• Spanish Courses

FS 101 - Elementary Spanish I

An elementary-level, communicative-based language course, intended for students with no Spanish at all or no more than two years of high-school Spanish. Practice in the classroom is supplemented by work in the language laboratory. Spanish 101 is to be taken before 102.

FS 102 - Elementary Spanish II

An elementary-level, communicative-based language course, intended for students with no Spanish at all or no more than two years of high-school Spanish. Practice in the classroom is supplemented by work in the language laboratory. Intended for students with no more than three years of high-school Spanish or students who completed Spanish 101. Prerequisite: Spanish 101.

FS 201 - Intermediate Spanish I

An intermediate-level, communicative-based language sequence (Spanish 201-202). A review of Spanish grammar, vocabulary and communicative structures, this course sequence emphasizes skill development in speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing in Spanish through oral and written practice in the classroom and in the language laboratory. Students will also be introduced to Hispanic literature and culture through short literary and non-literary texts. Students who register for Spanish 201 must also register for a weekly session of conversation practice in the Foreign Language Resource Center, coordinated by the Department of Foreign Language Studies. Prerequisite: Four years of high-school Spanish or Spanish 102.

FS 202 - Intermediate Spanish II

An intermediate-level, communicative-based language sequence. A review of Spanish grammar, vocabulary and communicative structures, this course sequence (Spanish 201-202) emphasizes skill development in speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing in Spanish through oral and written practice in the classroom and in the language laboratory. Students will also be introduced to Hispanic literature and culture through short literary and non-literary texts. Students who register for Spanish 202 must also register for a weekly session of conversation practice in the Foreign Language Resource Center, coordinated by the Department of Foreign Language Studies. Prerequisite: Spanish 201.

FS 300A - Advanced Spanish Conversation and Oral Discourse

Intendend for non-native speakers of Spanish and is a pre and/or co-requisite for FS 300B Advanced Conversation and Composition and a pre-requisite for all other 300 and 400-level courses in Spanish. This course is designed to bridge the gap between lower and upper division courses by providing students with optimal opportunities to practice their oral language skills at the high intermediate level. The course provides practice in all four language functions while placing special emphasis on conversation, listening, and oral presentation skills. Students who register for Spanish 300A must also register for a weekly one hour conversation practice lab at the time of registration. Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or five or more years of Advanced Placement credits.

FS 300B - Advanced Spanish: Composition and Conversation II

Oral and written use of correct, idiomatic Spanish vocabulary building, oral discussion, composition, instruction in the presentation of material, and complementary laboratory work in preparation for the Oral Proficiency Interview. Students who register for Spanish 300B must also register for a weekly session of conversation practice in the Foreign Language Resource Center, coordinated by the Department of Foreign Languages. Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or five or more years of Spanish or Advanced Placement credits.

FS 301 - Introduction to Hispanic Literature

Introduction to the four principal genres of Hispanic literature. Fundamentals of literary analysis through a selection of texts from Medieval through contemporary Spanish literature, and colonial through twentieth-century Latin American literature. Prerequisites: Spanish 300A or 318 (if not a native speaker) and Spanish 300B; and English 101 and 102 or permission of the instructor.

FS 307 - Survey of Spanish Literature

Survey of Peninsular Spanish literature that focuses on drama, short story, and poetry from the medieval period until the beginning of the eighteenth century. Emphasis will be on the drama of the Renaissance and Baroque periods incorporating playwrights, such as Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, and Calderon de la Barca. In addition, poets and writers such as Garcilaso, Fray Luis, Santa Teresa, and Maria de Zayas are included. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or permission of the department chair.

FS 309 - Culture and Civilization Spain

Study of the culture and civilization of Spain from pre-historic times to the present day. The first part of the course will present the major historical developments and artistic movements of the Iberian Peninsula with special focus placed upon the plastic arts (painting, architecture, sculpture). The second part of the course will focus on contemporary socio-cultural issues such as the Spanish economy, politics (dictatorship and democracy), society, and cultural life. Taught in Spanish.

FS 310 - Culture and Civilization of Latin America

The natural aspects and historical evolution of the culture and civilization of Latin American countries. Landmarks in the political, economical, cultural and social history of the continent are traced from the pre-colonial times to the present. Students are introduced to, and familiarized with, the world of Latin American history, life, thought, and feelings. Emphasis is given to aspects of Latin America today such as the new political and economic map in the twenty-first century, women's impact in politics, LGBT issues, religion, education, science and technology, music, art, and film. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: English 101 and 102 or permission of the instructor.

FS 315 - Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

An introduction to the linguistic analysis of the Spanish language from the point of view of its internal organization and sound system. Intended for Spanish majors and will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Students will be introduced to the morphological study of the language; an introduction to Spanish phonetics in theory and practice will incorporate the history of the Spanish language from Latin to modern Spanish. Discussion of Hispanic dialectology and geolinguistics. Prerequisite: Four years of high-school Spanish or four semesters of college Spanish.

FS 318 - Spanish Pronunciation, Voice, and Diction

An analytical and practical study of contemporary Spanish pronunciation, conducted completely in Spanish. Students are introduced to the phonetics (the study of sounds) and phonology (the study of the sound system) of the Spanish language. Prerequisites: Spanish 101, 102, 201, 202 or the equivalent as pursuant to the Foreign Language Studies Placement Policy.

FS 402 - Advanced Spanish Conversation and Oral Proficiency

Advanced conversational practice in Spanish and review of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. This course focuses on the improvement of oral and aural communication skills in Spanish and aims to prepare students to achieve an oral proficiency rating of Advanced Lowe or higher, according to the ACTFL scale. This course is intended for Spanish and Spanish/Education majors, and should be taken in the student's sophomore or junior year. Prerequisites: Spanish 300A or 313 or 318.

FS 403 - Spanish Literature of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Novels, drama, and poetry, with emphasis on the works of Iriarte, Moratin, Espronceda, Zorrilla, Becquer, Galdos, and others.

FS 409 - Advanced Spanish: Grammar and Stylistics

Focuses on the study of advanced grammar and style through writing, translation, and oral practice in Spanish. It is intended for majors and for teachers or students intending to teach. Prerequisites: Spanish 300B and 300A or Spanish 313. (Native Spanish speakers only need to take Spanish 300B with departmental approval).

FS 411A - Writing for the Media in Spanish

Focus on writing for all Spanish media (print and online news, television, radio). Fundamentals of news writing, news editing, online journalism, editorial writing, and feature writing will be studied. The class will be conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: Communication 211 and 215. Corequisites: Spanish 301 and 300B.

FS 412 - Advanced Business Spanish I

Introduces the terminology and the techniques used in commercial transactions, including interpretation and writing of business materials. Enhances students' ability to function effectively in an increasingly important commercial language environment, locally in the United States as well as abroad, in any Spanish-speaking country. Develops students' geographic literacy and cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world, as these are central to being able to successfully conduct business in Spanish. Concentrates on vocabulary and linguistic and cultural background needed when dealing with subjects such as goods and services, marketing, finance, foreign market, and import-export. Prerequisite: Spanish 313.

FS 413 - Advanced Business Spanish II

Introduces the terminology and the techniques used in commercial transactions, including interpretation and writing of business materials. Enhances students' ability to function effectively in an increasingly important commercial-language environment, locally in the United States as well as abroad, in any Spanish-speaking country. Develops students' geographic literacy and cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world, as these are central to being able to successfully conduct business in Spanish. Concentrates on vocabulary and linguistic and cultural background needed when dealing with subjects such as goods and services, marketing, finance, foreign market, and import-export. Prerequisites: Spanish 313; and English 101 and 102 or permission of the instructor.

FS 414 - Current Issues in Business in the Spanish-Speaking World

Explores various topics and aspects of current business conditions, thought and policy in Spanish-America, Spain and the United States. Intended for students majoring in Spanish and International Business and any Spanish major interested in learning more about current topics in business of the Spanish speaking world. Prerequisites: Spanish 300B and Spanish 300A or 313. With department approval, native Spanish speakers only need to take Spanish 300B.

FS 415 - The Literature and Culture of Post-Franco Spain

An in-depth analysis of the literary and cultural scene in contemporary Spain in light of the after-effects of the Spanish Civil war and subsequent 40-year dictatorship. Will consider particular problems and issues that have arisen in democratic Spain through close readings and discussions of some of the most significant narrative and cinematic texts of the Post-Franco period including relevant literary and cultural criticism. Will be taught completely in Spanish. Prerequisites: Spanish 300B and 301.

FS 499 - Independent Study in Spanish

Guided readings and research on an area or topic of the Spanish language, culture and/or literature selected in consultation with the instructor. Regular conferences with the instructor and written reports.