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  • SPAN 101  Elementary Spanish I

    Description:
    Designed for students with little or no background in the Spanish language. SPAN 101 focuses on the acquisition of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within a cultural framework. Weekly laboratory attendance and assignments required. Students may not take both SPAN 101 and 105.   More Info

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  • SPAN 102  Elementary Spanish II

    Description:
    A continuation of SPAN 101. SPAN 102 focuses on furthering the acquisition of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within a cultural framework. Weekly laboratory attendance and assignments required. Students may not take both SPAN 102 and 106.   More Info

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  • SPAN 105  Basic Spanish for Communication I

    Description:
    A practical approach to the study of the Spanish language: carefully sequenced grammar within a communicative and cultural framework. Students may not take both SPAN 101 and 105.   More Info

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  • SPAN 106  Basic Spanish for Communication II

    Description:
    A continuation of SPAN 105. Note: Students may not take both SPAN 102 and 106.   More Info

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  • SPAN 125G  Understanding Language

    Description:
    This course explores the workings of human language, addressing such questions as how do we learn our native language, how do we use it? What is good language? Why is it so hard to learn a second language? Who makes the rules of a language? Social and scientific language issues are discussed, making this course a tool for general learning.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SPAN 160G  Exile: The Latin American Experience

    Description:
    Written from afar, Latin American literatures of exile offer alternative representation of home and nation. This course examines the impact of exile on literary writing and personal and collective identities. Topics include: exile in literature/film, the imagined communities abroad, and exile and its impact on the global community.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SPAN 200G  Boston Speaks

    Description:
    What languages do Bostonians speak? How do they work? What do our languages tell us about ourselves? This course investigates the underlying structure of Boston languages and how our perception of them-in terms of status, legitimacy, and complexity-are shaped by power relationships and human psychology. The course is taught in English. Capabilities addressed: Critical reading, critical thinking, clear writing, collaborative learning.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SPAN 201  Intermediate Spanish I

    Description:
    This course is designed for students who have completed one year of Spanish at the university level. SPAN 201 is dedicated to developing oral and written proficiency through lectures, conversations, compositions and the practical application of grammar. This course is taught primarily in Spanish.   More Info

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  • SPAN 202  Intermediate Spanish II

    Description:
    A continuation of SPAN 201. SPAN 202 is dedicated to further developing oral and written proficiency through lectures, conversations, compositions and the practical application of grammar. This course is taught primarily in Spanish.   More Info

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  • SPAN 230  Spanish Composition and Conversation I

    Description:
    Designed to provide practical training in written and oral expression to students with intermediate proficiency in Spanish. Recommended for students who wish to practice and improve their ability to communicate in Spanish. Weekly theses and frequent oral reports. Not open to students who first language is Spanish. (Taught every semester).   More Info

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  • SPAN 262  Hispanic Masterpieces in Translation

    Description:
    Major literary works of Spain and Spanish America in social context. No knowledge of Spanish required.   More Info

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  • SPAN 280  Spanish for Heritage Speakers

    Description:
    This course addresses the Spanish language needs of bicultural students who have never studied Spanish. The course focuses on Spanish grammar. Special attention is given to morphology and comparative syntax. (Offered once a year.)   More Info

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  • SPAN 289  Writing for Heritage Speakers of Spanish

    Description:
    This course is conducted as a workshop on expository writing for native speakers of Spanish and Spanish-heritage students. The course addresses the particular linguistic difficulties that native speakers encounter. Writing and intermediate research techniques, problems of style and correctness are the main issues. (Offered once a year.)   More Info

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  • SPAN 301  Adv Rdg,Wrtg &Spkng

    Description:
    Course designed to help improve reading, writing and oral skills in Spanish. Individual reports on current events and class discussion of contemporary literature and films are used to develop oral skills. Practice in reading skills includes analysis of short stories, plays poems, novels, and newspaper articles. Written expression is strengthened through writing essays, journal entries, and reviews.   More Info

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  • SPAN 304  Advanced Composition and Conversation

    Description:
    This course prepares students to undertake advanced work in the Spanish major/minor. Its goal is to expand and refine reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and oral and written expression to prepare students to carry out all their academic work in Spanish. This class requires an original research project in Spanish. Open to native and non-native Spanish speakers.   More Info

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  • SPAN 305  Problems of Syntax in Reading and Writing

    Description:
    This course provides an in-depth study of aspects of Spanish syntax (word order) and offers students analytical tools for the study of Spanish grammar. Topics include problems posed by word order, relative clauses, prepositional phrases, the reflexive, and object pronouns.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SPAN 314  Language Arts: How Spanish Works

    Description:
    This course offers a basic linguistic analysis of Spanish. Topics include the properties of Spanish sounds (phonology); the structure of Spanish words (morphology) and of Spanish phrases and sentences (syntax); mechanisms of interference from English for learners of Spanish; and historical and contemporary relationships between Spanish and other languages.   More Info

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  • SPAN 316  Advanced Spanish Grammar

    Description:
    This course helps students deepen their knowledge of Spanish grammar. Topics include a close examination of types of Spanish nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs; the Spanish subjunctive; the preterit vs. the imperfect; ser vs. estar; and the formation of complex sentences.   More Info

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  • SPAN 317  Introduction to Translation Studies (Spanish/English)

    Description:
    This course, taught entirely in Spanish, is an introduction to Translation Studies (English/Spanish). Students will learn the foundations of translation theory as well as the basic skills and techniques of translation. Advanced knowledge of Spanish and English required.   More Info

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  • SPAN 320  Varieties of Spanish in the Americas

    Description:
    This course surveys some principal variants of Latin American Spanish. Basic analytic tools are developed, including basic sound patterns, word structures, and word orders; an overview regarding indigenous, African and Anglophone influences; and common dimensions of American Spanish variation. These tools are used to explore Spanish variants and the interplay of grammatical, social, and ethnic forces that have shaped them.   More Info

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  • SPAN 333  Intermediate Translation Spanish/English

    Description:
    This practice-driven course is a continuation of Span 317: "Introduction to Translation Studies." Span 333 focuses on the use of linguistic and rhetorical analysis in order to produce comprehensible and culturally relevant translation. The course emphasizes critical analysis and creative resolution of translation issues, including style, register, tone, and audience and introduces students to the practice in translation a variety of genres and styles, including commercial, legal, and medical texts at the intermediate level.   More Info

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  • SPAN 351  Survey of Spanish Literature (History of Spanish Literature after September 2004)

    Description:
    An introductory course focusing on the history of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the present. Representative works in all major literary genres will provide students with an insight into Spanish culture. (Taught every semester.)   More Info

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  • SPAN 352  History of Spanish-American Literature

    Description:
    A general introductory course on the history of Latin American literature from Pre-Columbian times to the present. Representative works in all major literary genres will provide students with an understanding of the various traditions that make up the culture of Spanish-speaking America.   More Info

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  • SPAN 353  Culture and Identity in Hispanic Literature

    Description:
    Readings in Spanish and Spanish-American literature examining the diverse representations of cultural and national identity in Spain and Spanish-speaking America and the figures that helped shape them.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SPAN 360  Spanish Civilization

    Description:
    This course studies the development and construction of Spain from pre-Roman times to the present. The course examines topics such as religious and cultural diversity; dominant vs marginalized groups; centralization vs regional autonomy; and the ways in which these issues have manifested themselves through the ages.   More Info

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  • SPAN 361  Spanish-American Civilization

    Description:
    Major aspects of the cultural evolution of the Spanish-American countries from pre-Hispanic days to the present. Fulfills a requirement for Latin American Studies Program.   More Info

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  • SPAN 362  Spanish-American Short Story

    Description:
    A survey of the development of the short story in Spanish-American literature with special attention to the most representative twentieth-century short-story writers. This course counts toward the Latin American Studies Concentration.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SPAN 367  Literature of the Hispanic People in the US

    Description:
    This course examines how shifting cultural identities of Hispanic/Latino writers in the United States are represented in literature. Topics include migration as literary representation; the role of the media; gender tensions; translation in literature; and issues of national and racial origins. This course counts toward the Latin American Studies Concentration.   More Info

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  • SPAN 369  The Short Story in Spanish Literature

    Description:
    Historical development of the short story in Spanish literature from its origins to the present. Emphasis on nineteenth and twentieth centuries.   More Info

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  • SPAN 370  Women in Spanish Literature

    Description:
    An exploration of the role of women in the literature of the Spanish-speaking world. Topics include the social role of women, women writers, writing about women, and issues of gender, class and race in Hispanic literature.   More Info

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  • SPAN 373  Literature and Society in Contemporary Spain

    Description:
    This course examines the responses of Spanish writers such as Juan Goytisolo, Carme Riera and Manuel Rivas to events that shaped today's Spain. Topics discussed include the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath; the fascist dictatorship; the transition to democracy; pluralistic Spain and the literatures of Basque, Catalan and Galician-speaking Spain.   More Info

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  • SPAN 374  Readings in Hispanic Literature

    Description:
    Selected readings in Hispanic literature.   More Info

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  • SPAN 380  Topics in Hispanic Literature and Civilization

    Description:
    General topics in Spanish or Spanish American culture which can serve as a detailed introduction to a period, genre, or theme not generally covered in other departmental offerings.   More Info

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  • SPAN 401  Advanced Translation: History, Theory and Technique

    Description:
    This course is a continuation of Span 333 "Intermediate Translation". Span 401 focuses on the development of the students' knowledge and skills in the areas of translation history, theory of translation and techniques of translation. Span 401 offers the students the possibility to further develop their knowledge of Spanish and English introduced in previous course such as Span 316: " Advanced Spanish Grammar" and Span 317: "Introduction to Translation Studies"; it also serves as bridge to more specialized Spanish courses in Linguistics such as Span 412; Semantics. The course is entirely taught in Spanish. Readings are in Spanish and English. Assignments will be in Spanish and English. Advanced knowledge of Spanish and English are required.   More Info

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  • SPAN 403  Advanced Translation: Applied Technique

    Description:
    This hands on course is a continuation of Span 401. It is an application of all the translation techniques and skills learned in the previous translation course. Students will practice translating a variety of genres and styles, including commercial, legal, and medical texts. Critical analysis and creative resolution of translation issues, including style, register, tone, and audience are a fundamental part of this course.   More Info

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  • SPAN 408  Adv Tech&Skls Trans

    Description:
    Development of the basic techniques and skills needed for translation. Emphasis on translation into the native language with some practice in the opposite direction. Methods of contrastive linguistics to analyze pertinent aspects of language structure, involving syntax, vocabulary and style, are employed. Students are given ample opportunity to apply these techniques through a series of translation assignments, which form the basis for class discussion.   More Info

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  • SPAN 409  Advanced Practice of Translation

    Description:
    Practice in translating a variety of genres and styles, both literary and non-literary. Students have the opportunity to analyze critically, and to resolve creatively, the problems involving such issues in translation as context, register, tone, and audience. Emphasis is on translating into the native language (English/Spanish), but considerable practice is given in the non-native language. (Taught every semester.)   More Info

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  • SPAN 411  History of the Spanish Language

    Description:
    An overview of the major linguistic changes from Latin to modern Spanish with emphasis on the comparative study of Hispano-American Spanish and modern Castilian.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SPAN 412  Spanish Semantics: Words and Their Meaning

    Description:
    This course is an introduction to the study of word meaning in Spanish. Topics include: the relationship between Spanish words and the combinations into which they enter; differences between book dictionaries and mental dictionaries; Spanish verb classes, and how meaning constrains syntax.   More Info

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  • SPAN 421  Medieval Iberia

    Description:
    An exploration of the social conditions and cultural production of Iberia to 1500.   More Info

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  • SPAN 432  The World of Don Quixote

    Description:
    An in-depth analysis of Cervantes'' masterpiece and the origins of the modern novel. Topics to be discussed include history and fiction, madness, utopia, and the social construction of reality.   More Info

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  • SPAN 450  Major Writers Hispanic Literature

    Description:
    A study of the works of one outstanding Spanish or Spanish-American author, chosen from such writers as Ana Maria Matute, Galdos, Unamuno, Dario, Neruda, Garcia Marquez, Garcia Lorca.   More Info

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  • SPAN 452  The Practice of Autobiography in Spanish and Latin-American Culture

    Description:
    This course explores autobiographical practices in Spain and Latin America from the 16th to the 20th century, examining such questions as: How did individuals and communities construct images of themselves? What impelled people to write? What were the consequences? Through readings in autobiography, mediated autobiography, fictional autobiography, and testimony, the course analyzes intersections of literature and history.   More Info

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  • SPAN 454L  Argentina

    Description:
    This course is a cultural interpretation of Argentina based primarily on historical, cultural, and literary works. The aim is to explore the process of nation-building in the Latin American context. Topics include: the role of the intellectual in political culture; gender and nation; literature and nationalism; media and politics; and globalization. LATAM 454L and SPAN 454L are the same course.   More Info

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  • SPAN 468  The Caribbean: Cultural and Intellectual History

    Description:
    This course studies artistic form and socio-historical processes in the Hispanic Caribbean from a cultural perspective. Through a variety of texts in Spanish of the insular, continental and diasporic Caribbean, the course examines major themes in the region through the study of narrative, poetry, oral cultures, film intellectual history, race, and gender theory.   More Info

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  • SPAN 478  Independent Study

    Description:
    For majors who wish to study a special subject not covered in regular departmental courses. The student must first present his or her idea to a member of the faculty. A detailed plan of study (including a reading list, scheduled consultations, and a statement about examinations and/or required papers) must then be presented by the faculty member for departmental approval before the registration period preceding the semester in which the student wishes to do the independent study. May be taken only once except where special permission is granted by the department.   More Info

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  • SPAN 479  Independent Study

    Description:
    Under very special circumstances, the department may grant special permission to a major to take a second course of independent study, following the procedures outlined for SPAN 478.   More Info

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  • SPAN 491  Honors Thesis

    Description:
    A paper written under the supervision of a member of the Spanish Department and with permission of the department. See requirements under "Honors."   More Info

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