Spanish Language and Literature
SPAN101Beginning Spanish IIntroduction to the Spanish Language and the Spanish-speaking world. Students begin developing competency in the four basic skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) through communicative activities and cultural exploration.Prerequisite: Placement test if student has any prior experience with Spanish.
SPAN102Beginning Spanish IIFurther development of the four skills through continued exploration of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will work to acquire the linguistic skills and cultural knowledge needed to navigate a variety of cultural settings. Prerequisite: SPAN-101 or Placement Test
SPAN201Intermediate SpanishThe refining and expansion of communicative skills. Students develop critical thinking and cross-cultural competency by reading, discussing, and writing about authentic texts. Prerequisite: SPAN-102 or Placement Test
SPAN202Conversation and CompositionCritical explorations of the Spanish-speaking world through focused reading, discussion, and related written assignments.Prerequisite: SPAN-201 or Placement Test
SPAN203Advanced Conversation and CompositionAn introduction to the critical analysis of texts from the Spanish-speaking world. Students begin to acquire a more sophisticated knowledge of the intricacies of the Spanish-speaking world while putting into practice more complex forms of written and oral expression.Prerequisite: SPAN-202 or Placement Test
SPAN205Culture of Health and Disease in the Hispanic CommunityThis course enables students to connect with Spanish-speaking clients and healthcare providers by teaching appropriate vocabulary and presenting different cultural attitudes and practices relating to health and disease. A service-learning component is included in this course.Prerequisite: SPAN-201
SPAN295Spanish for Heritage-SpeakersThe course is intended to encourage heritage-speakers of Spanish to foster their cultural and linguistic identity by providing them with a learning environment in which they are among their latino peers. Students will broaden their writing and speaking skills in order to express themselves fluently in both informal and formal Spanish. In addition, analysis of authentic texts aims to empower students by exposing them to the great diversity found within the Spanish-speaking world (Latin American, Spain, and the United States).
SPAN301Introduction to Hispanic LiteraturesAn introduction to the periods, concepts, genres, and major figures of Spanish and Spanish-American literature. Using selected texts, discussion, and a variety of written assignments, this course will introduce students to literary analysis and bibliographic methods. Prerequisite: SPAN-203 or Placement Test
SPAN401The Spanish-Speaking World on FilmResearch, discussion, and analysis of selected topics and issues in the Spanish-speaking world as reflected in film. Students develop the vocabulary and critical-thinking skills necessary to analyze and interpret the genre in both oral and written form. This course may be repeated for credit toward graduation if the content is different, but may count only once toward the major or minor.Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN435Advanced Literary StudiesCourse focuses on major figures and movements in Spanish and/or Spanish-American literature. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit if the course content is different.Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN445Visual Practices in Latin AmericaThis course introduces students to critical texts, debates and questions proposed by the visual studies field in the context of Latin American cultural production. The course will examine and question various historical cases in which the visual medium has been used as a tool of power and dominance of populations. Also, the visual medium will be studied as a way to express resistance and subversion. Panoramically, the course will include discussions on Barroco de Indias, Mexican Muralism, Third Cinema, and issues on photography and photojournalism and its collaboration with literature. It will also examine changes in aesthetics during the dictatorships in Latin America and finally, will analyze the globally broadcasted telenovelas or soap operas. In order to participate in an active and well-informed way, students are required to read, observe, reflect and write about visual material. As assignments, students will develop a visual diary in Tumblr, they will deliver group presentations and a final essay. Students will be required to spend extra time for film screenings.
SPAN455Limits of GenreThis course explores the limits of the traditional boundaries (poetry, narrative, drama, essay) among literary classifications. Appropriate cultural, historical, and political context provides the backdrop to understand the crossing of boundaries among literary genres and the incorporation, in literary texts, of diverse art forms.Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN460Early Modern SpainA survey of the major movements, figures, and works of the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. Students will explore the social, historical, and aesthetic contexts of early modern Spain through a study of the cultural production of the period and pertinent secondary texts.Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN465Spanish Culture From the Enlightenment to the RestorationA survey of the literary, social, and ideological currents of the 18th and 19th centuries in Spain. Students will study encyclopedic writing, neoclassical theatre, romantic theatre and poetry, and realist and naturalist narrative.Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN470Modern SpainA survey of the major writers and cultural movements in Spain from the Generation of 1898 until the contemporary period. Students will focus on how writers challenged and represented the historical, social, and cultural changes of the 20th century.Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN475Conquest, Colonization, and IndependenceStudy of the principal literary figures, works, and cultural and political contexts of XIV century to 1830.Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN480Constructing Spanish-AmericaStudy of the principal literary figures, works, and cultural and political contexts from mid XIX-century to mid XX-century. Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN485Literary Revolutions of Spanish-AmericaExamination of the intellectual and literary patterns in Spanish-American literature from the mid-XXth century onward.Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN491Peninsular Spanish SeminarAdvanced study of outstanding authors, works, or genres that will vary to reflect the interest of students and the professor. Prerequisite: One unit above SPAN 301
SPAN492Spanish-American SeminarAdvanced study of outstanding authors, works, or genres that are generally recognized as seminal to an understanding of Spanish America's social, philosophical, and aesthetic traditions.Prerequisite: One unit above SPAN 301
SPAN495The Post-Civil War Novel in SpainThis course will focus on examples of literary experimentation after the shock and devastation of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). The tremendous loss of life, property and infrastructure led intellectuals to question the Twentieth Century's narrative of progress and to ponder the human condition in the context of moral and material degradation. During the Francoist regime, intense censorship and propaganda forced novelists to experiment with alternative - and often cryptic - forms of expression. Students will read, decode and contextualize works from the literary tendencies of tremendismo, social realism and the so-called New Spanish NovelPrerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN593Senior Individualized ProjectEach program or department sets its own requirements for Senior Individualized Projects done in that department, including the range of acceptable projects, the required background of students doing projects, the format of the SIP, and the expected scope and depth of projects. See the Kalamazoo Curriculum -> Curriculum Details and Policies section of the Academic Catalog for more details.Prerequisite: Permission of department and SIP supervisor required.