Elective Courses for Spring 2023

The Following are the elective courses that will be provided by the Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures Department.



ARAB 30100: Selected topics in Arabic Literatures and Cultures

Times: M.W. 02:00 PM – 03:15 PM

Professor: Amr Kamal

Introduces students to modern and contemporary issues in Arabic literature and culture, focusing on major trends, themes, and genres. Provides a starting point in the study of Arabic texts. Students are introduced to short stories, novels, essays, poetry, and plays that explore social, religious, and historical aspects of modern and contemporary Arab culture. Uses audio-visual material in order to draw connections between various kinds of media and promote discussion.


FRN 28300: Literature of Contemporary France

Time: M.W. 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM       

Instructor: Joseph Boisvere

Critical analysis of representative works, writers, and movements. Proust, Gide, Camus, Sartre, Malraux, Duras, Robbe-Grillet and other.

FREN 40500: French and Francophone Cinema

Times: M.W. 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Professor: Maxime Blanchard

An introduction to works of French and Francophone filmmakers with an emphasis on developing a critical approach to cinema as a specific art form with its own discourses and methodologies.

FREN 40600: Theories and Histories of Literature

Times: M.W. 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Instructor: Evan Knight

An introduction to French and Francophone theories of literature, culture and translation from the modern and contemporary periods. While this course is mostly aimed at students preparing for graduate study in literature, it will engage students in discussions about the historical, philosophical, political and sociological approaches to literary study.


ITAL 32100: Problems Italian Grammar

Times: M.W. 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Instructor: TBA

An advanced and intensive course that focuses on Italian grammar. It is a fundamental and required course for Italian majors and minors as well as for students interested in improving their written language and conversational skills. Taught in Italian.

ITAL 35100: Introduction to Italian Literature 1

Times: T.TH. 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Professor: Devid Paolini

This course is a survey of Italian literature from the Middle Ages to the end of the 17th century. It will introduce the student to many of the most representative works in Italian literature of all genres. Special emphasis will also be given to literary and cultural backgrounds of the authors and their works.


PORT 32100: Reading and Writing in Portuguese I

Times: M.W. 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Instructor: Regina Castro-McGowan

Lays the foundations for students further understanding of grammar and different forms of expository and analytical writings in Portuguese. The short stories studied in this course address topics such as the representation of national self-identity, slavery, the indigenous, Afro-Brazilian and immigrant cultures, the Lusophone diaspora, gender, and regional differences encountered throughout Portuguese speaking countries. Readings and class discussions in Portuguese. Prerequisite: PORT 22600 or scoring at the exempt level. 3hr./wk.; 3 cr.


SPAN 28300: Masterworks of Latin American Literature

Times: M.W. 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Professor: Daniel Erza Shapiro

Representative works and authors of Spanish American letters from the mid-20th century to the present. The texts are analyzed in light of the social, political, cultural and ideological contexts in which they were produced.

SPAN 32401: Introduction to Spanish Translation 1

Times: T.TH 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Professor: Angel Estevez

Explore the fascination world of translation this Spring! This will be the introductory course to studies in translation 1. We will discuss a bit about the history & theory of translation & lots of short practices translating texts from English to Spanish (Mainly) and Spanish to English. Student will expand their vocabularies and learn about: partial/false/cognates; idiomatic expressions; close reading; source language & target language; Spanish Vs. English syntax; cultural nuances, register, computer assisted translation & more! We will assess all these elements in pursuit of a meaningful translation.

SPAN 34200: Hispanic Civilizations II

Times: T.TH. 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Instructor: Isabel Estrada

An overview of Spanish and Latin American culture and history from 1810 to the present. With a transatlantic approach, the class will examine critical and cultural aspects that define Spain and Latin America. Typically, a midterm and a final examination as well as a paper will be required.

SPAN 37300: Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation

Times: T.TH 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Instructor: Isabel Estrada

          This course is intended for bilingual undergraduate students in the School of Education. The course will develop and improve the students' capacity to express themselves in writing and orally utilizing various techniques.

SPAN 42100: Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature

Times: M.W. 12:30PM-1:45PM

Instructor: Dulce Garcia

A literary and linguistic analysis of the major texts of the medieval period, including "cantigas," Poema del Cid, Milagros de Nuestra Seûora, Libro de Buen Amor, and La Celestina.

SPAN 44402: Contemporary Spanish American Poetry and Theater

Times: M.W. 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Instructor: Araceli Tinajero

Major developments in narrative, poetry and theater from the early 20th century to the present.

SPAN 45300: Gender Issues in Hispanic Letters

Times: M.W. 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Instructor: Araceli Tinajero

An exploration of the impact of gender in the literature of the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN 45400: Latino Culture and Literature in the U.S.

Times: M.W. 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Instructor: Araceli Tinajero

An exploration of the Latino cultural legacy and its contemporary influence in the United States. The study of the development of Latino communities, history and patterns on immigration, and similarities and differences among these communities. This course will also focus on sociological, economic, political and anthropological factors such as transculturation, assimilation, linguistic similarities, problems of identity and discrimination. It will also examine various psychological factors of the Latino cultures throughout the U.S. through the different ways of expression such as art and literature, taking into account the elements that distinguish these from those of their countries of origin and North America. The course will normally be conducted in Spanish. Readings my be in Spanish and English.

SPAN 46302: Spanish in Contact in the US

Times: T.TH. 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Instructor: Francisco Salgado

The course examines varieties of Spanish spoken in the continental United States, focusing on variable phenomena and on the role of the home dialects in shaping US varieties. Special emphasis is placed on contact with English and on the public policy and educational consequences of the widespread use of Spanish in the US.

Spanish MA:

SPAN V0600: Spanish Morphology and Syntax

Times: TH. 6:50 PM - 8:30 PM

Instructor: Francisco Salgado

An advanced review of Spanish morphology and syntax with the purpose of allowing graduate students to explore analytically the structure of the Spanish language. The course will make frequent comparisons and contrasts between the target language and English grammatical structures.

SPAN V2400: Poetry of the Golden Age

Times: T. 6:50 PM - 8:30 PM

Professor: Devid Paolini

Analysis of the work of the most representative Spanish poets from the late 15th century through the 17th century taking into account the philosophical and aesthetic currents in vogue at the time.

SPAN V7600: Garcia Marquez's World

Times: T. 4:50 PM - 6:30 PM

Instructor: Jaime Manrique

Garcia Marquez's World

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