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Spanish Courses

All courses in the basic language program (101, 102, 201, and 202) as well as 310 (Composition) are offered every semester.

Of the core courses beyond 310, 330 is offered in Fall, and 320 and 340 in Spring. 316 (Conversation), an elective that counts toward the minor and major, is offered in Fall.

We normally offer two of the 400 level courses per semester, as well as 400 level credit for internships, service learning and research projects.

Courses numbered from 500 to 899 are offered on an as-needed basis.

Catalogue descriptions of courses

SPAN 101. Elementary Spanish I.  4 Credit(s). 2 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Presentation of structures, vocabulary and culture based on four-skill development. Prereq: Eligibility for ENGL 101. Rstr: Not open to native speakers. Heritage speakers must consult department head for appropriate placement.

SPAN 102. Elementary Spanish II. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture.  Continuation of the structures, vocabulary and culture based on four-skill development. Prereq: SPAN 101. Rstr: Not open to native speakers. Heritage speakers must consult department head for appropriate placement.

SPAN 112. Elementary Spanish II Laboratory. 1 Credit(s). 2 Hour(s) Lab. 0 Hour(s) Lecture.

SPAN 201. Intermediate Spanish. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Presents structures, vocabulary and culture. Prereq: SPAN 102. Rstr: Not open to native speakers of Spanish. Heritage speakers must consult department head for appropriate placement.

SPAN 202. Spanish Readings. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Basic grammatical concepts paired with reading literary and cultural texts. Prereq: SPAN 201. Rstr: Not open to native speakers of Spanish. Heritage speakers must consult department head for appropriate placement.

SPAN 211. Intermediate Spanish Laboratory. 1 Credit(s). 2 Hour(s) Lab. 0 Hour(s) Lecture. Practicum of oral/Aural skills and computerized drill in conjunction with SPAN 201.

SPAN 216. Intermediate Conversation. 2 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 2 Hour(s) Lecture. Development of conversational skills (speaking and listening) within practical contexts for intermediate students. Prereq: SPAN 201. Rstr: Not open to native speakers of Spanish.

SPAN 301. Spanish for Heritage Speakers. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Basic language sequence for heritage speakers who understand spoken Spanish but have limited or no formal exposure to grammar and study. Students who complete SPAN 301 have satisfied the language requirement, and are eligible to enter upper-level courses.

SPAN 302. Literary, Linguistic or Cultural Studies. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture.  Content varies. May be repeated for credit with permission of department head. Special topics in language, literature, or culture. Prereq: SPAN 202

SPAN 310. Composition. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Basic principles of Spanish composition, in the context of authentic readings, conversation, and grammar review. Prereq: SPAN 203 or permission of instructor required.

SPAN 316. Conversation. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Oral skills, focusing on vocabulary and expressive strategies. Prereq: SPAN 202. Rstr: Permission of instructor required.

SPAN 320. Introduction to Hispanic Cultures. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture.  Introduction to Hispanic societies with emphasis on cultural expression in its historical contexts.
Prereq: SPAN 310.

SPAN 330. Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Study of Hispanic linguistics and its fields of inquiry, such as phonology, semantics, syntax, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, and second-language acquisition. Prereq: SPAN 310 or permission of instructor required.

SPAN 332. Spanish for Professionals. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. May be repeated for credit. Development of skills (written/oral/Cultural) necessary to function in professional settings.
Prereq: Either SPAN 216 or SPAN 202. Rstr: Permission of instructor required.

SPAN 340. Introduction to Hispanic Literature. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Reading and discussion of short works in a variety of periods and genres (narrative, poetry, theatre, essay). Strategies for thinking and writing about literature. Issues in grammar and composition addressed as they arise from the reading and writing. Prereq: SPAN 310 or permission of instructor required.

SPAN 402(G). Literary, Linguistic or Cultural Studies. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Content varies. May be repeated for credit. Special topics in language, literature or culture for students at the 400 levels. Prereq: SPAN 340 or permission of instructor required.

SPAN 410. Advanced Writing. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Advanced issues in grammar, vocabulary, and prose style. Analysis of, and practice in, Hispanic writing conventions.
Prereq: SPAN 340 or permission of instructor required.

SPAN 420. History of the Spanish Language. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Origins and development of the Spanish language, including phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic changes. Prereq: SPAN 330 or permission of instructor required.

SPAN 431. Survey of Spanish Literature I. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Introduction to Medieval and Golden Age (1600 - 1700) literature. Prereq: SPAN 340 or permission of instructor required.

SPAN 432. Survey of Spanish Literature II. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture.  Introduction to the literature of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Prereq: SPAN 340 or permission of instructor required.

SPAN 441. Survey of Latin American Literature I. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture.  Latin American Literature from beginning to Independence. Prereq: SPAN 340 or permission of instructor required.

SPAN 442. Survey of Latin American Literature II. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Latin American literature from Independence to the present day. Prereq: SPAN 340.

SPAN 451(G). Topics in Hispanic Culture. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Content varies. May be repeated for credit with permission of department head or graduate coordinator. Prereq: SPAN 340. Rstr: If prerequisite not met permission of instructor required.

SPAN 455(G). Hispanic Cinema. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Content varies. May be repeated for credit with permission of department head or graduate coordinator. Screenings, discussion, research and writing on themes, movements, or directors in Hispanic cinema. Prereq: SPAN 340. Rstr: Restr If prerequisite not met permission of instructor required.

SPAN 462(G). Linguistic Studies. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Content varies. May be repeated for credit with permission of department head or graduate coordinator. Morphosyntax, dialectology, applied linguistics, theories of second language acquisition, or evolution of the Spanish language. Prereq: SPAN 340. Rstr: If prerequisite not met permission of instructor required.

SPAN 463. Secondary School Language Methods. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Strategies and materials for teaching Spanish in K-12 schools.

SPAN 480(G) - Topics in Spanish American Literature. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture.
Content varies. May be repeated for credit with permission of department head or graduate  coordinator. Prereq: SPAN 340. Rstr: If prerequisite not met permission of instructor required.

SPAN 491(G). Topics in Peninsular Spanish Literature. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture.
Content varies. May be repeated for credit with permission of department head or graduate coordinator. Reading, discussion, research, and writing on themes, movements, or authors in Spanish literature. Prereq: SPAN 340. Rstr: If prerequisite not met permission of instructor required.

SPAN 492(G). Topics in Hispanic Literature. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Content varies. May be repeated for credit with permission of department head or graduate coordinator. Reading, discussion, research and writing on themes, movements, or authors in the literature of Spain, Spanish American, and/or the Spanish speaking United States. Prereq: SPAN 340. Rstr: If prerequisite not met permission of instructor required.

SPAN 497(G). Special Projects I. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Individual research or writing projects in fields students wish to study intensively.

SPAN 498(G). Special Projects II. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Individual research or writing projects in fields students wish to study intensively.

SPAN 499. Spanish Senior Research Project. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Individual research project for Modern Languages’ majors.

SPAN 501. Professional Preparation for College Teachers. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Practical application of teaching methodology and supervision of foreign language teaching.

SPAN 502. Literary or Linguistic Study. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Content varies. May be repeated for credit. Rstr: Permission of department head or graduate coordinator required.

SPAN 512. Readings in Old Spanish. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture.

SPAN 517. Golden Age Literature. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Content varies. May be repeated for credit. Rstr: Permission of department head or graduate coordinator required.

SPAN 580. Topics in Spanish American Literature. 3 Credit(s). 0 Hour(s) Lab. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Content varies. May be repeated for credit. Rstr: Permission of department head or graduate coordinator required.

SPAN 599. Thesis Research and Thesis. 3-9 Credit(s). Grading Option: Grades: S, U, W.

SPAN 899. Examinations Only. 3 Hour(s) Lecture. Required of all graduate non-thesis students taking examinations, oral and/or written, who are not registered for any other course. Grading Option: Grades: S, U, W.

Fabrice Leroy, Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée

Professor Fabrice Leroy contributed two lengthy chapters to Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée: Dictionnaire esthétique et thématique, edited by Thierry Groensteen, the leading French expert on comics and graphic novels. Published by Robert Laffont Editions in Paris in collaboration with the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image, this 928-page reference work contains in-depth essays from over 40 international scholars who examined a variety of comics-related notions, including historical movements, publishing trends, subgenres, aesthetic and formal devices, themes, and correlations with cultural history. Each entry of this volume is illustrated by an original drawing from renowned French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. This publication is a flagship event of the French Ministry of Culture’s “Année de la Bande Dessinée,” which coordinates various museum and library exhibitions, as well as festivals across France, in a celebration of comics as an art form (January 2020-June 2021). Fabrice Leroy’s contributions to this volume are devoted to detective fiction (“Polar”) and to the depiction of everyday life in graphic novels (“Quotidien”).