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Spanish and Portuguese

Applicable for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Spanish and Portuguese Website

Professor: C. LOMAS (Chair); Associate Professors: A. MARINESCU; D. ARROYO-RODRIGUEZ; C. RUIZ; N. WOOD; Assistant Professor J. JAQUE; Visiting Professor M. DANIELS; Visiting Instructor M. SLAYDEN

Major Requirements

A student majoring in Spanish has two Spanish major options:

Spanish — Hispanic Studies

A. 2 prerequisite courses: 305 (or 312) & 306
B. 2 courses in Peninsular Literature
       1) 327: Golden Age OR 328: Don Quixote
       2) 331: 19th Centure OR 333: Contemporary Spanish
C.  2 courses in Hispanic American Literature
        1) 324: Colonial Hispanic American OR 325: Modern Hispanic American OR 326: Contemporary Hispanic American
        2)  338:  US Latina/or Literature OR 339: Chicana/o Literature
D.  2 literature or culture courses at the 300-level
        Any of the courses listed above (B.-D.) OR
        304: Cultural Context and Oral Practice; 307: Hispanic Culture; 311 Spanish Theatre Workshop; 312: Oral Practice and Composition Abroad; 316: Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture; or 409: Independent Reading (senior majors only; consent of department required
E.  1 course in Research Methods: 431
F.  1 course in Senior Thesis OR project
       432: Honors Senior Thesis -- only open to majors with 3.5 (college) & 3.7 (dept.) GPAs
       OR
       433: Senior Project

TOTAL: 10 units

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

A.  2 prerequisite courses: 305 (or 312) & 306
B.  3 literature or culture courses at the 300-level
C.  1 course in Research Methods: 431
D.  1 course on Senior Thesis or Project
     432: Honors Senior Thesis -- only open to majors with 3.5 (college) & 3.7 (dept.) GPAs
     OR
     433: Senior Project
E.  Second-language focus
     Courses for second-language focus in FRENCH:
     FR305 and 2 French or Francophone Culture or literature courses
     Elementary or more advanced Italian, Portuguese, or Latin
     Second-language focus in ITALIAN:
     IT305 and two additional Italian literature or culture courses;
     Elementary or more advanced French, Portuguese, or Latin

TOTAL: 11–12 units 

Up to two courses from an unaffiliated program (study abroad or transfer credit) will be accepted into the major. Students must consult with advisor prior to participation on study abroad programs and must submit course syllabi and other materials (papers, exams, etc.) upon return from study abroad for major credit.  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 (or 433) as well as complete the major requirements as described above, to receive a Spanish degree from the college.

SP299 and adjunct courses do not count towards the major.

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. Students 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.

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 2017-18).

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 — Bizzarro, Marinescu, Ruiz, Slayden

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 — Pareja Alfaro

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 — Pareja Alfaro

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, JaqueJaque, Marinescu

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 — Pareja Alfaro

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 — Pareja Alfaro

SP209 Spanish Theater Workshop

Participation in performance and production of a Spanish-language play, presented in Spanish. Rehearsal time 6-8 weeks. (Not offered 2017-18).

.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. (Not offered 2017-18).

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

.5 unit

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

Prerequisite: Spanish 201.

.25 unit — Pareja Alfaro

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

Prerequisite: Spanish 201.

.25 unit — Pareja Alfaro

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 — Lomas

SP305 Cultural Context and Written Expression

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

Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or equivalent.

1 unit — JaqueJaque, Marinescu, Ruiz

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 — Arroyo-Rodriguez, JaqueJaque, Marinescu

SP307 Hispanic Culture

The study of Hispanic societies and their cultural productions, such as film, art, music, language and literature. Ordinarily taught as part of a foreign study program.

Prerequisite: Spanish 305 or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Marinescu

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 2017-18).

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) and consent of instructor.

1 unit — Arroyo-Rodriguez

SP316 Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture

Prerequisite: Spanish 306.

.5 or 1 unit — Hernandez-Lemus, Levine, Marinescu, 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 Portuguese 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 2017-18).

Prerequisite: 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 — JaqueJaque

SP326 Contemporary Hispanic American Literatures and Cultures

Examines Hispanic American cultural production from the Cold War period to 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 political contexts. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

Prerequisite: Spanish 306.

1 unit — Marinescu

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.) (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Spanish 306.

1 unit

SP328 Don Quixote

Explores Miguel de Cervantes’ s masterpiece 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)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor or Spanish 306.

1 unit — Ruiz

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 production 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 (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor or Spanish 306.

1 unit

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.

Prerequisite: Spanish 306.

1 unit — Arroyo-Rodriguez

SP335 Mexican History and Literature Since the Revolution

Topics in 20th-century Mexican history and literature. The course is conducted on a pro-seminar basis. Taught in Mexico when offered. (Not offered 2017-18).

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.

Prerequisite: Spanish 306.

1 unit — Lomas

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: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Spanish 306.

1 unit

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 2017-18).

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 with 3.5 (college) & 3.7 (dept.) GPA’s.

1 unit — Arroyo-Rodriguez, Lomas

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.

Prerequisite: Spanish 431.

1 unit — Lomas

Portuguese

PG101 Elementary Portuguese

Introduces students to basic grammar structures and communication in the Portuguese language, with a focus on Brazilian culture and pronunciation. Develops proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 to 2 units

PG199 Brazilian Music and Language

This course will introduce students to some of the musical traditions of twentieth and twenty-first century Brazil as well as basic communication in Portuguese language. Students will explore traditions such as forró, samba, bossa nova, tropicália, MPB, sertaneja, batucada, funk, among others. Course may be taught in Portuguese depending on enrollment and prior language experience of students.

.5 unit — Wood

PG298 Accelerated Portuguese Abroad

This course is an intensive introduction to Portuguese language for both students who have some prior (elementary) knowledge of Portuguese language as well as those students who have no prior experience with Portuguese but have a keen and dedicated interest in the language. Through accelerated language study in the four modalities—speaking, listening, reading, and writing—students will gain elementary level skills. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit

PG299 Accelerated Portuguese

Offers Romance Language speaking students the opportunity to study Portuguese language at an accelerated pace. Emphasizes the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills beyond the elementary level and incorporates readngs and discussion on topics in Lusophone cultures. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Portuguese 101, Spanish, French or Italian or consent of instructor.

.5 unit

PG300 Portuguese for Spanish-speakers

This course is designed for students who are either native speakers of Spanish or those who have studied Spanish through the intermediate level. This course will rely upon the linguistic skills attained by Spanish-speakers to introduce rammatical structures and vocabulary at an accelerated pace. The focus of the course will be on communication within Brazilian Portuguese including speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Using a communicative and context-based methodology this course will take students through the intermediate level of Portuguese and prepare them for more advanced language study.

Prerequisite: Portuguese 101, Spanish 201, placement into Spanish 305 or consent of instructor. .

1 unit — Wood

PG305 Cultural Context and Written Expression

Advanced composition and conversation practice through the study of literary and cultural texts of the Portuguese-speaking world. Thematic and regional emphases will vary by instructor and year. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Portuguese 300 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

PG309 Independent Readings

This independent study is designed for students majoring in Romance Languages and/or students completing the Luso-Brazilian Studies thematic minor.

Prerequisite: consent of department.

1 unit

PG310 Accelerated Portuguese ll

Designed to build on the half-block course PG299, this course offers Portuguese language students the opportunity to advance their language skills beyond the elementary level. Emphasis on the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills beyond the elementary level. Incorporates readings and discussion on topics in Lusophone culture. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Portuguese 101 and Portuguese 299, or consent of instructor.

.5 unit

PG315 Afro-Brazilian Cultures in Brazil

This thematic course will be taught in northeastern Brazil and explores the history and culture of the nation from a multidisciplinary perspective. The course focuses on the particular configuration of race relations in Bahia and the formation of Afro-Brazilian identity and its cultural expressions from a variety of historical and contemporary perspectives with the objective of providing the tools for critical assessment of complex social and cultural relations. In addition to course discussions led by the professor, students will have the opportunity to meet with local faculty and experts in the fields of Afro-Brazilian religions, Afro-Brazilian performing arts, and Afro-Brazilian history while on site in Salvador, Brazil. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.5 unit

PG316 Topics in Brazilian Culture

This course will explore Brazilian authors, genres, literary periods, cinematic, or cultural trends. Course structure is determined by the nature of the topic as well as instructor preference. This course may be conducted in English or Portuguese, at the discretion of the instructor. May be taught in Brazil.

Prerequisite: Portuguese 101.

1 unit — Wood

PG320 Topics in Lusophone Culture

Study of culture, genres, art film or literature of one or more Portuguese-speaking countries or region (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit