Course Descriptions — Spanish and Latin American Studies

SPN1120 Elementary Spanish I 4 semester hours
The fundamentals of Spanish grammar will be taught with an emphasis on the active use of the language. Students will begin to develop their Spanish vocabularies and to read simple Spanish texts as well as learn cultural components of various Spanish-speaking countries.
Meets General Education “Knowing Ourselves and Others” Group B requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

SPN1220 Elementary Spanish II 4 semester hours
This course is a continuation of SPN1120 in which students will begin to build and refine their Spanish language skills as they increase their understanding of Spanish grammar, vocabulary and cultural knowledge.
Prerequisite: SPN1120 or consent of instructor

SPN2200 Intermediate Spanish I 4 semester hours
Students will begin to refine their Spanish language skills as they continue their understanding of Spanish grammar, vocabulary and cultural knowledge. This course is designed for students who have past experience in Spanish, such as Advanced Placement or CLEP credit.
Prerequisite: SPN1220 or consent of instructor.

SPN2300 Intermediate Spanish II 4 semester hours
This course is a continuation of SPN2200 and will emphasize and require students to refine the use of Spanish grammar, paying particular attention to the use of verb tenses and the subjunctive mood in their active use of the Spanish language.
Prerequisite: SPN2200 or consent of instructor.

SPN3200 Advanced Conversation and Spanish Phonetics 4 semester hours
This course will focus on the prescriptive grammar rules pertaining to spoken Spanish. Students will complete exercises that will aid in their understanding of Spanish speech patterns via written and spoken assignments. This course will be taught in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPN2300 or consent of instructor.

SPN3300 Spanish Translation 4 semester hours
Students will practice translating documents from English into Spanish and Spanish into English as the documents require. The goals of this course are for students to apply the correct grammatical conventions of the English and Spanish languages.
Prerequisites: SPN2300; ENG1000.

SPN3450 Spanish Language Films 4 semester hours
Students enrolled in this course will use the Spanish language to watch and critique various thematic issues central to films produced in Spanish speaking countries.
Prerequisite: SPN2300 or consent of instructor.

SPN3500 Advanced Spanish Literature 4 semester hours
Students will read, discuss and research the literature of a selected anthology of Spanish literature. All of these activities will be conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPN2300 or consent of instructor.

SPN3600 Latin American Civilization and Culture 4 semester hours
This course will explore the history and current cultural components of Latin American countries. This course will be taught in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPN2300 or consent of instructor.

SPN3650 Language and Community Immersion 4 semester hours
As the world continues to evolve, so to, do the issues within Spanish-speaking countries. This course will allow students to explore the politics, history, cultural, and other topics needed that are central to the identity of those in the Spanish-speaking world. Discussions, workshops, entertainment, and free time will be spent in such a way in which students are speaking Spanish and learning about culturally appropriate material. Students will spend time off campus in a variety of settings in the community or in a retreat setting actively using the Spanish language.
Prerequisite: SPN3200.

SPN3800 Comparative Grammatical Structures 4 semester hours
This class will identify basic structural differences between English and Spanish. This course will be taught in both languages to provide specific examples.
Prerequisites: ENG2010; SPN2300.

SPN4990 Spanish Capstone Seminar 4 semester hours
This is a capstone course in which the students demonstrate the acquisition of the second language, the knowledge of how the process occurred, the different perspectives concerning bilingualism, and the abilities to research and create in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPN3200.

LTS1200 Introduction to Latino Cultural Studies 4 semester hours
This introductory course will explore the effects of migration, urbanization and acculturation on the Latino population in the United States. Special attention will be paid to diversity of Latino groups in the U.S. along with exploration of Latinos in Chicago and surrounding suburban communities. This course will be taught in English.
Meets General Education “Knowing Ourselves and Others” Group B requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

LTS1300 Latinos and Latinas in the United States 4 semester hours
This course will provide an in-depth study of the various contributions of Latinos in the United States mainstream culture. The history and integration of Latinos in the U.S. landscape in venues such as politics, education, economics and healthcare will be explored. Key individuals who have enabled these contributions will also be identified. This course will be taught in English.

LTS2100 Latina Writers 4 semester hours
This course will examine gender, socio-political, historical, economic or artistic issues as viewed by women writers from the Americas in different literary genres: poetry, the short story and the novel. Texts from Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Rosario Ferre, Elena Garro, Liliana Heker, Isabel Allende, Maria Luisa Bombal, Luisa Valenzuela, Elena Poniatowska, Maria Elena Llano, Angeles Mastretta, Esmeralda Santiago, Sandra Cisneros, Ana Castillo, and others, may be included in the course of study. Selected texts may vary, depending on contemporary issues. This course will be taught in English.
Prerequisite: ENG1000.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

LTS/PSC3200 Contemporary Latin American Politics 4 semester hours
This course outlines the major political conflicts in contemporary Latin America with emphasis on selected countries. The course traces back these conflicts to the period of democratization in the 1980s and the adoption of free-market policies across the region in the 1990s. It then looks at the current “turn to the Left” in many nations in the region. This course also emphasizes the relationship between people of Latin American origin living in the United States and their countries of origin, on political issues such as drug trafficking and immigration. This course will be taught in English.

LTS4800 Introduction to Community-Based Research 4 semester hours
This course introduces students to rudimentary qualitative research methods including community-based research. Students will produce a final research document based on a research project conducted in the Aurora/Fox Valley Latino/a community during the course of the semester. This document will include a statement of the research problem, supported by some references to a literature review, and an explanation of research methodology. Students will be asked to abide by research guidelines established by the university’s Institutional Review Board. This course will be taught in English.