Graduate courses offered in fall 2019

SPAN 524 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics (MW 4-5:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Frank Nuessel)

Introduction to basic linguistic concepts, exploration of communicative strategies, and investigation of Hispanic culture and dialectology.

SPAN 570: Basic Interpreting Skills (TTh 4-5:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Lluís Baixauli-Olmos)

In this course you will explore the theoretical and practical foundations of interpreting in community settings, including legal, health, education and social settings. You will be exposed to intensive consecutive interpreting, sight translation and basic simultaneous interpreting practice. This course provides an overview of the interpreting activity and profession by focusing on the different interpreting modes, settings and techniques; professional role and professional ethics, standards of practice, decision-making and dilemma-solving strategies and other tools to help students grasp and practice interpreting. This course focuses on the Spanish-English language pair.

SPAN 611 Introduction to Methods and Research in Hispanic Studies (Th 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Greg Hutcheson)

An introduction to graduate studies in Spanish. Emphasis on critical approaches to Hispanic studies, scholarly writing in Spanish, research methods using print and electronic resources, and professional development. This course must be taken within the first 18 credit hours of graduate studies.

SPAN 661 Foundations of Translation and Interpreting (T 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Baixauli-Olmos)

Provides a theoretical background to the field of intercultural communication in its written and oral modalities. Introduces skills necessary for active practice in the main subfields of the profession. Requires reflection on ethical and cultural implication in the field.

SPAN 599/670: Dialectology of Spanish (W 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Lisa Wagner)

This course will examine the history and diversity of the Spanish-speaking world, from both diachronic and synchronic perspectives. The diachronic perspective will trace the origins of Modern Spanish of the Americas from Spain. We will discuss the Andalusian- and Anti-Andalusian hypotheses as they relate to the geographical distribution of American dialectal varieties of Spanish. The synchronic perspective will provide students witb relevant terminology used in the classification and the theoretical description of various contemporary Spanish dialects. Students will critically examine oral and written texts produced in different varieties of Spanish in order to recognize those varieties and identify the salient linguistic features that characterize them. They will also learn how to read a linguistic atlas and to develop a basic questionnaire to elicit, describe, and characterize a salient dialectal phenomenon.