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Alicante, Spain | 2013-14 Yearlong

You may enroll in 12-18 credits. This list of courses is subject to minor changes; course availability is conditional on student interest and enrollment. Please visit the USAC website for complete course descriptions. Prerequisites for all courses will be verified during course registration.

Spanish Language and Literature Studies

USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks as well as elective language and literature courses. The track courses are taught sequentially (back to back) within one semester. If you have already taken the first course in the track, you do not have to take it again for credit, but you must audit it. If you wish to only take part of the language track, you may request this on the Course and Tour Registration Form. Language course sections are kept to a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. Students enroll in the courses listed for the appropriate language track plus language and literature electives and/or courses from Spanish and European Studies for a total of 12-18 credits.

Track I (14 credits)—Prerequisite: none

  • Elementary Spanish I (FLL, 100-level, 4 credits)
  • Elementary Spanish II (FLL, 100-level, 4 credits)
  • Intermediate Spanish I (FLL, 200-level, 3 credits)
  • Intermediate Spanish II (FLL, 200-level, 3 credits)

Track II (12 credits)—Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

  • Intermediate Spanish I (FLL, 200-level, 3 credits)
  • Intermediate Spanish II (FLL, 200-level, 3 credits)
  • Spanish Composition I (FLL, 300-level, 3 credits)
  • Spanish Composition II (FLL, 300-level, 3 credits)

Track III (9 credits)—Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

  • Spanish Composition I (FLL, 300-level, 3 credits)
  • Spanish Composition II (FLL, 300-level, 3 credits)
  • Advanced Spanish I (FLL, 400-level, 3 credits)

Track IV (6 credits, plus direct enrollment class or workshop)—Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

  • Advanced Spanish I (FLL, 400-level, 3 credits)
  • Advanced Spanish II (FLL, 400-level, 3 credits)

With the goal of greater integration and immersion at the University of Alicante, Track IV students are also required to participate in one (or more) of the following opportunities to interact with other students at the UA:

  • Enroll in a direct enrollment class
  • Take a UA workshop
  • Choose a course with Erasmus students
  • Enroll in a USAC course in which other Spanish students are enrolled

Language and Literature Electives
Taught in Spanish

Fall Semester

  • Seminar: Preparation for the Cervantes Exam at the Proficiency Level (FLL, 400-level, 3 credits) Track IV.
  • Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills (FLL, 300-level, 3 credits) Track II and above.
  • Spanish Phonetics and Phonology (FLL, 400-level, 3 credits) Track IV.
  • Survey of Spanish Literature I (FLL, 300-level, 3 credits) Track III and above.
  • Syntax and Stylistics (FLL, 400/600-level, 3 credits) Track IV.
  • Teaching Spanish as a Second Language (FLL, 400-level, 3 credits) Track IV.
  • Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Poetry (FLL, 400/600-level, 3 credits) Track IV.
  • Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Short Story (FLL, 400/600-level, 3 credits) Track IV.

Spring Semester

  • Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics (FLL, 400-level, 3 credits) Track IV.
  • Advanced Translation (FLL, 400/600-level, 3 credits, taught in English and Spanish) Track IV.
  • Applied Linguistics to Second Language Teaching (FLL, 400-level, 3 credits, taught in Spanish) Track IV.
  • Second Language Teaching Internship (FLL, 400-level, 1-3 credits, taught in Spanish) Track IV. This course must be taken concurrently with the course Applied Linguistics to Second Language Teaching.
  • Seminar: Preparation for the Cervantes Exam at the Proficiency Level (FLL, 400-level, 3 credits) Track IV.
  • Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills (FLL, 300-level, 3 credits) Track II and above.
  • Spanish for Business (FLL, 300-level, 3 credits) Track III and above.
  • Survey of Spanish Literature II (FLL, 300-level, 3 credits) Track III and above.
  • Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Narrative (FLL, 400/600-level, 3 credits) Track IV.

Spanish and European Studies

Taught in English or Spanish

The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your studies. Courses are taught in English unless noted in Spanish; courses taught in Spanish are for students in Track III or above unless otherwise indicated.

Fall Semester

  • Dances of Spain (DAN, 100-level, 1 credit, taught in English and Spanish, appropriate for all)
  • Economic and Political Institutions of the European Union (ECON/PSC, 400-level, 3 credits)
  • Gender and Gaze: Women Behind the Camera (SOC/WS, 400/600-level, 3 credits)
  • History of Spain I: Up to the Twentieth-Century (HIST, 400/600-level, 3 credits, taught in Spanish)
  • Internship (up to 3 credits, taught in Spanish) This course has an additional fee.
  • Madrid Field Study (FLL, 200-level, 1 credit) This course has an additional fee.
  • Sailing (PEX, 100-level, 1 credit) This course has an additional fee for equipment rentals and insurance.
  • Spanish Cuisine (NUTR, 400-level, 1 credit, taught in English and Spanish, appropriate for all) Limited to 20 students. This course has an additional fee for materials.
  • Spanish Culture and Civilization (FLL, 300-level, 3 credits, taught in Spanish)
  • Survey of Art I: European/Western Art (ART, 200-level, 3 credits, taught in Spanish, appropriate for advanced Track II students and above)
  • Topics on Gender Studies (SOC, 400/600-level, 3 credits, taught in Spanish)

Spring Semester

  • Dances of Spain (DAN, 100-level, 1 credit, taught in English and Spanish, appropriate for all)
  • Economic and Political Institutions of the European Union (ECON/PSC, 400-level, 3 credits)
  • Filmmaking (ART, 300-level, 3 credits) This course has an additional fee.
  • History of Spain II: Twentieth Century (HIST, 400/600-level, 3 credits, taught in Spanish)
  • Internship (up to 3 credits, taught in Spanish) This course has an additional fee.
  • Madrid Field Study (FLL, 200-level, 1 credit) This course has an additional fee.
  • Political Economy of the European Union (HIST/PSC/ECON, 400-level, 3 credits)
  • Social Change and Globalization (SOC, 300-level, 3 credits)
  • Spanish Cuisine (NUTR, 400-level, 1 credit, taught in English and Spanish, appropriate for all) Limited to 20 students. This course has an additional fee for materials.
  • Spanish Culture and Civilization (FLL, 300-level, 3 credits, taught in Spanish)
  • Spanish Gender Studies (SOC, 400/600-level, 3 credits)
  • Survey of Art II: European/Western Art (ART, 200-level, 3 credits, taught in Spanish)
  • Topics on Gender Studies (SOC, 400/600-level, 3 credits, taught in Spanish)

Direct Enrollment at the University of Alicante

Taught in Spanish

The University of Alicante offers direct enrollment courses for USAC students. These direct enrollment opportunities are a great way to immerse yourself in the local university and make friends outside of your USAC courses. Keep in mind that these courses need to be taken in addition to your full time USAC course load and transfer of credit is not guaranteed. Your Resident Director must approve and will help you to compile a course schedule that will accommodate both USAC and University of Alicante's calendars.

3-Credit Courses

Advanced Spanish students may directly enroll in one course offered by the University of Alicante in the fields of Spanish Literature, History, Economics, Sociology, Tourism, or Biology. Spanish universities follow a different calendar, with final exams in February (fall semester) and June (spring semester). It may be possible to organize early exams (December and May) on an individual basis, but USAC cannot guarantee this. There will be a $100 deposit for each course, which will be refunded upon completion of the course. You can enroll for up to a maximum of 3 credits.

1-Credit Workshops

Students with less advanced Spanish can enroll in workshops offered by the University of Alicante. Previous workshops offered include pottery, music, cinema, journalism, etc. Students will pay a $100 deposit for the first workshop, which will be refunded upon completion. Students are permitted to enroll in a total of two to three workshops; however, only the first workshop fee is refundable. Students are required to pay for additional workshops (prices vary, around 40-80 EUR each).

Spanish as Foreign Language Exams

The Instituto Cervantes is a prestigious public institution created by the Spanish Government to promote the Spanish language and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. This non-profit institution, present in over 50 countries, is the largest organization in the world responsible for promoting the study and the teaching of Spanish language and culture. The Instituto Cervantes issues Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) which are recognized by employers, professional organizations, and official bodies throughout the world. USAC offers the course Seminar in Spanish Language as a preparation course for these exams. In addition to this course, as an official "examiner" center, the University of Alicante offers courses for students interested in taking the beginner, intermediate, and advanced exams. USAC students will be able to attend these courses organized by the UA without additional cost. The fee of the exam itself is not included.

US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.
Dr. Juan Martin | University of Toledo

Courses Offered (Fall): Syntax and Stylistics and Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

Dr. Juan Martin (PhD, University of Southern California) is an associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Toledo. He has lived and taught in the US, China, and Spain, and has studied in both Spain and Italy. He teaches courses in both Hispanic and general linguistics, and his research interests focus on the interface between syntax and semantics and language variation. He has presented and published in some of the major conferences and journals in Romance and theoretical linguistics.

Dr. Leontina Hormel | University of Idaho

Courses Offered (Spring): Political Economy of the European Union and Social Change and Globalization

Dr. Hormel (PhD, University of Oregon) has been studying the Russian language since 1987, and has traveled and researched extensively throughout the Russian Federation, including Ukraine, where she conducted her dissertation fieldwork. Her courses address the areas of globalization, political economy, and social inequalities in sociology and international studies. Dr. Hormel has a strong desire to be connected to universities in other countries and to also broaden her international work.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Spanish I

Fall (Spanish, 3 credits, 400-level)
Spring (Spanish, 3 credits, 400-level)

Este curso de español de nivel avanzado ha sido diseñado para alumnos que ya hayan completado tres años de español y, aunque no presenten problemas de comunicación para realizar tareas cotidianas, precisen perfeccionar su control sobre los diferentes registros del español oral y escrito. Asimismo, este curso ofrece a los alumnos a la oportunidad de ampliar su vocabulario en ámbitos más específicos y técnicos y de mejorar la precisión gramatical en su producción tanto oral como escrita.

This advanced level course of Spanish has been designed for students who have completed three years of Spanish and although they may manage in completing daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course offers the students the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve their grammatical accuracy in oral and written production.

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Advanced Spanish II

Fall (Spanish, 3 credits, 400-level)
Spring (Spanish, 3 credits, 400-level)

El curso Español Avanzado II (SPN 411) ha sido diseñado para alumnos que ya hayan completado más de tres años de español y, aunque no presenten problemas de comunicación para realizar tareas cotidianas, precisen perfeccionar su control sobre los diferentes registros del español oral y escrito. Asimismo, este curso le ofrece al alumno la oportunidad de mejorar la coherencia y cohesión de su producción tanto oral como escrita y su corrección gramatical.

Advanced Spanish II (SPN 411) has been designed for students who have completed more than three years of Spanish and although they may manage in daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course will offer them the opportunity to enhance the coherence and cohesion of their production, and to improve their grammatical accuracy.

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Advanced Translation

Spring (Spanish, 3 credits, 400-level)

Overview of main theories of translation. Extensive practice in translating literary and non-literary texts from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English. Prerequisite: five semesters of college Spanish.

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Advanced Writing and Stylistics

Spring (Spanish, 3 credits, 400-level)

Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics is an elective course for students of Spanish as a second language at an advanced level, who have probably taken at least three years of college Spanish. The goal of this course is to enhace the writing abilities, taking the written text as a contextualized communication event, addressed to an audience and with a clear and defined purpose. Therefore, class activities are centered around the analysis and the understading of different written genres, so that they can be produced latter. In addition, this course does not neglect the oral interaction and expression, since the class is conducted entirely in Spanish, reinforcing collaboration through group work.
El curso de Escritura Avanzada y Estilística es una clase optativa para alumnos de español como segunda lengua que tengan un nivel avanzado, equivalente a tres años de español a nivel de universidad. El objetivo principal de este curso es la mejora de las habilidades escritas, entendiéndose el texto escrito como acto de comunicación contextualizado dirigido a un receptor concreto y con un propósito claro y bien definido. Por lo tanto, las actividades de clase se centran en el análisis y la comprensión de los diferentes géneros escritos para su posterior producción. Asimismo, este curso no olvida la interacción y la expresión orales, puesto que toda la clase se desarrolla exclusivamente en español, reforzándose la colaboración por medio del trabajo en grupos.

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Applied Linguistics to Second Language Teaching

Spring (Spanish, 3 credits, 400-level)

The goal of this course is to introduce the students into the principal didactic criteria and proposals to teach Spanish as a second language in primary and secondary school and in adult education. Students will be provided with a general introduction to the actual approaches and methods in communicative language teaching. This will include the theories of language and language learning that underlie these methods and their principal didactic fundamentals - the learning objectives, the syllabus design, the roles of teachers and learners in the classroom, the role of grammar, the materials, etc. This course will also focus on classroom techniques and practices dealing with the different communicative abilities in Spanish. This includes techniques to work listening comprehension, to stimulate oral interaction in the classroom, to help developing language learners' writing skills and to teach vocabulary and grammar. Different materials to teach Spanish at different levels will be analyzed.

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Dances of Spain

Fall (Dance, 1 credit, 100-level)
Spring (Dance, 1 credit, 100-level)

The dance rehearsals will be held with taped music. Students will learn array of Spanish and Latin American dances including: Tango, Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Pasodoble, Cha-cha cha, and Flamenco.
There will be an introduction to the meaning and “spirit“ of the dance, followed by the practice of the steps and movements without music and ending with the addition of music to the previously learned steps.

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Economic and Political Institutions of the European Union

Fall (Economics, Political Science, 3 credits, 400-level)

The subject aims to analyze the past, present and future of European integration, on the basis of historic and economic reasoning. The process of European integration and its effects will be assessed taking into account differences in European Member States economies as well as considering the EU as a whole at the international level.

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Elementary Spanish I

Fall (Spanish, 4 credits, 100-level)
Spring (Spanish, 4 credits, 100-level)

Elementary Spanish I (SPN 111) is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have not taken any Spanish courses at college-level before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Spanish to acquire basic communicative competence by providing the opportunities to develop the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential.

Español Inicial I (SPN 111) es un curso de lengua de cuatro créditos para alumnos que están matriculados en USAC y no hayan realizado nunca cursos de español a nivel universitario. Está diseñado para ayudar a los alumnos de español como lengua extranjera a adquirir una competencia comunicativa básica, ofreciendo oportunidades para desarrollar las habilidades básicas de la lengua: oír, hablar, interactuar, leer y escribir. El énfasis principal de este curso está en la comunicación y por lo tanto, la asistencia a clase es esencial.

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Elementary Spanish II

Fall (Spanish, 4 credits, 100-level)
Spring (Spanish, 4 credits, 100-level)

Elementary Spanish II is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have taken one course of Spanish at college-level or its equivalent before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Spanish to acquire basic communicative competence. It provides opportunities for the development of the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential.

El curso de Español Inicial II (SPN 112) de cuatro créditos está dirigido a alumnos que se matriculen en USAC y que hayan completado un curso de español en la universidad o su equivalente. Está diseñado para ayudar a los hablantes no nativos de español a desarrollar su competencia comunicativa. Ofrece oportunidades para desarrollar las habilidades básicas de la lengua: escuchar, hablar, interactuar, leer y escribir. El énfasis principial de este curso es la comunicación, por lo que la asistencia a clase es esencial.

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Filmmaking

Spring (Art, Film, 3 credits, 300-level)

The course is made up of the following modules and activities:
• The Audio-visual Process: Language, Direction and Production. Its aim is to analyze film narrative techniques in order to find out about the general features of the different processes involved in direction and production.
• Scriptwriting, in order to get to know the first steps that bring forward the whole creative process, and how to develop them.
• Cinematography, basic knowledge in order to analyze the composition of a shot both theoretically and in practice.
• Acting, in order to get the student started in techniques concerning body language, voice and movement.
• Lighting and techniques for video, teaching the technical issues involved in shooting a film with video, and its most suitable lighting.
• Production of a short film, applying everything that has been learnt throughout the course.

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Gender and Gaze: Women Behind the Camera

Fall (Sociology, Women's Studies / Gender Studies, 3 credits, 400-level)

Description not available at this time

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History of Spain I: Up to the Twentieth-Century

Fall (History, 3 credits, 400-level)

The social, economic and political history of Spain from pre-history to the 20th century. The course will deal with pre-history, contact with Iberians, Romans and the special influence of the Arabs in the region.

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History of Spain II: Twentieth-Century

Spring (History, 3 credits, 400-level)

The objective of this course is to understand the key elements which have created the actual political, social and economic reality of present-day Spain. The course begins with a brief introduction of traditions and historic constants but focuses more on recent periods: industrialization, the Civil War in 1936, the Franco regime and the advent of democracy. The course will conclude by studying the different alternatives offered by political parties.

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Intermediate Spanish I

Fall (Spanish, 3 credits, 200-level)
Spring (Spanish, 3 credits, 200-level)

Español Intermedio I español en la universidad o cursos equivalentes. En este curso los alumnos aprenderán a narrar en los principales marcos temporales, así como a reconocer los usos del subjuntivo para la expresión de diferentes grados de certeza, de deseos y de consejos.

Intermediate Spanish I is a three-credit course offered to students who have completed a year of college Spanish or its equivalent. In this course, the students will learn to narrate in the main time-frames, as well as to recognize the different uses of the subjunctive mood in the expression of different degrees of certainty, the expression of wishes and advice.

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Intermediate Spanish II

Fall (Spanish, 3 credits, 200-level)
Spring (Spanish, 3 credits, 200-level)

Intermedio II es un curso diseñado para alumnos que hayan completado un año y medio de español en la universidad o cursos equivalentes y quieran aprender a utilizar la lengua con mayor complejidad sintáctica y corrección gramatical que en cursos anteriores, haciendo especial énfasis en el cambio de marcos temporales y en la expresión de hipótesis y de diferentes grados de certeza.

Intermediate II is a course designed for students who have completed a year and a half of college Spanish or its equivalent and want to learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

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Madrid Field Study

Fall (Spanish, 1 credit, 200-level)
Spring (Spanish, 1 credit, 200-level)

This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Madrid tour by providing a solid historic and artistic base for studies of Spanish language and culture. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited on the tour of Madrid and surroundings.

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Political Economy of the European Union

Spring (Economics, History, Political Science, 3 credits, 400-level)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to theories of political economy. Using the European Union as a case study, the course will explore how different schools of political economic thought view the EU and the impact of the global economic crisis. A portion of the readings will be selected for their relevance to Spain. Students will analyze and discuss the course materials critically in order to develop their own perspectives on this subject.

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Sailing

Fall (Recreation / Physical Education, 1 credit, 100-level)

This class is co-produced by USAC and “Real Club de Regatas de Alicante”. Students will take ten three-hour sessions where they will learn the key components of sailing with experienced teachers. In order to take full advantage of the mild weather conditions and water temperature all sailing sessions will take place during the warmer weather months of each semester, i.e. from September through October in the fall, and April through May in the spring. This means that class will sometimes meet two times per week. Also, the programmed order of sessions is subject to changes for reasons beyond our control, such as inclement weather, very big waves, strong rip currents, etc.

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Second Language Teaching Internship

Spring (Internships, Spanish, 1/2/3 credits, 400-level)

USAC encourages all students to add value to their academic education with an internship related to their major. This internship will help students pursuing a teaching career to gain hands-on

This course must be taken concurrently with the course Teaching Spanish as a Second Language . Offered for 1 to 3 credits, this internship is a faculty-supervised opportunity for practical experience in the field of teaching. It is an opportunity turn theory into practice. Students will prepare, teach , be observed and also reflect on and evaluate their teaching experience

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Seminar: Preparation for the Cervantes Exam at the Proficiency Level

Fall (Spanish, 3 credits, 400-level)
Spring (Spanish, 3 credits, 400-level)

This is a course designed for students who have taken at least three years of Spanish at college and want to improve the four skills in a balanced way: speaking, listening, writing and reading, as well as enhance their vocabulary and improve their grammatical accuracy. The final goal of this course is to prepare students to take the exam of Spanish as a foreign language at the Superior level, C2 level, issued by the Instituto Cervantes. More details on the actual exam and places where it can be taken can be found in the oficial page: http://diplomas.cervantes.es/.

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Social Change and Globalization

Spring (Sociology, 3 credits, 300-level)

This course will explore how views on societal development and social change have transformed over time. As the power of the Soviet Union declined, globalization arose in the late 20th century as a major concept for describing contemporary social change and has expanded with more complex understandings and as critics have multiplied. Readings and discussions will draw on historical and contemporary writings in this rich area of study while making links to experiences in Spain.

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Spanish Composition I

Fall (Spanish, 3 credits, 300-level)
Spring (Spanish, 3 credits, 300-level)

Este es un curso de tercer año de español para alumnos que ya han completado dos años de español en la universidad o su equivalente. El peso del curso recae en mejorar las habilidades escritas de los alumnos, con el análisis primero y la producción después, de diferentes tipos de textos. Asimismo, se revisarán una serie de puntos gramaticales con objeto de ir ampliando y afinando la competencia gramatical de los alumnos. La lectura extensiva de una novela o colección de cuentos acompañará y hará de refuerzo de la instrucción recibida.

This is a third year couse for students who have completed two years of Spanish at the college level or their equivalent. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a novel or short stories will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

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Spanish Composition II

Fall (Spanish, 3 credits, 300-level)
Spring (Spanish, 3 credits, 300-level)

Spanish Composition II (SPN 306) is a third year course of three credtis for students who have completed two years and a half of Spanish at the University level or their equivalent. The focus of the course era improving the learners´ writing abilities with the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and increase learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a novel or a collection of short stories will strengthen the formal instruction.

Composición Española II (SPN 306) es un curso de tres créditos de tercer año de español para alumnos que ya hayan completado dos años de español en la universidad o su equivalente. El peso del curso recae en mejorar las habilidades escritas de los estudiantes con el análisis y la producción de diferentes tipos de textos. Asimismo, se revisarán una serie de puntos gramaticales con objeto de ir ampliando y afinando la competencia gramatical de los alumnos. La lectura extensiva de una novela o colección de cuentos acompañará y hará de refuerzo de la instrucción recibida.

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Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills

Fall (Spanish, 3 credits, 300-level)
Fall (Spanish, 3 credits, 300-level)
Fall (Spanish, 3 credits, 300-level)
Spring (Spanish, 3 credits, 300-level)
Spring (Spanish, 3 credits, 300-level)
Spring (Spanish, 3 credits, 300-level)

A three-credit course that aims at the development of the oral skills of advanced students which complements the formal instruction received in track IV.

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Spanish Cuisine

Fall (Nutrition, 1 credit, 400-level)
Spring (Nutrition, 1 credit, 400-level)

This course is designed to teach typical Spanish recipes, as well as tips, serving ideas, and a bit of etiquette and customs. The lessons are arranged by meal, so that one can easily translate the lessons to real life cooking situations.

In addition to learning how to make appealing appetizers and entrees, students take several classes in baking and pastries. They learn tricks and tips that can be used in daily life. Students will spend time chopping onions, peeling potatoes, cutting meat, kneading dough and beating eggs, all of it under the supervision of the cooks who can teach them the tricks of the trade and correct any mistakes.

Generally, classes include one to two hours of explanations along with a practical hands-on component in the school (fully equipped and stocked kitchens where students cook).

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Spanish Culture and Civilization

Fall (Spanish, 3 credits, 300-level)
Spring (Spanish, 3 credits, 300-level)

In this general civilization course, the customs and lifestyles of the Spanish will be studied, both in their historical perspectives as well as in the present. There is also a general discussion of the most important geographic, historical, social, economic, and artistic aspects of Spain, as well as of the most outstanding individuals in each area.

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Spanish for Business

Spring (Spanish, 3 credits, 300-level)

Description not available at this time

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Spanish Gender Studies

Spring (Sociology, Women's Studies / Gender Studies, 3 credits, 400/600-level)
Spring (Sociology, Women's Studies / Gender Studies, 3 credits, 400/600-level)

Description not available at this time

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Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

Fall (Spanish, 3 credits, 400-level)

A study of the Spanish sound system exploring how Spanish sounds are pronounced (articulatory phonetics) and the mental representation and organization of the sound system (phonology). Topics include the pronunciation of Spanish sounds (in comparison with English), the phonetic and phonological classification of vowels and consonants, phonetic and phonological transcription, and processes of sound change, among others. Variation across the Spanish-speaking world will be studied, with attention to regional differences (dialects), other social differences (social class, ethnicity, gender, and age) and stylistic differences (variation as affected by situation or context of communication). The course will introduce basic concepts in the above areas as applied to the study of language and will prepare students for further advanced Spanish linguistics courses.

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Survey of Art I: European/Western Art

Fall (Art, 3 credits, 200-level)

This course studies the history of Western European Art from Prehistoric times to the Renaissance. The course has a general introduction and six main topics: Prehistoric Art, Egyptian and Western Asian Art, Classical, Roman Art, Gothic Art and arts evolution at the time of the Renaissance.

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Survey of Art II: European/Western Art

Spring (Art, 3 credits, 200-level)

The current course lays out the study of Art history in Western Europe. The art of the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo and Neoclassic styles from the 18th century, with an introduction supported by the evolution of painting up until Impressionism. Academics, as a characteristic of the first part of the 19th century. The historic vanguards, in conjunction with artists before the Second World War, and internationalization of art until the present time.

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Survey of Spanish Literature I

Fall (Spanish, 3 credits, 300-level)

A study of the development of Spanish literature through the analysis of literary movements and the comparison of the most important authors of each period from the 12th to 18th century. Texts from different literary genres are selected which demonstrate underlying ideas, idiosyncrasies of the Spanish people and universal values, as well as the literary characteristics of the works themselves.

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Survey of Spanish Literature II

Spring (Spanish, 3 credits, 300-level)

A study of the development of Spanish literature through the analysis of literary movements and the comparison of the most important authors of each period from the 18th up to the 20th century. Texts from different literary genres are selected which demonstrate underlying ideas, the idiosyncrasies of the Spanish people, and universal values, as well as the literary characteristics of the works themselves.

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Syntax and Stylistics

Fall (Spanish, 3 credits, 400-level)

A thorough study of the grammatical structure of Spanish with special attention to syntactic structure and semantic interpretation. Basic concepts of syntax and semantics as applied to the study of language and preparation for further advanced courses in Hispanic linguistics. Students apply constituency grammar to the study of Spanish, and study how meaning is derived in a compositional way from lexical and grammatical forms as well as from the structures in which they appear. Comparative linguistic data are used to illustrate these ideas, and various theoretical approaches are discussed.

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Teaching Spanish As a Second Language

Fall (Spanish, 3 credits, 400-level)

Description not available at this time

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Topics on Gender Studies

Fall (Sociology, 3 credits, 400-level)
Spring (Sociology, 3 credits, 400-level)

The course will examine research about gender in personal development, race/ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation through samples of films, readings, images, and advertising. It will also focus on the consequences of gender experience in life and learning.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Narrative

Spring (Spanish, 3 credits, 400-level)

This course features several major novelists from the different cultural communities of Spain, who are regarded on both sides of the Atlantic as among the most representative of Spanish 20th century fiction. Their work is symptomatic of a whole 19th and 20th century project of inventing a novel, which represents a national form of fiction in Spain.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Poetry

Fall (Spanish, 3 credits, 400-level)

The history of Spain, 20th Century:
Pre-war. Civil war. Postwar period.
After the dictatorship. Present Spain.
The specifics of the poetic language.
Consideration of being a poet as a way of life.
Reading of poetry with the right attitude.
Reflection on the different poetic answers from same historical circumstances:
Analysis and reading of a selection of Spanish poets and poems of the 20th Century. Recitation.
Attempt to understand poets through their works.
Pursuing the aesthetic pleasure and the appreciation of poetry.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Short Story

Fall (Spanish, 3 credits, 400-level)

The objective of the course is to become familiar with the more outstanding short story writers and gain an appreciation for their most important literary works. You will read the best writers in Spain today, and you will learn to do a literary analysis of the works read. To facilitate your literary analysis, there will be a series of questions which review content and provide discussion and essay topics.

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Quick Details

App. Deadline

Jun. 15, 2013

Max Enrollment

65 students

Credit

U.S. credit

Program Type

Specialty

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Instruction

English / Spanish

Member

APUNE-Asociación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España