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This course is for students who have had no previous background in Spanish. Grammar is taught inductively and simple texts are read. Speaking, reading and writing are emphasized
In this continuation of Spanish I, grammar, composition and oral comprehension are developed and supplemented by readings or Spanish texts. Students who have taken SPN 103 will not receive credit for this course. Prerequisite: SPN 101 or departmental approval
This is an elementary Spanish course for students who can speak Spanish but have no formal training in the language. Students who have taken SPN 101 and/or SPN 102 will not receive credit for this course. Prerequisite: Knowledge of spoken Spanish and departmental approval
This course is for students who have had no previous background in Spanish. Grammar is taught inductively and simple texts are read. Speaking, reading, and writing are emphasized students who have taken SPN 103 will not receive credit for this course.
Prerequisite: Departmental Placement
In this continuation of Spanish I, grammar, composition and oral comprehension are developed and supplemented by readings or Spanish texts. Students who have taken SPN 107 will not receive credit for this course.
Prerequisite: SPN 105 or Departmental Placement
This is an elementary Spanish course for students who can speak Spanish but have no formal training in the language. Students who have taken SPN 101 and/or SPN 102 will not receive credit for this course.
Prerequisite: Knowledge of spoken Spanish and Departmental Placement
Designed primarily for Health/Medical area students, this course emphasizes the practice of conversation based on medical terminology and useful expressions and idioms. Classes will be assigned according to the student's background in Spanish. Use is made of the language laboratory.
This course for non-native speaking students may follow the two semester sequence in Spanish. It is designed to build confidence and competence in conversing in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 102 or departmental approval
Study in this course includes a review of grammar and reading plus discussion of selected works by modern authors. Self-expression through oral and written reports is emphasized. Prerequisite: SPN 102 or SPN 103 or departmental approval
This intensive writing course emphasizes comprehension, writing, and analysis of contemporary and classical texts. Prerequisite: SPN 200 or departmental approval
This course introduces students to a representative sampling of Latin American women writers from the colonial period to the twentieth century. The course will disseminate a body of literature, which is represented minimally in Hispanic literature courses. Feminism, machismo, motherhood, sexual and political activism and the role of women as writers are some of the issues that will be explored and discussed during the semester.
This course is a survey of major trends in Spanish-American theatre from pre-Columbian times to the present with emphasis on 20th century theatre. Among the authors who will be studied are: Gonzalez Eslava, Ruiz De Alarcon, Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz, Florencio Sanchez, Rodolfo Usigli, Egon Wolff, Augusto Boal, Jose Triana, Jorge Diaz, Luis Rafael Sanchez, Griselda Gambaro, Isadora Aguirre.
This course is an introduction to Spanish theatre through the reading and analysis of the major playwrights—Lope de Vega, Calderón, Moratín, El Duque de Rivas, Galdós, Benavente—from the Seventeenth Century to the Generation of 1898.
Prerequisite: SPN 210 or departmental approval, or any 400 level course except SPN 476
This course is an in-depth study of the poetry of representative Spanish poets with emphasis on the generation of 1927. Poets studied include Géngora, Bécquer, Machado, Alberti, Lorca, León Felipe, and José A. Goytisolo.
Prerequisite: SPN 210 or departmental approval, or any 400 level course except SPN 476
A chronological study is made of Spanish literature against its cultural and ideological background. Major works by representative writers from the Middle Ages to the end of the Golden Age are read and analyzed. Readings include selections from the "Poema de Mio Cid," Don Juan Manuel, Jorge Manrique, Fernando de Rojas, Cervantes, Quevedo, and Calderon de la Barca. Written and oral reports are required. Prerequisite: SPN 210 or departmental approval, or any 400 level course except SPN 476
This course is a survey of the representative authors of the 18th and 19th centuries - Moratin, el Duque de Rivas, Larra, Becquer, Zorilla and Galdos - with emphasis on neoclassicism, romanticism, and realism in the novel, theater and poetry of the period. Reading and oral reports are required. Prerequisite: SPN 210 or departmental approval, or any 400 level course except SPN 476
This course studies the short story as major form of literary expression in the Spanish speaking countries of the Caribbean: Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. It studies the development of the short story beginning with Indian legends recreated by Spaniards during the early Colonial period. Examples of short stories written during the different literary movements are studied and analyzed. The relationship between the writer and society is analyzed as well as the common history, culture, and socio-economic problems which are reflected in each story. Note: This course is taught in Spanish and satisfies the Liberal Arts requirement for Modern Language.
Prerequisite: SPN 210 or departmental approval
The major authors and literary movements of the 20th century in Spain are studied with emphasis on representative genres. Works of Unamuno, Ortega, Machado, Juan R. Jimenez, Salinas, Garcia Lorca, Cela and others are analyzed. Written and oral reports are required.
Spanish-American Literature This course involves a chronological history of Spanish- American literature from the Colonial period to the 19th century. Readings include selections from el Inca Garcilaso, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Sarmiento, Jose Hernandez, Palma, Marti, Dario, and others. Written and oral reports are required. Prerequisite: SPN 210 or departmental approval, or any 400 level course except SPN 476
The major authors and literary movements of the late 19th and 20th centuries are studied. Works of Quiroga, Reyes, Neruda, Vallejo, Carpentier, Borges, Rulfo, Fuentes, Marques and others are analyzed. Written and oral reports are required.
Grammar I (Commercial Spanish I) Designed primarily for Office Administration students, this course develops linguistic skills related to writing business letters and legal documents. The first term covers technical vocabulary and mastery of the language through review of grammar. Open to all students. Prerequisite: SPN 210 or departmental approval, or any 400 level course except SPN 476
Grammar II (Commercial Spanish II ) A continuation of SPN 455, this course provides intensive practice in linguistic skills involving business letters and legal documents which can be of special value for Office Administration bilingual students. Stress is placed on composition. Open to all students. Prerequisite: SPN 210 or departmental approval
The evolution of Spanish-American civilization is studied through literature to enhance understanding of present-day problems and potentialities. Emphasis falls on the relevance of the topography of the regions, the Spanish conquest and colonization, conflicts among cultures and religions of the indigenous peoples: Hispanic settlers, Africans, and recent immigrants; oral and written transmissions of traditions; the struggle for independence; movements for political, social, and economic reforms; the cultural obstacles, the emergence of linguistic distinctiveness and the quest for self-realization are studied. Readings are in Spanish, discussions are in English or Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 210 or departmental approval, or any 400 level Spanish course except SPN 476
This course is a survey of the literature, culture and civilization of the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Haiti and, Jamaica) geared to the understanding of their heritage as it is preserved by their languages and their artistic achievements. Readings are mainly in English; class discussions are in English, Spanish, and any other modern language. Prerequisite: SPN 210 or departmental approval, or any 400 level course except SPN 476
This is a study abroad course in which students will enhance their language skills and knowledge of a foreign culture through class meetings, seminars, and on-site visits to places of historic and cultural importance. They will be immersed in the language of the country and attend language and literature courses. Prerequisite: SPN 102 or departmental approval
This course will introduce students to film adaptations of Spanish and Latin American novels, short stories, diaries and theater plays in the context of the literary and film debate: how does film "translate" text? Should the film be "faithful" to the text? If so, faithful to what aspects, plot dialouge, chronology, social and psychological and socioeconomic backgrounds will be included. Special attention will be given to the study of nationality, gender and sexual differences within Spanish and Latin American societies. Students will examine the connections between text and film, as well as the fundamentals of written and visual identification with the cinematid and texual apparatus.

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