Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The sequence of undergraduate programs of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese is designed to lead from the acquisition of competence in written and spoken Spanish or Portuguese, through an acquaintance with the structure and history of one or both of these languages and a critical understanding of the development and achievements of their literatures in the Old World and in the New, to training in advanced study and independent research. The department’s policy is to maintain a balanced strength between language and literature and between Peninsular and Latin American facets of a unified field.

This track is recommended for students interested in the languages, literatures, and cultures of both Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking Latin America. It requires coursework in both Spanish and Portuguese, which makes possible comparative approaches to the culture, literature, and history of the region.

Declaring the Major

Students can receive pre-major advising at any time, from the staff undergraduate adviser. Students should declare the major when they have completed SPANISH 25, which must be taken for a letter grade.

Honors Program

Students are eligible to do honors work within the Department of Spanish and Portuguese if they have completed at least two semesters of work at Berkeley with an overall grade point average of 3.3 and a grade point average of at least 3.6 in those courses taken within the major. Students must complete two honors courses, H195A (1.5 units) and H195B (1.5 units), in two successive semesters, and will write a thesis under the supervision of an appropriate departmental faculty member over the course of two successive semesters. A letter grade, reflecting progress, will be given after the first semester. H195A/B will not count toward the required upper division work in the major. Before the semester in which students intend to begin the honors program, they should speak with the staff undergraduate adviser to verify eligibility for honors work and to discuss the process.

Minor Program

There is no minor program in Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Other Majors and Minors Offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Hispanic Languages, Linguistics, and Bilingualism (Major and Minor)
The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of the Portuguese-Speaking World (Major and Minor)
The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World (Major and Minor)
 

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Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

Repeat Rule

Students who earn a grade of F, D-, D, D+ or NP may repeat the course only once. Regardless of the grade the student receives for their second attempt (including F, D-, D or D+), the student may not repeat the course a third time.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the major requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  2. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs, with the exception of minors offered outside of the College of Letters & Science.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in both upper and lower division courses used to fulfill the major requirements.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Lower Division Prerequisites

SPANISH 1Elementary Spanish (or equivalent)5
SPANISH 2Elementary Spanish (or equivalent)5
SPANISH 3Intermediate Spanish (or equivalent)5
SPANISH 4Intermediate Spanish (or equivalent)5
SPANISH 25Reading and Analysis of Literary Texts3
PORTUG 50Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Speakers4

Upper Division Requirements

Students are required to fulfill the requirements below.

PORTUG 103Advanced Grammar and Composition4
PORTUG 104 or PORTUG 1284
SPANISH 104A or SPANISH 104B4
SPANISH 135WStudies in Hispanic Literature - Writing Intensive4
Two electives in Spanish, Spanish-American, Brazilian or Portuguese Literature/Culture8
Two electives in any upper division Spanish or Portuguese topic8

College Requirements

Undergraduate students in the College of Letters & Science must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those required by their major program.

For detailed lists of courses that fulfill college requirements, please review the College of Letters & Sciences page in this Guide.

Entry Level Writing

All students who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing requirement. Fulfillment of this requirement is also a prerequisite to enrollment in all reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley. 

American History and American Institutions

The American History and Institutions requirements are based on the principle that a US resident graduated from an American university, should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States.

American Cultures

American Cultures is the one requirement that all undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass in order to graduate. The requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is designed to ensure that students graduate with basic understanding and competency in math, statistics, or computer science. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course.

Foreign Language

The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and conversation in a foreign language equivalent to the second semester college level, either by passing an exam or by completing approved course work.

Reading and Composition

In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing, and critical thinking the College requires two semesters of lower division work in composition in sequence. Students must complete a first-level reading and composition course by the end of their second semester and a second-level course by the end of their fourth semester.

Breadth Requirements

The undergraduate breadth requirements provide Berkeley students with a rich and varied educational experience outside of their major program. As the foundation of a liberal arts education, breadth courses give students a view into the intellectual life of the University while introducing them to a multitude of perspectives and approaches to research and scholarship. Engaging students in new disciplines and with peers from other majors, the breadth experience strengthens interdisciplinary connections and context that prepares Berkeley graduates to understand and solve the complex issues of their day.

Unit Requirements

  • 120 total units, including at least 60 L&S units

  • Of the 120 units, 36 must be upper division units

  • Of the 36 upper division units, 6 must be taken in courses offered outside your major department

Residence Requirements

For units to be considered in "residence," you must be registered in courses on the Berkeley campus as a student in the College of Letters & Science. Most students automatically fulfill the residence requirement by attending classes here for four years. In general, there is no need to be concerned about this requirement, unless you go abroad for a semester or year or want to take courses at another institution or through UC Extension during your senior year. In these cases, you should make an appointment to meet an adviser to determine how you can meet the Senior Residence Requirement.

Note: Courses taken through UC Extension do not count toward residence.

Senior Residence Requirement

After you become a senior (with 90 semester units earned toward your BA degree), you must complete at least 24 of the remaining 30 units in residence in at least two semesters. To count as residence, a semester must consist of at least 6 passed units. Intercampus Visitor, EAP, and UC Berkeley-Washington Program (UCDC) units are excluded.

You may use a Berkeley Summer Session to satisfy one semester of the Senior Residence requirement, provided that you successfully complete 6 units of course work in the Summer Session and that you have been enrolled previously in the college.

Modified Senior Residence Requirement

Participants in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) or the UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) may meet a Modified Senior Residence requirement by completing 24 (excluding EAP) of their final 60 semester units in residence. At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after you have completed 90 units.

Upper Division Residence Requirement

You must complete in residence a minimum of 18 units of upper division courses (excluding EAP units), 12 of which must satisfy the requirements for your major.

Plan of Study

Below is one sample plan of study for students in this major. Students are encouraged to plan their course of study with their adviser, based on their interests and career goals.

PORTUG 102Readings in Portuguese4
PORTUG 103Advanced Grammar and Composition4
PORTUG 104Introduction to Brazilian Literature3
SPANISH 102AAdvanced Grammar and Composition4
SPANISH 104ASurvey of Spanish American Literature4
PORTUG 135Studies in Luso-Brazilian Literature4
SPANISH 131The Spanish American Short Story4
SPANISH 135WStudies in Hispanic Literature - Writing Intensive4

Student Learning Goals

Learning Goals for the Major

  1. Attain solid (though not necessarily flawless) proficiency in reading, writing, understanding, and speaking Spanish and/or Portuguese.
  2. Recognize a variety of genres and modes of writing (fiction, poetry, theater, and essay).
  3. Become conversant in the vocabulary associated with literary analysis in Spanish and/or Portuguese.
  4. Be able to articulate specific connections between literary texts and the historical and cultural contexts in which they were produced.
  5. Gain a critical awareness of distinctions and continuities among the literatures of the Iberian peninsula and Latin America across national and regional boundaries and historical periods.
  6. Acquire the analytical resources of diverse literary approaches and theories.

Skills

  1. Demonstrate the ability to interpret and analyze texts written in Spanish and/or Portuguese, depending upon the major option.
  2. Develop critical approaches for the analysis of texts from a range of historical periods and regions of Latin America and the Iberian peninsula.
  3. Distinguish among dialects and usages typical of diverse regions, social contexts, and historical periods in Spain and/or Portugal, and the Americas, including usages of heritage speakers (Option D).
  4. Formulate well-organized, well-supported arguments both orally and in written stylistically effective Spanish and/or Portuguese.
  5. Write essays in standard academic Spanish and/or Portuguese, using appropriate vocabulary to discuss examples from specific texts.
  6. Be able to distinguish among the available print and online sources and choose those that are most reliable as support for arguments in class discussion and essays.
  7. Practice responsible citation of sources in essays.

Advising

Advising Staff and Advising Hours

Jenny Cole
spanua@berkeley.edu
5317 Dwinelle Hall (Floor E)
Fall and spring semesters: Monday through Friday, 9 to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; or by appointment
Summer: Monday through Friday, 9 to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.; or by appointment

Mailing Address

Department of Spanish and Portuguese
5317 Dwinelle Hall #2590
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2590

Academic Opportunities

Study Abroad

There are several options for studying abroad in a Spanish speaking country, with program options that are suitable for students who have no Spanish language background, as well as opportunities for those who are fully fluent. The UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) offers summer, semester and classic full academic year immersion programs. Students with existing language ability may pursue their major studies at some of the most prestigious institutions in Spain and Latin America.

Spanish majors must complete 20 units of upper division coursework within the department here at Berkeley and can transfer in the remaining approved courses from abroad.

The UCEAP office on campus is in 160 Stephens Hall. More information can be found on their website.

Prizes and Awards

The John K. Walsh Undergraduate $500.00 Scholarship is awarded to Spanish and Portuguese majors to recognize academic achievement and alleviate the financial burden of education for outstanding undergraduate majors.

Cervantes Prize: This prize is for excellence in undergraduate literary studies in Spanish.

Courses

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Portuguese

PORTUG 24 Freshman Seminar 1 Unit

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
The Freshman Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Freshman Seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester.

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PORTUG 27 Introduction to Portugal, Brazil, and other Portuguese-Speaking Cultures (in English) 3 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017
This course offers an overview of contemporary Portuguese-Speaking Cultures and Literatures. The time frame covered is from the sixties--years of rupture and experimentalism in artistic and cultural production—to the present. Students will study the concrete poetry of the Portuguese author Ana Hatherly, the visual (“Concrete”) poems of the Brazilian author Haroldo de Campos, and the drawings of the Swiss-Brazilian
artist Maria Schendel. The course content will include the multi-layered music of the Angolan duet Ouro Negro and the political essays of Cape Verdean academic Amílcar Cabral. Themes such as colonization, decolonization, freedom, will be among the larger, decidedly compelling group of subjects on which the course will touch.
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PORTUG 50 Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Speakers 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017
An intensive course for students who have no previous study of Portuguese designed to introduce the basics of the language. This offering prepares the student for upper division course work in Portuguese.

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PORTUG 102 Readings in Portuguese 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
The continuation of Portuguese 101A-101B, this course focuses on a variety of texts with special emphasis on 20th-century Brazil. Discussion in Portuguese; reinforcement and development of language skills.

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PORTUG 103 Advanced Grammar and Composition 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
Advanced work in Portuguese grammatical structures. Practice in writing.

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PORTUG 104 Introduction to Brazilian Literature 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2015
A survey of Brazilian literature from the beginnings through the 20th century, with attention to the relationships between literature and society.

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PORTUG 113 Brazilian Civilization 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2008
The course presents an overview of major themes in Brazilian cultural expression with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries.

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PORTUG 128 Twentieth-Century Brazilian Literature 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2015
An examination of the most important 20th-century writers from the 1920s through the present. Emphasis on the shifting definition of "brasileiridade" and on new directions in contemporary poetry and fiction.

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PORTUG 135 Studies in Luso-Brazilian Literature 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
Study of literature and cultural texts representative of classical literary genres: narrative prose, plays and poetry.

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PORTUG H195 Portuguese Honors Course 3 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Directed study centering on the preparation/completion of an honors thesis (see Honors Program, Option B, above).

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PORTUG 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 3 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Spring 2015

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Spanish

SPANISH 1 Elementary Spanish 5 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session
Beginners' course. Not open to students who have completed more than two years of high school Spanish, or to native speakers.

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SPANISH 1M Spanish for Health Care Professionals 5 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Not yet offered
A beginning Spanish language course for individuals studying or working in health-related areas. It is designed for students with little or no formal background in Spanish. The course is devoted to the study of medical Spanish terminology and the cultural issues related to successful interactions with Spanish-speaking patients and their families in the clinical encounter. It will introduce a wide array of vocabulary
particular to the medical field, as well as help the student develop a cultural understanding of medicine and illness in the Spanish-speaking world to prepare for potential work with Spanish-speaking patients in future careers in medicine, nursing, social work, translation/interpretation, or mental health settings.
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SPANISH R1A Reading and Composition Through Readings from the Spanish-Speaking World 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The course will offer students an introduction to the literature and culture of Spanish-speaking worlds, will help them develop their skills as readers and critical thinkers and make significant progress in their ability to write coherent, intellectually forceful expository prose. We will focus on analytical writing by developing control of argument and style. Essays will be produced through a process
of workshop and revision, with in-class writing, homework, and peer commentary. Our guide will be Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace. Students meet together and also individually with the professor.
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SPANISH R1B Reading and Composition Through Readings from the Spanish-Speaking World 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
The course will offer students an introduction to the literature and culture of Spanish-speaking worlds, will help them develop their skills as readers and critical thinkers and make significant progress in their ability to write coherent, intellectually forceful expository prose. We will focus on analytical writing by developing control of argument and style. Essays will be produced through a
process of workshop and revision, with in-class writing, homework, and peer commentary. Our guide will be Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace. Students meet together and also individually with the professor.
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SPANISH 2 Elementary Spanish 5 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session
Continuation of 1. Not open to students who have completed more than three years of high school Spanish, or native speakers.

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SPANISH 3 Intermediate Spanish 5 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session
Continuation of 2. Course includes review and development of grammatical concepts taught in Spanish 1-2, as well as further practice in composition.

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SPANISH N3 Intermediate Spanish 5 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2014 10 Week Session
This five week course will have one week on the Berkeley campus and four weeks in Madrid, Spain, and is the first semester of the second year sequence. The students will have a complete grammar review of Spanish, focusing more on those grammatical aspects that present linguistic challenges. The course includes a writing component, using the stories in the reader as material
compositions as well as visits to museums and the excursion to Toledo.
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SPANISH 4 Intermediate Spanish 5 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session
Continuation of 3. Development of grammatical concepts taught in Spanish 1-3 and further practice in composition.

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SPANISH N4 Intermediate Spanish 5 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 Second 6 Week Session
Puts emphasis on more formal aspects of writing in Spanish; also a grammar review of the structures helps students reach this goal. Includes cultural components: visits to historic sites outside of Madrid and within the capital. Students will give oral presentations in class on those visits and personal presentations of their activities in the city. Follows guidelines
in the department for lower division programs while enhancing the experience of language learning where it is spoken.
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SPANISH 15 Intensive Beginning Spanish Workshop 10 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 8 Week Session, Summer 2015 8 Week Session
A beginning intensive course that is the equivalent of Spanish 1 and 2.

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SPANISH 16 Cultura Contemporania 1 Unit

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2014 Second 6 Week Session
This course accompanies the Spanish N3 course in the international programs in the summer program. The students spend one week in Berkeley and four weeks in Madrid. Students will have assignments to explore Madrid and make oral presentations of these experiences. There will also be at least two excursions: one to a more rural area
and another to the city of Toledo. Each student will be required to write a summary of what was done on these excursions.
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SPANISH 21 Spanish for Bilingual Students, First Course 3 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
An elementary course for students whose native language is Spanish.

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SPANISH 22 Spanish for Bilingual Students, Second Course 3 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
An intermediate course for students whose native language is Spanish.

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SPANISH 24 Freshman Seminars 1 Unit

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
The Berkeley Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Berkeley Seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester.

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SPANISH 25 Reading and Analysis of Literary Texts 3 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
Introduction to literary concepts, terminology, and theory with application to poetic, dramatic, and prose texts. Required of majors and minors.

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SPANISH 98 Directed Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Group study of a topic not included in the regular department curriculum. Topics may be initiated by students under the sponsorship and direction of a member of the Spanish and Portuguese department's faculty.

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SPANISH 100 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
Spanish 100 is the foundational course for Spanish department majors in Hispanic Languages, Linguistics, and Bilingualism, as well as for any student interested in the Spanish language and Linguistics. Taught in Spanish, this course serves as an introduction to the formal linguistic analysis of the Spanish language and emphasizes the goals and methodology of the language sciences. It surveys key
areas of the field of Spanish Linguistics, including Phonology and Phonetics, Morphology, and Syntax. Additional topics (Historical Linguistics, Semantics, Psycholinguistics, Dialectology, Bilingualism, etc.) in the context of the Spanish language may also be covered.
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SPANISH 101 Spanish Pronunciation and Accents in Native and Non-Native Speakers 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Not yet offered
Taught in Spanish, Span 101 serves as an introduction to the Spanish sound system through an exploration of the complexities of native-like Spanish pronunciation and perceptions of native and non-native accent. Designed for both native and non-native speakers of Spanish as well as students without formal coursework in (Hispanic) Linguistics, this course centers on the acoustic nuances that distinguish standard Spanish
pronunciation from non-standard and non-native pronunciations. Emphasis will be placed on comparisons between the Spanish and English sound systems, and the acquisition of a native-like accent will be addressed from both theoretical and practical standpoints.
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SPANISH 102A Advanced Grammar and Composition 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017

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SPANISH 102C Advanced Writing Workshop 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course will be structured as an advanced writing workshop, with variable topics that develop a student’s skills in a particular genre. Possible topics include journalism, fiction, blogging/journal writing, sports writing, and writing in a business context. Components include: a) short writing exercises, done in and out of class; b) longer exercises done outside of class; c) revision; and d) reading
and discussion of texts that serve as examples of different techniques and contribute to development of appropriate vocabulary.
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SPANISH N102C Advanced Composition: Breaking News: The Present and Past as Told by the Press 3 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
This course is geared toward the improvement of students' reading and writing skills by reinforcing real-life application of their foreign language knowledge and abilities in Madrid. They will participate within the academic discourse on contemporary news topics by interacting with televised or written texts, as well as conducting interviews with Madrid's citizens, and traveling to locations where
news is happening. These activities will culminate in production of critical essays using workshops, revisions, and presentations to the class. Oral skills will be reinforced, as well as the improvement of reading and writing skills.
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SPANISH 104A Survey of Spanish American Literature 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Beginnings to 1880.

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SPANISH 104B Survey of Spanish American Literature 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
1880 to the present.

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SPANISH 107A Survey of Spanish Literature 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Beginnings to 1700.

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SPANISH 107B Survey of Spanish Literature 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
This course is designed to provide students with a broad overview of the literature, history, and culture of Spain in the modern era (19th-21st centuries). We will examine the major aesthetic movements that have characterized modern Spanish literature, with a focus on the complex relationships that imaginative literature and the arts maintain with history. By the end of the course, students should
have a solid understanding of the literature and history of modern Spain as well as a broad set of critical frameworks for thinking about, discussing and analyzing literature and the arts in Spanish.
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SPANISH 109 Spanish Drama of the 16th and 17th Centuries 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2014, Spring 2011
This course focuses on the social context, staging, and the baroque obsession with transgression and the monstrous. We will read a selection of plays that display seventeenth-century Spanish society on stage, exposed by the transformations of disguise and dramatic illusion.

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SPANISH 111A Cervantes 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Analysis and discussion of selected works by Cervantes, including his dramatic output.

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SPANISH 111B Cervantes 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Analysis and discussion of selected works by Cervantes, including his dramatic output.

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SPANISH 112 Studies in Spanish Culture 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2007, Spring 2006
An overview of the culture of Spain, through emphasis on selected topics.

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SPANISH 115 Spanish Poetry 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2010
The course will focus on a selection of some of the most celebrated Spanish lyric poetry from the Middle Ages through the early 20th century. This will include reflection on the idea of lyric and lyric subjectivity, the continuities and discontinuities that have characterized lyric poetry over time, and exploration of some of the more striking features of lyric poetry in comparison to other forms
of discourse. Our primary focus will be on techniques of reading, methods of analysis and the particularities of the poems we read. Extensive prior experience reading poetry is not required; a passion for protracted attention to the language of poetry is.
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SPANISH 121 Contemporary Spanish History and Culture 3 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2014 8 Week Session, Summer 2013 8 Week Session
Overview of events leading to 20th and 21st century political and social changes in Spanish society. Combines cultural activities inside and outside of the classroom (lectures, fieldtrips, visits to monuments and museums). Taught entirely in Spanish. Attendance and fieldtrips are mandatory. Upon completion students will have better understanding
of contemporary Spain--how the past shaped the present and how the present deals with the past; cultural diversity and its contradictions; Spain and globalization.
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SPANISH 122 Spanish Culture and Civilization 3 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2005 10 Week Session, Summer 2004 10 Week Session
An overview of the history and rich cultural heritage of Spain, emphasizing particular topics and visits to important historical sites.

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SPANISH 131 The Spanish American Short Story 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2004, Spring 2004
Discover the great tradition of the short story in modern Latin American literature. A wide range of stories will be available to read, analyze and debate, drawing on modern and contemporary writers. Students will be encouraged to investigate the internal structure of the genre through critical and theoretical essays—many of them written by the authors themselves. Readings will include works by Jorge
Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Augusto Monterroso, Silvina Ocampo, Elena Garro, Horacio Quiroga, Juan Rulfo and Guillermo Cabrera Infante.
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SPANISH 135 Studies in Hispanic Literature 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session

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SPANISH 135W Studies in Hispanic Literature - Writing Intensive 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
Special topics in Hispanic literature. Fulfills "writing intensive" course requirement for the major.

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SPANISH 161 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Taught in Spanish, this course serves to further familiarize students with the structure of the Spanish sound system. The course centers on the vocalic and consonantal inventories of various Spanish dialects using both phonological and acoustic phonetic analyses with the goal of preparing students to conduct phonological and phonetic analyses on Spanish varieties, as well as on their own speech. Emphasis
will be placed on the skills and techniques particular to sound spectral analysis. Sociophonetic variation (i.e., constant variability in speech production) will also be addressed in the context of empirical research studies.
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SPANISH 162 Spanish Morphology and Syntax 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Taught in Spanish, this course serves to further familiarize students with the formal linguistic analysis of the structure of words, phrases, and sentences in the Spanish language. The course centers on canonical and non-canonical patterns of Spanish word formation (e.g. morpheme composition) and sentence composition (e.g. coordination, juxtaposition, subordination) with the goal of preparing students
to conduct formal morphosyntactic analyses on Spanish varieties, as well as on their own speech. Special emphasis will be placed on examining competing morphosyntactic analyses for select Spanish phenomena, and differences in morphosyntactic features across Spanish dialects will also be addressed.
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SPANISH 163 Sociolinguistic and Psycholinguistic Approaches to Spanish Bilingualism 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Taught in Spanish, this course serves to further familiarize students with formal approaches to bilingualism in the context of Spanish-speaking individuals and communities. Topics covered from a societal-level sociolinguistic standpoint include global language diversity, linguistic vitality, language death, pidgin and creole languages, linguistic identity and ideologies, bilingual education, and
government-level language planning. Topics covered from an individual-level psycholinguistic standpoint include language processing and localization in the brain, acquisition and attrition, impairments, transfer effects between speakers’ languages, and models of phonological, morphosyntactic, and lexical processing.
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SPANISH 164 Spanish Dialectology and Sociolinguistic Variation 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Taught in Spanish, this course serves to further familiarize students with the fields of Spanish Dialectology and Sociolinguistics. The course centers on the empirical study of linguistic variation that characterizes and is inherent to all human languages, as well as the dynamics of language use that give rise to distinct dialects and language change. Course readings include case studies in Sociolinguistics
and Language Variation and Change, and constitute the basis for practical instruction in empirical methodologies for sociolinguistics and dialectology research. Students will be encouraged to critically examine traditional prescriptive approaches to Spanish Dialectology.
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SPANISH 165 Spanish in the U.S. and in Contact with Other Languages 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2006, Fall 1997, Fall 1996
Taught in Spanish, this course serves to further familiarize students with the field of Contact Linguistics (Language Contact). The course centers on the linguistic outcomes of Spanish varieties spoken by multilingual communities with the goal of preparing students to critically examine traditional prescriptive accounts of contact varieties and U.S. Spanish in particular. Emphasis will be placed on the
empirical assessment of contact influence for Spanish linguistic innovations and code-switching. Descriptive characterizations of several Spanish contact varieties will be explored alongside those available for Spanish creole languages in order to provide opportunities for comparative analysis.
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SPANISH 166 Foreign Language Acquisition and Pedagogy for Spanish Language Instruction 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
Taught in Spanish, this course serves to familiarize students with the fields of First and Second Language Acquisition, additionally covering implications for the teaching of (K-12) Spanish in the U.S. Centering on the context of Spanish acquisition by native speakers of English, the course explores parallels and differences between first and second language acquisition, the effects of individual
differences on foreign language learning, and prominent models of first and second language acquisition. Students will apply language acquisition theory to critically evaluate common K-12 Spanish classroom activities, as well as design their own, informed by empirical research.
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SPANISH 170 Field Methods in Hispanic Linguistics 3 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2015
This course will introduce students to the concepts of linguistic fieldwork, including the role of data in the formulation of linguistic theory; documentation of endangered languages; elicitation methods; the ethical responsibilities of linguistic fieldworkers; avoiding eurocentrism in data analysis; and language variation and change.

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SPANISH C178 Cultural Studies 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2012, Fall 2009
Although the Caribbean has been recognized in recent years as being one of the most compelling areas in regard to questions of interculturality, hybridity, and miscegenation, the Dutch-speaking part of it has somehow been neglected. This course intends to give an opportunity to those who do not necessarily have a command of Dutch language, but wish to complete their knowledge of Latin-American and
Carribean history, culture, and literature.
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SPANISH 179 Advanced Course in Hispanic Linguistics 3 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2009

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SPANISH H195 Spanish Honors Course 3 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Directed study centering on the preparation/completion of an honors thesis (see Honors Program, Option A, above).

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SPANISH H195A Spanish Honors Course 1.5 Unit

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
This is a two semester course. H195A will be graded at the end of the first semester, which will indicate that students are making progress on developing the thesis. During the second semester, each student will enroll in H195B and write an honors thesis.

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SPANISH H195B Spanish Honors Course 1.5 Unit

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
This is a two-semester course, graded at the end of each semester. During the second semester, each student will write an honors thesis. Completion of the thesis is required for a final grade in H195B.

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SPANISH 197 Field Studies 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
Students will assist in the teaching of Spanish in local elementary and secondary schools. They will meet regularly with the instructor in charge and submit written reports.

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SPANISH 198 Supervised Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Group study of a topic not included in the regular department curriculum. Topics may be initiated by students under the sponsorship and direction of a member of the Spanish and Portuguese department's faculty.

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SPANISH 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Enrollment restrictions apply; see the Introduction to Courses and Curricula section of this catalog.

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Faculty and Instructors

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Faculty

Emilie L. Bergmann, Professor. Early modern Spain, colonial Spanish America, Spanish literature, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, visual studies, gender and sexuality studies.
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Natalia Brizuela, Associate Professor. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Anthony J. Cascardi, Professor. English, comparative literature, literature, Spanish, Portuguese, philosophy, aesthetics, early modern literature, French, Spanish Baroque.
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Justin Davidson, Assistant Professor. Spanish linguistics, romance linguistics, contact linguistics, bilingualism, Catalan, sociophonetics, language variation and change, quantitative methods.
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Ivonne Del Valle, Associate Professor. Colonial period in Mexico, internal colonialism in Mexico, Jesuits (Loyola, Acosta, Baegert), Baroque and Enlightenment from a colonial perspective, technology and environment, drainage of Mexico City lakes, Christianity and Pre-Hispanic religions.
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Daylet Dominguez, Assistant Professor. Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures.
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Michael Iarocci, Professor. Spanish, literature.
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Ignacio Navarrete, Professor. Spanish literature: poetry, poetic theory, narrative and culture, history of the book, Cervantes, Don Quixote, Medieval and Early Modern Spanish literature. Modern Spain.
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Alexandra Saum Pascual, Assistant Professor. Spain, electronic literature, contemporary literature, digital humanities, new media.
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Candace Slater, Professor. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Estelle Tarica, Associate Professor. Latin America, Mexico, race, nationalism, Spanish, mestizo, Indians, Andes, Bolivia, Peru, Holocaust, Quechua.
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Lecturers

Amelia R. Barili, Lecturer.

Agnes Dimitriou, Lecturer.

Clelia Francesca Donovan, Lecturer.

Miriam Hernandez-Rodriguez, Lecturer.

Stephanie Lain, Lecturer.

Elena B. Olsen, Lecturer.

Duarte Carvalho Pinheiro, Lecturer.

Ana Belen Redondo Campillos, Lecturer.

Victoria Martinez Robertson, Lecturer.

Donna A. Southard, Lecturer.

Tanya Varela, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Arthur L. Askins, Professor Emeritus. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Milton M. Azevedo, Professor Emeritus. Linguistics, Spanish, Portuguese.
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Jerry R. Craddock, Professor Emeritus. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Dru Dougherty, Professor Emeritus. Poetry, stage history, Valle-Inclan, Spanish poetics, war and literature.
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Charles Faulhaber, Professor Emeritus. Medieval Spanish literature; medieval rhetoric; codicology, paleography; computerization of scholarly methodology.
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+ Francine R. Masiello, Professor Emeritus. Gender theory, culture, globalization, comparative literature, Spanish, Latin American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, comparative North and South literatures.
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John H. R. Polt, Professor Emeritus. Spanish literature, 18th century, 19th century.
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Jose Rabasa, Professor Emeritus. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Julio Ramos, Professor Emeritus. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Contact Information

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

5319 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-0471

Fax: 510-642-6957

gspa@berkeley.edu

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Department Chair

Ignacio Navarrete, PhD

5210 Dwinelle Hall

ignacio@berkeley.edu

Faculty Adviser

Natalia Brizuela, PhD

5319 Dwinelle Hall

brizuela@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Adviser

Jenny Cole

5317 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-4084

spanua@berkeley.edu

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