Foreign Language and Literature Course Descriptions

Course descriptions that are designated with a (L or W) fulfill the Literary Ways of Knowing or Writing Intensive requirement of the Core Curriculum.

* Indicates courses required for certification

Classical Civilization

CLCVU 151 Enter the Hero and the Heroine (L)

Credits: 3
The Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid are read in English. Attention to epic poetry, the changing ideal of heroism, the influence of epic on Greek and Roman civilization and on European literature. Offered Spring 2008 and alternate years.

CLCVU 153 Mythology as Living Tradition (L)
Credits: 3
A study of the great myths of the ancient world in connection with the religious and literary tradition and the evidence of ancient art. Persistent mythological themes, such as that of Oedipus, seen in a modern context. Offered Fall 2005 and alternate years.

English as a Second Language
International Students whose high school was a non-English speaking environment normally take ESLU 103-104 for their language requirement. Students who place beyond the intermediate level may take English literature or communication courses to fulfill the language requirement or may choose a language other than English.

ESLU 101-102 Basic English Skills: Non-Native Speakers
Credits: 3
An integrated skills class with practice in writing academic essays, note taking, and independent editing skills. Appropri­ate readings; focus on speak­ing and listening. Offered as needed.

ESLU 103 Intermediate English Skills for Non-Native Speakers
Credits: 3
An integrated skills class focusing on readings about American cultures and issues. Emphasizes developing vocabulary and increasing ability to participate comfortably in class discussions. Offered as needed.

ESLU 104 Introduction to American Culture
Credits: 3
A course for non-native speakers designed to foster continued development of reading and speaking skills. Different aspects of American culture are examined. Survival study skills will also be practiced. Offered as needed.

Foreign Language
317 (or GRED 552) Special Methods in Foreign Language Teaching *
Credits: 3
Prepares teachers of foreign languages, levels K-12. Includes discussion of current methodology in foreign language teaching, linguistic principles and practical experience. Familiarizes students with the ACTFL guidelines and the National Standards for Modern Languages and demonstrates how to incorporate them into their teaching. Involves sample lessons, observation, and familiarity with current research in foreign language pedagogy and preparation of a portfolio.

French
FRENU 101-102 Elementary French
Credits: 3
Introduction to the French language for students without previous experience. Focuses on the four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding and the five National Standards for language learning. Includes audio-visual materials and use of computer and Internet resources.

FRENU 103-104 Intermediate French
Credits: 3
A review of the basics of French for students with some experience in the language, along with the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Focuses on the National Standards for language learning. Includes audio-visual materials and use of computer and Internet resources.

FRENU 221 Grammaire et composition avancée * (W)
Credits: 3
Presents more advanced points in French grammar, stylistics, and the organization of paragraphs and essays. It will include practical exercises in elementary translation and the comparative study of English and French, highlighting cultural and linguistic differences, especially in contemporary written and spoken French. Includes frequent oral and written reports, translations, and explications de texte.

FRENU 222 French for Oral Proficiency *
Credits: 3
Uses a variety of materials, such as articles, short stories, plays, sample conversations, audio visuals and internet resources and practice in French phonetics, to enable students to achieve a score of at least Intermediate High on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview.

FRENU 228 Le Français Commercial
Credits: 3
A study of vocabulary, composition, letter writing and conversation aimed at developing communication skills in French, with emphasis on business and commercial terminology, the use of audio visual and Internet sources.

FRENU 231-232 Introduction à la Culture Française
Credits: 3
Aims to develop proficiency in oral and written French and to intensify reading skills through a study of French and Francophone culture. Includes conversation, oral exposés, composition, and grammar as needed. Readings are drawn from French culture and literature and Internet sources. Special emphasis will be given to the diversity of cultures, traditions, and languages contributing to the richness of life in various regions of the Francophone world.

FRENU 233 Expériences dans la Civilisation Française
Credits: 2
A series of preliminary lectures, seminars and projects followed by a study session abroad. The student experiences the language and the people by total immersion in the culture of the country. Offered as needed.

FRENU 234 Contemporary Culture of the French Regions
Credits: 3
Comparative study of selected readings focusing on diversity of life in the various regions of France. Oral presentations, discussions, audio-visuals. For students with a good reading knowledge and comprehension of French.

FRENU 341 Le Dix-septième Siècle (L)
Credits: 3
Explores the theme of classicism through the Golden Age of French literature, with special emphasis on Corneille, Racine, Molière, Descartes, and Pascal. Addresses the culture of the period, focusing on the contributions of women in seventeenth-century France.

FRENU 342 Le Siècle des Lumières (L)
Credits: 3
Focuses on the eighteenth century with the contributions of the philosophes and their vision of progress and a new world order. Explores the causes, events, and consequences of the French Revolution.

FRENU 353 Romantisme et Réalisme (L)
Credits: 3
A study of emerging individual consciousness through authors such as Chateaubriand, Victor Hugo and Balzac. Reaction to romanticism in Flaubert and Zola; its consequences in the symbolist poets.

FRENU 354 Le Vingtième Siècle (L)
Credits: 3
A study of modern society as reflected in its literary evolution from Proust through the nouveau roman and the théâtre de l’absurde to writers at the end of the century.

FRENU 355 Le classicisme èternel (L)
Credits: 3
Focuses on the classical sources that contributed to the formation of the French literary and artistic tradition in the seventeenth century, and which reappears especially in the twentieth century. Classical authors such as Corneille, Racine, and Molière will be considered, along with their modern counterparts, such as Giraudoux, Camus and Sartre.

FRENU 361 La Littérature Francophone (L)
Credits: 3
An exploration of literary texts, including poetry, theater, and novels, from Africa, the Antilles, and Canada, as well as those issues—linguistic, social, historical, and geographic—which add a deeper understanding of these areas.

FRENU 400 Honors
Independent study during junior and senior years culminating in an honors thesis determined by the interests of the student. By Departmental invitation only.

FRENU 401-402 Language Internship-French
Credits: 3
An off-campus program to provide the qualified junior or senior major with an opportunity for relating skill in language to other fields. The Department determines which sites offer sufficient language use to warrant credit.

FRENU 481-482 Special Topics (L)
Credits: 3
An intensive study of a specific period or topic in French literature. Open to all qualified students. May be repeated for credit.

FRENU 498 Seminar in French Literature (L)
Credits: 3
Designed to integrate, enrich and deepen the student’s under­standing and appreciation of French literature. Develops a theme basic to the development of literature, explored through group discussion, individual seminars and papers.

German
GERU 101-102 Elementary German
Credits: 3
Fundamental course in the sounds and structure of the language. Intended for students with no previous knowledge of Germanand writing. Focuses on the four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding the five National Standards for language learning. Includes audio -visual materials and use of computer and Internet resources.Offered alternate years.

GERU 103-104 Intermediate German
Credits: 3
Designed for the student with some experience of German. First semester: grammar review and conversation; second semester: reading and composition. Continued stress on the spoken and written language. Focuses on the National Standards and proficiency guidelines. Offered alternate years.

GERU 481 Special Topics
Credits: 3
An intensive study of a specific period or topic of German History, Culture, Civilization or Literature. Open to all qualified students. May be repeated for credit.

Italian
ITALU 101-102 Elementary Italian
Credits: 3
Introduction to the Italian language for students without previous experience. Focuses on the four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding and the five National Standards for language learning. Includes audio-visual materials and use of computer and Internet resources.

ITALU 103-104
Intermediate Italian
Credits: 3
A review of the basics of Italian for students with some experience in the language, along with the development of more advanced reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Focuses on the five National Standards for language learning. Includes audio-visual materials and use of computer and Internet resources.

Latin
LATU 101-102 Elementary Latin
Credits: 3
Designed to help master the fundamentals of the Latin language and to develop the ability to read and understand Latin.

LATU 103-104 Intermediate Latin
Credits: 3
Review of forms and readings from Latin authors, adapted to the background of the students. Prerequisite: LATU 101-102 or equivalent.

LATU 240 The Gift of Virgil (L)
Credits: 3
Sections of the Aeneid, Books I-VI, read in the original. Emphasis on the unifying thread and motivation which makes this work as vital to the readers of today as to Virgil’s contempo­raries.

LATU 241 Early Christian and Medieval Latin (L)
Credits: 3
Readingsfrom the Fathers of the Church; religious and secular prose and poetry from the fifth to the thirteenth centuries. Study of the continuous contributions of Latin as a vehicle of thought. Attention to the changes in morphology and syntax; emphasis on the ability to read rapidly from selections of the available material.

LATU 261 Survey of Latin Poetry (L)
Credits: 3
Selections from the lyrics of Catullus, the Odes of Horace and the Metamorphoses of Ovid, including the characteristics and metrical forms of each type, the history of the genres and its Greek influence, the literary and social background of each poet.

LATU 262 Survey of Latin Prose (L)
Credits: 3
Selections from Cicero, Caesar, Sallust, and Pliny, including the types and styles of prose writing (oratory, letter-writing, history, philosophy), and the politics of the Late Republic.

LATU 321 Stylistics and Prose Literature (L)
Credits: 3
A restudy of the forms of Latin language and style in order to understand the thought patterns and verbal expression of the Romans.

LATU 481-482 Special Topics (L)
Credits: 3
An intensive study of a specific period or topic in Latin literature arranged with a view to student interest.

Spanish
SPANU 101-102 Elementary Spanish
Credits: 3
Introduction to the Spanish language for students without previous experience. Essentials of pronunciation and grammar, leading to proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding. Focuses on the five National Standards for language learning. Includes audio-visual materials, computer and Internet resources.

SPANU 102 X – Elementary Spanish Intensive
Credits: 4
For students with some knowledge of basic Spanish. Intensive review of essential grammar and vocabulary from Spanish 101 and then an intensive study of the material from Spanish 102. Attention given to the essentials of pronunciation and grammar, leading to proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and understanding. Focuses on the five National Standards for language learning. Includes audio-visual materials, computer and Internet resources.

SPANU 103-104 Intermediate Spanish
Credits: 3
For students with a basic knowledge of Spanish. Grammar review, pronunciation and introduction to Hispanic authors, with development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Focuses on the five National Standards for language learning. Includes audio-visual materials, computer and Internet resources.

SPANU 105 Spanish for Heritage Speakers
Credits: 3
Intermediate level course for students whose first or family language is Spanish and wish to standardize their language proficiency before pursuing further study in Spanish language or literature. Grammar review, composition, vocabulary building, spelling and phonetics, with emphasis on the native linguistic and cultural background as well as the special challenges of heritage speakers. This course helps fulfill the foreign language requirement. Offered as needed.

SPANU 221 Advanced Grammar and Composition* W
Credits: 3
Special attention to the structure of present day Spanish. Intensive review of grammar principles, vocabulary, and usage to increase the student’s command of written and spoken Spanish. Also includes practical exercises in elementary translation and the comparative study of English and Spanish, highlighting cultural and linguistic differences, especially in contemporary written and spoken Spanish.

SPANU 222 Advanced Conversation*
Credits: 3
Designed to develop conversational fluency in written and spoken Spanish, accuracy of pronunciation and intonation and maturation of style. Themes considered in class provide topics for research, writing and discussion..

SPANU 228 Commercial Spanish
Credits: 3
Designed to develop fluent communication, both oral and written, in contemporary business transactions. Special attention given to understanding the cultural context within which business is conducted in both Spain and Latin America via newspaper articles, audio and video materials and the Internet. Group projects, class discussions, oral and written work in Spanish.

SPANU 231 Introduction to Hispanic Culture I – Spain
Credits: 3
Examines all facets of Spanish Culture from the early migration of peoples to the Iberian Peninsula to the Conquest of the Americas to present day social, political and economic developments. Special emphasis given to the diversity of cultures, traditions, and languages contributing to the richness of life in various regions of Spain. Includes discussion, exams, oral and written reports. Readings drawn form historical and cultural sources, Spanish newspapers, magazines and the Internet.

SPANU 232 Introduction to Hispanic Culture II – Latin America
Credits: 3
Examines all facets of Latin American culture from Pre-Colombian civilizations to the Spanish Conquest to present day social, political and economic developments. Special emphasis given to the diversity of cultures, traditions and languages contributing to the richness of life in various regions of Latin America. Includes discussion, exams, oral and written reports in Spanish. Readings drawn from historical and cultural sources, Latin American newspapers, magazines and the Internet.

SPANU 261 Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature I (L,W)
Credits: 3
An introductory literature course intended to familiarize the student with the literature of Spain and to develop skills in literary analysis. Works from the Middle Ages to present are studied. Class discussion, readings, oral and written work in Spanish.

SPANU 262 Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature II (L,W)
Credits: 3
An introductory literature course intended to familiarize the student with the literature of Latin America and to develop skills in literary analysis. Works written before 1492 through the present are studied. Class discussion, readings, oral and written work in Spanish.

SPANU 263 Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature III (L)
Credits: 3
Complements SPANU 261 and 262. An in-depth study of one genre (announced at course offering) at the introductory level. Studies representative works from the Middle Ages to the modern period, major developments in Hispanic literature, the concept of genre, and the analysis appropriate to genre. Class discussion, readings, oral and written work in Spanish. May be taken once.

SPANU 340 Colonial Latin American Literature (L)
Credits: 3
A study of major writers, including poets, essayists, dramatists and correspondents, from the colonial period in Latin America. Special attention paid to some pre-encounter indigenous works as well as to the impact of colonization on the literature produced during the period. Authors may include, Netzacohuatl, Columbus, Cortés, De las Casas, Ercilla, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Fernández de Lizardi and Bello. Readings, reports and papers in Spanish.

SPANU 341 The Spanish Golden Age (L)
Credits: 3
Special focus on the 16th and 17th centuries, the “Golden Age” of Spanish art, politics and letters. Considers the culture of empire: its art, music and ideology as well as the poetry, theater and prose of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Authors include Góngora, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Quevedo, Lope de Vega, Calderón, San Juan de la Cruz and Cervantes.

SPANU 353 Nineteenth Century Spanish Literature (L)
Credits: 3
A study of major writers, including poets, essayists, novelists,short-story writers and dramatists of 19th century Spain. Special emphasis on Romanticism, Costumbrismo and Naturalism and their relationship to social, political and economic developments in Spain. Authors may include: Larra, Espronceda, Bécquer, Castro, Zorrilla, Galdós, Peredia, Bardo Bazán, Clarin and Casona. Readings, reports and papers in Spanish.

SPANU 354 Contemporary Spanish Literature (L)
Credits: 3
Reading and discussion of major poets, novelists and dramatists of the 20th century. Special emphasis on Modernism, the generation of 1927 and the impact of the Spanish Civil War on writers of post-war generations. Authors include Unamuno, Pío Baroja, Azorín, Valle-Inclán, Machado, García Lorca, Guillen, Aleixandre, Cela, Delibes, Buero Vallejo, Sastre and Arrabal. Readings, reports and papers in Spanish.

SPANU 355 Contemporary Latin American Literature (L)
Credits: 3
Reading and discussion of major poets, novelists, short-story writers and dramatists of the 20th century. Special attention paid to the development of a uniquely American voice in Hispanic letters with emphasis on Modernism, the question of identity, magic realism, the “boom”, political themes etc. Authors may include, Martí, Darío, Quiroga, Mistral, Neruda, Paz, Borges, Cortázar, García Márquez, Carballido, Dragún, Valenzuela and Allende. Readings, reports and papers in Spanish.

SPANU 361 Novels and the Movies They Inspired (L)
Credits: 3
Examines several novels and short stories and the movies based on them. Considers how choices of medium and of narrative technique effect both the manner in which a story is told and the way in which it is received. Authors and texts considered may include among other possibilities, Miguel Delibes’ Los santos inocentes, Benito Pérez Galdos’ El abuelo, Juan Ramón Jiménez’ Platero y yo, Juan Marse’s Ultimas tardes con Teresa, Adelaída García Morales’ El sur, and stories such as Julio Cortázar’s “Cartas de mamá”, Jorge Luis Borges’ “Emma Zunz.” Readings, movies, discussions and written work in Spanish. The course will feature elements of distance learning.

SPANU 362 Hispanic Women Writers (L)
Credits: 3
An intensive study of women writers in Hispanic literature arranged for students’ interests. Authors may include, among other possibilities, Santa Teresa de Jesús, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Ana María Matute, Rosario Ferré, Isabel Allende and Carmen Martín Gaite. Readings, reports, and papers in Spanish.

SPANU 365 Literature of the Caribbean (L)
Credits: 3
An exploration of literary texts, including poetry, theater and novels from Spanish-speaking Caribbean areas, as well as those issues—linguistic, social, historical and geographic—which lead to a deeper understanding of the region, its literature and its people. Readings, reports and papers in Spanish.

SPANU 370 Literature in Translation (L)
Credits: 3
Essentially a Special Topics course wherein a distinct aspect, topic or genre of Hispanic Literature is treated through literary works read in English translation. Intended to further develop student understanding of linguistic, social, historical and literary elements that make up a text. Readings, discussion, oral reports and papers. Course may be taken for Spanish credit provided that all texts are read in Spanish and any written work is done and/or presented in Spanish. (Cross listed with the English Department. ENGU 370)

SPANU 400 Honors
Independent study during junior and senior years culminating in an honors thesis determined by the interests of the student. By Departmental invitation only.

SPANU 401-402 Language Internship-Spanish
Credits: 3
An off-campus program to provide the qualified junior or senior major with an opportunity for relating skill in language to other fields. The Department determines which sites offer sufficient language use to warrant credit.

SPANU 481-482 Special Topics (L)
Credits: 3
An intensive study of a particular period on topic in Hispanic Literature open to all qualified students. May be repeated for credit.

SPANU 498 Seminar in Hispanic Literature (L)
Credits: 3
A weekly seminar designed to correlate the main literary trends in Hispanic literature. Fulfills senior seminar requirement; open to advanced students.