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World Languages and Cultures

ARA 101: Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I

An introductory course in Arabic. Beginning skills are developed in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing, as students explore Arabic-speaking world cultures. Assumes no prior familiarity with the Arabic language and uses a student-centered approach. Basic grammatical structures & sound patterns of Arabic are introduced, with careful attention to mastery of writing the Arabic script, learning to read the characters, pronunciation and listening comprehension. Three hours of class per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

ARA 102: Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II

Continuation of ARA101. An introductory course in Arabic. Beginning skills are developed in the area of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture. Assumes a basic familiarity with the Arabic language and uses a student-centered approach to complete the introduction of grammatical structures & sound patterns of Arabic, with attention to mastery of writing the Arabic script, proficiency in reading various scripts, pronunciation and listening comprehension at normal conversational speed. There will be significant discussion of Middle Eastern Islamic Culture as well. Three hours of class per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center.
Prerequisite: ARA101 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

ARA 201: Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I

An intermediate level course assuming introductory familiarity with the Arabic language. Aims to expand vocabulary and to further develop the four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Lessons focus on conversation, reading, and listening comprehension and introducing more complex grammatical structures. There will be further exploration of Arab and Islamic Culture as well. Three hours of class per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center.
Prerequisite: ARA102 or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

ARA 202: Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II

Continuation of ARA201. Further expands students' vocabulary base to permit reading of increasingly authentic texts from newspapers, journals, and other sources, including novels and short stories. Seeks to build a media vocabulary sufficient for students to grasp the gist of a newspaper article or news broadcast with minimal intervention of the dictionary. Includes graded newspaper readings from Middle Eastern dailies and taped material from Arabic broadcast television and radio. There will be further exploration of Arab and Islamic cultures as well. Three hours of class per week, supplemented by one hour in the Language Resource Center.
Prerequisite: ARA201 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

ARA 301: Advanced Arabic I

This course is a continuation of Intermediate Arabic II (ARA 202) and is designed to further develop proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic in the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course will focus on the ability to communicate overall meaning clearly and with some ease. Students will be able to narrate, to describe, and to express themselves in most day-to-day uncomplicated situations, as well as in some more formal or professional situations. Students in the course will expand their vocabulary and practice using a variety of verb tenses when speaking and writing. Student will also learn about a variety of cultures where Arabic is spoken and read authentic texts in Arabic.
Prerequisite: ARA202 or equivalent background in Arabic

Credits: 3.00

CHI 101: Elementary Mandarin Chinese I

This is a Mandarin Chinese language course for beginners aimed at developing communicative competency in the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will learn basic vocabulary and sentence structures for use in essential everyday conversational situations. Pinyin (a widely used Chinese phonetic system) will be taught as a tool to learn the spoken language. Students will also learn Chinese characters. Approximately 200 words and expressions in both Pinyin and characters will be taught. Students will also learn about Chinese culture and society. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

CHI 102: Elementary Mandarin Chinese II

A continuation of Elementary Chinese I (CHI 101). This course will further develop the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing Chinese. Building upon the vocabulary and sentence structure taught in the first semester, student will learn more useful expressions and sentence structures necessary for use in everyday conversational situations. Students will also continue to learn to read and write Chinese characters and will write short essays in Chinese. Students will also continue to explore various aspects of Chinese culture and society. Three lectures hours per week.
Prerequisite: CHI 101 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

CHI 201: Intermediate Mandarin Chinese I

This course is the continuation of Elementary Chinese II. Students will continue to learn essential skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing for daily communication. A broad variety of expressions and complicated sentence structures will be taught so that students can participate in conversations on various topics related to modern Chinese society. While equal emphasis will still be given to characters and structures, students will be guided to write more Chinese essays. Activities related to the broad spectrum of Chinese life will facilitate knowledge and analysis of Chinese culture. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: CHI102 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

CHI 202: Intermediate Mandarin Chinese II

This course is the continuation of Intermediate Mandarin Chinese I. Students will build on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in order to participate in a range of communicative settings. A broad variety of expressions and complicated sentence structures will be taught so that students can participate in conversations on various topics related to modern Chinese society. While equal emphasis will be given to characters and structures, students will be guided to write more Chinese essays. Activities related to the broad spectrum of Chinese life will facilitate knowledge and analysis of Chinese culture.
Prerequisite: CHI201 or equivalent

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

FRE 101: Elementary French I

A introductory course in French. Beginning skills are developed in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. Three hours of class work per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center.

Credits: 3.00

FRE 102: Elementary French II

Continuation of FRE101. An introductory course in French. Beginning skills are developed in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. Three hours of class work per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center.
Prerequisite: FRE101 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

FRE 201: Intermediate French I

The principal aim of this course and its continuation is to solidify and expand upon the skills acquired in FRE101-102. Basic grammar is reviewed while new grammatical material is introduced. Students will explore various cultures in the French-speaking world. In addition, some literary texts are studied. Conducted mainly in French. Three hours of class work per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center.
Prerequisite: FRE102 or FRE151 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

FRE 202: Intermediate French II

Continuation of FRE201.The principle aim of this course and its continuation is to solidify and expand upon the French language skills acquired in FRE101-102. Basic grammar is reviewed while new grammatical material is introduced. Students will explore various cultures in the French-speaking world. In addition, some literary texts are studied. Conducted mainly in French. Three hours of class work per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in Language Resource Center. Not open to students who have taken FRE202A.
Prerequisite: FRE201 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

FRE 265: French for Travel and Tourism

Primarily a conversation course, dealing with the everyday language necessary for traveling in France and French-speaking countries. Students will learn to deal with airlines, hotels, restaurants, stores, and tourist attractions. Also, advanced writing skills for reservation requests. Various communications with French establishments, preparation of travel folders and other documents, immigration requirements.
Prerequisites: FRE201-FRE202 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

FRE 301: Advanced French Grammar

A study of the finer points of standard French grammar. Three hours of class work per week. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FRE202 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

FRE 303: French Conversation

Proficiency is developed in the use of the vocabulary and idioms encountered in day-to-day living. Three hours of class work per week. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FRE202 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

FRE 351: Advanced French Conversation

Normal sequence course for students who have taken FRE303 and who wish to continue to improve their conversation skills. Further proficiency is developed in the use of vocabulary and idioms in conversational French. Elective for Elementary Education - French specialization and French minors.
Prerequisite: FRE 301, or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

FRE 352: French Composition

Students will engage in guided and free composition in French in order to develop proficiency in writing for a variety of purposes and audiences. Student will participate in peer review, revise their own works and reflect on the writing process.
Prerequisite: FRE202 or equivalent and W-I course.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Written Communication-Level II

FRE 354: Readings From French-speaking Africa and the Caribbean

This course teaches techniques of critical reading while exploring the French-speaking literatures and cultures of Africa and the Caribbean. Essays and literary readings introduce students to the principles of textual analysis and serve as topics for class discussion, while providing insight into the Francophone experience in Africa and the Caribbean. Emphasis will be placed on the themes of colonization, oppression, racism, and identity. Conducted entirely in French. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: FRE202 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

FRE 380: Topics in French and Francophone Literature

This course features in-depth study of a particular topic in French and/or Francophone literature, which may include the study of a particular genre, theme or literary period. The course topic, selected by the professor, will emphasize the analysis of literary texts and may include a focus on stylistics, cultural themes and/or historical context. Conducted in French. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: FRE 202 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

FRE 381: Topics in French and Francophone Culture

This course features in-depth study of a particular cultural topic in French, which may include the study of France and/or other cultures of French-speaking world. The course topic, selected by the professor, will emphasize the analysis of authentic cultural texts, such as film, music, art, news or magazine articles, Web sites, literature, or historical documents. Conducted in French. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: FRE 202 or Equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

FRE 400: French Translation Practicum

In this course, students will learn strategies for effective translation (English/French, French/English) and practice these skills using a variety of source materials. Emphasis will be placed on developing awareness of the relationship between language and culture. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: FRE 202 or higher, or equivalent proficiency in French as determined by the chairperson of the World Languages and Cultures department.

Credits: 3.00

FRE 401: Introduction to French Literature I

French Literature from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. This course and FRE402 may be taken to satisfy the Literature Sequence distribution requirement. Conducted in French. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: FRE202 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

FRE 402: Introduction to French Literature II

The literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. This course and FRE401 may be taken to satisfy the Literature Sequence distribution requirement. Conducted in French. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: FRE202 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

FRE 450: French Experience

This is an experimental learning course in French. The student will use intermediate-level or advanced French language skills to actively participate in an internship, a service-learning project, a travel-study research project or other experimental learning project. A minimum of fifteen hours of field experience per credit is required. Reading related to the experience, weekly journal submissions and a final paper or portfolio will chronicle and analyze the internship experience. Three to six credit hours.
Prerequisite: any two courses at the 300 level or higher in French.

Credits: 3.00 - 6.00

FRE 500: Directed Study in French

An individualized, in-depth course for French minors taking into account the needs and interests of the student and the areas of expertise of the faculty member supervising the directed study.
Prerequisites: FRE202, FRE202R, or FRE201X-202X and permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

FRE 501: Senior Seminar Thesis

Students will write a thesis based on original research in the field of French or Francophone studies. Progress will be assessed at weekly group discussions. Students will be guided in research methods, in the process of writing and revising a thesis, and in writing for public presentation and presentations skills. Required of all World Language & Cultures majors in the French concentration.
Prerequisites: Six French courses numbered 300-500, or permission of the Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Written Commun-Level III

GER 101: Elementary German I

An introductory course in German. Beginning skills are developed in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. Three hours of class work per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center.

Credits: 3.00

GER 102: Elementary German II

Continuation of GER101. An introductory course in German. Beginning skills are developed in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. Three hours of class work per week; supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center.
Prerequisite: GER101 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

GER 201: Intermediate German I

The principal aim of this course is to solidify upon the skills acquired in GER101-102. Basic grammar is reviewed while new grammatical material is introduced. In addition, students will explore German-speaking cultures and read some literary texts. Three hours of class work per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center.
Prerequisite: GER102 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

GER 202: Intermediate German II

Continuation of GER201. The principle aim of this course is to solidify upon the skills acquired in GER101-102. Basic grammar is reviewed while new grammatical material is introduced. In addition, students will explore German-speaking cultures and read some literary texts. Three hours of class work per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center.
Prerequisite: GER201 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

GER 351: Advanced German Conversation

In this course, students will develop spoken proficiency in German. Students will practice listening skills with films, documentaries, songs, radio, television programs or other audiovisual materials. These materials will also generate discussion topics for class and help students to expand their vocabulary. Through dialogs and role-playing, students will practice speaking in a variety of situations encountered in day-to-day living. Three lecture hours per week, supplemented by listening activities in the Language Resource Center. Conducted entirely in German. Prerequisite: GER202 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

ITL 101: Elementary Italian I

An introductory course in Italian. Beginning skills are developed in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. Three hours of class work per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center.

Credits: 3.00

ITL 102: Elementary Italian II

Continuation of ITL101. An introductory course in Italian. Beginning skills are developed in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. Three hours of class work per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center.
Prerequisite: ITL101 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

ITL 201: Intermediate Italian I

The principal aim of this course and its continuation is to solidify and expand upon the skills acquired in ITL101-102. Basic grammar is reviewed while new grammatical material is introduced. Students will explore various aspects of Italian culture. In addition, some literary texts are used. Three hours of class work per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center.
Prerequisite: ITL102 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

ITL 202: Intermediate Italian II

Continuation of ITL201. The principal aim of this course and its continuation is to solidify and expand upon the skills acquired in ITL101-ITL102. Basic grammar is reviewed while new grammatical material is introduced. Students will explore various aspects of Italian culture. In addition, some literary texts are studied. Three hours of class work per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center.
Prerequisite: ITL201 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

ITL 303: Italian Conversation

In this course, students will develop spoken proficiency in Italian. Students will practice listening skills with films, documentaries, songs, radio, television programs or other audiovisual materials. These materials will also generate discussion topics for class and help students to expand their vocabulary. Through dialogs and role-playing, students will practice speaking in a variety of situations encountered in day-to-day living. Three lecture hours per week, supplemented by listening activities in the Language Resource Center. Conducted entirely in Italian.
Prerequisite: ITL202 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

ITL 350: Advanced Italian Grammar

In this course, students will study the finer points of Italian grammar. This course is for students who already have a good foundation in Italian (through a communicative or contextual approach), but who need a thorough review of grammar as they move to the next level of proficiency. Particular attention will be paid to differences between Italian and English grammatical structures, and students will work on translation, writing and dictation.
Prerequisite: ITL202 or higher or equivalent proficiency in Italian as determined by the chair of the World Languages and Cultures department.

Credits: 3.00

ITL 353: Readings in Italian

This course explores the techniques of critical reading and develops reading proficiency in Italian while furthering understanding of Italian literature and culture. Essays and literary selections introduce students to the principles of textual analysis and serve as topics for class discussion, while providing insight into the Italian experience. Three hours of class work per week. Conducted entirely in Italian.
Prerequisite: ITL202 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

ITL 354: Italian Composition Through Film

In this course, students will further develop proficiency in writing Italian. Selected Italian language films will generate topics for composition in Italian, as well as broadening students' understanding of Italian culture, geography, and history. Focus will be on developing writing skills acquired at the intermediate level appropriate for tasks such as: describing, narrating, summarizing, or expressing an opinion. Three lecture hours per week, plus required viewing of films outside of class. Conducted entirely in Italian.
Prerequisite: ITL202 or equivalent and W-I course.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Written Communication-Level II

ITL 380: Topics in Italian Literature

This course features in-depth study of a particular cultural topic in Italian, which may include the study of a particular genre, theme or literary period. The course topic, selected by the professor, will emphasize the analysis of literary texts, and may include a focus on stylistic, cultural themes and/or historical context. Conducted in Italian. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: ITL 202 or equivalent

Credits: 3.00

ITL 381: Topics in Italian Culture

This course features in-depth study of a particular cultural topic in Italian, which may include the study of a particular region of Italy or a topic that crosses regional borders. The course topic, selected by the professor, will emphasize the analysis of authentic cultural texts, such as film, music, art, news or magazine articles, Web sites, literature, or historical documents. Conducted in Italian. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: ITL 202 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

ITL 400: Italian Translation Practicum

In this course, students will learn strategies for effective translation (English/Italian, Italian/English) and practice these skills using a variety of source materials. Emphasis will be placed on developing proficiency in the craft of translation and on awareness of the relationship between language and culture.
Prerequisite: ITL202 or higher or equivalent proficiency in Italian as determined by the chairperson of the World Languages and Cultures department.

Credits: 3.00

ITL 401: Introduction to Italian Literature I

This is an advanced course in Italian designed to introduce students to major authors and trends in Italian literature from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. Conducted in Italian. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: ITL202 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

ITL 450: Italian Experience

This is an experimental learning course in Italian. The student will use intermediate-level or advanced Italian language skills to actively participate in an internship, a service-learning project, a travel-study research project or other experimental learning project. A minimum of fifteen hours of field experience per credit is required. Reading related to the experience, weekly journal submissions and a final paper or portfolio will chronicle and analyze the internship experience. Three to six credit hours.
Prerequisite: any two courses at the 300 level or higher in Italian.

Credits: 3.00 - 6.00

ITL 500: Directed Study in Italian

This is an individualized, in-depth course for Italian minors, taking into account the needs and interests of the student, as well as the expertise of the faculty member supervising the directed study. Conducted in Italian.
Prerequisites: ITL 202 and permission of the Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

ITL 501: Senior Seminar With Thesis

Students will write a thesis based on original research in the field of Italian Studies. Progress will be assessed at weekly group discussions. Students will be guided in research methods, in the process of writing and revising a thesis, and in writing for public presentation and presentation skills. Required of all World Language & Cultures majors in the Italian concentration.
Prerequisites: Six Italian courses numbered 300-500, or permission of the Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Written Commun-Level III

LAT 101: Elementary Latin I

In this introductory course in Latin, beginning skills are developed in the areas of speaking, reading, and writing Latin. Students are also introduced to the culture of Ancient Rome. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

LAT 102: Elementary Latin II

A continuation of Elementary Latin I (LAT101), this course further builds skills in the areas of speaking, reading, and writing Latin. Students continue to explore various aspects of the culture of Ancient Rome. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: LAT101 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

LAT 201: Intermediate Latin I

This course is a continuation of Elementary Latin II. Students will continue to develop proficiency in Latin etymology, grammar, reading, translation and writing. In this course, students will translate authentic Latin texts and there will be a systematic review of Latin grammar and syntax.
Prerequisite: LAT102 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

LAT 202: Intermediate Latin II

This course is a continuation of Intermediate Latin I. Students will further develop proficiency in Latin etymology, grammar, reading, translation and writing. In this course, students will translate authentic Latin texts and there will be a systematic review of Latin grammar and syntax.
Prerequisite: LAT201 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 101: Elementary Spanish I

An introductory course in Spanish. Beginning skills are developed in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. Three hours of class work per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center. To determine proper placement, see the guidelines in the catalog or on Department web site.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 102: Elementary Spanish II

Continuation of SPN101. An introductory course in Spanish. Beginning skills are developed in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. Three lecture hours per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center. To determine proper placement, see the guidelines in the catalog or on Department web site.
Prerequisite: SPN101 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 201: Intermediate Spanish I

Continuation of SPN102. The last of the major Spanish grammatical material is introduced and skills in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture are consolidated and expanded. Students will explore various aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures and read some literary and cultural texts. Conducted in Spanish. Three lecture hours per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center. To determine proper placement, see the guidelines in the catalog or on Department web site.
Prerequisite: SPN102 or SPN151 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

SPN 202: Intermediate Spanish II

The principal aim of this course is to solidify and expand upon the skills acquired in SPN101 through 201. Basic grammar is reviewed, some literary texts are studied, and skills in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture are consolidated and expanded. Conducted in Spanish. Three lecture hours per week, supplemented by one hour of assigned work in the Language Resource Center. To determine proper placement, see the guidelines in the catalog or on Department website.
Prerequisite: SPN201 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

SPN 222: Spanish for Business, Travel & Tourism

Authentic materials and situations in the worlds of business and hospitality will form the basis for this course. Students will gain insight into cultural and linguistic customs, as well as increase mastery over the language competencies specific to each environment. Areas such as banking trade, commerce, and hotel and restaurant management will be presented. Students will have ample opportunity to develop proficiency in both written and verbal communication. Three lecture hours per week. "This advanced intermediate course can be used as a substitute for SPN202 for the purpose of satisfying the language requirement."
Prerequisite: SPN201 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 250: Spanish for Healthcare Professionals

This course provides conversational Spanish tools for professionals in the medical fields who already have a foundation in Spanish. It provides linguistic knowledge and practice in the medical field and to effectively communicate with Spanish speakers about health matters, including specialized medical vocabulary and expressions, as well as matters of cultural competence about health care and medical issues for Hispanics/Latinos in the U.S. Pre-requisites: SPN 202 (4 semesters of college Spanish), 3 years of high-school Spanish, or permission from department chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 350: Advanced Spanish Grammar

A study of the finer points of standard Spanish grammar. Three hours of class work per week. Elective for Spanish Minors. Typically offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPN202 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 351: Advanced Conversational Spanish

The aim of this course is to help the student develop greater fluency in the spoken language. Emphasis is placed on the vocabulary and idioms encountered in day-to-day living. Three hours of class work per week. Typically offered each spring. Elective for Elementary Education. Native speakers of Spanish should not take this course without permission from the chairperson. Prerequisite: SPN202 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 353: Readings From the Hispanic World

This course explores the techniques of critical reading while furthering understanding of the various Hispanic cultures. Essays and literary selections introduce students to the principles of textual analysis and serve as topics for class discussion, while providing insight into various aspects of the Hispanic experience. Conducted entirely in Spanish. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: SPN202 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 354: Spanish Composition Through Film

Various aspects of Hispanic culture, as depicted in selected Spanish language films, generate topics for composition in Spanish. Writing proficiency attained at the intermediate level is further developed with a variety of writing assignments and reflection on the writing process, while cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world is broadened. Conducted entirely in Spanish. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisites: SPN202 or the equivalent and W-I course.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Written Communication-Level II

SPN 380: Peer Tutoring

Students will learn and engage in distinct foreign language methodologies as appropriate to peer-tutoring activities. Weekly seminars, as well as a comprehensive methodology workshop will integrate foreign language teaching theory with practice. Responsibilities include private tutoring in the Language Resource Center; designing tutorial activities; selecting, organizing and presenting material; evaluating student progress and diagnosing student needs and classroom management techniques. Spanish faculty supervise all activities. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: SPN350 or SPN351 or SPN353 or SPN354 or equivalent proficiency as determined by the Foreign Languages Department.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 385: Community Placements

Students will engage in on-campus and/or off-campus internships in Spanish. Local community agencies and institutions, such as NSCAP (North Shore Community Access Program) and the Girl Scouts, will provide students with opportunities in the Spanish-speaking community involving family, group and individual contact. Students will be supervised on-site and have periodic meetings with Spanish faculty to assess and evaluate performance and progress.
Prerequisite: SPN350 or SPN351 or SPN353 or SPN354, and proficiency appropriate to the placement.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 388A: Methodology of Teaching Spanish P-6

The course will survey the history and theory of elementary foreign language teaching. Activities related to the teaching and assessment at the elementary level of the four skills of the language (speaking, listening, reading, writing) as well as its culture will be explored and practiced. A study of the National Standards, the Massachusetts Frameworks and the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines will be conducted and then applied to practical classroom examples. Topics examined include teaching resources, curriculum development, unit and lesson planning, classroom management, testing and assessment, and the use of technology in teaching. The course includes a 20-hour pre-practicum experience at an area school. This course is normally taken during the Senior year. Conducted in Spanish. Not open to students who received credit for SPN388.
Prerequisites: The successful completion of the required EDU courses as well as the taking and passing of the three parts of the Massachusetts teachers test. This course is normally taken during the Senior year. Permission of the Secondary Ed Coordinator required.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 389: Methodology of Teaching Spanish 5-12

This course will survey the history and theory of secondary foreign language teaching. Activities related to the teaching and assessment at the secondary level of the four skills of the language (speaking, listening, reading, writing) as well as its culture will be explored and practiced. A study of the National Standards, the Massachusetts Frameworks and the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines will be conducted and then applied to practical classroom examples. Topics examined include teaching resources, curriculum development, unit and lesson planning, classroom management, testing and assessment, and the use of technology in teaching. The course includes a 20 hours pre-practicum experience at an area school. Conducted in Spanish. Requirements: Normally taken during the Senior year.
Prerequisite: Permission of the Secondary Ed Coordinator required.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 401: Introduction to Spanish Literature I

A exploration of Peninsular Spanish literature revealing essential aspects of Spain’s value system (faith, reason, passion, society, art, etc.) and their effect on literary expression. The readings exemplify various genres (poetry, essay, novel, drama, short story) and are representative of major periods from the pre-medieval through the Golden Age. Conducted in Spanish. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: SPN350 or SPN351 or SPN353 or SPN354 or permission of the Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 402: Introduction to Spanish Literature II

Peninsular Spanish literature from the 18th century to the present. Readings, lectures and discussions in Spanish. This course together with SPN401 will satisfy the one-year Literature Sequence distribution requirement. Three lecture hours per week. Elective for Spanish minors. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPN350 or SPN351 or SPN353 or SPN354 or permission of the Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 405: The Spanish-speaking World Through Film

A selection of films will be used as a source of meaningful cultural information to understand history, politics and social problems in the Spanish-speaking world. Emphasis will be placed on the themes of memory, immigration, exile, identity and oppression. Readings, lectures, script writing and discussions in Spanish will complement the films. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: SPN350 or SPN351 or SPN353 or SPN354 or permission of the Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 412: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

An introduction to the scientific study of the Spanish language. The course first briefly reviews the social history and current extension of Spanish, as well as the many dimensions of linguistic analysis. The main part of the course is devoted to exploring the sound system of Spanish, including dialectal and stylistic variation, orthography, and the sound changes from Latin to Spanish. Spanish and English are compared with regards to their sound systems and their Latinate vocabulary. Conducted in Spanish. Elective for Spanish minors. Typically offered every third semester.
Prerequisite: SPN350 or SPN351 or SPN353 or SPN354 or permission of the Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 415A: Spanish Civilization and Culture

An examination of the historical, political, intellectual, and cultural factors which have molded the Spanish people. Readings, lectures and discussions in Spanish. Three lectures hours per week. Elective for Spanish minors. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPN350 or SPN351 or SPN353 or SPN354 or permission of the Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 416: Hispano-american Civilization and Culture

This course examines the historical, political and cultural aspects of the cultures of the Hispanic-American world from ancient indigenous civilizations to the present day. It explores the interaction between Spain and its colonies, and study the United States and Hispanic-America, looking at the impact of racism and oppression on its cultures. Readings, lectures and discussions in Spanish. Three lecture hours per week. Elective for Spanish minors. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SPN350 or SPN351 or SPN353 or SPN354 or permission of the Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 418: Hispano-american Literature II

An examination of the literary movements in Latin America from modernism to the present. The course will explore the impact of discrimination, gender roles and class oppression in Latin America, and its interaction with the United States. Readings, lectures and discussions in Spanish. Three lecture hours per week. This course and SPN 417 will satisfy the one-year literature sequence distribution requirement. Elective for Spanish minors. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: SPN 202 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 450: Spanish Translation

Development of the basic techniques needed for translation and interpretation. Considerable practice given to both translating into and from the native language (English/Spanish). Material will be taken from literary and non-literary genres and styles. Emphasis will be placed on command of appropriate professional lexicon and awareness of the relationship between language and culture. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: Any course in the SPN300 or 400 series, or equivalent proficiency in Spanish as determined by the World Languages and Cultures Department.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 480N: Seminar in the Literatures of the Spanish-speaking World

Centered on group discussions of literary and critical works, the course presents topics chosen to promote in-depth understanding of various aspects of Hispanic literatures and culture. Perspectives may range from the traditional to the contemporary, from the mainstream to the marginal. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credit for SPN480.
Prerequisite: One of the following courses: SPN401, SPN402, SPN417, SPN418, or SPN420.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 490: Advanced Professional Spanish Across the Curriculum

An interdisciplinary round table discussion course. Students will research and present professional materials from Spanish language sources relevant to courses taken outside the Foreign Languages Department. This course will integrate language study and use with the study of disciplinary content in the humanities and fine arts, in social and behavioral sciences and in professional and pre-professional programs.
Prerequisite: SPN350 or SPN351.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 501: Senior Seminar With Thesis

Students will write a thesis pertaining to their chosen concentration. Progress will be assessed at weekly group discussions,which meet once per week. Students will be guided in research methods, in the process of writing and revising a thesis, and in writing for public presentation and presentation skills. Required of all World Language & Cultures majors in any of the Spanish concentrations.
Prerequisites: Three Spanish courses at the 400 level or permission of the Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Written Commun-Level III

SPN 705: Seminar in Latin American and Us Latino Literatures

A study of Latin American and US Latino literatures through representative works by key literary figures from the pre-Colombian period to the present. Chosen texts exemplify the epistolary genre, the novel, the short story, drama, poetry, and the testimonio, and represent the most important literary movements and/or currents in the region. This writing intensive seminar attempts to place texts within a historical and theoretical perspective. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Upper intermediate-level proficiency in Spanish.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 706: Seminar in Peninsular Spanish Literature

A study of Peninsular Spanish literature as an interplay between artistic expression and underlying schemes of values. Each work is examined to reveal essential aspects of a value system (faith, reason, passion, society, art, etc.) and their effect on literary expression. The readings exemplify various genres (poetry, essay, novel, drama, short story) and are representative of major periods from the medieval to the contemporary. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Upper intermediate-level proficiency in Spanish.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 710: Seminar in the Cultures of Spain

This course will examine Spain's multicultural society from the prehistoric era to the post-Franco years. Authentic literary, historical, artistic and anthropological documents and audio-visual materials will guide students towards an awareness of Spain's past and present. The idea is to study recurrent themes in Spanish history and culture such as religion and class, regionalism, dictatorship and democracy, and the questioning and creation of a national identity. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Upper intermediate-level proficiency in Spanish.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 711: Seminar in Latin American and Us Latino Cultures

Interdisciplinary and in-depth study of the socioeconomic, political and cultural formation we call Latin America including the US Latino communities. Using scholarly texts, interpretive essays, primary sources, and a variety of cultural artifacts (films, music, art objects, literary texts) we will explore the region's common cultural heritage against its striking cultural contrasts and internal tensions. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Upper intermediate-level proficiency in Spanish.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 750: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics and Sociolinguistics

A linguistic and sociolinguistic introduction to Spanish for Spanish and bilingual teachers. The course examines several areas of the linguistic structure of Spanish, in particular the sound system and the vocabulary, as well as language variation in context and communication norms. The course reviews the history of the language and its different modern-day dialects and varieties. Finally, it looks at Spanish in its societal and political context, particularly as it applies to Hispanics in the US. In English and Spanish. Uses a newsgroup as online enhancement to classroom discussion.
Prerequisite: Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Spanish is required.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 751: Methods, Techniques and Strategies for Teaching Spanish (p-6)

The class will survey the history and theory of foreign language teaching at the elementary level. A thorough review of National Standards, the Massachusetts Frameworks and ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines will be conducted. Topics researched and practiced include teaching resources, curriculum development, unit planning, classroom management, testing and assessment, and the use of technology in teaching Spanish at the elementary level. The course includes a 45 hours pre-practicum experience at an area elementary school and is conducted in Spanish.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 752: Methods, Techniques and Strategies for Teaching Spanish (5-12)

This course will explore methods and strategies of teaching Spanish at the secondary level. Topics examined include trends and issues related to the teaching of Spanish, innovations, teaching resources, curriculum development, unit and lesson planning, classroom practice and management, testing and assessment, and the role of technology in teaching. A thorough review of National Standards, the Massachusetts Frameworks and the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines will be conducted. The course includes a 45 hours pre-practicum experience at an area middle or secondary school and is conducted in Spanish.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 761: Research in Teaching Spanish (pre K-6)

This course provides students with practical experience in the utilization of various resources to create, organize, and assess Spanish instruction at the Pre-K through sixth grade level. Students will develop an action research project. Designed for those students seeking professional licensure and the graduate degree, MAT in Spanish. Students must have completed the majority of professional level education courses in the program of studies.
Prerequisite: Students must have initial licensure in Spanish.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 762: Research in Teaching Spanish (5-12)

This course provides students with practical experience in the utilization of various resources to create, organize, and assess Spanish instruction at the fifth through twelfth grade level. Students will develop an action research project. Designed for those students seeking professional licensure and the graduate degrees, MAT in Spanish. Students must have completed the majority of professional level education courses in the program of studies.
Prerequisite: Students must have initial licensure in Spanish.

Credits: 3.00

SPN 900: Mat Research Monograph

Students will identify a research topic and develop it under the guidance of the instructor. The topic will be related to the teaching of the Spanish language or to the teaching of some aspect of Spanish-language literature, linguistics or Hispanic cultures. Regular group meetings will provide the student with the guidance and resources to complete the research project, as well as the benefit of peer support. Students must have completed all other courses in the MAT in Spanish. This course is conducted and written in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Advanced Low ACTFL proficiency level.

Credits: 3.00

WLC 120: Perspectives On World Cultures

This course is an introduction to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our global community examining cultures outside the United States. Students will examine one or more global cultures and their worldviews, exploring the perceptions, practices and products of the culture(s) studied and acquiring an understanding of and sensitivity towards other cultural perspectives. Students will also compare and contrast the culture(s) studies with their own in order to challenge or deepen their understanding of their own worldviews and in order to prepare them to work in a globalized world. The course is in English and will have three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

WLC 190H: Honors Seminar in World Cultures

A variety of cultural artifacts, such as films, songs, literature, media, and/or works of art will be used to explore in depth the diverse historical, political and social forces that have shaped one or more world cultures outside the United States. Students will analyze and think critically about authentic materials and develop intercultural competency. The course will be taught in English and will have three lecture hours per week. This course is open to students in the Commonwealth Honors Program and other students by permission.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

WLC 251: Continental European Literature I

A study of selected works of European literature from medieval times to the 18th century, read in English translation. Literary works will be treated in terms of genres and themes, and contextualized in their time periods. Students will also attempt to write a creative piece in the style of one of the genres studied (poem, play, narrative, etc.) and will attend or participate in a literary event on or off campus. Lectures and discussions in English. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

WLC 252: Continental European Literature II

Continuation of WLC 251. A study of selected works of European literature from the 19th century through the present day, read in English translation. Literary works will be treated in terms of genres and themes, and contextualized in their time periods. Students will also write a creative piece in the style of one of the genres studies (poem, play, narrative, etc.) and will attend or participate in a literary event on or off campus. Lectures and discussions in English. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

WLC 300: Introduction to Translation

This course offers an introduction to the history, theory, and practice of translation. Students will learn the basic techniques needed for effective translation and will practice translating materials from a variety of fields and styles into and from the source and target languages. Translation theory and career options will also be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on command of appropriate professional lexicon and awareness of the relationship between language and culture. Prerequisite: FRE 201 or ITL 201 or SPN 201 or permission of the department chair.

Credits: 3.00

WLC 390H: Honors Seminar in World Cultures

A variety of cultural artifacts, such as films, songs, literature, media, and/or works of art will be used to explore in depth the diverse historical, political and social forces that have shaped one or more world cultures outside the United States. Students will analyze and think critically about authentic materials and develop intercultural competency. The course will be taught in English and will have three lecture hours per week. This course is open to students in the Commonwealth Honors Program and other students by permission.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: World Cultures

WLC 501: Translation Studies Capstone Practicum

Students will produce a comprehensive portfolio of translation work comprising multiple written projects. Course work and translation activities will focus on specialized areas of translation according to the student's area of interest and language pair. Possible specializations include literary, technical, commercial, legal, medical, or translation for new media. Students will combine an extensive class project with service work in translation for an appropriate community organization, such as a health center, government or non-governmental agency, legal affairs or court work, or a domestic or international corporation. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisites: Four translation certificate courses, including WLC300, two advanced grammar courses (one in English, one in the target language), and the translation practicum in the target language, with a grade of B- or better.

Credits: 3.00

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