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Graduate Courses

Mentoring and tutoring of undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages. Graduate students work directly with the students abroad in order to ease their transition, and tutor them in an assigned subject. Written final report required…
Representative texts from the Spanish Middle Ages through the Renaissance, including narrative fiction (poetry, prose, drama) and historiographic writings, such as chronicles and memoirs. Given in Spanish. Not offered on a regular basis.
Selected topics in culture, civilization, language, linguistics, literature, or literary theory. Given in English.   Spring 2023: Dr. Rachel Gabara, "Retelling Colonization in African Fiction and Film" In her landmark Imperial Eyes, scholar Mary Louise Pratt defined the contact zone as “…
Students will hone their language skills by engaging topics related to the cultures, language, or literature of the Spanish-speaking world. Given in Spanish. Offered every year.
Representative texts from all genres of the late Renaissance through the Baroque, Spain's so-called "Golden Age." Given in Spanish. Not offered on a regular basis.
Representative texts from all genres of the Spanish Enlightenment through the Spanish Civil War. Given in Spanish. Not offered on a regular basis.
The scientific study of the nature and characteristics of human languages with a specific focus on the linguistic structures (phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic) of one or more Romance Languages and their use and variation, historical development, and acquisition. Given in English.…
The scientific study of the nature and characteristics of human languages with a specific focus on the linguistic structures (phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic) of one or more Romance Languages and their use and variation, historical development, and acquisition. Given in English.…
The scientific study of the nature and characteristics of human languages with a specific focus on the linguistic structures (phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic) of one or more Romance languages and their use and variation, historical development, and acquisition. Given in Spanish.…
Representative texts from all genres of contemporary Spanish literature from the post-Civil War period through Postmodernism. Given in Spanish. Not offered on a regular basis. 
Introduction to sociolinguistics from a variationist perspective. Analysis of multiple levels of linguistic variation (e.g., phonetic, morphosyntactic) and examination of correlations between linguistic variables and social factors as observed in empirical data from different varieties of Spanish.…
Readings from a wide variety of texts, such as chronicles, letters and "relaciones," that articulate, reflect, and ponder upon New World encounters in the Early Modern Era. Given in Spanish. Not offered on a regular basis.
Identification of the boundaries of Portuguese and their historic- political antecedents, study of the Portuguese language within the context of other romance languages, trace the development of Portuguese from Latin origins to modern, analyze texts from different periods illustrating stages in the…
The major linguistic changes in the history of the Spanish language, including the interaction of linguistic and societal changes and the representation of these changes in texts. Offered every year.
Selected readings from nineteenth-century Spanish America, with particular emphasis placed on the literatures of nationhood and independence. Given in Spanish. Not offered on a regular basis.
The Spanish sound system using core concepts of linguistics in general and phonology in particular. Characterization and transcription of spoken Spanish. Analysis of important phenomena of language variation in the Hispanic world, including national, geographical, historical, and social dialects.…
Representative texts from all genres of Spanish American literature from the Modernist to the Postmodern periods. Given in Spanish. Offered every year.
Grammar and language usage in the study of the syntactic and morphological structures of Spanish. The syntax and morphology of the pronoun and verb systems, agreement phenomena, gerunds, comparisons, and modal and aspectual distinctions. Written self-expression on a variety of issues as practical…
Selected readings that articulate, contextualize, and define the complexities of Latina/o language, literature, and culture in the United States. Given in Spanish. Not offered on a regular basis.
Phonetic and morpho-syntactic structures that are problematic for the English-speaking student of Spanish. Ways in which culture is encoded in language. Implications of Spanish linguistics for the teaching and learning of Spanish and the linguistic education of language teachers. Given in Spanish.…
Representations of Africa and African American culture in Hispanic Literature by writers of African descent. By covering a variety of genres, the course will provide discussion about a cultural identity that is constantly in dialogue with dominant discourses. The course will incorporate critical…
Semantic and pragmatic approaches to the study of meaning in Spanish. Differences between sentence meaning and speaker meaning. Analysis of types of discourse in Spanish such as narrative and free conversation. Given in Spanish.
Research while enrolled for a master's degree under the direction of faculty members. 
Research while enrolled for a master's degree under the direction of faculty members.  
Advanced supervised experience in an applied setting. This course may not be used to satisfy a student's approved program of study. 
Professional development training for M.A. students. This course may not be used to satisfy a student’s approved program of study. Nontraditional format: Series of workshops and presentations regarding professional development skills and materials.
Thesis writing under the direction of the major professor. 
Thesis writing under the direction of the major professor.
Principles and methods of second language teaching applied to Romance languages. An analysis of techniques used to teach listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture, with an examination of current theories of language acquisition. Given in English. 
Foreign language teaching and learning applied to Spanish. Theories of second language acquisition. Techniques and strategies to teach listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture in context. Activities and procedures of classroom instruction. Issues in the professionalization of Spanish…
Specific aspects of Romance languages, linguistics, literatures, or cultures.  Fall 2022 Contemporary Comics in Romance Language Cultures course description
An intensive, integrative, and contextualized study of a specific representative topic in language, literature, culture, and linguistics of the Spanish-speaking world. Given in Spanish. Offered every year.
Poetry and poetics from Spain and/or Spanish America, which may include Latino/a poetry and poetics in the United States. Given in Spanish.  
The theories and practices that have shaped Hispanic literature, with particular emphasis on some of the central issues that animate theoretical debates among literary scholars today. Given in Spanish. Offered every year.
Fictional narrative discourses from Spain and/or Spanish America, which may include Latino/a texts written and conceived in the United States. Given in Spanish.
An analysis of different ways in which Spaniards and Spanish Americans have approached complex philosophical problems, such as self-definition and cultural identity. Given in Spanish.
Exploration of broad and flexible conceptions of theater, theatricality, and/or film in the Spanish-speaking world. Given in Spanish.  
Topics in the study of sociolinguistics and dialectology, particularly related to Romance Languages. The topics covered in the course include (but are not limited to) quantitative methods in sociolinguistics and dialectology, language change/grammaticalization, sociophonetics, and language contact…
Extensive readings in the field of the student's program of study determined by the student's previous background, presuming that the student is capable of reading rapidly with comprehension. 
An exploration of how the interests of race, class, and gender are presented in Hispanic literatures. Given in Spanish.  
An in-depth study and critique of the scholarly literature and research on a representative topic or topics in the history of the Spanish language. Given in Spanish.
Students will work with current models of formal phonological analysis, including Optimality Theory and Exemplar Theory, as well as phonetically-informed approaches, to look at both synchronic and diachronic phenomena in the language. Data from both modern Spanish dialects and the historical…
Advanced-level description and formal linguistic analysis of major syntactic structures, particularly relating to Spanish and other Romance Languages. This includes, but is not limited to, the interfaces with morphology and semantics. Study will be undertaken within light of recent linguistic…
Survey of issues and theories in second language acquisition and examination of current research in the acquisition of Spanish as a second language. Critiques of both theoretical and applied studies and collection and analysis of empirical data. Given in Spanish. Offered spring semester every even-…
Topics in pragmatics and discourse analysis related to linguistic phenomena in Spanish and other Romance languages. Topics include inferential, cognitive, and socio-cultural pragmatic theories, discourse structure/organization, reference (anaphora, deixis), speech acts and politeness, and discourse…
Research while enrolled for a doctoral degree under the direction of faculty members.   
Advanced supervised experience in an applied setting. This course may not be used to satisfy a student's approved program of study. 
Professional development training for Ph.D. students. This course may not be used to satisfy a student’s approved program of study. Nontraditional Format: Series of workshops and presentations regarding professional development skills and materials
Dissertation writing under the direction of the major professor. 

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