A list of regularly offered courses follows. The indication of when a course will be offered is based on the best projection of the department and can be subject to change.
Please note the key for the following abbreviations: (A) Arts; (H) Humanities; (S) Social Sciences; (N) Natural Sciences with Laboratory; (LS) Language Studies requirement; (NSP) Natural Science in Perspective; (NW) Non-Western Cultures requirement.
For students with no previous experience with the language. A communicative approach to Spanish using authentic materials. Students will be presented with knowledge about grammar, pronunciation, culture and civilization with a strong emphasis on developing communicative skills and developing an understanding of the Hispanic World. Chambers, Romang de Baler, Soto-Harner
A continuation of SPA 101. Prerequisite: SPA 101 or equivalent. Romang de Baler, Theumer.
Continuation of the study of Spanish language. Emphasis on oral communication, reading, writing and culture with an introduction to the reading of literary and cultural texts. Prerequisite: SPA 102 or placement. Estrada, Nieves, Prieto-Botana, Rivera-Taupier, Ryjik
Continuing study of the structures of the Spanish language with particular emphasis on the subjunctive. Practice in conversation and writing. Vocabulary building through the reading of appropriate literary and cultural texts and films. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or placement. Armstrong, Caamaño Alegre, Chambers
Oral practice directed toward greater fluency in the spoken language. Discussion and reports of current events and literary selections. Emphasis is placed on achieving fluency in the spoken language, with secondary emphasis on reading and writing. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or placement. Ruiz-Alfaro
A continuation of SPA 221. Practice directed toward greater fluency in the written language. Oral discussion and written reports on current events and contemporary cultural and literary topics. Emphasis is placed on developing students’ ability to read and write in Spanish, with a secondary emphasis on aural and oral skills. Prerequisite: SPA 221 or placement.
Caamaño Alegre, Ruiz-Alfaro
First course dedicated to reading and interpreting literature. Introduction to the fundamentals of literature and aesthetic appreciation through careful reading, analysis and class discussion of Spanish-language texts from both sides of the Atlantic. Prerequisite: SPA 222 or permission.
Caamaño Alegre, Ruiz-Alfaro, Ryjik
Tutorial for students having completed SPA 221. Students who have a special interest may arrange a tutorial with a faculty member. Enrollment is conditional on instructor’s permission.
An in-depth study of the more subtle nuances of Spanish grammar including narration in the past and the subjunctive with a strong emphasis on oral and written practice. The course includes readings about the grammatical system. SPA 221 or SPA 222. Armstrong
Argentina and Uruguay are the two countries that have produced the most renowned short story writers in Spanish. It could be said that Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar constitute the paradigm of the Hispanic short story of the second half of the 20th century and later years. Both writers have set the grounds for the development of the short story as a genre in Latin America. In this course we will explore the influence of Borges and Cortázar in later Argentine and Uruguayan writers. Prerequisite: SPA 261. Tisnado
Seminar for in-depth study of an author, theme or period. Topic chosen to be announced each semester.
Independent study directed by the Spanish staff. Prerequisite: Permission of department chairperson.
Tutorial for students having completed SPA 261. Students who have a special interest may arrange a tutorial with a faculty member. Enrollment is conditional on instructor’s permission.
Extensive reading in areas of special interest and importance to the student. Regular conferences with tutor; critical papers. Prerequisite: Permission of department chairperson.
The Latin American Boom is a phenomenon in the history of literary movements in the 20th Century. In this course we will read some of the canonical pieces by authors that constitute the “boom.” In so doing, we will examine the characteristics of the Latin American literary boom. We will read Alejo Carpentier, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel Garcia Márquez and Mario Varas Llosa, as the four biggest representatives of this movement. Prerequisite: SPA 261. Tisnado
There is a vast number of Latin Americans living mainly in several European countries, Canada, the United States, Australia and some Asian and African countries. Political turmoil of the Southern cone in the 1970s and 80s and in Central America in the 1980s and 90s, however, created generations of exiles that were political prisoners or even desaparecidos, or whose close relatives disappeared or were killed. Some of these exiles are writers who conveyed their experience in their works. In this course we will read poems, short stories, and novels written by these exiles as well as works by authors who have chosen to live abroad for other reasons. We will examine how the experience of exile shapes and is reflected in their works. Prerequisite: SPA 261. Tisnado
Why is detective fiction so popular? What makes so many readers or TV/film viewers want to read or watch murder or detective stories? What does the detective genre represent? How do we understand the surprise endings of detective stories? What variations have appeared (especially in Latin America) since the classic detective novel emerged? How can we understand these variations? In this seminar we will attempt to answer these questions through the analysis of detective fiction from Latin America. We will study detective novels in their specific Latin American context. Prerequisite: SPA 261. Tisnado
“La novella del dictador” is a Latin American subgenre that examines the concept of caudillismo within the Latin American countries. In this course we will explore how power and patriarchy have shaped the male dictator as a common governing figure in Latin America. We will start reading Guatemalan Miguel Angel Asturia’s El Señor Presidente—the first recognized novella del dictador — and explore other versions of the genre. Prerequisite: SPA 261. Tisnado
Through the analysis of literary works by some of the most representative female writers, this course aims at a deep understanding of the role of women in Spanish society, and, particularly, of the struggle of those among them who decided to express themselves through writing. Fulfills the peninsular literature requirement for the Spanish major. Previously SPA 476. Prerequisite: SPA261. Same as WGS 422. Caamaño
This course looks at the significance of Golden Age Theater in Spain through an analysis of its different genres and some of its central themes. The works of major Spanish playwrights, such as Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, and Calderón de la Barca, will be studied from a historical, ideological, social, and literary perspective. We will also explore the main characteristics of the Early Modern period in Spain, taking into consideration socio-political, economic, religious, philosophical and aesthetic aspects of the culture as a context for and as reflected in the theater. Prerequisite: SPA 261. Ryjik
The main objective of this course is to explore the complex artistic universe that Miguel de Cervantes created when he wrote Don Quixote and to learn about the author, the social commentary, and historical context, which serve as backdrops and inspirational sources for this novel. The course aims to increase students’ appreciation of literary history and acquire objective knowledge about Golden Age Spain. This course fulfills the peninsular literature requirement. Prerequisite: SPA 261. Ryjik
Latin America on Stage is an exploration of Latin American drama of the twentieth century, and an introduction to the experimental and newer trends in the genre. This survey course focuses on the most relevant schools, sociopolitical themes, and aesthetic practices of Latin American theater. The overall goals for the students in this course are the appreciation of the diversity of contemporary drama in the continent, as well as the development of critical skills and of oral and written modes of performance in the Spanish language. Prerequisite: SPA 261. Ruiz-Alfaro
A major research project to be carried out under the supervision of a member of the department.
Grandes cuentos y pequeñas historias. Memoria y violencia.