• Spanish Courses

FS 101 - Elementary Spanish I

An elementary-level, communicative-based language course, intended for students with no Spanish at all or no more than two years of high school Spanish. Practice in the classroom is supplemented by work in the language laboratory. Spanish 101 is to be taken before 102.

FS 102 - Elementary Spanish II

An elementary-level, communicative-based language course, intended for students with no Spanish at all or no more than two years of high school Spanish. Practice in the classroom is supplemented by work in the language laboratory. Intended for students with no more than three years of high school Spanish or students who completed Spanish 101. Prerequisite: Spanish 101.

FS 201 - Intermediate Spanish I

An intermediate-level, communicative-based language sequence (Spanish 201-202). A review of Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and communicative structures, this course sequence emphasizes skill development in speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing in Spanish through oral and written practice in the classroom and in the language laboratory. Students will also be introduced to Hispanic literature and culture through short literary and non-literary texts. Students who register for Spanish 201 must also register for a weekly session of conversation practice in the Foreign Language Resource Center, coordinated by the Department of Foreign Language Studies. Prerequisite: Four years of high school Spanish or Spanish 102.

FS 202 - Intermediate Spanish II

An intermediate-level, communicative-based language sequence. A review of Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and communicative structures, this course sequence (Spanish 201-202) emphasizes skill development in speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing in Spanish through oral and written practice in the classroom and in the language laboratory. Students will also be introduced to Hispanic literature and culture through short literary and non-literary texts. Students who register for Spanish 202 must also register for a weekly session of conversation practice in the Foreign Language Resource Center, coordinated by the Department of Foreign Language Studies. Prerequisite: Spanish 201.

FS 300B - Advanced Spanish: Composition and Conversation II

Oral and written use of correct, idiomatic Spanish vocabulary building, oral discussion, composition, instruction in the presentation of material, and complementary laboratory work in preparation for the Oral Proficiency Interview. Students who register for Spanish 300B must also register for a weekly session of conversation practice in the Foreign Language Resource Center, coordinated by the Department of Foreign Languages. Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or five or more years of Spanish or Advanced Placement credits.

FS 301 - Introduction to Hispanic Literature

Introduction to the four principal genres of Hispanic literature. Fundamentals of literary analysis through a selection of texts from Medieval through contemporary Spanish literature, and colonial through twentieth-century Latin American literature. Prerequisites: Spanish 300A or 318 (if not a native speaker) and Spanish 300B; and English 101 and 102 or permission of the instructor.

FS 305 - Survey of Spanish-American Literature

Survey of Latin-American literature studying representative works from the Colonial period through the twentieth-century. Genres covered include novel, drama, poetry, essay, and short story. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: Spanish 301 or permission of the department chair; and English 101 and 102 or permission of the instructor.

FS 309 - Culture and Civilization Spain

Study of the culture and civilization of Spain from pre-historic times to the present day. The first part of the course will present the major historical developments and artistic movements of the Iberian Peninsula with special focus placed upon the plastic arts (painting, architecture, sculpture). The second part of the course will focus on contemporary socio-cultural issues such as the Spanish economy, politics (dictatorship and democracy), society, and cultural life. Taught in Spanish.

FS 310 - Culture and Civilization of Latin America

The natural aspects and historical evolution of the culture and civilization of Latin American countries. Landmarks in the political, economic, cultural and social history of the continent are traced from the pre-colonial times to the present. Students are introduced to, and familiarized with, the world of Latin American history, life, thought, and feelings. Emphasis is given to aspects of Latin America today such as the new political and economic map in the twenty-first century, women's impact in politics, LGBT issues, religion, education, science and technology, music, art, and film. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: English 101 and 102 or permission of the instructor.

FS 313 - Commercial Spanish

Designed to acquaint the students with the mercantile practice, documents, and terminology needed for the understanding of the business usages of Spanish-speaking countries. Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or five or more years of Spanish or Advanced Placement credits.

FS 315 - Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

An introduction to the linguistic analysis of the Spanish language from the point of view of its internal organization and sound system. Intended for Spanish majors and will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Students will be introduced to the morphological study of the language; an introduction to Spanish phonetics in theory and practice will incorporate the history of the Spanish language from Latin to modern Spanish. Discussion of Hispanic dialectology and geolinguistics. Prerequisite: Four years of high school Spanish or four semesters of college Spanish.

FS 318 - Spanish Pronunciation, Voice, and Diction

An analytical and practical study of contemporary Spanish pronunciation, conducted completely in Spanish. Students are introduced to the phonetics (the study of sounds) and phonology (the study of the sound system) of the Spanish language. Prerequisites: Spanish 101, 102, 201, 202 or the equivalent as pursuant to the Foreign Language Studies Placement Policy.

FS 399 - Independent Study in Spanish

Guided readings and research on an area or topic of Spanish language, culture, and/or literature selected in consultation with the instructor. Regular conferences with the instructor and written reports.

FS 402 - Advanced Spanish Conversation and Oral Proficiency

Advanced conversational practice in Spanish and review of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. This course focuses on the improvement of oral and aural communication skills in Spanish and aims to prepare students to achieve an oral proficiency rating of Advanced Lowe or higher, according to the ACTFL scale. This course is intended for Spanish and Spanish/Education majors, and should be taken in the student's sophomore or junior year. Prerequisites: Spanish 300A or 313 or 318.

FS 404 - Spanish Literature of the Twentieth Century

The evolution of Spanish literature from the Generation of 1898 to the present; analysis of the drama, novel, and poetry of the period.

FS 409 - Advanced Spanish: Grammar and Stylistics

Focuses on the study of advanced grammar and style through writing, translation, and oral practice in Spanish. It is intended for majors and for teachers or students intending to teach. Prerequisites: Spanish 300B and 300A or Spanish 313. (Native Spanish speakers only need to take Spanish 300B with departmental approval).

FS 412 - Advanced Business Spanish I

Introduces the terminology and the techniques used in commercial transactions, including interpretation and writing of business materials. Enhances students' ability to function effectively in an increasingly important commercial language environment, locally in the United States as well as abroad, in any Spanish-speaking country. Develops students' geographic literacy and cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world, as these are central to being able to successfully conduct business in Spanish. Concentrates on vocabulary and linguistic and cultural background needed when dealing with subjects such as goods and services, marketing, finance, foreign market, and import-export. Prerequisite: Spanish 313.

FS 416 - Medieval and Golden Age of Spanish Literature

An in-depth study of three periods of Spanish Peninsular literature: Medieval, Golden Age, and Baroque. Works include Poema de Mio Cid, La Celestina, La vida de Lazarillo de Tormes and other picaresque novels. The poetry of Gongora and Quevedo will also be studied. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: Spanish 301, 300B, and either Spanish 305 or 307, or permission of the department.

FS 499 - Independent Study in Spanish

Guided readings and research on an area or topic of Spanish language, culture and/or literature selected in consultation with the instructor. Regular conferences with the instructor and written reports.