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101 & 102. Elementary Spanish I & II 1 course unit each
An introduction to basic grammar and vocabulary of, as well as communication skills in Spanish within its cultural contexts. Students will use a variety of authentic text and media resources to acquire and enhance linguistic skills. The first semester is designed for students with no knowledge of, or with a weak background in Spanish, the second—for students with limited, but residual previous exposure to Spanish. Assignment by placement test. Four class hours per week plus Language Learning Center assignments.

203 & 204. Intermediate Spanish I & II 1 course unit each
An accelerated review of basic Spanish grammar through speaking, reading, writing and other linguistically appropriate activities. The introduction of more advance grammatical structures and a variety of authentic text and multimedia resources will enhance the students’ linguistic skills and sociocultural awareness of the Spanish speaking world. The development of functional skills and communicative ability is emphasized. Students also acquire the linguistic tools needed to continue learning Spanish as it pertains to their fields of interest. Assignment by placement test. Three class hours per week plus Language Learning Center assignments.

301, 302. Spanish Conversation & Composition
Intensive practice of spoken Spanish with emphasis on techniques of oral expression, vocabulary development, and persistent grammatical difficulties. Discussions will be based on contemporary cultural readings, films and other multi-media materials. Offered every semester.
Prerequisite: SPN 204 Intermediate Spanish II
Meets general academic requirement W when offered as 302.

303, 304. Advanced Spanish Conversation & Composition
Focused work in Spanish composition allowing students to develop creative, professional, and academic writing styles. Emphasis is placed on structure, style and content as well as grammar. Classic and contemporary texts, films and other multi-media resources will provide stylistic models as well as a cultural context for writings. Offered every semester.
Prerequisite: SPN 301, 302 Spanish Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement W when offered as 304.

307. Spanish for the Community: Interpreting
With a rapidly growing Latino and Hispanic immigrant population, the Lehigh Valley offers Spanish students a unique opportunity to hone their language skills and cultural understanding. This class blends on-campus preparation and reflection with community-based practical experience, investigation, and exploration. This service-learning course incorporates collaborative projects with organizations working closely with Spanish-speaking clients. To complement the community component, weekly classes will provide a solid introduction to local Hispanic/Latino culture and concerns as well as the basic theories and methodologies of oral interpretation. Offered every year during the fall semester. Students should expect to commit about 5 hours per week to the community service-learning component of this course.
Prerequisite: One 400-level course in Spanish or approval of instructor

308. Spanish for the Community: Translation
With a rapidly growing Latino and Hispanic immigrant population, the Lehigh Valley offers Spanish students a unique opportunity to hone their language skills and cultural understanding. Spanish for the Community: Translation is a writing-intensive service course blending regular and extensively revised written work with community-based practical experience, investigation, exploration, and reflection. This service-learning course incorporates collaborative projects with organizations working closely with Spanish-speaking clients. To complement the community component, weekly classes will provide a solid introduction to the basic theories and methodologies of written translation, with special focus on the specific needs and concerns of the local Latino and Hispanic immigrant communities. This course is designed to complement SPN 307, Spanish for the Community: Interpreting, and students are welcome and encouraged to take both. The class is conducted in Spanish, though given the special nature of English/Spanish and Spanish/English translation, class discussions may include Spanish, English, or even Spanglish. Students should expect to commit about 5 hours/week to the community service-learning component of this course.
Prerequisite: One 400-level course in Spanish or approval of instructor.

310, 311. Business Spanish
Practice in oral and written Spanish at an advanced level. Compositions, dictations, oral reports, and readings emphasizing Spanish business vocabulary (banking, importing and exporting, stock market, etc.). Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPN 204 Intermediate Spanish II
Meets general academic requirement W when offered as 311.

313. Topics in Applied Spanish Grammar
A review of the structures and usage of Spanish grammar for upper-level students. At the core of this class are the study and practice of the finer points of grammar in both theoretical and practical terms. The cultural understandings that underlie and inform language and make—or impede—effective communication will be explored at length. The course takes as its starting point the understanding that students come to it able to communicate in Spanish; for this reason the course is conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Spanish beyond SPN 303 or 304 or approval of instructor.

320, 321. Civilization of Spain
An introduction to contemporary Spanish life, with its intellectual, economic and social phenomena as well as its regional aspects. The course also surveys the artistic, architectural and historical heritage of Spain. Taught in Spanish. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPN 301, 302 Spanish Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement H (and W which applies to 321 only.)

322, 323. Civilization of Latin America
An introduction to contemporary Latin-American life, with its intellectual, economic and social phenomena as well as its regional aspects. The course also surveys the artistic, architectural and historical heritage of Latin-America. Taught in Spanish. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPN 301, 302 Spanish Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement C or H (and W which applies to 323 only).

410. Medieval & Renaissance Spanish Literature
A study of representative works of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance. Emphasis is placed on the literary analysis of the major genres of epic poetry, the fable, the picaresque novel and pre-Lope de Vega theater. Students will explore theme and theory within the social, historical, philosophical, and political context of the period. Taught in Spanish. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPN 303, 304 Advanced Spanish Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement L.

411. Cervantes
A careful reading of Cervantes’ Don Quijote, the novel that broke stylistically and philosophically into the modern age. Other works by Cervantes will be included, allowing the student to gain a greater understanding of the essential interconnectedness of the different literary genres as well as insight into the politics and ideas of a crucial and defining moment in Spanish history. Taught in Spanish. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPN 303, 304 Advanced Spanish Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement L.

412. Spanish Theatre of the Golden Age
A study of the development of 16th and 17th century Spanish drama through the works of major playwrights. Emphasis is placed on the structure, language, and major themes of the plays as well as the manner in which they reflect the rapidly changing society of that period. Taught in Spanish. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPN 303, 304 Advanced Spanish Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement L.

413. From the Golden Age to the Silver Age
A study of the plays, poetry, and novels of 18th and 19th century Spain, reflecting the social, political, and ideological changes leading up to and throughout the Industrial Revolution. Special attention will be paid to the different roles of writer, narrator, and reader through textual clues. Taught in Spanish. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPN 303, 304 Advanced Spanish Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement L.

414. Contemporary Spanish Literature
A study of contemporary texts and development of tools with which to interpret the culture and literature of today’s – and tomorrow’s – Spain. Emphasis is placed on literary reflections of the changes to the concept of national identity in Spain, spanning the harrowing realization in 1898 that Spain was no longer host to an empire, through the harsh repression and massive emigration under Franco’s rule, to the new reality of Spain as home to fast-growing immigrant communities. Taught in Spanish. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPN 303 or 304 Advanced Spanish Conversation & Composition.
Meets general academic requirement L.

415. Spanish American Literature I
Reading and discussion of selections from Indoamerican writers of the Pre-Columbian era and from Spanish American writers from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of the technical development of the various genres within each literary period as well as on the thematic content of the work as it relates to the period’s historical, political, social and philosophical context. Taught in Spanish. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPN 303, 304 Advanced Spanish Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement C or L.

416. Spanish American Literature II
Reading and discussion of poetry, essays and short stories by Spanish-American writers of the twentieth century. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of the technical development of the various genres within the period as well as on the thematic content of the work as it relates to the period’s historical, political, social and philosophical context. Taught in Spanish. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPN 303, 304 Advanced Spanish Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement C or L.

417. Contemporary Spanish American Novel
An in-depth study of the development of the novel in both the pre- and post- “boom” periods of the Spanish-American narrative. Emphasis is placed on an analysis of the literary techniques and thematic aspects of the works in relation to the various artistic and philosophical movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Taught in Spanish. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPN 303, 304 Advanced Spanish Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement C or L.

418. Hispanic Literature & Film
An analysis of the relationship between literature and film, focusing on texts from Spain and/or Spanish America and their film adaptations. Issues to be discussed include film adaptation as a cultural construct; narrative voice in literature and film; the transformation of the written word to a visual image; and the relationship between politics, literature and film. Taught in Spanish. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPN 303, 304 Advanced Spanish Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement L.

419. Border Literature
An exploration of contemporary narratives by Latino writers in the United States who focus on the border experience, understood as both a geographical and cultural phenomenon. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of the literary techniques employed in the development of the narrative form within its political, social and cultural context. Topics include issues of class, ethnicity and gender. Taught in Spanish.
Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPN 303, 304 Advanced Spanish Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement L.

420. Human Rights Literature in the Americas
A literary exploration of the nature of human rights in the Americas through a close examination of representative works of various genres, such as poetry, the short story, the novel, and drama. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of literary theory and technique within the historical, political, and philosophical context of each work. In this way, students will explore thematic issues such as the legal and ethical rights inherent in citizenship within the world and specifically within the Americas with respect to ethnic and religious minorities, women, gays, and political dissidents. Areas of comparison/contrast will include Chile, Argentina, Guatemala, El Salvador, Cuba, and the United States. Taught in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPN 303 or 304 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition
Meets general academic requirement D or L.

500-549. Senior Seminar: Aspects of Hispanic Literature
The theme of the course varies in accordance with the interests of enrolled students and the preference of the instructor. Past topics have included Don Juan, Human Rights Literature, and The Poetry of Neruda. Each student will research, write, and present a paper. Open to seniors and, with instructor approval, exceptional juniors. Taught in Spanish.
Prerequisite: One 400-level course or equivalent.

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