Spanish Courses

NumberNameUnitsDescription
SPA 115Beginning Spanish I1An introduction to basic modes of communication in the target language. Emphasis is on everyday language while developing speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as introducing culture(s) of the target language.
SPA 116Beginning Spanish II1A continuation of Spanish 115. Prerequisite: Spa 115 or placement into 116.
SPA 217Int. Spa. I: Spanish Speaking World1Students develop increasingly complex skills such as communicating in Spanish and understanding Spanish texts while studying and discussing social and cultural topics. Students study such essential dimensions of the Spanish speaking world as: geography and development, environmental challenges and solutions, population and demographic changes and challenges, ethnic diversity. Prerequisite: Spanish 116 or placement into 217.
SPA 219Int. Spa II: "Hispanics" in the U.S1Students examine the history of the Hispanic/Latino presence within the United States and the intercultural connections created by this diversity. Through a variety of readings they will mainly consider the unique histories of Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans and Puerto Ricans, and discuss the various formulations of identity for Hispanics/Latinos. As they strive to articulate the nature of cultural identity in the United States, they will explore the contributions of different ethnic groups as well as the challenges that cultural differences often provoke. Prerequisite: Spa 217 or placement into 219. Not open to students with prior credit in Spa 227 or 228. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
SPA 227Off-Campus Spanish Conv. & Culture1An immersion experience in a Spanish-speaking country. Focus is on many aspects of the culture of the particular country and oral expression in order to facilitate daily life functions, greater intercultural understanding and effective interactions. Offered spring term. Prerequisite: Spa 219 or placement above 219; and permission of instructor. May be repeated once for credit. After taking Spa 227, Spa 228 cannot be taken for credit.
SPA 228On-Campus Convers.:Contemp Context1Intensive work in oral expression, focusing on practical situations and contemporary issues, by means of a variety of texts. May precede Spa 227, but may not be taken after 227.
SPA 230Spanish Culture & Civilization1Reading, discussion and presentation of the social, economic, geographic, and political structure of contemporary Spain, as well as a study of the country's history and artistic expression through the centuries. Prerequisite: 227 or 228.
SPA 231Spanish American Cult./Civil.1Reading, discussion and presentation of the social, economic, geographic, and political structure of contemporary Spanish America, as well as a study of the area's history and artistic expression through the centuries. Prerequisite: 227 or 228.
SPA 319Stylistics and Composition1An intensive study and written application of the intricate details of grammar necessary for advanced students. Prerequisite: Spa 227 or 228.
SPA 320Intro to Literature in Spanish1An introduction to the literary genres of prose fiction, poetry, and theatre, using as example readings from both Spanish and Spanish American literature. The student will learn the terminology used in discussion of the respective genres as well as critical methods of approach. Prerequisite: Spa 227, 228, 230 or 231. Although only 1 of these courses is required, it is recommended that students take 2 of these courses before enrolling in 320 if at all possible.
SPA 321Latin American Film1Advanced course in Spanish that provides a visual context to the study of culture, history and society of Latin America. Prerequisite: SPA 320. Counts toward Film Studies minor.
SPA 322Reading Spanish Film1This class explores several cultural themes that are prevalent in Spain and in the world at large, such as women and gender, immigration, collective memory, modernity, and globalization. Spanish films are examined in connection with the social, political, and historical context. Prerequisite: Spa 320. Counts toward Film Studies minor.
SPA 327Studies in the Cultures of Spain1A study of selected topics related to literature and culture of Spain. Content may vary. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
SPA 328Contemporary Spain1This course introduces students to contemporary Spanish history, politics, and culture through the analysis of a selection of texts. Prerequisite: Spanish 320.
SPA 329Woman and Gender in Spain1This course introduces important female authors and artists from the Middle Ages to the 21st century from both within and outside the Spanish Canon, focusing especially on the authors' response to their political, social, and cultural context. Students will learn about Spanish culture and society through the lens of women's experiences and struggles for social justice. Prerequisite: Spanish 320.
SPA 333Dev. of Spanish-American Lit.1A study of the Spanish chroniclers of the period of discovery and conquest, selected works of the colonial period and representative writings of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
SPA 334Themes Contemp. Span-Amer Lit.1A survey of contemporary topics such as national identity, gender relations, political action, and indigenous movements in Spanish-American prose, poetry, theater, and film from Modernism to the present.
SPA 337Latin American Lit. and Culture1A study of selected topics related to literature and culture of Latin America. Content may vary. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
SPA 436Spain During Middle & Golden Age1A variety of historical documents, literary texts and artistic manifestations will be analyzed to understand a society that produced heroes, saints, rogues, pilgrims and inquisitors. Concepts such as diversity (religious, cultural, ethnic), nationalism, empire, honor, myth and deceit will be explored. Prerequisites: Spa 320 and one additional course above 320.
SPA 437Seminar in Latin American Studies1A critical inquiry into an important sub-field in Latin American literary and cultural criticism. Prerequisite: Spa 320 and one additional 300-level course in Spanish above 320.
SPA 439Clash of Cultures1A survey of texts detailing the indigenous experience during the process of cultural hybridization brought about by Spanish colonization of the Caribbean, Mesoamerica, and the Andes in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Texts and authors may include the Popul Vuh, Fray Bartolom? de las Casas, Guaman Poma de Ayala, Netzahualcoyotl, Col?n, D?az del Castillo, and the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. Prerequisite: Spa 320 and one additional 300-level course in Spanish above 320. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.

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