Spanish 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.

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.

3

SPA 232

Intermediate Spanish II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of SPA 231 - Intermediate Spanish I .

3

SPA 331

Perspectives in Spanish Language and Culture I

Offered: Fall Semester

For students with three or more years of Spanish. In this course 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.

3

SPA 332

Perspectives in Spanish Language and Culture II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of SPA 331 - Perspectives in Spanish Language and Culture I.

3

SPA 333

Survey of Latin American Culture and Literature I

Offered: Fall Semester

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

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.

3

SPA 335

Survey of Spanish Culture and Literature I

Offered: Fall Semester

Study of Spain through art, history and literature.

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.

3

SPA 337

Spain Today

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2017, 2019

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

3

SPA 342

Seminar in Spanish: Latin American Literature

Offered: Fall Semester

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

3

SPA 343

Seminar in Spanish: Cervantes

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2019, 2021

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

3

SPA 344

Introduction to Contemporary Spanish Narrative

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

3

SPA 345

Seminar in Spanish: Afro-Hispanic Culture of the Caribbean

Offered: Fall Semester

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

3

SPA 347

20th Century Hispanic Poetry

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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.

3

SPA 348

Science, Literature and Film in Spain

Offered: Spring 2018

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.

3

SPA 349

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

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

3

SPA 350

Spanish Linguistics

Offered: Fall 2017

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.

3

SPA 351

Spanish Conversation for Fluency

Offered: Spring Semester

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.Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program.

3

SPA 352

Christians, Jews and Muslims of Spain: Medieval Minds in Modern English

Offered: Fall Semester

This course examines the representation of Christians, Jews, and Muslims; their societal roles; and their interactions as described in English translations of texts produced between the 13th and 16th centuries. Thematically, we will examine the Moorish invasion and the Spanish Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula; laws governing how Christians, Jews, and Muslims were to interact in the Christian Kingdoms; the Cult of the Virgin; the connection between the waning Moorish presence in Spain and moralizing Christian literature /popular ballads idealizing this religious group; and the Inquisition. Literary genres include epic, narrative, and lyrical poetry (with special attention paid to Spain's Mester de Clerecía (the "cleric's craft"); historiography; jurisprudence; and didactic prose. To understand the complex relationship that existed between members of these three faiths, special attention also will be given to the socio-political, legal, and cultural milieu of the Iberian Peninsula.

Course is taught in English. Does not count towards the Dual Language or Spanish major or minor. Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

SPA 353

Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Medieval Spanish Texts

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2017, 2019

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.

Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

SPA 354

Vamps and Virgins: Sex in the (Medieval) City

Offered: Not Offered 2017-2018

A close reading of early Spanish texts with emphasis on representations of spiritual and illicit love. We will explore the origins, development, and characteristics of the sentimental romance, an innovative medieval genre, and how it was later parodied in La Celestina. Attention will be paid to the socio-cultural context in which these texts were produced.

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.

Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3

SPA 490

Directed Study: Topics in Spanish

Offered: As Needed

Opportunity for upper-level students to do an advanced research project or investigation in a Spanish field of special interest not covered by a normally-scheduled course. The student and a full-time faculty member familiar with the student's area of interest agree on a plan of study and research and on evaluation methods.

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