Classes accredited by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Students from other universities may apply for accreditation at their home institutions.
Students select four to six different classes from a choice of 13.
Basic composition course; problems of written Spanish and principles of Spanish stylistic patterns; weekly written exercises.
Practical Review of Spanish Grammar
Review of major challenges in Spanish grammar, including the verb system (major tenses and moods, morphology, and aspect), areas of contrast with English, and some lexical/semantic issues. Prerequisite: four semesters of Spanish or equivalent (Elementary Proficiency).
Practical Review of Spanish Grammar II
Overview of major challenges in Spanish grammar, including the verb system (major tenses and moods, morphology, and aspect), areas of contrast with English, and some lexical/semantic issues. Prerequisite: Practical Review of Spanish Grammar I or equivalent.
Practice in speaking Spanish; to be taken concurrently with Practical Review of Spanish Grammar I or II or Advanced Spanish Grammar. Spanish Composition Basic composition course; problems of written Spanish and principles of Spanish stylistic patterns; weekly written exercises.
Introduction to Literary Analysis
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.
Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
Introduction to Spanish phonology, syntax, sociolinguistics, dialectology, and histoy of the language: includes an overview and opportunity to examine an issue in each area in detail.
Introduction to Cultural Analysis
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 notice 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.
The Structure of Spanish (Advanced Spanish Grammar)
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. Advanced hours credit. Prerequisite: Practical Review of Spanish Grammar I or equivalent (five semesters of Spanish or Intermediate Proficiency).
The Sounds of Spanish (Spanish Phonetics and Pronunciation)
Practical, introductory course to Spanish phonetics, stressing practice in pronunciation.
Spanish Cultural Studies: Cultures of Spain
Survey of Spanish culture from the 15th century to present times. History, traditions, customs and current events. Extensive reading in Spanish. Advanced hours credit.
Spanish Art History
An introductory course to the mayor art periods and artists in Spain: Islamic art, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Mannerism, Neoclassicism, Eclecticism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Gaudi, Picasso, Dalí, Miró, José Guerrero. Extensive Art History vocabulary in Spanish. Advanced hours credit.
Arab – Islamic Cultural Studies
An introduction to the diversity of Islam: Religion, History, Traditions, Art, Social issues, Science and current events. With a focus on the history of Spanish Al-Andalus. Taught in Spanish. Advanced hours credit.
Spanish Law and Legal Language
An overview course to Spanish and European present Law systems. Study of legal language in Spanish: vocabulary, forms, style, contracts. Civil, criminal and financial law. Study of practical cases. Advanced hours credit.