​Course Requirements

Students whose level of proficiency allows them to begin studying Spanish at DePaul in SPN 202 or higher may substitute 300-level language courses for three 200-level language courses.  Heritage speakers of Spanish should take:

Spanish Literature Categories

Category I: Spanish Literature from Middle Ages through Golden Age

Category II: Spanish Literature from Enlightenment to present

Category III: Latin American Literature from origins through Romanticism

Category IV: Latin American Literature from Modernism to present

Open Electives

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours. 

SPN 201

ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMMUNICATION

A systematic study and review of grammar points that typically cause difficulty for students of Spanish as a foreign language. Developing appropriate speech and writing through the study and discussion of films and various types of written documents within a cultural context.

SPN 202

ADVANCED COMPOSITION AND COMMUNICATION

Continued study of grammar, speech and writing with emphasis on the development of an effective prose style.

SPN 203

ADVANCED CONVERSATION I

Developing a more sophisticated spoken fluency; backup support provided through written texts and exercises.

SPN 204

ADVANCED CONVERSATION II

Refinement of advanced speaking skills.

SPN 352

SPANISH PHONOLOGY AND PHONETICS

An in-depth study of the language's sound system and intensive pronunciation practice.

SPN 220

INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY ANALYSIS IN SPANISH

Introduction to the vocabulary and methods of literary criticism. Study of various genres and periods.

SPN 205

ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS I

For native speakers of Spanish to be taken in lieu of 201.

SPN 206

ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS II

For native speakers of Spanish to be taken in lieu of 202.

SPN 207

ADVANCED CONVERSATION FOR THE HERITAGE SPEAKER

For Heritage Language Speakers of Spanish to be taken in lieu of 203 or 204.

SPN 301

SPANISH LITERATURE I : MIDDLE AGES THROUGH THE GOLDEN AGE

Middle Ages through the Golden Age.

SPN 308

MEDIEVAL SPANISH LITERATURE

El Cid, La Celestina, El Conde Lucanor, Libro de Buen Amor.

SPN 309

SPANISH BALLAD

Origins, kinds, readings and interpretations.

SPN 310

THE GOLDEN AGE

Topics include: Lyric poetry, theater.

SPN 311

CERVANTES

This course focuses on Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quijote. It examines how this "first modern novel" responds critically to developments in Renaissance literature, religious and political thinking, and theories of fictional and non-fictional representation.

SPN 324

THE BIRTH OF THE NOVEL IN SPAIN

Prose fiction from the romances of chivalry to Cervantes.

SPN 333

GOLDEN AGE THEATER

Spanish theater of the seventeenth century, with a focus on the comedia, a new popular art form that appealed to audiences across social classes.

SPN 411

CERVANTES

This course focuses on Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quijote. It examines how this "first modern novel" responds critically to developments in Renaissance literature, religious and political thinking, and theories of fictional and non-fictional representation.

SPN 302

SPANISH LITERATURE II: THE ENLIGHTENMENT TO THE PRESENT

The Enlightenment to the present.

SPN 312

THE SPANISH NOVEL

Topics include: the picaresque novel; 19th-century novel; 20th-century novel.

SPN 313

THE GENERATION OF 1898

Azorin, Baroja, Ganivet, Machado, Unamuno, Valle-Inclan.

SPN 332

NINETEENTH CENTURY SPANISH NOVEL

This course is based on the reading, discussion and critique of major representative works in the novel of Spain of the 19th century.

SPN 339

THE GENERATION OF 1927

This course examines the peninsular Spanish "Generation of 1927" in considerable depth with emphasis on the best known literary figure in the group, Federico Garcia Lorca.

SPN 432

NINETEENTH-CENTURY SPANISH NOVEL

This course is based on the reading, discussion and critique of major representative works in the novel of Spain of the 19th century.

SPN 303

LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE & CULTURE I

From the discovery of America to Romanticism.

SPN 374

LITERATURE OF THE CONQUEST

This course explores the early encounters between Europe and the Americas. Analysis of letters, reports, histories, and political tracts from European, Amerindian, and Mestizo sources.

SPN 375

LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE FROM INDEPENDENCE TO MODERNISM

General introduction to the most important literary movements in Hispanic American countries, beginning with the wars of independence from Spain until the last part of 19th century.

SPN 376

SOR JUANA INES DE LA CRUZ

This advanced course in literature is dedicated to study Mexican writer Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1648-1695), the leading poet and intellectual figure of the Colonial Period.

SPN 378

FOUNDATIONAL FICTIONS

This course explores the relationship between national consolidation and romantic novels. It is based on the reading, discussion, and analysis of major representative "Foundational Fictions" in 19th-century Latin American Literature. SPN 220 highly recommended. SPN 106/SPN 116 or equivalent, and SPN 201-203 or SPN 205-207, recommended.

SPN 304

LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE II

From Modernism to the present.

SPN 305

LATIN AMERICAN NOVEL

Topics include: contemporary, testimonial novel.

SPN 306

HISPANIC LITERATURE OF THE CARIBBEAN

Topics include Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Afro-Caribbean.

SPN 315

MEXICAN LITERATURE

Representative texts from different periods and genres.

SPN 321

U.S. LATINO/A WRITERS

Topics include Chicano literature, Puerto Rican literature, the literature of exile.

SPN 323

REVOLUTION IN LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE

Topics include: The Mexican Revolution, the Cuban Revolution, Revolutions in Central America, and a Survey of Revolutionary Movements.

SPN 328

MODERN LATIN AMERICAN THEATRE

Study of representative drama from the "revolutionary" period in modern Latin American theatre, 1960s-1970s.

SPN 329

LATINO GAY AND LESBIAN LITERATURE

Representative texts of Latino and Hispanic gay and lesbian authors.

SPN 335

U.S. LATINA WRITERS

Survey of literature by modern Latina women writers from the United States, focusing on the social, cultural and political development of Latinas and their affirmation and reaffirmation of identity through their literature in today's society.