For specifics on instructors and schedules, see the course calendar for Fall 2017


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100 level courses

SPAN 101. ELEMENTARY SPANISH I. Intensive course for beginner students of Spanish. Students will develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Spanish to a novice high level, based on the proficiency scale stipulated by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and to provide them with an introduction to the various cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and Hispanics in the United States.


SPAN 102. ELEMENTARY SPANISH II. Continuation of SPAN 101. Students continue developing basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Spanish to an intermediate low level, based on the ACTFL proficiency and provides introduction to the various cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and Hispanics in the United States.


SPAN 122. INTENSIVE ELEMENTARY SPANISH. 4 hours. Intensive beginning Spanish, equivalent to the first two semesters, for students with little or no experience in Spanish or whose skills need refreshing. Prerequisite: None or assignment by placement exam. Students with no prior experience in Spanish who wish to work at a slower pace should enroll in SPAN 101 (online only). Students who have the equivalent of four or more years credit in Spanish at the secondary level with not receive credit for SPAN 122.


SPAN 130. INTERMEDIATE SPANISH. 4 hours. Continued development of reading, writing and conversational skills. This is considered a third level course for purposes of fulfilling the University General Education Language requirement. Credit is not given for both SPAN 130 and SPAN 103. Prerequisite: SPAN 122 or equivalent placement score. Class meetings constitute half of the credit hour requirement, the other half is met by on-line, web-based work. Spanish native speakers should enroll in SPAN 125.


SPAN 141. INTRO TO SPANISH GRAMMAR. 4 hours. Introduction to the major structures of Spanish, from a linguistic perspective. Taught entirely in Spanish, this course seeks to develop students' formal knowledge of Spanish grammar. Credit is not given for both SPAN 141 and SPAN 142. Recommended for students who plan to major or minor in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 103 or equivalent.


SPAN 142. SPANISH IN THE PROFESSIONS. 4 hours. Introduction to Spanish in business, law/law enforcement, medical, education & social service fields, with a focus on the importance of bilingualism in the U.S., strategies for lifelong learning, and culture considerations. The development of functional use of Spanish within the professional context is the major focus of the course. Recommended for students who want to take SPAN 202. Students who plan to major or minor in Spanish should take SPAN 141. Credit is not given for both SPAN 142 and SPAN 141. Prerequisite: SPAN 103 or equivalent.


SPAN 191. FRESHMAN HONORS TUTORIAL. 1 to 3 hours. Study of selected topics on an individually arranged basis. Open only to honors majors or to Cohn Scholars and associates. May be repeated to a maximum of 3 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of departmental honors adviser in Spanish.


SPAN 199. UNDERGRADUATE OPEN SEMINAR. 1 to 5 hours. Approved for both letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.


200 level courses

SPAN 200. READINGS IN HISPANIC TEXTS. 3 hours. Readings and discussion in Spanish of a variety of texts by leading Hispanic and Hispanic-American writers covering genres and themes; designed to emphasize reading, discussion, and enjoyment rather than literary criticism. Open to non-Spanish majors. Credit may be received by Advanced Placement "Language" or "Literature" examination. Prerequisite: SPAN 141 or equivalent.



SPAN 202. SPANISH FOR BUSINESS. Introduction to vocabulary of Hispanic commerce; composition of business letters and similar texts. Prerequisite: SPAN 141, SPAN 142, or equivalent.





SPAN 204. ADVANCED SPANISH GRAMMAR IN CONTEXT. 3 hours.Overview of Spanish grammar, with emphasis on major challenges and areas of contrast with English. The overall goal of the course is to help students gain a greater understanding of some key aspects of Spanish grammar, which will lead to greater accuracy in their written and oral production. Prerequisite: SPAN 141 or equivalent. This course requires weekly on-line, web-based work.


SPAN 208. ORAL SPANISH. 3 hours. Practice in speaking Spanish; to be taken concurrently with or subsequent to SPAN 204; meets four hours per week. Prerequisite: SPAN 141 or equivalent.


SPAN 228. SPANISH COMPOSITION. 3 hours. Basic composition course; problems of written Spanish and principles of Spanish stylistic patterns; weekly written exercises. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in SPAN 204.



SPAN 232. SPANISH IN THE COMMUNITY. 3 hours. Through community-based learning, this course introduces students to Spanish-speaking communities in the Champaign-Urbana area, focuses on issues of particular interest to the local Hispanic community, helps develop contextualized oral proficiency and facilitates student civic engagement. Active student reflection is structured throughout the course. Meets two hours a week in class and two hours a week in community-based service work. In their interactions with community members and organizations students both learn from and contribute to the community. Prerequisite: SPAN 208 with at least a B or consent of instructor.


SPAN 240. LATINA/O POPULAR CULTURE. 3 hours. Instructor: T. Diaz-Kozlowski


SPAN 25O. INTRO TO LITERARY ANALYSIS. 3 hours. An introduction to literary analysis and interpretation. Emphasis will be placed upon close reading and critical analysis of texts representing different genres and periods in Spain and Spanish America. Prerequisite: SPAN 228.


SPAN 252. INTRO TO HISPANIC LINGUISTICS. 3 hours. Introduction to Spanish phonology, syntax, sociolinguistics, dialectology, and history of the language; includes an overview and opportunity to examine an issue in each area in detail. Prerequisite: SPAN 228.


SPAN 254. INTRO TO CULTURAL ANALYSIS. 3 hours. Introduction to the analysis of culture as concept, practice and representation, including consideration of the debates that the idea of culture has provoked in different contexts. Provides analytical and methodological tools to discuss a full range of cultural forms. Special emphasis on issues of culture and representation, as well as on the notion of cultural difference(s). The theoretical and critical texts studies will represent diverse geographical and cultural locations. Examples and discussion will emphasize cultural issues in the context of Spain, Latin America and U.S. Latinas/os. Prerequisite: SPAN 228.


300 level courses

SPAN 303. THE SOUNDS OF SPANISH. 3 hours. Practical, introductory course to Spanish phonetics, stressing practice in pronunciation. May be offered as intensive eight-week course. Prerequisite: SPAN 228.


SPAN 305. THE STRUCTURE OF SPANISH. 3 hours. Intensive study and analysis of Spanish grammar including tense, aspect, and mood; morphological problems; syntactic variation; style in oral and written expression; brief discussion of dialectal variation. Prerequisite: SPAN 252.


SPAN 307. BILINGUALISM. 3 hours. As the number of second language learners and Spanish-English bilingual children in the United States increases, professionals and educators who work with them need a solid understanding of their speech patterns and language development. This course is an introduction to the fundamental issues in the study of bilingualism as an individual and social phenomenon, with special emphasis on Spanish bilingual communities in the United States, Spain, and Latin America. A major aim of the course is to familiarize students with current issues and research findings in the study of bilingualism. The course is taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 252.


SPAN 308. SPANISH IN THE UNITED STATES. Descriptive and critical overview of the linguistic practices of the different Spanish-speaking communities in the U.S. The main objective of the course is to develop critical and linguistic awareness about the relationship among language, individual, and society. Special emphasis on historical migration patterns and settlements, characteristics of Spanish in contact with English, and language use and attitude patterns. Prerequisite: SPAN 228.


SPAN 310. PREMODERN SPANISH LITERATURES AND CULTURES. A critical analysis of selected texts and authors representative of the Medieval and Early Modern periods in the context of Iberian cultures. Particular emphasis on the relationship between cultural practices and the construction of national identities prior to 1700, as well as on the plurality of cultures that shaped what is now Spain. Specific sections may emphasize critical topics such as gender, ideology, literary form, nationalism, race, and sexuality, among others. Instructor: Javier Irigoyen-García


SPAN 312. MODERN SPANISH LITERATURES AND CULTURES: SPANISH MIGRATIONS IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE. This course will examine how both emigration and immigration have been portrayed in Spanish literature and other cultural manifestations since 1900 to the present. In order to analyze the different Spanish migrations, the course will explore the historical, political, social, and economic contexts that caused them. The course will discuss concepts and themes such as immigration and emigration, exile, diaspora, community, and transculturation. Instructor: Pilar Martínez-Quiroga


SPAN 318. SPANISH CULTURAL STUDIES I. 3 hours. A critical analysis of historical events, institutions, artistic production, symbols and values representative of Spanish (Iberian) cultures. Particular emphasis on the relationship between specific cultural practices and/or values and the construction of national identities prior to 1700. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours, if topics vary. Prerequisite: SPAN 250 or SPAN 254. Instructor: Javier Irigoyen-García


326SPAN 326. CULTURAL STUDIES AMERICAS II: FICTION CINEMA IN LATIN AMERICA.This course will critically consider the construction of a new Latin American international cinema from a Cultural Studies approach, investigating how it fulfills or disrupts desires for a borderless world, how it represents local and global conflict, whether it successfully “translates” the cultural particularities of the Luso-Hispanic world, indeed of specific countries within the region, or whether it results in the erasure of difference and regional particularities in order to “sell” itself to a global audience. On a formal level we will study how conventions of classical cinematic language (continuity editing, linear narrative, shot-reverse-shot, etc.) that have become globalized are upheld or disrupted locally, and to what end. In this context, we will examine the interplay between small and large nation cinema, as well as aesthetic and formal responses to geopolitical and historical conditions in Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Spain, and the United States. By analyzing films from the last half-century (with an emphasis on the last decade), we will explore such questions as dictatorship, gender roles, globalization and neoliberalism, immigration and exile, drugs and political violence, examining how these issues are imagined by filmmakers and critics, while considering the sociological, cultural and political trends that gave rise to the films. Students will study the films in conjunction with critical readings in order to understand the complex interplay of local and global issues, as represented in the films and as present in their conditions of production. During classroom activities and discussions, students will analyze films in terms of their content, but also cinematic and technical style, socio-historical significance, critical reception, and as part of a filmmakers’ oeuvre, but also in relation to its national, international, and global implications and belonging. Instructor: Eduardo Ledesma


SPAN 399. ADVANCED STUDY ABROAD. 0 to 18 hours. Advanced level course in Spanish language, literature, history, culture, and/or civilization completed in a Study Abroad program taking place in Spain and Latin America. May be repeated to a maximum of 36 hours. Prerequisite: SPAN 204 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in SPAN 228.


400 level courses

SPAN 410. SPANISH/ENGLISH TRANSLATION. Review of current translation theory and analysis and practice of the translation from Spanish to English (and vice versa) of a variety of text types, ranging from short literary texts to everyday commercial discourse such as that found on product labels. Emphasis on linguistic and cultural aspects of literary discourses as well as non-literary texts. Conducted in Spanish. Same as TRST 412. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: SPAN 250, SPAN 252, and SPAN 254; or consent of instructor. Instructor: Joyce Tolliver


SPAN 430. SPANISH PHONOLOGY. Systematic introduction to the sound structures of Spanish, concentrating on recent contributions of theoretical linguistics to the understanding of the phonology of Spanish in its standard and selected dialectal varieties. Instructor: José Ignacio Hualde


SPAN 460. PRINCIPLES OF LANGUAGE TESTING. 3 to 4 hours. Same as EIL 460, EPSY 487, FR 460, GER 460, ITAL 460, PORT 460, and SLS 460. See EIL 460. Instructor: X. Yan


SPAN 464. SPANISH STUDIES 1898-1960. Selected literary and non-literary texts published in Spain between 1898-1960. Focus on analysis of literary and other manifestations of major cultural movements and artistic currents and preoccupations. Instructor: L. Elena Delgado


SPAN 466. COLONIAL SPANISH AMERICAN STUDIES. In-depth study of colonial Spanish American discursive and cultural production from Pre-Hispanic times to the eighteenth century. Emphasis is placed upon the intellectual and cultural climate from which these texts emerged. Instructor: Mariselle Meléndez


SPAN 477. SPANISH GRAMMAR. COMMUNITY LANGUAGE TEACHING. Survey of major Spanish syntactic and morphological patterns with particular emphasis on the acquisition of Spanish grammar by non- native speakers. Students will develop a sensitivity for appropriate teaching of Spanish grammar. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Required for teacher education. Prerequisite: SPAN 475 or consent of instructor. Instructor: Florencia Henshaw


SPAN 490. ADVANCED READINGS IN SPANISH. 0 to 3 hours. Directed reading course intended to develop an advanced student's interest in a special area of Hispanic linguistics or literature (author, genre, period, group of works, etc.). Topics to be chosen in consultation with an advisor. Only topics not covered in regular offerings will be considered. 0 to 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: SPAN 252 for linguistics topics; and any two of SPAN 310, SPAN 312, SPAN 314, or SPAN 316 for literature topics.


SPAN 491. TOPICS FOR HONORS STUDENTS. 0 to 3 hours. For candidates for honors in Spanish; intensive study of topics in Hispanic literature or linguistics. 1 to 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and of departmental honors advisor.