Courses for Fall 2017

  • 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
  • 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
    Garcia Lopez
    HISP 0500 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Schuhmacher
    HISP 0500 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Garcia Lopez
    HISP 0500 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Garcia Lopez
  • 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
    Gomez Garcia
    HISP 0600 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Gomez Garcia
    HISP 0600 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Gomez Garcia
    HISP 0600 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Gomez Garcia
    HISP 0600 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Gomez Garcia
  • Encounters: Latin America in Its Literature and Culture

    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
    HISP 0730 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez-Pinzon
  • Intensive Survey of Spanish Literature

    This course provides students an overview of the major authors and movements in Spain’s literature from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. It teaches students to close-read and engage critically with individual texts and their literary, historical, and social conditions of production. Throughout, we will interrogate canon formation, examine the literary construction of the self and the nation, and analyze the reflection – and creation – of culture in literature. Conducted 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
  • Topics in Hispanic Culture and Civilization

    This course provides an overview of the culture and history of Spain from medieval times to the present, drawing from literature, art, music, and film. We will study Islamic al-Andalus, Judeo-Spanish culture (including the Sephardic diaspora), Christian Spain, the conquest and colonization of the “New World,” the decline of empire, the Civil War and its aftermath. Historical and cultural connections between Spain and Europe, and Spain and America will also be examined. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: HISP 0600 or placement: SAT II scores of over 750, 5 in AP Literature or 551 and over in the Brown Placement Exam.
    HISP 0750E S01
    Primary Instructor
    Vaquero
  • Theater of Renaissance England and Spain

    Protestant England and Catholic Spain were political rivals for much of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Yet for all their differences, the two countries developed remarkably similar theatrical cultures. Both gave rise to the first commercial playhouses. Plays in both combined popular and learned traditions, and audiences came from diverse sectors of society, raising the concern of moralists convinced of the theater’s pernicious effects. This seminar will juxtapose English and Spanish plays with similar themes--e.g., class conflict, gender identity, nationhood--by Shakespeare, Lope de Vega, and others to explore the commonalities and highlight the particularities of these two theatrical traditions. Taught in English.
    HISP 1240O S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bass
  • El amor en español

    This course will visit a series of famous, colorful and controversial couples (novios, esposos y amantes) from the literature and history of Spain and Latin America. We will consider such themes as courtly love, erotic love, commonplaces about love and distortions of them, the degradation of idealized love, and the renunciation of human love in favor of divine love in the medieval and Renaissance periods. We will also address contemporary rites of passage in the formation of couples, traditional and modern views of love and marriage, as well as the “death of the couple,” love and melancholy, melodrama and hysteria.
    HISP 1330T S01
    Primary Instructor
    Vaquero
  • Tropical Fictions: Geography and Literature in Latin American Culture

    Tropical nature in Latin America has been represented in conflicting ways: a place of leisure and sensuality, but also of depravity and sloth; a place of infinite riches but also a space where disease and racial degeneration thrive. Tracing the variations and endurances of these tropes in 18th- to 21st-century Western consciousness, this course aims to re-think the tropics in literature, film and the arts from a vantage point different to that of temperate-climate European civilization. Readings include canonical fictions such as La vorágine (1924), 19th-century European travelogues from the region, as well as contemporary indigenous art.
    HISP 1330Z S01
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez-Pinzon
  • Lorca, Vallejo, Neruda

    This course delves into the work of three towering figures of modern poetry in Spanish: Spain's Federico García Lorca, Peru's César Vallejo, and Chile's Pablo Neruda. We will explore their evolution from avant-garde experiment to increasing political commitment, paying particular attention to questions of gender, indigeneity, and modernity, seeing how each poet strives to entwine aesthetics with politics without sacrificing an extraordinary lyricism. Our readings will include side-trips into their prose, theater, and visual art, and into experiments in poetry, performance, and politics by some of their contemporaries (and ours).
    HISP 1371A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Clayton
  • Sports and Culture in Latin America

    Sports in Latin America are big, and in some cases huge, and their significance goes way beyond pure entertainment. They are a contemporary theater of sorts where underlying social tensions are relived and sometimes exacerbated. This course studies soccer, boxing, baseball and lesser-known sports (e.g., ultramarathons and women’s wrestling) in relation to Latin American national narratives, politics, race, and gender. Using tools of sociology and anthropology, among others disciplines, we will study the representation of and discourse about sports in cinema, literature, television, and other media. IN ENGLISH.
    HISP 1371B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Estrada Orozco
  • 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
    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
    Whitfield
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez-Pinzon
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Senior 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 1990 S01
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S02
    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
    Whitfield
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Thomas
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez-Pinzon
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Madrid's Modern Landscapes (1780-1900)

    A seminar to study the changing relationship between landscape, architecture, and society during Madrid’s modernization, from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth. Considers representations of gardens, parks, and “natural" landscapes around the Spanish capital as expressions of how writers, planners, and intellectuals envisioned changes in ideas of national identity, gender relationships, class consciousness, and artistic perception. Readings, presentations, and group discussions are designed to promote a sustained analysis of such concepts as modernization, nature, the city and the country, with an eye not only to Madrid’s past but also to our own relationship to landscape in the present.
    HISP 2250N S01
    Primary Instructor
    Frost
  • Novela latinomericana contemporánea: Crítica Textual y Ediciones Críticas

    Estudiaremos la constelación de novelas fundamentales (Pedro Páramo, Los ríos profundos, Rayuela, La muerte de Artemio Cruz, Cien Años de soledad entre otras) que configuran un sistema literario hecho de innovación formal, ampliación de la lectura, y puesta en crisis de la representación.
    HISP 2350E S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ortega
  • Latin American Existential Literature

    European existentialism had a strong impact on Latin American literature, though that impact remains under-explored. The course begins with European existentialism and Latin American identity politics. It then explores the particular constructions of European existentialism effected by Argentine, Uruguayan, Mexican, and Brazilian writers of prose fiction in the mid-twentieth century. Readings in Spanish and English. Instructor override needed for registration.
    HISP 2520L S01
    Primary Instructor
    Merrim
  • Entre nosotros: Representing the Family in Modern and Contemporary Spain

    This course reflects on the representation of the family in Spanish literature and film since the Civil War, spanning texts and films from the period 1942-2009. Some of the themes we will explore over the course of the semester include: the family as a space for the formation of identities and subjectivities; the symbolic relationship between family and nation; religion; gender roles and the concepts of maternity, fatherhood, and childhood; monstrous families and the specter of incest; modern "found" families constructed outside biological bonds. Texts and films by Sender, Buero Vallejo, Delibes, Cela, Laforet, Buñuel, Borau, Almodóvar, Saura, among others.
    HISP 2620A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Thomas
  • 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
    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
    Kuhnheim
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Whitfield
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S07
    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
    HISP 2980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez-Pinzon
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Thomas
    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
    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
    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