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SPAN  100 - Intensive Spanish (8)

An intensive introduction to the Spanish language that allows students to take two semesters in one. Ideal for anyone who has had some Spanish in high school and/or placed into First Semester Spanish on the placement exam with a high score. Note: All incoming students enrolling is a Spanish class at USF for the first time who have taken Spanish before and'or were raised speaking Spanish are required to take the placement test. (Please see the Department of Modern and Classical Languages' website for more information). Offered every semester.

SPAN  101 - First Semester Spanish (4)

The first of a two-semester sequence designed specifically for students with no previous Spanish. Activities and tests designed to accommodate the early stages of language acquisition; grammatical structures and lexical items presented accordingly. Emphasizes the development of communication skills: the ability to comprehend native speakers of Spanish, to speak Spanish with them, to understand Spanish-language texts, and to communicate ideas in Spanish. Students who successfully complete this course will proceed to SPAN 102. This course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time. Note: All incoming students enrolling in a Spanish class at USF for the first time who have taken Spanish before and/or were raised speaking Spanish are required to take the placement text. (Please see the Department of Modern and Classical Languages website for more information). Offered every semester.

SPAN  102 - Second Semester Spanish (4)

The second of a two-semester sequence designed specifically for students with no previous Spanish. Activities and tests designed to accommodate the early stages of language acquisition; grammatical structures and lexical items presented accordingly. Emphasizes the development of communication skills: the ability to comprehend native speakers of Spanish, to speak Spanish with them, to understand Spanish-language texts, and to communicate ideas in Spanish. Students who successfully complete this course will proceed to SPAN-201. This course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time. Note: All incoming students enrolling in a Spanish class at USF for the first time who have taken Spanish before and/or were raised speaking Spanish are required to take the placement test.) Please see the Department of Modern and Classical Languages website for more information). Offered every semester. • Prerequisite: SPAN-101.

SPAN  103 - Intensive Spanish (8)

An intensive introduction to the Spanish language that allows students to take two semesters in one. Ideal for anyone who has had some Spanish in high school and/or placed into First Semester Spanish on theplacement exam with a high score. Students may choose to continue on to the third semester in Puebla, Mexico, over the intersession.

SPAN  180 - Poetry in San Francisco (4)

This course examines the role, the reception and the influence of poetry in the San Francisco Bay Area. It looks at the interactive relationship that American poetry and the city of San Francisco have had with each other, with particular attention to the Beat Poets.

SPAN  195 - FYS: First-Year Seminar (4)

First Year Seminars are designed and taught by faculty who have a special passion for the topic. All FYSeminars are small classes (16 students) that count toward the university Core. Many FYSeminars include enrichment activities such as excursions into the city or guest speakers. FYSeminars are only open to students in their first or second semester at USF, and students may only take one FYS, in either Fall or Spring. For a detailed description of this course, and other FYSeminars this semester, go to this webpage by cutting and pasting the link: http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/firstyearsem/
Restricted to Freshman class

SPAN  201 - Third Semester Spanish (4)

A one-semester intensive review of the basic structures of Spanish. Class conducted in Spanish, with activities designed to practice and consolidate all language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Cultural readings to expand vocabulary, stimulate discussion, and broaden students' understanding of the Hispanic world. Note: All incoming students enrolling in a Spanish class at USF for the first time who have taken Spanish before and'or were raised speaking Spanish are required to take the placement test. (Please see the Department of Modern and Classical Languages website for more information). Qualifying students who were raised speaking Spanish at home are not eligible to take this course and are required to take "Spanish for Bilinguals 1". (Please see the description for Spanish 221). Offered every semester. Cross-listed with LAS - 201. • Prerequisite: SPAN - 101-102.

SPAN  202 - Fourth Semester Spanish (4)

Students continue to develop reading, speaking, and writing skills, and expand their active vocabulary. The readings (which explore economic development, education, environment, politics, and social institutions in Latin America) are the core of the course, serving as the basis for class discussion and essays and for the selective review of grammar. Students learn to read/write discipline specific content in preparation for upper level classes at USF or abroad. Note: All incoming students enrolling in a Spanish class at USF for the first time who have taken Spanish before and/or were raised speaking Spanish are required to take the placement text. (Please see the Department of Modern and Classical Languages website for more information). Qualifying students who were raised speaking Spanish at home are not eligible to take this course and are required to take "Spanish for Bilinguals II" ). (please see the description for Spanish 222). Offered every semester. Cross-listed with: LAS - 202. • Prerequisite: SPAN - 101-102-201.

SPAN  206 - Confluences and Conflicts in the Spanish-Speaking World: Negotiating Language and Culture (4)

This class seeks to strengthen students active skills in Spanish, particularly reading and writing. Students will engage various texts combining different disciplines such as aesthetic: film, fine arts, photography and literature; social sciences: history, sociology, economy, journalism and media studies; and humanities: philosophy and theology. The selected texts will examine the complexity of the Spanish-speaking world in all its geographical amplitude. A feature in this class will be the participation of guest speakers. • Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or SPAN 222.

SPAN  210 - Intensive Spanish in Puebla, Mexico (4)

A four-week program designed for students who wish to acquire fluency in Spanish while being immersed in Mexican culture. The Program includes lectures, conversation hours and field trips that support language proficiency and are inspired by the University's mission of social justice. Offered in collaboration with Universidad Iberoamericana - Puebla and USF's Spanish and Latin American Studies Program. Students who successfully complete this course will proceed to SPAN 202. Completion of this course is the equivalent of SPAN 201 (Third Semester Spanish) and will satisfy any USF program requiring three semesters of a foreign language.

SPAN  210 - Intensive Span Puebla/Travel (0)

SPAN  211 - Third Semester Spanish in Madrid (2 - 4)

A four-week program designed for students who wish to acquire fluency in Spanish while being immersed in Spanish culture. The program includes lectures, conversation hours and field trips that support language proficiency and the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of Spain. Offered in collaboration with Universidad Pontificia Comillas and USF's Spanish and Latin American Studies programs. Students who successfully complete this course will proceed to SPAN 202. Completion of this course is the equivalent of SPAN 201 (Third Semester Spanish) and will satisfy any USF program requiring three semesters of a foreign language.

SPAN  211 - Intensive Span Madrid/Travel (0)

SPAN  216 - Foreign Language Teaching Methodology (2)

Required for all Spanish and French conversation tutors. While simultaneously teaching conversation sessions, students will specifically learn how to: identify issues underlying communicative language and task-based teaching,create well designed language learning activities that engage learners in communicative language learning tasks, sequence those tasks, apply appropriate language teaching terminology during class discussions, reflect about themselves as learners and teachers, and participate in intellectual discussions about second language acquisition and foreign language teaching issues. • Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 222.

SPAN  219 - Intermediate Spanish Conversation (4)

Students expand vocabulary and develop proficiency by means of extensive conversation. May be repeated once for credit after an interval of one semester. Designed for native speakers of English. Offered every semester. • Prerequisite: SPAN - 101-102-201.

SPAN  220 - Spanish Conversation for Specific Disciplines: Psychology, Business, Health Science, Law (4)

Conversation class for students in a particular discipline. Students will read Spanish-language articles and selections from books on topics specific to their field. In-class discussions and activities, individual presentations, quizzes (written and oral) on content and vocabulary. Discipline alternates. Offered intermittently.

SPAN  221 - Spanish for Bilingual Students (4)

Students will improve linguistic skills and increase exposure to academic Spanish. This may take the form of improving spelling, expanding vocabulary at formal registers, broadening the range of topics controlled in written and oral expression, and so forth. The readings (which explore health, education, politics, bilingualism, biculturalism and social institutions in Latin America) are the core of the course, serving as the basis for class discussion and essays and for the selective review of grammar. Completion of this course is the equivalent of Spanish 201 (Third Semester Spanish) and will satisfy any USF program requiring three semesters of a foreign language. Note: All incoming students enrolling in a Spanish class at USF for the first time who have taken Spanish before and/or were raised speaking Spanish are required to take the placement test. (Please see the Department of Modern and Classical Languages website for more information). Qualifying students who were raised speaking Spanish at home are required to take this course and are not eligible to take Spanish 201. Offered Fall Semester only. • Prerequisite: Native speaking abilities, no junior high or high school study in a Spanish-speaking country, and placement into Spanis 201 (Third Semester Spanish) or permission from Spanish Language Coordinator.

SPAN  222 - Spanish for Bilinguals II (4)

Students will continue improving their linguistic skills and increase exposure to more academic Spanish. This may take the form of improving spelling, expanding vocabulary at formal registers, broadening the range of topics controlled in written and oral expression, and so forth. The readings (which explore health, education, politics, bilingualism, biculturalism and social institutions in Latin America) are the core of the course, serving as the basis for class discussion and essays and for the selective review of grammar. Completion of this course is the equivalent of Spanish 202 (Fourth Semester Spanish) and will satisfy any USF program requiring four semesters of a foreign language. Note: All incoming students enrolling in a Spanish class at USF for the first time who have taken Spanish before and/or were raised speaking Spanish are required to take the placements test. (Please see the Department of Modern and Classical Languages website for more information). Qualifying students who were raised speaking Spanish at home are required to take this course and are not eligible to take Spanish 202. • Prerequisite: Native speaking abilities, no junior high or high school study in a Spanish-speaking country, and successful completion of or a waiver for Spanish 221 (Spanish for Bilinguals I) or permission from Spanish Language Coordinator. Offered Spring semester only.

SPAN  225 - Spanish and Spanish Spkrs (CD) (4)

Who speaks Spanish in the US? What kind of Spanish do they speak? What does it mean to be a Spanish-speaker in the US/California/San Francisco - to a Spanish speaker and to an English speaker? We will examine historical realities, language varieties, and the relationships between language and identity, language and culture. Using sociolinguistic methods, we will explore a variety of contemporary social and political issues associated with the presence of Spanish and Spanish-speakers in the U.S., in California, and in San Francisco, among them language legislation and bilingual education. Sources include published book and articles, web resources, and community contacts. • Prerequisite: SPAN 206.

SPAN  226 - Introduction to Spanish Translation (4)

Reading and translation exercises highlight the multidimensional nature of text and the dynamic nature of reading while honing analytic skills. They encourage experimentation and contribute to the improvement of linguistic and intercultural skills. • Prerequisite: SPAN 206.

SPAN  242 - Latino Lit and Film in the West (4)

Offered in English. This course considers writers who bring a deeper understanding to the Hispanic-Latino-American experience in California and in the West. Both Hispanic-Latino and non-Hispanic-Latino writers are studied. Works are read and discussed in English in a seminar style. Cultural on-site experiences are integral to course objectives. Offered every Spring.

SPAN  255 - Small, Round and Juicy: The Modern Hispanic Short Story (4)

Our course will focus on the finest short stories written in Spanish over the last 100 years. The compression of the genre is particularly suited for the pace of modern life and has proved to be a favorite of such writers as Borges, García Márquez, Matute, and Cortázar, to name only a few. The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the craft of close reading and the critical skills necessary for a nuanced understanding of culture in a complicated subject such as literature. • Prerequisite: SPAN 206

SPAN  272 - Gend/Sexuality-Latin@/Chican@ (4)

This class studies Chican@-Latin@ literary narratives and the role of gender and sexuality as critical categories in the creation of identity, spaces of resistance and community. Class covers the cultural history of the Southwest, including the nationalist rhetoric of the Chicano Movement to Queer and Feminist of Color perspectives of the 20-21st century. Class includes guest speakers and film screenings. Requirements: SPAN 206 or approval by instructor.

SPAN  295 - SIT: Transfer Seminars (4)

Students-In-Transition (SIT) Seminars are designed and taught by faculty who have a special passion for the topic. All SIT Seminars are small classes (16 students) that count toward the university Core. Many SIT Seminars include enrichment activities such as excursions into the city or guest speakers. SIT Seminars are only open to transfer students who are in their first or second semester at USF, and students may only take one SIT Seminar, in either Fall or Spring. For a detailed description of this course, and other SIT Seminars this semester, go to this webpage by cutting and pasting the link: http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/firstyearsem/

SPAN  301 - Build Bridges: ESL/Span (SL) (4)

This Service Learning course is designed for Spanish majors and minors as well as for those interested in the Spanish speaking community living in the US, in the study of gender and immigration issues, in grassroots activism, and in the languages and cultures of Latin/o America. The class will work directly with different community organizations that focus on the Spanish-speaking community of San Francisco. Different service tasks include: tutoring, translation and labor advocacy. Class topics include: immigration in the US, problems of discrimination based on citizenship, sexuality, gender and ethnicity, collective and individual responses to such forms of oppression, and the role of education and the arts in challenging injustice. • Prerequisite: SPAN 206.

SPAN  303 - Latin American Lit I (CD) (4)

This course covers a representative sample of the literature written in Latin America from the inception of Colonial power to Independence (from the 15th to the 19th century). Course is conducted in Spanish. Cross Listed With: LAS - 303.

SPAN  304 - Latin American Lit II (4)

This course covers a representative sample of the literature written in Latin America from the end of the 19th century to the present. Course is offered in Spanish.

SPAN  311 - Advanced Oral and Written Expression (4)

Students will focus on oral and written expression through an introduction to specific text genres. In addition to a brief review of idiosyncratic structures and the construction of complex sentences, students will read brief texts representative of (primarily) non-literary genres: definition, summary, description, narration, exposition, meditative essay, and critical essay. These texts will serve as models for both written (short essays) and oral practice (the discussion of texts and the ideas presented in them). • Prerequisite: SPAN 206.

SPAN  317 - Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (4)

Overview of basic fields of linguistic analysis (syntax, morphology, phonology, semantics) and consideration of sub-fields (dialectology, bilingualism and biculturalism, language change). • Prerequisite: SPAN 206.

SPAN  325 - Lang and Cult in Lat Am/Sp (CD) (4)

This course examines the languages and cultures of Meso- and South-America that were overlaid by Spanish. In addition to an overview of the languages and cultures themselves, students will explore such issues as (1) the relationship between language and culture, language and nation, (2) colonial policies concerning indigenous languages, (3) contemporary language policies, and (4) the endangerment of indigenous languages. • Prerequisite: SPAN 206.

SPAN  328 - Spanish Literature II (4)

This survey will trace an emerging category of writing called literature from the Enlightenment to the present. Offered every Spring. • Prerequisite: SPAN - 310.

SPAN  331 - Intro Analysis Lit Texts (4)

Students will focus on oral and written expression through an introduction to the analysis of literary texts. In addition to learning the Spanish-language terminology of literary analysis, students will read short works (poetry, short stories, dramatic texts), practice the concepts and techniques of analysis in class discussion, and write short essays on those texts. Offered every semester

SPAN  335 - Twentieth Century Spanish-American Literature (4)

Studies various attempts to define cultural identity and artistic expression in the work of the boom novelists, black poets, etc. Course given in Spanish. Offered intermittently. • Prerequisite: SPAN 206.

SPAN  336 - Feminist Discourse/Theories (4)

A study of novels, short stories, and poems by Latin American, Latino-Latina, and indigenous writers in the light of current theories of feminist criticism. Exploration of issues such as writing of desire and the body, revisionist readings and race, class and religion as they affect gender issues. Works are read and discussed in Spanish. Offered every Fall. • Prerequisite: SPAN 206.

SPAN  337 - Love and Sex, Vengeance and Death: Honor in Early Spain (4)

Ideas about honor and the values that reflect them are not static, changing over time. In this course we consider how such changes emerge in Iberian societies, converting a behavior or practice once thought honorable into one considered dishonorable, and elevating other behaviors to occupy the higher moral position. • Prerequisite: SPAN 206.

SPAN  338 - The Invention of Spain: a Metamorphosis of the Modern (4)

This course begins in the 19th Century during the last throws of a dying Spanish Empire. We will track Spanish literature and history through such extreme experience as foreign invasion, nationalism, dictatorships, civil wars, censorship and the (often exiled) avant guarde, finally ending with a remarkable return to the freedoms of democracy in the late 20th Century. • Prerequisite: SPAN 206.

SPAN  352 - Span Civil War:Lit/Film/V.Arts (4)

The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) remains an essential milestone in the history of Spain, one that still shapes--almost 80 years later--the political and social life of the Spanish people. Of course an event of such impact is also visible in the Arts, and just as this tragic era left an indelible mark on the politics and history of the country, the Spanish Civil War triggered artistic responses far beyond Spain. In this course, students study the political stages of the war and its aftermath through literary and non-literary texts, along with visual representations (photographs, paintings, movies, etc.) produced by Spanish and foreign artists from a wide range of ideological groups. The analysis of these cultural artifacts allows students to identify and clarify the most important ideas, figures and genres of the Spanish Civil War as seen through an artistic lens. Prerequisite: SPAN 206.

SPAN  355 - Cultural Studies of Spain (4)

A social and cultural survey from Medieval Spain to the present, focusing on history, literature, music and the visual arts, including film. Works to be discussed will consider how cultural forces and significant figures have influenced contemporary Spain. Class sessions will be conducted in Spanish. • Prerequisite: SPAN - 310 or instructor.

SPAN  360 - Studies in Latin American Culture (4)

This course combines historical, social, and artistic perspectives. Topic varies. Offered intermittently. • Prerequisite: SPAN 206.

SPAN  380 - Cervantes: Spanish Major Course (4)

The life and works of Cervantes, with emphasis on the Quixote. Class to be given in Spanish. Offered intermittently. • Prerequisite: SPAN - 310.

SPAN  390 - Special Topics (2 - 4)

SPAN  398 - Directed Reading and Research (1 - 4)

The written permission of the instructor, the department chair and the dean is required. Offered every semester.

SPAN  410 - Spanish Linguistics: Phonetics and Phonology (4)

Recognition, description, and transcription of the sounds of Spanish; discussion of intonation, rhythm, pitch, and stress.

SPAN  412 - Bilingualism: Cultures and Languages in Literature (4)

Topic varies: Spanish dialectology, bilingualism and biculturalism, language change, or contrastive linguistics. • Prerequisite: SPAN 317 or equivalent introduction to linguistics.

SPAN  431 - Rewriting Dante's Divina Commedia in Hispanic Literature (4)

After a careful reading of Dante's Inferno students will engage the vast and foundational influence of this text in Latin American and Spanish literatures, including Juan de Mena's Laberinto de la fortuna, Valle Inclán's Luces de Bohemia, Juan Rulfo's Pedro Páramo, Borges's El Aleph, José Donoso's Lugar sin límites. To theoretically approach these textual conversations, students will study the concept of dialogism and intertextuality featured in Mikhail Bakhtin's Dialogic Imagination. Cross Listed With: SII - 413.

SPAN  445 - Cultures in Contact and Conflict: Christians, Muslims and Jewish in Pre-Modern Spain (4)

Examines the co-existence of three cultures (Islamic, Jewish, and Christian) in Medieval Iberia to illustrate varied modes of cultural interaction, the effects of which are visible in history, religion, philosophy, science, language, and the arts. Works are read and discussed in Spanish. Offered intermittently.

SPAN  452 - Don Quixote (4)

The primary source for the course will be the two separate volumes that Miguel de Cervantes originally published in 1605 and 1615. In creating the new genre of the novel, Cervantes adopts the scale of an epic to make a new world within the world of storytelling, and a better way to observe and understand ourselves. Prose becomes the language of the heroic but, as the first modern masterpiece, the antiheroic as well, for Don Quixote is "beautiful," according to Dostoevsky, "because he is ridiculous." Four centuries on, Don Quixote is not only a landmark of Western Culture, it is undeniably the key document of Spanish identity. Few books in any language have such power to identify the spirit of a place, which is also a key aspect of Cervantes' singular achievement.

SPAN  456 - Private Lives, Public Voices (4)

This seminar explores when, how and why writers use autobiographical material (even "fictionalized" histories) with special attention given to the poets, novelists, essayists and playwrights of the Generation of 98. The finest writers of this period of Spanish literature emphasized the experimental and the intimate, as well as the social and political purpose of words. Their constant reliance on memory and historical facts to understand the traits of the Spanish character explain why they favored the autobiographical form. Throughout the semester students will study Unamuno, Azorín, Baroja, Machado and Valle-Inclán and their influence on the artists who wrote before, during and after the Spanish Civil War, such as Lorca, Cela and Sender. Students will read a selection of their novels, diaries, poems, essays and letters, along with criticism of their literary work and techniques. Prerequisite: Completion of two 300-level courses within Spanish Studies.

SPAN  458 - The Latin American City in its Cinema: Urban Spaces and Living Practices (4)

Given that cinema in Latin America is primordially urban, in this class we ask what can films tell us about Latin American urban spaces. In doing so students will not only become familiar with urban theories and philosophical reflections on urban space favored by Modernity, but also explore the ways in which these theories have been co-opted, interpreted and subverted in Latin America by Latin American urban theorist, citizens and filmmakers.

SPAN  470 - Honors Senior Thesis (4)

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SPAN  480 - Senior Seminar: Writing Women and Women Writing in Medieval Spain (4)

This course examines a full range of medieval Iberian women's lives, as the women and their lives were written, and as women wrote ABOUT themselves and their own lives. • Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of instructor.

SPAN  481 - Senior Seminar: Latin American Literature (4)

Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of instructor. Possible topics: film and the Hispanic Novel; the new Spanish-American novel; and race, class, and gender in Spanish-American literature.

SPAN  490 - Special Topics (4)

Course offered by faculty from other departments. Topic varies.