Class Descriptions Spring 2024

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.

Spanish Composition

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).

Oral Spanish

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.

The Structure of Spanish

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

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.