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Upper-level Courses

*At least one course numbered SPN 350-399 or SPN 400-499 must be taken on campus.

A winter or summer term abroad in a Spanish-speaking country is strongly encouraged. If student choses to study abroad for one semester, s/he is required to take 4 sh of WLC 301, 302, 303 as part of the study abroad course load that counts towards the minor. A maximum of 2 courses (8 semester hours) taught in Spanish abroad at the appropriate level and approved by the department can apply to the minor.

SPN 300-349 TOPICS IN HISPANIC CULTURE AND SPANISH LANGUAGE
These courses are intended to foster students’ ability to read, interpret, speak about and write about texts of various genres, while developing their understanding of Hispanic cultures and linguistic capabilities. Special emphasis is placed on the development of students’ analytical and critical reading and writing skills, as well as the improvement of speaking skills, grammatical accuracy, and the enrichment of vocabulary. Topics will vary according to term and faculty as well as the materials examined in the course. The prerequisite for all of the courses below is SPN 222 or placement at this level.

SPN 313 HUMAN MIGRATIONS – 4 sh
In this course students will learn how Spanish and Spanish-Americans view and describe themselves, as well as other social, political and cultural spaces they encounter, when they leave their countries of origin. Throughout the course, students will read texts of varied genres, including poetry, diary, graphic novel, etc. to explore the difference between tourists, travellers and immigrants, as they perceive their own role, as well as are perceived by locals in the host countries. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or placement at this level. Taught in Spanish.

SPN 314 US-SPANISH-AMERICAN RELATIONS– 4 sh
This course will improve students’ command of Spanish, their understanding of Spanish Speaking cultures and develop critical and analytical skills when reading and writing in the target language. Through the reading and analysis of texts of mostly literary genres, the course will introduce students to the historical, political and cultural ties between the US and Spanish America, as well as some key moments in cultural history that have shaped these relationships. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or placement at this level. Taught in Spanish.

SPN 315 EXPLORING IDENTITY IN THE SPANISH-SPEAKING WORLD– 4 sh
This course will improve students’ ability to understand and articulate in their words an accurate comprehension of many types of Spanish-language texts. The word ¨text¨ is used in a broad sense, to include almost anything meant to communicate information and ideas. Texts will be chosen from written, audio, and visual materials. Students will “read” works such as paintings, posters, commercials, songs, newspaper articles, reports, short stories, and other types of messages selected from the Spanish-speaking world that describe, present or represent the identity of a particular nation and/or community. This development of critical reading skills, and writing, and speaking with greater accuracy and more precise vocabulary, will put students on the pathway toward achieving adult-level literacy in Spanish.  Prerequisite: SPN 222 or placement at this level. Taught in Spanish.

SPN 316 SPANISH SPEAKING CULTURES THROUGH FILM - 4 sh
This course will develop and expand students’ knowledge of Spanish language while studying cultural, historic and socio-political issues of the Spanish-speaking world. Films will provide a context for Spanish speaking culture, history and language. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or placement at this level. Taught in Spanish.

SPN 318 ADVANCED SPANISH IN THE SPANISH-SPEAKING WORLD - 4 sh
This course focuses on developing reading, writing and conversational skills and intercultural competency while engaging with the Spanish-speaking world during a short-term program abroad. Students will study cultural topics appropriate to the location. The course includes presentations in Spanish by on-site specialists and travel to museums and cultural and historical sites. Offered occasionally, abroad only. Locations vary. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or placement at this level. Taught in Spanish.

SPN 320 READING TEXTS, READING LIFE – 4 sh
This course is intended to foster students’ ability to read and interpret texts of various genres, while developing their understanding of Hispanic cultures.  Special emphasis is placed on the development of students’ analytical and critical reading skills, as well as the improvement of writing and speaking skills, grammatical accuracy, and the enrichment of vocabulary. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or placement at this level. Taught in Spanish.

SPN 330 TODAY’S SPANISH-SPEAKING WORLD THROUGH MEDIA - 4 sh
This course explores some of the current affairs and issues in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will research and report on significant issues of interest in sources such as newspapers, television broadcasts, literature, film, historical documents, testimony, Internet, blogs, radio, podcasts, etc. from Spain and Spanish-American countries, thus gaining a deeper knowledge of the modern day challenges impacting Hispanics. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or placement at this level. Taught in Spanish.

SPN 333 DEFINING MOMENTS OF SPANISH SPEAKING WORLD – 4 sh
This course acquaints students with Spain’s and/or Spanish-America’s intellectual, cultural, and historical development through selected events, periods or themes. Topics will vary according to term and faculty as well as the materials examined in the course. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or placement at this level. Taught in Spanish.

SPN 335 LATINOS IN THE U.S.: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE  - 4 sh
This course is an interdisciplinary study of the diversity of the culture, history, and social, economic and political situation of the Latino population in the United States. Course content will include literature, film and music, current articles from various disciplines and direct contact with the local Latino population. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or placement at this level. Taught in Spanish. Readings in Spanish and English.

SPN 341 STRUCTURES OF SPANISH LANGUAGE – 4 sh
In this course students will discuss native perspectives of advanced Spanish grammar use and the notion of grammar as a matter of interpretation rather than of absolute rule memorization. Class readings and discussions will address differences between Spanish and English grammar and students’ preconceived ideas about Spanish grammar as it is taught in the foreign language classroom. Through grammar-in-action projects students will observe, analyze, and report on their own use of complex constructions in Spanish grammar, actively measuring and comparing their accuracy at the beginning and end of the semester to document their improvement.  Prerequisite: SPN 222 or placement at this level. Taught in Spanish.

SPN 343 BEYOND GOOGLE TRANSLATE: SPANISH TRANSLATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY - 4 sh
This course is designed to introduce students to translation and its relationship to pragmatics, the use of language based on the social and cultural norms that dictate our everyday interactions. Topics will include false cognates, metaphorical language, and the importance of maintaining the tone and register of the original text in the translation. Through a discussion of the problems inherent in the translation process and through translation practice, students will come to understand why human translators can accomplish what automatic translation programs cannot. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or placement at this level. Taught in Spanish.

SPN 350-399 TOPICS IN TEXTUAL INTERPRETATIONS
These courses continue to advance students’ Spanish language skills and intercultural competency, while acquainting students with Spain’s and Spanish America’s intellectual, cultural, and historical development through selected events, periods or themes. They also introduce students to the analysis of language and texts of diverse genres from the Hispanic world, such as literary, cinematic, testimonial, journalistic, etc. Course content emphasizes critical reflection and the way meaning is created through language, form, and expression. Students start to use appropriate terminology and concepts to analyze selected language and texts from different genres. Topics will vary according to term and faculty as well as the materials examined in the course. The prerequisite for all of the courses below is two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349).

Major goals for courses at this level will be for students to:

  • Achieve ACTFL Intermediate High proficiency in Spanish;
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices;
  • Recognize new perspectives about their own cultural rules, judgments and biases. Be open to interactions with culturally different others;
  • Recognize cultural differences and incorporate that understanding appropriately in verbal and nonverbal communication;
  • Recognize and make hypotheses about cultural perspectives revealed by differences in vocabulary and syntax. Be able to appropriately manipulate the conventions of the target culture revealed through language within certain genres;
  • Demonstrate good understanding of the issue/problem being researched. Acknowledge and critically consider different sides of an issue. Use appropriate, relevant and compelling texts to develop and articulate complex ideas;
  • Using credible and relevant source(s) develop a coherent analysis and synthesis. Evaluate and question the viewpoints expressed by experts;
  • Conduct research in the target language, following field-appropriate standards. Identify core issues of given topics (based on cultural products, such as literature, film, historical texts, journalistic texts, visual art), research those issues and engage in analysis;
  • Often independently connect and interrelate their learning to previous studies within and outside the discipline.

Below is a selection of elective courses that may be offered:

SPN 352 DETECTIVE FICTION – 4 sh

This course examines the historical and critical background of detective fiction, where writers have fought for recognition in a genre that some scholars consider less prestigious. Specific goals of the course are to: familiarize students with detective fiction and its struggles; evaluate students’ performance in writing, speaking, reading and listening comprehension; provide opportunities for the students to improve their critical thinking and analytical skills. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 353 TEXT, CULTURE AND MEDIA - 4 sh
In this course, students will practice analytical skills as they study provocative texts, significant historical, literary and cultural moments, cultural products, or a particular genre from Spain and/or Spanish America. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 355 CONQUESTS, CLASHES AND TRANSITIONS - 4 sh
This course analyzes broad-based issues such as dictatorship, democracy, and social justice in cultural texts from Spain and Spanish America. Representative topics include: dictatorship and democracy in the Hispanic World, social justice in Spanish America. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 356. TEXTS AND SOCIAL CHANGE  - 4 sh
This course investigates how creative texts function to mirror power structures, reveal underlying tensions and provoke social action in Spain and Spanish America. Representative topics include: “Theatre and Social Activism in the Hispanic World,” “Trans-Atlantic Dialogue: Transculturation in the Hispanic World,” and “Why the Past Matters: Refashioning Archetypes of the Hispanic World,” and will be offered in rotation. This course may be repeated with a different topic. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 357 (RE)PRESENTATIONS OF SOCIO-POLITICAL CONFLICTS - 4 sh

In this course students will read, view and analyze literary and cinematographic representations of several foundational events in contemporary Spain and Spanish America. Particular emphasis will be given to the understanding of when and how literary and cinematographic discourses present, represent and reshape the history of these events and to what degree these discourses are crucial in the process of construction of national histories, memories and identities. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 358 IN SEARCH OF IDENTITY - 4 sh

This course explores how historical, social, political, religious, literary, artistic, culinary and other forces have shaped and produced Spanish and Spanish-American Culture. Topics vary and may include in-depth study of a particular theme, region, author, and historical periods. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 359 COLONIAL ENCOUNTERS– 4 sh

This course is designed to strengthen reading and discussion skills in Spanish, and to equip students to analyze texts using appropriate terminology and concepts and relevant contextual information. It also aims to familiarize the student with texts produced in America before and after the arrival of the Spaniards. The materials included vary from oral and written narrations to videos, movies and texts. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 360 VOICES OF IDENTITY THROUGH SPANISH PHONETICS – 4 sh

This course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of the sound system of Spanish in order to refine their pronunciation and explore the relationship between identity and accent. In addition to discussing the implications of foreign and dialectal accents for language learners, the course will develop students’ ability to describe and analyze Spanish speech sounds using both phonetic transcription and speech analysis software. Special attention will be paid to the wide array of dialectal accents present in the Spanish-speaking world, especially those differences that students may encounter during travel or study abroad. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN300-349).

SPN 361 LANGUAGE IN CULTURAL CONTEXT – 4 sh

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of linguistics, the art of observing and analyzing language to better understand its role in our lives. A major focus of the course will be on Sociolinguistics, and our class discussions, readings, and projects will push students to think about how language shapes their reality and their identities. Students will also gain experience evaluating linguistic theories, analyzing data, and performing original research based on their own use of Spanish. Prerequisites: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 362 RACE, CLASS AND GENDER – 4 sh

This course will define culture as both high art and as the traditions and way of life of a people. It will examine concepts of gender, race and class in Spain and/or Spanish-America through its cultural production in music, visual arts, architecture, literature and cinema. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 363 GENDER AND SEXUALITY – 4 sh

This course will focus on the construction and representation of gender and sexuality in Spanish texts, in order to better understand the complexity of Spain and/or Spanish American cultures and society.  We will examine literary texts, cultural and artistic productions, gender performance, sexual identities, as well as theoretical approaches to gender, such as feminism. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 371-79. SPECIAL TOPICS - 4 sh
Topics may include advanced study of language, cinema, selected literary authors, periods, genres or regions. Taught in Spanish.

SPN 381 INTERNSHIP 1-4 sh
This course provides students with practical experience using Spanish in a professional setting and may include internships in teaching, social service, government service, business, etc., in the U.S. or abroad. Prerequisite: two courses at the lower 300-level (numbered SPN 300-349).

SPN 399 INDEPENDENT STUDY – 2-4 sh

SPN 400-479 TOPICS IN CULTURAL HISTORY AND INTELECTUAL THOUGHT OF SPAIN AND SPANISH-AMERICA

At this level, students will continue to expand their mastery of the Spanish language and intercultural competency by engaging in critical study and analysis of specific historical moments, selected works, topics or themes in cultural history in Spain and/or Spanish America These courses will continue developing students’ understanding of Spain’s and Spanish America’s intellectual thought, culture, language and history, through selected events, periods or themes. Course contents will further emphasize critical reflection and the way meaning is created through language, form, and expression. Topics will vary according to term and faculty as well as the materials examined in the course. Prerequisite: two courses at the upper 300-level (numbered SPN 350-399).

Major goals for courses at this level will be for students to:

  • Achieve ACTFL Advanced Low proficiency in oral expression and listening comprehension, and Advanced Mid proficiency in written expression and reading comprehension;
  • Demonstrate sophisticated and nuanced understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices;
  • Articulate insights into their own cultural rules, judgments and biases, resulting in the shift in self-description. Initiate and develop interactions with culturally different others and always suspend judgments in those interactions;
  • Articulate a complex understanding of cultural differences and incorporate them consistently in verbal and nonverbal communication;
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of and ask complex questions about cultural perspectives revealed by vocabulary and syntax differences in target language. Be able to appropriately manipulate the conventions of the target culture within a variety of genres;
  • Critically consider issue/problem being researched. Demonstrate sophistication in the analysis of different sides of an issue and use relevant and compelling texts to articulate ideas that show a deep understanding of complex issue;
  • Using credible and relevant source(s) develop a coherent analysis and synthesis. Critically evaluate and thoroughly question the viewpoints expressed by experts;
  • Conduct in-depth research in the target language, following field-appropriate standards. Identify core issues of given topics (based on cultural products, such as literature, film, historical texts, journalistic texts, visual art), research those issues and engage in substantive analysis;
  • Independently connect and interrelate their learning to previous studies within and outside the discipline.

Below is a selection of elective courses that may be offered:

SPN 450 INNOVATION AND SOCIAL PROTEST IN THEATRE – 4 sh

In this course students will explore works of Spanish American theatre of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, which dramatize social protest themes and theatrical innovation, to understand how protest and resistance produce socio-cultural change. Prerequisite: two courses at the upper 300-level (numbered SPN 350-399). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 451 WOMEN’S WRITING IN THE HISPANIC WORLD – 4 sh

This course offers a critical study of selected works, themes, techniques, and ideas depicted by female prose writers of Spain or Spanish America. Special attention will be directed to the obstacles overcome by female writers and the socio-historical context that left an unmistakable and influential mark in their narrative. Prerequisite: two courses at the upper 300-level (numbered SPN 350-399). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 452 TRENDS IN 20TH AND 21st CENTURY NARRATIVE – 4 sh

In this course students will study how recent narrative both reflects and produces culture in its representation of places, identities, history and social issues. In the course students will situate literary works within their geographical historical horizons while at the same time consider how our own social and historical positions shape our interpretation of literary works. Through the study of Hispanic texts students will analyze the multicultural, historical, literary and ideological context of contemporary Spain and/or Spanish America. Prerequisite: two courses at the upper 300-level (numbered SPN 350-399). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 453 REALISMO MAGICO OR REAL MARAVILLOSO – 4 sh

Realismo mágico (magical realism) or lo real maravilloso americano (marvelous American reality) are terms used to describe the cultural production of certain twentieth-century Latin American writers. Magical realists such as Cuban Alejo Carpentier posit a theory of lo real maravilloso americano portraying a Latin American continent. Through the lens of magical realism we will explore identity and how magical realist techniques function to subvert systems of power. Prerequisite: two courses at the upper 300-level (numbered SPN 350-399). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 454 EATING THROUGH THE PAGES: FOOD IN CONTEMPORARY TEXTS – 4 sh

This course centers on the presence and manipulation of culinary imagery in contemporary Spain and/or Spanish America. The intent of the course is to be as multi-genre as possible so we will be analyzing visual as well as written texts, including art, photography, film, videos, chefs’ demonstrations, food itself, cookbooks, short stories, poems, plays, essays, and a novel.  We will be analyzing how images of food, cooking, eating, hunger, gluttony, and the like, express diverse topics such as gender, sexuality, race, class, identity, power, control, sin, and memory, all within the frame of Spanish and/or Spanish American cultures. Prerequisite: two courses at the upper 300-level (numbered SPN 350-399). Taught in Spanish.

SPN 455 RELIGION, IDOLATRY AND CONQUEST: FROM MEDIEVAL SPAIN TO THE NEW WORLD – 4 sh

Early modern Spain provided the framework for some major changes: the interaction of three cultures in the same territory, the establishing of an empire, the discovery of America, and the attempt to create an international hegemony under the shadow of one religion. The main purpose of this course is to provide students with a general perspective of the issues developing in imperial Spain and surrounding the conquest of America. Students will read about problems of colonization, as well as about the creation of otherness, and the emergence of indigenous resistance in the context of the creation of imperial hegemony in Spain. Prerequisite: two courses at the upper 300-level (numbered SPN 350-399). Taught in Spanish.

Capstone Seminar

SPN 485. CAPSTONE SEMINAR - 4 sh
The capstone course focuses on the critical study and analysis of specific historical moments, selected works, topics or themes in literary, cultural or linguistic history in Spain and/or Spanish America.  As part of their final assessment, students will conduct research, formally present their findings orally to department members, and write an in-depth research project in Spanish.  In order to graduate with a Spanish major, students must pass the capstone presentation with a C- or better and pass the capstone course with a C or better. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: Two courses numbered SPN 400-499) and a semester abroad in an approved program in a Spanish-speaking country. Offered fall semester only.