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Modern Language and Culture - Spanish Concentration

Diane Forbes, Concentration Adviser
(585) 475-6765,

This concentration will introduce students to the language, customs, and cultural aspects (history, art, literature) of one particular country or area. Students will choose two consecutive language courses beyond the introductory prerequisite language course, as well as one related liberal arts culture course. The goal of this concentration is to raise students’ awareness of the relationship between language and culture and the differences between their own language and culture and those of the country they choose to study.

It is important to note that two out of the three required courses must be taken at RIT. Only one course may be transferred in, if necessary.

Students may not skip or go back to the lower level in the language course sequence. Students with some proficiency in the intended concentration should contact the concentration adviser to take a placement test prior to registration for the first course of the sequence at RIT. These concentrations are closed to native speakers. Evening students may not declare these concentrations.

Prerequisite: Beginning Spanish I (0525-560) or equivalent.

Required Courses—Choose two of the following:
0525-561 Beginning Spanish II
0525-562 Beginning Spanish III
0525-563 Intermediate Spanish I
0525-564 Intermediate Spanish II
0525-565 Intermediate Spanish III
0525-566 Advanced Spanish I
0525-567 Advanced Spanish II
0525-568 Advanced Spanish III

Electives—Choose one of the following:†
0525-576 Trauma and Survival in the First-Person Narrative
0525-577 Screening the Hispanic Caribbean
0525-578 Women in the Hispanic World: Politics of Identity Formation
0525-579 Special Topics*
0504-435 Global Literature: Latin American Literature
0504-447 Special Topics: Magical Realism
0504-479 The Latino Experience in Literature
0510-442 Cultures and Politics in Latin America
0510-444 Global Economy and the Grassroots

* Special Topics (0525-579) may include the following: The Caribbean and Globalization and Cuban Film: Cultural and National Identity.

† With department approval: CIAS Art History: Latin American Art History I & II plus one additional credit per course