Spanish Courses

Courses

For those students with previous experience in Spanish, a placement test will be used in order to determine the appropriate entry-level course. Only those students who have had no previous experience with Spanish may initially enroll in Spanish 101. In order to ensure classes of relatively equal skill levels, the professor reserves the right to reassign any student who does not seem appropriately qualified for the course in which he or she has enrolled.

101 Elementary Spanish (1)
Introduces Spanish language and Hispanic culture through the contextualized study of grammatical concepts and vocabulary. Develops the four essential skills—reading, writing, listening and speaking—necessary for the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of communication. Conducted in Spanish. Tutorials with teaching assistants are integrated into the course. Staff.

102 Elementary Spanish, continued (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Spanish 101, appropriate score on departmental placement test or permission of instructor.
Continuation of Spanish 101. Expands vocabulary, grammar and cultural knowledge to enable a more informed interpretation and production of written and spoken communication in Spanish. Conducted in Spanish. Tutorials with teaching assistants are integrated into the course. Staff.

187, 188, 189 Selected Topics (1/4, 1/2, 1)
An examination of subjects or areas not included in other courses. Staff.

201 Intermediate Spanish (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Spanish 102, appropriate score on departmental placement test or permission of instructor.
Expansion of vocabulary and grammatical structures. Increased emphasis on conversation, composition and cultural awareness. Conducted in Spanish. Tutorials with teaching assistants are integrated into the course. Staff.

202 Intermediate Spanish, continued (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Spanish 201 or permission of instructor.
Continued review of language structure, with particular emphasis on developing conversational skills. Improves fluency through conversation and discussion of writing assignments and literary and cultural readings. Conducted in Spanish. Tutorials with teaching assistants are integrated into the course. Staff.

287, 288, 289 Selected Topics (1/4, 1/2, 1)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
An examination of subjects or areas not included in other courses. Staff.

301 Advanced Oral and Written Expression (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Spanish 202, appropriate score on departmental placement test or permission of instructor.
Development of communication skills in Spanish relative to grammar, syntax, appropriate registers, necessary vocabulary, non-verbal cues and culturally specific idiomatic usage. Also includes the processes of conversation development, thesis formation and strategies for argumentation operating within Hispanic cultural norms, as well as key contemporary issues of importance to the Spanish-speaking world. Conducted in Spanish. Tutorials with teaching assistants are integrated into the course. Staff.

302 Advanced Oral and Written Expression through Hispanic Film (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Spanish 301 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Development of communication skills in Spanish relative to grammar, syntax, appropriate registers, necessary vocabulary, non-verbal cues and culturally specific idiomatic usage. Also includes the processes of conversation development, thesis formation and strategies for argumentation operating within Hispanic cultural norms, as well as key contemporary issues of importance to the Spanish-speaking world. Improves fluency through the viewing, analysis and interpretation of Hispanic film. Conducted in Spanish. Tutorials with teaching assistants are integrated into the course. Staff.

303 Spanish for the Professions (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Spanish 301 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Designed for students who are interested in studying Spanish in the context of activities related to the professional world (business, health care, education, finance, law, social work, etc.). Emphasizes the specialized vocabulary of the professional world and requires a working knowledge of Spanish grammar. Includes topics ranging from specific professions, to generalized professional concerns, to translation. Conducted in Spanish. Staff.

304 Advanced Oral and Written Expression through Creative Writing (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Spanish 301 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Focus will vary, but may include the following: “Spanish/Latin American/ U.S. Latino Theatre,” “Spanish/Latin American/ U.S. Latino Short Story” and “Spanish/Latin American/ U.S. Latino Poetry.” Introduces the respective genre through readings of literary works and critical and theoretical studies. Includes development of a portfolio of creative writing projects produced individually and collaboratively. Conducted in Spanish. Oswald.

305 Multicultural Spain: Historical Perspectives and Current Issues (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Spanish 301 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Explores Spanish society as a dynamic multicultural construct—Spain’s changing role in the world; the intersection of Castilian, Galician, Andalusian, Catalan and Basque cultures; shifting demographics, etc.—through the study of historical and literary texts, media sources, and other pertinent cultural artifacts. Studies the historical dimensions of the social phenomena and the historical reasons for the contemporary social, political and cultural situation. Conducted in Spanish. Oswald.

306 South American Identities and Cultural Perspectives (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Spanish 301 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Examination of past, present and future struggles for identity and cultural perspective in South America, with a focus on the Southern Cone and Andes regions. Explores cultural artifacts such as music, visual arts, performance arts, literature, popular culture and folklore in South America from the pre-Columbian period to the twenty-first century. Conducted in Spanish. Staff.

307 Cultural Encounters: Caribbean, Mexico and Central America (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Spanish 301 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Examines past, present and future struggles of cultural encounters and production in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Explores cultural artifacts such as music, visual arts, performance arts, literature, popular culture and folklore from the legacy of the pre-Columbian period to the twenty-first century and considers this region’s growing interaction with the United States. Conducted in Spanish. Staff.

314 Storytellers (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Spanish 301 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
An introduction to the workings of storytelling. Focuses on the short story as a genre to explore the different ways of narrating through key literary and cultural movements that have defined the Spanish-speaking world, including the oral and pre-Columbian traditions, romanticism, modernism and magical-realism. Conducted in Spanish. Staff.

315 Hispanic Studies: Textual Analysis and Interpretation (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Spanish 301 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
An introduction to the analysis, interpretation and appreciation of Hispanic literature and culture, focusing on a variety of cultural artifacts from the Spanish-speaking world (literature, painting, music, film, etc.). Special attention will be given to theoretical concerns. Conducted in Spanish. Staff.

350 Women in Hispanic Literature (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Spanish 314 or 315 or permission of instructor.
Emphasizes careful reading and discussion of Hispanic prose, poetry and drama, with critical skills being applied particularly to the analysis of female characters and/or to the perspective of women authors. Writing assignments assess students’ comprehension of texts and ability to apply analytical skills within the context of a gender-based theoretical framework. Conducted in Spanish. Staff.

360 Key Issues in Spanish Literature and Culture (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Spanish 305 or 314 or 315, or permission of instructor.
Analysis of a special problem, topic, issue, phenomenon, period, author, genre or movement in Spanish literature and/or culture from its beginning to the present. Conducted in Spanish. Oswald.

361 Key Issues in Latin American Literature and Culture (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Spanish 306 or 314 or 315, or permission of instructor.
Analysis of a special problem, topic, issue, phenomenon, period, author, genre or movement in Latin American literature and/or culture from its beginning to the present. Conducted in Spanish. Staff.

362 Key Issues in U.S. Latino/Chicano Literature and Culture (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Spanish 307 or 314 or 315, or permission of instructor.
Analysis of a special problem, topic, issue, phenomenon, period, author, genre or movement in U.S. Latino or Chicano literature and/or culture from its beginning to the present. Conducted in Spanish. Staff.

387, 388, 389 Selected Topics (1/4, 1/2, 1)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
An examination of subjects or areas not included in other courses. Staff.

391, 392 Internship (1/2, 1)
Offered on a credit/no credit basis. Staff.

398 Practicum (1/2)
Experience in language teaching in the classroom or with individual students under the close supervision of a regular instructor. Offered on a credit/no credit basis. Staff.

401, 402 Seminar (1/2, 1)
Expected level of proficiency: Spanish 314 or 315 or permission of instructor.
Variable topic seminar. Conducted in Spanish. Staff.

411, 412 Directed Study (1/2, 1)
Directed studies generally are reserved for those students who have schedule conflicts between two majors. They are also available for students pursuing honors theses. In specific cases, students may request directed studies that cover topics beyond the scope of the current curriculum. These students are expected to present their proposed plan of study to the instructor for approval well in advance of registration. Staff.