Spanish (SPAN)

Course Descriptions

1000 Introduction to Latin American Studies
3 credit hours

This course is an introduction to the peoples and cultures of Latin America. Topics include pre-Columbian civilizations, conquest and colonization, ethnicity, economics, politics, migration, urbanization, revolution, the environment, and the arts. This course will be conducted in English.


1100 Introduction to the Spanish Language
6 credit hours

Designed to offer a firm initial competency in speaking and writing Spanish. This course requires regular attendance and a willingness to participate.


2204 Intermediate Spanish I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SPAN 1100 with a minimum grade of C (or equivalent).

This course is a continuation of elementary Spanish, with emphasis on comprehension, conversation, reading, and writing.


2205 Intermediate Spanish II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SPAN 2204 with a minimum grade of C (or equivalent).

This course is a continuation of Intermediate Spanish I, SPAN 2204.


2206 Intermediate Spanish Communication Skills
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SPAN 1100 with a minimum grade of C. Concurrent enrollment in SPAN 2204 and/or SPAN 2205 is strongly recommended.

This course builds on basic language skills acquired in previous study to enhance the student’s ability to communicate in Spanish.  Students will practice how to structure and manage conversations at an intermediate level in order to increase their oral proficiency in the language.  Thorough advanced preparation is required for each class, where oral activities predominate. 


3303 Advanced Oral and Written Spanish I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SPAN 2204 and 2205 with a minimum grade of C.

This course is designed to build upon and refine the students’ ability to comprehend and to communicate effectively in Spanish.


*3304 Americas: The Changing Face of Latin America
3 credit hours

Given in English, this course is an introduction to selected aspects of present-day Latin America and the Caribbean through a screening of video material and selected readings. The course focuses on a wide range of issues, and may include economic development, migration, racial identity, and the role of women, religion, and the work of creative artists, national sovereignty, and revolution. This course contributes to satisfying the Faculty of Arts humanities 3c requirement but does not fulfill the 3b requirement.


3306 Advanced Oral and Written Spanish II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SPAN 3303.

This course is a continuation of Advanced Oral and Written Spanish I, SPAN 3303.


3307 Advanced Spanish Conversation Through Film
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SPAN 2204 and 2205 with a minimum grade of C

Designed for students who are learning Spanish as a second language, this course uses current Spanish-language films produced in Latin America and Spain as a springboard for in-class conversation about Hispanic culture, while also providing a review of grammatical structures at the advanced level.  This course is taught entirely in Spanish.


3309 Intro to Spanish Translation
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: SPAN 2205

Taught in English, this course is an introduction to the theory and practice of both Spanish to English and English to Spanish translation. Emphasis is on general material from the media, social sciences and the humanities.


*3310 Latin America Culture
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SPAN 2204 and 2205 with a minimum grade of C.

This course introduces a broad range of cultural and artistic manifestations of Latin America, both past and present.  Topics may include indigenous cultures in the Americas, the importance of European culture to the New World, and the effort to preserve a distinct Latin American culture.  The course will be conducted entirely in Spanish.


3312 Introduction to Latin American Literature
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in Spanish at the 2000-level or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C.

Designed for students who are learning Spanish as a second language, this course provides an overview of Latin American literature across a range of possible genres: narrative, poetry, theatre, and the essay.  In addition to introducing students to the dynamics of these various forms of literary expression, this course uses literary texts as windows for looking into their historical backdrop, and the social, political, and cultural issues that they raise. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish.


3313 20th Century Latin American Literature
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Any 2000-level or above course about Latin America

A study of 19th and 20th Century major works in Modern Latin American literature. Topics may include: Hispanic modernismo, the avant-garde movements of the 1920s, the Hispanic American neo-baroque and the Latin American bomm. Close analysis of texts by Dario, Rulfo, Paz, Fuentes, Carpentier, García Marques, Vargas Llosa, Borges, Machado de Asis, and others. Consideration will be given to historical context and contemporary ideological currents. The course will be conducted in English.


3314 Development and Dystopias in Latin America
3 credit hours

This course is taught in English. Students examine the dystopian literature that arises as a voice of social protest of development issues in Latin America.. Issues include: dictatorship in the Southern Cone, globalization in Bolivia, the Cuban revolution, NAFTA, the environment, and the Mexican border.


3320 Latin American Travel Literature
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Any 2000-level or above course in Latin America.

This course aims to introduce students to Latin American travel literature and raises questions about nature, identity and culture.  We will focus on selected chronicles of 16th century Spanish missionaries, the accounts of 19th century European scientific explorers and contemporary Latin American authors whose narratives focus on travel.  The course will be conducted in English.


4400 Dictatorship and Memory in Latin American Modern Fiction
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Any 2000-level or above course in Latin America

Students will analyze power, politics and gender through modern Latin American literature. Short stories and novels from contemporary Latin American authors will illuminate our discussion about the presence of dictators in 20th century Latin American politics. The course will be conducted in English.


4876 – 4899 Independent (Directed) Study
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

A tutorial course open to students who wish to study a particular topic, subject, or author largely through independent reading and research. Registration in the course is made after consultation with the appropriate member of the Department, who will organize the program of studies.