SPN-130: Introduction to Hispanic Cultures

Liberal Arts
World Languages
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Introduction to Hispanic Cultures
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ENG-081 or ENG-082 AND ENG-092 or ENG-093 eligible or instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

Introduces Hispanic cultures throughout the globe, focusing on their histories, traditions, values, and characteristics. Also provides a survey of mainstream and minority Hispanic experiences as documented through art, literature, music, and film. Conducted in English. Does not fulfill program requirements for a language course.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

SPN-130 is designed to increase students’ knowledge of a variety of Hispanic cultures, including minority and underrepresented communities, and their roles within global society.

Core Course Topics
  1. Geography of the Spanish-speaking world
  2. History of the Spanish-speaking world
  3. Contemporary issues of Hispanic communities
  4. Diversity within the Spanish-speaking world
  5. Contributions of Spanish speakers
  6. Critical analysis of Hispanic Culture artifacts
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Identify a variety of Spanish-speaking countries and their main characteristics
  2. Explain the causes and effects of significant historical events in the Spanish-speaking world
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the contemporary issues that impact Spanish-speaking populations and communities
  4. Describe the richness and diversity of worldwide Hispanic communities, giving specific examples to illustrate cultural, ethnic, and linguistic differences
  5. Identify significant contributions of Spanish speakers to global society
  6. Synthesize multiple sources of information on a topic to form an argument

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement will be identified and implemented by the class instructor. Methods will include, but not be limited to:

  • Participation
  • Weekly/regular quizzes
  • Homework assignments
  • Chapter/unit tests
  • Written papers, oral presentations, and/or projects
  • Midterm/final exam
General Course Requirements and Recommendations

Note: A grade of C- is not transferable and is not accepted by some programs at HFC.


All sections of this level will use a textbook (and any accompanying materials) selected by the course coordinator and approved by the World Languages Committee.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date