Course Descriptions

111 Beginning Spanish I

Students begin learning Spanish through listening, speaking, reading, and writing about topics familiar to them, including family, academic, and social life, in an intercultural context. They reinforce these skills through complementary exercises in the Language Laboratory. Open only to students with no prior experience in Spanish or who have placed into Spanish 111. Offered during Interim.

112 Beginning Spanish II

Students expand their skills by continuing to listen, speak, read, and write on such topics as the concept of time, leisure activities, and culinary traditions in North American and Hispanic cultures and to work in the Language Lab. Prerequisite: Spanish 111 or placement. Offered Fall and Spring Semesters.

231 Intermediate Spanish I

Through exploring the geographic and human diversity of the Spanish-speaking world, students develop increasingly complex skills for analyzing and communicating in Spanish. They study such essential dimensions of that world as: (1) geography and development; (2) environmental challenges and solutions; (3) population and demographic changes and challenges; and (4) ethnic diversity. Prerequisite: Spanish 112 or placement. Offered Fall and Spring Semesters.

232 Intermediate Spanish II

Students explore the diverse histories, circumstances, and contributions of Latinos in the U.S. by reading essays, news accounts, short fiction, and autobiographies, and viewing videos and TV broadcasts. They consolidate their language skills and continue to develop their ability to analyze and communicate in Spanish by writing compositions, making oral presentations, and engaging in other interactive group activities. They also review Spanish structures difficult for speakers of English. Prerequisite: Spanish 231 or placement. Offered Fall and Spring Semesters.

233 Intermediate Spanish II in Ecuador (Abroad)

Students explore geographic, economic, political, and ethnic dimensions of life in present-day Ecuador by combining intensive course work with such cross-cultural experiences as a homestay in Quito, interactions with students, and field trips to indigenous communities in Otavalo and the Amazon region of Tena. They consolidate their language skills and continue to develop their skills for analyzing and communicating in Spanish through compositions, oral presentations, and interviews of Ecuadorians. Prerequisite: Spanish 231 or placement. Offered only during Interim.

234 Intermediate Spanish II in Costa Rica (Abroad)

Students explore geographic, economic, political, and ethnic dimensions of life in Costa Rica by combining intensive course work with such cross-cultural experiences as a homestay in San José, field work, visits to sites of cultural interest, and excursions to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. They consolidate their language skills and continue to develop their skills for analyzing and communicating in Spanish through compositions, oral presentations, and interviews of Costa Ricans. Prerequisite: Spanish 231 or placement. Offered only during Interim.

250 Gateway to the Spanish-Speaking World

Students explore the topic of the family and society in the Spanish-speaking world and develop critical reading skills by analyzing cultural documents (literary and non-literary texts, including at least one substantive literary work). This cultural analysis provides for extensive writing (e.g., description, narration, exposition, and argumentation). Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 232 or placement into Spanish 250.

270 Spain’s Cultural Linguistic Legacy (Abroad)

This topics course explores a Spanish peninsular cultural, literary, and/or linguistic theme from a base in Madrid through analysis and discussion of texts, guest lectures, excursions to appropriate cultural sites, field research, and related experiential activities. Sample topics include: Christians, Jews and Muslims in Spain, and Spain’s Autonomous Communities. Prerequisite: Spanish 250. Offered only during Interim.

271 Cultural Heritage of Spain

Students examine the diverse elements that have shaped Spanish culture through an exploration of political, social, economic, religious, and artistic topics. They develop critical analysis skills through reading, discussion, and written and/or oral projects. The course includes study of selected literary and non-literary texts, including at least one substantive literary work. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 250.

272 Cultural Heritage of Latin America

Students examine the diverse elements that have shaped Latin American culture through an exploration of political, social, economic, religious, and artistic topics. They develop critical analysis skills through reading, discussion, and written and/or oral projects. The course includes study of selected literary and non-literary texts, including at least one substantive literary work. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 250.

273 Cultural Heritage of the Hispanic U.S.

Students examine the diverse elements that have shaped the cultures of U.S. Hispanics through an exploration of political, social, economic, religious, and artistic topics. They develop critical analysis skills through reading, discussion, and written and/or oral projects. The course includes study of selected literary and non-literary texts, including at least one substantive literary work. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 250.

274 Contemporary Issues in the Spanish-Speaking World

Students analyze patterns of continuity and change in Spain, Latin America, and/or the Hispanic U.S. Using readings from the press, academic sources, and governmental as well as non-governmental documents, students read, discuss, and write about issues at an advanced level of linguistic and analytical sophistication. The course includes study of at least one substantive literary work. Possible themes include love, family and marriage, or crossing borders and the challenges of migration. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 250.

275 Exploring Hispanic Literature

In this introduction to literary terminology and to principles of literary analysis across genres, literary texts (including poetry, short stories, theater, and novel) are studied in their socio-historical context. In different semesters, the focus may be literature of the Mexican Revolution, urban and rural life, or another topic chosen by the instructor. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 250.

276 Spanish as a First and Second Language

Students explore the processes involved in the acquisition of Spanish as a first and second language and the variation present in the language of both native and non-native speakers of Spanish from Spain, Latin America, and the U.S. Hispanic linguistics are studied with special attention to sociocultural as well as structural aspects. The course includes study of at least one substantive literary work. Includes pronunciation lab. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 250.

294 Internship

298 Independent Study

311 Language in Society

What is the role of language in society? What is the impact of bilingualism in the U.S.? Students explore such questions from current Spanish sociolinguistic research. Through analysis of data, students examine issues of language contact, variation and change, language and gender, language and power, and/or language planning. Students may register more than once provided a different topic is offered. The course includes study of at least one substantive literary work. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 250 and 276.

312 Voices of the Spanish-Speaking World

Students examine political, economic, religious and/or social issues through textual analysis of literary and/or non-literary works representing diverse voices of the Spanish-speaking world (e.g., indigenous people, women, non-Castilian nationalities in Spain, or Afro-Hispanic groups). The course includes study of at least one substantive literary work. Sample topics include: Women and Repression or The Afro-Hispanic Struggle for Identity. Students may register more than once provided a different topic is offered. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 250 and at least one 270-level course.

313 Literature and Society in Spain

Students explore one or more periods, genres, or topics of Spanish literature from its beginning to the 21st century. Selected literary works are analyzed within their socio-historical and cultural contexts and in reference to pertinent critical or theoretical issues. Sample topics include: Sin and the Church in Medieval Literature, The Stage as Political Propaganda in Imperial Spain, and Federico García Lorca: Voices of the Oppressed. Students may register more than once provided a different topic is offered. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 275.

314 Literature and Society in Latin America

Students explore one or more periods, genres, or topics from Pre-Columbian times to the 21st century. Selected literary works are analyzed within their socio-historical and cultural contexts and in reference to pertinent critical or theoretical issues. Sample topics include: The Shaping of Latin America; Personalism and Politics; Love and Magical Realism; Literary Representations of Kitchens, Cooking, and Eating in Latin America. Students may register more than once provided a different topic is offered. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 275.

315 Comparative Hispanidades

Students explore a topic pertinent to more than one geographic area of the Spanish-speaking world (Spain, Latin America and/or the Hispanic U.S.) Students focus on comparative analysis through reading, discussion and writing in Spanish. The course includes study of at least one substantive literary work. Sample topics include: Dictatorship and Literature, and Language and Identity. Students may register more than once provided a different topic is offered. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 250 and at least one 270-level course.

394 Internship

398 Independent Research

399 Seminar

Seminars engage students in in-depth study of a specified topic through readings, research and oral and written student reports. Special attention is paid to theoretical and bibliographic issues. Topics vary according to the areas of expertise and professional interests of departmental faculty. May be repeated if topics are different. Prerequisites: Spanish 250 and at least two courses at the 270 or 300 level.