Spanish and Portuguese

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Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures

The Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures (formerly Spanish and Portuguese) offers courses in Latin American and Iberian languages and cultures.

For questions about specific courses, contact the department:

Department Office: 101 Casa Hispánica
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.



In addition to providing students with a commanding linguistic preparation in Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan, the department offers a flexible and varied undergraduate program that enables them to study the cultural manifestations of the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds in a variety of cultural contexts: the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, the former colonies of Portugal, and the United States.

Spanish Placement Exam

Entering Columbia students are placed in Spanish courses or exempted from the language requirement on the basis of their College Board Achievement or Advanced Placement scores. All other students with prior knowledge of Spanish (secondary school, living abroad, near-native or native speakers) who want to continue studying Spanish are required to take the department's Spanish Placement Examination before registering for a course. Please visit the Spanish and Portuguese Department's Web site for additional information about the Spanish Placement Examination. Please note that language courses may not be taken Pass/Fail nor may they be audited.

Language Resource Center

The Language Resource Center, located in 116B Lewisohn and 353 International Affairs Building Extension, provides intensive practice in pronunciation, diction, and aural comprehension. Exercises in the laboratory are closely integrated with classroom work. Coordinated recorded programs are available and strongly recommended for students registered in Spanish language courses. Recorded exercises in pronunciation and intonation, as well as recordings of selected literary works, are also available to all students in Spanish courses. For current laboratory hours, please call 212-854 3211.

Directory of Classes

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CATL W1202 Intermediate Catalan II. 4 points.

Corequisites: CATL 1201 or the equivalent.

Catalan 1202 is the second part of Columbia University's intermediate Catalan sequence. Course goals are to enhance student exposure to various aspects of Catalan culture and to consolidate and expand reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

PORT UN1101 Elementary Portuguese I. 4 points.

A beginning course designed for students who wish to start their study of Portuguese and have no proficiency in another Romance language. The four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing are developed at the basic level.

Spring 2019: PORT UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PORT 1101 001/88950 W 10:10am - 11:25am
406 Hamilton Hall
Yudi Koike 4 5/15
PORT 1101 001/88950 M 10:10am - 11:25am
201 Casa Hispanica
Yudi Koike 4 5/15
PORT 1101 001/88950 Th 10:10am - 11:25am
505 Casa Hispanica
Yudi Koike 4 5/15
Fall 2019: PORT UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PORT 1101 001/47810 T Th F 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Iuri Bauler Pereira 4 7/15

PORT UN1320 Comprehensive Elementary Portuguese I and II for Spanish Speakers. 4 points.

Prerequisites: knowledge of Spanish or another Romance language.

An intensive beginning language course in Brazilian Portuguese with emphasis on Brazilian culture through multimedia materials related to culture and society in contemporary Brazil. Recommended for students who have studied Spanish or another Romance language. The course is the equivalent of two full semesters of elementary Portuguese with stress on reading and conversing, and may be taken in place of PORT W1101-W1102. For students unable to dedicate the time needed cover two semesters in one, the regularly paced sequence PORT W1101-W1102 is preferable.

Spring 2019: PORT UN1320
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PORT 1320 001/16920 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
116 Knox Hall
Jose Castellanos-Pazos 4 7/15
PORT 1320 002/21770 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
253 International Affairs Bldg
Jose Castellanos-Pazos 4 12/15
Fall 2019: PORT UN1320
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PORT 1320 001/47811 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Room TBA
Jose Castellanos-Pazos 4 8/15
PORT 1320 002/47813 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
Room TBA
Jose Castellanos-Pazos 4 6/15

PORT UN3101 Conversation about the Lusophone World. 3 points.

Prerequisites: PORT W1220.

This conversation class will help students develop their oral proficiency in Portuguese. We will discuss current events, participate in challenging pronunciation exercises, improve understanding of Portuguese idioms, develop conversation strengths, confront weaknesses, and increase fluency in spoken Portuguese.

Fall 2019: PORT UN3101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PORT 3101 001/99314 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
3 1/15

PORT W1201 Intermediate Portuguese I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: PORT W1120 or the equivalent.

General review of grammar, with emphasis on self-expression through oral and written composition, reading, conversation, and discussion.

PORT W1202 Intermediate Portuguese II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: PORT W1120 or the equivalent.

General review of grammar, with emphasis on self-expression through oral and written composition, reading, conversation, and discussion.

PORT W1220 Comprehensive Intermediate Portuguese. 4 points.

Prerequisites: PORT W1102 or PORT W1320.

This course discusses contemporary issues based on articles from Lusophone newspapers and magazines. Students will review grammar, expand their vocabulary and improve oral expression, writing, and reading skills. They are also exposed to audiovisual material that will deepen their understanding of Lusophone societies and culture.

SPAN UN3350 Hispanic Cultures II: Enlightenment to the Present. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This course surveys cultural production of Spain and Spanish America from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Students will acquire the knowledge needed for the study of the cultural manifestations of the Hispanic world in the context of modernity. Among the issues and events studied will be the Enlightenment as ideology and practice, the Napoleonic invasion of Spain, the wars of Spanish American independence, the fin-de-siècle and the cultural avant-gardes, the wars and revolutions of the twentieth century (Spanish Civil War, the Mexican and Cuban revolutions), neoliberalism, globalization, and the Hispanic presence in the United States. The goal of the course is to study some key moments of this trajectory through the analysis of representative texts, documents, and works of art. Class discussions will seek to situate the works studied within the political and cultural currents and debates of the time. All primary materials, class discussion, and assignments are in Spanish. This course is required for the major and the concentration in Hispanic Studies.

Spring 2019: SPAN UN3350
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SPAN 3350 001/18326 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
206 Casa Hispanica
Iria Ameixeiras Cundins 3 13/15
SPAN 3350 002/61097 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
206 Casa Hispanica
Santiago Acosta 3 15/15
SPAN 3350 005/04777 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
225 Milbank Hall
Wadda Rios-Font 3 13/15
Fall 2019: SPAN UN3350
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SPAN 3350 001/99270 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
201 Casa Hispanica
Bego a Alberdi 3 15/15
SPAN 3350 002/99269 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Felipe Becerra 3 15/15
SPAN 3350 003/99268 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
201 Casa Hispanica
Gustavo Perez-Firmat 3 17/15
SPAN 3350 004/10311 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Omar Duran-Garcia 3 15/15
SPAN 3350 020/09643 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Ronald Briggs 3 12/15

SPAN V3265 Latin American Literature In Translation. 3 points.

A knowledge of Spanish is not required. Discussion of selected texts of Latin American literature organized around a theme, period, or author

SPAN W3302 Latino New York: Cultural Identifies and Expressions. 3 points.

This course examines the long-standing cultural presence in New York City of peoples of Latin American and Spanish Caribbean descent. Beginning with a brief overview of key grounding concepts to trace the development of New York Latino cultural identity, we then examine the cultural foundations of Latino communities in New York, dating back to the nineteenth century. We proceed to study the mass migrations of Puerto Ricans during the post-WWII period, and the consequent political and aesthetic movements of the 1960s and 1970s. We examine the plurality of cultural expressions and identities grouped under the rubric Latin@ which involves focusing on the particularities of race, gender, class, sexuality, class, and language. Finally, we examine the growing and diversified presence of immigrants from all over the Spanish-speaking world, from the mid-1970s onward, a “Latino boom” which solidified the place of Nueva York (to paraphrase author Luis Rafael Sánchez) as the symbolic capital of the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN W3308 Minimal Editions: From the Manuscript to the Web. 3 points.

The main goal of this course is to introduce students to textual scholarship in general and digital scholarly editing in particular. The main outcome of this new course will be to publish a small-scale digital scholarly edition online of one of the most remarkable Spanish literary works, the Lazarillo de Tormes (XVIth century). The course is conceived as a combination between collaborative research and technical skills. At all steps of the process, we will work together toward the completion of our digital edition. Unlike other courses in digital editing taught worldwide, this course will introduce you to a "full stack," giving you the ability to make your own digital editions in the future without the need for funding, a publisher, or a "technical" team. The course will be divided into lectures and recitation sessions, in order to offer a theoretical concepts and to transfer them into practice.

SPAN W3315 New York as Theatre of Spanish Modernity. 3 points.

From the beginning of the XXth Century some of the key figures of Spanish contemporary culture, writers, filmmakers or architects, had a very close relationship to New York, sometimes as travelers, sometimes living in the city for long periods of time. That transatlantic contact, far from anecdotal, turned into an essential element of the self-understanding of those authors and a crucial presence in their work. The contact with New York modernity would be an unavoidable component in their own versions of modernity but their presence would also leave an important trace in the city. As yet more Spanish cultural travelers got in contact with the city a different phenomenon developed: from the 1950’s, New York would be used as a privileged stage to project a certain institutional idea of Spain, to sell a refurbished image of the nation as sophisticated and modern after decades of international marginalization under Francoism. This course will develop a comparative study of both processes as seen in literary sources, film and architecture (García Lorca, Camba, Dalí, Tápies, Buñuel, Loriga, Sert, Calatrava…)

SPAN W3330 Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures. 3 points.

Prerequisites: SPAN 3300.

The course studies cultural production in the Hispanic world with a view to making students aware of its historical and constructed nature. It explores concepts such as language, history, and nation; culture (national, popular, mass, and high); the social role of literature; the work of cultural institutions; globalization and migration; and the discipline of cultural studies. The course is divided into units that address these subjects in turn, and through which students will also acquire the fundamental vocabulary for the analysis of cultural objects. The course also stresses the acquisition of rhetorical skills with which to write effectively in Spanish about the topics discussed. This course is required for the major and the concentration in Hispanic Studies.

SPAN W3416 Transnational Cultures: Spacialities in Latin America. 3 points.

The course focuses on the cultural representation of the cities in contemporary Hispanic American literature, essays, visual texts and films. The problem of “modernity” and “postmodernity” in a peripheral culture and it’s relationships with public spaces is in the core of the discussion of all the texts. This course will provide students with an accurate understanding of some of the topics of contemporary Hispanic American culture. The main hypothesis will be that urban narratives articulate the new experiences during changes periods. Students will be introduced to theoretical writing on urban and spatial reflections, modern and postmodern thought and contemporary Hispanic American contexts. We focus on the representation of urban spaces in literary and visual texts, films and essays from Argentina, Mexico, Central America, Cuba and border cities. Students will become familiar with major problems and significant political, social and cultural trends in the contemporary Hispanic American world including topics as elite culture vs. popular culture, practices of resistance, representations of the violence and Otherness. The class will be conducted in Spanish and all written assignments will also be in that language.

SPAN W3750 Contemporary Latino Literature. 3 points.

Prerequisites: SPAN 3349 or SPAN 3350.

An examination of the imaginative writing of U.S. Hispanics in its cultural and literary context. Representative works in several genres (poetry, fiction, memoir) by Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, Dominican-American, and Cuban-American authors, among them: Alurista, Rolando Hinojosa Smith, Richard Rodriguez, Sandra Cisneros, Cherrie Moraga, Rosario Ferré, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Julia Álvarez, Junot Díaz, José Kozer, Ana Menéndez and Richard Blanco. Topics to be discussed include: the bilingual self, barrios and borderlands, from exile to ethnic, immigrant autobiography, Hispanic New York, mainstream or Gulf Stream, Latino literature and its readers.

SPAN W4996 Spanish for the Legal Profession. 4 points.


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