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Meet the Faculty
Students who benefit from dynamic courses offered by a dedicated and expert faculty will find the Spanish program at the University of Delaware to be one of the most rewarding and positive linguistic and cultural experiences imaginable. The Spanish program has professors specializing in Game Theory, Politics and Literature, Crime Fictions, Don Quixote, and much, much more!
On campus and through study abroad, master the four language skills – listening, speaking, reading, writing – and immerse yourself in the culture of Latin America and Spain by exploring its rich literature, film, history, politics, economic, and current events.
Students in our program enjoy one of the most diverse study abroad opportunities in the world. We have programs in Spain in Barcelona, Granada, and Salamanca. In Central and South America, programs go to Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Costa Rica. Students demonstrating excellence in their studies join the Spanish National Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi.
Prepare for graduate study, at the MA or PhD level, or for a career in international business, journalism, translation, editing, marketing, travel, teaching, or many other fields. Expand your world and prepare your future: discover the fascination of the many cultures and countries that speak Spanish!
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Semester course offerings are listed in the Course Catalog
An intensive study of selected grammatical topics (ser-estar, preterit and imperfect, present subjunctive and commands); vocabulary; grammatical exercises and short compositions.
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.
Offered with an Honors sectionPrerequisite: SPAN 107
This course places major emphasis on the development of reading, writing and analytical skills while studying literary selections from Spain and Latin America. Students will have the opportunity to read a wide variety of Spanish and Latin American literature in up to four genres: poetry, narrative, drama, and essay. 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.
Offered with an Honors sectionPrerequisite: SPAN 200Fulfills Arts and Sciences “Group A” Creative Arts and Humanities Requirement
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.
This course builds mastery of practical spoken Spanish in its cultural context. Spanish will be used strategically in situations that relate to everyday life, with topics such as health, education, relationships, travel, sports, food, housing, security, family life, entertainment and media. The ultimate objective of this course is for students to be able to fulfill individual goals using Spanish. The Honors section features additional proficiency activities inside and outside the classroom including one-on-one conversations with native speakers and third-party assessment for proficiency feedback.
Prerequisite: Spanish 107 with a grade of B Restrictions: Not intended for native speakers. May not be taken if the student has reached the 400 level in Spanish.
This course is primarily designed to consolidate the fundamentals of Spanish grammar and introduce advanced structures through intense targeted practice. Writing communication skills are developed and refined towards an elaborate syntactic production. Cultural and historical topics are explored through short readings that raise awareness of the Spanish-speaking world while building up vocabulary to express abstract ideas. The emphasis on grammar will be linked to the exploration of historical and cultural facts. At this stage, emphasis is given to accuracy of grammar, active use of vocabulary, sentence structure (moving from simple to compound sentences), and cohesiveness at the paragraph level.
Offered with an Honors sectionPrerequisites: SPAN 200
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.
Offered with an Honors sectionPrerequisite: SPAN 201Fulfills Arts and Sciences “Group B” History and Cultural Change requirement
This course is a survey of Latin American literature and culture from Christopher Columbus to the beginning of the 20th century. It offers an overview of the most salient moments in Latin American cultural history, placing emphasis on the ways in which specific works and movements relate to the social and political developments that have shaped the region.
The course will stress the development of reading, writing and speaking skills in Spanish through film, text analysis, and the study of Latin American history from the Spanish Conquest to the end of the 19th century.
Offered with an Honors section.Prerequisite: SPAN 201Fulfills College of Arts and Sciences “Group B” History and Cultural Change requirement
Representative works in all genres of Latin American literature in the 20th century; SPAN304 is a survey of Spanish-American literature and culture that covers from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Films, short readings (including Nobel Prize winners Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Gabriel García Márquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa) and discussion of important political and economic issues--revolution, dictatorship and the Dirty wars, inequality, migration, and gender and race relations--will improve your familiarity with the many peoples, cultures, and societies in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Offered with an Honors sectionPrerequisite: SPAN 201Fulfills College of Arts and Sciences “Group B” History and Cultural Change requirement
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.
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.Offered with an Honors sectionPrerequisite: SPAN 200 Restrictions: Not intended for native speakers
This course is mandatory for prospective Spanish teachers, and highly recommended to students enrolled in the Spanish for Healthcare minor, as well as any students who want to improve and practice their pronunciation in Spanish. The course will help you to understand how the Spanish phonetic system evolved, and is organized, compared to the system in English. This, together with a wealth of practical exercises will enable you to attain a more native-like pronunciation. You will learn how to divide Spanish words into syllables, where and when to put written accents, how to pronounce vowels and consonants, as well as learn about Spanish rhythm, intonation, linguistic variation, the evolution of the language, and phonetic transcription. You will also learn the anatomy of the mouth and the movements that take place in articulation in order to be able to explain to your future students how to successfully produce the sounds of Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 200
Devoted to the analysis and creation of professional discourse in Spanish as well as the study of the cultural issues related to science, health, and healthcare in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will hone their reading and writing skills in the Spanish language and develop their understanding of the ways health, illness, and medicine are perceived in Spanish-speaking cultures. The course aims to prepare students for careers in medical and scientific fields.
Offered with an Honors sectionPrerequisite: Two SPAN 2xx courses taught in Spanish
This experiential learning course seeks to immerse students in settings where language proficiency is needed to serve the needs of patients whose first (or dominant) language is Spanish. Contact with Spanish-speaking community organizations, healthcare providers, and/or patients will strengthen students' language and cross-cultural skills, while guest speakers and in-class activities will enhance their understanding of cultural and social aspects relevant to serving Spanish-speaking communities.
Prerequisite: Two SPAN3XX courses; SPAN315 highly recommended
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.
Offered with an Honors section.Prerequisite: SPAN 200Fulfills College of Arts and Sciences “Group B” History and Cultural Change requirementRequired for teaching majors
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.
Offered with an Honors sectionPrerequisite: SPAN 200Fulfills College of Arts and Sciences “Group B” History and Cultural Change requirement and University Multicultural requirement
This course is an introduction of essential business/commercial terminology in common business context, reinforcing strategies for understanding, interpreting, and responding to new information, and providing opportunities for interactive practice. It familiarizes students with basic policies and practices of the Hispanic business community. It includes writing, conversation, grammar and culture.
Prerequisite: SPAN200 and SPAN201
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.
Offered with an Honors section. Honors students will meet for an additional conversation hour (tertulia) once every week.Prerequisite: This course is the last in a series of Spanish language courses. Students must have taken SPAN 200 and SPAN 300 before enrolling for this course. The course is conducted in Spanish.SPAN 436/636: Topics: Literature of the Spanish Golden AgeWorks of one or more authors or of a special theme or genre within Spanish literature of the Golden Age (16th and 17th centuries). May be repeated three times for credit when topics vary.Offered with an Honors sectionPrerequisites: SPAN301, SPAN302, SPAN303, or SPAN304
This course explores the history of violence in women’s lives in the midst of political, social and artistic moments that shaped Latin America. Using primary literary texts, film, art, and music, students will engage with scholarly readings that contextualize those moments such as the emergence of women in convents, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, black nuns, brides of Christ, to Frida Kahlo and her political vision, to Remedios Varo’s issues of gender and ambiguity, to the soldaderas/ guerrilleras, poets in the mountains and testimonial literature of rural leaders in Latin America, such as Mapuche indigenous leaders. Issues of bodies, ancient medicine for women and conceptual notions of the body in present times will be explored with a collage of collaborative media, from beads to embroidery, from digital protest to political lipstick.
Offered with an Honors sectionPrerequisites: SPAN301, SPAN302, SPAN303, or SPAN304..Graduate students: this course will concentrate on the works of Sor Juana and the new indigenous women’s intellectuals such as Cusicanqui in Latin America.
This seminar explores contemporary literature of Spain across regions. From sun-baked Andalusian towns to the vibrant city of Barcelona to mist-shrouded Galician estates to timeless villages in the Basque countryside, we will experience Spanish life in many different settings. These are regions that lay claim to independent status as nations. All readings will be in Castilian (what we usually call “Spanish”); some are expert translations from Catalan, Galician and Basque. Titles span a range of genres: drama, short story and the novel. The overarching goal of this course is to take a literary journey through Spain, reading a few select works with care and focusing on individual responses. Through intensive practice, each student will build his or her critical skills and language abilities.
Prerequisite: One SPAN 300-level survey of literature course
In this course we will examine major historical and present-day problems in Latin America through both classic and popular films. We will study key film techniques, movements, and major artists including Buñuel, Gutiérrez Alea, Bemberg, Pereira dos Santos, Meirelles, González Iñárritu and more. (Rated ‘R’)
Offered with an Honors sectionPrerequisites: SPAN301, SPAN302, SPAN303, SPAN304, SPAN307, SPAN308, SPAN325, or SPAN326.Fulfills University Multicultural requirement
A lo largo de toda la historia humana, los avances tecnológicos han iniciado transformaciones culturales, definiendo el perfil de lo que una cultura dada puede crear y producir dentro de los confines de su momento histórico particular. Este curso examina las maneras en que los “nuevos medios” y las innovaciones creativas han transformado a América Latina desde el siglo XX hasta principios del siglo XXI. El curso comienza con una exploración de las maneras en que los “nuevos medios” han sido teorizados y definidos, y continúa con el estudio detenido de producción cultural en forma digital de diversas partes de la región. A lo largo del semestre, investigaremos las culturas digitales de América Latina mediante el análisis de textos críticos y teóricos, literatura y poesía digital e impresa, artes visuales y performance, hacktivism, videojuegos y otros productos multi-mediáticos e interactivos, examinando un espectro de perspectivas y productos diversos relacionados a este tema inherentemente interdisciplinario y multi-mediático.
Offered with an Honors sectionPrerequisites: SPAN307, SPAN308, SPAN325, or SPAN326.
Study of topics in Hispanic culture and civilization, ranging through the geography, history, art and society of Spain and Latin American countries.
In this course, students will experience a variety of countries and cultures through the study of travel literature from colonial to contemporary times. Through letters, diaries, novels and graphic journeys, the magic of this literary genre will come alive. Students will discover the Aztec and Mayan ruins, the Inca empire and at the same time, journeys across the continent on motorcycles and planes, horses, and boats. Some of the works we will study include selections from: Colón, Cortés, Ernesto Cardenal and Che Guevara, women’s accounts, and other adventurous materials from around the Hispanic world.
Prerequisite: One 400-level literature or culture course.Restrictions: Senior-level Spanish Studies and Latin American & Iberian Studies majors only.