Course Descriptions

PORT 101 - Elementary Portuguese I
Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

Communicative approach.  Recommended for students with no previous experience with Portuguese or any other Romance Language.

PORT 102 - Elementary Portuguese II
Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

Communicative approach, emphasis on all language skills.

PORT 350 - Readings in the Literary Genres
Units: 3

Introductory course in literary reading and analysis based on texts from contemporary Luso-Brazilian literature.  

PORT 350A - Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall

An accelerated course which emphasizes all language skills.  Prerequisites: Native fluency in Spanish or 3 years of college level courses in Spanish or permission from the department.

PORT 397/497 - Portuguese Language and Culture
Units: 6

Offered only in Fortaleza, Brazil.  Recommended: one year of Portuguese or the equivalent. Prerequisite(s): PORT 102, 305, or permission from the department.

PORT 399/499/599 - Independent Studies in Portuguese
Units: 1.00 - 4.00
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

To be arranged on an individual basis. See the Department of Spanish and Portuguese for more information.

PORT 401/501 - Luso-Brazillian Literature- 1900
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

Overview of literary periods and introduction to the major literary figures of Portugal, Brazil and the Luso-African countries (Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Porto Principe) from the beginning of their literature to 1900.

PORT 403/503 - Contemporary Luso-Brazilian and Lusophone African Literatures: an Introduction
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Spring

Contemporary Luso-Brazilian and Lusophone African Literatures: an Introduction
Through an interdisciplinary approach, the students will be in contact with the contemporary literature produced in Brazil, Portugal and Lusophone Africa.

PORT 425 - Advanced Grammar and Writing
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This is a composition course for students who control the basic structure of the language and need to develop control of written communication at an advanced level.

PORT 430/530 - Brazilian Civilization
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

Broad survey of Brazilian culture. Thematic examination of some of the major cultural developments. Topics include: Brazilian music, Afro-Brazilian culture, the role of women in Brazilian society, Brazilian popular culture.

PORT 440/540 - Portuguese Phonetics and Phonology
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall

Description of the sounds of Portuguese and its main phonological rules.  Contrastive analysis between Portuguese, English, and Spanish phonetic systems, aiming at improving the non-native speaker pronunciation.  Discussion of dialectal variation

PORT 449/549 - Brazilian Literature in Film
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall

Presentation of the masterpieces of Brazilian literature and the great films based upon them, with emphasis on the contrast between cinema techniques and literary production

PORT 452/552 - Introduction to Portuguese Linguistics
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This course explores the field of linguistics as it applies to the Portuguese language. The main goal is to investigate the Portuguese language structure (phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics) and aspects of the interaction between language and society in the Portuguese-speaking world.

PORT 463/563 - Topics in Luso-Brazilian literature
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This course may be repeated for credit when topics vary.  Topics cover theater, poetry, novel, short stories, etc. 

SPAN 101 - Beginning Spanish First Semester Spanish
Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

For the student with no previous experience in Spanish

SPAN 102 - Elementary Spanish - Second Semester Spanish
Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

This course is a continuation of Spanish 101, for students with one year of previous study of Spanish or by placement exam

SPAN 103 - Oral Skills for Heritage Learners of Spanish
Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

For students who have receptive skills in Spanish, but who encounter difficulty speaking. It focuses on developing fluent conversation and listening skills in a positive and culturally rich environment. It also covers basic grammar structures.

SPAN 201 - Second Year Spanish - Third Semester Spanish
Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

This course is a continuation of Spanish 101 and 102 or by placement exam

SPAN 202 - Second Year Spanish - Fourth Semester Spanish
Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

This is a continuation of Spanish 101,102, and 201 or by placement exam.

SPAN 203 - Writing and Oral Skills for the Heritage Learner of Spanish
Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

Focuses mainly on written and oral development but reading and listening skills are also practiced in a dynamic cultural context. Grammar and spelling issues relevant to students' needs are also covered.

SPAN 205 - Intensive Spanish
Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

This course is the equivalent of 101 and 102. Recommended for highly motivated students and/or those with experience in another Romance language.

SPAN 206 - Intensive Spanish
Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

This course is the equivalent of 201 and 202. Recommended for highly motivated students and/or those with experience in another Romance language.

SPAN 251 - Intermediate Spanish
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This course is the bridge between the Basic Language Programcourses and the Upper Division classesIt is designed to improve reading and writing strategies, with a major emphasis on composition through literature.

SPAN 253 - Intermediate Spanish I for Heritage Learners
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall

For students who understand and speak Spanish fluently. Focuses on differences between formal and informal uses of Spanish and develops both in the areas of writing, reading, speaking, listening, and vocabulary in a dynamic cultural context centered on Hispanics in the US.

SPAN 323 - Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Learners II
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

Focuses on expanding the learners’ oral and written academic proficiency and promotes their critical thinking skills in a dynamic cultural context centered on Latin America. Reviews advanced grammar and spelling issues to strengthen students’ writing.

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