Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

Course Description

BY-PASS CREDIT/AP CREDIT

  • Students that place directly into Spanish 219 or Spanish 228 and earn a grade of B or better for the course will receive credit for 217 or 219
  • Students who score 4 or 5 on the AP Spanish Language Exam will receive credit for 219, an elective for the Spanish minor/major.
  • Students who score 4 or 5 on the AP Spanish Literature Exam will receive credit for 260, an elective for the Spanish minor/major.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Spa 115. Beginning Spanish I. An introduction to basic modes of communication in the
target language. Emphasis is on everyday language while developing speaking, listening, reading
and writing as well as introducing culture(s) of the target language.

Spa 116. Beginning Spanish II. A continuation of Spanish 115. Prerequisite: Spa 115 or
placement into 116.

Spa 217. Intermediate Spanish I: The Spanish Speaking World. Students develop
increasingly complex skills such as communicating in Spanish and understanding Spanish
texts while studying and discussing social and cultural topics. Students study such essential
dimensions of the Spanish speaking world as: geography and development, environmental
challenges and solutions, population and demographic changes and challenges, ethnic diversity.
Prerequisite: Spa 116 or placement into 217.


Spa 219. Intermediate Spanish II: “Hispanics” in the U.S. Students examine the history
of the Hispanic/Latino presence within the United States and the intercultural connection
created by this diversity. Through a variety of readings they will mainly consider the unique
histories of Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans and Puerto Ricans, and discuss the various
formulations of identity for Hispanics/Latinos. As they strive to articulate the nature of cultural
identity in the United States, they will explore the contributions of different ethnic groups
as well as the challenges that cultural differences often provoke. Prerequisite: Spa 217 or
placement into 219. Not open to students with prior credit in Spa 227 or 228.

Spa 227. Off-Campus Spanish Conversation and Culture. An immersion experience in a
Spanish-speaking country. Focus is on many aspects of the culture of the particular country and
oral expression in order to facilitate daily life functions, greater intercultural understanding and
effective interactions. Offered spring term. Prerequisite: Spa 219 or placement above 219 and
permission of the instructor.

Spa 228. On-Campus Spanish Conversation in a Contemporary Context. Intensive work
in oral expression, focusing on practical situations and contemporary issues, by means of a
variety of texts. Prerequisite: Spa 219 or placement above 219 or permission of the instructor.
May precede Spa 227, but may not be taken after 227.

Spa 230. Spanish Culture and Civilization. Reading, discussion and presentation of the
social, economic, geographic, and political structure of contemporary Spain, as well as a study
of the country’s history and artistic expression through the centuries. Prerequisite: Spa 227 or
228 or permission of instructor.

Spa 231. Spanish American Culture and Civilization. Reading, discussion and presentation
of the social, economic, geographic, and political structure of contemporary Spanish America,
as well as a study of the area’s history and artistic expression through the centuries. Prerequisite:
Spa 227 or 228 or permission of instructor.

Spa 319. Stylistics and Composition. An intensive study and written application of the
intricate details of grammar necessary for advanced students. Prerequisite: Spa 227 or 228.

Spa 320. Introduction to Literature in Spanish. An introduction to the literary genres of
prose fiction, poetry, and drama, using as example readings from both Spanish and Spanish
American literature. The student will learn the terminology used in discussion of the respective
genres as well as critical methods of approach. Prerequisite: Spa 227, 228, 230 or 231.
Spa 320 is a prerequisite for all courses above 320.

Spa 321. Latin American Society through Film. Advanced course in Spanish that examines
how films reflect and shape discourses on race, gender, sexuality, history, music, and politics in
Latin America. Prerequisite: Spa 320.

Spa 322. Reading Spanish Film. This course explores several cultural themes that are
prevalent in Spain and in the world at large, such as women and gender, immigration, collective
memory, modernity, and globalization. Spanish films are examined in connection with the
social, political, and historical context. Prerequisite: Spa 320.

Spa 327. Studies in the Cultures of Spain. A study of selected topics related to the cultures of
Spain using cultural narratives present in a wide variety of expressive forms. Content may vary.
May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Spa 320.

Spa 328. Contemporary Spain. Introduction to contemporary Spanish history, politics, and
culture through the analysis of historical documents, literary texts, and artistic manifestations.
Prerequisite: Spa 320.

Spa 329. Women and Gender in Spain. This course introduces important female authors
and artists from the Middle Ages to the 21st century from both within and outside the Spanish
Canon, focusing especially on the authors’ response to their political, social, and cultural
context. Students will learn about Spanish culture and society through the lens of women’s
experience and struggle for equal rights and social justice. Prerequisite: Spa 320.

Spa 330. Latin American Identities/Cultures. An exploration of Latin American realities
through various genres (myths, legends, chronicles, essays, films and documentaries), from preColumbian,
discovery, conquest, and colonial periods up to independence and recent times.
Prerequisite: Spa 320.

Spa 331 Latin American Lit./Popular Culture. A survey of contemporary topics such
as national identity, gender relations, political action, and indigenous movements in Latin
American distinctive narratives as found in political cartoons, music, films, documentaries, and
contemporary social media. Prerequisite: Spa 320.

Spa 336. Medieval & Golden Age Spain. A variety of historical documents, literary texts
and artistic manifestations will be analyzed to understand a society that produced rogues,
heroes, saints, pilgrims and inquisitors. Concepts such as diversity (religious, cultural, ethnic),
nationalism, empire, honor, myth and deceit will be explored. Prerequisite: Spa 320.

Spa 337. Studies in Latin American Literature and Culture. A study of selected topics
related to literature and culture of Latin America. Content may vary. May be repeated for credit
with permission of instructor.

Spa 339. The Clash of Cultures. A survey of texts detailing the indigenous experience during
the process of cultural hybridization brought about by Spanish colonization of the Caribbean,
Mesoamerica, and the Andes in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Texts and authors may
include the Popul Vuh, Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, Guamán Poma de Ayala, Nezahualcóyotl,
Colón, Díaz del Castillo, and the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. Prerequisite: Spa 320.

Spa 428. Adv. Contemporary Spain. Advanced study of contemporary Spanish history,
politics, and culture through the analysis of historical documents, literary texts, and artistic
manifestations. Prerequisites: Spa 320 and one additional course above Spa 320. Not open to
students with prior credit in 328.

Spa 429. Adv. Women and Gender in Spain. Advanced analysis of important female authors
and artists from the Middle Ages to the 21st century from both within and outside the Spanish
Canon, focusing especially on the authors’ response to their political, social, and cultural
context. Students will conduct independent research about women’s struggle for equal rights
and social justice in Spain. Prerequisite: Spa 320 and one additional course above 320. Not
open to students with prior credit in 329.

Spa 430. Adv. Latin Am. Identities/Cultures. An in-depth survey of Latin American realities
through various genres (myths, legends, chronicles, essays, films and documentaries), from preColumbian,
discovery, conquest, and colonial periods up to independence and recent times.
Prerequisite: Spa 320 and one additional 300-level course in Spanish above 320. Not open to
students with prior credit in 330.

Spa 431. Adv. Latin Am. Lit./Popular Culture. An in-depth survey of contemporary topics
such as national identity, gender relations, political action, and indigenous movements in Latin
American distinctive narratives as found in political cartoons, music, films, documentaries,
and contemporary social media. Prerequisite: Spa 320 and one additional 300-level course in
Spanish above 320. Not open to students with prior credit in 331

Spa 436. Adv. Medieval & Golden Age Spain. Advanced analysis of a variety of historical
documents, literary texts and artistic manifestations in order to understand a society that
produced rogues, heroes, saints, pilgrims and inquisitors. Concepts such as diversity (religious,
cultural, ethnic), nationalism, empire, honor, myth and deceit will be explored. Prerequisites:
Spa 320 and one additional course above Spa 320. Not open to students with prior credit in
336.

Spa 439. Adv. Clash of Cultures. An in-depth survey and analysis of texts detailing the
indigenous experience during the process of cultural hybridization brought about by Spanish
colonization of the Caribbean, Mesoamerica, and the Andes in the fifteenth and sixteenth
centuries. Texts and authors may include the Popul Vuh, Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, Guamán
Poma de Ayala, Nezahualcóyotl, Colón, Díaz del Castillo, and the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.
Prerequisite: Spa 320 and one additional 300-level course in Spanish above 320. Not open to
students with prior credit in 339.