Course Descriptions

Spanish 101 Elementary Spanish I:  An introduction to the Spanish Language and Hispanic cultures, with a focus on listening comprehension and speaking using present tense verbs. Intended for students with no prior instruction. Offered each spring semester.

Spanish 102 Elementary Spanish II:  Based on skills developed in 101, continues to develop oral skills with emphasis on everyday topics and cultural differences, and introduction to verb tenses of the past. Prerequisite: Spanish 101 or equivalent (one-two years of high school Spanish). Offered each fall semester.

Spanish 201 Intermediate Spanish (LA):  Review of fundamental grammar structures presented in 101 and 102, with continuing emphasis on expression using past tenses. Develops vocabulary and ability to articulate and support opinions. More extensive writing assignments relate to personal experience. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or equivalent (three-four years of high school Spanish). Offered each semester.

Spanish 203 Conversation and Composition (G):  Continues to develop intermediate oral skills through in-class conversation, and introduces various tenses of the subjunctive in everyday communication.  Reading and writing assignments introduce historic and literary issues of the Hispanic world.  Prerequisite:  201 or equivalent (four or more years of secondary school). Offered occasionally.

Spanish 230 Medical Spanish and Cultural Competency of Health Care (U):  This course is designed for students planning to work in health care and who want to acquire more skills in medical Spanish. We will discuss Hispanic culture in the U.S., particularly how it relates to health care. Students will participate in an informal internship at a local community clinic. Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or equivalent. Offered each spring semester.

Spanish 240 Spanish for Social Justice (U):  Students develop language skills and cultural competency for situations that focus on social justice.  Fieldwork in one of the following areas:  immigration, housing, education, employment and voter rights is a key part of the course.  Prerequisite:  201 or equivalent. Offered alternate years, fall semester.

Spanish 273 Translation: Principles and Practices: This course focuses on the practical approach to the acquisition of English-Spanish translation skills for business, technical, scientific, legal, journalistic, and literary texts and deals with a variety of translation issues such as cultural differences, register and dialect, grammatical differences, and genre. Prerequisite: 201. Offered alternate years, spring semester.

Spanish 280 Reading and Writing Culture (W):  In this assignment-based course, students will develop and strengthen reading and writing skills in Spanish, use writing as a tool for discovery, and be introduced to information literacy (accessing authoritative, quality information; using information ethically, and understanding MLA-style conventions).  Prerequisite: 201 or equivalent. Offered each semester.

Spanish 300 Intensive Language Study (OCSp only):  When taken abroad in an approved program. This course should be an intensive practice of intermediate/advanced oral and written communication skills in the language. Credit should be discussed and approved by the department chair before departure. Prerequisite: 280. Offered each semester.

Spanish 302 Advanced Conversation:  Practice of advanced oral communication strategies such as registering complaints, responding to opinions, and managing a discussion. Prerequisite: Spanish 280. Offered occasionally.

Spanish 303 Advanced Grammar and Composition (W):  Thorough review of basic problems of grammar and vocabulary with focus on nuances of word choice.  Study of all tenses of the subjunctive.  Writing assignments increase in complexity and length, involving comparison and contrast, hypothetical argument and literary analysis.  Prerequisite:  280.  Offered each semester.

Spanish 305 Travel Seminar:  Travel with a faculty member to countries in which Spanish is spoken.  Will include independent projects, a daily journal, and field trips to cultural monuments, museums, and other sites of interest.  An experience in linguistic and cultural immersion.  Prerequisites vary. Offered occasionally.

Spanish 308 Introduction to Literature (LT, G):  An introduction to the literary analysis of Spanish in texts. Major authors, themes, and genres from both Latin America and Spain are included, with basic concepts of contemporary literary criticism and theory. Prerequisite: Spanish 303 or equivalent. Offered each semester.

Spanish 314 Iberian Culture and Civilization (CHC):  Cultural history of the Iberian Peninsula from the early Celtic settlements to the present, including medieval Arab Spain, the Golden Age, Romanticism, the Avant-garde, the Spanish Civil War and the transition to democracy.  Emphasis on the artistic achievements of the periods and their socio-political contexts.  Prerequisite: 303. Offered each fall semester.

Spanish 316 Latin American Culture and Civilization (CHC):  Cultural history of Latin America, from pre-Columbian times to the present, including the main indigenous cultures, the Colonial period, the wars of Independence, changing US relations, the Cold War, transnationalism and globalization. Emphasis on cultural production in social, political, economic and historical contexts. Prerequisite: 303. Offered each spring semester.

Spanish 320 Studies in Cultural History (CHC):  An in-depth study of a historical period that produced a burst of artistic and literary creativity within the Spanish-speaking world, such as the Mexican Revolution of 1910 or Arab-Medieval Spain. Topics vary. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisite: Spanish 303. Offered each spring semester.

Spanish 330 Topics in Hispanic Studies:  Taken abroad in an approved program. Subject matter might include anthropology, economics, history, literature, political science, or other. Credit should be discussed with the department head before departure. Prerequisite: Spanish 303. Offered each fall semester.

Spanish 350 Topics in Hispanic Studies:  Taken abroad in an approved program. Subject matter might include anthropology, economics, history, literature, political science, or other. Credit should be discussed with the department head before departure. Prerequisite: Spanish 303. Offered each spring semester.

Spanish 360  Studies in Media and Film (AR, G):  Analysis of main aesthetic, cultural and philosophical questions in the Hispanic world as articulated in film and media. Topics may vary. Prerequisite: Spanish 303 or equivalent. Offered occasionally.

Spanish 373 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (FR):  Examines Spanish language as a functional system of communication. Emphasis is on general principles of linguistic analysis: sound, form, order and on linguistic changes related to temporal, regional and social pressures. Prerequisite: Spanish 303. Offered alternate years, fall semester.

Spanish 397 Internship:  Opportunities to apply linguistic and cultural skills in a professional context in a wide variety of professional areas and locations including local, domestic, and international sites. Visit Career Center for procedures and requirements. Prerequisites: Spanish 303. Offered occasionally.

Spanish 403 History of the Spanish Language (CHC):  Discusses the origins and development of the Spanish language in the context of cultural and political movements of the Iberian Peninsula in different eras, and in the colonial era in Latin America. Focus on the development of Spanish phonology and lexis through history. Prerequisite: Spanish 308. Offered  alternate years, fall semester.

Spanish 408 Early Spanish Literature (LT):  An introduction to medieval and Golden Age texts, which may include the early twelfth-century Cantinas, the epic (El Cid), the Romancero, Cervantes and El Quijote, and the masters of the Baroque (Góngora, Quevedo, Lope de Vega, and Calderón). Authors and topics vary. Prerequisite: Spanish 308. Offered alternate years, fall semester.

Spanish 418 Modern Spanish Literature (LT, G):  Representative authors, genres, and/or literary movements of nineteenth and twentieth century Spanish Literature, including the Romantics and the Generations of 1898 and 1927. Authors and topics vary. Prerequisite: Spanish 308. Offered  alternate years, spring semester.

Spanish 468 Topics in Latino/a Literature (LT, U):  This course analyzes the literary production of Latinos/as in the United States from the 1980's to the present with particular attention to questions of gender, ethnic, linguistic, class, racial and cultural differences.  We will read works by Julia Álvarez, Richard Rodriguez, Gloria Anzaldúa, Sandra Cisneros, and others. Prerequisite: Spanish 308. Offered occasionally.

Spanish 470 Special Topics in Hispanic Studies:  Focuses on a variety of literary or linguistic topics related to Spanish-speaking communities. Specific topic may include a single author, a broad theme like anti-slavery narrative, language in society or languageact.  May be repeated if subject matter is not duplicated. Prerequisite:  Spanish 308. Offered occasionally.

Spanish 478 Latin American Literature. Short Narrative and Essay (LT):  Concentrates on modern short stories, novellas or essays by Borges, Garcia Marquez, Valenzuela and others.  Authors and topics vary.  Prerequisite: Spanish 308. Offered alternate years, fall semester.

Spanish 488 Latin American Literature. The Novel (LT, G):  Emphasis given to major figures such as García Marquez, Fuentes, Vargas Llosa, and Allende. Authors and topics vary. Prerequisite: Spanish 308. Offered alternate years, spring semester.

Spanish 490 Senior Seminar:  An in-depth study of a major intellectual movement or of a single author.  A research paper is required.  Prerequisite:  Must be a fourth-year major, one 400-level Spanish literature course.  Offered each fall semester.

Spanish 499 Independent Study:  A project related to the advanced study of Spanish language, culture, or literature. Intended for majors who desire to investigate an area in depth. Students will write a research paper under the close supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered as needed.