SPA 1010: Beginning Spanish I

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 1020: Beginning Spanish II

A continuation of SPA 1010. Increased time is devoted to reading and writing. Development of oral skills remains the primary objective of the course.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 2010: Intermediate Spanish I

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 2020: Intermediate Spanish II

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 2030: Spanish for Native Speakers

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 2070: Intensive Intermediate Spanish

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3015: Advanced Spanish

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3070: Intensive Advanced Spanish

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3211: Spanish and Latin American Cinema

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3240: Arte de Escribir

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3260: Advanced Spanish Reading and Conversation

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

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3320: Masterpieces of Hispanic Poetry

The history of Hispanic poetry is examined through readings of its major poets from the Middle Ages through the modern period. Taught in Spanish

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3340: Advanced Culture and Conversation

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3365: Languages and Cultures of Spanish-Speaking Countries

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3370: Lettered Cities: The Literature of Latin American Cities

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3450: The Structure of Spanish: Grammar, Morphology, and Syntax

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).

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3600: Spanish Literature: Middle Ages to the Baroque

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3610: Modern Spanish Literature

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3630: The Modern Latin American Novel

Major novels of 20th-century Latin America and their literary and social contexts. Authors include Guiraldes, Carpentier, Cortàzar, and García Márquez. Taught in Spanish.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SPA3015

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3687: The Idea of Latin America

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3700: The Latin American Short Story

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3715: Modern Hispanic Theatre

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3730: Translation Theory

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.

Credits: 2

COREQ: SPA3735

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3735: Spanish Translation

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.

Credits: 2

COREQ: SPA3730

Department: Language and Culture
SPA 3800: Translation Workshop: Spanish

Begins with a brief presentation of some theoretical aspects of translation, after which students become directly involved in translating both from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English. Literary texts representing a wide variety of styles are selected. Particular attention is given to idiomatic aspects of each language.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: SPA3016

Department: Language and Culture