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Professors S. BIZZARRO, LOMAS (chair); Assistant Professors Arroyo-Rodriguez, MARINESCU, RUIZ, WOOD; Adjunct Associate Professor K. BIZZARRO;visiting lecturer P. TALA-RUIZ; Riley Scholar L. ROSA;visiting instructor M. SLAYDEN

Major Requirements

A student majoring in Spanish has two Spanish major options:

Spanish — Hispanic Studies

All required courses: 305 or 312, 306, 431, and 432 for those students eligible to write a thesis, or 431 for those graduating seniors not eligible to write a thesis and:

  1. One course from 327, 328;
  2. One course from 331, 333;
  3. One course from 324, 325, 326;
  4. One course from 338, 339;
  5. Two 300-level literature/culture courses. If thesis requirement not met, one additional Spanish course.

TOTAL: 10 units

Romance Languages (Spanish Major; second language focus in French or Italian)

All required courses: 305 or 312, 306, 431, and 432 for those students eligible to write a thesis, or 431 for those graduating seniors not eligible to write a thesis and:

  1. Three Spanish literature/culture courses;
  2. If thesis requirement not met, one additional Spanish course.
Courses for second language focus in FRENCH:
  1. 305 and two French or Francophone culture or literature courses;
  2. Elementary or more advanced Italian, Portuguese, or Latin.
Courses for second language focus in ITALIAN:
  1. 305 and two additional Italian literature or culture courses;
  2. Elementary or more advanced French, Portuguese, or Latin.

TOTAL: 11–12 units 

Distinction is awarded based on senior thesis (432) and departmental work.

Students who study abroad on programs other than Colorado College’s must take at least two courses beyond 306 at Colorado College in addition to 431 and 432 (if student meets thesis requirements), as well as completing major requirements as described above, to receive a Spanish degree from the college. Students who are not eligible for 432 must take an additional upper division course to satisfy the 10-unit Spanish major requirement and the 11–12 unit Romance languages Spanish major requirement.

Transferring students and students who have taken the Advanced Placement exam should contact the department before taking any language or literature course, since some of the requirements for the major may be waived.

Minor Requirements

Spanish Minor — 6 units beyond SP 101 (declared prior to Fall 2014):

The prerequisite for admission to the minor is 101 (2 units) or equivalent. Student must complete a minimum of six courses, including the following: 201, 305, 306 and two 300-level courses. Students may count up to two units of Spanish AP credit (i.e., the equivalent of 201) toward the minor. Students who initially place at the 300-level as a result of previous Spanish, must complete four CC Spanish courses at the 300 level. College transfer credit will be accepted, but at least three 300-level Spanish courses must be completed at Colorado College.

Program Abroad:

In addition to the courses taught on the Colorado College campus, the Spanish Department sponsors a semester program in Mexico during blocks 1-4 with a ten-day orientation in Mexico during half-block. The program is open to all students who have completed Spanish 305 or the equivalent, or have the consent of the program director. Students participating in this program will receive a Mexico today minor.

Spanish Minor -- 5 units beyond SP201 (effective Fall 2014):

All students who wish to minor in Spanish must complete five units beyond SP201.  The prerequisite for admission to the minor is SP201 (2 units) or equivalent.  Students must complete a minimum of five courses, including the following:  305, 306 and three additional courses from 300-level courses.  College transfer credit will be accepted, but at least three 300-level Spanish courses must be completed at Colorado College.  Up to two units of credit from an unaffiliated program (either study abroad or transfer credit) will be accepted into the minor.  SP 299 and adjunct courses do not count towards the minor.

Courses

Spanish

SP100 Pre-Elementary Spanish

This course is intended for students with no previous Romance Language experience, who have never studied Spanish before. A systematic introduction to grammar, pronunciation and the differences between Spanish and English structures. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: No prior Spanish.

.5 unit

SP101 Elementary Spanish

Study of basic grammatical structures and patterns with exercises meant to develop proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing presented in a cultural context.

2 units — Marinescu, Rosa Rodriguez, Ruiz, Tala-RuizTala-Ruiz

SP103 Review of Elementary Spanish

A lower-level maintenance course for students who plan to continue their study of Spanish. A systematic review of grammar with supervised conversation practice.

Prerequisite: Spanish 101 or equivalent.

.25 unit — Iglesias

SP104 Review of Elementary Spanish

A lower-level maintenance course for students who plan to continue their study of Spanish. A systematic review of grammar with supervised conversation practice.

Prerequisite: Spanish 101 or equivalent.

.25 unit — Iglesias

SP201 Intermediate Spanish

Review of fundamentals of Spanish grammar, composition, reading, and oral practice. Readings and discussion periods on topics of Hispanic cultures including literature, art, music and film.

Prerequisite: Spanish 101 or equivalent.

2 units — Arroyo-Rodriguez, Bizzarro, Ruiz, Tala-RuizTala-Ruiz

SP203 Oral Review of Intermediate Spanish

An upper-level maintenance course for students who plan to continue their study of Spanish. A systematic review of grammar with supervised conversation practice.

Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or equivalent.

.25 unit — Iglesias

SP204 Oral Review of Intermediate Spanish

An upper-level maintenance course for students who plan to continue their study of Spanish. A systematic review of grammar with supervised conversation practice.

Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or equivalent.

.25 unit — Iglesias

SP209 Spanish Theater Workshop

Participation in performance and production of a Spanish-language play, presented in Spanish. Rehearsal time 6-8 weeks. (Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

SP299 Intensive Communication Practice and Grammar Review

This two-week (half-block) course will use a communicative approach to review and practice the essential structures and concepts of Spanish grammar. It is intended to prepare students for courses at the 300 level. As the need exists, this course may be tailored to serve as an introduction to a program conducted in a Spanish-speaking country, in which case it will also include orientation to the country and culture.

Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or equivalent or placement at the 300 level.

.5 unit — Slayden

SP301 Review of Language with Emphasis on Civilizations and Cultures of the Spanish-speaking Regions

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & Spanish 201.

.25 unit — Iglesias

SP302 Review of Language with Emphasis on Civilizations and Cultures of the Spanish-speaking Regions

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & Spanish 201.

.25 unit — Iglesias

SP304 Cultural Context and Oral Practice

Transitional course between intermediate-level and advanced level language courses. Students will develop higher levels of listening comprehension, oral competence, and socio-cultural communicative proficiency and will acquire oral strategies of expression through the study of written and recorded cultural material dealing with a variety of aspects, issues, and realities of the Spanish speaking world. Student activities in the course will include interactive oral presentations of selected web-based materials, of reading and recordings from targeted cultures such as: comic strips, articles, magazines, film clips, songs, etc.

Prerequisite: 201 or equivalent.

1 unit

SP305 Cultural Context and Written Expression

Intensive writing and conversation through the study of literary and cultural tests of the Spanish-speaking world. Theamtic focus will be determined by instructor.

Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or equivalent.

1 unit — Arroyo-Rodriguez, Marinescu, Tala-RuizTala-Ruiz, Wood

SP306 Cultural Context and Critical Analysis

Continues the acquisition of the Spanish language and trains students in the most important methods of critical analysis through readings in different genres.

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit — Marinescu, Ruiz, Tala-RuizTala-Ruiz, Wood

SP307 Hispanic Culture

The study of Hispanic societies and their cultural productions, such as fillm, art, music, language and literature. Ordinarily taught as part of a foreign study program. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Spanish 305 or equivalent.

1 unit

SP311 Spanish Theatre Workshop

Students will study several Hispanic plays and produce one play in Spanish under faculty supervision. All acting, sets and costumes will be the responsibility of the students, under the supervision of Braulio Villar, a director of the New York Repertorio espanol. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

SP312 Oral Practice and Composition Abroad

Advanced composition and conversation through the study of literary and cultural texts. Ordinarily taught as part of a foreign study program.

Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or equivalent.

1 unit — Lomas

SP316 Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture

Prerequisite: Spanish 306 or consent of instructor.

Also listed as French 316 and Film Studies 205.

.5 or 1 unit — Hernandez-Lemus, Marinescu, O'Riley, Ruiz

SP324 Colonial Hispanic American Literature and Cultures

Introduces students to Hispanic American cultures and literatures from the pre-Columbian period through the Spanish and Portugues conquest, the Baroque, and up to the wars of Independence. Examines literary texts as well as other written documents (such as cartas, requerimientos, relaciones, declaraciones, etc.). Integrates readings from literature, anthropology, history, and art history among others. Analyzes the colonial period with the view of understanding the formation of present-day social injustices. Critical examination of the encounters between the European and the indigenous peoples of the Americas and the consequences of these encounters. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor or Spanish 306.

1 unit

SP325 Modern Hispanic American Literatures and Cultures

Focuses on the cultural production following emancipation from Spanish and Portuguese colonial rule. Works reflect the main cultural and historical processes as well as the intellectual projects of the post-independence period. Examines neoclassicism, romanticism, liberalism, realism, indigenismo, gauchesca, as well as modernism and the early literary vanguards.

Prerequisite: Spanish 306.

1 unit — Rosa Rodriguez

SP326 Contemporary Hispanic American Literatures and Cultures

Examines Hispanic American cultural productoin from the Cold War period th the present day through a selection of literary texts (poetry, essays, short stories, novels, etc.) films, music and performance. Identifies and analyzes the key issues and themes pertaining to a wide range of countries. Integrates the texts within their historical, social, and politican contexts. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Spanish 306.

1 unit

SP327 Golden Age Literature and Culture

Examines topics pertaining to the Renaissance and Baroque periods, roughly from the 16th and 17th centuries. May center on cultural products from both periods or may focus on only one. Topics may be interdisciplinary and may focus on a single or multiple authors, genres, and/or themes. (Offered alternate years.)

Prerequisite: Spanish 306.

1 unit — Ruiz

SP328 Don Quixote

Explores Miguel de Cervantes’ s mas-terpiece El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha. Examines Don Quijote within its artistic, literary , and historical context. Examines Cervantes’ s reading of the world around him and explores the social, political, artistic, and literary implications of the novel at the time of its publication. Considers the modern repercussions of Cervantes’ s novel including subsequent critical approaches and cultural renditions, adaptations and reinterpretations to establish why it continues to be relevant today . (Offered alternate years) (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor or Spanish 306.

1 unit

SP331 19th Century Spanish Literature: The Advent of Modernity in Spain

Explores the major literary movements of 19th century. Spain through some of its most renowned authors. Analyzes a selection of literary texts in relation to the movements in which they are conceived, such as realism, romanticism, costumbrism, etc. Exploration of key social and political issues that affect literary pro-duction in Spain in the 1800s. Students also analyze other forms of cultural expression inspired in the literature of this period, with attention to such topics as Psychoanalytic, Marxist, and Feminist approaches

Prerequisite: consent of instructor or Spanish 306.

1 unit — Arroyo-Rodriguez

SP333 Contemporary Spanish Literature and Culture

Explores the major literary movements of 20th and 21st century Spanish literature and culture through some of its most renowned authors. Analyzes a selection of literary texts, films and artwork in relation to the cultual movements in which they are conceived. Explores key social and cultural issues that inform the cultural production in Spain during this period. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Spanish 306 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

SP335 Mexican History and Literature Since the Revolution

Topics in 20th-century Mexican history and literature. The course is conducted on a proseminar basis. Taught in Mexico when offered. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

SP338 U.S. Latina/o Literatures and Cultures

Comparative study of works by U.S. Latinas/os of Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban descent as well as Latin American writers in exile in the United States. Explores how these writers' shared history of Spanish colonization and U.S. imperialism has produced both similar and varying cultural representations of home and homeland, diaspora, migration, nation, community, identity history and memory. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor or Spanish 306.

1 unit

SP339 Chicana/o Literature and Culture

Critical study of the literary production and expressive culture of people of Mexican origin in what is today the United States from the 19th century to the present. Explores cultural and artistic practices in literature (print and oral), film, visual and performing arts and how these intersect with socio-historical, economic, and political forces. Considers questions of identity construction, racialization, gender, sexuality, class and power and their cultural representations. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor or Spanish 306.

1 unit — Lomas

SP409 Independent Reading:

Senior majors only. Departmental consent. Primarily for senior thesis work beyond regularly scheduled courses and not available to substitute for those courses.

1 unit

SP416 Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture

Study of Hispanic authors, genres, literary periods or cultural trends not represented in the regular curriculum. The structure of the particular course is determined by the nature of the topic and the preference of the instructor. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Spanish 306.

1 unit

SP431 Research Methods

Methods of analysis and theories of literature and culture. Training in research methodology; preparation for senior thesis or senior project; research and presentation of work in progress. Required of all majors.

Prerequisite: Declared major & 2 SP courses above 306 & consent of instructor.

1 unit — Lomas

SP432 Honors Senior Thesis

Intensive writing and supervised revision of senior thesis with oral defense. The work will be carried independently under the supervision of a regular Spanish faculty member. Thesis will be written in Spanish and will be 40-50 pages in length; it will demonstrate sufficient and clear proficiency in written Spanish, critical analysis of relevant cultural productions, and integrated research in the area of study. Open only to students who have satisfied GPA requirements of 3.5 and 3.7 from the college and the department, respectively. Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to apply to graduate with Distinction.

Prerequisite: Spanish 431. Only open to Majors & 3.5 (college) & 3.7 (dept.) GPA's.

1 unit

SP433 Senior Project

Intensive writing and supervised revision of senior project begun in 431 with final oral presentation. Project will be written in Spanish and will be 15-25 pages in length. Project demonstrates proficiency in written Spanish, critical analysis of relevant cultural productions, and integrated research in the area of study.

1 unit — Ruiz