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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. FS-101 is to be taken before FS-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 FS-101. Prerequisite: FS-101.

FS 201 - Intermediate Spanish I

An intermediate-level, communicative-based language sequence (FS-201 and FS-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 FS-201 must also register for a weekly session of conversation practice in the World Languages and Cultures Resource Center, coordinated by the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Prerequisite: Four years of high school Spanish or FS-102. Corequisite: FS-LAB.

FS 202 - Intermediate Spanish II

An intermediate-level, communicative-based language sequence. A review of Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and communicative structures, this course sequence (FS-201 and FS-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 FS-202 must also register for a weekly session of conversation practice in the World Languages and Cultures Resource Center, coordinated by the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Prerequisite: FS-201. Corequisite: FS-LAB.

FS 298 - Special Topics in Spanish (200 Level)

Students study text in the original language at an advanced level. Course content will vary from semester to semester.

FS 300A - Advanced Spanish Conversation and Oral Discourse

Intended 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 FS-300A must also register for a weekly one hour conversation practice lab at the time of registration. Prerequisite: FS-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 FS-300B must also register for a weekly session of conversation practice in the World Languages and Cultures Resource Center, coordinated by the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Prerequisite: FS-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: FS-300A or FS-318 (if not a native speaker) and FS-300B; and EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

FS 305 - Survey of Spanish-American Literature

Survey of Latin-American literature studying representative works from the Colonial period through the twentieth-century. Genres covered include novel, drama, poetry, essay, and short story. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: FS-301 or permission of the department chair; and EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

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, economic, 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: EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

FS 313 - Commercial Spanish

Designed to acquaint the students with the mercantile practice, documents, and terminology needed for the understanding of the business usages of Spanish-speaking countries. Prerequisite: FS-202 or five or more years of Spanish or Advanced Placement credits.

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 399 - Independent Study in Spanish

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

FS 405 - The Spanish-American Short Story

A critical study of the cuento (short story) in Spanish America. Major authors and trends are studied in historical and social contexts. By studying a significant number of short stories by authors both male and female from different countries, students will become acquainted with the development of this genre in Spanish America and get to know some of the most representative authors of the genre. They will learn to use different critical approaches to analyze their work. Readings will include, among others, works by: Isabel Allende, Mario Benedetti, Jorge Luis Borges, Rosa Maria Britton, Rosario Castellanos, Martha Cerda, Julio Cortazar, Jose Donoso, Rosario Ferre, Renee Ferrer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jose Luis Gonzalez, Angelica Gorodischer, Liliana Heker, Elena Poniatowska, Horacio Quiroga, Juan Rulfo, Luisa Valenzuela, and Bella Clara Ventura. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: FS-301 or permission of the instructor; and EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

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: FS-300A and FS-300B or FS-313. (Native Spanish speakers only need to take FS-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: CO-211 and CO-225. Corequisites: FS-301 and FS-300B, and FS-Lab.

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: FS-300A and FS-300B or FS-313. With department approval, native Spanish speakers only need to take FS-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 forty-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: FS-300B and FS-301.

FS 416 - Medieval and Golden Age of Spanish Literature

An in-depth study of three periods of Spanish Peninsular literature: Medieval, Golden Age, and Baroque. Works include Poema de Mio Cid, La Celestina, La vida de Lazarillo de Tormes and other picaresque novels. The poetry of Gongora and Quevedo will also be studied. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: FS-301, FS-300B, and either FS-305 or FS-307, or permission of the department.

FS 499 - Independent Study in Spanish

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