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    SPN 101-102

    ELEMENTARY SPANISH I & II study the first principles of grammar, drills on pronunciation and vocabulary, oral and written exercises, and drills in the language laboratory.
    Prerequisite for SPN 102 is SPN 101 or the equivalent
    3 credit hours per semester


    SPN 106

    INTENSIVE ELEMENTARY SPANISH is an intensive study of the first principles of grammar and implements intensive practice with drills on pronunciation and vocabulary, oral and written exercises, and drills in the language laboratory.
    6 credit hours


    SPN 201-202

    INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I & II review and continue the study of grammar, conversation, prose composition, and selected reading. Language lab work is also included.
    Prerequisites: for SPN 201 is SPN 102 or the equivalent; for SPN 202 is SPN 201 or 106 or the equivalent; for SPN 202 is SPN 201 or the equivalent
    3 credit hours per semester


    SPN 206

    INTENSIVE INTERMEDIATE SPANISH reviews and continues the intensive study of grammar, conversation, prose, composition, and selected reading. Language lab work is also included.
    Prerequisite: SPN 102 or 106 or equivalent
    6 credit hours


    SPN 303-304

    ADVANCED COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION I & II concentrates on the fine points of grammar, further practice in idioms, conversation, and prose composition. Conducted in Spanish.
    Prerequisite: SPN 202 or 206 or equivalent
    3 credit hours


    SPN 325

    SPANISH CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION is a survey of elements, such as history, art, music, and traditions, that have contributed to Spanish peninsular culture. Lectures, readings, discussions, and reports are included.
    Prerequisite: SPN 202 or 206 or equivalent is required; SPN 303 and/or 304 taken previously is strongly recommended
    3 credit hours


    SPN 326

    SPANISH-AMERICAN CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION focuses on the geography, history, art and sciences, customs, and traditions of Hispanic countries in the New World. Lectures, readings, discussions, and reports are included.
    Prerequisite: SPN 202 or 206 or equivalent is required; SPN 303 and/or 304 taken previously is strongly recommended
    3 credit hours


    SPN 327

    EL CAMINO DE SANTIAGOexamines one of the world’s most celebrated pilgrimage routes, the Way of St. James. The course will cover not only the artistic and religious dimensions of the Camino, but also the long-term impact the Camino has had on the history, economy, and culture of Spain. The Camino will also be studied in terms of its significance in European culture. In Spanish; written reports and oral participation required.
    Prerequisite: SPN 202/206 or equivalent is required; SPN 303/304 are strongly recommended.
    3 credit hours


    SPN 329

    TOPICS IN HISPANIC CULTURE is a flexible course, the contents of which will vary form one semester to another. Study will focus on cultural issues of particular periods and regions of Spanish-speaking societies. This course may be repeated for credit if the topic is different from when previously taken.
    Prerequisite: SPN 202 or 206 or equivalent is required; SPN 303 and/or 304 taken previously is strongly recommended
    3 credit hours


    SPN 331

    SURVEY OF PENINSULAR LITERATURE I examines Peninsular Spanish literature from its beginnings in the Middle Ages to the end of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
    Prerequisite: SPN 202 or 206 or equivalent is required; SPN 303 and/or 304 taken previously is strongly recommended
    3 credit hours


    SPN 332

    SURVEY OF PENINSULAR LITERATURE II examines Peninsular Spanish literature from the Enlightenment to the present.
    Prerequisite: SPN 202 or 206 or equivalent is required; SPN 303 and/or 304 taken previously is strongly recommended
    3 credit hours


    SPN 363

    MASTERPIECES OF SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE I is an introduction to the literature of the region known today as Latin America. This course will concentrate on early literary expressions in this region that date from the XV century to the XVIII century. Readings include surviving Pre-Hispanic works of literature, the first documents written by Europeans about the “New World,” the first writings by “mestizos” with particular attention to Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and writings pertaining to the struggle for independence. Conducted in Spanish. Written and oral reports.
    Prerequisites: SPN 202 or 206 or equivalent is required; SPN 303 and/or 304 taken previously is strongly recommended
    3 credit hours


    SPN 364

    MASTERPIECES OF SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE II critically examines some of the most significant works of Latin American literature of the XIX and XX centuries with particular attention to the authors of the “Latin American Boom,” which include Julio Cortazar, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa. Conducted in Spanish. Written and oral reports and research work required.
    Prerequisites: SPN 202 or 206 or equivalent is required; SPN 303 and/or 304 taken previously is strongly recommended
    3 credit hours


    SPN 381

    LITURGY AND LITERATURE: SPANISH HYMNS IN THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS studies the official hymns (i.e. religious poems set to music) incorporated into the Breviary from different periods after the Liturgical Reformation as approved by Pope Paul VI in the Apostolic Constitution Laudis canticum of 1970. The course will examine the historical, artistic, cultural, and religious aspects of the hymns. The course organization will follow the topical division of the liturgical calendar of the Liturgy of the Hours. In Spanish; written reports and oral participation required.
    Prerequisites: SPN 202/206 or equivalent is required; SPN 303 and/or 304 are strongly recommended.
    3 credit hours


    SPN 389

    TOPICS IN HISPANIC LITERATURE is a flexible course, the contents of which will vary from one semester to another. Study may focus on a literary period, author, genre, movement, or region of Spanish or Latin American literature. This course may be repeated for credit if the topic is different from when previously taken.
    Prerequisite: SPN 202 or 206 or equivalent is required; SPN 303 and/or 304 taken previously is strongly recommended
    3 credit hours


    SPN 391

    HISTORY OF THE SPANISH LANGUAGE examines the origins of the Spanish language and its development through history to the present day. Course material will begin with the roots of Spanish in Indo-European and Latin. The evolution of the language will be seen in lexical acquisitions and grammatical transformations brought about by contact with other languages such as Arabic, Germanic, French, English, and Native American languages. In Spanish; written and oral reports required.
    Prerequisites: SPN 202/206 or equivalent is required; SPN 303/304 are strongly recommended.
    3 credit hours


    SPN 392

    SPANISH PRONUNCIATION: PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY studies the sound system of modern Spanish in its articulatory, acoustic, and organizational aspects. Students will learn the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA); regional variations of Spanish will be examined. In Spanish; written and oral reports required.
    Prerequisites: SPN 202/206 or equivalent is required; SPN 303 and/or 304 taken previously is strongly recommended.
    3 credit hours


    SPN 399

    TOPCIS IN SPANISH LINGUISTICS is a flexible course, the contents of which will vary from one semester to another. Study will focus on particular areas of Spanish linguistics, such as phonetics and phonology, morphology, dialectology, history of the Spanish language, sociolinguistics, etc. This course may be repeated for credit if the topic is different from when previously taken.
    Prerequisite: SPN 202 or 206 or equivalent is required; SPN 303 and/or 304 taken previously is strongly recommended
    3 credit hours


    SPN 400

    INTERNSHIP is a work-experience opportunity with the purpose of expanding education by applying accumulated knowledge in Spanish. The availability of internships is limited to upper-level students, normally juniors and seniors with a 3.0 quality point average. Students are approved individually by the academic department. A contract can be obtained from the Career Services Office in Starvaggi Hall. Internships count as general electives.
    Prerequisite: Spanish Junior or Senior standing and permission of the department chair.
    Internships must be preapproved.
    1-6 credit hours


    SPN 406

    THE GOLDEN AGE uses lectures and selected readings from the Spanish literature of the 16th and 17th centuries to highlight a study of authors and styles from Garcilaso to Calderon. Conducted in Spanish.
    Prerequisite: SPN 202 or 206 or equivalent is required; SPN 303 and/or 304 taken previously is strongly recommended
    3 credit hours


    SPN 426

    CERVANTES I DON QUIXOTE studies the principal works of Cervantes with emphasis given to El Quijote, the Novelas Ejemplares, and La Numancia. Lectures, class discussions, research, written and/or oral reports.
    Prerequisite: No prerequisite is necessary if offered in English; cannot be used to satisfy the language requirement. If offered in Spanish, SPN 202 or 206 or equivalent is required; SPN 303 and/or 304 taken previously is strongly recommended
    3 credit hours


    SPN 427

    CERVANTES II THE SHORTER WORKS delves into the author’s poetry, theater, and shorter prose works. Lectures, class discussions, research, written and/or oral.
    Prerequisite: No prerequisite is necessary if offered in English; cannot be used to satisfy the language requirement. If offered in Spanish, SPN 202 or 206 or equivalent is required; SPN 290 and/or 291 and/or SPN 303 and/or 304 taken previously or concurrently is strongly recommended
    3 credit hours


    SPN 430

    ROMANTICISM is a detailed study of the Romantic movement as seen in the major works of Espronceda, Pereda, Valera, Zorrilla, Palacio Valdes, Becquer, and Galdos. Extensive reading and analysis of the prose, drama, and poetry of these prominent writers promotes a double objective of gaining an understanding of the Spanish version of the worldwide movement as well as an appreciation of the unique styles of the Spanish romanticists.
    Prerequisite: If offered in Spanish, SPN 202 or 206 or equivalent is required; SPN 290 and/or 291 and/or SPN 303 and/or 304 taken previously or concurrently is strongly recommended
    3 credit hours


    SPN 433

    MODERNISM considers the Spanish literary and cultural manifestations of the Modernist epoch with emphasis on the reading and interpretation of representative works in several genres. As such, it will focus mainly on the writers of the “Generation of ’98.”
    Prerequisite: 202 or 206 or equivalent is required; SPN 303 and/or 304 taken previously is strongly recommended
    3 credit hours


    SPN 434

    SENIOR THESIS requires that a dissertation be written under the guidance of an instructor. The subject is chosen in consultation with the head of the department and may deal with an aspect of the language, literature, or civilization of Spain or Spanish-America.
    Prerequisite: Permission
    1 credit hour


    SPN 435

    COORDINATING SEMINAR emphasizes selected readings, research, reports, and discussions of specific authors, genres, or trends in Spanish or Spanish-American literature. A recommended course for students planning to enter graduate school.
    Prerequisite: Permission
    1 credit hour



    OTHER MODERN LANGUAGES


    ML 201-202

    INTERMEDIATE MODERN LANGUAGES allows students with proficiency in a modern foreign language to receive credit by scoring on a special examination at a level consistent with Modern Language Department standards. (See the section on Expenses–Other Fees in this catalog for the examination and credit fees.)
    6 credit hours

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