Modern Foreign Languages Courses


FRN 111,112,113. Basic Communication Skills in French
Basic reading, writing, oral comprehension, and speaking skills. Supplementary use of the language laboratory. French 113 is prerequisite to all other courses except 205.

FRN 114. French Culture in French
Survey of the more important aspects of French culture, past and present. An attempt to integrate the historic culture of France with the international role of France today. Prerequisite: French 113 or placement through a proficiency test. This course fulfills the foreign culture requirement in general education.

FRN 205. French Culture in English
Survey of the more important aspects of French culture, past and present. An attempt to integrate the historic culture of France with the international role of France today. No foreign language prerequisite.

FRN 220. Conversational French
A course to develop further the skill of speaking French. Prerequisite: French 113 or permission of instructor.


SPA 111. Basic Communication Skills in Spanish I
Introduction to and beginning development of Spanish oral, listening, reading and writing skills.

SPA 112. Basic Communication Skills in Spanish II
Continuation of skill development begun in Spanish I.

SPA 113. Basic Communication Skills in Spanish III
Continuation of skill development begun in Spanish II with increased emphasis on student-based production skills.

SPA 150. Intermediate Communication Skills in Spanish
Intensive review of skills in 111-113 through an introduction to Hispanic literature, culture and conversation. SPA 150 is a prerequisite for all upper level Spanish courses 220 and above.

SPA 207. Hispanic Culture in English
Emphasis on the relevant and current aspects of Hispanic culture and its relationship to individual and collective values within the Spanish-speaking world. Special focus on Latinos in the United States, their history and their impact on US culture. Intensive use of visual media. No foreign language prerequisite.

SPA 220. Conversational Spanish
Conversation within a cultural context. Development of critical thinking skills in spoken Spanish about contemporary issues and concerns.

SPA 230. Introduction to Spanish Structure and Phonetics
Review of Spanish. structural and phonetic issues, with an emphasis on pronunciation, intonation and fluence, regional dialects and styles, and comparison to structure of the English language.

SPA 240. Spanish Stylistics
Review of Spanish grammatical structure, with an emphasis on written sentence structure and composition, and comparison of Spanish writing styles with those in English.

SPA 250. Hispanic Culture in Spanish
Cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through readings, the use of “realia,” and class projects. Conducted in Spanish. Required for major and minor in Spanish.

SPA 260. Business Spanish
Business terms in Spanish: letters, memoranda, purchase orders, bills, and similar business documents. A presentation of cultural differences between business practices in the United States and Spain/Latin America with a particular focus on NAFTA, Mexico, and the United States.

SPA 261. Internship I
See FRN 261.

SPA 327. Special Topics
See FRN 327.

SPA 330. Peninsular Literature: Medieval Through Golden Age Periods
Representative works from the Medieval period in Spain to the apex of Spanish literary culture, the Golden Age. Readings within an historical and cultural context move from El Mio Cid through masterpieces of Golden Age Drama.

SPA 340. Peninsular Literature: Enlightenment to the Present
Focusing on the Age of Reason’s influence at the close of Spain’s Golden Age, this course examines readings about the fall of Spain into political conflict that lasts through the late 20th Century. Representative works include Civil War literature and regional women writers of contemporary Spain.

SPA 350. Latin American Literature: The Encounter/Conquest Through Romanticism
This course begins with the literature of the Encounter between Spain and Latin America in the late 15th century through works written during the Independence of the Latin American republics from Spain during the mid-19th Century.

SPA 360. Latin American Literature: Modernism to the Present
Beginning with the Latin American Modernist poets of the late 19th century, this course examines important examples of Latin American prose and poetry that shape Latin American literature into what it is today. Criollismo, the avant garde movement, the gaucho novel, the regional novel, the Boom novel, postmodernism, and feminism/women writers are examined.

SPA 420. Directed Readings: Spain
Potential topics in Spanish, include “Golden Age Drama,“ “Cervantes and Don Quixote,” “Generation of ’98,” “Regional Literature of Spain,” “Post Civil War Spain,” “Readings on Religious Issues: From the Mystics to Liberation Theology,” “Women Writers of Spain.”

SPA 430. Directed Readings: Latin America
Potential topics, in Spanish, include “Literature of the Encuentro,” “Boom Literature,” “Hispanic Literature and Culture in the US,” “20th Century Women Writers in Latin America, “ “Indigenous Culture through Literature in Latin America,” “Literature of the ‘Other’.”

SPA 440. Directed Readings
Independent readings directed by members of the modern foreign languages faculty and approved by Department Chair.

SPA 450. Senior Seminar
The Senior Seminar, a requirement for the Spanish major, is the capstone course and is designed to help the student synthesize the various subjects studied throughout his/her career.

SPA 460. Independent Study
Independent in-depth investigation, reading and research about an approved topic. Department approval required.

SPA 470. Internship
See FRN 461