University at Albany, State University of New York
Contact UAlbany Directories Calendars & Schedules Visitors Site Index Search
Admissions Academics Research IT Services Libraries Athletics
Bulletin Homepage
General Information
Academic Information
Honors College
College of Arts & Sciences
School of Business
College of Computing & Information
School of Criminal Justice
School of Education
EOP
International Education
College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Project Renaissance
School of Public Health
Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
ROTC
School of Social Welfare
University-Wide Programs
Undergraduate Study
Undergraduate Resources & Services
Faculty Awards
Search/Downloads
Courses




Undergraduate Bulletin 2008-2009
 

Courses in Spanish

Courses in Spanish Language

A Spn 100 Elementary Spanish I (4)
This is a beginner’s course using the natural method that will emphasize the acquisition of grammatical structures and vocabulary through an active process of student participation; it will focus on listening comprehension, correct pronunciation, and cultural knowledge. Spanish will be the language of instruction. Students are expected to attend regularly and participate in all class activities. May not be taken for credit by bilinguals or native speakers, or by students who have taken three years of high school Spanish or passed the Regents examination within the past five years. Prerequisite(s): for beginners, none; for students with high school Spanish, placement.

A Spn 101 Elementary Spanish II (4)
A continuation of A Spn 100 which focuses on the active development of listening and reading comprehension, cultural knowledge, and speaking and writing skills. Cultural topics include: Types and Stereotypes, the Human Community, and Views on Death. Students are expected to attend regularly and participate in all class activities. Spanish will be the language of instruction. Students will be assigned to view videos outside of class. May not be taken for credit by bilinguals or native speakers. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 100 or placement.

A Spn 103 Intermediate Spanish I (4)
A continuation of the active development of the four communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) within the context of the study of different topics of Hispanic culture. These topics include: Differing Concepts of Family, the Geography and Demography of Spanish America, and the History of U.S. Relations with Latin America. Course includes short compositions and videos to be seen outside of class. Students are expected to participate in all class activities. Spanish is the language of instruction. May not be taken for credit by bilinguals or native speakers. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 101 or placement.

A Spn 104 Intermediate Spanish II (4)
Students will continue to work with the four skills as in A Spn 103, with emphasis on readings, short compositions, and class discussions. Cultural topics include: Hispanics in the United States, Habits and Dependencies, Personal Freedom Work and Leisure. Spanish will be the language of instruction. Students are expected to participate actively, and they will be assigned compositions and videos to be viewed outside of class: May not be taken for credit by bilinguals or native speakers. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 103 or placement.
 
A Spn 105 Spanish for Bilinguals I (3)
Emphasizes the development of all four communicative skills (writing, reading, speaking, and listening), with special attention given to specific areas of language such as vocabulary building, grammar, and orthography. This course is for students who speak Spanish at home, but who have little or no formal training in the language. Prerequisite(s): placement. May not be offered in 2008-2009.

A Spn 205 Spanish for Bilinguals II (3)
Emphasizes the development of skills in writing, reading, and oral communication, including the use of anglicisms and interference of English, code-switching, and reading comprehension. Students will make oral presentations, write short compositions, and practice reading through the study of U.S. Hispanic culture. Prerequisite(s): Placement.

A Spn 206 Intermediate Conversation and Oral Grammar (3)
Primary emphasis on the active skill of speaking. Cannot be taken by bilinguals or native speakers. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 104 or placement.

A Spn 223 Introduction to Literary Methods (3)
This is a beginning literature course where students are introduced to the study of literature in a foreign language. Works will be chosen by genre, with emphasis placed on the issues and assumptions underlying literary study, as well as the practical aspects of literary analysis. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 205 or 206.

A Spn 297 Supplemental Language Study (1)
A course to help students improve their Spanish reading and/or writing ability, taken in conjunction with a course of Hispanic literature in translation, or a course in another discipline which has a relation to Hispanic literature or culture. Course work may include readings and short compositions in Spanish. Prerequisite(s): permission of the instructor.

A Spn 301 Advanced Conversation and Composition (3)
Intensive study of the language, with frequent, short compositions. A Spn 301Z is the writing intensive version of 301; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 205 or 206 or placement. May not be offered in 2008-2009.

A Spn 301Z Advanced Conversation and Composition (3)
A Spn 301Z is the writing intensive version of 301; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 205 or 206 or placement.

A Spn 302 Advanced Spanish Grammar (3)
This course will offer an advanced grammar review of Spanish, contrasting its structures with those of English. Attention will be given to both morphological paradigms and syntactic patterns. Reviewing and discussing exercises and compositions will comprise a significant portion of the course work. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 205 or 206 or placement.

A Spn 311 Hispanic Literature through the Golden Age (3)
An introduction to the literature of Spain and Latin America: the Medieval tradition, from the epic to the Celestina; the innovations of the Renaissance and Baroque poetry (Garcilaso, San Juan, Terrazas, Balbuena, Góngora, Quevedo, Sor Juana); the birth of the modern novel (the Lazarillo, Cervantes), the Comedia (Lope, Alarcón, Calderón). Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223. May not be offered in 2008-2009.

A Spn 312 Representative Spanish Authors  (3)
Survey of Spanish literature from the beginning of the 18th century to the Generation of ‘98. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223.
 
A Spn 314 The Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire (3)
From the encounter of cultures during the expansion of Fernando and Isabel to the intolerance of Philip II and his successors: saints and sinners (mysticism and the picaresque); noble peasants and ignoble aristocrats (Spanish drama); El Greco and Velázquez; and apocalyptic visions (Quevedo’s Dreams). Prerequisite(s): for majors, A Spn 223; for nonmajors, none. May not be offered in 2008-2009.

A Spn 315 Conflict and Progress in Modern Spain (3)
A study of the social and political struggles of the Spanish people through their literary and artistic manifestations, from the beginnings of the 18th century to the present. Prerequisite(s): for majors, A Spn 223; for nonmajors, none.

A Spn 316 (= A Lcs 316) Representative Spanish-American Authors (3)
A survey of literary movements in Spanish America from independence to World War II. Only one of A Spn 316 & A Lcs 316 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223.

A Spn 317 (= A Lcs 317) Latin-American Civilization (3)
Study of Spanish-American cultures and institutions from the beginnings of the 20th century. Only one of A Spn 317 & A Lcs 317 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 205 or 206.

A Spn 318 (= A Lcs 314) Topics in Hispanic Film (3)
A study of Hispanic film as a medium that offers a unique amalgam of diverse musical, pictorial, and literary art forms within a sociopolitical context. The course will focus on such specific topics as peasant movements, human rights, images of women, race, and ethnicity. Only one of A Lcs 314 & A Spn 318 may be taken for credit in any semester. Either may be repeated once for credit, with a change in topic. Consult current schedule of classes for topic. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 205 or 206 or permission of instructor.

A Spn 319 Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature (3)
A study of selected works of Spanish literature from the Generation of ‘98 to the present. Works studied will deal with philosophical and social movements such as Existentialism, Tremendismo, the Spanish Civil War, the struggle between the individual and society. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223.

A Spn 320 (= A Lcs 319) Twentieth-Century Spanish American Literature (3)
A study of selected works of Spanish American literature from World War II to the present. Works studied will deal with topics of special interest such as the continuing debate with regard to civilization and barbarism, dictatorship and revolution, social justice, and the search for identity. Only one of A Lcs 319 & A Spn 320 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223.

A Spn 322 (= A Lcs 302) Los Latinos en Estados Unidos (3)
Examination of major U.S. Latino groups (Mexican-American, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican) with special emphasis on 20th century literary works. Students will study demographic, socio-economic, historical and cultural aspects of these groups in the context of their interaction with mainstream society. Course will be given in Spanish. Only one of A Lcs 302 or A Spn 322 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223 or 301 or placement.
 
A Spn 323 Textual Analysis (3)
Students will continue the study of literature in a foreign language through an advanced, in-depth analysis of selected works of Hispanic literature. They will further develop practical skills of literary criticism to be applied to different types of literature. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2008-2009.

A Spn 325 The Hispanic Short Story (3)
Representative Spanish and Spanish-American short stories with emphasis on specific characteristics of the genre. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223.

A Spn 326 (= A Lcs 326) Spanish-American Poetry and Theatre (3)
Representative Spanish-American plays and selected works in Spanish-American poetry, with emphasis on specific characteristics of the genres. Only one of A Spn 326 & A Lcs 326 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223.

A Spn 333 Hispanic Literature in Translation (3)
Hispanic literature in translation studied with a view to understanding its contributions to world literatures. Sample topics: Don Quijote, medieval masterpieces, images of women, Unamuno, Machado, Borges. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. Consult schedule for topic. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing. May not be offered in 2008-2009.

A Spn 344 Women in Hispanic Literature (3)
Images of women in diverse works in Hispanic literature. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223.

A Spn 397 Independent Study in Spanish (1–4)
Study by a student in an area of special interest not treated in courses currently offered. Work performed under direction of a professor chosen by the student on a topic approved by the program. May be repeated once with special approval of the program. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 311 & 312.

A Spn 401 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology (3)
This is an advanced course in Spanish Phonology. Course topics include: articulatory phonetics, phonetic transcription, allophonic distribution, dialect variation, and differences between English and Spanish sound systems. Some lab work is required. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 301, 301Z or placement.

A Spn 402 Spanish Linguistics: Morphology and Syntax (3)
Survey of the structure of the Spanish language in the light of current linguistic theory. Emphasizes morphology and syntax. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 301, 301Z or permission of instructor.

A Spn 403 Spanish for Teachers (3)
Study of Spanish grammar with the needs of the beginning teacher in mind. Emphasizes those aspects of grammar that cause most difficulty to English-speaking students. May be offered as a quarter course. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 301, 301Z or placement.

A Spn 404 Advanced Oral Communication (3)
Training in public speaking through participation in talks for special occasions, debates, panel discussions, extemporaneous speaking and other forms of public address. Talks tape-recorded. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 301, 301Z or permission of instructor.

A Spn 405 Evolution of the Spanish Language (3)
Historical phonology and morphology: from Vulgar Latin to medieval and modern Spanish. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 401 and permission of instructor.

A Spn 406 Applied Translation (3)
Written translation from and into Spanish. Text selections from professional journals and government publications. Use of radio broadcasts and taped speeches. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 301, 301Z or placement.

A Spn 407 Business and Legal Spanish (3)
The application of language skills to meet professional career requirements through the development of a specialized vocabulary and written exercises. Reading and analysis of contemporary texts from business journals and reports in the fields of business, law and economics. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 301, 301Z or placement.

A Spn 410Z Creative Writing (3)
Creative writing in Spanish. Students may choose to write in one or several genres. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 301 or 301Z.

A Spn 414 (= A Lcs 414) Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean (3)
Study of selected major writers of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico of the 19th and 20th centuries. Special consideration of literature as a reflection of situations and problems peculiar to the Hispanic Caribbean. Conducted in Spanish. Only one of A Spn 414 & A Lcs 414 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223.

A Spn 418 Hispanic Cinema and Literature (3)
A study of literary techniques in cinema and cinematic techniques in literature as a way of exploring narrative structure in representative Hispanic works. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223.

A Spn 444 Topics in Hispanic Language and Literature (3)
Selected topics in Hispanic language or literature not covered by other undergraduate courses offered by the program. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. Consult current schedule of classes for topic and prerequisite.

A Spn 445 Satire in Hispanic Literature (3)
Representative satirical writers in Spanish and Spanish American literature from Quevedo to the present, including such writers as Fernandez de Lizardi, Larra, Mesonero Romanos, Valle-Inclan, Francisco Umbral or other appropriate authors selected by the instructor. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 312 & 316. May not be offered in 2008-2009.

A Spn 446 (= A Aas 446) Literature and Human Rights (3)
A study of selected works of Spanish and Spanish-American literature that deal with the subject of human rights throughout history. Topics to be studies may include such things as social protest, censored texts, women’s writing, the literature of exile, minority portrayals, and slavery. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 312 and 316.

A Spn 449 Myths and Archetypes (3)
A study of mythical and/or archetypal themes in selected works of Spanish or Spanish American literature. Typical themes may include the hero or the anti-hero, Don Juan, the Christ figure, the epic journey, the lost paradise and the eternal return. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 312 & 316. May not be offered in 2008-2009.

A Spn 453 Cultural Foundations of Spanish Literature: Golden Age (3)
Civilization of Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries. Its institutions and ideologies will be considered with emphasis on their relationship to literature. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 314 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2008-2009.

A Spn 454 Cultural Foundations of Spanish Literature (3)
Civilization of Spain in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Social, economic, religious and political institutions will be considered through literature. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 314 & Spn 315, or permission of instructor.

A Spn 481 The Generation of ’98 (3)
The important writers of the Generation of ’98 will be studied, with emphasis on the way they express their ideas in essays, novels and poetry. Those writers will include Unamuno, Machado, Baroja, Valle-Inclan, Azorín, Ortega y Gasset. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 312. May not be offered in 2008-2009.

A Spn 482 Cervantes (3)
The life and major works of Miguel de Cervantes de Saavedra. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 311. May not be offered in 2008-2009.

A Spn 499 Honors Thesis (4)
An independent honors thesis written under the supervision of an appropriate faculty member and evaluated by the Honors Committee. Prerequisite(s): completion of all other requirements for the Honors Program.