SPAN 101-102. Elementary Spanish (3 each; F, S)
Three hours per week. SPAN 101 is a prerequisite for SPAN 102. Qualified students may enter SPAN 102 directly on the basis of a placement test. These courses initiate a student’s development of the four basic language skills – speaking, listening, reading, and writing – through daily in-class activities, frequent assignments completed at home, and regular visits to the Language Lab. In addition, the student is introduced to the world’s Hispanic peoples and their cultures through texts, video excerpts, and World Wide Web sites. These courses are designed for those with little or no prior knowledge of Spanish. 

SPAN 201-202. Intermediate Spanish (3 each)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: SPAN 102; SPAN 201 is a prerequisite for SPAN 202. A student may enter SPAN 201 or 202 directly on the basis of a placement test. These courses continue the student’s development of the four basic language skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing – and augment their knowledge of the world’s Hispanic peoples and their cultures. Building on the foundation of previous Spanish study or direct experience with the language, these courses are designed for those who have already achieved an elementary mastery.

SPAN 301. Spanish Conversation (3)
Three hours per week. This course is required of Spanish majors and minors. Native speakers of Spanish must have the consent of the instructor before registering for this course. This course is designed primarily to improve the student’s speaking proficiency through debate, playacting, and analysis of literary selections and films.

SPAN 302. Spanish Composition (3)
Three hours per week. This course is required of Spanish majors and minors. Native speakers of Spanish must have the consent of the instructor before registering for this course. This course concerns itself primarily with developing the student’s Spanish writing skills. Students learn and practice a wide range of composition strategies, creating and revising formal assignments as well as maintaining a journal of in-class and daily exercises.

SPAN 320. Hispanic Civilization (3)
Three hours per week. This course is required of Spanish majors and minors. This course provides an introduction to the pre-Roman through 1898 histories and cultures of the peoples who have inhabited the lands that today form Spain and Spanish America. The course is designed for those with an advanced intermediate or advanced level of proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.

SPAN 321. Contemporary Hispanic Issues (3)
Three hours per week. May be repeated once for credit when the content has significantly changed. This course is required of Spanish majors and of those minors who are native speakers of Spanish and have been denied entry into SPAN 301 and/or SPAN 302. This course considers Spanish and/or Latin American contemporary issues; e.g., revolution, poverty, liberation theology, gender, and dictatorship; through a reading of varied texts and viewing of films. The course is designed for those with an advanced intermediate or advanced level of proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.

SPAN 325. Special Topics in Spanish or Spanish-American Literature (3; max. 6)
Three hours per week. May be repeated for credit when the content has significantly changed. A study of Spanish or Spanish-American writers, periods, genres, or themes. Possible topics are the Novel of Violence in Latin America, the post-Civil War novel in Spain, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the Chronicles of the Conquest, or the Chilean novel of the Allende years.

SPAN 400. Spanish Literature of the Golden Age: Prose (3)
Three hours per week. A study of the origins of Spanish prose with emphasis on La Celestina, Lazarillo de Tormes, and Don Quixote.

SPAN 401. Spanish Literature of the Golden Age: Poetry & Drama (3)
Three hours per week. A study of Spanish poetry and drama of the Renaissance and Baroque eras as seen in their highest representatives: Góngora, Garcilaso de la Vega, Quevedo, Lope de Vega, and Calderón de la Barca.

SPAN 410. Spanish Literature of the 19th-Century (3; max. 6)
Three hours per week. May be repeated once for credit when the content (e.g., literary movements or genres) has significantly changed. Spanish authors and literary movements of the 19th-century – late neoclassicism, romanticism, and realism – as studied against the backdrop of Napoleonic influence, the region of Ferdinand VII, and the Carlist Wars. Representative figures include dramatist Fernández de Moratín, the novelist Benito Pérez Galdós, and the romantic poet José Zorrilla.

SPAN 415. Spanish Literature of the 20th-Century (3; max. 6)
Three hours per week. May be repeated once for credit when the content has significantly changed. Representative Spanish poets, novelists, and dramatists of the 20th- century, with special emphasis on the turmoil surrounding the Spanish Civil War and its cultural consequences. Likely to be included are such authors as Unamuno, Machado, Valle Inclán, Gironella, García Lorca and Buero Vallejo.

SPAN 416. The Spanish-American Novel (3)
Three hours per week. An analysis of the Spanish-American novel from its origin in the nineteenth century with El periquillo sarnieto to its  present with such authors as MarioVargas Llosa, Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar, Juan Rulfo, Rosario Castellanos, Elena Poniatowska and Manuel Puig.

SPAN 417. Spanish-American Poetry (3)
Three hours per week. An analysis of Spanish-American poetry from Modernismo to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the work of Rubén Darío, Alfonsina Storni, Gabriela Mistral, César Vallejo, Pablo Neruda and Octavio Paz, although poets writing today will also be studied.

SPAN 425. Special Topics in Spanish or Spanish-American Literature (3; max. 6)
Three hours per week. May be repeated for credit when the content has significantly changed. A study of Spanish or Spanish-American poetry, drama, or novels. Recent topics have included the works of Gabriel García Márquez, the testimonio, novels of the Spanish Civil War, modernism and its poets and Eurocentrism in Latin American culture.