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ARB-101: Elementary Arabic I Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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.)


CHI-101: Elementary Chinese I Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

In this course students learn the basics of Mandarin Chinese.  The course emphasizes oral communication (speaking and listening), but also integrates the remaining language skills - reading and writing, as well as Chinese culture and society.  The course employs a communicative approach by using real-life situations.  The course is the first semester of the Elementary Chinese sequence as well as the first of a series of courses on Chinese language and culture.  Weekly independent practice is required.


CHI-102: Elementary Chinese II Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course is the second semester of introductory-level modern Mandarin Chinese.  The course emphasizes oral communication (speaking and listening), but also integrates the remaining language skills - reading and writing, as well as Chinese culture and society.  The course employs a communicative approach by using real-life situations.  This course is the second in a series of courses in practical Chinese language and culture.  Weekly independent practice is required. Prerequisite: CHI-101.


CHI-205: Intermediate Chinese I Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This course is the first semester of intermediate-level modern Mandarin Chinese.  The course emphasized oral communication (speaking and listening), but also integrates the remaining language skills - reading and writing, as well as Chinese culture and society.  By the end of the semester, students can expect to read simple texts using a limited range of vocabulary and structures, to describe themselves in Mandarin, and to engage in limited conversations with classmates, instructors and sympathetic native speakers.  CHI 205 is the third in a series of courses in practical Chinese language and culture.  Weekly independent practice is required.  Prerequisite: CHI-102.


CHI-206: Intermediate Chinese II Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

This course is the second semester of intermediate-level modern Mandarin Chinese.  This course emphasizes oral communication (speaking and listening), but also integrates the remaining language skills - reading and writing, as well as Chinese culture and society.  By the end of the semester, students can expect to read and respond to questions about texts of an appropriate level; make presentations about themselves and everyday topics; engage in short conversations with classmates, instructors and sympathetic native speakers.  CHI 206 is the fourth in a series of courses in practical Chinese language and culture.  Weekly independent practice is required.  Prerequisite: CHI-205.


FL-121: Awareness of Language Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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-285: Italian Cuisine and Culture Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

This course is intended to help students understand how Italian food came to be what it is today and how history and geography have played, and still play, a role in shaping the complex gastronomic diversity of Italy. Critical and expressive skills in English are sharpened through the practice of writing weekly reflections on topics ranging from the Mediterranean diet, the Slow Food Movement, Sustainable Food, Chemistry of Food, Food in Art and many more. The course is taught in English with Italian sprinkled in when useful.


FL-764: The Teaching of a Foreign Language Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

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 Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

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 Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Every Year

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 or equivalent. 
 


FRE-207: Intermediate Conversation in French Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An intermediate-level course designed for students who have completed FRE-205 (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 both in print and online.  Viewing of feature films outside of class. Occasional short essays and informal writing. This course is conducted in French.  May be repeated for credit through an approved study abroad program. Prerequisites: FRE-205 or equivalent.


FRE-208: French Cuisine, Culture and Hospitality Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

This is a transitional French course for students who have completed FRE 205 (Intermediate French I) and are not ready to move on to the 300-level. Through a variety of readings and other resources, including poems, songs, advertisements, guidebooks, cookbooks and films, students expand their vocabulary, acquire grammar structures and explore subject-specific content that prepares them for the advanced level while equipping them with professional knowledge of a field (hospitality) where they may find enjoyable and lucrative employment. Field trips, guest speaker lectures and in-class demos are included. Prerequisite: FRE 205 or equivalent.


FRE-299: Introduction to Research in French Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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.


FRE-302: Topics in Language and Culture Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 FRE-208; or equivalent. 


FRE-304: French Civilization Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 FRE-208; or equivalent. 


FRE-305: French Theatre and Phonetics Practicum Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 French Communication and the Media Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

Study of complex grammar structures designed to improve accuracy in writing and speaking skills, while exploring the French and Francophone media. Conducted in French. Prerequisites: FRE-205, FRE-206 or FRE-208; or equivalent.


FRE-307: Advanced Conversation Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 FRE-208; or equivalent. 


FRE-309: French Women Writers Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 FRE-208; or equivalent.


FRE-335: Paris in Literature and the Visual Arts Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered

This is a cultural studies course focusing on Paris, its history and its many representations in literary, cinematic and visual texts from the late 18th through the 20th century.  This course seeks to understand how the present-day appearance of the City of Lights is shaped by different forces throughout history, art movements and cultural representation. Interdisciplinary approaches are an integral part of the course inquiry and discussion. The course is organized around thematic topics, such as Paris, capital of the revolutions; Paris and Romanticism; Paris and modernity; Paris and Impressionism; the peuple de Paris and the bourgeoisie; the creation of the department store; Montmartre and the Belle Epoque; American expatriates in Paris; Paris and German occupation (WWII). Guest lectures included. Prerequisites: FRE 205, FRE 206 or FRE 208 or equivalent. Couse taught in French exclusively.


FRE-350: French Seminar Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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: Take either FRE-205 and FRE-206 or FRE-208; or FRE-305 and FRE-306 or equivalent. Course may be taken for credit as many as 3 times.


FRE-385: Basic Concepts of French Translation Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

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 205, FRE 206 or FRE 208 or permission of the instructor.


FRE-386: Advanced French Translation Practice Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

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. Prerequisite: FRE-385 or permission of the instructor.
 


FRE-498: Honors Thesis in French Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

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 Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

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.


FYE-100: First Year Experience Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

The First Year Experience class facilitates a successful transition for women entering higher education. Emphasis will be placed on academic success, personal growth and self-management, experiential learning, financial literacy, campus/community resources and involvement,and ethical citizenship and diversity through interaction between faculty, staff, students, and the community.


GER-101: Elementary German I Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

Introduction to the German language including grammar, graded readings, and speaking. Independent language laboratory work required each week.


GER-102: Elementary German II Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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


GER-205: Intermediate German I Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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


ITA-101: Elementary Italian I Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

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 Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

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.


ITA-205: Intermediate Italian I Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A course for beginners in the fundamentals of Latin grammar. Independent computer work required each week.


LAT-102: Elementary Latin II Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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



Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.




Contact Information
Veronique Machelidon
Associate Professor of World Languages and Cultures; Department Head
109 Martin Hall
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(919) 760-8420
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