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Courses (SPAN)

LOWER DIVISION

101A. Fundamentals of Spanish (4)
For those who are beginning the study of Spanish or who have had less than two years of high school Spanish or equivalent. Concentration on oral comprehension and speaking.
(CAN SPAN 2)

101B. Fundamentals of Spanish (4)
Prerequisite or corequisite: Any Foundation course.
Continuation of SPAN 101A. Concentration on oral comprehension and speaking.
(CAN SPAN 4)

201A. Intermediate Spanish (4)
Prerequisite: SPAN 101B and completion of GE Foundation requirements (or entering competency equivalent to SPAN 101B and completion or concurrent enrollment in at least one Foundation course).
Continued development of audio-lingual skills, reading and writing.
(CAN SPAN 8)

201B. Intermediate Spanish (4)
Prerequisite: SPAN 201A and the completion of GE Foundation requirements (or entering competency equivalent to SPAN 201A and completion or concurrent enrollment in at least one Foundation course).
Continued development of oral skills, reading and writing.
(CAN SPAN 10)

250. Spanish for Bilinguals (6)
Prerequisite: Near native speaker oral skills and completion of GE Foundation requirements (or concurrent enrollment in at least one Foundation course).
Addresses particular needs of bilingual student population. Emphasis on acquisition of solid grammatical base with development of writing and reading skills.
Letter grade only (A-F).

UPPER DIVISION

General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper division course except upper division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

300. Advanced Grammar and Composition (6)
Prerequisite: AP Exam with a score of 5 or SPAN 201B or equivalent for non-native speakers. SPAN 250 or equivalent for heritage speakers.
Review of grammatical principles, general consolidation of the four language skills (reading, speaking, comprehension and writing) with special emphasis on writing papers and acquisition of cultural knowledge of the Hispanic world.

310. Introduction to Literary Analysis (3)
Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Spanish or consent of instructor.
Discovery of literature as a work of art. Different levels of interpretation; complexity of structure related to content; literary appreciation.
Letter grade only (A-F).

314. Oral Communication (3)
Prerequisite: Upper division standing in Spanish, consent of instructor.
Emphasis will be placed on small-group discussion to improve communication skills in Spanish. Intended for non-native speakers.

322. Bilingual Teacher (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 300 or consent of instructor.
Development and application of vocabulary for teaching elementary/secondary school subject matter in Spanish; application in actual teaching situations.

330. Literary Masterpieces: Spain (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 310 or consent of Spanish Program Director; completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Critical analysis of masterworks of Spanish literature.
(Lecture 3 hours.)

335A. Business Spanish (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 300 (6 units) or consent of instructor.
Study of terminology and practices from the world of business, with a focus on business relating to the Spanish speaking world, including the Hispanic market in the United States. It focuses on commerce, management, banking, real estate, and labor relations.
Letter grade only (A-F).

335B. Business Spanish (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 300 or consent of instructor.
Study of terminology and practices from the world of business, with a focus on business relating to the Spanish speaking world, including the Hispanic market in the United States. It focuses on marketing, finance, import and export.
Letter grade only (A-F).

341. Literary Masterpieces: Spanish America (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 310 or consent of Spanish Program Director.
Critical analysis of masterworks of Spanish American literature.
(Lecture 3 hours)

400./500. Don Quijote and the Critics (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 310.
Designed to guide students through a close reading of Cervantes’s Don Quijote, with special emphasis on various theoretical approaches to text. Provides basic introduction to literary criticism.

420./520. History of Spanish Language (3)
Prerequisite: One course in Spanish linguistics or consent of instructor.
Analysis of written and spoken Spanish from its inception through its current use in the Hispanic world.

423./523. Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 300 or consent of instructor.
Overview of Spanish Linguistics. Focus of study: history of Spanish language, grammatical systems (Phonology, Morphology, Syntax), sociolinguistics status of Spanish in the U.S. and teaching of Spanish as a second language.
Undergraduates register for 423; graduates register for 523.

426./526. Spanish Morphology and Syntax (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Morphemic and syntagmatics analysis of Spanish; introduction to transformational grammar.
(Lecture 3 hours)

427./527. Contrastive Analysis of Spanish and English (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Study of the known points of similarity and differences between the two languages.

428. Spanish Cinema (3)
Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Focus on socio-political and asthetic aspects of Spanish Cinema, concentrating on the following periods. Early Francoism, Neo-Realism, The Barcelona School, the Transition Period, post Franco Years, and new trends in Spanish Cinema.
Taught in English. Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as FEA 392E.

429./529. Studies in 19th and 20th Century Spanish Poetry (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 330.
Examines salient poets from last two centuries, including Rosal’a de Castro, Gustavo Adolfo B残quer, Antonio Machado, Juan Ram—n Jim始ez, Vicente Aleixandre, Federico Garc’a Lorca, Gloria Fuertes, Jaime Gil de Biedma, and other more contemporary figures.
Undergraduates register in SPAN 429; graduates register in SPAN 529. Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours)

430. Spanish Civilization (3)
Prerequisites: Upper division standing in Spanish or consent of instructor.
Characteristic features of Spanish culture with special attention to the various institutions, economic, social and cultural configurations, and the ways of thinking.

438./538. Studies in Golden Age Literature (3)
Survey of Spanish Golden Age literature. Readings will focus on the literary masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque periods by Gongora, Quevedo, Cervantes, Santa Teresa de Jesus, San Juan de la Cruz, Garcilaso de la Vega, and Calderon de la Barca.

439./539. Modern Spanish Narrative (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 330 or consent of instructor.
Representative 19th and 20th century novelists.
Undergraduates register in SPAN 439, graduates register in SPAN 539. (Seminar)

441./541. Studies in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Spanish American Narrative (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 341 or consent of instructor.
Critical analysis of 19th and 20th century Spanish American prose fiction. Undergraduates register in SPAN 441, graduates register in SPAN 541.
(Seminar 3 hours).

442./542. Nation Building and Women’s Writing in Nineteenth-Century Spanish America (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 310 and 341 or consent of instructor.
Explores field of Spanish American women writers during nineteenth century and concept of nation building. Several genres are studied: epistolary narrative, short-story, travel narratives, essay, autobiography, and the novel.

443./543. Studies in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Spanish American Poetry (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 341 or consent of instructor.
Study of representative 19th and 20th century Spanish American poets.
Undergraduates register in SPAN 443, graduates register in SPAN 543. Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar)

445. Latin American Civilization (3)
Prerequisite: Upper division standing in Spanish or consent of instructor.
Analysis of main currents in Latin American civilization.

446./546. Studies in Spanish Culture (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 330.
Deals with some aspect of Spanish culture in an interdisciplinary fashion during a given period. Topics could include social, political, theoretical, and/or historical perspectives on the arts.
Undergraduates register in SPAN 446; graduates register in SPAN 546. Seminar 3 hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. (Seminar 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

447./547. The Invention of Spain: Visions in Conflict (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 300, 310, 330.
A social, historical and literary study of Spain from 1808 through the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Many groups struggle to impose their vision of Spain as it emerges from the War of Independence in 1808, transitioning from the Antiguo Regimen to nationhood.

450./550. Studies in Colonial Spanish American Literatures (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 310 and 341.
Focuses on canonical works from Spanish-American Colonial period (1500-1800). Covers large selection of literary texts of colonial period, including chronicles, relaciones, letters, diaries, poetry, autobiography, and travel literature.

455. Hispanic Cinema of the Americas (3)
Focuses on development of New Hispanic Cinema produced in the United States and Latin America. Explores major themes and trends of New Hispanic Cinema: “Nueva Ola” in Argentina, “Cinema Novo: the Cuban revolutionary cinema, and “Magic Realism” of the Southwest.
Letter grade only (A-F).

460./560. Studies Spanish American Culture (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 341.
In-depth study of some essays which have dealt with problem of what Spanish American nations are, and what they should be during the republican era. Includes authors from both nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics in different semesters.

461. Introduction to Translation and Interpretation (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 300 with a “B” or better or Spanish Program Director’s consent.
Designed to introduce student to basic techniques essential to terminology acquisition, concentration, written and sight translation and consecutive and simultaneous interpretation.

462. Written and Sight Translation I: English/Spanish (3)
Designed to train students in sight and written legal, financial, medical and technical translation, and to introduce the student to the basic techniques that are essential to terminology acquisition. (English into Spanish).
Letter grade only (A-F).

463. Written and Sight Translation II: Spanish/English (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 461 or consent of Spanish Program Director.
Designed to train students in sight and written legal, financial, medical and technical translation, and to introduce the student to the basic techniques that are essential to terminology acquisition. (Spanish into English).
Letter grade only (A-F).

464. Consecutive Interpretation I (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 461 or consent of Spanish Program Director.
Designed to train students in forensic consecutive interpretation.
Letter grade only (A-F).

465. Consecutive Interpretation II (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 461 or consent Spanish Program Director.
Designed to train students in Medical, Civil Legal, Business, Technical and State Agencies consecutive interpretation, and basic techniques that are essential to terminology acquisition and to techniques relating to interpreting in the consecutive mode sentences of up to forty words in length.
Letter grade only (A-F).

466. Simultaneous Interpretation English/Spanish (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 461 or consent of Spanish Program Director.
Designed to introduce the student to the techniques that are essential to the five simultaneous operations that form an integral part of simultaneous interpretation.(English into Spanish).
Letter grade only (A-F).

467. Simultaneous Interpretation Spanish/English (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 461 or consent of Spanish Program Director.
Designed to introduce the student to the techniques that are essential to the five simultaneous operations that form an integral part of simultaneous interpretation. Spanish into English.
Letter grade only (A-F).

490. Special Topics (3)
Study of a particular aspect of Spanish literature, language or culture.
Topics will be announced in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

491./591. Nobel Poets and Others (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 330, 341, or consent of instructor.
Critical analysis of representative works of Nobel Poets (Aleixandre, Jim始ez. Mistral, Neruda and Paz) and other significant poets (Albertik, B残quer, Dar’o, Garc’a Lorca, Garcilaso, G—ngora, Guill始, Vallejo, etc.) Undergraduates register in SPAN 491, graduates register in SPAN 591.
(Seminar 3 hours).

492./592. Studies in Hispanic Theater (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 330 or 341, or consent of instructor.
Representative Spanish and Spanish American plays. Undergraduates register in SPAN 492; graduates register in SPAN 592.

493./593. Special Topics (3)
Study of a particular aspect of Spanish literature, language or culture.
Topics will be announced in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F). Undergraduates register in 493; graduates register for 593. (Lecture)
A. Women and War: Voices of Resistance
Interdisciplinary course on autobiographical testimonies of women who experienced war and its aftermath. Includes literary, historical, sociological and psychoanalytical considerations of the impact of war on women during World War I and II, the Spanish Civil War, and confrontations in Latin America.
Same topic as HIST 490F, W/ST 490K. (Lecture)

494. Internship in Spanish (1-3)
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and department chair.
Field work in Spanish, supplemented by readings and tutorials under the direction of a faculty member. Internships, small group discussion/teaching, and other assignments directed by a supervising faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. No more than 3 units may be applied to the major in Spanish.

499. Independent Study (1-3)
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and department chair.
Individual projects or directed readings with a professor of the student’s choice.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. (Requires tutorial meetings and demonstrations of progress as defined in a written proposal.)

GRADUATE LEVEL

500./400. Don Quijote and the Critics (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 310.
Designed to guide students through a close reading of Cervantes’s Don Quijote, with a special emphasis on various theoretical approaches to the text. The class will provide a basic introduction to literary criticism.

520./420. History of Spanish Language (3)
Prerequisite: One course in Spanish linguistics or consent of instructor.
Analysis of written and spoken Spanish from its inception through its current use in the Hispanic world.

523./423. Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 300 or consent of instructor.
Overview of Spanish Linguistics. Focus of study: history of Spanish language, grammatical systems (Phonology, Morphology, Syntax), sociolinguistics status of Spanish in the U.S. and teaching of Spanish as a second language.
Undergraduates register for 423; graduates register for 523.

526./426. Spanish Morphology and Syntax (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Morphemic and syntagmatics analysis of Spanish; introduction to transformational grammar.
(Lecture 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

527./427. Contrastive Analysis of Spanish and English (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Study of known points of similarity and differences between the two languages.
Letter grade only (A-F).

529./429. Studies in 19th and 20th Century Spanish Poetry (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 330.
Examines salient poets from last two centuries, including Rosal’a de Castro, Gustavo Adolfo B残quer, Antonio Machado, Juan Ram—n Jim始ez, Vicente Aleixandre, Federico Garc’a Lorca, Gloria Fuertes, Jaime Gil de Biedma, and other more contemporary figures.
Undergraduates register in SPAN 429; graduates register in SPAN 529. Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours.)

538./438. Studies in Golden Age Literature (3)
Survey of Spanish Golden Age literature. Readings will focus on the literary masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque periods by Gongora, Quevedo, Cervantes, Santa Teresa de Jesus, San Juan de la Cruz, Garcilaso de la Vega, and Calderon de la Barca.

539./439. Modern Spanish Narrative (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 330 or consent of instructor.
Representative 19th and 20th century novelists.
Letter grade only (A-F). Undergraduates register in SPAN 439, graduates register in SPAN 539. (Seminar)

541./441. Studies in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Spanish American Narrative (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 341 or consent of instructor.
Critical analysis of 19th and 20th century Spanish American prose fiction.
Undergraudates register in SPAN 441, graduates register in SPAN 541 Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours).

542./442. Nation Building and Women’s Writing in Nineteenth-Century Spanish America (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 310 and 341 or instructor’s consent.
Explores field of Spanish American women writers during nineteenth century and concept of nation building. Several genres are studied: epistolary narrative, short-story, travel narratives, essay, autobiography, and the novel.

543./443. Studies in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Spanish American Poetry (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 341 or consent of instructor.
Study of representative 19th and 20th century Spanish American poets.
Undergraduates register in SPAN 443, graduates register in SPAN 543 Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar)

546./446. Studies in Spanish Culture (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 330.
Deals with some aspect of Spanish culture in an interdisciplinary fashion during a given period. Topics could include social, political, theoretical, and/or historical perspectives on the arts.
Undergraduates register in SPAN 446; graduates register in SPAN 546. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours)

547./447. The Invention of Spain: Visions in Conflict (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 300, 310, 330.
Social, historical and literary study of Spain from 1808 through the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Many groups struggle to impose their vision of Spain as it emerges from the War of Independence in 1808, transitioning from the Antiguo R使imen to nationhood.

550./450. Studies in Colonial Spanish American Literature (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 310 and 341.
Focuses on canonical works from Spanish-American Colonial period (1500-1800). Covers a large selection of literary texts of colonial period, including chronicles, relaciones, letters, diaries, poetry, autobiography, and travel literature.

560./460. Studies in Spanish American Culture (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 341.
In-depth study of some of the essays which have dealt with the problem of what the Spanish American nations are, and what they should be during the republican era. Includes authors from both nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

590. Special Topics (3)
Study of a particular aspect of Spanish literature, language or culture.
Topics will be announced in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

591./491. Nobel Poets and Others (3)
Prerequisites: SPAN 330, 341, or consent of instructor.
Critical analysis of representative works of Nobel Poets (Aleixandre, Jim始ez. Mistral, Neruda and Paz) and other significant poets (Albertik, B残quer, Dar’o, Garc’a Lorca, Garcilaso, G—ngora, Guill始, Vallejo, etc.)
Undergraduates register in SPAN 491, graduates register in SPAN 591. (Seminar 3 hours).

592./492. Studies in Hispanic Theater (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 330 or 341, or consent of instructor.
Representative Spanish and Spanish American plays.
Letter grade only (A-F). Undergraduates register in SPAN 492; graduates register in SPAN 592.

593./493. Special Topics (3)
Study of a particular aspect of Spanish literature, language or culture.
Topics will be announced in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F). Undergraduates register in 493; graduates register for 593. (Seminar).
A. Women and War: Voices of Resistance
Interdisciplinary course on autobiographical testimonies of women who experienced war and its aftermath. Includes literary, historical, sociological and psychoanalytical considerations of the impact of war on women during World War I and II, the Spanish Civil War, and confrontations in Latin America. (Lecture)

599. Directed Studies (1-3)
Prerequisites: Graduate standing, advanced to candidacy, consent of the instructor and Chair or Graduate Advisor.
Selected topics on Hispanic Studies to be pursued in-depth.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics with consent of Graduate Advisor and Department Chair. Letter grade only (A-F).

640. Seminar in Spanish American Literature (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 341 or consent of instructor.
Study of particular period, genre or author.
Topics will be announced in Schedule of Classes. Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours.)

650. Critical Theory (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 310.
Introduction to critical theory, i.e., the discipline which in Western countries has replaced the previous one during the past twenty or more years. We will focus on some of its major developments, and also devote a few classes to the demonstration of the practical uses of the models of reading under consideration.
(Seminar 3 hours). Letter grade only (A-F).

691. Seminar in Spanish Literature-The Spanish Civil War and Its Artistic Repercussions (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 330, 341 or consent of instructor.
Examines fiction dealing with war themes written during and after the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). It includes authors such as Arturo Barea, Constancia de la Mora, Cesar Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Dolores Ib‡rruri, Ernest Hemingway, Juan Goytisolo, George Orwell, and Ana Mar’a Matute..
(Seminar 3 hours) May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

Portuguese Courses (PORT)

101A. Fundamentals of Portuguese (4)
Prerequisite or corequisite: Any Foundation course.
Fundamental skills of speaking, comprehending, reading and writing. For those who are beginning the study of Portuguese or who have had one year of high school Portuguese or equivalent.

101B. Fundamentals of Portuguese (4)
Prerequisite: PORT 101A or two years of high school Portuguese or equivalent. Prerequisite or corequisite: Any Foundation course.
Continuation of PORT 101A. Fundamental skills of speaking, comprehending, reading and writing.

201A. Intermediate Portuguese (4)
Prerequisite: PORT 101B or three years of high school PORT or equivalent, and completion of the Foundation requirement (or entering competency equivalent to PORT 101B and completion or concurrent enrollment in at least one Foundation course).
Continued work in speaking, pronunciation, comprehension and writing.

201B. Intermediate Portuguese (4)
Prerequisites: PORT 201A or four years of high school PORT or equivalent, and completion of the Foundation requirement (or entering competency equivalent to PORT 201A and completion or concurrent enrollment in at least one Foundation course).
Continued work in speaking, pronunciation, comprehension and writing, with some reading of modern writers.