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Courses - SPAN 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)

Prerequisites: AP exam with a score of 4 or 5 or SPAN 201B or SPAN 201C 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.
Check for the code 138 (for non-native speakers) and 139 (for heritage speakers) in the Schedule of Classes. (6 hours of activity)

310. Introduction to Literary Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 300.
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: SPAN 300.
Emphasis will be placed on small-group discussion to improve communication skills in Spanish. Intended for non-native speakers.

330. Literary Masterpieces: Spain (3)

Prerequisites: SPAN 310 or consent of instructor. 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 instructor.
Critical analysis of masterworks of Spanish American literature.
(Lecture 3 hours)

350. Hispanic Short Narrative (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 310
An overview of representative short narrative from the Spanish-speaking world encompassing corresponding historical periods or thematic similarities.
Letter grade only (A-F).

351. Survey of Hispanic Theater (3)

Prerequisites: SPAN 310.
Explores the development of the genre of theater in the Hispanic World in its social, cultural, historical, and political context either across time periods (medieval to 20th century) or within a certain literary movement (Romanticism, Neoclassicism, etc.).
Letter grade only (A-F).

400./500. Don Quijote and the Critics (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 330.
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)

Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or consent of instructor.
Overview of Spanish Linguistics. Areas of study: history of Spanish language, grammatical systems (Phonology, Morphology, Syntax), sociolinguistics status of Spanish in the U.S. and the teaching of Spanish as a second language.

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)

Prerequisites: One course in Spanish linguistics or 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 460. Not open for credit to students with credit in FEA 392E or 460.

429./529. Studies in 19th and 20th Century Spanish Poetry (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 330.
Examines salient poets from last two centuries, including Rosalía de Castro, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Antonio Machado, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Vicente Aleixandre, Federico García 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: SPAN 300.
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)

Prerequisite: SPAN 330.
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)

440./540. Civilized Barbarisms: Nature, War and Race in Latin American Fiction (3)

Prerequisities: SPAN 341
Study of Latin American fiction dealing with military conflicts, economic and ecological struggles, and ethnic strife from the late ninteenth century to the present.

441./541. Studies in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Spanish American Narrative (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 341 or consent of instructor.
Critical anaylsis of 19th and 20th century Spanish American prose fiction. Undergraduates register in SPAN 441, graduate register in SPAN 541.
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 341.
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.
Letter grade only (A-F). Undergraduates register in SPAN 443, graduates register in SPAN 543.

444./544. Nineteenth-Century Spanish America and the National Family Romance (3)

Prerequisites: SPAN 341.
Advanced course studies Spanish American canonical writers during the nineteenth century in relation to the concept of "family romance." These fictions constitute the foundational master narratives that were the guiding fictions for the new independent nations.

445. Latin American Civilization (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: SPAN 300.
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. Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. (Seminar 3 hours)

447./547. The Invention of Spain: Visions in Conflict (3)

Prerequisites: SPAN 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 Régimen to nationhood.

448./548. Romanticism and Realism (3)

Prerequisites: SPAN 330.
A systematic tracing of the derivation of Spanish Romanticism in narrative forms, in its European and Peninsular trajectories and its transformation into realism toward mid nineteenth century.

449./549. Dictatorship to Democracy: Film and Literature in Spain (1930-today) (3)

Prerequisites: SPAN 330.
Advanced course explores Spanish culture through film and literature of the pre-Civil War period, the Franco period, and the transition to democracy, the advanced democracy of Spain today.

450./550. Studies in Colonial Spanish American Literatures (3)

Prerequisites: SPAN 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)

Prerequisite: SPAN 300.
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 instructor'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)

Prerequisites: SPAN 461 or instructor's consent.
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 instructor.
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 instructor.
Designed to train students in forensic consecutive interpretation.
Letter grade only (A-F).

465. Consecutive Interpretation II (3)

Prerequisites: SPAN 461 or consent or instructor.
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 instructor.
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 instructor's consent.
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. Selected Topics in Spanish (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 310 or consent of Instructor
Study of a particular aspect of Spanish literature, language or culture.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Topics announced in Schedule of Classes.

491. Nobel Poets and Others (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 330 or SPAN 341.
Critical analysis of representative works of Nobel Poets (Aleixandre, Jiménez. Mistral, Neruda and Paz) and other significant poets (Albertik, Bécquer, Darío, García Lorca, Garcilaso, Góngora, Guillén, Vallejo, etc.)
(Seminar 3 hours).

492./592. Studies in Hispanic Theater (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 341 or consent of Instructor.
Representative Spanish and Spanish American plays.
Undergraduates register in SPAN 492; graduates register in SPAN 592.

493./593. Women and War (3)

Prerequisite: SPAN 310.
Examines the relationship between women and war in a literary context.
Undergraduates register in 493; graduates register for 593. Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours 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.)


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