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Cultural Studies

Course Descriptions

French Courses:

FR 201 Intermediate French I (4 SH). A course designed for students who have a basic background in French. All four basic language skills — speaking, listening, reading, and writing — are addressed, with particular emphasis on developing oral proficiency. Prerequisite: FR 102 or consent of instructor.

FR 202 Intermediate French II (4 SH). A continuation of the skills and emphases stated for FR 201. Prerequisite: FR 201 or consent of instructor.

FR 301 Advanced Conversation and Composition I (4 SH). A course in oral and written practice at the advanced level, designed to develop fluency in speaking and writing French. The emphasis is on the reading of cultural and literary texts, as well as current periodicals, which serve as the basis for group discussion and for writing short essays. Prerequisite: FR 202 or consent of instructor.

FR 302 Advanced Conversation and Composition II (4 SH). A continuation of the skills and emphases stated for FR 301. Prerequisite: FR 301 or permission of instructor.\

FR 303 Commercial French (4 SH). An introduction to the technical vocabulary of international business, including the writing of business letters and the translation of magazine articles using the computer. Authentic documents and videos are used. The course also studies advertising images, immigration, and business ethics in their cultural and historical context. A competency examination is given at the end of the course. Prerequisite: FR 302 or consent of instructor.

FR 351 French Culture (4 SH). An introduction to major French social institutions in their historical context. The course examines the various factors (historical, social, economic, artistic) that have shaped contemporary cultural identity. The arts and popular culture are included. Prerequisite: FR 302 or consent of instructor.

FR 601 French Capstone (4 SH). A course required of all French majors. The course will examine in some depth a topic in the language, literature, or culture of the French-speaking world. Both classic works and some that are less well known (especially by women and minorities in less industrialized societies) will be examined. Literature, film, and cultural theory are included; methodology is interdisciplinary. Plenary sessions for this course are combined with those of German and Spanish, and are taught in English; however, French majors will also do independent research under the direction of a member of the French faculty and will write their final paper in French.

Spanish Courses:

SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I (4 SH). A course designed for students who have a basic background in Spanish. All four basic language skills — speaking, listening, reading, and writing — are addressed, with particular emphasis on developing oral proficiency. Prerequisite: SPA 102 or consent of instructor.

SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II (4 SH). A continuation of the skills and emphases stated for SPA 201. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or consent of instructor.

SPA 301 Advanced Conversation and Composition I (4 SH). A course in oral and written practice at the advanced level, designed to develop fluency in speaking and writing Spanish. The emphasis is on the reading of cultural and literary texts, as well as current periodicals, which serve as the basis for group discussion and for writing short essays. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or consent of instructor.

SPA 302 Advanced Conversation and Composition II (4 SH). A continuation of the skills and emphases stated for SPA 301. Prerequisite: SPA 301 or consent of instructor.

SPA 303 Commercial Spanish (4 SH). An introduction to the technical vocabulary of international business, including the writing of business letters and the translation of magazine articles using the computer. Authentic documents and videos are used. The course also examines advertising images, immigration, and business ethics in their cultural and historical context. A competency examination will be given at the end of the course. Prerequisite: SPA 302 or consent of instructor.

SPA 351 Culture of Spain (4 SH). An introduction to major institutions of peninsular Spain in their historical context. The course examines the various factors (historical, social, economic, artistic) that have shaped contemporary cultural identity. The arts and popular culture are included. Prerequisite: SPA 302 or consent of instructor.

SPA 352 Cultures of Hispanic America (4 SH). A study of the cultural diversity of Hispanic America presented through literature, film, and the arts. Attention is given to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and the United States in the 20th century. Prerequisite: SPA 302 or consent of instructor.

SPA 601 Spanish Capstone (4 SH). A course required of all Spanish majors. The course will examine in some depth a topic in the language, literature, or culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Both classic works and some that are less well known (especially by women and minorities in less industrialized societies) will be examined. Literature, film, and cultural theory are included; methodology is interdisciplinary. Plenary sessions for this course are combined with those of French and German, and are taught in English; however, Spanish majors will also do independent research under the direction of a member of the Spanish faculty and will write their final paper in Spanish.

Supporting Courses:

IC 101 The World of Language (4 SH). A study of the world of language from a multicultural perspective. Students will explore language origins, first and second language acquisition, and cross-cultural differences. The course will also cover such topics as body language, gesture, the relationship between language and perception, anthropological foundations, attempts to create a "universal language," computer language, artificial intelligence, and animal communication.

IC 102 Reading the World (4 SH). An introduction to the study of culture in countries where French, German, and Spanish are spoken. The course uses texts in the broadest sense, including literature, film, advertising, and cultural theory, in order to explore culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. This course examines the specific content and form of these four kinds of texts and the role of gender, race, and social class in shaping them. Special emphasis is given to texts by and about women, minorities, and the Third World.

 

What can you do with a Cultural Studies degree?

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