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 222: Fourth-Semester Spanish for Reading
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 221; or placement test results.
    Completes intensive review of grammatical structures. Emphasis on sophisticated sentence structures and the contemporary idiom. Readings include historical texts, representative examples of journalism, and a short novel. Viewing and discussion of films. Weekly written translations leading to a final project. (Students intending to take one of the 300-level Spanish Language courses must take LS 212 and not LS 222.)
  • 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 not take CAS LS 306 more than once 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 2014: Techniques of Literary Translation. Practice in the translation--from and into Spanish--of different forms of literary prose and poetry. Topic for Spring 2015: TBA.
  • 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 not take CAS LS 307 more than once 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 2014. Topic for Section A1: Performance in the Theater of Everyday Life. Performing in Spanish to help hone communication skills while consolidating grammar, building vocabulary, and working on pronunciation and intonation. Topic for Section B1: 'Alma Boricua.' Study of the Puerto Rican experience through literature, film, music, and dance, from colonial times to the present. Topic for Section C2: Short Stories from the Hispanic World. The short story as a vehicle of Hispanic culture. Elements and language of story-telling. Topic for 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. Topic for Spring 2015: TBA.
  • 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 not take CAS LS 308 more than once 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. Topic for Fall 2014: The "Road Movie." Examines how films from Hispanic countries portray 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. Topic for Spring 2015: TBA.
  • 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. Students may not take CAS LS 310 more than once 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 2014: The Language of Business. Cultural and linguistic competence in business-oriented settings. Topic for Spring 2015: TBA.
  • 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 452: Topics in Latin America Literature and Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    Topic for Fall 2014: Tango and Urban Culture. Discussions of stories told by tango about immigration, sex trade, and sentimental betrayals, from "Guardia Vieja" to electronic compositions; readings of poets and fiction writers: Cadícamo, Discepolo, Contursi, Manzi, Arlt. Dance through examples.
  • CAS LS 454: Survey of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Spanish Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    A chronological survey of Spanish literature of the last two centuries, including romanticism, realism, modernism, and contemporary Spanish literature. Readings from Larra, Zorrilla, Bécquer, Rosalía de Castro, Galdós, Unamuno, Lorca, Sastre, Cela, Celaya, de Otero, Rosa Montero.
  • 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.
  • CAS LS 457: Twentieth Century Spanish American Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    Representative literary works written in Spanish America during the twentieth century. Special attention to the relationship between modernity and identity, and the connection of literature with other cultural expressions, particularly film.