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Courses - Spring 2022
SPAN
Spanish Department Site
SPAN103
Intensive Elementary Spanish
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of Spanish.
Credit only granted for: SPAN102 or SPAN103.
Covers speaking, reading, writing, listening, and culture of Spanish-speaking world.
SPAN203
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
Prerequisite: SPAN103; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of Spanish.
Covers speaking, reading, writing, listening, and culture of Spanish-speaking world.
SPAN204
Spanish Grammar Review
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
Prerequisite: SPAN203; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Not open to fluent/native speakers of Spanish.
An in-depth study and analysis of selected grammatical topics in a contextualized framework.
SPAN207
Reading and Writing in Spanish
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in SPAN204; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Selected readings with emphasis on reading comprehension and the development of reading strategies. Work in composition writing and a review of selected grammatical topics. Complements material of SPAN204.
SPAN235
Issues in Latin American Studies II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: HO, D
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with: LACS235, PORT235.
Credit only granted for: LASC235, PORT235, SPAN235, or LACS235.
Formerly: LASC235.
Major issues shaping Latin American and Caribbean societies including the changing constructions of race, ethnicity, gender and class as well as expressions of popular cultures and revolutionary practices. Taught in English.
SPAN301
Advanced Grammar and Composition I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in SPAN207.
Practice of complex grammatical structures through reading and writing of compositions and essays. Specific lexical, syntactic, rhetorical, and stylistic devices will be highlighted.
SPAN303
Approaches to Cultural Materials in the Hispanic World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: SPAN301.
Recommended: May elect to take SPAN311 and/or SPAN316 in same semester as SPAN303.
Development of proficiency in critical thought through the reading, viewing, and analytical discussion of major genres and styles of cultural materials selected from Spanish-speaking world. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN306
Spanish for Heritage Speakers II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SPAN206.
Practice of complex grammatical structures through reading and writing of compositions and essays. Specific lexical, syntactic, rhetorical and stylistic devices will be highlighted. Designed for Spanish speakers educated in English. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN307
Oral Communication Skills for Heritage Speakers of Spanish
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Native or near native knowledge of and no formal education in Spanish.
Development of techniques for formal public speaking in Spanish. Writing and delivering oral presentations for varied audiences and purposes. Includes strategies for organization, the use of rhetorical patterns, and the development of effective discourse. Designed for Heritage speakers of Spanish with native or near native knowledge of Spanish, but no formal education in Spanish. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN311
Advanced Communication I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SPAN301; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in SPAN303.
Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of Spanish.
Further development of listening, speaking, and writing skills in Spanish. Opportunity to develop oral and written fluency, improve pronunciation and increase vocabulary. Individual and/or group oral presentations. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN316
Spanish Translation I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SPAN301; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in SPAN303.
Translation of texts into Spanish and/or English. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN332
Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature II: Renaissance and Baroque
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: SPAN303; and (SPAN311 or SPAN316).
An overview of cultural and literary production of Spain from the late 15th through late 17th centuries, exploring the production of literary texts in their socio-historical, political, religious and cultural contexts and development. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN333
Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature III: Modern Times
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: SPAN303; and (SPAN311 or SPAN316).
An overview of cultural and literary production of Spain from the late 17th century through the present day, exploring the production of literary texts in their socio-historical, political, religious and cultural contexts and development. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN362
Latin American Literatures and Cultures II: From Independence to Nation Formation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Prerequisite: SPAN303; and (SPAN311 or SPAN316).
An overview of cultural and literary production of Latin America from the 18th Century to approximately 1900, exploring the production of literary texts in their socio-historical, political, and cultural contexts and development. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN363
Latin American Literatures and Cultures III: From Modernism to Neo-Liberalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Prerequisite: SPAN303; and (SPAN311 or SPAN316).
An overview of cultural and literary production of Latin America from the late 19th through the early 21st centuries, exploring the production of literary texts in their socio-historical, political, and cultural contexts and development. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN370
Spanish for Business I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SPAN303; and (SPAN311 or SPAN316).
Credit only granted for: SPAN315 or SPAN370.
Formerly: SPAN315.
Business Spanish terminology, vocabulary and practices. Emphasis on everyday spoken and written Spanish. Readings and discussions of Spanish commercial topics. May include exposure to Spanish commercial topics. May include exposure to Spanish business environments. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN371
Spanish for the Health Professions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SPAN303; and (SPAN311 or SPAN316).
Exploration of cultural and linguistic skills for the health professions including vocabulary, listening, speaking, reading and strategies. No experience in the professional area necessary. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN373
Spanish in the Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SPAN303; and (SPAN311 or SPAN316). Or permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: SPAN373 or SPAN359A.
Formerly: SPAN359A.
Exploration of Spanish in current events in the Hispanic world in local and international press and varied media, and production of journalistic articles.
SPAN386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SPAN399
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Spanish
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SPAN408I
Special Topics in Iberian and Latin American Studies; The Bright Middle Ages
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisites: SPAN331, SPAN332, SPAN333, SPAN361, SPAN362, or SPAN363; or permission of instructor.

The period that precedes the Renaissance has been traditionally labeled as the "dark" Middle Ages and it's common to associate evil, brutality and barbarian lifestyle with the time span comprised between the 5th and the 15th centuries. This undergraduate seminar does not i ntend to embellish the truth nor to minimize the hardships of lifeand death at the time of the Crusades. In fact, an objective timeline of historical events that marked that period as middle will be provided, and the central question to be addressed in this class is Middle of what? As we try to answer it, we will be able to examine many modern aspects of the Middle Ages. Some of them have been highlighted since the beginning of the 20th century, and, in many ways, they justify a view of the Middle Ages as a bright and "modern" period in which --overcoming despicable difficulties and lack of facilities -- the most precious treasures of our times were intellectually conceived, manufactured, built, and written.
SPAN408Q
Special Topics in Iberian and Latin American Studies; Representations of Childhood and Youth in Latin American Literature and Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisites: SPAN331, SPAN332, SPAN333, SPAN361, SPAN362, or SPAN363; or permission of instructor.

This course focuses on representations of childhood a nd adolescence in films and works of fictions from various Latin American nations and regions. Students will analyze short stories, novels, and films that depict the course s theme in different ways. One of the course's central topics will be the concept of growth or development, which connects to the genre of the Bildungsroman or coming-of-age story. Therefore, another important topic will be social and political structures that challenge the idea of development, and which are often related to social class, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity.
SPAN408R
Special Topics in Iberian and Latin American Studies; Aguacatero Dreams: Central Americans in the United States
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisites: SPAN331, SPAN332, SPAN333, SPAN361, SPAN362, or SPAN363; or permission of instructor.

This course explores the history, geopolitics, migrations , and cultural representations of Central Americans in the United States, with special emphasis on the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. We will examine how Central American identities are transnationalized and translocalized and why the DMV is home to one of the largest concentrations of Central Americans, especially Salvadorans, in the U.S. We will study novels, short stories, poetry, spoken word/performances, films, music, photography, zines, social media, and other interdisciplinary re/sources and engage one-on-one with local and international artists, activists, and community orgs. Students should expect to participate in a community engagement project. Taught in Spanish and discussions in Spanglish.
SPAN426
Hispanic Linguistics III: Language in Use
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SPAN303; and SPAN311 or SPAN316 or SPAN325.
Also offered as: SPAN626.
Credit only granted for: SPAN426 or SPAN626.
Designed for students without previous experience in Linguistics. Focus on language variation and use, linguistic change, and bilingualism. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN439G
Selected Topics in Spanish; Iberian Nations, Narrations and Imaginations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
SPAN470
Spanish for Business II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed SPAN370.
Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher.
Credit only granted for: SPAN415 or SPAN470.
Formerly: SPAN415.
Business Spanish terminology, vocabulary and practices. Emphasis on everyday spoken and written Spanish. Readings and discussions of international topics. Cross-cultural considerations relative to international business operations, including exporting and banking. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN478C
Special Topics in United States Latino Cultures; Spanish as a Heritage Language: Theory and Pedagogy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listing with SPAN678C. Credit only granted for SPAN478C or SPAN678C.

Designed for educators and researchers, this course introduces students to the developing field of Spanish as a Heritage Language by means of exploring key topics in SHL research and education in the US, including HL speakers bilingualism, the sociolinguistic profiles of SHL speakers and learners, and different pedagogical proposals for teaching SHL. All course materials will be approached considering their research as well as teaching-oriented perspectives and implications. Students will work with oral, written, and multimodal data to understand relevant issues in SHL and develop research-oriented orteaching-oriented projects. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN479
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SPAN495
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must be in Spanish and Portuguese Honors; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Supervised reading.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SPAN626
Hispanic Linguistics II: Language in Use
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: SPAN301; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Jointly offered with SPAN426.
Credit only granted for: SPAN426 or SPAN626.
This course will focus on issues related to language variation and use with a more in-depth analysis of the semantics, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics of Spanish. Students will be introduced to current research in the fields of dialectology, bilingualism and language policy, and the social aspects of language change. This course will include an analysis of current research as it relates to the field of linguistics and other social sciences.
SPAN678C
Special Topics in United States Latino Cultures; Spanish as a Heritage Language: Theory and Pedagogy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listing with SPAN478C. Credit only granted for SPAN478C or SPAN678C.

Designed for educators and researchers, this course introduces students to the developing field of Spanish as a Heritage Language by means of exploring key topics in SHL research and education in the US, including HL speakers bilingualism, the sociolinguistic profiles of SHL speakers and learners, and different pedagogical proposals for teaching SHL. All course materials will be approached considering their research as well as teaching-oriented perspectives and implications. Students will work with oral, written, and multimodal data to understand relevant issues in SHL and develop research-oriented orteaching-oriented projects. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN699
Independent Study in Spanish
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SPAN798N
Open Seminar; Arlt, Borges, Cortazar, and Beyond
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Roberto Arlt (1900-1942), Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) a nd Julio Cort zar (1914-1984) are markers in Argentina's literary production (though not just there). Through a select number of texts from each of them we'll explore how they viewed Buenos Aires, its inhabitants and its cultures and, through the prism of the city, the world in which they were written. We ll also consider how some of their texts were tran sformed in film versions. To varying degrees, their works never ceased to be read by other writers. We'd like to see how and trace los pasos en las huellas."
SPAN798X
Open Seminar; Critical Turns: A Tool Box
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Critical Turns is a seminar designed to explore theoretical approaches that would help us read and reflect on a variety of cultural artifacts. The seminar does not intend to trace a linear survey of literary and cultural theories that exhaust all the possibilities we have as literary and cultural critics. On the contrary, it will function as a toolbox (caja de herramientas), a repository of instruments to help us make visible and legible cultural practices. Thus, we will revisit different approaches (tools) to explore the many critical turns (giros) that are current today.
SPAN798Y
Open Seminar; Deviance and Disorder in Revolutionary and Restoration Spain (1868-1898)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
This seminar examines representations of gender, gender expression, and sexuality in Realist and Naturalist literature produced between the Glorious Revolution and the Disaster of 1898. Mobilizing current critical and theoretical approaches, the course interrogates the discourses within Spanish society that focus on normative and transgressive expressions of femininity, masculinity, and sexuality. Within the scope of this interrogation, we will discuss scientific and medical contributions to understandings of the body, genders, and sexualities and their impact on creative writing; gender deviance and sexual perversions; and sex work as a target of both public hygiene campaigns and the novel of this period.
SPAN799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SPAN898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
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SPAN899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.