Please see the Registrar's Schedule of Classes for schedule information.
All students need a consent code to enroll in Spanish Language Courses (HISP 10-108).
- Students currently enrolled in HISP language courses (HISP 10-105) will receive instructions about consent code distribution before the beginning of registration.
- All others should email Professor Elena González Ros, director of the Spanish language program, as soon as possible with a description of their background in Spanish, including classes taken, standardized test scores, and/or other exposure to the language. She will reply with further instructions about obtaining a consent code for the appropriate language course.
- Heritage speakers (those who grew up speaking Spanish) should also describe their language background in an email to Professor González Ros who will give them additional information.
Spring 2019 Courses
(1) M,W,Th,F 9:00–9:50, Sewick
For students who have had no previous study of Spanish. An introduction to the Spanish language and culture, this course focuses on the acquisition of effective communication skills in Spanish and cultural awareness. Students will actively speak, write, listen and read in the target language. A variety of media and texts relating to authentic familiar topics will be used. Active participation is essential.
(2) M,T,W,Th 10:00–10:50, González Ros
(3) M,T,W,Th 11:00–11:50, González Ros
For students with some previous study of Spanish. Students will continue the development of all language skills (speaking, reading, listening, writing and culture) using a variety of media and texts relating to authentic familiar topics. The focus of the class is to communicate effectively and to learn more about the culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Active participation is essential.
(1) M,W,Th,F 9:00–9:50, Chilelli
(2) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Mederos
(3) M,T,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Burstin
(4) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50; F 12:30–1:20, Chilelli
(5) M,T,W,Th 9:00–9:50, Burstin
This course focuses on the development of oral expression and conversational skills in the context of a continuing development of linguistic competence in Spanish.
(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50; F 12:30–1:20, Mederos
Topics or themes from Hispanic cultures are the context for continuing development of linguistic competence in Spanish.
(1) M,W,Th 10:00–10:50, Burstin
(2) M,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Turpin
Participants will expand their skills in Spanish while deepening their understanding of Hispanic cultures. Focuses on aspects of the history and ideas that shape today’s Spanish-speaking world, from its peninsular origins to the realities of Spanish-speakers in the Americas.
(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Sewick
(2) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Sewick
Students learn to communicate effectively in Spanish through class discussions, oral and written exercises, presentations, literary and cultural readings, film, and explorations of the mass media. Emphasis on improvement of oral and written fluency, and the continued acquisition of vocabulary and grammar structures.
(1) M,W,Th 10:00–10:50, Turpin
(2) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Turpin
Focuses on written communication and the improvement of writing skills including the development of ideas, outlining, and editing. Literary selections are used to help students to continue focusing on language—vocabulary, structures, and elements of texts; they serve as topics for class discussion and writing as well as an introduction to the principles of literary analysis.
(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Mederos
Consent code required (please see instructions above).
Designed specifically for students who grew up speaking Spanish and who would like to enhance existing language skills while developing higher levels of academic proficiency. Assignments are geared toward developing skills in reading, writing, and critical thinking about U.S. Latin@s and the Spanish-speaking world. Students may use this course to fulfill the foreign language requirement.
(1) M,W 2:00–3:20, Rosenberg
Examines a broad variety of Latin American texts of different genres (essays, poems, short stories, and chronicles) and from different time periods from the European conquest to modern and contemporary Latin America, placed within the context of global trends. We will discuss key cultural problems (indigenous cultures, hybridity and mestizaje; coloniality and emancipation; modernity, nationalisms, Pan-Americanism, globalization, etc.). Topics such as gender and race will be discussed throughout the semester, tracing continuities and ruptures throughout Latin American intellectual history.
(1) T,Th 2:00–3:20, Arellano
Explores the role of the monstrous and the creaturely in Latin American and Latinx genre cinema, literary fiction, visual and performance art, and biomedia. We pay particular attention to the ways in which Latin American and Latinx monsters reflect and wrestle with systems of racial inequality, ethnic and sexual difference, and the rise of new technologies on the peripheries of global capitalism. Taught in English.
(1) M,W 5:00–6:20, Rosenberg
We will study films from two pivotal periods of film production, both of which were considered "new waves" of Latin American cinema, and acquired global circulation. On the one hand, the new cinemas of the 1960s and 1970s, which introduced formal experimentation to accompany radical political change, movements of revolutionary insurrection and/or postcolonial emancipation. On the other hand, the film boom of the 1990s and 2000s, in which we find aesthetic experimentation in contentious dialogue with new economies marked by neoliberal policies and market globalization. We will watch at least one film per week, often two; talk of film theory and techniques; and try to understand some global trends as they are portrayed in film.
Topic spring 2019: Clarín’s La Regenta as a Sociocultural Map of Nineteenth-Century Spain
Leopoldo Alas’s La Regenta is considered to be the most important nineteenth-century Spanish novel and, after Cervantes’ Don Quijote, the second-best Spanish novel ever. It has everything: love, sex, adultery, gun fights, sin, organized religion and religious politics, commerce and conversion, a plethora of detail that portrays the sociocultural and intellectual landscape of late nineteenth-century Spain. Our reading will take into account the story that Alas tells and the way that he tells it as well as the ways that the novel allows us to engage with different theories of literature and culture. In addition, we’ll discuss Fernando Méndez-Leite’s televisual version of La Regenta as it adapts and departs from the written text.