Courses

The language courses (101-202) fulfill the college’s specific standard requirement of proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate level and promote the appreciation of the cultural diversity that characterizes the Spanish-speaking world and Latina/o communities in the United States.

To be better prepared for language courses, students should have taken a few years of Spanish, including a course during their senior year in high school. Incoming students with more than one year of Spanish must take a placement test before enrolling in courses. No student with more than one year of high school Spanish may register for SPA 101.

Course Listing

SPA-101 ELEMENTARY SPANISH I (4)
Fundamentals of Spanish for speaking, listening, writing and reading. Emphasis on proficiency achievement and cultural awareness of the Hispanic world. Not open to students with one or more years of Spanish in high school. All students with more than one year of Spanish are required to take the placement test.

SPA-102 ELEMENTARY SPANISH II (4)
Continuation of 101. All students with more than one year of Spanish are required to take the placement test.
Prerequisite: SPA-101

SPA-201 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I (4)
Grammar review, conversation, listening, comprehension, composition and reading. All students with more than one year of Spanish are required to take the placement test.
Prerequisite: SPA-102

SPA-202 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II (4)
Continuation of SPA-201. All students with more than one year of Spanish are required to take the placement test.
Prerequisite: SPA-201

SPA-205 READING AND WRITING ABOUT THE HISPANIC WORLD (4)
Continued study of Hispanic cultures with special emphasis on the development of conversational, written and listening expression in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPA-202 with a minimum grade of C-

SPA-206 SPANISH CULTURE IN SPAIN (2)
Intermediate and advanced students will complement their studies at the University of Oviedo by completing weekly activities and projects while they visit sites, live with families and study in Spain.
Prerequisite: SPA-102

SPA-244 CONTEMPORARY SHORT STORIES (4)
Traces the history and development of the genre with emphasis on examining the elements specific to the short story and the literary devices contemporary writers employ in their craft.
Prerequisite: SPA-205 with a minimum grade of C-

SPA-307 SPANISH CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE (4)
Important historical events, trends and ideas of Spain from earliest times to the present.
Prerequisite: SPA-202 with a minimum grade of C-

SPA-308 LATIN AMERICAN CIVILIZATIONS AND CULTURES (4)
The study of historical, political, social and cultural aspects that unify Latin America as a region from the pre-conquest to the present and an exploration of the diversity within countries and across borders.
Prerequisite: SPA-202 with a minimum grade of C-

SPA-323 APPROACHES TO LITERATURE (4)
Presentation of representative Latin-American and Spanish texts to foster reading, writing and analytical skills.
Prerequisite: SPA-205 with a minimum grade of C-

SPA-325 INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE (4)
The study of representative works of literature and literary movements from classic to contemporary writing in Latin America.
Prerequisite: SPA-205 with a minimum grade of C-

SPA-327 INTRODUCTION TO THE LITERATURE OF SPAIN (4)
A historic and thematic introduction to representative works of significant literary movements from the Middle Ages to present-day Spain.
Prerequisite: SPA-205 with a minimum grade of C-

SPA-361 20th-CENTURY SPAIN (4)
Examines how societal changes throughout the century are reflected in representative works of literature and other forms of artistic expression such as film and painting. Topics include the avant-garde, the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, the rise of mass media and the transition to democracy.
Prerequisite: SPA-323

SPA-365 BLACK LITERATURE IN CUBA AND IN PUERTO RICO (4)
This course provides an examination of the Caribbean literary movement of “negrismo.” Literary texts and interdisciplinary readings examine the impact of ethnicity on Cuban and Puerto Rican national identities. More contemporary media illustrate the present role of Afro-Caribbean religious traditions, such as Santería.
Prerequisite: SPA-323

SPA-370 TOPICS IN LATINO LITERATURE (4)
A critical analysis of a specific topic, genre, or period in Latino literature and other English-language media produced in the United States. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Prerequisite: ENG-110
(Cross-listed with WS-370 when topic applies and ENG-370)

SPA-380 INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO HISPANIC LITERATURES AND CULTURES (4)
Examination of selected aspects of the cultures of Spain and/or Latin America through the study of literature, film, mass media, social institutions and movements. May be repeated for credit when the instructor changes. Meets with SPA-480. Prerequisite: SPA-323

SPA-410 DIRECTED READING (1-4)
Directed reading courses are open to qualified juniors and seniors to pursue reading outside a program's listed courses. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section of the catalog for more information.

SPA-440 DIRECTED RESEARCH (1-4)
Directed research courses are open to junior and senior majors to work with a faculty member on a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section of the catalog for more information.

SPA-450 INTERNSHIP (1-4)
Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section of the catalog for more information.

SPA-480 TOPICS IN HISPANIC THEMES (4)
A detailed critical analysis of a specific topic, genre or period in Spanish or Latin American literatures and other media. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. Meets with SPA-380.
Prerequisite: SPA-323
(Cross-listed with Women’s Studies when topic applies)

SPA-490 SENIOR THESIS (4)
A senior thesis gives superior students the opportunity to write a thesis about a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section of the catalog for more information.