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Languages and Literatures

Spanish Courses

Please read the placement policy of this department before enrolling in your first Spanish class at USD or elsewhere.

Lower Division Courses
101 First Semester Spanish 201 Third Semester Spanish
102 Second Semester Spanish 202 Fourth Semester Spanish
103 First Year Spanish 212 Spanish for Heritage Speakers
194 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture 293 Tutoring or Field Experience in Spanish
294 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
Upper Division Courses
300 Conversation 423 Studies in Spanish Literature of the Golden Age
301W Writing and Composition in Spanish 424 Don Quijote de la Mancha
302 Cultural History of Spain 426 Studies in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Peninsular Literature and Culture
303 Introduction to Cultural Analysis 427 Studies in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Peninsular Literature and Culture
304 Cultural History of Latin America 430 Studies in Hispanic Film
305 Spanish for Business Social Innovation 434 The "New" World
306 Studies in Spanish Linguistics 448 Latin American Short Story
311 Writing and Composition for Heritage Speakers 449 Latin American Novel
312 Creative Writing Workshop 451 Latin American Poetry
315 L2 Teaching Methodologies and Applied Linguistics 453 Mexican Literature and Culture
320 Survey of Spanish Literature 458 Jewish Latin America
360 Survey of Latin American Literature 493 Tutoring or Field Experience in Spanish
394 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture 494 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
410D Latin@ Literatures and Cultures 495 Senior Capstone Project
422 Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature 499 Independent Study

Lower Division Courses (SPAN)

101 First Semester Spanish (3)

The first course in the three-semester core language sequence is an introduction to the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Throughout the sequence, emphasis is placed on the development of communicative proficiency — with a focus on oral practice — and on heightening students’ awareness of cultural contexts. Prerequisite: Placement exam or waiver of placement. Every semester.

102 Second Semester Spanish (3)

The second course of the core language sequence introduces new structures and continues the development of cultural awareness, as well as communicative proficiency, in the four basic skills described above. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or equivalent, or placement exam. Every semester.

103 First Year Spanish / 4 units

An accelerated course in which SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 are combined into one semester. This course is designed for a specific profile of student who has already taken Spanish 101 or the equivalent and needs to review the structures and vocabulary presented in that course in addition to completing Spanish 102 as outlined above. Prerequisite: approval of Director of Placement only. Every semester.

194 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture (3)

Study at the lower-division level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. Prerequisites: None.

201 Third Semester Spanish (3)

The final course of the core language sequence completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language, with continuing emphasis on communicative proficiency. At this level students are encouraged to participate in community service-learning and/or cultural activities within the Spanish speaking community. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or 103, or equivalent, or placement exam. Every semester.

202 Fourth Semester Spanish (3)

A review of the structures of the language, as well as practice in composition and conversation, in preparation for upper-division work. First of two-semester sequence with SPAN 301. Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or equivalent, or placement exam. Every semester.

212 SPANISH FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS (3)

Intensive Spanish for Heritage speakers who have had little or no formal training in the language. Students will develop writing and oral skills, while increasing their understanding of Hispanic cultures. Prerequisites: Placement exam and approval of the instructor.

293 Tutoring or Field Experience in Spanish (1-3)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community organization in which the student’s skills in the target language are developed. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor or the language coordinator.

294 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture (3)

Study at the lower-division level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course will not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. Consult with the instructor. Prerequisite:  SPAN 202 or approval of the instructor.

Upper Division Courses (SPAN)

Both SPAN 301 and 303 are prerequisites for Spanish courses numbered 320 and higher. In addition, either SPAN 302 or 304 is a pre-requisite for each 400-level course. (See individual descriptions.)

300 Conversation (3)

A course designed for students who wish to enhance their command of spoken Spanish, including building vocabulary and expanding the use of more advanced grammatical structures. This course does not accept students who already have high intermediate or advanced oral proficiency in the language. A brief interview with the instructor is required for admission. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent, and approval of the instructor. Every semester.

301W writing and composition in spanish (3)

An in-depth study of the grammatical structures of Spanish with emphasis on the fundamentals of various modes of written expression. Second of two-semester sequence with SPAN 202. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent. Every semester.

302 Cultural History of Spain (3)

An introduction to the cultural history of Spain from pre-Roman times to the present through a wide variety of historical, visual, and literary texts, among other materials. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 212, or equivalent. Every semester.

303 Introduction to Cultural Analysis (3)

An introduction to critical categories and vocabulary of cultural analysis, focusing on works from the Spanish-speaking world. Topics covered may include literature, the visual arts, cartography, language, music, and history, among others. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 212, or equivalent. Every semester.

304 Cultural History of Latin America (3)

An introduction to Latin American civilizations and cultures from Pre-Columbian times to the present. The course is designed to introduce the cultural history of Latin America through a wide variety of readings and materials. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 212, equivalent. Every semester.

305 Spanish for Business and social innovation (3)

Project-based course in which students learn basic vocabulary in Spanish from different sectors of the business world. Students develop their intercultural competence and communicative proficiency through the study of cultural texts from the Spanish-speaking world with a focus on social innovation. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 212, equivalent.

306 studies in Spanish linguistics (3)

This course will alternate different topics in Spanish linguistics, such as introduction to linguistics, applied linguistics, or phonetics. It may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or 311, or equivalent.

311W Writing and Composition for Heritage Speakers (3)

This course is equivalent to 301 for Heritage speakers, who have had some formal training in the language. Students will develop competency in Spanish through a study of representative styles, genres, and forms, as well as select grammatical structures. Prerequisite: SPAN 212 or equivalent, or placement exam, and approval of the instructor.

312 creative Writing workshop (3)

A course designed for students who wish to explore different modes of writing creatively in Spanish by experimenting with a variety of narrative and lyric forms of expression, including screenwriting and drama, among others. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 212, or equivalent.

315 L2 Teaching Methodologies and Applied Linguistics (3)

An introduction to the history of second language teaching methods, applied linguistics, and the fundamentals of second language teaching. Initial training in the skills needed to be a second language teacher. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 or approval of the instructor.

320 Survey of Spanish Literature (3)

A survey of Spanish literature from its origins in the Middle Ages to the present, including representative works and authors from major periods. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 (or 311) and 303, or equivalents. Co-requisite: SPAN 302.

360 Survey of Latin American Literature (3)

A survey of representative works and authors of Latin American literature from pre-Columbian times to the present. Includes readings in prose, poetry, and drama. SPAN 301 (or 311) and 303, or equivalents. Co-requisite: SPAN 304.

394 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture (3)

Study at the third-year level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture.  This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course will not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement.  Consult with the instructor or the department chair. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or 212, or approval of the instructor.

410D Latin@ Literatures and Cultures (3)

A study of the literary traditions and cultural production of Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. May focus on a specific topic, time period, genre, or group. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 (or 311), 303, and 304, or equivalents.

422 Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature (3)

Readings from the prose and poetry of the Middle Ages in Spain, from the 10th century to the 15th century. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 (or 311), 302, and 303, or equivalents.

423 Studies in Spanish Literature of the Golden Age (3)

A study of the masterpieces and authors of Spain’s Golden Age (1500-1700). Readings may include poetry, theater, and the novel. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 (or 311), 302, and 303, or equivalents.

424 Don Quijote de la Mancha (3)

Considered Spain’s greatest contribution to world literature, Cervantes’ Don Quijote is read and analyzed. Includes reading and discussion of appropriate critical commentary. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 (or 311), 302, and 303, or equivalents.

426 STUDIES IN Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-CenturY PENINSULAR lITERATURE AND CULTURE (3)

Organized thematically, this course offers intensive readings and discussion of selected literary works and cultural texts from Spain. May cover texts from the Enlightenment through the Generation of 1898. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 (or 311), 302, and 303, or equivalents.

427 studies in twentieth- and twenty-first-century peninsular literature and culture (3)

Organized thematically, this courses offers intensive readings and discussion of selected literary works and cultural texts from Spain. May cover texts from the Generation of 1898, the Civil War, the Franco dictatorship, the transition to democracy, or the contemporary period. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 (or 311), 302, and 303, or equivalents.

430 Studies in Hispanic Film (3)

A study of major Latin American and/or Spanish films in relation to their cultural, historical, and social contexts. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 (or 311) and 303, or equivalents.

434 the "NEW" WORLD (3)

A transatlantic study of the historical, cultural, and literary influences involved in the representations of the “New World” during the Colonial Era. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 (or 311), 303, and 304, or equivalents.

448 Latin American Short Story (3)

A study of the Latin American short story from the beginning of the genre in the 19th century to the present. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 (or 311), 303 and 304, or equivalents.

449 Latin American Novel (3)

A study of the novel in Latin America from the 19th century to the “Boom” and beyond. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 (or 311), 303 and 304, or equivalents.

451 Latin American Poetry (3)

A study of the development of Latin American poetry from pre-Columbian times to the present. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 (or 311), 303 and 304, or equivalents.

453 Mexican Literature and Culture (3)

A study of major works of prose, poetry, and drama in Mexico in relation to other significant aspects of Mexican culture. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 (or 311), 303 and 304, or equivalents.

458 Jewish Latin America (3)

This is a course on Jewish cultural production in the Americas. An interdisciplinary course that examines migration and exile, otherness, memory, and the Holocaust in literature, film, music and the visual arts, in relation to the intersectionality of ethnicity, religion, class, sexuality, gender and nation. SPAN 301 (or 311), 303 and 304, or equivalents.

493 Tutoring or Field Experience in Spanish (1-3)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community agency in which the student’s skills in the target language are developed. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor, department chair, or the language coordinator.

494 Topics in language, literature, or culture (3)

Study of special topics in Spanish and/or Latin American literatures, languages, or cultures. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 (or 311) and 303, or equivalents; and 302 or 304 to be determined according to course topic.

495 senior capstone project (1-3)

This is a culminating experience in which students reflect upon and integrate aspects of their entire undergraduate study. Through a writing project, an oral presentation, and an exit interview, students demonstrate their achievement of the program learning outcomes. Capstone projects are approved by the program director.

499 Independent Study (1-3)

A program arranged between student and instructor to provide intensive study in a particular area of interest. This course is not intended to substitute for regular course offerings. A maximum of three units may be applied to the major, but none to the minor. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 (or 311) and 303, or equivalents, and approval of the instructor and the department chair.