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Undergraduate Studies Catalog 2003-2005

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

103A Tower Fine Arts Building
(585) 395-2269

Chairperson: Victor J. Rojas; Professors: Patricia Siegel, Joseph Siracusa; Associate Professors: Elaine K. Miller, Andrea Parada, Victor J. Rojas; Assistant Professor: Donna Wilkerson-Barker.

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As the nations of the world become more interdependent, knowledge of the world's languages and understanding of world cultures become more significant for effective global communication and peaceful coexistence.

Careers
Foreign language majors enter the teaching field and many other professions. A second major or a minor in a foreign language is of great use in the humanities, fine arts and social and natural sciences. All levels of business and government need people trained in foreign languages and accustomed to dealing with matters from a global perspective.

Courses
Language courses are given in the main fields of French and Spanish, from the beginning to the advanced levels. Basic courses in Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Russian and American Sign Language are also offered.

Civilization and literature courses in the foreign languages are offered only in French and Spanish.

Culture courses in English (FCE) satisfy a College-wide need in the area of intercultural studies.

Foreign Language Competency Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts*
Students pursuing a bachelor of arts are required to demonstrate competency in one foreign language. This competency can be demonstrated by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate year of college instruction in a foreign language or a more advanced course.

Notes Regarding the Foreign Language Requirement

  1. Students who have successfully completed high school foreign language courses and who do not consider themselves qualified for placement according to the schedule listed may request to audit foreign language skills courses for no credit.
  2. Transfer students from accredited colleges may transfer earned foreign language credit to SUNY Brockport under the same regulations governing all transfers of course credit.
  3. For information on the Foreign Language requirement for General Education and teacher certification, please see the relevant sections of the catalog.

Placement in Lower-division Language Courses

The following guidelines apply for placement in language courses:

  • Course 111 is open to students with 0-1 year of high school language.
  • Course 112 is open to students with 1-2 years of high school language.
  • Course 211 is open to students with 2-3 years of high school language.
  • Course 212 is open to students with 3-4 years of high school language

For exceptions to this policy, consult the department.

Language Laboratories
A language media center with equipment for use with a variety of instructional software is housed in 110 Tower Fine Arts Center.

Study Abroad
The department sponsors semester-abroad and/or summer programs in Tours, France; Cuernavaca, Mexico; and San Jose, Costa Rica. Internships are available in Costa Rica and Mexico.

Students may also participate in study programs in various other countries. Foreign language majors are expected to participate in a study-abroad program in a French- or Spanish-speaking country, as appropriate.

Majors
Students may major or minor in French or Spanish, or double major in the two languages or in one of the languages and another field. Spanish offers two tracks: Language, Literature and Civilization; and Bilingual-Multicultural Studies.

Credit by Examination
College credit and/or waivers of certain foreign language courses may be obtained by satisfactory scores on CLEP, Regents College Examinations, Advanced Placement Foreign Language Examinations of the College Board Examinations, and other examinations accepted by SUNY Brockport. The CLEP must be taken before taking 300- and 400-level courses.

Such credit and/or waivers will not reduce the number of credits required in course work for the major. For information on credit by exam at the upper-division level, please contact the department.

Honors
Each year, the department awards the Jorge Marti Prize to an outstanding student in Spanish, and the Eric Steel Prize to an outstanding student in French. In addition, the Departmental Scholar is selected from among seniors who expect to be graduated in May, August, or December of the corresponding year. He or she is selected on the basis of grade point average, grades in the foreign language major, and strengths in other subjects.

Teacher Certification Program
Students interested in specific requirements in elementary and secondary education should consult the members of the Department of Education and Human Development. All French/Spanish transfer and SUNY Brockport students seeking certification in French or Spanish must pass a qualifying examination that covers listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing of French or Spanish. In addition, any transfer student wishing to complete teacher certification in French or Spanish who has not completed the French or Spanish major at Brockport, must complete at lease one 400-level French or Spanish course at Brockport.

Prerequisites for all 400-level courses: FRN 350, 351, 352

Major in French 30 Credits

A. Prerequisites:
  1. 2.0 overall GPA
  2. 2.5 GPA in French courses taken at SUNY Brockport
   
B. Core/Required Courses12 Credits
Credits
  FRN 350 Communication in French
3
  FRN 351 Written Expression
3
  FRN 352 Literature and Culture of France
3
  FRN 355 French Attitudes
3
  FRN 454 French Literature I
3
  FRN 456 Literatures and Cultures of the Francophone World
3
  FRN 457 French Thought in Social Context
3
  FRN 458 French Literature II
3
  Total:
24
   
C. Elective Courses6 Credits (any two)
Credits
  FRN 399 Independent Study in French
3
  FRN 450 French Studies
3
  FRN 451 Doing Business in French
3
  FRN 453 French Women Writers
3
  FRN 499 Independent Study in French
3
  Total

6

(Inclusion of independent studies to meet an elective requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Otherwise, elective credits can be fulfilled through regular course offerings.)

These courses are offered only on the Tours, France, program: FRN 302 Advanced Grammar, FRN 312 French Civilization to 1945, FRN 320 Diction and Comprehension, FRN 321 Introduction to French Literature, FRN 322 Advanced Conversation, FRN 323 French Composition, FRN 324 Reading French, and FRN 325 France Today. They may count toward the major or minor.

D. Other Requirements:
 

All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Courses with grades lower than "C" must be repeated.

   
E. Study Abroad:

It is expected that students majoring in French will participate in the SUNY Brockport program in Tours, France, or another study-abroad program in a French-speaking country.

   
F. Teacher Certification: We strongly recommend that candidates seeking certification to teach French study another language as well.

NOTE: Students whose proficiency in French is beyond that expected of those who complete FRN 350 and/or 351, should substitute these courses with 400-level French courses. For information about opportunities for credit by exam, please contact the department.

Major in Spanish TWO TRACKS 30 Credits
Track One: Language, Literature and Civilization

A. Prerequisites:
  1. 2.0 overall GPA
  2. 2.5 GPA in Spanish courses taken at SUNY Brockport
   
B. Core/Required Courses 27 Credits
Credits
  SPN 350 Communication in Spanish
3
  SPN 351 Composition and Grammar Review
3
  SPN 352 Hispanic World Today
3
  SPN 353 Literature and Cultures of Spain
3
  SPN 354 Literature and Cultures of Spanish America I
3
  SPN 363 Literature and Cultures of Spain II 3
3
  SPN 364 Literature and Cultures of Spanish-America II
3
  SPN 460 Spanish Phonetics
3
  SPN 461 Advanced Spanish Grammar
3
  Total:
27
   
C. Electives: 6 credits at the 300/400 level (any two courses)
  *SPN 360 Spanish for Native Speakers
3
  SPN 399 Independent Study in Spanish
3
  SPN 450 Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture
3
  SPN 451 Spanish for the Professions
3
  SPN 452 Hispanic Cultures Through Film
3
  SPN 453 Spanish-American Women Writers
3
  SPN 454 Hispanic Literature and Cultures in the U.S.
3
  SPN 455 Hispanic Popular Culture
3
  SPN 456 Literature and Culture of the Caribbean
3
  SPN 457 Contemporary Spanish Writers
3
  SPN 458 Contemporary Spanish-American Writers
3
  SPN 459 Mexico Today 3
3
  SPN 461 Advanced Spanish Grammar
3
  SPN 462 Spanish Language Variations in the U.S.A.
3
  SPN 499 Independent Study in Spanish
3
  Total:
6
  *Indicates by advisement.
 

Total credits for TRACK ONE of the Spanish major: 33

The following courses are not offered SUNY-Brockport.They are for credit through programs in Spanish-speaking countries.

These courses count as electives in the Spanish major or minor in both tracks.

  • SPN 301 Spanish Grammar Review 3
  • SPN 322 Spanish Conversation and Composition 3
  • SPN 323 Intermediate Spanish Conversation and Composition 3
  • SPN 326 Costa Rican Culture 3

 

D. Other Requirements:
2.5 GPA in Spanish courses. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Courses with grades lower than "C" must be repeated.
   
E. Study Abroad:
It is expected that students majoring in Spanish will participate in the SUNY Brockport program in San Jose, Costa Rica; or Cuernavaca, Mexico; or another study-abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country.
   
F. Teacher Certification: We strongly recommend that candidates seeking certification to teach Spanish study another language as well.

NOTE: Students whose proficiency in Spanish is beyond that expected of those who complete SPN 350, and/or SPN 351, must substitute these courses with 400-level Spanish courses. For information about opportunities for credit by exam, please contact the department.

Track Two: Interdisciplinary Major in Bilingual-Multicultural Studies (36 credits)

I. Prerequisites:

  1. Complete, with a grade of "C" or better, 12 credits in Spanish, or equivalent through appropriate testing.
  2. Complete the communication skills core requirements or the equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.

II. Course requirements:
Option A (36 credits)

1. Required courses: (27 credits)
Credits
   
  a. Language proficiency (9 credits)
  SPN 350 Communication in Spanish
3
  SPN 351 Composition and Grammar Review
3
  SPN 352 Hispanic World Today
3
   
  b. Language theory and practice (9 credits)
  SPN 460 Spanish Phonology
3
 

SPN 461 Advanced Spanish Grammar

3
  SPN 462 Spanish Language Variations in the U.S.A.
3
   
 

c. Literature, culture and civilization (6 credits)

  Two 300/400-level courses in literature, culture or civilization of Spain or Spanish America in Spanish
6
   
  d. Multicultural awareness (6 credits)
  FCE 420 Multiculturalism in the U.S.A.
3
   
2. Elective courses* (9 credits)
  Upper-division courses appropriate to bilingual-multicultural studies
6
   
  Total:
36

Option B (36 credits)
(For students seeking a bilingual-multicultural education extension certificate.)

1. Required courses (33 credits)
Credits
   
  a. Language proficiency (6 credits)
  SPN 350 Communication in Spanish
3
  OR (by advisement)
  SPN 351 Composition and Grammar Review
3
  SPN 352 Hispanic World Today
3
   
  b. Language theory and practice (18 credits)
  SPN 460 Spanish Phonology
3
  SPN 462 Spanish Language Variations in the U.S.A.
3
  EDI 421 The Bilingual Child
3
  EDI 422 TESOL: Materials and Techniques
3
  ENL 451 Linguistics OR ENL 455 Sociolinguistics
3
   
  c. Literature, culture and civilization (3 credits)
 

One 300/400-level course in Spanish in literature or culture and civilization of Spain or Spanish America

3
   
  d. Multicultural awareness (6 credits)
  FCE 420 Multiculturalism in the U.S.A.
3
  FCE 426 Foundations of Bilingual Education
3
   
2. Elective course* (3 credits)
3
   
Total:
36

*Examples of appropriate elective courses for Options A and B:

  • AAS 317 Prejudice, Personality and Culture 3
  • ENL 451 Linguistics 3

OR

  • ENL 455 Sociolinguistics 3
  • ENL 476 Magical Realism 3
  • FCE 375 Latin-American Women 3
  • HST 375 Colonial Latin America 3
  • HST 376 Modern Latin America 3
  • HST 434 Modern Caribbean 3
  • HST 438 Women and Gender in Latin-American History 3
  • HST 494 History of Mexico 3
  • SOC 317 Prejudice, Personality and Culture 3
  • SPN 360 Spanish for Native Speakers# 3
  • SPN 353 Literature and Cultures of Spain I 3
  • SPN 354 Literature and Cultures of Spanish-America I 3
  • SPN 363 Literature and Cultures of Spain II 3
  • SPN 364 Literature and Cultures of Spanish-America II 3
  • SPN 399 Independent Study in Spanish 3
  • SPN 450 Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture 3
  • SPN 451 Spanish for the Professions 3
  • SPN 452 Hispanic Cultures Through Film 3
  • SPN 453 Spanish-American Women Writers 3
  • SPN 454 Hispanic Literature and Cultures in the US 3
  • SPN 455 Hispanic Popular Culture 3
  • SPN 456 Literature and Culture of the Caribbean 3
  • SPN 457 Contemporary Spanish Writers 3
  • SPN 458 Contemporary Spanish-American Writers 3
  • SPN 459 Mexico Today 3
  • SPN 499 Independent Study in Spanish 3

*Indicates by advisement.

C. Other Requirements for Track Two

2.5 GPA in Spanish courses. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Courses with grades lower than "C" must be repeated.

D. Study Abroad

It is expected that students majoring in Spanish will participate in the SUNY Brockport program in San Jose, Costa Rica; or Cuernavaca, Mexico; or another study-abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country.

NOTE: Students whose proficiency in Spanish is beyond that expected of those who complete SPN 350, and/or SPN 351 should substitute those courses with 400-level Spanish courses. For information about opportunities for credit by exam, please contact the department.

American Sign Language Courses

ASL 111 Beginning American Sign Language I (A). Develops language skills in American Sign Language (receptive, expressive, interactive) and fosters understanding and appreciation of deaf culture. Includes expressive skills, finger-spelling exercises, sentence formation, vocabulary, verbs, and readings on deaf culture. Uses explanations in English, followed by individual and pair practice in ASL. Requires video work. 3 Cr. Every semester

ASL 112 Beginning American Sign Language II (A). Prerequisite: ASL 111 or the equivalent. Continuation of ASL 111. Develops language skills in American Sign Language (receptive, expressive, interactive) and fosters understanding and appreciation of deaf culture. Includes expressive skills, finger-spelling exercises, sentence formation, vocabulary, verbs, and readings on deaf culture. Uses explanations in English, followed by individual and pair practice in ASL. Requires video work. 3 Cr. Every Semester

Chinese Courses

CHN 111 Beginning Chinese I (A). As an introductory course in modern Mandarin Chinese, develops language skills in Chinese (listening, speaking, reading and writing), as well as understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture. Includes oral comprehension drills, pronunciation exercises, sentence formation, vocabulary, verbs, and simple readings on Chinese culture. Uses succinct explanations in English, followed by group and individual practice in Chinese. 3 Cr.

CHN 112 Beginning Chinese II (A). Prerequisite: CHN 111 or the equivalent. Continuation of CHN 111. Further develops language skills in modern Mandarin Chinese, as well as the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture. Emphasizes oral use. 3 Cr.

Foreign Cultures in English Courses

FCE 201 The French-speaking World (A,H,W,D). Provides a cultural investigation of contemporary France, its people and their value system. Gives particular attention to the effects of French childhood, family life and education on French behavior patterns. Also provides an inquiry into areas such as history, geography, intellectual life, daily living habits, interaction among the French, economy and politics. Explores similarities and differences between French and US civilizations. 3 Cr.

FCE 375 Latin-American Women (A,D,I,W). Analyzes women's roles within the societies of the Caribbean and Latin America. Develops an understanding of the double standards imposed on men and women. Studies the impact of socialization and the development of a critical consciousness. 3 Cr.

FCE 399 Independent Study of Foreign Culture (A). Independent study conducted in English on one aspect of a foreign culture whose language is taught in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester

FCE 420 Multiculturalism in the US (A,I). Studies how race, social class and ethnicity have influenced cultural interrelations of different minority groups within US society. Analyzes the main theories on the subject such as assimilation, amalgamation and cultural pluralism. Points out how social acceptance, economic possibilities, and political rights are related to those cultural aspects included in the aforementioned concepts. 3 Cr. Spring

FCE 426 Foundations of Bilingual Education (A). Studies basic bilingual-multicultural topics; how they are closely related to all multilingual-multicultural societies, whether in the US or elsewhere; and how such issues affect the conceptualization of national and international policies, political and social institutions, legal organization, philosophical ideas, and moral and religious concerns. 3 Cr. Fall

FCE 499 Independent Study of Foreign Culture (A). Independent study conducted in English on some aspect of a foreign culture whose language is taught in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester

French Courses

FRN 110 Intensive French (A). As an intensive course, immerses students in the French language and culture. Emphasizes interactionand communication in the classroom. Uses exercises in listening, speaking, reading and writing reinforced with the use of video. 6 Cr.

FRN 111 Beginning French I (A). As an introductory course, develops language skills in French (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), as well as an understanding and appreciation of French-speaking countries of the world. Includes oral comprehension drills, pronunciation exercises, sentence formation, vocabulary, verbs, and simple readings on French cultures. Also includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Every Semester

FRN 112 Beginning French II (A). Prerequisites: FRN 111 or one to two years of high school French. Continuation of FRN 111. Further develops language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), as well as the understanding and appreciation of French-speaking countries of the world. Includes regular and irregular verbs, vocabulary building, more complex sentences and more complex readings on French cultures. Also includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Every Semester

FRN 211 Intermediate French I (A). Prerequisites: FRN 112 or two to three years of high school French or the equivalent. Continuation of FRN 112. Further develops listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as an understanding and appreciation of French-speaking countries of the world. Includes regular and irregular verbs in all tenses, advanced vocabulary and sentence formation, and more sophisticated reading on French cultures. Uses explanations in French or English, followed by extensive group and individual practice. Includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Every Semester

FRN 212 Intermediate French II (A). Prerequisites: FRN 211 or three to four years of high school French or the equivalent. Continuation of FRN 211. Further develops listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as an understanding and appreciation of the French-speaking countries of the world. Requires extensive group and individual practice. Includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Every Semester

FRN 302 Advanced French Grammar (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212 or the equivalent. Expands active vocabulary, including idioms, as well as modern usage as the basis for oral and written language. Examines linguistic and cultural contrasts as reflected in the language. Emphasizes correct written expression. Offered only in the overseas program in Tours, France. 3 Cr.

FRN 312 French Civilization to 1945 (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212 or the equivalent. Beginning in prehistoric times and ending with World War II, explores artistic, social, political, and cultural events which have produced a rich and varied French culture. Requires reading of short literary texts and use of audiovisual materials. Offered only in the overseas program in Tours, France. 3 Cr.

FRN 320 Diction and Comprehension (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212 or the equivalent. Provides practice in hearing and producing French speech sounds. Emphasizes accuracy to produce native intonations of words and cadence of connected speech. Develops listening comprehension of a variety of French accents. Offered only in the overseas program in Tours, France. 3 Cr.

FRN 321 Introduction to French Literature (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212 or the equivalent. Introduces elements of literary genres (fiction, poetry, and drama) used by representative masters of French literature. Uses presentation of films to illustrate various genres. Offered only in the overseas program in Tours, France. 3 Cr.

FRN 322 Advanced Conversation (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212 or the equivalent. Allows for total immersion in the French language, which fosters the application of the language in the cultural setting. Provides practice in four skills: speaking, read ing, writing, and comprehension. Allows students to learn to be at ease with French-speaking people. Offered only in the overseas program in Tours, France. 3 Cr.

FRN 323 French Composition (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212 or the equivalent. Provides active class discussion on a variety of topics geared to the readings in the course. Allows for practice with vocabulary, idiomatic expressions and grammatical structures. Requires weekly compositions. Offered only in the overseas program in Tours, France. 3 Cr.

FRN 324 Reading French (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212 or the equivalent. Improves reading comprehension and introduces rudiments of written and oral textual analysis. Uses readings, which will be brief at first and will increase in length and difficulty throughout the semester. Requires short written assignments, oral presentation and a final exam. Offered only in the overseas program in Tours, France. 3 Cr.

FRN 325 France Today (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212 or the equivalent. Provides an introduction to France, its people and its institutions. Concentrates on France after World War II: the school system, political and cultural life, the economy, family life. Entails contrastive analysis of French and American cultures. Provides continued practice in oral and written French. Offered only in the overseas program in Tours, France. 3 Cr.

FRN 350 Communication in French (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212. Instills confidence in the ability to express oneself orally in everyday, standard French. Provides vocabulary building and practice in idiomatic French. Pays attention to linguistic patterns related to French attitudes and behavior. Studies nonverbal communication and levels of spoken French. Uses video analysis. 3 Cr. Fall

FRN 351 Written Expression (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212. Teaches upper-division students to write clear expository French with correct syntax, clear organization, and with some degree of sophistication in the use of French vocabulary. Requires numerous compositions using different approaches. Uses review of advanced French grammar to expand knowledge of idioms and improve accuracy and range of expression. 3 Cr. Spring

FRN 352 Introduction to French Studies (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212 or the equivalent. Structured as a bridge course to advanced-level work, improves reading comprehension and to introduce students to basic textual analysis. Through an examination of a selection of readings, allows students to develop and expand their vocabulary as well as further refine skills in speaking and writing. Emphasizes advanced grammar structures in context. 3 Cr. Fall

FRN 355 French Attitudes (A). Prerequisite: FRN 351 or 352. Gives an overview of social, political, educational, cultural, and economic phenomena in modern-day France in an attempt to explain what motivates a French person. Includes discussion of family structure, government, religion, the educational system, how the French react to their Francophone partners, and the media. Studies French mores and attitudes compared to American ways of life. 3 Cr. Spring

FRN 371 Brockport Career Exploration Course in French (A). Prerequisite: Demonstrated advanced proficiency in French and the instructor's permission. Offers juniors and seniors an opportunity for career exploration and skill development in French. 3 Cr.

FRN 372 Tutoring College French (A). Prerequisite: FRN 350 or the equivalent. Provides students with the opportunity to facilitate language instruction to Delta College students in French. Allows students to design and develop language instruction materials for the college level. Also allows students to facilitate the language instruction in a weekly basis on a round-table format to discuss practical and theoretical readings on second-language learning, teaching and acquisition. Coordinated by a faculty member of Delta College and the department. Requires approval of the department chair and the instructor prior to registration. 3 Cr. Every Semester

FRN 399 Independent Study in French (A). Prerequisites: Three 300-level French courses with 3.0 average in French and instructor's permission. Content to be identified in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester

FRN 450 French Studies (A). Prerequisites: FRN 350, 351, 352 and 353. Closely studies a specific topic in French/Francophone language, civilization, or literature. The feature selected for analysis may be chosen from the historical or contemporary perspective. Gives the opportunity to examine a particular aspect of Francophone reality in great depth. Requires practice in oral and written French at the advanced level. 3 Cr.

FRN 451 Doing Business in French (A). Prerequisites: FRN 350, 351, 352 and 353. Helps students communicate in a French business environment by increasing their knowledge of French geography and economics by helping them acquire the vocabulary and syntactical structures related to business, and by making students more aware of cultural differences in the conduct of business between the US and France. Emphasizes the reinforcement of oral and written skills. 3 Cr.

FRN 453 French Women Writers (A). Prerequisites: FRN 350, 351, and 352. Studies the presence of eminent women in France's cultural and literary history, contributions they made, difficulties they encountered, and how they embody the French spirit as it lives today. 3 Cr. TBA

FRN 454 French Literature I: Texts and Contexts (A). Prerequisites: FRN 350, 351, and 352. Examines texts by major authors from the Middle Ages to the Revolution. Emphasizes close readings of the texts (including prose, poetry, and theatre) with the purpose of developing critical vocabulary and writing skills. Uses French history to provide the backdrop to help students understand the social forces at play in the periods under study. 3 Cr.

FRN 456 Literature and Cultures of the Francophone World (A). Prerequisite: FRN 458 or equivalent. Offers an array of short stories, poems, novels, or plays written by authors from West Africa, Guadeloupe, and Martinique. Focuses papers and discussions on cultural themes and issues such as national and personal identity emigration/immigration, tradition/modernity, urban and rural life, men's and women's roles, etc. 3 Cr.

FRN 457 French Thought in Social Context (A). Prerequisites: FRN 350, 351, and 352. As a collage of literature, philosophy, and history, gives students a broad perspective of the major intellectual currents in their social context. Uses readings from early periods to the 19th century. 3 Cr.

FRN 458 French Literature II: Texts and Contexts (A). Prerequisites: FRN 350, 351, and 352 or equivalent. Examines texts by major authors from the Napoleonic era to the recent past. Emphasizes close readings of the texts (including prose, poetry, and theatre) with the purpose of developing critical vocabulary and writing skills. Acquaints students with the social circumstances that determined the esthetic movements that marked the period: romanticism, realism, symbolism, surrealism, and existentialism. 3 Cr.

FRN 499 Independent Study in French (A). Prerequisites: Six credits of 400-level French with 3.0 average in French and instructor's permission. Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester

Italian Courses

ITA 111 Beginning Italian I (A). Develops language skills in Italian (listening, speaking, reading and writing), as well as an understanding and appreciation of Italian culture. Includes oral comprehension drills, pronunciation exercises, sentence formation, vocabulary, verbs, and simple readings on Italian culture. Provides succinct explanations in English, followed by group and individual practice in Italian. Includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Fall

ITA 112 Beginning Italian II (A). Prerequisite: ITA 111 or two years of high school Italian or one semester of college Italian or equivalent. Provides a continuation of ITA 111. Further develops language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), as well as the understanding and appreciation of Italian culture. Includes regular and irregular verbs, vocabulary building, more complex sentences, and more varied readings on Italian culture. Provides succinct explanations in English, followed by group and individual practice in Italian. Includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Spring

ITA 399 Independent Study in Italian (A). Prerequisites: ITA 212 and considerable study of literature. Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester

Japanese Courses

JPN 111 Beginning Japanese I (A). As an introductory course in Japanese, develops language skills in Japanese (listening, speaking, reading and writing), as well as an understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture. Includes oral comprehension drills, pronunciation exercises, sentence formation, vocabulary, verbs, and simple readings on Japanese culture. Uses succinct explanations in English, followed by group and individual practice in Japanese. 3 Cr. Fall

JPN 112 Beginning Japanese II (A). Prerequisite: JPN 111 or the equivalent. Continuation of JPN 111. Further develops language skills in modern Japanese, as well as the understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture. Emphasizes oral use. 3 Cr. Spring

Russian Courses

RSN 111 Beginning Russian I (A). As an introductory course in Russian, develops language skills in Russian (listening, speaking, reading and writing), as well as understanding and appreciation of Russian culture. Includes oral comprehension drills, pronunciation exercises, sentence formation, vocabulary, verbs and simple readings on Russian culture. Uses succinct explanations in English, followed by group and individual practice in Russian. 3 Cr. Fall

RSN 112 Beginning Russian II (A). Prerequisite: RSN or the equivalent. Continuation of RSN 111. Further develops language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), as well as understanding and appreciation of Russian culture. Includes regular and irregular verbs, vocabulary building, more complex sentences and more complex readings on Russian cultures. Uses succinct explanations in English, followed by group and individual practice in Russian. 3 Cr. Spring

Spanish Courses

SPN 111 Beginning Spanish I (A). Develops language skills in Spanish (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) as well as an understanding and appreciation of Hispanic cultures. Includes oral comprehension practice, pronunciation exercises, sentence formation, vocabulary, verbs, and simple readings on Hispanic cultures. Provides succinct explanations in English, followed by group and individual practice in Spanish. Includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Every semester

SPN 112 Beginning Spanish II (A). Prerequisite: SPN 111 or one to two years of high school Spanish. Continuation of SPN 111. Further develops language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as the understanding and appreciation of Hispanic cultures. Includes regular and irregular verbs, vocabulary building, more complex sentences, and more varied readings on Hispanic cultures. Provides succinct explanations in English, followed by group and individual practice in Spanish. Includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Every Semester

SPN 211 Intermediate Spanish I (A). Prerequisites: SPN 112 or two to three years of high school Spanish or the equivalent. Further develops listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as an understanding and appreciation of Hispanic cultures. Includes regular and irregular verbs in all tenses, advanced vocabulary, sentence formation, and more sophisticated reading on Hispanic cultures. Provides explanations in Spanish or English, followed by extensive group and individual practice. Includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Every Semester

SPN 212 Intermediate Spanish II (A). Prerequisites: SPN 211 or three to four years of high school Spanish. Continuation of SPN 211. Further develops listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as an understanding and appreciation of Hispanic cultures of the world. Requires extensive group and individual practice and includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Every Semester

SPN 301 Spanish Grammar Review (A). Prerequisite: SPN 212 or equivalent. Covers essentials of Spanish grammar through a descriptive analysis of the linguistic forms and functions of Spanish. Requires skill applications in oral practice, reading and writing. Offered only through programs in Spanish-speaking countries. 3 Cr.

SPN 322 Spanish Conversation and Composition (A). Prerequisite: SPN 212 or equivalent. Allows for the development of oral and written fluency and vocabulary building. Includes weekly writing assignments such as compositions, journals, etc. Requires active class discussions on a variety of topics from current events or researched themes. Offered only through programs in Spanish-speaking countries. 3 Cr.

SPN 323 Intermediate Spanish Conversation and Composition (A). Prerequisite: SPN 322 or equivalent. Helps students continue developing fluency and vocabulary building, and prepare for the most advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition course. Requires active class participation. Entails writing and discussion on a variety of topics from current events or researched themes in order to gain confidence in thinking, writing and speaking Spanish. Offered only through programs in Spanish-speaking countries. 3 Cr.

SPN 326 Costa Rican Culture (A). Prerequisite: SPN 212 or equivalent. For the program in Costa Rica. Provides an overview of political, social, economic, religious, literary and artistic life in contemporary Costa Rica. Emphasizes cultural contrasts with students' own culture. Entirely in Spanish, includes extensive practice of all language skills. Offered only through programs in Costa Rica. 3 Cr.

SPN 350 Communication in Spanish (A). Prerequisite: SPN 212 or equivalent. Drawing on a selection of multimedia, reinforces students' oral and written language skills in order to prepare them for advanced-level work. Uses weekly reading, writing, listening, and oral assignments on a variety of topics to improve fluency and to build a more extensive vocabulary. Requires active participation in class discussions. 3 Cr. Every Semester

SPN 351 Composition and Grammar Review (A). Prerequisite: SPN 350. Provides active discussion on a variety of topics or researched themes intended to help students achieve advanced communication skills in Spanish. Uses videos, current events, a literary reader, and newspaper and magazine articles for oral and written practice. Requires weekly compositions, as well as oral presentations and a research paper. 3 Cr. Spring

SPN 352 Hispanic World Today (A,C). Prerequisite: SPN 212. Provides an introduction to the study of language, literature, culture, and civilization, drawing on selected materials and topics from the contemporary Hispanic world. Is structured as a bridge course to advanced-level work in several ways: refinement of language skills, understanding of approaches to study in these areas, and acquisition of specific content knowledge. 3 Cr. Fall

SPN 353 Literature and Cultures of Spain I (A). Prerequisites: Any two of SPN 350, 351 or 352. Provides an historical survey of the political, social, economic, religious, and artistic life in Spain from pre-Roman times through the 17th century. Studies the main literary genres of the period and covers elementary concepts of literary theory and analysis. Emphasizes the study of figurative and symbolic language. Requires active class participation. 3 Cr. Fall

SPN 354 Literature and Cultures of Spanish America I (A). Prerequisites: Any two of SPN 350, 351 or 352. Provides an historical survey of the political, social, economic, religious, and artistic life in Spanish America from the pre-Columbian times through the 19th century. Also provides students with an understanding of the various forces and events that have shaped life and culture in the Spanish-speaking territories of America. Studies the main literary genres of the period and covers elementary concepts of literary theory and analysis. Emphasizes the study of figurative and symbolic language. Requires active class participation. 3 Cr. Spring

SPN 360 Spanish for Native Speakers (A). Prerequisite: By advisement. Helps Hispanic bilingual students expand their knowledge of Spanish by exposing them to models of formal oral and written Spanish. Emphasizes grammatical structures, vocabulary, spelling, and reading comprehension. 3 Cr.

SPN 363 Literature and Cultures of Spain II (A). Prerequisites: Any two of SPN 350, 351 or 352. Provides an historical survey of the political, social, economic, religious, literary and artistic life in Spain from the 18th century to the present. Studies the main literary genres of the period and covers concepts of literary theory and analysis. Emphasizes the study of figurative and symbolic language. Requires active class participation. 3 Cr. Fall

SPN 364 Literature and Cultures of Spanish-America II (A). Prerequisites: Any two of SPN 350, 351, or 352. Provides an historical survey of the political, social, economic, religious, and artistic life in Spanish-America from the 20th century to current times. Also provides students with an understanding of the various forces and events that have shaped life and culture in the Spanish speaking territories of America. Studies the main literary genres of the period and covers concepts of literary theory and analysis. Emphasizes the study of figurative and symbolic language. Requires active class participation. 3 Cr. Spring

SPN 371 Brockport Career Exploration Course in Spanish (A). Prerequisites: Demonstrated advanced proficiency in Spanish and instructor's permission. Offers juniors and seniors an opportunity for career exploration and skill development in Spanish. 3 Cr. Every Semester and Summer as Dir

SPN 372 Tutoring College Spanish (A). Prerequisite: SPN 350 or the equivalent. Provides students with the opportunity to facilitate language instruction to Delta College students in Spanish. Enables students to design and develop language instructions materials for the college level. Also enables students to facilitate language instruction on a weekly basis in a roundtable format to discuss practical and theoretical readings on second-language learning, teaching and acquisition. Coordinated by a faculty member of Delta College and the department. Requires approval of the department chair and course instructor prior to registration. 3 Cr. Every Semester

SPN 399 Independent Study in Spanish (A). Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester

SPN 450 Topics in Hispanic Literature/Culture (A). Prerequisite: SPN 353 or SPN 354. Covers specific issues and topics in Latin-American or Spanish literature and culture. The topic and historical perspective chosen will be defined according to faculty and student interest. Requires active class discussion and advanced skill in written and oral Spanish. 3 Cr.

SPN 451 Spanish for the Professions (A). Prerequisite: SPN 350. Provides vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and cultural information useful in professions such as education, health services, business, and law enforcement. Gives extensive practice in specialized oral and written Spanish through simulations involving real life situations in intercultural settings. 3 Cr.

SPN 452 Hispanic Cultures Through Film (A). Prerequisite: SPN 353 or 354. Studies Spanish and Spanish-American cultures through analysis of films concerning the Spanish-speaking world. Gives special attention to the political domain and the ways in which it affects people's lives, to the evolving role of women in a changing society, and to the influence of indigenous cultures. 3 Cr.

SPN 453 Spanish-American Women Writers (A). Prerequisites: SPN 353 or 354. Following a chronological perspective, studies the work of some of the most important women writers of Spanish America in order to illustrate the evolution of a form of writing that seeks to get rid of stereotypes imposed by a male literary tradition. Selects authors to represent different literary movements and reflect on a variety of national problems and to provide the framework for the analysis of cultural images of gender and relevant theoretical concepts related to female writing. After a brief introduction on the cultural conditions that define the emergence of female writing (17th, 18thand 19thcenturies), emphasizes the second half of the 20thcentury and to the social and political context relevant to each text. 3 Cr.

SPN 454 Hispanic Literature and Cultures in the US (A). Prerequisite: SPN 353 or 354. Examines a vast collection of works plays, novels, poems, essays, and films by the Hispanic community with particular emphasis on those by Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Mexican-Americans. Provides students with historical, social, and cultural contexts that condition the increasing Hispanic presence in the US and inform some of the most relevant concerns present in these works. Explores the formation of cultural identity and degree to which gender, race, and social class influence this process. 3 Cr.

SPN 455 Hispanic Popular Culture (A). Prerequisite: SPN 353 or 354. Explores both the materials and the dynamics of popular culture in contemporary Hispanic societies. Analyzes forms such as telenovelas (soap operas), popular music, humor and cartooning, beliefs, and oral narratives; and attention to differing definitions and interpretations of the roles and functions of popular culture in societies. 3 Cr.

SPN 456 Literature and Cultures of the Caribbean (A). Prerequisite: SPN 353 or 354. Covers some of the literary contributions made by outstanding authors of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Includes culturally unique aspects of the region. Gives special emphasis to African heritage and women in society. 3 Cr.

SPN 457 Contemporary Spanish Writers (A). Prerequisite: SPN 353 or 354. Studies 20th-century Spanish literature: e.g., essays, short stories, novels, poetry and plays. Presents the historical and literary contexts in which the selected works emerge and discusses the relationship between the writers and their cultural environment. Also develops analytical perspectives in literary criticism and to strengthen reading and writing skills in Spanish. 3 Cr.

SPN 458 Contemporary Spanish-American Writers (A). Prerequisite: SPN 353 or 354. Studies 20th- century Spanish-American literature; e.g., essays, short stories, novels, poetry, and plays. Presents the historical and literary contexts in which the selected works emerge and discusses the relationship between the writers and their cultural environment. Also develops analytical perspectives in literary criticism and to strengthen reading and writing in Spanish. 3 Cr.

SPN 459 Mexico Today (A). Prerequisite: SPN 353 or 354. Provides an introduction to contemporary Mexico: its history and geography; political, social, and economic systems; art, literature, and music; and people and their lifestyles. Uses films and other audio/visual materials to supplement course content. 3 Cr.

SPN 460 Spanish Phonetics (A). Prerequisite: SPN 350. Provides a description and analysis of the sound system of modern Spanish, based on structural phonemic theory. Also provides intensive practice designed to improve pronunciation of the Spanish language. Gives special attention to analysis and correction of interference from English. 3 Cr. Fall

SPN 461 Advanced Spanish Grammar (A). Prerequisite: SPN 351. Covers grammatical structures of Spanish and includes a study of Spanish morphology, syntax, and lexicon. Gives special attention to analysis and correction of interference from English. Conducts discussions of specific structures in Spanish, followed by oral and written exercises, including translations. 3 Cr. Spring

SPN 462 Spanish Language Variations in the USA (A). Prerequisite: SPN 351. Studies the varieties of Spanish spoken in the US by Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Cubans, Chicanos, etc. Provides an understanding of cultural, social, linguistic, and historical factors that determine language variations. Provides practice in the varieties of Spanish spoken in the US. 3 Cr. Spring

SPN 499 Independent Study in Spanish (A). Prerequisite: SPN 353 or 354. Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester

The information in this publication was current as of December 2002 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at www.brockport.edu for current information.

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