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We encourage students to develop a program of study in accordance with their interests and career plans. We provide curriculum guides for the following areas of specialization:

• Communication and Thought
• Hispanic Communities
• Power, Politics, and Cultural Production
• Race and Gender

The Curriculum Guides on-line provide clusters of recommended courses for each area of specialization. No specific
courses are required, nor is it necessary to declare an area of specialization; but we encourage students to consult with a major adviser in developing a program of study and in selecting courses each semester.


Course Clusters (tentative lists):

Note that we offer a number of topics courses that in any given semester may focus on your area of interest. Consult the LSA Course Guide each term for topics and descriptions, particularly under the following general courses:

296 – Special Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
373 – Topics in Hispanic Studies
430 – Advanced Studies in Hispanic Culture and Society
465 – The Modern Spanish Novel I
466 – The Modern Spanish Novel II
467 – Literary and Artistic Movements in Latin America/Spain
485 – Case Studies in Peninsular Spanish and Latin American Literature
488 – Topics in Hispanic Literature/History/Culture

Also note that majors may take one approved cognate course, taught in English in another department but pertaining to Hispanic studies. Consult the list of approved cognates on the RLL website, many of which will pertain to these areas of specialization.

Communication and Thought

For students who wish to focus on language, linguistics, translation, communication in literature and other media, as well as the relationships between language, religion, society, and politics.

SPANISH 280  Conversation through Spanish/Latin American Film

SPANISH 283  Spanish for the Professions

SPANISH 287  Written Expression: Achieving Competence

SPANISH 289  Introduction to Translation

SPANISH 295  Introduction to Hispanic Literatures

SPANISH 298  Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

SPANISH 308  Workshop in Academic Writing

SPANISH 333  Techniques of Pronunciation and Oral Expression

SPANISH 337  Poetry Workshop

SPANISH 355  New World Spanish

SPANISH 368  Literature and the Other Arts

SPANISH 369  Introduction to Film/Media Theory and Criticism

SPANISH 410  Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

SPANISH 411  Advanced Syntax

SPANISH 413  Teaching Spanish/ Applications of Linguistics

SPANISH 414  Background of Modern Spanish

SPANISH 415  Problems in Language Translation

SPANISH 416  Spanish Sociolinguistics

SPANISH 418  Spanish Second Language Acquisition

SPANISH 420  Latin American and Latino/a Film Studies

SPANISH 421  Cinema from Spain

SPANISH 425  Latin American/Spanish Theater

SPANISH 426  Film Genres in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 437  Introduction to Literature Studies and Criticism

SPANISH 440  Literature and Culture of the Borderlands: The Politics of Language

SPANISH 443  History and Historiography in Latin America/Spain

SPANISH 447  The Archive

SPANISH 468  Performance in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 487  Studies in Hispanic Linguistics

Hispanic Communities

For students interested in acquiring a broad knowledge of the diverse societies and cultures in the Spanish-speaking world. Included in this cluster are courses on culture, literature, and cinema throughout Spain and Latin America, community service and internship courses.

SPANISH 280  Conversation through Spanish/Latin-American Film

SPANISH 295  Introduction to Hispanic Literatures

SPANISH 299  Introductory Internship

SPANISH 313  Contemporary Issues in Spain

SPANISH 314  Contemporary Issues in Mexico and Central America

SPANISH 315  Contemporary Issues in the Caribbean and South America

SPANISH 328  Studies in Hispanic Popular Culture

SPANISH 331  Great Books of Spain and Latin America

SPANISH 332  Short Narrative in Latin America/Spain

SPANISH 335  Contemporary Spanish and Spanish-American Cultural Production

SPANISH 339  Introduction to Spanish Culture before 19th Century

SPANISH 340  Introduction to Contemporary Spanish Culture

SPANISH 341  Introduction to Pre-Columbian/Colonial/Modern Latin American Culture

SPANISH 342  Introduction to Contemporary Latin American Culture

SPANISH 355  New World Spanish

SPANISH 368  Literature and the Other Arts

SPANISH 369  Introduction to Film/Media Theory and Criticism

SPANISH 371  Survey of Spanish Literature, I

SPANISH 372  Survey of Spanish Literature II

SPANISH 373  Topics in Hispanic Studies

SPANISH 375  Topics in Hispano/Islamic/Sephardic Cultures

SPANISH 381  Survey of Latin American Literature I

SPANISH 382  Survey of Latin American Literature II

SPANISH 385  Race and Ethnicity in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 420  Latin American and Latino/a Film Studies

SPANISH 421  Cinema from Spain

SPANISH 423  Visual Cultures in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 425  Latin American/Spanish Theater

SPANISH 426  Film Genres in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 428  Internship in Spanish

SPANISH 430  Advanced Studies in Hispanic Culture and Society

SPANISH 439  Social Movements in Latin America/Spain

SPANISH 440  Literatures and Cultures of the Borderlands: The Politics of Language

SPANISH 442  Historical Memory and Testimony

SPANISH 443  History and Historiography in Latin America/Spain

SPANISH 444  Nations and Nationalisms in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 447  The Archive

SPANISH 448  Hispanic Culture through Community Service Learning

SPANISH 453  Religion and Culture in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 467  Literary and Artistic Movements in Latin America/Spain

SPANISH 470  Colonial Latin America

SPANISH 472  Indigenous Societies

SPANISH 474  Cities and Spaces in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 480  Transnational Cultures

Power, Politics, and Cultural Production

For students interested in political and economic issues in the Spanishspeaking world, as expressed in film, literature, and music, historically and in the present-day.

SPANISH 280  Conversation through Spanish/Latin American Film

SPANISH 295  Introduction to Hispanic Literatures

SPANISH 313  Contemporary Issues in Spain

SPANISH 314  Contemporary Issues in Mexico and Central America

SPANISH 315  Contemporary Issues in the Caribbean and South America

SPANISH 328  Studies in Hispanic Popular Culture

SPANISH 332  Short Narrative in Latin America/Spain

SPANISH 335  Contemporary Spanish and Spanish-American Cultural Production

SPANISH 337  Poetry Workshop

SPANISH 339  Introduction to Spanish Culture before 19th Century

SPANISH 340  Introduction to Contemporary Spanish Culture

SPANISH 341  Introduction to Pre-Columbian/Colonial/Modern Latin American Culture

SPANISH 342  Introduction to Contemporary Latin American Culture

SPANISH 369  Introduction to Film/Media Theory and Criticism

SPANISH 375  Topics in Hispano/Islamic/Sephardic Cultures

SPANISH 385  Race and Ethnicity in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 387  Social Forces and Cultural Production in Medieval/Early Modern Spain

SPANISH 420  Latin American and Latino/a Film Studies

SPANISH 421  Cinema from Spain

SPANISH 423  Visual Cultures in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 426  Film Genres in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 438  Political and Economic Thought In Latin America / Spain

SPANISH 439  Social Movements in Latin America/Spain

SPANISH 440  Literatures and Cultures of the Borderlands: The Politics of Language

SPANISH 442  Historical Memory and Testimony

SPANISH 443  History and Historiography in Latin America/Spain

SPANISH 444  Nations and Nationalisms in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 447  The Archive

SPANISH 451  Spanish Literature of the 15th Century

SPANISH 453  Religion and Culture in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 456  Golden Age

SPANISH 458  Early Modern Narrative

SPANISH 459  Cervantes

SPANISH 460  The Spanish Comedia

SPANISH 464  Spanish Romanticism

SPANISH 465  The Modern Spanish Novel I

SPANISH 466  The Modern Spanish Novel II

SPANISH 468  Performance in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 470  Colonial Latin America

SPANISH 473  Colonial/Postcolonial Studies in Latin American Cultures

SPANISH 474  Cities and Spaces in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 475  Latin American/Spanish Narrative

SPANISH 476  Latin-American Poetry

SPANISH 480  Transnational Cultures

Race and Gender

For students who wish to explore issues of gender and race among the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

SPANISH 280  Conversation through Spanish/Latin American Film

SPANISH 313  Contemporary Issues in Spain

SPANISH 314  Contemporary Issues in Mexico and Central America

SPANISH 315  Contemporary Issues in the Caribbean and South America

SPANISH 328  Studies in Hispanic Popular Culture

SPANISH 375  Topics in Hispano/Islamic/Sephardic Cultures 

SPANISH 385  Race and Ethnicity in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 423  Visual Cultures in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 426  Film Genres in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 432  Gender, Sexuality and Culture

SPANISH 439  Social Movements in Latin America/Spain

SPANISH 440  Literature and Culture of the Borderlands: The Politics of Language

SPANISH 442  Historical Memory and Testimony

SPANISH 444  Nations and Nationalisms in the Hispanic World

SPANISH 447  The Archive

SPANISH 448  Hispanic Culture through Community Service Learning

SPANISH 450  Middle Ages

SPANISH 470  Colonial Latin America

SPANISH 472  Indigenous Societies

SPANISH 473  Colonial/Postcolonial Studies in Latin American Cultures