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ACADEMIC:

DEPARTMENT OF HISPANIC STUDIES

The Department of Hispanics Studies, established in 1956 as the Spanish Department, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies. It provides courses of instruction for all students on campus, as well as courses which are required by other academic programs.

The Department of Hispanic Studies offers a program which emphasizes the dual aspects of language and literature. It offers specialized courses in Spanish Language, Hispanic Philology, as well as Spanish, Latin-American, and Puerto Rican literatures. The Department also offers a graduate program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies. (See the Graduate Catalogue.)


PROGRAM OF STUDY

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN HISPANIC STUDIES

Summary of Credits in Program
Faculty requirements
56
Departmental requirements
  • Major area
32
  • Non-major area
24
Recommended electives
12
Free electives
12
Total required credits:
136

FIRST YEAR
First Semester
Number
Course
Credits
*ESPA 3101 Basic course in Spanish I
3
*INGL 3--- First year course in English
3
CIBI 3031 Intro. to the Biological Sciences I
3
+Course in Social Sciences or Economics
3
*MATE 3171 Pre-Calculus I
3
or
MATE 3086 Mathematical Reasoning
EDFI ---- Course in Physical Education
1
16

Second Semester
Number
Course
Credits
*ESPA 3102 Basic course in Spanish II
3
*INGL 3--- First year course in English
3
+Course in Social Sciences or Economics
3
MATE 3--- **Recommended course in Mathematics
3
EDFI ---- Course in Physical Education
1
16


SECOND YEAR
First Semester
Number
Course
Credits
ESPA 3211 Intro. to Spanish Literature I
3
INGL 3--- Second year course in English
3
HUMA 3111 Intro. to Western Culture I
3
LATI 3011 Elementary Latin
3
HIST 3141 History of Spain
3
FISI, QUIM or GEOL Elective in Physics, Chemistry or Geology
3
18


Second Semester
Number
Course
Credits
ESPA 3212 Intro. to Spanish Literature II
3
INGL 3--- Second year course in English
3
HUMA 3112 Intro. to Western Culture II
3
LATI 3012 Elementary Latin
3
HIST 3142 History of Spain
3
FISI, QUIM or GEOL Elective in Physics, Chemistry or Geology
3
18


THIRD YEAR
First Semester
Number
Course
Credits
ESPA 4201 Intro. to Linguistics I
3
ESPA 4221 Spanish-American Literature I
3
ESPA 4251 The Golden Age
3
HIST 3241 History of Puerto Rico
3
ELECTIVE Romance Language elective
3
ESPA ---- Electives in Spanish
3
18


Second Semester
Number
Course
Credits
ESPA 4202 Intro. to Linguistics II
3
ESPA 4222 Spanish-American Literature II
3
ESPA 4252 The Golden Age
3
HIST 3242 History of Puerto Rico
3
ELECTIVE Romance Language Elective
3
ESPA ---- Electives in Spanish
3
18


FOURTH YEAR
First Semester
Number
Course
Credits
ESPA 4011 Diachrony of the Spanish Language
3
ESPA 4231 Puerto Rican Literature I
3
ESPA 4491 Seminar
1
ESPA ---- Electives in Spanish
3
ELECTIVES Electives
6
16


Second Semester
Number
Course
Credits
ESPA 4012 The Spanish Language in America
3
ESPA 4232 Puerto Rican Literature II
3
ESPA 4492 Seminar
1
ESPA ---- Elective in Spanish
3
ELECTIVE Electives
6
16

Total credits required: 136

*Refer to the Academic Regulations section for information on Advanced Placement.
**Choose from the alternatives defined by the Department: MATE 3172, COMP 3057, ESMA 3015, ADMI 4007.
+Choose any course in Social Sciences: ANTR 3005, ANTR 3015, ANTR/CISO 4066, CIPO 3011, CIPO 3025, CIPO 3035, CIPO 3095, CIPO 3175, CIPO 4016, CIPO 3036, CIPO 4236, CISO 3121-3122, GEOG 3155, GEOG 3185, HIST ____, PSIC 3001-3002, SOCI 3016, SOCI 3261-3262, SOCI 3315, or ECON 3021-3022, ECON 3091-3092, ECON 4037 or ECON 4056.


DEPARTMENTAL FACULTY
MARIBEL ACOSTA-LUGO, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., 2004, University of Connecticut. Research and Teaching interests: Caribbean Literature.

HILTON ALERS-VALENTÍN, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., 2000, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Research and Teaching interests: Syntatic Theory, Phonological Theory, Generative Grammar, Historical Linguistics.

ELSA R. ARROYO-VÁZQUEZ, Professor, Ph.D., 1989, Rutgers University. Research and Teaching interests: Spanish American Literature with emphasis on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, Literary Theory, studies of the Female Gender in Literature. Essay writer.

AMARILIS CARRERO-PEÑA, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 2001, The Pennsylvania State University. Research and Teaching interests: Latin American Literature, Brazilian Literature, Spanish Literature (17th Century - Golden Age). Studies in short story, poetry and novel.

AIDA L. CARRERO-VÉLEZ, Associate Professor, M.A., 1990, State University of New York at Albany. Research and Teaching interests: Spanish American and Hispanic Caribbean Literatures. Short story, poetry.

CAMILE CRUZ-MARTES, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., 2001, Brown University. Research and Teaching interests: Hispanic Caribbean and Latin American Colonial Literature.

KATZMIN FELICIANO-CRUZ, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 2004, University of Puerto Rico. Research and Teaching interests: Spanish Literature.

MANUEL FIGUEROA-MELÉNDEZ, Professor, Ph.D., 1997, University of Puerto Rico. Research and Teaching interests: Spanish Literature, Novel, Poetry, Love in Literature, Theatre. Poet.

FRANCISCO GARCÍA-MORENO BARCO, Professor, Ph.D., 1992, Michigan State University. Research and Teaching interests: Spanish Literature; Narrative and Writing.

JACQUELINE GIRÓN-ALVARADO, Professor, Ph.D., 1993, Pennsylvania State University. Research and Teaching interests: Spanish American Poetry and Theater (20th Century). Puerto Rican Literature, Feminist Literature Criticism, Short Story writer, Poet, Literature Critic.

MIRIAM GONZÁLEZ-HERNÁNDEZ, Professor, Ph.D., 1994, Florida State University. Research and Teaching interests: Puerto Rican and Spanish American Literature, and Writing. Short story writer.

MAGDA GRANIELA-RODRÍGUEZ, Professor, Ph.D. 1987, University of Illinois, Urbana. Research and Teaching interests: Spanish American, Mexican and Puerto Rican Literature, Novel, Theater, Poetry and Writing. Poet, Essayist and Critic.

RAQUEL LLOREDA-DÍAZ, Associate Professor, M.A., 1990, University of Puerto Rico. Research and Teaching interests: Spanish American Literature.

JAIME L. MARTELL-MORALES, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 2000, State University of New York-Stony Brook. Research and Teaching interests: Puerto Rican and Spanish American Literature, Latin American Colonial Literature, Literary Theory, Novel and Poetry.

DORIS MARTÍNEZ-VIZCARRONDO, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 1998, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Research and Teaching interests: Linguistics.

NADESKA MAYENS-ROBLES, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., 2004, University of Puerto Rico. Research and Teaching interests: Hispanic Linguistic.

ALFREDO MORALES-NIEVES, Professor, Ph.D., 1987, University of California at Irvine. Research and Teaching interests: Spanish American and Hispanic Caribbean Literature; XIX Century, Essay, Philosophy and Studies of Nationhood, Race, Gender in Literature, Writing. Poet and Short Story Writer.

AMPARO ORTIZ-ACOSTA, Professor, Ph.D. 1989, University of Puerto Rico, Research and Teaching interests: Hispanic Linguistics, syntax, writing.

JULIA CRISTINA ORTIZ-LUGO, Professor, Ph.D., 1989, Tulane University. Research and Teaching interests: Spanish American and Puerto Rican Literature, Modernism, Oral Literature and Writing. Essay Writer.

DAVID L. QUIÑONES-ROMÁN, Professor, Ph.D., 1988, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Research and Teaching interests: Spanish Literature (17th Century-Golden Age Fiction-Cervantes), Spanish Literature (Medieval Period), Spanish American Literature (from Colonial Period to Modernism), Poet.

JOSEFINA RIVERA-DE ÁLVAREZ, Emeritus Professor, Ph.D., 1954, Universidad Central de Madrid. Research and Teaching interest: Puerto Rican Literature.

VÍCTOR J. RIVERA-DÍAZ, Professor, Ph.D., 1997, University of Illinois-Urbana. Research and Teaching interests: Knowledge Presentation and Advertising, Memory Processes and Media, Communication and Mass Communication Theory, Business Communication, Journalism Writing.

CARMEN M. RIVERA VILLEGAS, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 1997, Vanderbilt University. Research and Teaching interests: Puerto Rican Poetry and Contemporary Mexican Literature.

AURA N. ROMÁN-LÓPEZ, Professor, Ph.D., 1981, Tulane University. Research and Teaching interests: Spanish American Literature, Folklore. Poet.

JOSÉ E. SANTOS-GUZMÁN, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., 1999, Brown University. Research and Teaching interests: Spanish Literatures of the 18th and 20th Centuries (Jovellanos, Olavide, Cadalso, Pérez Galdós, Generation of 1898, Spanish Novel from the Post-Civil War Era to the Present); Hispanic Linguistics (Language Variation).

MARÍA M. SOLÁ-FERNÁNDEZ, Emeritus Professor, Ph.D., 1977, University of Puerto Rico. Research and Teaching interests: Hispano American Literature.

PATRICIA TRIGO-TIO, Professor, M.A., 1985, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. Research and Teaching interests: Puerto Rican Literature and Spanish Grammar.


COURSES OF INSTRUCTION

DEPARTMENT OF HISPANIC STUDIES
Undergraduate Courses

ESPA 0041-0042. SPANISH FOR BEGINNNERS. No credit. Three hours of lecture per week.

A practical course in conversation for students whose native language is not Spanish, including the basic elements of the language, and the acquisition of a working vocabulary.

ESPA 3021. MASTERPIECES OF LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102.

Study of masterpieces of Spanish American Literature from the sixteenth century to the nineteenth century, including examples of Puerto Rican literature.

ESPA 3022. MASTERPIECES OF LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102.

Study of some of the outstanding works of Spanish American literature from the nineteenth century to the present, including examples of Puerto Rican literature.

ESPA 3101. BASIC COURSE IN SPANISH I. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.

Practice in the critical reading of literary texts, the writing and editing of narrative texts; effective oral communication in Spanish.

ESPA 3102. BASIC COURSE IN SPANISH II. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3101.

Practice in the critical reading of essays, poetry, and drama; the writing and editing of expository texts; effective oral communication in Spanish.

ESPA 3208. COMPOSITION. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102.

Theory of grammar applied to the written language; comparison among languages of diverse literary genres; elements of semantic and stylistics.

ESPA 3211-3212. INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH LITERATURE. Three credit hours per semester. Three hours of lecture per week each semester. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102.

Designed primarily to develop the student's literary appreciation and to initiate him or her in the study of Spanish literature, through the reading and explanation of the major literary works in the Spanish language from its beginning to the present.

ESPA 3215. COMMERCIAL EXPRESSION AND COMMUNICATION. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102 and students of Business Administration College.

Development of skills for efficient language use, both oral and written. Special attention will be given to written communication forms: letters, memoranda, summaries, reports, etc. The principles of logic and psychology basic to the efficient writing of these forms will be presented and intense practice in their preparation will be given.

ESPA 3295. SPANISH GRAMMAR. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102.

A study of phonetic, orthography, morphology and syntax. Emphasis on written and oral compositions.

ESPA 3305. CINEMA AND HISPANIC LITERATURE. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102.

A comparative analysis of literary and cinematic codes in Hispanic texts and the films based on them.

ESPA 3315. WOMEN AND WRITING IN HISPANIC AMERICA. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102.

Identity, intimacy, and social struggle of Hispanic American women in representative texts written by women; diverse readings from a gender perspective.

ESPA 4007. FICTION IN PUERTO RICAN LITERATURE. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102.

History and appreciation of the novel and short story in the literature of Puerto Rico from the 19th Century to the present. Text analysis, reports and lectures.

ESPA 4011. DIACHRONY OF THE SPANISH LANGUAGE. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: (ESPA 4201 and ESPA 4202) or INGL 3225.

Phonological, morpho-syntactic and lexico-semantic evolution of the Spanish language from Latin.

ESPA 4012. THE SPANISH LANGUAGE IN HISPANIC AMERICA. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: (ESPA 4201 and ESPA 4202) or INGL 3225.

Analysis of Hispanic American Spanish from the perspectives of linguistic geography, dialectology, and sociolinguistics.

ESPA 4021-4022. CERVANTES. Three credit hours per semester. Three hours of lecture per week each semester. Prerequisite: ESPA 3212.

Lectures on the works of Cervantes accompanied by critical analysis. Study of this writer's poetry, "entremeses", novels, with special emphasis on the Novelas Ejemplares and Don Quijote, and consideration of the importance and significance of these writings in the field of Hispanic letters.

ESPA 4051. SPANISH LITERATURE OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. Three credit hours per semester. Three hours of lecture per week each semester. Prerequisite: ESPA 3212.

Study of the currents of Romanticism, Post-romanticism and Realism in Spanish literature.

ESPA 4056. "MODERNISTA" LITERATURE IN SPANISH AMERICA. Three credit hours. Three lectures per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3212.

Lectures with textual analysis of the principal poets and prose writers produced by "modernismo" in the various countries of Spanish America: Martí, Díaz Mirón, Julián del Casal, J. Asunción Silva, Rubén Darío, Leopoldo Lugones, Herrera Reissig, Valencia, Gómez Carrillo, Nervo, González Martínez, Quiroga, Vaz Ferreira, J. Vasconcelos, etc.

ESPA 4061-4062. SPANISH POETRY. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102.

A study of Spanish poetry since the origins in the Middle Age up to the present time. The tendencies, authors, and poems of all periods are considered.

ESPA 4071-4072. THE SHORT STORY IN SPANISH-AMERICA. Three credit hours per semester. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102.

Lectures with textual analysis of the Spanish American short history, from its beginnings in the 19th century until the present. Consideration of tendencies, movements or schools, and authors.

ESPA 4105. PUERTO RICAN POETRY. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102.

Critical study of poetic expression in Puerto Rico. Discussion and analysis of texts which exemplify diverse stages, aesthetic concerns, and movements in Puerto Rican Poetry, from its origins to the present.

ESPA 4201. INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS I. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102.

Formation and evolution of the Spanish language, especially in its literary aspect, with emphasis on the development of oral and written expression for Spanish majors.

ESPA 4202. INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS II. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102.

Formation and evolution of the Spanish language, especially in its literary aspect, with emphasis on the development of oral and written expression for Spanish majors.

ESPA 4215. SPANISH AMERICAN THEATER OF THE 20TH CENTURY. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102.

Study of movements, tendencies, topics and techniques of 20th century Spanish American theater through reading and discussion of representative authors and works.

ESPA 4216. SPANISH PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 4201.

General scope of Spanish phonetics and phonology describing the principal phonetic and phonological contrasts of the regional and social varieties of Spanish in Spain, America and the Caribbean.

ESPA 4221-4222. SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURE. Three credit hours per semester. Three hours of lecture per week each semester. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102.

Lecture accompanied by the reading of selected works.

ESPA 4231-4232. PUERTO RICAN LITERATURE. Three credit hours per semester. Three hours of lecture per week each semester. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102.

Lectures accompanied by the reading of selected works.

ESPA 4251-4252. THE GOLDEN AGE. Three credit hours per semester. Three hours of lecture per week each semester. Prerequisite: ESPA 3212.

The Spanish Renaissance, Humanism, Reformation and Counter Reformation, Mysticism and Asceticism; study of lyric and epic poetry, novel, prose, writings and the drama previous to Lope de Vega: Cervante's novel and Lope de Vega's dramas; Calderón, Tirso de Molina, etc. Lectures, reports, analysis of main works.

ESPA 4405. TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC WRITING. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3102 and eighteen (18) credits in major specialty.

Strategies for the production of professional documents for referential objectives; practice in the writing of technical and scientific reports, letters, proposals, and papers.

ESPA 4491-4492. SEMINAR. One hour credit. Two hours of lecture per week.

This course will train the student in preparing and classifying a bibliography, and will give him or her an introduction to methods and problems of research and literary criticism. Required of all students majoring in Hispanic Studies.

ESPA 4995. SPECIAL TOPICS I. One to three credit hours. One to three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: authorization of the Director of the Department.

Specific aspects of language or literature not covered in the offerings of the Department. New research areas will be included.

ESPA 4996. SPECIAL TOPICS II. One to three credit hours. One to three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: authorization of the Director of the Department.

Specific aspects of language or literature not covered in the offerings of the Department. New research areas will be included.


Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

ESPA 5005. POETIC GENERATION OF 1927. Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ESPA 3212.

A critical and stylistic study of the Poetic Generation of 1927, considering the influence of earlier Spanish writers, and the impact of European "isms".