Department of Modern Languages and Classics (GN, ROFR, ROML, ROSP)

The mission of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics is to provide students with the language proficiency and the intercultural competence necessary for the global society of the 21st century. The department aims to instill in students informed and critical perspectives regarding other cultures and their own. The department is committed to providing this training by means of the best facilities and technology available, and relying on a staff of teachers and scholars with international experience and expertise.

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Programs

The Romance Languages Option of the MA allows for a focused area of study combining French and Spanish. The Romance Languages Option of the PhD allows for focused areas of study combining French and Spanish, or combining French and Linguistics, or combining Spanish and Linguistics.

Faculty

Chair
  • Douglas Lightfoot
Graduate Program Director
  • Michael D. Picone
Professors
  • Corbalán, Ana
  • Fox, Thomas A.
  • Picone, Michael D.
  • Summers, Kirk
Associate professors
  • Cipria, Alicia
  • Drewelow, Isabelle
  • Drozd, Andrew M.
  • Edmunds, Bruce T.
  • Janiga-Perkins, Constance
  • Lazda-Cazers, Rasma
  • Lightfoot, Douglas
  • Mayer, Carmen
  • Moody, Sarah
  • O'Rourke, Erin
  • Robin, Jean Luc
  • Rodeño, Ignacio F.
  • Tsakiropoulou-Summers, Tatiana
  • Worden, Bill
Assistant professors
  • Elnaili, Safa
  • Feminella, Matthew
  • Goethals, Jessica
  • Granja, Xabier
  • Koronkiewicz, Bryan
  • Monette, Marie-Eve
  • Montalbano, Alessandra
  • Range, Regina
  • Romanelli, Claudia
  • Shannon, Kelly

Courses

French Courses

FR
501
Hours
3
Reading Proficiency I

Introduction to French grammar and vocabulary, with emphasis on developing basic reading and translation skills.

FR
502
Hours
3
Reading Proficiency II

Continued study of grammar and vocabulary, with emphasis on further developing reading and translation skills.

FR
511
Hours
3
Research Methodology

Basic research tools and techniques.

FR
512
Hours
3
Practicum in Applied Linguistics

The analysis and various practical applications of selected teaching techniques.

FR
513
Hours
3
Research Methods in French Applied Linguistics

The goal of this course is to introduce the student to the research process in foreign language studies and second language acquisition, especially in relation to the teaching of French. Emphasis will be on helping the student understand approaches to second language acquisition research, in terms of both quantitative and qualitative approaches and techniques. The student will learn how to submit a proposed research project to the Institutional Review Board for approval. The student will learn to conform to the general organization of a research report, will undertake cognitive and sociocultural approaches to language study, and will critically evaluate published reports representing both quantitative and qualitative research on foreign language learning and language use in journals such as The Modern Language Journal, Applied Linguistics, Language Learning, Foreign Language Annals. The student will design his/her own research procedure based on the development of his/her own research questions in relation to the teaching of French. The student will learn to use data collection instruments, to explore theoretical orientations, and to formulate a detailed data analysis plan.

FR
515
Hours
3
Topics in Second Language Acquisition

Topics vary. Analysis of major issues, theories, research findings and their implications for teaching. Examples: second language reading, classroom language acquisition. May be repeated for credit.

FR
521
Hours
3
Pronunciation & Phonetics

Introduction to phonetic theory and corrective phonetics aimed at mastery of French pronunciation. Instruction on the articulation of the sounds of French, the phonetic transcription of French, and the correspondence between the sounds of French and its standard orthography. Frequent practice exercises.

FR
531
Hours
3
Francophone Africa

Prominent themes of the African experience, seen through the eyes of Francophone authors and cinematographers of the Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa, and the immigration; dialectal and sociolinguistic considerations.

FR
532
Hours
3
Francophone Louisiana

The object of this course is to become familiar with the dialects, literatures (oral and written), social histories, and cultures of Francophone Louisiana (the entire former territory, not just the present state) from the inception of the Colonial period (1682) up until the present time. We will be concerned not only with the experiences of European colonizers and their descendants, but also with Native Americans, with people of African origin, and with people of multiethnic identity (Creoles of Color, etc.).

FR
533
Hours
3
Topics in French Culture and Civilization

Study of French artistic heritage and development of social and political institutions. May be repeated for credit.

FR
545
Hours
3
17th-Century French Literature I

17th century French literature.

FR
546
Hours
3
17th-Century French Literature II

Verse writings of the 17th century including, but not limited, to the pre-classical poets (such as Saint-Amant and de Viau) and the dramatic works in verse (such as the plays of Corneille, Molière and Racine).

FR
548
Hours
3
18th-Century Philosophe Movement

Intellectual prose of the Enlightenment. Lectures and discussion.

FR
551
Hours
3
19th Century French Novel

Close readings of the novel alongside studies in Romanticism, realism, naturalism, symbolism and decadence. Novelists, works and movements privileged will vary, but generally include combinations of the following: Chateaubriand, Mme de Staël, Stendhal, Balzac, Hugo, Sand, Flaubert, Zola and Huysmans. May be repeated for credit.

FR
552
Hours
3
Special Topics in 19th-Century French Literature

Readings in poetry, theatre and prose either genre-specific or in combination, generally focusing on the first or latter half of the century in order to consider movements in literary thought. May be repeated for credit.

FR
553
Hours
3
20th-Century French Novel

Major novelists of the period and their works. Reading and discussion of complete texts; lectures and reports.

FR
554
Hours
3
Special Topics in 20th and 21st Century French Literature

Major trends in 20th and 21st Century French poetry , theater, essays, and history of ideas. Seminar including lectures and reports.

Prerequisite(s): An undergraduate degree, possibly in French, or testing into appropriate level of language competence.
FR
555
Hours
3
Quebecois Literature and Culture

A study of the history, culture and literature of Québec and French Canada, with emphasis on the modern period.

FR
561
Hours
3
French Linguistics

Linguistics theory applied to the analysis and description of French phonological, morphological, syntactic, and lexical systems. Tendencies of change in contemporary French. Dialect areas.

FR
563
Hours
3
French-English Translation

Study of the problems of translation and of translation strategies addressing them, in connection with relevant theoretical approaches.

FR
570
Hours
3
Graduate Seminar

In depth study of French or Francophone literature, linguistics, civilization, or a combination. Emphasis on research and analytic skills. May be repeated for credit.

FR
580
Hours
3
Special Topics

Special topics in relation to French or Francophone literature, linguistics, civilization, or a combination. Emphasis on research and analytic skills. May be repeated for credit.

FR
590
Hours
1-9
Directed Readings / Directed Study

Directed Readings / Directed Study.

FR
598
Hours
1-6
Non-Thesis Research

No description available.

FR
599
Hours
1-9
Thesis Research

No description available.

FR
643
Hours
3
Poetry of the French Renaissance

Major poets of the Renaissance, with emphasis on Marot, Scève, Louise Labé, du Bellay and Ronsard.

FR
670
Hours
3
Graduate Seminar

Graduate seminar with variable topics. May be repeated for credit.

FR
680
Hours
1-3
Special Topics

May take the form of either a graduate seminar or individual research, as circumstances warrant. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

FR
699
Hours
1-15
Dissertation Research

No description available.

German Courses

GN 551, GN 552, GN 571, and GN 576 may be repeated for credit when the content varies substantially. A period course (GN 515, GN 520, GN 525, GN 535, or GN 540)
may vary in emphasis during different semesters; when this is the case, students may take the course a second time, but credit for the course may be applied only once toward the minimum hours required for the degree.

GN
503
Hours
3
German Reading Proficiency I

Introduction to German grammar and vocabulary, with emphasis on developing basic reading and translation skills.

GN
504
Hours
3
German Reading Proficiency II

Continued study of grammar and vocabulary, with emphasis on further developing reading and translation skills.

GN
510
Hours
3
History of the German Language

The relationship to Indo-European and to the other Germanic dialects; linguistic development from the earliest times to the present.

GN
514
Hours
3
Teaching Methodology

Analysis of basic concepts and practical applications of foreign language teaching and learning.

GN
515
Hours
3
Middle High German

Introduction to the language and literature of the Middle High German period.

GN
518
Hours
3
Historical Linguistics

Advanced introduction to various levels of historical language change. Variety of language used for examples.

GN
520
Hours
3
Renaissance and Baroque Literature

Works from the Renaissance (including literature from the Reformation and Humanism) and the Baroque (17th century).

GN
525
Hours
3
Literature of the Age of Goethe

Includes the German Enlightenment, Sturm und Drang, Weimar Classicism, and the Romantic movement.

GN
535
Hours
3
Early 20th-Century Literature

Includes the Jahrhundertwende, Expressionism, Neue Sachlichkeit, Exilliteratur, and literature of the Third Reich.

GN
540
Hours
3
Literature after 1945

The course covers German literature, film and culture after World War II. It has a focus on contemporary German Literature following the fall of the Berlin Wall and German unification in 1990.

Prerequisite(s): None
GN
551
Hours
1-3
Special Problems / Directed Readings

Special Problems / Directed Readings.

GN
552
Hours
1-3
Special Problems / Directed Readings

Special topics chosen by students in conference with the instructor.

GN
571
Hours
3
Selected Authors

Students will normally give reports and write at least one research paper.

GN
576
Hours
3
Seminar on a Literary Theme

Students will normally give reports and write at least one research paper.

GN
599
Hours
3-6
Thesis Research

No description available.

Romance Languages Courses

RL
513
Hours
3
Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

The goal of this course is to introduce the student to the research process in foreign language studies and second language acquisition. Emphasis will be on helping the student understand approaches to second language acquisition research, in terms of both quantitative and qualitative approaches and techniques. The student will learn how to submit a proposed research project to the Institutional Review Board for approval. The student will learn to conform to the general organization of a research report, will undertake cognitive and sociocultural approaches to language study, and will critically evaluate published reports representing both quantitative and qualitative research on foreign language learning and language use in journals such as The Modern Language Journal, Applied Linguistics, Language Learning, Foreign Language Annals. The student will design his/her own research procedure based on the development of his/her own research questions. The student will learn to use data collection instruments, to explore theoretical orientations, and to formulate a detailed data analysis plan. The course if repeatable for credit when curriculum varies.

RL
518
Hours
3
Historical Linguistics

Advanced introduction to various levels of historial language change. Variety of language families used for examples.

RL
523
Hours
3
Quantitative Methods in Linguistics Research

In this course students are introduced to statistical methods that are commonly used in quantitative linguistics research, with examples drawn from a variety of languages and dialects. In doing so, they will gain an understanding of the types of computations involved, as well as a familiarity with some of the software currently used in statistical analysis. Students will also gain experience in how to interpret and explain statistical findings in relation to data sets. The goals of this course are to prepare students to be conversant in basic statistical methods in order to understand published research findings in linguistics, to discuss research design with statistical consultants, and to conduct their own field research projects, targeting any language or dialect, according to common data collection techniques. The course if repeatable for credit when curriculum varies.

RL
557
Hours
3
Critical Theory

Study and critical application of literary theory.

RL
570
Hours
3
Graduate Seminar

Topics may be in literature, linguistics, civilization, or a combination. Topics may pertain solely to one or more of the Romance Languages or to an array of languages including one or more of the Romance Languages. May be repeated for credit.

RL
580
Hours
3
Special Topics

Topics may be in literature, linguistics, civilization, or a combination. Topics may pertain solely to one or more of the Romance Languages or to an array of languages including one or more of the Romance Languages. May be repeated for credit.

RL
598
Hours
1-12
Non-Thesis Research

Non-thesis research.

RL
599
Hours
1-12
Thesis Research

Thesis research.

RL
680
Hours
3
Special Topics

Topics may be interdisciplinary or language-specific. Topics may include literature, linguistics, culture or a combination. A special topics course in Italian or Italian studies is offered on occasion. May be repeated for credit.

RL
699
Hours
1-15
Dissertation Research

Dissertation research.

Spanish Courses

SP
502
Hours
3
Practicum in Applied Linguistics

In-depth analysis of fundamental concepts in foreign language learning and teaching. Topics include grammar and vocabulary acquisition, classroom discourse, reading and listening comprehension, writing and principles of language testing.

SP
503
Hours
3
Reading Proficiency in Spanish I

Introduction to Spanish grammar and vocabulary, with emphasis on developing basic reading and translation skills.

SP
504
Hours
3
Reading Proficiency in Spanish II

Continued study of grammar and vocabulary, with emphasis on further developing reading and translation skills.

SP
515
Hours
3
Spanish American Colonial Texts

In-depth study of texts from the colonial period, with emphasis on colonialism and the role of writing in colonization and decolonization. Readings may vary. May be repeated for credit when the content varies substantially.

SP
516
Hours
3
19th-Century Spanish Literature

In-depth study of major literary works of the period, with emphasis on Romanticism, social Romanticism, and Romantic realism. Readings may vary. May be repeated for credit.

SP
521
Hours
3
19th-Century Spanish Prose

Reading and discussion of complete texts representative of the literary movements of the period; lectures and reports.

SP
523
Hours
3
Quantitative Methods in Hispanic Linguistics Research

In this course students are introduced to statistical methods that are commonly used in quantitative linguistics research, including Hispanic linguistics. In doing so, they will gain an understanding of the types of computations involved, as well as a familiarity with some of the software currently used in statistical analysis. Students will also gain experience in how to interpret and explain statistical findings in relation to data sets. The goals of this course are to prepare students to be conversant in basic statistical methods in order to understand published research findings in linguistics, to discuss research design with statistical consultants, and to conduct their own field research projects focusing on Hispanic linguistics according to common data collection techniques. The course if repeatable for credit when curriculum varies.

SP
526
Hours
3
20th-Century Spanish Novel Post Civil War

Reading and discussion of texts representative of the literary movements of the period. Lectures, discussions, and reports. May be repeated for credit.

SP
527
Hours
3
Spanish Women Authors

A selection of short stories, novels, plays, films, and poems by 20th/21st-century Spanish women writers, artists and filmmakers. Repeatable for credit when subject matter varies.

SP
528
Hours
3
Historical Memory in Spain

In-depth study of the relationship between history, memory, fiction and identity in Spain. This seminar will explore the reconstruction of the Spanish Civil War and dictatorship as depicted in literature and film.

SP
530
Hours
3
Seminar in Contemporary Iberian Culture

Topics will include: National Identity, Immigration, Social Changes, Economic Crisis and Family Dynamics. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

SP
538
Hours
3
Spanish American Short Story

This course offers a critical approach to an extensive corpus of representative texts belonging to the Latin American short story genre. It seeks to provide a theoretical model that understands central aspects of the genre within the context of the formation of national States, for which literature, and literary genres and movements (Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism) become agents for social change. Repeatable for credit when topics vary.

Prerequisite(s): This course is needed to fill out offerings in the area of Latin American literature.
SP
556
Hours
3
Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

Linguistic theory applied to the analysis of the Spanish language. Topics include phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and language change and variation.

SP
570
Hours
3
Special Topics in Spanish Linguistics

Students are to examine various topics related to Spanish linguistics. Specific topics may be primarily theoretical, applied or descriptive in nature, or a combination, and may be narrowly focused or may pertain to a wide variety of dialects. Weekly in-class discussions based on readings and other assigned activities prepare students for the final project, which is typically both oral and written and which involves the application of the various theoretical, critical and methodological approaches acquired in the seminar.

SP
580
Hours
3
Graduate Seminar in Spanish Linguistics

Students are to examine various topics related to Spanish linguistics, theoretical or applied. Weekly in-class discussions based on readings and other assigned activities prepare students for the final project, which is typically both oral and written and which involves the application of the various theoretical, critical and methodological approaches acquired in the seminar.

SP
581
Hours
3
Topics in Second Language Acquisition

Analysis of major issues, theories, research findings, and their implications for teaching. Examples: second language reading, classroom language acquisition, input/output, acquisition of pragmatics. May be repeated for credit.

SP
584
Hours
3
Phonetics and Dialectology

Detailed examination of Spanish phonetics including dialectical variations.

SP
585
Hours
3
History of the Spanish Language

This course provides students with an examination of the evolution of Spanish from Latin to modern Spanish. Both internal and external factors will be addressed, including sound change, word formation, syntax and vocabulary, as well as influence from other languages. In doing so, students will be able to observe how variation in earlier forms of Spanish has led to the creation of different dialects found in modern Spanish. Students will also have the opportunity to analyze medieval and classical Spanish texts in order to trace the development of Spanish along different levels of linguistic analysis. The role of orthography at the various stages of evolution will also be addressed. Taught in Spanish.

SP
590
Hours
3
Open Topics

Special topics courses, with variable subject matter, relating to any area of Spanish language, literature, culture or linguistics/ Repeatable for credit because topics vary.

SP
591
Hours
3
Cervantes

Works of Cervantes.

SP
593
Hours
3
16th-Century Peninsular Literature

Reading and discussion of selected works of the period.

SP
594
Hours
3
17th-Century Peninsular Literature

Reading and discussion of selected works of the period.

SP
598
Hours
1-6
Non-Thesis Research

No description available.

SP
599
Hours
1-9
Thesis Research

No description available.

SP
600
Hours
1-6
Research / Directed Readings

May take the form of either a graduate seminar or individual research, as circumstances warrant.

SP
689
Hours
3
Seminar on Spanish American Literature

Seminar on Spanish American Literature.

SP
690
Hours
3
Graduate Seminar

No description available.

SP
699
Hours
1-15
Dissertation Research

No description available.