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Department of Romance Languages (FRE, ITA, SPA)
College of Arts & Sciences

321 McIver Building
(336) 334-5655
www.uncg.edu/rom

Accelerated Master's Programs for French or Spanish Majors | French as a Second Major | French Courses (FRE) | French Major | French Major with Secondary Subject-Area Teacher Licensure | French Minor | French or Spanish Major (BA) | Italian Courses (ITA) | Spanish as a Second Major | Spanish Courses (SPA) | Spanish Major | Spanish Major with Secondary Subject-Area Teacher Licensure | Spanish Minor

 

Faculty

David A. Fein, Professor and Head of Department

Professors Smith, Smith-Soto; Associate Professors Almeida, Campo, Chesak, Goode, Koenig, Mather-Koestler, Sotomayor; Assistant Professors Grossi, Paredes, Rauch; Lecturers Amat, Bender, Dola, Hill, Levine, Martin, McLin

The Department of Romance Languages offers a variety of programs in language, literature, and culture of the three major Romance areas of French, Spanish, and Italian. Students may begin the study of any of these at the elementary level or continue it at the intermediate level. Students with one or more years of high school French or Spanish who wish to continue the study of that same language must take the Language Placement Test. Incoming transfer students returning to the study of French or Spanish begun in high school but not previously pursued at the college level must also take the test. Intermediate proficiency is expected for further work in French or Spanish; according to the student's interests, he or she may then begin the study of literature or develop language skills in composition and conversation. Native or near-native speakers must consult with an appropriate departmental advisor before signing up for courses in the Romance Languages Department.

The Department's goals are three-fold:

  1. To provide practical training in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing a foreign language;
  2. To promote those values in the liberal arts tradition that derive particularly from the study of language and literature: increased understanding of language itself as structure and process, and the enlightening encounter with cultures and modes of thought different from one's own.
  3. To prepare students interested in becoming French and Spanish teachers by providing a range of courses and experiences in their prospective field. In addition to the Bachelor of Arts degree, the department offers the Master of Arts in Romance Languages with concentrations in French, Spanish, French education, and Spanish education.

Special facilities and features include language laboratories, the possibility of study abroad, and French and Spanish honorary societies. Achievement in Romance studies is recognized by five annual awards to outstanding juniors and seniors.

French or Spanish Major
Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level
AOS Codes:

French, U159
French, with Secondary Subject-Area Teacher Licensure, U161
Spanish, U227
Spanish, with Secondary Subject-Area Teacher Licensure, U229

The French and Spanish Majors are designed to ensure a well-rounded preparation in language and literature. The programs are balanced and comprehensive, yet they allow students the latitude to explore subjects of special interest to them. Specific course and area requirements and electives in language, literature, and culture characterize both programs. The majors in Romance Languages begin at the 300-level.

Requirements For Both Majors

College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) (54-55 hours)

All students must meet the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). The College of Arts and Sciences, however, has established liberal education requirements for its programs which, while including those of AULER, contain additional requirements in several categories. Therefore, students following this program should adhere to the College requirements. Please note that students who satisfy the College Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) will also satisfy the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). See a complete description of the College requirements and courses meeting AULER/CLER requirements.

Requirements for the French Major

No requirement for the major can be met by a grade lower than C-. Minimum 30 semester hours at the 300-level or above, including:

  1. 301
  2. 353 and 354
  3. 315 and 415
  4. One course from: 311, 312, 313
  5. Two literature courses at the 400- or 500-level
  6. Additional courses (6 sem. hrs.)

Requirements for the Second Major in French

24 semester hours at the 300-level or above, including:

  1. 301, 315, 353, 354
  2. One course from 311, 312, 313, 415
  3. One 400-level literature course
  4. Two other courses above 204

Students seeking teacher licensure must include Civilization (331a or 332 or 532 or 533), Composition (315 or 415) and Conversation (311 or 312 or 313) in the 24 semester hours. The Phonetics competency may be met by completing 311.

Literature courses in English translation may not be used for credit toward the second major.

Secondary Subject-Area Teacher Licensure in French

Students seeking teacher licensure must include Civilization (331a or 332 or 532 or 533). The phonetics (pronunciation) competency is met through 311. Literature courses should be chosen so as to represent a range of periods, movements, and/or genres. Admission to teacher education and student teaching in French requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 overall and in the major. Please see additional teacher licensure requirements discussed in Teacher Education Programs.

Literature courses in English translation may not be used for credit toward the major.

Requirements for the Minor in French

15-21 semester hours of courses in French above 203 are required for the French minor, excluding literature courses in English translation.

Requirements for the Spanish Major

No requirement for the major can be met by a grade lower than C-. Minimum 30 semester hours above the 204-level, including:

  1. Bridge language course: 301
  2. Three literature courses: 351, one 400-level and one 500-level course
  3. Two composition courses, selected from 315, 341, 415
  4. One conversation course, selected from 311, 312, 313
  5. One course in civilization, selected from 332, 334, 532, 534
  6. Two elective courses

Literature courses in English translation may not be used for credit toward the major.

Requirements for the Second Major in Spanish

24 semester hours above the 204 level, including:

  1. Bridge language course: 301
  2. Two literature courses: 351, and one 400- or 500-level course
  3. One composition course, selected from 315, 341, 415
  4. One conversation course, selected from 311, 312, 313
  5. One course in civilization, selected from 332, 334, 532, 534
  6. Two elective courses

Literature courses in English translation may not be used for credit toward the second major.

Secondary Subject-Area Teacher Licensure in Spanish

Majors or second majors seeking teacher licensure must include Phonetics (416) as one of their electives. Admission to teacher education and student teaching in Spanish requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 overall and in the major. Please see additional teacher licensure requirements discussed in Teacher Education Programs.

 

Requirements for the Minor in Spanish

15-21 semester hours of courses in Spanish above 203 are required for the Spanish minor, excluding literature courses in English translation.

 

Electives for Both Majors

Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for degree.

Accelerated Master's Programs
for French and Spanish Majors

Interested students should see Accelerated Master's Programs for Undergraduates for details about the BA in French or Spanish/MBA program requirements.

French Courses (FRE)

Courses taught in English translation

222 Explorations in French Literature: English Versions (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

323 Albert Camus: English Versions (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

A full description of these courses will be found in numerical order in the French courses listed below. All remaining courses are taught in French.

For Undergraduates

101, 102 Beginning French (3:3), (3:3).

Pr. 101 prerequisite to 102.

Introduction to French with practice in listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Supplementary instruction in the language laboratory.

113 Conversation in France (3).

Pr. two semesters of beginning French courses or permission of instructor.

  • Open only to students not meeting the prerequisites for 313.

Extensive formal and informal training in French conversation in a living French setting. Offered only as a summer program in France.

203, 204 Intermediate French (3:3), (3:3).

CLER: CFL

Pr. 102 or equivalent; 203 prerequisite to 204.

Review and further study of basic French structures with emphasis on active use of language skills; listening, speaking, writing, reading.

222 Explorations in French Literature: English Versions (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

  • May not be used for credit toward French major.

The best of French literature read and discussed in English. Topics vary, each taking a broad perspective on an important theme, genre, or period.

224 Medieval French Literature in English Translation (3:3).

  • May not be used for credit toward French major.

Readings from major genres of the Middle Ages in English translation, as reflections of cultural, philosophical, and aesthetic values in the age of chivalry and belief. Fein.

301 Advanced French (3:3).

Pr. 204 or equivalent, or departmental permission.

An opportunity to increase proficiency in oral and written language skills while extending knowledge of French literature and contemporary French culture. A bridge to advanced work in all areas. (FA)

311 French Conversation and Phonetics (3:3).

Pr. 204 or equivalent, or departmental permission.

Training in spoken French and phonetics.

312 French Conversation and Culture (3:3).

Pr. 204 or equivalent, or departmental permission.

Training in spoken French in the context of French culture.

313 Conversation in France (3).

Pr. 204 or equivalent, or departmental permission.

Intensive formal and informal training in French conversation in a living French setting. Offered only as a summer program in France.

315 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3:3).

Pr. 301 or departmental permission.

Study of grammar and idiom. Formal and informal writing. (FA)

323 Albert Camus: English Versions (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

  • May not be used for credit toward French major.

Reading and discussion of Camus' novels, plays, and essays in English. Smith.

331a, 331b Culture and Civilization in France (3), (3).

  • 331a taught in French; pr. 301 or permission of instructor.
  • 331b taught in English; open only to students not meeting prerequisites for 331a.
  • 331b may not be used for credit toward French major.

Offered only as a summer program in France. Special emphasis on Paris and one other region of France.

332 Introduction to French Civilization and Culture (3:3).

Pr. 301 or departmental permission.

An introduction to French civilization, presenting an historical overview of major periods with emphasis on selected thematic topics.

341, 342 Business French (3:3), (3:3).

Pr. 301 or departmental permission.

French used in various types of business, with practice in writing and speaking. Readings on economic aspects of the French-speaking world. Koenig.

353, 354 Survey of French Literature (3:3; 3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

Pr. 301.

353: Middle Ages through the eighteenth century. 354: Nineteenth and twentieth centuries. (FA,SP)

411 French Phonetics (3:3).

Pr. 311.

Systematic approach to French pronunciation through sound/spelling relationships, exercises in phonetic transcription, and sound discrimination. Phonetic theory reinforced by aural-oral practice to improve intonation and articulation.

415 Advanced French Composition (3:3).

Pr. 311 or departmental permission.

Review of grammar and practice in informal and formal writing skills. Emphasis on the explication de texte and the dissertation littéraires. (SP)

453 Topics in French Literature: Ancien Régime (3:3).

Pr. 353 or 354.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Advanced studies in French literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, or of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

454 Topics in Modern French Literature (3:3).

Pr. 353 or 354; departmental permission.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Advanced studies in French literature of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, or of the twentieth century. (SP)

493 Honors Work (3-6).

Pr. see prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493

  • May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.


For Advanced Undergraduates and Graduate Students

507 Teaching French Through French Literature (3:3).

Pr. 400-level course in French literature or permission of instructor.

  • For upper-level majors and graduate students who plan to teach French.

Strategies for teaching the French language through its literature. All major genres represented.

532, 533 French Civilization (3:3), (3:3).

Pr. 353 or 354 or 332, or departmental permission.

Study of France and the French people. Historical and geographical background, intensive study of national traits, home life, institutions, and culture. Stress on present-day France.

553 Topics in French Literary Movements (3:3).

Pr. 400 level course in French literature or departmental permission.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

In-depth study of a major literary trend: mannerism, classicism, realism, naturalism, and others.

554 Topics in French Fiction (3:3).

Pr. 400 level course in French literature or departmental permission.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Studies in prose fiction - roman, conte, nouvelle, etc. - through a variety of critical and historical approaches, each topic focusing on one such approach.

555 Topics in French Poetry (3:3).

Pr. 400 level course in French literature or departmental permission.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Studies in French poetry through a variety of critical and historical approaches.

556 Topics in French Theatre (3:3).

Pr. 400 level course in French literature or departmental permission.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Studies in French theatre through a variety of critical and historical approaches.

557 Advanced Topics in French Literature (3:3).

Pr. 400 level course in French literature or departmental permission.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Nontraditional perspectives on literature in the French language: thematic topics, and others.

558 Topics in Francophone Literature (3:3).

Pr. 400 level course in French literature or departmental permission.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Studies in Francophone literature through a variety of aspects or genres, each topic focusing on one such aspect or genre.

561 The Auteur Director (3:2:3).

Pr. BCT 171 or departmental permission.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Works of an individual film director. Subject differs from offering to offering. (Same as SPA 561)

562 Studies in Film Genre (3:2:3).

Pr. BCT 171 or departmental permission.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Technical, dramatic, social, and rhetorical dimensions of a film genre or genres. Subject differs from offering to offering. (Same as SPA 562)

 

Spanish Courses (SPA)

Course taught in English Translation

222 Hispanic Masterpieces in English Translation (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

A full description of this course will be found in numerical order in the Spanish courses listed below. All remaining courses are taught in Spanish.

For Undergraduates

101, 102 Beginning Spanish (3:3), (3:3).

Pr. 101 prerequisite to 102.

Introduction to Spanish with practice in listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Supplementary instruction in the language laboratory.

203, 204 Intermediate Spanish (3:3), (3:3).

CLER: CFL

Pr. 102 or equivalent; 203 prerequisite to 204.

Review and further study of basic Spanish structures with emphasis on active use of language skills: listening, speaking, writing, reading.

222 Hispanic Masterpieces in English Translation (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

Best of Spanish and Spanish-American literature read and discussed in English. Topics vary, each taking a broad perspective on an important theme, genre, or period.

301 Advanced Spanish (3:3).

Pr. 204 or equivalent, or departmental permission.

An opportunity to increase proficiency in oral and written language skills while extending knowledge of Hispanic culture. A bridge course required for advanced work in all areas. (FA,SP)

311 Spanish Conversation (3:3).

Pr. 301 or departmental permission.

Intensive and methodical training in spoken Spanish.

312 Spanish Conversation (3:3).

Pr. 311 or departmental permission.

Further intensive and methodical training in spoken Spanish.

313 Conversation in a Spanish-Speaking Country (3).

Pr. 204 or departmental permission.

Intensive formal and informal training in Spanish conversation in a Spanish or Latin American setting. Offered only in UNCG Program Abroad.

314 Spain Today (3).

Pr. 204 or departmental permission.

An intensive, one month grammar review and practical orientation course for students participating in the UNCG Study Abroad Program in Spain, emphasizing contact with people in public places, exposure to media, and visits to principal cultural centers.

315 Intermediate Spanish Composition (3:3).

Pr. 301 or departmental permission.

Intensive study of grammar and idiom. Formal and informal writing.

332 Introduction to Spanish Culture (3:3).

Pr. 204 or departmental permission.

Introduction to the culture of Spain. Selected readings on the culture by noted Spanish authors, films, slides with classroom discussions.

334 Introduction to Spanish-American Culture (3:3).

Pr. 204 or departmental permission.

Introduction to the culture of Spanish-America. Selected writings by noted Spanish-American authors, films, slides with classroom discussion.

341 Business Spanish (3:3).

Pr. 204 or equivalent.

Spanish used in the Hispanic business world, with practice in speaking and writing. Readings on economic aspects of Spanish speaking countries.

351 Approaches to Hispanic Literature (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

Pr. 301 or departmental permission.

Reading of representative Hispanic texts, by genres. Attention will be given to basic vocabulary, concepts and techniques of literary analysis. (FA,SP)

401 Special Topics in Language and Literature (3:3).

Pr. 351 and departmental permission.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Directed study and research in language and literary topics of special interest to the locale of the UNCG Study Abroad Program in a Spanish-speaking country.

402 Spanish Literature I (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

Pr. 351 or departmental permission.

Reading of representative texts from the beginning of Spanish Literature to the year 1800 with attention to techniques of analysis as well as cultural and historical background.

403 Spanish Literature II (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

Pr. 351 or departmental permission.

Spanish Literature from the 1800s through the present. Special attention to cultural and historical background and literary techniques of analysis.

404 Spanish American Literature I (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

Pr. 351 or departmental permission.

Survey of Spanish American literature, from the beginnings through the late 1800s, with attention to techniques of literary analysis.

405 Spanish American Literature II (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

Pr. 351 or departmental permission.

Second half of a survey of Spanish American literature, from the late 1800s through the present day, with attention to techniques of literary analysis.

415 Advanced Written and Spoken Spanish (3:3).

Pr. 311 and 315 or equivalent.

Intensive practice in the written and spoken language, focusing on refinements in structure, vocabulary development, informal conversation, and formal writing styles.

416 Spanish Phonetics (3:3).

Pr. 311 or 312 or 313, or departmental permission.

Spanish phonetics and intonation. Students learn to read and write symbols for sounds and inflections of Spanish and study mechanics of production of these sounds, accompanied by intensive drill in pronunciation and intonation.

493 Honors Work (3-6).

Pr. see prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493

  • May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.

497 Directed Study in Spanish Language (3:3).

Pr. departmental permission required.

Directed study and research in Spanish language.

498 Directed Studies in Hispanic Literature (3:3).

Pr. departmental permission required.

Directed study and research in literary topics.

For Advanced Undergraduates and Graduate Students

502 Topics in Spanish Literature (3:3).

Pr. one 400-level course in Hispanic literature or departmental permission.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

In-depth studies, through a variety of critical and historical approaches, based on themes, geographical areas, outstanding figures, genres, or periods.

504 Topics in Spanish American Literature (3:3).

Pr. one 400-level course in Hispanic literature or departmental permission.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

In-depth study, through a variety of critical and historical approaches, based on geographical areas, outstanding figures, genres, or periods.

516 Introduction to Spanish Syntax (3:3).

Pr. 415 or departmental permission.

Introduction to Spanish syntax. Analysis of Spanish grammar; syntactic categories and phrase structure.

532 Spanish Civilization (3:3).

Pr. one 400-level course in Hispanic literature or departmental permission.

Development of Spanish culture. Historical and geographical background for study of twentieth-century Spain. Special emphasis on customs, national traits, arts, and institutions.

534 Spanish-American Civilization (3:3).

Pr. one 400-level course in Hispanic literature or departmental permission.

Development of Spanish-American culture.

561 The Auteur Director (3:2:3).

Pr. BCT 171 or departmental permission.

  • May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

Works of an individual film director. Subject differs from offering to offering. (Same as FRE 561)

562 Studies in Film Genre (3:2:3).

Pr. BCT 171 or departmental permission.

  • May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

Technical, dramatic, social, and rhetorical dimensions of a film genre or genres. Subject differs from offering to offering. (Same as FRE 562)

 

Italian Courses (ITA)

For Undergraduates

101, 102 Beginning Italian (3:3), (3:3).

Pr. 101 prerequisite to 102.

Introduction to Italian with practice in hearing, speaking, reading, and writing. Supplementary instruction in the language laboratory.

203, 204 Intermediate Italian (3:3), (3:3).

CLER: CFL

Pr. 102 or equivalent; 203 prerequisite to 204.

Review and further study of Italian, followed by reading of contemporary authors.

222 Italian Masterpieces in English Translation (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

Best of Italian literature read and discussed in English. Topics vary, each taking a broad perspective on an important theme, genre, or period.

313 Conversation in Italy (3:3).

Pr. 204 or equivalent.

An intensive conversation course oriented towards life in modern Italy and emphasizing the language of the media, the public domain and contemporary culture. Offered in UNCG Summer Program in Italy.


For Advanced Undergraduates and Graduate Students

517 The Auteur Director (3:2:3).

Pr. BCT 171 or departmental permission.

  • May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

Works of an individual film director. Subject differs from offering to offering. (Same as FRE, SPA 561)

518 Studies in Film Genre (3:2:3).

Pr. BCT 171 or departmental permission.

  • May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

Technical, dramatic, social, and rhetorical dimensions of a film genre or genres. Subject differs from offering to offering. (Same as FRE, SPA 562)

Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin for additional graduate level French, Italian, and Spanish courses.

 
 
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