Spanish Courses

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Spanish 101, 102, 103. Beginning Spanish I, II, III

Essentials of grammar stressing skills in understanding, reading, writing and speaking with classroom activities. Classroom activities promote conversational skills. Short readings for cultural awareness and vocabulary development.

Spanish 201. Basic Spanish

When taught on campus, this course is intended as a review of grammar for students with one or more years of high school Spanish and stresses skills in reading, writing, speaking and understanding Spanish. When offered off-campus, this number is used to register students for instruction in Spanish at any level. Students take a placement test before beginning the off- campus course and are retested upon their return. The Department then assigns credit at the appropriate level. Registration entails additional costs when the course is taught off-campus.

Spanish 205. Intermediate Spanish

Review of basic grammar with special emphasis on writing, speaking and reading. Literary selections and cultural materials from Spain and Latin America. Prerequisite: SPA 103.

Spanish 206. Intermediate Spanish in Mexico

Same as SPA 205 but taught in Mexico. The final course in the B.A. language requirement offered off campus. Includes a homestay with a Mexican family. Registration entails additional costs. Prerequisites: SPA 103 and permission of instructor. Alternate years.

Spanish 301. Composition and Conversation

Intensive practice in speaking Spanish designed to improve pronunciation and develop fluency. systematic analysis of grammar and style through readings and intensive written work. Required of all Spanish majors. Prerequisite: SPA 205 or 206. 

Spanish 280/380. Internships

Off-campus experiential learning activities.

Spanish 302. Advanced Conversation in Mexico

Taught in Mexico and designed for students who wish to achieve a higher level of fluency and a comprehensive understanding of life in Mexico. Includes a homestay with a Mexican family. Registration entails additional costs. Prerequisite: SPA 205 or 206 and permission of instructor. Alternate years.

Spanish 303. Advanced Spanish Abroad

Alternative to 302 for advanced students who wish to study Spanish on their own in an approved language school in Latin America or Spain. Intended for students interested in achieving a high level of fluency and a comprehensive understanding of life in a Hispanic country. includes a homestay. Registration entails additional costs. Prerequisites: SPA 205 or 206 and permission of the Department. 

Spanish 305. Advanced Spanish Grammar

Intensive study of Spanish grammar with an emphasis on those aspects of the language which are problematic for the advanced students. Prerequisite: SPA 205. Alternate years.

Spanish 311. Introduction to Textual Analysis

Development of reading strategies and skills needed for analyzing and understanding literary/cultural texts. Organized around a topic based on a theme, period, or major writer and chosen to meet the needs of students who are just beginning upper-level coursework in Spanish. Special attention given to vocabulary development and to the advanced grammar required for understanding literary/cultural texts. Required of all Spanish majors. Prerequisite: SPA 301. (Humanities)

Spanish 321. Golden Age: Romancero and the Comedia

Heroes, legends, and history in popular ballads. The national theatre as an expression of Spanish ideals and aspirations: Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, and Calderon de la Barca. Prerequisite: SPA 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities) LACY-SALAZAR
To view the syllabus, click on the Spanish 321 link.

Spanish 322. Golden Age: Don Quijote

Don Quijote in the context of the literature of the age. Readings from Amadis de Gaula, Lazarillo de Tormes, La Diana, El abencerraje y la hermosa Jarifa. Renaissance and Baroque elements, contribution to the modern novel, critical approaches and interpretations. Prerequisite: SPA 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities) LACY-SALAZAR
To view the syllabus, click on the Spanish 322 link.

Spanish 351. Twentieth Century Peninsular Novel and Poetry

Spanish novel and poetry from the "Generation of 1989" to the present, with emphasis on representations of the human condition in Unamuno, Baroja, A. Machado, and Garcia Lorca. Prerequisite: SPA 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities) FARRINGTON-CLUTE

Spanish 352. Modern Hispanic Theatre

Theatre of Spain and Latin America in the 20th century, including Valle-Inclan's esperpento, Garcia Lorca's lyric tragedy, and the experiment with "magical realism" in Latin America. Prerequisite: SPA 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities) FARRINGTON-CLUTE

Spanish 355. Latin American Short Story and Novel

Representative modern fiction: novel of protest, magical realism, and fantasy in the short story and novel of the "Boom." Authors include Quirogal, Borges, Cortazar, Garro, Fuentes, Bombal, Rulfo, and García Marquez. Prerequisite: SPA 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities) LACY-SALAZAR

Spanish 355-in Bolivia. Latin American Short Story and Novel

Same as SPA355 but taught in Bolivia. Program includes a homestay with a Bolivian family and additional costs to cover transportation. See Cornell Semester in Bolivia.

Spanish 356. Latin American Poetry

Poetry from Modernism to the present, with emphasis on the encounter between reality and the poet and the creation of a new poetic world. Poets include Ruben Dario, women of 1912-20, Cesar Vallejo, and Pablo Neruda. Prerequisite: SPA 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities) FARRINGTON-CLUTE

Spanish 381. Peninsular Culture and Civilization

Origins, development, and significance of various aspects of Spanish civilization, with special emphasis on how these influence contemporary economic, political, sociological, and artistic forces within Spain. When taught in Spain, registration entails additional costs. Prerequisite: SPA 311. Offered every third year. OCHOA

Spanish 383. Latinos in the United States

Prerequisite: SPA 311. Offered every third year. OCHOA

Spanish 385. Latin American Culture and Civilization

Study of the most important cultural and political issues in Latin American civilization from Columbus to the present day. Chronicles, essays, and public speeches provide the main texts and sources of information for discussion. Prerequisite: SPA 311. Taught every third year. OCHOA

Spanish 390. Individual Project

Spanish 411. Seminar

In-depth studies of literary or cultural topics of Spain and Latin America; or linguistic or historical studies of the Spanish language. Required of all Spanish majors. Prerequisites: at least two 300-level Spanish courses above SPA 311.

Spanish 480. Internship

Spanish 501. Theatre in Spanish (Workshop) (.25)

Group reading, discussion, and preparation of one or more Latin American or Spanish plays, with attention to meaning, interpretation, staging, and costuming. Rehearsals and performances in Spanish. Prerequisites: knowledge of Spanish and permission of instructor. (CR) LACY-SALAZAR

Spanish 511. Spanish Reading and Conversation Group (.25)

Maintenance of Spanish language skills through reading and conversation. (CR)

Spanish 941. Latin American Society and Culture in Costa Rica

(see Index. Latin American Culture) (ACM).

Spanish 942. Tropical Field Research in Costa Rica

(see Index. Tropical Field Research) (ACM).

Spanish 988. School for International Training Programs

There are currently 14 semester programs in Spain and Central and South America run by the School of International Training. There are language and culture semesters in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Spain. There are semesters with an emphasis on the environment in Brazil, Ecuador, and Venezuela. There are language immersion semesters in Spain and in Venezuela. There is an international business semester in Spain. See the  SIT Web site.