Courses in Spanish

SPA 101. Elementary Spanish I. Introductory course in Spanish. Aimed at developing basic communicative proficiency in Spanish. Also offers insights into Hispanic cultures.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. 3 credits.

SPA 102. Elementary Spanish II. Second half of the introductory course.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: SPA 101 or equivalent. 3 credits.

SPA 201. Intermediate Spanish I. Begins with a review of material typically covered in a first-year Spanish course followed by further development of proficiency in all four language skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing. Also aims to enhance students' knowledge of the cultures of Hispanic peoples.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: SPA 102 or equivalent. 3 credits.

SPA 202. Intermediate Spanish II. Second half of the intermediate course.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or equivalent. 3 credits.

SPA 300. Advanced Oral Communication. Intensive practice and analysis of spoken Spanish, including phonetics and phonology, designed to help students acquire native-like pronunciation and intonation. Class discussions and presentations will incorporate a wide range of topics related to Spanish and Latin American life and contemporary society.  Prerequisite: SPA 202 or placement into 300-level or higher according to the placement test. A student who has been exposed to Spanish consistently at home may not take this class (See SPA 311.) 3 credits.

SPA 310. Advanced Grammar and Writing. Discussion of more complex grammatical structures. Intensive practice in written Spanish. Development of advanced writing skills through composition assignments based on contemporary issues.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or placement into 300-level or higher according to the placement test. 3 credits.

SPA 311. Spanish for Heritage Speakers. This course is designed for Hispanic, Latinos or students that have been exposed to Spanish consistently at home, but who have had little, if any, formal schooling in Spanish. This class will include readings, movies and studies of geographical areas and maps in order to examine historic and social events represented in the students' countries of origin.  Fulfills general education requirement: American Social Diversity. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or placement into 300-level or higher according to the placement test; permission of the instructor or chair. 3 credits.

SPA 330. Introduction to Literature. This is an introduction to literary studies in Spanish. The course will provide the student with the basic concepts, methods, tools, and terminology used in textual analysis and literary criticism. Readings by representative Hispanic authors from different periods and regions will come from four genres: poetry, short story, novel, and drama.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: SPA 300, 310 or 311. 3 credits.

SPA 345. Introduction to Spanish Linguistics. Introduces students to the study of the systems of Spanish: syntax, phonology, lexicon and morphology and language as a social construct. Regional varieties of Spanish spoken in Spanish, Latin America and the US as well as Spanish in contact with other languages will be considered.  Prerequisite: SPA 300. 3 credits.

SPA 350. History and Culture of Spain. This course will study the development and construction of Spanish culture and civilization from pre-Roman times to the present, focusing on history, geography, art, literature, music, and other cultural manifestations. Students will identify historical moments that have shaped Spanish national identity, compare and contrast different historical periods, and analyze various genres such as literature, films, music, and paintings as manifestations of cultural identity. These texts will also prepare students for further work in more advanced courses of Hispanic literature(s) and culture(s).  Prerequisite: SPA 300, 310, or 311. 3 credits.

SPA 360. History and Culture of Latin America. An overview of Latin American cultures, history, and geography, with special focus on current issues.  Fulfills general education requirement: Intercultural Diversity. Prerequisite: SPA 300, 310, or 311. 3 credits.

SPA 431. Latinos in the United States. This class will analyze the contributions and experiences of Latinos in the United States through the examination of examples of literature, film, music and artwork.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. American Social Diversity. Prerequisite: SPA 300. 3 credits.

SPA 440. Spanish Literature of the 20th and 21st Centuries. This course presents a chronological study of some of the major trends and cultural productions, corresponding to the cultural and aesthetic movements from the 1880s to the present. Students will read a representative selection of major Peninsular literary works from that period, and discuss theoretical, aesthetic, and critical issues pertinent to modernism, the avant-garde, post-modernism, etc. These texts will also prepare students for further work in more advanced courses of Hispanic literature(s) and culture(s).  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: SPA 330. 3 credits.

SPA 445. Caribbean Literature and Culture. This course focuses on the analysis of cultural productions in the 20th and 21st centuries from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Race, class, gender and nationality will be categories of experience that will guide the analysis, conversations and written essays.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: SPA 330. 3 credits.

SPA 450. Modern Latin American Literature and 21st Centuries. This course covers a wide range of genres and authors. Some of the reading selections include texts from the Latin American "boom" literary movement as well as from Latin American Nobel Laureates in literature.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: SPA 330. 3 credits.

SPA 480. Capstone Senior Seminar in Spanish. This course is designed to be a culminating experience for the Spanish major. As such, the focus of the course is on synthesizing knowledge from previous courses into a broad historical and cultural framework. Final project will take the form of an extensive research paper.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: SPA 330 or equivalent, and at least 20 total hours of Spanish credit. 3 credits.