Spanish Courses

Pitt-Johnstown Foreign Language Spanish (SPAN)

SPAN 0111 Spanish Language & Culture 1      4 credits

A thorough introduction (in two terms) to the Spanish grammar, with extensive practice in the four skills: reading, writing, understanding, and speaking.

Foreign Language

SPAN 0112 Spanish Language & Culture 2        4 credits

A thorough introduction (in two terms) to the Spanish grammar, with extensive practice in the four skills: reading, writing, understanding, and speaking. Prerequisite: SPAN 0111

SPAN 0211 Intermediate Spanish 1          3 credits

This course is a continuation of the first-year sequence and includes a functional review of language structure and vocabulary. Primary emphasis is development of conversational skills, with topical reading and some writing. Prerequisite: SPAN 0112

SPAN 0212 Intermediate Spanish 2          3 credits

Students continue a functional review of language structure and build vocabulary. Emphasis is on conversational, reading and writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 0211.

SPAN 0320 Conversation              3 credits

The aims of this course are to improve the learner's ability to understand and speak fluent Spanish. A native speaker instructor guides the student, but the learner does most of the talking. Emphasis in small classes is on vocabulary building and some basic structures. Daily participation is necessary. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212.

SPAN 0325 Grammar And Composition 3 credits

A review of Spanish grammar, designed to aid the student in building vocabulary, translating from English to Spanish, and writing compositions. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212

SPAN 0351 Latin American Civilization   3 credits

Readings, lectures, films, and class discussions in Spanish on the historical development of Latin American civilization and its major social, economic, and cultural features. This course is required for Spanish majors. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212

SPAN 0355 Introduction To Hispanic Literature 1              3 credits

Aims to acquaint students with major genres and trends of Spanish literature from the 16th century to the present, to equip them with essential techniques of literary criticism, and to develop their ability to speak and write in the second language. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212

SPAN 0356 Introduction To Hispanic Literature 2                3 credits

Aims to acquaint students with major genres and trends of Latin American literature from the 16th century to the present, to equip them with essential techniques of literary criticism, and to develop their ability to speak and write in the second language. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212

SPAN 0451 Seminar In Cervantes              3 credits

A seminar for Spanish majors and others that focuses on Don Quixote and various minor works. Quixote is read closely in Spanish and analyzed in class for content, narrative technique, structure, and style. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212 or equivalent.

SPAN 0453 Seminar In Hispanic Poetry  3 credits

This seminar focuses on the finest poetry of Spain and Spanish America. All poetry is read in Spanish and discussed in English or Spanish. Students formulate specific topics and present the results of their study to the seminar. This seminar may be taken twice for credit, provided the focus is not duplicated.

SPAN 0454 Seminar In 20th-Century Spanish-American Fiction  3 credits

A seminar for Spanish majors and others focusing on the novel and short fiction of the recent boom in Latin American literature. The following authors are considered: Borges, Garcia Marquez, Vargas Llosa, Carpentier, Puig, Fuentes, Cortazar, Rulfo, Denevi, Cabrera Infante, and others. Works are read in Spanish and discussed in Spanish for content, theme, structure, narrative technique, and style. Texts vary from term to term. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212 or equivalent.

SPAN 1021 Advanced Conversation         3 credits

This course develops advanced oral skills in small class groups. Students work to build vocabulary and gain a control of the essential structures. Both Spanish majors and nonmajors who wish to improve their fluency may enroll in this course. Prerequisite: Spanish 0212 or its equivalent.

SPAN 1026 Advanced Grammar      3 credits

An advanced study of Spanish grammar designed for students who have already taken SPAN 0325 grammar and composition or have equivalent knowledge. While the emphasis is on practical usage, theoretical aspects of the finer points of syntax will also be considered. Prerequisite: SPAN 0325.

SPAN 1193 Literary And Non-Literary Translation                 3 credits

This course is intended to develop translating skills in literary (including scholarly and critical), journalistic, and advertising texts.  The course is an introduction to the art of translating texts from Spanish to English and to a lesser extent from English to Spanish.  The aim of this course is to provide students with basic translation skills and to develop students’ understanding of Spanish grammar and syntax.  This course counts as credit towards the Spanish major/minor.   Prerequisites:  SPAN 0212 or equivalent.

SPAN 1308 Advanced Spanish                3 credits

This is a course in advanced Spanish that allows students to acquire a broader and deeper knowledge of Spanish structure, vocabulary, and idiomatic usage. In addition, students will be able to progress in their reading and aural comprehension skills as well as in their command of the spoken language and their familiarity with aspects of the various cultures of the hispanophone world.

SPAN 1331 Structure Of Modern Spanish              3 credits

This course teaches the structure of the Spanish language, including components which address Spanish phonology, morphology and syntax. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212

SPAN 1443 Latin American Narrative      3 credits

This course deals with the development of Latin American prose narrative as it moves from 19th century realism and naturalism in the direction of modernista and vanguardista innovations, culminating in the narrative of the boom and the post-boom. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212

SPAN 1444 Latin American Topics             3 credits

This interdisciplinary seminar deals with literary, linguistics, or cultural topics – or a combination of these.  The topic will vary but may include also one of the following:  manifestations of popular culture; history; and film studies.  Primary emphasis is on developing an understanding of contemporary cultures in Latin America.   Prerequisite: SPAN 0212 or equivalent. Course may be repeated for credit, provided the topic is different.

SPAN 1445 Seminar: Latin American Literature And Culture        3 credits

This course studies various cultural and literary topics according to the needs and interests of the students. Its purpose is to allow students to do original research on topics of interest in the field of Latin American literature and culture. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212 or equivalent.

SPAN 1640 Survey Of Spanish Literature                 3 credits

This course surveys the development of Spanish literature from the 12th century to the present. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212, SPAN 0355, or equivalent.

SPAN 1841 Don Quixote And The Novel                   3 credits

This course deals in-depth with Cervantes’ Don Quixote as the first modern novel and its profound influence on European literature. Taught in English.

SPAN 1844 Contemporary Latin American Literature       3 credits

This course deals with contemporary Latin American literature, showing its literary development up to and including the so-called boom, as well as post-boom developments. The course also will deal with the cultural values and concepts of the works read. Taught in English.

SPAN 1846 Hispanic Drama In Translation            3 credits

This course deals with contemporary Spanish and Latin American drama (in English translation) with emphasis on the ways in which the dramas reflect cultural and social concepts and values.

SPAN 1941 Independent Study  1–6 credits

This course allows students to work in-depth in areas of their choice; evaluation is by examination or by the production of a term paper. 

SPAN 0082 Latin America Today                   3 credits

This course is an overview of contemporary Latin America and its people and is designed to be an introduction for students who have no previous knowledge of the area. Students will be exposed to several aspects of Latin America.  A special attempt will be made to show contemporary social reality as interpreted by some of the region's most gifted writers.  Taught in English.

SPAN 1805 Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Society   3 credits

This course deals with contemporary Spanish and Latin American societies as revealed in short stories, novels and poetry in an effort to ascertain the cultural values and concepts of these societies.  Taught in English.