2017-2018 Semester Programs: Latin American Studies and Spanish Language at the Universidad de Belgrano

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Language Eligibility: For all levels of Spanish.

-Beginner level is for students who have not taken Spanish before.
-Intermediate level must have completed at least 2 semesters or 3 quarters of college level Spanish.
-Advanced level must have completed at least 4 semesters or 6 quarters of college level Spanish.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPA, click here.

Total contact hours: 180-330 per semester. 15 contact hours = 1 semester credit.
10 contact hours = 1 quarter unit.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-22 semester credits per semester.

Final transcript is issued by the Universidad de Belgrano.  Classes are taken with other American and foreign students.

Universidad de Belgrano – Course Offerings

During the semester, all students must take a minimum of 4 classes or a maximum of 5 (this does not include the optional intensive course). If you choose to take Spanish language during the semester, that counts as one of your 4 or 5 classes. Students may combine English & Spanish electives, but an Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish is always required to take electives in Spanish.

In order to take electives taught in Spanish, students must have completed at least 4 semesters of college Spanish. Students who have taken 3 semesters of college Spanish may also take electives in Spanish, as long as they complete the 8-credit Spanish language intensive course preceding the regular semester.

Students who plan to take all their electives in English must take Spanish Language as one of their classes – either during the month-long intensive course, or during the semester.  (If you wish, you can take Spanish during both the intensive course and the semester.)

Course offerings are subject to change.  It is strongly recommended that you get a total of 8 electives approved by your academic advisor, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. That way, if a class is cancelled or 2 of the classes you want to take meet at the same time, you’ll already have back-up classes that you know your school will accept. When you pre-register for classes (this happens after you’re accepted), you will have to list a total of 8 possible classes that you plan to take during the semester (this does not include the intensive course). We will not be able to pre-register you unless you provide us with 8 possible courses.

Classes worth 60 contact hours / 4 semester credits will meet twice a week for 90 minutes each session. Classes worth 30 contact hours / 2 semester credits will meet once a week. The month-long Spanish intensive course will meet 6 hours per day, Mon-Fri.

Course Descriptions

Optional Month-long Spanish Intensive Course

120 contact hours / 8 semester credits each
INT 121 Beginner Spanish Intensive Course
INT 151 Intermediate I Spanish Intensive Course (Low Intermediate)
INT 181 Intermediate II Spanish Intensive Course (High Intermediate)
INT 221 Advanced Spanish Intensive Course
Note: A placement exam will determine your level.

Spanish Language Semester Courses

*60 contact hours / 4 semester credits
**30 contact hours / 2 semester credits

SPAN 120: Beginner Spanish Language*
PORT 120: Beginner Portuguese*
PORT 121: Beginner Oral Production in Portugese**
SPAN 150: Intermediate Spanish Language*
SPAN 155: High Intermediate Spanish Language*
SPAN 156: Intermediate Oral Production in Spanish**
SPAN 217: Intermediate Written Production in Spanish*
SPAN 220: Advanced Spanish Language*
SPAN 225: High Advanced Spanish Language*
SPAN 226: Advanced Oral Production in Spanish**
SPAN 317: Advanced Written Production in Spanish*
SPAN 320: Sociolinguistics in Spanish*

Note: Students who complete the month-long intensive Spanish course and pass the exam for their level will be automatically enrolled in the next level for their semester-long Spanish language class. Students who do not complete the intensive course will take a placement exam, which will determine their level.

Elective Courses taught in English

60 contact hours / 4 semester credits each
PALAS 310: Argentine Economy
PALAS 330: Social Economy in Latin America
PALAS 332: Economic Integration in Latin America
PALAS 333: International Business in the Southern Cone
PALAS 340: History of Latin America
PALAS 342: Race and Nation in Argentina
PALAS 360: Political and Social Change
PALAS 362: Latin American Cultures and Societies
PALAS 366: U.S. – Latin America Relations
PALAS 372: Latin American Literature
PALAS 380: Gender History in Latin America
PALAS 400: Latin America in the Global Economy
PALAS 420: Jorge Luis Borges: Visions of Culture and Knowledge (Special topic in Comparative Literature)
PALAS 443: Tango: Gender, Nation and Identity (Special topic in Cultural Studies)
PALAS 444: Human Rights and Cultural Representations

Elective Courses taught in Spanish – for Intermediate and Advanced levels

60 contact hours / 4 semester credits each, unless noted otherwise
PEAL 260: Tango Dance (30 contact hours / 2 semester credits)
PEAL 262: Latin American Cultural Studies
PEAL 264: Latin American Cinema
PEAL 302: Contemporary Argentine Art
PEAL 312: 20th Century Latin American History
PEAL 321: Latin American Literature
PEAL 322: Argentine Literature
PEAL 330: Argentine Cultural Studies*
PEAL 369: Latin American Economic History
PEAL 372: Argentine Economic Policy
PEAL 400: Latin America and the Global Economy
PEAL 420: Gender Studies in Latin America
PEAL 442: Narratives of the Monstrous in Latin America
PEAL 454: Latin American Societies: Social Movements*

*Course will run based on student demand.