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Rutgers University
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Course descriptions

The Spanish program offers a wide variety of courses dedicated to foster the linguistic and cultural development of students through the use of Spanish. Our catalog includes two different types of courses based on your proficiency in the language and on your academic and professional goals. 

  • Language courses:

    These classes are focused on the development of fluency in Spanish using a communicative approach to language teaching and learning. All students with previous or no experience with Spanish are required to take a placement test before enrolling in any of these courses. Click here to schedule an exam or here for more information on the foreign language requirement.

940:101 all sections Elementary Spanish I (4 credits)

Training designed to lay a foundation for speaking, writing, reading, and understanding the language. For students with no knowledge of Spanish or with no more than two years of high school Spanish. Entering students with previous Spanish study will be placed according to the results of a placement exam. Students with three or more years of Spanish in high school may not take 50:940:101 for credit.

940:102 all sections Elementary Spanish II (4 credits)

Continuation of 50:940:101. Prerequisite: 50:940:101 or equivalent. For students with little knowledge of Spanish or with no more than three year
s of high school Spanish. Entering students will be placed according to the results of a placement exam. Students with four or more years of Spanish in high school may not take 50:940:102 for credit. Note that 50:940:102 is the minimum level for fulfilling the college general degree requirement in foreign languages. 

tumblr_nfgy8kbkpg1trcirdo1_500940:121 all sections Intermediate Spanish I (4 credits)

This course aims to help students acquire communication skills in both oral and written Spanish through the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes. Prerequisite: 50:940:102 or equivalent, or sufficient score on placement examination. 

940:122 all sections Intermediate Spanish II (4 credits)

Continuation of 50:940:121. The course will have an emphasis on grammar and vocabulary review to achieve fluency in the language. Prerequisite: 50:940:121 or equivalent, or sufficient score on placement examination. 

940: 127 Spanish for the Professions I (3 credits)

A course that allows students with no prior knowledge of Spanish the ability to develop communication skills specifically adapted to the health care environment. Participants will acquire basic grammar and vocabulary in topics such as patient history, symptoms, physical conditions, and emergency response.

940:203 Spanish Conversation and Composition (3 credits)

This course aims to help students improve their comprehension and production of academic and non-academic texts and discussions focused on a wide variety of contemporary issues such as climate change, domestic violence, the role of technology in our lives or the growing presence of Spanish in the world.

940:204 Advanced Conversation and Composition  (3 credits)

Continuation of 50:940:203. This course will be focused on perfecting advanced vocabulary and grammar through a communicative framework fostering the use of language in real-life situations.

940: 227 Spanish for the Professions II (3 credits)

For students with prior knowledge of Spanish interested in developing and improving oral and written skills in order to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking patients, co-workers and professionals. It entails a basic review of grammar and a comprehensive vocabulary acquisition on topics such as, patient history, symptoms, physical conditions, and emergency response.


  • Content courses:

    1. Culture and civilization:

50:940:207 Spanish Culture and Civilization  (3 credits)

A study of the principal characteristics of Spain as manifested in its history, art, and daily life. Formerly 50:940:301. Prerequisite: 50:940:122 or equivalent.

50:940:208 Spanish-American Culture and Civilization  (3 credits)

This course intends to acquaint the student with the cultural richness and diversity of Latin America. The course covers the religious, philosophical, geographical, historical, sociopolitical, and economic beliefs that form the identity of Latin America. Spanish American Culture and Civilization will also look at music, plastic arts, film, and architecture as reflective of identity.

2. Literature and the Arts:

bbd487452f75dfe8b61c453f5a86bb0f50:940:280 Speaking about Film (3 credits)

Films constitute one of the most significant forms of artistic expression in the 20th and 21st century. Through their visual narratives, movies serve as a dramatic learning tool that allows students to explore particular ideologies, historical conditions, and aesthetic values. Through the immersion schedule that a Winterim schedule provides, this class will teach you how to develop and perfect linguistic and interpretative skills at a strikingly pace. Satisfies writing intensive and global requirement.

50:940:300 Introduction to Spanish Literature (3 credits)

An introduction to the study of Spanish literature. Acquaints the student with the main classical writers and the principal literary movements and tendencies from the origins of Spanish literature. Attention given to the relationship of the literary movements to social and historical movements, and the development of the arts. Prerequisite: 50:940:203.

50:940:301 Introduction to Spanish-American Literature (3 credits)

This course the student to the outstanding writers of Spanish-American literature from the conquest and colonial periods, through independence from Spain, to contemporary times. Attention paid to the relationship of literary and intellectual movements, to social and historic events, and to the development of the arts. Prerequisite: 50:940:203.

50: 940: 391 Princesses and Perverts. Gender and Sexuality in Span. Am. Modernismo (3 credits)

Spanish American Modernismo (1890-1920) offers a wide range of representations previously considered “taboo” in Spanish culture; we will look closely at transgressed attitudes toward sex and gender in the period via literary works that feature an array of “dangerous” people: the femme fatale, effeminate men, prostitutes, and hysterics. Authors include works of José Martí (Cuba), Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera (México), Julián del Casal (Cuba), José Asunción Silva (Colombia), Rubén Darío (Nicaragua), Delimira Agustini (Uruguay), among others.

50: 940: 392 Women writers of the Hispanic World (3 credits)

3. Bilingualism, Linguistics and Education:

50:940:292 Speaking Latino: Spanish in the US

This course offers a critical overview of the linguistic practices present in different Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. During the semester, we will address contemporary issues related to Latino bilinguals from all over in the country, such as the use of Spanglish in the community, individual and social attitudes towards Spanish, and the presence of this language in the media and in the public sphere. The main objective of the course is to develop critical and linguistic awareness about the relationship between language, individuals, and society, placing a special emphasis on historical and current Hispanic migration patterns and settlements, characteristics of Spanish in contact with English, and bilingual language development.

50:940:391 Bilingualism in the US: from the theory to the classroom (3 credits)

This course was designed for students who wanted to gain a better understanding of the main tenets of bilingual language acquisition, with a particular emphasis on the integration of multilingua
lism and multiculturality in the foreign language classroom. Students were also be encouraged to reflect about current controversies regarding bilingualism in the US educational system and society as well as in their everyday lives.

50: 940: 292 Psychological foundations of teaching Spanish (3 credits)

This course explores the psychological conditions learning strategies, and cognitive and emotional responses required in the learning of Spanish as a Second Language.  Effective teachers need to understand the learners’ cognitive make up (physical, social, and moral development), and how their development shapes their learning capacities (intelligence, special needs, multiculturalism, motivation).  This course is designed to promote an understanding of how learning proceeds as mediated cognitive development, and develop the pedagogical skills that pre-service and in-service teachers need to optimize learning and second language development in the Spanish classroom.

50: 940: 491 Methods of teaching Spanish (3 credits)

This course seeks to ask the fundamental questions in Spanish second language learning, teaching, and acquisition in order to provide an understanding of the major issues in theory and in practice faced by professionals in the field subsumed by Language(s), Literature(s) and Culture(s). As this course is one of the core courses aimed at the development of language teaching professionals, course content will have considerable value for participants who are considering their future roles as in-service teachers who need to know what a sound and cohesive language program looks like and need to know about the accreditation process. Upon completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate a familiarity with the presented terminology of linguistic theory and methods/pedagogy; exhibit knowledge of the linguistic theories and theories of pedagogy and understand their scope and limitations for application in effective language teaching/learning.