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General Bulletin 2006-2008

Courses of Instruction

SPANISH (SPN-Arts and Science; Department of Spanish and Portuguese)

Note: Students with prior Spanish must take the placement examination before enrolling in any Spanish course. Once placed, students may not skip a course in the sequence leading to SPN 202. No student may take SPN 101, 201, or 202 for credit/no credit.

101/102 Beginner’s Course (4, 4)

Objectives: to read and understand ordinary Spanish without translation and to speak and write it with increasing ability.

111 Intensive Review of 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.

Advanced Courses

201/202 Second Year Spanish (3, 3)

Reading and discussion of selected texts with practice speaking and writing the language. Prerequisite: (for SPN 201) SPN 102 or 111 or placement exam score. (for SPN 202) SPN 201 or placement exam score. SPN 202: CAS-A.

241/242 Intermediate Conversational Spanish (2, 2) (241)

Intensive oral practice in simple face-to-face interactions involving exchange of personal information and routine social demands. (242) Intensive oral practice developing flexibility and fluency. Oral production developed on factual topics beyond personal information and routine social demands (narration, description of present, past, and future events). Credit/no credit only. Prerequisite: (241) SPN 202; (242) SPN 241. Recommend concurrent or prior registration in SPN 311.

MPF 303 Introduction to Linguistics (4)

Scope of linguistics: fundamental concepts and methods of linguistic science in its descriptive and historical aspects. Cross-listed with ATH 303, ENG 303, and GER 309. Does not count toward the Spanish major or minor. V. CAS-E.

311 Grammar Review and Introductory Composition (3)

Continued development of the four linguistic skills with emphasis on grammar and writing. Prerequisite: SPN 202 or appropriate placement exam score.

MPT 312 Introduction to Spanish Language/Linguistics (3)

Introduction to Spanish linguistics: 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.

315 Intro to Hispanic Literatures (3)

Close reading and critical analysis of selected poetry, essay, narrative fiction, and drama from Spain and Latin America. Prerequisite: SPN 311, appropriate placement exam score, or appropriate AP score. IIB. CAS-B-LIT. Prerequisite: SPN 311.

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 to incorporate them into their writing. Prerequisite: SPN 311.

317 Business Spanish (3)

Provides students with the vocabulary and specific terms of the Hispanic business world, as well as an introduction to the cultural and social reality surrounding the business world in Spanish-speaking countries. Prerequisite: SPN 311 and SPN 316.

341 Advanced Conversational Spanish (2)

Intensive oral practice; speeches, talks, conversations, dramatizations. Credit/no-credit only. Prerequisite: SPN 242; recommend concurrent or prior registration in SPN 316.

342 Advanced Conversational Spanish (3)

Intensive oral practice; speeches, talks, conversations, dramatizations. Credit/no-credit only. Prerequisite: SPN 341. Recommended: Prior or concurrent enrollment in SPN 316. May be taken in a Spanish-speaking study abroad program. MAY BE TAKEN ABROAD. MAY NOT BE TAKEN BY STUDENTS FROM STUDY ABROAD.

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 so-called “Golden Age” of the Early Modern Period. Prerequisite: SPN 315.

352 Cultural History of Spain II (3)

Cultural history of Spain from the 18th-century Spain to the present, with an emphasis on the 20th century Spain. Prerequisite: SPN 351 or SPN 362.

361 Spanish American Cultural History I (3)

An overview, reflected in literature, 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.

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 readings and films will vary. Prerequisite: SPN 352 or SPN 361.

381 Language and Culture I (3)

Social history of the Spanish language, with emphasis on the sociocultural and political factors that have interacted with language variation and change from pre-Roman Spain to the modern period. Prerequisite: SPN 312.

382 Language and 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 381.

409 Intermediate Spanish Composition (3)

Written composition in Spanish. Study grammatical structures, lexicon and rhetorical techniques as important resources to effective and appropriate written communication. Prerequisite: SPN 316. TO BE TAKEN ABROAD WHEN POSSIBLE.

Note: The following courses require SPN 352 or 362 except as otherwise noted. When appropriate, alternative prerequisites are designated.

MPT 420 Selected Topics in Literature and Culture: Spain (3)

In-depth study of literary texts on a specific cultural theme. CAS-B-LIT.

MPT 430 Selected Topics in Literature and Culture: Spanish America (3)

In-depth study of literary texts on a specific cultural theme. CAS-B-LIT.

MPT 440 Selected Topics in Spanish Language and Culture (3)

Explores linguistic issues in the Spanish-speaking world today, focusing on how they reflect economic, social and cultural tensions. Prerequisite: SPN 312, 412, or permission of instructor.

450/550 Topics in Hispanic Literature and Language (1-4; maximum 9)

Intensive study of a special problem or topic, a specific period, author, genre, or movement in Hispanic literature; or special topics in Hispanic language or linguistics.

451/551 Spanish Narrative (3)

Study of Spanish narrative from selected literary periods. Specific periods and texts may vary according to instructor. Prerequisites: SPN 351 and 352 OR SPN 361 and 362. CAS-B-LIT.

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. Prerequisites: SPN 351 and 352 OR 361 and 362 . CAS-B-LIT.

453/553 Spanish Theater (3)

Study of selected theatrical movements in Spain. May offer comparative approaches. Specific periods and texts may vary according to instructor. Prerequisites: SPN 351 and 352 or SPN 361 and 362. CAS-B-LIT.

454/554 Don Quixote (3)

Study of Miguel de Cervantes’s masterpiece and first modern novel in the Western world. Current critical approaches studied as well. Prerequisites: SPN 351 and 352 OR SPN 361 and 362. CAS-B-LIT.

461/561 Studies in Spanish American Narrative: Novel or Short Story (3)

Study of selected novels or short stories from the literature of Spanish America. Specific readings may vary according to instructor. Prerequisites: SPN 351 and SPN 352 or SPN 361 and 362. CAS-B-LIT.

462/452 Studies in Modern Spanish American Drama (3)

A panorama of the most representative movements and tendencies in modern Spanish American drama; covers works by playwrights from Mexico, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Chile and Cuba. Introduction to innovative critical analysis of dramatic texts. Prerequisites: SPN 351 and 352; or SPN 361 and 362. CAS-B-LIT.

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. Prerequisites: SPN 351 and 352 OR 361 and 362. CAS-B-LIT.

464/564 The Spanish American Essay (3)

Study of a type of essay, such as the chronicles of the discovery of America or the testimonial (first-hand witness accounts), for in-depth analysis of both the genre’s structure and argument. Prerequisites: SPN 351 and 352 OR SPN 361 and 362. CAS-B-LIT.

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.

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 supra segmental elements like syllable structure and stress assignment; syntax analyzes the theoretical basis of Spanish sentence structure. Prerequisites: SPN 381 and SPN 382.

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 concepts that will be the study of Spanish social dialectology. Prerequisites: SPN 381 and SPN 382.

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 381 and SPN 382.

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 381 and SPN 382.

MPC 490 Issues in Hispanic Literature (3)

Intensive study, including reading and independent research in the Spanish language, on a topic in Spanish literature, Spanish American literature, or Spanish linguistics. Specific course content varies. Prerequisites: SPN 351 and SPN 352; or SPN 361 and SPN 362; and 3 400-level literature courses. May not be taken abroad; must be taken on campus.

600 Seminar in Spanish Language or Literature (3; maximum 15 toward any degree)

Intensive study of selected authors of a selected period or a selected linguistic problem. Research and reports.

617/618 Intensive Reading in Spanish for Graduate Students (3, 3)

Prepares candidates for advanced degrees in other departments toward a reading knowledge of Spanish of textual materials within their respective fields. Offered alternate years.

670 Practicum in Teaching College Spanish (1)

Introduction to second language learning/teaching theory, methodology, and practice. Supervised teaching, preparation of instructional and testing materials, and practice in evaluation. Readings and bibliographic work in second language learning/teaching theory, practice, and research. Required of all graduate teaching assistants. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

680 Independent Study (1-6)

Indepedent study in Spanish literature and language.

689 Graduate Seminar (1)

Introduces new teaching assistants to strategies for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as culture in a cross-language setting. Summer only.

700 Research for Master’s Thesis (1-12; minimum 6, maximum 12)


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