Language Courses Offered

click to expandSpanish Courses

click to expandSPAN 101 Spanish Level I

Elementary pronunciation, vocabulary building, and language structure of the Spanish language. Listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking. Language approached through readings and authentic materials from culture and history of Spanish speaking countries. Intended for students with fewer than three years of Spanish in high school.

Credit: 4 Hours  M

click to expandSPAN 102 Spanish Level II

Language skill augmented by conversation-based activities. Small group activities. Cultural component includes other Spanish-speaking countries: Central and South America, Caribbean, Hispanic United States.

Prerequisite: Spanish 101
Credit: 4 Hours  M

click to expandSPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish Level I

Integrated review and extension of Spanish language, together with presentation of cultural issues and literary texts of the Hispanic World.

Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or two years of high school Spanish
Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandSPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish Level II

Integrated approach continues. Writing assignments include topics of general interest and issues of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world. Literature study includes fundamentals of interpretation, focusing primarily on contemporary Hispania.

Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or equivalent
Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandSPAN 232 Latinos in the United States

This course examines the group of individuals commonly identified as 'Hispanics' or 'Latinos/as.' Consideration will be given not only to the features these people share in common, but also to their diversity. An interdisciplinary approach examines the history, politics, religion, literature, art, music and popular traditions associated with the Latino population. The primary objective of this course is to examine who Latinos are, how they came to live in the United States, and what their place is within US society. Of central importance to this examination will be an understanding of the concepts of race, ethnicity, identity, resistance, and assimilation. This course is taught in English, with no knowledge of Spanish required. It is not open to students who have already completed Spanish 332. Offered when warranted by student interest or academic requirements. This course has been identified as a Writing Proficiency course and so requires satisfactory completion (C- or better) of Writing 101.

Credit: 3 hours  M,W,X

click to expandSPAN 301 Conversation and Composition

Conversational Spanish and practice in writing on topics of general interest and problems relating to Spanish-speaking cultures and civilizations.

Prerequisite: Spanish 202
Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandSPAN 310 Business Spanish M

Advanced course offering acquisition of business vocabulary at higher level through variety of classroom activities such as translation exercises, improvement of Spanish business writing skills, additional reinforcement of grammatical concepts, in the context of contemporary Spanish and Spanish American cultures.

Prerequisites: Spanish 202 or written permission of instructor
Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandSPAN 321 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

An examination of the sounds (consonants and vowels) of Spanish and how these vary systematically. Spanish dialects based on geography, age, gender, and economic status will also be analyzed. Nonnative speakers will focus on improving their pronunciation of Spanish.

Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or written permission of instructor
Credit: 3 Hours

click to expandSPAN 330 Spanish Civilization

Significant cultural materials in development of civilization in Spain and Hispanic world. Readings in Spanish emphasizing vocabulary acquisition and reading comprehension. Offered when warranted by academic requirements or student interest.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or written permission of instructor
Credit: 3 Hours  M,P

click to expandSPAN 331 Spanish-American Civilization

Spanish-American civilization. Offered when warranted by academic requirements or student interest.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or written permission of instructor.
Credit: 3 Hours  M,P

click to expandSPAN 332 Latinos en Estados Unidos

This course examines the group of individuals commonly identified as 'Hispanics' or 'Latinos/as.' Consideration will be given not only to the features these people share in common, but also to their diversity. An interdisciplinary approach examines the history, politics, religion, literature, art, music and popular traditions associated with the Latino population. The primary objective of this course is to examine who Latinos are, how they came to live in the United States, and what their place is within US society. Of central importance to this examination will be an understanding of the concepts of race, ethnicity, identity, resistance, and assimilation. This course is taught in Spanish and is not open to students who have already completed Spanish 232. It is offered when warranted by student interest or academic requirements. This course has been identified as a Writing Proficiency course and so requires satisfactory completion (C- or better) of Writing 101.

Prerequisites: Spanish 301
Credit: 3 hours  P,W,X

click to expandSPAN 350 Highlights of Spanish Literature

Great works from medieval to contemporary times. Offered when warranted by academic requirements or student interest.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or written permission of instructor
Credit: 3 Hours  M,L

click to expandSPAN 351 Panorama of Latin American Literature

Literature from Latin America from its earliest manifestations to the present. A variety of authors, genres, and themes will be analyzed in relation to the relevant historical context.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or written permission of instructor
Credit: 3 Hours  M,L

click to expandSPAN 360 Topics in Spanish and Hispanic Literature

An examination of the literature in Spanish representative of a particular genre, movement, author, or theme. Topics will vary with each course offering and include the Spanish novel, famous works of Spanish theater, and Hispanic women writers. May be repeated for credit when topics differ.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or written permission of instructor
Credit: 3 Hours  M,L

click to expandSPAN 401 Study Abroad

Students will complete a set of structured assignments either during or in the semester after their return from a Study Abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country. These assignments are designed to enhance the experience abroad by asking students to reflect on their experience of language, literature, and culture. Assignments may include a language learning journal completed during the time abroad, a reflective paper on a piece of literature, and reflective papers on cultural experiences derived from the Study Abroad.

Credits: 3 Hours

 


click to expandFrench Courses

click to expandFREN 101 French Level I

Elementary pronunciation, vocabulary building, and language structure. Listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking. Language approached through readings and authentic materials from the culture and history of French-speaking countries. Intended for students with fewer than 3 years of French in high school.

Credit: 4 Hours  M

click to expandFREN 102 French Level II

Language skills augmented by conversation-based activities. Small group activities. Cultural component includes other French-speaking countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Francophone Africa and the Caribbean, Vietnam, and French Canada.

Prerequisite: French 101
Credit: 4 Hours  M

click to expandFREN 130 French Culture and Civilization: Historical Perspective

Through novels, essays, films, and documentaries, this course takes a look at French culture and civilization from the French Revolution to contemporary times, with stress on a variety of French achievements in the arts, sciences, and literature. Knowledge of French not required

Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandFREN 131 French Culture and Civilization: Cross-cultural Perspective

Offers an intercultural perspective on the French-speaking world: France, French Canada, Caribbean, and Africa. Class will explore the dynamics of French culture and influence on other Francophone cultures. Materials for the course (novels, essays, films/documentaries) will enable class discussion to examine contemporary issues pertinent to these cultural settings: democratization and leadership; urban and rural development; education and the creation of elite sub-cultures; cultural hybridity, and gender role distinction. Knowledge of French not required.

Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandFREN 201 Intermediate French I

Integrated review and extension of French language, together with presentation of cultural issues and literary texts of the Francophone world. Emphasis on reading and writing. Culture texts include history, scientific achievements, art, architecture, and religion. Literary texts from prose narrative, poetry, essays, and theatre.

Prerequisite: French 102 or two years of high school French
Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandFREN 202 Intermediate French II

Integrated approach continues. Language component shifts to conversational skills and aural comprehension. Writing includes topics of general interest and problems relating to Francophone culture and civilization. Literature component includes fundamentals of interpretation.

Prerequisite: French 201
Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandFREN 260: Francophone African and Caribbean Literature: An Introduction to Africa and the Caribbean

Francophone African and Caribbean Literature introduces students to a number of literary texts and films from across the spectrum of the Francophone world -- West Africa, the Maghreb (North Africa), and the Caribbean. Through the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, and film makers within a growing corpus of canonical works, course will examine the different historical and cultural effects of colonialism and post colonialism, as well as the intrinsic artistic and literary qualities of non-western works of fiction. (Taught in English)

Credit: 3 Hours  L, W

click to expandFREN 301 Conversation and Composition

Conversational French and practice in writing topics of general interest and problems relating to French culture and civilization.

Prerequisite: French 202
Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandFREN 310 Business French

Advanced course offering acquisition of business vocabulary at higher level through variety of classroom activities such as translation exercises, improvement of French business writing skills, and additional reinforcement of grammatical concepts in the context of contemporary culture.

Prerequisite: French 202, or written permission of instructor
Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandFREN 330 French Civilization I

Highlights of France’s cultural, scientific, and artistic contribution to world civilization prior to the French Revolution. Offered when warranted by academic requirements or student interest.

Prerequisite: French 301 or written permission of instructor
Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandFREN 331 French Civilization II

French cultural contributions to the world from the French Revolution to present. Offered when warranted by academic requirements or student interest.

Prerequisite: French 301 or written permission of instructor
Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandFREN 360 Topics in French and Francophone Literature

An examination of the literature in French representative of a particular genre, movement, author, or theme. Topics will vary with each course offering and include the French novel, the Romantic movement, and feminist Francophone literature. May be repeated for credit when topics differ.

Prerequisite: French 301 or permission of instructor.
Credit: 3 Hours  M,L

click to expandFREN 401 Study Abroad

Students will complete a set of structured assignments either during or in the semester after their return from a Study Abroad program in a French-speaking country. These assignments are designed to enhance the experience abroad by asking students to reflect on their experience of language, literature, and culture. Assignments may include a language learning journal completed during the time abroad, a reflective paper on a piece of literature, and reflective papers on cultural experiences derived from the Study Abroad.

Credit: 3 Hours

 


click to expandChinese Courses

click to expandCHIN 101 Elementary Conversational Chinese I

Pronunciation, practice in character recognition, speaking, sentence structure.

Credit: 4 Hours  M

click to expandCHIN 102 Elementary Conversational Chinese II

Emphasizes pronunciation, writing, speaking, and reading.

Prerequisite: Chinese 101 or written permission of instructor
Credit: 4 Hours  M

click to expandCHIN 130 Perspectives on Chinese Culture

An interdisciplinary study of Chinese culture, including history, politics, literature, and the arts, as well as Chinese customs.

Credit: 3 Hours  M,P

click to expandCHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese I

Pronunciation, further practice in character recognition, speaking, sentence structure, approached through readings based on the culture of China.

Prerequisite: Chinese 102 or written permission of instructor
Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandCHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese II

Continued practice in pronunciation, character recognition, speaking, approached through more advanced readings based on the culture of China.

Prerequisite: Chinese 201 or written permission of instructor
Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandCHIN 301 Advanced Chinese I

This course is a continuation of Chinese 202, with continued emphasis on vocabulary building and work on skills in listening comprehension, speaking, reading comprehension, and writing. Language will be introduced in relevant cultural contexts and through authentic materials.

Prerequisite: Chinese 202 or written permission of instructor
Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandCHIN 302 Advanced Chinese II

This course is a continuation of Chinese 301, with more emphasis on writing. Increased emphasis will be given to writing short essays in Chinese characters, writing for communication in real-life situations, and using available sources to discover useful cultural information.

Prerequisite: Chinese 301 or written permission of instructor
Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandCHIN 370 East Asian Cultures through Film

This course is an introduction to and exploration of the cultural and historical dimensions of East Asian cinemas (e.g., China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan). Through interpretations of selected films and reading materials, this course analyzes the socio-political issues, economics, women’s issues, traditions, and national identity.

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, or written permission of instructor.
This course has been identified as a Writing Proficiency course and so requires satisfactory completion (C- or better) of Writing 101.
Credit: 3 Hours  M,W,P

click to expandCHIN 371 Chinese Visual Culture

This interdisciplinary course is a study of visual culture in China since the early 20th century through selected texts and illustrations. Visual culture in this course is broadly defined, with a focus on texts and visual art in mass culture, such as advertisements, popular prints, posters, and video clips. This course is to use texts as well as advertising and other elements of visual art in mass culture as means of com¬municating socio-cultural information that students will use to learn about culture, economy, and society in modern China. The study of culture is both visual and textual. Cross-listed as MASS 385.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandASN 361 East Asian Literature I: Pre-Modern China and Japan through Narratives, Lyrics, and Paintings

This interdisciplinary course offers an in-depth study of pre-modern China and Japan (from their beginnings to the eighteenth century) through selected representative literary works and paintings. The readings will be original Chinese and Japanese literary works, but in English translations. All the texts will be examined in relation to their historical, cultural, and political contexts. The course will trace the evolution (the formation and development) of the rich and unique cultural and literary traditions of the two countries during their pre-modern period, by examining their myths, religions, eth¬ics, and aesthetics that have historically defined identities of the two countries. Through close reading and discussion of the texts, students are encouraged to compare and contrast the “literary meanings” of the two countries (and the West) to see connections, differences, continu¬ities, and discontinuities.

Credit: 3 Hours  L,W

click to expandASN 362 East Asian Literature II: Modern China and Japan through Narratives, Lyrics, and Paintings

This interdisciplinary course offers an in-depth study of modern and post-modern China and Japan (from the nineteenth century to the present) through studying and analyzing selected representative liter¬ary works from various schools of influential writers and film makers. The readings will be original Chinese and Japanese literary works, but in English translations. All the texts will be examined in relation to their historical, cultural, and political contexts. The course will explore the transition from the imperial (China)/feudal (Japan) system to the modern state as reflected in their literary works, by focusing on the changes brought by the forceful entry of the West on the political, cultural, and economic fabrics of the two societies.

Credit: 3 Hours  L,W

 


click to expandJapanese Courses

click to expandJAPN 101 Elementary Conversational Japanese I

Pronunciation, practice in character recognition, speaking, sentence structure, approached through readings based on the culture of Japan.

Credit: 4 Hours  M

click to expandJAPN 102 Elementary Conversational Japanese II

Emphasizes pronunciation, writing, speaking, and reading.

Prerequisite: Japanese 101 or written permission of instructor.
Credit: 4 Hours  M

click to expandJAPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I

Pronunciation, further practice in character recognition, speaking, sentence structure, approached through more advanced readings in the context of Japanese culture. Offered when warranted by student interest.

Prerequisite: Japanese 102 or written permission of instructor.
Credit: 3 Hours  M

click to expandJAPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II

Continued practice in pronunciation, character recognition, speaking, sentence structure, approached through continued readings in the context of Japanese culture and history. Offered when warranted by student interest.

Prerequisite: Japanese 201 or written permission of instructor.
Credit: 3 Hours  M

 


click to expandPortuguese Courses

click to expandPORT 101 Portuguese Level I

Elementary pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar of the Portuguese language as spoken in Brazil. Skills development focused on listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking. Language is approached through readings and authentic materials from the culture and history of Portugal and Brazil. Intended for students with fewer than three years of Portuguese in high school.

Credit: 4 hours  M

click to expandPORT 102 Portuguese Level II

Language skills will be further developed in the classroom through conversation-based activities and work in small groups. Cultural components of the course are focused primarily on Lusophone Africa and Brazil.

Prerequisite: Portuguese 101
Credit: 4 hours  M


click to expandArabic Courses

click to expandARAB 101 Elementary Conversational Arabic I

Pronunciation, practice in character recognition, speaking, sentence structure.

Credit: 4 Hours  M

click to expandARAB 102 Elementary Conversational Arabic II

Pronunciation, practice in character recognition, speaking, sentence structure.

Prerequisite: ARAB 101
Credit: 4 Hours  M

click to expandARAB 130 Middle Eastern Culture and Civilization

This interdisciplinary course is a study of Middle Eastern culture from the dawn of civilization up until today. Middle Eastern culture in this course is broadly defined, but will offer a comprehensive snapshot of its evolution throughout time. It will provide the background knowledge required for a full understanding of Middle Eastern culture as it exists today. This course introduces students to the culture of the Middle East by offering a comprehensive examination of the elements that formed it, including the region's history, geography, religions, customs, art, and politics. Since history shapes culture, we will use history as our guideline for following the evolution of the worldview of the Middle East throughout the ages. Although a previous completion of an Arabic language course is helpful and supplementary to this course, it assumes or expects no prior background knowledge of the region or the Arabic language.

Credit: 3 Hours  M

 


 

 

 

M: Satisfies graduation requirements for Global Issues
W: Satisfies graduation requirements for Writing Proficiency
P: Satisfies graduation requirements for Historical Perspectives
X: Satisfies graduation requirements for Diversity
L: Satisfies graduation requirements for Literature

 

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