Courses for Fall 2015

  • Basic Spanish

    This fast-paced beginning course provides a solid foundation in the development of communicative skills in Spanish (speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing) as well as some insight on the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Individual work outside of class prepares students for in-class activities focused on authentic communication. Placement: students who have never taken Spanish before, or have scored below 390 in SAT II, or below 240 in the Brown Placement Exam. Students who have taken Spanish before and those with an AP score of 3 or below must take the Brown Placement Exam. Students should check Placement and Course Description in the Undergraduate Program section of the Hispanic Studies Website. Enrollment limited to 18; 15 spaces are available for students during pre-registration. 3 spaces will be available at the start of the semester for incoming or re-admitted students who should attend the first class. Pre-enrolled students must attend the first four days of class to maintain their pre-registered status and notify the instructor in advance if they must miss any day before the 4th class when the composition of the course section is finalized.
    HISP 0100 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
    HISP 0100 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
    HISP 0100 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
    HISP 0100 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
  • Intensive Basic Spanish

    A highly-intensive, two-semester sequence in one semester that carries 10 contact hours per week. Primarily for students with knowledge of Spanish, who have scored below 450 in SATII or below 340 in Brown Placement Exam. Students with little or no preparation in Spanish should consult with the Course Supervisor. Focused on acquisition of communicative skills (speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing), and development of cultural awareness. With successful completion of the course students will be able to understand simple texts, carry on short spontaneous conversations involving everyday topics (such as modern daily life, health, art and culture, nature and the environment, and relationships) and write simple texts with good command of grammar and sentence structure. Ideal for students interested in fast-tracking their language learning to meet study abroad requirements. Double credit. Instructor permission required. Enrollment limited to 18: 15 spaces are available for students during pre-registration. 3 spaces will be available at the start of the semester for incoming or re-admitted students who should attend the first class. Pre-enrolled students must attend the first four days of class to maintain their pre-registered status and notify the instructor in advance if they must miss any day before the 4th class when the composition of the course section is finalized.
    HISP 0110 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Schuhmacher
  • Intermediate Spanish I

    This course continues to develop and strengthen students' proficiency in the Spanish language, as well as to help them increase their cultural understanding. It seeks to develop both fluency and accuracy and to teach students to express, interpret, and negotiate meaning in context. Through the exploration of themes such as the individual and the community, health issues, traveling, multiculturalism and human rights, students focus on communication and learn to appreciate cultural differences. Pre-requisite: either HISP 0200, HISP 0110, or placement: SAT II scores between 460 and 510, or Brown Placement Exam scores between 341 and 410. Students with an AP score of 3 or below must take the Brown Placement Exam. Students should check Placement and Course Description in the Undergraduate Program section of the Hispanic Studies Website. Enrollment limited to 18; 15 spaces are available for students during pre-registration. 3 spaces will be available at the start of the semester for incoming or re-admitted students who should attend the first class. Pre-enrolled students must attend the first four days of class to maintain their pre-registered status and notify the instructor in advance if they must miss any day before the 4th class when the composition of the course section is finalized.
    HISP 0300 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    HISP 0300 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    HISP 0300 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    HISP 0300 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
  • Intermediate Spanish II

    This course offers an exploration of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures through a variety of thematic foci: the world of work, the arts, globalization and technology, leisure, and celebrations. It focuses on vocabulary building, the examination of some of the more difficult points of grammar, and moving students towards a more sophisticated level of comprehension and expression. Students work with readings, including literary texts; songs; film; and the visual arts. Prerequisite: HISP 0300 or placement: SAT II scores between 520 and 590 or Brown Placement Exam scores between 411 and 490. Students with an AP score of 3 or below must take the Brown Placement Exam. Students should check Placement and Course Description in the Undergraduate Program section of the Hispanic Studies Website. Enrollment limited to 18; 15 spaces are available for students during pre-registration. 3 spaces will be available at the start of the semester for incoming or re-admitted students who should attend the first class. Pre-enrolled students must attend the first four days of class to maintain their pre-registered status and notify the instructor in advance if they must miss any day before the 4th class when the composition of the course section is finalized.
    HISP 0400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    HISP 0400 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
  • Spanish for Health Care Workers

    This course is designed to provide students with the linguistic and cultural competencies necessary to communicate with and help treat Spanish speaking patients with limited English. The course includes a general review of pertinent grammar and vocabulary relating to the health care professions, assessment, and vocabulary useful for establishing patient rapport. Students will practice communicating in common medical situations, conducting patient interviews, and increase their understanding of possible responses from patients. We will broaden knowledge of different cultures, explore health care systems/ professions in a variety of settings, and have pertinent speakers invited to class. Please note this course does not qualify as a pre-requisite for study abroad or for HISP 0600. Students who complete 0490A successfully can continue in our program with HISP 0500 as the next level.
    HISP 0490A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kuhnheim
  • Advanced Spanish I

    Offers comprehensive work in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with targeted grammar review. Students work with a variety of readings (literature, newspaper articles, etc.) and with art forms such as music and film, in order to develop oral and written expression and to explore issues relevant to the Hispanic world. Students explore topics of their own interest through student-led activities and presentations. Prerequisite: HISP0400 or placement: SAT II scores between 600 and 660, Brown Placement Exam scores between 491 and 570, or AP score of 4 in language or literature. Please check Hispanic Studies website (Undergraduate Programs) for course descriptions and placement information. Enrollment limited to 18; 15 spaces are available for students during pre-registration. 3 spaces will be available at the start of the semester for incoming or re-admitted students who should attend the first class. Pre-enrolled students must attend the first four days of class to maintain their pre-registered status and notify the instructor in advance if they must miss any day before the 4th class when the composition of the course section is finalized.
    HISP 0500 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Villanueva
    HISP 0500 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Villanueva
    HISP 0500 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Villanueva
    HISP 0500 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Villanueva
  • Advanced Spanish II

    Offers continued, advanced-level work in speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, with focused review of challenging aspects of Spanish grammar. Course materials include films, music, art works, and a variety of written texts (articles, stories, plays, a novella, etc.) chosen to promote class discussion and in-depth written analysis. There will be individual and group activities, including in-class presentations and creative writing projects. Prerequisite: HISP0500 or placement: SATII scores between 670 and 740, Brown Placement Exam scores between 571 and 650, or AP score of 5 in language. Please check Hispanic Studies website (Undergraduate Programs) for course descriptions and placement information. Enrollment limited to 18. Pre-enrolled students must attend the first four days of class to maintain their pre-registered status and notify the instructor in advance if they must miss any day before the 4th class when the composition of the course section is finalized. Students with scores of 750 and above on the SAT II, 551 on the Brown Placement Exam, or 5 in AP Literature should consider offerings in the HISP 0730-0740-0750 range.
    HISP 0600 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bauer
    HISP 0600 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Bauer
    HISP 0600 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Bauer
    HISP 0600 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Bauer
    HISP 0600 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Bauer
  • Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

    This course introduces students to the study of language and deepens their knowledge of Spanish in its main linguistic components. After briefly considering the nature of language, we will study the sounds of Spanish (phonology and phonetics), word and sentence structure (morphology and syntax), and the elements and mechanics to express and interpret meaning (semantics and pragmatics). We will then turn our focus to linguistic phenomena such as changes in Spanish over time (historical linguistics), variations in the language according to region and social group (sociolinguistics), and bilingualism, with special attention to Spanish in the U.S.
    HISP 0710C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
  • Early and Contemporary Writers of Spanish America

    An introduction to major authors, movements, and themes of Spanish American literature from the Discovery to the present. This course also aims to develop students' oral and written expression in Spanish. Students are expected to engage in close reading and discussion of texts, as well as to revise their papers. Prerequisite: HISP 0600, or AP score =5, or SAT II (Literature) score of 750 or above, or Brown placement score of 651 or above. WRIT DPLL LILE
    HISP 0730 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez-Pinzon
  • Intensive Survey of Spanish Literature

    An introduction to the major authors and literary movements of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to contemporary times. Focuses on building critical vocabulary. Also aims to develop students' written and oral expression in Spanish. Preparatory course for 1000-level courses for students who achieve the highest placement in Spanish. Prerequisite: HISP 0600, or AP score =5, or SAT II (Literature) score of 750 or above, or Brown placement score of 651 or above. WRIT
    HISP 0740 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Thomas
  • Cervantes and Don Quijote in the Context of Golden Age Spain

    This course seeks to understand the first part of Don Quijote (1605) within the context of the social, literary and political contexts from which it sprang. We will undertake a close reading of the 1605 text supplemented by secondary readings that focus on such topics as the vogue for the romances of chivalry, the role of the oppressed in Spanish Society in the novel and in Cervantes's Spain, the place of books and reading in Golden Age Spain, etc. The point of departure for the course will be an in-depth consideration of Marcelin Defourneaux's book, Daily Life in Spain in the Golden Age (Stanford UP, latest). Taught in Spanish. LILE
    HISP 1240L S01
    Primary Instructor
    Boruchoff
  • Spain on Screen: 80 Years of Spanish Cinema

    This course traces major developments in Spanish cinema from silent films of the 1930s to globalized commercial cinema of the 21st century. In this 80-year period, Spain has undergone sweeping political, social, economic, and cultural changes, many of which we see reflected in its cinema. By critically examining films by Spain's most well-known and influential directors – Rey, Berlanga, Buñuel, Bardem, Saura, Erice, Almodóvar – as well as less canonical filmmakers, we will ask what representations of Spain we see on screen in the last eight decades, interrogating notions of nation, race, class, gender, sexuality, and political ideology, among others. Prerequisite: HISP 0730 or 0740. WRIT
    HISP 1290J S01
    Primary Instructor
    Thomas
  • Short Forms: Major Works in a Minor Key

    This course will explore short masterworks by major Latin American writers of the twentieth century and beyond (Borges, Onetti, Cortázar, García Márquez, Bolaño, Aira, Zambra and others) alongside some of their major influences (e.g. Poe, Conan Doyle, Hemingway, Faulkner), with side-trips into the work of contemporary writers on whom they leave their own imprint. Readings will primarily involve short stories, but will also include novellas, poems, films, visual art, and music. Reading in Spanish, with discussion in English.
    HISP 1330Q S01
    Primary Instructor
    Clayton
  • El amor en español

    This course will visit a series of famous, colorful and controversial couples (novios, esposos y amantes) from the Hispanic culture. From Latin America we plan to study the relationship between Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera, Perón y Evita, and also books by Pablo Neruda and contemporary authors; and we will also discuss the possible influence of the epistolary exchange between the ill-fated lovers Abelard and Eloise on late medieval Spanish sentimental fiction (San Pedro`s Arnalte y Lucenda, Flores' Grisel y Mirabella and Rojas' Comedia de Calisto y Melibea. Taught in Spanish.
    HISP 1330T S01
    Primary Instructor
    Vaquero
  • Independent Study

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    HISP 1980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ortega
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Bass
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Chang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Clayton
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Thomas
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Vaquero
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Ortiz
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Bauer
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Senior Conference

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    HISP 1990 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bou
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Bauer
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Ortega
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Merrim
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Vaquero
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Benet Cros
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Medieval Masterpieces

    Examines three medieval Spanish masterpieces: Cantar de Mio Cid, Libro de buen amor, and Celestina. Other works are read to explore lines of continuity and discontinuity in these three works and their respective genres.
    HISP 2030C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Vaquero
  • Teoría y Práctica Poética en Cesar Vallejo

    Seminario dedicado a estudiar en profundidad la poesía hermética de Vallejo. Analizaremos su práctica poética así como su teoria del poema a través de la evolución de su obra y pensamiento.
    HISP 2350G S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ortega
  • Mediations: Nation, Civilization and Territory in 19th Century Latin America

    In the decades after Independence, elites in power were faced by a contradictory task: to build distinct Nation-States that participated at the same time from a global civilizing project. In this seminar we will explore the aesthetic tropes in 19th Century Latin American literature and culture that negotiated this double bind. By reading cuadros de costumbres, Romantic novels, war memoirs, travelogues, and modernista texts we will analyze the contradictory ways in which creole elites both created and subsumed peoples (pueblos) and territories (jungles, desserts, mountains) into a "civilizing" national narrative that was, in the end, suitable to capitalistic appropriation.
    HISP 2350T S01
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez-Pinzon
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    HISP 2970 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Research in Spanish and Latin American Literature

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    HISP 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bou
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Ortega
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Vaquero
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Merrim
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Subirana
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Bauer
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Mazzucchelli
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Bass
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Clayton
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.
    HISP 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Thesis Preparation

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    HISP 2991 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bou
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2991 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Merrim
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2991 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Ortega
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2991 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Mazzucchelli
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2991 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Vaquero
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2991 S06
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research