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Conversation and Composition
SPN 321. CONVERSATION - 4 sh
Conversational Spanish involves intensive practice in everyday communication situations with emphasis on vocabulary and speaking proficiency.
SPN 322. COMPOSITION - 4 sh
Intensive practice in written expression focusing on refinements in structure, vocabulary expansion, and a variety of writing tasks including preparation for formal academic writing. Includes intensive grammar review.
SPN 317. ADV SPANISH - COSTAN RICAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE: LEVEL VI - 4 sh
For students who have completed the beginning and intermediate college level courses and are ready for advanced-level cultural study in Spanish. Continues the students' development of all language skills while focusing on topics about the history, literature and culture of Costa Rica. Includes significant reading and writing in Spanish. Prerequisite: Placement at this level as evaluated by Costa Rican instructors. Can be used as an elective in the Spanish major. Offered in Costa Rica only.
SPN 318. ADVANCED SPANISH AND THE MAYA WORLDS - 4 sh
This course will focus on developing reading, writing and conversational skills at the intermediate-high to advanced-low level while focusing on Maya cultures in Mexico. Cultural topics will include the Classic Maya civilizations, the Caste War of the 19th century, the contributions of the Maya labor force to the economic development of the region, and the importance of the Maya in the present day events and cultures in the states of Chiapas and Yucatan, Mexico. All readings, written assignments and course content in Spanish. The course includes presentations in Spanish by on-site specialists and travel to museums, cultural sites, archeological sites and contemporary Maya communities. Offered abroad only.
SPN 333. SPANISH CIVILIZATION -4 sh
A study of the history, geography and people of Spain from prehistoric times to the present, which emphasizes Spain's many contributions to Western civilization. Prerequisite: SPN 322 or permission of instructor.
SPN 334. LATIN AMERICAN CIVILIZATION - 4 sh
This course examines Latin American geography, history, art, architecture, music, government, economy, ethnicity, languages and culture, including a study of each country. Prerequisite: SPN 322 or permission of instructor. Offered every other year.
SPN 335. LATINOS IN THE U.S. - 4 sh
This course is an interdisciplinary study of the diversity of the culture, history, and social, economic and political situation of the Latino population in the United States. We will approach the subject through literature, film and music, through current articles from various disciplines, and through direct contact with the local Latino population. This course continues to develop students' language skills in Spanish. Course conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: successful completion of SPN 322 or equivalent or instructor's permission and successful completion of the sophomore writing assessment. Readings in Spanish and English.
SPN 350. INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY ANALYSIS IN SPANISH - 4 sh
This course is designed to teach students basic techniques in the analysis of literary texts, as well as terminology and concepts used in the close reading and understanding of four literary genres: narrative, poetry, drama and the essay. Readings from both Latin America and Spain will be studied. Students will practice using literary tools as they read, discuss and compose written analyses of selected texts, thereby preparing them for more advanced courses in Spanish and Spanish American literature.
SPN 351. SURVEY OF PENINSULAR LITERATURE - 4 sh
The overview of literature from Spain studies literary texts of several genres and includes a representative range of historical periods and cultural movements. Prerequisite: SPN 350 Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish or permission of instructor.
SPN 352. SURVEY OF LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE - 4 sh
This overview of Latin American literature in Spanish studies literary texts of several genres and includes a representative range of historical periods , cultural movements and countries. Prerequisite: SPN 350 Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish or permission of instructor.
SPN 353. STUDIES IN PENINSLAR LITERATURE - 4 sh
This course provides in-depth study of a particular genre, work, author, cultural element or other literary topic from Spain. Course may be repeated as long as the theme is varied. Prerequisite: SPN 350 Introduciton to Literary Analysis in Spanish or permission of instructor.
SPN 354. STUDIES IN LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE - 4 sh
This course provides in-depth study of a particular genre, work, author, cultural element or other literary topic from Spain. Course may be repeated as long as the theme is varied. Prerequisite: SPN 350 Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish or permission of instructor.
SPN 421. ADVANCED GRAMMAR I - 4 sh
An intensive study of the most problematic parts of the Spanish verb system. Particular attention will be given to the two past tenses (preterite and imperfect); ser versus estar, and the subjunctive. Composition, translation and oral practice will all be used to increase grammatical accuracy. Prerequisite: at least one upper-level Spanish course above SPN 322 or permission of instructor. Offered every other year.
SPN 422. ADVANCED GRAMMAR II - 4 sh
A continuation of SPN 421 Advanced Grammar I, but 421 is not a prerequisite for this course. Topics will include: object pronouns and the dative of interest contruction; other uses of pronouns; the passive voice and substitute constructions; impersonal constructions; relative clauses; adverbs and adverbial clauses; and prepositions, with paricular attention to por and para. The course will include readings, compositions and Internet research projects and class presentations. Prerequisite: at least one advanced level Spanish course (i.e., above SPN 322) or permission of the instructor. Recommended, but not required: SPN 421. Offered every other year.
SPN 451. PHONETICS - 4 sh
This course is designed to give student an in-depth understanding of the phonetic system of the Spanish language and to perfect the student's pronunciation. Students will learn how sounds are produced and will learn to imitate native speakers accurately through a variety of classroom exercises, recordings and videos. Through phonetic transcription and listening exercises, students will learn to hear accurately and to distinguish between similar sounds. Students will also study the wide phonetic variations that occur within the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPN 322 or permission of instructor.
SPN. 461 TRANSLATION - 4 sh
Designed to help advanced students refine their language skills and express themselves more accurately in Spanish by focusing on form through intensive translation practice. Includes practice in both Spanish-to-English and English-to-Spanish translations, incorporating concepts such as cognates and false cognates, metaphorical language, different registers and the importance of maintaining the tone and register of the original text in the translation. Different problems inherent in the translation process are discussed. Prerequisite: at least one course above the SPN 322 level or permission of the instructor. Recommended but not required: SPN 421, Advanced Grammar I. Offered every other year.
Colloquium on Hispanic Studies
SPN 465: This capstone course focuses on the critical study and analysis of specific historical moments, selected works, topics or themes in literary and cultural history. Course content will alternate between peninsular and Latin American topics, or combine readings from each area. As part of their senior assessment, students will complete original research on a topic, present their findings orally to the class and department members and write a research paper on the same topic in Spanish.
Internships, Independent Studies, and Special Topics
SPN 481. INTERNSHIP - 1-4 sh
This course provides students with practical experience using Spanish in a professional setting and may include internships in teaching, social service, government service, business, etc., in the U.S. or abroad. Prerequisite: at least one course above the SPN 310 level and departmental approval.
SPN 491. INDEPENDENT STUDY - 2-4 sh
SPN 371-379. SPECIAL TOPICS - 4 sh
Topics may include advanced study of language, cinema, selected literary authors, periods, genres or regions.