through the analysis of representative works such as Lazarillo De Tormes, Guzman De Alfarache, and La Vida Del Buscon. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR SP-199 OR 3-4 YEARS HS SPANISH.

SP-378. Spanish Drama. 3 Credits.

SP-134 OR SP-136 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL;.

SP-388. Spanish Civil War in Literature and Film. 3 Credits.

This course will examine the people, places, and events that shaped the Spanish civil war as they are presented in literature and film.

SP-390. Spanish for Business. 3 Credits.

Specialized and technical vocabulary and situations relating to the Hispanic commercial world. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-391. Spanish Translation. 3 Credits.

Study of theories of translation and extensive practice in translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-392. Caribbean Literature. 3 Credits.

This course will explore aspects of Caribbean literature in Spanish from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. Readings will include essays, short stories, poems, and novels from the Encounter to the present. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-399. Tutorial. 3 Credits.

Topics: To Be Determined by Chairperson and Instructor.

SP-490. Seminar: Don Quijote. 3 Credits.

Readings, research, and analysis of Cervantes' novel in its socio-cultural, political, and aesthetic contexts. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

SP-496. Survey of U. S. Latino Literature I. 3 Credits.

Study of the major authors and works of U.S. Latino literature from its origins through the mid-twentieth century. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.