Spanish : Courses

SPA 101 Elementary Spanish 1st Semester

Credits: 5
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
For students who have never had Spanish or had one year or less in high school. Reviews fundamentals of Spanish pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar; emphasizes oral proficiency.

SPA 102 Elementary Spanish 2nd Semester

Credits: 5
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Pre-requisite: SPA 101
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
For students who have never had Spanish or had one year or less in high school. Reviews fundamentals of Spanish pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar; emphasizes oral proficiency.

SPA 104 Transitional Elementary Spanish

Credits: 5
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A one-semester review course for students who have taken the Regents' exams or have had previous experience with Spanish, but who are not yet able to go into the second year of language study. Involves all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and, to some extent, writing), emphasizing grammatical structures and vocabulary fundamentals of simple, everyday conversation.

SPA 151 Intermediate Spanish 1st Semester

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Reviews grammar and pronunciation, structured around extensive conversation practice. Also involves vocabulary expansion through literary and nonliterary readings.

SPA 152 Intermediate Spanish 2nd Semester

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Pre-requisite: SPA 151
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Reviews grammar and pronunciation, structured around extensive conversation practice. Also involves vocabulary expansion through literary and nonliterary readings.

SPA 154 Intensive Intermediate Spanish

Credits: 5
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A one-semester accelerated review of grammar and pronunciation structured around extensive conversation and writing practice. Covers, in one semester, the material offered in SPA 151-SPA 152.

SPA 171 Elementary Spanish for Heritage Speakers I

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Provides intensive practice in basic grammatical patterns, and encourages vocabulary expansion through reading and writing in the target language. Teaches standard Spanish to students who learned Spanish at home but have little or no formal instruction in the language. SPA 171 satisfies the proficiency requirement for general education. Students who need a fourth semester of a foreign language must continue with SPA 241.

SPA 172 Elementary Spanish for Heritage Speakers II

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Provides intensive practice in basic grammatical patterns, and encourages vocabulary expansion through reading and writing in the target language. Teaches standard Spanish to students who learned Spanish at home but have little or no formal instruction in the language. SPA 171 satisfies the proficiency requirement for general education. Students who need a fourth semester of a foreign language must continue with SPA 241.

SPA 207 Spanish Conversation and Composition

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Involves oral communication and development of writing skills in Spanish, intensive conversation, and writing of themes on contemporary topics. Requires oral participation.

SPA 208 Spanish Conversation and Composition

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Involves oral communication and development of writing skills in Spanish, intensive conversation, and writing of themes on contemporary topics. Requires oral participation.

SPA 210 How to Read a Spanish Text

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Develops students' ability to analyze a piece of Spanish literature; considers prose and poetry from Peninsular Spanish and/or Spanish American literature.

SPA 215 Intermediate Review of Spanish Grammar

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Reviews troublesome grammatical points through oral and written exercises; requires oral participation.

SPA 216 Hispanic Civilization

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Strengthens the student's knowledge of twentieth-century Hispanic cultures and civilizations and improves the student's command of spoken and written Spanish. Examines some of the major events and trends of the twentieth century that are helpful in understanding the contemporary scene, including the Mexican Revolution, the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, World Wars I and II, the Spanish Civil War, the ascent of the United States as a global power, and the phenomena of neocolonialism and dependency in developing countries. Emphasizes contemporary issues and movements (from 1972 to the present) relevant to Hispanics in the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Spain, and South America. Gives students the opportunity to learn how to access cultural information on the Internet. Taught in Spanish.

SPA 221 Spanish Conversation Through Film

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)

SPA 225 Spanish Language Through Theatre

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Involves reading and discussion of Spanish and Spanish American plays; emphasizes improvement of oral and written expression in Spanish.

SPA 301 Survey of Spanish Literature: Middle Ages to Seventeenth Century

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies the early history of Spanish literature, from its roots in Mozarabe and the oral tradition to the Golden Age of Spanish baroque drama, verse, and prose. Emphasizes the development of literature in its socio-historical context, as well as its relation to the history of the language.

SPA 302 Survey of Spanish Literature: Eighteenth Century to Present

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces the student to the major cultural trends and some important literary works of modern Spanish literature. Class lectures present general background information on the artistic movements, philosophical vogues, and historical events that have directly contributed to the course of Spanish literature of the past three centuries. We read and discuss works by such authors as Bécquer, Galdós, Pardo Bazán, Unamuno, Lorca, Cela, and Martín Gaite.

SPA 303 Romanticism and Realism in Spain

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines historic and aesthetic backgrounds of, and conducts literary analysis of, some representative works of the romantic and antiromantic (realist) movements in nineteenth-century Spain.

SPA 304 Early Spanish American Literature

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Covers works from the time of the encounter between Spain and the Americas, as well as from the colonial period. Study of texts emphasizes cultural and historical issues.

SPA 305 Spanish Literature of the Middle Ages

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines the literature and culture of the Spanish Middle Ages, from the origins of the language to the unification of the peninsula under the Catholic kings.

SPA 310 Introduction to Literary Criticism

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces salient features of various critical methods, including their application to novels, plays, and poetry from Peninsular Spanish and/or Spanish American literature.

SPA 311 Survey of Spanish American Literature

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Reviews Spanish American literature from the earliest times to the present.

SPA 313 Advanced Grammar

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines grammatical categories of Spanish; provides extensive oral and written practice.

SPA 314 Advanced Composition and Conversation

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Develops advanced grammatical and writing skills through literary and nonliterary translations from English to Spanish and vice versa. LEC

SPA 317 Spanish Literature of the Golden Age

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Golden Age of Spanish culture refers to the period stretching roughly from the end of the sixteenth to the beginning of the seventeenth centuries, a time identified by many historians and scholars today as the dawn of the modern age. Examines this "early modernity" through careful attention to the works of such authors as Miguel de Cervantes, Francisco de Quevedo, Lope de Vega, and Calderón de la Barca.

SPA 320 Contemporary Spanish American Literature

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies the principal characteristics of contemporary Spanish American literature, centered in the analysis of poems and short stories.

SPA 323 Business Spanish

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Addresses Spanish for the business world. Topics include correspondence, commercial terminology, readings, occasional translation of articles on financial subjects, discussions of documents, business customs, and practice in practical application. Requires oral participation.

SPA 325 Phonetics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Covers theory and practice of Spanish pronunciation; helps students develop near-native pronunciation.

SPA 327 Spanish Culture and Civilization

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines the history, geography, art, architecture, music, cuisine, and customs of Spain.

SPA 328 Spanish American Culture and Civilization

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines the history, geography, art, architecture, music, and cuisine of Spanish America.

SPA 330 Spanish American Themes

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines some of the most important themes in Spanish American life through selected readings (The Indian, Emancipation and Revolution, Country and City, Education: The University Reform of 1918), music, song, and dance. Most readings that illustrate the themes are literary works but their content deals with historical, political, sociological, anthropological, educational, and artistic matters.

SPA 333 Intensive Communicative Spanish Abroad

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Provides intensive oral and written practice in Spanish for participants in the department's summer program at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

SPA 350 Topics in Spanish American Short Story

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Involves studying theories on the short story and their application to selected works of Isabel Allende, Juan José Arreola, María Luisa Bombal, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, Horacio Quiroga, Juan Rulfo, Arturo Uslar Pietri, and others. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 360 Spanish American Literature in Translation

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies English versions of major works by Spanish American authors.

SPA 361 Spanish Literature in Translation

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies English versions of major works by Spanish authors.

SPA 382 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Theory

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines second language acquisition (SLA) from a variety of vantage points. Explores the factors that affect learning a second language (e.g. age, native language, environment, goals, and learner strategies), and outlines the succession of theories about how people acquire a second language. Students survey and share some of the relevant research literature on an SLA issue that interests them. Further, students engage in and reflect upon a practical observation or tutoring session.

SPA 405 The Quijote

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces students to questions of life, literature, and art in the time of Cervantes and to the meaning these problems can have for us today. Stresses the importance of genre as a means of interpretation. Gives attention to how modern feminist studies impact the experience of reading and understanding a literary text.

SPA 406 Early Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines historic and aesthetic backgrounds and selected readings of the works of Unamuno, Valle-Inclán, Azorín, Baroja, A. Machado, and others. Treats all literary genres (poetry, drama, novel). Gives special emphasis to the theme of Spain, its history, and its myths as they were recreated by these writers.

SPA 407 Contemporary Literature of Spain

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies main trends and analyzes some of the most significant works written in Spain after 1936. Includes all genres (poetry, novel, and drama).

SPA 408 History of Spanish Cinema

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces Spanish film history, including renowned directors, the current scene, and the principles of film theory. Accompanying readings deal with cinema as an integral part of Spanish cultural heritage. Class discussions are conducted in Spanish.

SPA 409 Age of Lorca

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Centered on García Lorca's poetry and theatre, the course deals with one of the most important poetic groups in Hispanic letters and in twentieth-century European literature: the so-called Generation of 1927 (Lorca, Salinas, Guillén, Diego, Alexandre, Alberti, and Cernuda). Studies several important avant-garde movements, such as surrealism, as well as currents in the contemporary period.

SPA 410 Spanish Women Writers

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
An examination of women writers in Spain from Early Modernity to the present, including poetry, fiction, plays, and essays, as well as cultural texts illustrating the effect of gender roles.

SPA 411 Spanish American Novel

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Even though many critics agree that the Spanish American novel dates back to 1816, this course focuses on novels published between 1955 and 1990. Examines representative texts of what has been termed the New Novel. Explores some of the main themes in the works (dictatorship, revolution, love, death, and writing) and looks closely at narrative technique. Writers include Allende, Cortázar, Ferré, Fuentes, García Márquez, Puig, and Rulfo.

SPA 413 Grammar: Writing and Translation

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Develops advanced grammatical and writing skills through literary and nonliterary translations from English to Spanish and vice versa.

SPA 415 Spanish American Poetry

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Reviews the poetic production of Spanish America. Emphasis on period varies. Readings may be selected from baroque and romantic poetry, modernism, the avant-garde, and contemporary poetry.

SPA 416 Spanish American Theatre

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Students read and analyze ten plays while examining the following literary movements: realism, vanguardism, the Theatre of the Absurd, metatheatre, and postmodernism. Students use their Spanish speaking skills, as class participation is strongly encouraged.

SPA 421 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces the fundamentals of Spanish phonology, morphology, syntax, and historical and dialectal variation.

SPA 422 History of the Spanish Language

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies the evolution of Spanish from its origin as a local variety of the Latin spoken in the Iberian Peninsula to its contemporary manifestation as a web of dialects spoken in Spain and the Americas.

SPA 423 Cervantes: Novel and Drama

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Focuses on Cervantes' dramatic and shorter prose works, including the Novelas Ejemplares, the Comedias, and the Entremeses.

SPA 444 Special Topics Abroad

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines Spanish civilization, including history, geography, literature, art, and culture. For participants in the department's summer program at the University of Salamanca.

SPA 449 Special Topics I

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
An independent study course with variable content. Open only to students who have taken at least two courses at the 300/400 level.

SPA 450 Special Topics II

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
An independent study course with variable content. Open only to students who have taken at least two courses at the 300/400 level.

SPA 451 CatalÁN

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines modern Catalán syntax; utilizes readings in contemporary fiction and poetry. For those familiar with the grammar of another Romance language. Requires oral participation.

SPA 452 Special Topics III

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
An independent study course with variable content. Open only to students who have taken at least two courses at the 300/400 level.

SPA 455 Spanish Phonology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores the sound system of contemporary Spanish; provides theoretical and descriptive treatments.

SPA 456 Spanish Syntax

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines Spanish sentence structure in its relation to semantic structure.

SPA 488 Undergraduate Literature Seminar Abroad

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines major figures, works, and/or movements in Spanish literature; for participants in the department's summer program at the University of Salamanca.

SPA 496 Internship/Practicum

Credits: 1 - 6
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Hands-on experience in language and cultural studies at institutions and community organizations in the Western New York area.

SPA 498 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

Credits: 1 - 6
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing faculty research project or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member.

SPA 499 Independent Study

Credits: 1 - 12
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Open only to students who have taken at least two courses at the 300/400 level and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their Spanish major or minor. Students must design a course of study they want to undertake in one semester. They choose a professor whose area of expertise most closely approximates their topic and must consult with the professor prior to registering for the course. The topic must not duplicate the content of a regular course.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:18 EST