Upper Division Courses

For an official list of courses offered in this department, please go to General Catalog here.

*Please note, these courses are not in numeral order, but in Area order. Be sure, if searching for a particular course number, you are looking in the correct Area of study.

AREA I. Bilingual Studies

SPAN 106T. Children's Literature in Spanish (3)
Recommended: SPAN 2A, 2B or 4A, 4B. Examination of children's stories, poems, rhymes, and songs written, composed, or available in Spanish. Practice in the techniques of storytelling. Dramatizations of children's stories in Spanish. Presentation of puppet plays.

SPAN 134. Spanish in Bilingual Schools (3)
Recommended: SPAN 119 and 122 or permission of instructor. Emphasis on Spanish language development for bilingual teachers at the elementary level. Presentation of specialized vocabulary in teaching elementary courses. Development and evaluation of bilingual teaching materials in Spanish.

AREA II. Language and Translation

SPAN 110T. Practical Spanish for Professions (3; max total 12 if no topic repeated)
Applicable for minor. Preparation of professionals and paraprofessionals in California Spanish to work with the Spanish speaking in the following fields: health, education, social work, business, law, agriculture, and psychology.

SPAN 112. Reader's Theater in Spanish (3)
Recommended: SPAN 3 or 4B. Dramatic readings of prose and poetry selections per formed by students in front of the class. Discussion focuses on a critical reading of the text and preparation of the performance. Public presentations and recordings optional.

SPAN 113. Patterns of Spanish (3)
Recommended: SPAN 3 or 4B. Recommended as the first upper-division course. Verb synonyms. Quantitative and qualitative usage of verbs. Acquisition of the following skills: narration, description, argumentation, and expression of feelings through syntactical variations and substitution of verbs. Attention is focused on the formation of a sentence, not on the composition of a paragraph.

SPAN 115. Basic Principles of Translation (3)
Recommended: SPAN 3 or 4B. Specific problems of Spanish to English and English to Spanish translation, with emphasis on idiomatic expressions. Some attention to specialized vocabulary. Use of bilingual dictionaries.

SPAN 117. Advanced Conversation and Reading (3)
Recommended: SPAN 3 or 4B. Reading and discussion of current periodicals, newspapers, and magazines that reflect the cultural patterns of the Spanish-speaking countries.

SPAN 119. Advanced Grammar (3)
Recommended: SPAN 3 or 4B. Special emphasis on grammar review and development of writing skills. Analysis of grammatical constructions.

SPAN 121A. Composition (3)
SPAN 119 highly recommended. Refinement of writing skills through vocabulary development, spelling exercises, and composition. Special emphasis on problems created by differences between the spoken and written language. (Formerly SPAN 118, SPAN 121)

SPAN 121B. Composition (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 121A. Greater refinement of writing skills necessary for SPAN 140 and further upper-division courses in Hispanic literature. Special emphasis on analyzing a literary text by written means.

SPAN 124. Oral and Written Expression (3)
Recommended: SPAN 2B, 3, 4B, or 10. Systematic analysis of students' ability to express themselves, both orally and in writing. Development of vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammatical structures. (Summer only)

AREA III. Hispanic Culture

SPAN 125. Hispanic Culture (3)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area C. Recommended: SPAN 3 or 4B. Interdisciplinary approach to global examination of cultural productions of Spain and Latin America through readings, lectures, films, and other media. G.E. Integration IC.

SPAN 129. Mexican Culture (3)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area C. Recommended: SPAN 2B, or 3, or 4B. Interdisciplinary approach to Mexican culture. Study of geography, history, politics, the arts, aspects of daily life, and cultural patterns by means of reading assignments, lectures by the instructor and invited guests, films, and other media. G.E. Integration IC.

AREA IV. Spanish Linguistics

SPAN 130. Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3)
Recommended: SPAN 122 or permission of instructor. Basic principles of Spanish linguistics, including aspects of syntax, morphology, phonetics, dialectology, and historical linguistics.

SPAN 137. Applied Spanish Linguistics (3)
Recommended: SPAN 130 or permission of instructor. Analysis of Spanish with emphasis on areas of phonetics, pronunciation, and grammar which cause the greatest problems in learning and teaching the language. Readings and practice in the development of instructional strategies and materials.

SPAN 139. Spanish of the Southwest (3)
Recommended: SPAN 3 or 4B. Research on dialect differences in California and the Southwest, including the linguistic, social, and cultural determinants. Emphasis on the Spanish of the San Joaquin Valley.

AREA V. Hispanic Literature

SPAN 140. Hispanic Fiction and Poetry (3)
Recommended: SPAN 3 or 4B. Readings and appreciation of Hispanic literature to familiarize the student with fiction and poetry as art forms.

SPAN 142. Introduction to Spanish Literature (3)
Recommended: SPAN 3 or 4B. Selected readings from those literary works which have fundamentally affected the development of Spanish civilization, from El Cid to Lorca. Provides a historical framework for the study of Spanish literature.

SPAN 143. Introduction to Spanish-American Literature (3)
Recommended: SPAN 3 or 4B. Selected readings from those literary works which have fundamentally affected the development of Spanish American civilization, from Hernán Cortés to Octavio Paz. Provides a historical framework for the study of Spanish American literature.

SPAN 145. Mexican Literature (3)
Recommended: SPAN 3 or 4B. Study of the works of such major Mexican literary figures as Sor Juana, Gutiérrez Nájera, Azuela, and Fuentes.

SPAN 147. Twentieth Century Spanish-American Literature (3)
Recommended: SPAN 3 or 4B. Intensive study of selected Spanish-American works including writings of Azuela, Fuentes, Carpenter, Vargas Llosa; outstanding poets such as Neruda, Vallejo, and Paz.

SPAN 148T. Major Figures in Hispanic Literature (3; max total 6 if no topic repeated)
Recommended: SPAN 3 or 4B. Reading and analysis of the works of one major Hispanic author such as Cervantes, Unamuno, Neruda.

SPAN 149. The Golden Age (3)
Recommended: SPAN 3 or 4B. A study of Spanish Renaissance Man and his environment. His sociopolitical, esthetic, and literary ideas are studied through readings in Garcilaso, San Juan de la Cruz, and other authors. (Formerly SPAN 149T)

SPAN 150. Twentieth Century Spanish Literature (3)
Recommended: SPAN 3 or 4B. A study of Spanish Existential Man. His sociopolitical, esthetic, and literary ideas are studied through readings in Unamuno, Ortega y Gassett, Lorca, José Hierro, and other authors. (Formerly SPAN 150T)

SPAN 165. Modernismo - 1950 (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 140, 142, and 143, or permission of instructor. In-depth study of the authors from Modernismo and Vanguardia: Dario, Machado, Vallejo, Huidobro, Lorca, Neruda, Paz, and Bombal. Introduction to the ideas of Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud.

SPAN 170. Senior Seminar in Spanish Studies (3)
Recommended: senior standing, 20 upper-division units of Spanish coursework or permission of instructor. Culminating experience in the major that includes summative assessment of language, linguistic, cultural, and literary proficiency. Readings and research projects. Addresses individual needs of graduating majors. (Spring semester)

SPAN 190. Independent Study (1-3; max total 6)
See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.