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 241: Spanish Civilization
    An introduction to Spanish civilization with special emphasis on history, art, and literature. The course begins in English and shifts gradually into Spanish as students' fluency increases. It is enriched by visits to the Prado Museum, Segovia, Toledo, and other sites. Evaluation is based on three exams and/or papers.
  • CAS LS 303: Composition and Conversation in Spanish I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 212; , Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement test results.
    Not open to students for whom Spanish is a first language. Development of skills in spoken and written language. Grammar review, vocabulary building, regular compositions. (Students who have completed a CAS LS language course with a higher number may not receive credit for LS 303.)
  • CAS LS 304: Composition and Conversation in Spanish II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 303; or placement test results.
    Not open to students for whom Spanish is a first language. Development of skills in spoken and written language. Grammar review, vocabulary building, regular compositions. (Students who have completed a CAS LS language course with a higher number may not receive credit for LS 304.)
  • 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. No more than two 300-level Spanish language courses (LS 306, LS 307, LS 308, LS 310, LS 311) may be taken for credit. 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 2015: Techniques of Literary Translation. Practice in the translation--from and into Spanish--of different forms of literary prose and poetry.
  • 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. No more than two 300-level Spanish language courses (LS 306, LS 307, LS 308, LS 310, LS 311) may be taken for credit. Advanced study of the Spanish language through the analysis of literature in its relations to the arts: music, painting, dance, performance. Four topics are offered Fall 2015. Section A1 and A2: Women's Voices: Female characters in Hispanic Literature and Film. Advanced study of Spanish through the analysis of selected female characters, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Section B1: 'Alma Boricua.' Study of the Puerto Rican experience through literature, film, music, and dance, from colonial times to the present. Section C1: Short Stories from the Hispanic World. The short story as a vehicle of Hispanic culture. Elements and language of story-telling. Section D1: Sailing with Darwin to Patagonia and Beyond. Explores Charles Darwin's discoveries during his voyage to South America in 1831. Using Darwin's diary to map out his route, the focus is on original works in Spanish written by naturalists, scientists, as well as authors of fiction.
  • 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. No more than two 300-level Spanish language courses (LS 306, LS 307, LS 308, LS 310, LS 311) may be taken for credit. Advanced study of the Spanish language through the analysis of the film and media of the Spanish-speaking world: cinema, the internet, and social media. One topic is offered Fall 2015. Section A1 and B1: The Representation of Family in Spanish Film. Examines the portrayal of the Spanish family in film from 1975 to the present. We explore how film articulates aspects of family life including roles and responsibilities, marriage and commitment, divorce, power dynamics, and domestic space.
  • 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.
    This course is open only to native speakers of Spanish and to other students whose speech is near-native as a result of their have grown up more or less bilingually and/or lived partly in Spanish-speaking settings. Emphasis on academic Spanish: grammar, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, short stories, film, oral presentations.
  • 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. No more than two 300-level Spanish language courses (LS 306, LS 307, LS 308, LS 310, LS 311) may be taken for credit. 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 2015: 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. No more than two 300-level Spanish language courses (LS 306, LS 307, LS 308, LS 310, LS 311) may be taken for credit. Through a variety of scene-writing and other drama exercises, improvisations, and performances in Spanish, students develop communicative skills while consolidating grammar, building vocabulary, and working on pronunciation and intonation. Students develop their cultural awareness by performing in situations from everyday life in the Hispanic world.
  • CAS LS 340: History of Spain, 711-1898
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Madrid Language & Liberal Arts program.
    A survey of Spanish history from 711 to 1898, examining the political, social, and economic, and cultural events that shaped Spain in its modern form. Places Spain in a European context. Includes field trips around Madrid. Also offered as CAS HI 255 E.
  • 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 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 420: Spanish in the United States
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; AND one LS 300-level language course.
    An ethnographic survey and sociolinguistic analysis of Spanish as spoken in urban areas of the US. Focuses on issues of language and dialect content, language change, the fraught notion of 'heritage' speakers, and code-switching as a sociolinguistic phenomenon. Conducted in Spanish. Also offered as CAS LX 420.
  • 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.