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ARAB 101 Elementary Arabic I (CORE—Foundation)

(First semester/4 credits/5 class hours; use of language laboratory) 

Development of the basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Special emphasis on aural-oral proficiency.

 

ARAB 102 Elementary Arabic II (CORE—Foundation)

Prerequisite: ARAB 101 or permission of department chair. (Second semester/4 credits/ 5 class hours; use of language laboratory) 

Continuation of Elementary Arabic I.

 

ARAB 103 Intermediate Arabic I

Prerequisite: ARAB 102 or permission of department chair. (First semester/3 credits/ 3 class hours; use of language laboratory) 

Development of intermediate Arabic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Special emphasis on aural-oral proficiency.

 

ARAB 104 Intermediate Arabic II

Prerequisite: ARAB 103 or permission of department chair. (Second semester/3 credits/ 3 class hours; use of language laboratory) 

Continuation of Intermediate Arabic I.

 

ARAB 375 Independent Study in Arabic

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and department chair. (Either semester/1, 2 or 3 credits) 

Study of a selected subject. Conferences and reports.

 

ARAB 203 Arabic Conversation and Composition

Prerequisite: ARAB 104 or permission of the department chair (First semester—even years/3 credits) 

Concentration on writing, conversation and structural difficulties. Reading and discussion of cultural material of an interdisciplinary nature.

ARAB 105 Arabic Conversation

Prerequisite: ARAB 102 or permission of the department (Both semesters/1 credit)

A one-credit conversation course conducted in Arabic designed to develop oral skills. Weekly discussions based on readings of cultural or current topics. Final grade based on attendance and participation and on one short homework assignment. May be repeated.

SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I (CORE—Foundation)

(First semester/4 credits/5 class hours, use of language software)  

Development of the basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Special emphasis on aural-oral proficiency.

SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II (CORE—Foundation)

Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or permission of the department chair. Credit by exam. (Second semester/4 credits/5 class hours, use of language software)

Continuation of SPAN 101.

SPAN 103 Intermediate Spanish I

Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or satisfactory performance in placement examination or permission of department chair. Credit by exam. (First semester/3 credits/3 class hours, use of language software)

Further development of language skills with emphasis on reading and oral participation.

SPAN 104 Intermediate Spanish II

Prerequisite: SPAN 103 or permission of department chair. Credit by exam. (Second semester/3 credits/3 class hours, use of language software)

Continuation of SPAN 103.

SPAN 105 Spanish Conversation

Prerequisite: SPAN 102, exemption by exam or permission of department. (Both semesters/1 credit) 

A one-credit conversation course conducted in the language houses and designed to develop oral skills. Weekly discussions based on readings of cultural or current topics. Final grade based exclusively on attendance and participation. May be repeated.

SPAN 203 Spanish Conversation and Composition

Prerequisite: SPAN 104 or satisfactory performance on placement examination or permission of the department chair. Credit by exam. (First semester/3 credits) 

Concentration on writing, conversation and structural difficulties. Reading and discussion of cultural materials of an interdisciplinary nature. Weekly written compositions.

SPAN 204 Spanish Culture and Civilization

Prerequisite: SPAN 203 or permission of the department chair. (Second semester/3 credits) 

Introduction to Spanish civilization: study of the cultural features of the Spanish language and the social, cultural and intellectual life of the Spanish people. Discussion and weekly written assignments.

SPAN 207 Cultural Perspectives on Spanish Literature I (CORE—Literature)

Prerequisite: SPAN 104 or satisfactory performance on placement examination or permission of the department chair. (First semester/3 credits) 

An introductory course that examines texts by major Spanish writers from the Middle Ages to the Siglo de Oro. Illustrated lectures, films and selected documents of and on the period will provide the cultural background required to understand the issues found in the texts and will connect them to social, philosophical and aesthetic movements.

SPAN 208 Cultural Perspectives on Spanish Literature II (CORE—Literature)

Prerequisite: SPAN 207 or permission of the department chair. (Second semester/3 credits) 

An introductory course that analyzes literary genres and examines major Spanish texts from the Siglo de Oro through the 19th century. Illustrated lectures, films and selected documents of the period will provide the cultural background required to understand the issues found in the texts and will connect them to social, philosophical and aesthetic movements.

LSSP 215 Hispanic and Latino Film (CORE—Art, Music, Film, or Other Media)

Prerequisite: SPAN 203 or satisfactory performance on placement examination or permission of the department chair. (Either semester/3 credits) 

A selection of feature films and documentaries from Latin America, Spain and the United States. These films will be discussed as social texts which articulate through different genres and epoques crucial issues of national identity, violence, repression, north/south relations, gender and memory as a collective reconstruction of the past. Directors such as Solanas, Subiela, Bemberg (Argentina), Gutiérrez Alea (Cuba), Almodóvar (Spain) and Rodriguez (U.S. Latino). Directors may vary.

LSSP 220 Latin America Today

Prerequisite: SPAN 104 or satisfactory performance on placement examination or permission of the department chair. (Either semester—as needed/3 credits) 

A look at Latin America as it is today: historical, social, economic and geographical factors that are shaping the different countries and their people.

SPAN 230 Phonetics and Diction

Prerequisite: SPAN 104 or permission of the department chair. (Course is offered as needed/3 credits, use of language software)

Study of the basic phonological structure of Spanish. Corrective drills in pronunciation, rhythm and intonation. Practice in the oral interpretation of Spanish prose, poetry and drama. Regional accents and other aspects of the spoken language.

LSSP 240 Latin American Literature and Popular Culture

Prerequisite: SPAN 203 or satisfactory performance on placement examination or permission of the department chair. (Either semester/3 credits) 

A survey of the main trends in literary and popular culture from the 20th century. A close reading of the texts which constituted the foundation of our literary historiography from Modernism to Postmodernism. Discussion of the region’s key concepts: transculturation, “magical realism/marvelous real,” “Boom and Postboom,” “testimonio” and the new (not so new) historical novel.

SPAN 315 Advanced Composition

Prerequisites: SPAN 204 and at least 6 additional credits at the 200 level, or permission of the department chair. (Either semester/3 credits) 

Development of proficiency in writing Spanish, with emphasis on the contrastive aspects of English and Spanish structure. Special attention to style and to the idiomatic use of language. Introduction to translation. Weekly compositions or translations.

SPAN 321 From Empire to Democracy: A Century in Crisis (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: SPAN 208 or permission of the department chair. (Course is offered as needed/1 credit for student teachers or 3 credits for other students) 

Study of selected works from the Generation of 1898 to the present, interpreting the religious, historical and ideological crises that shape the Spanish 20th century. Focus on the impact of the 1898 colonial war, the civil war, the dictatorship and the transition to democracy. The course will examine authors such as Unamuno, Baroja, Ortega, Lorca, Machado and contemporary feminist Carmen Riera.

SPAN 322 Barcelona: From Hercules to the Olympic Games (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: SPAN 207 or SPAN 208. (Course is offered as needed/3 credits) 

An exploration of the city since its classical origins, with emphasis on the 20th century, through its history, architecture and urban mythology. Use of text, image and music to illustrate the triple role of Barcelona as a Catalan, Spanish and European capital.

LSSP 333 Latin American Poetry (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: SPAN 208 or permission of the department chair. (Either semester—as needed/1 credit for student teachers or 3 credits for other students) 

Study of selected poetry, essay and drama by Spanish-American writers such as Martí, Darío, Neruda, Gabriela Mistral, Usigli and Octavio Paz.

SPAN 335 Teaching Assistantship in Spanish

(Either semester/1, 2 or 3 credits) 

An opportunity for qualified seniors to conduct practice sessions, tutor students and/or administer examinations in specified 100- and 200-level courses. Students are selected by the department. Grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

LSSP 336 Latin American Fiction (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: SPAN 208 or permission of the department chair. (Either semester—as needed/3 credits) 

Main trends in contemporary novels and short stories. Azuela, Gallegos, Asturias, Borges, García Márquez, Fuentes, Sábato and other major writers.

SPAN 343 Spanish Theatre (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: SPAN 207 or 208 or permission of the department chair. (Course is offered as needed/ 3 credits) 

Study of the development of Spanish drama and its changing styles and themes, including plays by Lope de Vega, Calderón, Tirso de Molina, Alarcón, Cervantes, Zorrilla, Benavente and García Lorca.

SPAN 375 Independent Study in Spanish

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and the department chair. (Either semester/1, 2 or 3 credits) 

Study of a selected subject. Conferences and reports.

SPAN 399 Internship in Spanish

Prerequisite: Open to junior and senior majors, with permission of the department chair. (Either semester/3-9 credits) 

Supervised work in a governmental or international agency, in industry or other appropriate settings involving Spanish-speaking people. Grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

SPAN 440/540 Heroes and Antiheroes: The Spanish Novel (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: SPAN 207 or 208 or permission of the department chair. (Course is offered as needed/ 3 credits) 

A look at the heroic and antiheroic visions in the making of the modern Spanish novel, from Cervantes to the 19th century realists.

LSSP 470/570 Seminar

Prerequisites: 12 credits in Spanish above the intermediate level. (Either semester—offered every fourth year/3 credits) 

A study in depth of a subject selected according to the special interests of the students and those of the faculty.

FLLS 250 Bearing Witness: Testimonial Narratives in the Americas (CORE—Methods of Inquiry/Aesthetic Appreciation/Literature)

Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or 101 or 3 credits from ENGL 110-139 (Second semester—as needed/ 3 credits) 

This course focuses mainly on literary works that deal with historical trauma, memory and political agency. It will cover theoretical aspects of the genre and the problems related to the representation of marginal voices. We will begin with an analysis of hard-line testimonios as a form of resistance against literature and then turn to readings associated with the practices of censorship, repression and border conflicts. A special attempt will be made to show the significance of this narrative and the social and political thought and action it engages.

 

FL 350 International Themes in Western Literature (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: Open to juniors and seniors, or by permission of the chair of the foreign languages and literatures department. (As needed/3 credits) 

A study of selected topics in representative works of literature from Europe and Latin America in English translation. New topic every time the course is offered.

 

FL 351 International Themes in Non-Western Literature (CORE—Non-Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: Open to juniors and seniors, or by permission of the chair of the foreign languages and literature department. (Summer—as needed/3 credits) 

A study of selected topics in representative works of literature from non-Western cultures in English translation. New topic every time the course is offered.

 

FREN 101 Elementary French I (CORE—Foundation)

(First semester/4 credits/5 class hours, use of language laboratory) 

Development of the basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Special emphasis on aural-oral proficiency.

 

FREN 102 Elementary French II (CORE—Foundation)

Prerequisite: FREN 101 or permission of the department chair. Credit by exam. (Second semester/ 4 credits/5 class hours, use of language laboratory) 

Continuation of 101.

 

FREN 103 Intermediate French I

Prerequisite: FREN 102 or satisfactory performance in placement examination or permission of the department chair. Credit by exam. (First semester/3 credits/3 class hours, use of language laboratory) 

Further development of language skills with emphasis on reading and oral participation.

 

FREN 104 Intermediate French II

Prerequisite: FREN 103 or permission of the department chair. Credit by exam. (Second semester/ 3 credits/3 class hours, use of language laboratory) 

Continuation of FREN 103.

 

FREN 105 French Conversation

Prerequisite: FREN 102, exemption by exam or permission of department. (Both semesters/1 credit) 

A one-credit conversation course conducted in the language houses and designed to develop oral skills. Weekly discussions based on readings of cultural or current topics. Final grade based exclusively on attendance and participation. May be repeated.

 

FREN 203 French Conversation and Composition

Prerequisite: FREN 104 or satisfactory performance in placement exam or permission of the department chair. Credit by exam. (First semester/3 credits) 

Concentration on writing, conversation and structural difficulties. Reading and discussion of cultural material of an interdisciplinary nature.

 

FREN 204 French Culture and Civilization

Prerequisite: FREN 203 or permission of the department chair. (Second semester/3 credits) 

Introduction to French civilization: study of the cultural features of the French language and the social, cultural and intellectual life of the French-speaking people. Discussion and weekly written assignments.

 

FREN 207 Cultural Perspectives on French Literature I (CORE—Literature)

Prerequisite: FREN 104 or permission of the department chair. (First semester/3 credits) 

An introductory course that analyzes literary genres and examines major French texts from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution. Illustrated lectures, films and selected documents of and on the period will provide the cultural background required to understand the texts and connect them to social, philosophical and aesthetic movements.

 

FREN 208 Cultural Perspectives on French Literature II (CORE—Literature)

Prerequisite: FREN 207 or permission of the department chair. (Second semester/3 credits) 

An introductory course that analyzes literature genres and examines major French texts from 1800 to the present. Illustrated lectures, films and selected documents of the period will provide the cultural background required to understand the texts and connect them to social, philosophical and aesthetic movements.

 

FREN 230 Phonetics and Diction

Prerequisite: FREN 104 or permission of the department chair. (As needed /3 credits) 

Study of the basic phonological structure of French. Transcription practice; corrective drill in pronunciation, rhythm, intonation; and practice in the oral interpretation of French prose, poetry and drama. Analysis of tape recordings: examples of regional accents and other aspects of the spoken language.

 

FREN 300 Science and Fiction (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: FREN 207 or 208 or permission of the department chair. (First semester—as needed/ 3 credits) 

In this course, students will examine the cultural and artistic relationship between the sciences and the arts from the end of the 19th century to the end of the 20th century. We will consider how the term “science-fiction” (a term of French origin) is fundamental to cultural and artistic development of the modern era. Topics of discussion will include the impact of psychoanalysis and sociology, two sciences of the modern era that owe their development to literature, as well as positivism and its role in creating the science-fiction novel.

 

FREN 310 Le Roman d’initiation: Journeys to Maturity in French Fiction (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: FREN 207 or 208 or permission of the department chair. (First semester—as needed/ 3 credits) 

This course examines the genre of the “roman d’initiation,” a group of novels whose primary concern is the emotional, social, intellectual and sexual maturation of a young protagonist. By studying this theme across several centuries and by analyzing its psychological and social contexts in a selection of novels and films, the class will attempt to define the genre and explain its prevalence in French fiction.

 

FREN 313 Gender and Gaze in Modern French Literature and Film (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: FREN 207 or 208 or permission of the department chair. (Course is offered as needed/ 3 credits) 

How do women and men see each other? Is the literary gaze inevitably marked by gender? This course will analyze the implications of the gaze in modern French literature and cinema. Works studied will include French and Francophone novels, poetry, theater and film.

 

FREN 314 Refinement, Politeness, and Social Behavior (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: FREN 207 or 208 or permission of the department chair. (Second semester—even years/ 3 credits) 

This class will attempt to define what makes refinement, politeness and the art of living one of the major stereotypes when speaking about French culture. Through the literature and the culture of seven centuries of French history, we will evaluate the importance of language from 1100 to 1800 in the creation of an ideal of social behavior and a sense of elegance.

FREN 317 Parlez-moi d’amour: A Critical Look at Love in French Culture from 1100-1800 (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: FREN 207 or 208 or permission of the department chair. (Second semester—as needed/ 3 credits) 

This course will define and evaluate the convention that has created the myth of romance within French culture. The French, during their history, stylized love; they believe in this mental creation and force themselves to live passion in this poetic way.

FREN 318 Advanced Composition and Translation

Prerequisites: FREN 204 and at least 6 additional credits of 200-level French course or permission of the department chair. (Second semester/3 credits) 

Development of proficiency in writing French, with emphasis on the contrastive aspects of English and French structure. Special attention is given to style and to the idiomatic use of language. Introduction to translation techniques. Weekly compositions or translations will enhance student skill in these areas.

FREN 320 Francophone Women Writers (CORE—Non-Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: FREN 207 or 208 or permission of the department chair. (First semester—as needed/ 3 credits) 

In this course, students will examine works by contemporary women writers from the French- speaking world, including North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and North America. We will consider how questions of gender and race are experienced and expressed by these women and how their various cultures influence this expression. Topics of discussion will include marriage and polygamy, slavery, political and social upheavals and racial difference.

FREN 321 Masque et Illusion dans la France d’Ancien Régime (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: FREN 207 or 208 or permission of department chair. (Second semester—as needed/ 3 credits) 

In this course, students will examine the concepts of illusion and the role of the mask in 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century France as an aesthetic of the ephemeral and diverse nature of humankind. Topics of discussion will include the definition of the “Baroque,” political and religious propaganda, concepts of spectacle and the spectacular, the fairy tale and sexual ambiguity.

FREN 322 Ecrivains derrière la camera (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: FREN 207 or 208 or satisfactory performance in placement examinations or permission of the instructor or department chair. (Course is offered as needed/3 credits) 

Very early in the 20th century, a new form of expression fascinated writers: cinema. In this class the student will analyze and interpret the different relationships that exist between an author (Breton, Cocteau, Prévert, Duras, Robbe-Grillet) and the way he/she attempted to reproduce it in his/her film.

FREN 335 Teaching Assistantship in French

(Either semester/1, 2 or 3 credits) 

An opportunity for qualified seniors to conduct practice sessions, tutor students and/or administer examinations in specified 100- and 200-level courses. Students are selected by the department. Grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

FREN 375 Independent Study in French

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and the department chair. (Either semester/1, 2 or 3 credits) 

Study of a selected subject. Conferences and reports.

FREN 399 Internship in French

Prerequisite: Open to junior and senior majors with permission of the department chair. (Either semester/3 to 9 credits) 

Supervised work in a governmental or international agency, in industry or other appropriate settings involving French-speaking people. Grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

FREN 470/570 Seminar

Prerequisites: 12 credits in French above the intermediate level. Offered at the discretion of the department. (Either semester—offered as needed/3 credits)

An in-depth study of a subject selected according to the special interests of the students and of the faculty.

FREN 323 Modern Family in France (CORE-Western Civilization)

Prerequisites: FREN 207 or 208 or permission of instructor (First semester-as needed/3 credits)

The modern nuclear family, along with its definitions of gender roles and familial obligations, may seem universal and normal to us today, but in fact it is a fairly recent idea that sprang from the age of Enlightenment and continued to evolve well into the 20th century. Through the works of authors such as Rousseau, Stendhal and Balzac, an analysis of the influence of Napoleon's Code civil, and critical perspectives from sociology and art history, we will explore the origin of the modern family, its cultural implications and its diverse forms in modern France. 

GER 101 Elementary German I (CORE—Foundation)

(First semester/4 credits/5 class hours, use of language laboratory) 

Development of the basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Special emphasis on aural-oral proficiency.

GER 102 Elementary German II (CORE—Foundation)

Prerequisite: GER 101 or permission of the department chair. Credit by exam. (Second semester/4 credits/5 class hours, use of language laboratory) 

Continuation of 101.

GER 103 Intermediate German I

Prerequisite: GER 102 or satisfactory performance on placement examination or permission of department chair. Use of language laboratory. Credit by exam. (First semester/3 credits) 

Further development of language skills with emphasis on reading and oral participation.

GER 104 Intermediate German II

Prerequisite: GER 103 or permission of department chair. Use of language laboratory. Credit by exam. (Second semester/3 credits) 

Continuation of GER 103.

GER 105 German Conversation

Prerequisite: GER 102, exemption by exam or permission of department. (Either semester/1 credit) 

A one-credit conversation course conducted in the language houses and designed to develop oral skills. Weekly discussions based on readings of cultural or current topics. Final grade based exclusively on attendance and participation. May be repeated.

GER 203 German Conversation and Composition

Prerequisite: GER 104 or satisfactory performance in placement exam or permission of department chair. Credit by exam. (First semester/3 credits) 

Concentration on writing, conversation and structural difficulties. Reading and discussion of cultural materials of an interdisciplinary nature. Weekly written compositions.

GER 204 German Culture and Civilization

Prerequisite: GER 104 or permission of the department chair. (First semester/3 credits) 

Introduction to German civilization: study of the cultural features of the German language and the social, cultural and intellectual life of the German-speaking people. Discussion and weekly written assignments.

GER 207 Cultural Perspectives on German Literature I (CORE—Literature)

Prerequisite: GER 104 or permission of the department chair. (Either semester/3 credits) 

An introductory course that analyzes literature genres and examines major German texts from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Illustrated lectures, films and selected documents of the periods will provide the cultural background required to understand the texts and connect them to social, philosophical and aesthetic movements.

GER 208 Cultural Perspectives on German Literature II (CORE—Literature)

Prerequisite: GER 207 or permission of the department chair. (Either semester/3 credits) 

An introductory course that analyzes literature genres and examines major German texts from the 18th century to the present. Illustrated lectures, films and selected documents of the period will provide the cultural background required to understand the texts and connect them to social, philosophical and aesthetic movements.

GER 230 History of German Language

Prerequisite: GER 207 or 208 or permission of department chair. (Offered as needed/3 credits) 

This course introduces basic linguistic concepts and methodology as applied to the German language with emphasis upon its historical and structural development. Students will look at relevant texts, and analyze and translate them, identifying the changes in the German language.

GER 299 Special Topics

Prerequisite: GER 207 or GER 208 or permission of department chair (Course is offered as needed/ 3 credits) 

A course covering a specific motif, theme, genre or medium reflecting the cultures of the German speaking countries.

GER 301 Berlin in the Twentieth Century (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: any GER 200-level course or permission of the department chair. (Either semester—as needed/3 credits) 

The interaction of a “cultural landscape” and literature from the turn of the century to the year 2002 will be studied in works by Alfred Döeblin, Nelly Sachs, Bertolt Brecht, Christa Wolf, Zehra Cirak, etc. Movies will be used to provide a visual background and further topics for discussion.

GER 314 Advanced Composition

Prerequisite: GER 207 or 208 or permission of department chair. (Offered as needed/ 3 credits) 

Development of proficiency in writing German, with emphasis on the contrastive aspects of English and German structure. Special attention to the idiomatic use of language. Introduction to translation.

GER 316 Modern German Literature (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: GER 208 or permission of the department chair. (Second semester—course is offered as needed/3 credits) 

A study of major authors from expressionism to the present. Modern literary and philosophical movements.

GER 319 German Drama (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: GER 207 or GER 208 or permission of the department chair. (Second semester, course is offered as needed/3 credits) 

This course is a survey of the development of drama in German speaking countries from the Middle Ages to the modern era. Students will read, analyze and sometimes enact plays by Hans Sachs, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Friedrich Schiller, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Heinrich von Kleist, Frank Wedekind, Georg Kaiser, Heiner Müller and Tankred Dorst. Lectures will provide the cultural background required to understand the dramas and connect them to social, aesthetic and philosophical movements.

GER 321 History of German Film

Prerequisite: GER 207 or GER 208 or permission of the department chair. (First semester, course is offered as needed/3 credits) 

This is an introductory course that analyzes a selection of feature films and documentaries from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. These films will be discussed as cultural artifacts which portray through different genres and epochs issues of national identity, East/West relations and reunification, gender, memory and dealing with the past. Directors such as Fritz Lang, G.W. Pabst, Rainier Werner Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta and others will help trace the history of German film. Lectures and discussions will provide the cultural background required to understand the films and connect them to social, aesthetic and philosophical movements. The question whether American film (i.e., the Hollywood film industry) has “colonized” German society as reflected through film will also frame discussions in the course. Written assignments will require students to critique films, discuss the evolution of film technology and cinematography and analyze the particular film’s cultural-historical significance.

GER 335 Teaching Assistantship in German

Prerequisite: Selection by the department. (Either semester/1, 2 or 3 credits) 

An opportunity for qualified seniors to conduct practice sessions, tutor students and/or administer examinations in specified 100- and 200-level courses. Grading is on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis.

GER 375 Independent Study in German

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and the department chair. (Either semester/1, 2 or 3 credits) 

Study of a selected subject. Conferences and reports.

GER 399 Internship in German

Prerequisite: Open to junior and senior majors with permission of the department chair. (Either semester/3 to 9 credits) 

Supervised work in a governmental or international agency, in industry or other appropriate settings involving German-speaking people. Grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

LAT 101 Elementary Latin I (CORE–Foundation)

(First semester/4 credits) 

This course introduces the student to the basics of Latin grammar, syntax and vocabulary. Course work will consist of systematic study of verb, noun and adjective formation and selected readings geared towards developing skills in translation and composition.

LAT 102 Elementary Latin II (CORE–Foundation)

Prerequisite: LAT 101 or permission of department chair. Credit by exam. (Second semester/4 credits) 

This course is the continuation of Latin 101, the first semester of elementary Latin. Course work will consist of selected readings and the completion of the basic study of Latin grammar.

LAT 103 Intermediate Latin: Prose

Prerequisite: Latin 102 or satisfactory performance in placement exam or permission of the department chair. (First semester/3 credits) 

Focuses on the reading of continuous passages of classical Latin prose in the three major genres developed in the Roman era: historiography, oratory and letter-writing. The main goals are to improve translation skills and to review basic Latin grammar through close reading of increasingly lengthy and challenging excerpts from classical texts.

LAT 104 Intermediate Latin: Poetry

Prerequisite: Latin 102 or satisfactory performance in placement exam or permission of the department chair. (Second semester/3 credits) 

This course begins with Latin lyric and elegiac poetry to introduce the student to Latin poetic syntax and language, with further stress on meter and pronunciation through vocal in-class readings. The second half of the course will deal with epic poetry; literary issues will be an important component of these later lectures.

LAT 207 Latin Literature I: The Classical Period (CORE—Methods of Inquiry/Aesthetic Appreciation/Literature)

Prerequisites: LAT 103 and 104, or permission of instructor. (First semester—as needed/3 credits) 

This course provides a basic survey of the major texts of classical Latin, from the mid- republican period to the high imperial period. Students will gain a basic knowledge of the major literary styles and genres of composition during this period, and will analyze a wide variety of texts within their historical and cultural contexts.

LAT 208 Latin Literature II: Medieval (CORE—Methods of Inquiry/Aesthetic Appreciation/ Literature)

Prerequisites: LAT 103 and 104, or permission of instructor. (Second semester—as needed/3 credits) 

This course focuses on Latin literature of the Medieval period (ca. 400-1400). Over the course of the semester students will become familiar with the orthographical, vocabulary and syntactical characteristics of medieval Latin and will study the significance and historical context of selected medieval Latin authors and texts. The ultimate goal of the course is to gain an understanding of the role of the Latin language and Latin literary genres in the cultural history of medieval Europe.

LAT 299 Special Topics

Prerequisite: LAT 103 or 104, or permission of instructor. (Second semester—as needed/3 credits) 

This course provides the opportunity for small groups of students to work closely with a faculty member on a particular Latin genre, topic or text not included in the regular offerings. Intended for students with two or more years of experience in Latin.

LAT 335 Teaching Assistantship

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (Either semester/1, 2 or 3 credits, may be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits) 

An opportunity for qualified advanced students to conduct practice sessions, tutor students and/or administer examinations in specified 100- and 200-level courses. Students are selected by the department. Grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

LSSP 215 Hispanic and Latino Film (CORE—Art, Music, Film, or Other Media)

Prerequisite: SPAN 203 or satisfactory performance on placement examination or permission of the department chair. (Either semester/3 credits) 

A selection of feature films and documentaries from Latin America, Spain and the United States. These films will be discussed as social texts that articulate through different genres and epoques, crucial issues of national identity, violence, repression, north/south relations, gender and memory as a collective reconstruction of the past. Directors such as Solanas, Subiela, Bemberg (Argentina), Gutiérrez Alea (Cuba), Almodóvar (Spain) and Rodriguez (U.S. Latino). Directors may vary.

LSSP 220 Latin America Today

Prerequisite: SPAN 104 or satisfactory performance on placement examination or permission of the department chair. (Course is offered as needed/3 credits) 

A look at Latin America as it is today: historical, social, economic and geographical factors that are shaping the different countries and their people.

LSSP 240 Latin American Literature and Popular Culture

Prerequisite: SPAN 203 or satisfactory performance on placement examination or permission of the department chair. (Course is offered as needed/3 credits) 

A survey of the main trends in literary and popular culture from the 20th century. A close reading of the texts which constituted the foundation of our literary historiography from Modernism to Postmodernism. Discussion of the region’s key concepts: transculturation, “magical realism/marvelous real,” “Boom and Postboom,” “testimonio” and the new (not so new) historical novel.

FLLS 250 Bearing Witness: Testimonial Narratives in the Americas (CORE—Methods of Inquiry/Aesthetic Appreciation/Literature)

Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or 101 or 3 credits from ENGL 110-139 (Second semester—as needed/3 credits) 

This course focuses mainly on literary works that deal with historical trauma, memory and political agency. It will cover theoretical aspects of the genre and the problems related to the representation of marginal voices. We will begin with an analysis of hard-line testimonios as a form of resistance against literature and then turn to readings associated with the practices of censorship, repression and border conflicts. A special attempt will be made to show the significance of this narrative and the social and political thought and action it engages.

HNLS 302 Third World Development: Latin America (CORE—Non-Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: Open to sophomores, juniors or seniors in the Honors Program, or with permission of the instructor. (Course is offered as needed/3 credits) 

An interdisciplinary study of the Third World that uses aspects of literature, culture, politics, biology, demography, history and economics to understand how the world works for most of humankind. The course features field trips, guest speakers and a team approach to investigating problems of the developing world.

HSLS 330 Cultural Encounters in Latin American History (CORE—Non-Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: Historical Analysis section of Core requirement. (Offered as needed/4 credits)

Employing a cross-cultural perspective, this course explores the historical process as being a dialogue between the cultures of the indigenous peoples of Latin America and the European settlement.

LSSP 333 Latin American Poetry (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: SPAN 208 or permission of the department chair. (Either semester—course is offered as needed/1 credit for student teachers or 3 credits for other students) 

Study of selected poetry, essay and drama by Spanish-American writers such as Martí, Darío, Neruda, Gabriela Mistral, Usigli and Octavio Paz.

LSSP 336 Latin American Fiction (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: SPAN 208 or permission of the department chair. (Course is offered as needed/3 credits) 

Main trends in contemporary novels and short stories. Azuela, Gallegos, Asturias, Borges, García Márquez, Fuentes, Sábato and other major writers.

LSSP 470/570 Seminar

Prerequisites: 12 credits in Spanish above the intermediate level. (Either semester—offered every fourth year/3 credits) 

A study in depth of a subject selected according to the special interests of the students and those of the faculty.

SPAN 515 Advanced Composition (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: 5 courses in Spanish at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Offered as needed/3 credits) 

Development of proficiency in writing Spanish, with emphasis on the contrastive aspects of English and Spanish structure. Special attention to style and to the idiomatic use of language. Introduction to translation. Weekly compositions or translations.

SPAN 521 From Empire to Democracy: A Century in Crisis (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: 5 courses in Spanish at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Offered as needed/3 credits) 

Study of selected works from the Generation of 1898 to the present, interpreting the religious, historical and ideological crises that shaped the Spanish 20th century. Focus on the impact of the 1989 colonial war, the civil war, the dictatorship and the transition to democracy. The course will examine authors such as Unamuno, Baroja, Ortega, Lorca, Machado and contemporary feminist Carmen Riera.

SPAN 522 Barcelona: From Hercules to the Olympic Games (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: Five courses in Spanish at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Offered as needed/3 credits) 

An exploration of the city since its classical origins, with the emphasis on the 20th century, through its history, architecture, folklore and urban mythology. Use of text, image and music to illustrate the triple role of Barcelona as a Catalan, Spanish and European capital.

LSSP 533 Latin American Poetry (Humanities Elective

Prerequisites: Five courses in Spanish at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Either semester—as needed/3 credits) 

Study of selected poetry, essay and drama by Spanish-American writers such as Martí, Darío, Neruda, Gabriela Mistral, Usigli and Octavio Paz.

LSSP 536 Latin American Fiction (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: Five courses in Spanish at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Offered as needed/3 credits) 

Main trends in contemporary novels and short stories. Azuela, Gallegos, Asturias, Borges, García Márquez, Fuentes, Sábato and other major writers.

SPAN 540/440 Heroes and Antiheroes: The Spanish Novel (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: Five courses in Spanish at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Offered as needed/3 credits) 

A look at the heroic and antiheroic visions in the making of the modern Spanish novel, from Cervantes to the 19th century realists.

SPAN 543 Spanish Theatre (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: Five courses in Spanish at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Offered as needed/3 credits) 

Study of the development of Spanish drama and its changing styles and themes including plays by Lope de Vega, Calderón, Tirso de Molina, Alarcón, Cervantes, Zorrilla, Benavente and García Lorca.

LSSP 570/470 Seminar (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: Five courses in Spanish at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Offered every fourth year/3 credits) 

A study in depth of a subject selected according to the special interests of the students and those of the staff.

SPAN 590 Teaching Assistantship in Spanish (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students enrolled in the Master in Humanities program who have completed five courses in Spanish at the 200 level or above. Departmental permission required. (3 credits) 

A teaching practicum for advanced Spanish students with regularly scheduled hours assisting in selected lower-level Spanish courses. Hours will include regular consultations with course instructor regarding teaching experiences, methods, and content. Grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

FL 550 International Themes in Western Literature (Humanities Elective)

(Offered as needed/3 credits) 

A study of selected topics in representative works of literature from Europe and Latin America in English translation. New topic every time the course is offered.

FL 551 International Themes in Non-Western Literature (Humanities Elective)

(Summer as needed/3 credits) 

A study of selected topics in representative works of literature from non-Western cultures in English translation. New topic every time the course is offered.

FREN 510 Le Roman d’initiation: Journeys to Maturity in French Fiction (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: 5 courses in French at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (First semester as needed/3 credits) 

This course examines the genre of the “roman d’initiation,” a group of novels whose primary concern is the emotional, social, intellectual and sexual maturation of a young protagonist. By studying this theme across several centuries and by analyzing its psychological and social contexts in a selection of novels and films, the class will attempt to define the genre and explain its prevalence in French fiction.

FREN 513 Gender and Gaze in Modern French Literature and Film (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: 5 courses in French at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Offered as needed/3 credits) 

How do women and men see each other? Is the literary gaze inevitably marked by gender? This course will analyze the implications of the gaze in modern French literature and cinema. Works studied will include French and Francophone novels, poetry, theatre and film.

FREN 514 Refinement, Politeness and Social Behavior (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: 5 courses in French at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Second semester—even years/3 credits) 

This class will attempt to define what makes refinement, politeness and the art of living one of the major stereotypes when speaking about French culture. Through the literature and the culture of seven centuries of French history, we will evaluate the importance of language from 1100 to 1800 in the creation of an ideal of social behavior and a sense of elegance.

FREN 517 Parlez-moi d’amour: A Critical Look at Love in French Culture from 1100-1800 (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: 5 courses in French at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Second semester as needed/3 credits) 

This course will define and evaluate the convention that has created the myth of romance within French culture. The French, during their history, stylized love; they believe in this mental creation and force themselves to live passion in this poetic way.

FREN 518 Advanced Composition and Translation (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: 5 courses in French at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Second semester/3 credits)  

Development of proficiency in writing French, with emphasis on the contrastive aspects of English and French structure. Special attention is given to style and to the idiomatic use of language. Introduction to translation techniques. Weekly compositions or translation will enhance student skill in these areas.

FREN 520 Francophone Women Writers (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: 5 courses in French at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (First semester as needed/3 credits) 

In this course, students will examine works by contemporary women writers from the French- speaking world, including North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and North America. We will consider how questions of gender and race are experienced and expressed by these women and how their various cultures influence this expression. Topics of discussion will include marriage and polygamy, slavery, political and social upheavals and racial difference.

FREN 522 Ecrivains derriere la camera (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: 5 courses in French at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Offered as needed/3 credits) 

Very early in the 20th century, a new form of expression fascinated writers: cinema. In this class we will analyze and interpret the different relationships that exist between an author (Breton, Cocteau, Prevert, Duras, Robbe-Grillet) and the way he/she attempted to reproduce it in his/her film.

FREN 590 Teaching Assistantship in French (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students enrolled in the Master in Humanities program who have completed five courses in French at the 200 level or above. Departmental permission required. (3 credits) 

A teaching practicum for advanced French students with regularly scheduled hours assisting in selected lower-level French courses. Hours will include regular consultations with course instructor regarding teaching experiences, methods, and content. Grading is on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis.

GER 501 Berlin in the 20th Century (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: 5 courses in German at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Offered as needed/3 credits) 

The interaction of a “cultural landscape” and literature from the turn of the century to the year 2000 will be studied in works by Alfred Döeblin, Nelly Sachs, Bertolt Brecht, Christa Wolf, Zehra Cirak, etc. Movies will be used to provide a visual background and further topics for discussion.

GER 516 Modern German Literature (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: 5 courses in German at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Second semester as needed/3 credits) 

A study of major authors from expressionism to the present. Modern literary and philosophical movements.

GER 519 German Drama (Humanities Elective

Prerequisites: 5 courses in German at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Second semester as needed/3 credits) 

This course is a survey of the development of drama in German speaking countries from the Middle Ages to the modern era. Students will read, analyze and sometimes enact plays by Hans Sachs, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Friedrich Schiller, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Heinrich von Kleist, Frank Wedekind, Georg Kaiser, Heiner Müller and Tankred Dorst. Lectures will provide the cultural background required to understand the dramas and connect them to social, aesthetic and philosophical movements.

LSSP 533 Latin American Poetry (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: 5 courses in Spanish at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Either semester—offered as needed/3 credits) 

Study of selected poetry, essay and drama by Spanish-American writers such as Martí, Darío, Neruda, Gabriela Mistral, Usigli and Octavio Paz.

LSSP 536 Latin American Fiction (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: 5 courses in Spanish at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Either semester/3 credits) 

Main trends in contemporary novels and short stories. Azuela, Gallegos, Asturias, Borges, García Márquez, Fuentes, Sábato and other major writers.

LSSP 570 Seminar (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: 5 courses in Spanish at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Either semester—offered as needed/3 credits) 

A study in depth of a subject selected according to the special interests of the students and those of the faculty.