Courses in Spanish

 

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. Language courses must be taken in sequence. A student may not earn graduation credit for a lower-level course taken concurrently with a higher-level course or after receiving credit for a higher-level course in the sequence. 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. Language courses must be taken in sequence. A student may not earn graduation credit for a lower-level course taken concurrently with a higher-level course or after receiving credit for a higher-level course in the sequence. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 100 or placement.

A SPN 105 Basic Spanish for Heritage Speakers (3)
This is a basic course for students whose prior experience with Spanish is in informal contexts such as at home or with family/friends but who have limited practice at developing speaking, reading, or writing skills. The student's pronunciation might be near-native and the student might have fairly good listening comprehension skills but the student needs to expand their Spanish vocabulary, improve their basic reading and writing skills, and advance their ability to use high frequency grammatical structures. Heritage speakers of Spanish with at least three years of high school Spanish should consider A SPN 205 rather than A SPN 105. Prerequisite(s): placement.

A SPN 200 (formerly A SPN 103) Intermediate Spanish I (3-4)
A SPN 200 (formerly A SPN 103) is a continuation of A SPN 101 and the active development of student communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), and the study of Hispanic culture. Course includes short compositions and students are expected to participate in all class activities. Spanish is the language of instruction. May not be taken for credit by native or heritage speakers of Spanish. Language courses at the 100 and 200-level must be taken in sequence; a student may not earn graduation credit for a lower-level course taken concurrently with a higher-level course or after receiving credit for a higher-level course in the sequence. Only one of A SPN 200 and A SPN 103 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 101 or placement.

A SPN 201 (formerly A SPN 104) Intermediate Spanish II (3-4)
A SPN 201 (formerly A SPN 104) is a continuation of A SPN 200, intermediate-level Spanish, with a special emphasis on student short compositions, student development of reading skills, and active participation in class discussions. Spanish is the language of instruction. May not be taken for credit by native or heritage speakers of Spanish. Language courses at the 100 and 200-level must be taken in sequence; a student may not earn graduation credit for a lower-level course taken concurrently with a higher-level course or after receiving credit for a higher-level course in the sequence. Only one of A SPN 201 and A SPN 104 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 200 (formerly A SPN 103) or placement.

A SPN 205 Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers (3)
This is an intermediate level course for students whose prior experience with Spanish is primarily in informal contexts such as at home or with family/friends and who have had 3 or more years of high school Spanish. The focus will be on expanding student vocabulary and a review of grammar. The class will be conducted in Spanish and primary attention will be given to student development of intermediate reading and writing skills. Prerequisite(s): placement.

A SPN 206Y 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 A SPN 201, or placement.

A SPN 208/208Z (formerly A SPN 301/301Z) Spanish Composition and Conversation for non-Heritage Speakers of Spanish (3)
Formerly A SPN 301. Intensive study of the Spanish language with frequent short compositions, oral presentations, and video projects. Also includes some short readings and analysis and discussion of literary texts. This course is only for non-heritage speakers of Spanish; students with a heritage speaker background should enroll in A SPN 209. Only one of A SPN 208, A SPN 209, and A SPN 301 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 206 or permission of instructor.

A SPN 209 Spanish Composition and Conversation for Heritage Speakers of Spanish (3)
Intensive study of the Spanish language with frequent short compositions and oral presentations. Also includes some short readings and class discussions of topics of special interest to heritage speakers of Spanish. This course is only for heritage speakers of Spanish, intended to meet their specific language needs; non-heritage speakers should enroll in A SPN 208. Only one of A SPN 208, A SPN 209, and A SPN 301 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 205 or permission of instructor.

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 instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

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 303 (formerly A SPN 496) Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3)
A SPN 303 (formerly A SPN 496) is a general introduction to Spanish linguistics. Students will be introduced to the different areas of linguistic specialization (general linguistics, phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, language change, and language variation) in order to prepare them for a more specialized study of these areas. Only one of A SPN 303 and A SPN 496 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 208 or A SPN 209 or A SPN 301 or permission of instructor.

A SPN 304 Spanish for the Health Professions (3)
This course is designed for students who are planning to enter the healthcare field. The course offers a grammar review while introducing the students to a variety of materials encountered in healthcare interactions. Students will develop the needed linguistic and cultural skills to communicate successfully with Spanish speakers in the healthcare context including patient registration, history-taking, physical examinations, common procedures, diet and pharmacotherapy, and health education. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 208 or A SPN 209 or permission of instructor.

A SPN 310 (formerly A SPN 223) Introduction to Literary Methods (3)
Formerly A SPN 223, 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. Only one of A SPN 310 and A SPN 223 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 208 or A SPN 209 or A SPN 301 or permission of instructor.

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 or A SPN 310 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

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 or A SPN 310 or permission of instructor; 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 version of A SPN 316 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 223 or A SPN 310 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

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 version of A SPN 317 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 223 or A SPN 310 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

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. May be repeated once for credit when content varies. Consult current schedule of classes for topic. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 223 or A SPN 310 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

A SPN 319 20th 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 or A SPN 310 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

A SPN 320 (= A LCS 319) 20th 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 version of A SPN 320 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 223 or A SPN 310 permission of instructor.

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 version of A SPN 322 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 223 or A SPN 310 or permission of instructor.

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 A SPN 310 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

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 or A SPN 310 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

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 version of A SPN 326 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 223 or A SPN 310 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

A SPN 328 Spanish-Language Applied Learning Internship (3)
Internships involve the students' participation in the work of an agency, institution, or corporate body, with collateral academic study. By enrolling in the Spanish program's internship course, students can earn degree credit for professional experience before they graduate. At their internship site, students work on assignments closely related to their Spanish major/minor. The university-approved internship is an integrated learning experience that enhances both their studies and career development. This is a mutually beneficial program whereby students acquire industry related skills, while the industries/agencies benefit from the student's advanced language and intercultural skills. Enrollment is contingent on the approval of a University at Albany full-time member of the instructional staff willing to supervise the study and evaluate on-site reports of the student's progress. Open only to Spanish majors or minors Does not yield credit towards the major or minor in Spanish. The student can only enroll in this course once. Prerequisites: permission of department chair. S/U graded. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

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 when content varies. Consult schedule for topic. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

A SPN 344 Women in Hispanic Literature (3)
Images of women in diverse works in Hispanic literature. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 223 or A SPN 310 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

A SPN 347 Resistance and Revolution in Latin American Literature and Art (3)
This course will examine the various literary and artistic works (fiction, photography, film/media) that have focused on promoting and representing resistance and revolution in Latin America. In addition to analyzing specific literary and artistic works in relation to the topic, the course will contextualize the works in the socioeconomic, political, and cultural currents that produced them. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 223 or A SPN 310 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

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 for credit with special approval of the program. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 311 and A SPN 312. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

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): this is a capstone course and requires senior Spanish major with Spanish Language, Linguistics, Teaching concentration and one 400 level Spanish linguistics course.

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 303 or A SPN 496 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): this is a capstone course and requires senior Spanish major with Spanish Language, Linguistics, Teaching concentration and one 400 level Spanish linguistics course.

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. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 303 or A SPN 496 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 303 or A SPN 496 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

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 303 or A SPN 496 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

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 303 or A SPN 496 or permission of instructor.

A SPN 408 Spanish Second Language Acquisition (3)
This course presents a panoramic view of the major questions, research methods, and findings in the study of the acquisition of Spanish as a second, additional, or foreign language. The first part of the course explores fundamental concepts in the field of second language acquisition -- such as interlanguage, language transfer, language universals, error analysis, and stages of development -- and traces the development of the field from early behaviorist theories to contemporary approaches to learner language. The second part of the course delves into contemporary research on the acquisition of Spanish. Students will examine and analyze samples of learner language using tools typically employed in the field and will explore structures from all levels of grammar that present challenges to Spanish language learners. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 303 (formerly A SPN 496) or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

A SPN 409 Spanish for Community Engagement (3)
This course examines Spanish with a focus on its presence, use, and application within the community. Course topics will include language attitudes, bilingualism, dialect variation, Spanish in the US, and Spanish for specific purposes. Additionally, the course will explore the availability of resources in Spanish in communities. Coursework will be coupled with a significant service component that will provide students the opportunity to apply what they are learning to language use in the community. Service projects and sites will be determined on the basis of students' interest, scheduling considerations, and the needs of the community. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 208 or A SPN 209 or A SPN 301 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

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 version of A SPN 414 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): two courses between A SPN 310-350 (excluding A SPN 333) or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022 .

A SPN 417 Youth Cultures in Latin America (3)
This course will examine contemporary youth cultures in Latin America as reflected in diverse forms of art analyzed and discussed using of a variety of critical approaches. Examples taken from film, literature, music, and electronic media. Prerequisite(s): two courses between A SPN 310-350 (excluding A SPN 333) or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

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): two courses between A SPN 310-350 (excluding A SPN 333) or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

A SPN 442 Topics in the Spanish Language (3)
Selected topics in Spanish language not covered by other undergraduate courses offered by the program. May be repeated for credit when content varies. Consult current schedule of classes for topic. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 303 or A SPN 496 or permission of instructor.

A SPN 443 Topics in Hispanic Literature (3)
Selected topics in Hispanic literature not covered by other undergraduate courses offered by the program. May be repeated for credit when content varies. Consult current schedule of classes for topic. Prerequisite(s): this is a capstone course and requires senior Spanish major with Hispanic Literatures and Cultures concentration and one 400 level Spanish literature course.

A SPN 446 (= A AFS 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 studied may include such things as social protest, censored texts, women’s writing, the literature of exile, minority portrayals, and slavery. Only one version of A SPN 446 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): two courses between A SPN 310-350 (excluding A SPN 333) or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

A SPN 450 (= A LCS 449) African Diaspora in Latin America (3)
This course provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the global, cultural, and historical experiences of all peoples of African descent in the Latin American and Caribbean including communities of Black presences from the period of the transatlantic slave trade and their descendants, and from recent migration movements. The course places a strong emphasis on Afro-Latin American cultural expressions through discussions of current day social and political issues. By examining the work of Afro-Latin American writers and artists, the course emphasizes their contributions to the political development of his own country while promoting social change and debating hegemonic discourse of national and continental identity. This course also offers to students the opportunity to discuss the impact of discursive racial constructions to the everyday practices in Latin America. This course is taught in Spanish. Prerequisite(s): two A SPN courses between 310-350 (excluding 333) or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

A SPN 462 The Fantastic and Otherworldly in Latin American Literature (3)
This course will examine the literary supernatural in twentieth-century Latin American narratives: the Fantastic, Magical Realism, the Gothic, and lo real maravilloso. Prerequisite(s): two courses between A SPN 310-350 (excluding A SPN 333) or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

A SPN 490 Romance Linguistics (3)
A study of the general linguistic traits and differences between the major romance languages, with particular attention given to both the historical factors and different linguistic processes which produced current language divisions. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 303 or A SPN 496 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

A SPN 491 Forensic Spanish Linguistics (3)
This course studies the intersection between language and the law with specific reference to legal Spanish. The class will focus on two main areas: the lexical and grammatical characteristics of legal Spanish and the forensic linguist as an expert and participant in judicial processes. Aspects of the criminal use of the Spanish language in different modalities will also be analyzed. The objective is to familiarize students with the emerging field of forensic linguistics and its usefulness in multilingual societies. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 303 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

A SPN 492 Introduction to Spanish Dialectology (3)
This course will describe the linguistic traits of European Spanish and the division of Spain into different dialects. It will study linguistic concepts and the methodologies associated with spatial dialect studies, and consider competing factors which explain Spain’s current dialect configurations. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 303 or A SPN 496 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

A SPN 493 Introduction to Latin American Dialectology (3)
The principal linguistic traits of Spanish in the Americas, and the classification of American Spanish into individual dialects. The influence of African and indigenous peoples on American Spanish, standard and non-standard varieties, and historical and geographical factors which contribute to the dialect differences. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 303 or A SPN 496 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2021-2022.

A SPN 494 Spanish Sociolinguistics (3)
The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the scientific study of the complex relationship between language and society in the different parts of the Spanish Speaking World. It examines the wide range of linguistic variations and the corresponding methods of their study both in monolingual and bilingual speech communities. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 303 or A SPN 496 or permission of instructor.

A SPN 495 Bilingualism and U.S. Spanish (3)
This course offers a deep study of bilingualism and its implications for the individual and the society (identity, family, minorities, and education). The focus will be on the acquisition and development of communicative skills by bilingual speakers in the United States. Special attention will be paid to the intersection of bilingualism with other linguistic phenomena including borrowing, code-switching, diglossia, multilingualism, language shift, and language maintenance. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 303 or A SPN 496 or permission of instructor.

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.