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Spanish Courses

Lower Division Courses

SPAN 1010 Communicating in Spanish I (3)

Introduction to Spanish language and culture. Prepares student to operate within areas of immediate needs and simple situations.

SPAN 1020 Communicating in Spanish II (3)
Continuation of SP A1010. Prepares the student to function in simple situations related to personal interests and daily life.

SPAN 2010 Intermediate Spanish: Language and Culture (3)
Continued practice in all skills. Review of basic grammar patterns and extensive conversational practice. Introduction to Hispanic culture. Prerequisites: SP A1020 or equivalent.



Upper Division Courses

SPAN 3010 Written Communication (3)
Reading and analysis of authentic language materials to develop written expression. Refining of communicative strategies for accurate expression of ideas. (To be taken concurrently with SPAN 3020). Prerequisite: SP A2010 or equivalent.

SPAN 3020 Oral Communication (3)
Development of fluent oral expression through communicative activities stressing listening comprehension, structural accuracy and systematic approach to vocabulary expansion. (To be taken concurrently with SPAN 3010). Prerequisite: SPAN 2010 or equivalent.

SPAN 3030 Advanced Written Communication (3)

Continuation of SPAN 3010. Description, narration and exposition in topics of particular interest and special fields of competence. (To be taken concurrently with SPAN 3040). Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and SPAN 3020 or equivalent.

SPAN 3040 Advanced Oral Communication (3)
Continuation of SPAN 3020. Accuracy and fluency in oral expression in topics of particular interest and special fields of competence. (To be taken concurrently with SPAN 3030). Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and SPAN 3020 or equivalent.

SPAN 4000  Advanced Spanish Grammar (3)
The objectives of the course are to identify and describe intuitive knowledge that a native speaker of Spanish possesses and to perfect the student's knowledge of various topics of Spanish grammar by means of theoretical explanation and solving practical exercises. Assignments emphasize inductive reasoning as well as original language use. Prerequisite: SPAN 3030 and SPAN 3040 or equivalent.

SPAN 4050 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
Theoretical and practical approach to Spanish phonetics and phonology from the dual perspective of the underlying representation of sound units and their pronunciation within syllables, words, and phrases. Auditory comprehension and sound discrimination practice, with transcription exercises and attention to correct pronunciation.

SPAN 4090 Spanish Sociolinguistics (3)
This course aims to develop students' abilities to notice, investigate and interpret sociolinguistic phenomena in the world around them. Topics include pragmatics, historical changes in Spanish, and dialectical variation. Discussions will center primarily but not exclusively around sociolinguistics of the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisites are SPAN 3030 and 3040.

SPAN 4110 Language and Linguistics (3)
An introduction to the basic concepts and application of linguistic studies, presentation and discussion of three main aspects of language: linguistic structures, language as a social dimension, and language as a mirror of cognitive processes. Taught in English. Cross-listed with FR-A4210, GR-A4210 and RU-A4210.

SPAN 4130 Second Language Acquisition (3)
This course reviews major theories about how second or foreign languages are learned and what factors influence the process. We will discuss what these theories mean to the teacher, the learner, and the policy maker, and what the theories tell us about psychology and linguistics. Taught in Spanish.

SPAN 4160 Business and Professional Spanish (3)
Application of language skills and cultural awareness to specific business and professional practices. This course counts toward credit in the minor and major field.

SPAN 4180 Spanish Culture and Civilization (3)
Presentation and discussion of significant cultural, social, economic and political events and issues that have shaped Spain: its institutions, its cultural and artistic developments.

SPAN 4190 Three in One: The Hispanic Experience (3)
This course provides an understanding of the language variation, value systems, religious beliefs and assumptions about reality of Hispanic culture in its three manifestations: modern day Spain, Latin America, and the Hispanic groups in the United States.

SPAN 4200 Introduction to Spanish Literature (3)
This introduction to Hispanic literature will examine the different genres and representative texts to enable the students to acquire a working knowledge both of the literary history of the genres and the analysis of literary texts in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 3030 and SP 3040.

SPAN 4240 Short Stories: History, Histories (3)
This course explores the most recent Latin American societies through the lens of short stories, short narrations and cultural production. This class’s approach works to bridge literary texts with cultural production in order to allow for a comprehensive view of the contemporary historical life. The authors’ work is explored in their complexity to see how historical development and culture transform and affect people’s lives. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4250 Early Latin American Short Story (3)
This is a survey course that examines a generous selection of classic Latin American short stories (1839-1945). The texts are considered in the context of the complex cultural transformations that swept Latin American society from Independence to the Second World War. Literary texts are also discussed in relation to other cultural materials (movies, art,music). Texts and materials are organized around 5 different topics: Between Tradition and Politics, The Violence of History, The Many Faces of Modernity, Critical Realisms and Founders of the Present. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4260 Latin American “Modernism” (3)
Survey course that examines the literary expressions of the debate on Modernity and Modernization in Latin America in the period 1820-1920. Topics such as national identity, the creation of modern cities, the education of women and the role of minorities will be examined through an anthology of short stories, articles, poems, essays and comics. Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 420.

SPAN 4270 Contemporary Latin American Poetry (3)
Survey course that analyzes a representative group of Latin American poets. Main themes and formal characteristics of these authors will be discussed. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4280 Early Latin American Novel (3)
This course discusses crucial cultural concerns of nineteenth-century Latin America through a socio-historical examination of novels written after Independence. Special attention will be given to the construction of social norms, the creation of cultural institutions, and the role of identity within the formation of new national cultures. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4290 Boom, Mass Media and Utopia (3)
This course discusses the Latin American narratives and essays and the birth of media culture in Latin America. The cultural production discussed is implied in the political context of the so-called cold war. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4300 Latin American Thinkers (3)
Systematic analysis of predominant themes among current Latin American thinkers. Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 420.

SPAN 4310 Contemporary Latin American Drama (3)
Survey course that analyzes the development of Latin American theater through the Twentieth-Century. Different schools and trends will be discussed. Occasionally this course will focus on specific issues or group authors (i.e. women playwrights, etc.). Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4320 Afro Hispanic Literature (3)
This course examines the literary contributions of Afro-Hispanic writers from Spanish America and Equatorial Guinea in order to discuss the complexity of the African experience in the Spanish-speaking world from the colonial period to the 21st Century. In addition to the discussion of race and class issues, the class focuses on the subject of Canon formation and Canon exclusion in order to bridge the real and imagined gaps between Afro-Hispanic literature and that written by canonized writers in Spanish America and Spain. Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4330 Narratives on the End of Utopias
This course examines recent Latin American trends that broke up the traditional canon of novel and literary conceptions based on Modernist culture. Categories based on hegemonic discourse and hierarchies are debated. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4340 Latin American Film
An overview of Latin American Cinema, focusing on four different moments of its history: The Golden Age of the Mexican Melodrama, The Populist Comedy, The New Latin American Film Movement and The Last Generation. Directors included are: Buñuel, Torre Nilsson, Sanjinés, Rocha, Gutiérrez Alea, Lombardi, and Ripstein. Special emphasis will be given to the development of critical strategies to discuss film narratives and sub-genres. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4350 Latin American Testimony (3)
This course examines the diverse strategies used by Latin American testimonial literature to interpret today’s realities. Through the analysis of testimonials, the students will develop an understanding of the complexity of Latin American culture and society. Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4350/5350: Counter Hegemony Discourses (3)
This course bridges Latin American literary and cultural productions that confront the use and abuse of local and international power. Voiceless people speak about their disenchanted life. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4360 Women’s Literature in Latin America (3)
This course introduces the students to the work of Latin American women writers from the Colonial period to the Twentieth-Century. The discussion will focus on the history of women’s education, concepts of beauty, the role of women in the society and the construction of women’s identity. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4370 Latin American Literature and Film (3)
Survey course that examines the relationship between some masterpieces of contemporary Spanish American Literature and their adaptations into film by some of the major directors of Latin American cinema. Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4380 Cultural Stereotypes: Latin America
This course is an interdisciplinary approach which confronts stereotypes about Latin American cultures. It involves a vast array of experiences that has established differences, stigmas, and marginalization of Latin Americans. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4390 Contemporary Spanish Women Writers (3)
On the edges of the canon. Introduction to a century of women’s writings from the “Generation of ‘27” to present day authors. Analysis of novels and short stories by contemporary women writers of Spain. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4400 Strangers in a Familiar Land: Displacements in Latin America (3)
This class discusses literature, films, documentaries and paintings that portray Latin American displacement after 1950. The approach offers a multidisciplinary view of the diverse participants in Latin American realities. We debate the dynamic of border crossing in the global era, specifically with respect to refugees, exiles, excluded and missing people.

SPAN 4410 Spanish Literary Culture (3)
History of the merger of Christian, Arabic and Jewish influences on Spanish literary culture. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200. (Offered occasionally.)

SPAN 4420 The Short Story in Medieval Spain: fear, education, and humor (3)
This course explores short narrative types and their functions during the thirteenth century up to the sixteenth century in Spain. Topics to cover are: the interplay of different cultures, gender roles, ideological uses, and differences between medieval and contemporary short narratives. All texts are provided in modern Spanish. Required: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4430 Cantar De Mio Cid, Libro de Buen Amor and La Celestina (3)
Close reading and discussion of three medieval Spanish masterpieces, which have remained modern throughout the ages. Insight into social, historical, literary and creative issues (Offered occasionally.)

SPAN 4440 Towards the sentimental novel: the mystic, the individual, and the lover in Medieval Spain (3)
This course explores different ways of conceptualizing and talking of and through love by means of a selection of texts inherited from medieval Spain. The student will be exposed to mystic love, passionate love, anti-feminist discourses, medical notions, etc. Required: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4540 Golden Age Drama (3)
The Spanish theatre of the 16th and Seventeenth centuries. Analysis of the works of Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Juan Ruiz de Alarcón and Pedro Calderón de la Barca. Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4560 Don Quixote (3)
A close reading and analysis of Cervantes’s masterpiece. Focus on its significance for modern fiction. The concept of the hero and the concept of the plot. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4590 Spanish Jewry in Medieval Spain: Life under Islam and Christianity (3)
Expulsion and Diaspora, 1492-1700. Medieval Spanish Jewish Life under Islam and Christianity. Cultural and literary exchanges among the three groups. The tragic events of 1391. Expulsion, 1492. Forced Baptisms of Portugal, 1497. Converso life in Iberia and the New World. Sephardi life in the Diaspora. Prerequisites: SP 3030, 3040. Fulfills the Cultural Diversity Requirement.

SPAN 4610 Spanish Romanticism (3)
Doctrinaire romanticism compared and contrasted with authentic Spanish romanticism. Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4620 Nineteenth-Century Spanish Novel (3)
Costumbrism, naturalism and social revolution in Fernán Caballero, José María de Pereda, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Juan Valera, Benito Pérez Galdós, Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, and Leopoldo Alas. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4660 Generation of 98 (3)
Modernism, politics, and language in major contemporary prose fiction writers: Miguel de Unamuno, Pío Baroja, Ramón del Valle-Inclán, Gabriel Miró, Ramón Pérez de Ayala, and Ramón Gómez de la Serna. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4670 Twentieth-Century Spanish Thought (3)
Major contributors to contemporary Spanish social, philosophical, political and literary thought: Miguel de Unamuno, José Ortega y Gasset and F.X. Zubiri, P. Laín Entralgo. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4680 Contemporary Spanish Short Stories (3)
In-depth analysis of short stories by Bécquer, Alas, Pardo Bazán, Valle-Inclán, Salinas, and Benet, among others. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4700 Twentieth-Century Spanish Poetry (3)
Antonio Machado, Juan Ramon Jiménez, Pedro Salinas, Aleixandre, Federico García Lorca, and Blas de Otero: Nuances of existential dilemmas. Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4710 Twentieth-Century Spanish Novel (3)
Ideology and literature in selected novels by Camilo José Cela, Carmen Laforet, Ramón J. Sender, Juan Goytisolo, Elena Quiroga, A.M. Matute, Miguel Delibes, and Luis Martín-Santos. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4720 Twentieth-Century Spanish Drama (3)
Themes and aesthetics of Alejandro Casona, Federico García Lorca, Alfonso Sastre, F. Arrabal, and Buero Vallejo. Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4730 Sixteenth-Seventeenth Century Spanish Prose (3)
A Study of prose works from Spanish Golden Age (16th-17th centuries). Analysis of works by Jorge de Montemayor, Teresa de Avila, María de Zayas, Miguel de Cervantes and the anonymous author of Lazarillo de Tormes. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: 4200.

SPAN 4740 Peninsular Spanish Poetry 1965-Present
Study of a selection of the most representative poetic production in Spain from 1965 to present time: novísimos, postnovísimos, el boom femenino, poesía de la experiencia. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4750 Spanish Novel after 1970 (3)
Study of the most significant directions to the Spanish novel from 1970 to the present day. Change and continuity in society and the novel. Prerequisite: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4770 Spanish Women Poets (3)
Historical analysis and literary interpretation of a representative selection of modern and contemporary Spanish women poets. Authors: Carolina Coronado, Rosalía de Castro, Concha Zardoya, Gloria Fuertes, María Victoria Atencia. Recommended prerequisite SP A4200.

SPAN 4800 From Barrios to Borderlands: Reading Contemporary Latino/a Literature (3)
This course will provide students with an introduction to the major literary works and themes characterizing Latino/a literary production in the United States from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Course will be conducted in English. Spanish Majors will do written work in Spanish. Prerequisite for Spanish Majors: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4880 Senior Inquiry: Research Project (0)

SPAN 4890 Senior Inquiry: Comprehensive Examination (0)

SPAN 4930 Special Topics (1-4). 

  • SPAN 4930 - 01 Evil in Modern Culture. This course aims at scrutinizing and understanding evil as manifested and/or represented in selected cultural artifacts and philosophical texts from the Enlightenment through the Cold War. The so-called problem of evil, radical evil, sadism, the connection between the ideals of the Enlightenment and evil, absolute enmity, absolute war, genocide and imperialism are some of the topics to be discussed. Among others, the course will explore works by Kant, Nietzsche, Tirso de Molina, Schelling, Goya, Schmitt, Unamuno, Genet, Levi, and Semprún. Taught in English. Prerequisites: SPAN 4200.
  • SPAN 4930 - 02 ¿Quién el otro? ¿Quién el yo? Exploration of textual and visual imagery of the foreigner in the nineteenth century, the formative period of modern-day Latin American identities. The course will explore novels, excerpts from novels, contemporary essays, and critical theory on the Other, Foreigner, Stranger and Outsider Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPAN 4200.

SPAN 4950 Senior Residency (0)

Required for graduating seniors.

SPAN 4980 Advanced Independent Study (0-3)

Higher purpose. Greater good.
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