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101-102-103-201-202: Spanish Language

These courses help students build the four basic skills of language (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing) while learning about the diverse cultures that make up the Spanish-speaking world. Students with High School Spanish backgrounds should take a placement exam to determine the best starting point for them.

203: The Hispanic Community in the U.S.

The Intermediate Spanish program concludes with a course dedicated to studying the cultures and contributions of Latinos in the United States. Readings and discussion center on the diverse populations which make up the U. S. Latino population.

301: Advanced Composition & Conversation, 305: Introduction to Hispanic Literature

These two courses, which may be taken in either order, provide skills development in speaking, listening, writing and reading, preparing students for advanced work in cultural and literary studies.

310: Conversation

A one-credit conversation course which students can repeat as they choose. This course builds student confidence and ability in conversational Spanish, developing fluidity, pronunciation and listening comprehension. Thematic focus is on contemporary topics, with current events, film or television from the Spanish-speaking world used to foster debate and discussion.

307: Introduction to Linguistics, 314: Intensive Grammar, 315: Phonetics & Phonology

Courses which offer students a chance to understand the systems and rules which govern the Spanish language. 307 and 314 are required of all teaching majors, while 314 and 315 are required for the Spanish for Professional Use Major.  These courses are popular as well with majors and minors who wish to understand the workings of the Spanish language or improve either their grammatical accuracy or authentic pronunciation.

321-322-326-327: Spanish and Latin American Culture

Four different cultural studies courses allow students to choose areas of interest for them: for some it is Pre-Colombian America, for others Modern Spain. History, Politics, Art & Culture are all part of the mix that helps students deepen their understanding of Spanish and the people who speak it.  Students in all major or minor programs are required to enroll in no fewer than 1 course with a Peninsular (Spain) focus and 1 with a Latin American focus. 

328: Spanish for the Professions

Spanish for Special Purposes gives students in pre-professional programs a chance to study the vocabulary, context and cultures they will encounter in the fields of Medicine, Business or Speech Pathology, and prepares the workplace prepared to meet the challenges of a multicultural, multilinational and multilingual world community.  Students in the Spanish for Professional Use are required to enroll in the SSP course which matches their field of study.  Enrollment in these courses is typically limited to students with a proven background in the professional field being studied.

330-331-332-333: Spanish & Latin American Literature

Four distinct literary survey courses give students the chance to enter the Spanish-speaking world through the window of literature. From the epic poem of El Cid and Don Quixote’s misadventures to the magical world of Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende and Laura Esquivel, students see Hispanic culture from the inside.  Surveys are divided between Latin America (332-333) and Spain and chronologically (330: Spain before 1700, 331: Spain after 1700, 332: Latin America pre 1900, 333: Latin America after 1900).  Courses are offered each 2 years, with a rotation between study of Latin American literature and Spanish literature.

344-345: Special Topics in Literature

Topics courses delve deeper into the literary worlds of Spain and Latin America. Each course is a unique voyage, guided by the professor, into an area of special interest: from the risks of producing theater during dictatorship to the challenges of modernization in contemporary Mexico, from the genius of Miguel de Cervantes to the struggle for indigenous peoples to gain a voice in our world.  A topics course is offered each year, rotating between study of Spanish and Latin American Literature.

390: Senior Inquiry in Spanish

Senior Inquiry is a chance for each student to explore their interests and questions about the Spanish-speaking world. Guided by a departmental mentor, each senior Spanish Major develops, researches and produces a study on a topic relevant to their career, their calling and their passions.  Some examples of past research includes the study of Picasso's ceramics, the shrinking water table of Mexico City, the impact of militarization on the U.S.-Mexico border, the changing face of the "la Llorona" legend among Mexican immigrants and chicano families, the unanticipated cultural impacts of the NAFTA treaty and the rise of L.A. gang warfare in Central America, among others.