George Mason University 1997-98 Catalog Catalog Index
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Spanish Courses (SPAN)


Modern and Classical Languages

100 Survival Spanish (3:3:0). Development of skills stressing vocabulary, pronunciation, and use of idiomatic expressions. Not part of sequence that fulfills foreign language requirement. May not be taken for credit by students who have previously earned any credit in Spanish. (Students with credit for SPAN 100 may take any Spanish course for credit for which they meet the prerequisite.)

101 Elementary Spanish I (3:3:1). For students with no knowledge of Spanish. Introduction to Spanish, including elements of grammar, vocabulary, oral skills, listening comprehension, and reading. Lab work required.

102 Elementary Spanish II (3:3:1). Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or permission of department. Continuation of SPAN 101. Lab work required.

105 Review of Elementary Spanish (3:3:1). Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or permission of department. Review of elements of Spanish for students who have studied Spanish previously. May not be taken for credit in combination with SPAN 102 or 109. Lab work required.

109 Intensive Elementary Spanish (6:6:2). Equivalent to SPAN 101 and 102 taught in a single semester. Recommended for students who desire an intensive introduction to Spanish. May not be taken for credit in combination with SPAN 101, 102, or 105. Lab work required.

141, 142 Applied Spanish for the Social Services (4:4:2), (4:4:2). (Must be taken in sequence.) Designed to meet the professional needs of majors in social service fields.

201 Intermediate Spanish I (3:3:1). Prerequisite: SPAN 102, 105, 109, appropriate placement score, or permission of department. . Further development of skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. SPAN 201 and 202 must be taken in sequence. Lab work required.

202 Intermediate Spanish II (3:3:1). Prerequisite: SPAN 201, appropriate placement score, or permission of department. Application of skills to reading, composition, and discussion. Lab work required.

209 Intensive Intermediate Spanish (6:6:2). Prerequisite: SPAN 102, 105, 109, appropriate placement score, or permission of department. Equivalent to SPAN 201 and 202 taught in a single semester. May not be taken for credit in combination with SPAN 201 or 202. Lab work required.

241 Applied Spanish for the Social Services (4:4:2). Prerequisite: SPAN 142 or equivalent. Continuation of SPAN 142.

300 Reading Skills Development (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SPAN 202, 209, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor. Students are guided to discover and explore different ways in which a reader can create sense out of a text. Readings include selections from newspapers and magazines, mystery novels, contemporary literary works, and others.

301 Grammar and Syntax (3:3:0). Prerequisite: 12 hours of Spanish or permission of instructor. In-depth review of Spanish grammar and syntax. Extensive practice in controlled and free writing; emphasis on fundamental difficulties and points of interference that exist between English and Spanish.

321 Introduction to Spanish Culture (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 101 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Designed for nonmajors. History, culture, economic and social development, and scientific and artistic achievements that have contributed to the formation of modern Spain. Course work in English. Credit may be earned either in SPAN 321 or 461, but not in both.

322 Introduction to Latin American Culture (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 101 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Designed for nonmajors. History, culture, economic and social development, and scientific and artistic achievements that have contributed to the formation of modern Latin America. Course work in English. Credit may be earned either in SPAN 322 or 466, but not in both.

323 Field Study in Hispanic Culture (1-3:6:0). Prerequisite: 60 hours or permission of instructor. Study tour to an area of the Spanish-speaking world. Students must attend a series of lectures before the tour and must consult with the designated faculty member on a research project on a topic in Hispanic culture resulting in a paper or report.

324 Study Abroad in Spanish (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SPAN 202, 209 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Study at an academic institution in a Spanish-speaking country including classroom studies with professors from the host country and field experiences.

325 Major Hispanic Writers (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 101 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Designed for nonmajors. Study of the works of major Hispanic writers in translation. Writers studied vary. Course work in English. May be taken toward fulfillment of the general requirement in literature for baccalaureate degrees. May be repeated for credit with permission of department.

329 Special Topics in Spanish and Latin American Literature (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 101 or permission of instructor. Designed for nonmajors. Course work in English. May be taken toward fulfillment of the humanities requirement in literature for baccalaureate degrees.

351 Spanish Conversation (3:3:0). Prerequisite: 12 hours of Spanish or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Development of oral expression on topics of current interest and everyday situations, including written assignments. Not open to native speakers.

352 Spanish Composition (3:3:0). Prerequisite: 12 hours of Spanish or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Development of ability in written expression on topics of current interest.

353 Spanish for the Business World (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or permission of instructor. Introduction to terminology and usage of Spanish in business transactions; practice in the composition of business reports and letters.

359 Introduction to Translation (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or permission of instructor. Readings and translation of texts selected from current periodicals and newspapers. Recommended for students who wish to improve their reading and writing of Spanish and for Latin American Studies majors.

390 Introduction to Hispanic Literary Analysis (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or permission of instructor. This required course prepares students for the study of Hispanic literatures. It introduces basic terminology of literary analysis and provides practice in the examination of texts in the major genres: poetry, narrative, and drama.

420 Studies in Spanish Linguistics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SPAN 451, 452, or permission of instructor. Studies in Spanish phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, dialectology, or linguistic history. The topic for a given semester may be obtained from the department in advance. May be repeated for credit with permission of department.

425, 426 Independent Study (1-3:0:0), (1-3:0:0). Prerequisites: Spanish major with 90 hours and permission of instructor. Research and analysis of a selected problem in literature or linguistics in consultation with a department member. Maximum of six hours of independent study may be applied to fulfillment of major requirements.

451 Advanced Oral Spanish (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SPAN 300, 301, 351, and 352 or permission of instructor. Development of vocabulary and strengthening of conversational skills through class discussions and oral and written reports based on contemporary themes. Not open to native speakers.

452 Advanced Written Spanish (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SPAN 300, 301, and 352 or permission of instructor. Development of skills required in writing Spanish. Guided and original compositions. Grammatical structures reviewed and supplemented with individual corrections.

461 Spanish Civilization and Culture (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SPAN 452 or permission of instructor. Survey of Spanish culture and civilization from the pre-Roman era to the 20th century.

466 Latin American Civilization and Culture (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SPAN 452 or permission of instructor. Introduction to the study of Latin American civilization and culture from the pre-Columbian era to the 20th century.

480, 481 Special Topics in Hispanic Literature (3:3:0), (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SPAN 311 and 452 or permission of instructor. In-depth study of a selected theme, topic, period, or genre. May be repeated for credit with permission of department.

483, 484 (471) The Literature of Spain I, II (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SPAN 311 and 452 or permission of instructor. SPAN 483 examines the main periods, trends, genres, and most representative works of the Spanish peninsular literature from its beginnings to the end of the Golden Age. SPAN 484 studies Spanish literature from 1700 to the present.

485, 486 (472) The Literature of Spanish America I, II (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SPAN 311 and 452 or permission of instructor. This course is the first part of a two-semester survey of the literature of Spanish America. In SPAN 485, the texts that are representative of the colonial, romantic, and modernista periods in Spanish American literature are studied. SPAN 486 is the second part of the two-semester survey on the literature of Spanish America. In this course, the postmodernista period and contemporary writers are studied.

497, 498 Senior Honors Tutorial (3:0:0), (3:0:0). Prerequisites: Spanish major with 90 hours, a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and 3.0 in the major field. Students meeting these requirements are admitted to candidacy upon submission of a letter of application to the department Honors Committee in the second half of the junior year. A faculty recommendation and an interview by the Honors Committee are also required. The first semester involves weekly meetings with a faculty member to discuss readings from a comprehensive list prepared by the Spanish faculty. In the second semester, independent research and completion of an honors essay under the supervision of a member of the Spanish faculty are required.

500 History of the Spanish Language (3:3:0). Scientific study of the evolution of the Spanish language from its origin in vulgar Latin to its present forms.

501 Applied Spanish Grammar (3:3:0). Analysis of Spanish grammar as a basis for teaching language skills. Terminology and methodology for the teaching of syntax are stressed.

502 Hispanic Sociolinguistics (3:3:0). Introduction to sociolinguistics with emphasis on bilingualism and language contact in the Spanish-speaking world including the United States.

505 Applied Spanish Stylistics (3:3:0). Creative writing, its form and expression, through text analysis from selected genres: novel, essay, drama, short story, and poetry. Practice in creative writing through exercises, composition, and workshops.

520 Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature (3:3:0). Intensive study of a major work or a literary genre of this period. 525 Studies in Renaissance Literature (3:3:0). Study of a literary movement or selected authors of the Spanish Renaissance.

530 Studies in the Literature of the Golden Age (3:3:0). Study of a literary genre or a major author of Spanish literature of the Golden Age.

540 Studies in 20th-Century Literature (3:3:0). Study of a writer, genre, theme, or movement of this period.

545 Studies in Hispanic Literature (3:3:0). Study of major writers in a particular generation or movement.

551 Special Topics in Spanish (3:3:0). Special studies in Spanish or Latin American language, literature, or culture. Specific topics are announced in advance. May be repeated for credit with permission of department.

560 Studies in Spanish American Poetry (3:3:0). Study of major poets of a given period. Literary and social atmosphere of the period are emphasized.

565 Studies in Spanish American Drama (3:3:0). Study of playwrights who have made a major contribution to the development of the genre.

576 Advanced Translation (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Advanced work in translation of selected texts from diverse fields. Comparative terminology, sight translation, and precis writing. Emphasis on the function and technique of documentation in translation. Translation from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish.

580 Contemporary Hispanic Institutions (3:3:0). In-depth study of 20th-century cultural, social, and political institutions in Spain and Spanish America with emphasis on language and terminology used to describe their functions, regulations, and conditions.

635 Seminar in Don Quixote (3:3:0). Intensive study of Don Quixote and the major critical approaches to the work.

650 Seminar in 20thÜCentury Drama (3:3:0). Study of major dramatists in the Generation of 1898 and in the contemporary theater.

655 Seminar in 20th-Century Prose (3:3:0). Intensive study of a major writer, theme, or movement in the novel or the essay.

670 Seminar in Spanish American Prose (3:3:0). Study of a selected theme, movement, or author in the novel, short story, or essay.

675 Seminar in Literature and Art (3:3:0). Comparative analysis of a literary theme or style in relation to other media (e.g., painting, architecture, film) for an integral understanding of the arts.

680 Seminar in Literature and Society (3:3:0). Intensive study of a literary topic, a genre, or selected authors in relation to a given economic, social, or political system in Spain or Latin America.

685 Seminar in Literature and Ideas (3:3:0). Study of major ideological-philosophical themes and their artistic expression in literature.

798 Directed Reading and Research (3:0:0). Prerequisite: Open only to degree students who have completed at least 18 credit hours. Reading and research on a specific project under the direction of a department member. Oral or written report required.

799 Thesis (1-6:0:0). Students who take SPAN 798 and then elect the thesis option receive three credits for SPAN 799 upon completion of the thesis. Students who do not take SPAN 798 receive six credits for SPAN 799 upon completion of the thesis.

800 Studies for the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (variable credit). Prerequisite: Admission to the Ph.D. in Education program to study in Spanish. Studies designed by studentÍs discipline director and approved by studentÍs doctoral committee that prepare the student to do research and writing in the current area of interest in the discipline. Enrollment may be repeated.

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