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3030 Cultural Conversations

This course is intended primarily for students with some background in grammar and syntax. The course presents the student with a variety of practical situations to improve communication in Spanish. Oral presentations about cultural and social Spain, current readings, and quotations by famous people, debate, and acquisition of new vocabulary and expressions. The final grade will primarily be assessed on the quality of class participation and weekly class work.

3200 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of linguistic analysis applied to Spanish. The course provides an overview of main linguistics areas such as phonology, word formation, syntax and semantics. Students will also become familiar with related aspects of the study of linguistics: diachronic approach to language and issues in sociolinguistics.

3000 Phonetics

The mail goal of this course is to improve students' pronunciation in Spanish through general concepts of Spanish phonetics; oral practice of articulation of sounds, intonation, measure and intensity; and written transcriptions. It also studies the pronunciation varieties existing throughout Spain and Latin America.

3010 Grammar & Composition I

This course strives for a deeper understanding of grammatical aspects of the Spanish language through an intensive review of the main forms and uses of "ser" and "estar", simple and perfect verb tenses, pronouns, prepositions, passive voice, imperative, subjunctive and indicative/subjunctive contrast. It is assumed the student has a working knowledge of the mechanics. Though this course is a review, it is intended to increase the student's skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in preparation for work in upper-level courses.

3050 Spanish for Medical Professionals

This course is designed for students planning to work in the health care field and who want to develop fundamental written and oral skills and vocabulary for the assessment of Spanish speaking patients in a variety of settings. Students will gain familiarity with non-technical and semi-technical functional vocabulary, along with idiomatic expressions and situational phrases that are used in medical Spanish. Medical language skills and cultural competency for health care situations will be developed as well as a review of important grammatical features.

3031 Conversation Cinema-Latin America

This class is designed as an advanced-level conversation class, with a cultural component. The major course materials are contemporary Latin American films and supplementary readings. Classroom activities are designed to track deficiencies in pronunciation, accent, grammar, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Through the content of the films, students study issues relating to the cultures of Latin America.

3040 Business Spanish

This is an advanced Spanish course recommended for students with a solid background in Spanish. It focuses on the use of Spanish business terminology concerning business organization, management, banking, real estate and equipment, human resources, products and services, marketing (buying and selling, storage, transportation and advertising) and foreign trade. It also deals with the fundamentals of practical commercial Spanish correspondence and documentation. Other important aspects of the course will be studying Hispanic countries' commercial behaviors, and their present economical reality.

4202 Hispanic Sociolinguistics )**

This course presents students with an introductory coverage of the most relevant topics related to the interrelationship between language and society, as well as language and culture in the particular context of the Spanish language and its varieties. Topics covered are linguistic variation, bilingualism, diglossia, attitudes towards language, gender issues, code switching, language planning, discourse analysis, and language substitution. Strongly recommended: one previous course in Spanish linguistics.

4040 Translation from Spanish to English

The aim of this course is to explore the general principles and the practical techniques of translation from Spanish to English (sometimes from English to Spanish) by discussing and translating examples drawn from a wide variety of registers. Colloquial, general, literary, and technical texts will be translated and commented on during the course. The final grade will be assessed not only on the basis of exams, but also on weekly class work and the quality of class participation.

4201 Hispanic Dialectology & Bilingualism -Spring only


3300 Texts and Interpretation

The course will focus on analyzing contemporary texts in prose, poetry and drama, all representing main tendencies, and showing the social atmosphere of the moment. This course will provide beginning Spanish majors and other interested students with the basic terminology and concepts involved in textual analysis. Practice in writing analytical essays and examinations on literary topics will prepare the student for more advanced courses of Spanish and Spanish American literature.

3410 Survey of Spanish Literature II (1700 to Present)

A survey of Spanish texts and authors from the beginning of the Enlightenment to the contemporary period, that shows the complexity of the cultural and social life in Spain during this important period, the paths that historical facts such as Spanish Civil War left in the literature and the evolution of Spanish diversity. We will study literary movements such as Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Generation of 98, and Modernism, Generation of 1927, post-war and post-Franco literature.

3430 Survey of Latin American Literature II

This is a survey of Latin American literature in the 20th century. It will deal chronologically with short stories, poetry, and a few essays. The aim will be to provide a general introduction to the study of modern and contemporary Spanish American literature, its main periods and movements and its major authors showing its richness, diversity and complexity. We will read a selection of authors coming from very diverse countries and cultural environments, among others, Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar, Juan Rulfo, Luisa Valenzuela, Joge Luis Borges...

4320 Contemporary Latin American Short Fiction

4319 Borges

This course offers an overview of Borges' short stories and some essays and poems. The aim is to present Borges as dominating the great shift in leterary sensibility in Spanish America in the 1940s, his influence on the "Boom" and the relevance of his work to the notions of Modernism and Post-modernism in the Anglo-Saxon sense. The course will attempt to cover not only the thematics of Borges' main works, but also his innovations in technique.

4600 Literature and Cinema

This course, on one hand, focuses on how translation from literary language to cinema language works. Students discuss the differences between some literary works and the movies that are based on them, and are invited to think about the changes in context, and the different rhetoric's that are used. On the other hand, since all the examples are taken from Spanish literature and cinema, the course provides students with a comprehensive look at the society that has produced the films and the books from which they are made; very diverse cultural, social and literary issues about Spain are discussed in this class.


4050 Business Practices in the Spanish-speaking World

Considering the basic dynamics of global business and the fundamental part that Spanish-speaking countries play worldwide, the following variables will be analyzed, as well as ways to put them to use: Government taxing, financing, investment and expenses for families and businesses, the consumer market, the work market, investment and lending market, business production, forms of payment, price performance in a supply and demand market. Business Spanish is a prerequisite for this course.

4704 Islamic Iberia (Or HIEU 3151 Islamic Iberia***)

This course offers an introduction to Islam and a cultural history of Al Andalus from 711 until the expulsion of the Moriscos from early modern Spain in 1609. We will concentrate on several major moments: The Emirate/Caliphate of Córodba and Islamic hegemony in the peninsula; fragmentation of the Caliphate and the cultural splendor of the taifa kingdoms in the eleventh century; the advent of Moslem fundamentalism from the Maghreb in the eleventh and twelfth centuries; the phenomenon of mudejarismo after the Christian conquest of Seville and Cordoba in the thirteenth century; the contradictions posed by Islam in Granada, a client stat of Castile during most of its history, after the decline of Islam in the rest of the peninsula (1250-1492); and the problems created by the vestigial presence of Islamic culture in a Christian state immediately after the conquest of Granada and during the sixteenth century.

4700 Spanish Culture and Civilization (or HIEU 3712 Sp. Cult. and Civ.***)

This course intends to inform the student of the peculiarities and traits that define and have defined the social, political, ideological, economic and cultural context of Spain on a national as well as regional scale. Using a historic-political reference, an analysis will be made of the points that best define Spanish cultural reality: festivals, bulls, music, gastronomy, art, etc…., which will allow the student to passing precise coordinates to this reality beyond preconceived ideas and stereotypes.

4710 Latin American Culture and Civilization (or HILA 2110 L.A. Civ***)

This course intends to acquaint the student with the cultural richness and diversity of Latin America. The topics to be studies are compiled from a selection of different aspects of the Latin America societies, thereby pointing out and identifying the diversity as well as similarities of countries of the region. A thematic approach is taken to study the political, social, historical, and artistic components that contribute to the unique cultural development of the continent. In addition, a study of diverse cultural artifacts is used to explore the ethnic and cultural heterogeneity of Latin American societies including the Latin presence in the United States.

4706 Spanish 20th Century History (or HIEU 3602 Spanish 20th Century History ***)

The study and comprehension of contemporary Spanish history gives us a fundamental tool for understanding the present and in a way project to the future of this country. After a short summary of the 19 th C., we will make an in-depth analysis of the so-called Crisis of ’98 to begin the transition to the 20 th C; the rule of Alfonso XIII and the crisis of the Restoration; dictatorship of Primo de Rivera; Second Republic; Civil War, franquismo, and finally, the transition to democracy, finishing up in the Spain of today.

4705 Spanish Mass Media (or MDST 4705 Spanish Mass Media***)

Mass media, especially those based on images, are very important nowadays to create, modify and empower cultural communities by providing signs of identity and topics to discuss inside the community. Studying media is a very good way to discover how today's Spaniards think about themselves and others, since media simultaneously influence and reflect those images. This course starts with background on the history and structure of the media in Spain, discussions about some multimedia texts to discover how they work and find out relevant information about Spain in different levels of reading: implicit ideologies, roles of men and women, current controversies, Spanish identity vs. regional identities, the influence of opinion lobbies, images of USA.

4713 The Spanish Economy

Over the past 30 years, the Spanish economy has faced basic changes that have allowed for its modernization and incorporation into the process of growing international economic integration. After a brief summary of Spanish economic history from the end of the Civil Wa, we will make an in-depth sector analysis, finishing with a study of how this fundamental process of adaptation, make necessary by the economic policies set forth by the European Union, affected the politics of regional equilibrium and the work of market.


4709 Spanish Modern Art (or ARTH 3545-1 Spanish Modern Art)

Nineteenth and 20th century Spanish art boasts of some of the most outstanding figures of world art: Goya, Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Tapies, Chillida, Villanueva, Gaudí and Calatrava, to name just a few among the vast artistic production that has marked world art history over these two centuries. We will study these artists, their works and influence in the different styles of the contemporary period which will be reviewed up to current times.

4707 Introduction to Spanish Art (or ARTH 1505 Introduction to Spanish Art) -Spring only

Spanish art is among the richest and most important examples of world art. Its heritage is comprised of works dating from prehistoric times with the caves at Altamira up to the 21 st Century (Calatrava, Mariscal), including the rich architectural legacy of the Romans, the gothic castles and churches of the Middle Ages, Golden Age painting (Velázquez, El Greco, Murillo, Ribera), and the great names of the 20 th Century (Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, Miró). This course will be a study of all these in which the student will analyze period style as well as the cultural, historical and ideological backdrops which triggered them, making the course a small window through which we can study the past.

4708 Picasso (or ARTH 3545-2 Picasso)

If we looked back on the 20th century from the vantage point of the present, we would define it with just one word: Picasso. This artist was capable of transforming all the art of his period, showing us a new way of looking at reality and the world. Through the different artistic styles that the artist either developed or assimilated, the course will help us understand this new reality and see the world from a different perspective.


Students on the Business Track will select their courses from the following:

3040-Business Spanish

4040-Translation from Spanish to English

4050-Business Practices in the Spanish-speaking World

4700-Spanish Culture and Civilization

4710-Latin American Culture and Civilization

47055-Spanish Mass Media

4713-Spanish Economy



During the fall semester we will be offering an engineering track. Students who want to take two or more of the courses listed below will need to apply using the UVA in Valencia: Engineering application found at Students who want to take just one of these courses along with 3 or 4 Spanish courses will apply using the standard fall application. Note that there will be an additional fee for students adding an engineering track course.

APMA 2130-Ordinary Differential Equations

First order differential equations, second order and higher order linear differential equations, reduction of order, undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters, series solutions, Laplace transforms, linear systems of first order differential equations and the associated matrix theory, numerical methods. Applications. Prerequisite: APMA 2120 Multivariable Calculus or equivalent.

PHYS 2415/PHYS 2419-General Physics II/General Physics Lab

Second semester of introductory physics for engineers. Electrostatics, including conductors and insulators; DC circuits; magnetic forces and fields; magnetic effects of moving charges and currents; electromagnetic induction; Maxwell's equations; electromagnetic oscillations and waves. Introduces geometrical and physical optics. Three lecture hours. Prerequisite: General Physics I (PHYS 1425) and Calculus I (APMA 1110 or MATH 1320).

CS 2110-Software Development Methods

A continuation of Intro. to Programming, emphasizing modern software development methods. An introduction to the software development life cycle and processes. Topics include requirements analysis, specification, design, implementation, and verification. Emphasizes the role of the individual programmer in large software development projects.

CS 2102-Discrete Mathematics I

Introduces discrete mathematics and proof techniques involving first order predicate logic and induction. Application areas include finite and infinite sets, elementary combinatorial problems, and graph theory. Development of tools and mechanisms for reasoning about discrete problems.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Programming

ECE 2630-ECE Fundamentals I (Introductory Circuit Analysis)

Electrical circuits with linear applications of passive and active elements; Kirchhoff's voltage and current laws to derive circuit equations; solutions for first- and second-order transient and DC steady-state responses; AC steady-state analysis; frequency and time domain signal representations; Fourier series; phasor methods; complex impedance; transfer functions; Thevenin/Norton equivalent models; controlled sources

SYS 2001-Systems Engineering Concepts

Three major dimensions of systems engineering will be covered, and their efficacy demonstrated through case studies: (1) The history, philosophy, art, and science upon which systems engineering is grounded; including guiding principles and steps in the 'systems engineering approach' to problem solving; (2) The basic tools of systems engineering analysis, including; goal definition and system representation, requirements analysis, system assessment and evaluation, mathematical modeling, and decision analysis; and (3) system and project planning and management.



*3010 or similar, pre-requisite.
**Phonetics or linguisitics, pre-requisite.
***In courses with two possible nomenclatures, students will be able to choose only one.