Spanish & Spanish-American Studies (SPAN)

SPAN 001: Elementary Spanish I (4 Credits)

Introduction to basic elements of the language; development of skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Equivalent to two years of high school Spanish.

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English

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SPAN 002: Elementary Spanish II (4 Credits)

Further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Equivalent to two years of high school Spanish.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 001

Note(s): Prerequisite: Completion of SPAN 001 with a grade of "C+" or higher, consent of instructor, or 12–23 points in placement test.

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English

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SPAN 003: Intermediate Spanish III (4 Credits)

Review of grammar and development of writing skills, combined with readings of literary and cultural texts. Students develop relevant communicative competence in different contexts. The hybrid format of this course combines classroom instruction with technologically based materials where learning takes place both face-to-face and online.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 002

Note(s): Completion of SPAN 002 with a grade of "C+" or higher, consent of instructor, or 24–35 points in placement test.

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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SPAN 004: Intermediate Spanish IV (4 Credits)

Development of all language skills through exercises and reading of literary and cultural texts. Focus on more complex grammar concepts and further practice on composition.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 003

Note(s): Completion of SPAN 003 with a grade of "C+" or higher, consent of instructor, or 36-48 points in placement test.

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English

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SPAN 051: Spanish for Spanish Speakers: Language, Culture, and Identity (4 Credits)

A course designed for Spanish speakers who demonstrate an ability to understand and produce Spanish but who lack significant previous formal instruction in the language. The main goal is to capitalize upon students' home-background and existing language skills, expanding the knowledge base and developing reading and writing skills. Special attention is given to the diverse cultural contexts and dimensions of Spanish as components in the recovery and development of students' identity-formation process.

Note(s): Offered fall or spring. Check course schedule for availability. Open to all heritage/home-background Spanish speakers only.

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English, Race, Gender & Power

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Multicultural Perspectives

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SPAN 052: Intermediate Oral Skills Through Readings and Writing (3 Credits)

This course is intended for students who have completed or are taking SPAN 003, or have an equivalent or higher level of linguistic proficiency in Spanish. The development of oral skills and grammar topics are addressed through a variety of texts, with emphasis on the modern press. Students are required to engage in discussion and must complete compositions and oral reports based on cultural materials.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 003

Note(s): Completion of SPAN 003 with a grade of C+ or higher or consent of instructor. Students may take SPAN 003 or SPAN 004 concurrently, with consent of instructor. May be repeated with consent of instructor as SPAN 152,

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English, Written and Oral Communication II

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SPAN 101: Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition and Translation (4 Credits)

The course is aimed at students who wish to increase accuracy in writing Spanish. It combines the development of writing skills by way of grammar review, reading and translation. Particular attention is given to formal and stylistic features of different types of texts, as well as the practice and critique of translations of a range of materials primary from English to Spanish.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 004

Note(s): Completion of SPAN 004 with a grade of "C+" or higher, consent of instructor, or 48–57 points on placement test. Graduate students need consent of instructor.

Meets the following Core requirements: Language Other than English, Written and Oral Communication II

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SPAN 140: Introduction to Hispanic Literatures (3 Credits)

Emphasizes the acquisition of skills for enhancing reading literacy in a wide format of Hispanic texts. Special regard is given to the implicative power of words at the expository, figurative, and literary levels of each work. Through the commentary of meaning, form, and structure, the course provides basic analytical tools and historical background for approaching the formal study of Hispanic literature.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 004

Note(s): Completion of SPAN 004 with a grade of "C+" or higher, or consent of instructor.

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Multicultural Perspectives

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SPAN 151: Spanish for Spanish Speakers: Language, Culture, and Identity (4 Credits)

A course designed for Spanish speakers who demonstrate an ability to understand and produce Spanish but who lack significant previous formal instruction in the language. The main goal is to capitalize upon students' home-background and existing language skills, expanding the knowledge base and developing reading and writing skills. Special attention is given to the diverse cultural contexts and dimensions of Spanish as components in the recovery and development of students' identity-formation process.

Note(s): Offered fall or spring. Check course schedule for availability. Open to all heritage/home-background Spanish speakers only.

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English, Race, Gender & Power

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SPAN 152: Intermediate Oral Skills Through Readings and Writing (3 Credits)

This course is intended for students who have completed or are taking SPAN 003, or have an equivalent or higher level of linguistic proficiency in Spanish. The development of oral skills and grammar topics are addressed through a variety of texts, with emphasis on the modern press. Students are required to engage in discussion and must complete compositions and oral reports based on cultural materials.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 003

Note(s): Completion of SPAN 003 with a grade of C+ or higher or consent of instructor. Students may take SPAN 003 or SPAN 004 concurrently, with consent of instructor. May be repeated with consent of instructor as SPAN 152,

Meets the following Core requirements: Language Other than English

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SPAN 153: Poetry Workshop (4-3 Credits)

An introduction to the writing of poetry. Students will read and discuss a wide range of poems in Spanish. Writing exercises, completed regularly, will stem from the readings and aim to stretch both skill and experimentation. In-class discussion of original poems. Students will write in Spanish or in a bilingual (Spanish/English) format. A workshop course with frequent teacher-student conferences.

Note(s): Students need to demonstrate Spanish language competency on a placement examination.

Meets the following Core requirements: Create, Innovate & Experiment, Written and Oral Communication II

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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SPAN 154: Fiction Workshop (4-4 Credits)

A workshop for students with little or not experience in writing fiction. The class focuses on the elements of fiction: plot, character, points of view, description, and structure. In addition, students are asked to read and discuss fiction by Latin American, Spanish and Latina(o) writers, to critique each other’s work and to write and revise at least one short story. Students will write in Spanish or in a bilingual (Spanish/English) format and receive feedback from their instructor as an important part of their writing process.

Meets the following Core requirements: Create, Innovate & Experiment, Written and Oral Communication II

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SPAN 172: Intersections of Art and Poetry (3 Credits)

The focus of this course is experimental poetry. Includes some discussions of the European and Latin American avant-gardes as expressed in Dadaism, Surrealism, Estridentismo, Dau-al-Set, Postismo, Visual Poetry and other artistic-literary currents. Works by Vicente Huidobro, Juan José Tablada, Federico García Lorca, Rafael Alberti, Alejandra Pizarnik, Ana Hatherly, Joan Brossa, J.M. Calleja, Xavier Canals, Gustavo Vega and Magali Alabau.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 140

Note(s): Prerequisite: SPAN 140 (240) or consent of instructor.

Meets the following Core requirements: Create, Innovate & Experiment, International Perspectives

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SPAN 173: Contemporary Latin American, Spanish and U.S. Latina (o) Short Fiction (3 Credits)

Study of major Latin American literary movements and U.S. Latina (o) trends as reflected in the development of short fiction from the early 1900s to the present.

Meets the following Core requirements: Language Other than English

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SPAN 175: The 20th-Century Hispanic Novel (3 Credits)

A study of the major trends in the contemporary Spanish and Latin American novel and novela corta, through the best-known texts of representative authors such as Arenas, Bombal, Carpentier, Fuentes, Guerra Garrido, Glantz, Goldemberg, Martin Gaite, Mastretta, Padura and Poniatowska

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 140

Note(s): Offered Fall OR Spring. Check course schedule for availability.

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English

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SPAN 180: Special Topics in Hispanic Literatures (3 Credits)

This course is designed to provide a well-defined framework for the study of special themes that are relevant to a deeper understanding of diverse aspects of Hispanic literatures. Topics include: Surrealism, visual arts and literature, Magical Realism, and modern & contemporary Hispanic and U.S. Latina(o) theater. May be repeated for credit when topics differ.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 140

Note(s): Check course schedule for availability.

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, Language Other than English

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Creation and Criticism in the Arts

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SPAN 180AS: Magical Realism in Hispanic Literature and Culture (3 Credits)

The content of this course centers on 20th and 21st-century fiction, and also includes short critical essays, film clips, and other cultural documents such as murals and installations, to showcase the multiple intersections between the Magical Realist literary texts and their historical, social, political, and cultural contexts of meaning. Key topics to be covered are the various specificities of Magical Realism and their structural, semiotic, and aesthetic relations with Surrealism and the Fantastic in contemporary Hispanic fiction. The course is conducted in Spanish.

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, Language Other than English

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Creation and Criticism in the Arts

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SPAN 183: Seminar in Iberian, Latin American and U.S. Latina(o) Literatures (3 Credits)

In-depth examination of and critical inquiry into a specific subject through shared readings, discussion, and written assignments. Course content to be determined by the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics differ.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 140

Note(s): Not open to first-year students. Advanced proficiency in Spanish is required.

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Written and Oral Communication II

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SPAN 191: Senior Thesis (3 Credits)

An independent research project that focuses on a topic selected in consultation with the major advisor. Normally completed in conjunction with a regularly scheduled advanced literature course.

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Written and Oral Communication II

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SPAN 201: Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition and Translation (1-3 Credits)

The course is aimed at students who wish to increase accuracy in writing Spanish. It combines the development of writing skills by way of grammar review, reading and translation. Particular attention is given to formal and stylistic features of different types of texts, as well as the practice and critique of translations of a range of materials primary from English to Spanish.

Note(s): Completion of SPAN 004 with a grade of "C+" or higher, consent of instructor, or 48–57 points on placement test for undergraduate students. Graduate students need consent of instructor.

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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SPAN 253: Poetry Workshop (4-4 Credits)

An introduction to the writing of poetry. Students will read and discuss a wide range of poems in Spanish. Writing exercises, completed regularly, will stem from the readings and aim to stretch both skill and experimentation. In-class discussion of original poems. Students will write in Spanish or in a bilingual (Spanish/English) format. A workshop course with frequent teacher-student conferences.

Note(s): Students need to demonstrate Spanish language competency on a placement examination.

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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SPAN 254: Fiction Workshop (4 Credits)

A workshop for students with little or not experience in writing fiction. The class focuses on the elements of fiction: plot, character, points of view, description, and structure. In addition, students are asked to read and discuss fiction by Latin American, Spanish and Latina(o) writers, to critique each other’s work and to write and revise at least one short story. Students will write in Spanish or in a bilingual (Spanish/English) format and receive feedback from their instructor as an important part of their writing process.

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SPAN 273: Contemporary Latin American, Spanish and U.S. Latina (o) Short Fiction (3 Credits)

Study of major Latin American literary movements and U.S. Latina (o) trends as reflected in the development of short fiction from the early 1900s to the present.

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SPAN 280: Special Topics in Hispanic Literatures (3 Credits)

This course is designed to provide a well-defined framework for the study of special themes that are relevant to a deeper understanding of diverse aspects of Hispanic literatures. Topics include: Surrealism, visual arts and literature, Magical Realism, and modern & contemporary Hispanic and U.S. Latina(o) theater. May be repeated for credit when topics differ.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 140

Note(s): Check course schedule for availability.

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