Course Catalog

SPAN 101 Beginning Spanish I Introduction to the Spanish Language and the Spanish-speaking world. Students begin developing competency in the four basic skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) through communicative activities and cultural exploration. Offered every quarter. SPAN-101L must be taken concurrently
SPAN 102 Beginning Spanish II Further development of the four skills through continued exploration of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will work to acquire the linguistic skills and cultural knowledge needed to navigate a variety of cultural settings. Offered every quarter. SPAN-102L must be taken concurrently. SPAN-101 or Placement Test
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish The refining and expansion of communicative skills. Students develop critical thinking and cross-cultural competency by reading, discussing, and writing about authentic texts. Offered every quarter. SPAN-102 or Placement Test; SPAN-201L must be taken concurrently
SPAN 202 Conversation and Composition Critical explorations of the Spanish-speaking world through focused reading, discussion, and related written assignments. Offered every quarter. SPAN-201 or Placement Test; SPAN-202L must be taken concurrently
SPAN 203 Advanced Conversation and Composition An introduction to the critical analysis of texts from the Spanish-speaking world. Students begin to acquire a more sophisticated knowledge of the intricacies of the Spanish-speaking world while putting into practice more complex forms of written and oral expression. Offered every quarter. SPAN-202 or Placement Test; SPAN-203L must be taken concurrently
SPAN 205 Linguistics, Identity, and Health Spanish is one of the most utilized world languages. It is widely spoken across the Americas, Spain, as well as in many other geographical regions. Taught in Spanish, SPAN 205 has as its objective to expose students to the tripartite relationship that exists between linguistics, society, and personal identity. Students will be exposed to various topics related to combating linguistic discrimination and the fostering of linguistic equity in spaces of global and public health. Discussions will be focused on how the promotion of linguistic justice serves to ensure successful and impartial communication in contexts that may be of paramount importance to the well-being of members of both the Hispano and Anglo communities. SPAN-201 or place into SPAN-202 or above.
SPAN 206 Business Spanish/Español Comercial Business Spanish is a course aimed at developing students' communicative skills and intercultural awareness when interacting with Spanish-speakers in a business setting. The course employs a multifaceted, communicative approach to second language acquisition that foments the development of all essential skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course is driven by topics, language functions and situations pertinent to business settings. Offered every fall quarter. Take SPAN-201 or place into SPAN-202 or above; SPAN-206L must be taken concurrently
SPAN 210 Spanish for Heritage Speakers Designed specifically for heritage speakers of Spanish, this course will draw upon students pre- existing linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to help them to acquire additional tools and broaden their repertoire in Spanish. Immersed in a welcoming and respectful atmosphere, students will review and strengthen vocabulary and grammar in accumulative, but non-linear ways, while inferring and/or applying the aforementioned to poetry and stories, but also to cultural artifacts, like popular music and film. This class in conducted in Spanish. Must have taken SPAN-201, or with instructor permission.
SPAN 298 Independent Study
SPAN 301 Introduction to Hispanic Literatures An introduction to the periods, concepts, genres, and major figures of Spanish and Spanish-American literature. Using selected texts, discussion, and a variety of written assignments, this course will introduce students to literary analysis and bibliographic methods. Offered every quarter. SPAN-203 or Placement Test
SPAN 302 Advanced Oral Communication This course is for advanced Spanish students who are committed to improving their competency in spoken Spanish, and who are interested in moving to a cohesive multi-paragraph discursive level. Students will learn the strategies required to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts. Students will be expected to develop proficiency in a number of discursive modes including conversations, discussions, presentations, debates, and reports, among others. Attention will be given to pronunciation, intonation, both verbal and non-verbal communication, as well as the skill of active listening. Offered every winter quarter. SPAN-203 or placement into SPAN-301; must take SPAN-302L concurrently.
SPAN 401 The Spanish-Speaking World on Film Research, discussion, and analysis of selected topics and issues in the Spanish-speaking world as reflected in film. Students develop the vocabulary and critical-thinking skills necessary to analyze and interpret the genre in both oral and written form. This course may be repeated for credit toward graduation if the content is different, but may count only once toward the major or minor. Offered every winter quarter. SPAN-301
SPAN 415 Fundamental Concepts in Spanish Linguistics The diversity of Spanish language varieties reflects that of the Spanish-speaking world itself. In this course students will continue their study of Spanish by exploring some of the many components of the Spanish linguistic system. Initially, students will examine the Spanish sound system to then focus on word formation and sentence structure. The course additionally provides an overview of several fields of applied Spanish linguistics such as pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and bilingualism among others. This class is conducted in Spanish. Must have taken SPAN-301.
SPAN 425 Topics in Spanish Linguistics Focused study of geographically-oriented, linguistic variation in the Spanish-speaking world. Topics will vary to reflect the interests of students and the professor. Taught in Spanish. Must have taken SPAN-301
SPAN 435 Advanced Literary Studies Course focuses on major figures and movements in Spanish and/or Spanish-American literature. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit if the course content is different. Offered occasionally. SPAN-301
SPAN 445 Visual Practices in Latin America This course introduces students to critical texts, debates and questions proposed by the visual studies field in the context of Latin American cultural production. It delves into various historical causes to reflect on how film, photography, painting, murals, etc. have been used as a tool of power and dominance and/or resistance and subversion. Students will examine the ways in which visual images have scrutinized the historical process and, at the same time, the ways in which history has shaped visual media. Offered every other year. SPAN-301
SPAN 455 Limits of Genre This course explores the limits of the traditional boundaries (poetry, narrative, drama, essay, documentary, cinema, etc.) among cultural classifications. Appropriate cultural, historical, and political context provides the backdrop to understand the crossing of boundaries among genres and the incorporation of diverse art forms. Offered occasionally. SPAN-301
SPAN 465 Imperial Spain Enlightenment to the Restoration A survey of Spanish literature from the 16th to the 18th centuries. This period covers Spain's imperial expansion, religious and political conflicts in Europe, and a problematic internal reorganization. This upheaval nevertheless sparked numerous literary innovations in narrative, theatre and poetry. Students will analyze literary texts, and appropriate secondary readings, in order to understand the key concepts and debates in the early modern period; some of which remain unresolved today. Offered every three years. SPAN-301
SPAN 470 Modern Spain A survey of Spanish literature from the 19th and 20th centuries. As Spain's overseas territories won their independence, the Spanish nation struggled to modernize and redefine itself. Lingering internal conflicts fueled a series of civil wars, and regional differences challenged national discourses on unity and identity. The literary sphere is where many of these clashes were articulated, and where many versions of modern and postmodern subjectivities were posited. Students will use literary and visual texts to examine important themes and movements in Spanish culture. Offered every three years. SPAN-301
SPAN 475 Conquest, Colonization, and Independence This course introduces Spanish America from the 15th century to the beginning of the 20th. As encounters and subsequent colonization took place, issues around race, social class, and economic structures found their way into chronicles, diaries, letters, essays and poetry. The emergence of the nation-state in the 19th century brought about a distinct affirmation of Spanish American individuality in some works, and a more cosmopolitan perspective in others. Towards the beginning of the 20th century a newfound stance of cultural unity and commonality prevails in the literary scene. Students will analyze texts and use supporting materials to understand encounter, mestizaje, slavery, and identities as key concepts in understanding the Latin American continent. SPAN-301
SPAN 480 Constructing Spanish-America This course examines the 20th century in its political, historical, and cultural dimensions. As the century unfolded, each region of Spanish America experienced political upheavals, crises, and transformations (Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Chile) while being impacted by the two World Wars, radical societal shifts, and global cultural exchanges. All of those elements led writers to break new cultural and artistic ground, which led from the Avant-Garde to the world-renowned Boom, its literary after-effects, and new developments in visual arts. Students will analyze texts by, among others, Mistral, Borges, Rulfo, Neruda, Márquez, Puig, and Traba, and will explore the impact of art forms such as film, painting, and music. SPAN-301
SPAN 485 Undoing the Nation: Contemporary Cultura This course explores Latin American cultural production from the 1980s to the contemporary moment. As the dictatorships and state violence of the 70s and 80s came to an end, Latin American nations witnessed the establishment of complex return-to-democracy and national reconstruction projects, as well as the installation of neoliberal programs. This course will cover major literary and visual works that (dis)articulate these economic and sociopolitical transformations. In addition, students will study 21st-century artistic tendencies and movements, which, while continuing to reflect on local/national historical processes, also engage post-national and transnational ideological frameworks. SPAN-301
SPAN 491 Peninsular Spanish Seminar Advanced study of outstanding authors, works, or genres that will vary to reflect the interest of students and the professor. Either SPAN 491 or SPAN 492 is offered every Winter quarter. One unit above SPAN 301 and senior standing
SPAN 492 Spanish-American Seminar Advanced study of outstanding authors, works, or genres that are generally recognized as seminal to an understanding of Spanish America's social, philosophical, and aesthetic traditions. Either SPAN 491 or SPAN 492 is offered every Winter quarter. One unit above SPAN 301 and senior standing
SPAN 493 Seminar in Spanish Linguistics Focused study of pertinent subfields or topics in Spanish Linguistics. These topics will vary to reflect the interests of students and the professor. Either 491, 492, or 493 is offered every Winter quarter. Prerequisite: at least one 400-level course in Spanish and senior standing. Must have taken one 400-Level Spanish course and senior standing.
SPAN 494 Seminar on the Hispanophone Transatlantic This course takes a transatlantic approach to Hispanic studies that includes, but is not limited to: intertextuality, the relationships between literature and music, Afro-Latin American studies, LGBTTQIA+ topics, Spiritism, visual arts, the critical study of creative writing, and digital humanities. Must have taken SPAN-301 and one 400-level course in Spanish
SPAN 495 The Latin American Boom Between 1958 and 1975, a cluster of Latin American authors revolutionized the literary landscape. Known as "The Boom" this period marks an extraordinary moment in the history of Latin American literature because it changed the perception of national literatures, and gave its authors worldwide recognition. This course covers major literary works that emerged as a counter discourse to the nationalist and dictatorial regimes that dominated the political and economic spheres of the era. Students will study the Latin American Boom by recognizing the particularities of different authors/regions, but also by identifying points of encounter and divergence in the treatment of topics and creative processes. SPAN-301
SPAN 495 Indigeneity in Latin America This course studies representations of indigeneity in Latin America from the colonial period to the present. By analyzing racialized colonial discourses and their presence and ruptures in the modern and contemporary periods, the course examines the tensions between official ideologies and everyday indigenous practices and cultures. The analysis of the aesthetization and textualization of indigenous identities, languages and cultures will bring to light the historical processes that have constituted the indigenous subject and, at the same time, the counter narratives arising from indigenous voices and spaces to expand and/or challenge notions of gender, class, and race. Must have taken SPAN-301.
SPAN 495 The Latin American Short Story (1920 - Present) This course situates the Latin American short story as a counter discourse to the nationalist and dictatorial regimes that dominated the political and economic spheres of the Twentieth century as well as the neo-liberal, globalization-driven models of the present. These stories directly challenged and interrogated the dominant ideology of the times by calling attention to the limitations of genre; but most notably, by suggesting that official Histories are written to benefit those in power. Must have taken SPAN-301.
SPAN 495 Hispanophone African & Afro-Diasporic Works This course tackles a diverse array of artistic works produced by Spanish-speaking Black authors, musicians and visual artists from Equatorial Guinea, Spain and Latin America. One of the core intentions of this transatlantic approach is to identify how these individuals appropriated from the conventionalisms of language to communicate, transgress and free their own linguistic, philosophical, political, gender/sexual and aesthetical reflections. The second intention is to explore these productions as means for writers and artists to decolonize language and insert themselves in game-changing dynamics that aim to-and ultimately-transform society. Finally, this course emphasizes authenticity. The creative works and intellectual proposals analyzed in class document the hopes and struggles, the stories and histories, the paradigm-shifting aesthetics and the subversions of their producers, who-while doing so-also fix and validate in books and other media the evolution of their dialects. Must have taken SPAN-301
SPAN 593 Senior Integrated Project Each program or department sets its own requirements for Senior Integrated Projects done in that department, including the range of acceptable projects, the required background of students doing projects, the format of the SIP, and the expected scope and depth of projects. See the Kalamazoo Curriculum -> Senior Integrated Project section of the Academic Catalog for more details. Permission of department and SIP supervisor required.
SPAN 600 Teaching Assistantship