Courses and Syllabi

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Spanish Spring 2020

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in SPAN

SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish I (3 Credits)

For students with no knowledge of Spanish. Introduction to Spanish, including elements of grammar, vocabulary, oral skills, listening comprehension, and reading. Notes: Students may not receive credit for SPAN 101 and SPAN 110. Equivalent to SPAN 110.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish II (3 Credits)

Continuation of SPAN 101. Notes: Students may not receive credit for SPAN 102 and SPAN 115 or 110. Equivalent to SPAN 110, SPAN 115.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 101, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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SPAN 110: Elementary Spanish (6 Credits)

Introduces elements of grammar, vocabulary, oral skills, listening comprehension, and reading. Notes: Students may not receive credit for SPAN 110 and SPAN 101, 102, or 115. Equivalent to SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 115.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • - 003 — 12:30 PM to 02:20 PM MWF — East Building 134
  • - 006 — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM TR — Thompson Hall L004
  • - 002 — 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM MWF — East Building 134

SPAN 115: Review of Elementary Spanish (3 Credits)

Reviews elements for students who have studied Spanish previously. Equivalent to SPAN 102, SPAN 110.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score, or permission of department.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • - 001 — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR — Robinson Hall B103
  • - DL1 — Online

200-Level Courses in SPAN

SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish I (3 Credits)

Further development of skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. SPAN 201 and 202 must be taken in sequence. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 102, 110, 115, appropriate placement score or permission of department.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II (3 Credits)

Application of skills to reading, composition, and discussion. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 201, appropriate placement score or permission of department.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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SPAN 215: Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers (3 Credits)

Builds on the linguistic resources and sociocultural knowledge of intermediate heritage speakers of Spanish as they prepare for courses at the advanced level. Students will develop their oral and written expression through regular exposure to Spanish-language texts, films, digital media, music, and visual art. Students will also cultivate their critical understanding of the significance of language and other forms of culture for Spanish-language communities. The course is designed to give students multiple opportunities for personal reflection on issues concerning language and identity. Equivalent to SPAN 202.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or equivalent
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

300-Level Courses in SPAN

SPAN 305: Spanish in Context I (3 Credits)

Integrated content-based approach to the study of Spanish, designed to promote oral and written abilities, as well as critical understanding of Latin American, Latino, and/or Spanish histories and cultures. Includes vocabulary-building activities, grammar review and practice, assigned readings in a variety of genres, critical cultural analysis, in-class discussions, written essays, and the viewing of films. Equivalent to SPAN 309, SPAN 315.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or SPAN 215, or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • - 001 — Jacqueline Serigos — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM MW — Aquia Building 347

SPAN 306: Spanish in Context II (3 Credits)

Continuation of SPAN 305. Equivalent to SPAN 309, SPAN 315.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 305, or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • - 003 — Ana Ruiz Alonso Bartol — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Krug Hall 204
  • - 002 — Colleen A Sweet — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW — Robinson Hall B102

SPAN 309: Intensive Spanish in Context (6 Credits)

Intensive content-based approach to the study of Spanish, designed to promote oral and written abilities, as well as critical understanding of Latin American, Latino, and/or Spanish histories and cultures. Includes vocabulary-building activities, grammar review and practice, assigned readings in a variety of genres, critical cultural analysis, in-class discussions, written essays, and the viewing of films. Equivalent to SPAN 305, SPAN 306, SPAN 315.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or SPAN 215, or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • - 001 — Alexia D Vikis — 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM MWF — Aquia Building 346

SPAN 315: Spanish in Context for Heritage Speakers (3 Credits)

Designed for students who have some communicative ability in Spanish, normally acquired in the home, who want to improve their reading and writing abilities while developing a critical understanding of Latin American, Latino, and/or Spanish histories and cultures. Course components include orthography and vocabulary activities, grammar review and practice, assigned readings in a variety of genres, critical cultural analysis, in-class discussions, written essays, and the viewing of films. Equivalent to SPAN 305, SPAN 306, SPAN 309.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 215, appropriate placement score or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

SPAN 325: Major Hispanic Writers (3 Credits)

Study of the works of major Hispanic writers in translation. Writers studied vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Mason Core: Literature
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGH 101 or equivalent.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

SPAN 326: Treasures of Spanish-Language Literature and Culture (3 Credits)

Introduces key themes and trends in Spanish-language literature and culture in the global context. Content varies across texts, media or other cultural practices. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: Advanced oral and written proficiency in Spanish, to be determined by the instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

SPAN 335: Topics for Proficiency: The Americas (3 Credits)

Integrated content-based approach to conversational Spanish. Designed to promote increased confidence and fluency in both formal and informal Spanish registers, as well as critical understanding of Latin American and/or Latino histories and cultures. Current events, films, literary texts, and popular culture reflecting issues of Latin Americans and/or Latinos serve as catalysts for class discussions, oral presentations, and debates. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or SPAN 215, or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

SPAN 370: Spanish Writing and Stylistics (3 Credits)

Improves writing skills by covering formal and stylistic concepts of the Spanish language. Includes practice and exposure to different textual genres in an interdisciplinary fashion. Includes common doubts concerning spelling, expression, and style; business Spanish; journalistic Spanish; academic Spanish; and creative writing. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish, Writing Intensive in Major
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 306 or 309, or SPAN 315, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • - DL1 — Carrie Bonilla — Online
  • - 002 — Colleen A Sweet — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Aquia Building 347

SPAN 385: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3 Credits)

Introduces the study of Spanish linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, historical linguistics, and sociolinguistics. Combines discussion of theoretical issues with linguistic analysis of Spanish. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 370 (may be enrolled concurrently) or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

SPAN 390: Introduction to Hispanic Literary Analysis (3 Credits)

Required course that prepares students for the study of Hispanic literatures. Introduces basic terminology of literary analysis and provides practice in the examination of texts in the major genres: poetry, narrative, and drama. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 370 (may be enrolled concurrently) or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in SPAN

SPAN 400: Spanish for the Professions (3 Credits)

Advanced study of the language needed for use in a specific profession, such as translation, business, social service, or health professions. Notes: May be repeated when profession differs. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 385 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

SPAN 466: Latin American Civilization and Culture (3 Credits)

Introduction to the study of Latin American civilization and culture from the pre-Columbian era to the 20th century. Equivalent to SPAN 322.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 370 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • - 001 — Ricardo F Vivancos-Pérez — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — West Building 1004

SPAN 481: Special Topics in Spanish (3 Credits)

Study of a selected theme in Hispanic literature, culture, or linguistics. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 385, 388 or 390, depending on topic, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

SPAN 482: Mass Media and Popular Culture in the Spanish-Speaking World (3 Credits)

Critical examination of the significance of mass media and/or popular culture for the development of Spanish-speaking nation-states in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Forms studied may include but are not limited to: Newspapers, popular novels, lithography, photography, radio, film, television, public art, sport, performance, digital media. Students will use readings in critical theory to explore ways in which forms of mass and popular culture connect to social imaginaries. Enhancement of advanced analytical skills in Spanish through different modules of lecture, reading, discussion, and writing. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 305/306 or 309 or 315, SPAN 370, SPAN 385, SPAN 390.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in SPAN

SPAN 335: Topics for Proficiency: The Americas (3 Credits)

Integrated content-based approach to conversational Spanish. Designed to promote increased confidence and fluency in both formal and informal Spanish registers, as well as critical understanding of Latin American and/or Latino histories and cultures. Current events, films, literary texts, and popular culture reflecting issues of Latin Americans and/or Latinos serve as catalysts for class discussions, oral presentations, and debates. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Spanish
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or SPAN 215, or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Graduate

500-Level Courses in SPAN

SPAN 502: Hispanic Sociolinguistics (3 Credits)

Introduction to sociolinguistics with emphasis on bilingualism and language contact in the Spanish-speaking world including the United States. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

SPAN 512: Mass Media and Popular Culture (3 Credits)

Introduction to critical perspectives on mass media in Spanish-speaking world. Course engages regions (Spain, Latin America, Latin@ United States) according to faculty specialty. Includes contextualization of media in nineteenth and twentieth-century historical processes and readings in critical theory. Develops graduate-level oral, written, and research skills in Spanish. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • - DL1 — Lisa M. Rabin — Online

SPAN 551: Special Topics in Spanish (3 Credits)

Special studies in Spanish or Latin American language, literature, or culture. Specific topics are announced in advance. Notes: May be repeated for credit with permission of department. May be repeated within the term.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

700-Level Courses in SPAN

SPAN 798: Directed Reading and Research (3 Credits)

Open only to degree students who have completed at least 18 credits. Reading and research on a specific project under the direction of a department member. Oral or written report required. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Thesis
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Special scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled