Interim 2016 Courses

Take a look at the courses offered by the Spanish Department for Interim 2016.

Courses in Off-Campus Programs

Explore the courses offered in our semester programs abroad in Honduras, Peru, and Spain (advanced, core),

2016–17 Catalog courses

The courses listed here are those published in Calvin College’s current academic catalog. Not all courses are offered in the current year.

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Elementary Spanish

An introductory course in oral and written Spanish.

  • Course code: SPAN-101
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Spanish
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Elementary Spanish II

A continuation of Spanish 101.

  • Course code: SPAN-102
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Spanish
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Introductory Spanish

A two-course sequence during the fall semester and January interim designed for students who have had two years of Spanish in high school, but who are not sufficiently prepared for 201. These students take Spanish 202 in the spring to finish the foreign language core requirement.

  • Course code: SPAN-121
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Spanish
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Intermediate Spanish

A two-course sequence during the fall semester and January interim designed for students who have had two years of Spanish in high school, but who are not sufficiently prepared for 201. These students take Spanish 202 in the spring to finish the foreign language core requirement.

  • Course code: SPAN-122
  • Semester: Interim
  • Department: Spanish
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Intermediate Spanish

Review of essential grammatical structures and further training in spoken and written Spanish. Cultural and literary readings. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or equivalent.

  • Course code: SPAN-201
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Spanish
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Intermediate Spanish II

This final core class is a continuation of Spanish 201 or 121/122.

  • Course code: SPAN-202
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Spanish
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Advanced Intermediate Spanish

This is a final core course in Spanish and a preparation for courses in a major or minor. It is intended specifically for students who have successfully completed at least three years of high school Spanish. The course includes an accelerated review of essential structures and vocabulary, and also features aspects of culture, and classroom and community opportunities to use spoken Spanish. Students explore relevant biblical themes and see examples of faith practice in the Hispanic World.

  • Course code: SPAN-203
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Spanish
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Advanced Grammar, Comp, & Conversation I

This introduction and gateway to the major or minor concentration focuses on the improvement of speaking and writing skills through vocabulary acquisition and the honing of grammatical accuracy. Extensive practice in oral and written communication. A minimum grade of C (2.0) in Spanish 301 is required as a prerequisite for any concentration in Spanish. An honors section of 301 is offered in the fall semester. Prerequisite: Spanish 202, 203 or equivalent.

  • Course code: SPAN-301
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Spanish
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Advanced Grammar, Comp, & Convers II

A continuation of Spanish 301.

  • Course code: SPAN-302
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Spanish
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Spanish History Discussion

  • Course code: SPAN-306
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Spanish
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Hispanic World I

This course introduces students to major developments of the Hispanic World from antiquity through the Enlightenment. Discussions center on the relationship of major literary and artistic works to economic, political, religious, and social developments in the Iberian Peninsula and the Castilian colonies in the Americas. This course, normally the first in a sequence of two, prepares students for advanced-topics courses. An oral presentation and a research paper are required. Prerequisite: Spanish 301. (Global and Historical Studies core)

  • Course code: SPAN-308
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Spanish
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Introduction to the Hispanic World II

This course introduces students to major developments of the Hispanic World from the independence of the Spanish American colonies to the present day. Discussions center on the relationship of major literary and artistic works to economic, political, religious, and social developments in Spain and Spanish America. In addition, students develop their skills in reading and evaluating literature in a second language through representative texts, and they sharpen their skills in critical writing and analysis. This course, normally the second course in a sequence of two, prepares students for advanced-level culture and literature courses. Oral presentations and research paper are required. Prerequisite: Spanish 308, or permission of the instructor. (Literature core)

  • Course code: SPAN-309
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Spanish
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Hispanic Culture in the U.S.

A study of the history and culture of Hispanic groups in the United States, their political, social, and religious institutions, and their value systems. The course is designed to assist students in understanding the cultural contributions of Hispanics within the broader U.S. culture. Reading materials include literary and non-literary sources. Prerequisite: Spanish 301.

  • Course code: SPAN-310
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Spanish
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Business Spanish

An introduction to the terminology and standard forms of oral and written communication in Spanish relating to the fields of business and economics. This course also considers the cultural and economic context of business practices in the Hispanic world. Prerequisite: Spanish 301. Not offered 2016.

  • Course code: SPAN-320
  • Department: Spanish
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Spanish Phonology

An introduction to Spanish linguistics, concentrating on the sounds of Spanish (phonetics and phonology), with appropriate pronunciation practice and contrasts with English pronunciation. Included are units on the history of the Spanish language and the major dialects spoken today. Prerequisite: Spanish 301.

  • Course code: SPAN-340
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Spanish
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Adv Spanish Syntax & Sociolinguistics

An examination of the differences and similarities between English and Spanish morphology, syntax, and semantics, in order to improve students? communication skills and to generate a deeper understanding of the complex nature of the human language system. Specific connections will be made to first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, Spanish/English dialects, socio-linguistics, psycholinguistics, and language disorders. Prerequisite: Spanish 302.

  • Course code: SPAN-341
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Spanish
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Foreign Lang Educ in Elem Schl

  • Course code: SPAN-356
  • Department: Spanish
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Aiding in the Foreign Lang Cls

Students plan and facilitate small group sessions for Spanish 122. Morning activities include meeting with other aides and the professor, observing master teachers, and aiding master teachers in teaching. Afternoon activities include leading sessions with Spanish 122 students and planning lessons, materials, and activities under the supervision of the professor. Students will be evaluated based on their competency in the Spanish language, professional evaluations of teaching sessions and lesson plans/materials, participation in class discussions, daily journals, and an oral presentation. Prerequisite: Spanish 302 with a grade of B+ or better and permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: SPAN-358
  • Semester: Interim
  • Department: Spanish
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Latn Amer Lit: Colonial

The blending of indigenous, European, and African cultures during the colonial period formed and created Latin America. This course focuses on the literature of colonial Latin America (1492-ca. 1820), as well as the historical and cultural context that produced it. While many different genres and authors are examined, special emphasis is placed on the transatlantic and hybrid nature of colonial texts. An oral presentation and a research paper are required. Prerequisite: Spanish 308 and 309, or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: SPAN-361
  • Department: Spanish
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Latn Amer Lit: Pre-Mod to 1945

This course focuses on the literature of Latin America including Pre-Modernist poetry, short story, and essay, Modernist poetry, short story, and essay, poetry and short story of the Vanguardia. Oral presentations and research papers are required. Prerequisite: Spanish 308 and 309, or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: SPAN-362
  • Semester: F
  • Department: Spanish
  • Pre-requisites: Spanish 308 and 309, or permission of the instructor.
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Contemporary Latin Amer. Lit

This course focuses on the recent literature of Latin America, including contemporary novels, poetry, and short stories. Oral presentations and research papers are required. Prerequisite: Spanish 308 and 309, or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: SPAN-363
  • Department: Spanish
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Span Lit- Mid Ages Thru Renais

An introduction to the world of Medieval Spain through its literature. Students explore the ways in which this literature reflects the social and political interactions between the Christians, the Muslims and the Jews that inhabited the Iberian Peninsula during this period of Spanish history. Through a close reading of several works, the values and morals that shaped medieval society are examined. Daily homework, an oral presentation and a research paper are required. Prerequisite: Spanish 308 and 309, or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: SPAN-366
  • Department: Spanish
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Spanish Lit of the Golden Age

This course focuses on the literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The following genres are analyzed: Renaissance and Baroque poetry, drama of the Lope and Calder?n cycles, the origins of the modern Spanish novel, and the literature of the Counter-Reformation. Oral presentations and research papers are required. Prerequisite: Spanish 308 and 309, or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: SPAN-367
  • Department: Spanish
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Spanish Lit: 18th C to Present

This course focuses on the period leading up to and including the conflict of the Spanish Civil War and its results on Spanish society. The readings reflect the social, political and moral struggles of the society of that period. Daily homework, an oral presentation and a research paper are required. Prerequisite: Spanish 308 and 309, or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: SPAN-368
  • Department: Spanish
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Advanced Topics

The course will examine Spanish society from early twentieth century to the present as reflected in its cinema.  In addition to the study of Spanish cinema in its historical, social and cultural contexts, the course will introduce a basic critical vocabulary of film.  Course work includes a mandatory weekly film screening.  See Professor Slagter for more information cslagter@calvin.edu

  • Course code: SPAN-370
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Spanish
  • Pre-requisites: SPAN-308
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Independent Study

Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair.

  • Course code: SPAN-390
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Spanish
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Word & World

As the capstone in the Spanish departmental major, this integrative studies course provides an opportunity for students to revisit, at a more advanced level, the literature, cultures, history, and language studied during their time at Calvin and to explore ways in which their education has prepared them to engage with contemporary international culture. Students examine and critically reflect on the ethical, religious, and vocational implications of what they have learned. Prerequisites: DCM, Philosophical Foundations, Biblical or Theological Foundations I, Spanish 308 and 309, and at least junior standing.

  • Course code: SPAN-395
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Spanish
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Graduate Independent Study

  • Course code: SPAN-590
  • Department: Spanish
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Spanish Interim

  • Course code: SPAN-W83
  • Department: Spanish
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Intro to Spanish Culture

An introduction to the fundamental aspects of the

  • Course code: STSP-100
  • Credits: 3
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Stdy in Spain - Elem Spanish

See Spanish Department section for course

  • Course code: STSP-101
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
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Stdy in Spain - Elem Spanish

See Spanish Department section for course

  • Course code: STSP-102
  • Credits: 4
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Introductory Spanish

  • Course code: STSP-121
  • Semester: Fall
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Introductory Spanish

  • Course code: STSP-151
  • Credits: 4
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Elementary Spanish

  • Course code: STSP-152
  • Credits: 4
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Stdy in Spain - Intermed Span

See Spanish Department section for course

  • Course code: STSP-201
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
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Stdy in Spain - Intermed Span

See Spanish Department section for course

  • Course code: STSP-202
  • Credits: 4
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Advanced Intermediate Spanish

  • Course code: STSP-203
  • Credits: 4
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History of Spain and Its Regions

An introduction both to the history of Spain and

  • Course code: STSP-212
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
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Perspective on Cross Cultural Engagement

This course is designed to allow students to gain skills in cross-cultural communication; to understand how the world might look from the standpoint of Spanish experience; to learn how to discern and, where appropriate, adapt to Spanish cultural expectations of the other; to learn how to distinguish between the enduring principles of human morality and their Spanish-specific adaptations; to witness Spanish cultural embodiments of faith, and thus to reflect on the substance and definition of one?s own faith by comparison. This course is taught in English by the Calvin director and is required of all students.

  • Course code: STSP-215
  • Credits: 1
  • Semester: Fall
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Contemporary Spanish Society

An examination of the contemporary culture of

  • Course code: STSP-216
  • Credits: 2
  • Semester: Fall
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History & Culture of Spain

  • Course code: STSP-270
  • Credits: 3
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Stdy in Spain - Adv Conversation

A continuation of Spanish 301 and the second

  • Course code: STSP-302
  • Credits: 3
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Intro to the Hispanic World I

This course introduces students to major developments of the Hispanic World from antiquity to the independence of the Spanish American colonies in the early 19th century. Discussions center on the relationship of major literary and artistic works to economic, political, religious, and social developments in the Iberian Peninsula and the Castilian colonies in the Americas. This course, normally the first in a sequence of two, prepares students for advanced-level culture and literature courses. (Global and Historical Studies core)

  • Course code: STSP-308
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Spring
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Intro to the Hispanic World II

This course introduces students to major developments of the Hispanic World from the independence of the Spanish American colonies to the present day. Discussions center on the relation-ship of major literary and artistic works to economic, political, religious, and social developments in Spain and Spanish America. In addition, students develop their skills in reading and evaluating literature in a second language through representative texts, and they sharpen their skills in critical writing and analysis. This course, normally the second course in a sequence of two, prepares students for advanced-level culture and literature courses. (Literature core)

  • Course code: STSP-309
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Spring
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Regions of Spain

I. This course, taught by Calvin professors during

  • Course code: STSP-312
  • Credits: 3
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Perspectives on Span Culture & Society

This course is designed to allow students to gain skills in cross-cultural communication; to understand how the world might look from the standpoint of Spanish experience; to learn how to discern and, where appropriate, adapt to Spanish cultural expectations of the other; to learn how to distinguish between the enduring principles of human morality and their Spanish-specific adaptations; to witness Spanish cultural embodiments of faith, and thus to reflect on the substance and definition of one?s own faith by comparison. This course is taught in Spanish by the Calvin director and is required of all students.

  • Course code: STSP-315
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Interim
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Contemporary Span Civilization

An examination of the culture of Spanish social,

  • Course code: STSP-316
  • Credits: 1
  • Semester: Spring
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Art History

A study of the art and architecture of Spain from

  • Course code: STSP-336
  • Credits: 3
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Span Phonology & Dialectology

An introduction to Spanish

  • Course code: STSP-340
  • Credits: 3
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Adv Span Syntax & Sociolinguistics

An examination of the differences and similarities

  • Course code: STSP-341
  • Credits: 3
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Spanish Literatue of the Golden Age

This course focuses on the literature of the

  • Course code: STSP-367
  • Credits: 3
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Spanish Lit: 18th C to Present

A study of eighteenth through twentieth-century

  • Course code: STSP-368
  • Credits: 3
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Cinema of Spain

  • Course code: STSP-370
  • Credits: 3
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Direct Enrollment At Univers de Oviedo

Direct enrollment in at least one course at the university is required of all students in this program, except those needing SPAN 302. This course counts as elective credit toward the Spanish major or minor.

  • Course code: STSP-390
  • Credits: 0
  • Semester: Spring
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Independent Ethnographic Study

Placement in a local agency, school, or business to observe and/or participate in a work setting. Prerequisite: permission of the program director.

  • Course code: STSP-393
  • Credits: 2
  • Semester: Spring
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Advanced Grammar, Comp & Conversation II

A continuation of Spanish 301. Designed to improve speaking and writing skills through vocabulary acquisition and the honing of grammatical accuracy. Extensive practice in oral and written communication.

  • Course code: STPE-302
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
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Introduction to the Hispanic World I

This course introduces students to major developments of the Hispanic World from antiquity to the independence of the Spanish American colonies in the early 19th century. Discussions center on the relationship of major literary and artistic works to economic, political, religious, and social developments in the Iberian Peninsula and the Castilian colonies in the Americas. This course, the first in a sequence of two, prepares students for advanced-level culture and literature courses. (Global and Historical Studies core)

  • Course code: STPE-308
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
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Introduction to the Hispanic World II

This course introduces students to major developments of the Hispanic World from the independence of the Spanish American colonies to the present day. Discussions center on the relation-ship of major literary and artistic works to economic, political, religious, and social developments in Spain and Spanish America. In addition, students develop their skills in reading and evaluating literature in a second language through representative texts, and they sharpen their skills in critical writing and analysis. This course, the second in a sequence of two, prepares students for advanced-level culture and literature courses. (Literature core)

  • Course code: STPE-309
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
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Orientation to Peru & Arequipa

  • Course code: STPE-314
  • Credits: 2
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Contemporary Peruvian Culture

An on-site seminar that provides orientation to Peruvian, Arequipan, and university culture and introduces students to cross-cultural issues. Students discuss and reflect on what they learn from readings, interviews, and daily experiences. Includes speakers and excursions. (Cross-Cultural Engagement core)

  • Course code: STPE-315
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
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Spanish Phonology & Dialectology

An introduction to Spanish linguistics, concentrating on the sounds of Spanish (phonetics and phonology), with appropriate pronunciation practice and contrasts with English pronunciation. Included are units on the history of the Spanish language and the major dialects spoken today.

  • Course code: STPE-340
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
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Analisis de la Realidad Peruana

A consideration of the emergence of Peruvian nationhood and identity within a global context, focusing on historical, ecological, and social issues, the legacy of pre-Columbian civilizations, and contemporary challenges.

  • Course code: STPE-370
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
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Direct Enrollment At Ucsp

Direct enrollment in at least one course at the university is required of all students in this program, except those enrolled in Spanish 302. This course counts as elective credit toward the Spanish major or minor.

  • Course code: STPE-390
  • Credits: 1
  • Semester: Fall
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Independent Ethnographic Study

Placement in a local agency, school, or business

  • Course code: STPE-393
  • Credits: 2
  • Semester: Fall
CODE NAME CREDITS
SPAN-101 Elementary Spanish 4
SPAN-102 Elementary Spanish II 4
SPAN-121 Introductory Spanish 4
SPAN-122 Intermediate Spanish 3
SPAN-201 Intermediate Spanish 4
SPAN-202 Intermediate Spanish II 4
SPAN-203 Advanced Intermediate Spanish 4
SPAN-301 Advanced Grammar, Comp, & Conversation I 3
SPAN-302 Advanced Grammar, Comp, & Convers II 3
SPAN-306 Spanish History Discussion 1
SPAN-308 Hispanic World I 3
SPAN-309 Introduction to the Hispanic World II 3
SPAN-310 Hispanic Culture in the U.S. 3
SPAN-320 Business Spanish 3
SPAN-340 Spanish Phonology 3
SPAN-341 Adv Spanish Syntax & Sociolinguistics 3
SPAN-356 Foreign Lang Educ in Elem Schl 3
SPAN-358 Aiding in the Foreign Lang Cls 3
SPAN-361 Latn Amer Lit: Colonial 3
SPAN-362 Latn Amer Lit: Pre-Mod to 1945 3
SPAN-363 Contemporary Latin Amer. Lit 3
SPAN-366 Span Lit- Mid Ages Thru Renais 3
SPAN-367 Spanish Lit of the Golden Age 3
SPAN-368 Spanish Lit: 18th C to Present 3
SPAN-370 Advanced Topics 3
SPAN-390 Independent Study 1
SPAN-395 Word & World 3
SPAN-590 Graduate Independent Study 1
SPAN-W83 Spanish Interim 3
STSP-100 Intro to Spanish Culture 3
STSP-101 Stdy in Spain - Elem Spanish 4
STSP-102 Stdy in Spain - Elem Spanish 4
STSP-121 Introductory Spanish
STSP-151 Introductory Spanish 4
STSP-152 Elementary Spanish 4
STSP-201 Stdy in Spain - Intermed Span 4
STSP-202 Stdy in Spain - Intermed Span 4
STSP-203 Advanced Intermediate Spanish 4
STSP-212 History of Spain and Its Regions 3
STSP-215 Perspective on Cross Cultural Engagement 1
STSP-216 Contemporary Spanish Society 2
STSP-270 History & Culture of Spain 3
STSP-302 Stdy in Spain - Adv Conversation 3
STSP-308 Intro to the Hispanic World I 4
STSP-309 Intro to the Hispanic World II 4
STSP-312 Regions of Spain 3
STSP-315 Perspectives on Span Culture & Society 3
STSP-316 Contemporary Span Civilization 1
STSP-336 Art History 3
STSP-340 Span Phonology & Dialectology 3
STSP-341 Adv Span Syntax & Sociolinguistics 3
STSP-367 Spanish Literatue of the Golden Age 3
STSP-368 Spanish Lit: 18th C to Present 3
STSP-370 Cinema of Spain 3
STSP-390 Direct Enrollment At Univers de Oviedo 0
STSP-393 Independent Ethnographic Study 2
STPE-302 Advanced Grammar, Comp & Conversation II 3
STPE-308 Introduction to the Hispanic World I 4
STPE-309 Introduction to the Hispanic World II 4
STPE-314 Orientation to Peru & Arequipa 2
STPE-315 Contemporary Peruvian Culture 3
STPE-340 Spanish Phonology & Dialectology 3
STPE-370 Analisis de la Realidad Peruana 3
STPE-390 Direct Enrollment At Ucsp 1
STPE-393 Independent Ethnographic Study 2