Course List (Hispanic Studies)
Review of all major Spanish grammar points at an advanced level, with particular attention to problematic areas for non-native Spanish speakers. Advanced vocabulary, Spanish language style, and idiomatic expressions emphasized within written and contextualized oral practice. Taught in Spanish. Pre: Graduate standing.
Linguistic issues in Spanish and Hispanic cultures. In-depth examination of a subfield of Hispanic linguistics. Application of theoretical concepts in linguistics. Critique of linguistic research. Design of a linguistic study. Analysis of linguistic data. May be taken twice for credit with different content. Pre: Graduate Standing.
In-depth analysis of the enduring institutions, ideas, and significant intellectual currents that have contributed to the formation of modern Spain. Taught in Spanish, the course integrates selected cultural manifestations in literature, art, architecture, music, theater, and film. Not a variable content course. Pre: Graduate standing, and advanced language skills in Spanish. IV-Offered only during the Intensive Second Language Institute; counts towards the Area Studies M.A. only with additional research component.
In-depth analysis of the enduring cultural institutions and ideas that inform Spanish-American perceptions of reality and their development into modern times. Selected topics include: the cultural contributions of the Spanish, indigenous and African legacies; religions and syncretism; militarism and caudillismo; aesthetics; cultural regions; idiosyncrasies; and concepts of time and space. Essay and prose fiction readings will be complemented by lectures, discussions, and films. Taught in Spanish. Pre: Graduate standing and advanced language skills in Spanish.
Hispanic and/or Latin American literature and culture of the Early Modern period. Texts and/or cultural artifacts selected for aesthetic value, historical importance and thematic significance. Related scholarly criticism representing a variety of approaches. Emphasis on historical, social, and cultural context. May be taken twice for credit with different contant. Pre: Graduate Standing.
Hispanic literature of the 18th and 19th centuries. Examination of literary texts within selected historical periods. Evaluation and application of scholarly criticism in relation to selected works. May be taken twice for credit with different content. Pre: Graduate Standing.
A variable content course devoted to Hispanic literature of the 20th century. Texts are selected not only for their aesthetic value but also in terms of their historical and cultural significance. May be taken twice for credit with different content. Related scholarly critcism will be read along with texts. Pre-requisite: Graduate Standing required
A variable content course devoted to Hispanic literature of the 20th century. Texts are selected not only for their aesthetic value but also in terms of their historical and cultural significance. Related scholarly criticism will be read along with the texts. May be taken twice with different content for a maximum of 6 credits. Graduate standing required.
Hispanic literature, culture, or language that may cross historical periods and national borders. Evaluation of primary texts and cultural artifacts for their aesthetic, socio-historic, ethical, and thematic importance. Relevant scholarly criticism and theoretical schools of thought. Scholarly study of culture and literature through theory. May be taken twice for credit with different content. Pre: Graduate Standing.
This is a special topics, variable content course that allows the students to explore different geographical regions of Spanish America and the ways that authors have used literature to preserve, recreate, revise, subvert, and even contradict their countries' official history. All discussion conducted in Spanish. May be repeated for credit up to three times. Pre: minimum oral proficiency of "Advanced" on the ACTFL scale; and graduate standing.
Introduction to recent theories and methods in history, foreign languages and literary studies, and geography with a focus on issues that have facilitated exchanges between the three disciplines. Practical aspects of Area Studies research are highlighted with particular reference to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. The formulation of research problems using interdisciplinary approaches is given special attention. Graduate standing required.
This course examines the practical study of human language. It explores what language is, what it's components and functions are, how it is used, and how it is learned. The course will be taught in English, with the exploration of multiple examples from different languages, expecially French and Spanish. Graduate standing required. Minimum intermediate proficiency in French or Spanish as determined by the instructor at the beginning of the course or permission.
This variable content course will explore the techniques and difficulties of translating between English and a foreign language. The course may be taught in English, and/or in a particular language. Students will study translation theory, the linguistics of translation, and will practice translating between English and a foreign language, May be repeated with different content for up to nine hours of credit. Graduate standing required. Minimum advanced proficiency in the appropriate language as determined by the instructor.
Examination of theories of language acquisition/learning and practical approaches to teaching languages in higher education classrooms, based on recent theories and research. Students will examine, critique, and emulate models of teaching of langauges, and conduct a research study of teaching practices. Pre-requisite: Graduate Standing required
Ethical issues and the academic, business, and institutional practices related to language scholarship, language-related professions, and international settings. Language policy, development studies, sociology of language, linguistics, translation, and translation theory. Inclusion and diversity in teaching, learning, and research. Pre: Graduate standing.
This variable content course will explore the directors, films and institutions of a national or transnational cinema tradition. The course may be taught in English, or in the language of the films to be studied. Examples of topics: Francophone Cinema, French New Wave Film, Post-Franco Spanish Film or Latin America Cinema. Students will view films, read related criticism and film theory, and will write detailed critiques and analyses. May be repeated with different content for a total of nine hours . Graduate standing required. When the course is taught in a foreign language, advanced language skills as determined by instructor.