Major and Minor in Spanish (940)

Program Director: Dr. Jennifer Austin

SPANISH MAJOR

A major in Spanish consists of a minimum of thirty (30) credits with a grade of C or better in each course.  Those who plan to teach Spanish are required to take “Teaching Methodologies for World Languages” (615:320).  For information about teaching certification, students should see the Chair of the Urban Teacher Education Program (Bradley Hall, Room 174) or visit http://edu.newark.rutgers.edu).

In order to determine appropriate placement in the sequence of language courses, students must take the Placement Exam before enrolling in classes.

Elective courses:

Intermediate Spanish 131 and 132 may be accepted for the major, but no more than 9 credits in skills courses (including 131,132, 203, 204) may count toward the major.  Courses in English translation may not be used towards the major.         

Required courses:           

I. Core Requirements (6 credits)

  • Spanish 207: Intro to Spanish Literature  (3 credits)
  • Spanish 208: Intro to Spanish-American Literature  (3 credits)

II. Eighteen credits at the 200, 300 and 400 level, which must include:

  • 2 courses in Spanish Peninsular Literature (940:333 (if topic is about Spanish Peninsular literature), 348, 353, 354, 366, 370, 373, 381, 383, 384, 415 417, 418,421, 422, 429, 441, 442, 451, 452, 453, 498, 499). At least one course must be at the 400 level. 
  • 2 courses in Latin American Literature (270, 304, 324, 331 (if topic is on Latin America), 333, 348, 366, 370,375, 379, 383, 384, 417, 418, 432, 453, 454, 460, 461, 462, 498, 499). At least one course must be at the 400 level.
  • 1 course in Linguistics (940: 318, 322; 615: 201, 302, 320, 322) or Translation (940:401)      

 

SPANISH MINOR

The Spanish minor consists of a total of 18 credits in Spanish language, literature, and linguistics. 940:207 and 940:208 are required for the minor. Up to 9 credits in skills courses (including 131,132, 203, 204) may count toward the minor. Courses in English translation may not be used towards the minor.         

ADVISORS:

Dr. Jennifer Austin

Office phone: 973-353-1858

Email: jbaustin@newark.rutgers.edu

Office: 413 Conklin

Dr. Jason Cortés

Office phone: 973-353-1886 or 5434

Email: jasoncor@newark.rutgers.edu

Office: Conklin 243 or 441

Dr. Jennifer Duprey

Email: jeduprey@newark.rutgers.edu

Office: Conklin 418

Dr. Elena Lahr-Vivaz   (sabbatical fall 2017)

Office phone: 973-353-5435

Email: el431@newark.rutgers.edu

Office: Conklin 406

 

RETIRED FACULTY

Dr. Asela Rodríguez de Laguna
Email: arlaguna@andromeda.rutgers.edu

 

SPANISH COURSES

21&62:940:101-102. ELEMENTARY SPANISH (3,3)
Intended for students with little or no previous knowledge of Spanish.
Fundamentals of grammar; drill in speaking and reading. A minimum total of 10 hours of language laboratory work per term is required of all students in NCAS elementary language courses and is recommended for UC-N students.

21&62:940:103-104. ELEMENTARY SPANISH 103-104 ONLINE (3,3)
No previous knowledge of Spanish.
Spanish 103 is the first part of the Online Elementary Spanish Course. Spanish 103 will cover all the following language skills:  speaking, listening, reading writing and cultural awareness and ortografía (spelling). (Same course as 101)

Spanish 104  is the second part of the Online Elementary Spanish Course. Spanish 104 will cover all the following language skills:  speaking, listening, reading writing and cultural awareness and ortografía (spelling). (Same course as 102)

21&62:940:111. SPANISH FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSION (3)
Not open to Spanish majors and minors.
A task-based course in elementary Spanish, intended especially for medical personnel and social workers.

21&62:940:131,132. INTERMEDIATE SPANISH (3,3)
Prerequisite: 21&62:940:102 or equivalent as determined by a placement examination.
NCAS offers sections for native and for nonnative students.

Review of grammar; selected readings in literature and other cultural areas.

21&62:940:151. CONTEMPORARY SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (3)
Multidisciplinary course designed specifically to improve fluency in Spanish. Emphasis on the active use of the language and on contemporary Hispanic topics.

21&62:940:203. GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION (3)
For prospective teachers and others who wish to acquire more fluency in oral and written Spanish. Writing Intensive

21&62:940:204. COMPOSITION AND ORAL COMMUNICATION (3)
Prerequisite: 21&62:940:203 or permission of instructor.
Intensive practice in oral and written Spanish.   Writing Intensive                                                        

21&62:940:207. INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH LITERATURE (3)
Development of skills in reading literature. Reading of short works in the original language and introduction to literary concepts. Structure, meaning, as well as the social and historical function of literary texts; conducted in Spanish. Writing Intensive.  Meets the Gen Ed Core Curriculum History/ Literature requirement.

21&62:940:208. INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE (3)
Development of Latina American literature from its colonial origins to the present; conducted in Spanish.  Writing Intensive.  Meets the Gen Ed Core Curriculum History/Literature requirement.

21&62:940:250,251. LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION (3,3)
Not open to Spanish majors or minors.
A chronological survey of Latin American literature from the period of the Conquest to the 20th century, with emphasis on literary traditions and cultures.  Meets the Gen Core Curriculum History/Literature requirement.

21&62:940:270. PUERTO RICAN LITERATURE (3)
History and development of Puerto Rican literature from its beginnings to the present. Selected readings in the novel, poetry, short story, essay, and theater; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:304. SLAVERY, RACE, AND BLACK EXPERIENCE IN SPANISH     AMERICAN LITERATURE (3)
Interdisciplinary examination and analysis of major literary themes in the history of the black experience in Spanish America, as seen in antislavery literature of the 19th century, and in many texts dealing with miscegenation, race relations, blackness, sexuality, discrimination, and the search for identity; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:307. ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION (3)
Prerequisites: 21&62:940:203,204 or equivalent as determined by a placement 
examination.

For students with a good command of the Spanish language who wish to perfect their knowledge of written and oral Spanish; grammar analysis includes study of orthography, morphology, and syntax; unusual points of grammar and syntax. Students interested in teaching Spanish are strongly recommended to take this class.

21&62:940:311,312. SPANISH LITERATURE IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION (3,3)
Not open to Spanish majors and minors.
A chronological survey of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, with emphasis on literary traditions and culture.  Meets the Gen Ed Core Curriculum History/Literature requirement.

21&62:940:315. SPANISH FOR BUSINESS AND COMMERCE (3)
Prerequisites: 21&62:940:203,204, or equivalent.
For students with a good command of the Spanish language who wish intensive study in commercial and business usage; practical vocabulary and procedures used in business letters and documents, banking, trade, and accounting as practiced in the Spanish-speaking world; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:318. HISTORY OF THE SPANISH LANGUAGE (3)
The History of the Spanish Language provides a linguistically-grounded introduction to the evolution of the Spanish language from Latin and the formation of modern Spanish dialects and varieties spoken around the world. This course focuses on the phonological, lexical, and syntactic changes that Spanish has undergone as an outcome of language-internal changes as well as contact-induced influence from other languages. Students will be introduced to linguistic concepts such as the Comparative Method, the morpheme, the phoneme, registers, and sociolinguistic variation; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:322. LATINO BILINGUALISM IN THE UNITED STATES (3)
An examination of Latino bilingualism in the United States from various perspectives, including linguistics, education, history, psychology, and sociology. Discussion of polemical topics such as maintenance of Spanish in bilingual communities, legislation of the use of English and bilingual education in the United States, and the effects of bilingualism education on cognitive development and educational achievement. Conducted in Spanish,with readings in Spanish and English.

21&62:940:324. PUERTO RICAN NARRATIVE (3)
Literary examination of the contemporary Puerto Rican short story and novel, including, representative works by Enrique Laguerre, Luis Rafael Sánchez, Rosario Ferré, and others; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:331. THEMES IN SPANISH AND SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURES (3)
Tracing and elaboration of a selected theme in Spanish and/or Spanish-American literary texts (e.g., the caudillo, solitude, mysticism). Questions of gender, class, subjectivity, representation, and politics; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:333. THE LATIN AMERICAN SHORT STORY (3)
Historical and theoretical examination of the Latin American short story from its precursors in colonial literature, to its formal inception in the 19th century, to modern masterpieces; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:341,342. HISPANIC CIVILIZATION (3)
Historical and cultural development of Spain and Latin America.

21&62:940:348. HISPANIC FILM AND LITERATURE (3)
Analysis and comparison of films and written narratives from Spain and Latin America grouped according to themes relevant to contemporary social, cultural, and aesthetic concerns; conducted in Spanish.  Meets the Gen Ed Core Curriculum History/Literature requirement.

21&62:940:350. U.S. HISPANIC LITERATURE (3)
Survey of U.S. literature by Hispanic-American writers. Includes work by Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, and writers of Caribbean and Central and South American derivation; conducted in Spanish and English.

21&62:940:353,354. INDIVIDUAL STUDY IN SPANISH (3,3)
Prerequisite: Permission of department chairperson or instructor.
Individual study or research in Spanish language or literature.

21&62:940:366. CONTEMPORARY HISPANIC POETRY (3)
Examination of contemporary trends in the poetry of Spain and Spanish America. Reading and critical analysis of representative poets and tendencies from the fifties to the present; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:370. CONTEMPORARY HISPANIC THEATER (3)
History and development of contemporary theater in Spain and Spanish America. Reading and critical examination of representative texts and dramatists from the fifties to the present; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:373. LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF POST-FRANCO SPAIN (3)
Reading and discussion of selected novelists, poets, essayists, and dramatists of Spain since Franco’s death in 1975, with particular attention to the dramatic sociocultural and political changes and role of the country within the new economic order in Europe; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:375. INDIGENOUS AND “INDIGENISTA” LITERATURE FROM LATIN AMERICA (3)
Study of texts by and about Amerindian peoples of the Caribbean and Central and South America, from pre-Columbian and indigenista texts to modern testimonials; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:379. NATIONAL LITERATURES OF SPANISH AMERICA (3)
Study of one national literature, such as Argentinian, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, or Mexican, treated in the context of the history, geography, and culture of the particular country; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:381. JOURNALISM IN THE HISPANIC WORLD: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE (3)
An examination and discussion of the history and practice of journalism in the Hispanic world with emphasis on the press as experienced in Spain, Spanish-American, and local Hispanic communities in New Jersey; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:383. IBERO-AMERICAN THOUGHT IN ENGLISH    TRANSLATION (3) 
Prerequisite: 21&62:350:102. Not open to Spanish majors or minors.
Development and reception of philosophical trends and ideas in Spain and Latin America extending from the 16th to the 20th centuries, especially in the context of the essay as genre; conducted in English with English texts.

21&62:940:384. IBERO-AMERICAN THOUGHT (3)
Prerequisite: Reading knowledge of Spanish. Open to majors.
Development and reception of philosophical trends and ideas in Spain and Latin America extending from the 16th to the 20th centuries, especially in the context of the essay as genre; conducted in Spanish with Spanish texts.

21&62:940:401. INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH TRANSLATION (3)
Prerequisite: Spanish 203, 204 or 307 and advanced Spanish literature courses. 
English 101-102.

An introduction to the general theories of translation, with emphasis on the translation from English to Spanish and Spanish to English in the subject areas ranging from business, legal, technical, scientific to social, political and literary texts.

21&62:940:415. MEDIEVAL SPANISH LITERATURE (3)
The development of Spanish literature from its origins to 1500; reading of Poema del Cid,popular ballads, lyric poetry, exemplums, and La Celestina; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:417,418. SEMINAR IN SPANISH AND LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURES (3,3)
Explores significant themes and concepts as reflected in diverse genres of Spanish and Latin American literatures. Content varies according to the individual professor’s specialization and the students’ interest; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:421. SPANISH THEATER OF GOLDEN AGE (3)
Significance of the Golden Age in relation to the life and thought of the period; reading of works by Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Calderón de la Barca, Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, and others; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:422. SPANISH POETRY AND PROSE OF THE GOLDEN AGE (3)
Readings and critical analysis of works by Santa Teresa de Jesús, Mateo Alemán, Quevedo, Fray Luis de León, San Juan de la Cruz, Gongóra, and others; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:429. CERVANTES: DON QUIJOTE DE LA MANCHA (3)
In-depth study of Don Quijote de la Mancha: its style, structure, main themes, and overall importance in Spanish literature; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:432. SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURE OF THE POST-BOOM (3)
Examination of intellectual and aesthetic currents in the narratives, poetry, and essays of the post-boom period (from 1975 to the present). To be studied in the context of ideas about postmodernism, post industrialism, and post colonialism; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:441. NINTEENTH-CENTURY SPANISH LITERATURE: ROMANTICISM AND COSTUMBRISMO (3)
Literary movements of the 19th century in Spain with special attention to romanticism andcostumbrismo; representative essays, plays, and poems. Literary works of Duque de Rivas, Zorilla, Larra, Becquer, Rosalia de Castro, and Cecilia Böhl de Faber; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:442. NINTEENTH-CENTURY SPANISH LITERATUE: REALISM AND NATURALISM (3)
Literary movements of the second half of the 19th century in Spain, with special attention to realism and naturalism; representative novels and poetry. Literary works of Alarcon, Valera, Perez Galdos, Leopoldo Alas, and Emilia Pardo Bazan; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:451. TWENTIETH-CENTURY SPANISH LITERATURE: THE GENERATION OF ’98 (3)
Writers of the Generation of 1898 and 1914. Critical study of the poetry and prose of the writers of the generation of 1898; representative works by Unamuno, Azorin, Valle-Inclán, Benavente, Baroja, and others; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:452. TWENTIETH-CENTURY SPANISH LITERATURE: CONTEMPORARY SPANISH POETRY AND PROSE (3)
Prominent literary movements in Spain from postmodernismo to the present; representative works by Garcia Lorca, Guillén, Miguel Hernández, Cela, Laforet, Buero Vallejo, and others; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:453. HISPANIC WOMEN WRITERS (3)
Literary works of representative women writers of Spain and Latin America. The role of women in cultural production in the Hispanic literatures and their historical marginalization from the literary canon. Close examination of text in drama, poetry, and prose, with emphasis on the 20th century.

21&62:940:454. CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICAN NOVEL (3)
Development of the Spanish Literature from the Generation of 1927 to the present. Representative works by Asturias, Carpentier, Fuentes, Garcia Marquez, and others; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:459. INTERSHIP IN SPANISH AND HISPANIC CIVILIZATION (3)
Internships in Spanish business, government offices, cultural and civic organizations under the supervision of a departmental faculty member and an agency supervisor. Weekly log of internship progress and final paper are required.

21&62:940:460. EARLY SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURE (3)
Development of Spanish-American literature from its colonial origins to the Independence movement; significant works, including chronicles, poetry, prose with novelistic elements, and essays; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:461. NINTEENTH-CENTURY SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURE (3)
Development of Spanish-American literature in the 19th century, stressing literary trends, historical background, and sociopolitical problems as reflected in the works of representative authors; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:462. SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURE: 20TH-CENTURY POETRY AND PROSE (3)
Development of Spanish-American literature in the 20th century, stressing literary trends, historical background, and contemporary problems as reflected in the works of representative authors; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:498. THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO HISPANIC LITERATURE AND CULTURE (3)
Study of theories of literature and civilization. At the discretion of the instructor, approaches may include psychoanalytic, sociological, phenomenological, poststructuralist, civilizational, and others. Studied in a comparative examination of applications both within and outside the Hispanic world; conducted in Spanish.

21&62:940:499. SENIOR RESEARCH PROJECT IN SPANISH/SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURE OR CIVILIZATION (3)
Open only to Spanish and Hispanic Civilization majors.