Course Descriptions



Prerequisite Grade

All prerequisites must be passed with a grade of C- or better.


Lower Division Courses

1 Elementary Spanish
For students with no prior knowledge of Spanish. With instruction in basic grammar structures and communication strategies, students begin to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking  kills. Students who have some prior study of Spanish, but who need to review the basics, should enroll in Spanish 2.

2 Continuing Elementary Spanish
For students with one or two years of secondary study of Spanish (or the equivalent). This course continues the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking, emphasizing conversation on everyday topics. Prerequisite: Spanish 1 or equivalent.

3 Intermediate Spanish
For students with two or three years of secondary study of Spanish (or the equivalent). This course continues the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking, fostering confidence in conversation and composition across a variety of subjects. Prerequisite: Spanish 2 or equivalent. Does not satisfy an Area requirement of the pre-2012 general education requirements unless language requirement has already been satisfied.

4 Continuing Intermediate Spanish
For students with three or four years of secondary study of Spanish (or the equivalent). This course offers an abbreviated review of primary structures and concentrates heavily on developing communicative ability through readings, music and visual resources. For students who have completed an overview of basic grammar and are ready to combine and apply their language skills in most settings. Prerequisite: Spanish 3 or equivalent.

6 Conversation (.25)
Conversational practice for students enrolled in firstor second-year Spanish. Meets once a week. May be repeated for credit.

9 Spanish for Spanish Speakers
A course designed specifically for Latino students who wish to improve their written language. Differences between written and spoken Spanish are emphasized. Reading and discussion of essays and short stories by Latino and Latin American writers; regular written assignments. This course satisfies the American Diversity requirement of the Core Curriculum.

10 Conversation-Composition
Spanish 10 is an intermediate level course that prepares students to engage in real communication in meaningful contexts and increases their awareness of the cultural and linguistic variations in the Spanish speaking world; facilitates their understanding of the development of Spanish in different areas allows them to distinguish between regional variations within the language; and helps students compare, contrast and develop an appreciation of cultural identities of Spanish-speaking cultures. Students will participate actively in activities which are designed to develop your speaking, listening and writing skills. A sound knowledge of Spanish grammar is expected, though we will review particular grammaticalpoints as needed.

11 Introduction to Literature
Introduction to literary analysis. This course requires close reading of texts and emphasizes extensive writing about literature. Examination of the notion of genre, narrative devices, structure, etc. Required of majors and minors. Prerequisite: Spanish 9 or 10, or the equivalent. This course satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement and the Artistic Understanding (Analysis) requirement of the Core Curriculum.

21 Intensive Elementary Spanish
An accelerated review of first-year college Spanish for students with some prior study of the language. Satisfactory completion of this course (minimum grade C–) gives credit for Spanish 2.

60 Spanish Civilization for Travel Courses (.25)
In preparation for study in Spain, students read about major periods in history and analyze the principal currents in art. In addition this course examines cultural traits of everyday life.

Upper Division Courses

100 Spanish Phonetics and Dialectology
Students will study the sounds, the intonation and the rhythm of spoken Spanish as they explore general principles of phonetics and phonology, phonetic transcription, the historical development of the Spanish sound system and contrasts between modern peninsular and Latin American dialects. The course also addresses the Spanish/English contrastive analysis and typical phonetic interference present in bilingual speech communities.

101 Advanced Spanish Syntax and Composition I
This course serves as a systematic review of essential aspects of Spanish syntax with a variety of writing exercises using diverse texts as a point of departure. Students will analyze samples of mass media communication for content and style, including newspaper and magazine articles, essays and editorials, book reviews, film scripts, publicity and film and theater reviews. In the second half of the term, some emphasis is placed on creative writing.

102 Advanced Writing and Research
In this course, students will further develop their Spanish skills in literary analysis and academic writing, with the opportunity to research and investigate themes related to literature using the library and other research tools. Students will be able to articulate clear theses and be able to support them through primary and secondary research. Topics to be taught include bibliographies, footnotes and formatting a project using the standard MLA style particular to foreign languages and literatures. This course satisfies the Writing in the Disciplines requirement of the Core Curriculum.

103 Advanced Spanish Linguistics
This course familiarizes students with the scientific study of the Spanish language. Areas covered include phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, bilingualism and the history of the Spanish language from its roots in Vulgar Latin to its modern dialectal variations.

104 Workshop in Translation
Introduction to the linguistic and aesthetic problems of translation, with emphasis on learning through practice. Focus on various kinds of texts, both literary and technical. Equal emphasis given to translating from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish.

106 Advanced Conversation (.25)
Conversation on contemporary issues. Source materials include newspaper articles, television and radio programs. Meets once a week. May be repeated for credit.

120 Spanish Literature: Middle Ages to 18th Century
Introduction and study of the major genres and writers from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, including Cantar de mio Cid, medieval ballads, early lyric and didactic poetry and readings in medieval prose and drama; selections from lyric and mystic Renaissance poetry; the picaresque novel. Golden Age prose and poetry, including Cervantes, Gongora, Lope de Vega and Calderon. Offered in alternate years. This course satisfies the Artistic Understanding (Analysis) requirement of the Core Curriculum.

121 Spanish Literature: Eighteenth Century to the Mid-Twentieth Century
Readings from the major writers and literary movements in Spain from 1700 to 1940. An overview of 18th-century ideological renewal as manifested in essays, the neoclassic theater and social satire. This course includes nineteenth-century romanticism in poetry and drama, realism and naturalism in the 19th-century novel, the Generation of 1898, and 20th-century modernism in prose, poetry and drama. Offered in alternative years. This course satisfies the Artistic Understanding (Analysis) of the Core Curriculum requirement.

122 Literature of the Golden Age

Topics covered include the theater of 17th-century dramatists: Lope de Vega, Calderon, Tirso de Molina and others; the poetry of Garcilaso, Herrera, Lope de Vega, Quevedo, Gongora, Fray Luis de Leon, San Juan de la Cruz, Santa Teresa; prose masterpieces such as Cervantes’ Don Quijote and representative selections from his Novelas ejemplares.

127 Contemporary Peninsular Literature
Study of major literary trends in poetry, prose, and drama of the 20th century. May be repeated for credit as content varies.

130 Special Topics
This is a special topics course that will accomodate topics in each of the three major concentrations. Courses may include: an intensive study and analysis of a single salient figure or movement in Spanish/Latin American literature; a study of the history, cultures, and contemporary issues of Latin America, including the presence of Latinos in the US; or a study of particular linguistic topics of the Spanish language.  This course may be repeated for credit as content varies.

140 Latin American Literature I
A study of the foundations of literature of Latin America, from the colonial period through neoclassicism; Mexico’s picaresque novel; the literature of the struggle for independence; romanticism in prose and poetry. This course satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Core Curriculum.

141 Latin American Literature II
An upper-division survey literature course designed to give students a wide scope of readings from the beginning of 20th century to more recent texts that have shaped Latin America's social, cultural, and literary history. Students read representative authors; analyze texts using appropriate literary terminology; and engage with questions of regional and individaul national identities. This course satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Core Curriculum.

143 Contemporary Latin American Literature
Study of major literary trends in poetry, prose and drama of the 20th century. May be repeated for credit as content varies.

145 Twentieth-Century Mexican Literature
Major literary currents and primary works of the most prominent writers of the 20th century within the framework of the economic and social changes of the period: the Mexican Revolution and its aftermath; the feminist revolution; political developments. Available for variable credit.

150 Chicano/Chicana Literature
An exploration and analysis of representative works by Chicano/Chicana writers and the vision they present of themselves. Samples of poetry, drama and prose are considered. May be repeated for credit as content varies. Available for variable credit.

160 Culture and Civilization of Spain
Highlights of Spain’s culture against the backdrop of Spanish civilization. Masterpieces of Spanish artistic expression are studied as are the roles of social, religious and political values in the development of Spain’s culture and civilization to contemporary times. Offered in alternate years.

161 Culture and Civilization of Latin America
A literature-based course focusing on the origin and heritage of Latinos. An examination of the social, religious, and political values of the culture, and the similarities and differences between Latin American nations. Offered in alternate years. This course satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Core Curriculum.

162 Culture and Civilization of Mexico
A study of the major historical periods, from pre-Columbian times to the present. Emphasis given to cultural traits particular to Mexico. An overview of art history: Mesoamerican art, the mural movement and contemporary currents.

170 Business Spanish
Composition and translation of Spanish/Hispanic business correspondence to develop familiarity with the Spanish commercial idiom. Reading and oral practice in Spanish using as source material current topics in world trade, economics, banking and industry, with focus on Latin America and Spain.

185 Senior Capstone (.25)
Required of all Spanish majors in the spring of their senior year. This course is designed to help seniors assess and integrate the knowledge they have acquired through their major courses, and consider what they have learned in the context of their overall undergraduate experience.

197 Special Study
An independent study or research course for students whose special needs are not met by the regular course offerings of the department. Permission of the instructor and department chair required.

198 Honors Essay (.25)
An independent research project for senior Spanish majors completing Option B: the Honors program.

199 Special Study - Honors
An independent study or research course for senior Spanish majors with a 3.5 average in Spanish. Permission of the instructor and department chair required.