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 121: First-Semester Spanish for Reading
    For beginners. Contrastive study of Spanish and English spelling and pronunciation. Fundamentals of Spanish grammar. Techniques of vocabulary building: cognate recognition and morphology. Reading, translation, and discussion of short literary and cultural texts written primarily in the present tense. If CAS LS 111 or a more advanced Spanish course has been completed, this course cannot be taken for credit.
  • CAS LS 122: Second-Semester Spanish for Reading
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 121 or CAS LS 111; or placement test results.
    Completes study of basic grammatical structures with emphasis on contrastive analysis of Spanish and English verb tenses. Expansion of vocabulary. Listening comprehension exercises. Reading of poetry and narrative and expository prose. Compositions on cultural topics.
  • 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 221: Third-Semester Spanish for Reading
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 122 or CAS LS 112; or placement test results.
    Intensive review of grammatical structures. Focus on idiomatic usage. Expansion of reading materials to theatre, art criticism, more complex narratives, and short periodical articles. Viewing and discussion of films. Weekly written translation assignments. (Students intending to take one of the 300-level Spanish Language courses must take LS 211 and not LS 221.)
  • 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 250: The Novelistic Tradition in the Hispanic World (in English translation)
    Starting with Lazarillo de Tormes and Cervantes' Don Quixote, the course explores how the novel was born, has evolved, and flourishes today in the Spanish-speaking world. Authors include Galdós, Rulfo, García Marquez, and Cortázar. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • 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 305: Topics in Language and Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 303; or placement examination results.
    Topics vary.
  • CAS LS 306: Translation
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 212; or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement test results.
    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 2013, Sections A1, A2: Spanish Writers on Translation. Topic for Spring 2014: Techniques of Literary Translation. Practice in the translation--from and into Spanish--of different forms of literary prose and poetry. Taught in Spanish. Not open to students for whom Spanish is a first language. Students may not take CAS LS 306 more than once for credit.
  • 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. Advanced study of the Spanish language through the analysis of literature in its relations to the arts: music, painting, dance, performance. Students may not take CAS LS 307 more than once for credit. Three topics are offered Fall 2013. Topic for Section A1: Spanish as Performance. Study of the Spanish language through the production of a play, Federico Garcia Lorca's La zapatera prodigiosa. Rehearsal and discussion of the work with weekly written assignments on different aspects of the play, its characters, its broad themes. 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 Sections C1, C2: Short Stories from the Hispanic World. The short story as a vehicle of Hispanic culture. Elements and language of story-telling. Three topics are offered for Spring 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 Sections B1 and B2: 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. Topic for Section C1: Letters and Lives. Advanced Spanish language through exploration of forms of autobiographical writing, especially the letter, in life and literature. Discussions, writing exercises examine the letter as a window onto culture and politics in Latin America.
  • 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. 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. Two topics are offered Fall 2013. Section A1: Women, War, and Violence in Spanish Film and Literature. Topic for Sections A2: Fiction into Film. Spanish language through Spanish and Latin American narrative and film. One topic is offered Spring 2014. Topic for Section A1 and A2: Politics, Passion, and Prayer in Latin American Film. Language study focused on analyzing how films from a region stereotypically known for dictatorships, telenovelas, and religiosity represent the individual subject and his/her relationship to the state, the beloved, and the spirit. Students may not take CAS LS 308 more than once for credit.
  • CAS LS 309: Composition for Native Speakers of Spanish
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Open only to native speakers of Spanish. Not open to students who have completed CAS LS 303 or 304.
    Emphasis on written and oral skills. Contemporary literary and cultural texts used as the basis for class discussions and written exercises.
  • 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.
    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 2013: The Language of Business. Cultural and linguistic competence in business-oriented settings. Topic for Spring 2014: TBA. Not open to students for whom Spanish is a first language. Students may not take CAS LS 310 more than once for credit.
  • CAS LS 350: Introduction to Analysis of Hispanic Texts
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 303; 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.