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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • 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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LS 123: First-Year Spanish
    For beginners only. Intensive equivalent of one year of college Spanish. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • 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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • 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. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LS 306: Spanish Through Translation
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 212; or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement testresults.
    Not open to students for whom Spanish is a first language. 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 in Fall 2021. Section A1: Techniques of Literary Translation. Practice in the translation -- from and into Spanish -- of different forms of literary prose and poetry. Students expand their language skills and reflect on the complexity of linguistic and cultural transfer though translating excerpts from novels, short stories, poems, letters, speeches, plays, song lyrics, and children's literature, and through reading essays by leading theorists of translation. Section B1: Translation of Cultural Production. Practice in the translation -- from and into Spanish -- of popular and literary texts. Students expand their language skills and reflect on linguistic and cultural transfer though translating excerpts from popular and literary culture including novels, poems, comics, television, folklore, song lyrics, and children's literature, and through reading essays by leading translation theorists. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing- Intensive Course, Oral and/or Signed Communication. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • CAS LS 307: Spanish Through Literature and the Arts
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 212; or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement testresults.
    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 and society. Several sections are offered in Fall 2021. Section A1: Sailing with Darwin to Patagonia & Beyond. Explores Charles Darwin's experiences, observations, and discoveries during his voyage to South America aboard the Beagle in 1831. Uses Darwin's diary to map his trajectory, yet focus on works written by naturalists, scientists, and authors of fiction. Section B1: TBA, pending sufficient enrollment. Section C1: Short Stories & Graphic Novels From the Hispanic World. In this advanced course of Spanish language, students analyze short stories and graphic novels from the Hispanic World to expand their linguistic and cultural competencies. They explore the elements of narrative and craft a detective story to illustrate this genre. Section D1: Visual Creations in the Hispanic World. In this advanced course of Spanish language, we analyze and discuss works of art, including paintings, street art, sculptures, architecture, and film from the Hispanic World with an emphasis on the thematic and cultural messages contained within them. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-Intensive Course, Oral and/or Signed Communication. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • CAS LS 308: Spanish Through Film and New Media
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Prereq: CAS LS 212; or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement testresults.
    Advanced study of the Spanish language through the analysis of films and media of the Spanish- speaking world: cinema, the internet, and social media. Three topics are offered Fall 2021. Section A1: A Cinematic Representation of Latin America in a Global World. Explores Latin America's relationship with the rest of the world through an analysis of films and documentaries covering the Spanish colonization; economic, political and cultural connections; global environmental issues; and migratory flows from Latin America to the US. Section B1: Seeking Home: Identity, Belonging, and the Meaning of Community in Contemporary Latin American Film. From Mexico to Argentina, from remote areas to urban spaces, from a family to a street gang, this course explores the nuances of personal and collective identities through the meanings of origin and belonging in Hispanic cinema. Section C1: The Caribbean Reality through the Cinematic Lens. This course explores past and present realities of Caribbean society through film and documentaries. Examines how poverty, population displacement, emigration, and tourism have affected communities. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-Intensive Course, Oral and/or Signed Communication. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • CAS LS 309: Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120). Not open to students who have completed any 300- level Spanish Language course.
    Designed for heritage speakers who have lived part of their lives in Spanish-speaking settings (including Spanish-speaking households in the U.S.), who speak at an advanced level, and who wish to strengthen their reading and writing skills while exploring Hispanic cultures. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-Intensive Course.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • 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. Transition to advanced study of Spanish as used in the health and business world. Analysis and discussion of intercultural professional communication, acquisition of specialized vocabulary, and interpretation of authentic materials in the context of the healthcare and business professions. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Oral and/or Signed 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.
    Invites students to tap into their creative, playful and risk- taking selves to gain more confidence, fluency and expressiveness in their communicative skills in Spanish, while exploring Spanish drama from the point of view of an actor, director and playwright. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Oral and/or Signed Communication, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • 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. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • 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.
    Topic for Fall 2020: Lives & Letters. The history and culture of the letter in Spanish. Its uses in biography, and as a medium for poetry, narrative, and self-reflection. Selections from the letters of modern writers, readings on epistolography, research projects involving correspondence.
  • CAS LS 452: Topics in Latin America Literature and Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    Provides new and contemporary perspectives on Latin American literature and culture. Can focus on some specific works through their connection to avant- garde movements, questions of identity and politics, media and the arts, canonical and marginal authors. Three topics are offered in Fall 2021. Section A1: Conquistadors & Castaways in Colonial Latin American Literature. Explores the textual production that emerged in the context of Iberian expansion to the Americas, emphasizing the tension between hegemonic imperial discourse and the myriad counter-discourses it elicited. Section B1: Truth? An exploration of Borges's work. Hoaxes, imaginary worlds and animals, secret societies, false authors, fake attributions are explored through reading, photography, and film. Posing questions, critical readings and creative writing are practiced throughout the course. Section C1: Masters of the Modern Mesoamerican Short Story. Close reading of representative short stories by distinguished 20th- century Mexican, Guatemalan, and Salvadoran writers, including Juan Rulfo, Juan Jose Arreola, Rosario Castellanos, Augusto Monterroso, Miguel Angel Asturias, Salarrue, and Alvaro Menendez Leal. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Aesthetic Exploration, Critical Thinking.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Critical Thinking
  • 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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness, Critical Thinking.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS LS 456: Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350; and First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., CAS WR 100 or WR 120).
    A literary and cultural approach to Iberian writers of the medieval and early modern periods. Explores interactions between the literary production of Christians, Jews, and Muslims and their diverse linguistic, historical, and cultural contexts. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Aesthetic Exploration .
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • 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. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Critical Thinking.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS LS 491: Directed Study: Spanish
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Academic Advising, 100 Bay State Rd., Room 401.
    Application form available in CAS Academic Advising.