Courses Spring Semester

LD=Lower Division | UD=Upper Division | G=Graduate (Special Arrangements)

SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish (LD)
Essentials of grammar; written and conversational exercises; reading of selected material based on cultural approach and knowledge of Spain and Spanish-America; systematic training in pronunciation. Instruction mainly conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 102 Elementary Conversation (LD)
A course intended to introduce the student to very simple every day conversational topics. No written work. To be taken concurrently with Spanish 101.

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish (LD)
Review of grammar, composition and conversation. Intensive reading of contemporary texts. Outside assignments and conversation. Classes will be mostly conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 101 or 2 years of high school Spanish.

SPAN 202 Intermediate Conversation (LD)
Conversation arranged among students, with the help of the instructor, on assigned topics dealing with contemporary life and culture. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or the equivalent. To be taken concurrently with Spanish 201.

SPAN 262 History of Spanish Art (English) (UD / LD)
Same as SPANISH 335 except that lectures are given in English.

HIST 295 Background of Spanish Civilization (English) (UD / LD)
Same as SPANISH 330 except that lectures are given in English.

HIST 495 Present Day Spain (English) (UD / LD)
Same as SPAN 440 except lectures, coursework and exams are in English.

SPAN 311 Upper Intermediate Spanish (UD)
Study of the more complex grammatical structures: the verbs "ser" and "estar"; use of prepositions; uses of "por" and "para": the imperative and the subjunctive.

SPAN 312 Upper Intermediate Conversation (UD)
Practical course in which students are encouraged to use the various verb tenses and modes as well as more complex sentences with a richer vocabulary. Preferably to be taken concurrently with SPAN.311.

SPAN 316 Spanish for Professionals (UD / G)
The course is designed to help students meet the changing needs of professionals who are in contact with Spanish-speaking customers. The course addresses situations encountered by front-line workers in a variety of fields (tourism and travel, customer service, call centers, banking), with a special emphasis on health care professions.

SPAN 330 History of Spain (UD)
Geography and Man. Prehistory. Primitive Spain. Roman and Visigothic Spain. Moslem Spain. The Reconquest. The Catholic Kings. The Spanish domination during the XVI Century. The Spanish crisis of the XVII Century. Reformism in the 18th Century. The origins of contemporary Spain. The epoch of Isabel II and the Revolution (1868-1875). The era of the Bourbon Restoration (1875-1902). Carlism and the Restoration. The XX Century. Political parties.

SPAN 331 History of Spanish-America (UD / G)
America as a cultural unity; geographical background. Cultures of the Mayans, Incas and Aztecs. Hispanidad; outline of Spanish culture. Discovery and conquest of America. Colonization, culturization of Spanish-America. Independence. Lectures in Spanish.

SPAN 335 History of Spanish Art (UD)
Introduction. Prehistoric art: Paleolithic and Neolithic. Spanish-Romanic art. Pre-Romanic art. Spanish-Moslem Art. The great international styles of the Middle Ages and its special Spanish version. A comparative study of the Romanic and Gothic styles. Romanic art: its beginnings and evolution in architecture, sculpture and painting. Santiago de Compostela. Gothic art.
Renaissance art. Baroque art. Neoclassical art. Present-day art.

SPAN 342 Survey of Spanish Literature II (UD)
From the XVIII Century to Modern Times. The XVIII Century: characteristics. Decline of traditional lyrics and novels. The Neoclassic theater. Lyrics and fabulists. The XIX century. Origins of Romanticism. Romantic lyrics. The Novel: Costumbrismo. Critics of the Romantic Period. Post-Romantic Lyrics. The realistic theater. The realistic novel. The regional novel. The Generation of '98 and Modernism: the essay and theater. Rejuvenescence of the Generation of '98. The Generation of '27: poetry and theater. The Generation of '36: novel, theater and poetry. The postwar generation: novel, poetry and theater. Outside reading of representative works. Written reports.

SPAN 352 Survey of Spanish-American Literature (UD / G)
Precedents: The Colonial Period and the struggle for independence. The XIX Century before Modernism. Modernism and Realism, and the Contemporary Period. Required reading and written assignments. Lectures in Spanish.

SPAN 401 Advanced Grammar and Written Expression (UD)
Revision and intensive study of the more difficult points of Spanish grammar and their application in written expression.

SPAN 402 Spanish Phonetics (UD)
The pronunciation of the Spanish language as spoken today by the educated people of Spain and Spanish America. Particular emphasis on vowels, consonants, sound changes, intonation of sentences, Spanish American pronunciation. General concepts of phonetics: intensity, quantity, intonation. Articulation drills. Use of phonetic texts and transcriptions. Intonation drills. Etc.

SPAN 403 Advanced Conversation (UD)
Advanced level conversation course where students will be able to put into practice their command of the language. Preferably to be taken concurrently with SPAN.401

SPAN 405 General Translation (UD / G)
Vocabulary and terminology used in literary texts of general interest: newspapers, magazines, news bulletins, prose, etc. Translation from English to Spanish and Spanish to English.

SPAN 412 Cervantes and the Literature of the Golden Age (UD / G)
A study of the literature of the "Golden Age" in the context of the 16th Century society. Including: Lazarillo de Tormes and the great works of Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Calderon de la Barca and in depth study of the life and works of Miguel de Cervantes with special attention to Don Quijote de la Mancha and its place as a masterpiece of world literature. Written reports on assigned topics.

SPAN 413 Spanish Literature of the 19th and 20th Centuries (UD / G)
19th Century Spanish literature, including Neo-classicism, Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism and post-Romantic poetry. Works by Moratin, Zorrilla, Galdós, PardoBazán, Bequer and Blasco Ibañez. Literary and philosophical movements from the "Generation of '98" to the 1960's.The "Generation of '98": Valle-Inclán, Azorin, Unamuno and Baroja. The "Generation of '27": Lorca, Aleixandre and Salinas. The "Generation of '36": Post-war literature and social literature

SPAN 414 Contemporary Spanish Literature (UD / G)
The writers of present-day Spain and their work. A study of contemporary authors including: Rosa Regás, Javier Marías, Paloma Pedreró, Jose Luis Alonso de Santos, Els Joglars, Felípe Benitez and Ana Rosetti.

SPAN 435 The Jews in Spain (UD / G)
Historical panorama: The roman, visigothic and Arab Spain. Principal centers of the Jewish community. Toledo. Mediterranean Community. Sevilla and Córdoba. The "Reconquista". Reinsertion of the Jews in Christian territories. The National Unity: The Catholic King and Queen. The Inquisition. The expulsion of the Jews. Contemporary history. The return of the "Sefarditas". Culture and Society. Structure of the Jewish-Spanish society. Ghettos. Laws and "fueros". Spanish economy and the "conversos".Traditions, rites and customs .Language, literature and sciences. Medieval art. The Synagogue, spiritual center of sefardite Spain.

SPAN 440 Present Day Spain (UD / G)
As the title indicates, this course is a round table discussion class about the various facets of Spain: political, economical, cultural, educational, etc.

SPAN 445 Women in the History of Spain (UD / G)
Historic precedents, pre-Roman times. Women in Arab Spain. Isabel la Catolica. The roll of women in the conquest and colonization of America. Santa Teresa de Avila. Women in the industrial revolution. The 18th and 19th centuries. Women in politics, science and literature. The importance of women in present-day Spain.

SPAN 450 History of Spanish Cinema (UD)
A complete panoramic study of Spanish Cinema, from its beginning in 1896 to present, Buñuel, Dali, Garcia Berlanga, Saura, Pilar Miró, Julio Medem and others.

SPAN 451 Sociolinguistics (UD / G)
This course offers upper-division undergraduate students an introduction to the field of sociolinguistics for non-linguistics majors. The course reviews general topics in sociolinguistics, such as ethnicity, social strata, immigration, demographics, and how these categories affect language phenomena. The course makes special emphasis on classroom instruction of minority students.

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Dates Spring Semester

Teruel Albarracin

Albufera and Cullera

Did you Know?

  • Valencia was founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC The original Latin name of Valencia was Valentia.
  • During the rule of the Muslim kingdoms in Spain, Valencia had the nickname Medina bu-Tarab ('City of Joy').
  • Valencias's historic centre is one of the largest in Spain.
  • Valencia stands on the banks of the Turia river
  • The Albufera is a freshwater lagoon and estuary located south of Valencia
  • Valencia has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with very mild winters and long warm to hot summers.
  • Valencia's average annual temperature is 72.1 °F during the day and 56.1 °F at night.
  • In the coldest month — January, the maximum temperature typically during the day ranges from 50 to 68 °F, the minimum temperature typically at night ranges from 36 to 54 °F
  • Valencia is the third largest city in Spain
  • Valencia has a population of around 1,175,000
  • Valencia is known internationally for the Falles (Las Fallas), a local festival held in March, and for paella valenciana
  • Valencia is one of the oldest cities in Spain

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