Spanish Course Options

SPN 3031 Intermediate Spanish for Medical Personnel (3). Provides intermediate training in the acquisition and application of medical language skills. Prerequisites: SPN 1030 or permission of the instructor.

SPN 3301 Review Grammar and Writing (3). Practice in contemporary usage through selected readings in culture and civilization. Development of writing and speaking ability in extemporaneous contexts. The course will be conducted exclusively in the target language. For nonnative speakers.

SPN 3343 Advanced Spanish for Native Speakers GL (3). Improvement of literacy skills through grammar review, composition, and selected readings of representative Hispanic writers, including Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Chicano authors. For U.S. Hispanic bilinguals with at least two years of formal training in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPN 2340 or permission of the instructor.

SPN 3401 Advanced Conversation (3). Improvement of oral proficiency and listening comprehension skills, correction of accent, vocabulary building. Use of small group conversation, pronunciation tapes, and varied outside readings.

SPN 3410 Advanced Oral Communication (3). Development of oral skills through a variety of speaking and conversational activities: public speaking, debate, drama, recitation. For native speakers and advanced nonnatives. Prerequisite: Oral ability in Spanish.

SPN 3422 Advanced Grammar and Composition I (3). To consolidate the student’s command of oral and written Spanish. Advanced readings of authentic materials. Preparation and documentation of written monographs. For natives and advanced non-natives. Prerequisites: SPN 2341, SPN 3301 or equivalent.

SPN 3440 Spanish Business Composition/ Correspondence (3). Training in the special writing needs of business: letter-writing, memoranda, brochures, advertising, proposals, declarations, government documents, etc.

SPN 3444 Spanish for Business in Latin America – GL (3). A Spanish composition course with content matter in contemporary Latin American business and current events at the advances/intermediate level of Spanish language. Prerequisite: Intermediate level of written and oral composition of Spanish language.

SPN 3702 Applied Linguistics (3). Examination of available linguistic materials for self-instruction. Problemsolving in syntax and phonetics, through the application of modern/traditional methods. Prerequisites: LIN 3010 or equivalent. (Conducted in Spanish).

SPN 3733 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3). Study the sound system, word structure, phrase formation and the history of the Spanish language. Learn about dialects and sociolects in the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPN 3422.

SPN 3933 Spanish for Legal Personnel (3). To provide an introduction to the use of Spanish legal vocabulary and the differences between the legal systems in Spain, Latin America and the USA. Prerequisites: Immediate knowledge of Spanish or SPN 2201 or SPN 2340.

SPN 4500 Spanish Culture – GL (3). Examines global manifestations of Spanish culture throughout history to gain insight into contemporary aspects of Spanish identity. Prerequisite: Open to any student who understands the target language.

SPN 4520 Latin American Culture – GL (3). Introduction to the major artistic and cultural phenomena in Latin America. Art, music, film, and literature will be discussed in their cultural context. Prerequisite: Ability to understand Spanish at an advanced level.

SPN 4521 Topics on Latin American Culture (3). Study of the evolution of national identity in Latin America, from the 19th Century to the present.

SPN 4523 Glimpses into Spanish American Culture, Literature and Film (3). Examines Spanish American culture manifestations in the United States and Europe through a series of literary and cultural texts and films. Prerequisites: SPN 3422 or Permission of instructor.

SPN 4704 The Structure of Spanish (3). A diachronic, synchronic, and pedagogical analysis of the different grammatical structures of the Spanish language. Prerequisite: SPN 3733.

SPN 4802 Contrastive Syntax (3). Contrasts in the grammatical systems of English and Spanish with emphasis on structures with equivalent meanings. Recommended for students of translation and interpretation. Prerequisites: SPN 3733 or permission of the instructor.

SPN 4905 Independent Study (0-3). Project, field experience, readings, or research.

SPN 4930 Special Topics in Linguistics (3). Provides the opportunity for students and instructor to explore topics not included in the regular course offerings. Content to be determined.

SPN 4936 Senior Seminar (3). Topic and approach to be determined by instructor. Required course for Spanish majors in their senior year. By permission of the instructor only. Prerequisites: Spanish majors in their senior year.

SPT 3800 Foundations to Translation Skills (3). Techniques of translation, in Spanish and English, applied to law, business, technology, and literature.

SPT 3812 Foundations of Interpreting (3). Exercises in sight translation, consecutive and simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and English. Theory and practice.

SPT 4400 African Presence in Latin American Literature (3). Studies a selection of relevant Latin American literary works (in translation) dealing with the effects of African culture in Spanish-American and Brazilian literatures.

SPT 4803 Practice in Legal Translation (3). Provides advanced training in translating most commonly used legal documents in both civil and criminal procedures.

SPT 4804 Practice in Legal Interpretation (3). Training in consecutive and simultaneous interpretation of both civil and criminal legal proceedings before Federal and State courts.

SPT 4805 Translation in Communication Media (3). Provide insight into the techniques of translation of advertising, public relations and publicity materials to be used in the mass media such as print and broadcasting.

SPT 4806 Oral Skills for Interpreters (3). Voice production in sight translation, consecutive and simultaneous interpretation. Vocal projection, enunciation and phonetics, theory and practice. Extensive exercises in vocal control. Use of sound equipment.

SPT 4807 Practice in Business Translation (3). Business and language translation and the business world. Principles, techniques, and methods of business translation. Extensive practical exercises in translating routine business documents from English to Spanish and vice versa.

SPT 4808 Practice in Technological Translation (3). Language and technology. The translator in the technological world. Principles, techniques, and methods of technological translation. Extensive practical exercises.

SPT 4809 Practice in Medical Translation (3). Medical language. The translator and the medical world. Principles, techniques and methods of medical translation. Extensive practical exercises in translating routine medical documents from English to Spanish and vice versa.

SPT 4813 The Interpreter and Language (3). The interpreter as a linguistics expert. The stylistic levels of language. Legal jargon and street language in English and Spanish. Dialectal problems. Practical and ethnical problems.

SPT 4814 Conference Interpreting (3). Interpreting for international conferences and for diplomacy. Intensive practice in simultaneous interpretation.

SPT 4820 Computer-Aided Translation (3). The translating machine and computer-aided translation. Machine operation. Selected applications of computer translating texts from various disciplines. Correction of translated texts with computers.

SPT 4830 Interpreting for Business (3). The principles and techniques of interpreting in the context of a bilingual (Spanish/English) business setting. Consecutive, simultaneous interpretation and sight translation of business matters.

SPT 4940 Judicial Translation-Interpretation Internship (0-3). Students will spend a semester working in state and federal courts under the supervision of a professor, in order to practice in situations in what they have learned. May be repeated. Prerequisites: SPT 4804 and permission of the department required.

SPT 4941 Professional Translation-Interpretation Internship (0-3). Students will spend a semester working in state and federal courts under the supervision of a professor, in order to practice in situations what they have learned. May be repeated. Prerequisites: SPT 4803, SPT 4804 and permission of the department required.

SPT 4832 Medical Interpreting (3). Provides an overview of terminology, methods, ethics, standards of practice, as well as linguistic and cognitive processes of medical interpreting. Prerequisite: SPT 3812.

SPW 3130 Spanish American Literature (3). Close reading and analysis of prose, poetry and drama. Selections from Spanish American Literature. Prerequisites: SPN 3422 or equivalent and oral and written proficiency in Spanish.

SPW 3323 Garcia Lorca’s Theatre (3). Readings from representative plays by Spain’s finest dramatist of the 20th century, including his three well-known tragedies and a number of short comic plays. Discussion of such themes as social and individual justice and freedom; passion and repression; and the role of poetry in the theatre. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 3342 Twentieth Century Spanish Poets (3). Readings from selected poets of the 20th century, such as Antonio Machado, Miguel Hernandez, Damaso Alonso, and Rafael Alberti. Close examination of the poems representative of these poets, and their contribution to the development of Spanish poetry from the Generation of 1898 to the middle of the 20th century. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 3371 The Latin American Short Story (3). Readings from the 19th century authors and such 20th century masters as Borges, Cortazar, Cabrera Infante, Garcia Marquez, and Rulfo. Examination of short-story techniques and of such themes as social satire, the nature of reality, reason, and irrationally. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 3392 Cuban Culture Through Cinema (3). The evolution of popular culture in Cuba as expressed in films from the 1930s to the present.

SPW 3423 Masterworks of the Golden Age (3). Readings from selected masterpieces of the Spanish Renaissance and Baroque, such as La Celestina, Lazarillo de Tormes, and the short novels of Cervantes. Emphasis on satire and the representation of such human problems as freedom, poverty, and the rebellion of the individual. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 3520 Prose and Society (3). The dynamics of participation and alienation between prose writers and their environment. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 3604 Don Quijote (3). A careful reading and discussion of Cervantes’ Don Quijote, with particular attention to its multiple meanings in human terms, its innovative contributions to the novel in Europe, and the author’s use of irony, characterization, and humor. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 3720 The Generation of 98 (3). Based on the works of Azorín, Baroja, Ganivet, Machado, Maetzu, Unamuno, and Valle-Inclan. This course will emphasize the individual thrust each author makes to foster artistic revolution and human regeneration, within a society characterized by abulia and existentialist anxiety. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 3810 Literary Analysis (3). The identification and appreciation of techniques for sensitive reading and discussion of literary texts.

SPW 3820 Peninsular Spanish Literature (3). Close reading and analysis of prose, poetry, and drama. Selections from Spanish peninsular literature. Prerequisites: SPN 3422 or equivalent and oral and written proficiency in Spanish.

SPW 3930 Special Topics (3). Readings and discussion of literary/linguistic topics to be determined by students and instructor. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4263 The Spanish Novel of the Nineteenth Century (3). Within the context of literature and society, representative Spanish novels of the epoch will be studied. Special attention will be given to Galdos and Clarín. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4271 The Spanish Novel of the 20th Century (3). A study of the genre in Spain before and after the Civil War. Emphasis will be on predominant narrative tendencies. Representative authors will be discussed, such as Sender, Delibes, Cela, Martín Santos, Laforet, Matute, Marías, and others. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4280 Spanish American Novel I (3). A view of Spanish American narrative from Colonial times to the turn-of-the-century with focus on the development of literary trends and movements. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4281 Spanish American Novel II (3). Study of Spanish America’s outstanding novelists: Güiraldes, Carpentier, Cortázar, Fuentes, Vargas Llosa, Donoso, and García Márquez. Considers their works in relation to Spanish American themes. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4300 Modern Spanish Drama (3). Examines the production of major Spanish playwrights from the middle of the 18th century to the present. Analyzes the social functions theatre has fulfilled in different periods, its intended audiences, and the poetics the authors represent. Prerequisites: SPW 3820 or SPW 3130 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4304 Latin American Theatre (3). A view of Latin American theatre from the 19th century to the present. Representative works of the most renowned dramatists will be examined, with emphasis on the works of Marqués, Usigili, Triana, Wolff, and Díaz. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4334 Golden Age Poetry (3). Selected readings from the major lyric poets of the 16th and 17th centuries. Special attention to the problems of contemporary readings of classical texts. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4341 19TH- and 20TH- Century Traditions in Spanish Poetry (3). Examines major traditions and styles in 19th- and 20th- century Spanish peninsular poetry. Prerequisites: At least one course in Spanish or Spanish American literature.

SPW 4343 Poetry of Garcia Lorca (3). Chronological examination of the major works of Spain’s greatest poet. Special attention to the lyric and dramatic features. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4344 Modern Spanish Poetry: The Avant-Garde (3). Analysis of the significance of the avant-garde as well as vanguard poetry during Spain's Silver Age. Contrast Spanish avant-garde poetry with modernism. Discuss F.G. Lorca and the Generation of 1927. Prerequisites: Advanced knowledge of Spanish language. At least one course in Spanish literature (level 3 or higher).

SPW 4351 Spanish American Poetry I (3). A view of Spanish American poetry from the Pre-Colonial period until 1850. Representative works of the most renown poets will be examined, with emphasis on Ercilla, Sor Juana, Bello, Heredia, and Avellaneda. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4352 Spanish American Poetry II (3). A view of Spanish American poetry from 1850 to the present. Representative works of the important poets will be examined, and special attention will be given to Lezama Lima, Parra, Paz, and Vallejo. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4364 The Spanish American Essay (3). A study of the ideological and intellectual forces that have shaped the Spanish American thought, as expressed in the works of representative authors such as Rodo, Mallea, Martinez Estrada, Paz, Manach, and others. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4380 Violence in Latin America Through Fiction and Film (3). Examines contemporary Latin American representations of violence through works of literature, film, and visual art during the late 20th and 21st centuries. Prerequisite: SPN 3422 or Advanced Proficiency in Spanish.

SPW 4384 Spanish-American Literature Before Independence (3). Studies Spanish-American literature prior to Independence providing a general understanding of the development of literature from the Conquest to the Enlightenment. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 & SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4390 Genre Studies (3). Examination of a single literary form (e.g. short story, poetry), or the study of interaction between literary types (e.g. novel and drama). Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4391 Contemporary Spanish Cinema (3). Cinematographic modes of representing reality in the Spain of the post-Franco era. Focuses on class, race, gender, culture, aesthetics, and ideology. SPW 4397 Tradition and Modernity in Latin American Cinema (3) – GL. Survey of Latin American Film. Topics include: relations between cinema and the state, ideology, national identity, class, race and ethnicity, gender, and political memory.

SPW 4424 Golden Age Drama (3). Close readings from the finest plays written in Spain’s Golden Age by Lope de Vega, Calderon, Tirso, and others, including the Don Juan theme. An examination of theatre as stylized conformity and as protest literature in a highly controlled society. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4440 18th Century Spanish Literature (3). Examines the most relevant poetry and prose produced by 18th century Spanish writers. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4470 Eastern Cultures and Travel Writing in Spanish Literature (3). Studies the formation and influence of Asia in 19th century Spanish and Spanish American literary discourse.

SPW 4497 New Latin American Narratives (3). Provides a general view of the Latin American literary trends put forth by authors between the late 1990's and the beginning of the twenty-first century. Prerequisite: SPN 3422 or Advanced proficiency in Spanish.

SPW 4580 El Dorado in Hispanic Literature and Film (3). The Age of Discovery and Conquest in Hispanic literature and film. Considers the works of Columbus, Cabeza de Vaca and Lope de Aguirre in contrast with contemporary reconstructions of their lives. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4582 Hispanic Gothic: Horror and the Fantastic in Spain and Latin America (3). The forms and meaning of Gothic literature and film over the last two centuries in the Hispanic tradition. Outlines the major figures that define the genre in Spain and Latin America.

SPW 4590 Creative Modes (3). Discussion of a single mode or a plurality of epoch styles such as classical/ baroque, realism/surrealism. The peculiar/common features of expressive media. Prerequisites: SPW 3130 or SPW 3820 or permission of the instructor.

SPW 4930 Special Topics (3). Independent readings, research or project.

AVAILABLE FOR ALL MAJORS:

FOL 3940 Internship in Foreign Language (0-3). An option for students who wish to Minor or Major in a foreign language.

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