Minor in Spanish
The minor in Spanish is designed to provide the student with basic fluency in spoken and written Spanish and a general introduction to the culture and literature of Spain and Latin America. Students who complete the minor in Spanish should achieve proficiency in the language equivalent to SPA 3015/Advanced Spanish. All students interested in Spanish are strongly encouraged to participate in the college’s summer study abroad program in Spain.
Students interested in the minor should submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study (available at www.purchase.edu/registrar, under “Forms”) to the School of Humanities main office. The student is assigned a minor advisor in Spanish after consultation with the coordinator of the Language and Culture Board of Study.
Academic Requirements for the Minor in Spanish
Five courses in Spanish above the level of SPA 1010 and 1020/Beginning Spanish I and II, chosen in consultation with the minor advisor.
Related Interdisciplinary Minor: Latin American Studies
Beginning Spanish I
SPA 1010 / 4 credits / Fall
For students who have had little or no previous exposure to the language. Presents the essential structures of spoken and written Spanish by involving the student in situations that concretely represent the concepts of the language.
Beginning Spanish II
SPA 1020 / 4 credits / Spring
A continuation of SPA 1010. Increased time is devoted to reading and writing. Development of oral skills remains the primary objective of the course.
Intensive Beginning Spanish
SPA 1070 / 4 credits / Summer (offered in Spain)
For students who have had little or no previous exposure to the language. Presents the essential structures of spoken and written Spanish by involving the student in situations that are tied to daily experiences.
Intermediate Spanish I
SPA 2010 / 4 credits / Fall
For students already familiar with the fundamentals of spoken and written Spanish. Through various reading assignments, students are given a context for discussion to increase vocabulary and speaking ease. Weekly compositions serve as an aid for grammar review.
Intermediate Spanish II
SPA 2020 / 4 credits / Spring
Concentrated work to help students acquire more specialized vocabulary, with an introduction to slang. Students gain greater ease in reading through a variety of texts of increasing difficulty. These texts also serve as a basis for discussion, composition, and grammar review.
Spanish for Native Speakers
SPA 2030 / 4 credits / Every year
For native speakers of Spanish who have had little or no formal training in the language. The focus is on expanding each student’s ability to read and write fluently, in preparation for the challenges of upper-level Spanish courses.
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
SPA 2070 / 4 credits / Summer (offered in Spain)
For students who need to review and extend the fundamentals of spoken and written Spanish. Particular attention is given to developing fluency in conversation, increasing understanding, encouraging students to communicate in Spanish, writing clear Spanish, and reading original materials like advertisements and magazines. Various authentic materials (audio cassettes, newspapers) are used to facilitate this process.
SPA 3015 / 4 credits / Fall
Introduces students to the more complex aspects of the language, while promoting oral and written fluency through a variety of materials. Excerpts from novels, plays, poetry, periodicals, and films are used to promote classroom discussions with active student participation. Frequent oral presentations and weekly compositions required.
Intensive Advanced Spanish
SPA 3070 / 4 credits / Summer (offered in Spain)
For students who have had at least four semesters of college Spanish or the equivalent. Through selected readings on a variety of topics, students explore the more complex aspects of the Spanish language. Discussions and written work based on the readings help students attain a high level of fluency.
CIN 3080 Refer to Cinema Studies Courses (School of Film and Media Studies) for description.
Cervantes and European Narrative
LIT 3100 Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 for description.
LIT 3101 Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 for description.
Literature of the High Middle Ages
LIT 3160 Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 for description.
Spanish and Latin American Cinema
SPA 3210 and 3211 / 4 credits / Alternate years
Drawing from the rich cinematography of Spain and Latin America, this course focuses on the interaction between film and culture in Latin America. Films are discussed and analyzed in the context of sociopolitical events and aesthetic movements, with emphasis on the cultural perspective.
Note: SPA 3210 is taught in Spanish; SPA 3211 is taught in English.
Arte de Escribir
SPA 3240 / 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
In this creative writing course, students write in Spanish in a variety of genres (dramatic dialogues, short fiction, and poetry). Style, dialogue, characterization, structure, and mood are explored through writing exercises and the analysis of different Latin American writers. Taught in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Latin American Cinema
CIN 3245 Refer to Cinema Studies Courses (School of Film and Media Studies) for description.
Advanced Spanish Reading and Conversation
SPA 3260 / 4 credits / Alternate years (Fall)
Conducted entirely in Spanish, this course focuses on reading, researching, and analyzing a variety of texts and consists primarily of literary, philosophical, and social discussions in the target language. It is designed to facilitate, improve, and develop reading and analytical skills as well as students’ confidence in their ability to speak Spanish in public. In addition to the extensive class discussions, students read two novel-length books and write two short essays in Spanish. Taught in Spanish.
Literature and Memory in Argentina
SPA 3270 / 3 credits / Summer (offered in Argentina)
A study of literature and visual art emerging from Argentina’s “Dirty War” (1976–1983). The class discusses how Argentineans have used the literary and visual arts to memorialize and mourn the disappeared, to resist dictatorship, and to imagine alternative futures. Writers to be read include Timerman, Piglia, Minujín, Mercado, Partnoy, and Strejilevich. Knowledge of Spanish is not required.
SPA 3280 / 4 credits / Summer (offered in Spain)
Students explore the diversity of the cultures and languages in the Iberian Peninsula, with a strong emphasis on Spain.
Modern Poetry in the U.S. and Latin America
LIT 3310 Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 for description.
Masterpieces of Hispanic Poetry
SPA 3320 / 4 credits / Alternate years
The history of Hispanic poetry is examined through readings of its major poets from the Middle Ages through the modern period. Taught in Spanish.
Advanced Culture and Conversation
SPA 3340 / 4 credits / Spring
Students study essays, films, and short fiction in Spanish to advance their knowledge of Hispanic cultures and to develop advanced skills in conversation, reading, and composition.
Methods of Language Teaching
LAC 3350 Refer to Linguistics Minor and Courses for description.
Languages and Cultures of Spanish-Speaking Countries
SPA 3365 / 4 credits / Alternate years
Students explore the various languages and cultures that exist in Spanish-speaking countries. In general terms, the course is structured in two blocks: (1) Iberian Peninsula, pre- and post-Indo-European invasion; and (2) Latin America, pre- and post-Spanish invasion. Taught in Spanish.
Lettered Cities: The Literatures of Latin American Cities
SPA 3370 / 4 credits / Alternate years (Spring)
A study of the literature of 20th- and 21st-century Latin American cities, looking at the relationship between literary texts, urban societies, and architectural configurations. Students also investigate the historical role cities have in Latin American cultural production and the role of capital cities in the production of nationalisms. Taught in Spanish.
Note: Students should have experience with courses in Spanish at the advanced level or above. Consult with the instructor if in doubt.
An Introduction to Linguistics
LAC 3430 Refer to Linguistics Minor and Courses for description.
The Structure of Spanish: Grammar, Morphology, and Syntax
SPA 3450 / 4 credits / Every year
An introduction to the structural analysis of Spanish, focusing on grammar, morphology, and syntax. Students examine the set of structural rules governing the composition of words (derivational and inflectional morphology) and phrases (constituents, word order, sentence structure).
African Diasporas in the Americas
HIS 3555 Refer to History Courses for description.
Spanish Literature: Middle Ages to the Baroque
SPA 3600 / 4 credits / Alternate years
An introduction to the thought, art, and history of Spain from the Middle Ages to the Baroque through close readings of major literary texts. Readings include the medieval epic (Poem of the Cid), the traditional ballad (Romancero), the early novel (La Celestina, Lazarillo de Tormes), Cervantes, and the classic theatre. Taught in Spanish.
Modern Spanish Literature
SPA 3610 / 4 credits / Alternate years
Major literary and social movements of 19th- and 20th-century Spain: Romanticism, the realist novel, the generations of 1898 and 1927, and the Civil War are central. Authors include Bécquer, Galdos, Unamuno, Ortega y Gasset, and Lorca. Taught in Spanish.
The Modern Latin American Novel
SPA 3630 / 4 credits / Alternate years
Major novels of 20th-century Latin America and their literary and social contexts. Authors include Guiraldes, Carpentier, Cortàzar, and García Márquez. Taught in Spanish.
Surrealism and Its Legacy
LIT 3680 Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 for description.
Modern Novel of Latin America (in English)
LIT 3685 Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 for description.
The Idea of Latin America
SPA 3687 / 4 credits / Alternate years
Who had the idea to name part of the world “Latin America”? What makes it “Latin”? Who has an interest in this definition? Who is included and who isn’t? This course asks these questions and others through readings of texts by Bolívar, Martí, Mariátegui, and others.
The Latin American Short Story
SPA 3700 / 4 credits / Alternate years
Selected examples drawn from the significant number of Latin American writers who have made some of their most interesting contributions in this short form. Selected works from 19th- and 20th-century writers are read closely. Taught in Spanish.
Cervantes (in English)
SPA 3705 / 4 credits / Alternate years
Centers on a close reading of Don Quixote, with attention to other works of Cervantes and to his importance to European narrative as a whole.
Cervantes (in Spanish)
SPA 3710 / 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Centers on a close reading of Don Quixote, with attention to other works of Cervantes and to his importance to European narrative as a whole. Taught in Spanish.
Modern Hispanic Theatre
SPA 3715 / 4 credits / Alternate years
In this examination of the modern theatre of Spain and Latin America, students read and analyze plays from Spanish-speaking countries in their aesthetic and cultural contexts. When possible, students perform scenes from some of the plays.
SPA 3730 / 2 credits / Alternate years (Fall)
Students are introduced to the theory of translation, as it has developed over time and has dealt with questions from linguists, poets, anthropologists, and gender theorists. Taken in conjunction with SPA 3735.
Corequisite: SPA 3735
SPA 3735 / 2 credits / Alternate years (Fall)
Students produce, refine, evaluate, and reflect on translations from Spanish to English and English to Spanish. Particular emphasis on the translation of fiction and poetry. Taken in conjunction with SPA 3730.
Corequisite: SPA 3730
Fifteen Movies From Latin America and Spain
SPA 4200 / 4 credits / Alternate years
A study of classic Spanish-speaking films from Latin America and Spain and their contribution to Hispanic culture. Students view, discuss, and analyze films in the context of sociopolitical events and aesthetic movements and place each work in cultural perspective. These 15 films are not adaptations from novels. Taught in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Knowledge of Spanish
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