Spanish: Language, Literature, Culture (including courses in English)

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  • CAS LS 111: First-Semester Spanish
    For students who have never studied Spanish, or by placement test results. Introduction to grammatical structures. Emphasis on aural comprehension, speaking, and pronunciation. Introduction to Hispanic culture. Lab required.
  • CAS LS 112: Second-Semester Spanish
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 111; or placement test results.
    Completes study of basic grammatical structures. Emphasis on speaking and aural comprehension. Readings on contemporary Hispanic culture. Writing assignments. Lab required.
  • CAS LS 123: First-Year Spanish
    For beginners only. Intensive equivalent of one year of college Spanish.
  • CAS LS 211: Third-Semester Spanish
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 112; or placement test results.
    Completes study of grammatical structures of Spanish. Use of spoken language in conversation. Reading in Hispanic civilization and of contemporary short stories. Writing exercises involving more complex grammatical and syntactical patterns.
  • CAS LS 212: Fourth-Semester Spanish
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 211; or placement test results.
    Review of the structures of Spanish. Intensive practice of spoken language. More advanced readings from Hispanic culture. Frequent compositions. Satisfactory completion of CAS LS 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement.
  • CAS LS 306: Translation
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 212; or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement test results.
    Not open to students for whom Spanish is a first language. Students may take up to two 300-level Spanish language courses (LS 306, LS 307, LS 308, LS 310, LS 311) before moving on to higher levels. Any combination of two 300-level courses may be taken for credit, provided the two courses have different course numbers; repeating a course with the same number is not allowed. Advanced study of the Spanish language through the translation of written texts. Analysis of the theory and practice of translation as a catalyst of cultural transfer. Taught in Spanish. Topic for Fall 2016: Techniques of Literary Translation. Practice in the translation - from and into Spanish - of different forms of literary prose and poetry. Students continue developing language skills through in-class writing workshops in the production and revision of translations.
  • CAS LS 307: Literature and the Arts
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 212; or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement test results.
    Not open to students for whom Spanish is a first language. Students may take up to two 300-level Spanish language courses (LS 306, LS 307, LS 308, LS 310, LS 311) before moving on to higher levels. Any combination of two 300-level courses may be taken for credit, provided the two courses have different course numbers; repeating a course with the same number is not allowed. Advanced study of the Spanish language through the analysis of literature in its relations to the arts and society. Four topics are offered Fall 2016. Section A1: A Country Divided: Representations of Urban and Rural Spain in Literature and Film. Advanced Spanish conversation and composition through analysis of contrasting representations of rural and urban Spain in literary texts and films. Students apply basic analytical and research skills to discuss Spain's social/cultural identity. Themes include: tradition, class, family, religion, and politics. Section A2: El Veinte: Expressions, Celebrations, and Traditions of Latin America. The course offers advanced oral and written language practice through exploration, comparison, and discussion of celebrations, traditions, and sayings of Latin America, including the United States. Section B1: Short Stories from the Hispanic World. Advanced study of Spanish through representative short stories and film from the Hispanic World. Section D1: Contar el crimen. This multi - faceted course in Spanish conversation and composition explores how writers of distinct genres narrate crime (murders, scams, frauds). We focus on original works written by journalists, authors of fiction, comic artists, psychologists and criminologists.
  • CAS LS 308: Spanish Film and Media
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 212; or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement test results.
    Not open to students for whom Spanish is a first language. Students may take up to two 300-level Spanish language courses (LS 306, LS 307, LS 308, LS 310, LS 311) before moving on to higher levels. Any combination of two 300-level courses may be taken for credit, provided the two courses have different course numbers; repeating a course with the same number is not allowed. Advanced study of the Spanish language through the analysis of films and media of the Spanish-speaking world: cinema, the internet, and social media. Topic for Section A1 and B1: La "Road Movie." Examines how films from Hispanic countries portray these quests for change, how many of these trips lead to cross - cultural (mis)communications, and the universal and culturally specific nature of certain common themes.
  • CAS LS 309: Composition for Native Speakers of Spanish
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Open only to native or near-native speakers of Spanish. Not open to students who have completed any 300-level Spanish Language course.
    Open only to students whose home language is Spanish but whose education has been in English. This course aims to enrich the learner's cultural, formal, and academic knowledge of Spanish through compositions, oral presentations, short stories, and film.
  • CAS LS 310: Spanish for the Professions
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 212; or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement test results.
    Not open to students for whom Spanish is a first language. Students may take up to two 300-level Spanish language courses (LS 306, LS 307, LS 308, LS 310, LS 311) before moving on to higher levels. Any combination of two 300-level courses may be taken for credit, provided the two courses have different course numbers; repeating a course with the same number is not allowed. Advanced study of Spanish as used in the professions in the Spanish-speaking world. Analysis and discussion of intercultural professional communication, acquisition of specialized vocabulary. Topic for Fall 2016: Spanish in Business and Healthcare. Practice and consolidation of grammar and vocabulary, as well as use of business and healthcare - related settings to explore cultural aspects of communication.
  • CAS LS 311: Spanish through Performance: The Theater of Everyday Life
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 212; or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher; or placement test results.
    Not open to students for whom Spanish is a first language. Students may take up to two 300-level Spanish language courses (LS 306, LS 307, LS 308, LS 310, LS 311) before moving on to higher levels. Any combination of two 300-level courses may be taken for credit, provided the two courses have different course numbers; repeating a course with the same number is not allowed. Topic for Fall 2016: Acting, Pretending, and Role - Playing in the Theater of Everyday Life. Writing and performing, improvising and dramatizing, debating, negotiating and persuading: develop your communicative skills while consolidating grammar, building vocabulary, and improving your pronunciation and intonation. Gain cultural awareness and intercultural understanding by performing in everyday life situations in the Hispanic world.
  • CAS LS 350: Introduction to Analysis of Hispanic Texts
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: any 300-level Spanish language course or placement exam results.
    Development of techniques for reading and interpreting Hispanic literary texts; reading of lyric poetry, drama, and fictional narrative. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LS 392: Drs:Span Lang
  • CAS LS 401: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.
  • CAS LS 402: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.
  • CAS LS 450: Contemporary Spanish Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    Texts by novelists, playwrights, scriptwriters, and poets on inspiration and on how they create, with a look at some of the social forces that affect the writer's condition in contemporary Spain.
  • CAS LS 452: Topics in Latin America Literature and Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    Three topics are offered 2016/2017. Students may take one, two, or three for credit if topics are different. Topic for Fall 2016: Latin American Cities in Literature and Film. Examination of the representation of Latin American cities, particularly Mexico City, in literature and film. Explores specific themes but also presents a broad vision of Latin American and Mexican culture during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Taught in Spanish. Also offered as CAS CI 590 A1. Topic for Spring 2017 Section A1: Love and Betrayal in Latin American Literature and the Arts. Topic for Spring 2017 Section B1: The Mexican and Cuban Revolutions in Film and Literature.
  • CAS LS 454: Survey of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Spanish Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    Representative texts of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish literature, including poetry, drama and the novel, as explorations of the place of the individual within the rhythms of Spain's changing cultural identity. Authors include: Larra, Galdós, Unamuno, Lorca, Vázquez Montalbán.
  • CAS LS 455: Spanish American Literature Through the Nineteenth Century
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    A close reading of representative texts of Spanish American literature from early writings of discovery and conquest through the nineteenth century. Emphasis on the development of the modern novel and on Spanish America's quest for a cultural identity.
  • CAS LS 456: Spanish Medieval and Golden Age Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    Major works from the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods. Attention to development of different genres: epic and lyric poetry, drama, and the novel. Issues of Spain's cultural history. Authors include Fernando de Rojas, Cervantes, Góngora, Lope, Quevedo, and Calderón.