SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I
An introduction to Spanish language and culture that emphasizes the basic language
skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Primary emphasis is placed on
interpersonal and presentational oral skills and on functioning in real-life situations
in a Spanish-language cultural context. Taught in Spanish. Offered each spring.
SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II
A continuation of basic language skills developed in 101, with exposure to more complicated
structural forms as well as cultural issues. Primary emphasis is placed on interpersonal
and presentational oral skills and on functioning in real-life situations in a Spanish-language
cultural context. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 101 or equivalent. Offered each fall.
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish (LA)
This course continues the proficiency-oriented approach of the Beginning Spanish sequence.
It is designed to strengthen the basic language skills introduced in 101 and 102 with
an emphasis on interpersonal and presentational oral skills. Students have to attend
one weekly conversation session. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or equivalent. Offered every semester.
SPAN 203 Spanish as a World Language (G)
This course reviews Spanish structural forms and builds vocabulary in the context
of developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, and examines the diverse
Spanish-speaking cultures. In-class time focuses on the development of interpersonal
and presentational skills, while out-of-class time will be directed toward the development
of interpretative skills. Cannot enroll in this course if you've already taken Span
303. Offered each semester.
A weekly guided conversation with Hispanic Studies faculty and students. If you are
curious about current events in the Spanish-speaking world and you want to practice
your reading and speaking skills in Spanish, this class is for you. Credit/No Credit.
Doesn’t count for Hispanic Studies Major/Minors. Prerequisites: Spanish 201 or equivalent.
SPAN 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. Video: Dr. Nadeau Discusses the Course
SPAN 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:
Spanish 201 or equivalent. Offered alternate years, fall semester.
SPAN 250 Business Spanish in its Cultural Context (G)
This course is designed for students planning to work in business or accounting and
who want to acquire more business-related language and cultural competency skills
before entering the workforce. Students will read and analyze business documents in
Spanish, present oral reports, and work 1-3 hours/week as part of a group project
related to the local Latino community. Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or equivalent. Offered annually.
SPAN 300 Intensive Language Study
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:
Spanish 203 or equivalent. Offered each semester.
SPAN 301 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 as needed.
SPAN 303 Communicating Across Cultures in the Spanish-speaking World
Practice of advanced oral communication strategies and a thorough review of basic
problems of Spanish grammar for English-speakers. The class focuses on practicing
interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive communication skills while comparing
and contrasting different cultures within the Spanish-speaking world and placing the
language in the socio-cultural context where it arises. Prerequisite: Span 203 or
equivalent. Offered each semester.
SPAN 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.
SPAN 307 Reading and Writing Culture (W, G)
In this assignment-based course, students will strengthen reading and writing skills
in Spanish through a variety of cultural texts; use writing as a tool for discovery,
and explore research paths beyond the basics (accessing authoritative, quality information;
using information ethically, and understanding MLA-style conventions). Prerequisite:
Spanish 303 or equivalent. Offered annually.
SPAN 308 Introduction to Literature (LT, G)
An introduction to literary analysis. 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 annually.
SPAN 311 Spanish Across the Curriculum
Taken in conjunction with a course outside the department, this course integrates
Spanish language and cultural competency with studies in disciplines commonly taught
in English. For example, Business Law and Marketing in Spanish. May be repeated as
topics change. Prerequisite: SPAN 303 or equivalent. Offered occasionally.
SPAN 317 Introduction to Hispanic 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: SPAN 303. Offered occasionally.
SPAN 321 The Spanish Baroque (IT)
This course examines the intellectual history of the Spanish Baroque from the seventeenth-century
to expressions of the neo-Baroque today. Works studied may include Calderón’s theatre,
Velázquez’s painting, Zayas’ novels, essays by Wölfflin and Sarduy, and Gehry’s Guggenheim
Museum in Bilbao. This course fulfills the pre-1900 requirement. Prerequisite: SPAN
307 Offered in alternate years.
SPAN 322 The New Spanish Citizen (IT, G) (Cross-listed with LC 222)
This class explores citizenship as it relates to cultural identity in the Iberian
Peninsula. Through the lenses of art, film, and literature, we will analyze how different
notions of home and belonging have shaped contemporary Spanish society over time.
Prerequisites: SPAN 307. Offered in alternate years.
SPAN 324 Muslim Spain: the Rise and Fall of the Caliphate of Cordoba (912-1031) (CHC) (Cross-listed
with LC 234)
This course studies Islamic Spain from the cultural splendor of al-Andalus, with a
focus on the Caliphate of Córdoba (912-1031), to its legacy present in Spain today.
We will explore accounts of paradise and expulsion and analyze the complex portrait
of Muslims, Christians, and Jews coexisting as they transformed the Western world.
This course fulfills the pre-1900 requirement. Prerequisite: SPAN 307 Offered in alternate years
SPAN 326 Latin American Film (AR, G)
This course will strive to understand the scope and relevance of Latin American film,
in general, and the specifics of the filmic production of Mexico, Brazil, Cuba and
Argentina. The course will develop the ability to read, understand and discuss films
as a unique medium and teach the ability to understand films as cultural products
that are the result of particular historical conditions. Prerequisites: SPAN 307 or
equivalent. Offered in alternate years.
SPAN 327 Latin American Revolutionaries
This course will analyze different instances of insurgency in Latin America, including
peaceful leftist mobilizations and violent revolutions. We will look at the development
of national identities, the wars of independence in the Americas, the Mexican Revolution,
the Cuban Revolution, the Cold War, Central America’s civil wars, transnationality
and immigration. Prerequisite: SPAN 307 or equivalent. Offered in alternate years.
SPAN 328 Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin America (CHC)
This course will study the pre-Columbian background of the Americas, the conquest
period, and three centuries of Spanish colonial rule. Students will understand the
interplay between culture, power, encounter, and exchange in the Americas, as well
as the basic frameworks of Hispanic culture, the organizing principles of various
Mesoamerican and Andean cultures, and the material frameworks of conquest and colonization.
This course fulfills the pre-1900 requirement. Prerequisites: SPAN 307 or equivalent.
Offered in alternate years.
SPAN 332 Resisting Dictatorship: Spain and Chile (CHC, G) (Cross-listed with LC 232)
This class explores how Chilean and Spanish societies endured decades-long brutal
dictatorships and how both nations emerged as democratic systems in the late 20th
century. We will examine the on-going legacies of dictatorship and the politics of
memory as these play out in contemporary Spain and Chile. Prerequisite: SPAN 307.
Offered in alternate years.
SPAN 334 Cultures of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean (CHC)
Introduction to the cultures of Cuba, The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Focus
on historical development of culture and national identity, given the multicultural
Indigenous, Spanish and African heritage, to understand the complexities of race,
color, class. Students analyze the question of equity, justice and power in contemporary
Caribbean societies. Prerequisite: SPAN 307. Offered in alternate years.
SPAN 336 Underground Hip Hop Culture in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean (CHC,G)
Focus on the underground hip hop movement that affirms Afro-Hispanic identity through
lyrics which examine the notion of beauty through an Afrocentric lens rather than
one of the dominant Eurocentric culture. We analyze critical issues that affect justice,
equity and inclusion for self-identifying Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). Prerequisite:
SPAN 307. Offered in alternate years
SPAN 341 Don Quijote: The First Modern Novel (LIT) (Cross-listed with LC 241)
This course formulates and develops our ideas of Cervantes, of Spain in the 16th and
17th centuries, and of literature in general. It explores the multiplicity of genres
and cultural practices that exist within Don Quijote and examines its enduring influences on both literature and popular culture. This
course fulfills the pre-1900 requirement. Prerequisite: SPAN 308. Offered alternate years.
SPAN 344 Dangerous Texts (LIT, G) (Cross-listed with LC 244)
This course explores contemporary Spanish literature as a site for denunciation and
resistance. What makes a text dangerous? How does the Spanish society deal with this
threat? How does it affect the nature of writing? We will analyze different genres
and authors from the 20th and 21st centuries. Prerequisite: SPAN 308. Offered in alternate years.
SPAN 346 Visual Cultures of Modern Spain (IT, G) (Cross-listed with LC 246)
Analysis of main aesthetic, cultural, and philosophical questions as articulated in
Spanish film and the visual arts. Prerequisite: SPAN 308. Offered in alternate years.
SPAN 347 Latin American Short Story (LIT)
This course will study the short story in Latin America, including Quiroga, Rulfo,
Cortazar, Borges, Bombal, Garcia Marquez and Allende, and the principal literary,
social and political movements that produced those stories, such as Regionalism, the
Avant Garde, Existentialism, the Boom, the post-Boom and Feminism. Prerequisite: SPAN
308 or equivalent. Offered in alternate years
SPAN 348 Latin American Women Writers (LIT)
This course will provide a general knowledge of Latin American women writers through
a literary, cultural and historical study. We will establish the historical importance
and cultural contributions of Sor Juana, Gomez de Avellaneda, Bombal, Ferre, Mastretta
and Allende, including their marginalization from the canon and emergence from traditional
inaccessibility to the production of official culture. Prerequisite: SPAN 308 or equivalent.
Offered in alternate years.
SPAN 351 Identity and Alterity in Latino Literature (LIT, U)
Explores literature by Latinos/as/xes born or raised in the United States to examine
the notion of individual and collective identity. How do they define their identity
in relation to that of their parents and ancestors, or fellow Americans? We analyze
prose from the 20th and 21st centuries. Prerequisite: SPAN 308. Offered alternate years.
SPAN 353 Afro-Latino/x Literature (LIT, U)
Analysis of Afro-Hispanic literature from Latin America and the United States to understand
the representation of racial and cultural identity through literature. Focus on understanding
denial and affirmation of blackness in the Caribbean and other Latin American nations.
Emphasis on literary readings and critical texts by authors from these nations. Prerequisite:
SPAN 308. Offered in alternate years.
SPAN 395 Directed Study in Spanish
A project of interest to the student related to the advanced study of the Spanish
language, or the cultures and literatures of Spanish-speaking countries. Normally
topics may not duplicate the content of regularly offered courses. Prerequisites:
Consent of instructor and the chair of the department. Students must submit a plan
of study prior to enrollment, see form here. Offered as needed.
SPAN 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 the Career Center for procedures and requirements. Prerequisites: Spanish 303 and consent of instructor.
Offered occasionally. Internship opportunities in the B/N community here.
SPAN 491 Advanced Directed Study
A major research project developed in consultation with a Hispanic Studies faculty
member. Emphasizes original research in Spanish, and may lead to the completion of
a research honors project. Prerequisites: Hispanic Studies majors and minors with
senior standing, and consent of department chair. Students must submit a plan of study prior to enrollment, see form here. Offered as needed.