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SPAN 101 : First Semester Spanish

Prerequisites: None
Description: Introduction to understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SPAN 102 : Second Semester Spanish

Prerequisites: SPAN 101 or equivalent.
Description: Understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish; Spanish.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SPAN 205 : Intermediate Spanish I

Prerequisites: SPAN 102, placement by advisor, or consent of instructor.
Description: Intermediate course that reinforces and builds on four skills (listening, understanding, reading, and writing) learned in SPAN 101/102.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SPAN 206 : Intermediate Spanish II

Prerequisites: SPAN 205, placement by advisor, or consent of instructor.
Description: Continuation of SPAN 205 which reinforces and builds on four skills (listening, understanding, reading, and writing) learned in SPAN 101/102.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SPAN 215 : Spanish for Heritage Speakers

Prerequisites: Spanish heritage learner and consent of instructor.
Description: Designed for heritage language learners. Emphasis on conversation, writing styles, and specific grammatical problems. Additional focus on short stories, essays, poems, plays, newspaper articles, films, all in Spanish.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SPAN 216 : Accelerated Grammar, Conversation, and Reading

Prerequisites: SPAN 102 or placement by advisor and/or instructor.
Description: Second-year Spanish at an accelerated pace. This course is also appropriate for students, including heritage speakers, whose prior experience with the language places them at a high-intermediate level.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

SPAN 301 : Advanced Grammar and Composition

Prerequisites: Four semesters of lower-division Spanish or equivalent.
Description: Problematic aspects of Spanish grammar; practice in expository writing.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SPAN 305 : Advanced Composition

Prerequisites: SPAN 301 or consent of instructor.
Description: Practice in expository writing: forms, development, and organization of the short essay including the study of style.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

SPAN 306 : Advanced Reading and Conversation

Prerequisites: SPAN 216 or consent of instructor. May be taken concurrently with SPAN 305.
Description: Oral presentations/group discussions based on readings from novels, plays, and poetry. Not designed for native-level speakers.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SPAN 326 : Applied Spanish Linguistics: Morphology and Syntax

Prerequisites: SPAN 216 and 301 or equivalent.
Description: Application of modern descriptive linguistics to the study of morphology and syntax.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SPAN 341 : Introduction to the Reading of Literary Texts

Prerequisites: SPAN 216 or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to the reading and analysis of literary texts.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SPAN 350 : Practical and Literary Translation

Prerequisites: Native fluency in English and moderate competency in understanding, speaking, and reading Spanish.
Description: Theoretical and practical aspects of translation. Exercises in translating Spanish to English. Conducted in both Spanish and English.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SPAN 401 GW : Culture and Civilization of Spain-GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 with grade of C- or better; at least 2 years of college-level Spanish or equivalent.
Description: Culture and civilization of Spain from the Middle Ages to the present. ABC/NC grading only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SPAN 405 : Culture and Civilization of Spanish America

Prerequisites: SPAN 305 and 306 or equivalent.
Description: Background for Spanish American literature.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • Segment III Cluster - Latin America: Society and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SPAN 492 : Early Transatlantic Literature and Culture

Prerequisites: Four semesters of lower-division Spanish or consent of instructor.
Description: Renaissance and Baroque literature with emphasis on love, mysticism and Neo-Platonism; review of recent literary theories. Readings and class discussion in Spanish and English. This course is offered as SPAN 492 and LTNS 492. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3

SPAN 500 : Introduction to Literary Criticism

Prerequisites: Four semesters of lower-division Spanish or consent of instructor.
Description: Techniques in literary interpretation using Spanish prose and poetry.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

SPAN 521 : Spanish Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Literature

Prerequisites: SPAN 500 or consent of instructor.
Description: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated for a total of 9 units of degree credit when topics vary.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

SPAN 521 : Literature of Pilgrimage

Prerequisites: SPAN 500 or equivalent.
Description: An examination of the vast body of literature that grew up around the notion of pilgrimage in medieval and early modern Spain.
Units: 3

SPAN 521 : Spanish Medieval Literature

Prerequisites: SPAN 500 or equivalent.
Description: The study of several medieval Spanish masterpieces beginning with the 'jarchas' and including Mio Cid, Berceo, and La Celestina as well as the linguistic, social, and literary values of these works.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SPAN 523 : 19th Century Spanish Literature

Prerequisites: SPAN 500 or equivalent.
Description: Romanticism, realism, naturalism, and modernism in Spain.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

SPAN 525 : The Contemporary Spanish Novel

Prerequisites: SPAN 500 or equivalent.
Description: The Spanish contemporary novel through five of its most representative authors in a selection of novels covering the last decade.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SPAN 543 : Spanish American Literature: Romanticism to Modernism

Prerequisites: SPAN 500 or equivalent.
Description: A study of the most representative works of the leading Spanish American writers of the second part of the 20th century in poetry, essay, short story, and novel.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SPAN 545 : 20th Century Spanish American Literature

Prerequisites: SPAN 500 or equivalent. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when topics vary.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

SPAN 545 : Countryside and City in Latin American Literature

Prerequisites: SPAN 500 or equivalent.
Description: Introduction to Latin American literature through the examination of literary representations of urban and rural life within the context of Latin American culture. Countryside/city tension as crucial force in formation of national literatures.
Units: 3

SPAN 545 : Latin American Narrative

Prerequisites: SPAN 500 or equivalent.
Description: The spectrum of Latin American literature, with emphasis on fiction, from The Chronicles to the modern novel.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

SPAN 545 : Literature and Barbarism

Prerequisites: SPAN 500 or equivalent.
Description: Construction of the figure of the political "enemy" in canonical Latin American literary texts. Savages, barbarians, abnormals, foreigners, "inferior races", "less than human", the monster as portrayed in narrations showing discontent and social antagonisms.
Units: 3

SPAN 545 : Spanish American Short Story

Prerequisites: SPAN 500 or equivalent.
Description: The Latin American short story from its origins to recent times.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SPAN 562 : Cervantes: The Quijote

Prerequisites: SPAN 500 or equivalent.
Description: Reading and analysis of Don Quijote.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

SPAN 580 : Hispanic Women Writers

Prerequisites: SPAN 500 or equivalent.
Description: An exploration of Peninsular and Latin American literature, mainly written by women, that focuses on gender and femininity.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

SPAN 595 : Senior Survey in Spanish or Spanish American Literature

Prerequisites: SPAN 500 or equivalent. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated for a total of 6 units when topics vary.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

SPAN 595 : Senior Survey in Spanish American Literature

Prerequisites: SPAN 500 or equivalent.
Description: A chronological study of the various literary movements in Latin American literature with special emphasis on their interrelation.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SPAN 595 : Senior Survey in Spanish Literature

Prerequisites: SPAN 500 or equivalent.
Description: Study of the various literary trends in Spain from the Middle Ages to the present, through complete works and/or selections of the most significant Spanish authors.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SPAN 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of department chair and instructor.
Description: Special topics in Spanish. Written projects requiring critical analysis and interpretation of linguistic or literary problems. May be repeated for credit.
Units: 1-3

SPAN 821 : Seminar in Spanish Literary Genres

Prerequisites: admission to Spanish program or consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated for a total of 9 units when genres vary.
Units: 3

SPAN 821 : Contemporary Spanish American Novel

Prerequisites: Admission to Spanish program or consent of instructor.
Description: For the last 20 years the most outstanding product of Spanish American letters has been the novel. Study of the most representative works and authors of this literary genre.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

SPAN 821 : Spanish Lyric Poetry

Prerequisites: Admission to Spanish graduate program or consent of instructor.
Description: A survey of Spanish lyric poetry from the Middle Ages to late 20th century. Emphasis on metrics, theme, and language, and the tendency of poets to react against their predecessors.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SPAN 821 : Spanish Theater

Prerequisites: admission to Spanish M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: Dramatic works of major writers from the Golden Age and from the 20th century and their contributions to the Spanish theater.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

SPAN 831 : Seminar in Literary Movements or Periods

Prerequisites: admission to Spanish program or consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when movements or periods vary.
Units: 3

SPAN 831 : Aesthetics in Modern Latin American Fiction

Prerequisites: Admission to Spanish M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: Main aesthetic and critical issues raised by Latin American fiction from the early 20th century to the present with focus on narrative experimentation and various critical and theoretical approaches to narrative.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

SPAN 831 : Latin American Literature and Identities

Prerequisites: Admission to Spanish M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of contemporary Latin American literature that focuses on the notion of identities, class, race, gender, and sexuality.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SPAN 831 : Literature and Politics in Modern Latin America

Prerequisites: Admission to Spanish M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of the main political and social issues raised by Latin American literature from the last decades of the 19th century to the present.
Units: 3

SPAN 831 : Seminar - Spanish Medieval Literature

Prerequisites: Admission to Spanish M.A. Program or consent of instructor.
Description: Seminar on the first six centuries of Spanish oral and written literary genres and on the contributions to them of Jews, Moslems, and Christians. Evaluation of canonical interpretations and background reading in history.
Units: 3

SPAN 831 : Spanish Renaissance Literature

Prerequisites: Admission to Spanish program or consent of instructor.
Description: The integration of foreign influences into Spanish literature during the first half of the 16th century, how they coexisted with typically Hispanic forms, and how the two currents evolved later in the century.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SPAN 850 : Seminar-Spanish and Latin American Literature

Prerequisites: graduate standing in Spanish M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: Approach to literature based on topics, problems, and issues in contemporary Spanish and Latin American literary production. May be repeated as topics vary.
Units: 3

SPAN 850 : Latin America Coming of Age Narrative

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Spanish MA program or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of contemporary Latin American literature and cinema with focus on childhood, adolescence and transition into adulthood.
Units: 3

SPAN 850 : Latin American Bestiaries

Prerequisites: Admission to the Spanish M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of ways in which the literary imagination of the "beast" (the animals, the monster, abnormal, the inferior races, the barbarian, the less-than-human) has decisively shaped the ways that the rebel Latin American masses have been collectively imagined and represented.
Units: 3

SPAN 850 : Mass, Multitudes, Populations in Latin American Literature

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Spanish MA program or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of the masses as an unrecognizable and irrational life, the construction of popular identities, and mass movements in political life as portrayed in contemporary Latin American literature.
Units: 3

SPAN 850 : Modernization and Borders in Mexican Literature and Visual Production

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Spanish MA progrm or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of the ways in which the process of modernization and the notion of border are represented in contemporary Mexican literature and also in visual production.
Units: 3

SPAN 850 : Realism and Naturalism: A Transatlantic Perspective

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor; intended for all graduate students.
Description: Examination of the poetics of Realism and Naturalism in Latin America and Spain. Exploration of the significant concepts produced by these movements, the debate around the notion of representation, and its impact on the aesthetic and political imaginary at the turn of the century.
Units: 3

SPAN 880 : Seminar in Individual Authors or Works

Prerequisites: admission to Spanish program or consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when authors or works vary.
Units: 3

SPAN 880 : Cumbres of Spanish American Literature

Prerequisites: Admission to Spanish program or consent of instructor.
Description: The most important literary works produced in Spanish America during the 19th and 20th centuries--novels, essays, plays, and poetry which are considered milestones in Spanish American literature.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SPAN 880 : Cumbres of Spanish Literature

Prerequisites: Admission to Spanish program or consent of instructor.
Description: Literary analysis of representative works by the most prominent Spanish authors viewed in historical perspective from the Middle Ages to the present.
Units: 3

SPAN 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser and supervising faculty member; admission to Spanish program or consent of instructor.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the department faculty. Open only to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition.
Units: 1-3
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