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Course descriptions listed on this page for the Department of Spanish are from the 2018-2019 College Catalog. For more information on the courses offered during the fall and spring semesters, please log in to the course schedule through STAR.

Spanish 101 - Elementary Spanish 1
Annually
The first course in the two-semester elementary sequence, which provides an introduction to all elements of the Spanish language and the culture of the Hispanic world. Only students who have not studied Spanish in high school can enroll in this course. Five class hours weekly, including two hours of practicum. One and one-quarter units.

Spanish 102 - Elementary Spanish 2
Fall, spring
The second course in the two-semester elementary sequence, which provides an introduction to all elements of the Spanish language and the culture of the Hispanic world. For students who have completed Spanish 101 or its equivalent. Five class hours weekly, including two hours of practicum. One unit and one-quarter units.

Spanish 103 - Intensive Elementary Spanish
Annually
An intensive review of all the topics covered in both Spanish 101 and 102. Five class hours weekly, including two hours of practicum. One and one-quarter units.

Spanish 105 - Directed Independent Elementary Spanish 1
Fall, spring
An alternative approach to Spanish 101 which allows students to complete course requirements by working independently with technology-based materials. Two class hours weekly and laboratory practice. One unit.

Spanish 106 - Directed Independent Elementary Spanish 2
Fall, spring
An alternative approach to Spanish 102 which allows students to complete course requirements by working independently with technology-based materials. Two class hours weekly and laboratory practice. One unit.

Spanish 108 - Directed Independent Intensive Elementary
Fall, spring
An alternative approach to Span 103 which allows students to complete course requirements by working independently with technology-based materials. Two class hours weekly and laboratory practice. One unit.

Spanish 201 - Intermediate Spanish 1
Fall, spring
The first course in the two-semester intermediate sequence, this class provides further practice in all aspects of the Spanish language, with a continued focus on Hispanic culture. For students who have completed Spanish 102 or its equivalent. Four class hours weekly, including one hour of practicum. One unit.

Spanish 202 - Intermediate Spanish 2
Fall, spring
The second course in the two-semester intermediate sequence, this class provides further practice in all aspects of the Spanish language, with a continued focus on Hispanic culture. For students who have completed Spanish 201 or its equivalent. Four class hours weekly, including one hour of practicum. One unit.

Spanish 215 - Directed Independent Intermediate Spanish 1
Fall, spring
An alternative approach to Spanish 201 which allows students to complete course requirements by working independently with technology-based materials. One class hour weekly and laboratory practice. One unit.

Spanish 216 - Directed Independent Intermediate Spanish 2
Fall, spring
An alternative approach to Spanish 202 which allows students to complete course requirements by working independently with technology-based materials. One class hour weekly and laboratory practice. One unit.

Spanish 217 - Directed Independent Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Fall, spring
An intensive review of all the topics covered in both Spanish 201/215 and 202/216 using an alternative approach which allows students to complete course requirements by working independently with technology-based materials. One class hour weekly and laboratory practice. One unit.

Spanish 219 - Directed Independent Medical Spanish
Fall, spring
A course which integrates science-based vocabulary and health-related cultural issues into a post-intermediate language curriculum. Medical Spanish continues to provide grammar and vocabulary instruction while developing writing, reading, speaking and listening skills required for effective communication with Spanish speaking clients. One hour per week of practicum required. Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or the equivalent. One unit.

Spanish 301 - Spanish Composition and Conversation
Fall, spring
A prerequisite to other 300- and 400-level courses taught in Spanish, this course provides intensive composition and conversation practice while solidifying the student’s command of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Though the main focus is on speaking and writing, the course also emphasizes listening, reading and the development of a better understanding of the Hispanic world. Includes two one-hour Practicum sessions. Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or the equivalent. One unit.

Spanish 302 - Composition for Bilingual Speakers
Fall, spring
A prerequisite to other 300 and 400 level courses taught in Spanish, this course is the equivalent of Spanish 301 for native speakers and heritage speakers with a high level of oral proficiency. The course provides intensive reading and writing practice through the analysis and discussion of works of contemporary Latino writers and filmmakers as well as some review of vocabulary and common grammatical structures. One unit.

Spanish 303 - Aspects of Spanish Culture
Annually
This course covers the history and culture of Spain from prehistoric times to the present, including primitive cultures, Roman Spain, the Muslim invasion, the Reconquest, Imperial Spain, the age of Enlightenment, and modern Spain. The course will focus on the most relevant political, historical, social, and artistic manifestations of each period. Special emphasis will be given to outstanding cultural and artistic examples (i.e. architecture, painting, philosophy, and literature), as well as to the evolution of thought and ideology throughout the centuries. Through the use of a wide range of audiovisual materials, cultural readings, and online newspapers, students will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with current political and social events in Spain and conduct research on a topic of their interest, which they will present in class at the end of the semester. Prerequisites: Spanish 301 or 302 or the equivalent. One unit.

Spanish 304 - Aspects of Spanish-American Culture
Annually
Devoted to the study of examples of Spanish-American culture from pre-Columbian times to the present, including the early civilizations, the colonial period, the struggles for independence, the modern period and Hispanics in the U.S. Readings, lectures, and discussions in Spanish. Includes a Community-Based Learning project in the local Latino community. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: Spanish 301 or 302 or the equivalent. One unit.

Spanish 305 - Introduction to Textual Analysis
Fall, spring
A mainstay of the Spanish major, this course is designed to help students develop as readers through close analysis of literary and cinematic texts. Provides an introduction to the forms and structures of Spanish-language poetry, narrative prose, theater, and film, as well as to critical analysis through close readings of selections from Spanish and Spanish-American works. Special emphasis is placed on writing critically and persuasively, with classroom discussion focused on close textual analysis. The course is a prerequisite to all other literature courses at the 300- and 400-level. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the equivalent. One unit.

Spanish 308 - Readings in Latin American Literatures
Annually
A thematic examination of Latin American literature from Colonial times to the present day. Through representative readings from the rich variety of Hispanic cultures in Latin America, including South and Central America, the Caribbean, and U.S. Latino culture, the course teaches students to analyze primary and secondary sources related to a theme of the instructor's choosing as well as to contextualize representative primary texts' significance within Latin American culture. Selected themes have included fantasy and reality, borders, power, and protest literature. A variety of writing, reading, and research exercises will help students to form and present their own perspectives on Latin American literatures and to enhance their writing and speaking skills. A semester of Readings is a prerequisite to 400-level literature courses. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 305. One unit.

Spanish 309 - Readings in Spanish Literature
Annually
A thematic examination of Iberian Spanish literature from medieval times to the present day. Through representative readings from a range of genres and periods, the course teaches students to analyze primary and secondary sources related to a particular theme chosen by the professor, as well as to contextualize representative primary texts' significance within Spanish culture. Through writing, reading, and research exercises, students will gain experience forming and presenting their own critical perspectives on Spanish literature and to enhance their writing and speaking skills. A semester of Readings is a prerequisite to 400-level literature courses. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 305. One unit.

Spanish 312 - Filmmaking in Spanish
Alternate years
Through a hands-on learning approach to the art of filmmaking, students will explore and experiment with the core components of cinematographic production: screenplay writing, directing, lighting, sound engineering, camera technique, and digital editing. As a focused language course, the class is designed to introduce students to the artistic and technical terminology employed in Spanish and Latin American film production. Moreover, students will purposefully use this language as they write, design, create and edit film projects of their own. This course includes a Community-Based Learning component in which students may collaborate with a local organization that serves Spanish-speakers to produce a short documentary film. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or 302. One unit.

Spanish 314 - Spanish for Business
Alternate years
This course seeks to expand the students’ overall command of Spanish and develop their ability to communicate effectively in a variety of formal and professional settings. The class covers key terminology and grammatical structures, focusing on areas such as advertising, tourism, transportation, international travel, imports, exports, human resources, financing and job hunting, among others. The course emphasizes both oral and written skills, and it also addresses cross-cultural differences in business practices and etiquette. Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the equivalent. One unit.

Spanish 315 - Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation
Fall, spring
In a small group setting, this course helps students perfect their conversational and writing skills while exploring contemporary Spanish and Latin American culture. Through the analysis of literary selections and the viewing of films on Latin American and Latino issues, the course seeks to provide further practice in all the skills of advanced language study, including pronunciation and difficult grammatical structures. One hour per week of practicum required. Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the equivalent. One unit.

Spanish 318 - Phonetics and Phonology
Every third year
This course is aimed at students seeking to improve their pronunciation of Spanish and their knowledge of the sound system of Spanish. It provides an overview of articulatory phonetics and the sound system of the standard language and other varieties, as well as hands-on practice with diction, phonetic transcription and pronunciation analysis. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Span 305. One unit.

Spanish 319 - Debate and Advanced Oral Expression
Alternate years
This course provides students with the opportunity, resources and stimuli to refine their oral skills in Spanish through structured and meaningful practice. Students will use language in context to expand self-expression through a variety of activities: poetry recitation, dialogues, role playing, debates and oral presentations. This course will also acquaint students with the rhythms, intonations and gestures typical of contemporary spoken Spanish. Students will use a variety of resources: literary texts, films, newspaper articles, and video interviews (reflecting a wide range of dialectal variation) and will explore controversial topics designed to provoke substantive conversation. Finally, frequent writing assignments and research tasks will complement the main emphasis on development of oral skills. Native speakers are not eligible to enroll in this course. Prerequisite: Span 301 or 302. One unit.

Spanish 366 - Creative Writing in Spanish
Annually
This course focuses on the writing of the short story in Spanish. Through the use of varied prompts, students will write brief texts of fiction exploring character, point of view, time, dialogue, setting, and other key elements of the story. In addition to these exercises, students will produce two short stories to be workshopped by the class as a whole. Throughout the semester, we will also read and discuss canonical and contemporary works of short fiction in Spanish in order to hone different short story writing techniques. Additionally, we will connect with contemporary Latin American authors by video conference to hear about their creative processes and learn from their experiences with the craft. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302. One unit.

Spanish 399 - Special Topics
Annually
New offerings at the pre-advanced (300) level in Hispanic linguistics, literature or culture. Topic varies with each separate offering. One unit.

Spanish 400 - Topics in Medieval Spanish Literature
Alternate years
Focuses on different aspects of Medieval Spanish Literature. Topics previously offered have included Medieval Heroes, Saints and Sinners, The Image of Women, Love in Medieval Spain, Death and Dying. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 305 and a semester of Readings. One unit.

Spanish 401 - Topics in Golden Age Literature
Alternate years
Focuses on different aspects of Spanish Golden Age Literature. Topics previously offered have included Golden Age Drama and its Staging, Spanish Golden Age Sentimental Fiction, and The Evolution of Spanish Romance. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 305 and one semester of Readings. One unit.

Spanish 402 - Don Quixote
Alternate years
A close reading of Cervantes’s masterpiece in order to provide a coherent understanding of the author’s attitude toward life and art. Through an analysis of such elements as point of view, plot structure, characterization, interpolated novels and poems, language, and irony, the course defines Cervantes’s conception of narrative prose fiction and his role as the originator of the modern novel. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 305 and a semester of Readings. One unit.

Spanish 403 - Topics in Modern Spanish Literature
Every third year
Thematic studies of literature and culture in Spain from the late Enlightenment to the fin de siglo. Focusing on the relationship between writing, culture, and modernization, the course considers some of the ways in which authors such as Jovellanos, Mesonero Romanos, Larra, Bécquer, de Castro, Pardo Bazán, and Galdós helped determine the course of romanticism, realism, and naturalism in Spain. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 305 and a semester of Readings. One unit.

Spanish 404 - Topics in 20th-Century Spanish Narrative
Every third year
A study of major trends in writing after the realist and naturalist eras in Spain. Through works by authors such as Unamuno, Pío Baroja, Cela, Sender, and Matute, this course examines the formal and thematic characteristics of Spanish narrative before and after the Spanish Civil War. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 305 and a semester of Readings. One unit.

Spanish 405 - Topics in Modern Spanish-American Narrative
Every third year
Explores the response of several modern Spanish-American writers to the following questions: What is fiction? What are the roles of the author, the narrator, and the reader? Special attention is given to such outstanding novelists of the “Boom” as Rulfo, Cortázar, Cabrera Infante and García Márquez, and to the development of their works within the context of the modern novel. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 305 and a semester of Readings. One unit.

Spanish 406 - Topics in Modern Spanish Drama
Every third year
Over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Spanish theater has reflected the nation's tumultuous history. It has challenged the status quo by staging many controversial topics: dictatorship, war, modern society, terrorism, immigration, domestic violence and alterity. This course engages such themes both through the study of theater as literary text and the power of theater as performance. In class, students will not only read, watch and analyze dramatic texts but will also perform dramatized readings. The texts to be studied include plays by contemporary Spain’s most notable playwrights: Federico García Lorca, Antonio Buero Vallejo, Jerónimo López Mozo, Diana M. de Paco Serrano, Gracia Morales, Paloma Pedrero and Ana Diosdado. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 305 and a semester of Readings. One unit.

Spanish 407 - Topics in Modern Spanish and Spanish-American Poetry
Alternate years
Examines various aspects of Spanish and Spanish-American poetry since Modernismo. Among these are: Rubén Darío and Modernismo; Antonio Machado; Hispanic vanguard poetry; the Grupo poético de 1927; Pablo Neruda; and Spanish-American social poetry. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 305 and a semester of Readings. One unit.

Spanish 408 - Gabriel García Márquez
Every third year
Provides a general introduction and overview of García Márquez’ writing career and analyzes some of his most notable novels. Students learn to read works analytically in order to uncover the relationship between the aesthetic and historical dimensions of García Márquez’ literary universe. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 305 and a semester of Readings. One unit.

Spanish 409 - Topics in Colonial Spanish-American Literature
Alternate years
An advanced course on the origins of Spanish-American literature. Readings emphasize the diversity of the colonial period, with in-depth analyses of works from several major genres. Discussion focuses on the significance of these works from a contemporary perspective as well as on the historical and cultural distance that separates us from the world views contained therein. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 305 and a semester of Readings. One unit.

Spanish 410 - Literature of Exile, Immigration, and Ethnicity
Alternate years
A study of the novels of Puerto Rican, Mexican-American, U.S. Dominican, and Cuban-American writers from 1970 to the present. Explores how the experience of biculturality and displacement is dramatized in the literature of these authors. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 305 and a semester of Readings. One unit.

Spanish 413 - Spanish in the US: A Sociolinguistic Perspective
Alternate years
This course examines the presence and use of Spanish in the United States, with a particular focus on the most salient sociolinguistic aspects characterizing Latino communities in this country. Among other areas, the course focuses on topics such as bilingualism, language acquisition, language maintenance and loss, ‘Spanglish’ and other language-contact phenomena, bilingual education, the Official English movement, linguistic identity and ideology, and the interaction between language, gender, race, social class and ethnicity. Includes an optional Community-Based Learning Project in the local Latino community. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Two 300-level courses beyond Spanish 301 or 302 or the equivalent. One unit.

Spanish 414 - Second Language Acquisition and Spanish
Alternate years
This course offers an introduction to the study of second language acquisition, with a particular focus on Spanish. Among other topics, the course examines age-related effects on language acquisition, the difference between learning a second language and acquiring our native tongue, study abroad, ‘immersion’ vs. classroom learning contexts, the role of input and output practice, ‘heritage speakers’, theories of language acquisition, and approaches to second language teaching. Moreover, the course also explores different areas of development in Spanish as a second language, including pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and sociolinguistic and pragmatic competence. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Two 300-level courses beyond Spanish 301 or 302 or the equivalent. One unit.

Spanish 416 - Body and Text: Representations of Gender in Modern Spanish Literature
Every third year
This advanced literature course explores the evolution of the concept of gender and its literary representations in 19th- through 21st-century Peninsular writings. Students will examine the influence of Church and State on gender formation and explore the body as a site of conflict and, ultimately, awareness. Through the study of particular essays, novels, and short stories, this course analyzes the social and aesthetic tensions between the traditional ideal of the sexes (i.e. women and men as belonging to separate and irreconcilable spheres) and the revolutionary emerging notion of the “new woman,” whose role is no longer confined to the home. The selected texts reflect these different representations of gender while highlighting the tensions and transitions between the old and the new social roles. This course is reading intensive and is conducted entirely in Spanish. Format: Lecture and discussion. Strong student participation is expected. Prerequisites: Spanish 305 and one semester of Survey (preferably Span 311) One unit.

Spanish 420 - Topics in Latin American Film
Every third year
Serves as an introduction to film analysis, studies the development of the medium in Latin America, and explores issues of cultural difference through discussion of the cinematic portrayal of representative historical periods, figures, and intellectual and political movements. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 305. One unit.

Spanish 436 - Federico García Lorca
Alternate years
A study of the life and works of Spanish poet and dramatist Federico García Lorca. Through analysis of his poems and plays, as well as his letters and speeches, the seminar will contextualize García Lorca's works within the complex political, social and literary movements during his lifetime. Discussion will focus on the power with which theater and poetry can communicate such vital and controversial human themes as gender identity, political ideology, freedom of self, feminist issues, public behavior and private desires, inequality, death, race and religion. Taught entirely in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 305 and a semester of Readings or the equivalent. One unit.

Spanish 450 - Latinidades in Literature and Pop Culture
Alternate years
A seminar dedicated to exploring the ways in which U.S. Latina and Latino identities (Latinidades) are constructed in literature and popular culture. Through a variety of texts, including poetry, theater, fiction, and graphic novels, students will explore questions surrounding how nation-specific identities both work with and challenge the monolithic label of Latina/o. Theoretical texts will help guide such questions as: What does it mean to be a Latina/o? How do we construct and assume Latinidad? How are Latinidades reflected in literature and pop culture? Do these art forms challenge or reaffirm mainstream stereotypes about Latinos? In what ways are literature and pop culture viable means to discuss differences and pluralities (Latinidades) among Chicanos, Dominicans, Cubans, Colombians, Puerto Ricans, and other groups? How do questions of race, ethnicity, nationality, citizenship, and language enter into a discussion about identity construction? Readings and other media will be in Spanish, English, and Spanglish. All discussions will be conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: Spanish 305 and one semester of Readings or its equivalent (preferably Spanish 308).

Spanish 491, 492 - Third-Year Tutorial
Annually
Eligible third-year students may elect one or both of these courses only with the permission of the Department Chair. Tutorials are offered only to students who have taken previously all other advanced courses offered in a given semester. One unit each semester.

Spanish 493, 494 - Fourth-Year Tutorial
Annually
Eligible fourth-year students may elect one or both of these courses only with the permission of the Department Chair. Tutorials are offered only to students who have taken previously all other advanced courses offered in a given semester. One unit each semester.

Spanish 499 - Special Topics
Annually
New offerings at the advanced (400) level in Hispanic linguistics, literature or culture. Topic and prerequisites vary with each separate offering. One unit.