• SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I - S16

    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 semester.

  • SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II - F15

    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 semester.

  • SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish (LA) - F15

    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 each semester.

  • SPAN 203 Conversation and Composition (G) - F15

    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. Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or equivalent. Offered each fall semester.

  • SPAN 230 Medical Spanish and Cultural Competency of Health Care (U) - S16

    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.

  • 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 273 Translation: Principles and Practices F15

    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: Spanish 201 or equivalent. Offered alternate years, fall semester.

  • SPAN 280 Reading and Writing Culture - Renamed SPAN 307

    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).

  • SPAN 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: Spanish 203 or equivalent. Offered each semester.

  • SPAN 302 Advanced Conversation

    Practice of advanced oral communication strategies such as registering complaints, responding to opinions, and managing a discussion. Prerequisite: Spanish 203 or equivalent. Offered occasionally.

  • SPAN 303 Advanced Grammar and Composition (W) F15

    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: Spanish 203 or equivalent. Offered each semester.

  • SPAN 305 Travel Seminar MT16

    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) S16

    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 each semester.

  • SPAN 308 Introduction to Literature (LT, G) F15

    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.

  • SPAN 314 Iberian Culture and Civilization (CHC) F15

    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: Spanish 303. Offered each fall semester.

  • SPAN 316 Latin American Culture and Civilization (CHC) S16

    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: Spanish 303. Offered each spring semester.

  • SPAN 320 Studies in Cultural History (CHC) S16

    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.

  • SPAN 330 Topics in Hispanic Studies (OCSp only)

    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.

  • SPAN 350 Topics in Hispanic Studies (OCSp only)

    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.

  • SPAN 360 Studies in Media and Film (AR, G) F15

    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.

  • SPAN 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.

  • 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. Offered occasionally. Previous internships in Hispanic Studies.

  • SPAN 403 History of the Spanish Language (CHC) F15

    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.

  • SPAN 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.

  • SPAN 418 Modern Spanish Literature (LT) S16

    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.

  • SPAN 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.

  • SPAN 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.

  • SPAN 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.

  • SPAN 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.

  • SPAN 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.