Foreign Languages Department

Contact Information:

Debora Maldonado-DeOliveira
105 Martin Hall
Phone: (919) 760-2870
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Department Courses

FL-121 - Awareness of Language
This course is specifically designed not to target any one second language. Instead, it offers an introduction to various aspects of and influences on modern languages, to include: verbal, nonverbal, global, gender, racial, and socioeconomic factors, as well as writing and advertising. The course will focus on readings and in-depth discussions about overall awareness of languages in today's world. Course will be offered as needed. No prerequisites.


FL-764 - The Teaching of a Foreign Language
A pre-professional course aimed at identifying the goals of foreign language teachers and exploring different methods of reaching these goals. The student will begin building a file of teaching materials, including lesson plans, unit plans, and a plan for an academic year. Required for all students seeking licensure in a foreign language. Student must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program before enrolling in this course. Does not count toward a foreign language major. Instructor's consent required.


FRE-101 - Elementary French Conversation I
Introduction to modern spoken French. English will be used in the classroom for orientation purposes only. Open to all students who do not qualify for FRE-103. Independent language laboratory work required each week.


FRE-102 - Elementary French Conversation II
A review and continuation of FRE-101. English will be used in the classroom for orientation purposes only. Independent language laboratory work is required each week.


FRE-103 - Structural French
A thorough and accelerated review of first-year French. Independent language laboratory work required each week. May not be taken following FRE-101 or FRE-102.


FRE-205 - Intermediate French I
A review and continuation of FRE-102 or FRE-103, and gradual introduction of graded readings. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Prerequisite: FRE-102 or FRE-103.


FRE-206 - Introduction to Francophone Cultures
A continuation of FRE-205 and exploration of the rich cultures of French-speaking countries, especially those outside of France. FRE-206 aims to enhance the student's linguistic proficiency through practice of the four skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading). Oral presentations on the Francophone world. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Course conducted in French. Prerequisite: FRE-205.


FRE-207 - Intermediate Conversation in French
An intermediate-level course designed for students who have completed FRE-205 and FRE-206 (or equivalent), FRE-207 aims to increase the student's oral proficiency in French through review, practice, and diverse stimuli for conversation. Content includes structured review of the primary verb tenses and of principal grammar points. Daily discussions and conversation. Regular reading of magazine and newspaper articles. Viewing of feature films. Occasional short essays and informal writing. This course is conducted in French. Weekly language laboratory work required. May be repeated for credit through an approved program of study abroad. Course offered as needed. Prerequisites: FRE-205 (Intermediate French 1) and FRE-206 (Intermediate French II) or equivalent.


FRE-299 - Introduction to Research in French
Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an intermediate level of complexity. In her project, the student will investigate an aspect of French language or Francophone literature, culture or civilization of personal interest and, as a culminating experience, prepare a paper or other research project whose outcomes or conclusions she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisite: 3 credits from FRE at Level 200 or above.


FRE-300 - Life and Study Abroad
Intensive study and homestay in France or a Francophone country. Credit awarded according to departmental guidelines. Permission of department required for enrollment. Pass/Fail grading only. Note: 300-level FRE courses may not be available beyond Spring 2012.


FRE-302 - Topics in Language and Culture
Offered only in connection with the department's programs of study in France or a Francophone country. Since instruction is in French, the course carries as a prerequisite the completion of second-year French. The course may entail instruction before, during, and after the experience abroad. Credit is awarded according to the following guidelines: Completion of assigned readings: 1 hour; Completion of a paper or journal: 1 hour; Participation in a series of organized visits: 1 hour. Depending on the objectives of the foreign study program, directors may require any combination of the above elements, but in no case will more than three credit hours be awarded for the course. Pass/Fail grading may be elected by the student. Instructor's consent required. Prerequisites: FRE-205, FRE-206 or equivalent.


FRE-304 - French Civilization
A survey of the political and cultural history of France and the Francophone regions, including their contributions to Western culture in the fields of art, religion and music. Prerequisites: FRE-205, FRE-206 or equivalent.


FRE-305 - French Theatre and Phonetics Practicum
This course focuses on improving students' pronunciation, intonation, listening, and oral proficiency through phonetics and the reading, comprehension and performance of French theatrical works. The performance of French theatrical works. The culminating project in this course is the group staging and performance of a short authentic play in French . Required of all French majors and minors. One hour of non-credit language laboratory required each week. May be taken without prerequisite course with permission of instructor. Prerequisites: FRE-205, FRE-206 or equivalent.


FRE-306 - Advanced Grammar, Composition, Lingusitics
Study of complex grammar structures designed to improve students' writing skills. One hour of non-credit language laboratory required each week. Prerequisites: FRE-205, FRE-206 or equivalent.


FRE-307 - Advanced Conversation
Focuses on oral proficiency with detailed analysis of the semantic and syntactic structure of contemporary French. Open to juniors and seniors or to other students with permission from the instructor. May be taken without prerequisite courses with permission from the instructor. Prerequisites: FRE-305, FRE-306 or equivalent.


FRE-308 - Francophone Literature
Introduction to a variety of texts from the French-speaking world. Students will learn practical strategies for reading and analyzing a variety of literary genres in various media [text, film, music, art]. Recommended as an introductory literature course. Prerequisites: FRE-205, FRE-206 or equivalent.


FRE-309 - French Women Writers
Introduction to a broad range of female authors from the Middle Ages to the present, expanding the students' understanding of how writing is shaped by gender, history and society. Students will learn practical strategies for reading and analyzing a variety of genres. Recommended as an introductory literature course. Prerequisites: FRE-205, FRE-206 or equivalent.


FRE-350 - French Seminar
A weekly seminar [80 minutes per week] designed to perfect a student's aural/oral skills in French. Aspects of the culture, civilization, and literature of French-speaking countries will be discussed. Will include films, workshops, field trips, and other activities. May be taken without the prerequisite courses with permission of the instructor. Prerequisites: FRE-205 and FRE-206 or FRE-305 and FRE-306 or equivalent. Course may be taken for credit as many as 3 times.


FRE-498 - Honors Thesis in French
Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the honors student investigates an aspect of French language or Francophone literature, culture or civilization of personal interest and prepares a paper or other research product whose conclusions or outcomes she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. Weekly meetings. It is expected that the honors student will spend at least ten hours per week on her thesis. Fulfills honors thesis requirement. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. Prerequisites: 15 credits from FRE at level 300 or above.


FRE-499 - Junior & Senior Research in French
Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an advanced level of complexity. In her project, the student will investigate an aspect of French language or Francophone literature, culture or civilization of personal interest, and, as a culminating experience, prepare a paper or other research project whose outcomes or conclusions she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisites: 12 credits from FRE at Level 300 or above.


GER-101 - Elementary German I
Introduction to the German language including grammar, graded readings, and speaking. Independent language laboratory work required each week.


GER-102 - Elementary German II
Review and continuation of GER-101. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Prerequisite: GER-101.


GER-205 - Intermediate German I
Review of German grammar; introduction to more difficult aspects of the language; readings of appropriate difficulty; increased practice in speaking German. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Prerequisite: GER-102.


GER-206 - Intermediate German II
A continuation of GER-205. More advanced grammar and readings and further emphasis on speaking. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Prerequisite: GER-205.


GER-300 - Life and Study Abroad
Intensive study and homestay in a German-speaking country. Credit awarded according to departmental guidelines. Permission of department required for enrollment. Pass/Fail grading only.


GER-302 - Topics in Language and Culture
This course is offered only in connection with the department's programs of study in Germany or Austria. Since instruction is in German, the course carries as a prerequisite the completion of second-year German. The course may entail instruction before, during, and after the experience abroad. Credit is awarded according to the following guidelines: Completion of assigned readings: 1 hour; Completion of a paper or journal: 1 hour; Participation in a series of organized visits: 1 hour. Depending on the objectives of the foreign study program, directors may require any combination of the above elements, but in no case will more than three credit hours be awarded for the course. Pass/Fail grading may be elected by the student. Instructor's consent required. Prerequisites: GER-205, GER-206.


GER-306 - Advanced German Grammar
Study of complex grammar structures designed to improve students' speaking and writing skills. Required of all German majors and minors. Prerequisites: GER-205, GER-206.


GER-307 - Advanced Conversation
Focuses on advanced oral proficiency with detailed analysis of the semantic and syntactic structure of the German language. Prerequisites: GER-205, GER-206.


GER-366 - Advanced German Reading
Readings and discussions of selected authors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: GER-205, GER-206.


ITA-205 - Intermediate Italian I
This course aims to build the students' ability in speaking, reading and writing Italian, as well as understanding spoken Italian, and to allow them to delve more deeply into the culture of Italy. The course includes extensive conversational practice as well as supplemental readings of literary and cultural texts and readings from the Internet. Conducted in Italian. Prerequisite: ITA-102 or equivalent. Weekly work in language laboratory required. This course is a prerequisite for ITA-206.


ITA-206 - Intermediate Italian II
This course aims to build the students' ability in speaking, reading and writing Italian, as well as understanding spoken Italian. The course includes extensive conversational practice as well as supplemental readings of literary and cultural texts and from the Internet. Conducted in Italian. Prerequisite: ITA-205. Weekly work in language laboratory required.


ITA-299 - Introduction to Research in Italian
Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an intermediate level of complexity. In her project, the student will investigate an aspect of Italian language or literature, culture or civilization of personal interest and, as a culminating experience, prepare a paper or other research project whose outcomes or conclusions she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisite: 3 credits from ITA from Level 200 or above.


ITA-498 - Honors Thesis in Italian
Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the honors student investigates an aspect of Italian language, literature, culture or civilization of personal interest and prepares a paper or other research product whose conclusions or outcomes she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. Weekly meetings. It is expected that the honors student will spend at least ten hours per week on her thesis. Fulfills honors thesis requirement. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. Prerequisites: 6 credits from ITA from Level 300 or above.


ITA-499 - Junior and Senior Research in Italian
Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an advanced level of complexity. In her project, the student will investigate an aspect of Italian language or literature, culture or civilization of personal interest, and as a culminating experience, prepare a paper or other research project whose outcomes or conclusions she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisites: 3 credits from ITA from Level 300 or above.


LAT-101 - Elementary Latin I
A course for beginners in the fundamentals of Latin grammar. Independent computer work required each week.


LAT-102 - Elementary Latin II
A review and continuation of LAT-101. Increased emphasis on reading. Independent computer work required each week. Prerequisite: LAT-101.


LAT-205 - Intermediate Latin I
An intermediate course in Latin designed to prepare the student for work with the more difficult authors, including Cicero and Ovid. Grammar review. Independent computer work required each week. Prerequisite: LAT-102


LAT-206 - Intermediate Latin II
A continuation of LAT-205 with further emphasis on advanced readings. Independent computer work required each week. Prerequisite: LAT-205.


SPA-101 - Elementary Spanish I
Introduction to modern spoken Spanish. English will be used in the classroom for orientation purposes only. Independent language laboratory work required each week.


SPA-102 - Elementary Spanish II
A review and continuation of SPA-101. English will be used in the classroom for orientation purposes only. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Prerequisite: SPA-101.


SPA-205 - Intermediate Spanish I
A review and continuation of SPA-102, and gradual introduction of graded readings. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Prerequisite: SPA-102.


SPA-206 - Intermediate Spanish II
A continuation of SPA-205. Emphasis on the reading and discussion in Spanish of texts of moderate difficulty. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Prerequisite: SPA-205.


SPA-207 - Intermediate Conversation and Service Learning
A course in conversational Spanish which focuses on increasing a student's oral proficiency at the intermediate level. Emphasis is placed on the proper pronunciation of the language and on listening and speaking. The class also includes Service-Learning hours in the community. It may be repeated once for credit through an approved program of study abroad. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA-206 (or equivalent)


SPA-299 - Introduction to Research in Spanish
Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an intermediate level of complexity. In her project, the student will investigate an aspect of Spanish or Hispanophone literature, culture or civilization of personal interest and, as a culminating experience, prepare a paper or other research project whose outcomes or conclusions she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisites: 3 credits from SPA at Level 200.


SPA-300 - Life and Study Abroad
Intensive study and homestay in a Spanish-speaking country. Credit awarded according to departmental guidelines. Permission of department required to enroll. Pass/Fail grading only.


SPA-301 - Business Spanish
An advanced-level course to orient students' functional use of Spanish to the world of business from a Hispanic cultural perspective. Students will report on current events, trade accords among nations and intercultural issues in the workplace. Prerequisites: Successful completion (grade of C or better) of Intermediate Spanish II (SPA-206) is required and Advanced Composition and Grammar (SPA-306) is preferred. Students who wish to take Business Spanish without having completed SPA-306 should seek the permission of the instructor.


SPA-302 - Topics in Language and Culture
This course is offered only in connection with the department's programs of study in a Spanish-speaking country. Since instruction is in Spanish, the course carries as a prerequisite the completion of second-year language study. The course may entail instruction before, during, and after the experience abroad. Credit is awarded according to the following guidelines: Completion of assigned readings: 1 hour; Completion of a paper or journal: 1 hour; Participation in a series of organized visits: 1 hour. Depending on the objectives of the foreign study program, directors may require any combination of the above elements, but in no case will more than three credit hours be awarded for the course. Pass/Fail grading may be elected by the student. Instructor's consent required. Prerequisites: SPA-206, SPA-207.


SPA-303 - Identities of Spain
Students in this course explore the history and diverse cultures of Spain from antiquity to the consolidation of the nation, ending with the study of the contemporary social, cultural, and political make-up of Spanish society. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA-207 or equivalent.


SPA-304 - Identities of Latin America
Students in this course explore the history and diverse cultures of Latin America from Pre-Columbian and colonial times to independence, ending with the study of the contemporary social, cultural, artistic, and political make-up of its societies. Conducted in Spanish.


SPA-305 - Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
This course focuses on students' pronunciation, intonation, and oral proficiency. Required of all Spanish majors and minors. One hour of non-credit language laboratory required each week. May be taken without prerequisite courses with permission of instructor. Prerequisites: SPA-206, SPA-207 or equivalent.


SPA-306 - Written Communication in Spanish
Study of complex grammar structures. Designed to improve students' writing skills. Required of all majors and minors in Spanish. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA-207 or equivalent.


SPA-307 - Spanish in the Community
This course focuses on developing oral proficiency at the advanced level. Students will engage in conversations about numerous topics relevant to the Spanish-speaking community in the US and abroad. They will learn to express abstract ideas about the intricacies of culture and global issues. All students will be required to complete service-learning hours and reflect on how the experience connects to class topics. Open to juniors and seniors or to other students with special permission to the instructor. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA-306 or equivalent.


SPA-308 - Discovering Literature in Spanish
This course introduces students to basic techniques for approaching and examining different literary genres in Spanish. Selected readings include poetry, short story, and drama. Recommended as an introduction to literature.
Prerequisites: SPA-206, SPA-207 or equivalent.


SPA-321 - Language and Society
This course explores the relationship between language and society. Through the study of linguistic communities, students will examine the various contexts in which communities use language to express their identity and social
behavior, including the sociocultural rules of appropriate language use. Conducted in Spanish. Pre-requisite: SPA 207 or equivalent.


SPA-331 - Spanish and Latin American Film
This course is designed to help the student improve oral and written communication in Spanish and to become familiar with major Hispanic films, directors, and actors and their contributions to cinematic art. Through the medium of film, students will develop a deeper awareness of Hispanic culture and of global affairs. Prerequisite: SPA-206, SPA-207 or equivalent.


SPA-498 - Honors Thesis in Spanish
Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the honors student investigates an aspect of Spanish language or Hispanophone literature, culture or civilization of personal interest and prepares a paper or other research product whose conclusions or outcomes she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. Weekly meetings. It is expected that the honors student will spend at least ten hours per week on her thesis. Fulfills honors thesis requirement. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. Prerequisites: 15 credits from SPA at Level 300 or above.


SPA-499 - Junior and Senior Research in Spanish
Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an advanced level of complexity. In her project, the student will investigate an aspect of Spanish or Hispanophone language or literature, culture or civilization of personal interest, and, as a culminating experience, prepare a paper or other research project whose outcomes or conclusions she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisite: 12 credits from SPA at Level 300 or above.


CHI-100 - Introduction to Chinese Language
This course provides students a unique opportunity to study Mandarin Chinese with a native speaker. While writing, reading and culture are important dimensions of this course, the principal focus is on speaking. Since this is a one-semester only course, it does not satisfy the General Education foreign language competency requirement.


ARB-101 - Elementary Arabic I
The first of two Arabic language courses. Students will focus largely on Arabic script recognition, listening exercises, and proper pronunciation. Students will also study basic grammatical structures and texts in Modern Standard Arabic [MSA], enhancing communication and listening skills (using both MSA and Egyptian Arabic). A proficiency-based course that includes all four language skills [speaking, listening, reading, and writing]. Prerequisites: none. (Any student with prior experience in Arabic should contact the instructor for an informal placement test.)


ARB-102 - Elementary Arabic II
The second of two Arabic language courses. A proficiency-based course covering all four language skills [speaking, listening, reading, and writing]. Emphasis is placed on active use of the language in and outside of class. In addition, students will also learn about aspects of Arab culture through Arabic-language media and Arabic-related web sites. Prerequisite: ARB-101 or equivalent. (Any student with prior experience in Arabic should contact the instructor for an informal placement test.)


ITA-101 - Elementary Italian I
Introduction to modern spoken Italian. English will be used in the classroom for orientation purposes only. Grammar, graded readings, and speaking. Independent language laboratory work required each week.


ITA-102 - Elementary Italian II
A review and continuation of ITA-101. English will be used in the class for orientation purposes only. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Prerequisite: ITA-101.


FRE-385 - Basic Concepts of French Translation
This course aims to increase the student’s reading proficiency in French and writing skills in both French and English through grammar review, practice, vocabulary expansion, and translation from and sometimes into the foreign language. Content includes basic principles of translation, translation skills and techniques. A variety of general and semi-technical texts in French will be studied. Course includes guest speakers, weekly independent assignments in translation, and a final translation research project. Class will be conducted in English and French.


FRE-386 - Advanced French Translation Practice
This course aims to apply advanced proficiency in reading and writing to translation both from and into the target language. Content applies and expounds upon principles from FRE-385, including translation theory, skills and techniques, language levels, lexicography, transposition, and equivalence. A variety of technical texts in the target language will be read in depth. Course will include guest speakers, weekly independent assignments in translation, and a final translation project. Class sessions and lectures will be conducted in English and French.


SPA-333 - Literary Explorations of Spain
An exploration of the rich literary history of Spain through a selection of readings ranging from the medieval period to the twenty-first century. The course will examine major literary movements and periods such as Golden Age and Romanticism through different genres (e.g., poetry, theater, short and long narrative), as well as critical perspectives on peninsular cultures. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA-308


SPA-334 - Literary Explorations of Latin America
An exploration of the rich literary history of Latin America through a selection of readings ranging from Pre-Columbian to contemporary texts. The course will examine major literary movements and periods such as Modernism and the Boom through different genres (poetry, theater, short and long narrative), as well as critical perspectives on Latin American cultures. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA-308.


SPA-335 - Special Topics in Literature and Culture
Intensive study of related authors, a particular group or generation, a movement, a genre, and/or a particular work. Topics and texts relevant to Spanish, Latin American and/or U.S. Latino contexts. May be repeated for credit if topic varies. Topic is announced each time the course is offered. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA-308.


SPA-385 - Basic Concepts of Spanish Translation
This course aims to increase the student’s reading proficiency in Spanish and writing skills in both Spanish and English through grammar review, practice, vocabulary expansion, and translation from and sometimes into the foreign language. Content includes basic principles of translation, translation skills and techniques. A variety of general and semi-technical texts in Spanish will be studied. Course includes guest speakers, weekly independent assignments in translation, and a final translation research project. Class will be conducted in English and Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA-306.


SPA-386 - Advanced Spanish Translation Practice
This course aims to apply advanced proficiency in reading and writing to translation both from and into the target language. Content applies and expounds upon principles from SPA 385, including translation theory, skills and techniques, language levels, lexicography, transposition and equivalence. A variety of semi- and technical texts in the target language will be read in depth. Course includes guest speakers, weekly independent assignments in translation, and a final translation research project. Class sessions and lectures will be conducted in English and Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA-385.


SPA-480 - Community Internship
This is a supervised experience in which the student uses her Spanish skills in a professional setting. Possible placements may include companies, governmental agencies, schools (excluding student teaching), and not-for-profit organizations. Permission required from the department chair. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Pass/Fail grading only. Prerequisites: SPA-306.