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World Languages and Cultures Course Descriptions

All course descriptions carry behind the name and number a parenthesis ( ) indicating the credit hours, lecture hours, and the lab hours per week. For example: NSCI 110 (4-3-2). The first number in the parenthesis indicates the credit value of the course (4); the second number indicates the number of lecture hours (3) per week; and the third number indicates the number of lab hours per week (2).

CHIN 110  (3-3-0)  Elementary Chinese I: This course introduces the basics of Chinese language - the pinyin, characters and grammar. Students are expected to learn about 150 single characters and 200 compound words of modern standard Chinese. The course emphasizes speaking and reading as well as writing.
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CHIN 120  (3-3-0)  Elementary Chinese II: The course is designed to build up basic vocabulary for conversation, reading and writing, and improve students' comprehension in speaking, listening, reading and writing Chinese.
Prerequisite: CHIN 110
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CHIN 210  (3-3-0)  Intermediate Chinese I: The course is designed to enhance students' abilities in speaking, reading, and writing Chinese. Students will not only learn complicated conversations but also use vocabularies and sentence structures to discuss social and political issues. They will also learn to write narratives and short essays.
Prerequisite: CHIN 120
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CHIN 220  (3-3-0)  Intermediate Chinese II: This course is designed to continue to enhance students' abilities in speaking, reading, and writing Chinese. Students will not only learn complicated conversations but also use vocabularies and sentence structures to discuss social and political issues. They will also learn to write narratives and short essays.
Prerequisite: CHIN 210
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CHIN 310  (3-3-0)  Advanced Chinese I: This course is designed to further improve the students' reading and writing abilities as well as spoken ability in Chinese. Students taking the course will be exposed to essays, prose, movies, short novels, and poems in their original forms either in classical Chinese or modern Chinese. They will discuss these readings in class and then write their argumentation papers in Chinese.
Prerequisite: CHIN 220
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CHIN 330  (3-3-0)  Classical Chinese Literature: This survey course is examines the long tradition of Chinese literature, from its genesis to the mid-19th century before it was transformed under the influence from the West. We will look into the diversity and richness of this tradition while tracing its dramatic historical changes in a time period of nearly three thousand years. In addition to studying prose and poetry, we will also consider historical content as well as social and philosophical writings. Students are expected not just to learn the long and rich tradition but, more importantly, to reconstruct it through the texts they are to read and papers they are to write. All course materials are in English.
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CHIN 331  (3-3-0)  Modern Chinese Language: In this survey course, students will read key literary texts by important writers in modern Chinese writers, including Lu Xun, Yu Dafu, Ding Ling (Ting Ling), Shen Congwen (Shen Tsung-wen), Zhang, Ailing (Eilen Chang), and Wang Anyi. The course explores issues of nationalism, modernity and globalization as represented in Chinese Literature. By discussing these issues in literary contexts, students will gain a better understanding of cultural production and social change in modern Chinese history. All the texts are in English.
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CHIN 332  (3-3-0)  Cinema and Contemporary China: This course examines the technical, aesthetic, economical and historical interactions between contemporary Chinese cinema and contemporary Chinese society. Students will see the representative film works by contemporary Chinese directors from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and analyze the various cinematic styles in relation to the social and historical changes in which the films were made. They will also discuss such issues as modernity, nationalism, and globalization that the Chinese people have dealt with in contemporary China. For students learning the Chinese language, this course will also offer many authentic linguistic materials. All texts are in English and/or with English
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FORL 210  (3-3-0)  Foreign Language I: This course is an introduction to a designated foreign language, and is intended for students with no prior knowledge of the language and culture it represents. Emphasis will be placed on the basic language skills (comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing) and culture. Course may be repeated for credit for different languages.
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FORL 220  (3-3-0)  Foreign Language II: This course is a continuation of FORL 210. FORL 220 will continue to improve on the language and cultural knowledge and skills acquired in FORL 210 with emphasis on comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as pragmatics.
Prerequisite: FORL 210
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FORL 250  (3-3-0)  Literature in Translation: This course is a survey of the literature written in foreign language but studied in English translation. It differs from ENGL 211, 212 in that they survey a wide variety of literary works originally in several languages while FORL 250 focuses on the literature of a single language. Students may take FORL 250 more than once for credit if taken in different languages.
Prerequisite: ENGL 110 And ENGL 120
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FREN 110  (3-3-0)  Elementary French I: An introduction to the language, literature, and culture of French-speaking peoples, with emphasis on the basic language skills. Laboratory practice required.
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FREN 111  (3-3-0)  Elementary French (Honors): An introduction to the language, literature, and culture of French speaking peoples, with treatment in greater breadth and depth than in French 110. Laboratory practice required. Admission based upon an entrance examination, previous study, and other relevant experiences.
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FREN 120  (3-3-0)  Elementary French II: A continuation of studies in the language, literature, and culture of French speaking peoples begun in FREN 110, including further development of the basic language skills, with special attention to improving oral language skills. Laboratory practice required.
Prerequisite: FREN 110
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FREN 121  (3-3-0)  Elementary French II (Honors): A continuation of honors studies in the language, literature, and culture of French-speaking peoples begun in FREN 111, including further development of the basic language skills, with special emphasis on increasing proficiency in oral language skills. Laboratory practice required. Admission based upon an entrance examination, previous study, and other relevant experiences.
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FREN 211  (3-3-0)  Intermediate French I: Intermediate level studies of the language, literature, and culture of French speaking peoples, including further development of the basic language skills, with increased emphasis on reading comprehension and writing in French. Laboratory practice required.
Prerequisite: FREN 120
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FREN 212  (3-3-0)  Intermediate French II: A continuation of intermediate level studies of the language, literature, and culture of French-speaking peoples, including further development of the basic language skills, with special emphasis on idiomatic usages and complex grammatical structures. Laboratory experience required.
Prerequisite: FREN 211
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FREN 311  (3-3-0)  French Conversation I: A course focusing on increasing fluency in conversational French. Laboratory practice required.
Prerequisite: FREN 212
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FREN 312  (3-3-0)  French Conversation II: Conversation and Composition: A course focusing on developing the level of proficiency in the basic language skills necessary to complete advanced courses taught exclusively in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 311
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FREN 321  (3-3-0)  French Civilization and Culture: A study of the civilization, culture, and history of French speaking peoples, with attention given to the life, customs, philosophy, art, music, and general patterns of culture. Taught exclusively in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 212
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FREN 322  (3-3-0)  Survey of French Literature I: A study of representative French literary works from earliest times to 1800. Taught exclusively in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 321
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FREN 331  (3-3-0)  Survey of French Literature II: A study of representative French literary works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Taught exclusively in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 321
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GERM 110  (3-3-0)  Elementary German I: An introduction to the language, literature, and culture of German-speaking peoples, with emphasis on the basic language skills. Laboratory practice required.
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GERM 120  (3-3-0)  Elementary German II: A continuation of studies in the language, literature, and culture of German-speaking peoples begun in GERM 110, including further development of the basic language skills, with special attention to improving oral language skills. Laboratory practice required.
Prerequisite: GERM 110
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GERM 211  (3-3-0)  Intermediate German I: Intermediate level studies of the language, literature, and culture of German-speaking peoples, including further development of the basic language skills, with increased emphasis on reading comprehension and writing in German. Laboratory practice required.
Prerequisite: GERM 120
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GERM 212  (3-3-0)  Intermediate German II: A continuation of intermediate level studies of the language, literature, and culture of German-speaking peoples, including further development of the basic language skills, with special emphasis on idiomatic usages and complex grammatical structures. Laboratory experience required.
Prerequisite: GERM 211
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GERM 310  (3-3-0)  Advanced Conversation and Phonetics: A course focusing on developing the level of proficiency in the basic language skills necessary to complete advanced courses taught exclusively in German.
Prerequisite: GERM 212
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GERM 321  (3-3-0)  German Civilization: A study of the civilization, culture, and history of German-speaking peoples, with attention to the life, customs, philosophy, art, music, and general patterns of culture. Taught exclusively in German.
Prerequisite: GERM 310
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SPAN 110  (3-3-0)  Elementary Spanish I: An introduction to the language, literature, and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples, with emphasis on the basic language skills. Laboratory practice required.
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SPAN 111  (3-3-0)  Elem Spanish: An introduction to the language, literature, and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples, with treatment in greater breadth and depth than in Spanish 110. Laboratory practice required. Admission based upon an entrance examination, previous study, and other relevant experiences.
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SPAN 112  (3-3-0)  Spanish for the Professions I: This course is designed to prepare students to use elementary Spanish skills in their profession. Emphasis is given to oral skills, vocabulary to interact with colleagues and customers, and the Hispanic cultural particularities related to the workplace. Laboratory practice is required.
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SPAN 120  (3-3-0)  Elementary Spanish II: A continuation of studies in the language, literature, and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples begun in SPAN 110, including further development of the basic language skills, with special attention to improving oral language skills. Laboratory practice required.
Prerequisite: SPAN 110 or required placement test scores
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SPAN 121  (3-3-0)  Elementary Spanish (Honors) II: A continuation of honors studies in the language, literature, and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples begun in SPAN 111, including further development of the basic language skills, with special emphasis on increasing proficiency in oral language skills. Laboratory practice required. Admission based upon an entrance examination, previous study, and other relevant experience.
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SPAN 122  (3-3-0)  Spanish for the Professions II: This course is a continuation of the studies begun in SPAN 112 that aim to prepare students to use elementary Spanish skills in their profession. Emphasis is given to oral skills, vocabulary to interact with colleagues and customers, and the Hispanic cultural particularities related to the workplace. Laboratory practice is required.
Prerequisite: SPAN 112
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SPAN 211  (3-3-0)  Intermediate Spanish: Intermediate level studies of the language, literature, and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples, including further development of the basic language skills, with increased emphasis on reading comprehension and writing in Spanish. Laboratory practice required.
Prerequisite: SPAN 120 or required placement test scores
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SPAN 212  (3-3-0)  Intermediate Spanish II: A continuation of intermediate level studies of the language, literature, and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples, including further development of the basic language skills, with special emphasis on idiomatic usages and complex grammatical structures. Laboratory experience required.
Prerequisite: SPAN 211 or required placement test scores
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SPAN 230  (3-3-0)  Intermediate Spanish Conversation: This course will focus on speaking and listening skills and develop pronunciation and conversational skills. Students will review grammar and vocabulary as they explore and discuss Hispanic culture. Class is conducted entirely in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 212 or required placement test scores
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SPAN 240  (3-3-0)  Intermediate Spanish Composition: This course reinforces communicative written skills learned in intermediate courses and prepares students for courses at or beyond the 300 level. Readings and written compositions focus on cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world. It is conducted entirely in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 212 or required placement test scores
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SPAN 300  (3-3-0)  Spanish for Business: An intermediate Spanish course focusing on developing communicative (oral and written) skills applicable to business in Hispanic contexts.
Prerequisite: SPAN 212
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SPAN 311  (3-3-0)  Advanced Spanish Conversation and Culture: This course is a discussion based course focusing on speaking and listening skills and further development of pronunciation and conversational skills. Students will explore and discuss Hispanic culture and current events in the Spanish-speaking world. Class conducted entirely in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 230 Or challenge examination
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SPAN 312  (3-3-0)  is Advanced Spanish Composition and Culture: This course focuses primarily on Spanish composition and the practice of different writing styles through the study of Spanish-speaking cultures. Classroom instruction and discussion will be in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 240 or challenge examination
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SPAN 320  (3-3-0)  Advanced Spanish Grammar: A comprehensive and systematic study of Spanish grammar to develop linguistic (phrase, sentence, paragraph structure) accuracy including correct spelling and utilization of appropriate vocabulary.
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SPAN 321  (3-3-0)  Spanish Civilization and Culture: A study of the civilization, culture, and history of Spain, with attention to the life, customs, philosophy, art, music, and general patterns of culture of the Spanish people. Taught exclusively in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 312
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SPAN 322  (3-3-0)  Spanish-American Civilization and Culture: A study of the civilization, culture, and history of Spanish-America, with attention to the life, customs, philosophy, art, music, and general patterns of culture of Spanish American peoples.
Prerequisite: SPAN 312
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SPAN 331  (3-3-0)  Survey of Spanish Literature I: A study of representative Spanish literary works from earliest times to 1700. Taught exclusively in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 321
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SPAN 332  (3-3-0)  Survey of Spanish Literature II: A study of representative Spanish literary works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Taught exclusively in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 321
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SPAN 341  (3-3-0)  Survey of Spanish-American Literature I: A survey of Spanish-American literature in the context of historical and social backgrounds, covering the period from colonization to independence. Taught exclusively in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 322
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SPAN 342  (3-3-0)  Survey of Spanish-American Literature II: A continuation of the survey of Spanish-American literature in the context of historical and social backgrounds, spanning the period from independence to the present. Taught exclusively in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 322
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SPAN 350  (3-3-0)  Study Abroad Project: This course is taken while abroad and expands on cultural aspects related to the host country. This course requires contact hours with faculty and a research project written in Spanish or English.
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SPAN 411  (3-3-0)  The Nineteenth Century Spanish Novel: A study of Spanish novels from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including works by Galdos, Pereda, Blasco-lbanez, and Pedro de Alcarcon, with attention to the historical and cultural contexts of the readings. Taught exclusively in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 331 Or SPAN 332
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SPAN 420  (3-3-0)  Introduction to Spanish Linguistics I: Phonetics and Phonology: Phonetics and Phonology: A descriptive and comparative study of the Spanish language and its varieties in Spain and Latin America focusing on the phonetic and phonological components, while establishing contrasts with respective counterparts in the English language, and related pedagogical implications. Taught exclusively in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 312
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SPAN 421  (3-3-0)  Introduction to Spanish Linguistics II: Morphology, Syntax and Semantics: Morphology, Syntax and Semantics: A comparative study of the morphological, syntactic, and semantic components of the Spanish language while establishing contrasts with respective counterparts in the English language, and related pedagogical implications. Taught exclusively in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 312
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SPAN 431  (3-3-0)  Drama of the Golden Age: A study of the works of Spain's leading dramatists of the Golden Age: Lope de Vega, Calderon, Tirso de Molina, and Juan Ruiz de Alarcon. Taught exclusively in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 331 Or SPAN 332
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SPAN 441  (3-3-0)  Cervantes: A study of Cervantes, with analytical reading of Don Quixote and of selected Novelas Ejemplares. Taught exclusively in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 332 Or SPAN 331
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SPAN 451  (3-3-0)  Contemporary Spanish: A study of major literary works in Spanish, from the Generation of 1898 to the present, with attention to literary trends and cultural influences that contributed to the shaping of the literature. Taught exclusively in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 332 Or SPAN 331
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SPAN 461  (3-3-0)  Studies in Latin American Prose Fiction: A study of the developments in Latin American drama and poetry, with emphasis on changes occurring in the literature during the twentieth century. Taught exclusively in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 342 Or SPAN 341
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SPAN 471  (3-3-0)  Studies in Latin American Prose Fiction: A study of representative twentieth century novels and short stories by Latin American writers. Taught exclusively in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 342 Or SPAN 341
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SPAN 481  (3-3-0)  Senior Seminar: Current Issues in the Spanish-Speaking World: Critical analysis of specific current topics including Hispanic culture and/or Spanish literature and/or Spanish linguistics. Taught exclusively in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Senior status and permission of instructor
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YORU 110  (3-3-0)  Elementary Yoruba I: The course is an introduction to Yoruba, and is intended for students with no prior knowledge of the language and culture of Yorubaland. It is designed to introduce the learner to the fundamentals of Yoruba ┐ the language, the culture, and the people. The course emphasizes spoken and written Yoruba, as used in present day West Africa.
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YORU 120  (3-3-0)  Elementary Yoruba II: A continuation of YORU 110. The course covers materials beyond the elementary ones included in YORU 110. The course emphasizes contemporary spoken and written Yoruba, as used in present day West Africa.
Prerequisite: YORU 110
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