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Course Description

Spanish Phonetics

An introduction to the study of Spanish phonetics with an emphasis on practical exercises for improving students' pronunciation of Spanish. The course includes a study of the phonemes of Spanish, contrasted with those of the student´s native language and the different dialects of Spanish and the other principal languages of the Spanish-speaking world ( Spain 's other languages and the principal indigenous languages of Latin America ).

History of Modern and Contemporary Spain

Study of social, economic and political history of contemporary Spain in the context of the global community. Basic concepts about pre-roman, Roman and Medieval Ages will be presented as an introduction to the course.

Spanish Art

Study of great works by artists of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Contemporary Spain and their interpretation of the world. The course is complemented with visits to museums, monuments and historical sites. Group and individual excursions and out-of-classroom assignments constitute an important part of the course.

Introduction to Literary Studies: Spanish Literature

Introduction to the literary analysis of Spanish texts. This course emphasizes the practical issues of textual commentary as well as relevant literary theory. We will analyze both Spanish and Spanish American texts.

Spanish Literature (Middle Ages and Golden Age)

The study and understanding of the linguistic, stylistic, ideological, and social reality of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Spain, through an analysis of the texts most representative of each period: Poema del Mío Cid, Milagros de Nuestra Señora, Conde Lucanor, Libro del Buen Amor, La Celestina, Lazarillo de Tormes, Don Quijote de la Mancha, La Vida Es Sueño , etc.

Spanish Literature (XVIII, XIX and XX Centuries)

An analysis of the greatest literary works produced in modern and contemporary Spain . Reading and commentary on excerpts and complete texts encourages students to understand the socio-cultural reality in which they were written. The selected texts include titles such as: El Sí de las Niñas, Don Juan Tenorio, Doña Perfecta, Niebla, Yerma, La Colmena, Las Meninas , etc.

Latin American Literature

Reading and interpretation of the greatest South American literature in the Spanish language. Critical study permits a better understanding of Hispanic American culture and its connection with Spanish culture. Texts discussed: Prosas Profanas, Veinte Poemas de Amor, El Túnel, Pedro Páramo, Cien Años de Soledad, La Ciudad y los Perros, etc.

Spanish Culture

Study and interpretation of values and symbolism of Spanish popular culture. Special attention is given to religious beliefs, regional colloquial expressions, oral tradition, music, etc. Representative films by Spanish directors are viewed and discussed as a complement of the contents presented in class.

Spanish Grammar and Writing

Development of linguistic skills and structural analysis of the language. Study of the fundamental grammar, vocabulary and oral expressions. Teaching methods employed in class are practical and diverse, with an emphasis on interaction. Special attention is given to improving writing skills.

Conversation and Oral Expression

Development and improvement of oral skills form the objective of this course. In particular, colloquial expressions are studied and applied in practice.

Business Spanish

(Aimed at students that possess a substantial command of the Spanish language) Spanish has turned into a fundamental language for trade relations. For that reason, this course will analyze the vocabulary and basic communicative strategies to use in a Spanish business context.


This part of the program allows for first-hand experience working in an institution of the student's choosing (hospital, school, etc.). Interested students should contact the Program Director. Decisions regarding whether or not a particular internship is possible depend on the student's interests and skills.

Independent Studies

(Under previous request. Consult with Universitas Castellae staff for the approval process)