Liberal Arts Courses
Intermediate Spanish 2
Spanish 4 is a continuation of Spanish 3 as students develop advanced language skills through readings and analyses of literature and cinema. This course focuses on representations of Latin American and Spanish culture including music, poetry, and fiction. Students explore a variety of texts as a means of deepening language skills through an integrated curriculum. Grammar lessons will be embedded in reading and writing assignments.
Curso intensivo provides a crash course in Spanish language and culture. Students learn basic language skills including core verb tenses and moods, Spanish syntax, gender, prepositions, Spain-specific usage/pronunciation, and real world vocabulary. These core concepts enable students to navigate everyday life in a Spanish-speaking country. Students acquire listening and speaking skills to help them successfully communicate in-country with tasks involving music, travel, friendship, household management, shopping, and leisure. Students also learn basic written communication skills that enable them to connect with Spanish speakers online. Finally, students develop a solid understanding of Spanish culture and history. Note: This course is not available for credit to students for whom Spanish is their native language.
Cinema en español
Cinema en español introduces students to the diverse offerings of film in Spanish. Students learn to examine the art form of film as well as the unique cultural and linguistic aspects of Spanish and Latin American cinema. Students will develop knowledge of cinematography, film scores, screenwriting, acting, direction, and production of films. Students will analyze these elements of filmmaking within the context of Latin American and Spanish artistic environments, considering how culture influences art. In addition, they will explore the political, socioeconomic, and moral questions raised in each film. Finally, students will develop oral and written language skills through writing analytical and descriptive essays in Spanish as well as participating in classroom discussions. Note: This course is not available for credit to students for whom Spanish is their native language.
Literatura iberoamericana introduces students to Latin American literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students examine two major literary genres: the novel and poetry. Students develop knowledge of the historical, linguistic and political movements that shaped the literary landscape of various Latin American countries. Students explore the influences of major writers on contemporary writers. Students learn the major elements of each genre. Students understand the interplay between political repression and artistic expression under dictatorships and civil war. Finally, students develop oral and written language skills through participation in class discussions and writing analytical essays in Spanish as well as writing and presenting a major author study. Note: This course is not available for credit to students for whom Spanish is their native language.