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SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE

Language, Literature and/or Linguistics
Language and Professional Studies
Spanish for Education


 

Dr. William Calvano, Acting Chair
438 Anderson Hall
(215) 204-1704
william.calvano@temple.edu

Dr. Augusto Lorenzino, Undergraduate Committee Chair
435 Anderson Hall
(215) 204-6035
augusto.lorenzino@temple.edu

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese provides instruction in the Spanish and Portuguese languages as well as the cultures, literatures, and linguistics of these languages.  It also provides specialized instruction in Business and Medical Spanish and Spanish translation skills.

Coursework in Spanish or Portuguese develops proficiency in the four basic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  Opportunities are also available for the in-depth study of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian culture through film, art, and literature.  Students may participate in special programs, including an intensive immersion program in Spanish and Latin American Studies; Service Learning and Internships in areas of business, social service, and education in Philadelphia; and summer programs in Spain and Brazil.  Also available to students of all proficiency levels is Temple's new computer language center, or Special Learning Environment for the Foreign Languages.

Active Spanish and Portuguese student associations thrive in the Department.  Each spring outstanding students are recognized in the initiation ceremony for Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society.

Graduates of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese find careers in a wide range of areas including education, business, government and social service, and travel and tourism.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (MINOR, CERTIFICATE, CONCENTRATION)

Students selecting the Spanish major must achieve competence in Spanish language skills in conjunction with qualification as outlined in Major Options I,  II, or III below. Spanish W215 (the capstone course) is a requirement of all majors, and a prerequisite for all 0300-level courses.  Spanish W102 (Composition and Conversation), or the permission of the instructor, is a prerequisite for most 200-level courses.


 

MAJOR OPTION I: (Language, Literature and/or Linguistics)

This option is designed for students who wish to develop advanced language                         skills in the study of (1) Latin American Literature, (2) Peninsular Literature, and/or (3) Linguistics.  A total of 10 courses is required.

Department

Course #

Course Name

Hours

Core

Indicator

Spanish

100 level

A maximum of two electives may be selected

0-6

 

Spanish

W102

Composition and Conversation (pre-requisite for most 200-level courses)

3

WI

Spanish

200 level

A maximum of three electives may be at the 200 level**

0-9

 

Spanish

300 level

A minimum of three must be selected.

9

 

Spanish

W215

Advanced Writing Skills

3

WI*

Portuguese

 

Two may be taken in place of  two Spanish 100-200-level courses

   

Total

   

30

 

*     Indicates capstone for the major

**  A maximum of seven required and elective courses may be selected at the 100  and 200 levels, depending on proficiency.


MAJOR OPTION II: Language and Professional Studies  

This option is designed for students who wish to develop language and professional skills as well as an awareness of Hispanic culture.  A total of 10 courses is required.

Department

Course #

Course Name

Hours

Core

Indicator

Spanish

100 level

A maximum of three may be selected.

0-9

 

Spanish

200-300 level

Select at least four, three of which must be in business and translation at the 200 and 300 levels**

12

 

Spanish

300 level

A minimum of two must be selected.

6

 

Spanish

0240

Introduction to Spanish American Literature  --or--

3

 

Spanish

0241

Introduction to Spanish Literature

   

Spanish

W215

Advanced Writing Skills

3

WI*

Spanish

300 level

Two courses required

6

 

Portuguese

 

Two may be taken in place of  two Spanish 100-200-level courses

   

Total

   

30

 

*  Indicates capstone for the major

** The level of required and elective courses may vary according to proficiency.


 

MAJOR OPTION III: Spanish for Education     

This option includes the Spanish-language courses required for certification in      Spanish for Secondary Education in the School of Education at Temple, and satisfies the requirements for the Spanish major in the College of Liberal Arts.  A total of 10 courses are required. 

Department

Course #

Course Name

Hours

Core

Indicator

Spanish

CO61

Intermediate I (may be included)

0-3

LB

Spanish

100 level

A maximum of two courses may be selected

0-6

 

Spanish

W102

Composition and Conversation

3

WI

Spanish

200 level

Select two:  one Culture and Civilization course and one Introduction to Literature course (which includes work in contemporary literature)**

6

 

Spanish

300 level

Select at least  two:  one Linguistics and one literature course**

6

 

Spanish

 

Three Spanish electives (two at the 300 level)

9

 

Spanish

W215

Advanced Writing Skills

3

WI*

Total

   

30

 

*  Indicates capstone for the major

** In order to complete the 10-course requirement, students must add additional courses at the 200 or 300 levels, depending on proficiency.

Distinction in Spanish

Distinction in Spanish is awarded to majors who graduate with a 3.75 in their Spanish courses and an overall GPA of at least 3.25.

Minor in Spanish

A total of six courses are required.

Department

Course #

Course Name

Hours

Core

Indicator

Spanish

CO61

Intermediate I (or equivalent) pre-requisite

0-3

LB

Spanish

100 level

A maximum of three courses.

0-9

 

Spanish

200 level

Minor may completed with 200 level courses*

0-18

 

Spanish

300 level

All literature and linguistics courses may be used to satisfy the minor*

0-18

 

Total

   

18

 

    *  Depending on level of proficiency.

Minor in Portuguese

Department

Course #

Course Name

Hours

Core

Indicator

Portuguese

0051

Elements of Portuguese I*

4

LA

Portuguese

0052

Elements of Portuguese II*

4

LA

Portuguese

200/300 level

Select courses from the 200 and 300 level, with a minimum of two 300-level courses

6-12

 

Total

   

18

 

*  Students may substitute intermediate or advanced level courses for the beginning 0051 and 0052.

Certificate of Specialization in Multilingual Business and Government

Studies

The Department offers a 54 hour program leading to a B.A. degree with an additional specialization in Multilingual Business and Government Studies. The program is designed for students who plan careers as interpreters and translators, employment in government agencies, or a career in business with firms that have import/export activities in Latin America. It consists of courses in the Spanish language, Business Spanish, Translation Skills, Business Administration and Economics, Political Science, and Latin American Studies.

The program is open to all students; applicants need not be Spanish majors and no background in business subjects is required. While these courses are normally taken within the 123 hours required for the B.A. degree in the College of Liberal Arts, the program is open to students in all colleges of the University. Students from most colleges who have the proper background can usually complete the program with careful schedule planning and use of electives.

A cumulative University average of 2.80 must be maintained. A maximum of 20 hours of transfer equivalency will be accepted. Students interested in the program should contact the Director of the Multilingual Business and Government Studies Program in the Spanish and Portuguese Department, 4th Floor, Anderson Hall (215-204-1706).

Certificate of Specialization in Spanish

A Certificate of Specialization in Spanish is also available. The certificate requires completion of six courses, beginning with Basic Spanish and advancing to more specialized study of Spanish designed to enhance career opportunities in business, communication, government and social service.  See your advisor or contact the Department for more information.

Certificate of Specialization in Spanish and Latin American Studies

Business

This interdisciplinary certificate is designed to allow Temple students in business-related programs to develop skills and knowledge in two complementary areas so that they may compete more successfully in this growing job market.

Course Requirements for the Business Certificate:

Department

Course #

Course Name

Hours

Core

Indicator

Select three of the following courses:

Spanish

0051

Basic I

9

LA

0052

Basic II

 

LA

CO61

Intermediate Spanish

 

LB

0101

Conversational Review

   

W102

Composition and Conversation

 

WI

0103

Hispanic Readings

   

076/0176

Intensive Practice / Advanced Intensive Practice in the Four Skills

   

0209

Advanced Skills for Spanish Speakers

   

Select two courses.

LAS

CO50

 

 

Perspectives on Latin America    

or

6

IS

0100

Latin America Through Film and Fiction

One course above LASS 100**

   

0129

 

Politics of Development in Latin America (highly recommended)

   

*   Spanish 0076 and 0176 count as two courses; each is 9 s.h., taught in connection with Latin American Studies Semester (LASS), an immersion program offered every spring.

** LASS is an integration of several courses totaling 15 s.h.  9 credits are assigned to language instruction, 6 credits to culture and society, taught under LAS 100. All instruction in LASS is in Spanish.

Certificate of Specialization in Spanish and Latino Studies for the Health and Human Services Professions

The combination of courses in this certificate program is designed to make participants especially qualified to provide health and human services to members of the Latino community.

Course Requirements for the Health and Human Services Certificate:

Department

Course #

Course Name

Hours

Core

Indicator

Three of the following courses:

Spanish

0051

Basic I

9

LA

0052

Basic II

 

LA

CO61

Intermediate I

 

LB

0101

Conversational Review

   

W102

Composition and Conversation

 

WI

0103

Hispanic Readings

   

076/0176

Intensive Practice (LASS)*

   

0209

Spanish for Spanish Speakers

   

Two courses in Latin American Studies

LAS

CO50

 

Perspectives on Latin America       

or

6

 

0100

Latin America Through Film and Fiction**

   

Select one of the following:

LAS

W138

 

Topics in Latino Studies

 

3

WI

0148

Puerto Ricans in Philadelphia

   

*   Spanish 0076 and 0176 count as two courses; each is 9 s.h., taught in connection with Latin American Studies Semester (LASS), an immersion program offered every spring.

**LASS is an integration of several courses totaling 15 s.h.  9 credits are assigned to language instruction, 6 credits to culture and society, taught under LAS 100. All instruction in LASS is in Spanish.

Latin American Studies Semester Certificate and Program

Each Spring Semester the Spanish and Portuguese Department in conjunction with the Latin American Studies Center offers a 15-subject-hour immersion program in Latin American Studies and Spanish. The Program (LASS) combines 9 hours of intensive Spanish with 6 hours of study focusing on geography, history and culture in Latin America, and includes a two week trip to Mexico. Successful completion of the Program is awarded with a certificate of participation.

Applications for LASS are received during October and November for the following spring. For information contact the Director of Latin American Studies (215-204-7527) or the Chair of Spanish and Portuguese (215-204-8285).

Summer Abroad in Spain: Spanish Language and Culture

Temple University's summer program in Oviedo, Spain provides students with the opportunity to learn the Spanish language while being immersed in that country's unique and diverse culture. The duration of the program is 5 weeks; students may enroll for a total of six credits.  For further information, contact the Department of Spanish and Portuguese or the Office of International Programs.

Summer Abroad in Brazil: Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture

Temple University offers a six-week summer program in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; students may enroll for a total of six credits.  The program offers Portuguese language study at the elementary and more advanced levels.  It also offers an intensive examination of culture in the state of Bahia; this aspect of the program focuses on history, politics, music and dance, and it spotlights African origins and Afro-Brazilian influences on regional culture. For further information, contact the Department of Spanish and Portuguese or the Office of International Programs.

Junior Year and/or Summer School Abroad

Students declaring a concentration in the department may, under certain conditions, spend the junior year studying abroad. Application for permission to study abroad may be made during the second semester of the sophomore year. Only well-qualified students may be granted credit from Temple University after submitting proper credentials for established foreign study programs at institutions approved by the Department.  Students interested in a junior year abroad, or a summer school abroad, should discuss their plans early with their faculty advisor and the Chair of the Department.

Service Learning and Internships

Students of Spanish and Portuguese may participate in courses providing Service Learning opportunities through project SHINE (Students Helping In the Naturalization of Elders) as a part of coursework.  For students of Business Spanish, Service Learning opportunities are available through the Small Business Development Center at Temple. Spanish majors are encouraged to participate in a Spanish Internship combining study and work opportunities in a variety of contexts in the Philadelphia area.

 

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