Fall 2020 Courses
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 Elena González Ros who will give them additional information.
- For more information about level placement, enrollment in ROMS courses, or the language requirement, please visit our FAQs page.
(1) M,W,Th,F 9:00–9:50, Sewick
(2) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50; F 12:30–1:20, 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.
(1) M,T,W,Th 10:00–10:50, Gould
(2) M,T,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Gould
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, Mederos
(2) M,T,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Turpin
(3) M,T,W,Th 10:00–10:50, Turpin
(4) M,T,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Turpin
(5) M,T,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Gould
Students in HISP 32 will bring their proficiency up to an intermediate level. All skills will be practiced with a focus on developing oral communication. Themes will include familiar topics in the context of the Spanish-speaking world.
(1) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Mederos
(2) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50; F 12:30–1:20, Mederos
Students in Hisp34 will bring their proficiency up to an intermediate level. All skills will be practiced with an emphasis on developing intercultural competence. Themes will include familiar topics in the context of the Spanish-speaking world.
*HISP classes listed below (104 and above) are conducted in Spanish, unless otherwise noted.*
Participants will expand their language skills in Spanish while deepening their understanding of Hispanic cultures. Students will explore how their identity and those of others is expressed through language, images, and cultural practices.
Students will continue to improve their oral proficiency in Spanish and work towards improved fluency and communication. They will use Spanish in a variety of real-world speaking tasks that prepare them to communicate in personal, professional, and academic settings. An exploration of historical and present-day Latin America, Spain, and the Caribbean will contextualize language learning and invite students to make connections to their own lives: How does society shape the decisions that people make? How does historical context help us better understand the lives of marginalized peoples? How can we empathetically defend the decisions that other people make?
(1) M,W 2:00–3:20, Ospina León
(2) M,W 3:30–4:50, Reyes de Deu
Students will develop their writing skills in order to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and for different audiences. Examples may include creative, professional, and academic texts.
Upper-Level Courses (above HISP 108)
Examines key Latin American texts of different genres (poems, short stories and excerpts from novels, chronicles, comics, screenplays, cyberfiction) and from different time periods from the conquest to modernity. This class places emphasis on problems of cultural definition and identity construction as they are elaborated in literary discourse. Identifying major themes (coloniality and emancipation, modernismo and modernity, indigenismo, hybridity and mestizaje, nationalisms, Pan-Americanism, etc.) we will trace continuities and ruptures throughout Latin American intellectual history.
[DEIS-US, DJW, cross-listed with ENG, LALS, & WGS]
This course explores the theoretical frameworks and literary productions of feminisms developed by Latina/xs. It introduces students to a diversity of backgrounds and experiences (Chicana, Dominican American, Cuban American, Salvadoran American, and Puerto Rican authors) as well as a variety of genres (i.e. fiction, poetry, short stories, drama). Using intersectionality as a theoretical tool for analyzing oppressions, students will explore the complex politics of gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, and race in the lives of Latina/xs. They will also explore Latina/x feminists’ theoretical and/or practical attempts to transcend socially-constructed categories of identity, while acknowledging existing material inequalities.
(1) M,W 3:30–4:50, Ospina León
This course introduces students to debates on race, class, and gender and how these relate to Latin American identity. We will look at literary texts, some artworks and film, in order to explore identitary issues across the region. We will consider historical, cultural, and social factors shaping the texts under study. Through textual analysis, we will hone our reading and interpretative skills, as well as our skills in oral and written communication. Authors include: Juan Francisco Manzano, José Martí, Isabel Allende, Sergio Vodanovic, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and Manuel Puig, among others.
(1) T,F 12:30–1:50, Ospina León
This course offers an advanced introduction to the history of Latin American cinema and film culture. With a comparative approach, we will study cinema’s capacity to motivate political reflection, build modern identities, and shape public discourse in a region rife with social inequality. Travelling across regions and époques, we will cover six cinematic periods: Contemporary Cinema, New Latin American Cinema, Art Cinema, Neorealism, Studio Cinema, and Silent Cinema. We will pay attention to the historical and sociopolitical contexts films spring from and reflect upon. We will also develop the critical tools and learn basic theoretical tenets for the study of moving images. Therefore, we will pay attention to film-style (camera movement, mise-en-scène, lighting, editing, sound, genre) and consider the film culture surrounding specific films.
Required for Hispanic Studies majors, but open to minors and other programs. This seminar and writing workshop will accompany the student in choosing the topic for and developing, researching, and writing an original capstone project. We will use a mix of practical and conceptual tools to facilitate this path. We will also study and discuss cultural material (such as short texts, films, etc.) in order to revisit a number of topics and problems central to Hispanic Studies, particularly when it pertains to the students' paper topics. The class will be strongly shaped by students' own previous and developing interests.
Cross-Listed in Hispanic Studies
(1) M,W,Th 9:00–9:50, Burt/Dowden
How do you turn catastrophe into art - and why? This first-year seminar in the humanities addresses such elemental questions, especially those centering on love and death. How does literature catch hold of catastrophic experiences and make them intelligible or even beautiful? Should misery even be beautiful? By exploring the tragic tradition in literature across many eras, cultures, genres, and languages, this course looks for basic patterns.