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MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Master of Arts in Spanish

ADMISSION DEGREE REQUIREMENTS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Courses for Graduate/Undergraduate Credit  |  Courses for Graduate only  |  M.A. in Spanish


Courses for Graduate/Undergraduate Credit

Upper-division courses are given on a rotating basis. SPAN 300 is a prerequisite for all upper-division literature and civilization courses, unless otherwise indicated.

SPAN 505. Spanish Phonetics (3). Cross-listed as LING 505C. Includes articulatory phonetics, phonemics, sound/ symbol correspondences, dialectal and stylistic variations. Required for future Spanish teachers.
Prerequisite: any 200-level course or departmental consent.

SPAN 515. Major Topics in Spanish (1–4). Special studies in (A) language, (B) literary reports, (C) commercial Spanish, (D) the language laboratory, (E) music, (F) composition, (I) problems in teaching Spanish, (J) advanced conversation. Repeatable for credit.
Prerequisite: departmental consent.

SPAN 520. Literature in Film (3). Spanish or Latin American literature and its representation in film.
Repeatable for credit.
Prerequisite: SPAN 300.

SPAN 525. Advanced Spanish Conversation (3). Provides students the opportunity to further develop aural and oral proficiency through listening, vocabulary building, culturally appropriate communication strategies, skits, presentations and pronunciation practice in an immersion environment.
Prerequisite: SPAN 325 or departmental consent.

SPAN 526. Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition (3).
Prerequisite: SPAN 220 or departmental consent.

SPAN 531. Survey of Spanish Literature (3). Main currents of Spanish literature from 1700 to the present.
Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 532. Survey of Spanish Literature (3). Spanish literature from the beginning to 1700. Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 534. Contemporary Spanish Theater (3). Prerequisite:SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 536. Contemporary Spanish Novel (3). Prerequisite:SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 540. Contemporary Spanish Literature in English Translation (3). Content may vary from semester to semester, including Spanish and/or Latin-American literature. No knowledge of a foreign language is necessary. May be used to satisfy the general education literature requirement and may count toward a Spanish major or minor if readings and papers are done in Spanish and prerequisite of SPAN 300 is met. Repeatable for credit.

SPAN 552. Business Spanish (3). Provides the opportunity to learn and practice commercial correspondence, business vocabulary, translation and interpretation of business texts.
Prerequisite: SPAN 526.

SPAN 558. THE CRAFT OF TRANSLATION: SPANISH TO ENGLISH, ENGLISH TO SPANISH TRANSLATION (3). The study of translation of different types of texts for the professional world. Prerequisites: SPAN 357 and SPAN 526 or departmental consent.

SPAN 620. Survey of Latin-American Literature (3). Survey of Latin-American literature from pre-Columbian times through the building of new nations, and to the rise of Modernismo at the turn of the 20th century.

Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 621. Survey of Contemporary Latin-American Literature (3). Provides students with a chronological and thematic approach to the main currents of Latin-American literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. Provides a critical presentation of major realist, naturalist, avant-garde, boom and postboom authors.
Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 622. Special Studies in Spanish (1–4). Topic for study chosen with aid of instructor. Repeatable for credit.
Prerequisite: instructor’s consent.

SPAN 623. Seminar in Spanish (1–5). Seminar in Spanish literature, language or civilization. Repeatable for credit.
Prerequisite: SPAN 300.

SPAN 624. Seminar in Latin-American Literature or Culture (3). May focus on a literary genre, historic or artistic period, main historic figure or author, region or topic, including transnational or transatlantic phenomena. Repeatable for credit.
Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 625. Contemporary Latin-American Novel (3). Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 626. Spanish Civilization (3). Intensive study of Spanish culture, including historical and geographical factors in its development and its contributions to world civilization. Pre- or corequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 627. Latin-American Civilization (3). Intensive study of Latin-American culture, including the historical and geographical factors of its development and its contributions to world civilization.
Pre- or corequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 631. Latin-American Short Story (3). Study of the main writers in contemporary Latin-American literature.
Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 635. Introduction to Romance Linguistics (3). Cross-listed as FREN 635 and LING 635. Provides a contrastive examination of the phonology, morphology and syntax of the major contemporary Romance languages (French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan and Romanian). Introduces students to the sound and writing system and basic grammar of Latin, and contrasts the phonological and grammatical systems of the contemporary Romance languages (French and
Spanish in particular) with those of Latin. It compares specific features of the modern Romance languages synchronically (i.e., apart from Latin) as well. Students are advised to have a solid grounding in at least one Romance language (preferably French or Spanish) and a familiarity with at least one other (French, Spanish, Latin, Italian or Portuguese).
Prerequisite: departmental or instructor’s consent.

SPAN 750. Workshop in Spanish (2–4). Repeatable for credit.

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Courses for Graduate Students Only

SPAN 801. Spanish Linguistics (3). Historical and structural study of the Spanish language.

SPAN 805. Directed Readings in Spanish (1–4). Readings vary according to the student’s preparation.
Includes preparation of reports, literary critiques and special projects in linguistics.

SPAN 827. Latin American Civilization and Culture (3). Introduction to historical and cultural development in Latin America, exploring the legacy of the Spanish encounter/conquest. Emphasizes Spanish colonization.
Prerequisite: graduate standing.

SPAN 831. Seminar in Spanish Literature (3). (A) Middle Ages, (B) Renaissance, (C) Golden Age theater, (D) Cervantes, (E) modern novel, (F) Generation of ‘98, (I) Romanticism, (J) 20th century poetry, (K) criticism, (L) literature, (M) 20th century theatre, (N) contemporary Spanish novel, (O) picaresque novel, and (P) Spanish short story.

SPAN 832. Seminar in Latin-American Literature (3). (A) Colonial period, (B) contemporary novel, (C) short story, (D) poetry, (E) modernism, (F) essay, (I) theater, (K) Latin American literature, and (L) Latin American novel and film.

SPAN 833. Survey of Spanish Literature I (to 1700) (3). Survey of medieval and early modern Spanish literature. Topics include major authors, works and literary movements of the periods. Consists of analysis of short stories, poems, plays and other genres.

SPAN 834. Survey of Spanish Literature II (18th to 21st Centuries) (3). Overview of modern Spanish literary history. Topics covered include major authors, works and literary movements of modern Spanish literature (1700 to the present). The course consists of critical analysis of short stories, poems, plays, essays and excerpts from novels.
Prerequisite: graduate standing.

SPAN 835. Survey of Latin-American Literature (15th– 19th Centuries) (3). Survey of Latin-American literature from its indigenous origins, through the colonial period, to the end of the independence campaigns. Consists of the close analysis of chronicles, short stories, poetry and other texts. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between ideology, nation building and literature.
Prerequisite: graduate standing.

SPAN 836. Survey of Latin-American Literature (20th– 21st Centuries (3). In-depth overview of the cultural and commercial processes which gave way to the internationalization of Latin-American literature in the 20th century. Emphasis on how Latin-American literature became an object of interest in the U.S. and Europe in the 1960s and 1970s. It also examines the space some Spanish-American authors occupy currently in the world literary market. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

SPAN 851. Advanced Topics in Spanish Culture and Civilization (3). Covers major events and
sociopolitical movements in Spain from prehistoric times to present-day Spain. Through history, students examine the different cultures within Spain (Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician), focusing on language, nationality and political implications. Students explore major artists
in all media including visual arts, music and literature, while also considering folkloric customs and traditions of the various regions (i.e. Culture and culture).

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