The Spanish Heritage Language Program courses focus on cultural heritage, and students at all levels, from beginning to advanced, have a place in the program. Students participating in the program will share similar language and cultural experiences that are incorporated in the course materials. 

Courses Offered 

  1. SPAN 205 - Intensive Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Learners 

    Through course reading and listening activities, videos, class discussions, group-work, written and web assignments, and oral presentations, students will strive to achieve greater flexibility in their abilities in the language. Grammar and spelling issues are also reviewed to support students’ language development. Learners will deepen their knowledge of their cultural heritage and develop an appreciation for the cultural and linguistic variation present in the Spanish-speaking world. Latinx issues and cultural nuances are also discussed at length.

  2. SPAN 325 - Bridging Linguistic Registers for Heritage Learners of Spanish 
    Spanish 325 is a reading and writing class that engages students in reviewing a variety of topics centered around contemporary topics by analyzing a variety of texts from newspapers, magazines, essays, poems, and videos/films. The goal of this course is to assist the learner in developing strong writing and speaking skills in Spanish, with a specific focus on improving their academic registers. Students will work on argumentative writing tasks but also learn how to write in several different styles. Students will also learn more challenging grammar topics and vocabulary to continue building confidence and a larger skillset to use Spanish in a number of different situations and contexts.

  3. SPAN 335 - Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners
    This course offers the student the opportunity to continue practicing their writing and speaking skills for usein professional and academic contexts. Through the study of political, educational, cultural, sociolinguistic, and literary texts related to Hispanics/Latinx community members and scholars while also analyzing the use of Spanish in the United States, students will learn to write different types of texts such as the argumentative essay and the monograph. Students will be exposed to writing as a process with activities such as brainstorming, collaborating, planning, outlining, revising, and editing and they will have the opportunity to develop their oral discourse through debates, speeches, formal presentations, etc. Spelling and grammar will be treated only in response to the specific needs of students and as required by different contexts.