As the official language of 21 countries and the third most widely spoken language in the world, Spanish provides access to a variety of peoples and cultures with a rich historical, cultural, and literary tradition. It is also the language of over 10 million people in the United States, currently home to the world’s fourth largest Spanish-speaking population.
The Spanish curriculum at Lehigh ranges from beginning language through upper-level courses spanning the literatures and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, Spanish-speaking Latin America, and Latino populations in the United States. Both a minor and major in Spanish are offered. Many courses in the Spanish program are also appropriate towards the Latin American Studies minor.
For more information about the Spanish minor and major please contact Professor Antonio Prieto .
Requirements for the Minor in Spanish (click on link to access minor declaration form)
16 credits are required above Spanish 12, as described for three minor tracks:
Spanish American Track. Spanish 141, 152, a 300-level course in Spanish American Literature, one course at the 200-level or above.
Peninsular Track. Spanish 141, 151, a 300-level course in Peninsular Literature, one course at the 200-level or above.
Professional Track. Spanish 141, 151 or 152, 211, one course at the 200-level or above.
Requirements for the Major in Spanish and Hispanic Studies (click on link to access major declaration form)
Core courses: 12 credits
Span 141. Advanced Spanish Grammar (4 credits)
Span 151. The Cultural Evolution of Spain (4 credits)
Span 152. The Cultural Evolution of Latin America (4 credits)
Advanced course work: 12 credits, or three courses at the
Electives: 8 credits at the 100 or 200 level
6-8 credits from a list of approved courses taken in other
programs and departments.
These courses must be approved by the Spanish major
Majors in Spanish and Hispanic Studies are strongly encouraged to participate in a study program in a Spanish-speaking country for the equivalent of one semester or more. Up to 12 credits for courses taken during one semester abroad (16 credits during one year) may count toward the major. In order to have credits from foreign institutions count toward their major, students must obtain approval from the Spanish major adviser prior to their departure.
Requirements for the Departmental Honors Major (40 credits)
Requirements as for the major, plus 8 additional hours of advanced literature (honors thesis of a comprehensive type) and maintenance of a 3.20 average in the major.
Study abroad requires prior consultation of Advisor, Associate Dean, and Registrar to make sure that courses and credits earned are transferable to Lehigh. Where appropriate, Financial Aid should also be consulted. Program listings and scholarship application forms may be consulted in the MLL office. A maximum of 16 credits may be transferred toward the ordinary major and 24 toward the honors major for a year abroad, 12 credits for a semester.
Advanced placement and CEEB credits count towards graduation but NOT towards the major. Transfer students may transfer up to 12 credits towards the major.
SPAN 001. Elementary Spanish I (4)
Basic conversational Spanish illustrating essential grammatical principles. Reading of simple texts and writing. Lab required. (HU)
SPAN 002. Elementary Spanish II (4)
Continuation of SPAN 1. Lab required. Prerequisite: SPAN 001 or equivalent. (HU)
SPAN 011. Intermediate Spanish I (4)
Limited review of elementary grammar concepts and introduction to more advanced grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis on discussion, reading, and writing about short literary works and current topics in the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN 002 or equivalent. (HU)
SPAN 012. Intermediate Spanish II (4)
Prerequisite: SPAN 011 or equivalent. (HU)
SPAN 133. Spanish Phonetics and Pronunciation (4)
Comparison of Spanish and English sounds; descriptions of Spanish vowels and consonants in their various positions. Oral practice with special emphasis on accent and intonation patterns.
Prerequisite: SPAN 002. (HU)
SPAN 141. Advanced Spanish Grammar (4)
Intensive review of Spanish grammar with stress on finer points. Analysis of syntax and style. Improvement of grammar through composition. Heritage speakers should substitute with another 100-level class. Prerequisite: SPAN 012 or equivalent. (HU)
SPAN 142. Advanced Conversational Spanish (4)
Conversational practice stressing the building of vocabulary based on literary texts and topics of general interest. Designed to stimulate fluent and spontaneous use of spoken Spanish. Course does not count toward completion of major. Prerequisite: SPAN 141 or equivalent. (HU)
SPAN 151. Cultural Evolution of Spain (4)
The historical and cultural evolution of Spain. Discussion of major literary works in their cultural and historical contexts. Prerequisite: SPAN 141 or consent of instructor. Lefkowitz. (HU)
SPAN 152. [LAS 152] Cultural Evolution of Latin America (4)
The historical and cultural evolution of Latin America. Discussion of representative literary works in their cultural and historical contexts. Prerequisite: SPAN 141 or consent of instructor. (HU)
SPAN 197. [LAS 197] Spanish Pronunciation and Language Variation in the Hispanic World (4)
This course introduces the basic principles of Spanish phonetics to help students improve their pronunciation and master the flow of speech. It focuses on the pronunciation and the phonological system of Spanish, with attention to the main differences between Spanish and English sounds, and the variation patterns among major Spanish dialects. Extensive practice and drills of pronunciation will develop students' pronunication skills in Spanish. (HU)
SPAN 199. Spanish Special Topics (3-4)
For students who take a course, not offered at Lehigh, at another institution. May be repeated
once for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (HU)
SPAN 211. Business Spanish (4)
An introduction to business concepts and vocabulary in Spanish. Letter writing, specialized
professional vocabulary, and review of grammar. Prerequisite: SPAN 141 or equivalent. (HU)
SPAN 212. Spanish Writing Skills (4)
Improving writing proficiency through practice in composition and translation. Prerequisite: SPAN 141 or equivalent. (HU)
SPAN 213. [LAS 213] Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Film (4)
An introduction to the analysis of Latin American and Spanish cultural productions (mainly literature and film). Prerequisites: Span 151 or 152, Span 141. (HU)
SPAN 263. [LAS 263] The Spanish American Short Story (4)
Comparative study of representative works by major writers such as Quiroga, Borges, and Cortazar, among others. Prerequisite: SPAN 152 or equivalent. Prieto. (HU)
SPAN 265. [LAS 265] Spanish and Latin American Cinema (4)
An introduction to cinema in the Spanish-speaking world. Oral discussion and written analysis of selected films. Students view films independently. Prerequisite: SPAN 141 or equivalent. (HU)
SPAN 270. Communicating in Spanish for Medical Personnel (4)
For prospective medical personnel communicating with Spanish-speaking patients. Dialogues, healthcare vocabulary. Review of grammar. Prerequisite: SPAN 141 or equivalent. Lefkowitz.
SPAN 275. [LAS 275; WS 275] Introduction to Hispanic Women Writers (4)
The objective of this class is to introduce students to Hispanic contemporary female authors from Latin America, Spain, and the United States through the analysis of all literary genres (novel, short story, poetry, essay, and drama). This class provides students with a solid introduction to Hispanic women’s writing from the last years of the Nineteenth Century to the present, as well as to feminist literary theory. Portela. (HU)
SPAN 276. [LAS 276] Contemporary Literature of the Southern Cone (4)
This course focuses on the study of the literature of Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay from the beginning of the 20th Century to the present. The class is devoted both to analyze the works of the most important authors from the Southern Cone through different literary genres (drama, novel, short story, and poetry) as well as to study how these texts represent the cultural and historical particularities of the region. Special attention is paid to the unique contexts in which this literature is produced, particularly the periods of political instability and state violence and
repression. Texts by Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda, Manuel Puig, Griselda Gambaro, Cristina Peri Rossi, and Antonio Skarmeta, among others, are studied. Also, historical and theoretical readings, films, and documentaries are used to supplement the literary texts. Portela. (HU)
SPAN 290. Spanish Special Topics (2-4)
Study of an author or theme, or completion of a special project. Topics may vary. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: SPAN 151 or 152, and consent of instructor. (HU)
SPAN 308. The Spanish Novel Since 1939 (4)
The evolution of the novel from post civil war to the present. Reading of Cela, Laforet, Delibes, Rodoreda, and Marsé, among others. Prerequisite: SPAN 151 or equivalent. (HU)
SPAN 320. [LAS 320] Literature of the Spanish Caribbean (4)
Study of representative works with emphasis on Cuba and Puerto Rico. Writers include Barnet, Carpentier, Sánchez, and Rodriguez Juliá. Prerequisite: SPAN 152 or equivalent. Prieto. (HU)
SPAN 321. [LAS 321] Children and Adolescents in Contemporary Spanish American Literature (4)
Discussion of narrative techniques and the category of the self as they relate to the images of adolescence and childhood in works by such authors as Vargas Llosa, Reinaldo Arenas, José Bianco, Silvina Ocampo. Prerequisite: SPAN 152 or equivalent. Prieto. (HU)
SPAN 322. [LAS 322] The Short Novel in Contemporary Spanish American Literature (4)
Reading and discussion of representative works by García Márquez, Onetti, Rulfo, and Bioy Casares, among others. Prerequisite: SPAN 152 or equivalent. Prieto. (HU)
SPAN 323. [LAS 323] Literature and Revolution in Contemporary Cuba (4)
Study of works written after 1959 by dissident, nondissident, and exiled authors (Desnoes, Norberto Fuentes, Benítez Rojo, and Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, among others). Prerequisite: SPAN 152 or equivalent. Prieto. (HU)
SPAN 325. [LAS 325] Hispanic Literature of the United States (4)
Discussion of fiction, poetry, drama, and film from the main groups in the U.S. Hispanic population. Discussion of Hispanic ethnic identity, bilingualism, and minority issues. Prerequisite: SPAN 152 or equivalent. Prieto. (HU)
SPAN 326. [LAS 326; WS 326] Tradition and Resistance: Women Writers of Latin America (4)
Study of poetry and narrative works by Latin American women writers. Authors include Rosario Ferré, Rosario Castellanos, Elena Poniatowska, and Cristina Peri Rossi, among others. Prerequisite: SPAN 152 or equivalent. (HU)
SPAN 342. [LAS 342] The New Narrative in Spanish American Literature (4)
Critical evaluation of distinguished works of Spanish American prose fiction of the 1960’s and 70’s. Readings by Donoso, Fuentes, García Márquez, and Vargas Llosa, among others. Prerequisite: SPAN 152 or equivalent. (HU)
SPAN 345. [LAS 345] Testimonial Writing of the Hispanic World (4)
This course explores the genre testimonio, which confronts the official history of the Latin American and Spanish dictatorships and portrays the experiences and struggles of those who suffered political repression. The course focuses on the analysis of both literary and visual testimonios from the Hispanic world, as well as on theoretical issues concerning discourses of truth. Portela. (HU)
SPAN 346. [LAS 346; WS 346] Contemporary Hispanic Women Writers: The Novelists (4)
This course explores the works of Hispanic women writers who have been oppositional to hegemonic cultural politics during the Twentieth Century in Latin America and Spain. Grounding the readings in their particular contexts, the class discusses the issues these writers define as important in their work, the impact of their creations in both the literary cannon as well as in the politics of their countries, the use of literature as a weapon to empower minority positions, and the effect of their narratives on the changing literary canon. Special attention will be paid to issues related to interpretations of history, exile, different forms of violence and repression, expressions of desire, and sexuality. Portela. (HU)
SPAN 379. Spanish Internship (2-4)
Designed to give advanced qualified students the chance to acquire field experience and training with selected firms and governmental agencies in Spanish-speaking countries or U.S. agencies serving the Hispanic community. Assigned readings, written reports, and employer performance evaluations are required. Prerequisites: SPAN 141 and approval of faculty. (HU)
SPAN 390. Spanish Special Topics (2-4)
Study of an author, theme or period. Topics vary. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: SPAN 151 or 152 and consent of instructor. (HU)
SPAN 397. [LAS 397] Border Crossers: The Migrant Experience in Contemprary Mexican and Central American Literature (4)
As the 2016 presidential election approaches, we find ourselves bombarded with highly emotional political opinions about the fate of undocumented immigrants in the United States, many of whom come from Mexico and Central America. In this course we will analyze a select list of literary texts and films by Mexican and Central American artists that attempt to document the factors that cause their compatriots' departure for the north, the border crossing experience of these people, and their impact on traditional sociocultural and economic structures of both the United States and their communities of origin. (HU) Department permission required.
MLL 297. [ENGL 297; GS 297; LAS 297] Latin American Fact and Fiction (4)
This class couples a survey of Latin American literature in translation with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Latin America. Departing initially from readings of literary and cinematographic works, our analyses will engage methodologies from multiple disciplines including history, sociology, and cultural studies. Accordingly, this course will examine critical developments in Latin American aesthetics along with the cultural climates in which they matured. This course assumes no prior study of Spanish, Portuguese, or Latin American culture. (HU)