Spanish (SPAN)

Head of Department: Associate Professor Gustavo Nanclares

Department Office: Room 207, Oak Hall

Consult the Departmental Handbook for courses offered in the appropriate semesters and further description of these courses.

Major requirements

1001-1002. Elementary Spanish I and II

Four credits each semester. Four class periods and additional laboratory practice. Not open for credit to students who have had three or more years of Spanish in high school. Students who wish to continue in Spanish but feel ill prepared should contact the head of the Literatures, Cultures and Languages Department.

Development of ability to communicate in Spanish, orally and in writing, to satisfy basic survival needs within a cultural setting.

1003-1004. Intermediate Spanish I and II

Four credits each semester. Four class periods and additional laboratory practice. Prerequisite: SPAN 1002 or two years of Spanish in high school.

Further development of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills within a cultural setting. Readings to enhance cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.

1006. Spanish for Reading Knowledge

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to seniors and graduate students. Not open for credit to undergraduates who have had SPAN 10011002. May not be used to meet the undergraduate foreign language requirement or as a prerequisite for other Spanish courses.

Basic Spanish grammar and intensive practice in reading expository prose in a variety of subjects, for use as a research tool and in preparation for the Ph.D. reading examination.

1007. Major Works of Hispanic Literature in Translation

Three credits. Knowledge of Spanish is not required.

A study of major works selected from the best of Spanish and Spanish-American literature. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

1008. Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain

Three credits. Taught in English.

Contacts, conflicts and coexistence among the diverse cultures and traditions of medieval Spain: Christian Hispania, Muslim al-Andalus, and Jewish Sefarad. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

1009. Latino Literature, Culture, and Society

(Also offered as LLAS 1009.) Three credits. Knowledge of Spanish is not required. Taught in English. Casamayor, Irizarry

Critical approaches to Latinos/as and cultural representation, production, and agency, as impacted by globalization and local dynamics. Will engage the value and function of race, gender, and sexuality in popular culture, literature, film, music, digital culture, visual arts, and urban culture. CA 1. CA 4.

1009W. Latino Literature, Culture, and Society

(Also offered as LLAS 1009W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Knowledge of Spanish is not required. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4.

1010. Contemporary Spanish Culture and Society through Film

Three credits. Taught in English; Spanish is not required; does not fulfill foreign language requirement.

Critical approaches to Spanish culture and society from the early 20th century to the present as portrayed in Spanish film. Introduction to filmic textual analysis and film history. Discussion of topics such as avant-garde, social art, revolutionary movements, civil war, exile, Francoism, democratic transition, peripheral nationalisms, immigration, cultural diversity, postmodernity, globalization. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

1020. Intersections of Art, Fashion, Film, and Music in Modern Spain

Three credits. Taught in English; Spanish not required; does not fulfill foreign language requirement.

Critical overview of the works of Spanish film directors, artists, and designers and the struggle to define modern Spain. Topics may include personal and collective identity, national unity and diversity, youth culture in Spain and in the US, high versus low culture, the local and the global. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

1193. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head required, normally before the student’s departure. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3170. Business Spanish

Three credits. Prerequisite: SPAN 1004 or instructor consent.

Introduction to commercial terminology in Spanish. Designed to meet the needs of students desiring to use Spanish as a tool for industry or commerce.

3171. Spanish for Engineers

Three credits. Prerequisite: SPAN 1004 or three or more years of Spanish in high school.

Introduction to Spanish in the fields of engineering. Preparation for the engineering and industrial job market in the Hispanic world. Designed to meet the needs of students desiring to use Spanish as a tool for industry or commerce.

3172. Spanish for the Health Professions

Three credits. Prerequisite: SPAN 1004 or three or more years of Spanish in high school.

Introduction to medical terminology and language uses in Spanish for students desiring to use Spanish in the health professions. Intercultural preparation to work with patients of Latino and Hispanic origin.

3177. Composition and Reading for Speakers of Spanish

Three credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Grammar, written composition, and readings for speakers of Spanish with little or no formal training. Emphasis is on Puerto Rican literature.

3178. Intermediate Spanish Composition

Three credits. Prerequisite: SPAN 1004 or three or more years of Spanish in high school.

Provides a thorough review of grammar and methodical practice in composition leading to command of practical idioms and vocabulary.

3179. Spanish Conversation: Cultural Topics

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.

In-depth development of speaking skills through cultural readings, group discussions and oral presentations on selected topics concerning the Spanish-speaking world.

3200. Spanish Civilization to the Modern Period

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.

An interdisciplinary course analyzing the politics, social structures, and cultural life of Spain from its beginnings to the start of the nineteenth century.

3201. Ibero-American Civilization and Culture

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.

History of the major social, intellectual, and artistic trends of Spanish-speaking America.

3204. Language and Culture of U.S. Hispanics

Three credits. Prerequisite: SPAN 1004.

Comparison of linguistic, historical and cultural backgrounds of various Hispanic groups in the U.S. through fiction, non-fiction, films, music, and guest speakers.

3205. Contemporary Spanish America

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.

An interdisciplinary course concerned with present-day cultural, social, and political structures of Spanish America. Revolutionary and counter-revolutionary ideas in contemporary society and the struggle for social, political and economic stability.

3206. Contemporary Spain

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.

An interdisciplinary course analyzing the politics, social structures and cultural life in Spain today. Spain in relation to Western Europe and the community of nations.

3207. Women’s Studies in Spanish

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.

Women in Spanish and Ibero-American literature. Women’s writings. The development of Spanish and Ibero-American feminism. Contemporary issues concerning women in the Spanish-speaking world.

3208. Issues in Hispanic Thought

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

Selection for study of a major world issue debated in the Iberian Peninsula or in Ibero-America by great thinkers. A history of the issue, taking into account international cultural contexts.

3214. Topics in Hispanic Cultures

Three credits. Recommended preparation: five semesters of college Spanish. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

Selected topics. Cross-disciplinary approach to the study of Peninsular and Hispanic American cultures: the colonial heritage in Latin America; intellectual traditions and national identities; cultural production under military regimes; and experience of exiles; among possible topics.

3230. Introduction to Literary Study

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.

Introduction to literary analysis through a variety of critical approaches: readings in poetry, drama, and prose fiction with explanation of terms useful to the study of literature.

3231. Great Works of Spanish Literature from its Origins to the Golden Age

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.

The study of selected poems, plays, fables and novels reflecting the development of Spanish society from feudalism to world empire.

3232. Literature of Crisis in Modern Spain

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.

The study of selected poems, plays, short fiction, and novels reflecting the clash between tradition and progress in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spain. CA 1.

3233. Spanish-American Literature: The Formative Years

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.

The emergence of the New World in the chronicles of the conquest and colonization of Spanish America. Selected texts from “barroco de Indias” (Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz), and from the period of political independence. The coming of age of Spanish-American literature with the pioneer texts of José Martí and the first “Modernismo.”

3234. Great Works of Modern Spanish-American Literature

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.

Study of the most significant texts of “Modernismo” with focus on Rubén Darío. The “avant-garde” in Spanish America. The narrative of the “boom” and its impact on present-day literature.

3240W. Advanced Spanish Composition

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178/W.

Treatment of the finer points of Spanish grammar. Exercises in translation and free composition. Stylistic analysis of texts chosen from Spanish or Latin American authors, newspapers, and magazines.

3241. Spanish Phonetics

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178.

A study of the sounds of the language and drills to improve pronunciation. Recommended for all majors and for those who expect to teach Spanish.

3242. Spanish Communicative Grammar

Three credits. Prerequisite SPAN 3178.

Grammar in context. Linguistic awareness. Culture in relation to grammar. Focus on language knowledge and language use.

3250. Film in Spain and Latin America

Three credits. Taught in English.

Film language and genre in Spanish and Latin American cinema. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3251. Latin American Film

Three credits. One 3-hour class period. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.

Offers insights into Latin American cinema and video production. Provides tools for analyzing film and its expression of socio-political and aesthetic debates in the continent.

3252. Spanish Film

Three credits. One 3-hour class period. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.

Class explores the way film has expressed debates over Spanish identity and history, including the role of film under Franco, in the new democratic Spain, and as part of a postmodern Europe.

3254. Special Topics in Latin American National Cinemas

Three credits. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic. Taught in English. Loss, Schiwy

Selected Latin American national cinema. Focus on identity, aesthetics, and history.

3260. Studies in Spanish-American Literature

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3201.

Readings and discussions of specific aspects of Spanish-American literature. May be repeated for credit once with a change of topic. Consult department for particulars each year.

3261. Old Spanish Language and Literature

Three credits. Prerequisite: SPAN 3231.

Linguistic and literary analysis of Medieval and Renaissance Spanish texts.

3262. Studies in Spanish Golden Age Literature

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3200. May be repeated for credit once with a change in topic. Consult department for particulars each year.

Readings and discussions of specific aspects of Golden Age literature.

3263. Studies in Spanish Literature of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3200. May be repeated for credit once with a change in topic. Consult department for particulars each year.

Readings and discussions of specific aspects of the literature of the period.

3264. Studies in Spanish Literature of the Twentieth Century

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3200. May be repeated for credit once with a change in topic. Consult department for particulars each year.

Readings and discussions of specific aspects of the literature of the period.

3265. Literature of Puerto Rico and the Spanish Caribbean

(Also offered as LLAS 3265.) Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.

Readings and discussions of major authors and works of the Spanish Caribbean with special emphasis on Puerto Rico.

3266. Spanish-American Fiction

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3201.

Lectures, readings and reports on the development of the Spanish-American novel and short story.

3267W. The Spanish-American Short Story

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178. With a change in content, this course may be repeated for credit.

Readings of major authors and works with special emphasis on the development of the short story since the nineteenth-century and on its relations to other short narrative forms (such as the fable, the cuadro de costumbres, or the tradición) as well as to significant moments of Spanish-American social history. Instruction in academic writing in Spanish. CA 1.

3291. Spanish Internship

One to six credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with program advisor’s consent. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Use of linguistic and cultural skills in Spanish in a professional training context such as an internship or in industry in a Spanish-speaking country. Requires contract agreed to in advance by student, internship field supervisor, and program director, detailing expectations for the credits earned.

3293. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head required, normally to be granted prior to the student’s departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3295. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

3298. Variable Topics

Three credits. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

3299. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

4200W. Senior Seminar for Spanish Majors: Selected Topics in Hispanic Literature

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. With a change of content, may be repeated for credit.

Topics focused on a particular area of Spanish or Latin American literature, culture or linguistics.

Education Abroad in Spain

The University of Connecticut sponsors an academic program at the University of Granada, Spain, which is open to those who have successfully completed a fifth semester Spanish course or the equivalent. Courses include Spanish language and linguistics, literature, culture, history, economics, political science and art history.

Education Abroad in Latin America

Students who have taken at least two years of college-level Spanish are eligible for University of Connecticut sponsored programs in Argentina, Chile, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Courses are offered in liberal arts and social sciences.

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