Course Descriptions - Spanish

SPAN 1101 Basic Spanish I (3)

SPAN 1102 Basic Spanish II (3)
Designed to enable students to achieve a ready comprehension of spoken Spanish, enhancing their appreciation of the language and the cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world. After completion of the two semesters, students will have the ability to communicate in simple sentences in Spanish and will obtain considerable ease in understanding and reading the language. Language laboratory required. Not open to native speakers of Spanish.
Prerequisite: 0-2 years high school Spanish or equivalent   
General Education Humanities Disciplinary Course


LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES


SPAN 2101 Intermediate Spanish I (3)

SPAN 2102 Intermediate Spanish II (3)
Continuing development of linguistic competence and communicative skills, focusing on the relationships between language and culture. Introduction to various aspects of the Spanish and Latin American literatures, civilizations, and cultures. Not open to native speakers of Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 1102 and permission of instructor
General Education Humanities Disciplinary Course
Latin American Studies


SPAN 3020 Spanish for Social Services (3)
Vocabulary, syntax, and formal (governmental and legal) linguistic structures used most commonly in Social Work and similar fields. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 2102 or equivalent and permission of instructor

SPAN 3100 Advanced Spanish Composition (3)
An intensive review of grammar and study of the problems of written composition in the Spanish language. Conducted in Spanish.   
Prerequisite: SPAN 2102 and permission of instructor
Writing Emphasis Course
Latin American Studies


SPAN 3101 Advanced Spanish I (3)

SPAN 3102 Advanced Spanish II (3)
Focus on all aspects of learning Spanish. Grammar review through selected readings. Emphasis on reading and conversation to prepare non-native speakers of Spanish for additional 3000-level courses. Not open to native speakers of Spanish. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 2102 or equivalent and permission of instructor

SPAN 3105 Advanced Spanish Conversation (3)
Intensive concentration in vocabulary building, pronunciation, diction, and phonetics through oral discussions. Not open to native speakers of Spanish. Conducted in Spanish.   
Prerequisite: SPAN 2102 and permission of instructor
Latin American Studies


SPAN 3108 Translation I (3)
An introduction to translating English> Spanish>English. Exploration of variants in semantics and issues of literal and interpretive translations. Conducted in Spanish and English.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor

SPAN 3110 Business Spanish I (3)
Designed to acquaint the student with the mercantile practices, documents, and terminology needed for the understanding of the business usages of the Spanish-speaking countries. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor

SPAN 3111 Business Spanish II (3)

Continuation of SPAN 3110. Further presentation of vocabulary and idioms, and language structures unique to business, including online protocols. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 2102 and 3110 and permission of instructor.

SPAN 3115 Spanish Phonetics (3)
An in-depth study of Spanish phonetics, covering certain necessary aspects of historical phonetics. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisites: SPAN 3100 and SPAN 3105 and permission of instructor

SPAN 3120 Special Problems in Spanish Grammar (3)
Students will study the grammatical problems that confront native Spanish speakers raised and educated in an English-speaking community. Open only to native speakers of Spanish.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

SPAN 3125 Contrastive Applied Linguistics in Spanish (3)
Linguistic approach to the teaching of Spanish. Required of majors seeking teacher certification. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

SPAN 3130 Intensive Spanish Language (3)
Complete review of Spanish grammar, phonology, and practical conversation geared to the needs of the non-native teacher of Spanish.
Prerequisites: SPAN 3100 and 3105 and permission of instructor

SPAN 4100 Spanish Grammar: Morphology and Syntax (3)
An in-depth study of the most important morphological and structural features of Spanish grammar with special emphasis on those areas of interference with the English language that present the greatest difficulties to the student of Spanish. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 and permission of instructor

SPAN 4105 Translation (Spanish> English>Spanish ) (3)
Designed for the instruction of useful techniques in translation and interpretation from Spanish into English and English into Spanish. Conducted in Spanish and English.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 and permission of instructor

SPAN 4469 Comparative Spanish Grammar (3)
A study of selected topics in Spanish grammar and their relationship to English grammar. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 and SPAN 4100

SURVEY COURSES


SPAN 3200 History of Spanish Literature I (3)

SPAN 3205 History of Spanish Literature II (3)
An introductory survey of representative masterpieces and major movements of Spanish literature from its beginnings to the contemporary period. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 and permission of instructor

SPAN 3210 Spanish Civilization I (3)
An illustrated lecture course on the culture and civilization of Spain, from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance. Emphasis will be placed on history, geography, arts and letters, economic and social problems, philosophy and education. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor

SPAN 3215 Spanish Civilization II (3)
A continuation of Spanish Civilization I. Deals with Spanish history and culture from the end of the Renaissance to present day Spain. Conducted in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor

SPAN 3220 Colonial Spanish-American Literature (3)
Reading, interpretation, and analysis of selected authors and texts in Colonial Spanish-American literature from its origins to 1832. Conducted in Spanish.   
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor
Latin American Studies


SPAN 3225 Latin American Civilizations I (3)
An illustrated lecture course on the civilizations of Latin America from the Pre-Colombian times to Independence. Emphasis will be placed on the geographical and historical background, arts and letters, economic and social problems, and philosophy and education. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor
Latin American Studies


SPAN 3230 Latin American Civilizations II (3)
A continuation of Latin American Civilizations I. Deals with the cultures and civilizations of Latin America from the time of the Independence to the present day. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor
Latin American Studies


SPAN 3235 Hispanic Women Writers (3)
Survey of works by Spanish and Latin-American women writers, from Santa Teresa and Sor Juana to contemporary authors. Exploration of different genres, including poetry, prose, and drama. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor

SPAN 3240 Development of Puerto Rican Culture (3)
A study of Puerto Rico, its people and customs, and the development of Puerto Rican culture since the discovery to the present. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor

SPAN 3250 Survey of Latin American Literature I    (3)

SPAN 3255 Survey of Latin American Literature II (3)
Introduction to important literary works of Spanish-speaking Latin America from Pre-Columbian cultures. Emphasis on how cultural, historical and geographical factors have produced widely varying literatures.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor

PERIODS


SPAN 4200 Islamic Spain (3)
A study of the impact of Islam in Spain, its peculiar development in the peninsula from 711 A.D. to 1492, and its importance in the formation of the Spanish character and culture. The overall importance of Islamic Spain with respect to European Medieval culture. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3200 or SPAN 3210 and permission of instructor

SPAN 4301 Spanish Medieval Literature I (3)
A study of selected works illustrating the development of Spanish literature from its first manifestations to the 12th century. Includes both prose and poetry, introducing the students to texts in old Spanish. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor

SPAN 4302 Spanish Medieval Literature II (3)
Development of Spanish literature from 12th century to the end of the Middle Ages. Includes prose, poetry, and early drama. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 4301 and permission of instructor

SPAN 4303 Literature and Culture of 18th Century Spain (3)
Literature and intellectual life of Spain in the 18th century through the reading, interpretation, and analysis of selected texts. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Spanish 3102 and permission of instructor

SPAN 4305 Literary Currents in 19th Century Spain (3)
Reading, interpretation, and analysis of selected texts from 19th century Spain, with an in-depth study of the major literary movements during that period. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor

SPAN 4310 The Generation of ‘98 (3)
A study of selected works of the Generation of 1898 through the analysis of representative authors and the milieu that spawned the literature of the period. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor

SPAN 4315 Literature and Culture of 20th Century Spain (3)
Reading, interpretation, and analysis of selected texts in 20th-century Spain. Novel, short story, theater, poetry, and film from the period studied. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Spanish 3102 and permission of instructor

GENRE COURSES


SPAN 3060 Latin American Short Story (3)
Introduction to selected short stories suitable for beginning through advanced students of Spanish. Emphasis on cultural influences and literary interpretations. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 2102 and permission of instructor

SPAN 3070 Latin American Theatre (3)
Introduction to theatre through survey of one-act plays suitable for beginning through advanced students of Spanish. Emphasis on theatre versus drama, cultural and political influences, and literary interpretations. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 2102 and permission of instructor

SPAN 3400 Theory of Literature (3)
Fundamental approaches to the analysis of poetry, prose, and drama. Examination of contemporary literary theory and criticism. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 and permission of instructor

SPAN 4400 Spanish Renaissance and Baroque Theater (3)
A study of the Spanish theater during the Golden Age, through the analysis of representative plays. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Spanish 3102 and permission of instructor

SPAN 4405 Spanish Renaissance and Baroque Prose (3)
A study of the novels and short story of Spain during the Golden Age through the analysis of the most important prose works. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor

SPAN 4410 Spanish Renaissance and Baroque Poetry (3)
A study of the poetry of Spain during the Golden Age through the analysis of representative works of the most important poets. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor

SPAN 4415 The Spanish-American Novel (3)
A study of the main novelistic currents in Spanish-America from the 19th to the early 21st century. Course augmented by films based on Spanish-American novels studied. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor
Latin American Studies


SPAN 4420 Twentieth Century Spanish-American Poetry (3)
Reading, interpretation, and analysis of selected texts from postmodernism to the present time. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor
Latin American Studies

SPAN 4425 Essays in Spanish-American Literature (3)
A study of the genre from its beginning to the present time through the analysis of representative essays. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor
Latin American Studies


FIGURES


SPAN 4500 Cervantes (3)
In-depth study and analysis of the literary techniques of Cervantes and of his most representative works, with special focus on Don Quijote. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Spanish 3102 and permission of instructor

THEMES


SPAN 4600 Modernism (3)
A study of the origins and development of Modernism through the analysis of representative texts, primarily poetry. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Spanish 3102 and permission of instructor

SPAN 4605 Gauchesca Literature (3)
A study of selected works illustrating the development of the “gaucho” literature from its first manifestations to the 20th century. Emphasis on Martin Fierro. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor
Latin American Studies


SPAN 4610 Romanticism (3)
Study of the origins and development of Romanticism through the analysis of representative authors in Spain and Spanish America. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3102 and permission of instructor

SEMINARS AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

 
SPAN 4700 Seminar in Hispanic Literature, Culture, or Language (3)
Capstone course for Spanish Majors (B.A.) and Spanish Majors seeking K-12 Certification. A carefully delineated, concentrated study of a single author, genre, theme, literary technique, cultural component or linguistic issue, as selected by the instructor. Student may take up to two Seminars in different subjects. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Nine hours of Spanish literature, culture, or language courses

GE capstone course


SPAN 4710 Independent Study in Hispanic Literature, Culture, or Language (3)

The opportunity for seniors of advanced achievement to pursue in a concentrated but informal manner a specific area of study that is not available through current course offerings. The student and a senior member of the department’s Spanish faculty, with whom the student has already studied, must identify the focus of the project and draft the proposal. The contract may not include any topic covered in the courses offered during the same semester. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisites: Senior status and major in Spanish

SPANISH COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH (FL)


FL 3010 Comparative Phonology (3)
Basic phonological components of present day Spanish and their relationship to modern English. Application of phonological principles to the teaching of Spanish. Required of Spanish Majors seeking K-12 Spanish Certification. Conducted in English with bilingual textbook.
Prerequisite: ENG 1030, 1031-1032 or 1033-1034, and permission of instructor

FL 3510 The Literature of the Spanish People I (3)

FL 3515    The Literature of the Spanish People II (3)
Courses designed to acquaint students with the development of Spanish literature through the study of some of its most important and representative works in translation. Conducted in English.
Prerequisite: ENG 1030 and permission of instructor

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