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DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
Chairperson and Professor: Patricia J. Siegel, PhD, Yale University; Professors: Joseph Siracusa, PhD, University of Illinois-Urbana; Associate Professors: Andrea Parada, PhD, University of Michigan; Victor J. Rojas, PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington; Donna Wilkerson, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Assistant Professor: Esther Marion, PhD, Princeton University; Janine Santiago, PhD, SUNY Buffalo.
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, in cooperation with the Department of Education and Human Development, offers an MS in Bilingual-Multicultural Education. Details on this program are found under the listings of the Department of Education and Human Development.
Courses from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures may be applied through the advisement process as partial requirements or as electives in degree programs such as the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies.
FOREIGN CULTURE IN ENGLISH COURSES
FCE 520 Multiculturalism in the United States (A). Studies how race, social class and ethnicity have influenced cultural interrelations of different minority groups within US society. Analyzes the main theories of 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 526 Foundations of Bilingual Education (A). Studies basic bilingual-multicultural topics and how they are related to all multilingual-multicultural societies, whether in the US or elsewhere. Analyzes how such issues affect the conceptualization of national and international policies, political and social institutions, legal organizations, philosophical ideas, and moral and religious concerns. 3 Cr. Fall
FCE 599 Independent Study on Foreign Culture (A). Provides for an independent study conducted in English on some aspect of a foreign culture whose language is taught in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. 1-6 Cr. Every Semester
FRN 550 Topics in French Studies (A). Closely studies a specific topic in French/Francophone language, civilization or literature. The topic selected for analysis may be from a historical or contemporary perspective and gives the opportunity to examine a particular aspect of French/Francophone studies in great depth. Requires practice in oral and written French at the advanced level. 3 Cr.
FRN 551 Doing Business in French (A). Designed to help students to 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 553 French Women Writers (A). Cross-listed as FRN 545. 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.
FRN 554 French Literature I: Texts and Context (A). 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 556 Francophone Cultures in Africa (A). Offers an array of short stories, poems, novels or plays written by authors from Africa, North America or the Caribbean. Papers and discussions focus on cultural themes and issues related to the political and literary history of the francophone world. 3 Cr.
FRN 557 French Thought in Social Contexts (A). A collage of literature, philosophy and history to give students a broad perspective of the major intellectual currents in their social context. Uses readings selected from early periods to the 19th century. 3 Cr.
FRN 558 French Literature II: Texts and Contexts (A). Examines texts by major authors from the Napoleonic era to the recent past. Emphasizes an in-depth reading of the texts (including prose, poetry, and theatre) with the purpose of expanding vocabulary and improving writing skills. Designed to acquaint students with the social circumstances that determined the aesthetic movements that marked the period: romanticism, realism, symbolism, surrealism and existentialism. 3 Cr.
FRN 599 Independent Study in French (A). Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester
FRN 699 Independent Study in French (A). Graduate status and appropriate background in French. Provides an in-depth study on a given topic arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester
SPN 552 Hispanic Cultures through Film (A). 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 553 Spanish American Women Writers (A). Following a chronological perspective, studies the writings of some of the most important women writers of Spanish America. Uses these works to illustrate the evolution of a form of writing that seeks to oppose stereotypes imposed by a male literary tradition; 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 of the cultural conditions that define the emergence of female writing (XVII, XVIII and XIX centuries), emphasizes the second half of the XX century and the social and political context relevant to each text. 3 Cr.
SPN 554 Hispanic Literature and Cultures in the US (A). 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 of the increasing Hispanic presence in the US and illustrates some of the most relevant concerns present in these works. Explores the formation of cultural identity and the degree to which gender, race and social class influence this process. 3 Cr.
SPN 555 Hispanic Popular Culture (A). Explores the materials and the dynamics of popular culture in contemporary Hispanic societies. Analyzes forms such as telenovelas (soap operas), popular music, humor, cartoons, beliefs and oral narratives. Gives attention to differing definitions and interpretations of the roles and functions of popular culture in societies. 3 Cr.
SPN 556 Literature and Culture of the Caribbean (A). Covers literary contributions made by the Spanish-speaking Caribbean (Cuba, Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico) to world literature and culturally unique aspects of the region. Gives special emphasis to African heritage and women in society. 3 Cr.
SPN 557 Contemporary Spanish Writers (A). 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. Designed to also develop analytical perspectives in literary criticism and to strengthen reading and writing skills in Spanish. 3 Cr.
SPN 558 Contemporary Spanish American Writers (A). Studies 20th-century Spanish American literature: 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. Designed to also develop analytical perspectives in literary criticism and to strengthen reading and writing skills in Spanish. 3 Cr.
SPN 559 Mexico Today (A). Provides an introduction to contemporary Mexico: its history and geography; political, social and economic systems; art, literature and music; people and their lifestyles. Uses media and other materials to supplement course content. 3 Cr.
SPN 560 Spanish Phonetics (A). Provides a description and analysis of the sound system of modern Spanish, based on structural phonemic theory. Also provides intensive drilling on various sounds and sound-variants of Spanish designed to correct problems of language pronunciation. 3 Cr. Fall
SPN 561 Advanced Spanish Grammar (A). Covers grammatical structures of Spanish and includes a study of Spanish morphology, syntax and lexicon. Gives special attention to analysis and correction of interferences. Conducts discussions of specific structures in Spanish, followed by oral and written exercises, including translations. 3 Cr. Spring
SPN 562 Spanish Language Variations in the US (A). Studies the varieties of Spanish spoken in the U.S. by Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Cubans, Chicanos, etc. Provides an understanding of cultural, social, anthropological, linguistic and historical factors that determine language variations. Provides practice in the varieties of Spanish spoken in the US. 3 Cr. Spring
SPN 563 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (A). Prerequisite SPN 351. Offers a contrastive analysis of the language components of English and Spanish: phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon and semantics. Examines sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic perspectives related to the role of language in culture, identity and learning. Explores language acquisition theories and their application to bilingualism and the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. 3 Cr. Fall
SPN 564 Literature and Culture of Puerto Rico (A). Offers a survey of major issues in Puerto Rican literature and culture from the beginning of colonization to the present, as represented in historic and literary texts. Emphasizes the question of what constitutes Puerto Rico's identity and culture: how writers, artists and historians through their literary and cultural expressions define the "Puerto Rican experience." 3 Cr.
SPN 599 Independent Study in Spanish (A). Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester
SPN 699 Independent Study in Spanish (A). Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester