Courses

Code Course Credits

SPA 131

Elementary Spanish I

Offered: Fall Semester

For students with no previous study or 1-2 years of high school Spanish. During the first semester students develop the ability to: when speaking and writing, use short sentences, learned words and phrases, simple questions, and commands; when listening, understand some ideas and familiar details presented in a clear, uncomplicated speech; when reading, understand short texts enhanced by visuals. During the second semester students expand their ability from the first semester, and develop the ability to: when speaking and listening, use and understand learned expressions, sentences, and strings of sentences, questions, and commands; when writing, create simple paragraphs; when reading, understand important ideas and some details in highly contextualized authentic texts. During both semesters content includes: the Self (family, friends, home, rooms, health, school, schedules, leisure activities, campus life, likes and dislikes, shopping, clothes, prices, sizes and quantity, pets and animals) and Beyond Self (geography, topography, direction, buildings and monuments, weather and seasons, symbols, cultural and historical figures, places and events, colors, numbers, days, dates, months, time, food and customs, transportation, travel, and professions and work.)

3

SPA 132

Elementary Spanish II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of SPA 131 - Elementary Spanish I.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 131 or equivalent.

3

SPA 231

Intermediate Spanish I

Offered: Fall Semester

For students with 2-3 years of high school Spanish. In the Intermediate courses students expand their previous ability in their foreign language, and develop the ability to: when speaking, use strings of related sentences; when listening, understand most spoken language when the message is deliberately and carefully conveyed by a speaker accustomed to dealing with learners; when writing, create simple paragraphs; when reading, acquire knowledge and new information from comprehensive authentic text. Content includes topics culturally pertinent to the language; e.g., history, art, literature, music, cultural affairs, and civilization, with an emphasis on significant people and events in these fields. Familiar topics may include career choices, the environment, social issues, and political issues.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 132 or equivalent.

3

SPA 232

Intermediate Spanish II

Offered: Spring Semester

Thiscourse is a continuation of SPA 231 - Intermediate Spanish I.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 231 or equivalent.

3

SPA 331

Advanced Spanish I

Offered: Fall Semester

For students with three or more years of Spanish. In the Advanced courses students expand their previous ability in their foreign language, and develop the ability to: when speaking, use simple dialogue of paragraph length in a series of cohesive and coherent paragraphs; when listening, understand most authentic spoken language; when writing, create a series of coherent paragraphs; when reading, acquire knowledge and new information from comprehensive authentic text. Content embraces concepts of broader cultural significance, including institutions, such as the educational system, the government, and political and social issues in the target culture. Both concepts and abstract topics of human and personal interest including music, literature, the arts, and the sciences.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 232 or equivalent.

3

SPA 332

Advanced Spanish II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of SPA 331 - Advanced Spanish I.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 331 or equivalent.

3

SPA 333

Survey of Latin American Culture and Literature I

Offered: Fall Semester

Study of Latin America through art, history, and literature.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher. (Recommended 4 years of high school Spanish)

3

SPA 334

Survey of Latin American Culture and Literature II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of SPA 333 - Survey of Latin American Culture and Literature I.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 333 or equivalent. (Recommended 4 years of high school Spanish)

3

SPA 335

Survey of Spanish Culture and Literature I

Offered: Fall Semester

Study of Spain through art, history and literature.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher. (Recommended 4 years of high school Spanish)

3

SPA 336

Survey of Spanish Culture and Literature II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of SPA 335 - Survey of Spanish Culture and Literature I.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 335 or equivalent. (Recommended 4 years of high school Spanish)

3

SPA 337

Spain Today

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2012, 2014

A study of post-Franco Spain, its political, social, religious directions.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher. (Recommended 4 years of high school Spanish)

3

SPA 342

Seminar in Spanish: Latin American Literature

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Study of a specific literary movement, author, or genre.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher.

3

SPA 343

Seminar in Spanish: Cervantes

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2013, 2015

Study of a specific literary movement, author, or genre.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher.

3

SPA 344

Introduction to Contemporary Spanish Narrative

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course introduces students to the narrative of prominent Spanish peninsular authors of the 20th and 21st century. The course focuses on topics including faith, repression, identity, memory and women's roles as portrayed in short stories, essays and excerpts from novels.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 333, SPA 334, SPA 335, SPA 336, or SPA 337; or freshmen with instructor's permission.

3

SPA 345

Seminar in Spanish: Afro-Hispanic Culture of the Caribbean

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2012, 2014

Study of a specific literary movement, author, or genre.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SPA 346

Seminar in Spanish: Maya, Aztec, and Inca Traditions

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2012, 2014

Study of a specific literary movement, author, or genre.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SPA 347

20th Century Hispanic Poetry

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2012, 2014

This course is an introduction to the theory of poetry, to poetic movements or the 19th and 20th centuries (Romanticism, Modernism, Impressionism, Symbolism, Poesia Pura, Surrealism, etc.) and to a stylistic analysis of a few poems of each of the following poets: Espronceda, Becquer, Dario, A. Marchado, J.R. Jimenez, Neruda, Vallejo, Garcia Lorca, Guillen, Salinas, Alberti, Miguel Hernandez, and Borges.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher.

3

SPA 348

Science, Literature and Film in Spain

Offered: Spring Semester

This course explores the intricate relationship between science, literature and film in Spain through the study of diverse literary and cinematic works. The metatextural nature of these literary and cinematic pieces and the way literature and cinema disseminate scientific knowledge and discourse will also be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher.

3

SPA 349

U.S. Hispanic Literature: Voices and Experiences on Migration and Immigration

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2013, 2015

In this course students will examine the topics on Hispanic migration and immigration in United States, and discussed the social justice issues and experiences of immigrants reflected in short stories, poems and novels.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher.

3

SPA 350

Spanish Linguistics

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Addresses the problems of syntax (making comparisons: English-Spanish), verb usage (all subjunctive tenses, all conditional tenses, "future and conditional of probability or conjecture," agreement of tenses, all imperatives, morphology, phonetics/phonology, etc.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher.

3

SPA 351

Spanish Conversation for Fluency

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course will have students converse in Spanish at every class meeting. Topics will be varied, from the prosaic to the philosophical. They will include local news, weather, world events, eating habits of Spanish speaking countries, peer pressure, work, narration of unusual events, future plans, etc. The instructor will lead the class into meaningful conversation, where students will engage each other as in "real life situations". Grammar will not be taught, but the instructor will point out and explain errors as they occur. It is expected that those errors will be avoided and eventually eliminated. The instructor will also correct "faulty" pronunciation, because this aspect of the language is just as important as any other. This is a conversational course and not a "writing" course.

The course is a requirement for all Spanish majors, and it is meant particularly for students who have returned from at least one semester of study abroad in a Spanish speaking country. However, students who have not yet studied abroad, but have a high level of oral proficiency are invited to take the course at any time.

3

SPA 353

Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Medieval Spanish

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2014, 2016

An examination of how Christians, Jews, and Muslims; their roles; and their interaction are represented in medieval Spanish texts. To understand the complex relationship that existed between members of these three dominant faiths, special attention will be given to the socio-political, legal, and cultural climate of the Iberian Peninsula. Genres examined will include, among others, poetry, historiography, and exemplar prose.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher course.

3

SPA 475

Internship in Spanish Studies

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for qualified students to work with their foreign language skills in a variety of professional areas. Field placement depends on the student's interests and abilities.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher.
Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3