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Arabic

ARAB 200: Advanced Intermediate Arabic (Credits: 3)
Ikram Masmoudi

A continuation of ARAB107. Emphasis is on reading comprehension, improving writing and listening skills, and increasing knowledge of Arab culture.

Prerequisite(s): ARAB 107
ARAB 201: Arabic Grammar and Composition (Credits: 3)
Ikram Masmoudi

Arab 201 is focused on a grammar and composition review. A thorough review of the main grammatical patterns of the language.

 

Prerequisite(s): ARAB 107

Chinese

CHIN 201: Advanced Intermediate Chinese I (Credits: 3)
Renee Dong

This is a four-skilled course providing training in all areas of language use with a strong emphasis on reading and listening comprehension. Students will be exposed to authentic and communicative materials from formal textbooks, supplementary listening exercises and pop music.

Prerequisite(s): CHIN107 or with the instructor's approval
CHIN 355: Advanced Readings in Chinese (Credits: 3)
Haihong Yang

This course is designed to improve students’ integrated language skills through dialogues from TV programs and films. Students will develop abilities to comprehend authentic language materials, understand features of spoken and written Chinese, and produce paragraph-level Chinese on familiar topics.

CHIN 455: Classical Chinese (Credits: 3)
Haihong Yang

This class introduces basic grammatical structures, syntactic patterns, and historical development of classical Chinese. It offers basic training in classical Chinese through translation and discussion in class, focusing on grammar and vocabulary. The course is taught in English and Chinese.

CHIN 452: Readings in Chinese Culture (Credits: 3)
Haihong Yang

This course aims to improve students’ reading and writing proficiency through rigorously reading and responding to essays on Chinese culture. Students will have a chance to develop their abstract reasoning skills in addition to being able to narrate and describe.

Classics

LATN 202: Intermediate Latin Poetry (Credits: 3)
Marcaline Boyd

This course is a study of Latin poetry in the original. We will read a selection of excerpts from some of Rome’s finest poets: Catullus, Virgil’s Aeneid, and Ovid’s Amores. As we explore poems that reveal aspects of life, love, and politics at the end of the Roman Republic and dawn of the Empire, we will focus on the historical, literary, and cultural contexts of these works and their respective authors. This course, along with LATN101, LATN102, and LATN201, fulfills the foreign language requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences.

French

FREN 211-010/080: FREN 211-010: Reading and Composition (Credits: 3)
Karen Quandt

This course includes reading and discussion of French literature and the writing of short papers alongside of grammar review. The emphasis of the course is on improving critical reading skills and on writing formal analysis of literature. Students will be introduced to literary movements and cultural topics. Honor credit involves supplementary readings, an additional paper, and meetings outside of class with the professor.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 200 (minimum grade of C) or FREN107 (minimum grade of A-)
, Satisfies ‘Group A’ Arts and Science breadth requirement., This course may be taken for Honors credit. It is highly recommended that those pursuing Honors credit for this course have earned final grades of A or A- in previous French coursework.
FREN 211-011/081: Reading and Composition (Credits: 3)
Edgard Sankara

This course includes reading and discussion of French literature, frequent compositions and grammar review where appropriate. The emphasis of this course is on improving reading fluency, critical reading skills, and composition. FREN 211 presents thorough readings of short stories with discussion of these readings beyond the level of plot and in conjunction with literary movements and film adaptations. Students will write compositions based on readings and other topics. Grammar will be reviewed.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 200 with a minimum grade of C or FREN 107 with a minimum grade of A-.
, FREN 211 is required as a prerequisite for FREN 301 or 302, May be taken for honors credit. It is highly recommended that those pursuing Honors credit for this course have earned final grades of A or A- in previous French coursework.
FREN 305: French Conversation and Composition (Credits: 3)
Deborah Steinberger

French 305 is an advanced conversation and composition course, conducted entirely in French, which focuses primarily on current issues in France and the francophone world. Topics covered include politics (with a special focus on the upcoming French presidential election), social issues, science and technology, and the arts. You will practice French through oral reports and discussions, as well as through regular written assignments including movie reviews and your own blog. Grammar review will be tailored to the needs of the class.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 211 and one other 200-level course taught in French, both with a suggested minimum grade of B-.
This course may be taken for Honors credit; it is highly recommended that those pursuing Honors credit in this course have earned final grades of A or A- in previous French coursework.
Not intended for native speakers of French.
FREN 325: French Civilization I (Credits: 3)
Deborah Steinberger

An interdisciplinary exploration of French civilization–history, politics, art, architecture, music, literature–from its origins to the Revolution.

Prerequisite(s): Any two 200-level courses taught in French.
This course may be taken for Honors credit; it is highly recommended that those pursuing Honors credit in this course have earned final grades of A or A- in previous French coursework.
Satisfies 'Group B' Arts and Science breadth requirement.
FREN 405: Translation and Stylistics (Credits: 3)
Deborah Steinberger

Here’s the advanced-level language course you’ve been looking for! Expand your vocabulary and improve your writing style as you study the fascinating craft of translation. Working in groups to translate various texts (literary, journalistic, commercial) from French to English and vice versa, students enrolled in this course will acquire a marketable skill as well as enhanced knowledge of French and Francophone culture. Activities may include composing film subtitles and simultaneous interpretation. A service-learning component will involve translating the website of a French humanitarian organization.

Prerequisite(s): Two 300-level French courses with a minimum grade of B+.
This course may be taken for Honors credit; it is highly recommended that those pursuing Honors credit in this course have earned final grades of A or A- in previous French coursework.
FREN 355: Love, Passion, Faith and Death (Credits: 3)
Bruno Thibault

Does love exist without passion? Is there such a thing as platonic love? Are there different kinds of love? What does it mean to enter an union “until death does us part”? This course focuses on those themes in French literature across the centuries and across the genres. It will provide insights on love and passion from some of the greatest French poets and novelists, among them Ronsard, Corneille, Hugo, Baudelaire, as well as Chateaubriand and Flaubert. Taught in French.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 211, and any 200-level course taught in the French language, both with a suggested minimun grade of B-.
This course may be taken for Honors credit; it is highly recommended that those pursuing Honors credit in this course have earned final grades of A or A- in previous French coursework.
FREN 455/655: The literature of modern life: Representations of the 19th-Century France (Credits: 3)
Karen Quandt

This course will examine major 19th century corks and their representations of modern life through multiple facets: cultural phenomena (the press, travel, art and music), society (the rise of the bourgeois, urbanization, industry), history (Revolution, Napoleon, the Second Empire), and major philosophical discourses (the human relationship to nature, romantic aesthetic theories, Marxism). Major readings will include Chateaubriand’s René, Stendhal’s Le Rouge et le Noir, Hugo’s Hernani, selections from Baudelaire’s Les fleurs du mal, Flaubert’s L’Education sentimentale, and Zola’s Germinal.

Prerequisite(s): Any two 300-level French literature courses.
FREN 459/659: Négritude, Antillanité, Créolité (Credits: 3)
Edgard Sankara

What is the Caribbean? Does history begin with Christopher Columbus? Should one consider the Native American component as a significant element in the construction of this region or should the Caribbean simply be called a New World which developed with slavery and the plantation system?

Are the Caribbean people Native American, Indian, European, African, Asian or are they a fascinating métissage (mix) of all these ethnicities? What are the historical, cultural and political situations of Francophone Caribbean people (Haiti and the “French Overseas Departments”) within the global Caribbean region? Why are the literary movements of Négritude, Antillanité, Créolité such an important contribution to a better understanstanding of the Caribbean and to the enrichment of the now flourishing subject of Postcolonial Studies?

Come and whet your intellectual curiosity about the Caribbean through the study of prose, fiction, plays, poems, critical essays and films on Aimé Césaire, Raphael Confiant, Maryse Condé, Léopold Senghor, and more. This course satisfies Multicultural requirement.

Prerequisite(s): Any two 300-level French literature courses.
FREN 875: Aspects of Contemporary French Literature (Credits: 3)
Bruno Thibault

It is often said that contemporary French writers are less interested in politics than their elders and more interested in subtle plots and intricate story-telling. But we will see that these sophisticated writers also attempt to reflect the profound cultural mutation of contemporary France by addressing issues such as consumerism, ecology, feminism, European integration, globalization and immigration. Readings will include novels by Georges Perec, Marguerite Duras and Michel Tournier; short stories by J.M.G Le Clézio and poems by Yves Bonnefoy.

Prerequisite(s): For French graduate students only.

German

GRMN 200: German Grammar Review (Credits: 3)
Nancy Nobile

Have you taken every 100-level German class but are still not sure where to place the verb?  Are you still taking wild guesses on adjective endings?  Do you rely a little too heavily on your imagination in order to form past participles?  Then GRMN 200 is just right for you!  This course is designed to provide you with an opportunity to improve your basic language skills, thus building greater confidence and proficiency.  Our review of grammar will include activities that also develop your writing, reading, and speaking skills.  There will be quizzes, some short essays, a midterm and a final exam.

Prerequisite(s): German 107 or the equivalent. Not intended for students who have already completed German courses at the 300-level or above.
GRMN 255: Germany in the News (Credits: 3)
Nancy Nobile

What are the hopes and concerns of people in today’s Germany? What role does Germany play in the expanding focus of the European Union? What are the most talked about cultural issues of the day? To find answers to these and other questions, we’ll read and discuss online newspaper and magazine articles, and view excerpts from German TV news. Discussion of emergent issues in Germany — from pop culture to politics — will improve your speaking, reading, and listening skills. In increments over the course of the semester, students will create their own newspapers. They will be asked to participate frequently in class discussions, to give one group presentation, and to take a midterm and final exam.

Prerequisite(s): GRMN107 or the equivalent.
GRMN 325: German Civilization & Culture (Credits: 3)
Nancy Nobile

In the span of a century the politics and culture of Germany have changed dramatically many times over.  Some of the topics we’ll discuss in this course include urban modernization at the turn-of-century, the Weimar Republic, the rise and fall of the Third Reich, the two Germanys of the Cold War period, and Unification.  To help illustrate these topics, we’ll consider readings (including a graphic novel), paintings, architecture, music, and film.  Students will be asked to participate actively in class discussions, to write short essays/homeworks, and to take a midterm and final exam.

Prerequisite(s): Any two 200-level courses taught in German. This course fulfills a College of Arts and Sciences Group B requirement.
GRMN 355: The 20th Century in Film (Credits: 3)
Ester Riehl

In the 20th century, film emerged as an exciting and frightening new medium. Whether intended to spread political propaganda, provide an entertaining escape from daily life, or to experiment with new ways of expressing art forms and ideas, film came to be a powerful tool that both reflected and shaped German experiences throughout the century. In this course we will examine films from the early 20th century to today to see how they have dealt with some of the major social, political and historical issues Germany has faced in the last 100 years. Students will write short assignments for each film, as well as two longer essays, a midterm and a final exam. The class is taught exclusively in German.

Prerequisite(s): Any two 200-level courses taught in German.
GRMN 455: Tales of Love and Romance (Credits: 3)
Monika Shafi

Love and romance rank among the oldest, most familiar, and most popular themes in literature and in film. Why we fall in love or out of it, how we express emotions for which language seems inadequate, and how ideas of love, romance, and marriage change over times, such questions have baffled authors for centuries and they continue to intrigue them. In this course we will examine the depiction of romantic love, marriage, and betrayal within social, cultural, and economic contexts starting in the 18th century and ending with contemporary films and stories, some of which explore the impact of social media on relationships. Students will write three essays, give an oral presentation. and also take a midterm and a final.

Prerequisite(s): Any two 300-level courses taught in German.

Hebrew

HEBR205: Hebrew Conversation (Credits: 3)
Eynat Gutman

Come and strengthen your conversational skills, learn/improve future tense, and be exposed to Israeli culture, through discussions, conversations, texts, audio and visual material – and have fun.

In this course, our main focus is perfecting our speaking and listening skills, although some emphasis is put on reading and writing. The students who come to Conversational Hebrew are expected to be proficient in the present and past tenses, and able to apply all language skills to many of the following topics: the University, food, family, body parts, aches and pains, the days of the week and time. Throughout the course, the students will carry discussions, conversations, perform pair-work, and listen to auditory and visual materials. The topics of this semester will include “the revival of Hebrew,” “my future home” and “future plans.” Grammatically, we will focus mainly on acquiring the future tense in conversation and writing.

Prerequisite(s): HEBR107 or professor’s permission (students who had 3-4 years of Hebrew in high school are usually also good candidates for this course. Other students may qualify!) and, the course is cross-listed with JWST, and may be taken towards the minor in Jewish Studies. See the professor for details

Italian

ITAL 200: Italian Grammar Review (Credits: 3)
Giorgio Melloni

You want to learn a second language, but you’re afraid of being bored. Then take this opportunity to change your opinion! You will be engaged in learning Italian and its grammar through short stories, films, music, debates and many other activities. This course is a great way to review the fundamentals of the language and fine tune your communication skills.

Prerequisite(s): ITAL107
ITAL 205: Italian Conversation (Credits: 3)
Laura Salsini

You’re so close to proficiency in Italian! Consolidate your hard-earned language skills through conversation and oral presentations, with grammar review and written work when appropriate. Students will discuss current events along with material from films, the Internet and other sources. Have fun while improving your speaking skills!

Prerequisite(s): ITAL107
ITAL 211: Italian Reading & Composition (Credits: 3)
Riccarda Saggese

Let the masters of the Italian short story teach you how to write! This course emphasizes vocabulary acquisition and written expression. Students will read and discuss short works of literature and film. You will improve your writing skills, add to your rich stock of conversation topics in Italian, and begin your love affair with contemporary Italian authors.

Counts as Group A requirement

Prerequisite(s): Ital 200, Ital205, or Ital206
ITAL 305: Advanced Italian Conversation and Composition (Credits: 3)
Giorgio Melloni

This course teaches Italian conversation and composition through a variety of materials: Italian newspaper and magazine short articles, film, Internet research, etc. The themes of the course are content-based and will explore the crucial importance of the diverse cultural local culture of regions and dialects for contemporary Italian identity in the age of globalization. Emphasis is on improving conversational fluency, pronunciation, vocabulary, and listening comprehension skills as well as writing skills.

Prerequisite(s): ITAL211 or ITAL212
ITAL 355: The Modern Italian Novel (Credits: 3)
Giorgio Melloni

This course provides an in-depth study of some of the most important Italian novels produced during the 19th and 20th century.  The course will trace the evolution of the Italian Novel, from the Romantic age to the early 20th Century, and define its relationship to other European literatures and its indubitable contribution to the idea of Western Modernity.  The course will also investigate how these novels improved, or simply changed, the native tradition of the genre, and how such works reflect the vast political, economic, social and cultural transformations undergone by the new Italian nation (born in 1861).

Prerequisite(s): One 300-level course
ITAL 455: The Art of Translation (Credits: 3)
Laura Salsini

This course offers students an opportunity to improve their writing and comprehension skills by working closing with traditional texts (short stories, plays, and poetry) as well as non-traditional texts (promotional materials, web pages, song lyrics).  Students will translate from English to Italian and Italian to English.

Prerequisite(s): Two 300-level courses

Japanese

JAPN 201: Advanced Intermediate Japanese I (Credits: 3)
Mutsuko Sato

This course covers Chapters 14 through 18 of Genki II text book.  Students learn to use various grammatical forms to convey different nuances.  Classes are conducted mostly in Japanese.  Activities include oral, reading and writing exercises on various topics. About 90 additional Kanji will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s): JAPN107
, Textbook & Workbook: Genki II (Chapters 14-18)
JAPN 202: Advanced Intermediate Japanese II (Credits: 3)
Chika Inoue

This course covers the last five chapters of Genki II textbook. Students learn to use various grammatical forms to convey different nuances. Classes are conducted in Japanese. Activities include oral presentations and essays on various topics. About 75 additional Kanji will be introduced.

Fulfills College of Arts and Sciences Group C: Social and Behavioral Science

 

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 201 or 206
, Textbook & Workbook: Genki II (Chapters 19-23)
JAPN 355: Introduction to Japanese Literature (Credits: 3)
Rachel Hutchinson

This course explores the format and conventions of the Japanese short story, comparing them to the format and conventions of haiku and the novel or shōsetsu. Students are exposed to a large amount of Japanese text in the original, learning vocabulary with which to discuss literature using the Japanese language. Students practice literary analysis through informal class discussion, a short oral presentation, and a written essay. Students learn to appreciate the rhythms and nuances of literary Japanese through class discussion as well as through translation.

We will begin with some short stories by the famous contemporary writer Murakami Haruki. After Spring Break we will take advantage of the cherry blossom season to study haiku poetry and compose some of our own. Towards the end of the course we will read some work by Natsume Sōseki, taking note of the difference between modern literary style and that of the Meiji period (1868-1912). Murakami Haruki is sometimes seen as the ‘modern Sōseki’, so we will explore the similarities and differences between these two authors.

Prerequisite(s): JAPN201, 202 and one of JAPN200/206/209, or instructor’s permission.
, This course may be repeated for students who transfer credits from a study abroad program.
JAPN 405: Translation Theory and Practice: Modern Japanese Literature (Credits: 3)
Rachael Hutchinson

This course explores both the process of translation and the nature of Japanese literature. As well as translating excerpts from Nagai Kafū’s Furansu monogatari (1909), a text currently unavailable in English, students will also have the opportunity to compare the text and writing style to other works of Meiji literature. Students will discuss major issues involved in translating a literary text from Japanese to English, including the effect of synonym choice, literal versus loose translation, poetic license and the tense-aspect controversy. Students will also gain an appreciation for writing style in terms of sentence construction, kanji use, poetic language and the effect of literary quotation. Students will improve and polish their translation skills to a high degree, and will be encouraged to find their own method of translation, balancing creative expression with accuracy and fidelity to the original text. Throughout the course we will read and discuss translation theory, using the popular translation memoir Found in Translation by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche as well as articles by Rebecca Copeland and others.

Prerequisite(s): Two JAPN 3XX classes.
JAPN 490: Capstone Thesis (Credits: 3)
Rachael Hutchinson

This course fulfills the capstone requirement for the Japanese Major concentration, and should be taken in the senior year. Students undertake a research thesis in Japanese that will be organized into manageable stages, including research proposal, hypothesis and argument, as well as bibliography and citation. Class time will focus on research methods and presentations, as well as language use in academic written work. One-to-one supervision will also help the student to express their ideas clearly in this medium.

Prerequisite(s): Advisor’s approval.

Portuguese

PORT 316: Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Students II (Credits: 3)
Cynthia Schmidt-Cruz

PORT316 is a continuation of PORT216. Students will continue to refine their command of the four language skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—and will complete the study of the basic grammatical structure of Brazilian Portuguese. As in PORT216, there will be an emphasis on Brazilian culture through films, Power Point presentations, readings, and plenty of Brazilian music.

Once again, come prepared to groove to the rhythm and lyrics of samba and bossa nova, to speak lots of Portuguese, and to have a lot of fun learning a really cool language!

The PORT 216-316 sequence fulfills the requirement for language 3 of the Three Language major. Also, PORT 316 is part of Option II of the Spanish major and can count toward the Latin American and Iberian Studies major and minor.  It is also part of the Foreign Language Certificate in Brazilian Portuguese.

Prerequisite(s): PORT 216 or equivalent.

Russian

RUSS 200: Russian Grammar Review (Credits: 3)
Natallia Cherashneva

Continue your study of Russian at the 200 level, expanding on the knowledge and developing the skills acquired over previous semesters of study.  Students will practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Russian through a variety of activities, following the continued adventures of Tanya, Misha, and Co in the second half of the outstanding textbook Welcome Back.  At the same time, you will systematically review and complete your study of the fundamentals of Russian grammar, building a solid foundation for further mastery of the language.  All 300-level and 400-level Russian courses will build on what we cover here.

NOTE: RUSS 200 is designed to be taken in conjunction with RUSS 211; for Russian Studies majors, minors, and Three-Language majors this course is a necessary part of the course sequence that fully prepares students for the 300-level.

Prerequisite(s): RUSS107 or equivalent
RUSS 211: Russian Reading and Composition: Short Fiction (Credits: 3)
Natallia Cherashneva

Read entertaining and interesting 20th-century Russian short stories from a variety of genres (detective fiction, satire, tales of adventure, children’s literature) to improve your reading skills and expand your vocabulary. Discussions will help you improve your speaking and listening skills, while writing exercises will facilitate your mastery of the material and develop your skills in composition. Designed to be taken at the same time as RUSS 200, this course will strengthen your grasp of the grammar covered in that course while allowing you to focus on reading techniques and the construction of the complex Russian sentence.  Taking the two courses together will enable you to make a significant and leap forward in learning the language. Honors credit available.

NOTE: RUSS 211 is designed to be taken in conjunction with RUSS 200; for Russian Studies majors, minors, and Three-Language majors this course is a necessary part of the course sequence that fully prepares students for the 300-level.

Fulfills Group A

Prerequisite(s): RUSS 200, if not taken simultaneously with RUSS 200.
RUSS 440: Dystopia in Russian and Soviet Fiction (Credits: 3)
Julia Hulings

The Russian writer Evgenij Zamyatin depicts a future “world of square roots of minus one” in his banned novel We, written as a response to the October Revolution and its aftermath.  Scholars agree that this early sci-fi dystopia influenced H G Wells and his 1984, however the roots of science fiction in Russia reach back to the late 18th century when contact with European ways of life were truly established. The utopian “Dream, Happy Society” of 1759 starts our journey with its prophetic proposal of separation of church and state.  As we enter the 19th century, Dostoevsky’s provides a depiction of an untenable utopia in “Dream of a Ridiculous Man,” and Odoevsky’s “Town Without a Name” shows the negative results of scientific rejection of ethics.

This theme continues into the 20th century in Kuprin’s “Toast” set in the year 2905, when universal harmony is not all it was intended to be, and in Valery Bryusov’s “Republic of the Southern Cross,” where we see the consequences of dictatorship versus basic human desire. Our exploration of the 20th century will include We and grim stories by the Strugatsky Brothers, credited with reestablishing sci-fi after the Khrushchev Thaw. What we dream of and what we can have may be two entirely different things, and even with the most careful attention to logic and reason, things can go very wrong. Honors credit is available.

Prerequisite(s): one 300-level RUSS course
, Available for Honors credit.

Spanish

SPAN 200: Spanish Composition and Grammar (Credits: 3)
Hans-Jörg Busch, Carmen Finnicum, Lee Glen, Fatima Haq

An intensive study of selected grammatical topics (ser-estar, preterit and imperfect, present subjunctive and commands); vocabulary; grammatical exercises and short compositions. Offered with an Honors section (080).

In this course you will acquire new vocabulary, broaden and improve your knowledge of grammatical structures (agreement, verb tenses, pronouns, and much more). You will learn strategies for developing and refining your written communication skills.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 107
, Offered with an Honors section (080)
SPAN 201: Spanish Reading & Composition (Credits: 3)
Jesus Botello, Lee Glen, Meghan McInnis-Dominguez, Susan McKenna

This course places major emphasis on the development of reading, writing and analytical skills while studying literary selections from Spain and Latin America.

In this course the student has the opportunity to read a wide variety of Spanish and Latin American literature in three genres: poetry, narrative and drama. The student will develop reading skills as well as a solid knowledge of the literary terms and movements which will be encountered in more advanced literature classes. Compositions will be based on interpretation of the readings and will be directed towards reinforcing the use of literary terminology.

This class may contain a section with an Honors component. Honors students may be asked to participate in weekly discussion threads through Canvas, memorization of poems, and/or a short drama performance.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 200, Fulfills Group "A" requirement
SPAN 205: Spanish Conversation: A Cultural Approach (Credits: 3)
Joan Brown, Carmen Finnicum, Krystyna Musik

This course is designed to build mastery of practical spoken Spanish in its cultural context. The language will be used strategically – to accomplish objectives and resolve conflicts – in situations that relate to everyday life. Linguistic and cultural topics include travel, relationships, food, health, education, sports, entertainment, housing, and jobs. An array of proven language-learning methodologies will be used to build competence. These include role-playing activities, vocabulary expansion, cultural readings, films, oral reports, Internet research, listening activities, pronunciation practice, grammar repair and review, short compositions, and an individual final project. The Honors section features additional mastery activities inside and outside the classroom.

Prerequisite(s): Spanish 107 with a grade of B
, Not intended for native speakers
, May not be taken if the student has reached the 400 level in Spanish.
SPAN 201: Spanish Reading & Composition (HONORS) (Credits: 3)
Susan McKenna

This course, for HONORS students, places major emphasis on the development of reading, writing and analytical skills while studying literary works from Spain and Latin America in three genres: poetry, narrative and drama. In-class discussion and compositions will be based on interpretation of the readings and will be directed towards reinforcing the use of literary terminology.  Other highlights included in this course are weekly discussion threads through Canvas, memorization of poems, and a short drama performance.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 200, Fulfills Group "A" requirement
SPAN 300: Advanced Spanish Composition & Grammar I (Credits: 3)
Lee Glen, Asima Saad-Maura

This course is a comprehensive study of basic and complex grammatical structures with both oral and written practice to facilitate further mastery of vocabulary and structures. Cultural topics are explored through readings that raise awareness of the Hispanic world while building up vocabulary to express abstract ideas.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 200 and SPAN 201
SPAN 302: Survey of Spanish Literature (Credits: 3)
Susan McKenna

This course will cover Spanish literature from the 18th century to the present, including selections of representative works, discussions and collateral readings. In this course we will explore the literature and culture of modern Spain chronologically, from the eighteenth century to the present. We will gain exposure to classic modern authors in every genre of Spanish literature. We also will sample the action, humor, wit and beauty of many other masterpieces, honing critical skills while exploring the evolution of modern Spain. Multimedia enrichment will add to our appreciation of Spanish literature and culture.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 201
, Fulfills Arts and Sciences ‘Group B’ requirement
SPAN 304: Survey of Spanish-American Literature (Credits: 3)
Persephone Braham, Gladys Ilaregui

Representative works in all genres of Latin American literature in the 20th century.

SPAN304 is a survey of Spanish-American literature that covers from the beginning of the 20th century until the most recent literary manifestations. Reading selections (excerpts) of famous writers (including Nobel Prize winners Gabriela Mistral [1945], Pablo Neruda [1973], Gabriel García Márquez [1982], and Mario Vargas Llosa [2010]) will provide a better understanding of a wide variety of peoples, cultures, and societies of those nations that we call Latin America.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 201
SPAN 305: Oral Communication (Credits: 3)
Jorge Cubillos

For individuals with a comprehensive knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis on refinement of expression of abstract ideas as well as mastery of practical communication.

You love Spanish. You would love to travel to Spanish-speaking countries. You can read Spanish and you can communicate but you want to be able to have meaningful Spanish conversation. This course is designed to help you speak Spanish more fluently and expand your vocabulary while learning current issues and customs in the Hispanic world. The goal is to enable you to sustain conversations and express your opinions on diverse topics. The course draws from a variety of resources, including short stories and essays, articles from the Spanish press, slides, videos, and satellite newscasts. Interactive formats such as class discussions, debates, oral presentations and scenarios will be used.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 200
, Restrictions: Not intended for native speakers
SPAN 325: Spanish Civilization and Culture (Credits: 3)
Staff

Survey of geography, history, art and society of Spain. This course offers a survey of the geography, history, culture, politics and society of Spain. You will study key historical events, from prehistoric times to the most recent developments, as well as cultural movements that have shaped Spanish national identity. The course is conducted in Spanish and the readings are in Spanish.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 200.
, Fulfills ‘Group B’ Arts & Science requirement.
, Required for teaching majors.
SPAN 326: Latin American Civilizations and Cultures (Credits: 3)
Aurelia Rio

This course is a survey of the history and culture of Latin America from the time of the region’s indigenous empires to the present. Students will analyze fundamental aspects of the region’s history, geography, politics and cultural production, focusing on issues including human rights, colonialism, nationalism, military intervention, globalization and migration. This course is designed to prepare students for the advanced study of Latin American cultural production by providing them with the historical and social context necessary for studying the cultures of this region. Students will gain an appreciation for the historical roots of present-day social and political issues in Latin America, improve their research and analysis skills, develop their capacity for independent learning and critically examine crucial issues related to Latin American culture.

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 200
, Fulfills Arts & Sciences ‘Group B’ requirement.
SPAN 401: Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar II (Credits: 3)
Hans-Jörg Busch, Asima Saad-Maura

SPAN401 is not a systematic study of Spanish grammar (that is the purpose of the SPAN 200 and 300 prerequisites for this course). In SPAN401 students will practice and apply what they have learned in previous courses, as well as broaden their vocabulary through different kinds of writings (i.e.: summaries, opinion papers, narrations, feature articles, descriptions, poems, short stories, etc.), projects and class participation. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to study and practice more in-depth those structures that traditionally cause the most problems: subjunctive vs. indicative, past tenses, prepositions and pronouns, reflexivity, active vs. passive, text progression, determination, word order, direct vs. indirect speech, sequence of tenses, use of complex tenses, etc. The SPAN 401 textbook contains an array of authentic readings about the culture, history, and politics of Spain and Latin America. The overall goal of SPAN 401 is to help students reach the ACTFL Language Testing Advanced-Low Level.

Prerequisite(s): This course is the last in a series of Spanish language courses. Students must have taken SPAN200 and SPAN300 before enrolling for this course. The course is conducted in Spanish.
SPAN 415: Latin American Literature and Its Political Context (Credits: 3)
Gladys Ilarregui

This course will focus on the activism and resistance of different groups of historically oppressed communities around Latin America. It is the perfect course for those students interested in Human Rights. We will have focus on LA communities through film related to social movements, historical and literary readings, visual art, performance and social networks. The course will require your imagination and social commitment, and it will give you the tools to pursue community service at local and international levels. You will be exposed to awe-inspiring materials and thought-provoking lectures.

SPAN 421/621: Erotic literature in the middle ages and early modern (Credits: 3)
Cristina Guardiola

This course deals with explicit and pornographic literature and other media as a means to discredit political opponents, oppose moral and religious dictates, and explore the aesthetics of pleasure. It will deal with mature topics. Discretion is advised.

Celestina, by Fernando de Rojas (ed. By Dorothy Severin)

  • Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Catedra; Spanish edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8437607000

Carajicomedia, Anon. (ed. By Alvaro Alonso)

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Ediciones Aljibe; 1ª ed. edition (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8487767435
  • ISBN-13: 978-8487767432
SPAN 436/636: Teatro del Siglo de Oro (Credits: 3)
Jesús Botello

This course explores canonical literary texts from Golden Age Theater, from the Renaissance to the Baroque. We will learn to read the texts of Hispanic literature within the cultural context of imperial Spain. We will examine the generic characteristics and analyze how the main concerns and themes change according to the evolution of Spanish society. Therefore, we will investigate extra literary aspects, such as the historical, social and political conditions that influenced the creation of the works. In order to gain an overview of the culture and literature of the Golden Age, especial attention will be paid to other art forms, such as painting, sculpture and architecture.

Prerequisite(s): One SPAN 300-level survey of literature course
SPAN 440-010: Mystery and Fantasy (Credits: 3)
Alexander Selimov

In this course students will read several outstanding short stories, to develop the ability to communicate their thoughts and ideas orally, read and write more proficiently, as well as learn how writers use conventional techniques to design their plots, configure characters, and create suspense. Students will practice summarizing content  in writing, as well as narrating and describing the content in all major time frames of past, present, and future in paragraph-length discourse. Students will learn new vocabulary and will write one short story as their final project.

SPAN 475-010: “Canción de protesta”: Music and Revolution (Credits: 3)
Alexander Selimov

What is the contribution of music to the process of shaping political and social identities in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean during the second half of the 20th century? How instrumental was the work of politically engaged songwriters for the process of nation-state building in the Hispanic World? These and other related questions will be answered throughout this course, as we will explore the many functions the artistic expression serves in political and social protest.

SPAN 477: Drug Culture in Latin America (Credits: 3)
Phillip Penix-Tadsen

Drug production, trafficking, and consumption have had an immeasurable impact on culture in Latin America, affecting the region’s politics and way of life as well as its art and literature.  This course will examine the euphoria and the tragedy surrounding the drug trade, from psychedelic 1960s creative experiments, to Pablo Escobar’s cocaine empire in the 1980s, to the tragic wave of drug violence Mexico faces today.  These topics will be studied through the rigorous analysis of the region’s cultural production, including literature, fiction and documentary film, journalism, electronic media, political discourse, and visual arts.

Prerequisite(s): Any of the following: SPAN307, SPAN308, SPAN325, SPAN326
SPAN 491-010/080: Culturas Digitales de América Latina y España (Credits: 3)
Phillip Penix-Tadsen

This course examines how new media forms have transformed culture in Latin America and Spain from the 20th to the 21st century, focusing on theoretical approaches to electronic media, as well as related cultural production from across the Spanish-speaking world: digital poetry, electronic literature, net art, online activism, social media, blogs, video games and virtual communities. This capstone course will also dedicate a significant portion of time to academic and professional development specifically tailored to majors in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies, with workshops focused on preparing an academic portfolio, building a solid CV / Resume, and leveraging your multilingual capabilities when applying to graduate schools, internships and jobs.

Note: Fulfills Capstone requirement for SPAN and LAIS majors

SPAN 455-080: Masterpieces of Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film (Credits: 3)
Joan L. Brown

This Honors seminar explores masterpieces of contemporary Spanish fiction and film, while asking: Why have certain works entered the cultural canon? What innovations defined them, and what reactions do they elicit today? From a conflicted priest to a sensitive university student to a heroic town councilman, a rebellious nun, an accidental murderer and a ruthless ogre, we will follow dramatic stories of men and women from across Spain. The goal of the course is to read and view intensively, concentrating on selected works in depth. Each narrative and film will be situated in its sociocultural, historical and critical contexts. Through use of Spanish in a seminar

setting, each student will build his or her critical abilities, cultural knowledge and language proficiency. This class meets with an MA-level graduate section that supports the Honors section.

Prerequisite(s): One 300-level survey of literature course. Permission of the Honors program is required for non-Honors students.
SPAN 655-010: Masterpieces of Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film (Credits: 3)
Joan L. Brown

This graduate seminar explores masterpieces of contemporary Spanish fiction and film, while asking: Why have certain works entered the cultural canon? What innovations defined them, and what reactions do they elicit today? Novels on the MA Reading List include San Manuel Bueno, mártir by Miguel de Unamuno, Nada by Carmen Laforet and Réquiem por un campesino español by Ramón Sender. These works and additional films (two from the Reading List) will be situated in their historical, sociocultural and critical contexts. The goal of the course is to read and view intensively, concentrating on selected works in depth. Each student will build his or her critical skills while preparing for the Contemporary Peninsular portion of the MA Comprehensive Exam. This section meets with an Honors undergraduate section, and graduate students will engage with the pedagogy of teaching literature and film.

SPAN 875: From Codex to Archives (Credits: 3)
Gladys Ilarregui

This seminar will cover major works from the MA list on Colonial Literature for graduate students. The class will start by acknowledging pre-Hispanic literacy in the Mesoamerican Codex and move toward travel literature written during the contact period. The class will provide major readings, documentaries and film, digital archives, and all the necessary elements to assess the rich and conflictive period of Colonial Latin America. Bring your imagination, intellectual curiosity and creativity to see how Latin America had a past that is absolutely breathtaking. Maya/ Aztec/ Inca Empires and Aymara thought will be examined throughout the semester.

SPAN 875: Enlightenment & Romanticism (Credits: 3)
Alexander Selimov

The graduate seminar is focused 100% on required readings from the 19th century Latin American and Peninsular areas of the MA reading list. Students will be able to claim it either as their qualifying Latin American course or Spanish Peninsular course for the MA degree, but not both. The list includes the following items: a selection of 18th and 19th/century Spanish poetry, Cartas Marruecas, Artículos de Costumbres, El señor de Bembibre, Doña Perfecta, Latin American selection of poetry, Don Catrín de la fachenda, María, Sab & Tradiciones peruanas

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