Beginning Spanish I
- This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Spanish. It covers grammar, composition, conversation, and beginning reading. Emphasis is placed on oral practice both inside and outside the classroom.
- Prerequisite: 0-1 years of high-school Spanish.
Beginning Spanish II
- This course will focus on the formation of basic structures and patterns. Emphasis is placed on oral practice both inside and outside the classroom.
- Prerequisite: 2-3 years of high-school Spanish or 1 semester of college-level Spanish.
- Grammar: Present tense, Preterite, Imperfect, Direct and indirect object, Imperative, Verb Gustar
Intermediate Spanish I
- This course aims for the assimilation of the basic aspects of grammar together with the development of conversational skills: communicating and understanding in any context or situation in a fluent style. Prerequisite: 3-4 years of high-school Spanish or 2 semesters of college-level Spanish.
- Grammar: Simple and compound tenses of the indicative, Comparative and superlative constructions, Uses of prepositions; uses of "SE", Passive voice, Relative, The Subjunctive
Intermediate Spanish II
- A continuation of Spanish 2030, including emphasis on oral practice. Students with an outstanding record in Spanish may take Span 2040 and 3050 concurrently. Prerequisite: 4 years of high-school Spanish or 3 semesters of college-level Spanish.
- Grammar: All verb tenses, Adjectives (agreement, comparisons and superlatives), Ser and Estar, The Subjunctive, False Friends, Impersonal, passive and reflexive "SE", Personal pronouns: subject, object and relative, Prepositions, Numbers, Adverbs
Third Year Composition and Conversation I
- This course focuses on communicative skills, working towards perfecting the abilities to speak, read, write and understand Spanish. Its main goal is to increase the students' communicative competence in Spanish both in their written expression and in their oral communication. Knowledge of the Spanish culture will be another important objective of this course. Students with an outstanding record in Spanish may take 2040 and 3050 concurrently. Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish.
- Grammar: Demonstratives, Possessives, Interrogatives, Adjectives, Comparisons, Uses of tenses in general, the expression of probability with verb forms, the use of past tenses in narration, Preterite/Imperfect contrast, Ser and Estar, Adverbs, The Subjunctive, Relative pronouns, Imperative, conditional and concessive sentences, Reciprocal use of reflexive pronouns, Passive voice/impersonal sentences
Third Year Composition and Conversation II
- A continuation of Spanish 3050, the course covers the basic structures of the Spanish language so that the student can have a global knowledge of all the constructions of Spanish and so proceed to a more advanced level. The course will combine both oral and written activities, giving special emphasis to speaking skills. Prerequisite: 5 semesters of college-level Spanish, including one course in Composition and Conversation.
- Grammar: Ser and Estar, Simple and compound tenses of the indicative, Other verb forms, the Subjunctive, comparative and superlative adjectives, adjective position, personal pronouns, relative pronouns, prepositions
Third Year Composition and Conversation I/II
- This course covers the content first of Span 3050 and then of Span 3060, meeting for double hours throughout the semester. Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish.
Practical Spanish and Intercambio
- This class will be required for students one hour per week. Students will be placed into the appropriate language levels to better adapt the
class to the students needs. Two basic principles of the communicative approach are (1) the use of the language in real life situations where
the learning is more realistic and (2) the consideration of the student as the center of their learning process. The basic objective is to follow a
communicative methodology centered on the student that can be followed through "learning using exercises".
- Every student in the program is assigned an intercambio partner, a native Spaniard with whom to meet at least once a week. The intercambio
activities will take place outside the classroom so the student can practice their Spanish on site and in context. Written compositions on the
topics assigned will be submitted to the Instructor.
- This course emphasizes intensive oral and written communication in a business context and extensive readings of a socio-economic nature which lead to study and discussion of various cultural, social, economic and political phenomena bearing on the business environment in most Spanish-speaking areas. Attention will be given to specialized vocabulary. Prerequisite: 5 semesters of college-level Spanish.
Survey of Spanish Literature: 18th-20th C.
- This course is a basic survey of recent Spanish Literature. The central textbook will be Patt and Bleznick's Representative Spanish Authors, Vol. 2, supplemented by selected readings. Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish.
Survey of Spanish Literature: 12th-17th C.
- The objective of this course is to familiarize students with Spanish literature written in Castellana from the poem "Mio Cid" to the Golden Age. (Students who have difficulty with Castellana will receive individualized help.) The text will be Sanchez and Ibarra's Antologia de autores espanoles antiguous y modernos, Vol. I. Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish. Offered SPRING SEMESTER ONLY.
Nineteenth-Century Spanish Literature
Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature
- The 19th and 20th century literature courses will not be broad surveys. Rather, each course will focus on a specific aspect, genre, movement, generation, or period within its century. For instance, last semester Spanish 3250 focused on the 20th-century Spanish novel. Prerequisite: 5 semesters of college-level Spanish.
Women in Spanish Literature
- This course provides students with analyses of literary works by Spanish women writers, mostly of the 20th century, with a special focus on this minority's sociological roles in Spanish society. From the perspective of various women authors in a variety of genres, the student will approach the voice of feminine literature in Spain. Prerequisite: 5 semesters of college-level Spanish.
- Taught in Spanish, this course offers students a general view of Spanish Civilization from its origins to the contemporary age. This course covers not only the development of history in general, but it strives to interconnect the different levels of phenomena that develop in any human community: economic activities; social and political organization; culture; ideology; and artistic, literary and religious activities.
- This course offers the advantage of a program of field trips and visits that will bring Spanish Civilization to life in its different periods. Prerequisite: 5 semesters of college-level Spanish.
- The theory of the pattern of sounds in Spanish and its use achieve a better pronunciation of Spanish Language at the same time they approach the scientific knowledge. Introduction to Phonetics, the different sciences (Phonetics and Phonemics), the production of speech sounds, a general view of the Spanish phonemes, vowels and consonants in Spanish, the stress and intonation, the transcriptions. Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish.
Hispanic Culture in the Cinema & TV
- Taught in Spanish, this class is for students who are linguistically competent, but who lack cultural competence that leads to cultural misunderstandings. Through cinema and television, students will have the opportunity to approach different registers for speaking, varieties in the Spanish language, habits and ways of behaving, and communicative functions that will help them better understand how to react in different situations. Prerequisite: 5 semesters of college-level Spanish.
Intensive Fourth Year Composition and Conversation
- An extension of Spanish 3060, this is an intensive course aimed to develop the communicative skills of the student at a very advanced level of Spanish grammar through the interpretation and production of written and oral texts. Prerequisite: 6 semesters of college-level Spanish, including two courses in Composition and Conversation.
- Grammar: Ser and Estar, review of the indicative mood, subjunctive mood, vocabulary, proverbs, and colloquial expressions.
- This course focuses on the life and work of Cervantes, with consideration given to the influence of his writing on Spanish literature. Prerequisite: 5 semesters of college-level Spanish. (Spring Semester Only)
INTENSIVE SPANISH LANGUAGE TRACK:
SPANISH 1020 Intensive (16 credits)
SPANISH 2030 Intensive (16 credits)
- Because this 16 credit package of study covers four levels of Spanish in sequence, students on this track may not enroll in liberal arts or international business courses. This track is for the intensive study of the Spanish language only.
- The Intensive Language Track is designed for students on the beginning and intermediate levels who want to focus solely on the acquisition of Spanish. Students already at the advanced level can gain the same exposure to the Spanish language by taking all of their courses (language, literature, and liberal arts) in Spanish.
- For instance, a student who has completed only the first two semesters of college-level Spanish (1010/1020 Beginning Spanish I/II) will start at 2030 Intermediate Spanish I and complete four levels in a single semester (2030, 2040, 3050, 3060).
- Students in the Intensive Language Track have three full hours of class each day (3.6 contact hours) and appropriate homework assignments and intercambio activities. Because so much material is covered each day, attendance is mandatory. Any student missing three days of class (or the equivalent) will be automatically switched to non-credit status.
- The semester calendar parallels the calendar in the Liberal Arts/International Business Track so that students in the Intensive Language Track can participate in the optional field trips if they wish.