Course Descriptions


SPA 1111 Introductory Spanish I

Description:  Groundwork Spanish, including oral proficiency, aural comprehension, and reading; for students with no prior knowledge of Spanish. Supplementary language laboratory work and oral drills. 

SPA 1112 Introductory Spanish II

Description:  Groundwork Spanish, including oral proficiency, aural comprehension, and reading; for students with no prior knowledge of Spanish. Supplementary language laboratory work and oral drills.   

SPA 1121 Intermediate Spanish I

Description:  Review of grammar, composition, reading and conversation.  Students should have completed SPA 1111 and 1112 or the equivalent. 

SPA 1122 Intermediate Spanish II

Description:  Review of grammar, composition, reading and conversation. Students should have completed SPA 1121 or the equivalent.

SPA 1130 Span. for Heritage Speakers I

Description:  Combination of reading and writing in addition to speaking. Work is individualized for needs of students. Objective is to prepare students for a more advanced course. Restricted to student with Hispanic background who have been exposed to Spanish at home, at all levels.   

SPA 1131 Conversation & Composition I

Description:  Regular practice in conversation and composition with review of grammar and continuing work on language skills in Spanish. Students should have completed SPA 1122 or the equivalent. 

SPA 1132 Conversation & Composition II

Description:  Regular practice in conversation and composition with review of grammar and continuing work on language skills in Spanish. Students should have completed SPA 1131 or the equivalent. 

SPA 1135 Span for Heritage Speakers II

Description:  Practice in conversation and composition with focus on advanced proficiency in Spanish. Course conducted in Spanish. Restricted to students with Hispanic background who have been exposed to Spanish at home.    

SPA 1138 Advanced Grammar

Description:  Intensive grammar review with special attention to literary style. Students should have completed 1132 or the equivalent. 

SPA 1140 Writing & Stylistics in Span.

Description: A writing intensive course and is a requirement, in lieu of Spanish 1138, for the Spanish major.  Rather than limit itself to pure grammatical rules and theory, this course examines directly and critically literary works by recognized Hispanic authors toward the objective of exploring their various writing styles and approaches.

SPA 1141 Adv. Spanish for Global Bus.

Description:  This course prepares students for successful communication in the Spanish-speaking business world. It introduces business vocabulary and concepts, exposes students to financial documents, provides practice with oral and written correspondence, and promotes cross-cultural literacy in the context of international business. 

SPA 1142 Adv. Spanish for Health Prof.

Description:  Designed for students and practicing healthcare professionals with basic knowledge of Spanish. Learners work with vocabulary and grammar within the context of a telenovela called La communidad, and through a number of on-line and in-class activities. Topics include anatomy, common diseases, protocol for obtaining a medical history, and patient cultural belief systems as related to illness and health. 

SPA 2044 Latin American Novel

Description: Reading and interpretation of Spanish-American novels from the modernist period to the present.  Students should have completed 1132 or equivalent.

SPA 2045 Latin American Short Story

Description:  The origins, development and maturity of the short story in Spanish America. Students should have completed 1132 or the equivalent. 

SPA 2064 Latin American Theatre

Description:  The modern theatre in Spanish America from the turn of the century to the present. Satisfies Diversity Requirement. Students should have completed 1132 or the equivalent. 

SPA 2211 Literature & Culture of Spain

Description:  The foremost works of Spanish literature from the beginnings to present day. A required course for majors. Students should have completed 1132 or the equivalent. 

SPA 2212 Lit. & Cult. of Latin America

Description:  Spanish-American literature from colonial times to the present. A required course for majors. Students should have completed 1132 or the equivalent.

SPA 2124 Creative Writing in Spanish

Description:  Designed specifically to develop the creativity and talent of the students at the same time of improving their spoken and written Spanish through daily writing practice in and out of the classroom. 

SPA 2424 Saints in Spain

Description:  This course will study the evolution of the idea of sainthood between the 8th and 13th centuries. Drawing on Arabic and Latin texts in Spanish translation as well as Spanish texts, we will study issues like shared saint veneration, social norms and collective memory in Medieval Spain. 

SPA 2993 Community Interpre. Internship

Description:  A community-based experience helping lawyers translate & interpret for the Philadelphia Hispanic community. 

SPA 2996 Internship

Description:  A community-based experience helping lawyers translate & interpret for the Philadelphia Hispanic community. 

SPA 3024 Modernism

Description:  Development of spanish poetry concentrating on romanticism and modernism. Students should have completed 1132 or the equivalent. 

SPA 3025 Faces of Modernity

Description:  Study of artistic trends in twentieth century Spain. 

SPA 3044 Contemp. Peninsular Narrative

Description:  Representative trends in 20th century Spanish novels. Students should have completed 1132 or the equivalent. 

Spa 3045:  El Cuento Literario

Description:  Examines the short fiction in Spanish of master artists and works of Hispanic and non-Hispanic literary traditions.  Students should have completed 1132 or its equivalent.

SPA 3046 The Latin American "Boom"

Description:  The contemporary novel and short story Borges, Cartazar, Asturias, Fuentes, Machado de Assis, Rulfo, Garcia Marquez. 

SPA 3054 Latin American Poetry

Description:  The development of Spanish-American poetry from colonial times to the present. Satisfies Diversity Requirement. Students should have completed 1132 or the equivalent. 

Spa 3064:  Spanish Theater of 20 & 21 Centuries

Description:  A critical analysis of representative works from Jacinto Benavente to present day within the historical and socio-cultural context of the literary production of each dramatist.  Students should have completed 1132 or its equivalent.

SPA 3074 Hispanic Cinema

Description:  Spanish films based on literary works as a medium will be used to better understand contemporary Spanish culture and civilization. 

SPA 3124 Narrating the Self

Description:  This course explores the works of Latin American writers from the point of view of memory, invention or recuperation of early youth or significant events that are written into a diary, a chronicle, testimony or autobiography. Critical thinking is focused on the articulation of the subject in his personal story. 

SPA 3200 Intro. to Spanish Translation

Hands-on introduction to written Spanish-English translation. The emphasis is on Spanish to English translation of a variety of different texts from the fields of business, law, literature, tourism, and science. Basic theory principles and translation procedures considered a vital component in the formal training of a translator.

SPA 3214 Intro. to Spanish Linguistics

Description:  The structure of Spanish. Methods, findings, and theory of linguistic research on the sound system and the structures of present-day Spanish. The basics of abstract linguistic analysis. Hands-on introduction to the major subdisciplines of linguistics: morphology, phonetics, phonology, semantics, and syntax. 

SPA 3215 Bilingualism in the USA

Description:  Current issues in Spanish-English bilingualism in the USA, including social, linguistic,

SPA 3216 The Acquisition of Spanish

Description:  Fundamentals of human language acquisition, with a focus on Spanish language acquisition from a theoretical point of view. The implications of language acquisition research for second-language teaching and learning. 

 Spa 3254:  Spanish Lyric Tradition

Description:  Examines the major themes and evolution of Spanish lyrical verse from its beginnings to present day. Students should have completed 1132 or its equivalent.

SPA 3412 Special Topic

Description:  Advanced study of topics of special interest in Spanish literary and/or cultural studies. May be repeated for credit if topic changes. . 

SPA 3484 Medieval Literature Readings

Description:  The Cid and other major works of the Spanish Middle Ages: early lyric, epic, ballad, prose. Students should have completed 1132 or the equivalent. 

SPA 3485 Nature in Medieval Culture

Description:  La naturaleza en la culture medieval explores issues through literature: the perception of the world, the intersection between nature and religion, the relation between literature and visual arts, the importance and meaning of nature in political discourse. 

SPA 3744 Cervantes

Description:  An interdisciplinary approach to Cervantes's work. Students should have completed 1132 or the equivalent. 

SPA 3764 Drama of Golden Age

Description:  The representation of the monarch, women, minority groups, etc. in Golden Age society through its drama. Students should have completed 1132 or the equivalent. 

Spa 3824:  Classics and Romantics

Description:  A critical examination of prose, poetry and theater from Spain’s neoclassical to post-romantic period. Students should have completed 1132 or its equivalent.

SPA 3944 19th Century Novel

Description:  Reading of novels representing costumbrismo, realismo and naturalismo. Students should have completed 1132 or the equivalent. 

SPA 3970 Research Seminar

Description:  Principles and techniques of literary research. Overview of major Spanish and Spanish-American authors and representative works. Students should have completed 1132 or the equivalent. 

SPA 5900 Independent Study in Spanish

Description:  Supervised study, activity or research. May be taken more than once. Prerequisite: Intermediate Spanish or above. Prior approval of chair and instructor.