Majors and Minors

2019 - 2020 Catalog

We have the following degrees:

French major leading to BA degree

A major in French leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires demonstrated proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and completion of at least 30 credits distributed as follows:

  1. FREN 261, 273, and 397
  2. One course in civilization: FREN 280, 281, 282, 283, or 285
  3. Two additional French courses numbered 200 or above. The department head may approve any one Romance languages literature, film, or culture course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward this requirement.
  4. Four additional French courses numbered 300 or above, except FREN 493.
  5. Completion of the French Assessment Exam (FAE), a four-skills assessment, in winter term of senior year.

The department strongly recommends a study-abroad experience of at least one term, and preferably a full academic year.

Students who wish to work in French and another Romance Language are advised to see the description of the Romance Languages major.

  1. Required courses:
  2.  

    • FREN 261 - Conversation et composition: Cours avancé
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent
      FacultyStaff

      Further development of conversational skills and beginning work in free composition, with systematic grammar review and word study in various relevant cultural contexts.


    • FREN 273 - Introduction à l'analyse littéraire
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164 or equivalent
      FacultyStaff

      An introduction to French literature and literary analysis based on a study of selected prose, poetry, and theater. Focus on textual analysis in composition and oral presentations.


    • FREN 397 - Séminaire avancé
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteThree courses in French at the 200 level

      The in-depth study of a topic in French literature and/or civilization. Recent offerings include: La Littérature francophone du Maghreb; La littérature Beure; La France sous l'occupation; Les femmes et l'écriture au XVIIe siècle; Les écrivains du XXe siècle et la diversité culturelle; L'affaire Dreyfus. Students are encouraged to use this course for the development of a personal project. May be repeated for degree credit when the topics are different.


  3. Take one course in civilization from the following:
  4.  

    • FREN 280 - Civilisation et culture francophones
      FDRHU
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent

      A study of significant aspects of culture and civilization in francophone countries. Topics may include: contemporary Africa, pre-colonial Africa, West Indian history and culture, and Canadian contemporary issues. Readings, discussion and papers in French further development of communication skills.


    • FREN 281 - Civilisation et culture françaises: Traditions et changements
      FDRHU
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent

      A study of significant aspects of French culture and civilization, seen in a diachronic perspective. Emphasis on economic, sociological and historical changes that shaped present-day institutions and national identity. Readings, discussions and papers in French for further development of communication skills.


    • FREN 282 - Civilisation et culture françaises: La France d'aujourd'hui
      FDRHU
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent

      A study of the current front-page titles in the French press (and the underlying realities) as they reflect the current economic, political, social and intellectual issues that define contemporary French life. Readings, film viewings, discussions and papers in French for further development of communication skills.

      Fall 2019, FREN 282-01: Civilisation et culture françaises: La France d'aujourd'hui (3). Prerequisites: FREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent. A study of modern France. This course examines the economic, political, social and intellectual issues which shape contemporary French life. We spend considerable time this term discussing migration across European borders, patterns of immigration, the French concept of laïcité, and more generally the idea of a French identity. Readings, discussions, and papers in French for further development of communication skills. (HU) Lambeth.

       


    • FREN 283 - Histoire des idées
      FDRHU
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164 or equivalent
      FacultyStaff

      This course retraces the evolution of thought in France across centuries through the examination of intellectual, cultural and artistic movements. Readings, discussions and paper in French for further development of communication skills.


    • FREN 285 - Spring Term Topics in French Civilization
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent

      A study of significant aspects of culture and civilization through direct experience abroad in France and/or Francophone countries. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


  5. Take two additional French courses numbered 200 or above.
  6. The department head may approve any one Romance languages literature, film, or culture course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward this requirement.

  7. Take four additional French courses numbered 300 or above, except FREN 493.
  8. French Assessment Exam
  9. Completion of the French Assessment Exam (FAE), a four-skills assessment, in winter term of senior year.

  10. Study Abroad
  11. The department strongly recommends a study-abroad experience of at least one term, and preferably a full academic year.

Romance Languages major, with a French emphasis, leading to a BA degree

A major in Romance languages, with a French emphasis, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree consists of at least 33 credits as follows:

  1. FREN 261, 273, and 397
  2. One course in civilization: FREN 280, 281, 282, 283 or 285
  3. One additional French course numbered 200 or above. The department head may approve any one Romance language literature, film, or culture course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward this requirement.
  4. Four additional French courses numbered 300 or above, except FREN 493.
  5. Completion of one of the following sequences:

a. the intermediate level or its equivalent in Spanish (SPAN 162, 164 or 172) and one of the following three pairings:

SPAN 220 and 240
SPAN 211 and 240
SPAN 212 and 220

b. PORT 163 and two 200-level Portuguese courses

c. ITAL 163 and two 200-level Italian courses

6. Completion of the French Assessment Exam (FAE), a four-skills assessment, in winter term of senior year.

The department strongly recommends a study-abroad experience of at least one semester, and preferably one academic year.

Students interested in using Portuguese or Italian in combination with French or Spanish for the Romance Languages major should consult with the appropriate faculty member (or department head).

  1. Required courses
  2.  

    • FREN 261 - Conversation et composition: Cours avancé
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent
      FacultyStaff

      Further development of conversational skills and beginning work in free composition, with systematic grammar review and word study in various relevant cultural contexts.


    • FREN 273 - Introduction à l'analyse littéraire
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164 or equivalent
      FacultyStaff

      An introduction to French literature and literary analysis based on a study of selected prose, poetry, and theater. Focus on textual analysis in composition and oral presentations.


    • FREN 397 - Séminaire avancé
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteThree courses in French at the 200 level

      The in-depth study of a topic in French literature and/or civilization. Recent offerings include: La Littérature francophone du Maghreb; La littérature Beure; La France sous l'occupation; Les femmes et l'écriture au XVIIe siècle; Les écrivains du XXe siècle et la diversité culturelle; L'affaire Dreyfus. Students are encouraged to use this course for the development of a personal project. May be repeated for degree credit when the topics are different.


  3. One course in civilization from:
    • FREN 280 - Civilisation et culture francophones
      FDRHU
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent

      A study of significant aspects of culture and civilization in francophone countries. Topics may include: contemporary Africa, pre-colonial Africa, West Indian history and culture, and Canadian contemporary issues. Readings, discussion and papers in French further development of communication skills.


    • FREN 281 - Civilisation et culture françaises: Traditions et changements
      FDRHU
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent

      A study of significant aspects of French culture and civilization, seen in a diachronic perspective. Emphasis on economic, sociological and historical changes that shaped present-day institutions and national identity. Readings, discussions and papers in French for further development of communication skills.


    • FREN 282 - Civilisation et culture françaises: La France d'aujourd'hui
      FDRHU
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent

      A study of the current front-page titles in the French press (and the underlying realities) as they reflect the current economic, political, social and intellectual issues that define contemporary French life. Readings, film viewings, discussions and papers in French for further development of communication skills.

      Fall 2019, FREN 282-01: Civilisation et culture françaises: La France d'aujourd'hui (3). Prerequisites: FREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent. A study of modern France. This course examines the economic, political, social and intellectual issues which shape contemporary French life. We spend considerable time this term discussing migration across European borders, patterns of immigration, the French concept of laïcité, and more generally the idea of a French identity. Readings, discussions, and papers in French for further development of communication skills. (HU) Lambeth.

       


    • FREN 283 - Histoire des idées
      FDRHU
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164 or equivalent
      FacultyStaff

      This course retraces the evolution of thought in France across centuries through the examination of intellectual, cultural and artistic movements. Readings, discussions and paper in French for further development of communication skills.


    • FREN 285 - Spring Term Topics in French Civilization
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent

      A study of significant aspects of culture and civilization through direct experience abroad in France and/or Francophone countries. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


  4. One additional French course numbered 200 or above
  5. The department head may approve any one Romance language literature, film, or culture course taught by Romance Languages faculty toward this requirement.

  6. Four additional French courses numbered 300 or above, except FREN 493
  7. Completion of one of the following sequences:
  8. a. the intermediate level or its equivalent in Spanish (SPAN 162, 164 or 172) and one of the following three pairings:

    SPAN 220 and 240
    SPAN 211 and 240
    SPAN 212 and 220b. 

    b. PORT 163 and two 200-level Portuguese courses

    c. ITAL 163 and two 200-level Italian courses

  9. French Assessment Exam
  10. Completion of the French Assessment Exam (FAE), a four-skills assessment, in winter term of senior year.

  11. Study abroad
  12. The department strongly recommends a study-abroad experience of at least one semester, and preferably one academic year.

Romance Languages major, with a Spanish emphasis, leading to a BA degree

A major in Romance languages, with a Spanish emphasis, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree consists of at least 33 credits as follows:

  1. SPAN 220, 240 and 275
  2. One additional 200-level course in Spanish. The department head may approve any one Romance language literature, film, or culture course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward this requirement.
  3. Five Spanish courses numbered 300 or above, as follows:
    1. One course on literature of Spanish America chosen from SPAN 340, 341, 342, 344, 347, 354, and 398
    2. One course on literature of Spain chosen from SPAN 312, 320, 322, 323, 333 and 397
    3. One course in linguistics chosen from SPAN 209, 308, 309, 380, and, when appropriate (linguistic-themed), 392
    4. Two additional Spanish courses numbered 300 or above, except SPAN 493
  4. Completion of one of the following sequences:
    a. Completion of the intermediate level or its equivalent in French (FREN 162, 164, or 172), FREN 261, and one course chosen from FREN 273, 280, 281, 282, 283 or 285.
    b. PORT 163 and two 200-level Portuguese courses
    c. ITAL 163 and two 200-level Italian courses

5. Completion of the Spanish Assessment Exam (SAE), a four-skills assessment, in winter term of senior year.

The department strongly recommends a study-abroad experience of at least one semester, and preferably one academic year, in a Spanish-speaking country.

Students interested in using Portuguese or Italian in combination with French or Spanish for the Romance Languages major should consult with the appropriate faculty member (or department head).

  1. Required courses:
  2.  

    • SPAN 220 - Introducción a la literatura española
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteSPAN 162 or 164 or equivalent
      FacultyStaff

      Spanish literary masterpieces from the Poema del Cid through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.


    • SPAN 240 - Introducción a la literatura hispanoamericana
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteSPAN 162 or 164 or equivalent
      FacultyStaff

      Spanish-American literary masterpieces from colonial times through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.


    • SPAN 275 - Introducción al análisis literario
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteSPAN 220 or 240
      FacultyStaff

      Preparation for analysis of Hispanic literature. Composition develops style and method for analyzing prose, poetry, and drama in Spanish. Conversation continues vocabulary building and concentrates on discussion of literary themes.


  3. One additional 200-level course in Spanish
  4. The department head may approve any one Romance language literature, film, or culture course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward this requirement.

  5. Five Spanish courses numbered 300 or above, as follows:
  6.  

    • One course on literature of Spanish America chosen from

       

      • SPAN 340 - Spanish-American Short Story
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 240 and SPAN 275
        FacultyBarnett

        A study of the Spanish-American short story with special attention to the works of Quiroga, Borges, Cortázar, and Valenzuela.


      • SPAN 341 - 20th-Century Mexican Literature: Beyond Revolution
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 240 and SPAN 275
        FacultyBarnett

        This course examines the artistic reaction to the 1910 Mexican Revolution and seeks to understand its aesthetic impact on 20th-century Mexican artists from a variety of genres. Seminal works from narrative, poetry, and essay as well as the visual arts reveal how some artists promoted the ideals of the Revolution, others became disenchanted, and still others invented revolutionary styles of expression in order to convey a new cultural self-perception and worldview.


      • SPAN 342 - Spanish-American Narrative: The Boom Generation
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 240 and SPAN 275
        FacultyBarnett

        Readings in the contemporary Spanish-American narrative of the second half of the 20th century with special emphasis on the members of the "Boom" generation, such as Rulfo, Fuentes, García Márquez, Vargas Llosa, Carpentier, and Puig. In addition to short narrative pieces, the readings include El Tunel (Ernesto Sábato), El Amor y Otros Demonios (García Márquez), Aura (Carlos Fuentes), Los Pasos Perdidos (Carpentier), and Casa de Los Espiritus (Allende). The class meets once a week for three hours so that we may maximize our time with each novel.
         


      • SPAN 344 - Spanish-American Poetry
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 240 and 275
        FacultyStaff

        Analysis of the most relevant poetic texts of Spanish-America, including U.S. Hispanic poetry, beginning with precursors of 20th-century poetry and spanning to contemporary works. Representative works include those by Octavio Paz, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Nicanor Parra, Ernesto Cardenal, Raúl Zurita, among others.


      • SPAN 347 - Poetry and Power
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 240 and 275
        FacultyMichelson

        This is a course about reading. We read Spanish-American poetry on power and violence as a way of engaging and investigating the multifaceted and layered historiographies of the region. To intensify our reading, we also "read" a diversity of complementary cultural production, including paintings, murals, and music. Through these self-conscious acts of reading--that is, acts of identifying, evaluating, and critiquing form as much as content--we enhance our ability to analyze and debate ways of defining power in the Americas from within, without, and in liminal zones. Recurring motifs include sexism, racism, classism, and fascism.


      • SPAN 354 - Spanish-American Theater: 20th Century to the Present
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 240 and SPAN 275
        FacultyBotta

        This course provides a panoramic view of the theatrical traditions that have emerged in Spanish-American theater, beginning with the independent theater movement of the 1930s and concluding with the most recent trends in theatrical practices. In particular, the plays are studied as vehicles that reveal how theater practitioners engaged with their historical and cultural contexts in aesthetic terms. Therefore, the focus is also on the plays as performative texts. In order to develop this objective, students are expected to read, discuss, and analyze the dramatic texts, as well as perform scenes from the plays. This course includes works from playwrights such us Arlt, Triana, Diaz, Gambaro, Carballido, Castellanos, and Berman, among others. In addition, we study the political and aesthetic theories of theater developed by Enrique Buenaventura and Augusto Boal.


      • SPAN 398 - Spanish-American Seminar
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 240 and SPAN 275

        A seminar focusing on a single period, genre, motif, or writer. Recent topics have included "Spanish American Women Writers: From America into the 21st Century," "20th Century Latin America Theater," and "Past, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Argentina's Cultural Products." May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

        Fall 2019, SPAN 398A-01 (3): Spanish-American Seminar: La representación del yo en escritos y documentales latinoamericanos. (3). Prerequisites: SPAN 240 and SPAN 275.The course examines the practices of self-representation through the study of literary and non-literary works, oral narratives, and documentaries. In addition to conceptual discussions of how individuals use fictionalized forms of self-portraiture in diverse Latin-American contexts, special attention is paid to issues of memory, subjectivity, self-empowerment, authority, and audience and addressee, among others. Primary texts focus mainly on the 20th and 21th centuries. (HL) Botta.


    • One course on literature of Spain chosen from

       

      • SPAN 312 - Medieval Spanish Cultures in Context
        FDRHL
        Credits4
        PrerequisiteSPAN 211 or 220 and instructor consent
        FacultyBailey

        Spring Term Abroad course. Muslims, Jews, and Christians co-existed for eight-hundred years on the Iberian Peninsula. This course examines these diverse cultures through the texts (literary, historical, religious, and philosophical), the art, and the architecture from the period prior to the arrival of the Arabs in 711, up to and beyond the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. The objective of the course is to glean from the remnants of the experience of their co-existence insights into their distinctive characteristics and how they understood and influenced each other.


      • SPAN 320 - Don Quijote
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 220 and SPAN 275
        FacultyCampbell

        Close reading and discussion of this Early Modern novel. May include close reading and discussion of additional narrative and poetic genres of the Golden Age, as represented in or contributing to the Cervantine work


      • SPAN 322 - Spanish Golden-Age Drama
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 220 and SPAN 275
        FacultyCampbell

        Close reading and discussion of a variety of selected Golden Age dramas of the 17th century. Representative dramatists may include Calderón de la Barca, Tirso de Molina, Lope de Vega, and María de Zayas.
         


      • SPAN 323 - Golden Age Spanish Women Writers
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 220 and SPAN 275
        FacultyCampbell

        A study of the comedia and the novela corta and the manner in which the secular women writers inscribe themselves within and beyond these genres. Close reading and discussion of representative works that may include the short stories and plays by María de Zayas, Ana Caro, Leonor de Meneses, Mariana de Carvajal, and Angela de Azevedo.


      • SPAN 333 - El Cid in History and Legend
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 220 and SPAN 275
        FacultyBailey

        A study of the most significant portrayals of the Castilian warrior Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, El Cid (1045-1099), from his 12th-century biography Historia Roderici to the Hollywood blockbuster El Cid. Epic poems, late medieval ballads, and Renaissance drama all recreate the legendary life of El Cid. This course examines the relevant narratives in an effort to determine the heroic values and attributes recreated by authors and their audiences for nearly a thousand years.


      • SPAN 397 - Peninsular Seminar
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 220 and SPAN 275

        A seminar focusing on a single period, genre, motif, or writer. The specific topic will be determined jointly according to student interest and departmental approval. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

        Fall 2019, SPAN 397A-01: Peninsular Seminar: Representaciones de la Guerra Civil Española (3). This course examines the fundamental importance of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) in literary and visual texts of the Franco and contemporary periods of Spain. Through these readings, students come to understand the evolution of often conflicting histories, ideologies, obsessions, and artistic notions surrounding the war itself and its consequences. After a review of the events leading up to the Spanish Civil War and of the prelude to the Second World War, we observe how the themes and issues of the war manifest in fiction, poetry, film, and other visual texts, paying particular attention to the Franco regime, the pact of silence, and the desire to uncover the past in myriad ways. Literature includes works by Federico García Lorca, Jaime Gil de Biedma, Carmen Laforet, Alberto Méndez, and Mercè Rodoreda. Visual texts include posters, newspapers, letters, government documents, documentaries, fictional films, and NO-DO reels from the Franco era. Mayock.


    • One course in linguistics chosen from:
      • SPAN 209 - Intro to Hispanic Linguistics
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 162, 164, or equivalent
        FacultyReyes

        This course provides a broad view of major subfields of linguistic study with a particular focus on data drawn from the Spanish language. Class discussions begin with broader questions, such as "What is language?" and "How do language and human behavior intersect?"; throughout the term students revisit those questions in light of topics presented in class. By the end of the course, students demonstrate an understanding of the many facets of the Spanish language and also the linguistic principles as can be applied to any language. The course covers major concepts in Spanish phonology and phonetics, Spanish morphology and syntax, and lastly, Spanish dialectology.


      • SPAN 308 - Power and Ideology: (Critical) Discourse Perspectives
        FDRHU
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 275
        FacultyReyes

        This course explores different theoretical approaches to account for the relationship of language and power, and therefore the relationship between language use and social processes. In particular, it observes how meaning is constructed and reconstructed in discourse, especially by the dominant classes with access to public discourse: politicians, academics, journalists, etc., whose messages generally reach and influence large audiences. For this reason, political discourse is an important source of data to observe how social actors employ specific linguistic choices to achieve political goals.


      • SPAN 309 - History of the Spanish Language
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 275 and an additional three credits at the 200 level
        FacultyBailey

        An introduction to the field of historical linguistics and to the genealogy and development of the Spanish language. It begins with an introduction to the field of historical linguistics: essentially, what it means to study the history of a language, the concept of linguistic change, and the types of language families. This is followed by the study of the genealogy and the development of the Spanish language from its Latin origins to present-day Spanish. These include the examination of the structures and peculiarities of Latin, the cultural and historical events that have influenced the shaping of the Spanish language, the properties of medieval Spanish, the most stubborn linguistic myths, and the development of Spanish outside the Iberian Peninsula, especially in Spanish America.


      • SPAN 380 - Spanish Grammar Rules: The Making of a Language
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteTwo Spanish courses at the 200 level or instructor consent
        FacultyReyes

        This course analyzes areas of the Spanish language that are problematic for non-native speakers of Spanish. At the same time, students explore the processes involved in the standardization of a language, in particular the Spanish language, as a social and political construct.


      • and, when appropriate (linguistic-themed),

      • SPAN 392 - Spanish Language Theory and Practice
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteVaries with topic

        A topics course that approaches language study through theories of language use and meaning, as well as their practical application through extensive writing exercises. Topics may include translation theory, analysis of theoretical approaches to language study, and advanced grammar. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

        Fall 2019, SPAN 392A-01: Spanish Language Theory and Practice in Literary Translation (3). Prerequisite: SPAN 275. An advanced seminar devoted to the application, methods, and theories of literary translation. Initial attention is given to the translation of English narrative into Spanish. For this portion, we compare our own translations of oft-translated authors—such as those of Hemingway or Poe—to existing and divergent versions. The majority of the course however is devoted to producing artistic renderings of Spanish and Spanish-American literary texts into English. Students produce individual and collaborative translations of poetry by Pablo Neruda, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, and García Lorca, among others, as well as narrative passages from Ana María Matute, Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, and Jorge Luis Borges. As an example of cross-genre production, we also render 17th-century epic poetry into English prose. The central activity of the course involves the collaborative production of an original translation of a previously non-translated Spanish text into English. Barnett.


    • Two additional Spanish courses numbered 300 or above, except SPAN 493
  7. Completion of one of the following sequences:
  8. a. Completion of the intermediate level or its equivalent in French (FREN 162, 164, or 172), FREN 261, and one course chosen from FREN 273, 280, 281, 282, 283 or 285.

    b. PORT 163 and two 200-level Portuguese courses

    c. ITAL 163 and two 200-level Italian courses

  9. Spanish Assessment Exam
  10. Completion of the Spanish Assessment Exam (SAE), a four-skills assessment, in winter term of senior year.

  11. Study Abroad
  12. The department strongly recommends a study-abroad experience of at least one semester, and preferably one academic year, in a Spanish-speaking country.

Spanish major leading to BA degree

A major in Spanish leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires demonstrated proficiency in listening, speaking,
reading, and writing, and completion of at least 30 credits distributed as follows:

  1. SPAN 220, 240, and 275
  2. Two additional 200-level courses in Spanish. The department head may approve any one Romance language literature, film, or culture course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward this requirement.
  3. Five Spanish courses numbered 300 or above, as follows.
    1. One course on literature of Spanish America chosen from SPAN 340, 341, 342, 344, 347, 354, and 398
    2. One course on literature of Spain chosen from SPAN 312, 320, 322, 323, 333, and 397
    3. One course in linguistics chosen from SPAN 209, 308, 309, 380, and, when appropriate (linguistic-themed), 392"
    4. Two additional Spanish courses numbered 300 or above, except SPAN 493.

4. Completion of the Spanish Assessment Exam (SAE), a four-skills assessment, in winter term of senior year.

The department strongly recommends a study-abroad experience of at least one semester, and preferably one academic year, in a Spanish-speaking country.

Students who plan work in Spanish and another Romance language are advised to refer to the description of the Romance languages major.

  1. Required courses:
  2.  

    • SPAN 220 - Introducción a la literatura española
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteSPAN 162 or 164 or equivalent
      FacultyStaff

      Spanish literary masterpieces from the Poema del Cid through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.


    • SPAN 240 - Introducción a la literatura hispanoamericana
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteSPAN 162 or 164 or equivalent
      FacultyStaff

      Spanish-American literary masterpieces from colonial times through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.


    • SPAN 275 - Introducción al análisis literario
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteSPAN 220 or 240
      FacultyStaff

      Preparation for analysis of Hispanic literature. Composition develops style and method for analyzing prose, poetry, and drama in Spanish. Conversation continues vocabulary building and concentrates on discussion of literary themes.


  3. Two additional 200-level courses in Spanish
  4. The department head may approve any one Romance language literature, film, or culture course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward this requirement.

  5. Five Spanish courses numbered 300 or above, as follows.
  6.  

    • One course on literature of Spanish America chosen from

       

      • SPAN 340 - Spanish-American Short Story
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 240 and SPAN 275
        FacultyBarnett

        A study of the Spanish-American short story with special attention to the works of Quiroga, Borges, Cortázar, and Valenzuela.


      • SPAN 341 - 20th-Century Mexican Literature: Beyond Revolution
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 240 and SPAN 275
        FacultyBarnett

        This course examines the artistic reaction to the 1910 Mexican Revolution and seeks to understand its aesthetic impact on 20th-century Mexican artists from a variety of genres. Seminal works from narrative, poetry, and essay as well as the visual arts reveal how some artists promoted the ideals of the Revolution, others became disenchanted, and still others invented revolutionary styles of expression in order to convey a new cultural self-perception and worldview.


      • SPAN 342 - Spanish-American Narrative: The Boom Generation
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 240 and SPAN 275
        FacultyBarnett

        Readings in the contemporary Spanish-American narrative of the second half of the 20th century with special emphasis on the members of the "Boom" generation, such as Rulfo, Fuentes, García Márquez, Vargas Llosa, Carpentier, and Puig. In addition to short narrative pieces, the readings include El Tunel (Ernesto Sábato), El Amor y Otros Demonios (García Márquez), Aura (Carlos Fuentes), Los Pasos Perdidos (Carpentier), and Casa de Los Espiritus (Allende). The class meets once a week for three hours so that we may maximize our time with each novel.
         


      • SPAN 344 - Spanish-American Poetry
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 240 and 275
        FacultyStaff

        Analysis of the most relevant poetic texts of Spanish-America, including U.S. Hispanic poetry, beginning with precursors of 20th-century poetry and spanning to contemporary works. Representative works include those by Octavio Paz, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Nicanor Parra, Ernesto Cardenal, Raúl Zurita, among others.


      • SPAN 347 - Poetry and Power
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 240 and 275
        FacultyMichelson

        This is a course about reading. We read Spanish-American poetry on power and violence as a way of engaging and investigating the multifaceted and layered historiographies of the region. To intensify our reading, we also "read" a diversity of complementary cultural production, including paintings, murals, and music. Through these self-conscious acts of reading--that is, acts of identifying, evaluating, and critiquing form as much as content--we enhance our ability to analyze and debate ways of defining power in the Americas from within, without, and in liminal zones. Recurring motifs include sexism, racism, classism, and fascism.


      • SPAN 354 - Spanish-American Theater: 20th Century to the Present
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 240 and SPAN 275
        FacultyBotta

        This course provides a panoramic view of the theatrical traditions that have emerged in Spanish-American theater, beginning with the independent theater movement of the 1930s and concluding with the most recent trends in theatrical practices. In particular, the plays are studied as vehicles that reveal how theater practitioners engaged with their historical and cultural contexts in aesthetic terms. Therefore, the focus is also on the plays as performative texts. In order to develop this objective, students are expected to read, discuss, and analyze the dramatic texts, as well as perform scenes from the plays. This course includes works from playwrights such us Arlt, Triana, Diaz, Gambaro, Carballido, Castellanos, and Berman, among others. In addition, we study the political and aesthetic theories of theater developed by Enrique Buenaventura and Augusto Boal.


      • SPAN 398 - Spanish-American Seminar
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 240 and SPAN 275

        A seminar focusing on a single period, genre, motif, or writer. Recent topics have included "Spanish American Women Writers: From America into the 21st Century," "20th Century Latin America Theater," and "Past, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Argentina's Cultural Products." May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

        Fall 2019, SPAN 398A-01 (3): Spanish-American Seminar: La representación del yo en escritos y documentales latinoamericanos. (3). Prerequisites: SPAN 240 and SPAN 275.The course examines the practices of self-representation through the study of literary and non-literary works, oral narratives, and documentaries. In addition to conceptual discussions of how individuals use fictionalized forms of self-portraiture in diverse Latin-American contexts, special attention is paid to issues of memory, subjectivity, self-empowerment, authority, and audience and addressee, among others. Primary texts focus mainly on the 20th and 21th centuries. (HL) Botta.


    • One course on literature of Spain chosen from

       

      • SPAN 312 - Medieval Spanish Cultures in Context
        FDRHL
        Credits4
        PrerequisiteSPAN 211 or 220 and instructor consent
        FacultyBailey

        Spring Term Abroad course. Muslims, Jews, and Christians co-existed for eight-hundred years on the Iberian Peninsula. This course examines these diverse cultures through the texts (literary, historical, religious, and philosophical), the art, and the architecture from the period prior to the arrival of the Arabs in 711, up to and beyond the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. The objective of the course is to glean from the remnants of the experience of their co-existence insights into their distinctive characteristics and how they understood and influenced each other.


      • SPAN 320 - Don Quijote
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 220 and SPAN 275
        FacultyCampbell

        Close reading and discussion of this Early Modern novel. May include close reading and discussion of additional narrative and poetic genres of the Golden Age, as represented in or contributing to the Cervantine work


      • SPAN 322 - Spanish Golden-Age Drama
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 220 and SPAN 275
        FacultyCampbell

        Close reading and discussion of a variety of selected Golden Age dramas of the 17th century. Representative dramatists may include Calderón de la Barca, Tirso de Molina, Lope de Vega, and María de Zayas.
         


      • SPAN 323 - Golden Age Spanish Women Writers
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 220 and SPAN 275
        FacultyCampbell

        A study of the comedia and the novela corta and the manner in which the secular women writers inscribe themselves within and beyond these genres. Close reading and discussion of representative works that may include the short stories and plays by María de Zayas, Ana Caro, Leonor de Meneses, Mariana de Carvajal, and Angela de Azevedo.


      • SPAN 333 - El Cid in History and Legend
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 220 and SPAN 275
        FacultyBailey

        A study of the most significant portrayals of the Castilian warrior Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, El Cid (1045-1099), from his 12th-century biography Historia Roderici to the Hollywood blockbuster El Cid. Epic poems, late medieval ballads, and Renaissance drama all recreate the legendary life of El Cid. This course examines the relevant narratives in an effort to determine the heroic values and attributes recreated by authors and their audiences for nearly a thousand years.


      • SPAN 397 - Peninsular Seminar
        FDRHL
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 220 and SPAN 275

        A seminar focusing on a single period, genre, motif, or writer. The specific topic will be determined jointly according to student interest and departmental approval. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

        Fall 2019, SPAN 397A-01: Peninsular Seminar: Representaciones de la Guerra Civil Española (3). This course examines the fundamental importance of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) in literary and visual texts of the Franco and contemporary periods of Spain. Through these readings, students come to understand the evolution of often conflicting histories, ideologies, obsessions, and artistic notions surrounding the war itself and its consequences. After a review of the events leading up to the Spanish Civil War and of the prelude to the Second World War, we observe how the themes and issues of the war manifest in fiction, poetry, film, and other visual texts, paying particular attention to the Franco regime, the pact of silence, and the desire to uncover the past in myriad ways. Literature includes works by Federico García Lorca, Jaime Gil de Biedma, Carmen Laforet, Alberto Méndez, and Mercè Rodoreda. Visual texts include posters, newspapers, letters, government documents, documentaries, fictional films, and NO-DO reels from the Franco era. Mayock.


    • One course in linguistics chosen from:
      • SPAN 209 - Intro to Hispanic Linguistics
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 162, 164, or equivalent
        FacultyReyes

        This course provides a broad view of major subfields of linguistic study with a particular focus on data drawn from the Spanish language. Class discussions begin with broader questions, such as "What is language?" and "How do language and human behavior intersect?"; throughout the term students revisit those questions in light of topics presented in class. By the end of the course, students demonstrate an understanding of the many facets of the Spanish language and also the linguistic principles as can be applied to any language. The course covers major concepts in Spanish phonology and phonetics, Spanish morphology and syntax, and lastly, Spanish dialectology.


      • SPAN 308 - Power and Ideology: (Critical) Discourse Perspectives
        FDRHU
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 275
        FacultyReyes

        This course explores different theoretical approaches to account for the relationship of language and power, and therefore the relationship between language use and social processes. In particular, it observes how meaning is constructed and reconstructed in discourse, especially by the dominant classes with access to public discourse: politicians, academics, journalists, etc., whose messages generally reach and influence large audiences. For this reason, political discourse is an important source of data to observe how social actors employ specific linguistic choices to achieve political goals.


      • SPAN 309 - History of the Spanish Language
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteSPAN 275 and an additional three credits at the 200 level
        FacultyBailey

        An introduction to the field of historical linguistics and to the genealogy and development of the Spanish language. It begins with an introduction to the field of historical linguistics: essentially, what it means to study the history of a language, the concept of linguistic change, and the types of language families. This is followed by the study of the genealogy and the development of the Spanish language from its Latin origins to present-day Spanish. These include the examination of the structures and peculiarities of Latin, the cultural and historical events that have influenced the shaping of the Spanish language, the properties of medieval Spanish, the most stubborn linguistic myths, and the development of Spanish outside the Iberian Peninsula, especially in Spanish America.


      • SPAN 380 - Spanish Grammar Rules: The Making of a Language
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteTwo Spanish courses at the 200 level or instructor consent
        FacultyReyes

        This course analyzes areas of the Spanish language that are problematic for non-native speakers of Spanish. At the same time, students explore the processes involved in the standardization of a language, in particular the Spanish language, as a social and political construct.


      • and, when appropriate (linguistic-themed),

      • SPAN 392 - Spanish Language Theory and Practice
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteVaries with topic

        A topics course that approaches language study through theories of language use and meaning, as well as their practical application through extensive writing exercises. Topics may include translation theory, analysis of theoretical approaches to language study, and advanced grammar. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

        Fall 2019, SPAN 392A-01: Spanish Language Theory and Practice in Literary Translation (3). Prerequisite: SPAN 275. An advanced seminar devoted to the application, methods, and theories of literary translation. Initial attention is given to the translation of English narrative into Spanish. For this portion, we compare our own translations of oft-translated authors—such as those of Hemingway or Poe—to existing and divergent versions. The majority of the course however is devoted to producing artistic renderings of Spanish and Spanish-American literary texts into English. Students produce individual and collaborative translations of poetry by Pablo Neruda, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, and García Lorca, among others, as well as narrative passages from Ana María Matute, Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, and Jorge Luis Borges. As an example of cross-genre production, we also render 17th-century epic poetry into English prose. The central activity of the course involves the collaborative production of an original translation of a previously non-translated Spanish text into English. Barnett.


    • Two additional Spanish courses numbered 300 or above, except SPAN 493
  7. Spanish Assessment Exam
  8. Completion of the Spanish Assessment Exam (SAE), a four-skills assessment, in winter term of senior year.

  9. Study abroad
  10. The department strongly recommends a study-abroad experience of at least one semester, and preferably one academic year, in a Spanish-speaking country.

French minor

A minor in French requires demonstrated proficiency in the French language, an in-depth knowledge of French culture, and completion of at least 21 credits in seven courses. A student may not complete both a minor in French and a major in French. In meeting the requirements of this discipline-based minor, a student may not use more than nine credits also used to meet the requirements of another major or minor. Course distribution for the French minor must include:

  1. FREN 261, 283
  2. One course in civilization: FREN 280, 281, or 282
  3. At least two courses in 300-level French
  4. Two additional courses in French numbered 200 or above. The department head may authorize one 200-level Romance-language literature course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward the requirements of the minor.
  5. Completion of the French Assessment Exam (FAE), a four-skills assessment, in winter term of senior year.

The department strongly recommends FREN 212 as a study abroad experience. Students may count a total of three relevant French courses from study abroad in a French-speaking country towards the French minor.

  1. Required courses:
  2.  

    • FREN 261 - Conversation et composition: Cours avancé
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent
      FacultyStaff

      Further development of conversational skills and beginning work in free composition, with systematic grammar review and word study in various relevant cultural contexts.


    • FREN 283 - Histoire des idées
      FDRHU
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164 or equivalent
      FacultyStaff

      This course retraces the evolution of thought in France across centuries through the examination of intellectual, cultural and artistic movements. Readings, discussions and paper in French for further development of communication skills.


  3. Take one course in civilization:
    • FREN 280 - Civilisation et culture francophones
      FDRHU
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent

      A study of significant aspects of culture and civilization in francophone countries. Topics may include: contemporary Africa, pre-colonial Africa, West Indian history and culture, and Canadian contemporary issues. Readings, discussion and papers in French further development of communication skills.


    • FREN 281 - Civilisation et culture françaises: Traditions et changements
      FDRHU
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent

      A study of significant aspects of French culture and civilization, seen in a diachronic perspective. Emphasis on economic, sociological and historical changes that shaped present-day institutions and national identity. Readings, discussions and papers in French for further development of communication skills.


    • or

    • FREN 282 - Civilisation et culture françaises: La France d'aujourd'hui
      FDRHU
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent

      A study of the current front-page titles in the French press (and the underlying realities) as they reflect the current economic, political, social and intellectual issues that define contemporary French life. Readings, film viewings, discussions and papers in French for further development of communication skills.

      Fall 2019, FREN 282-01: Civilisation et culture françaises: La France d'aujourd'hui (3). Prerequisites: FREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent. A study of modern France. This course examines the economic, political, social and intellectual issues which shape contemporary French life. We spend considerable time this term discussing migration across European borders, patterns of immigration, the French concept of laïcité, and more generally the idea of a French identity. Readings, discussions, and papers in French for further development of communication skills. (HU) Lambeth.

       


  4. At least two courses in 300-level French
  5.  

  6. Two additional courses in French numbered 200 or above.
  7. The department head may authorize one 200-level Romance-language literature course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward the requirements of the minor.

  8. French Assessment Exam
  9. Completion of the French Assessment Exam (FAE), a four-skills assessment, in winter term of senior year.