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. Topic for Fall 2022: Techniques of Literary Translation. Practice in the translation--from and into Spanish--of different forms of literary prose and poetry including novels, short stories, speeches, plays, song lyrics and children's literature. Students also read insightful 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. Four topics are offered in Fall 2022. Section A1: Sailing with Darwin to Patagonia & Beyond. Explores Darwin's experiences, observations, and discoveries during his voyage to South America aboard the Beagle in 1831. We use Darwin's diary to map his trajectory, yet focus on original works written by naturalists, scientists, and authors of fiction. Section B1: What Makes Spaniards Laugh? Would you like to get the joke in Spanish or even try your hand at crafting one? Would you like to explore Spanish culture through humor and see how it differs from yours? Come delve into contemporary Spain through comedy! Section C1: Section closed. Will be opened if all other LS 307 sections fill to capacity. 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 in Fall 2022. Section A1: Violence and Humor in Telenovelas and Latin American Cinema This course explores the themes of violence and humor through the lens of telenovelas and Latin American films. We examine the different definitions of "violence" and how humor makes us reflect on contemporary issues pertaining to Latin America. Section B1: Visibilizando a los invisibles. Explores Hispanic film searching to give visibility to people that are or have often been marginalized. This cinematic approach gives us the opportunity to shed light on global issues and challenge society's hierarchical power structures. Section C1: Women in Latin American Cinema: Intercultural Connections and Contrasts with Hollywood Productions. These Latin American films explore feminine perspectives over the past fifty years and how women have viewed their role and identity, both as directors and actresses. The films also seek to highlight intercultural connections and contrasts with Hollywood productions. 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.
    Two topics are offered in Fall 2022. Section A1: Readings from modern Spanish literature in its social and historical contexts. Section B1: Readings from modern Spanish literature in its social and historical contexts.
  • 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 Fall 2022. Section A1: Music, dance, literature, and film connected through readings and exposure to performances. Critical analysis, stories of immigration and crime are integrated into an exploration of Buenos Aires urban culture. Section B1: Jorge Luis Borges: Fiction, Sight, and the Visible. An exploration of how Jorge Luis Borges's short stories and poetry disrupt conventional approaches to literary visuality while considering the author's complex relationship with blindness. Readings and discussion about both critical blindness studies and the literary theories of Macedonio Fernandez. Section C1: Representations of Poverty and Marginality in Latin American Literature: A Survey. Examines the mutual conditioning of epistemological understandings and literary/filmic representations of poverty in Latin America from the early national period through the present time. 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 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.
  • CAS LS 492: 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.