Course Descriptions

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all courses in the Spanish program are taught in Spanish and assignments and examinations are given in Spanish.

 

SPAN 10103 - Spanish for Beginners 1

 

No prerequisite.

A beginning course intended for students with no previous knowledge of the language. The skills of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing are taught at the elementary level, with an emphasis on oral proficiency in everyday situations encountered in Spanish-speaking countries.  Taught every semester. (No credit given to native or heritage speakers.)

 

SPAN 10113 - Intensive Spanish for Beginners 2

 

No prerequisite.

A beginning course taught at an accelerated rate for eight weeks intended for students with no previous knowledge of the language. The skills of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing are taught at the elementary level, with an emphasis on oral proficiency in everyday situations encountered in Spanish-speaking countries. A student cannot receive credit for both SPAN 10113 and 10103. Taught every Fall. (No credit given to native or heritage speakers.)

 

SPAN 10203 - Spanish for Beginners 2

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 10103 or 10113 or equivalent.

A beginning course intended for students with minimal formal study and very limited knowledge of Spanish grammar and culture. The skills of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing continue at the elementary level, with an emphasis on oral proficiency in everyday situations encountered in Spanish-speaking countries. Equivalent to SPAN 10213. Taught every semester. (No credit given to native or heritage speakers.)

 

SPAN 10213 - Intensive Spanish for Beginners 2

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 10103 or 10113 or equivalent.

Continuation of SPAN 10103 or 10113 taught at an accelerated rate for eight weeks intended for students with minimal formal study and very limited knowledge of Spanish grammar and culture. The skills of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing continue to be taught at the elementary level, with an emphasis on oral proficiency in everyday situations encountered in Spanish-speaking countries. A student cannot receive credit for both SPAN 10213 and 10203. Taught every Fall. (No credit given to native or heritage speakers.)

 

SPAN 19003 - Special Topics in Hispanic Languages and Cultures

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 10103 or 10113 or equivalent.

Occasional course on a selected topic related to the Spanish language or the culture

of Spanish-speaking countries. Different course titles may be repeated for credit.

 

SPAN 20103 – Intermediate Spanish 1

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 10123 or 10203 or equivalent.

Further development of the integration of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills on an intermediate level. Taught every semester. (No credit given to native speakers; heritage speakers may receive credit with permission of the department.)

 

SPAN 20113 - Intensive Intermediate Spanish 1

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 10213 or 10203 or equivalent.

Course is taught at an accelerated rate for eight weeks following the study of beginning Spanish with focus on the integration of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills on an intermediate level. A student cannot receive credit for both SPAN 20113 and 20103.  Taught every spring. (No credit given to native speakers; heritage speakers may receive credit with permission of the department.)

 

SPAN 20203 - Intermediate Spanish 2

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 20103 or 20113 or equivalent.

Continuation of SPAN 20103 or 20113 with focus on the integration of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills on an intermediate level. Taught every semester. (No credit given to native speakers; heritage speakers may receive credit with permission of the department.)

 

SPAN 20213 - Intensive Intermediate Spanish 2

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 20103 or 20113 or equivalent.

Course is taught at an accelerated rate for eight weeks and is a continuation of SPAN 20103 or SPAN 20113 with integration of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills on an intermediate level. A student cannot receive credit for both SPAN 20213 and 20203. Taught every spring. (No credit given to native speakers; heritage speakers may receive credit with permission of the department.)

 

SPAN 20403 – The Hispanic City

 

This course will study an important city in the Spanish-speaking world, such as Buenos Aires or Madrid, from a variety of perspectives, ranging from history to geography to literature to architecture. Especially recommended for students who plan on careers in the global community, for which they will need to understand the roles and dynamics of urban life in Hispanic cultures. No schedule. Taught in English.

 

SPAN 29003 - Special Topics in Hispanic Languages and Cultures

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 10213 or 10203 or equivalent.

Occasional course on a selected topic related to the Spanish language or the culture

of Spanish-speaking countries. Different course titles may be repeated for credit.

 

SPAN 30003 - Junior Honors Thesis

 

A preparatory course in which a student selects a topic and carries out exploratory research under faculty guidance. The finalized project is completed in Spanish 43103.

 

SPAN 30013 – Summer Study Abroad: Language

 

A Spanish language course in a TCU Spanish faculty-led summer abroad program. Designed to increase communicative and cross-cultural skills significantly for personal and professional applications. May be repeated for credit at a different site. Students in this course must also enroll in 30023 - Summer Study Abroad: Culture

 

SPAN 30023 - Summer Study Abroad: Culture (Core: CA)

 

A course on the culture of the host country in a TCU Spanish faculty-led summer abroad program. Designed to increase communicative and cross-cultural skills significantly for personal and professional applications. May be repeated for credit at a different site. Students in this course must also enroll in SPAN 30013 - Summer Study Abroad: Language.

 

SPAN 31103 - Oral Communication in Spanish

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 20203 or 20123 or equivalent.

Development of oral proficiency skills through intensive practice in a wide variety of common situations and topics. Taught every semester. (No credit given to native; heritage speakers may receive credit with permission of the department.)

 

SPAN 31203 - Writing in Spanish (Core: WEM)

 

Prerequisites: SPAN 20203 or 20213 or equivalent.

Development of writing skills in Spanish through intensive practice toward consolidation of independence and confidence with writing ability. Includes directed compositions, editing techniques, and a review of challenging grammatical concepts. Taught every semester.

 

SPAN 31303 - Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 20203 or 20213 or equivalent.

The purpose of this course is to provide basic knowledge of various fields within Spanish linguistics. Students will be exposed to linguistic structures such as phonology (pronunciation), morphology (word formation), syntax (sentence formation), semantics (meaning) and other linguistic subfields, including sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and dialectology. Taught every spring.

 

SPAN 31403 - Advanced Spanish Grammar

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 20203 or 20213 or equivalent.

Theory and practice of more advanced Spanish grammatical structures. Guided and creative exercises and compositions. Taught every semester.

 

SPAN 31503 - Introduction to Spanish for the Health Professions

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 20203 or 20213 or equivalent.

Course provides the student with basic oral, written and reading skills in Spanish for healthcare purposes, as well as an understanding of cultural differences. Students will learn to communicate with patients, focusing on the critical areas of acquiring basic patient information, understanding symptoms, dispensing medical advice, and discussing treatment and medication. Taught every Fall.

 

SPAN 31603 - Spanish for Business

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 31103 or 31203 or 31403 or equivalent.

Course provides the student with necessary oral, written and reading skills in Spanish for business purposes and with cultural understanding of how business is conducted within the geographic and cultural context of the Spanish-speaking world. Topics include accounting, marketing, finance, investment, public relations, and international operations, among others.  Taught every spring.

 

SPAN 31703 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers

 

A comprehensive Spanish course for heritage students with proficiency in spoken Spanish but whose formal education has been in English. The course covers all basic language skills, with emphasis on reading and writing taught through literary and cultural readings, compositions, and exams.

 

SPAN 31803- Service-Learning in the Latino Community

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 31103 or 31203 or 31403 or equivalent.

Course emphasizes increasing fluency in comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as understanding of cultural issues while performing service in a Spanish-speaking atmosphere in the community. Students are required to spend several hours providing service for a community partner to improve their language skills and appreciation for the Latino community. Taught every semester.

 

SPAN 32003 - Culture and Civilization of Spain (Core: CA, GA)

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 31103 or 31203 or 31403 or equivalent.

Students gain an understanding and appreciation of the development of Spain as a nation from historical, political, geographical, and cultural perspectives.  Taught every Fall.

 

SPAN 32103 - Culture and Civilization of Latin America (Core: CA)

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 31103 or 31203 or 31403 or equivalent.

A study of the development and cultural achievements of Latin America's major civilizations, from pre-Hispanic times to the present.  Taught every spring.

 

SPAN 32203 - Popular Cultures of Spanish-Speaking Countries

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 31103 or 31203 or 31403 or equivalent.

Latin American and Spanish cultures as manifested in performance, music, dance, soap operas, and film. Discussion of the politics of everyday practices associated with these expressions, within sociopolitical processes of which they are a part.  Taught every Fall.

 

SPAN 32303 - The Cinema of Spain (Core: CA)

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 31103 or 31203 or 31403 or equivalent.

Analysis of contemporary issues as expressed through selected films from Spain.  Taught every spring.

 

SPAN 32403 - The Cinema of Latin America (Core: CA)

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 31103 or 31203 or 31403 or equivalent.

Analysis of contemporary issues as expressed through selected films from Latin American countries.  Taught every Fall.

 

SPAN 32503 – Panorama of Spanish Literature 1 (Pre-1800) (Core: LT)

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 31103 or 31203 or 31403 or equivalent.

An overview of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century. (Taught in the Fall; alternates with SPAN 32703)

 

SPAN 32603 – Panorama of Spanish Literature 2 (Post-1800) (Core: LT)

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 31103 or 31203 or 31403 or equivalent.

An overview of Spanish literature from the beginning of the 19th century to the present. (Taught in the spring; alternates with SPAN 32803)

 

SPAN 32703 – Panorama of Latin American Literature 1 (Pre-1820) (Core: LT)

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 31103 or 31203 or 31403 or equivalent.

An overview of Latin American writings from the pre-Hispanic period until the eve of the Independence movements in the 1820s. Includes literary works in poetry and non-fiction, such as the chronicles of conquest. (Fall; alternates with SPAN 32503)

 

SPAN 32803 – Panorama of Latin American Literature 2 (Post-1820) (Core: LT)

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 31103 or 31203 or 31403 or equivalent.

An overview of Latin American writings from the Independence era to the present. Includes works from a variety of genres, such as novels, short stories, poetry, and essays. (Spring; alternates with SPAN 32603)

 

SPAN 39003 - Special Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 31103 or 31203 or 31403 or equivalent.

Occasional course on a selected topic related to the literature, history, and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Different course titles may be repeated for credit.

 

 SPAN 40970 – Directed Research in Spanish

 

Prerequisite: At least one 32000-level Spanish course or SPAN 41003.

Opportunity for independent study, culminating in a substantial written research project.

 

SPAN 41003 - The Art of Spanish Translation

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 31103 or 31203 or 31403 or equivalent.

Course explores the theory, methods, and practice of translation. Students will be exposed to the complexities of translation. Texts are drawn from multiple fields, such as advertising, journalism, business, travel, health, and politics.  Taught every Fall.

 

SPAN 41103 - Golden Age Spanish Poetry and Drama

 

Prerequisite: At least one 32000-level Spanish course or SPAN 41003.

A study of the literary culture and representative poetic and dramatic works of Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 

 

SPAN 41203 - Cervantes and the Renaissance

 

Prerequisite: At least one 32000-level Spanish course or SPAN 41003.

A study of the works of Miguel de Cervantes, with special attention to the Quijote and the

Novelas ejemplares within the context of the Renaissance.

 

SPAN 41303 – Modern Spanish Literature

 

Prerequisite: At least one 32000-level Spanish course or SPAN 41003.

A study of the literary culture and of outstanding writers from the Generation of 1898 to the present. Course may focus on a specific genre, group of authors, or themes associated with Spanish society since the early twentieth century.

 

SPAN 41403 – Latin American Poetry and Theater

 

Prerequisite: At least one 32000-level Spanish course or SPAN 41003.

The study of poetry and theater in Latin America in the post-1900 era. Includes works by well-known authors, but also works written by less known ones, particularly women, indigenous, and Afro-Hispanic authors.

 

SPAN 41503 – Latin American Short Story

 

Prerequisite: At least one 32000-level Spanish course or SPAN 41003.

Exploration of major fictional trends in the contemporary short story in Latin America. Development of writing and analytical skills based on the study of the works of authors.

 

SPAN  41603 – Latin American Novel

 

Prerequisite: At least one 32000-level Spanish course or SPAN 41003.

A study of the literary culture and representative novels of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries from Latin America.

 

SPAN 41703 – Contemporary Mexican Indigenous Literatures (Core: LT)

 

Prerequisite: At least one 32000-level Spanish course or SPAN 41003.

A study of Mexico's contemporary, multicultural reality as reflected in the prose, poetry, and drama of writers from major cultural groups: Mayans, Nahuas, Zapotecs, among others.

 

SPAN 41803 – Afro-Hispanic and Caribbean Literature (Core: CA)

 

Prerequisite: At least one 32000-level Spanish course or SPAN 41003.

A study of works by Spanish-speaking writers of African descent from the Caribbean and other parts of Latin America. Racial constructs and the way in which the peoples of African descent respond to the question of racial identity and politics. Course also explores Hispanic literary productions in the West African nation of Equatorial Guinea.

 

SPAN 41903 – Hispanic Women Writers (Core: WEM)

 

Prerequisite: At least one 32000-level Spanish course or SPAN 41003.

An overview of literary works written by women in the Spanish-speaking world, beginning in the 16th century, with an emphasis on the post-1900 era. Course places women’s literary imaginings within the context of their situation in society.

 

SPAN 42003 – Hispanic Literature in USA

 

Prerequisite: At least one 32000-level Spanish course or SPAN 41003.

An exploration of literary expressions of the Hispanic cultural community in the United States, especially the Chicano, Cuban-American, and Puerto Rican. Emphasis is laid on issues involving gender, identity, religion, and cultural conflict. Readings, discussions, and examinations are in Spanish.

 

SPAN 42103 – Luso-Brazilian and Hispanic Literatures and Cultures (Core: LT)

 

Prerequisite: At least one 32000-level Spanish course or SPAN 41003.

A comparative study of the literature and culture of the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds. Emphasis could be on Europe, Latin America, Africa, or any combination of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking peoples. Taught in Spanish.

 

SPAN 42203 - Cultural Practices at the US-Mexico Border

 

Prerequisite:  At least one 32000-level Spanish course or SPAN 41003

A survey of varied cultural productions related to the U.S.-Mexico border, including short stories, poems, film, documentaries, music, and performance.  Through this course, students will gain general knowledge on cultural representations on this geopolitical frontier and their relation to the spatial context of the border as a territory with particular social, political, economic, and cultural practices.

 

SPAN 42503 - Advanced Spanish for the Health Professions

 

Prerequisite: SPAN 31503 or equivalent.

This course builds on knowledge acquired in the introductory course on Spanish for the Health Professions. Course provides the student with advanced oral, written, and reading skills in Spanish for healthcare purposes, as well as an understanding of cultural differences. Students will develop lexical knowledge related to the medical field and discuss current medical events. Experiential/service-learning in local hospitals is part of the course whereby students will begin to apply the information learned in the course to enhance their communication with patients. Taught every spring.

 

SPAN 43103 - Senior Honors Thesis

 

Prerequisite: At least one 32000-level Spanish course or SPAN 41003.

Independent projects in literature, linguistics or cultural studies resulting in a Senior Honors Thesis.

 

SPAN 43203 – Senior Seminar

 

Prerequisite: At least one 40000-level literature course in Spanish.

The Spanish capstone course, bringing together the student’s study of language, culture, and literature. In-depth study of a pre-announced topic that varies each semester. Required for Spanish majors, this course must be taken in residence at TCU during the senior year. May be repeated for credit under different topics. Taught every semester.

 

SPAN 43303 – Hispanic Topics in English Translation

 

Occasional course on a selected topic related to the history, literature, and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Taught in English. Course cannot be taken to fulfill the requirements of the Spanish major and minor.

 

SPAN 49003 - Special Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture

 

Prerequisite: At least one 32000-level Spanish course or SPAN 41003.

Occasional course on a selected topic related to the literature, history, and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Different course titles may be repeated for credit.

 

SPAN 50203 - Graduate Study in Hispanic Topics

 

Special topics in Hispanic literature, culture, language, or pedagogy designed for students in the graduate program. Different course titles may be repeated for credit.

 

 

 

ADDRAN INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSES

 

These courses are taught by Dr. Komla Aggor.

 

ADRN 20103 - Understanding Africa through Film (Core: CA, GA)

 

This discussion-based course uses documentaries and movies to highlight the history, traditions, and lifestyles of African societies. Taught every summer.

 

ADRN 30103 - Understanding West Africa: Ghana (Summer Study Abroad )(Core: CA, GA)

 

This course is aimed at introducing participants to the cultural and socio-political development of Ghana through a four-week intensive, interdisciplinary study and travel-abroad experience in this West African nation. Course is open to students of all majors. Instructor’s permission required.    

Every other year, beginning 2010 (2010, 2012...)

 

 

 

PORTUGUESE

Please note that courses in Portuguese are not currently offered by the Department although they may be considered in the future.

 

PORT 10103 - Portuguese for Beginners 1

 

A beginning course intended for students with no previous knowledge of the language. The skills of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing are taught at the elementary level, with an emphasis on oral proficiency en everyday situations encountered in Portuguese-speaking countries. No prerequisite. (No credit given to native or heritage speakers.)

 

PORT 10203 - Portuguese for Beginners 2

 

Prerequisite: PORT 10103 or equivalent. Continued study of beginning Portuguese. (No credit given to native or heritage speakers.)

 

PORT 20103 - Intermediate Portuguese 1

 

Prerequisite: PORT 10203 or equivalent. Review, reinforcement, and integration of the skills at the intermediate level. (No credit given to native or heritage speakers.)

 

PORT 20203 - Intermediate Portuguese 2

 

Prerequisite: PORT 20103 or equivalent. Continuation of the review, reinforcement, and integration of the skills at the intermediate level. (No credit given to native speakers; heritage speakers may receive credit with permission of the department.)

 

PORT 20990 - International Residential Study

 

Prerequisite: PORT 20103 or equivalent. Review, reinforcement, and integration of the skills at the beginning level. This course bridges the beginning level and the next level of intensive study. (No credit given to native speakers; heritage speakers may receive credit with permission of the department.)

 

PORT 30000 - Portuguese Study Abroad

 

Credits, from 1 to 15, taken at an approved study abroad site. Credits accepted only for graded courses taught in Portuguese.

 

PORT 30863 - Culture of Brazil

 

Prerequisite: PORT 20203 or equivalent. A study of the cultural institutions, both historical and contemporary, that distinguish Brazilian society.

 

PORT 30990 - International Residential Study

 

This course represents credit earned through a semester study abroad experience with an institution or program with which Texas Christian University has an official agreement to accept credit. The site and specific content will be identified on the official transcript. Courses appearing on a student's official transcript have been included in the student's grade point average.

 

 
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