Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Spanish - Courses

SPA 101 Elementary Spanish 1st Semester
Spanish

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.

Credits: 5
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 102 Elementary Spanish 2nd Semester
Spanish

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.

Credits: 5
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: SPA 101



SPA 104 Transitional Elementary Spanish
Spanish

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.

Credits: 5
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 151 Intermediate Spanish 1st Semester
Spanish

Reviews grammar and pronunciation, structured around extensive conversation practice. Also involves vocabulary expansion through literary and nonliterary readings.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 152 Intermediate Spanish 2nd Semester
Spanish

Reviews grammar and pronunciation, structured around extensive conversation practice. Also involves vocabulary expansion through literary and nonliterary readings.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: SPA 151


SPA 154 Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Spanish

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.

Credits: 5
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 171 Elementary Spanish for Heritage Speakers I
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 172 Elementary Spanish for Heritage Speakers II
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 207 Spanish Conversation and Composition
Spanish

Involves oral communication and development of writing skills in Spanish, intensive conversation, and writing of themes on contemporary topics. Requires oral participation.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 208 Spanish Conversation and Composition
Spanish

Involves oral communication and development of writing skills in Spanish, intensive conversation, and writing of themes on contemporary topics. Requires oral participation.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 210 How to Read a Spanish Text
Spanish

Develops students' ability to analyze a piece of Spanish literature; considers prose and poetry from Peninsular Spanish and/or Spanish American literature.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 215 Intermediate Review of Spanish Grammar
Spanish

Reviews troublesome grammatical points through oral and written exercises; requires oral participation.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 216 Hispanic Civilization
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 221 Spanish Conversation through Film
Spanish

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 225 Spanish Language Through Theatre
Spanish

Involves reading and discussion of Spanish and Spanish American plays; emphasizes improvement of oral and written expression in Spanish.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 302 Survey of Spanish Literature: Eighteenth Century to Present
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 303 Romanticism and Realism in Spain
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 304 Early Spanish American Literature
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 305 Spanish Literature of the Middle Ages
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 310 Introduction to Literary Criticism
Spanish

Introduces salient features of various critical methods, including their application to novels, plays, and poetry from Peninsular Spanish and/or Spanish American literature.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 311 Survey of Spanish American Literature
Spanish

Reviews Spanish American literature from the earliest times to the present.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 313 Advanced Grammar
Spanish

Examines grammatical categories of Spanish; provides extensive oral and written practice.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 314 Advanced Communication for Students of Spanish
Spanish

This course functions as a workshop where students strengthen knowledge and skills necessary for communication in fields and world regions where the Spanish language is used. They learn to apply productive communicative processes (including revision) necessary for written work and presentations, describe the conventions they use, and make effective arguments in varied contexts. Students also refine their use of Spanish, and they cultivate a heightened sense of cross-cultural awareness. Similarly they reflect on the usefulness of communication technologies (including formal writing) as tools for critical thought while they learn to use the language more carefully and purposefully. By the end of the course, students will be more thoroughly prepared to communicate, including in Spanish, as well as articulate their own relationship to various genres, registers, and forms of communication. At least 75% of the class involves work in Spanish.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: ENG 105 or ENG 201



SPA 317 Spanish Literature of the Golden Age
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 320 Contemporary Spanish American Literature
Spanish

Studies the principal characteristics of contemporary Spanish American literature, centered in the analysis of poems and short stories.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 323 Business Spanish
Spanish

Business Spanish provides a cultural, economic, and political snapshot of all the Spanish-speaking countries around the world, including the United States, which has more Spanish speakers than any other country except Mexico. Cultural readings examine how different attitudes toward money affect the way people conduct business. They also address how the concept of time, family traditions, and the climate influence a countrys economy. Practical topics may 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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 325 Phonetics
Spanish

Covers theory and practice of Spanish pronunciation; helps students develop near-native pronunciation.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 327 Spanish Culture and Civilization
Spanish

Examines the history, geography, art, architecture, music, cuisine, and customs of Spain.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 328 Spanish American Culture and Civilization
Spanish

Examines the history, geography, art, architecture, music, and cuisine of Spanish America.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 330 Spanish American Themes
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 333 Intensive Communicative Spanish Abroad
Spanish

Provides intensive oral and written practice in Spanish for participants in the department's summer program at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 350 Topics in Spanish American Short Story
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 360 Spanish American Literature in Translation
Spanish

Studies English versions of major works by Spanish American authors.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 361 Spanish Literature in Translation
Spanish

Studies English versions of major works by Spanish authors.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 382 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Theory
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 405 The Quijote
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 406 Early Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 407 Contemporary Literature of Spain
Spanish

Studies main trends and analyzes some of the most significant works written in Spain after 1936. Includes all genres (poetry, novel, and drama).

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 408 History of Spanish Cinema
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 409 Age of Lorca
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 410 Spanish Women Writers
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 411 Spanish American Novel
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 413 Grammar: Writing and Translation
Spanish

Develops advanced grammatical and writing skills through literary and nonliterary translations from English to Spanish and vice versa.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 415 Spanish American Poetry
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 416 Spanish American Theatre
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 421 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
Spanish

Introduces the fundamentals of Spanish phonology, morphology, syntax, and historical and dialectal variation.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 422 History of the Spanish Language
Spanish

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 423 Cervantes: Novel and Drama
Spanish

Focuses on Cervantes' dramatic and shorter prose works, including the Novelas Ejemplares, the Comedias, and the Entremeses.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 444 Special Topics Abroad
Spanish

Examines Spanish civilization, including history, geography, literature, art, and culture. For participants in the department's summer program at the University of Salamanca.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 449 Special Topics I
Spanish

An independent study course with variable content. Open only to students who have taken at least two courses at the 300/400 level.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 450 Special Topics II
Spanish

An independent study course with variable content. Open only to students who have taken at least two courses at the 300/400 level.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 451 CatalÁN
Spanish

Examines modern Catalán syntax; utilizes readings in contemporary fiction and poetry. For those familiar with the grammar of another Romance language. Requires oral participation.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 452 Special Topics III
Spanish

An independent study course with variable content. Open only to students who have taken at least two courses at the 300/400 level.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 455 Spanish Phonology
Spanish

Explores the sound system of contemporary Spanish; provides theoretical and descriptive treatments.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 456 Spanish Syntax
Spanish

Examines Spanish sentence structure in its relation to semantic structure.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 488 Undergraduate Literature Seminar Abroad
Spanish

Examines major figures, works, and/or movements in Spanish literature; for participants in the department's summer program at the University of Salamanca.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 496 Internship/Practicum
Spanish

Hands-on experience in language and cultural studies at institutions and community organizations in the Western New York area.

Credits: 1-6
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SPA 498 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
Spanish

Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing faculty research project or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member.

Credits: 1-6
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SPA 499 Independent Study
Spanish

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.

Credits: 1-12
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)




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