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. Two topics are offered for Fall 2017. Section A1: Translation Strategies: Viaje entre culturas. Examines the practice of transferring meaning from and into Spanish through a wide variety of texts and mediums. Students develop language skills and cultural awareness by exploring literary, technical, legal, and audiovisual texts. Section B1: 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. 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. Three topics are offered Fall 2017. Section A1: Representations of the Spanish Civil War through Literature, Film and the Arts. Why does the Spanish Civil War continue to haunt us? In this advanced course of Spanish language we carefully analyze literary, filmic, and artistic productions from the Spanish Civil War and the Franco Regime to unveil its underlying reasons. Section B1: Contar el crimen en Hispanoamerica. An intensive writing and conversation course that explores crime in the Spanish-speaking world through a variety of genres including short stories, theater, film and popular music. Section C1: 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. Two topics are offered Fall 2017. Section A1: Politics, Passion, and Prayer in Latin American Film. An advanced language course, aimed at refining students' oral and written proficiency through the analysis of film, especially the ways in which Latin American directors represent political crisis, romantic and familial relationships, and spiritual belief. Section B1: Gender, Sexuality, Culture, and Power in Spanish-Speaking Film. Combines oral and written proficiency, basic methods for film analysis, and examines how discourses on gender identity and sexuality intersect with structures of power in specific contemporary cultural contexts.
  • 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 2017: Spanish for the Medical Professional. Focus on communication skills and cultural sensitivity in a medical setting, including medical and family history, current symptoms, and treatments.
  • 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 2017: Spanish through Performance. Through scene-writing, drama exercises, improvisations and performances in Spanish, students develop communicative skills while consolidating grammar, building vocabulary, and working on pronunciation and intonation, and develop their cultural awareness by performing in situations from everyday life 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 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.
    Topic for Fall 2017: Moving across Borders: Contemporary Mexican Literature and Film. Study of Mexican literature and film by exploring the concept of "borders" in geographical, psychic, and symbolic terms. Topics include but are not limited to: the US-Mexico border; the rural/urban divide, and the liminality between gender, class, and racial constructions. Taught in Spanish.
  • 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, Galdos, Unamuno, Lorca, Vazquez Montalban.
  • 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.
    A linguistic approach to medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque writers. Dynamic interaction between literature and the development of the Spanish language. Focus on crucial moments in Spain's cultural and linguistic history.
  • 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.