Spanish

Program Overview

Majoring in a foreign language such as Spanish allows students to pursue careers in business, management, law, government, teaching, translation, publishing, communications, and travel.  

At Rider, Spanish majors acquire an international perspective and a unique intercultural sensitivity. Advanced foreign language skills combined with intercultural expertise increase the employment prospects of students in the global market place of today.

A major or minor in Spanish offers students the opportunity to receive a practical grounding in language and culture through a challenging curriculum which may include study abroad. In addition, our language, literature, film and culture courses prepare students to understand cultural diversity abroad and at home, to appreciate their own language and culture, and to gain global awareness. An individual fluent in another language acquires insight into the world in which we live. Advanced foreign language skills, combined with an international perspective and intercultural expertise, position our students for productive careers in the global and multicultural marketplaces of the 21st century. Faculty engagement in research and teaching excellence combines with our unique "accent on the individual" through advisement and co-curricular opportunities to create a challenging yet supportive atmosphere in which students can realize their potential.

A major or minor in Spanish will complement many degree programs in business, education, music and the liberal arts.

Students have access to a state-of-the-art Foreign Language Media Center with 25 computer work stations with Internet access for self-paced work and classroom instruction including interactive audio, video and text-based materials. 

Curriculum Overview

Classes in the Spanish major include Spanish for business, advanced communication in Spanish, Spanish culture and civilization, Latin American/Latino culture, Introduction to Spanish literature, Cervantes, the Spanish golden age, and modern Hispanic literature and cinema.

Some requirements may be met by studying abroad. Students may also minor in French, German, and Chinese.

Honors Programs in Languages, Literatures and Cultures

The department faculty will identify prospective honors students at the earliest possible moment and offer them challenges and encouragement to develop to their highest potential. A student who has a 3.25 cumulative average and a 3.5 in the major may be invited by the department, upon recommendation of a faculty member, to become a candidate for the 3-credit honors thesis or capstone project. Details of the thesis or capstone project will be arranged to accommodate the interests of the individual student. 

The thesis/capstone project is completed during the senior year. It represents the culmination of a student’s academic experience, and is an irreplaceable learning experience for the development of research, writing and critical thinking skills for graduate school admissions and success, as well as work in numerous careers. Students who successfully complete the thesis or capstone project and retain the required cumulative and major grade point average will graduate with honors.

Degree Offered

  • B.A. in Spanish 

Contact

Daria Cohen, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairperson 
Fine Arts 383
609-895-5556 
dcohen@rider.edu

Program Website:  Spanish
Associated Department: Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Related Programs

Spanish Major Requirements

(27 credits beyond the Spanish 200-level courses and 12 credits in collateral liberal arts courses)

2017 General Education Requirements45-46
SPA 300Advanced Grammar & Composition3
or SPA 302 Writing and Translating
SPA 301Spanish for Business3
or SPA 303 Advanced Communication in Spanish
or SPA 395 Phonetics for Communication
SPA 310Spanish Culture & Civilization3
or SPA 311 Latin American Latino Culture
SPA 320Introduction to Spanish Lit3
SPA 325Intro to Latin-Amer/Latino Lit3
Advanced Literature
A. Early Modern Peninsular
Select one of the following:3
Cervantes
Medieval Literature
Spanish Renaissance
The Spanish Golden Age
B. Early Modern Latin American
SPA 420/LAC 420From Colonies to Nationsfrom Colonies to3
C. Modern Hispanic
Select one of the following:3
Modern Hispanic Poetry
Modern Spanish Novel
Hispanic Theater and Film
Hispanic Short Story: Transatlantic Conn
D. Modern Latin American
SPA 426Latin American/Latino Film and Fiction3
Electives
Independent Research and Study
Special Studies
Liberal Arts
Select one option:12
Option I
Four courses of language:
a. two of two different languages OR
b. four of one language
Option II
Three classes of one language and ONE class from among the following options:
a. Masterworks 250 or 251 OR
b. one course in Latin American Studies OR
c. one course in European Area Studies
Option III
Two classes from one language and TWO classes from among the following options:
a. Masterworks 250 and/or 251 OR
b. 1-2 courses in Latin American Studies OR
c. 1-2 courses in European Area Studies
Total Credits84-85

Students who complete an honors thesis their senior year may substitute the thesis (SPA 490) for one of the collateral requirements.

Some of the requirements for the major may be met by Study Abroad. Students are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester abroad.

All majors must take at least one Spanish course per semester in the senior year.

Note: Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in courses required for the major or minor in the department. If a student receives a grade lower than “C” in a required course, the student must meet with his/her academic advisor to discuss the appropriate action that must be taken to remedy the situation.

Spanish Minor Requirements

Language and Literature Track

Spanish for Business and the Professions Track


Language and Literature Track

(18 credits)

SPA 200
SPA 201
Spanish III
and Spanish IV 1
6
SPA 300Advanced Grammar & Composition3
or SPA 302 Writing and Translating
SPA 320Introduction to Spanish Lit3
or SPA 325 Intro to Latin-Amer/Latino Lit
Two additional courses at the 300-level or above, including at least one course at the 400-level6
Advanced Communication in Spanish
Cervantes
Spanish Culture & Civilization
Latin American Latino Culture
Intro to Latin-Amer/Latino Lit
Phonetics for Communication
Medieval Literature
Modern Hispanic Poetry
Modern Spanish Novel
Hispanic Theater and Film
Hispanic Short Story: Transatlantic Conn
Spanish Renaissance
The Spanish Golden Age
From Colonies to Nationsfrom Colonies to
Latin American/Latino Film and Fiction
Special Studies
Total Credits18
1

Two advanced courses will be substituted for the 200-level courses upon demonstrated proficiency.

Some of the requirements for the minor may be met by Study Abroad by agreement with the department. Students must enroll in at least one upper level course upon completion of a study abroad program.


Spanish for Business and the Professions Track

(18 credits)

SPA 200
SPA 201
Spanish III
and Spanish IV
6
SPA 300Advanced Grammar & Composition3
or SPA 302 Writing and Translating
SPA 301Spanish for Business3
Two additional courses at the 300-level or above, one of which must be a literature course, and one in culture6
Advanced Communication in Spanish
Cervantes
Spanish Culture & Civilization
Latin American Latino Culture
Introduction to Spanish Lit
Intro to Latin-Amer/Latino Lit
Phonetics for Communication
Medieval Literature
Modern Hispanic Poetry
Modern Spanish Novel
Hispanic Theater and Film
Hispanic Short Story: Transatlantic Conn
Spanish Renaissance
The Spanish Golden Age
From Colonies to Nationsfrom Colonies to
Latin American/Latino Film and Fiction
Special Studies
Total Credits18
1

Two advanced courses will be substituted for the 200-level courses upon demonstrated proficiency.

Some of the requirements for the minor may be met by Study Abroad by agreement with the department. Students must enroll in at least one upper level course upon completion of a study abroad program.

Note: Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in courses required for the major or minor in the department. If a student receives a grade lower than “C” in a required course, the student must meet with his/her academic advisor to discuss the appropriate action that must be taken to remedy the situation.

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year; who change their major; or those who transfer to Rider may follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her academic advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
SPA 200 Spanish III 1 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 1 3
MTH 102 Finite Mathematics 3
HIS 150 World History to 1500 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
Social Science Core (1 of 2) 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
SPA 201 Spanish IV 3
SPA 310
Spanish Culture Civilization
or Latin American Latino Culture
3
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
HIS 151 World History Since 1500 3
Natural/Physical Science Core (1 of 2) 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall Semester
SPA 300
Advanced Grammar Composition
or Writing and Translating
3
SPA 320 Introduction to Spanish Lit 3
Beginning Language 1 (CHI 100, FRE 100, GER 100) 3
Social Science Core (2 of 2) 3
Natural/Physical Science Core (2 of 2) 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
SPA 325 Intro to Latin-Amer/Latino Lit 3
SPA 301
Spanish for Business
or Advanced Communication in Spanish
3
Beginning Language 2 (CHI 101, FRE 101, GER 101) 3
Philosophy Core (Any Philosophy Course or AMS 227) 3
Fine Arts Core 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
SPA 420 From Colonies to Nationsfrom Colonies to 3
LIT 250 Masterworks of Western Lit I 3
Intermediate Language 1 (CHI 200, FRE 200, GER 200) 3
Elective Course Credits 2 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
SPA 426 Latin American/Latino Film and Fiction 3
LIT 251 Masterworks of Western Lit II 3
Elective Course Credits 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
SPA 410
Modern Hispanic Poetry
or Modern Spanish Novel
3
Elective Course Credits 12
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
SPA 305
Cervantes
or The Spanish Golden Age
3
SPA 490 Independent Research and Study 3
Elective Course Credits 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Credits120
1

For course placement information, see the course placement page.

2

Please note that elective credits may be used to complete requirements in a second major or minor.

Courses and Descriptions

SPA 100 Spanish I 3 Credits

Introduction to the fundamentals of Spanish grammar, with emphasis on communicative skills, in culturally authentic contexts. Students are required to work extensively with audio and/or video materials and online sources.

Prerequisite(s): placement test if Spanish has been studied elsewhere.

SPA 101 Spanish II 3 Credits

Continuation of Spanish 100. Emphasizes the use of language for communicative and cultural competency while developing a solid grammar foundation in Spanish. Students are required to work extensively with audio and/or video materials and online sources.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 100 or placement test.

SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II Abroad 3 Credits

This course is the second part of the first year experience in Spanish and is designed for students who have taken Spanish for Beginners I and who are interested in experiences abroad in a Spanish speaking culture. The aim is to develop the four basic skills (listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing) in and beyond the classroom. The discussion of distinctive cultural aspects of the Hispanic world is an integral part of this course as well as to encourage students to experience the world through the eyes of the other culture by exposing them to the literature and arts of the local culture.

SPA 200 Spanish III 3 Credits

An intensive review of Spanish grammar with emphasis on aural-oral (listening and speaking skills) and composition writing. Literary and cultural readings will be used to develop these skills. A special section may be offered to address the needs of native speakers. Students may be required to work with audio and/or video materials and online sources.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 101 or placement test.

SPA 201 Spanish IV 3 Credits

A continuation of Spanish grammar review with emphasis on aural-oral and written skills to prepare students for further study. The discussion of distinctive cultural aspects of the Hispanic world is an integral part of this course.

Prerequisites: SPA 200 or placement test.

SPA 300 Advanced Grammar & Composition 3 Credits

A systematic review of grammatical structure. The development of writing skills, in preparation for upper level courses in literature, culture and professional language.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 201, placement test at 300-level or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

SPA 301 Spanish for Business 3 Credits

A solid foundation in business vocabulary and cultural concepts; situational practice in geographic and cultural contexts necessary to be successful in today’s Spanish-speaking world. Practice in writing business letters and other documents. Oral and written assignments to help students improve their critical thinking and become better communicators.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 201, placement test at 300-level or above or SPA 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

SPA 302 Writing and Translating 3 Credits

Practice in writing and an introduction to translation for students who will use Spanish in their professional lives. Using literary, cultural and journalistic sources, students learn various writing discourses including narration, description, exposition, argumentation, and journalistic and letter writing. Translation involves preliminary study of translation theory and techniques, and practice with texts from students’ chosen careers. Additional study of Spanish grammar as necessary.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 201, placement test at 300- level or above, or SPA 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

SPA 303 Advanced Communication in Spanish 3 Credits

The focus of the course is to strengthen the student’s aural comprehension and speaking skills by providing a framework for regular guided practice of fundamental grammar structures and vocabulary enhancement in the context of Hispanic cultures. Listening activities will include live speech, video recordings, film shorts and one full-length movie. Speaking tasks will be reinforced with written exercises.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 201, placement test at 300-level or above or SPA 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

SPA 305 Cervantes 3 Credits

A detailed study of Cervantes’ masterpiece El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha. Lectures, discussions, and supplementary readings.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 201, placement test at 300-level or above or SPA 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

SPA 310 Spanish Culture & Civilization 3 Credits

Spain’s cultural achievements are studied in light of the country’s unique historical and social reality through the use of historical, artistic, architectural, cinematic and literary sources. Cross-cultural awareness is enhanced through exercises that compare Spanish and American society. Classes are in English. No knowledge of Spanish required. This course may contain an optional travel component offered before or after the semester or during spring break.

SPA 311 Latin American Latino Culture 3 Credits

A panoramic survey of Latin American cultural achievements in light of the unique social and political history from the pre-Columbian period to the present. The cross- cultural perspective includes a study of Latino culture in the United States. Classes are in English. No knowledge of Spanish is required.

SPA 320 Introduction to Spanish Literature 3 Credits

Examines through lectures, readings and class discussions selected texts and their relationship to the main currents of European literary history. Introduction to the practice of literary analysis through written composition. Required for majors.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 201, placement test at 300-level or above or SPA 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

SPA 325 Introduction to Latin-American/Latino Literature 3 Credits

A study of the development of Latin-American and Latino literature from its origins to the present through the reading, analysis and discussion of representative works by major authors. This course increases the understanding of how social, historical, and political events, together with native as well as foreign literary movements, create a unique literature, conveying the Hispanic-American reality. Required for majors.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 201, placement test at 300-level or above or SPA 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

SPA 395 Phonetics for Communication 3 Credits

A systematic study of the production of Spanish sounds with practice in phonetic transcription and a preliminary investigation of dialects.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 201, placement test at 300-level or above or SPA 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

SPA 403 Medieval Literature 3 Credits

Surveys the literature of Spain during the Middle Ages, with special emphasis on major writers such as Gonzalo de Berceo and Don Juan Manuel, and attention to the epic and the medieval ballad. Modern versions of medieval Spanish are used.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 201, placement test at 300-level or above or SPA 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

SPA 410 Modern Hispanic Poetry 3 Credits

Surveys the poetic genre, emphasizing how to read, analyze, and appreciate poetry. Major poets from Spain and Spanish America of the 19th and 20th centuries representing the main currents of modern lyricism are studied. Focuses on such major writers as Rosalía de Castro, Darío, Jiménez, Machado, Vallejo, Mistral, Neruda, Lorca, Paz, Ana Rossetti, Nicolas Guillen, and Nancy Morejon.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 201, placement test at 300-level or above or SPA 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

SPA 411 Modern Spanish Novel 3 Credits

Traces the development of the Spanish novel, paying particular attention to the masters of the 19th-century Realism (Galdos and Clarín), the innovations and experimentation of the Generation of ’98 (Unamuno, Baroja, Valle-Inclan, and Pérez de Ayala), and the novelists of the post-Civil War and contemporary periods (Cela, Delibes, Goytisolo, Martín Gaite, Matute, Fernandez Cubas, and Javier Marías). Emphasis on the aesthetics of the novel as a literary form.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 201, placement test at 300-level or above or SPA 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

SPA 412 Hispanic Theater and Film 3 Credits

This course explores through theater and cinema the compelling issues that have shaped Hispanic cultures and consciousness throughout the centuries. Sample topics include war and remembrance; myth and history; freedom and authority; immigration; globalization; and race, class, and gender. The course may focus on specific authors or historical periods. Representative playwrights include Lope de Vega, Zayas, Zorrilla, Avellaneda, Lorca, Buero Vallejo, Sastre, Solorzano, Carballido, Lopez Mozo, and Pedrero. Directors include Buñuel, Saura, Gutiérrez Alea, Almodovar, Rocha, Salles, Erice, Zambrano, and Bollaín.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 201, placement test at 300-level or above or SPA 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

SPA 413 The Hispanic Short Story: Transatlantic Connections 3 Credits

This course will introduce students to the most representative writers of the short story in Spain and Latin America from Romanticism to the present. Students will be prepared to perform close readings of the literary genre under study, to analyze the form and content of the texts read, paying due attention to all internal and external aspects that impact the narrative process and the evolution of the short story.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 201, placement test at 300-level or above or SPA 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

SPA 415 Spanish Renaissance 3 Credits

The origins and evolution of the Renaissance in Spain and of the literary expression of Renaissance culture as reflected in the development and perfection of prose and lyrical styles through the 16th century. Topics include the medieval heritage, Spanish Humanism, the Celestina, the Renaissance ideal in amatory prose and poetry, mysticism, the ballad, and the picaresque novel.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 201, placement test at 300-level or above or SPA 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

SPA 416 The Spanish Golden Age 3 Credits

The literature of Spain during a period of political decline and outstanding aesthetic achievement: Lope de Vega and the rise of a national theatre; Calderon’s drama of ideas; the development of the novella and the picaresque novel; the poetry and prose of Gongora, Quevedo, and Gracian. Also includes an introduction to literary theory.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 201, placement test at 300-level or above or SPA 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

SPA 420 From Colonies to Nations 3 Credits

This course consists of a panoramic survey of Colonial Latin American literature in light of the unique social, cultural and political history from the pre-Columbian to the Independence period (1825).

Prerequisite(s): SPA 201, placement test at 300-level or above or SPA 300 or above. Note: This course is cross-listed as LAC 420. Students may not get credit for both SPA 420 and LAC 420.

SPA 426 Latin American/Latino Film and Fiction 3 Credits

A study of the main trends in contemporary Hispanic fiction written in Latin America and the United States. Analysis and discussion of selected novels and short stories, and their cinematic representation on film. Required for majors.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 201, placement test at 300-level or above or SPA 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

SPA 490 Independent Research and Study 1-4 Credits

Independent Research and Study allows juniors and seniors in good academic standing to investigate topics of interest under faculty supervision. Projects must be approved by the faculty member, department chairperson, and academic dean no later than the third week of the semester in which the project is to be conducted. Only one project can be scheduled in a semester, and for no more than four semester hours; up to 12 semester hours of independent research and study may be counted toward graduation. Note that individual departments may have additional restrictions.

SPA 491 Internship in Foreign Languages 1-4 Credits

A supervised work experience in an approved organization to gain knowledge of the importance and interrelationship of foreign languages and cultures in the workplace. Placements can be made in international governmental agencies, international trade associations, multinational corporations, social service agencies and other appropriate workplace environments both in the United States and abroad. With permission of the supervisor and faculty advisor, a three-credit internship may be substituted for a collateral requirement as credit toward the major.

Prerequisite(s): students should have completed at least one 300-level course in the foreign language.

SPA 496 Special Studies 3 Credits

A seminar open to a variety of topics treating a particular author, period, genre, or theme.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

SPA 500 The Poety of Resistance in the Time of the Generals in Latin America 3 Credits

This course offers a broad overview of important historical literature about dictatorships in Latin America. The weekly readings and writing assignments have been selected in order to: 1) introduce major concepts, arguments, and figures in the field of Latin American literature and culture; 2) appreciate the evolution of the role of artists and intellectuals during the years of the “dirty war” in Latin America; 3) sharpen analytical writing; and, 4) demonstrate the connection (and the limits of the connection) between literature, culture, and society. This course is predominantly a study of Latin American governments in the twentieth century and of the role of artists, primarily writers of fiction and poetry, as a corps of truth-tellers and resisters in the face of government propaganda, censorship, and cultural/political repression.

SPA 510 Marks of Identity: The Journey of the Self in Spanish Theater 3 Credits

What markers of class, race, ethnicity, gender and even species shape individual and group identity? How does identity change over time? How do I know who I am, and how does my identity further my interests and those of society? Offered in translation, this course explores the staging of identity in Spanish theater from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. Topics may include the 17th-century honor code and gender, the myth of Don Juan, imperialist imaginings of New World subjects, the romantic hero and the angel of love, identity and the grotesque, identity and erotic desire, identity and media technologies, and non-human animal subjects. Film, art, music and live-theater attendance.