Spring 2014

Alvaro A. Bernal, Conversational Spanish, Spring 2014

Course Description:

The aims of this course are to improve the learner's ability to understand and speak fluent Spanish. A native speaker instructor guides the student, but the learner does most of the talking. Emphasis in small classes is on vocabulary building and some basic structures. Daily participation is necessary. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212.

Required Texts:

Blanco, Revista: Conversación sin barreras. Vista Higher Learning, Boston, Massachusetts, 2010, fourth edition. 501 Spanish Verbs with CD-ROM and Audio CD (501 Verb Series) by Christopher Kendris and Oxford or Larousse Spanish/English dictionary.

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Alvaro A. Bernal, Latin American Topics: Mexico, Spring 2014

Course Description

This course deals with literary, linguistics, or cultural topics—or a combination of these. Its primary emphasis is on developing an understanding of contemporary cultures in Latin America. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212 or equivalent.

Required Texts:

- The Mexico Reader, Publisher: Duke Univ.
- Mexican Short Stories / cuentos mexicanos, Publisher: Dover
- Oxford or Larousse Spanish/English dictionary.


Alvaro A. Bernal, Spanish For Business Professionals, Spring 2014

Course Description:

This course is designed as a practical elementary Spanish course that will include technical vocabulary and idiomatic expressions needed by business professionals who must communicate in both oral and written ways with Spanish-speaking companies and bilingual colleagues as well. The course will offer an essential foundation in grammar, vocabulary and speech related to functional business areas, and practice in carrying out simple business transactions in Spanish.

Required Texts:

- Spanish for Business. Patricia Rush and Patricia Houston, Pearson.Textbook and Workbook.
- English-Spanish/Spanish-English Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary [Paperback] Nicholas Rollin (Editor), Carol Styles Carvajal (Editor), Jane Horwood (Editor).

Alvaro A. Bernal, Spanish For Healthcare Professionals, Spring 2014

Course Description:

This course is designed as a practical elementary/introductory Spanish course that will include technical vocabulary and idiomatic expressions needed by healthcare professionals who must communicate orally with Spanish-speaking patients. We will emphasize grammar, speaking and pronunciation skills. Students will learn and practice useful phrases within a medical context as well as acquire vocabulary and basic grammatical knowledge.

Required Texts:

- Spanish for Health Care. Patricia Rush and Patricia Houston. Second Edition, Pearson.Textbook and Workbook.
- English-Spanish/Spanish-English Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary [Paperback] Nicholas Rollin (Editor), Carol Styles Carvajal (Editor), Jane Horwood (Editor)

Amy J. Yanity, Composition 2, Spring 2014

Course Description:

In this course, a companion course to Freshman Writing Seminar and Composition 1, students study and practice essay writing in more depth. The course also includes an introduction to researching and writing from sources. Required of all freshmen. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0002 or ENGCMP 0003 or ENGCMP 0005.

Required Texts:

The Seagull Reader: Literature and Rules For Writers (seventh edition).


Amy J. Yanity, Literature And The Environment, Spring 2014

Course Description:

In this course, students will read and write about the environment and its issues as expressed through literature. Readings in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction will explore how the geography of a location influences the character of its inhabitants and how the forces of nature affect their lives and fortunes. Writing will consist of personal and critical short essays as well as a longer essay/project involving independent readings and research.

Required Texts:

Literature and The Environment, A Reader on Nature and Culture (2nd Edition.)

Ann Rea, Detective Fiction, Spring 2014

Course Description:

This course examines detective fiction in terms of its history, its social meaning and as a form of philosophizing. It also seeks to reveal the place and values of popular fiction in our lives.

Required Texts:

Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes: Complete Novels & Stories Vol. 1, Publisher: Bantam

Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone, Penguin

Dorothy Sayers, Strong Poison, Bourbon Street Books

P. D. James, An Unsuitable Job For A Woman, Touchstone

Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Vintage

Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon, Vintage

Tony Hillerman, Skinwalkers, Harper

Kathleen George, Taken, Dell

Tana French, In the Woods, Penguin

Ann Rea, Literature For Adolescents, Spring 2014

Course Description:

This course will read classics as well as modern works written specifically for an adolescent audience. We will also read and discuss sociological and psychological constructions of adolescents and books on pedagogy. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 and ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

S. E. Hinton, The Outsiders

Sharon Flake, The Skin I'm In

Joyce Lee Wong, Seeing Emily

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Jack Gantos, Desire Lines

Orson Scott Card, Enders Game

Nick Hornby, Slam

Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

Jandy Nelson, The Sky is Everywhere


Ann Rea, Nineteenth-Century Novel, Spring 2014

Course Description:

It would not be an exaggeration to say that among the books we will read this semester are some of the most important novels that have been written in English. The Victorian period was when novels gained huge popularity, and many women began to write fiction – sometimes under men’s names – and novels began to have a profound influence on the culture. This worked in several ways, in that some writers like Elizabeth Gaskell wrote about social problems which, they believed, resulted from the fast pace of change that their country had undergone, and these novels drew the general public’s awareness to those problems. But at the same time fiction influenced how the public thought about less tangible concepts, so, for example, people’s ideas about individuality underwent a huge influence as a result of the focus on individual characters in novels. Some of this fiction depicted the effects of the industrial revolution when people began to work in factories and live in fast-growing cities. Later Thomas Hardy would write about the changes taking place in rural areas when the countryside went through economic difficulties and people who had previously worked on the land moved to towns.

Required Texts:

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights, (1847) Signet

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre, (1847) Norton

Elizabeth Gaskell, Ruth (Penguin) 1853

George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (1860) Broadview

Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd, (1874) Modern Library

Ann Rea, Survey Of English Literature 2, Spring 2014

Course Description:

Traces the development of English literature from the beginning of the romantic period to the present. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, Volumes 4 (The Age of Romanticism), 5 (The Victorian Era), and 6 (The Twentieth Century and Beyond), preferably the second edition. If you are willing to keep on top of the xeroxing you could manage without buying the 6th edition and if you wish you could manage without Volume 6, as long as you can be organized about finding the readings on the internet and printing them.

Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, Penguin (1814)

Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier, Create Space (1915)