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While we are updating all our information for this summer and fall, please take a look at our Fall 2024 courses here.
In this page you will find course descriptions and other information regarding our Spanish courses at the beginner (100 to 300), intermediate (400 and 500) and advanced (600 and 700) levels to help you and your advisor determine which courses are most appropriate for you.
We are expanding our courses for Heritage Learners (students who grew up learning Spanish at home). Check our courses here!
Beginner courses (SPAN 101 through 302) are offered in Fall, Spring and Summer semesters both online and in person. See below for descriptions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have placement questions.
SPAN 101 - Spanish I: Students will develop basic language skills and cultural awareness to discuss daily habits, personal information, and communicate in simple everyday situations in Spanish-speaking communities. Conducted in Spanish through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
SPAN 102 - Spanish II: Continuation of Spanish I. Students will build on basic language skills and cultural awareness to relate personal experiences, give recommendations, and interact in uncomplicated situations in Spanish-speaking communities.Conducted in Spanish through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
SPAN 300 - Spanish III: Enhances skills in reading, listening, speaking, and writing to express themselves creatively in Spanish in straightforward social situations. Students engage with and analyze a variety of multimedia content such as spoken word poetry, debates about telecommuting, cultural customs, and stereotypes.
SPAN 301 - Spanish IV: This course reviews and expands on knowledge of language forms developed in Spanish I-III and serves as a bridge to more advanced language, culture, and literature courses. Students will further develop communicative skills and strategies to describe, narrate, research, analyze, and opine in increasingly complex social situations. Conductedin Spanish.
SPAN 302 - Spanish IV for Heritage Learners: This class facilitates the use of Spanish in everyday and academic contexts while also exploring a variety of cultural topics.
Courses at the 400 and 500 level comprise our intermediate courses. All count toward the Spanish Major or Minor and many toward some basic requirements for BA and BS degrees (e.g.: Foreign Language requirements, Western Heritage, Literary/Rhetorical Arts, Advanced Social Sciences, US Multicultural Overlay).
Spanish Communication through Pop Culture is a new approach to SPAN 410. In this course, we will improve spontaneous conversation in Spanish through impromptu discussions, word games, partner conversations and more! We will improve our writing skills through creative writing prompts, peer-review and writing workshops with your instructor. We will also learn how to activate language absorption through authentic input by listening to music, watching documentaries, tv shows and films, and reading short stories and graphic novels in Spanish.
SPAN 411 - Heritage Speakers Spanish Composition & Grammar
This course is intended to help heritage speakers (individuals that have learnt the language given the early exposure to it at home and who have primarily completed their academic preparation in English while living in the US), to further their literacy skills in Spanish. This course promotes a) the awareness of the existence of different linguistic variations of the Spanish language, b) an appreciation of the very unique variation of Spanish developed in the US, while motivating students to aspire to developing a standard register. This course also reinforces grammatical features and assist students in acquiring a sophisticated and academic lexicon, as well as further developing skills to express their ideas in more complex and professional settings. Finally, this course explores the current socioeconomic and political situations of different Hispanic countries.
SPAN 530 - Professional Spanish: Business
The need for professional Spanish skills in the workplace is on the rise across industries throughout the US. In this course, students will not only develop their professional communication skills in Spanish, but will also examine the political, economic, and social movements related to commerce throughout the Americas from 1492 to today through a variety of texts such as historical diary entries, legal statutes, marketing campaigns, literature, art, and film. Students will provide evidence of their learning by creating professional documents, presentations, and creative projects related to the themes of the class.
This course develops culturally appropriate writing, listening, and oral communication language skills in the fields of health and human services. It is designed to provide students with cultural knowledge of diverse Spanish-speaking communities living inside and/or outside the United States. Span 531 has a service-learning component in the areas of health and human services, providing a hands-on experience. The course emphasizes specialized content and vocabulary, as well as some experience in
Stories are at the core of how humans experience the world. By reading and discussing texts, film, and art from the Spanish-speaking world, you develop your vocabulary, cultural awareness, and ability to express yourself. This class gives you tools for comprehending and responding to stories, poetry/song lyrics, drama, and film.
Use your knowledge of popular and trending singers, like Peso Pluma, movies, and books to further your critical skills in Spanish. This course will also help you expand your oral and written fluency, reading skills and vocabulary so that you can efficiently communicate in formal and professional settings while sharing your unique cultural and bilingual experiences.
United States has the second-largest Spanish-speaking population in the world. This course focuses on literature and media created in Spanish (as well as bilingual texts featuring code-switching or Spanglish”) within the United States. A historical overview helps us to understand the social and political contexts that have shaped this diverse community and its cultural production since the 16th century. Students will develop cultural awareness, critical thinking, and language and communication skills, and research a topic of personal interest in a creative project.
SPAN 566 - Cultures of the Spanish Speaking World: Spanish America
This interdisciplinary course traces the sociocultural significance of crops such as chocolate, corn, sugar, and potato in Spanish America. We’ll explore the relationship between food and identity in recipes, art, music, and readings. Develop cultural awareness, critical thinking, and language and communication skills, and research a topic of personal interest in a creative project.
Develops critical understanding of the historical, political, social forces that have connected Spanish and Spanish American literatures and cultures over time through interdisciplinary focus on a topic (e.g., conflict, exploration, social class). Course is taught in Spanish.
People who are bilingual are often asked to translate or interpret in their jobs or communities. This course is designed to begin developing those skills and instill an awareness of the ethical responsibilities of translators and interpreters. Focusing on the linguistic and cultural differences specific to Spanish<>English translation, through memes, short texts, videos, and interviews, you will gain practice translating texts in a variety of genres. Special attention is paid to the role of the sociocultural context in the reception of both the original text and the translation.
SPAN 580 - Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
Introduction to the field of Hispanic linguistics, including the sound system (phonetics and phonology), sentence formation (syntax), and language use in context (pragmatics). This base is built upon through the study of applied linguistic analysis, including Spanish dialectology, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, and pedagogy.
Most 6-700-level Spanish courses have variable topics, meaning each semester the course may be different! See below some of the themes discussed in these courses. NOTE: Students should have completed at least two 500-level Spanish courses prior to taking 6 or 700-level courses.
Grammar is like a puzzle - you put pieces together to create the desired image. But unlike a puzzle, grammar doesn’t have one single solution, but rather infinite. This does not mean that you can just slap together words willy-nilly. Every speaker has their own linguistic system, and it is through this system that they determine whether a phrase is well-formed or not. In this course, we will examine this system and the structures that compose it. The knowledge acquired in this class provides an excellent base for students interested in language teaching, translation, or who are looking to develop their Spanish for other professional contexts.
SPAN 732 - Cervantes
This course proposes to read the first modern novel, Don Quixote. After the Bible, Don Quixote is the most widely published, commented, and translated book. In this course, we will become familiar with Don Quixote’s depths, open it to critical discussion, and understand the culture and society of Early Modern Spain. We will see how it responds to cultural crises and witness the ineffable power of literary fiction. Bearing in mind the present, we will explore how literature is kept alive across time, languages, and cultures. We will look for the keys to Don Quixote’s universality and humor to understand how literary traditions are renewed and transformed.
SPAN 735 - 20th/21st C. Spain: Microfiction
Explore Spanish literature through microscopic texts known as Microfiction (stories of 2-pages or less). This class will focus on 20th and 21st century Microfiction from Spain, reading brief narratives published both as digital and in-print collections. This class will explore the creation of Microfiction and its origins, as well as popular authors like Andrés Neuman and Patricia Esteban Erlés. Students will also get to create some Microfiction of their own!
SPAN 757 - Spanish American Poetry
Explore how diverse Spanish American poets & songwriters throughout history have used sound and imagery to engage with issues including identity, oppression, memory, and creative expression. We discuss connections between poems/songs and their social, political, and literary contexts, and this develops your vocabulary, cultural awareness, and ability to express complex ideas. Research a topic to inform a creative individual project (ex: curated collection of poetry/lyrics, a translation, lesson plans, or original poetry/song).
SPAN 768 - Hispanic Cinema
Known as the creator of surrealist filmmaking, Luis Buñuel (1900–1983) left an indelible mark in the history of world cinema. During his long exile in Mexico as a Spanish War refugee, he directed some of his most influential work. Taking a transatlantic approach, this course will explore Buñuel´s most prominent films and his legacy, traced in the work of directors such as Luis Alcoriza, Arturo Ripstein, Pedro Almodóvar, María Novaro, and Guillermo del Toro. Students will watch and analyze these films through the cultural intersection of both Spain and Latin America’s aesthetic movements, political debates, and economic contexts in the 20th and 21st centuries.
This class builds skill in translation techniques through practice with texts from various fields (business, legal, medical, technical, literary, etc.) We apply a variety of resources and technologies to research and collaboratively revise our translations (both Spanish to English and English to Spanish). You will develop abilities in a chosen field of specialization related to career interests, creating an individual portfolio that includes a substantial translation.
This course examines artistic and cultural practices that created different aesthetics and politics of memory that have become essential to respond, denounce, and creatively resist diverse forms of violence and human rights violations. Looking at examples from different literary genres, films, documentaries, and interviews, the course focuses on works from the 1950s to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the socioeconomic, cultural, and political structures and processes that shaped and continue to influence life in Latin America. Key issues such as colonialism, nationalism, democracy, neocolonialism, and revolution are examined considering major events that have impacted the recent history of various Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas.
SPAN 774 - Spanish Translation& Interpretation
Translating and Interpreting in the Community. Introduction to vocabulary, research skills, professional practices, and ethics for serving as a community translator or interpreter (Spanish <> English). You will build basic interpreting skills through role-plays, exercises, and community service-learning experiences. You will also gain experience translating a variety of common documents such as birth certificates, letters, and forms.
This course primarily explores how the Spanish language evolved from Latin at the morphosyntactic and phonological level. Additionally, we will examine how external factors, such as diverse sociohistorical events, propagated the use of Spanish within Spain and throughout Latin America.
SPAN 777 - Culture & Literature Teaching Strategies
This course aims to assist students, and future L2 Spanish teachers, to develop strategies that are conducive to the effective teaching of writing skills interlinked with the Hispanic culture through realia, such as TV shows, readings, songs, comic strips.
NOTE: Graduate students only, or instructor permission (ex: for Education majors)
This class surveys the sociolinguistic elements and sociohistorical events that have resulted in the widely spread variation of Spanish in the US: Spanish as a heritage language. This linguistic variety is acquired at an early age in informal contexts (e.g., at home), and it displays specific linguistic features like code switching, often referred to as “Spanglish.” We will discuss debates on whether this variation is as valuable and prestigious as those spoken in Spain and Latin America and establish an informed understanding of language complexity.
Contact Dr. Valentín Rivera for more information.