Description of Courses

POR 111 Accelerated Introduction to Portuguese (4) Intensive language course that allows student to complete the equivalent of first year Portuguese in one semester. For those with background in Spanish or another romance language, the course concentrates on basic skills and prepares students for POR 211. Prerequisite: SPN 101, 102 or 111; FRE 101, 102 or ITL 101, 102; or three years of a high school Romance language.

Advanced Portuguese Courses

Note:  POR 111 or equivalent is minimum prerequisite for all advanced Portuguese courses.  Portuguese courses are available through independent studies.

POR 204 Brazilian Culture Through Poplular Music (3) Through music, lyrics and rhythms this course raises questions about history, national identity, social, religious, and ethnic diversity in Brazil.  Cross-listed with BWS/FST/LAS/MUS  IIB, IIIB, CUL

POR 211 Second Year Portuguese (4) Intensive language course that allows students to complete the equivalent of second year Portuguese in one semester. Prerequisite: POR 111. CAS-A.

POR 311 Grammar Review and Introductory Composition (3) Continued development of the four linguistic skills with emphasis on writing and grammar. Prerequisite: POR 211, appropriate placement exam score, or permission of instructor.

POR 315 Introduction to Literary Texts: Lusophone Literature (3) Close reading and critical analysis of selected poetry, essay, narrative fiction and drama from Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. Prerequisite: POR 311, appropriate placement exam score, or consent of the instructor.

POR 381 African Lusophone Literature (3) A focus on questions of geender, race, class and stereotypes in the African Lusophone countries.  Taught in English.  CAS-B-LIT.  Prequisite: any literature course.  Cross-listed with ENG/BWS/FST.

POR 383 By or About (Afro-)Brazilian Women (3) Addresses questions about gender, race, class and stereotype of women's bodies in 20th-century Brazil.  Cross-listed with BWS/ENG/FST/WGS.

Note: POR 111 is offered in the Fall semester, and POR 211 is offered in the Spring Semester.


SPN 101/102 Beginner’s Course (4, 4) This introductory course covers basic Spanish grammar, vocabulary and an introduction to Hispanic cultures, with the objective of teaching students to speak, understand and write Spanish with increasing ability. Prerequisite for SPN 102: SPN 101.

SPN 110 Hispanic Cultures (1; max 4)
Introduces residents of the Spanish Corridor to basic aspects of Hispanic cultures; topics may include cinema, food, art, or popular culture. Credit/No credit only.

SPN 111 Intensive Basic Spanish (4) Covers same material as SPN 101, 102. For entering students whose high school background in Spanish has not included all the basic grammar and whose preparation for enrollment in 201 is deficient. Upon completion of SPN 111, students enroll in SPN 201. Prerequisite: enrollment determined by placement exam. Credit earned in SPN 101 and/or 102 is considered duplication of credit.

SPN 201/202 Second Year Spanish (3, 3) Intermediate Spanish grammar with a focus on speaking, writing short compositions and reading and discussion of selected cultural texts. Prerequisite for SPN 201: SPN 102 or 111 or placement exam score. Prerequisite for SPN 202: SPN 201 or placement exam score. CAS-A.

SPN 203 Spanish for Health Care Professions (3) An intermediate level course geared towards students planning to work in the health care field. Designed to familiarize students with medical vocabulary, information on common illnesses, and cultural issues they may encounter while working with Hispanic patients. Spanish 203 is also designed to further student's knowledge of Spanish grammar while continuing the development of speaking, reading and writing skills. Students earn graduation credit for 202 or 203, but not both. Prerequisite: SPN 201 or placement exam score.

SPN 241/242 Intermediate Conversational Spanish (2, 2) 241- Intensive practice in speaking and understanding everyday conversational Spanish. 242- Continued intensive practice in speaking and understanding Spanish, with an emphasis on narration of present, past, and future events. Designed to improve pronunciation and fluency. Credit/no-credit only. Prerequisite for 241/242: SPN 202, 203 or 299. Recommend concurrent or prior registration in SPN 311.

SPN 292 Language and Latin American Diaspora (3) This is a course on the sociolinguistic manifestations of the Latin American diaspora, with concentration on the US and Spain as two parallel but not equal migratory contexts. Students will study the historic causes and social consequences of linguistic phenomena such as social bilinguilism, language contact, language policy, and language in the mass media. Class work emphasizes the discursive analysis of original written and oral texts from immigrant communities and host societies.

SPN 303 Introduction to Linguistics (4) MPF Introduction to fundamental concepts and methods of linguistic science in its descriptive and historical aspects. Cross-listed with ATH and GER 309, ENG 303. Does not count toward the Spanish major or minor. Taught in English. V. CAS-E.

SPN 311 Grammar Review and Introductory Composition (3) Continued development of basic grammatical proficiency in Spanish with an introduction to the fundamentals of writing in the Spanish language. Prerequisite: SPN 202, 203, 299 or appropriate placement exam score.

SPN 312 Introduction to Spanish Language/Linguistics (3) Introduction to Spanish phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, and pragmatics. Intensive pronunciation practice in language laboratory. Overview of Spanish language in relation to its history and to other romance languages. Readings and lectures in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 311 MPT

SPN 315 Introduction to Hispanic Literature (3) Close reading and critical analysis of selected poetry, essay, narrative fiction, and drama from Spain and Latin America. Prerequisite: SPN 311 or appropriate placement exam score. IIB. CAS-B-LIT MPF, MPT

SPN 316 Intermediate Spanish Composition (3) Further development of essential grammar concepts of Spanish and the formal elements necessary to write Spanish with precision. Students are expected to perfect their understanding of grammar rules and incorporate them into their writing. May be taken abroad. Prerequisite: SPN 311 or permission of department.

SPN 317 Business Spanish (3) An introduction to the cultural and social organization of the Hispanic business world with an overview of the vocabulary and idioms necessary for doing business in Spain or Latin America. Prerequisite: SPN 311 or permission of instructor.

SPN 318 Introduction to Hispanic Cinema (3) This course is an introduction to the cinema of Spain and Latin America and to the practice of film analysis in Spanish.  Students will learn the skill of shot-by-shot analysis, focusing on specific elements such as narrative, cinematography, editing, sound, etc.  They will also learn to contextualize their analyses within historical and sociocultural frameworks.  Mandatory weekly screenings.  Prerequisite:  SPN 311

SPN 319 - Exploring Spain Today.  As part of MIAMIinSPAIN only, this course takes place for 7-8 days. Students visit some of the most prominent cultural and historically relevant enclaves in Spain, such as the Prado Museum in Madrid, the synagogue of Santa María la Blanca in Toledo, the Alhambra in Granada, or the college city of Salamanca (the fourth oldest university in the World)  and experience first-hand other cultural manifestations of the country (traditional foods, community celebrations –such as the San Fermines of Pamplona, music, etc.)

SPN 321 - The Way of St James. The Way of Saint James takes place during ten days of the Summer Term, while hiking along el Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain, a UNESCO world heritage site.  Independently of the academic component of the course, each participant may have a different personal approach to The Way. A travelling experience, not only physical but also emotional, The Way of St. James may become a religious pilgrimage, an introspective encounter with oneself, an individual challenge, or a cultural journey through a different space, and also a different time, reaching as far back as the 9th century. (ONLY offered as part of MIAMIinSPAIN.)

SPN 322 Hispanics and Health Care (3) Explore cultural and political issues that affect access to health care and wellness for Hispanic patients within the U.S.  Designed to build cultural competency while continuing to develop linguistic knowledge of specialized vocabulary and content through readings and intensive oral practice.  Students will interact with healthcare professionals, community organizations and Hispanic patients through a 20-hour Service-Learning project as part of this course. Prerequisite: SPN 311.  Previous enrollment in SPN 203 is recommended, but not required. Counts toward the Spanish minor and major.

SPN 331 Spanish for Community Work (3) An introduction to the Hispanic/Latino community at a national and local level.  Development of the necessary skills to work effectively with a partnering organization in ways that benefit the local immigrant community.  Intensive oral practice through presentations, conversations and dramatizations.  Students will participate in a 20-hour service-learning project as a part of this course.  Prerequisite: SPN 311

SPN 332 Latin American Popular Culture (3) Interpret and contextualize art, music, food, and celebrity in the light of academic articles in Spanish and in English that explore issues of hybridity, representation, commodification, and the quest for authenticity.  Students enrolled under the SPN rubric will submit all written assignments and conduct oral presentations in Spanish.  Cross-listed with LAS 332.  Prerequisite:  SPN 311. Please Note: Counts only as related hours toward Spanish major.  Does not count toward Spanish minor.

SPN 341 Advanced Conversational Spanish (3) Intensive oral practice through speeches, conversations, dramatizations.  Prerequisite: SPN 311 or permission of the instructor; recommend concurrent or prior registration in SPN 316.

SPN 342 Advanced Conversational Spanish (3) Intensive oral practice through speeches, conversations, dramatizations. Prerequisite: SPN 311. MAY BE TAKEN ABROAD.

SPN 351 Cultural History of Spain I (3) Cultural history of Spain, through a historico-literary lens, from the Arab occupation of Al-Andalus through the Reconquest, to Spain's "Golden Age" of the Early Modern Period. Prerequisite: SPN 315. MPT CAS-B-LIT

SPN 352 Cultural History of Spain II (3) Cultural history of Spain from the 18th-century to the present, with an emphasis on 20th century Spain. Prerequisite: SPN 351 or permission of instructor. MPT CAS-B-LIT

SPN 361 Spanish American Cultural History I (3) An overview, reflected in a variety of media, of indigenous cultures, their discovery and conquest by the Spanish, and the enduring consequences of the new social, political and artistic order developed during the 300-year colonial period. Prerequisite: SPN 315. MPT CAS-B-LIT

SPN 362 Spanish American Cultural History II (3) Continued exploration of historical events surrounding the struggles for independence from Spain, the legacy of colonial institutions through the nineteenth- century, and the twentieth-century search for democracy and social justice. Specific literary readings and films will vary. Prerequisite: SPN 361 or permission of instructor. MPT CAS-B-LIT

SPN 381 Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture I (3) Social history of the Spanish language, with emphasis on the social, cultural and political factors that have interacted with language variation and change to produce the complex linguistic tapestry we call ‘Spanish’. Prerequisite: SPN 312. MPT

SPN 382 Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture II (3) Overview of several sociolinguistic issues as they relate to modern Spanish, such as regional and social variation, minority languages in the Spanish-speaking world, language and gender, language and the media, bilingualism,language choice, language maintenance and shift. Prerequisite:
SPN 312. MPT

SPN 409 Advanced Spanish Composition (3) Development of advanced writing skills in Spanish. Study of grammatical structures, lexicon and rhetorical techniques as important resources for accurate and effective written communication. Prerequisite: SPN 316. Offered infrequently on campus. TO BE TAKEN ABROAD WHEN POSSIBLE

SPN 420 Selected Topics in Literature and Culture Spain (3) In-depth study of Spanish literary texts or films based on a specific cultural theme. Prerequisite: SPN 352 or permission of instructor. CAS-B-LIT

SPN 430 Selected Topics in Literature and Culture: Spanish America (3) In-depth study of Latin American literary texts or films based on a specific cultural theme.Prerequisite: SPN 362 or permission of instructor. CAS-B-LIT

SPN 440 Selected Topics in Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture (3) Explores linguistic issues in the Spanish-speaking world today,focusing on how they reflect economic, social and cultural tensions. Prerequisite: SPN 312.

SPN 450/550 Topics in Hispanic Literature and Language (3) Intensive study of a special problem or topic, a specific period, author, genre, ormovemen t in Hispanic literature; or special topics in Hispanic language or linguistics. Prerequisite: SPN 351 and 352 OR SPN 361 and 362. CAS-B-LIT

SPN 451/551 Studies in Spanish Narrative (3) Study of Spanish narrative from selected literary periods. Specific periods and texts may vary according to instructor. Prerequisite: SPN 351 and 352 or SPN 361 and SPN 362. CAS-B-LIT

SPN 452/552 Studies in Spanish Poetry (3) Focus on one or more areas of Spanish poetry and poetics. May offer comparative approaches. Specific periods and texts may vary according to instructor. Prerequisite: SPN 351 and 352 OR SPN 361 and 362. CAS-B-LIT

SPN 453/553 Studies in Spanish Theatre (3) Study of selected theatrical movements in Spain. May offer comparative approaches. Specific periods and texts may vary according to instructor. Prerequisite: SPN 351 and 352 OR SPN 361 and 362. CAS-B-LIT

SPN 454/554 Don Quijote (3) Study of Miguel de Cervantes’s masterpiece and first modern novel in the Western world. Current critical approaches studied as well. Prerequisite: SPN 351 and 352 OR SPN 361 and 362. CAS-B-LIT

SPN 461/561 Studies in Spanish American Narrative (3) Study of selected novels or short stories from the literature of Spanish America. Specific readings may vary according to instructor. Prerequisite: SPN 351 and 352 OR SPN 361 and 362. CAS-B-LIT

SPN 462/562 Studies in Modern Spanish American Drama (3) A panorama of representative movements and tendencies in modern Spanish American drama. Close readings of representative works by playwrights from Mexico, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Chile and Cuba. Focus on visual representation of plays through scenographic presentations. Prerequisite: SPN 361 and 362. CAS-B-LIT

SPN 463/563 Studies in Spanish American Poetry (3) A study of movements and tendencies in Spanish American poetry which may focus on one or more periods of its development. Prerequisite: SPN 351 and 352 OR SPN 361 and 362. CAS-B-LIT

SPN 464/564 Studies in the Spanish American Essay (3) Study of the major Spanish American essayists, from the colonial era to the present, in light of their influence on both the emergence of the literary genre and the formation of modern Latin America. Prerequisite: SPN 351 and 352 OR SPN 361 and 362. CAS-B-LIT

SPN 480 Independent Reading for Departmental Honors (1-6; maximum 6) Departmental honors may be taken for a minimum of four semester hours and a maximum total of six semester hours in one or more semesters of the student's senior year.

SPN 481/581 Spanish Phonology and Syntax (3) Overview of the major theoretical approaches to Spanish phonology and syntax. Phonology includes the study of significant sound contrasts in Spanish, and their distribution and representation, as well as elements like syllable structure and stress assignment; syntax analyzes the theoretical basis of Spanish sentence structure. Prerequisite: SPN 312 or permission of instructor.

SPN 482/582 Spanish Dialectology (3) Study of Spanish dialects based on historical and geographic criteria, as well as an introduction to a number of sociolinguistic concept that will be the study of Spanish social dialectology. Prerequisite: SPN 312 or permission of instructor.

SPN 483/583 History of the Spanish Language (3) History of Spanish language from Classical and Vulgar Latin to the present. Changes in phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon. Major characteristics of Spanish dialects and closely related languages. Prerequisite: SPN 312 or permission of instructor.

SPN 484/584 Second Language Acquisition Spanish (3) A theoretical study of factors influencing first and second language acquisition/learning with a concentration on Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 312 or permission of instructor.

SPN 490 Issues in Hispanic Literature, Linguistics or Culture (3) MPC Intensive study, including reading and independent research in the Spanish language, on a topic in Spanish or Spanish American literature, culture or linguistics. Specific course content varies. Prerequisite: SPN 351 and SPN 352; or SPN 361 and SPN 362; or SPN 381 and SPN 382; plus one 400-level courses. May not be taken abroad; must be taken on campus.