Department Courses

Courses

FRE 111 - Basic French I (4)

This course is the first part of a two-semester course sequence. This course combines an intensive study of the principles of grammar and usage of the language with exposure to various aspects of Francophone [French-speaking] culture(s), including the cultures of Deaf communities abroad. The course focuses on basic vocabulary building, reading, translation, and composition. A contrastive grammar approach will be incorporated, drawing upon elements of English and ASL, and French signs (LSF), as appropriate. When offered face to face, the course has four hours of classroom instruction plus an additional, required weekly hour in the department’s LearningLaboratory. When offered on-line or as hybrid, the lab hour is part of the on-line component.

FRE 112 - Basic French II (4)

This is the second part of a two-semester course sequence. This course builds on the basic communicative skills developed in French 111. It combines an intensive study of the principles of grammar and usage of the language, vocabulary building, reading,composition, and translation at the novice-mid/novice-high level. A contrastive grammar approach will be incorporated, drawing upon elements of English and ASL and LSF, as appropriate. Students will also be exposed to aspects of the target culture(s), including information on Deaf communities abroad. When offered face to face, the course has four hours of classroom instruction plus an additional, required weekly hour in the department’s Learning Laboratory. When offered on-line or as hybrid, the lab hour is part of the on-line component.

Prerequisites: FRE111 and permission of the department upon passing the placement test for French 111. Permission from the department is also needed if more than two semesters have elapsed since enrollment in FRE111.

FRE 195 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for freshmen. Students may enroll in 195 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

FRE 211 - Communicating in French (3)

Continuing study to complement the linguistic and cultural knowledge acquired in Basic French. Ongoing review; practice with newly taught structural patterns will provide a more comprehensive grasp of the language from an interactive perspective and will allow the student to gain facility in written expression and increased global awareness. Practice sessions in the department's computer laboratory with regular use of computer-mediated conferencing will supplement classroom instruction.

Prerequisite: FRE 112.

FRE 212 - Readings in French (3)

Students will apply the knowledge of vocabulary and syntax acquired in Basic French to a variety of printed, Web-based, or captioned video materials in French. Readings will be chosen for their cultural value, interest, and accessibility. Emphasis on grammar recognition rather than on production. Dictionary skills will be reinforced, allowing students to challenge themselves with texts of varying levels of complexity. Sessions in the department's computer laboratory will supplement classroom instruction as appropriate.

Prerequisite: FRE 112.

FRE 295 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for sophomores. Students may enroll in 295 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

FRE 311 - Advanced French I (3)

Composition and readings.

Prerequisites:FRE211,212, or the equivalent

FRE 312 - Advance French II (3)

Composition and readings.

Prerequisite: FRE 311

FRE 395 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for juniors. Students may enroll in 395 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

FRE 437 - French Civilization (3)

An introduction to the history, geography, art, and literature of France.

Prerequisites:FRE211,212, or the equivalent

FRE 438 - Contemporary French Society (3)

A survey of important aspects of French society today, dealing with major political, economic, and social structures and their impact on the everyday life of the French people.

Prerequisites:FRE211,212, or the equivalent

FRE 495 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for seniors who are majors or minors. Students may enroll in 495 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

FRE 499 - Independent Study (1-3)

Intensive supervised study and research on topics of the student's selection.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department

IST 300 - International Internship (4)

This junior-level course provides an effective way for students to integrate theory with practice. Students will apply knowledge, foreign language and cross-cultural skills gained in the classroom by interning at international organizations and agencies in the United States and/or abroad for at least 10 weeks. Students will be required to work for a minimum of 150 hours and will fulfill the duties outlined in a learning contract developed with their on-site supervisor, their sponsoring organization and their faculty sponsor. Placements will be made based on the concentration area and career objectives of each student. Student performance will be assessed via various products (e.g. weekly journals, reflective paper, learning agreements), which will include samples of products or reports completed during the internship in both English and in the foreign language used at the internship site.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

IST 400 - Senior Seminar in International Studies (3)

This course requires International Studies majors to integrate the skills and knowledge developed in major courses. The thematic focus of the course will vary depending upon the areas of expertise of the team of instructors drawing from the departments involved, but discussions will be of interdisciplinary nature and with an international perspective. A substantial research component of the course will enable students to produce a written product of an appropriate literature survey, research proposal and research thesis, as well as a 15 minute-signed summary and discussion of the main findings.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

IST 499 - Independent Study (1-3)

Intensive supervised study and research on topics of the student's selection.

SPA 111 - Basic Spanish I (4)

This is the first part of a two-semester course sequence. This course combines an intensive study of the principles of grammar and usage of the language with basic vocabulary building, reading, composition, and translation of elementary texts. A contrastive grammar approach will be incorporated, drawing upon elements of English and ASL. Students will also be exposed to aspects of the target culture(s), including information on Deaf communities abroad. When offered face to face, the course has four hours of classroom instruction plus an additional, required weekly hour in the department’s Learning Laboratory. When offered on-line or as hybrid, the lab hour is part of the on-line component.

SPA 112 - Basic Spanish II (4)

This is the second part of a two-semester course sequence. This course builds on the basic communicative skills developed in Spanish 111. It combines an intensive study of the principles of grammar and usage of the language, vocabulary building, reading, composition, and translation at the novice-mid/novice-high level. A contrastive grammar approach will be incorporated, drawing upon elements of English and ASL. Students will also be exposed to aspects of the target culture(s), including information on Deaf communities abroad. When offered face to face, the course has four hours of classroom instruction plus an additional, required weekly hour in the department's Learning Laboratory. When offered on-line or as hybrid, the lab hour is part of the online component.

Prerequisites: SPA111 and permission of the department after passing the placement test for Spanish 111. Permission of the department is also needed if more than two semesters have elapsed since enrollment in SPA111.

SPA 195 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for freshmen. Students may enroll in 195 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

SPA 211 - Reading in Spanish (3)

This is one of two courses in the second year Spanish sequence. The main focus of this course is reading. The students will build on their knowledge of Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and culture through the reading of Spanish literary and non-literary texts of graded difficulty. A contrastive grammar approach will be incorporated, drawing upon elements of English and ASL.

Prerequisite: SPA112.

SPA 212 - Spanish Through Film (3)

Students will apply the knowledge of vocabulary and syntax acquired in Basic Spanish to a variety of printed, Web-based texts, or captioned films. Readings and films will be chosen for their cultural value, interest, and accessibility. Grammar and composition will be practiced within the context of the selected reading and film materials.

Prerequisite: SPA112.

SPA 295 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for sophomores. Students may enroll in 295 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

SPA 311 - Advanced Spanish I (3)

Composition and readings.

Prerequisite: SPA211,212; or the equivalent

SPA 312 - Spanish Through Short Fiction (3)

This is an advanced Spanish grammar and composition course. The students will acquire knowledge of advanced grammatical structures through the analysis of original contemporary Spanish and Latin American literary short fiction. A contrastive grammar approach will be incorporated, drawing upon elements of English and ASL.

Prerequisite: SPA 311

SPA 395 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for juniors. Students may enroll in 395 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

SPA 403 - Spanish Literature to 1700 (3)

A survey of Spanish literature from the 12th century through the Golden Age.

Prerequisite: SPA 312; or the equivalent

SPA 406 - Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Literature (3)

This course covers a survey of contemporary Spanish and Latin American Literature in the target language.

Prerequisite: SPA 312 or the equivalent

SPA 437 - Contemporary Latin American Society (3)

A survey of important aspects of Latin American society today, dealing with the major political, economic, and social structures of the various countries and areas and their impact on the everyday life of the people.

Prerequisite: SPA 312 or the equivalent

SPA 438 - Spanish Civilization (3)

An introduction to the history, geography, art, and literature of Spain.

Prerequisite: SPA 312; or the equivalent

SPA 439 - Mexican Civilization (3)

This course offers an introduction to the general trends of Mexican civilization and
culture. The course surveys historical, economic, political and artistic developments of Mexico from pre-Columbian times to the present.

Prerequisite: SPA 312 or the equivalent

SPA 495 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for seniors who are majors or minors. Students may enroll in 495 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

SPA 499 - Independent Study (1-3)

Intensive supervised study and research on topics of the student's selection.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department

WLC 195 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for freshmen. Students may enroll in 195 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

WLC 200 - French Studies Abroad (3-4)

Study abroad in a French-speaking country. The study abroad component will focus on the study of the sign language of the host country through formal class instruction and immersion in the culture of its Deaf community. Classroom instruction will be complemented with guided visits to relevant museums, monuments, and other points of interest.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department.

WLC 210 - Spanish Studies Abroad (3-4)

Study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. The study abroad component will focus on the study of the sign language of the host country through formal class instruction and immersion in the culture of its Deaf community. Classroom instruction will be complemented with guided visits to relevant museums, monuments, and other points of interest.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department.

WLC 295 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special Topics in the discipline, designed primarily for sophomores. Students may enroll in 295 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

WLC 314 - Topics in Language Diversity (3)

This course provides an introduction to the diversity of human language and the role of language in society. By studying the origins, the interrelationships, and the characteristics of several of the world's languages, students will gain an appreciation for language as an outgrowth of culture. Comparisons and contrasts will be drawn among several of the world's languages, with language-related issues studied from the perspective of different cultures.

WLC 320 - Field Experience (1-5)

This junior-level course provides an effective way for students to integrate theory and practice. Students will apply knowledge, foreign language and cross-cultural skills gained in the classroom by interning at international organizations, agencies or schools in the U.S. or abroad for at least 10 weeks. Depending on the number of credit hours, students will be required to work a minimum total number of hours, and will fulfill the duties outlined in a learning contract developed with their on-site supervisor, their sponsoring organization and their faculty sponsor. Student performance will be assessed via various products (e.g. weekly journals, reflective paper, learning agreements), which will include samples of products or reports completed during the internship in both English and in the foreign language used at the internship site.

WLC 361 - Masterpieces of French Literature in English Translation I (3)

An analysis of the changing trends in the development of French literature and culture from the 12th century to the contemporary age through the reading and discussion of selected French masterpieces in English translation. Satisfies the humanities literature requirement.

Prerequisites: ENG204 or the equivalent, or permission of the department

WLC 362 - Masterpieces of French Literature in English Translation II (3)

An analysis of the changing trends in the development of French literature and culture from the 12th century to the contemporary age through the reading and discussion of selected French masterpieces in English translation. Satisfies the humanities literature requirement.

Prerequisites: ENG204 or the equivalent, or permission of the department

WLC 363 - Quebec Literature and Film in English Translation (3)

This course introduces students to the diverse culture of Quebec through the study of significant works of literature and film. Literary works are read in English translation and films are viewed with English captions. Works studied are placed in the context of the social, economic and political challenges faced by the largest population in North America that uses French as a primary mode of communication. Special emphasis is given to the concepts of otherness and the quest for identity as they apply to the evolution of gender roles and the interaction between differing ethnic groups. Satisfies the humanities literature requirement.

Prerequisites: ENG204 or the equivalent, or permission of the department

WLC 380 - The Latino Presence in the United States (3)

Comparative study of three of the largest Latino communities in the United States: Chicanos, Cuban-Americans, and Puerto Ricans. Topics will include an exploration of the cultural identities of each of these communities, focusing notions of ethnicity, race, religion, as well as economic and social class distinctions. Taught in English.

WLC 381 - Masterpieces of Spanish Literature in English Translation I (3)

This course covers readings from the Medieval and Renaissance periods to Spain's Golden Age plays, Cervantes' Don Quixote, and exemplary novels of the 17th century. This course satisfies the humanities literature requirement.

Prerequisites: ENG204 or the equivalent, or permission of the department

WLC 382 - Masterpieces of Spanish Literature in English Translation II (3)

This course covers readings from the 18th century to the modern works of the 20th century by Pardo Bazan, Perez Galdos, Blasco Ibanez, and Garcia Lorca. The course satisfies the humanities literature requirement.

Prerequisites: ENG204 or the equivalent, or permission of the department

WLC 383 - Spanish American Literature in English Translation I (3)

Readings from major writings of Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, and Peru, among others. This course covers the Colonial period to 1950. The course satisfies the humanities literature requirement.

Prerequisites: ENG204 or the equivalent, or permission of the department

WLC 384 - U.S. Latino Literature (3)

This course is an introduction to the writings of U.S. Latino authors writing in English and/or in Spanglish. Through a close analysis of various genres (poetry, fiction, comic strips, interviews, art exhibits, and films), students will explore the contemporary experiences of U.S. Latinos of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Cuban descent, and how they are represented in American literature. Topics to be discussed include the construction of identities in terms of race, gender, class and sexuality, bilingualism and code-switching, the experiences of migration and exile, and the longing for a place to call home. As part of their learning experience, students will work in teams to develop a lesson plan to educate the community about U.S. Latino author.

Prerequisite: GSR 150 or permission of the department

WLC 395 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for juniors. Students may enroll in 395 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

WLC 401 - Methods, Technology and Research in Foreign Language Teaching (3)

Students will learn foreign language teaching and learning techniques and research methods for classroom application. In addition to acquiring knowledge of past language learning theories and principle methodologies, comparisons and discussions of those theories will be applied to current best practices in foreign language teaching and research as guided by the discipline's National Standards for Foreign Language. Learning developed by the national professional organization, the American Council on Foreign Languages. Learning outcomes include evaluation and assessment criteria, student review and the development of student-centered written class work through mentoring and collaboration with department faculty in the students' target language area.

Prerequisites: Open to students majoring/minoring in Spanish; permission of the department

WLC 495 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for seniors who are majors or minors. Students may enroll in 495 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

WLC 499 - Independent Study (1-3)

Intensive supervised study and research on topics of the student's selection.

WLC 599 - Independent Study (1-6)

Independent Study