2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Spanish (SPA)

Romance Languages & Literatures

910 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4620
Ph: 716-645-2191
F: 716-645-5981
W: rll.buffalo.edu
Dr. Elizabeth Scarlett
Chair
Dr. Maureen Jameson
Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Learning Environment

Spanish courses are taught in the target language from the first day of the first class. Every session is highly interactive, with students encouraged to speak several times, both spontaneously and when called on. In introductory classes, instructors model usage and pronunciation and the class repeats and practices until the new pattern is learned. As students move through the curriculum, their participation evolves; students perform original skits as well as scenes from established dramatic works, and in advanced classes they present their research findings to the class and respond to feedback, all in the target language. The RLL curriculum emphasizes language mastery as well as the development of analytical skill, literary analysis, and cultural knowledge. Current events, whether in Marseilles or Mexico City or Quebec or Rome, are a focus throughout the curriculum. Courses are small in size. Graduate teaching assistants or adjunct faculty staff most 100-level and some 200-level classes, and regular faculty staff virtually all 300- and 400-level courses.

About Our Facilities

RLL recently updated its departmental classroom to provide state-of-the-art audio visual technology for classroom presentations, lectures and films. The department also has a Québec Studies seminar room with specially dedicated materials and equipment available to support film study. A spacious conference room serves for meetings and oral exams. All regular classrooms are equipped with up-to-date computing and display technology and are linked by a T1 connection to the Internet. Secure wifi is ubiquitous on campus.

About Our Faculty

The breadth of faculty specializations in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and a pan-Romance model make for an actively interdisciplinary research and teaching agenda which promotes linguistic, literary, cultural, and visual literacies. We have emerging interests in Catalan and Portuguese, with cross-disciplinary strengths in Iberian and Latin American Studies, Francophone Canadian, Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Studies, Early Modern Studies, as well as Cultural, Postcolonial, Gender, Disability, and Urban and Landscape Studies, in addition to Poetry, Theater and Performance, Film, and Romance Linguistics. RLL faculty contribute to interdisciplinary initiatives such as UB’s Humanities Institute, the Gender Institute, the Early Modern Reading Group, Poetics and Canadian Studies. 

RLL graduate students are productive and high achieving. They have successfully competed for UB Presidential scholarships; been short-listed for Fulbright and Ford fellowships; received CAS and Humanities Institute dissertation writing grants; had papers accepted in major disciplinary conferences articles accepted for publication at peer-reviewed journals. They organize an annual conference and publish its proceedings.   

Full time tenured/tenure track RLL faculty: 15
Teaching assistants: 22
Adjunct faculty: 5-7

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Romance Languages and Literatures department website for additional information about our faculty.

SPA Courses


  • SPA 101LEC Elementary Spanish 1st Semester
    Lecture

    For students who have never had Spanish or had one year or less in high school. Reviews fundamentals of Spanish pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar; emphasizes oral proficiency.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • SPA 102LEC Elementary Spanish 2nd Semester
    Lecture

    For students who have never had Spanish or had one year or less in high school. Reviews fundamentals of Spanish pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar; emphasizes oral proficiency.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: SPA 101
  • SPA 104LEC Transitional Elementary Spanish
    Lecture

    A one-semester review course for students who have taken the Regents' exams or have had previous experience with Spanish, but who are not yet able to go into the second year of language study. Involves all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and, to some extent, writing), emphasizing grammatical structures and vocabulary fundamentals of simple, everyday conversation.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • SPA 151LEC Intermediate Spanish 1st Semester
    Lecture

    Reviews grammar and pronunciation, structured around extensive conversation practice. Also involves vocabulary expansion through literary and nonliterary readings.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • SPA 151REC Intermediate SPA Recitation
    Recitation

    Spanish 151REC is a 1-credit optional course for students who are currently enrolled in SPA 151LEC or who have taken SPA 151LEC already. It provides further in-depth practice of the language skills developed in SPA 151LEC. There will be extensive reading, writing, and conversation practice. Students who are doing the Language Track starting with SPA 104, will benefit from this course to complete the 9-credit requirement of the track.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: SPA 102 or SPA 104
    Corequisites: SPA 151LEC
  • SPA 152LEC Intermediate Spanish 2nd Semester
    Lecture

    Reviews grammar and pronunciation, structured around extensive conversation practice. Also involves vocabulary expansion through literary and nonliterary readings.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: SPA 151
  • SPA 154LEC Intensive Intermediate Spanish
    Lecture

    A one-semester accelerated review of grammar and pronunciation structured around extensive conversation and writing practice. Covers, in one semester, the material offered in SPA 151-SPA 152.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SPA 171LEC Elementary Spanish for Heritage Speakers I
    Lecture

    Provides intensive practice in basic grammatical patterns, and encourages vocabulary expansion through reading and writing in the target language. Teaches standard Spanish to students who learned Spanish at home but have little or no formal instruction in the language. SPA 171 satisfies the proficiency requirement for general education. Students who need a fourth semester of a foreign language must continue with SPA 241.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 172LEC Elementary Spanish for Heritage Speakers II
    Lecture

    Provides intensive practice in basic grammatical patterns, and encourages vocabulary expansion through reading and writing in the target language. Teaches standard Spanish to students who learned Spanish at home but have little or no formal instruction in the language. SPA 171 satisfies the proficiency requirement for general education. Students who need a fourth semester of a foreign language must continue with SPA 241.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • SPA 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • SPA 207LEC Spanish Conversation and Language Workshop
    Lecture

    This course focuses on the development of skills in oral expression and comprehension. Students will also review core grammar topics and complete regular short reading and writing assignments. SPA 207 & SPA 208 can be taken in either order, they do not need to be taken sequentially.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SPA 208LEC Spanish Composition and Language Workshop
    Lecture

    This course focuses primarily on the development of writing skills, with an additional focus on reading comprehension and a review of advanced grammar topics. Students will also continue to develop their conversational abilities. SPA 207 & SPA 208 can be taken in either order, they do not need to be taken sequentially.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SPA 210LEC How to Read a Spanish Text
    Lecture

    Develops students' ability to analyze a piece of Spanish literature; considers prose and poetry from Peninsular Spanish and/or Spanish American literature.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SPA 215LEC Intermediate Review of Spanish Grammar
    Lecture

    Reviews troublesome grammatical points through oral and written exercises; requires oral participation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SPA 216LEC Hispanic Civilization
    Lecture

    Strengthens the student's knowledge of twentieth-century Hispanic cultures and civilizations and improves the student's command of spoken and written Spanish. Examines some of the major events and trends of the twentieth century that are helpful in understanding the contemporary scene, including the Mexican Revolution, the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, World Wars I and II, the Spanish Civil War, the ascent of the United States as a global power, and the phenomena of neocolonialism and dependency in developing countries. Emphasizes contemporary issues and movements (from 1972 to the present) relevant to Hispanics in the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Spain, and South America. Gives students the opportunity to learn how to access cultural information on the Internet. Taught in Spanish.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 221LEC Spanish Conversation through Film
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 225LEC Spanish Language Through Theatre
    Lecture

    Involves reading and discussion of Spanish and Spanish American plays; emphasizes improvement of oral and written expression in Spanish.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SPA 301LEC Survey of Spanish Literature: Middle Ages to Seventeenth Century
    Lecture

    Studies the early history of Spanish literature, from its roots in Mozarabe and the oral tradition to the Golden Age of Spanish baroque drama, verse, and prose. Emphasizes the development of literature in its socio-historical context, as well as its relation to the history of the language.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SPA 302LEC Survey of Spanish Literature: Eighteenth Century to Present
    Lecture

    Introduces the student to the major cultural trends and some important literary works of modern Spanish literature. Class lectures present general background information on the artistic movements, philosophical vogues, and historical events that have directly contributed to the course of Spanish literature of the past three centuries. We read and discuss works by such authors as Bécquer, Galdós, Pardo Bazán, Unamuno, Lorca, Cela, and Martín Gaite.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SPA 303LEC Romanticism and Realism in Spain
    Lecture

    Examines historic and aesthetic backgrounds of, and conducts literary analysis of, some representative works of the romantic and antiromantic (realist) movements in nineteenth-century Spain.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SPA 304LEC Early Spanish American Literature
    Lecture

    Covers works from the time of the encounter between Spain and the Americas, as well as from the colonial period. Study of texts emphasizes cultural and historical issues.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SPA 305LEC Spanish Literature of the Middle Ages
    Lecture

    Examines the literature and culture of the Spanish Middle Ages, from the origins of the language to the unification of the peninsula under the Catholic kings.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 310LEC Introduction to Literary Criticism
    Lecture

    Introduces salient features of various critical methods, including their application to novels, plays, and poetry from Peninsular Spanish and/or Spanish American literature.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 311LEC Survey of Spanish American Literature
    Lecture

    Reviews Spanish American literature from the earliest times to the present.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SPA 312LEC Survey Span-Amer Lit
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 313LEC Advanced Grammar
    Lecture

    Examines grammatical categories of Spanish; provides extensive oral and written practice.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SPA 314LEC Advanced Communication for Students of Spanish
    Lecture

    This course functions as a workshop where students strengthen knowledge and skills necessary for communication in fields and world regions where the Spanish language is used. They learn to apply productive communicative processes (including revision) necessary for written work and presentations, describe the conventions they use, and make effective arguments in varied contexts. Students also refine their use of Spanish, and they cultivate a heightened sense of cross-cultural awareness. Similarly they reflect on the usefulness of communication technologies (including formal writing) as tools for critical thought while they learn to use the language more carefully and purposefully. By the end of the course, students will be more thoroughly prepared to communicate, including in Spanish, as well as articulate their own relationship to various genres, registers, and forms of communication. At least 75% of the class involves work in Spanish.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Completion of Communication Literacy 1 or completion of Writing Skills 1 (ENG 101 or placement into ENG 201)
  • SPA 317LEC Spanish Literature of the Golden Age
    Lecture

    Golden Age of Spanish culture refers to the period stretching roughly from the end of the sixteenth to the beginning of the seventeenth centuries, a time identified by many historians and scholars today as the dawn of the modern age. Examines this "early modernity" through careful attention to the works of such authors as Miguel de Cervantes, Francisco de Quevedo, Lope de Vega, and Calderón de la Barca.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SPA 320LEC Contemporary Spanish American Literature
    Lecture

    Studies the principal characteristics of contemporary Spanish American literature, centered in the analysis of poems and short stories.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SPA 323LEC Business Spanish
    Lecture

    Business Spanish provides a cultural, economic, and political snapshot of all the Spanish-speaking countries around the world, including the United States, which has more Spanish speakers than any other country except Mexico. Cultural readings examine how different attitudes toward money affect the way people conduct business. They also address how the concept of time, family traditions, and the climate influence a country's economy. Practical topics may include correspondence, commercial terminology, readings, occasional translation of articles on financial subjects, discussions of documents, business customs, and practice in practical application. Requires oral participation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: SPA 152 or one 200-level Spanish class or departmental permission. Taught in Spanish.
  • SPA 324LEC Medical and Health-Related Spanish
    Lecture

    Teaches the medical vocabulary and reinforces grammar usage so that students will be able to perform a medical check-up or counseling session in Spanish and/or be a first-responder in Spanish. Students will be able to discuss health care issues in Spanish and formulate informed opinions on health care policies in Hispanic contexts in the United States and abroad.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: SPA 152 or one 200-level or departmental permission.
  • SPA 325LEC Phonetics
    Lecture

    Covers theory and practice of Spanish pronunciation; helps students develop near-native pronunciation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SPA 327LEC Spanish Culture and Civilization
    Lecture

    Examines the history, geography, art, architecture, music, cuisine, and customs of Spain.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SPA 328LEC Spanish American Culture and Civilization
    Lecture

    Examines the history, geography, art, architecture, music, and cuisine of Spanish America.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SPA 330LEC Spanish American Themes
    Lecture

    Examines some of the most important themes in Spanish American life through selected readings (The Indian, Emancipation and Revolution, Country and City, Education: The University Reform of 1918), music, song, and dance. Most readings that illustrate the themes are literary works but their content deals with historical, political, sociological, anthropological, educational, and artistic matters.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 333LEC Intensive Communicative Spanish Abroad
    Lecture

    Provides intensive oral and written practice in Spanish for participants in the department's summer program at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 350LEC Topics in Spanish American Short Story
    Lecture

    Involves studying theories on the short story and their application to selected works of Isabel Allende, Juan José Arreola, María Luisa Bombal, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, Horacio Quiroga, Juan Rulfo, Arturo Uslar Pietri, and others. Conducted in Spanish.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SPA 360LEC Spanish American Literature in Translation
    Lecture

    Studies English versions of major works by Spanish American authors.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 361LEC Spanish Literature in Translation
    Lecture

    Studies English versions of major works by Spanish authors.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 382LEC Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Theory
    Lecture

    Examines second language acquisition (SLA) from a variety of vantage points. Explores the factors that affect learning a second language (e.g. age, native language, environment, goals, and learner strategies), and outlines the succession of theories about how people acquire a second language. Students survey and share some of the relevant research literature on an SLA issue that interests them. Further, students engage in and reflect upon a practical observation or tutoring session.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SPA 393LEC Study Abroad
    Lecture

    Credits: 1 - 18
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SPA 394LEC Study Abroad: Madrid 2
    Lecture

    Credits: 1 - 18
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SPA 405LEC The Quijote
    Lecture

    Introduces students to questions of life, literature, and art in the time of Cervantes and to the meaning these problems can have for us today. Stresses the importance of genre as a means of interpretation. Gives attention to how modern feminist studies impact the experience of reading and understanding a literary text.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 406LEC Early Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature
    Lecture

    Examines historic and aesthetic backgrounds and selected readings of the works of Unamuno, Valle-Inclán, Azorín, Baroja, A. Machado, and others. Treats all literary genres (poetry, drama, novel). Gives special emphasis to the theme of Spain, its history, and its myths as they were recreated by these writers.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 407LEC Contemporary Literature of Spain
    Lecture

    Studies main trends and analyzes some of the most significant works written in Spain after 1936. Includes all genres (poetry, novel, and drama).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SPA 408LEC History of Spanish Cinema
    Lecture

    Introduces Spanish film history, including renowned directors, the current scene, and the principles of film theory. Accompanying readings deal with cinema as an integral part of Spanish cultural heritage. Class discussions are conducted in Spanish.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SPA 409LEC Age of Lorca
    Lecture

    Centered on García Lorca's poetry and theatre, the course deals with one of the most important poetic groups in Hispanic letters and in twentieth-century European literature: the so-called Generation of 1927 (Lorca, Salinas, Guillén, Diego, Alexandre, Alberti, and Cernuda). Studies several important avant-garde movements, such as surrealism, as well as currents in the contemporary period.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 410LEC Spanish Women Writers
    Lecture

    An examination of women writers in Spain from Early Modernity to the present, including poetry, fiction, plays, and essays, as well as cultural texts illustrating the effect of gender roles.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 411LEC Spanish American Novel
    Lecture

    Even though many critics agree that the Spanish American novel dates back to 1816, this course focuses on novels published between 1955 and 1990. Examines representative texts of what has been termed the New Novel. Explores some of the main themes in the works (dictatorship, revolution, love, death, and writing) and looks closely at narrative technique. Writers include Allende, Cortázar, Ferré, Fuentes, García Márquez, Puig, and Rulfo.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 412LEC 20c Span Amer Novel
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 413LEC Grammar: Writing and Translation
    Lecture

    Develops advanced grammatical and writing skills through literary and nonliterary translations from English to Spanish and vice versa.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SPA 415LEC Spanish American Poetry
    Lecture

    Reviews the poetic production of Spanish America. Emphasis on period varies. Readings may be selected from baroque and romantic poetry, modernism, the avant-garde, and contemporary poetry.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 416LEC Spanish American Theatre
    Lecture

    Students read and analyze ten plays while examining the following literary movements: realism, vanguardism, the Theatre of the Absurd, metatheatre, and postmodernism. Students use their Spanish speaking skills, as class participation is strongly encouraged.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SPA 421LEC Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
    Lecture

    Introduces the fundamentals of Spanish phonology, morphology, syntax, and historical and dialectal variation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SPA 422LEC History of the Spanish Language
    Lecture

    Studies the evolution of Spanish from its origin as a local variety of the Latin spoken in the Iberian Peninsula to its contemporary manifestation as a web of dialects spoken in Spain and the Americas.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SPA 423LEC Cervantes and our Media Condition
    Lecture

    This course examines selected works by literary juggernaut Miguel de Cervantes, including his masterpiece Don Quixote and his collection of Exemplary Novels as well as some of his experimental theatrical pieces known as Entremeses or Interludes. We will focus on Cervantes?s self-reflective writing style and his astonishing insights into the reality-framing power of baroque (mass)culture. Keeping this Cervantine critique in mind, we will discuss our own media condition, drawing on blockbuster movies, paperback bestsellers, and other products of the entertaining and tourist industries, from Disneyworld to the 24-hour news media phenomenon, and also on the political satire of such comedians as Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart and Sacha Baron Cohen. Course assignments include oral presentations, a mid-term paper (5 double-spaced pp. undergrads; 7-10 pp. grads), and a final essay (7-8 pp. undergrads; 12-15 grads).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 435LEC Mexican Film
    Lecture

    Three major events in 20th-century Mexican history include the revolution of 1910, the student massacre of 1968, and the killing of women in the border city of Juarez in 1997. In this course we will look at the visual representation of these events in ten to twelve films released between 1989 and 2009. We will also discuss questions raised by the films regarding migration, feminism, homosexuality, the environment, and corruption. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to read a film by analyzing the ways in which cinematography, sound, and editing work in conjunction with (or against?) plot structure. Textbook: Film Art: An Introduction by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson. The course will be conducted in Spanish.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SPA 444LEC Special Topics Abroad
    Lecture

    Examines Spanish civilization, including history, geography, literature, art, and culture. For participants in the department's summer program at the University of Salamanca.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 449LEC Special Topics I
    Lecture

    This is a three-credit course with variable content.? Please check Department website for semester offerings, prerequisites, language of instruction, and other details.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SPA 450LEC Special Topics II
    Lecture

    This is a three-credit course with variable content.? Please check Department website for semester offerings, prerequisites, language of instruction, and other details.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SPA 450SEM Special Topics II
    Seminar

    This is a three-credit course with variable content.? Please check Department website for semester offerings, prerequisites, language of instruction, and other details.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SPA 451LEC CatalÁN
    Lecture

    Examines modern Catalán syntax; utilizes readings in contemporary fiction and poetry. For those familiar with the grammar of another Romance language. Requires oral participation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SPA 451SEM CatalÁN
    Seminar

    Examines modern Catalán syntax; utilizes readings in contemporary fiction and poetry. For those familiar with the grammar of another Romance language. Requires oral participation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SPA 452LEC Special Topics III
    Lecture

    This is a three-credit course with variable content.? Please check Department website for semester offerings, prerequisites, language of instruction, and other details.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 453LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    This is a three-credit course with variable content.? Please check Department website for semester offerings, prerequisites, language of instruction, and other details.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 453SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    This is a three-credit course with variable content.? Please check Department website for semester offerings, prerequisites, language of instruction, and other details.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 454SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    This is a three-credit course with variable content.? Please check Department website for semester offerings, prerequisites, language of instruction, and other details.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 455LEC Spanish Phonology
    Lecture

    Explores the sound system of contemporary Spanish; provides theoretical and descriptive treatments.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SPA 456LEC Spanish Syntax
    Lecture

    Examines Spanish sentence structure in its relation to semantic structure.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 481SEM Cuba Today
    Seminar

    Cuba is the closest non-contiguous neighbor to the US, but if you are a US citizen, you are not allowed to go there without special permission from your government. Why is that the case? Cuba is a communist country but so is Vietnam and no permission is needed to visit there. This difference cannot be completely understood without knowledge of the history of US-Cuba relations. The course focuses on this history. There is no prerequisite. The course will be taught in English and all readings will be in English.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SPA 488SEM Undergraduate Literature Seminar Abroad
    Seminar

    Examines major figures, works, and/or movements in Spanish literature; for participants in the department's summer program at the University of Salamanca.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 496TUT Internship/Practicum
    Tutorial

    Hands-on experience in language and cultural studies at institutions and community organizations in the Western New York area.

    Credits: 1 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SPA 498TUT Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
    Tutorial

    Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing faculty research project or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member.

    Credits: 1 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SPA 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Open only to students who have taken at least two courses at the 300/400 level and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their Spanish major or minor. Students must design a course of study they want to undertake in one semester. They choose a professor whose area of expertise most closely approximates their topic and must consult with the professor prior to registering for the course. The topic must not duplicate the content of a regular course.

    Credits: 1 - 12
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Romance Languages & Literatures

910 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4620
Ph: 716-645-2191
F: 716-645-5981
W: rll.buffalo.edu
Dr. Elizabeth Scarlett
Chair
Dr. Maureen Jameson
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Published: November 16, 2017 08:33:14 AM