Spanish Course Descriptions

SPN 110 INTRODUCTION TO LATINO STUDIES

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will provide an introduction and overview of Latino issues such as immigration, transculturation, transnationalism, ethnic identity, language, education and employment through the interdisciplinary study of social, cultural, political, economic and historical forces that have shaped the development of people of Latin American origin in the United States over the past 300 years. No prerequisites. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

SPN 151 ELEMENTARY I

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A communicative approach to the fundamentals of the Spanish language with emphasis on listening comprehension, speaking and cultural awareness. This course, along with Spanish 152, is designed to enable students to communicate in Spanish in everyday situations. For students who have no (or little) previous knowledge of Spanish 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

SPN 152 ELEMENTARY II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A continuation of Spanish 151 with increasing emphasis on oral communication, grammatical structures, reading, writing and appreciation of Hispanic culture. Open to students who have completed SPN 151 or its equivalent. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

SPN 201 INTERMEDIATE I 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course seeks to develop intermediate-level communication skills in Spanish. Students will improve their proficiency in speaking, reading and writing Spanish through interactive activities in the classroom and study of more advanced grammatical structures, vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. In addition, students will acquire the linguistic and cultural insights, which come with the study of a new language. Open to students who have completed  SPN 152 or equivalent score on placement test. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPN 202 INTERMEDIATE II 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A continuation of Spanish 201. In this course, students will communicate in Spanish on a variety of topics from personal to literary to global. Knowledge of linguistic structures and cultural understanding will be deepened and expanded. Critical thinking, problem-solving skills and cultural comparisons will be developed. Open to students who have completed SPN 201 or equivalent score on placement test. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPN 210 FIELD EXPERIENCE IN THE SPANISH LANGUAGE

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An opportunity for students to improve their verbal fluency and understanding of spoken Spanish. This course includes two hours per week of field experience at an approved location off campus and one hour per week in class. Open to students who have completed at least one course above SPN 202; requires permission of department. 2 hours fieldwork, 1 hour classroom session a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

SPN 211 READINGS IN SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Readings and discussions based on Spanish literary texts, as well as on essays and articles reflecting the contemporary culture of Spain. Focus on improvement of analytical and writing skills. Conducted in Spanish. Open to students who have completed SPN 202 or equivalent score on placement test. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPN 212 READINGS IN LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Readings and discussions based on Latin American literary texts, as well as on essays and articles reflecting the contemporary culture of Latin America. Focus on improvement of analytical and writing skills. Conducted in Spanish. Open to students who have completed SPN 202 or equivalent score on placement test. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPN 215 STUDIES IN HISPANIC LITERATURE AND ART

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to related themes of literature and art from Spain and Latin America. Focus on development of reading and writing skills. Writers and artists include Gabriel García Márquez, Ana María Matute, Frida Kahlo and Francisco de Goya. Conducted in Spanish. Open to students who have completed SPN 202 or equivalent score on placement test. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPN 221 ADVANCED GRAMMAR 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Study of Spanish grammar, vocabulary and idioms on an advanced level. Readings and discussions based on Spanish and Latin American texts. Focus on development of written and spoken Spanish. Open to students who have completed SPN 202 or equivalent score on placement test. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPN 222 ADVANCED COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Focus on improvement of writing, oral and analytical skills. Open to students who have completed SPN 211, 212 or 221 or with special permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SPN 223 CONVERSATION 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A course intended to help the student acquire a greater degree of fluency in the spoken language. Open to students who have completed SPN 202 or equivalent score on placement test. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SPN 233 CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE OF SPAIN 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to the civilization and culture of the Spanish people. Topics include geography, history, contemporary institutions, art, music, film and cuisine of Spain. Readings from essays, current newspapers and magazines and literature. Conducted in Spanish. Open to students who have completed SPN 202 or equivalent score on placement test. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SPN 234 CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE OF LATIN AMERICA 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to the civilization and culture of the peoples of Latin America. Topics include geography, history, art, music, film and cuisine of the countries of Spanish-speaking Latin America. Readings from essays, current newspapers and magazines and literature. Conducted in Spanish. Open to students who have completed SPN 202 or equivalent score on placement test. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SPN 260 INTRODUCTION TO HISPANIC LITERATURE 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Readings from Spanish and Latin American literature; literary analysis in the four basic genres: narrative, poetry, drama and the essay; study of figurative language; compositions and conversation in Spanish. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SPN 261 SURVEY OF SPANISH LITERATURE 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of representative literature of Spain from its origins to the end of the Golden Age. Conducted in Spanish. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SPN 262 SURVEY OF SPANISH LITERATURE II 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A continuation of Spanish 261. The study of the literature of Spain from the 18th century to the 20th. Conducted in Spanish. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SPN 263 SURVEY OF LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the literature of Latin America from Spanish transcriptions of Mayan legends through the 20th century. Conducted in Spanish. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SPN 302 CERVANTES: DON QUIJOTE 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An analytical study of Cervantes’ masterpiece from a structural and stylistic point of view, taking into consideration the evolution of its critical interpretations, its relation to the period and its expression of universal values. Conducted in Spanish. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

SPN 303 19TH CENTURY SPANISH NOVEL 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the renaissance of the novel in the 19th century with a critical consideration of its most important authors and works. Major literary movements such as Costumbrismo, realism and naturalism are analyzed and discussed. Conducted in Spanish. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

SPN 304 CONTEMPORARY SPANISH DRAMA 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Study of Spanish drama from the 20th century to the present. Conducted in Spanish. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

SPN 310 FIELD EXPERIENCE IN BILINGUAL AND SECOND LANGUAGE EDUCATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to current theory and practice in the field of second language and bilingual education. Topics include: theories of second language acquisition, approaches to communicative language teaching, special needs of second language students and language immersion programs. Students will be placed in a bilingual, an English as a Second Language or a Spanish language classroom. Open to students who have completed two courses above SPN 202. Permission of the department is also required. 2 hours fieldwork, 1 hour classroom session a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SPN 320 SPANISH AMERICAN POETRY FROM MODERNISMO TO THE PRESENT 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the development of Spanish-American poetry from the Modernista movement to the present. Conducted in Spanish. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

SPN 324 CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICAN DRAMA 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Study of Latin American drama from the 20th century to the present. Conducted in Spanish. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

SPN 330 U.S. LATINO LITERATURE AND CULTURE 

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Focuses on the growing body of literature written by U.S. Latinos in recent years. Explores Latino cultural identity through the analysis of novels, stories, performance pieces, poetry, music and film. Conducted in English. Not open to freshmen. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SPN 340 CONTEMPORARY HISPANIC CINEMA 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course presents a selection of some of the most culturally relevant contemporary films from the Hispanic world. This course is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, with an emphasis on the socioeconomic and political issues that are raised in each film. Discussions of the films will be informed by readings of scholarly articles relating to the topics raised and film reviews. Conducted in Spanish. Not open to freshmen. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

SPN 370 SPECIAL TOPICS IN HISPANIC LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will include Latin American and Spanish writers, as well as aspects of Hispanic culture not covered in depth in the regular course offerings. It will enable students to take advantage of faculty expertise in diverse areas, which are of interest to both faculty and students. Possible topics include Caribbean literature and culture, translation workshop, literature, power and social change, creative writing in Spanish and Latin American women writers.” 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPN 401-402 SEMINAR 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An in-depth study of a Spanish or Spanish-American literary or cultural figure or movement. Students are expected to write an extended research paper. Required of all majors. Conducted in Spanish. Juniors may register for this course with special permission from the department chair. 2 hours a week, 2 credits. 1 hour a week, 1 credit. Fall and spring.

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