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Courses in Spanish

[Please note that some courses are not offered every year]


Span 101, 102, 103 First-year Spanish (4,4,4)
An introduction to elementary Spanish. Emphasis on listening comprehension and oral practice, the elements of grammar, vocabulary building, and elementary readings.

  • For information about the scope and sequence of Spanish 101, 102 or 103, please contact Jenny Ceciliano at ceciliano@pdx.edu.

Span 199 Special Studies (Credit to be arranged.)

Span 201, 202, 203 Second-year Spanish (4,4,4)

Intensive review of basic materials introduced in the first-year program and further development of communication skills. Recommended prerequisite: Span 103.

  • For information about the scope and sequence of Spanish 201, 202 or 203, or for a copy of course syllabi, please contact Isabel Jaen Portillo at jaen@pdx.edu

Span 299 Special Studies (Credit to be arranged.)

Span 301, 302, 303 Third-year Spanish (4,4,4)

Spanish Language study to help develop advanced proficiency. Intensive grammar instruction and preparation for upper division courses in culture, linguistics and literature. Emphasis on speaking, listening, comprehension, reading and writing skills for analysis and research. Recommended prerequisite: Span 203.

  • For information about the scope and sequence of Spanish 301, 302 or 303, or for a copy of course syllabi, please contact Ines Warnock at iwarnock@pdx.edu

Span 325 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology (4)

Introduction to the sounds of Spanish: their place and manner of articulation (phonetics) as well as how they pattern with respect to each other and as influenced by morphological and syntactic factors (phonology).
Recommended prerequisite: Span 301 and 302.

Span 330 Peninsular Culture and Civilization (4)

Historical development of life, thought, and the arts in Spain.
Recommended prerequisite:  Eight credits of Span 301, Span 302, or Span 303.

Span 331 Latin American Culture and Civilization (4)

Historical development of life, thought, and the arts in Latin America.
Recommended prerequisite:  Eight credits of Span 301, Span 302, or Span 303.
[Not taught every year.]

Span 341, 342, 343, 344, 345 Introduction to Hispanic Literature (4,4,4,4,4)

341 Study of medieval and/or pre-Colombian cultural texts and practices that form the foundations of Spanish literary traditions. Prerequisites: Span 301, Span 302, and Span 303.

342 Study of Early Modern Spanish and/or Hispanic American literary practices and works from the 15th to the 17th century. Prerequisites: Span 301, Span 302, and Span 303. 

343 Study of Spanish and/or Hispanic American literary practices and works in the context of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century independence and republican movements. Prerequisites: Span 301, Span 302, and Span 303. 

344 Study of Spanish and/or Hispanic American literary practices and works in the 20th century with emphases on war, dictatorship, revolution and globalization. Prerequisites: Span 301, Span 302, and Span 303. 

345 Study of contemporary Spanish and/or Hispanic American literary practices, works, and new media and works in global and digital contexts. Prerequisites: Span 301, Span 302, and Span 303.

Span 399 Special Studies (Credit to be arranged.)

Span 401/501 Research (Credit to be arranged.)

Span 404/504 Cooperative Education/Internship (Credit to be arranged.)

Span 405/505 Reading and Conference (Credit to be arranged.)
Consent of instructor.

Span 407/507 Seminar (Credit to be arranged.)
Consent of instructor.

Span 408/508 Workshop (Credit to be arranged.)
Consent of instructor.

Span 409/509 Practicum (Credit to be arranged.)

Span 410/510 Selected Topics (Credit to be arranged.)

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Span 411/511 Advanced Spanish (4)

Intensive training in composition, translation, and conversation. May be taken concurrently with Span 414/514.
Prerequisite: Span 301, Span 302, and Span 303.

Span 414/514 Advanced Spanish Grammar (4)

A thorough study of grammar and syntax for majors and prospective teachers. May be taken concurrently with Span 411/511. Prerequisite: Span 301, Span 302, and Span 303.

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Span 421/521 Major Topics: Peninsular Prose (4)

Study, analysis, and critique of major prose works of Spain by such authors as Fernando de Rojas, Cervantes, Galdós, Unamuno, and Goytisolo. Prerequisites: 8 credits of Span 341, 342, 343, 344 or 345.

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Span 422/522 Major Topics: Peninsular Drama (4)

Study, analysis, and critique of major dramatic works of Spain by authors such as Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Calderón de la Barca, Zorrilla, García Lorca, and Buero Vallejo. Course may be repeated for credit when topics vary.
Prerequisites: 8 credits of Span 341, 342, 343, 344 or 345.

Span 423/523 Major Topics: Peninsular Poetry (4)

Study, analysis, and critique of the poetry of Spain by authors such as Berceo, Góngora, Quevedo, Machado, Jiménez, and Cernuda. Course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: 8 credits of Span 341, 342, 343, 344 or 345.

Span 427/527 Major Topics: Latin American Prose (4)

Study, analysis, and critique of major prose works of Latin America by such authors as García Márquez, Fuentes, Paz, Vargas Llosa, Mastretta, and Borges. Course may be repeated for credit when topics vary.
Prerequisites: 8 credits of Span 341, 342, 343, 344 or 345.

Span 428/528 Major Topics: Latin American Drama (4)

Study, analysis, and critique of major dramatic works of Latin America by authors such as Gambaro, Benedetti, Usigli, Díaz, and de la Parra. Course may be repeated for credit when topics vary.
Prerequisites: 8 credits of Span 341, 342, 343, 344 or 345.

Span 429/529 Major Topics: Latin American Poetry (4)

Study, analysis, and critique of the poetry of Latin America by authors such as Darío, Huidobro, Vallejo, Neruda, Guillén, and Mistral. Course may be repeated for credit when topics vary.
Prerequisites: 8 credits of Span 341, 342, 343, 344 or 345.

Span 430/530 Major Topics: Ibero American Film (4)

Study, analysis, and critique of films from Ibero-America on such topics as national film traditions, Cinema Novo, Third Cinema, violence, migration, gender studies, and globalization. Course may be repeated for credit when topics vary.
Prerequisites: 8 credits of Span 341, 342, 343, 344 or 345.

Span 434/534 Major Topics: Peninsular Multiple Genres (4)

Study, analysis, and critique of works in multiple genres on such topics as Medieval Literature, the Celestina, Woman Writers, Cine-Lit, Literature of the Franco Years, the Poetry & Drama of Garcia Lorca, and the Generation of '98. Course may be repeated for credit when topics vary.
Prerequisites: 8 credits of Span 341, 342, 343, 344 or 345.

Span 436/536 Major Topics: Latin American Genres (4)

Study, analysis, and critique of works in multiple genres on such topics as Tranvestism, Feminism, Sickness & Literature, CineLit, Prose & Poetry of Borges, and Pre-Columbian Literature. Course may be repeated for credit when topics vary.
Prerequisites: 8 credits of Span 341, 342, 343, 344 or 345.

Span 441/541 Major Works in Translation (4)

Study of selections from masterpieces in translation by authors such as Cervantes, Neruda, Borges, Lispector, and García Márquez. Readings, lectures, and discussions in English. Recommended prerequisite: 4 credits of upper-division literature.

Span 490/590 History of the Spanish Language (4)

Study of the development of the Spanish language in terms of phonological, morphological, and syntactical changes.
Prerequisite: Span 301, 302, 303, 325.

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Span 494/594 Spanish Linguistics (4)

Introduction to the basic concepts of linguistics and their application to the Spanish language. Emphasis on practical analysis of the sound system and the grammatical system. Brief survey of the historical development, followed by an analysis of the phonetics, phonemics, morphology, and syntax of modern Spanish. 
Prerequisite: Span 301, 302, 303 and 325.

Span 497/597 Applied Spanish Linguistics (4)

A practical application of linguistics to modern Spanish. Emphasis on a contrastive analysis of the structure of Spanish and English.
Prerequisites: Span 303 and recommended 4 credits in linguistics.

Span 498/598 Spanish Syntax (4)

A practical approach toSpanish Syntax. Study and analysis of syntactical functions and sentence structure. Emphasis on modern grammatical theory and findings. Examination of discourse connectors.
Prerequisites:  Span 303 and recommended 4 credits in linguistics.

Span 503 Thesis (Credit to be arranged.)

Span 551 Hispanic Poetry (4)
Study of the lyric poetry of Latin America and/or Spain.

Span 552 Hispanic Drama (4)
Critical study of representative works of Latin American and/or Spanish drama.

Span 553 Hispanic Prose (4)
Study of representative works of prose of Latin America and/or Spain.

Span 554 Hispanic Multiple Genres (4)
Critical works of Latin American and/or Spanish authors.