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Norval L. Bard

630-637-5125

nlbard@noctrl.edu

Spanish is a global language spoken in 21 countries across the world, each with its own cultural identity that makes study of the language so intriguing. North Central's Spanish program blends rigorous language instruction with the exploration of these expressive cultures to give students not only a skill but an enriching educational experience.

Along with classroom exploration, Spanish faculty foster a vibrant environment to celebrate Spanish culture and customs through clubs and programs. Active student clubs such as Raza Unida and Fusión Española ensure a steady presence of Hispanic and Latino heritage programming on campus.

Our study abroad opportunities offer students the chance to study Spanish while experiencing a culture first-hand. The Costa Rica fall term allows you to perfect your Spanish while earning internship credit in the semi-tropics. Study at Pablo Olavide University in Seville lets you pursue rich course offerings at a respected university in southern Spain.

Our proximity to Chicago, with the nation's third-largest Spanish speaking population, provides real advantages. Students benefit from internships, service opportunities, community involvement, museums, cultural institutions and restaurants where they interact with the community and put their language skills into practice.

In short, the Spanish program at North Central College gives students the skills to be fluent speakers, the intellectual tools to be prepared professionals and the personal enrichment to be global citizens.

Spanish, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

B.A. Requirements:

A major in Spanish consists of at least 30 credit hours at the level of SPN 201 or above, including three credit hours at the 400-level, and a minimum of one ten-week term of study in a Spanish-speaking country. During the term abroad, a minimum of six credit hours must be earned in the Spanish language.

Additional Courses:

Students seeking a major in the modern languages are strongly encouraged to take additional language coursework beyond the minimum major requirements. Note: Once  SPN 310 has been successfully completed, courses below the level of 310 in Spanish may not be taken for credit except with consent of the Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

A typical student majoring Spanish with a Secondary Education Supplemental major will need over 120 total credit hours to graduate.

Spanish Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

SPN 101 Elementary Spanish I (3.00)
Introduction to the basic structures of the Spanish language, with emphasis on listening and speaking.

SPN 102 Elementary Spanish II (3.00)
A continuation of Elementary Spanish I.

SPN 103 Elementary Spanish III (3.00)
A continuation of Elementary Spanish II.

SPN 177 Intensive Spanish in Costa Rica (6.00)
Intensive study of spoken and written Spanish. Level is determined by placement exam given upon arrival in Costa Rica.

SPN 201 Intermediate Spanish I (3.00)
Speaking, reading, and writing for the discussion of most socio-cultural topics.

SPN 202 Intermediate Spanish II (3.00)
A continuation of Intermediate Spanish I, with emphasis on study of complex grammatical structures. Special focus on oral communication. Core: Humanities.

SPN 250 Conversation and Composition I (3.00)
Emphasis on conversational and communicative skills; focus on improvement of written proficiency; intensive practice in writing various types of prose (descriptive and narrative); includes grammar review.

SPN 277 Intensive Spanish in Costa Rica (6.00)
Intensive study of spoken and written Spanish. Level is determined by placement exam given upon arrival in Costa Rica.

SPN 297 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

SPN 299 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

SPN 310 Conversation and Composition II (3.00)
Emphasis on literary and film analysis while continuing to build on communicative skills; focus on improvement of written proficiency through intensive practice in writing various types of prose (expository and research); may include some grammar review.

SPN 322 Spanish for the Professions (3.00)
Oral and written practice focused on the special terminology of various professions including business, the health professions, social services, and legal/law enforcement. Emphasis is placed on simulation of real life situations and methods of communication. For advanced level students.

SPN 325 Survey of Peninsular Spanish Literature (3.00)
An overview and analysis of the principal literary periods of Spain from the Middle Ages through the present. Special emphasis is placed on selected works, authors, and schools of thought.

SPN 327 Modern Spanish Theatre (3.00)
A study of representative dramatic works from Spain from the period of La generacion del 98 to the present. Emphasis is placed on dramatic theory with regard to Spanish history, literary analysis, and experimental performance.

SPN 331 Latin American Area and Civilization (3.00)
Natural, social, and political characteristics of contemporary Latin America. Core: Social Science.

SPN 333 Civilization and Culture of Spain (3.00)
An overview of the history, customs, institutions, cultural patterns, and heritage of the Spanish people from earliest times to the present. Core: Humanities.

SPN 335 Survey of Latin America Literature (3.00)
An overview and analysis of the principal literary periods of Latin America from the pre-Hispanic era to the present. Special emphasis is placed on selected works, authors, and schools of thought.

SPN 337 Latin American Short Stories (3.00)
Traces the development of the short story genre in Latin America from its origins in the nineteenth century through the Boom authors and into present day. Special emphasis may be placed on particular periods, national movements, or authors.

SPN 377 Intensive Spanish in Costa Rica (6.00)
Intensive study of spoken and written Spanish. Level is determined by placement exam given upon arrival in Costa Rica.

SPN 390 Topics (3.00)
Advanced tutorial courses in selected areas. Topics may include study of a literary genre, movement, author, Hispanic linguistics, or some aspect of Hispanic culture. Repeatable with different topic.

SPN 397 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

SPN 399 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

SPN 477 Intensive Spanish in Costa Rica (6.00)
Intensive study of spoken and written Spanish. Level is determined by placement exam given upon arrival in Costa Rica.

SPN 490 Seminar (3.00)
In-depth study of a literary genre, movement, author, or a topic on Hispanic culture or language. Repeatable with different content.

SPN 497 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

SPN 499 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

Norval Bard

Professor of French; Chair of Modern and Classical Languages
Modern & Classical Languages
+1 630 637 5125
Patricia Bayona

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Modern & Classical Languages
+1 630 637 5298
Michael de Brauw

Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages
Modern & Classical Languages
+1 630 637 5123
Alberto Fonseca

Associate Professor of Spanish
Modern & Classical Languages
+1 630 637 5126
Beverly Richard Cook

Professor of Spanish Emerita
MCL
5127
Jelena Sanchez

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
Modern & Classical Languages
+1 630 637 5275
Esra Tasdelen

Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Coordinator of Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Modern & Classical Languages
+1 630 637 5108
Ivy Walters

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
Modern & Classical Languages
+1 630 637 5277
Gregory H. Wolf

Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities; Professor of German
Modern & Classical Languages
+1 630 637 5284

Extra-curricular, professional, and academic activities that will enrich your Spanish education

En el campus:

You can use your Spanish on campus in real-life situations with the community or in social clubs. Fusión Española hosts Spanish-focused events such as Flamenco Month, theatre performances, dance classes, language tables and film events on campus and provides opportunities to explore Hispanic and Latino cultural venues in Chicago and the suburbs.

Raza Unida is the club geared toward raising awareness and celebration of Latino and Chicano themes while advocating diversity and academic excellence on campus and in society.

Sigma Delta Pi is the National Hispanic Honors Society in which high academic achievement among students in the Spanish Program is recognized by inviting students to be inducted and honored on the national level. International Club, Students in Free Enterprise, and many service opportunities also help to put students in contact with the Spanish-speaking world.

En la ciudad de Chicago:

Many Spanish courses include educational excursions to Chicago.  Professors often take students to the city to further examine cultural and social topics discussed in class.  Students explore key questions through professor-led trips to the Cervantes Institute, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Gene Siskel Film Center, and the Chicago Cultural Center.  Events such as film screenings, conference talks, and author visits engage students in dialogue on contemporary issues.  Students also have opportunities to discover a variety of restaurants that offer traditional and avant-garde cuisine from Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, and Peru.  These unique experiences provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of literature, art, music, dance, food, language, society, and politics in Spain and Latin America.

En el extranjero:

Fall and winter/spring long term study abroad opportunities in Seville and Granada (Spain) and Costa Rica and Peru (Latin America) enrich and enhance cultural and linguistic proficiency.  Spanish program students may also take advantage of the two week winter December term course offerings to travel to Ibero-American destinations to earn three academic credits in these accelerated courses.

D-term Travel-Study Courses -- Three Weeks, Three Credits!

Faculty Members in the Spanish Program have accompanied NCC students to:

  • Spain (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)
  • Uruguay and Argentina (2014 & 2013)
  • Costa Rica (2013)
  • Honduras (2013)
  • Brazil (2011)
  • Costa Rica (2011) 

D-term Verandah Courses

  • The Cultural Expression of Flamenco
  • Discover Spain in America
  • Language Cocktails:  Mixing Languages with Taste

Annual Flamenco Festival at NCC!

February 2018

The Spanish club Fusión Española hosts the annual flamenco festival on campus which features a month-long program of exciting events: lectures, films, dance classes, photography exhibit, excursions, and shows. For more information, contact Professor Jelena Sanchez, jsanchez@noctrl.edu or (630) 637-5275.


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