Professor: K. M. Gatto; Associate Professors: D. G. Anderson, A. Pérez-Romero, E. Luengo; Assistant Professor: M. L. Thornton
The program in Spanish is offered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures. (For general information about the department, see page 163.) The Spanish program sustains a rich curriculum in language, culture, and literature. The sequence of courses in Spanish leads from competence in basic Spanish language skills to a thorough understanding of the language, as well as Spanish and Latin American civilization and literature. Programs concentrate equally on Spanish and Latin American content through a cyclical offering of courses. With some 400 million speakers, Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. With well over 35 million Spanish speakers in the United States, and with over 40% of population growth being among the Hispanic people, the stage is set for an enormous increase in Spanish usage in the United States. Spanish is also a valuable adjunct skill to many other major programs or careers. A working knowledge of Spanish is becoming essential for employment in many areas of the country. For those students interested in business and trade, Spanish is the language of nineteen countries in Latin America, which are currently the fastest-growing export-import market for U.S. products. Spanish and Latin American cultures have made enormous contributions to architecture, the arts, and world literature. Spanish ranks third as an international language of politics, economics, and culture. In sum, learning Spanish will expand one’s horizons.
Major and Minor Requirements
Major in Spanish:36 credit hours, as follows:
Two must be 400-level literature courses; one of the remaining three may be an IC course in literature.
A comprehensive examination.
Minor in Spanish: 21 hours, beginning at any level. Courses numbered 301-302 are strongly recommended for all majors and minors.
101. BEGINNING SPANISH I 3 cr. Intensive functional approach to the four language skills in a cultural context. Classroom, multimedia, computer-assisted instruction.
102. BEGINNING SPANISH II 3 cr. Prerequisite: SP 101 or equivalent. Amplification of language skills in a cultural context. Added emphasis on reading and writing.
191-192. BEGINNING SUPERVISED STUDY 1-3 cr. each. Supervised independent study of Spanish at the beginning level. May be repeated with a different topic.
199. SPECIAL TOPICS 1-3 cr. Occasional course on a selected topic announced in advance. May be repeated with a different topic.
201-202. INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I, II 3 cr. each. Prerequisite: SP 102 or equivalent. Further development of the four language skills for communication in a cultural context; expansion of vocabulary, idiomatic usage, and grammar. SP 201 or equivalent prerequisite for SP 202.
298. INTERMEDIATE SUPERVISED STUDY 1-3 cr. Supervised independent study of Spanish at the intermediate level. May be repeated with a different topic.
299. SPECIAL TOPICS 1-3 cr. Occasional course on a selected topic announced in advance. May be repeated with a different topic.
301. CONVERSATION IN SPANISH 3 cr. Development of communicative competence in Spanish through oral practice and use of conversational strategies and techniques. (Fall)
302. WRITING IN SPANISH 3 cr. Development of writing ability in Spanish through practice toward consolidation of independence in the use of the written word. (Spring)
305. SPANISH PHONOLOGY 3 cr. Systematic analysis and practice of the sounds of spoken Spanish.
306. SPANISH FOR BUSINESS 3 cr. Acquisition of linguistic skills and a sophisticated style for the business, legal, professional setting. Emphasis on vocabulary, syntax, and idiomatic usage.
307. POPULAR CULTURES OF SPANISH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES 3 cr. Latin American and Spanish cultures as seen in carnival performance, music, dance, soap operas, and films. Discussion of the politics of everyday practices associated with these expressions, within sociopolitical processes of which they are a part.
310. THE CINEMA OF SPAIN 3 cr. Selected films from Spain as an expression of culture, civilization, and language. Films, instruction, and discussion in Spanish.
311. PERSPECTIVES ON THE PEOPLE AND CULTURES OF SPAIN 3 cr. Development of Spain, its people, and institutions from its origins to the present. Various aspects of Spanish culture and intellectual development, especially as found in language, literature, and art forms. (Spring; alternates with SP 314)
312. THE CINEMA OF LATIN AMERICA 3 cr. Selected films from Latin America as an expression of culture, civilization, and language. Films, instruction, and discussion in Spanish.
314. PERSPECTIVES ON NATIONS AND CULTURES OF LATIN AMERICA 3 cr. Development of Latin American culture from colonial times to the present. Discussion of basic institutions, political and socioeconomic patterns, the arts, and folklore. (Spring; alternates with SP 311)
315. INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY ANALYSIS 3 cr. Introduction to critical techniques for analysis of the principal literary forms: narrative, poetry, and drama. Texts chosen from various periods of both Spanish and Latin American literature. Prerequisite for all other Spanish literature courses. (SP 315 may, however, be taken concurrently with SP 325 or SP 327.) (Fall)
316. CREATIVE WRITING IN SPANISH 3 cr. Fundamentals and practice of creative writing across genres.
321. ADVANCED SPANISH GRAMMAR 3 cr. Theory and practice of Spanish grammatical structures based on everyday usage and on literary language. Guided and creative exercises and compositions. Note: Spanish majors are strongly encouraged to take SP 321 before taking 400-level courses. (Spring)
325, 326. INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH LITERATURE 3 cr. each. Prerequisite: SP 315 (SP 325 may, however, be taken concurrently with SP 315). SP 325: from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 19th century (Fall; alternates with SP 327). SP 326: from the beginning of the 19th century to the present (Spring; alternates with SP 328).
327, 328. INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE 3 cr. each. Prerequisite: SP 315 (SP 327 may, however, be taken concurrently with SP 315). SP 327: from the 16th century to the mid-20th century (Fall; alternates with SP 326). SP 328: representative contemporary literary texts (Spring; alternates with SP 326).
330. HISPANIC IMMIGRANTS IN FILM, LITERATURE, AND MUSIC 3 cr. Exploration of the cultural production by and about Latino immigrants in the United States.
398. SUPERVISED STUDY 1-3 cr. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Supervised independent study. May be repeated with a different topic.
399. SPECIAL TOPICS 1-3 cr. Occasional course on a selected topic announced in advance. May be repeated with a different topic.
401. ADVANCED SPANISH CONVERSATION 3 cr. Development of advanced vocabulary and conversational techniques. Includes in-depth discussion and debate of current events and real-life issues as well as oral analysis of readings.
402. ADVANCED SPANISH COMPOSITION 3 cr. Theory and practice of correct grammatical usage; correct and effective use of words; correct and effective sentence structure. Exercises in advanced composition.
407. TRANSLATION IN SPANISH 3 cr. Prerequisites: SP 301 and 302 or equivalent. Methods and mechanics of translation; selection of proper tools. Comparison and evaluation of translated texts.
427. CONTEMPORARY SPANISH AND LATIN AMERICAN POETRY 3 cr. Study of representative poetry in Spain and Latin America since 1900.
430. CONTEMPORARY MEXICAN LITERATURE 3 cr. Exploration of the major trends in Mexican fiction of the 20th and 21st centuries. Selections from Carlos Fuentes, Sabina Berman, Octavio Paz, Juan Rulfo, Angeles Mastretta, and others.
432. ARABS, JEWS, AND CHRISTIANS FROM FRONTIER TO EMPIRE: MEDIEVAL SPANISH LITERATURE 3 cr. Literary contributions of each of these cultures to the creation and development of a discourse of Spain. Works examined include Poema de mio Cid, Milagros de Nuestra Señora, Libro de buen amor, El Conde Lucanor, Cancionero de Baena, La Celestina.
434. DRAMA OF THE GOLDEN AGE 3 cr. Development of the Spanish comedia in the cultural context of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
435. CERVANTES 3 cr. Study of the works of Cervantes, with special attention to the Quijote and the Novelas ejemplares.
436. CONTEMPORARY NARRATIVE OF ARGENTINA, CHILE, AND URUGUAY 3 cr. Postmodern fiction and urban chronicles written in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay in the last two decades, where the topics of exile and collective memory, marginality, gender, and violence find expression in the post-dictatorship imagination.
437. POETRY AND NARRATIVE OF THE GOLDEN AGE 3 cr. Poetry; the mystics; the beginnings of the novel, with special emphasis on the picaresque.
462. SPANISH SHORT STORIES 3 cr. Spanish narrative trends from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Authors include Juan Valera, Mercedes Abad, and José María Merino.
464. LATIN AMERICAN SHORT STORY 3 cr. Major trends in the contemporary short story in Latin America. Selections from Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo, Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, Carlos Fuentes, Isabel Allende, and others.
477. CONTEMPORARY SPANISH DRAMA 3 cr. Innovative dramatic works as manifestations of issues related to Spanish society since the early 20th century: the Spanish Civil War and its effects, political repression and the quest for freedom, gender and sexuality, memory, and strategies toward artistic innovation.
478. CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICAN DRAMA 3 cr. Reading and analysis of representative works of Latin American theatre since 1900.
482. NINETEENTH-CENTURY SPANISH LITERATURE 3 cr. Readings in 19th-century poetry, prose, and drama. In-depth discussion of romanticism, realism, and naturalism.
484. LITERATURE OF MODERN SPAIN 3 cr. Outstanding writers from the Generation of 1898 to the present.
498. ADVANCED SUPERVISED STUDY 1-3 cr. Supervised independent study on special topics. For advanced students. May be repeated with a different topic.
499. SPECIAL TOPICS 1-3 cr. Occasional course on a selected topic announced in advance. May be repeated with a different topic.