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Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies

BA with a Major in Spanish

Minor in Spanish

BA in Spanish-Economics


BA in the Teaching of Spanish

Endorsement for the Teaching of Spanish
Study Abroad Programs—Spanish

BA with a Major in Italian

Minor in Italian and Italian American Studies
Endorsement for the Teaching of Italian
Study Abroad Programs—Italian


Portuguese

Distinction


1722 University Hall (UH)
(312) 996–3236 or (312) 996-5218
http://hispanic.las.uic.edu
Administration:
Head, Luis López-Carretero
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Spanish: Luis López-Carretero, luislope@uic.edu
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Italian: Chiara Fabbian, cfabbian@uic.edu

 



The formal study of Spanish and Italian consists of courses in language at the basic, intermediate, and advanced levels, as well as courses in linguistics and the literature and culture of the countries where these languages are spoken.

The Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts with majors in Spanish and in the Teaching of Spanish. Minors are also offered in Spanish, and Italian and Italian American Studies. The curriculum in Spanish-Economics gives students a strong grounding in the analytical tools of economics, an understanding of how the national and global economies operate, and both written and oral fluency in the Spanish language, with particular emphasis on the integration of the two disciplines.

The Spanish and Italian major and minor programs expose students to innovative critical and theoretical approaches to literary, cultural, and linguistic studies. Thus, a student majoring or minoring in Spanish or Italian acquires skills in critical thinking, analytical ability, and language proficiency that provide a solid foundation for graduate and professional studies, as well as a variety of careers. Teacher education forms an integral part of the department’s offerings in Spanish.

BA with a Major in Spanish

Degree Requirements—Major in Spanish

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

BA with a Major in Spanish Degree Requirements
Hours
Major Requirements
32
General Education and Electives to reach Minimum Total Hours
88
Minimum Total Hours—BA with a Major in Spanish
120

 

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Courses
Hours
SPAN 202—Spanish Grammar in Practice
3
   
One of the following two courses:
3
SPAN 203—Extensive Reading and Writing for Nonnative Speakers of Spanish (3)    
SPAN 204—Extensive Reading and Writing for Heritage Speakers of Spanish (3)  
   
SPAN 206—Introduction to Hispanic Linguisticsa
4
SPAN 210—Introduction to the Formal Analysis of Hispanic Textsbc
3
SPAN 212—Cultural and Literary Studies in Spain and Latin Americaa
4
SPAN 303—Advanced Oral Presentation, Writing, and Analysis
3
SPAN 380—Professional Development
0
   
In addition, students must choose one of the following concentrations:
12
   
Concentration I: Hispanic Studies (12)—Four courses from the 200-, 300-, or 400-levels. A maximum of two of these courses can be taken at the 200-level. Only one of the following courses can be counted toward these credit hours:  
SPAN 224—Bilingual/Bicultural Hispanic American Writers (3)d  
SPAN 225—Spanish and Latin American Culture through Literature and Film (3)b  
SPAN 226—Early Modern and Colonial Literature and Culture in Translation (3)bc  
SPAN 278—Latin American/Latino Film Studies (3)  
SPAN 295—Latino Literary Studies (3)d  
SPAN 495—Topics in Latino Community Studies (3)  
   
Concentration II: Hispanic Linguistics (12)—Four topic courses in linguistics from the following:  
SPAN 361—The Structure of Spanish (3)  
SPAN 362—Sounds of Spanish (3)  
SPAN 363—Spanish in Society (3)  
SPAN 364—Acquisition of Spanish (3)  
SPAN 365—Meaning in Language (3)  
SPAN 366—Current Topics in Spanish Linguistics (3)  
Or any 400-level course in linguistics (3)  
   
Concentration III: Hispanic Literatures and Cultural Studies (12)—Three topic courses in literature and culture from the following:  
SPAN 375—Current Topics in Hispanic Studies (3)  
SPAN 376—Topics in Politics, Economy, and Law in Hispanic Culture (3)  
SPAN 377—Topics in Health, the Psyche, and the Human Body in Hispanic Culture (3)  
SPAN 378—Topics in Hispanic Cultural and Media Studies (3)  
SPAN 379—Topics in Cultural Difference and the Politics of Translation (3)  
One additional 400-level course in literature and culture (3)  
Total Hours—Major Requirements
32

a SPAN 206 and 212 fulfill the Writing-in-the-Discipline require­ment .
b This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category.
c This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.
d This course is approved for the Understanding U.S. Society General Education category.

 

Recommended Plan of Study

To view a recommended plan of study for the major in Spanish, please visit the LAS website http://www.las.uic.edu/students/prospective-undergraduate/degree-programs/four-year-model-plans.

Minor in Spanish

Students from other disciplines who want to minor in Spanish must complete 20 semester hours as outlined below:

Required Courses—Spanish Minor
Hours
SPAN 202—Spanish Grammar in Practice
3
   
One of the following two courses:
3
SPAN 203—Extensive Reading and Writing for Nonnative Speakers of Spanish (3)    
SPAN 204—Extensive Reading and Writing for Heritage Speakers of Spanish (3)  
   
SPAN 206—Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
4
SPAN 210—Introduction to the Formal Analysis of Hispanic Texts
3
SPAN 212—Cultural and Literary Studies in Spain and Latin America
4
One additional course at the 300-level
3
Total Hours—Spanish Minor
20

BA in Spanish-Economics

Degree Requirements—Spanish-Economics

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish-Economics degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

BA in Spanish-Economics Degree Requirements
Hours
Requirements for the Curriculum
120
Total Hours—BA in Spanish-Economics
120

 

Requirements for the Curriculum

The requirements for the curriculum include courses necessary to complete the General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline requirements described in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section.

Courses
Hours
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts
3
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research
3
Analyzing the Natural World laboratory coursesa
6–10
One General Education Core course from any categorya
3
Elementary and intermediate Spanish—four semesters at the university-level or the equivalentb
0–16
SPAN 202—Spanish Grammar in Practice
3
 
One of the following two courses:
3
SPAN 203—Extensive Reading and Writing for Nonnative Speakers of Spanish (3)  
SPAN 204—Extensive Reading and Writing for Heritage Speakers of Spanish (3)  
   
SPAN 210—Introduction to the Formal Analysis of Hispanic Textscd
3
SPAN 212—Cultural and Literary Studies in Spain and Latin Americae
4
SPAN 220—Spanish for Business and Law I
3
SPAN 303—Advanced Oral Presentation, Writing, and Analysis
3
SPAN 320—Spanish for Business and Law II
3
SPAN 376—Topics in Politics, Economy, and Law in Hispanic Culture
3
SPAN 380—Professional Development
0
One additional 200- or 300-level SPAN course
3–4
MATH 121—Precalculus Mathematicsf
5
ECON 120—Principles of Microeconomicsgh
4
ECON 121—Principles of Macroeconomicsgh
4
ECON 220—Microeconomics: Theory and Applications
3
ECON 221—Macroeconomics in the World Economy Theory and Applications
3
   
Four elective courses in economics at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level (not more than one at the 200-level). At least one course must be chosen from the following list of International/Economic Development courses:
12
ECON 211—Topics in Economics Taught in Spanish (3)
ECON 333—International Economics (3)  
ECON 334—Economic Development (3)  
   
Free electives to bring total number of hours to 120
25–46
Total Hours—Requirements for the Curriculum
120

a Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.
b The elementary and intermediate Spanish courses are either 110 or both 101 and 102; 103; 104. Bilingual students take 113 and 114.
c This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category.
d This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.
e SPAN 212 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.
f This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.
g This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education category.
h This course is approved for the Understanding U.S. Society General Education category.

Recommended Plan of Study

To view a recommended plan of study for the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish-Economics, please visit the LAS website http://www.las.uic.edu/students/prospective-undergraduate/degree-programs/four-year-model-plans.

BA in the Teaching of Spanish

Degree Requirements—Teaching of Spanish

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of Spanish degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

BA in the Teaching of Spanish Degree Requirements
Hours
Major Requirements
32
Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure
25
General Education and Electives to reach Minimum Total Hours
63
Minimum Total Hours—BA in the Teaching of Spanish
120

 

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Courses
Hours
SPAN 202—Spanish Grammar in Practice
3
   
One of the following two courses:
3
SPAN 203—Extensive Reading and Writing for Nonnative Speakers of Spanish (3)    
SPAN 204—Extensive Reading and Writing for Heritage Speakers of Spanish (3)  
   
SPAN 206—Introduction to Hispanic Linguisitcsa
4
SPAN 210—Introduction to the Formal Analysisof Hispanic Textsbc
3
SPAN 212—Cultural and Literary Studies in Spain and Latin Americaa
4
SPAN 303—Advanced Oral Presentation, Writing, and Analysis
3
SPAN 380—Professional Development
0
SPAN 448—Foundations of Second Language Teaching
3
SPAN 449—Teaching Second Language Literacy and Cultural Awareness
3
   
Two additional courses from among the following:
6
SPAN 230, 231, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379
Total Hours—Major Requirements
32

a SPAN 206 and SPAN 212 fulfill the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.
b This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category.
c This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.

Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure

Courses
Hours
ED 200—Educational Policy Foundations
3
ED 210—The Educative Process
3
ED 330—Curriculum, Instruction, and Evaluation in the Secondary School
4
SPED 410—Survey of Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities
3
SPAN 451—Educational Practice with Seminar I
6
SPAN 452—Educational Practice with Seminar II
6
Total Hours—Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure
25

 

In addition to specified course work in the major field, the teacher education student must fulfill certain other requirements as well as maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50/4.00 in all LAS and General Education requirements and a GPA of 3.00/4.00 or greater in courses for the Teacher Education in Spanish major including education courses. For detailed information, see the Program Guide for Teacher Education in Spanish, available from the secondary education coordinator in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies.

The teaching license is not automatically awarded upon successful completion of licensure and degree requirements. Before the license is issued, the candidate must file an application for the Illinois teaching license with the Council on Teacher Education. The candidate must also pass a series of examinations required by the Illinois State Board of Education. The Basic Skills Test must be passed prior to applying for candidacy with the Council on Teacher Education. The Content Area Test must be passed before the candidate is allowed to student teach. The Assessment of Professional Teaching must be passed prior to licensure. For information on application procedures, contact the Council on Teacher Education located in 3015 EPASW. See Council on Teacher Education and Secondary Education Program in the College of Education section of the catalog.

Recommended Plan of Study

To view a recommended plan of study for the Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of Spanish, please visit the LAS website http://www.las.uic.edu/students/prospective-undergraduate/degree-programs/four-year-model-plans.

Endorsement for the Teaching of Spanish

Endorsement is available to students obtaining full licensure in an approved UIC Teacher Education major. To teach Spanish as a second subject in Illinois public schools one must apply for, meet all requirements, and receive an Endorsement from the State Board of Education. For information on requirements and application procedures for a second subject endorsement in Spanish, contact the Council on Teacher Education in the College of Education.

Study Abroad Programs—Spanish

The Spanish program strongly encourages all majors to take advantage of the variety of study abroad opportunities in Spanish-speaking countries available to UIC students. A significant portion of the credits for the major in Spanish may be earned through Study Abroad Programs. Majors will be awarded credit hours for courses completed abroad that are equivalent to courses offered at UIC by the Spanish Program. Approval for course equivalencies is required from the director of undergraduate studies for the Spanish program.

For information on other study abroad opportunities please visit the UIC Study Abroad Office at: http://studyabroad.uic.edu.

BA with a Major in Italian

Degree Requirements—Major in Italian

Note: Until further notice, the BA with a Major in Italian program is not accepting applications for admission.

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

BA with a Major in Italian Degree Requirements
Hours
Major Requirements
37
General Education and Electives to reach Minimum Total Hours
83
Minimum Total Hours—BA with a Major in Italian
120

 

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

For the Bachelor of Arts, 37 semester hours (exclusive of Italian 240) are required as distributed below.

Courses
Hours
ITAL 200—Italian in Practicea
3
ITAL 201—Exploring Italy: Introduction to Writing and Critical Methods
3
ITAL 210—Introduction to Italian Literary and Cultural Studiesb
3
ITAL 303—Advanced Italian Composition and Conversation
3
ITAL 305—Advanced Italian Grammar
3
ITAL 310—Early Italian Literature and Society
3
ITAL 311—Modern Italian Literature and Culture
3
ITAL 411—Literary Forms in Early Renaissance
3
ITAL 370—Writing and Research in the Majorc
1
   
One of the following courses:
3
ITAL 421—Advanced Modern Italian Literature (3)  
ITAL 422—Contemporary Italian Literature (3)  
   
One of the following courses:
3
ITAL 450—Divina Commedia I (3)  
ITAL 451—Divina Commedia II (3)  
   
Two or three additional courses, which may include ITAL 205 or 230 and one or two courses at the 400-level
6–9
Total Hours—Major Requirements
37

a Fluent Italian speakers substitute a higher-level course for ITAL 200.
b This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.
c ITAL 370 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

 

Recommended Plan of Study

To view a recommended plan of study for the major in Italian, please visit the LAS website at
http://www.las.uic.edu/students/prospective-undergraduate/degree-programs/four-year-model-plans
.

Minor in Italian and Italian American Studies

Students from other disciplines who want to minor in Italian and Italian American Studies must complete 19 semester hours as outlined below:

Required Courses—Italian and Italian American Studies Minor
Hours
ITAL 104—Intermediate Italian II or equivalent
4
   
Two of the following courses:
6
ITAL 200—Italian in Practice (3)a
ITAL 201—Exploring Italy: Introduction to Writing and Critical Methods (3)
ITAL 210—Introduction to Italian Literary and Cultural Studies (3)
   
Three credit hours at the 300-level
3
Six additional credit hours in Italian and Italian American Studies courses at the 200-level or above
6
Total Hours—Italian and Italian American Studies Minor
19

a Native and heritage speakers who place out of 104 will not be admitted into this course and should register for ITAL 201 and/or 210. Please consult an LAS advisor for eligibility for retroactive credit once you complete the ITAL 201 or ITAL 210 course.

Endorsement for the Teaching of Italian

Endorsement is available to students obtaining full licensure in an approved UIC Teacher Education major. To teach Italian as a second subject in Illinois public schools one must apply for, meet all requirements, and receive an Endorsement from the State Board of Education. For information on requirements and application procedures for a second subject endorsement in Italian, contact the Council on Teacher Education in the College of Education.

Study Abroad Programs—Italian

The Italian program encourages all minors to take advantage of study abroad opportunities in Italy available to UIC students. Students who wish to be considered for study abroad should consult the director of undergraudate studies concerning prerequisites and requirements. For general information about study abroad opportunities, please visit the UIC Study Abroad office at http://studyabroad.uic.edu.

Portuguese


Portuguese serves the Spanish major through its courses for Spanish speakers.

Distinction

Students who earn a 3.75/4.00 GPA in all courses taken in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at UIC will be awarded departmental distinction.