Curriculum

Spanish Courses (30 credits)

FL 111S, 112S Elementary Spanish I, II

Introduction to the basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Classes are structured to provide extensive oral practice in Spanish. FL 111S is a prerequisite for FL 112S. Offered annually. 3 credits each

FL 211S, 212S Intermediate Spanish I, II

A continuation of the study of the essentials of grammar and pronunciation, with continued emphasis on oral performance. Includes increased practice in composition and reading. Prerequisite: FL 111S, 112S or three units of high school Spanish. Offered annually. 3 credits each

FL 230S Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition

Intensive review of Spanish language structure with emphasis on composition and conversation. The course prepares students for more advanced study of Spanish and Latin- American cultures through extensive readings and in-class analysis. Generally offered annually. Prerequisite: FL 211S, 212S or equivalent. 3 credits

FL 231S Conversational Spanish

A course that builds students’ conversational skills in Spanish. While all four vital skills of language (speaking, listening, reading and writing) are targeted, the course emphasizes proficiency in oral communication skills. Students are required to practice Spanish through class discussions, presentations and reports. Prerequisite: FL 211S, 212S, two years of successful high school Spanish or the equivalent with permission of the instructor. Generally offered annually. 3 credits

FL 244S Spanish/Hispanic Civilization and Culture (in English)

A survey of key aspects of Spanish and Hispanic culture and civilization. Includes an examination of the contributions of Spanish-speaking writers, artists, and essayists to the formation of the modern Spanish-speaking world. Course may fulfill three of the six-credit language/culture requirement at Albertus. This course may be counted toward the Spanish major or minor by students who read translated texts in the original and do all writing in Spanish. Generally offered annually. 3 credits

FL 290S Independent Study

An individualized program of study at the advanced intermediate level. A variety of student- oriented projects is possible, such as an intensive audiotape program or directed readings. Prerequisite: Spanish proficiency and permission of Department chairperson. Hours and credits to be arranged. 1 credit

FL 299S Introduction to Hispanic Literature

An introductory survey of Spanish and Latin American literature from medieval times to the present, including poetry, prose, and theater. Emphasis is on reading and literary techniques of interpretation and on familiarizing students with major works while building on Hispanic cultural literacy. The course prepares students for more advanced study of Spanish culture. Prerequisite: FL 230S, the equivalent, or permission from the instructor. Generally offered on the basis of student needs and interest. 3 credits

FL 340S Latin American Literature to Modernismo

An exploration of works of literature from the Spanish conquest to the late nineteenth century, with attention paid to the impact of colonialism on the present Spanish-speaking world. Major figures studied include Christopher Columbus, Hernán Cortés, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Garcilaso de la Vega (El Inca), as well as the rise of Romanticism in Spanish America. Prerequisite: FL 299S or permission of the instructor. Generally offered on the basis of student needs and interest. 3 credits

FL 341S Major Latin American Writers

A study of the major works of Latin American literature from modernismo, through the “Boom” and the contemporary period. Students learn of the rise of independent forms of cultural expression from the diverse genres of poetry, prose, and theater. Writers studied include Rubén Darío, José Martí, Jorge Luis Borges, Alfonsina Storni, Juan Rulfo, Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes, and Antonio Skármeta. Prerequisite: FL 299S or permission of the instructor. Generally offered on the basis of student needs and interest. 3 credits

FL 352S Medieval/Golden Age Spanish Literature

A study of significant aspects of medieval and Golden Age Spanish literature and culture. Major works studied include, but are not limited to, the anonymous Cantar de mío Cid, Don Juan Manuel’s Conde Lucanor, Calderon’s La vida es sueño, and excerpts from Cervantes. Special attention is given to the role of misogyny in early modern culture, as well as the significant contributions of Muslims and Jews to the formation of Spanish culture. Prerequisite: FL 299S or permission of the instructor. Generally offered on the basis of student needs and interest. 3 credits

FL 354S Special Topics in Hispanic Literature

A study of significant areas of Hispanic culture through the exploration of a particular theme rather than genre or period. Topics ranging from year to year may include Women Writers of Latin America, Poetry and Politics, Social Drama, Creolization and Literature in the Caribbean. May be repeated for credit if topics differ. Occasionally offered in translation for non-Spanish majors. Prerequisite: FL 299S or permission of the instructor. 3 credits

FL 390S Independent Study

An individualized program of study at the upper level. A variety of student-oriented projects is possible, including directed readings or individual research. Prerequisite: Spanish proficiency and permission of the Department chairperson. Hours and credits to be arranged. 3 credits

FL 391S Practicum

Supervised practical experience. With the approval of the Department’s chairperson, a limited number of students may be placed in a variety of positions where the student’s principal activity centers on communication in Spanish. Suggested practica may include teaching practice at area schools or business internships with a focus on Spanish language usage. Student minors in Spanish are strongly encouraged to do a practicum. Prerequisite: 18 credit-hours in Spanish and permission of the Department chairperson. Hours and credits to be arranged. 3 credits

FL 395 Departmental Seminar

An integrated study of a particular theme, topic, or genre. Possible topics include the Renaissance in Spain, Existentialism in the Contemporary Novel, Cervantes and the Rise of the Novel, among others. Prerequisite: Spanish proficiency and permission of the Department chairperson. 1 credit