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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

College of Letters & Science

Spanish and Portuguese

The program of courses in Spanish and Portuguese is designed to encourage a liberal education and to orient students in the study of the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian experience, as manifested in language, literature, and culture.

Spanish Undergraduate Program

The Spanish undergraduate program consists of courses in language, literature, linguistics, and culture. Courses are offered regularly during the day as well as in the evening in order to meet the scheduling needs of all students.

Students who have never taken Spanish should begin their study of the language with SPANISH 103. Those who have taken some Spanish in high school can begin at a more advanced level, depending on the results of the placement test and on how many years of high school Spanish they have had.

It is possible to receive up to 14 retroactive credits of Spanish if, after having been placed in a certain course because of previous work in the language, the student passes with a grade of at least B; in other words, s/he may receive credit for all the courses leading up to the one into which s/he placed if this is the first Spanish course taken at the university level. The courses that generate L&S credits for demonstrated equivalent preparation (retroactive credits) are 104 (4 credits), 203 (8 credits), 204 (11 credits), and 308, 318, 319, or 341 (14 credits).

The basic four-semester sequence of Spanish courses, 103, 104, 203, and 204, is designed to develop students’ proficiency in the four basic language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening, and to prepare students to do more advanced work in language, literature, and culture.

In SPANISH 308 and 318, students continue to develop their language skills through advanced reading and writing and in advanced speaking and listening. For students who have fluency in the language because they speak it at home, the department offers SPANISH 319, Advanced Speaking and Listening for Heritage Speakers, which substitutes for SPANISH 318. SPANISH 319 is designed to develop proficiency in speaking and listening.

More advanced 300-level courses cover introductions to the fields of linguistics, literature, and culture as well as language for special purposes (translation, business, and medicine). Advanced courses at the 400 and 500 levels offer students the opportunity to pursue more in-depth study of these fields, while continuing to perfect their command of Spanish. In addition, 500-level courses help students develop their ability to conduct independent research in a specific area of interest.

Students are encouraged to study abroad through an approved program in order to improve their language proficiency and cultural understanding. Students may be able to fulfill electives or core requirements during this experience, but the program and all courses must be pre-approved by the Spanish undergraduate advisor (Sadvisor@uwm.edu). For more information about study abroad programs, visit www4.uwm.edu/cie/studyabroad.cfm.

Course of Study: Major

The major in Spanish requires 33 credits in Spanish courses at the 300 level and above, at least 15 of which must be taken in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work. Students must complete the following requirements:

Language: 6 cr.

     

SPANISH 308

Advanced Writing and Reading

3

One of the following two courses:

 

SPANISH 318

Advanced Speaking and Listening

3

SPANISH 319

Advanced Speaking and Listening for Heritage Speakers

3

Linguistics: 3 cr.

 

     

SPANISH 341

Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

3

Literature: 12 cr.

 

     

SPANISH 350

Introduction to Literary Analysis

3

SPANISH 470

Survey of Hispanic Literature and Civilization

3

SPANISH 472

Survey of Spanish American Literature and Civilization

3

SPANISH 474

Survey of Spanish Literature and Civilization

3

Research Requirement: 3 cr.

 

Students must complete a research experience within the context of one of the following courses at the 500 level:

SPANISH 506

Seminar in Spanish Literature: (Subtitle)

3

SPANISH 507

Seminar in Spanish American Literature: (Subtitle)

3

SPANISH 508

Seminar in Hispanic Literature: (Subtitle)

3

SPANISH 541

Seminar in History of the Spanish Language

3

SPANISH 545 (445)

Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics: (Subtitle)

3

SPANISH 570 (405)

Seminar in Spanish Golden Age Literature: (Subtitle)

3

SPANISH 571 (453)

Seminar in Spanish American Colonial Literature: (Subtitle)

3

SPANISH 572 (409)

Seminar on Cervantes: (Subtitle)

3

SPANISH 575 (455)

Seminar in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Spanish American Literature and Civilization: (Subtitle)

3

SPANISH 577 (457)

Seminar in Modern Spanish American Literature and Civilization: (Subtitle)

3

SPANISH 578 (417)

Seminar in Modern Spanish Literature and Civilization: (Subtitle)

3

SPANISH 580 (415)

Seminar in Spanish Romanticism and Realism: (Subtitle)

3

All 500-level courses include a research component that serves to develop students’ ability to do independent research in a specific field of interest. Both the oral presentation and the written research paper will be evaluated and rated in the areas of language acquisition/usage as well as research ability/synthesis.

Electives: 9 cr. Students must take a minimum of 9 additional credits at the 300 level or above. At least 3 of these credits must be taken at the 400 level or above. All 9 credits can be taken from the following list of electives as well as from the 500-level courses listed under the research requirement:

SPANISH 315

Spanish Immersion Experience

1-3

SPANISH 332

Business and Legal Spanish I

3

SPANISH 338

Spanish for Health Professions

3

SPANISH 348

Introduction to Translation: English to Spanish

3

SPANISH 377

Introduction to Galician Culture

3

SPANISH 388

Health Issues in the Hispanic World

3

SPANISH 391

Social and Historical Issues in the Hispanic World

3

SPANISH 442

Business and Legal Spanish II

3

SPANISH 443

Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

3

SPANISH 444

Spanish Syntax and Morphology

3

SPANISH 446

Hispanic Sociolinguistics

3

SPANISH 461

Topics in Hispanic Culture

3

Students may count toward the major a maximum of 3 credits from the following four courses, which are taught in English:

SPANISH 371

Introduction to Latino Literature in English

3

SPANISH 373

Topics in Latino Literature in English

3

PORTUGS 360

Luso-Brazilian Culture

3

PORTUGS 380

Luso-Brazilian Literature in Translation

3

SPANISH 380 and 595 do not count toward the major.

All majors are required to take an exit examination, which is offered on campus near the end of each semester. It is recommended strongly that they take this exam during their last semester in the Spanish program.

Honors in the Major

Spanish majors who meet the following requirements may apply to the undergraduate advisor to graduate with "Honors in the Major":

  1. Maintain at least a 3.500 GPA in all credits that count toward the major;
  2. Maintain at least a 3.000 GPA in all courses taken at UWM; and
  3. Take at least two 500-level courses.

Course of Study: Minor in Spanish

The minor in Spanish consists of 18 credits above 204 (or equivalent). Fifteen of these credits must be taken at the 300 level or above, at least 9 of these in residence at UWM. These credits may include a maximum of 3 credits selected from SPANISH 371, SPANISH 373, PORTUGS 360, or PORTUGS 380. With the exception of PORTUGS 380, no literature-in-translation courses may count toward the minor. SPANISH 210, 211, 380, and 595 do not count toward the minor. 

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, a 2.5 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work, is required.

Course of Study: Minor in Business Spanish

The minor in Business Spanish requires the completion of 18 credits as indicated below, at least 9 of which must be at the 300 level or above taken in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.  Students in the Business School must complete the requirements in the Business Students Track. All other students complete the Non-Business Students Track. Students are responsible for completing any prerequisite courses as well.

Business Students Track

     

SPANISH 203

Third-Semester Spanish

3

SPANISH 204

Fourth-Semester Spanish

3

Note: Students who test beyond one/both of these courses must substitute a course or courses from among SPANISH 308, 318 or 319 (but not both), 341, 348, 350, 391.

SPANISH 332

Business and Legal Spanish I

3

SPANISH 442 (342)

Business and Legal Spanish II

3

Electives – 6 cr.
Spanish courses numbered 300 and above

Non-Business Students Track

 

     

BUS ADM 330

Organizations

3

SPANISH 332

Business and Legal Spanish I

3

SPANISH 442 (342)

Business and Legal Spanish II

3

Either of the following two courses:

BUS ADM 201

Introduction to Financial Accounting

3

BUS ADM 360

Principles of Marketing

3

Electives – 6 cr.
Spanish courses numbered 300 and above

An appropriate internship experience (for example, with a firm doing business in Latin America or Spain) may substitute for one of the required courses in the minor. Such substitutions must be approved by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in consultation with the School of Business Administration, which will assist students in finding an internship.

Related Programs

For the teaching major and minor, see the School of Education section of this catalog. Many courses in the Department count toward a major, minor, or certificate in other programs, including Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies (LACUSL), Global Studies, and Latino Studies.

Portuguese Undergraduate Program

Ricardo Vasconcelos, Assistant Professor, Coordinator, CRT 733, ricardov@uwm.edu

UW-Milwaukee is one of only two universities (the other is UW-Madison) in the University of Wisconsin System that offer a Portuguese program on a regular basis. The Portuguese program consists of language classes as well as culture and literature classes taught in Portuguese or English, and offers a minor in Portuguese.

The program builds on the four-semester sequence of courses (103, 104, 203, 204) covering beginner and intermediate levels and designed to make students proficient in the four basic language skills – reading, writing, speaking, and listening – while exposing students to basic elements of the Lusophone cultures. Accelerated Portuguese courses (110 and 111) cover beginner and intermediate levels of Portuguese equivalent to the 103-204 sequence. PORTUGS 225 introduces students to Brazilian culture and society. The 300-level courses continue developing students’ language skills and introduce students to the study of the Lusophone cultures and literature in courses taught in Portuguese or English. These areas can be pursued in depth in 400-level courses in linguistics, literature, and culture.

The Portuguese program offers a study abroad experience. UWM students have the opportunity to participate in exchange programs in Brazil and Portugal. For more information, please visit the UWM Center for International Education website at www.uwm.edu/cie.

Students taking Portuguese at UWM are eligible for the competitive Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships coordinated by the UWM Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). For more information about these fellowships, please visit the CLACS website at www4.uwm.edu/clacs.

Course of Study: Minor

The undergraduate minor in Portuguese requires18 credits of Portuguese taken in courses numbered 203 or above. Nine credits must be taken at the 300-level or above in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Students with no previous Portuguese language experience should enroll in PORTUGS 103. After consultation with the Portuguese coordinator, a student may enroll in a course higher than 103, if appropriate. Students placed into a course beyond the 103 level who complete their first course with a grade of at least B may receive retroactive credits, to a maximum of 14 credits, for the courses leading to the one into which they are placed. Courses that generate Credits for Demonstrated Equivalent Preparation (retroactive credits) are 104 (4 credits), 203 (8 credits), 204 (11 credits), and 310 (14 credits).

Courses

Portuguese (PORTUGS)

Spanish (SPANISH)

Faculty and Staff

Nancy Bird-Soto, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Santiago Daydi-Tolson, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

César Ferreira, Prof., PhD
University of Texas at Austin

Stellia Jordán, Sr. Lect., MA
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Ismael Márquez, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

R. John McCaw, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Princeton University

María del Pilar Melgarejo Acosta, Asst. Prof., PhD
University of Pittsburgh

Isabel Méndez Santalla, Sr. Lect., MA
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Gabriel Rei-Doval Grela, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela

Julio Rodríguez-Luis, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

M. Estrella Sotomayor, Sr. Lect., MA
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Ester Suárez-Felipe, Sr. Lect., MA
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Marguerite Suárez-Murias, Prof. Emerita, PhD

Pierre Ullman, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Ricardo Vasconcelos, Asst. Prof., PhD
University of California, Santa Barbara

Kathleen M. Wheatley, Assoc. Prof., PhD, Chair
University of Michigan


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