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, 102, 111, 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.
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.
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
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/nocredit 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 and GER 309, ENG 303. Does not count toward the Spanish major or minor.
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.
MPF, MPT 315 Introduction 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.
MPT 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 RETURNING
FROM STUDY ABROAD.
351 Cultural History of Spain I (3)
Cultural history of Spain, through a historic-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.
MPT 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.
MPT 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.
MPT 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:
MPT 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:
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)
of literary texts on a specific cultural theme. CAS-B-LIT.
430 Selected Topics in Literature and Culture: Spanish America (3)
study of literary texts on a specific cultural theme. CAS-B-LIT.
440 Selected Topics in Spanish Language and Culture (3)
issues in the Spanish-speaking world today, focusing on how they reflect economic,
social and cultural tensions. Prerequisite: SPN 312 or permission of instructor.
450/550 Topics in Hispanic Literature and Language (1-4; maximum 9)
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
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)
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.
462/562 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
Study of a type of essay, such as the chronicles of the discovery of
America or the testimonio (first-hand witness accounts), for in-depth analysis
of both the genre's structure and argument. Prerequisite(s):
SPN 351 and 352 OR SPN 361 and 362. CAS-B-LIT.
480 Independent Reading for Departmental Honors (1-6; maximum 6)
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
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
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)
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
680 Independent Study (1-6)
Independent 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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