Dec 13, 2019  
College Catalog 2017-2018 
    
College Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Courses


 

Geology

  
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    GEOL 450 - Senior Seminar


    The overarching goal of the Senior Seminar course is to provide senior majors in the Geology Department an opportunity to demonstrate a culmination of their disciplinary learning in the Geology major by the creation of advanced work.  Students will participate in the peer-review process (both in writing abstracts, writing research papers or an honors thesis, and in the oral presentation of their work) and gain feedback from faculty as well.  In addition, the capstone experience provides an opportunity for students to reflect on the meaning and value of learning experiences in the Geology Department and their trajectories beyond Macalester. S/N grading only. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in geology or permission of instructor. Spring semester. (1 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 494 - Topics Course


    Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing. (4 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 601 - Tutorial


    Closely supervised individual or small group study with a faculty member. A student may explore, by way of readings, short writings, etc., an area of study not available through the regular catalog offerings. The department chair will determine if this course may be applied toward the major. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (1 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 602 - Tutorial


    Closely supervised individual or small group study with a faculty member. A student may explore, by way of readings, short writings, etc., an area of study not available through the regular catalog offerings. The department chair will determine if this course may be applied toward the major. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (2 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 603 - Tutorial


    Closely supervised individual or small group study with a faculty member. A student may explore, by way of readings, short writings, etc., an area of study not available through the regular catalog offerings. The department chair will determine if this course may be applied toward the major. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (3 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 604 - Tutorial


    Closely supervised individual or small group study with a faculty member. A student may explore, by way of readings, short writings, etc., an area of study not available through the regular catalog offerings. The department chair will determine if this course may be applied toward the major. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 611 - Independent Project


    Independent study of geologic problems or preparation of senior research thesis. The department chair will determine if this course may be applied toward the major. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor and department chair. Every semester. (1 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 612 - Independent Project


    Independent study of geologic problems or preparation of senior research thesis. The department chair will determine if this course may be applied toward the major. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor and department chair. Every semester. (2 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 613 - Independent Project


    Independent study of geologic problems or preparation of senior research thesis. The department chair will determine if this course may be applied toward the major. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor and department chair. Every semester. (3 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 614 - Independent Project


    Independent study of geologic problems or preparation of senior research thesis. The department chair will determine if this course may be applied toward the major. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor and department chair. Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 621 - Internship


    Work that involves the student in practical off-campus experience. The department chair will determine if this course may be applied toward the major. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office. Every semester. (1 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 622 - Internship


    Work that involves the student in practical off-campus experience. The department chair will determine if this course may be applied toward the major. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office. Every semester. (2 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 623 - Internship


    Work that involves the student in practical off-campus experience. The department chair will determine if this course may be applied toward the major. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office. Every semester. (3 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 624 - Internship


    Work that involves the student in practical off-campus experience. The department chair will determine if this course may be applied toward the major. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office. Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 631 - Preceptorship


    A student works with a faculty member in the planning and teaching of a course. The department chair will determine if this course may be applied toward the major. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs. Every semester. (1 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 632 - Preceptorship


    A student works with a faculty member in the planning and teaching of a course. The department chair will determine if this course may be applied toward the major. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs. Every semester. (2 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 633 - Preceptorship


    A student works with a faculty member in the planning and teaching of a course. The department chair will determine if this course may be applied toward the major. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs. Every semester. (3 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 634 - Preceptorship


    A student works with a faculty member in the planning and teaching of a course. The department chair will determine if this course may be applied toward the major. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs. Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 641 - Honors Independent


    Independent research, writing, or other preparation leading to the culmination of the senior honors project. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (1 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 642 - Honors Independent


    Independent research, writing, or other preparation leading to the culmination of the senior honors project. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (2 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 643 - Honors Independent


    Independent research, writing, or other preparation leading to the culmination of the senior honors project. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (3 Credits)

  
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    GEOL 644 - Honors Independent


    Independent research, writing, or other preparation leading to the culmination of the senior honors project. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (4 Credits)


German

  
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    GERM 101 - Elementary German I


    Introduction to German language and culture. Emphasis on comprehension of oral and written contemporary German as well as developing elementary oral proficiency. The course emphasizes vocabulary recognition and acquisition within a variety of concrete contexts. Students develop facility with German within highly structured contexts. Contemporary culture in German-speaking countries provides the content of the course. For beginning students with no previous German language instruction. Students with any previous training in German must take the German placement exam. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. Every fall. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 102 - Elementary German II


    Continuation of introduction to German language and culture. Vocabulary acquisition continues within broader contexts. Emphasis on both oral and written production with continuing development of reading and listening skills. Students develop creativity and facility with the language using primarily concrete vocabulary within meaningful contexts. The course provides an introduction to extended reading in German as well. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. Prerequisite(s): GERM 101  with a grade of C- or better, or permission of instructor. Every spring. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 110 - Accelerated Elementary German


    An accelerated course which covers material and proficiency development normally covered in GERM 101 and GERM 102. The course is for students with prior experience with German who need a concentrated review or students with previous other foreign language background who wish to work at an accelerated pace. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. Every semester. (5 Credits)

  
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    GERM 174 - Vampires - from Monsters to Superheroes


    Vampires are cyclical. Just a few years ago you ran into them anytime you walked into a bookstore or turned on the TV-just like in Victorian times when Bram Stoker’s famous work emerged from a vampire craze. Vampires have always been popular fodder and will continue to be so, even if and as the image of the vampire shifts dramatically over time. The popularity of vampires has waxed and waned for over a hundred years, partially because vampirism can be used as a metaphor for almost anything-from the plague to sexuality to addiction. We will juxtapose classic tales of vampires as monsters with the more recent generation of vampires. What happened to change our imagination of vampires from monsters into hip, outsider superheroes? And what can the examination of vampires tell us about the context in which they were created? Occasionally offered. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 194 - Topics Course


    Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 203 - Intermediate German I


    This course is designed to help students increase their proficiency in the German language while emphasizing authentic cultural contexts. Through exposure to a variety of texts and text types, students develop oral and written proficiency in description and narration and develop tools and discourse strategies for culturally authentic interaction with native speakers. Cultural topics are expanded and deepened. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. Prerequisite(s): GERM 102  or GERM 110  with a grade of C- or better, or placement test, or consent of the instructor. Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 204 - Intermediate German II


    The course aims to help students attain a comfort level with extended discourse in German within culturally appropriate contexts. Students develop the ability to comprehend authentic spoken German on a variety of topics at length. They develop effective strategies for comprehending a variety of texts and text types. They gain increased facility with extended discourse, such as narrating and describing. Writing in German is also developed so that students can write extensively about familiar topics. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. Prerequisite(s): GERM 203  with a grade of C- or better, or placement test, or consent of the instructor. Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 255 - German Cinema Studies


    Changing topics in German film. Possible titles include: Nazi Cinema; Film, Philosophy, Politics; Film and the Fantastic; Form and Gender in German and American Cinema; Cinema of the Weimar Republic; Where am I in the Film? Students may register up to two times for courses numbered 255, provided a different topic is offered. Taught in English. Every year. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 277 - Metaphysics in Secular Thought


    A widespread tendency in contemporary Western societies is to associate metaphysics with religion, if not with what is often dismissively called the “irrational.” This course will dismantle this myth by reading closely European philosophy and political theory, mostly since the seventeenth century, in their relation to theology and their reception by twentieth-century critical theory. This will allow us to examine the ways in which secular thought emerges not as an alternative to metaphysics-something which thought cannot supersede anyway-but rather as a different way of dealing with the very same metaphysical questions and issues that concern religion, from the meaning of life to the imminence of death, and from (actual or imagined) guilt to the hope for redemption. We shall endeavor to identify the similarities and differences between the ‘secular’ and the ‘religious’ ways, including their respective relations to rationality. Readings will include: Aristotle, Talal Asad, George Bataille, Walter Benjamin, Kenneth Burke, Richard Dienst, Emile Durkheim, Michel Foucault, Sigmund Freud, Peter Harrison, Jacques Lacan, Karl Marx, Marcel Mauss, Carl Schmitt, Baruch Spinoza, Alberto Toscano, Max Weber, Slavoj Zizek. All readings in English. No pre-knowledge required Occasionally (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 279 - Value: The Bad, the Ugly, and the Cheap

    Cross-Listed as MCST 279  
    For thousands of years value has been scrutinized in philosophy, art history, and economic analysis, as it cuts across three constitutive aspects of social, cultural, and political life: economy, aesthetics, and ethics. Not only do we have and impose on the world our moral, aesthetic, and exchange values, but these three fields often become difficult to distinguish, as is evident in the slippery flexibility of words that allow us to say as much “this painting is bad or worthless” as “I think this person is bad or worthless,” or “this is a bad, or worthless, remark” and “this is a bad or worthless check.” This course will focus primarily on influential accounts of value in aesthetic theory, while also examining the ways in which aesthetic value demarcates itself from or implicates its moral and economic counterparts, and what the interplays among the three fields entail for aesthetic value. Our readings will focus on the impact of primarily German thought on the formation of modern aesthetic theory-from the early eighteenth century through the Enlightenment and Romanticism to high modernism and the Frankfurt School. Class and readings in English. Prerequisite(s): No pre-knowledge required. This course is appropriate for all level students. Occasionally (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 294 - Topics Course


    Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 305 - Advanced German


    This is a language course in which participants expand their abilities in all four language modalities - particularly oral and written expression - through engagement with numerous aspects of the life, literature, and culture of German-speaking countries and their multicultural societies, as well as their relations to the world. Including an extensive review of important advanced language topics, this course offers students the opportunity to improve their German to university-level proficiency. Every semester. (4 credits) Prerequisite(s): GERM 204 , placement test or permission of instructor Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 308 - German Cultural History I


    This course prepares students for upper-level courses in German Studies through the critical investigation of important political, social and aesthetic topics in the context of German cultural history from 1815-1945. Such topics include the tension between the German Kulturnation and the political nation, the economics and philosophical critique offered by socialism, imperialism as discourse and political tool, the aesthetic revolution of modernism in the arts, and the debacle of fascism and the Holocaust.  In addition to historical sources, students read literary and autobiographical texts, view films, and investigate examples of material culture from a variety of periods. Conducted in German. Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite: GERM 305 , placement test, or permission of instructor Every spring. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 309 - German Cultural History II


    This course prepares students for upper-level courses in German Studies through the critical investigation of important political, social and aesthetic topics in the context of German cultural history from 1945 through the present. Such topics include the tension between consumer culture and Vergangenheitsbewältigung in the West Germany of the 1950s, the theory and practice of collectivism in East Germany, the significance of the Wall, political upheaval and terrorism in West Germany, real existierender Sozialismus in the East, German unification, multiculturalism, and contemporary topics such as environmentalism and sustainability. In addition to historical sources, students read literary and autobiographical texts, view films, and investigate examples of material culture from a variety of periods. Conducted in German. Prerequisite(s): GERM 305 , placement test, or permission of instructor Every spring. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 314 - Darwin, Nietzsche, Freud

    Cross-Listed as PHIL 214  
    We all have values; but what are they based on? Perhaps no two thinkers have asked this question as persistently and approached it with such intrepid originality as Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud. Writing in an age when religious belief had lost credence as a foundation for ethics, Nietzsche and Freud confronted the groundlessness of value systems while recognizing the impossibility of living without them. Both were reacting to Darwin’s discovery of natural selection, which dispelled nature’s divine aura and inaugurated what Nietzsche would call the “death of God.” The course explores the challenges to value judgments in the wake of Darwin and attempted solutions to them, centering on the four domains of ethics, subjectivity, aesthetics, and cultural value. Readings will include excerpts from Darwin’s The Origin of Species ; Nietzsche’s The Genealogy of Morals, The Gay Science , and the texts posthumously published as The Will to Power ; Freud’s Totem and Taboo, Civilization and Its Discontents , and Beyond the Pleasure Principle ; as well as other works. Alternate years. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 337 - Dead White Men

    Cross-Listed as MCST 337 
    Today we often hear people dismiss the Western (mostly European) philosophical tradition as a bunch of “dead white men.” In other words, the argument goes, these thinkers harbored such passe notions as universal truths, a universal subject, and an individual in total control of itself and endowed with a pure reason unadulterated by rhetoric, imagination, fiction, and politics. Why should we bother with “dead white men” now that we understand that truth depends on historical context, that the self is decentered by the unconscious, that identity is constituted by gender, race, class, and other cultural factors, that truth is linked to power, and that ideology is omnipresent? Unfortunately, this all-too-familiar attitude overlooks its own faulty presupposition: it presumes a clear-cut break between philosophical tradition and contemporary thought, as if contemporary thought had no tradition out of which it emerged and could, therefore, merely discard what preceded it. Hence the popularity of phrases like “philosophy is dead.” It is all the more ironic to see this attitude prevail in the West at the very moment that multiculturalism has become our cause celebre : all cultural traditions are supposed to be “respected,” except the West’s own tradition. (Perhaps as a new way for the West to reinstate surreptitiously its superiority as the sole culture with no tradition?) This course pursues a close reading of texts by various “dead white men” as the unconscious (i.e., repressed and, for that matter, all the more powerful) undercurrent of contemporary thought. Assigned texts will include: Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Pascal, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Marx, as well as texts by twentieth-century thinkers that stress the dependence of contemporary thought on philosophy. No pre-knowledge required; all readings in English. With different reading lists this course may be taken more than once for credit . Alternate years. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 360 - Proseminar in German Studies


    Changing German Studies topics such as: Desire, Reason and Power in Modernity; Modernity and the Unconscious; German Nationalism and its Legacy; Kafka and German Expressionism; Karl Marx and the Development of Communism; German Political Theater; Nietzsche: Romantic, Modern, Postmodern; The Comical Effects of Kafka and Kleist. Students may register up to two times for courses numbered 360, provided a different topic is offered. May be taught in German or in English. Every year. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 363 - Crime and the Fantastic


    This course explores the modern fascination with the uncanny, the mysterious, the magical, and the demonic in two related genres: murder mysteries and tales of the supernatural. We will ask why both of these genres were invented in German Romanticism and what function they play in later contexts. Course materials include stories of the uncanny by E.T.A. Hoffmann and Tieck; Goethe’s “Faust”; Grimm’s fairy tales; the fantastic realism of the nineteenth century; Kafka’s “Metamorphosis”; German TV crime drama. Taught in German. Requirements: weekly reading responses; three short papers with revisions. Prerequisite(s): GERM 308 , GERM 309 , study abroad, or permission of instructor. Offered fall term of even-numbered years. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 364 - Class Cultures


    This course explores depictions and concepts of “class” in literature, film, and political discourse since the French Revolution. Discussion topics include the invention of the bourgeois family; the Lumpenproletariat (prostitutes, rogues, vagabonds) in literature and art; revolutionary culture and politics in the inter-war period; depictions of class in contemporary mass culture. How does “class consciousness” emerge in German history? Is class an economic necessity or a consequence of culture and politics? Why is culture still fascinated by class? Taught in German. Prerequisite(s):  , GERM 309 , or the equivalent Offered fall term of odd-numbered years. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 365 - Kafka: Gods, Animals, and Other Species of Modernity


    This course approaches Kafka’s work both as a case for literary analysis and as a text that reveals insights into modernity - the historical era characterized by capitalism, secularization, the nation-state, increasing bureaucratization, the commodification of art, the development of technology and media. In addition to reading closely a selection of Kafka’s short stories and exerpts from his novels, we shall also read some influential commentaries on his work, as well as texts that address major phenomena that characterize modernity. Taught in German. Prerequisite(s):  , GERM 309  or the equivalent Offered spring semester of even-numbered years. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 366 - Literature and Film


    In this course we read closely a selection of German literary texts and compare them to their film adaptations. The literature may range from German “classics” to popular “best sellers,” and the films from critically acclaimed cases to box office successes, as a way of gauging social diversity in interests and taste. Beyond focusing on literary analysis, the course will address questions such as: how the written word is translated to the screen; what happens when the film adaptation occurs in another language and culture; what difference it makes if the work was written in the 1920s and filmed in the 2000s. Taught in German. Prerequisite(s):   or GERM 309   Alternate years. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 394 - Topics Course


    Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 488 - Senior Seminar


    Designed as a capstone experience in German studies, the seminar brings together fundamental questions engaged by the field of German studies, and enhances students’ understanding of the theories and methodologies informing contemporary scholarship. Part of the seminar will be devoted to study of an aspect of German studies; students will then conduct independent research, which will serve as the basis of class discussions during the latter part of the semester. Changing topics may include: Constructing National Identity; Radicalism and Conservatism in Modernism; Goethe’s Faust ; Centrality and Marginality in German Culture; Translingual Interventions: Migration and Cultural Identity in Contemporary Germany, Stardom and Charisma. Taught in German. Prerequisite(s):   Every year. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 494 - Topics Course


    Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 601 - Tutorial


    Limit to be applied toward the major or will be determined in consultation with the department. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (1 Credits)

  
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    GERM 602 - Tutorial


    Limit to be applied toward the major or will be determined in consultation with the department. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (2 Credits)

  
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    GERM 603 - Tutorial


    Limit to be applied toward the major or will be determined in consultation with the department. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (3 Credits)

  
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    GERM 604 - Tutorial


    Limit to be applied toward the major or will be determined in consultation with the department. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 611 - Independent Project


    Limit to be applied toward the major will be determined in consultation with the department. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (1 Credits)

  
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    GERM 612 - Independent Project


    Limit to be applied toward the major will be determined in consultation with the department. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (2 Credits)

  
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    GERM 613 - Independent Project


    Limit to be applied toward the major will be determined in consultation with the department. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (3 Credits)

  
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    GERM 614 - Independent Project


    Limit to be applied toward the major will be determined in consultation with the department. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 621 - Internship


    Limit to be applied toward the major will be determined in consultation with the department. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office. Every semester. (1 Credits)

  
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    GERM 622 - Internship


    Limit to be applied toward the major will be determined in consultation with the department. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office. Every semester. (2 Credits)

  
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    GERM 623 - Internship


    Limit to be applied toward the major will be determined in consultation with the department. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office. Every semester. (3 Credits)

  
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    GERM 624 - Internship


    Limit to be applied toward the major will be determined in consultation with the department. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office. Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 631 - Preceptorship


    Limit to be applied toward the major will be determined in consultation with the department. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs. Every semester. (1 Credits)

  
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    GERM 632 - Preceptorship


    Limit to be applied toward the major will be determined in consultation with the department. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs. Every semester. (2 Credits)

  
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    GERM 633 - Preceptorship


    Limit to be applied toward the major will be determined in consultation with the department. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs. Every semester. (3 Credits)

  
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    GERM 634 - Preceptorship


    Limit to be applied toward the major will be determined in consultation with the department. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs. Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    GERM 641 - Honors Independent


    Independent research, writing, or other preparation leading to the culmination of the senior honors project. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (1 Credits)

  
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    GERM 642 - Honors Independent


    Independent research, writing, or other preparation leading to the culmination of the senior honors project. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (2 Credits)

  
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    GERM 643 - Honors Independent


    Independent research, writing, or other preparation leading to the culmination of the senior honors project. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (3 Credits)

  
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    GERM 644 - Honors Independent


    Independent research, writing, or other preparation leading to the culmination of the senior honors project. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair. Every semester. (4 Credits)


Hispanic Studies

  
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    HISP 101 - Elementary Spanish I


    Pronunciation, grammar essentials, conversation and reading. Three class hours a week plus one hour of tutorial. Minimal introduction to history and culture of hispanophone countries. For admission into HISP 102, students must have completed HISP 101, or its equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 102 - Elementary Spanish II


    Pronunciation, grammar essentials, conversation and reading. Three class hours a week plus one hour of tutorial. Minimal introduction to history and culture of hispanophone countries. For admission into HISP 203, students must have completed HISP 102, or its equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. Prerequisite(s): HISP 101  with C- or better. Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 110 - Accelerated Beginning Spanish


    Accelerated Spanish 110 meets the goals of Elementary Spanish I and II (HISP 101  and HISP 102  ) in one semester. It covers pronunciation, grammar essentials, conversation and reading. This course is appropriate for students with prior experience in Spanish or another language and for students who are highly self-motivated and/or able to learn foreign languages quickly. Successful completion allows enrollment in Intermediate Spanish: HISP 203  or HISP 220 . Students will not receive credit for this course if they have previously taken or been awarded credit for HISP 101  or HISP 102 .  Three class hours a week plus two hours of tutorial. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. For admission into HISP 203 or HISP 220, students must have completed HISP 110, or its equivalent, with a minimum grade of C. Every semester. (5 Credits)

  
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    HISP 111 - Accelerated Beginning Portuguese


    Intensive instruction in speaking, understanding, reading and writing Portuguese. Brazilian usage emphasized. Successful completion allows enrollment in the second level Portuguese course, HISP 331. Three class hours per week plus two hours of tutorial. Prerequisite(s): This course is appropriate for students who are strongly self-motivated. High intermediate or advanced skills in Spanish or another Romance language, or previous work in Portuguese, will prove particularly helpful to the student. Exceptions to these guidelines may be made with the instructor’s consent. Every fall semester, and occasionally in spring semester. (5 Credits)

  
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    HISP 151 - Caribbean Literature and Culture: Aesthetics of Resistance

    Cross-Listed as  
    Explore literary, visual and musical expressions of resistance against colonialism and neocolonialism in the Caribbean, and examine street performance as a means of redefining public space and creating community. Students will learn about the tensions between culture and capital. Offered as a First Year Course only. Alternate years. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 171 - Susurros del Pasado: Whispers Toward the 21st Century

    Cross-Listed as  
    This course explores expressions of indigenismos both past and present throughout the Americas. Students will examine literary, historical and political texts that convey the ongoing struggle of Native Americans to retain cultural and sociopolitical autonomy in North and South America. Offered as a First Year Course only. Alternate years. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 194 - Topics Course


    Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 203 - Intermediate Spanish I


    Intermediate Spanish extends and deepens awareness and use of linguistic functions in Spanish. Formal introduction to history and culture of Hispanophone countries. For admission into HISP 204, students must have completed HISP 203, or its equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. Prerequisite(s): HISP 102 , or  , or an equivalent, with a grade of C- or better. Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 204 - Intermediate Spanish II


    Intermediate Spanish extends and deepens awareness and use of linguistic functions in Spanish. Formal introduction to history and culture of Hispanophone countries. Prerequisite(s): HISP 203 , or its equivalent, with a grade of C- or better. Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 220 - Accelerated Intermediate Spanish


    Accelerated Spanish 220 meets the goals of Intermediate Spanish I and II (HISP 203  and HISP 204  ) in one semester. It extends and deepens awareness and use of linguistic functions in Spanish, and it introduces the history and culture of Hispanophone countries.  This course is designed for students who have successfully completed HISP 110  or HISP 102 ) or have tested in at the intermediate level on the placement test. Three class hours per week plus two hours of tutorial. Successful completion allows enrollment in HISP 305 . Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Students will not receive credit for this course if they have previously taken or been awarded credit for 203 and/or 204.  Every semester. (5 Credits)

  
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    HISP 221 - Accelerated Intermediate Portuguese


    This course covers the second year of Portuguese in one semester. It extends and deepens awareness and use of linguistic functions in Portuguese, and it introduces the history and culture of Lusophone countries.  Brazilian usage emphasized. This course is appropriate for students who have taken HISP 111  or for highly self-motivated students with appropriate prior experience in Portuguese. Successful completion allows enrollment in HISP 331 . Three class hours per week plus two hours of tutorial. Successful completion of this course satisfies the college language requirement. Prerequisite(s): HISP 111  or prior experience in Portuguese. Spring semester. (5 Credits)

  
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    HISP 294 - Topics Course


    Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 305 - Introduction to Hispanic Studies: Oral and Written Expression


    Primarily designed to improve oral communication and to strengthen the student’s written proficiency and his or her awareness of grammar intricacies. In relation to writing, it serves as a bridge to upper-level courses. Conversations and compositions are based on cultural and literary topics. Class activities vary according to the instructor but usually include five to fifteen minute presentations, interviews with native speakers, commentary on videos and movies, short stories, plays and short novels, writing strategies, and self-correction exercises. It often involves extensive reading appropriate to the level. Prerequisite(s):  HISP 204 , HISP 220 , or consent of the instructor. Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 307 - Introduction to the Analysis of Hispanic Texts

    Cross-Listed as LATI 307  
    This course presents the student with essential tools for the critical analysis of a broad range of topics and forms of cultural production (literature, cinema, art, e-texts, etc.) in the Hispanic world. It also teaches the student advanced language skills in written composition and public oral presentation. This course satisfies either the Area 1 or Area 2 requirement for the Hispanic and Latin American Studies major. Prerequisite(s): HISP 305   Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 308 - Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Studies

    Cross-Listed as   and   
    This course provides an interdisciplinary discussion of the Latino experience in the United States with a focus on Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Cuban- Americans. Using fiction, poetry, films and critical essays, we will examine issues of race and ethnicity, language, identity, gender and sexuality, politics, and immigration. This course satisfies the Area 4 requirement for the Hispanic and Latin American Studies major. Prerequisite(s):  HISP 305  or consent of the instructor. Every semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 309 - Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

    Cross-Listed as   
    A linguistic survey of the Spanish language aimed at improving pronunciation and increasing comprehension of the structure of the language, deepening students’ understanding of the sound system, word formation, grammar and meaning. Study will emphasize phonetics and provide an introduction to transcription, phonology, morphology and syntax, as well as provide an overview of linguistic change and geographic variation. This course satisfies the Area 3 requirement for the Hispanic and Latin American Studies major. Prerequisite(s): HISP 305  or consent of instructor. Every year. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 316 - Mapping the New World: Exploration, Encounters, and Disasters

    Cross-Listed as LATI 316  and INTL 316  
    Europeans were by no means the first peoples to explore new territories and human populations. Renaissance scientific methodology, however, led European travelers to meticulously document each New World encounter in writing and develop new tools with which to navigate and represent space, devices that subsequently became weapons of colonial domination. But as Nature and indigenous populations refused to be subjected to European epistemology, failure and disaster were frequent events: shipwrecks left Old World survivors stranded among unknown lands and peoples in the Americas; Amerindians rejected the imposition of a foreign culture and religion, murdering colonists and missionaries; Africans rebelled against slavery and escaped to mountains and jungles to form autonomous communities. An examination of maps, exploration logs, missionary histories, travel literature, historiography and colonial documents will provide the foundation for this course on the ambivalent reality of the Old World’s encounter with the Americas, in which Europeans were often the losers. This course satisfies the Area 1 requirement for the Hispanic & Latin American Studies major. Prerequisite(s): HISP 305  and another 300-level Hispanic Studies course, or consent of the instructor. Alternate years. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 325 - Dictators, Revolutions and Insurrections


    Modern Hispanic cultural production in response to dictators, revolutions, and socio-political repression was varied and pointed. Students read a variety of contemporary authors and analyze how they represent social realities in discourse that reflects and informs societal changes. This course satisfies the Area 2 requirement for the Hispanic & Latin American Studies major. Prerequisite(s): HISP 305  Required,  (HISP 307 and HISP 308 recommended). Offered occasionally. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 330 - Advanced Spanish Grammar: Meaning and Communication


    An overview of the intricacies of advanced Spanish grammar, providing extensive oral and written practice to improve students’ grammatical accuracy as well as overall understanding of the structure of the language. This course satisfies the Area 3 requirement for the Hispanic & Latin American Studies major. Prerequisite(s): HISP 305  or consent of the instructor. Alternate years. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 331 - Journeys through Brazil: Oral and Written Expression


    Primarily designed to improve oral communication and to strengthen students’ written proficiency and their awareness of grammar intricacies in Portuguese. In relation to writing, it serves as a bridge to upper-level courses. Conversations and compositions are based on the civilization and cultures of Brazil, which despite its continental size and being among the largest world economies remains a mystery to many. This course explores the socio-historical, political and cultural trajectory Brazil has undertaken while, at the same time, reflecting on how ideas such as nation, identity, race, ethnicity, and class have transformed the face of the country. A wide array of texts and materials -literature, music, painting, sculpture, architecture, dance, and cinema- is used to gain a broad and critical understanding of the Brazilian universe. It involves extensive reading appropriate to the level. Prerequisite(s): HISP 221  or consent of instructor. Spring semester. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 332 - Spanish in the United States

    Cross-Listed as LING 332  
    In this course, students will examine the different varieties of Spanish in the US and the effects of the linguistic contact between Spanish and English. Sociolinguistic aspects relevant to language contact will be addressed, as will related issues such as immigration patterns, bilingualism, Spanglish, and bilingual education. Prerequisite(s): HISP 305   Every other year. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 334 - Spanish in the Workplace


    Students will acquire a working knowledge of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures as related to the bilingual workplace in the United States and abroad. Emphasis is placed on fields such as healthcare and medicine, legal matters and law enforcement, social services, and business. Students pursue individual interests in specific career areas with a community involvement component. This course satisfies the Area 3 requirement for the Hispanic & Latin American Studies major. Prerequisite(s): HISP 305  or consent of the instructor. Alternate years. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 343 - Culture and Politics in Spain from Civil War to Today


    This course presents an overview of the evolution of life in Spain since the Civil War, death of Franco, through the socialist period and Spain’s entry in the European Union until today. Art, music, literature and film will serve as the basis for lecture and discussions of some of Spain’s current challenges and achievements, namely, unemployment, immigration, language and identity, women’s rights, terrorism, and the impact of the Euro on the economy and on everyday life. This course satisfies the Area 4 requirement for the Hispanic and Latin American Studies major. Prerequisite(s): HISP 305   Alternate years. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 388 - Hispanic Studies Junior Seminar


    Course objectives:

    The Hispanic Studies Junior Seminar provides an opportunity for Hispanic Studies majors and minors to have professional and personal engagement with all of the faculty members in the department. A primary objective of the course is to create community and stimulate lively intellectual discussion between students and faculty before the senior year.

    Course requirements:

    Each faculty member or pair of faculty members will present on a significant literary, cultural, linguistic or theoretical concept in their area of specialty. The reading requirement will be carefully considered and consistent with a one-credit hour course. Students are expected to read the indicated text and contribute to commentary and criticism of the text in group discussions.

    Course evaluation:

    The course will be evaluated S/N only (pass/fail) but students will benefit enormously from the engagement with faculty members and their peers, familiarization with the discipline and the formation of a sense of community within the department. Prerequisite(s): Hispanic Studies majors and minors only. Every semester. (1 Credits)

  
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    HISP 391 - Topics Course


    Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing. (1 Credits)

  
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    HISP 394 - Topics Course


    Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 414 - Here and There: Superando Límites/Crossing Boundaries


    Living an identity that is multipositional is a familiar reality for many people in the 21st century. The seventeenth century Hispanic world reveals surprisingly diverse and complex societies in which literature—and sometimes life itself—provided a space for trying on different social clothes, so to speak, in an exploration of early modern identity. This course will allow students to enjoy prose, drama, poetry and historiography from both Spain and Spanish America and to witness how writers from both sides of the Atlantic were pushing aesthetic and societal limits of religion, ethnicity and gender in their writing. We view Baroque art from Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and colonial Mexico and Peru, and read some pertinent critical perspectives that will help enrich our readings of the literature. To bring the plays to life, students will select fragments of dramas to “rescript” and perform for their classmates. This course satisfies the Area 1 requirement for the Hispanic & Latin American Studies major. Prerequisite(s): HISP 307  or   or consent of the instructor. Alternate years. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 415 - Cultural Resistance and Survival: Indigenous and African Peoples in Early Spanish America

    Cross-Listed as LATI 415  and INTL 415 
    In the Old World, Spain defined its national identity by locating its “others” in Jews, conversos , Muslims, moriscos , Turks, gypsies, pirates and Protestants. In the New World, Spaniards employed many of the same discursive and legal tactics—along with brute force—to subject Amerindian and African peoples to their will and their cultural norms. But indigenous and African populations in the Americas actively countered colonization. They rejected slavery and cultural imposition through physical rebellion, the use of strategies of cultural preservation and the appropriation of phonetic writing, which they in turn wielded against European hegemony. We will examine a fascinating corpus of indigenous pictographic codexes, architecture, myths, and histories and letters of resistance, along with a rich spectrum of texts in which peoples of African descent affirm their own subjectivity in opposition to slavery and cultural violence. What will emerge for students is a complex, heterogeneous vision of the conquest and early colonization in which non-European voices speak loudly on their own behalf. This course satisfies the Area 1 requirement for the Hispanic & Latin American Studies major. Prerequisite(s): HISP 307  or consent of the instructor. Alternate years. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 417 - El Quijote as Timeless Text


    Miguel de Cervantes’ El ingenioso Don Quijote de la Mancha is one of the most beloved and influential literary texts in all of world literature. In this course, students will not only engage in a careful and delightful reading of the entire text, but will also examine limitations and literary creations inspired through time by the classic. In order to understand how Quijote was received according to historical moment, we will explore critical perspectives on the text from across the centuries. Students will enjoy myriad artistic representations of Don Quijote and view and critique contemporary musical and filmic productions inspired by the text. This course satisfies the Area 1 requirement for the Hispanic & Latin American Studies major. Prerequisite(s): HISP 307  or consent of the instructor. Alternate years. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 419 - “Neither Saints Nor Sinners”: Women Writers of the Early Modern Hispanic World


    Sixteenth- and seventeenth- century women writers were in constant dialogue with their male counterparts and dedicated much of their energy to debunking myths of female purity, passivity and ignorance. To this end, they created female protagonists of great strength and integrity. Exploring themes such as life in the convent, the mujer varonil and the mujer vestida de hombre , we will look at many peninsular as well as New World women authors who were busy challenging both social and aesthetic norms in their writing. This course satisfies the Area 1 requirement for the Hispanic & Latin American Studies major. Prerequisite(s): HISP 307 , or consent of the instructor. Offered occasionally. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 420 - One Hundred Years of Plenitude: Modern and Postmodern Hispanic Fiction


    The rise of modern fiction produced a series of remarkable novels in Latin America and Spain throughout the 20th century and into the present. The course will focus primarily on the Latin American “Boom” from the 1960s onwards. We will also study the appearance and enduring presence of postmodernism in Hispanic fiction. The course refines the analysis of literary works from a variety of perspectives (historical, political, social, ethical, aesthetic, etc.) and provides a comprehensive view of the evolution of Hispanic narrative from the dawn of modernity to the present. It targets those students who enjoy literature and believe in the pleasure of the text. This course satisfies the Area 2 requirement for the Hispanic & Latin American Studies major. Prerequisite(s): HISP 307  or consent of the instructor. Alternate years. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 421 - Romantics, Moderns and Avant-Gardists


    Uncovering a panorama of Spanish culture from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the Civil War in 1936, we focus on the evolution of literature and the arts during the periods of Romanticism, Realism, Modernism and the Avant-Garde in an attempt to describe the faces of modernity in Spain. Authors that are usually studied include José Zorrilla, Rosalía de Castro, Benito Pérez Galdós, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Miguel de Unamuno, Ramón María del Valle Includeán, José Ortega y Gasset, Luis Buñuel, and Federico Garcí­a Lorca. This course satisfies the Area 2 requirement for the Hispanic & Latin American Studies major. Prerequisite(s): HISP 307  or consent of the instructor. Offered occasionally. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 422 - Modern Hispanic Novel and the Visual Arts

    Cross-Listed as  
    We use an interdisciplinary approach to narrative that focuses on the cooperation between the written and the visual text. For example, how did nineteenth-century painting influenced the novel? Or, what are the connections between cinematic adaptations of narratives? We also consider the perennial dilemma of literal versus personal interpretation. This course satisfies the Area 2 requirement for the Hispanic & Latin American Studies major. Prerequisite(s):   or   or consent of the instructor. Alternate years. (4 Credits)

  
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    HISP 426 - Parody in the Postmodern Hispanic World


    Western societies and literary traditions use parody to measure, shape, and change cultural values and identities. Parody is considered to be an amorphous genre that adapts itself and evolves in time, along with the cultural environments in which it exists. This course offers students the opportunity to examine the concept of parody and its application to specific narrative texts produced in the Hispanic world during its postmodern era. Texts examined include fiction and non-fiction, cinematic, and other multimedia arts. This course satisfies the Area 2 requirement for the Hispanic & Latin American Studies major. Prerequisite(s): HISP 307  or consent of the instructor. Offered occasionally. (4 Credits)

 

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