101-102-103. Beginning Spanish I, II, and III
Essentials of grammar stressing skills in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing with classroom activities promoting conversational skills. Short readings for cultural awareness and vocabulary development. (Language)
109. Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture (in English)
Seminar for first year students only. Intensive engagement with a topic in Hispanic cultural or literary studies. Taught in English. See Topics Courses. (Humanities)
201. Basic Spanish
Independent, supervised study for students at the beginning or intermediate level who wish to improve their skills in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding Spanish in an approved language school in Latin America or Spain. Students take a placement test before and after the term and the department assigns credit at a level reflecting students' accomplishments. Consult with Spanish faculty for additional information. (CR)
205. Topics and Encounters in Hispanic Cultures
Topics in Hispanic literature, culture, history, and film, taught in Spanish at the intermediate level. Students will apply their basic language skills in a variety of different contexts, from studying a topic in the target language to having regular interactions with native speakers in U.S. communities off-campus or via online virtual communities. Prerequisite: SPA 103. (Language)
206. Spanish Cultural Immersion (Intermediate Spanish Abroad)
Taught in Latin American countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, and Guatemala, students will develop their knowledge of Spanish language and culture in a classroom setting, in daily interactions with native speakers from the local community, and in excursions to culturally rich sites. Includes a homestay. Registration entails additional costs. Prerequisites: SPA 103 and permission of instructor. Offered two out of three years.
265-269. Topics in Spanish
See Topics Courses.
280/380. Internship: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent Study Courses 280/380.
290/390. Individual Project: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent Study Courses 290/390.
301. Advanced Grammar and Composition
Intensive practice in writing in Spanish in combination with a study of Spanish grammar that concentrates on those aspects of the language which are challenging for the advanced student. Emphasis on expanding vocabulary and developing writing fluency. Required of all Spanish majors. Prerequisite: SPA 205 or 206.
302. Advanced Conversation Abroad
Taught in Mexico, Argentina, or Guatemala and designed for students who wish to achieve a higher level of fluency and a comprehensive understanding of life in Mexico, Bolivia, or Guatemala. Includes a homestay with a local family. Registration entails additional costs. Prerequisites: SPA 205 or 206 and permission of instructor. Offered two out of three years.
303. Advanced Spanish Abroad
Alternative to 302 for advanced students who wish to study Spanish on their own in an approved language school in Latin America or Spain. Intended for students interested in achieving a high level of fluency and a comprehensive understanding of life in a Hispanic country. Includes a homestay. Registration entails additional costs. Prerequisites: SPA 205 or 206 and permission of the Department.
311. Introduction to Textual Analysis
Development of reading strategies and skills needed for analyzing and understanding literary texts. Organized around a topic, literary genre, period, or major writer and chosen to meet the needs of students who are just beginning upper-level coursework in Spanish. Special attention given to vocabulary development and to the advanced grammar required for understanding literary/cultural texts. Required of all Spanish majors. Prerequisite: SPA 301, 302, or 303. (Humanities)
321. Golden Age: Romancero and Comedia
Heroes, legends, history, and the development of a national consciousness seen through popular ballads. The national theatre as an expression of Spanish ideals and aspirations: Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, and Calderon de la Barca. Prerequisite: SPA 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities)
322. Golden Age: Don Quijote
Don Quijote in the context of the literature of the age. Readings from Amadis de Gaula, Lazarillo de Tormes, El abencerraje y la hermosa Jarifa. Renaissance and Baroque elements, contribution to the modern novel, universal themes and cinematographic interpretations. Prerequisite: SPA 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities)
351. Twentieth Century Peninsular Novel and Poetry
Spanish novel and poetry from the "Generation of 1898" to the present, with emphasis on representations of the human condition in Unamuno, Baroja, A. Machado, and Garcia Lorca. Prerequisite: SPA 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities)
352. Modern Hispanic Theatre
Theatre of Spain and Latin America in the twentieth century, including Valle-Inclan's esperpento, Garcia Lorca's lyric tragedy, and the experiment with magical realism in Latin America. Prerequisite: SPA 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities)
355. Latin American Short Story and Novel
Representative modern fiction: novel of protest, magical realism, and fantasy in the short story and novel of the "Boom." Authors include Quiroga, Garro, Ocampo, Valenzuela, Borges, Cortazar, Rulfo, Fuentes, and Garcia Marquez. Prerequisite: SPA 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities)
356. Latin American Poetry
Poetry from Modernism to the present, with emphasis on the encounter between reality and the poet and the creation of a new poetic world. Poets include Ruben Dario, women of 1910-20, Cesar Vallejo, and Pablo Neruda. Prerequisite: SPA 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities)
365-369. Advanced Topics in Spanish
Selected topics in the literature and culture of the Hispanic world. See Topics Courses. (Humanities)
381. Peninsular Culture and Civilization
Origins, development, and significance of various aspects of Spanish civilization, with special emphasis on how these influence contemporary economic, political, sociological, and artistic forces within Spain. Taught in Spain. Registration entails additional costs. Prerequisite: SPA 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities)
383. Latinos in the U.S.
Origins, development, and significance of various aspects of Latino life in the United States. Prerequisite: SPA 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities)
385. Latin American Culture and Civilization
Study of the most important cultural and political issues in Latin American civilization from Columbus to the present day. Chronicles, essays, and public speeches provide the main texts and sources of information for discussions. Prerequisite: SPA 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities)
In-depth studies in the literature and culture of Spain and Latin America. Prerequisites: at least three 300-level Spanish courses above SPA 311. May be repeated once for credit if topics are different. (Humanities)
412. Advanced Field Research in Spanish
A capstone experience intended for students with a double major in Spanish and another department. Assumes junior or senior standing in both majors, entails field research using the target language in a Spanish-speaking country, and a final written and/or public presentation of findings in Spanish. Prerequisites: at least three 300-level Spanish courses above SPA 311. Prerequisites in the second major: completion of 2/3 of the required course work toward the second major and a research methods course (if the second major is in the social sciences). Arrangements must be made with instructor prior to registration.
501. Theatre in Spanish–Workshop (1/4)
Group reading, discussion, and preparation of one or more Latin American or Spanish plays, with attention to meaning, interpretation, staging, and costuming. Rehearsals and performances in Spanish. Prerequisites: knowledge of Spanish and permission of instructor. (CR)
511. Spanish Reading and Conversation Group (1/4)
Maintenance of Spanish language skills through reading and conversation. (CR)
941. Costa Rica: Studies in Latin American Culture and Society: see ACM Programs.
942. Costa Rica: Tropical Field Research: see ACM Programs.
988. There are semester programs in Spain, Central America, and South America run by the School for International Training. In addition to language and culture studies, many of these programs have a special theme, e.g., Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Social Justice, the Arts, and Language Immersion.