Spanish

SPA 110W Latin American Film (In English) 3 SH
This course explores a history of Latin American cinema with an emphasis on cultural analysis. Weekly discussion include cross-cultural and cross-linguistic content. Weekly essays develop critical analysis of cultural topics. This course is taught in English. Prerequisite: WRT 101 or appropriate placement. General Education: Humanities/Communications/Non-Western Culture.

SPA 111W Spanish Film (In English) 3 SH
This course explores a history of Spanish cinema with an emphasis on cultural analysis. Weekly discussion include cross-cultural and cross-linguistic content. Weekly essays develop critical analysis of cultural topics. This course is taught in English. Prerequisite: WRT 101 or appropriate placement. General Education: Humanities/Communication.

SPA 162 Introductory Spanish I 3 SH
A first-semester course in Spanish. Aimed at developing the four basic skills (listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing), and preparing students for further study in the language. The discussion of cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world is an integral part of this course. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature (if SPA 164 is successfully completed).

SPA 164 Introductory Spanish II 3 SH
A second-semester course in Spanish. Further development of the four basic skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. The discussion of distinctive cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world is an integral part of this course. Prerequisite: SPA 162 with a minimum grade of “C-” or placement by oral interview. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature.

SPA 170 Practical Spanish for Health Professionals 3 SH
Introduces health personnel to the basics in structure and grammar and familiarizes the student with the vocabulary and terminology necessary for communication with Spanish-speaking people. Spring semester. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature.

SPA 196 Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture I 3 SH
The first-semester intermediate level course of Spanish that focuses on reading, writing, oral comprehension and speaking through a study of Hispanic cultures. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature.

SPA 197 Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture II 3SH
The second-semester intermediate level course of Spanish that focuses on reading, writing, oral comprehension, and speaking through a study of Hispanic cultures. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature.

SPA 203 Conversation and Composition: Film 3 SH
This course is designed to increase oral and writing proficiency in Spanish through an introduction of the study of cinema from Spain and Latin America. Students will develop conversational skills with the introduction to advanced vocabulary in context. There will be additional grammar review particularly relating to composition strategies. Prerequisite: SPA 197. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature/Communication.

SPA 204 Conversation and Composition: Essay 3 SH
Spanish 204 includes an intensive review of Spanish grammar with an emphasis on writing skills, readings from Latin American and Spanish authors, and discussions on traditional and contemporary cultural issues. Students will be required to read, view, and discuss (orally and in writing) a variety of texts including essays, cartoons, audiovisual materials, newspapers, film and Internet resources. Prerequisite: SPA 197. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature.

SPA 207 Introduction to Analysis: Fiction 3 SH
This course introduces students to foundations of cultural and literary analysis of contemporary narrative texts from Spanish and Latin American authors. Students will continue to develop oral and writing proficiency in Spanish through a critical analysis of short stories and novels. Topics will include gender and sexuality, ethnicity, transatlantic identities, migration, colonialism, popular consciousness and revolution, and human rights. These topics correspond to issues that will be explored in depth in upper-division culture and literature courses. Prerequisite: SPA 197. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature.

SPA 208 Introduction to Analysis: Poetry 3 SH
This course introduces students to foundations of cultural and literary analysis of contemporary poetic texts from Spanish and Latin American authors. Students will continue to develop oral and writing proficiency in Spanish through a critical analysis of a variety of poetic forms. Topics will include gender and sexuality, ethnicity, transatlantic identities, migration, colonialism, popular consciousness and revolution, and human rights. These topics correspond to issues that will be explored in depth in upper-division culture and literature courses. Prerequisite: SPA 197. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature.

SPA 211 Global Academy 3 SH
Participants in this intensive language and culture immersion program will increase oral proficiency and deepen cross-cultural competencies through Spanish language immersion and intercultural exchange taught by WCSU faculty in Spanish. The first week of the course will focus on arts appreciation and creative inquiry, the environment and social change, and cultural knowledge related to the social and political history of the region through lectures and discussion with faculty from WCSU, in partnership with faculty from an institution of higher education abroad. During the second week of the course, students will have the option of participating in an education immersion experience or conducting research projects related to the culture content of the course. Prerequisite/Corequisites: one semester of Spanish study or placement examination by oral proficiency examination. General Education: Humanities/Non-Western Culture/World Languages and Literature.

SPA 221 Cultures of Spain 3 SH
In this course we will explore how identities of a diverse and heterogeneous Spain were constructed historically. Through the exploration of the diversity of Spain, we will learn to better understand contemporary Spain as a multicultural and multilingual nation of the 21st century. There will be a particular focus on cultural production, specifically literature, film, arts, and music contributions to the development and expression of cultures in various historical, political and economic contexts. Prerequisite: one 200-level course in Spanish. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature/Western History.

SPA 222 Cultures of Spanish America 3 SH
In this course we will explore the heterogeneity of Hispanic cultures in the Americas from Pre-Columbian civilizations to the 21st century. There will be particular focus on cultural production, specifically literature, film, art and music as contributions to the development and expression of cultures in various historical, political, and economic contexts. Prerequisite: one 200-level course in Spanish. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature/Western History/Non-Western Culture.

SPA 224 Trans-Atlantic Hispanic Cultures 3 SH
Exploration of cultural interactions between Spain and Latin America, and among Spain, Latin America and the U.S., in literature, music, film and popular culture from the early modern period to the present. Topics include imperialism; the relationship between modernity and colonialism; diasporas; contact zones; transculturation; rearticulation of transnational identities; coexistence in differences; borderlands; mestizo cultural spaces; indianos, (women) travelers and migrants as cultural agents; migration; exile; pilgrimage. Prerequisite: one 200-level course in Spanish. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature/Western History.

SPA 225 Hispanic Cultures: Connecticut 3 SH
This course introduces students to the region’s large and diverse group of Hispanic cultures from Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, and others, which have contributed to the Hispanic diaspora in New York City and Connecticut. Students will undertake field projects designed to look at the effects of transnational migration on urban culture, institution-building and identity formation. Prerequisite: one 200-level course in Spanish. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature/Western History.

SPA 226 Global Immersion: Spain 3 SH
This course will allow participants to improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in Spanish through a month-long immersion in its language, arts and culture by living and studying in Spain. There will be a particular focus on arts and architecture, enhanced through visits to museums, cultural and historical sites, which are an integral part of the program. Through the exploration of the richness of Spanish arts, architecture, linguistic and ecological diversity, students will learn to better understand contemporary Spain as a multicultural and multilingual nation in the 21st century, and make global comparisons. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature.

SPA 298 Faculty Developed Study 1–6 SH

SPA 299 Student Developed Study 1–6 SH

SPA 320 The Poetry of Spain and Latin America 3 SH
This course explores a broad range of poetic expression in the Spanish language from the Middle Ages to the present on both sides of the Atlantic. Emphasis is placed on critical approaches to poetry as well as on the pleasure of enjoying it. Poetic works will be read in the context of major literary movements of the Hispanic world, and also as independent texts whose meaning is constructed by each and every reader. Prerequisite: two 200-level courses in Spanish.  General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature/Western History.

SPA 330 Representative Authors: Spain 3 SH
This course will focus on major authors and great literary works from Spain whose contributions to literary productions have defined a canonical tradition of Spanish literature. Don Quixote, Don Juan, Celestina the Bawd and Lazarillo the Rogue prompt questions about the function and universality of myth, the meaning of individuality, and the vicissitudes of cultural influence and transgression, particularly as defined with respect to marginal, outlaw or outcast characters (including those who pass for lunatics, thieves, prostitutes, religious minorities and unconventional women). Prerequisite: two 200-level courses in Spanish. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature.

SPA 331 Representative Authors: Spanish America 3 SH
This course will focus on major authors and great literary works from Latin America whose contributions to literary production have defined a canonical tradition of Latin American literature. Prerequisite: two 200-level courses in Spanish. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature.

SPA 336 Theater in Spain and Latin America 3 SH
This course explores a broad range of dramatic writing in the Spanish language from the Golden Age to the present on both sides of the Atlantic. Emphasis is placed on critical and theoretical approaches to reading drama. Dramatic works will be studied in the context of major literary movements of the Hispanic world, and also as independent texts whose meaning is constructed by each and every reader. Prerequisite: two 200-level courses in Spanish. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature.

SPA 337 Modern Spanish Novel 3 SH
This course explores the boom of narrative in contemporary Spain. Emphasis is placed on critical and theoretical approaches to reading narrative. The novels will be studied in the context of major cultural and political shifts in recent decades in Spain, and also as independent texts whose meaning is constructed by each and every reader. Reading, classroom discussions and writing assignments are designed to improve students’ speaking and writing skills in Spanish. Prerequisite: two 200-level courses in Spanish. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature.

SPA 360 Readings on the Arts in Spain and Latin America 3 SH
This course explores Iberian and Latin American readings on the visual arts, cinema, architecture and music. A variety of texts, such as essays, scholarly articles, film, opera, songs, poetry, and autobiographic prose created on both sides of the Atlantic will serve as a starting point for an exploration of the plastic and performing arts on the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America from the prehistoric times to the present. Reading, classroom discussion and writing assignments are designed to improve students’ speaking and writing skills in Spanish. Prerequisite: two 200-level courses in Spanish. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature.

SPA 361 Gender and Sexuality in Spanish America 3 SH
How is gender imagined in cultural production? What role has feminism played in transforming women’s writing? How is sexuality represented in film and literature? What is the relationship between gender and ethnicity in articulating subjectivity? We will consider these questions and many others in our exploration of the construction of gender and sexuality in texts by men and women in Spanish America. Prerequisite: two 200-level courses in Spanish. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature/Non-Western Culture/Literature.

SPA 365 Revolution, Testimony and Memory in Spanish America 3 SH
This course explores literary works, themes, genres, and movements that emerged from or accompanied a series of popular uprisings and revolutions (e.g., the Mexican Revolution) during the 20th century. We will also study literary responses to repression during dictatorships and redemocratization. Prerequisite: two 200-level courses in Spanish. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature/Non-Western Culture/Literature/Humanistic Studies.

SPA 367 Colonial Spanish America 3 SH
This course examines the development of colonial discourse and ideology from the time of colonization and conquest of the Americas. We will explore indigenous expression, European mercantilist writing and the rise of Creole and Mestizo forms of American consciousness. Special attention will be devoted to the ways in which the various ideological and discursive forms generated in that period survive in the present. Prerequisite: two 200-level courses in Spanish. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature/Western History/Non-Western Culture/Literature.

SPA 370 U.S. Latina/Latino Literature 3 SH
This course explores exemplary texts written by Latina/Latino authors and examines them in relation to their representation of issues such as gender and sexualities, diasporic identities and bilingualism. We will consider a diversity of Chicana/o and Latina/o literature (poetry, narrative, theater and film) in our analysis of topics such as transculturation, (im)migration, feminist consciousness, exile, mythology and linguistic identity. Prerequisite: two 200-level courses in Spanish.General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature.

SPA 371 Spanish-Caribbean Identitites 3 SH
This course examines cultural production from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico in relation to national and pan-Caribbean identities. We will specifically focus on issues of race, gender, sexuality and migration as they relate to cultural identity. Prerequisite: two 200-level courses in Spanish. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature.

SPA 375 The Picaresque in Spanish Literature 3 SH
This course examines issues concerning picaresque literature, its historical development, its relationship to issues of gender definition, and its definition of the figure of the rogue, “pícaro” or “pícara”, as anti-hero in Spanish and Latin-American literature. Prerequisite: two 200-level courses in Spanish.General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature.

SPA/ED 385 Methods of Teaching in the Secondary Schools 3 SH
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SPA/ED 386 Secondary Education Professional Development School Experience 1 SH
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SPA 400 Linguistics 3 SH
This course provides an overview of Spanish syntax and semantics and allows students to systematize their knowledge of Spanish, improve their speaking and writing skills and think critically about diachronic and synchronic language development. It also prepares them for their chosen professional field as instructors of Spanish. The course begins with an exploration of Spanish as a world language and its historic development. The discussion continues with topics in Spanish morphology, such as word formation and verbal inflection. Finally, issues in syntax and semantics are analyzed both in isolation and in terms of their relationship to each other. Prerequisite: one 300-level course.General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature.

SPA 411 Global Academy II 3 SH
Participants in this intensive language and culture immersion program will increase oral proficiency and deepen cross-cultural competencies through Spanish language immersion and intercultural exchange taught by WCSU faculty in Spanish. The first week of the course will focus on art appreciation and creative inquiry, the environment and social change, and cultural knowledge related to the social and political history of the region through lectures and discussion with faculty from WCSU, in partnership with faculty from an institution of higher education abroad. In addition to the study of language and culture, this seminar will provide teacher training and professional development for current and future teachers with more than 30 hours of classroom observations in schools, opportunities to participate in teaching lessons, and an instructional technology final project. Prerequisite/Corequisite: one semester of Spanish study or placement examination by oral proficiency examination. General Education: Humanities/World Languages and Literature/Non-Western Culture.

SPA/ED 448 Teaching Spanish in Secondary Schools 3 SH
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