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5500 GNUR Comparative Healthcare Systems-Session I only

This course examines the structure of health care systems in different countries, focusing on financing, reimbursement, delivery systems and their effect on cost, quality, efficiency and equity of health care services. Social, ethical, cultural and political issues will be critically analyzed. Roles of health care providers, consumers of health care services and private/public interest within different heath care systems will be examined. This course will be taught in English.

2020 Advanced Intermediate Spanish-Medical-Session I only

For students enrolled in Global Health: This course will cover the 4th semester of college-level Spanish, with a focus on medical terminology and vocabulary when possible.

2010-2020 Intermediate Spanish-Advanced Intermediate Spanish

This course is intended for students who are already familiar with the Spanish language. Thus, the course will increase the student's vocabulary and improve his mastery of language skills in each of the following areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing. In addition, the course will provide each student with the opportunity to review important grammatical areas.

2020-3010 Advanced Intermediate Spanish-Grammar Review & Compostion I

This special option is for students who want to complete Intermediate Spanish but have either already taken or have tested out of 2010. The first two weeks of the course will focus on 2020 and the second two weeks will be comprised of 3010.

3200 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

This course is designed to introduce the student into the study of linguistic analysis applied to Spanish. The course provides an overview of main linguistics areas such a 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.

3010 Grammar Review& Composition I

This course strives toward 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 and speaking, in preparation for work in advanced-level courses.

3020 Grammar Review & Composition II

The goal of this course is to provide students with the necessary tools to improve speed, accuracy and flexibility of written expression in Spanish. It emphasizes structure and style as well as vocabulary, and grammatical and syntactic correctness. The course focuses on learning and practicing different types of writing: letters, description, narration, debate and short story, through planning, rough draft, proofreading and final draft, taking into account cultural aspects and constructive criticism when facing the prospect of writing in Spanish.

3030 Cultural Conversations

This is an intensive course of conversation 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.

3031 Conversation Cinema-Latin America

This is an advanced conversation course whose subject matter for discussion is Latin American culture & civilization. A wide range of cultural, political and current social topics concerning Latin America and Spanish language will be discussed in every session after students research on information from papers, books, magazines, the Internet, television and discussions with Spanish acquaintances. Linguistic aspects focused on improving real skills will also be taken into account during this course. The final grade will primarily be assessed on the quality of class participation and weekly class work.


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.

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 review of important grammatical features.


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.


3300 Texts and Interpretation

This 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-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 the 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 (1900 to present)

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, it's 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, Jorge Luis Borges.

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.


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. (prerequisite: 3040-Business Spanish)

4700 Spanish Culture and Civilization (or HIEU 301)*

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 assign precise coordinates to this reality beyond preconceived ideas and stereotypes.

4705 Spanish Mass Media (or MDST 4705)*

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 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 Modern Spanish Art (or ARTH 3545)*

Nineteenth and 20th century Spanish art boasts of some of the most outstanding figures of world art: Goya, Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, Miró, 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.

4708 Picasso (or ARTH 3545)*

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.