Course Descriptions

SPAN 150B2 - The Politics of Language: U.S. Latinos, Language, and Society
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of key issues within the U.S. Latino language experience.  The course introduces concepts such as language ideologies, language attitudes, language shift, language maintenance, the politics of language, and language contact in the context of Spanish and English use among Latinos in the United States.

SPAN 160C1 - The Arts and Politics in Latin America
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

A study of the interrelationships between cultural forms and their socio-historical contexts in the development of Latin America from pre-colonial times to the present.

SPAN 160D1 - Issues in Latin American Society and Popular Cultures
Units: 3

This interdisciplinary course will examine popular culture as an approach to understanding 19th and 20th century Latin America. 

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 210 - Latin America on Film
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

This course will focus on the portrayal of the historical, cultural and socio-political reality of Latin America in film.  It will also incorporate the representation of literature on film.

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.

SPAN 325 - Intermediate Grammar and Writing
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Essential points of grammar, with emphasis on syntax and development of writing skills.

SPAN 330 - Intermediate Conversation
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
SPAN 333 - Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

Develops oral and written Spanish for academic and professional contexts. Emphasizes different genres of writing, focusing on rhetorical strategies for persuasive and argumentative writing and culminates in a research paper.

SPAN 340 - Spanish Phonetics
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

In-depth study of articulatory phonetics with emphasis on both theory and practical applications for non-native speakers of Spanish. (Taught in Spanish).

SPAN 341 - Translation and Interpretation: Social Justice and Practice
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This is the introductory course to the Translation and Interpretation major. The course addresses fundamental philosophical, theoretical, and technical knowledge and skills necessary for the provision of professional cross-cultural linguistic services in the healthcare and legal sectors. The course explores relevant legal and moral principles, general linguistic and grammatical notions, technical foundations, and sociocultural and identity-related dimensions necessary for the development of professional translation and interpretation services in English and Spanish as preparation for future courses in medical and legal translation and interpretation. Students will be introduced to basic translation and interpretation theories and techniques considering semantic and pragmatic factors, promoting translation and interpreting practices that focus on the transfer of meaning rather than on literal translation.

 

    SPAN 343 - Spanish Phonetics for the Heritage Speaker
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

    Introduces learners to Spanish phonology and phonetics. Students learn about the differences between spoken and written language as the basis to advance their Spanish proficiency. It also focuses on exposing students to the different varieties of the Spanish-speaking world.

    SPAN 350 - Readings in the Literary Genres
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    SPAN 352 - Reading Politics and Culture in the Hispanic World
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

    Introduction to major theories, readings and analyses of culture in Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula,and Latinos in the U.S.

    SPAN 360 - The Structure of Spanish
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

    This course serves as an introduction to the structure of the Spanish language. It's a course on how to understand Spanish grammar (and grammar or language structure as a whole) so you might critically reflect on the language to get a deep command of it on your own in the years to come. The course is organized around four basic perspectives on the study of the structure of Spanish: (1) the structure of the Spanish sound inventory, (2) the structure of Spanish words, (3) the structure of Spanish sentences, (4) the structure of the Spanish language in its societies.

    SPAN 371A - Spanish for Business and Economics
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall, Spring
    SPAN 371B - Spanish for Business and Economics
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall, Spring
    SPAN 381 - Medical and Business Translation
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

    This course covers English and Spanish medical and business translation. It focuses on building conceptual knowledge in the medical and business contexts as well as language and translation competence in these settings. It introduces students to professional, nationally accepted standards of medical/ business translation practice and performance using authentic materials and contextually meaningful situations.

    SPAN 382 - Legal and Business Translation.
    Units: 3
    Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

    This course covers English and Spanish legal and business translation. It focuses on building upon conceptual knowledge in the legal and business contexts as well as language and translation competence in these settings. It introduces students to professional standards of legal and business translation practice using authentic materials and contextually meaningful situations.

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