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Undergraduate Spanish Courses

 Below you will find the undergraduate Spanish course descriptions. If you need to see the courses taught in the current semester, please click HERE.

DIVISION III: SPANISH

Spanish Courses Taught in English

These courses are designed for students who want to become acquainted with Spanish and Latin-American culture. They cannot be credited toward the major and are not recommended for the minor.

SPAN 241 Civilization of Spain, in English

GER 2/C PD/D An integrated presentation of Spanish civilization, combining historical with literary and other cultural aspects. prereq: ENGL 120 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 263 Contemporary Spanish-American Literature in Translation

prereq: ENGL 120 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 264 Contemporary Spanish Literature in Translation

Cela, Lorca, Unamuno, Ortega y Gasset. prereq: ENGL 120 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 269W/WGS 269W Spanish American Women’s Literature and Cinema

GER 3/A PD/A or C Conducted in English. An interdisciplinary approach to contemporary women’s literature and cinema from Spanish America focusing on gender issues. prereq: ENGL 120 3 hrs, 3 cr.

First-Level Courses

Basic language courses offer two options to language study: a) Spanish for English speakers (SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202 or intensive SPAN 103 and 203); or b) Spanish for native speakers (SPAN 105, 106, 207, 208).

SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I

Not credited without SPAN 102. Language lab mandatory. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II

Language lab mandatory. prereq: SPAN 101 or one yr high school Spanish 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 102.51 Elementary Spanish Conversation

Elementary Spanish conversation at second semester level. Not credited toward language requirement. Not open to native speakers. coreq: SPAN 102 or perm instr. 2 hrs, 2 cr.

SPAN 103 Intensive Elementary Spanish

Equivalent to material covered in 101 and 102. Language lab mandatory. 6 hrs, 6 cr.

SPAN 105 Basic Reading and Writing for Native Speakers of Spanish

3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 106 Oral and Written Skills for Native Speakers of Spanish

prereq: SPAN 105 or 205 or perm dept.

SPAN 200 Basic Spanish Review

Designed for students whose study of Spanish has been interrupted for a minimum of four (4) yrs and who wish to continue their study of Spanish. It is not suitable for native or heritage speakers of the language. This course bridges the gap between the high elementary and intermediate levels. It provides grammar review needed for oral and
written expression and emphasizes the active use of the language through task-oriented activities and discussion of cultural and literary texts. prereqs: dept. placement exam, three yrs high school Spanish or three sems college Spanish 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I

Language lab mandatory. prereq: SPAN 102 or two yrs high school Spanish 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II

Language lab mandatory. prereq: SPAN 201 or three yrs high school Spanish 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 203 Intensive Intermediate Spanish

Language lab mandatory. prereqs: SPAN 102, two yrs of high school Spanish or equiv. to material covered in 201 and 202 6 hrs, 6 cr.

SPAN 207 Intermediate Spanish for Native Speakers

prereq: SPAN 106 or perm dept. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 208 Advanced Spanish for Native Speakers

prereq: SPAN 207 or perm dept. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 210 Spanish for Social Service Fields

prereq: SPAN 201 or equiv. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

Second-Level Courses

Second-level courses are recommended for students pursuing for further studies in Spanish, minoring in Spanish or preparing to major in Spanish.

SPAN 211 Spanish Grammar and Composition

Not recommended for fluent speakers of Spanish. Study of grammatical and syntactical patterns. Practice in reading, writing and speaking Spanish. prereq: SPAN 202 or 203 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 212 Spanish for Classroom Communication

prereq: SPAN 201 or equiv. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 221 Spanish for Oral Communication

Not for fluent Spanish speakers. prereq: SPAN 202 or equiv. and perm adviser 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 270 Spanish Composition for Spanish Speaking Students

prereq: SPAN 208, 211 or perm adviser 3 hrs, 3 cr.    

SPAN 275 Readings in Modern Spanish Literature

PD/D Representative writers: Unamuno, Lorca, Cela. prereq: SPAN 202, 203, 208, 211 or four yrs high school Spanish or dept. perm 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 276 Readings in Modern Spanish-American Literature

Representative writers: Borges, Neruda, Cortazar, García Márquez. prereq: SPAN 202, 203, 208, 211 or four yrs high school Spanish or dept. perm. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

Third-Level Courses

Third-level courses are designed for students who want to major in Spanish or are highly qualified and are accepted by the Spanish adviser. SPAN 311-315 are designed to prepare students to write professionally. SPAN 311 and 312 are required for all Spanish majors and recommended for other qualified students who have completed second-level courses.

SPAN 311 The Structure of Modern Spanish

Descriptive study of the structure of the Spanish language. Morphosyntactical analysis. Required of all Spanish majors. prereq: SPAN 202, 203, 208, 211 or equiv.3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 312 Advanced Spanish Writing

Applying morphosyntactical patterns through intensive composition. Exploration of various writing forms. Required of all Spanish majors. prereq: SPAN 311 or equiv. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 313 Spanish Stylistics

Practice in Spanish writing through stylistic analysis of poetic and narrative structures and the relationship of text and context. prereqs: ENGL 120; SPAN 311, 312, 341, 342 3 hrs, 3 cr

SPAN 314 Spanish Writing Workshop I: Poetry

Creative self-expression in Spanish through writing poetry. prereqs: ENGL 120; SPAN 311, 312, 313, 341,342. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 315 Spanish Writing Workshop II: Narrative

Creative self-expression in Spanish through writing narrative. prereqs: ENGL 120; SPAN 311, 312, 313, 341,342 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 321 Spanish Translation

prereqs: SPAN 311, 312; ENGL 120

SPAN 331 Spanish Phonetics and Diction

prereq: SPAN 202 or equiv. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 335 Spanish Civilization

GER 3/A PD/D Geographical, historical, political, literary, artistic and industrial evolution of Spain. Given in Spanish. Highly recommended. prereq: SPAN 208, 211 or dept. perm 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 336 Latin American Civilization

GER 3/A Geographical, historical, political, literary, artistic and economic evolution of Latin American nations. Given in Spanish. Highly recommended. prereq: SPAN 208, 211 or dept. perm 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 341 Introduction to Hispanic Literature I

GER 3/A PD/D Prerequisite or corequisite to most courses in major sequence. Basic interpretive and research skills for Spanish majors and other qualified students through study of key works of Spanish and Spanish-American authors. pre- or coreq: SPAN 311 or dept. perm 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 342 Introduction to Hispanic Literature II

GER 3/A PD/D prereq: SPAN 341 coreq: SPAN 312 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 343 Spanish Literature of the Middle Ages

GER 3/A Epic and lyric poetry, Romancero; origins of Spanish novel, La Celestina. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 345 Spanish Drama of Golden Age

GER 3/A Theatre of 16th and 17th centuries, Lope de Vega and Calderón. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 346 Cervantes

GER 3/A Don Quijote. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 349 Spanish Prose of the Golden Age

GER 3/A Principal themes and genres of prose production in Spain in the 16th and 17th centuries, with emphasis on such authors as Rojas, Santa Teresa, Cervantes, Zayas and Quevedo. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 350 Spanish Poetry of the Golden Age

GER 3/A PD/D Principal forms and issues of poetic composition in Spain in the 16th and 17th centuries, with emphasis on major poets such as Garcilaso, Fray Luis, San Juan de la Cruz, Lope, Quevedo and Góngora. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 353 Spanish Neoclassicism and Romanticism

GER 3/A PD/D Representative works of Neoclassical and Romantic periods, including costumbrismo. prereq: SPAN 341

SPAN 355 Spanish Literature from Realism to World War I

GER 3/A From Realism and Naturalism through the Generation of 1898 and Modernism. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 357 Early 20th Century Spanish Literature

GER 3/A PD/D Presentation of the major writers and works of the first 40 years of 20th century Spanish literature. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 358 Post-Civil War Spanish Literature

GER 3/A Major trends and writers since the Spanish Civil War, with particular attention to the social, cultural and political context. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 360 Spanish-American Literature of the Colonial Period

GER 3/A Masterpieces from the 16th to the late 18th centuries; from the age of exploration to the period of independence. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 362 Spanish-American Romanticism, Realism and Naturalism

GER 3/A Representative works of 19th century Spanish- American literature. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 364 Spanish-American Modernism and Postmodernism

GER 3/A Modernist and post-modernist authors. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 365 Survey of Spanish-American Teatro

GER 3/A Survey of major trends in Spanish-American dramatic literature from colonial days to the present, with emphasis on the second half of the 20th century. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 366 Contemporary Latin American Poetry

GER 3/A Major trends, such as Vanguardia, Brazilian Modernismo, Caribbean poetry, Anti-Poetry, Exteriorismo and popular poetry. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 367 Latin American Essay

GER 3/A Exploration of the essay as an aesthetic form and its role in the social and cultural struggles that have marked Latin-American history. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 368 Contemporary Latin American Narrative

GER 3/A Major trends, such as the Indianist novel, Mexican Revolution, social and psychological realism, novel of the “Boom,” novel of the dictator. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 376 Time, Love and Death in Spanish Poetry from the Middle Ages to
the Postmodern Age

This course, taught in Spanish, focuses on three poetic themes (time, love and death) and on the relationship between an epoch its literary styles. It is designed for advanced students and entails the study of poems from pre-modern, modern and post-modern times. The course also explores theoretical issues related to the Romantic revolution
and post modernity. prereq: SPAN 341, 342 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPECIAL TOPICS AND HONORS

SPAN 370 Special Topics in Spanish Literature

An in-depth study of a major trend, author, theme or literary problem in Spanish literature. PD/D May be repeated with different topic. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 371 Special Topics in Spanish- American Literature

An in-depth study of a major trend, author, theme or literary problem in Spanish-American literature. May be repeated with different topic. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 373 Problems in Criticism

Major trends in contemporary literary theory and criticism. prereq: SPAN 341 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 375 Seminar in Spanish Literary History

Recommended for seniors. Readings, discussion and reports. prereqs: SPAN 341, 342 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 399 Second Language Acquisition prereqs: at least three courses at the 300 level in the language; ENGL 120 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 491 Honors Course in Spanish: Special Studies in Contemporary Latin American Literature

Open to Jr/Sr only. Group meetings, conferences, oral and written reports. prereqs: major GPA of 3.2, cum GPA of 2.8; perm adviser 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 492 Honors Course in Spanish: Special Studies in Spanish Literature

Jr/Sr only. Group meetings, conferences, oral and written reports. prereq: major GPA of 3.2, cum GPA of 2.8; perm adviser 3 hrs, 3 cr.

SPAN 495 Independent Study in Hispanic Literature

PD/D prereq: perm dept. 1-3 cr.