Spanish Language and Culture Courses

SPA-101 Spanish Language and Culture I4 credits

Semester-sequenced beginning course in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Spanish, focused on cultural understanding and proficiency in communication.

SPA-101REV Spanish Grammar and Phonetics Review1 credit

Prerequisites:SPA-101 or equivalent proficiency level demonstrated by placement test results

A systematic review of the most challenging elements of first semester Spanish using a different set of instructional materials from those employed in SPA-101. This course provides students with an opportunity to preserve, reinforce, and enhance their mastery of newly acquired skills before beginning their second semester in the language.

SPA-102 Spanish Language and Culture II4 credits

Prerequisites:SPA-101 or equivalent proficiency level demonstrated by placement test results.

Semester-sequenced beginning course in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Spanish, focused on cultural understanding and proficiency in communication.

SPA-201 Spanish Language and Culture III3 credits

Prerequisites:SPA-102 or equivalent proficiency level demonstrated by placement test results.

Using civilization, contemporary society, and the cultural heritage for context, this course focuses on increasing fluency at the intermediate level while providing additional training in grammar and writing.

SPA-235 Spanish for Heritage Speakers3 credits

Prerequisites:Proficiency level demonstrated by placement test results.

This course is designed for heritage speakers of Spanish with oral proficiency but with little or no formal training in the language. The course will expand students’ linguistic abilities through intensive grammar instruction, vocabulary building, readings from various academic and professional contexts, and writing assignments. Students will develop their abilities to communicate in an accurate, informed manner within various registers and socio-cultural contexts.

SPA-333 Literature of Latin America3 credits

Prerequisites:SPA-301 and SPA-302.

A survey of major periods and genres through the works of representative Latin American authors.

SPA-334 Literature of Spain3 credits

Prerequisites:SPA-301 and SPA-302.

A survey of major periods and genres through the works of representative Spanish authors.

SPA-335 U.S. Latino/a Literature3 credits

Prerequisites:SPA-301 and SPA-302

This course considers key issues in contemporary US Latino/a cultural production by examining diverse literary and cultural texts within the social, historical, and political contexts in which they were created. This course treats a variety of genres from both “high” and “popular” culture: narrative, poetry, theater, film, music, and visual art. The course will be conducted in Spanish.

SPA-340 National Traditions in the Spanish-Speaking World3 credits

Prerequisites:SPA 333, SPA 334, or SPA 335

This course considers the literature and cultural history of a particular Spanish-speaking country or countries. The role of literature and other cultural production in constructing the modern nation and local identities will be considered. Readings are in Spanish and may cover a variety of time periods, genres, and authors. A different country may be considered each time the course is taught, and the course may be repeated with Instructor permission.

SPA-437 Spanish Literature and Society: Narrative and Film3 credits

Prerequisites:SPA 333, SPA 334, or SPA 335

A study of literary and cinematic narrative through representative works. Their relationships to Spanish and Spanish-American society and history will be emphasized.

SPA-438 Spanish Literature and Society: Poetry, Drama and Song3 credits

Prerequisites:SPA 333, SPA 334, or SPA 335

A study of verse and drama through representative historical and contemporary works from Spain and Spanish America.

SPA-490 Spanish Major Capstone1 credit

Prerequisites:Senior standing and Instructor permission

A capstone course designed for students within six credits of completion of the Spanish Major requirements and who are co-enrolled in an upper division literature or professional course. Required for the Spanish Major. Students demonstrate their consummate communication competencies and knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures and literatures by means of a research paper, a formal oral presentation, and an oral proficiency interview. In this course students compile a portfolio for Spanish majors preparing for the next step into graduate school or the professional world.

SPA-493 Research in Spanish3 credits

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

A research project arranged with an advisory committee, culminating in a paper written in accordance with the committee's guidelines. See independent study guidelines.