AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain
Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
Course Descriptions

   

Most courses meet for 45 contact hours and are recommended for 3 credits (shown in parentheses). These courses are a sample of those offered on the AIFS programs at the University of Salamanca and courses may change at the discretion of the University of Salamanca.

Students should consult with their university advisors prior to participating in the program in order to have course credit preapproved and ensure that they are taking the appropriate amount of credits. AIFS advises students taking a Spanish language course to gain pre-approval for several levels of Spanish in order to ensure that they receive credit for the course they test into following the Spanish language placement test.

Optional Early Start: Intensive Spanish Language and Culture Preparation Program

Students wishing to kick start their Spanish can choose to arrive in Salamanca before the regular semester begins and take an intensive Spanish language course with 50 contact hours and for an additional 3 credits. The Early Start course is mandatory for students wishing to take the Integrated Studies with Spaniards Program.

Orientation courses
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 102 (3)
Course Title: Intensive Elementary Spanish
Course Description:
For students with no previous Spanish instruction and up to a year of high school or semester of college Spanish. Focus is on grammar, sentence structure, pronunciation and vocabulary development. Present, past and future tenses are studied in the indicative as well as subjunctive, along with regular and irregular verbs, interrogative and personal pronouns and possessive adjectives. Social and cultural topics covered include manners, introductions, customs, gastronomy, fiestas and traditions.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 202 (3)
Course Title: Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Course Description:
Solid knowledge of basic Spanish grammar structures and tenses and a fundamental vocabulary are necessary to place in this level. Emphasis is on fluid conversation, comprehension and vocabulary. Tenses, habitual actions in the past and abstract descriptions are explained. Grammar study is on the imperative, conditional and relative sentences, indirect speech, passive voice, intonation, prefixes, suffixes and affixes. Cultural topics include the influence of mass media on Spanish language, superstitions, beliefs, literature, humor and cinema.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 302 (3)
Course Title: Intensive Advanced Spanish
Course Description:
For students with a strong background in Spanish, this course deepens comprehension and works at developing a more sophisticated speaking style. Conversational skills are emphasized: conversations, arguments, debate, opinions, concession and opposition. Grammar focus is on verb forms in the past, nominal subordinate sentences, emphatic and metaphoric comparisons and meaning and use of the infinitive, gerund and participle. Cultural aspects include appropriate behavior and manners, stereotypes of regions of Spain and Hispanic countries, “la tertulia” (conversational gatherings), gestures, popular stories and legends.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 402 (3)
Course Title: Intensive Superior Spanish
Course Description:
Students in this level are essentially bilingual and want to perfect or understand grammatical complexities. Pragmatic issues are expressing and understanding humor, irony, sarcasm, anger, wonder and skepticism, persuading and convincing, expressing cause, consequence and purpose as well as agreement and disagreement. Grammar focuses on the pronoun “se”, idioms, colloquial Spanish, changes in sentence structures, direct object complements, paraphrases and Latin American Spanish. Cultural themes are the influence of other cultures on Spain, types of journalism, publicity in the media, dialects, Hispanic American writers, Spain’s political system and social attitudes.

Spanish and International Studies Program

For students with an Intermediate, Advanced and Superior level of Spanish. Students on this program can choose up to 5 courses. Early Start students with Advanced/Superior language level can choose to take 1 or 2 semester courses (within the 5 course maximum) from the Integrated Studies Program. Permission to enroll in these classes can only be granted once on campus after an interview and flexibility in course choice is essential as there may be scheduling conflicts.

Courses Taught in Spanish
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 303 (3)
Course Title: Intermediate Spanish Grammar (Lengua española–intermedio)
Course Description:
Problems that Spanish grammar presents to foreign students will be studied including indicative tenses, the future and conditional and how they contrast, the subjunctive with its use in subordinate clauses, “ser” or “estar” and use of prepositions.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 315 spring only (3)
Course Title: Business Spanish (Español de los negocios)
Course Description:
Through topics including commerce, banking, labor, etc., students will not only learn specialized business vocabulary but develop and refine all four areas of language skills.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 317 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Conversation and Composition (Conversación y redacción)
Course Description:
The course aims to develop skills in both the written and spoken expression through the analysis and production of different types of written text (reports, letters, notes, curricula) and oral texts (dialogues, presentations, debates).
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 328 fall only (3)
Course Title: Medical Spanish Grammar (Español médico)
Course Description:
This course aims to develop the skills necessary for proper communication in the medical and health fields. Students will learn terms and vocabulary as well as the structures and themes that would be confronted daily in medicine and health care.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 403 (3)
Course Title: Advanced Spanish Grammar (Lengua española–avanzado)
Course Description:
Students will cover in the class: the use of indicative tenses, the subjunctive in simple or complex structures, “ser” or “estar”, prepositions and conjunctions, the different meanings of “se” and verbal circumlocution, etc.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 415 (3)
Course Title: Superior Spanish Grammar (Lengua española – superior)
Course Description:
This course prepares the near bilingual or bilingual student to competently produce correct written texts or to converse/debate/ argue about any issue of personal interest.
Course Code and Credits: Art 307 (3)
Course Title: Spanish and Latin American Film (Cine Español e Hispanoamericano)
Course Description:
A study of Spanish and Latin American films as well as an analysis of the narrative mechanisms that define cinema as a distinct artistic expression. Different aspects of Hispanic Culture will be discussed.
Course Code and Credits: Art 310 spring only (3)
Course Title: Mass Media in Spain (Cine, prensa y televisión en España)
Course Description:
This course will examine the importance of the media (press and television) in the diffusion of the Spanish reality as well as the influence it has had in the formation of political and cultural opinion.
Course Code and Credits: Art 311 fall only (3)
Course Title: Spanish Art – Origins to Middle Ages (Arte español: desde los orígenes hasta el Renacimiento)
Course Description:
A chronological analysis of distinct cultures and artistic tendencies as well as their most outstanding examples will be studied: pre-Roman art, Roman art, Muslim art, Mozarabic art, Romanic art and Gothic art.
Course Code and Credits: Art 312 spring only (3)
Course Title: Spanish Art – Renaissance to Present (Arte español: desde el Renacimiento hasta la actualidad)
Course Description:
This course addresses Spanish renaissance art through the successive Baroque and Neoclassic tendencies. An analysis of contemporary artists such as Picasso, Dalí and of their greatest works is a faithful reflection of Spanish art in the 20th century.
Course Code and Credits: History 307 fall only (3)
Course Title: History of Spain – Middle Ages to the 16th Century (Historia de España: desde la época medieval hasta la época de los Austrias Mayores)
Course Description:
This course begins with an examination of the most relevant events of the period as well as the social and economic context in which they take place. The second part of the course will focus on the 15th century and the era of the Catholic Monarchs.
Course Code and Credits: History 309 (3)
Course Title: Women in Contemporary Spanish History (La mujer en la Historia de España)
Course Description:
This course covers the role of women during the 20th century including the Civil War, the Franco regime, the Transition and finally, women’s role in today’s Spain. These issues will be analyzed through literature, philosophy and the artistic world.
Course Code and Credits: History 311 spring only (3)
Course Title: History of Spain - 17th Century to Present (Historia de España: desde los Austrias Menores hasta la actualidad)
Course Description:
This course covers the reign of Felipe III, Felipe IV, Carlos II and the decline of the empire through to the crisis of the monarchy, Civil War, Francoism, the Transition as well as the social, economic and cultural context of Spain in present day.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 305 fall only (3)
Course Title: Poetry, Theater and Novel in Spanish Literature of the 20th Century (Literatura española)
Course Description:
The chronological presentation of the various literary movements serves as an overview of Spanish literature of the 20th century. The development of the genres will be studied through acclaimed authors and representative texts.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 306 spring only (3)
Course Title: Contemporary Latin-American Literature (Literatura Hispanoamericana)
Course Description:
This course will examine the most indicative authors of contemporary Latin-American literature and the relation of their work to the social and cultural context of the period through selected texts.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 305 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Culture and Civilization (Cultura española)
Course Description:
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the Spanish culture and way of life with topics including: geography, politics and history, as well as customs, behaviors, and values that form the Spanish character.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 320 (3)
Course Title: The Arab Influence on the Hispanic World (El mundo Árabe en el mundo Hispánico)
Course Description:
The course is divided into four sections: the Arab and the Hispanic world throughout history; the Arab element in the birth of the Spanish language; an analysis of medicine, philosophy and science; Arab architecture in Spain referencing the different historical and artistic periods.

Courses Taught Exclusively for AIFS Students
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 330 (3)
Course Title: Translation (Traducción)
Course Description:
With a textbook written especially for this class, Intermediate Level students will learn and perfect the skills necessary for translating English into Spanish as well as improve their command of both formal and colloquial Spanish.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 340 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Phonetics (Fonética)
Course Description:
This course examines the authentic Spanish accent by studying intonation, pronunciation and rhythm, as well as Spanish and English vowel/consonant differences. Emphasis is on problems non-native Spanish speakers confront.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 416 (3)
Course Title: Skills for Teaching and Learning Spanish as a Second Language
Course Description:
The focus of this course is on writing strategies (punctuation, accents, discursive marks, etc.) and vocabulary acquisition (especially formal vocabulary), to help students improve their expressive writing level. Students will find it useful for the writing of term papers in Spanish. A review of the fundamental issues of grammar with a focus on how to teach them will be carried out. This course is especially designed for advanced and bilingual students, and highly recommended for students wishing to teach Spanish as a second language.

Courses Taught in English
Course Code and Credits: Economics/Political Science 311 (3)
Course Title: Economy of the European Union
Course Description:
Introduction to the history, political institutions and political economy of the European Union. The class compares and contrasts the Union’s institutional arrangements and its political economy to that of the United States.
Course Code and Credits: Economics/Political Science 315 (3)
Course Title: Current Spain: Economic History from Franco to Present
Course Description:
This course will analyze the different parameters involved in Spain’s transition and development from dictatorship to democracy from a political and economic perspective.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 317 (3)
Course Title: International Marketing
Course Description:
Companies today are challenged to adapt their products to different countries with their special requirements and customs. Marketing specialists must be prepared to deal with the differences and to generate strategies accordingly. The fundamentals of International Marketing will be studied via marketing theory, but also through examination of different cases and examples that illustrate the actual situation of international companies today.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 315 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Culture
Course Description:
In-depth study of the foundation of Spanish culture. Lessons will be based on the descriptions of the main aspects of Spanish life and culture from an intercultural perspective.

International Business Studies Program

All courses below are taught in English apart from Spanish 405. Choose up to 5 courses. Depending on your fluency in Spanish, you can choose 2 of your courses from the Spanish and International Studies Program. Early start students with Advanced/Superior language level can choose to take 1 or 2 courses (within the 5 course maximum) from the Integrated Studies Program. Permission to enroll in these classes can only be granted once on campus after an interview and flexibility in course choice is essential as there may be scheduling conflicts.

International Business Studies Courses
Course Code and Credits: Business 319 (3)
Course Title: E-Commerce and Social Media Marketing
Course Description:
This course analyzes the characteristics of electronic commerce and its impact on business performance. Participants will learn from the basics of theory as well as from a wide range of case studies, work projects, illustrative examples and computer simulations.
Course Code and Credits: Economics/Political Science 311 (3)
Course Title: Economy of the European Union
Course Description:
Introduction to the history, political institutions and political economy of the European Union. The class compares and contrasts the Union’s institutional arrangements and its political economy to that of the United States.
Course Code and Credits: Economics/Political Science 315 (3)
Course Title: Current Spain: Economic History from Franco to Present
Course Description:
This course will analyze the different parameters involved in Spain’s transition and development from dictatorship to democracy from a political and economic perspective.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 309 (3)
Course Title: International Business
Course Description:
This course aims to increase students’ knowledge of international business systems focusing on the challenges and opportunities businesses will face over the next decade, particularly in newly industrialized countries.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 312 (3)
Course Title: Business Ethics
Course Description:
This course analyzes the main philosophically relevant questions that instigate the conversation and ongoing disagreement among academic business ethicists systems.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 313 (3)
Course Title: International Finance
Course Description:
This course addresses international finance in a globalized market including the examination of international banking and political risk management, the effects of globalization on financial crashes, financial regulation and market efficiency.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 317 (3)
Course Title: International Marketing
Course Description:
Companies today are challenged to adapt their products to different countries with their special requirements and customs. Marketing specialists must be prepared to deal with the differences and to generate strategies accordingly. The fundamentals of International Marketing will be studied via marketing theory, but also through examination of different cases and examples that illustrate the actual situation of international companies today.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 405 (3)
Course Title: Spanish for Professionals (BULATS test)/Español con fines profesionales (test BULATS)
Course Description:
This course has a minimum language level requirement of Intermediate. The course will focus on comprehension of written and oral texts of a professional or economic nature and interaction and communication in professional situations.

Medical and Health Program (Fall only)

All courses below are taught in English except for one course (Health Communication) which is available in either English or Spanish. Choose up to four courses and a minimum of two. Depending on your fluency in Spanish and schedules, you can choose additional courses (maximum total of 5 courses per semester) from the Spanish and International Studies Program.

Course Code and Credits: Health Science 311 OR 313 fall only (3)
Course Title: Health Communication (Comunicación y salud)
Course Description:
(311 taught in Spanish; requires a minimum of Intermediate/Advanced level of Spanish proficiency; 313 taught in English) Health Communication is an emerging field in which professional communicators inform, influence and motivate individual, institutional and public audiences about important health issues. This course examines the importance of how health information affects individuals, community groups, institutions and public policy. The course will focus on the study of language and discourse about health between health care providers and patients, among health care professionals, and among members of the larger society and the media. Topics include: the influence of social, cultural and linguistic barriers on health communication, and the consequences of linguistic choices made by communicators on individual beliefs and behaviors relating to health. The field includes the study of strategic communication of evidencebased health information to professional and non-professional audiences. It also reviews strategies of persuasion, the relationship between attitudes and behavior and the changing nature of health and health delivery, and evaluates successful and unsuccessful health information campaigns.
Course Code and Credits: Health Science/Biology 315 fall only (3)
Course Title: Human Genetics (Taught in English)
Course Description:
The human genome sequence forms the cornerstone of contemporary human genetics. This course will cover hereditary and molecular genetics as it applies to humans, with a strong genomics and human disease perspective. It will cover transmission genetics, the Human Genome Project, identification of human disease genes, modern technologies for genome analysis, personal genomics and cancer genomics. Current topics such as genetic testing will also be discussed.
Course Code and Credits: Health Science/Biology 317 fall only (3)
Course Title: Molecular and Cellular Bases of Disease (Taught in English)
Course Description:
In this course 15 clinical cases will be presented that will permit students to investigate many new concepts both individually and collaboratively through electronic databases. Collected information will be shared and used to interpret proposed questions on cellular and molecular mechanisms of the diseases involved in order to reach, under the professor’s supervision, a final overview of the whole situation. In addition, three practical problems will be developed in six sessions to help the students to get in contact with the real activity in the clinical laboratory.
Course Code and Credits: Health Science 319 fall only (3)
Course Title: Bioethics (Taught in English)
Course Description:
Bioethics is the application of ethics to the field of medicine and healthcare. Bioethics is multidisciplinary blending philosophy, theology, history and law with medicine, nursing, health policy and medical humanities. In this course, we will discuss topics such as what is bioethics?, ethical approaches, the beginning of life, bodies and bodily parts, information problems, the end of life, global health-care issues, research ethics, health systems and institutions and teaching and practice of bioethics.

Integrated Studies with Spaniards Program

Eligible students must have superior (high advanced) level Spanish. The Early Start Program is mandatory. Choose up to 5 electives combining integrated courses with courses from the Spanish and International Studies Program. The courses listed below for this program are a small sample of those available. Students interested in this program should contact the AIFS Admissions Officer for further subject and course details.

Integrated Studies Courses
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 416 (3) (REQUIRED)
Course Title: Skills for Teaching and Learning Spanish as a Second Language (Destrezas para la enseñanza y aprendizaje del español como segunda lengua)
Course Description:
The focus of this course is on writing strategies (punctuation, accents, discursive marks, etc.) and vocabulary acquisition (especially formal vocabulary), to help students improve their expressive writing level. Students will find it useful for the writing of term papers in Spanish. A review of the fundamental issues of grammar with a focus on how to teach them will be carried out. This course is especially designed for advanced and bilingual students, and highly recommended for students wishing to teach Spanish as a second language.
Course Code and Credits: Art 405 spring only (3)
Course Title: Contemporary Spanish Art (Arte Español Contemporáneo)
Course Description:
Beginning with the Vanguard and its different artistic manifestations this course studies Picasso, J. Gris, Miró and Dalí within the European context that nurtured them.
Course Code and Credits: Art 415 spring only (3)
Course Title: History of Contemporary Spanish Art (Historia del arte contemporáneo español)
Course Description:
The study of Spanish art of the 19th and 20th century in its historical context, general characteristics and its contrast with European artistic tendencies.
Course Code and Credits: Art 419 fall only (3)
Course Title: History of Spanish Cinema (Historia del Cine Español)
Course Description:
An initiation into Spanish cinema relating the historical conditions to its development.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 411 fall only (3)
Course Title: Economy in the European Community (Economía en la Comunidad Europea)
Course Description:
An introduction to the economic situation in European Union countries including the history of the European Community and the process toward attaining economic and monetary union.
Course Code and Credits: Economy 471 fall only (3)
Course Title: World Economy (Economía Mundial)
Course Description:
Study of the global economic environment addressing issues such as international cooperation, structural changes linked to economic growth, globalization, etc.
Course Code and Credits: Economy 474 spring only (3)
Course Title: Economy of Latin America (Economía de América Latina)
Course Description:
The situation and transformation as well as the economic structure and economic systems of the many emerging economies in Latin America.
Course Code and Credits: History 417 (3)
Course Title: Contemporary History of Spain (Historia contemporánea de España)
Course Description:
The framework of the most relevant political, economic, social and cultural processes in contemporary Spain. The period studied encompasses the crisis of the former regime at the beginning of the 19th century up to the present.
Course Code and Credits: History 421 fall only (3)
Course Title: History of Spain – 20th Century (Historia de España Siglo XX)
Course Description:
The recent history of Spain – the Bourbon Restoration, Second Republic, Francoism, democratic transition and the historical situation of Spain today.
Course Code and Credits: Linguistics 417 fall only (3)
Course Title: Varieties of Spanish (Variedades del Español)
Course Description:
Internal and dialectal varieties of the Spanish language. Attention is paid to the southern varieties of Spanish, and to the different characteristics between Spanish people from Spain and Spanish people from America.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 426 spring only (3)
Course Title: Spanish Literature (Literatura General de España)
Course Description:
The history of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to today, approaching the study of the most significant works of different genres and authors.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 427 (3)
Course Title: 20th Century Hispano-American Literature (Literatura Hispanoamericana del siglo XX)
Course Description:
Selected writers are studied within cultural and literary contexts. Genres covered are pre-1940 (from the end of the 19th century to the Vanguard) to the Post-Vanguard and New Novel. Authors studied vary.
Course Code and Credits: Methodology 429 fall only (3)
Course Title: Practical Spanish Grammar (Gramatica Práctica del Español)
Course Description:
Detailed study of the most important problems of Spanish grammar, enabling students to understand the difficulties a professor teaching Spanish as a second language may encounter.
Course Code and Credits: Methodology 430 fall only (3)
Course Title: Grammar for the teaching of Spanish as a Second Language (Gramática para la enseñanza del Español como lengua extranjera)
Course Description:
An in-depth study of the most prominent problems in the formation of subordinate sentences in Spanish and strategies for teaching Spanish as a second language.
Course Code and Credits: Political Science 431 fall only (3)
Course Title: Politics and Government of Spain (Política y Gobierno de España)
Course Description:
This course provides students with the necessary tools for analysis of political issues such as the transition from Francoism to democracy, the territorial organization of the Spanish State, the electoral processes, political institutions, etc.
Course Code and Credits: Political Science 434 spring only (3)
Course Title: Spanish Political System (Sistema Político Español)
Course Description:
An introduction to the Spanish political system in all of its dimensions – concepts, approaches and methodologies.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 451 spring only (3)
Course Title: Social Structure of Spain (Estructura Social de España)
Course Description:
Contemporary Spain from a sociological point of view, addressing the major challenges and future of Spanish society.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 451 fall only (3)
Course Title: Grammar and History of the Spanish Language (Lengua Española: Gramática e Historia)
Course Description:
A study of the basic concepts of phonetics, grammar and semantics Spanish as well as a study of the history of the Spanish language, from its origins to the present situation.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 465 fall only (3)
Course Title: Spanish Syntax (Sintaxis del Español)
Course Description:
Syntactic functions and analysis focusing on the concept of speech, kinds of sentences, the problem of the subject, predicate and complements.

Spanish Language and Culture Program (Fall only)

COURSES FOR STUDENTS WITH ELEMENTARY SPANISH

Spanish grammar is required. Then choose up to 3 electives.

Courses for Student with Elementary Spanish
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 204 (6) (required)
Course Title: Spanish Grammar
Course Description:
This course focuses on greetings, introductions and farewells, as well as giving information about one’s self. Interrogatives, verb use and pronouns are also introduced.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 206 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Vocabulary Development
Course Description:
Increasing word acquisition is the goal. Students learn new words and develop the ability to make connections and semantic fields, taking advantage of patterns and processes.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 208 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Language Laboratory
Course Description:
To reinforce language classes, this individualized practice in grammar, vocabulary and phonetics gives more varied input set at the student’s own pace.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 210 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Conversation and Composition
Course Description:
This course bridges the gap between knowledge of a language and its actual use. Experiences encountered outside the classroom are simulated e.g. asking for a coffee and going to the doctor.

COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

Elementary level students may opt to take the following courses in English depending on course schedules.

Courses Taught in English
Course Code and Credits: Economics/Political Science 311 (3)
Course Title: Economy of the European Union
Course Description:
This course will focus on the origins, development and current issues within the European Union from a political and economic perspective.
Course Code and Credits: Economics/Political Science 315 (3)
Course Title: Current Spain: Economic History from Franco to Present
Course Description:
This course will analyze the different parameters involved in Spain’s transition and development from dictatorship to democracy from a political and economic perspective.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 317 (3)
Course Title: International Marketing
Course Description:
An introduction to international marketing dealing with topics such as: business in a global economy and the role of media and advertising in a consumer-oriented society.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 315 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Culture
Course Description:
In-depth study of the foundation of Spanish culture. Lessons will be based on the descriptions of the main aspects of Spanish life and culture from an intercultural perspective.

COURSES FOR STUDENTS WITH INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED AND SUPERIOR LEVEL SPANISH

Students are required to take a 6-credit Spanish grammar course (Spanish 311, 321 or 405) and up to 9 credits in electives. Please note that courses in the same section are offered at the same time. Only one course may be chosen from each section. All courses are taught in Spanish.

Section I
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 311 (6)
Course Title: Intensive Intermediate Spanish Grammar (Gramática española)
Course Description:
This class expands and improves students’ dominance of grammatical and lexical aspects of Spanish linguistics with focus on function and communication.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 321 (6)
Course Title: Intensive Advanced Spanish Grammar (Gramática española)
Course Description:
This class examines the indicative tenses, the use of the subjunctive, verbal periphrases, using “se” and the problems of certain prepositions such as “a”, “de”, “desde”, “por”, “para”, etc. Problems of prepositional verbs are addressed.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 405 (6)
Course Title: Intensive Superior Spanish Grammar (Gramática española)
Course Description:
An in-depth examination of specific and complex grammar issues provides students with greater sophistication in their language usage. Further attention will be devoted to strategies in writing and linguistic register.

Section II
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 317 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Conversation and Composition (Conversación y redacción)
Course Description:
This course aims to develop skills in both the written and spoken expression through the analysis and production of different types of written text (reports, letters, notes, curricula) and oral texts (dialogs, presentations, debates).
Course Code and Credits: History 303 (3)
Course Title: Political History of Contemporary Spain (Historia de España)
Course Description:
Different historical aspects of the 20th century in Spain will be presented to further students’ understanding of the repercussion of significant historical moments lived by the Spanish in recent years.
Course Code and Credits: History 305 (3)
Course Title: Women in Contemporary Spanish History (La mujer en la Historia de España)
Course Description:
This course covers the role of women during the 20th century including the Civil War, the Franco regime, the Transition and finally, women’s role in today’s Spain. These issues will be analyzed through literature, philosophy and the artistic world.

Section III
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 319 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Oral Skills (Destrezas orales)
Course Description:
This class aims to develop students’ listening and speaking skills in a wide variety of situations. There is a special focus on tailoring language usage for each specific situation, improving fluency, and deploying appropriate communicative strategies.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 307 (3)
Course Title: Spanish and Latin-American Literature (Literatura española e hispanoamericana)
Course Description:
This class is the study of the principal Spanish and Latin American authors of the 20th century and their relation to the social and cultural context of each corresponding era.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 307 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Culture and Civilization (Cultura española)
Course Description:
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the Spanish culture and way of life with topics including: geography, politics and history, as well as customs, behaviors, and values that form the Spanish character.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 323 (3)
Course Title: The Arab Influence on the Hispanic World (El mundo árabe en el mundo hispánico)
Course Description:
The course is divided into four sections: the Arab and the Hispanic world throughout history; the Arab element in the birth of the Spanish language; an analysis of medicine, philosophy and science; Arab architecture in Spain referencing the different historical and artistic periods.

Section IV
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 320 (3)
Course Title: Writing Skills (Destrezas escritas)
Course Description:
The skill of writing is learned through comprehension and production of different text types (narrative, descriptive, argumentative, formal letter-writing, and others). Students will learn how to search for ideas, plan, outline and compose written texts.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 323 (3)
Course Title: Business Spanish (Español de los negocios)
Course Description:
Through topics including commerce, banking, labor, etc., students will not only learn specialized business vocabulary but develop and refine all four areas of language skills.
Course Code and Credits: Art 305 (3)
Course Title: Spanish and Latin-American Film (Cine español e hispanoamericano)
Course Description:
A study of Spanish and Latin American films as well as an analysis of the narrative mechanisms that define cinema as a distinct artistic expression. Different aspects of Hispanic Culture will be discussed.
Course Code and Credits: Art 309 (3)
Course Title: History of Art Tendencies in Spain (Arte español)
Course Description:
This course aims to provide an understanding of the principal tendencies of Spanish art throughout history as well as an analysis of the most outstanding works of art (pictorial, sculptural and architectural) of Spanish heritage.