Spanish Courses

SPAN 101: Beginning Spanish I

An introduction to the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures, with emphasis on the development of the basic communicative skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) and grammatical structures. Requires active participation in instructor-coordinated multimedia and online activities as a mandatory component.

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 102: Beginning Spanish II

Continues the study of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures, with emphasis on the development of the basic communicative skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) and grammatical structures. Requires active participation in instructor-coordinated multimedia and online activities as a mandatory component. (Prereq: SPAN 101: Beginning Spanish I (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 103: Intensive BeginingSpanish I &II

An intensive course designed for beginning students. Emphasis on the development of communicative skills, basic structures, and cultural competence. Covers the equivalent of Spanish 101 and 102 in one semester. Requires active participation in instructor-coordinated multimedia and online activities as a mandatory component.

Units: 4 — 8

SPAN 195: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic relative to the Spanish language or Hispanic cultures. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. (Credit/ No Credit Available)

Units: 1 — 6

SPAN 196: Field Studies

Opportunity for independent field studies.

Units: 1 — 6

SPAN 197: Independent Study

Allows lower-division students to independently study a particular aspect of Spanish language and Hispanic culture. A written proposal for the study/research must be approved in advance by the sponsoring faculty member and the program chair. Number of credits depends on the nature of the student's academic goals and the consent of the faculty advisor.

Units: 1 — 6

SPAN 200: Beg Spanish Conversation

Introduces Spanish conversation to support, develop, and strengthen skills in Spanish oral communication. Implements extensive speaking practice using everyday experiences.

Units: 1 — 4

SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish I

Reviews and develops the fundamentals of Spanish grammar. Emphasizes the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills by studying and discussing short reading selections. Also available online. Requires active participation in instructor-coordinated multimedia and online activities as a mandatory component. (Prereq: SPAN 102: Beginning Spanish II (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II

Continues to develop the fundamentals of Spanish grammar. Emphasizes the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills by studying and discussing short reading selections. Requires active participation in instructor-coordinated multimedia and online activities as a mandatory component. (Prereq: SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish I (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 212: Spanish For Spanish Speakers I

For heritage speakers who have an oral/aural knowledge of the Spanish language, but have completed little or no formal study of Spanish. Conducted in Spanish, the course emphasizes the enhancement of Spanish grammar, reading, and writing skills via intensive reading, and written and oral presentations on Latino culture and literature.

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 261: Contemp Chicano Lit:Survy

Surveys Chicano literature by introducing the principal genres of poetry, theater, the novel, the short story, and the essay. Introduces students to such writers as Rudolfo Anaya, Tomás Rivera, Sandra Cisneros, Ana Castillo, Ron Arias, José Antonio Burciaga, Luis Valdez, and Alurista. Prior knowledge of Spanish not required. Requires Spanish majors to do assignments in Spanish.

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 262: Latin Amer Lit in Translation

Critical study of representative authors from colonial times to the twentieth century. Introduces students to key works of such literary masters as Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Ruben Darío, Gabriela Mistral, Eduardo Mallea, Ernesto Sábato, Horacio Quiroga, José Martí, Jorge Luis Borges, Nicolás Guillén, Mariano Azuela, Juan Rulfo, etc.

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 295: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Spanish. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 4

SPAN 297: Independent Study

Student and faculty member select topic of study and number of credits.

Units: 1 — 6

SPAN 300: Pre-Capstone for Spanish Majors

Directed toward Spanish majors preparing for their Capstone experience, this 2 unit course aims to guide the student in the process of completing a capstone proposal and initiating the preliminary steps toward the graduation portfolio. The portfolio provides evidence that a student is making satisfactory progress toward meeting the Core requirements and Major Learning Outcomes (MLOs) for the Spanish B.A. (Credit/ No Credit Available) (Prereq: WLC 300: WLC Major ProSeminar (2 units) and Consent from Instructor)

Units: 2 — 2

SPAN 301: Comp/Oral Practice

Continues to build proficiency as defined by the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Content-based instruction develops communicative language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing through readings and discussions of authentic Hispanic cultural and literary texts. For students with two or more years of Spanish or an intermediate level of Spanish language proficiency. (Prereq: Junior or Senior Standing)

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 301S: Service Learning in the Chicano / Latino Community

This course is part of your Spanish language learning experience, and offers you the opportunity to interact in a personal way with members of the local Latino community, thereby enriching your understanding of Hispanic cultures and the Spanish language. As a community-based learning experience, the course provides students with career-related experience working collaboratively with community agencies to address community concerns / issues. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II (4 units)) and (WLC Spanish Majors Only)]

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 302: History of the Spanish Language

Surveys the development of modern Castillian and Latin American varieties of Spanish, its evolution as a Romance language, the Roman period, Visigoth and Arab influences, Native American contributions, and its modern language diversity. Focuses on linguistic and sociolinguist aspects of the dialects spoken throughout the Spanish-speaking world, including the United States. (Prereq: SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 303: Adv Spanish Grammar

Reviews all phases of communication skills with practice in understanding, speaking, and writing grammatically correct Spanish. Teaches specific components of Spanish grammar: the Spanish verbal system, the subjunctive, ser versus estar, and other problematic aspects of grammar. For students planning to teach Spanish.

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 304: Intro To Hispanic Literat

Conducted in Spanish, the course introduces the principles of literary analysis, based on reading and discussion of Hispanic literary texts. Includes fiction, drama, essay, and poetry from Spain and Spanish America.

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 305: Spanish for The Professions

Designed for students interested in developing a functional use of Spanish for the professions (business, education, law, medicine, social work, etc.), from a Hispanic cultural perspective. Students will have an opportunity to practice and develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The Spanish-speaking world will provide the cultural context, and the area of business the content area.

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 306: Cultur/Civ Span Ltn Amer

Taught in Spanish, presents an historical and cultural overview of Hispanic Latin America from its pre-Columbian origins to the present through works of literature, art, music, and videos. Taught in Spanish. (Prereq: SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II (4 units) and SPAN 213)

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 307: History&Politics Of Mex

Examines Mexico's history and its peoples from indigenous periods to the arrival of Europeans and Spanish colonization including the mission system and rancherìas of California, New Mexico, and Colorado. Focuses on the independence movement and Mexico's relationship with the United States during westward expansion. Examines the 20th century by focusing on the Mexican Revolution and the factors which have resulted in continuous northern migration. Taught in English with Spanish readings for Spanish majors.

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 308: Hist/Cultr Aztlan:SW US

Covers the story of indigenous peoples of the southwestern United States: Aztlán, the Spanish colonial period, the Mexican period, and the acquisition and settlement by the United States. Seeks the exposition of indigenous and Hispanic historical and cultural foundations of the region and the confluence with other Asian and European influences. Taught in English with Spanish readings for Spanish majors. Also available online.

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 309: Hist & Polit Of Latn Amer

Surveys Latin American history focusing on the development of political and social structures since the independence movements of the 19th century. Emphasizes Latin phenomenon as caudillismo, indigenismo, the Church and liberation theology, and the revolutionary movements in the 20th century.

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 310: Hispanic Children Literature

Introduces Hispanic children's literature using fairy tales, poetry, essays, and drama. Presents the elements of children's narrative: characterization, setting, narrative structure and pictures, and drawings. Students practice working these basic elements in individual and collaborative group writing and reading exercises. Includes brief, written analytic responses.

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 313: Intro to Spanish Linguistics

Intro to Spanish Linguistics: Presents the principal branches of linguistic study, as it pertains to Spanish: the sound system (phonetics and phonology), the structure of words (morphology), and the structure of sentences (syntax). Additionally, attention is paid to bilingualism, especially Spanish in the US, and how Spanish is spoken/written differently by various social groups (sociolinguistics) and in various Spanish-speaking countries (dialectology). (Prereq: SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 315: Introduction to Translation: Spanish/English

Students perform introductory translation assignments from Spanish to English and vice versa. They develop an understanding of translation theory through reading and class discussion and come to understand communicative translation and compare it to a direct, word-for-word approach. Problematic grammatical, discursive, and pragmatic issues are analyzed and the grammar of Spanish is reviewed in detail. (Prereq: SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 316: Cultures and Civilizations of Spain

Study of the development of Spanish culture & civilization through geography, religion, sociology, and the arts of the Iberian Peninsula with special reference to the ways of thinking and cultural products. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II (4 units) or instructor's consent. (Prereq: SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 321: Masterpieces of Hispanic Lit

Reading and discussion of selected masterworks of literature as they reflect the historical, political, and social context of the Peninsular Spanish experience. Students will be introduced to reading and writing critically, and discussing both form and content within these works. All discussions will be carried out in Spanish. (Prereq: SPAN 304: Intro To Hispanic Literat (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 322: Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature: Latin America & the Caribbean

Reading and discussion of selected masterworks of literature as they reflect the historical, political, and social context of the Latin American and Caribbean experience. Students are introduced to critically reading, writing, and discussing the form and content of these literary masterpieces. Taught in Spanish. (Prereq: SPAN 304: Intro To Hispanic Literat (4 units) or Instructor Consent)

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 325: Hispanic Cinema

The Hispanic and Luso- Brazilian Cinematic Lens- A Memorable Gaze to Human Odyssey: This course will examine the multiple ways that Hispanic and Brazilian filmmakers have seen Hispanic world, its people, religious beliefs and cultures for more than a century. This course provides the student with a range of perspectives on cultural developments in Spain, Brazil, Latin America and the Caribbean from the colonial to the modern period, using critical and literary texts as well as films. Open to every one. Taught in English. Non Prerequisite.

Units: 2 — 6

SPAN 330: Hispanic Testimonials

A Bilingual English/Spanish Course on individual and collective memoirs, diaries, confessions and traveling accounts. Students read and analyze written texts and films, keep journals, and do life writing or multimedia production in either Spanish or English.

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 345: Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World

This course will first explore the nature of bilingualism, focusing on its neurolinguistic, psycholinguistic, and linguistic aspects. Students will examine the most important concepts and research questions in these areas. In addition, the class will focus on bilingualism in the United States and the Spanish-speaking world, including the examination of bilingual education programs (e.g., immersion programs) and important political matters connected to them. (Credit/ No Credit Available) (Prereq: Any Spanish 300 or 400 level course)

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 365: The Chicano Narrative

Focuses on the reading and analysis of selected Chicano writers whose literary works have left a distinctive mark on Chicano Literature. Emphasizes the understanding of Chicano cosmology (society, culture, behavior and values) throught the literary texts. No prior knowledge of Spanish required. (Prereq: Junior or Senior Standing)

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 370: The Chicano Community

Examines the cultural, social, economic, and political aspects of the Chicano community in an historical and contemporary context. Incorporates field observation and community studies.

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 395: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic relative to the Spanish language or Hispanic cultures. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. (Credit/NoCredit Available)

Units: 1 — 6

SPAN 396: Field Studies

Individualizes student placement for in-depth field study.

Units: 1 — 4

SPAN 397S: Independent Study

Individual study of a particular aspect of the culture, language, or civilization of the Spanish-speaking world. A written proposal for the study/research must be approved in advance by the sponsoring faculty member and the program chair. Number of credits depends on the nature of the student's academic goals and the consent of the faculty advisor. Students enhance Spanish language communication skills via community service in local community agencies. (Credit/NoCredit Available)

Units: 1 — 4

SPAN 397: Independent Study

Individual study of a particular aspect of the culture, language, or civilization of the Spanish-speaking world. A written proposal for the study/research must be approved in advance by the sponsoring faculty member and the program chair. Number of credits depends on the nature of the student's academic goals and the consent of the faculty advisor.

Units: 1 — 4

SPAN 425: La Literatura Mexicana

Exposes students to Mexican literature from its indigenous and Hispanic origins to its more contemporary expressions. Examines and discusses representative authors from all literary periods, including such literary icons as Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, Mariano Azuela, Ignacio Altamairano, Rosario Castellanos, Ruan Rulfo, Octavio Paz Carlos Fuentes, José Agustin, and Laura Esquivel.

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 426: Narativa Hispanoamericana

Taught in Spanish, the course studies Spanish American writers of the 20th century by emphasizing short stories and novels from the last 50 years. Uses literary texts to gain an understanding of Latino cultures, societies, and values.

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 427: Latin Amer Women Writers

Taught in Spanish, the course focuses on reading and analyzing works from Latin American women writers. Examines fiction by and about women from varied sociocultural backgrounds to discover the diversity and the commonality of female experience in different geographical regions. Students examine the narrative strategies employed by these writers in interpreting social, political, cultural, and religious forces that create gender, class, and ethnic barriers in Latin American society.

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 428: La Literatura Afrolatina

Exposes students to noteworthy poems and narratives by such 20th century writers as Fortunato Vizcarrondo, Luis Pales Matos, Carmen Colûn, Manuel del Cabral, Nicolas Guillen, Nancy Morejûn, Ana Lydia Vega, Luis Rafael Sanchez, and José Luis Gonzalez. Examines the "Africanía" of peoples from Ecuador to Venezuela, Colombia to Uruguay, and Cuba to Dominican Republic. Identifies the peoples and nations as a collective determination of diverse cultures that shape their identities socially, politically, and artistically.

Units: 4 — 4

SPAN 497: Independent Study

Individual study of a particular aspect of the culture, language, or civilization of the Spanish-speaking world. A written proposal for the study/research must be approved in advance by the sponsoring faculty member and the program chair. Number of credits depends on the nature of the student's academic goals and the consent of the faculty advisor.

Units: 1 — 6

SPAN 595: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic relative to the Spanish language or Hispanic cultures. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

SPAN 596: Field Studies

Individualizes student placement for in-depth field study.

Units: 1 — 6

SPAN 597: Independent Study

Individual study of a particular aspect of the culture, language, or civilization of the Spanish-speaking world. A written proposal for the study/research must be approved in advance by the sponsoring faculty member and the program chair. Number of credits depends on the nature of the student's academic goals and the consent of the faculty advisor.

Units: 1 — 6