Course Listing

SPAN 3010 Grammar and Composition I with Yafrainy Familia, Robert Sanchis Alvarez, , Manuel Acevedo-Reyes, Esther Poveda Moreno, Manuel Acevedo-Reyes, Yafrainy Familia, and Robert Sanchis Alvarez

MWF 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM, 1:00-1:50; 3:00 PM – 3:50 PM; TR 9:30 AM -10:45 AM, 11:00 AM -12:15 AM, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM

SPAN 3010 seeks to develop advanced literacy in Spanish through extensive analysis and discussion of journalistic and literary texts, and documentaries and films from the Spanish-speaking world. Emphasis is placed on how grammatical forms codify meaning and grammar and meaning interact to construct the language and textual structures expected in the following types of texts: a photo-narrative, a report on a current event, and a film review. 

SPAN 3020 – Grammar and Composition II with Sergio Silva

TR 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

SPAN 3020 seeks to develop advanced literacy in Spanish through extensive analysis and discussion of journalistic and literary texts, and documentaries and films from the Spanish-speaking world. We will focus especially on analyzing and learning advanced and late-acquisition grammatical structures and on how grammar and meaning interact to construct the language and textual structures expected in the following types of essays: and op-ed, a literary review, and an academic essay.

SPAN 3040 Business Spanish

MWF 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM; TR 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

This is an intermediate level course in which students read, research, discuss, debate and write in Spanish about recent themes that are relevant to commercial and economic contexts in the Spanish-speaking world. It is a language class that focusses on Spanish in professional settings; no previous academic or practical experience in commerce is required.

SPAN 3050 Spanish for Medical Professions with Alicia López Operé 

TR 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM, 12:30 PM-1:45 PM

Spanish for Medical Professions, is a recommended course for students that want to have a career in the health professions, and also for those who need to interact with Spanish-speaking people in hospitals, clinics and similar spaces. The course has been designed to develop linguistic competency as well as cultural competency in the health context. The emphasis is put on the real use of the language and the understanding of cultural differences among Spanish-speaking countries and the United States, and Latino patients in the United States. The course has a background theme on contemplative practices. 

SPAN 3300 Texts and Interpretations with Jesús Galindo, Susan Abraham, Paula Sprague and Jesús Jativa

MWF 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM, 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM, 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM, 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM; TR 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM, 11:00 AM – 12:15 AM, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

This intermediate level course introduces the student of Spanish to the fundamentals of reading and understanding various genres, and to practice discussing, analyzing, and writing about them in an academic register in Spanish. It draws on texts and materials from both Spain and Latin America, and builds students’ specialized vocabulary. All work for the class, including reading, discussion, and writing, is done in Spanish. SPAN 3300 is a prerequisite for the survey courses. 

SPAN 3400 Survey of Spanish Literature

MWF 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

Este curso ofrece una introducción a la literatura castellana de la Edad Media y de la temprana modernidad (el Renacimiento y el Barroco). Los textos abarcan aproximadamente desde el siglo XI hasta 1680. Las obras se estudiarán en su contexto histórico-cultural. Además de intentar estimular un aprecio por algunas obras maestras de estos períodos, se intentará dar a conocer el marco históricointelectual de varias facetas de la cultura peninsular, tanto como enseñar algunas estrategias para la lectura atenta de los textos antiguos.

SPAN 3410 Survey of Spanish Literature II with Fernando Valverde

MWF 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM; MWF 3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

A journey through Spanish literature of the last three centuries, with special attention to Romanticism and the generation of '27. During the course, texts that have marked the development of Spanish literature up to the present will be read and discussed.

SPAN 3430 Latin American Literature II (1900-Present)​ with Anne Garland Mahler and Gustavo Pellón

MW 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM; TR 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

This course provides students with a survey of Latin American literature and the context in which it has developed from 1900 to the present. Students will leave this course with a general understanding of the region’s major literary trends, including their social and political dimensions. “Literature,” in this course, refers to a range of cultural production from literary texts (novels, stories, essays, poems) to visual art, film, and song lyrics. Throughout the course, we will consider the following questions: How has Latin America’s cultural production shaped and been shaped by its cultures, peoples, and historical events? How do the consciousness, memory, and imagination expressed within the region’s literature both reflect and create the region’s realities? And perhaps most importantly, who has (and has not) had access to Latin America’s literature and how has that shaped the way the region has represented itself through both the written word and image? SPAN 3300 Texts and Interpretation is a requirement for this course. Fourth year Spanish majors are not allowed to take this course.


SPAN 3559 Language, Culture and Composition for Heritage Learners of Spanish with Paula Sprague

TR 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

This is a new course that temporarily is numbered 3559 (it will be numbered SPAN 3015 in future semesters)

Prerequisite: SPAN 2020; UVA Placement Test score 536-650; AP Spanish Language 4; SAT 641-700. Permission of Instructor required. Successful completion of the course fulfills the requirement for SPAN 3010.

Description: The course serves Heritage learners of Spanish, who are, for the purposes of the course: students raised in a home/context where a non-English language is spoken, in this case Spanish. These students may speak or merely understand Spanish and be bilingual in English and Spanish, to varying degrees. Some will have full oral fluency and literacy in Spanish; others may have full oral fluency, but uneven written literacy; and others may have limited oral fluency but have difficulty expressing themselves on a variety of topics. In the course, the history of Spanish in the US and the study of cultural productions of its speakers in the US and around the world will offer context; students will practice writing and speaking in different registers of Spanish, including personal narration, an academic research paper, a pod cast, oral presentations, and documents for professional needs. A review of grammar and syntactic norms of Spanish will reinforce students' existing expressive abilities and provide practice to prepare them for more advanced courses and professional contexts.

SPAN 4420 Spanish Contemporary Poetry with Fernando Operé

MW 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

This course is designed to familiarized students with poetry. How can we read and understand poetry. How to feel the emotion, and understand its contest, how to penetrate in its, sometimes, esoteric content. Step by step the course will develop ways and techniques that allow us to read poetry in Spanish without the fear of being lost in the process.

We will read, discuss and analyze the poetry of a selection of Spanish and Latin American poets: Antonio Machado, Miguel Hernández, Pablo Neruda, Blas de Otero, César Vallejo, Delmira Agustini, Juan Gelman, Carmen Boullosa, and Jorge Luis Borges, among others.


SPAN 4500 Garcia Márquez with Gustavo Pellón

MW 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

In this new course, we will study representative novels and short stories of the Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez.  Prerequisites: SPAN 3300, and at least one literature survey course (SPAN 3400-3430), preferably SPAN 3430.


SPAN 4510 Spanish Romantic Poetry and Europe with Fernando Valverde

MWF 4:00 PM – 4:50 PM

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to Spanish Romanticism with a special focus on poetry as part of a European movement.


SPAN 4520 Environmental Health and Culture in the Caribbean with Charlotte Rogers

MW 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

This class explores environmental health and culture in the Hispanic Caribbean. Students will discover the cultural significance of tropical medicine, local healing practices, ecological degradation, pollution, and grassroots environmental and public health movements in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. Readings and class discussions in Spanish.  


SPAN 4530 Understanding the Forms of Spanish with Joel Rini

MW 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

The students will carry out with the professor an in-depth analysis of the morphological system of Spanish from a historical perspective. Various areas of this linguistic system will receive special attention, with the purpose of offering the students a better understanding of why Spanish exhibits the forms of the language that it does.


SPAN 4700 Spanish Culture 20 and 21st Century with Fernando Operé

MW 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

This course deals with Spain in the 20th and 21st centuries.  It will begin with the most important political events since 1900 (end of the Monarchy of Alfonso XIII, the 2nd Republic, Spanish Civil War, Franco Dictatorship), up to the present political events of modern Spain ruled by a parliament under a constitutional monarchy, integrated into the European Community.  Special emphasis will be put in understanding Spain in its complexity, social composition and decomposition, fiestas, and the main social changes of the Spanish society after the death of Franco in 1975 (immigration, nationalism).  Part of the course will be dedicated to the study of the Spanish artistic movements and its most relevant contemporary representatives in the field of music (flamenco and popular), painting (Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Joaquín Sorolla), architecture (Antoni Gaudí, Santiago Calatrava).

SPAN 8550 Early Modern Spanish Transpacific Studies with Ricardo Padron

T 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

This course introduces doctoral students to the emerging field of early modern Spanish Transpacific Studies, covering both key primary and secondary sources.


ITAL 1010 Elementary Italian I with Hiromi Kaneda, and Stella Mattioli

MWF 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM; MW 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Elementary Italian I is the first class in the four-course sequence that is necessary to complete the foreign language requirement. In this course, students will learn basic survival skills to assist them when they travel to Italy, however they will also learn to describe people and places, ask questions, narrate in the present and simple past tenses, as well as write short texts describing themselves, their families, and their impressions of Italy. Students will also develop their ability to understand spoken Italian by listening to songs, commercials, and movie clips, and they will begin reading advertisements, song lyrics, and some poems. Students of Elementary Italian will also have many occasions to learn more about life in contemporary Italy as they study the country’s language.  

60% of this course will take place synchronously during regularly scheduled face-to-face class meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while 40% of the work must be completed asynchronously both through the Vista supersite and the students’ personal Italian diaries. It is essential that students arrive to each class meeting having completed all of these assignments beforehand so that they may become more confident and competent speakers of Italian. 


ITAL 2020 Advanced Italian I - with Sarah Annunziato, Hiromi Kaneda, and Stella Mattioli

MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM, 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM; MW 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Advanced Italian I is the first of two courses required to complete either a major or a minor in Italian Studies. Students of this course will enhance their mastery of the five skills essential to learning a world language (speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural competency) by applying them to various real-world settings such as: dialogues, presentations, informal conversations, debates, interviews with native speakers, and book clubs, among other possibilities. We will accomplish these goals through viewing and discussing contemporary Italian cinema. Our course will examine films from 21st-century Italy to provide students

ITTR 3685 Italy on Screen - with Francesca Calamita

TR 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

This course considers representations of sex, gender and racial identities in Italian films, television, advertisements and other forms of visual culture. With a focus on the contemporary Italian context, students will explore issues of intersectionality from a global perspective. An intersectional feminist approach will frame class discussion, where, Italian society and its culture will be read through a perspective that emphasizes the interconnectedness between gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, disability, social class and immigration status, among other layers of identity. Lectures will offer a close reading of both critically acclaimed and more mainstream works, trying to answer the following question: what can Italian cinema, television and advertising tell us about diversity and inclusion in the worldwide context?