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SPAN 101. Elementary Spanish I. 4 units

Beginning Spanish. Class practice and assigned outside work in pronunciation, sentence structure, reading, writing, and conversation. Language taught in its intercultural context. Not open to students with credit in SPAN 104, SPAN 111, or SPAN 141. 3 lectures, 1 activity.

SPAN 102. Elementary Spanish II. 4 units

Prerequisite: SPAN 101, SPAN 111, SPAN 141, or appropriate score on placement exam or consent of instructor.

Class practice and assigned outside work in pronunciation, sentence structure, reading, writing, and conversation. Language taught in its intercultural context. Not open to students with credit in SPAN 104 or SPAN 142. 3 lectures, 1 activity.

SPAN 103. Elementary Spanish III. 4 units

Prerequisite: SPAN 102, SPAN 142, or appropriate score on placement exam or consent of instructor.

Class practice and assigned outside work in pronunciation, sentence structure, reading, writing, and conversation. Language taught in its intercultural context. Not open to students with credit in SPAN 104 or SPAN 143. 3 lectures, 1 activity.

SPAN 104. Intensive Elementary Spanish. 12 units

Class practice and assigned outside work in pronunciation, sentence structure, reading, writing, and conversation. Language taught in its intercultural context. Offered in summer only. Not open to students with credit in SPAN 102, SPAN 103, SPAN 142, and/or SPAN 143. 9 lectures, 3 activities.

SPAN 111. Elementary Hispanic Language and Culture. 4 units

USCP

Beginning Spanish. Class practice and assigned outside work in pronunciation, sentence structure, reading, writing, and conversation with special focus on vocabulary and culture from American agribusiness and the Hispanic cultures of the United States and Latin America. Not open to students with credit in SPAN 101 or SPAN 141. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills USCP.

SPAN 141. Elementary Spanish I Study Abroad. 4 units

2020-21 or later catalog: GE Area C2

2019-20 or earlier: GE Area C1 or C2

2019-20 or earlier: GE Area C1 or C2

2019-20 or earlier catalog: GE Area C5

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Cal Poly Global Program.

Beginning Spanish. Class practice and assigned outside work in pronunciation, sentence structure, reading, writing, and conversation. Language taught in its intercultural context at a Cal Poly Global Program study center. Not open to students with credit in SPAN 101, 104, or SPAN 111. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills GE Area C2 (GE Area C1, C2, or C5 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs).

SPAN 142. Elementary Spanish II Study Abroad. 4 units

2020-21 or later catalog: GE Area C2

2019-20 or earlier: GE Area C1 or C2

2019-20 or earlier: GE Area C1 or C2

2019-20 or earlier catalog: GE Area C5

Prerequisite: SPAN 101, SPAN 111, SPAN 141 or appropriate score on placement exam; and acceptance into the Cal Poly Global Program.

Class practice and assigned outside work in pronunciation, sentence structure, reading, writing, and conversation. Language taught in its intercultural context at a Cal Poly Global Program study center. Not open to students with credit in SPAN 102 or 104. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills GE Area C2 (GE Area C1, C2, or C5 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs).

SPAN 143. Elementary Spanish III Study Abroad. 4 units

2020-21 or later catalog: GE Area C2

2019-20 or earlier: GE Area C1 or C2

2019-20 or earlier: GE Area C1 or C2

2019-20 or earlier catalog: GE Area C5

Prerequisite: SPAN 102, SPAN 142, or appropriate score on placement exam; and acceptance into the Cal Poly Global Program.

Class practice and assigned outside work in pronunciation, sentence structure, reading, writing, and conversation. Language taught in its intercultural context at a Cal Poly Global Program study center. Not open to students with credit in SPAN 103 or 104. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills GE Area C2 (GE Area C1, C2, or C5 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs).

SPAN 201. Intermediate Spanish I. 4 units

2019-20 or earlier catalog: GE Area C5

Prerequisite: SPAN 103, SPAN 143, or appropriate score on placement exam or consent of instructor.

Development of presentational, interpersonal, and interpretive intermediate-level language skills in Spanish within an intercultural context. Not open to students with credit in SPAN 204 or SPAN 241. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills GE Electives - Area C (GE Area C5 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs).

SPAN 202. Intermediate Spanish II. 4 units

2019-20 or earlier catalog: GE Area C5

Prerequisite: SPAN 201, SPAN 241, or appropriate score on placement exam or consent of instructor.

Development of presentational, interpersonal, and interpretive intermediate-level language skills in Spanish within an intercultural context. Not open to students with credit in SPAN 204 or SPAN 242. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills GE Electives - Area C (GE Area C5 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs).

SPAN 203. Intermediate Spanish III. 4 units

2019-20 or earlier catalog: GE Area C5

Prerequisite: SPAN 202, SPAN 242, or appropriate score on placement exam or consent of instructor.

Development of presentational, interpersonal, and interpretive intermediate-level language skills in Spanish within an intercultural context. Not open to students with credit in SPAN 206 or SPAN 243. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills GE Electives - Area C (GE Area C5 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs).

SPAN 206. Spanish for Heritage Speakers. 4 units

USCP

Prerequisite: SPAN 202, SPAN 242, or appropriate score on placement exam or consent of instructor.

Focus on the grammatical, cultural and linguistic needs of students who grew up speaking Spanish in their homes/communities, but whose schooling has been primarily in English. Emphasis on reading and writing skills, vocabulary and spelling as well as on cultural understanding. Not open to students with credit in SPAN 203 or SPAN 243. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills USCP.

SPAN 207. Introduction to Spanish Linguistics. 4 units

Prerequisite: SPAN 203, SPAN 206, SPAN 243, or consent of instructor.

Introduction to the scientific study of the Spanish language with an overview of theoretical and applied linguistics and special emphasis on Spanish phonetics and phonology. Conducted in Spanish. 3 lectures, 1 activity.

SPAN 233. Introduction to Hispanic Readings. 4 units

2020-21 or later catalog: GE Area C2

2019-20 or earlier: GE Area C1 or C2

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area A with grades of C- or better; and SPAN 203, SPAN 206, or SPAN 243.

Selected readings from Hispanic authors that show the Hispanic literary tradition from the Middle Ages to the present in Spain, Latin America, and of Latino/a writers in the United States. May include film and other media. Conducted in Spanish. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE Area C2 (GE Area C1 or GE Area C2 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs).

SPAN 241. Intermediate Spanish I Study Abroad. 4 units

2020-21 or later catalog: GE Area C2

2019-20 or earlier: GE Area C1 or C2

2019-20 or earlier: GE Area C1 or C2

2019-20 or earlier catalog: GE Area C5

Prerequisite: SPAN 103, SPAN 143, or appropriate score on placement exam; acceptance into the Cal Poly Global Program.

Development of presentational, interpersonal, and interpretive intermediate-level language skills in Spanish. Language taught in its intercultural context at a Cal Poly Global Program study center. Not open to students with credit in SPAN 201. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills GE Area C2 (GE Area C1, C2, or C5 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs).

SPAN 242. Intermediate Spanish II Study Abroad. 4 units

2020-21 or later catalog: GE Area C2

2019-20 or earlier: GE Area C1 or C2

2019-20 or earlier: GE Area C1 or C2

2019-20 or earlier catalog: GE Area C5

Prerequisite: SPAN 201, SPAN 241, or appropriate score on placement exam; acceptance into the Cal Poly Global Program.

Development of presentational, interpersonal, and interpretive intermediate-level language skills in Spanish. Language taught in its intercultural context at a Cal Poly Global Program study center. Not open to students with credit in SPAN 202. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills GE Area C2 (GE Area C1, C2, or C5 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs).

SPAN 243. Intermediate Spanish III Study Abroad. 4 units

2020-21 or later catalog: GE Area C2

2019-20 or earlier: GE Area C1 or C2

2019-20 or earlier: GE Area C1 or C2

2019-20 or earlier catalog: GE Area C5

Prerequisite: SPAN 202, SPAN 242, or appropriate score on placement exam; acceptance into the Cal Poly Global Program.

Development of presentational, interpersonal, and interpretive intermediate-level language skills in Spanish. Language taught in its intercultural context at a Cal Poly Global Program study center. Not open to students with credit in SPAN 203 or SPAN 206. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills GE Area C2 (GE Area C1, C2, or C5 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs).

SPAN 270. Selected Topics. 1-4 units

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Directed group study of selected topics. Open only to undergraduate students. The Class Schedule will list topic selected. Conducted in Spanish. Total credit limited to 8 units. 1 to 4 lectures.

SPAN 301. Advanced Composition in Spanish. 4 units

Prerequisite: SPAN 203, SPAN 206, SPAN 243, or consent of instructor.

Oral and written development of structural grammar, syntax, and complex components of Spanish. Vocabulary expansion and idiomatic construction. Written compositions. May include Spanish/English translation. Conducted in Spanish. 4 lectures.

SPAN 302. Advanced Conversation and Composition in Spanish. 4 units

Prerequisite: SPAN 203, SPAN 206, SPAN 243, or consent of instructor.

Formal discussion of, and writing on selected cultural topics from the Spanish-speaking world. Focus on individual and group presentations and in-class writing and speaking assignments to enhance students' vocabulary and critical thinking skills in Spanish. Conducted in Spanish. 3 lectures, 1 activity.

SPAN 303. Introduction to English-Spanish Translation. 4 units

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area A with grades of C- or better; and SPAN 207 or SPAN 233 or SPAN 301 or SPAN 302 or consent of instructor.

Developing basic knowledge, skills, theories and techniques required for translation both from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish. Translating news articles, legal documents, commercial advertisements, formal letters, and literary works. Conducted in Spanish. 4 lectures.

SPAN 305. Significant Works in Spanish. 4 units

2020-21 or later: Upper-Div GE Area C

2019-20 or earlier catalog: GE Area C4

Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area A with grades of C- or better; one course in GE Area B4 with a grade of C- or better (GE Area B1 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs); and SPAN 233 or consent of instructor.

Critical analysis and oral discussion of poetry, essays, novels, plays, films, and other media by selected Hispanic authors. Conducted in Spanish. The Class Schedule will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 12 units. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE Upper-Division C (GE Area C4 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs).

SPAN 307. Spanish and Latin American Film. 4 units

2020-21 or later: Upper-Div GE Area C

2019-20 or earlier catalog: GE Area C4

Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area A with grades of C- or better; one course in GE Area B4 with a grade of C- or better (GE Area B1 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs); and SPAN 233 or consent of instructor.

Study, analysis, and critique of films from Spain and/or Latin America, organized around such topics as individual film directors or genres, national and international film traditions, migration, gender, ethnicity, and politics. Evaluation of works in their cultural contexts. The Class Schedule will list topic selected and language of instruction (English or Spanish). Total credit limited to 8 units. Course may be offered in classroom-based or online format. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills GE Upper-Division C (GE Area C4 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs).

SPAN 340. Chicano/a Authors. 4 units

2020-21 or later: Upper-Div GE Area C

2019-20 or earlier catalog: GE Area C4

USCP

Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area A with grades of C- or better; one course in GE Area B4 with a grade of C- or better (GE Area B1 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs); and SPAN 233 or consent of instructor.

Introduction to Chicano/a literary accomplishments to facilitate appreciation of Chicano/a literary aesthetics and increase understanding of Chicano/a cultural values and lifestyles. Conducted in Spanish. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE Upper-Division C (GE Area C4 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs); and USCP.

SPAN 350. Hispanic Literature in English Translation. 4 units

2020-21 or later: Upper-Div GE Area C

2019-20 or earlier catalog: GE Area C4

Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area A with grades of C- or better; one course in GE Area B4 with a grade of C- or better (GE Area B1 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs); and completion of GE Area C2 (GE Area C1 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs).

Selected works to be read by students in English translation. Critical analysis, interpretation, and comparison of works by Hispanic authors. Course may include film and other media. Discussion in English. The Class Schedule will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 8 units. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE Upper-Division C (GE Area C4 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs).

SPAN 351. Chicano/Latino Writers in the United States. 4 units

2020-21 or later: Upper-Div GE Area C

2019-20 or earlier catalog: GE Area C4

USCP

Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area A with grades of C- or better; one course in GE Area B4 with a grade of C- or better (GE Area B1 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs); and one course in GE Area C.

Analysis and exploration of the major themes of Chicano/Latino literature in the United States today. Emphasis on Chicano/a, Puerto Rican, Cuban American and other U.S. Latino/a writers. All readings and discussions in English. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE Upper-Division C (GE Area C4 for students on the 2019-20 or earlier catalogs); and USCP.

SPAN 390. Introduction to Creative Writing in Spanish. 4 units

Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or consent of instructor.

Directed practice with writing narrative, poetry and/or drama writing in Spanish. An examination of plot, character and theme development. Crafting of creative literature for potential publication. Conducted in Spanish. 4 lectures.

SPAN 402. Advanced Topics in Spanish Linguistics. 4 units

Prerequisite: SPAN 207.

Advanced study of Spanish linguistics. Topics include bilingualism and code-switching, sounds and pronunciation, word formation, grammatical structures, meaning and intention. Introduction to research methodologies in the social sciences to discuss issues of Spanish in the US, identity, race, and migration. Conducted in Spanish. The Class Schedule will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 8 units. 4 lectures.

SPAN 410. Advanced Literature in Spanish. 4 units

Prerequisite: SPAN 233 or consent of instructor.

In-depth study of literature in Spanish. Specific genre, literary period, authorial group, region, or country. Chicano/Latino literature, Latin American literature, and Spanish literature. Course may include film and other media. Conducted in Spanish. The Class Schedule will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 8 units. 4 lectures.

SPAN 416. Don Quixote. 4 units

Prerequisite: SPAN 233 or consent of instructor.

Intensive reading of Cervantes' novel, Don Quixote (Part 1, 1605 and Part 2, 1615) in the context of Cervantes' life and the history and social context of Spanish renaissance and baroque culture. Conducted in Spanish. 4 lectures.

SPAN 470. Selected Advanced Topics. 4 units

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Directed group study of selected topics for advanced students. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Conducted in Spanish. The Class Schedule will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 8 units. 4 lectures.