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Spanish Course Descriptions: 2017/2018

ex: 101 = course NOT being offered (plain text)
ex: 101 = course being offered (bold & underline)

 = counts toward ‘expertise’ requirement for MINOR only
 = counts toward ‘expertise’ requirement for MAJOR and MINOR

Fall 2017  Winter 2018   Spring 2018  Min  Maj
 101, 102, 103  101, 102, 103  101, 102, 103
 111, 112  111, 112   111, 112
 150, 151  150, 151  150, 151
 199  199  199
 201, 202, 203  201, 202, 203  201, 202, 203
 218, 228  218, 228  218, 228
 238, 248
 238, 248  238, 248
 301  301  301
 303  303  303
 305  305  305
 307  307  307
 308  308  308
 311  311  311
 312  312  312
 315  315  315
 320  320  320
 322  322  322
 324  324  324
 341   341  341  
 342  342  342  
 343  343  
 344  344  
 348  348  348 ♦ 
 350  350 ♦ 
 351  351 ♦ 
 353  353 ♦ 
 399  399  399
 407, 407/507  407, 407/507 407, 407/507 ♦ 
 410, 410/510  410, 410/510  410 ♦ 
 420, 420/520  420, 420/520  420, 420/520 ♦ 
 424, 424/524  424, 424/524  424, 424/524 ♦ 
 425, 425/525  425, 425/525 425, 425/525 ♦ 
 428, 428/528 428, 428/528 428, 428/528 ♦ 
 436  436  436 ♦ 
 437, 437/537 437, 437/537 437, 437/537 ♦ 
 448, 448/548 448, 448/548 448, 448/548 ♦ 
 450, 450/550 450, 450/550 450, 450/550 ♦ 
 451, 451/551  451, 451/551  451, 451/551 ♦ 
 452, 452/552 452, 452/552 452, 452/552 ♦ 
 460  460  460 ♦ 
 466, 466/566  466, 466/566  466, 466/566 ♦ 
 480, 480/580  480, 480/580  480, 480/580 ♦ 
 490, 490/590  490, 490/590  490, 490/590 ♦ 
 607  607  607
 680  680  680
 690  690  690


 = counts toward ‘expertise’ requirement for MINOR only
 = counts toward ‘expertise’ requirement for MAJOR and MINOR


FALL 2017

SPAN 101: First-Year Spanish
Emphasis on the development of speaking, reading, and writing skills; introduction to Hispanic culture. Sequence. Conducted in Spanish. 

SPAN 150: Cultures of the Spanish Speaking World- Wacks

This course is an introduction to cultures of the Spanish-speaking world with an emphasis on comics and graphic novels. In this course we will learn about the graphic novel as an artistic vehicle for studying the history and cultures of Spain and Latin America (including the Latino US). There will be a series of guest appearances from Spanish faculty members who will speak about their areas of specialization, so this course is a great way to learn all about the minor and major in Spanish in Romance Languages and meet the professors who teach in the program. This course satifies the CAS requirements for Arts and Letters (A&L) and Multicultural (IC – International Cultures).

SPAN 201, 202: Second-Year Spanish
Continued development of Spanish-language skills; emphasis on diversity of Hispanic cultures. Sequence. Conducted in Spanish. 

SPAN 218: Latino Heritage I
Intermediate Spanish course designed specifically for Heritage learners of Spanish. This class allows students to explore important cultural production from the Spanish-speaking world, with a focus on Latino culture in the U.S., while building their communicative skills in Spanish. This course cannot be combined with SPAN 201, 202, 203 for more than 15 credits of second-year Spanish. Course taught in Spanish and Spanglish.  See SHL page for more details. 

SPAN 301: Cultura y lengua: identidades hispanas
Develops advanced language skills through analysis of major historical influences in the cultures of Spanish-speaking regions: Spain, Latin America, and the United States. 

SPAN 303: Cultura y lengua: expresiones artísticas
Develops advanced language skills through the study of cultural products (e.g., art, literature, film, music) in Spanish-speaking societies. 

SPAN 305: Cultura y lengua: cambios sociales
Develops advanced language skills through the investigation of major currents of change in modern Spanish-speaking societies; gender issues, technology, revolution and counterrevolution. 

SPAN 307: Oral Skills- Various
In this course, students who have completed at least two years of Spanish work on building vocabulary, practicing verbal forms in conversational context, perfecting grammatical structures and pronunciation, and developing complex ideas in discussion, debate, and presentation formats. Prerequisite: two years of Spanish (or placement into third-year Spanish). 2.0 credits.  

SPAN 308: Comunidades Bilingues
Develops advanced language skills through the analysis of social and linguistic dynamics of communities in Spain, Latin America, and the United States where Spanish encounters another language. Taught in Spanish. Sequence with SPAN 301, 303, 305. 

SPAN 311: Advanced Writing in Spanish
Provides additional language development for students, emphasizing academic writing skills in Spanish. Prereq: Any two of SPAN 301, 303, or 305. 

SPAN 312: Spanish in the Media- Rothgery
Designed for heritage learners. Examines the role of Spanish in various forms of media such as television, Internet, and literature. Students practice advanced writing skills necessary to participate in argumentative writing and close textual readings. Prereq: any two from SPAN 301, 303, 305 or 308; SPAN 308 is recommended.   

SPAN 320: Intensive Spanish Grammar Review
Review and development of the more complex aspects of Spanish grammar with special attention to idiomatic usage. 

SPAN 322: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
The course content focuses on the analysis of the basic linguistic characteristics of the Spanish language. It introduces students to the study of the Spanish sound system (phonetics and phonology), formation of words (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), as well as the evolution of the different Spanish varieties (historic, regional, and social). This class will prepare students for higher-level courses in Hispanic linguistics and others in which Spanish is used in formal academic contexts. 

SPAN 324: Spanish Pronunciation and Phonetics
Study of Spanish sounds, rhythms, and intonation; supervised pronunciation practice. 

SPAN 342: Hispanic Cultures through Literature II- Garcia-Pabon
Introduces students to a variety of texts written in the Hispanic world in their literary, artistic, and historical contexts, from the 16th century to the Latin American independences. Sequence with SPAN 341, 343, 344. Prereq: two from SPAN 301, 303, 305, 308. Approved to satisfy Category I-Arts and Letters general-education group requirement. Approved to satisfy Category B: international cultures multicultural requirement.  

SPAN 343: Hispanic Cultures through Literature III- Various

This class introduces students to a variety of literary works from Latin American Independences to the Spanish Civil War, with emphasis on their relationship to historical events and critical representation of Iberian and Latin American societies.

The “long nineteenth century” is the century of crisis, flanked by revolutions, transformations and wars. We will cover from the Wars of Independence in Latin America and the Napoleonic Wars in the Iberian Peninsula to the Spanish Civil War. We will study changes in the key concepts that articulate 19th and early 20th century debates in a Transatlantic framework, without losing sight of the intellectual context that runs parallel to the changes in these concepts: revolution and freedom, nation building and subject formation, civilization, progress, national identity, democracy, modernity, modernization. Among other topics, we will trace by analyzing short stories, poems, plays, and other cultural products: the colonial legacy in the hegemonic nation building projects of the intellectual liberal elites; the conflict between lettered elites and popular masses; bourgeois revolutions; imperial nostalgia for the lost colonies; building of national identity in Spain; the inextricability of fiction from politics; aesthetic innovations at the brink of the Spanish civil war.

SPAN 344: Hispanic Cultures through Literature IV- Taylor
Introduces students to a variety of texts written in the Hispanic world in their literary, artistic, and historical contexts, from the 20th century into the 21st. Sequence with SPAN 341, 342, 343. Prereq: two from SPAN 301, 303, 305, 308. Approved to satisfy Category I-Arts and Letters general-education group requirement. Approved to satisfy Category B: international cultures multicultural requirement. 

SPAN 348: US Latino Literature & Culture- Taylor

Course description TBA

SPAN 350: Spanish Poetry- Powell
This course has three aims: (1) You learn appreciation – to identify and enjoy the nuances of poetic language – and analytical acumen, for Spanish and Latin American lyric poetry. We cover a historical span from the (so-called) “Middle” Ages, to the trans Atlantic/ Pacific Baroque, to Romanticism, to the modern Avant-Garde, to the present. Above all, we investigate how the life of poetry lives in us. 2) You improve your close reading in Spanish and skills for critical analysis of poetry. We read for form and for content, learning to pick relevant details out of a text. Note: this will help your reading of any kind of literature in any language. You will define and use basic vocabulary for literary analysis and criticism (names for major periods of literary style; terms for describing imagery and figurative language in literary works; and key words for cultural elements). 3) You practice “building-block” steps toward writing about literature and develop these analytically and creatively; including a library-research project; in Spanish; at an advanced undergraduate level. Creative writing practices include imitation of poetic structures and exploration of figurative language (In Spanish).  

SPAN 353: Intro to Narrative- Millar
Explores important aspects of Spanish narrative; reading texts from different periods of Spanish and Spanish American literature. Emphasizes formal aspects and critical reading.  

SPAN 410: Escritura creativa en lengua castellana / Creative Writing in Spanish- Sepulveda
Este curso busca potenciar las capacidades creativas de los estudiantes de castellano a través de variados ejercicios de escritura. Durante el trimestre el alumno desarrollará su sensibilidad literaria así como también su juicio crítico e interpretativo mediante sesiones de taller y de discusión grupal. Se espera que el alumno escriba poemas, cuentos y, posiblemente, capítulos de algún proyecto mayor de ficción literaria según sea su interés. También será pertinente escribir guiones y textos creativos híbridos en caso de que el alumno tenga interés en ello. Realizaremos ejercicios de escritura dirigida y leeremos textos ad hoc a los proyectos individuales de escritura. Al término del curso, el alumno deberá presentar como proyecto final un conjunto de escritos creativos que den cuenta de su trabajo en clase, incluyendo borradores y correcciones. La última sesión de clase será una presentación pública del proyecto final dirigida a la comunidad universitaria.  

SPAN 448/548: Identidades nacionales y culturas fronterizas en las Américas- Enjuto Rangel
In this course we will study the construction of national identity in Puerto Rico and in the Latinx/Puerto Rican community in the US. Our exciting approach to rethinking Puerto Rico as a “cultura fronteriza” and our study of its national identity will be interdisciplinary in nature. We will study Puerto Rico from fields such as History, Politics, Sociology, Philosophy, Sociolinguistics, Music, Art, Architecture, Food, and Literature. We will bring speakers from these diverse fields into our classroom through skype interviews and as invited lecturers. How do language dynamics shape visions of national identity? How does the use of Spanish and/or Spanglish also determine our conceptualization of Puerto Rican identity in the island and in the United States? Since Puerto Rico became territory of the US in 1898, its neocolonial political state defines how languages such as Spanish and English are taught, and spoken. Through essays, articles, images, documentaries, music, art pieces, short stories and poetry we will study how the social dynamics surrounding Spanish (and English and Spanglish) change over time. We will also learn about Puerto Rico’s current financial crisis and how Puerto Ricans are responding to it (through creative ways of using languages) in the island and in the US.

SPAN 460: Don Quixote- Middlebrook

Course description TBA

SPAN 466/566: Intro Spanish Golden Age- Powell
Using a variety of literary texts (lyric, comedia, narrative; religious, secular) and scholarly approaches, we explore various eras’ commonplace assumptions:  What is “Spain”? Who/what is “Spanish”? What (or whose) is “gold” and what defines an “age”? What materials receive “literary” or “cultural” study? What forms nation, empire, conquest, religion? Etc.


SPAN 490: Meso-Am Foodways- Taylor

Course description TBA


SPAN 607: Sephardic Studies Seminar- Wacks
Students will read a variety of narrative and poetic texts written by Sephardic (Spanish) Jews during the middle ages (1200-1500) alongside more canonical works by Christian Iberian authors working in the same time period. We will read these works through the interpretative framework of diaspora studies, with a focus on explaining the effects of diaspora on cultural production. By reading the Sephardic works alongside their Christian counterparts and focusing on the literary strategies used by Sephardic authors we will gain insight into how these authors were in dialogue with the literature of the dominant Christian majority.  MA students: Period 1.

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