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Department of Modern Languages

Department of Modern Languages

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

CMLT-C 190 : An Introduction to Film

3 credits
Nature of film technique and film language; analysis of specific films and introduction to major critical approaches in film studies. (Occasionally)

CMLT-C 253 : Third World and Black American Films

3 credits
Black American films, both within the Hollywood "mainstream" and from the more independent producers; films from Africa, India, and Latin America. Discussion and analysis of the individual films as well as their cultural backgrounds. (Occasionally)

CMLT-C 261 : Introduction to African Literature

3 credits
Oral and written poetry, epic, fiction, and drama from around the continent used to illustrate varied aspects of African life, aesthetic issues, and theoretical debates. (Every other year)

CMLT-C 340 : Women in World Literature

3 credits
Comparison of attitudes toward women in works of different ages and societies. Study of stereotyped images in relation to literary and social conventions. Focus on one genre or mode each time course is offered (e.g., women in drama, in narrative, in satire). (Occasionally)

CMLT-C 460 : Origins of African Literature

3 credits
The roots of Francophone African literature in the Antilles. Haitian literature (Price-Mars, Césaire, Dépestre). The Paris movement of Negritude (Senghor, Damas, Césaire). Contribution of Afro-American writers (Hughes, McKay, Toomer). African poetry (Senghor, D. Diop, Dadie) and novels (Camara Laye, Beti, Oyono). All readings in English translations. (Occasionally)

FREN-F 100 : Elementary French I

4 credits
Introduction to French language and selected aspects of French civilization and culture. (Fall, Spring, Summer I)

FREN-F 150 : Elementary French II

4 credits
Introduction to French language and selected aspects of French civilization and culture. (Fall, Spring, Summer II)
Prerequisite - FREN F100 or equivalent

FREN-F 200 : Second-Year French I: Language and Culture

3 credits
Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. (Fall, Spring)
Prerequisite - FREN F150 or equivalent.

FREN-F 250 : Second-Year French II: Language and Culture

3 credits
Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. (Fall, Spring)
Prerequisite - FREN F200 or equivalent.

FREN-F 300 : Lectures et analyses litteraires

3 credits
Preparation for more advanced work in French or Francophone literature. Readings and discussion of one play, one novel, short stories, and poems as well as the principles of literary criticism and explication de texte. (Spring)
Prerequisite - FREN F250.

FREN-F 305 : Theatre et essai

3 credits
Drama and literature of ideas. Dramatists such as Corneille, Racine, Moliere, Beaumarchais, and Sartre; essayists and philosophers such as Descartes, Pascal, Voltaire, Diderot, and Camus. (Spring)
Prerequisite - FREN F250 or equivalent.

FREN-F 306 : Roman et poesie

3 credits
Novel and poetry. Novelists such as Balzac, Flaubert, and Proust; readings in anthologies stressing sixteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth- century poetry. (Spring)
Prerequisite - FREN F250 or equivalent.

FREN-F 310 : Topics in French Literature in Translation

3 credits
Readings in English translation of novels, plays, essays, and poetry or other works that reflect a specific topic chosen by the instructor. May be repeated once for credit with a different topic.  No credit in French. (Occasionally)

FREN-F 311 : Contemporary French Civilization

3 credits
Political, social, and cultural aspects of contemporary France. No credit in French. (Occasionally)

FREN-F 312 : Readings in French Literature in Translation

3 credits
Representative readings emphasizing a particular author, genre, or topic in French literature. Subject may vary with each listing and is identified in the Schedule of Classes. No credit in French. (Occasionally)

FREN-F 328 : Advanced French Grammar and Composition

3 credits
Study and practice of French thinking and writing patterns. (Fall)
Prerequisite - FREN F250 or equivalent.

FREN-F 341 : Topics in Francophone Culture

3 credits
Topics in Francophone culture will be explored from a variety of perspectives.  The course will be given in English.  May be repeated once for credit with a different topic.  No credit in French.  (Occasionally)

FREN-F 375 : Themes et perspectives litteraires et culturels

3 credits
Study of a subject or topic in French (cultural or literary).  All work in French.  May be repeated once for credit. (Occasionally)

FREN-F 380 : French Conversation

3 credits
For nonnative speakers of French. Designed to develop conversational skills through reports, debates, and group discussions with an emphasis on vocabulary building, mastery of syntax, and general oral expression. Both FREN F380 and FREN F480 may be taken for credit. (Fall)
Prerequisite - FREN F250 or equivalent.

FREN-F 391 : Studies in the French Film

3 credits
Analysis of major French art form, introduction to modern French culture seen through the medium of film art, and the study of relationship to cinema and literature in France and the Francophone world. Films shown in French with English subtitles. Class taught in French.

FREN-F 424 : Comedie classique

3 credits
Moliere, Marivaux, Beaumarchais, and others. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - 6 credit hours at 300 level, including FREN F305 or FREN F306.

FREN-F 441 : Literature and Culture of the Francophone World

3 credits
This course investigates the cultures of French-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia. Literary, cultural, and visual works will be explored. Subjects covered include the search for identity; the challenges of colonialism and acculturation; writing for social change; class, gender and social status; local traditions versus global modernity. Taught in French.

FREN-F 443 : Nineteenth-Century Novel I

3 credits
Introduction to French language and selected aspects of French civilization and culture. (Fall, Spring, Summer I)
Prerequisite - 6 credit hours at 300 level, including FREN F305 or FREN F306.

FREN-F 450 : Colloquium in French Studies

3 - 9 credits
Emphasis on one topic, author, or genre. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - 6 credits at 300 level, including FREN F305 or FREN F306 or consent of the instructor.

FREN-F 452 : Civilisation et litterature quebecoises

3 credits
The objective of this course is to acquaint students with Quebec literature and civilization from its origins to the present. Emphasis on the events leading to the "Quiet Revolution" and on contemp­orary poetry, fiction, drama, and film. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - 6 credits at 300 level, including FREN F305 or FREN F306.

FREN-F 453 : Literature contemporaine I

3 credits
Twentieth-century French literature until 1940. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - 6 credit hours at 300 level, including FREN F305 or FREN F306.

FREN-F 463 : Civilization francaise I

3 credits
French civilization from the medieval period through the seventeenth century. Readings in French. Eligible for graduate credit. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - 6 credit hours in French at the 300 level or departmental permission.

FREN-F 464 : Civilization francaise II

3 credits
French civilization from the eighteenth century to the contemporary period. Readings in French. Eligible for graduate credit. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - 6 credit hours in French at the 300 level or departmental permission.

FREN-F 480 : French Conversation

3 credits
Class designed to develop conversational skills. Includes reviews, presentations, and discussion. Places responsibility on the student for contributing to the animation and interest of the class. Essentially a performing class. Supplemental work is required beyond FREN F380. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - FREN F380 or consent of department for nonnative speakers of French.

FREN-F 495 : Individual Readings in French Literature

1 - 3 credits
May be repeated. (Fall, Spring)
Prerequisite - Consent of department.

GER-G 100 : Beginning German I

4 credits
Introduction to present-day German and to selected aspects of German culture. Survey of the language: structure and meaning. Introduction to German grammatical forms and their function. Development of listening comprehension, simple speaking proficiency, controlled reading and writing skills. (Fall)

GER-G 150 : Beginning German II

4 credits
Introduction to present-day German and to selected aspects of German culture. Survey of the language: structure and meaning. Introduction to German grammatical forms and their function. Development of listening comprehension, simple speaking proficiency, controlled reading and writing skills. (Spring)
Prerequisite - GER G100 or equivalent

GER-G 200 : Oral Practice, Writing, and Reading I

3 credits
Further development of oral and written command of language structures. Reading of literary and nonliterary texts. (Fall)
Prerequisite - GER G150 or equivalent.

GER-G 250 : Oral Practice, Writing, and Reading II

3 credits
Review of selected grammatical items. Reading of modern German prose and plays with stress on discussion in German. Writing of descriptive and expository prose based on the reading material. (Spring)
Prerequisite - GER G200 or equivalent.

ITAL-M 100 : Elementary Italian I

4 credits
Introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that develop grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Cultural topics and simple cultural comparisons are introduced.

ITAL-M 150 : Elementary Italian II

4 credits
Continued introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that build grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Practice with new cultural topics and basic cultural analysis.
Prerequisite - M100

ITAL-M 200 : Intermediate Italian I

3 credits
Building on Elementary Italian I-II, students further study and practice fundamental concepts and structures in Italian grammar. Through a variety of assignments and activities, they strengthen proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, writing, cultural analysis and understanding. Includes an introduction to brief literary texts.
Prerequisite - M150 or equivalent

ITAL-M 250 : Intermediate Italian II

3 credits
The study of more complex concepts and structures in Italian grammar. Through a variety of texts, media, and assignments, students practice listening, speaking, reading, writing, and they analyze cultural topics and situations in greater depth. Increased attention to short literary texts.
Prerequisite - M200 or equivalent

LING-L 103 : Introduction to the Study of Language

3 credits
Linguistics as a body of information; nature and function of language; relevance of linguistics to other disciplines, with reference to modern American English and principal European languages. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - Sophomore standing.

LING-L 210 : Topics in Language and Society

3 credits
The study of topics related to the role of language as a social phenomenon.  May be repeated once for credit with a different topic. (Occasionally)

LING-L 315 : Introduction to Sociolinguistics

3 credits
Examines the relationships between language and society.  Issues include the nature of sociolinguistics; the importance of age, sex, socioeconomic status; language ideologies; why people use different dialects/languages in different situations; bilingualism and multilingualism; language choice, language attitudes, and language endangerment; the relevance of sociolinguistics to general linguistic theory. (Occasionally)

SPAN-S 100 : Elementary Spanish I

4 credits
Introduction to present-day Spanish, basic structural patterns, functional vocabulary, and selected aspects of Hispanic civilizations and cultures. (Fall, Spring, and Summer I)

SPAN-S 150 : Elementary Spanish II

4 credits
Introduction to present-day Spanish, basic structural patterns, functional vocabulary, and selected aspects of Hispanic civilizations and cultures. (Fall, Spring, and Summer II)
Prerequisite - SPAN S100 or equivalent

SPAN-S 160 : Spanish for Health Care Personnel

3 credits
Students learn to explain procedures, medication, and diagnoses when faced with a variety of medical situations involving Spanish-speaking patients and families. Through vocabulary, grammar, illustrations, dialogues, exercises, and cultural notes, the course prepares health professionals to communicate better with Spanish-speaking patients. May be taken concurrently with other Spanish language courses, but cannot serve as a replacement for any of these courses and does not satisfy College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirements. (Occasionally)

SPAN-S 200 : Second-Year Spanish I

3 credits
Continuation of SPAN-S 100 - SPAN-S 150, with increased emphasis on communication skills and selected readings on aspects of Hispanic culture. (Fall, Spring, Summer I)
Prerequisite - SPAN-S 150 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 205 : Spanish for Health Care Personnel

3 credits
Students learn to explain procedures, medication, and diagnoses when faced with a variety of medical situations involving Spanish-speaking patients and families. Through vocabulary, grammar, illustrations, dialogues, exercises, and cultural notes, the course prepares health professionals to communicate better with Spanish-speaking patients. May be taken concurrently with other Spanish language courses, but cannot serve as a replacement for any of these courses and does not satisfy College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirements. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - SPAN S160 or SPAN S100, or equivalent.

SPAN-S 230 : Cervantes' Don Quixote in Translation

3 credits
Detailed textual analysis of Cervantes' masterpiece, with readings and class discussion on its relationship to the Renaissance and the development of the world novel. No credit in Spanish. (Occasionally)

SPAN-S 231 : Spanish-American Fiction in Translation

3 credits
Reading and discussion of selected novels and short stories in English translation. Emphasis on cultural values as expressed through the work of representative Spanish-American prose fiction writers. No credit in Spanish. (Occasionally)

SPAN-S 240 : Modern Spanish Literature in Translation

3 credits
Readings from authors such as Unamuno, Cela, Alonso, Garcia Lorca, Jimenez, Perez de Ayala, and Ortega y Gasset. No credit in Spanish. (Occasionally)

SPAN-S 241 : Golden Age Literature in Translation

3 credits
Masterpieces of Spanish literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Representative authors include Lope de Vega, Cervantes, Garcilaso, Quevedo, Calderón, Fray Luis de Leon, San Juan de la Cruz, and Góngora. No credit in Spanish. (Occasionally)

SPAN-S 250 : Second-Year Spanish II

3 credits
Continuation of SPAN S200, with increased emphasis on communication skills and selected readings on aspects of Hispanic culture. (Fall, Spring, Summer II)
Prerequisite - SPAN-S 200 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 251 : Modern Spain

3 credits
The culture of Spain from 1700 to the present: painting, sculpture, architecture, tauromachy, manners, and customs. No credit in Spanish. (Occasionally)

SPAN-S 260 : Introduction to Hispanic Film

3 credits
Hispanic culture in film. Cinematic techniques used to portray Hispanic culture. No credit in Spanish. (Occasionally)

SPAN-S 284 : Women in Hispanic Culture

3 credits
Images, roles, and themes involving women in Hispanic literature. No credit in Spanish. (Occasionally)

SPAN-S 290 : Topics in Hispanic Culture

3 credits
Emphasis on one topic, author, or genre in Hispanic culture. May be repeated once for credit with a different topic. No credit in Spanish.  May be repeated once for credit with a different topic. (Occasionally)

SPAN-S 311 : Spanish Grammar

3 credits
This course is designed to integrate the four basic language skills into a review of the major points of Spanish grammar. Course work will combine grammar exercises with brief compositions based on a reading assignment and class discussion in Spanish. Sentence exercises will be corrected and discussed in class. (Fall)
Prerequisite - SPAN-S 250 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 312 : Written Composition in Spanish

3 credits
This course integrates the four basic language skills into a structured approach to composition. Some review of selected points of Spanish grammar will be included. Each student will write a weekly composition, increasing in length as the semester progresses. Emphasis will be on correct usage, vocabulary building, and stylistic control. (Spring)
Prerequisite - SPAN-S 250 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 317 : Spanish Conversation and Diction

3 credits
Intensive controlled conversation correlated with readings, reports, debates, and group discussions. May be repeated once for credit.  May be repeated once for credit (Fall, Summer II)
Prerequisite - SPAN-S 250 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 323 : Introduction to Translating Spanish and English

3 credits
A comparative study of the style and grammar of both languages, with a focus on the difficulties involved in translating. Introduction to the techniques and process of translation through intensive practice. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - SPAN-S 312 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 360 : Introduction to Hispanic Literature

3 credits
Using fiction, drama, and poetry from Spain and Latin America, this course introduces strategies to increase reading comprehension and presents terms and concepts useful in developing the critical skills of literary analysis. (Fall)
Prerequisite - SPAN-S 250 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 363 : Introduction to Hispanic Culture

3 credits
Introduction to the cultural history of Spanish-speaking countries with the emphasis on its literary, artistic, social, economic, and political aspects. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - SPAN-S 250 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 408 : Survey of Spanish Literature II

3 credits
An historical survey of Spanish literature that covers the main current of Spain's literary history in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Readings in prose, poetry, and drama by Larra, Perez Galdos, Unamuno, Lorca, and other representative writers. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - SPAN-S 301 - SPAN-S 302.

SPAN-S 409 : Topics in Spanish Language

3 credits
Studies in special topics not ordinarily covered in other departmental courses. Topics may include the linguistic analysis of the structure of Spanish (syntax, phonology, morphology), aspects of bilingualism, and language and usage as they pertain to teaching.  May be repeated once for credit. (Occasionally) 
Prerequisite - SPAN-S 311 or consent of instructor.

SPAN-S 410 : Contemporary Hispanic Culture and Conversation

3 credits
Preparation and presentation of oral reports; group discussions. Topic may vary. Goals are to maintain and develop oral proficiency and to examine some aspect of contemporary Hispanic civilization. Written research projects may be required. May be repeated once with permission of instructor. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - SPAN-S 317 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 411 : Spanish Culture and Civilization

3 credits
A course to integrate historical, social, political, and cultural information about Spain. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - SPAN S360 or SPAN S363 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 412 : Spanish America: Cultural Context

3 credits
A course to integrate historical, social, political, and cultural information about Spanish America. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - SPAN S360 or SPAN S363 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 413 : Hispanic Culture in the U.S.

3 credits
The Hispanic heritage of the United States. Hispanic-American art, music, architecture, popular culture, and language. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - SPAN S360 or SPAN S363 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 420 : Modern Spanish-American Prose Fiction

3 credits
Spanish-American prose fiction from late nineteenth-century modernism to the present. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - SPAN S360 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 421 : Advanced Grammar and Composition

3 credits
Selected grammar review and intensive practice in effective use of the written language. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - SPAN-S 311 - SPAN-S 312 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 423 : The Craft of Translation

3 credits
Basic introductory course in translation. The problems and techniques of Spanish/English and English/Spanish translation using a variety of texts and concentrating on such critical areas as stylistics, tone, rhythms, imagery, nuance, and allusion. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - SPAN-S 323 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 426 : Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

3 credits
General aspects of Spanish linguistics: traditional, descriptive, historical, and dialectal. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - SPAN-S 311 or consent of instructor.

SPAN-S 428 : Applied Spanish Linguistics

3 credits
Analysis of linguistics and cultural elements ofSpanish phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics as they bear on teaching. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - SPAN-S 311 or consent of instructor.

SPAN-S 435 : Literatura chicana y puertorriqueria

3 credits
Reading and discussion of works produced in Spanish by representative Chicano, Puerto Rican, and Cuban authors of the United States. Cultural values and traditions that are reflected in the oral and written literature will be studied. (Occasionally) 
Prerequisite - SPAN S360 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 470 : Women and Hispanic Literature

3 credits
The Hispanic woman and her cultural context as seen through literary texts. Topics include female authors, images of women in literature, and feminist criticism. (Occasionally) 
Prerequisite - SPAN S360 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 474 : Hispanic Literature and Society

3 credits
Writers and their works within the social, political, economic, and cultural context. Specific topic to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. (Occasionally)  
Prerequisite - SPAN S360 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 479 : Mexican Literature

3 credits
Mexican literature from independence to present. (Occasionally)  
Prerequisite - SPAN S360 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 490 : Topics in Hispanic Literature

3 credits
Examination of various areas of Spanish and Spanish-American literature. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Specific topic to be announced in Schedule of Classes. (Occasionally)   
Prerequisite - SPAN S360 or equivalent.

SPAN-S 494 : Individual Readings in Hispanic Studies

1 - 3 credits
May be repeated. (Fall, Spring)   
Prerequisite - consent of department

SPAN-S 495 : Hispanic Colloquium

3 credits
Topic to be selected by the faculty member offering the course.  May be repeated twice for credit as long as the topic is different.