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Modern Languages

Professors Cameron, Clouser, Trout; Associate Professors de Arana, Mizenko, Shuru (Chair); Assistant Professors Hardin, Ko; Instructors Biel, Goda, Liu, Steyaert.

The Modern Languages Department develops in students the linguistic, literary and cultural competence necessary to communicate in another language with other peoples, understand their cultures, and appreciate the knowledge that foreign languages and cultures offer to the national and world communities.

The Modern Languages Department aims, in its elementary and intermediate courses, to develop students’ linguistic competence and understanding of a foreign culture and to introduce them to its different cultural products. More advanced courses seek to perfect the use of the oral and written language and to study the literature, art and history of foreign societies and cultures in order to develop faculties of analysis, critical thinking, and aesthetic judgment.

The Department offers majors in French, German and Spanish. Majors should enrich their studies with courses in other literatures and relevant languages, European history and thought, and the fine arts and music. Majors interested in international affairs, business or diplomacy should choose appropriate courses from the departments of economics and business administration, history and politics. Students planning to pursue graduate study are especially advised to take courses in a second foreign language, world literature, and history, as appropriate. Similarly, students with international interests who are majors in other departments should formulate a minor in French, German, Japanese or Spanish to suit their goals. The varied activities of the language clubs add to the department’s offerings.

In addition to the languages listed above, the Department regularly offers a full curiculum in Chinese and elementary courses in Arabic and Italian which can be taken to fulfill the language requirement, even though majors or minors are not offered in those languages. Students who wish to satisfy the language requirement in a modern language will be placed in the appropriate language class based on background and the results of the Foreign Language Placement Test.

English for International Students

IDS-120 is meant to be taken by international students, including exchange students, during the first year at Ursinus, in order to introduce them to the academic culture of Ursinus College and to the society and culture of the United States and the Philadelphia region. For eligible non-native speakers of English, this course may fulfill the core requirement for language study, if approved by the chair of the Department of Modern Languages.

IDS-120. Introduction to American Culture for International Students Faculty

This course is to be taken during the first year at Ursinus by foreign students, including exchange students, in order to introduce them to the history, society and culture of the United States and the Philadelphia region. Assignments will provide practice in the structure and style of academic English, including oral and written communication. Limited to international students who are not native speakers of English. This course fulfills the core requirement in language for eligible students if approved by the chair of the Department of Modern Languages. Three hours per week plus one hour of additional work. Four semester hours.

ML-100, 101, 102, 111, and 112. Modern Languages Faculty

Individualized study of languages, such as Hebrew, Russian, Danish, and others. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Four semester hours. (These courses do not satisfy the College language requirement for graduation.)

Arabic

ARA-101. Elementary Arabic I Faculty

An introduction to the Arabic language. This course will allow the student to master the Arabic alphabet and to learn elementary speaking, writing, and reading in Arabic. Four hours of instruction plus one hour of supervised work with the textbook’s DVD material. Four semester hours. (L.)

ARA-102. Elementary Arabic II Faculty

Continuation of ARA-101. Emphasis on communication and cultural uses of the language. Four hours of instruction plus one hour of supervised work with the textbook’s DVD material. Four semester hours. (L.)

Italian

ITAL-101. Elementary Italian I Ms. Steyaert

Development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Designed for beginners or students with little or no recent study of the language. Four hours per week plus one hour of language conversation or lab work. Four semester hours. (L.)

ITAL-102. Elementary Italian II Ms. Steyaert

Continuation of ITAL-101. Prerequisite: ITAL-101 or permission of the instructor. Four hours per week plus one hour of language conversation or lab work. Four semester hours. (L.)

Note: This course will be offered to the students returning from the Semester in Florence program with sufficient enrollment.

Chinese

The Chinese language courses are designed to develop linguistic skills and an understanding of Chinese culture. The study of Chinese is recommended for students interested in majoring in East Asian Studies, International Relations, Business and Economics, and other disciplines. Students may also pursue a student-initiated major that includes the study of Chinese. In all courses, students work with computers, and authentic video, audio and written materials, as well as language assistants who are native speakers.

CHN-101. Elementary Chinese I Prof. Liu

An introduction to the Chinese language. The course is designed to introduce the student to the basic rules of spoken and written Chinese while providing basic communicative skills. Four hours per week plus one hour of practice with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (L.)

CHN-102. Elementary Chinese II Prof. Liu

Continuation of CHN-101. The focus is placed on situation-sensitive language use and the systematic introduction of basic grammar and sentence patterns, along with continued study of characters. Prerequisite: CHN-101 or equivalent. Four hours per week plus one hour of practice with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (L.)

CHN-111. Advanced Elementary Chinese I Prof. Liu

Continued introduction of the fundamental structures of spoken and written Chinese. Development of interpersonal communication skills beyond the functional level. Prerequisite: CHN-102 or equivalent. Four hours per week plus one hour of practice with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (L.)

CHN-112. Advanced Elementary Chinese II Prof. Liu

Continuation of CHN-111. Development of more sophisticated structures and patterns, moving towards conversational fluency. Continued study of reading and writing. Four hours per week plus one hour of practice with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (L.)

CHN-211. Intermediate Chinese I Prof. Liu

Review of basic structures combined with further enhancement of oral and written communication skills. Continued expansion of knowledge of characters, plus development of ability to handle complicated situations. Prerequisite: CHN-112 or equivalent. Four hours per week plus one hour of practice with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (H, L.)

CHN-212. Intermediate Chinese II Prof. Liu

Continuation of CHN-211. Completion of study of fundamentals of Chinese language. Development of ability to read and discuss authentic texts, and to handle a wide range of conversational situations. Prerequisite: CHN-211 or equivalent. Four hours per week plus one hour of practice with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (H, L.)

CHN-311. Advanced Chinese I Prof. Liu

Study of complex linguistic structures in the context of the development of an analytical understanding of the Chinese language. Reading and viewing of advanced-level authentic materials in written and video texts, with an emphasis on a nuanced understanding and an ability to discuss and write about the texts in depth. Three hours per week plus one hour of practice with the language assistant. Prerequisite: CHN-212 or equivalent. Four semester hours. (H, L.)

CHN-312. Advanced Chinese II Prof. Liu

Continuation of CHN-311. Upon completion of this course, students should have developed the resources to handle most conversational situations or modern texts. By this point, there will also have been some introduction to pre-modern structures and orthography. Three class hours per week plus one hour of practice with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (H, L.)

CHN-328. Advanced Chinese Grammar Prof. Liu

In-depth study of Chinese phonetics, morphology and syntax with special emphasis on the problems related to the teaching of the language. Prerequisite: CHN-312 and permission of the instructor. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (L.)

CHN 335. Independent Study in Chinese Faculty

Individual study of topics in Chinese linguistics, literature, society or culture. Prerequisite: CHN-312 and permission of the instructor. Two to four semester hours. (I., if 4 credits.)

CHN-381. Internship Faculty

An off-campus academic work/experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Contact the chair of the department for further details. Open to juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: four courses in Chinese and approval of a faculty internship adviser. Three semester hours. (I.)

CHN-382. Internship Faculty

An off-campus academic work/experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Contact the chair of the department for further details. Open to juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 160 hours of work. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: four courses in Chinese and approval of a faculty internship adviser. Four semester hours. (I.)

CHN-491. Research/Independent Work Faculty

This course is open to candidates for departmental honors and to other students with the permission of the department chair. This course does not satisfy the College requirement of a capstone experience. Four semester hours. (I.)

CHN-492W. Research/Independent Work Faculty

A continuation of CHN-491. This is a writing intensive course and at least one formal oral presentation is required. This course satisfies the College requirement of a capstone experience. Prerequisites: CHN-491 and permission of the department chair. MCS-102 is strongly recommended. Four semester hours. (I.)

French

Requirements for Majors

French majors are required to take at least 36 credit hours in French language, literature, and civilization above the 100 level. FREN-251, 252 or 254 and at least one 400-level W course are required, as well as a study abroad experience as approved by the department. French majors can fulfill the requirement for an oral presentation in the major and the capstone requirement by taking FREN-440W, 441W or 492W.

Secondary School Certification:

Students planning to obtain certification for secondary-school teaching in French must take a minimum of 24 credit hours in French at the 200, 300 and 400 levels. The following courses are required: FREN-251; 252 or 254; 314; 328, and at least two 300- or 400-level courses. In addition to the course requirements, students are required to pass a qualifying examination before they will be admitted to candidacy for certification and a competency examination before being certified.

These tests will examine students’ linguistic competence, orally and in writing, testing phonetics, conversation, grammar and composition. The exit exam will also check their knowledge of French literature and culture, including the arts, history and geography. Students and their advisers should consult the Ursinus College Education Department. Language majors and students preparing for certification are required to supplement their work at Ursinus by spending a summer, a semester or an entire year in a foreign country with a program approved by the department. Exceptions to this policy may be made by petition to the department chair.

Requirements for Minors

Consists of FREN-251 and 16 additional credits of French at the 200, 300 or 400 level.

Courses

FREN-101. Elementary French I Faculty

Development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Designed for beginners or students with little or no recent study of the language. Four hours per week plus one hour of work with interactive technologies. Four semester hours. (L.)

FREN-102. Elementary French II Faculty

Continuation of FREN-101. Four hours per week plus one hour of work with interactive technologies. Four semester hours. (L.)

FREN-111. Intermediate French I Faculty

Conversation and vocabulary development; grammar review, written work and discussions are based on cultural, social and literary selections. Prerequisite: FREN-102 or equivalent. Four hours per week plus one conversation hour with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (L.)

FREN-112. Intermediate French II Faculty

Continued emphasis on comprehension and speaking. Reading in literary and cultural texts and longer writing assignments. Prerequisite: FREN-111 or equivalent. Four hours per week plus one conversation hour with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (L.)

FREN-201. Conversation and Composition Dr. Trout

Intensive review of grammar to perfect oral and written communication. Topics of discussion will focus on contemporary French society using newspaper articles, films and literary texts. Writing will be both formal and informal. Prerequisite: FREN-112 or equivalent. Four hours per week plus one conversation hour with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (H, L.)

FREN-202. Film and Literature Dr. Trout

A study of French culture as reflected through its literature and film. A special emphasis will be put on the adaptation of literary works into films. Prerequisite: FREN-201 or permission of instructor. Four hours per week plus one conversation hour with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (H, L)

FREN-203. Studies of Senegal Faculty

Study of contemporary Senegal, especially the indigenous and European influences which have contributed to modern Senegalese culture, as concrete preparation for future study abroad in Senegal. FREN-203 includes essential information on Senegalese geography, history, politics, customs, languages, society, literature, and the arts. Readings come from works of major Senegalese writers and authentic cultural documents. Class discussion in French, guest speakers, Senegalese films. Fall semester. Prerequisite: FREN-112 or permission of instructor. This course does not satisfy the language requirement unless it is taken with FREN-209. Two hours per week. Two semester hours. (H; L with FREN-209.)

FREN-209. Winter Study in Senegal Faculty

A two-week language course, including 30 hours of classroom study, homestay with a Senegalese family, afternoon excursions and weekend travel directed by Ursinus faculty. Offered during winter break. Students may register for FREN-209 as part of the regular load for either semester. Prerequisite: FREN-203 or permission of the instructor. This course may be used to fulfill the language requirement only if taken twice or in conjunction with FREN-203. Two semester hours. May be taken for credit twice. (H; L with FREN-203 or taken twice.)

FREN-251. Introduction to French Literature Faculty

A selection of major French writers from the Middle Ages to the present. Special attention will be given to the socio-cultural context from which their narratives emerged. Students will also be introduced to literary analysis and to formal writing. Prerequisite: FREN-201 or permission of the instructor. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L.)

FREN-252. Le Monde francophone Faculty, Dr. Trout

A study of major writers from Francophone countries from the 19th and 20th centuries. This team-taught course will examine how colonization and its aftermath have shaped the issues of language, identity, class and gender in French-speaking literature of Canada, Africa and the Caribbean. Prerequisite: FREN-201 or permission of instructor. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. This course will be offered in the Spring term of odd-numbered years and will alternate with FREN-254. (H, L, G.)

FREN-254. Contes et nouvelles Faculty

A study of various short texts, “contes,’” “nouvelles’’ and “récits’’ from French-speaking authors from the 18th century to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the development of the genre as influenced by historical, social and gender issues. Authors selected include Voltaire, Maupassant, Mérimé, Colette, Mandiargues, Roy, Camus, Beauvoir, Hébert, Birago Diop, Sembene and others. Prerequisite: FREN-201 or permission of the instructor. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

Note: This course will be offered in the spring term of even-numbered years and will alternate with FREN-252. All 300-level courses are offered in rotation.

FREN-314. France Today Dr. Trout

A study of the forces of change and tradition in contemporary French society through an examination of the political, social and cultural developments of the past 30 years. Prerequisite: Two courses at the 200 level or permission of the instructor. Four hours per week. Four semester hours.

FREN-318. Commercial and Economic French Faculty

Study of the economy, business organization and commercial practices of France and French-speaking countries with special attention to France’s role in the European Union. Prerequisite: FREN-201, 202 or permission of the instructor. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

FREN-328. Advanced Grammar and Translation Faculty

French phonetics, morphology and syntax, with emphasis on problems related to the teaching of the language. Frequent translations focus on structural differences between French and English. Prerequisite: Two semesters at the 200-level. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

FREN-335. Independent Study in French Faculty

Individual study of topics in French literature and civilization. May also be used in preparation for research or internship abroad. Prerequisites: Two 200-level courses and permission of instructor. Two to four semester hours. (I, if 4 credits.)

FREN-340. 20th-Century Novel Dr. Trout

The development of the French novel of the 20th century from Proust to the writers of the new novel. Authors studied include Colette, Malraux, Sartre, Camus, Beauvoir, Duras and others. Prerequisites: FREN-251; FREN-252 or 254, or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

FREN-345. Topics in French Faculty

The course focuses on a specific topic or theme not otherwise treated in the curriculum. Topics will vary from year to year. Recent topics have included « Regard sur/des Autres dans la société française » and « Passion et amour dans la littérature classique et moderne ». Independent written work is required. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L.)

FREN-350. 19th-Century Novel Faculty

The evolution of the French novel with emphasis on Stendhal, Balzac, Flaubert and Zola. Prerequisites: FREN-251; FREN-252 or 254, or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

FREN-360. 18th-Century Literature Faculty

Human nature, liberty, reason and their limits as seen in Enlightenment writing before the Revolution of 1789. Readings from Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Laclos and others. Prerequisites: FREN-251; FREN-252 or 254, or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

FREN-370. 17th-Century Classicism Faculty

Classical French literature with emphasis on the theater of Corneille, Molière and Racine. Prerequisites: FREN-251; FREN-252 or 254, or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

FREN-381. Internship Faculty

An off-campus academic work/experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Contact the chair of the department for further details. Open to juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: three courses in French and approval of a faculty internship adviser. Three semester hours. (I.)

FREN-382. Internship Faculty

An off-campus academic work/experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Contact the chair of the department for further details. Open to juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 160 hours of work. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: three courses in French and approval of a faculty internship adviser. Four semester hours. (I.)

FREN-440W, 441W. Seminar in Francophone Literature and Culture Faculty

These courses are offered on a rotating basis and subjects will be determined according to students’ background and interest. The seminars will take a thematic approach and topics may include the following: « Rebelles, mécréants et criminels dans la literature francophone », « Changement et tradition: France-Afrique », and « La Condition feminine à travers les âges ». These courses satisfy the College requirement of a capstone experience. Prerequisites: FREN-340, or 350, or 360, or 370 or permission of the instructor. MCS-102 is highly recommended. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L.)

FREN-491. Research/Independent Work Faculty

This course is open to candidates for departmental honors and to other students with the permission of the department chair. This course does not satisfy the College requirement of a capstone experience. Four semester hours. (I.)

FREN-492W. Research/Independent Work Faculty

A continuation of FREN-491. This is a writing-intensive course and at least one formal oral presentation is required. This course satisfies the College requirement of a capstone experience. Prerequisites: FREN-491 and permission of the department chair. MCS-102 is highly recommended. Four semester hours. (I.)

German

Requirements for Majors

German majors are required to take a minimum of 36 credit hours in German beyond the 100 level. GER-251, 252 and at least one 400-level W course are required, as well as a study abroad experience as approved by the department. German majors can fulfill the requirement for an oral presentation in the major and the capstone requirement by taking GER-401W, 402W, 403W or 492W.

Secondary School Certification

Students planning to obtain certification for secondary-school teaching in German must take a minimum of 24 credit hours in German at the 200, 300 and 400 levels. The following courses are required: GER-251 and 252; 313 or 314; 328 and at least two 300- or 400-level courses. In addition to the course requirements, students are required to pass a qualifying examination before they will be admitted to candidacy for certification and a competency examination before being certified.

These tests will examine students’ linguistic competence, orally and in writing, testing phonetics, conversation, grammar and composition. The exit exam will also check their knowledge of German literature and culture, including the arts, history and geography. Students and their advisers should consult the Ursinus College Education Department. Language majors and students preparing for certification are required to supplement their work at Ursinus by spending a summer, a semester or an entire year in a foreign country with a program approved by the department. Exceptions to this policy may be made by petition to the department chair.

Requirements for Minors

German Minor

Consists of GER-251 and 16 additional credits of German at the 200, 300 or 400 level.

German Studies Minor

A minor concentration in German Studies consists of six courses, two of which must be taken in the History department and two in the German Section of Modern Languages. Two additional courses, one in German, one in History or an independent study project addressing a topic either in History or German, may be taken through the Ursinus in Tübingen Summer Program or other approved study abroad program. Students may chose from among the following courses at Ursinus: HIST-207, 304, 305, 306, 308, 401W; GER-201, 202, 251, 252, 314, 315; in Germany students may choose either two German courses or one German course and HIST-400W. Students who cannot afford to spend a summer in Germany because of financial hardship may fulfill the requirement for this minor by taking all six courses at Ursinus.

COURSES

GER-101. Elementary German I Faculty

Development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Designed for beginners or students with little or no recent study of the language. Four hours per week plus one conversation hour with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (L.)

GER-102. Elementary German II Faculty

Continuation of GER-101. Four hours per week plus one conversation hour with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (L.)

GER-111. Intermediate German I Dr. Clouser

A review of basic grammar concepts and development of listening and communication skills. Texts of social and cultural interest provide the focus for class discussion and writing exercises. Prerequisite: GER-102 or equivalent. Four hours per week plus one conversation hour with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (L.)

GER-112. Intermediate German II Dr. Clouser

A continuation of GER-111. A review of selected advanced grammar concepts and further development of listening and communication skills. Prerequisite: GER-111 or equivalent. Four hours plus one conversation hour per week with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (L)

GER-201. Conversation and Composition I Faculty

Intensive review of grammar to perfect oral and written communication. Literary texts, newspaper articles, and German films will be discussed. Course includes formal and informal writing exercises and student presentations. Prerequisite: GER-112 or equivalent. Four hours per week plus one conversation hour with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (H, L)

GER-202. Conversation and Composition II Faculty

Intensive review of grammar to perfect oral and written communication. Course includes formal and informal writing exercises and student presentations. Prerequisite: GER-201 or permission of instructor. Four hours per week plus one conversation hour with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (H, L)

GER-251. Introduction to German Literature Dr. Clouser

A survey of the works of major German writers from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Special emphasis will be given to the socio-cultural context in which their writing is embedded. Students will also be introduced to literary analysis and formal writing. Prerequisite: GER-202 or permission of instructor. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

GER-252. German Literature and Film Dr. Clouser

The works of such 20th-century authors will be discussed in the context of the times in which they were written. Students will analyze these works and familiarize themselves with the politics, art, and film of Germany. Prerequisite: GER-202 or permission of instructor. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

GER-253. Das deutsche Märchen Dr. Clouser

A study of the German Fairy Tale from the Brothers Grimm through the 20th century. Oral antecedents, the literary fairy tale, and satirical fairy tales will be treated. Prerequisite: GER-251. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

Note: 300- and 400-level courses are offered in rotation.

GER-310. Summer Study in Tübingen Dr. Clouser

Intensive language study for three to six weeks. Includes classroom study, homestay with a German family, and weekend cultural excursions. Prerequisite: GER-112 or permission of instructor. Open to all majors. Four to eight semester hours, depending on length of study. (H, L)

GER-313. German Studies in Literature Dr. Clouser

Topics vary. Recent topics have included “Early German Cinema” and “Readings in WWII German Literature.” Prerequisite: Two of the following courses: GER-201, 202, 251, 252 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

GER-314. German Studies in Culture Dr. Clouser

Topics vary. Topics include a study of German cultural history, Scientific German, and Environmental German, among others. Texts will come from a variety of sources. Prerequisites: GER-201, 202 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

GER-315. Germany Today Dr. Clouser

A study of contemporary German politics, economics and society. Special emphasis will be given to social and political changes before and after Reunification. Prerequisites: GER-201, 202 or permission of the instructor. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (SS.)

GER-318. Commercial and Economic German Dr. Clouser

Study of the economy, business organization and commercial practices of Germany with special attention to Germany’s role in the European Union. Prerequisite: GER-201, 202 or permission of the instructor. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

GER-319. Twentieth-century German Short Story Dr. Clouser

Readings in the twentieth-century German short story. Students will read, discuss and analyze stories by major German writers. Prerequisites: GER-251, 252, or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week. Four semester hours.

GER-320. German Novelle Dr. Clouser

History and development of the German Novelle from Goethe to the 20th century. Prerequisites: GER-251, 252, or permission of instructor. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

GER-328. Advanced German Grammar Faculty

In-depth study of German phonetics, morphology and syntax with special emphasis on the problems related to the teaching of the language. Prerequisites: GER-201, 202 or permission of instructor. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

GER-335. Independent Study in German Dr. Clouser

Individual study of topics in German literature and civilization. Prerequisites: Two 200-level courses and permission of instructor. Two to four semester hours. (I, if 4 credits.)

GER-381. Internship Faculty

An off-campus academic work/experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Contact the chair of the department for further details. Open to juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: three courses in German and approval of a faculty internship adviser. Three semester hours. (I.)

GER-382. Internship Faculty

An off-campus academic work/experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Contact the chair of the department for further details. Open to juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 160 hours of work. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: three courses in German and approval of a faculty internship adviser. Four semester hours. (I.)

GER-401W. German Medieval Studies Faculty

Works include Parzival, Tristan, the Nibelungenlied and Minnesang. This course satisfies the College requirement of a capstone experience. Prerequisites: GER-251, 252, or permission of instructor. MCS-102 is strongly recommended. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

GER-402W. Classical Literature of the 18th and 19th Centuries Dr. Clouser

Writers include Lessing, Goethe, Schiller, Kleist, Keller and Hauptmann. This course satisfies the College requirement of a capstone experience. Prerequisites: GER-251, 252, or permission of the instructor. MCS-102 is strongly recommended. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

GER-403W. Advanced Seminar Dr. Clouser

Topics vary. This course satisfies the College requirement of a capstone experience. Prerequisites: GER-251, 252, or permission of instructor. MCS-102 is strongly recommended. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

GER-491. Research/Independent Work Faculty

This course is open to candidates for departmental honors and to other students with the permission of the department chair. This course does not satisfy the College requirement of a capstone experience. Four semester hours. (I.)

GER-492W. Research/Independent Work Faculty

A continuation of GER-491. This is a writing-intensive course and at least one formal oral presentation is required. This course satisfies the College requirement of a capstone experience. Prerequisites: GER-491 and permission of the department chair. MCS-102 is strongly recommended. Four semester hours. (I.)

Japanese

The Japanese language courses are designed to develop linguistic skills and an understanding of Japanese culture. The study of Japanese is recommended for students interested in majoring in East Asian Studies or International Relations. Students may also pursue a student-initiated major that includes the study of Japanese. In language labs, which are required for all classes, students work with computers, authentic video and audio materials, as well as native speakers. Ursinus is one of two institutions in Pennsylvania to offer a teacher certification program in Japanese.

Requirements for Minors

A minor in Japanese consists of 20 semester hours, including JPN-211, 212, eight additional credits at the 300-level, and one of the following: EAS/ENGL 224, EAS-311, 314, 399, HIST-243 or another non-language course on Japan.

Secondary School Certification

Students planning to obtain certification for secondary-school teaching in Japanese are required to take the following courses: JPN-211, 212, 301, 328; ENGL-224; HIST-243 or POL-346; and EAS-299, 314, or 401. In addition to the course requirements, students are required to pass a qualifying examination before they will be admitted to candidacy for certification and a competency examination before being certified.

These tests will examine students’ linguistic competence, orally and in writing, testing phonetics, conversation, grammar and composition. The exit exam will also check their knowledge of Japanese literature and culture, including the arts, history and geography. Students and their advisers should consult the Ursinus College Education Department. Language majors and students preparing for certification are required to supplement their work at Ursinus by spending a summer, a semester or an entire year in a foreign country with a program approved by the department. Exceptions to this policy may be made by petition to the department chair.

COURSES

JPN-101. Elementary Japanese I Dr. Tanaka -Goda

An introduction to the Japanese language. The course is designed to introduce the student to the basic rules of spoken and written Japanese while providing basic communicative skills. Four hours per week plus one hour of practice with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (L.)

JPN-102. Elementary Japanese II Dr. Tanaka-Goda

Continuation of JPN-101. The focus is placed on situation-sensitive language use and the systematic introduction of basic grammar and sentence patterns. Basic kanji characters are introduced. Prerequisite: JPN-101 or equivalent. Four hours per week plus one hour of practice with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (L.)

JPN-111. Advanced Elementary Japanese I Dr. Mizenko

Continued introduction of the fundamental structures of spoken and written Japanese. Development of interpersonal communication skills beyond the functional level. Prerequisite: JPN-102 or equivalent. Four hours per week plus one hour of practice with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (L.)

JPN-112. Advanced Elementary Japanese II Dr. Mizenko

Continuation of JPN-111. Development of more sophisticated structures and patterns, moving towards conversational fluency. Continued study of reading and writing, with knowledge of 200-300 kanji characters by end of course. Four hours per week plus one hour of practice with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (L.)

JPN-211. Intermediate Japanese I Dr. Tanaka-Goda

Review of basic structures combined with further enhancement of oral and written communication skills. Continued expansion of knowledge of kanji characters, plus development of ability to handle complicated situations. Prerequisite: JPN-112 or equivalent. Four hours per week plus one hour of practice with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (H, L.)

JPN-212. Intermediate Japanese II Dr. Tanaka-Goda

Continuation of JPN-211. Completion of study of fundamentals of Japanese language. Development of ability to read and discuss authentic texts, and to handle a wide range of conversational situations. Prerequisite: JPN-211 or equivalent. Four hours per week plus one hour of practice with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (H, L)

JPN-311. Advanced Japanese I Dr. Tanaka-Goda

Study of complex linguistic structures in the context of the development of an analytical understanding of the Japanese language. Reading and viewing of advanced-level authentic materials in written and video texts, with an emphasis on a nuanced understanding and an ability to discuss and write about the texts in depth. Three hours per week plus one hour of practice with the language assistant. Prerequisite: JPN-212 or equivalent. Four semester hours. (H, L)

JPN-312. Advanced Japanese II Dr. Tanaka-Goda

Continuation of JPN-311. Upon completion of this course, students should have developed the resources to handle virtually any conversational situation or modern text. By this point, there will also have been some introduction to pre-modern structures and orthography. Three class hours per week plus one hour of practice with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (H, L)

JPN-328. Advanced Japanese Grammar Dr. Tanaka-Goda

In-depth study of Japanese phonetics, morphology and syntax with special emphasis on the problems related to the teaching of the language. Prerequisite: JPN-312 or permission of the instructor. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

JPN 335. Independent Study in Japanese Faculty

Individual study of topics in Japanese literature, society or culture. Prerequisite: JPN-312 and permission of the instructor. Two to four semester hours. (I, if 4 credits.)

JPN-381. Internship Faculty

An off-campus academic work/experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Contact the chair of the department for further details. Open to juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: three courses in Japanese and approval of a faculty internship adviser. Three semester hours. (I.)

JPN-382. Internship Faculty

An off-campus academic work/experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Contact the chair of the department for further details. Open to juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 160 hours of work. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: three courses in Japanese and approval of a faculty internship adviser. Four semester hours. (I.)

JPN-491. Research/Independent Work Faculty

This course is open to candidates for departmental honors and to other students with the permission of the department chair. This course does not satisfy the College requirement of a capstone experience. Four semester hours. (I.)

JPN-492W. Research/Independent Work Faculty

A continuation of JPN-491. This is a writing intensive course and at least one formal oral presentation is required. This course satisfies the College requirement of a capstone experience. Prerequisites: JPN-491 and permission of the department chair. MCS-102 is strongly recommended. Four semester hours. (I.)

Spanish

Requirements for Majors

Spanish majors are required to take a minimum of 36 credit hours in Spanish at the 200, 300 and 400 levels. SPAN-251, 252, and at least one 400-level W course are required, as well as a study abroad experience as approved by the department. Spanish majors can fulfill the requirement for an oral presentation in the major and the capstone requirement by taking SPAN-401W, 402W, 403W or 492W.

Secondary School Certification

Students planning to obtain certification for secondary-school teaching in Spanish must take a minimum of 24 credit hours in Spanish at the 200, 300 and 400 levels. The following courses are required: SPAN-251, 252, 317, 328 and at least two 300- or 400-level courses. In addition to the course requirements, students are required to pass a qualifying examination before they will be admitted to candidacy for certification and a competency examination before being certified.

These tests will examine students’ linguistic competence, orally and in writing, testing phonetics, conversation, grammar and composition. The exit exam will also check their knowledge of Spanish literature and culture, including the arts, history and geography. Students and their advisers should consult the Ursinus College Education Department. Language majors and students preparing for certification are required to supplement their work at Ursinus by spending a summer, a semester or an entire year in a foreign country with a program approved by the department. Exceptions to this policy may be made by petition to the department chair.

Requirements for Minors

A minor in Spanish consists of SPAN-251 or 252, and 16 additional credits of Spanish at the 200, 300 or 400 level.

COURSES

SPAN-101. Elementary Spanish I Faculty

Development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Designed for beginners or students with little or no recent study of the language. Four hours per week plus one hour of work with interactive technologies. Four semester hours. (L.)

SPAN-102. Elementary Spanish II Faculty

Continuation of SPAN-101. Four hours per week plus one hour of work with interactive technologies. Four semester hours. (L.)

SPAN-103. High Beginner Spanish Faculty

This course is intended for students who are experienced learners of Spanish but lack the foundational knowledge for the intermediate level. The course develops the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing by emphasizing linguistic and cultural accuracy. This course is normally followed by SPAN-111. Four hours per week plus one hour of work with interactive technologies. Four semester hours. (L.)

SPAN-111. Intermediate Spanish I Faculty

A review of the basic grammatical structures of Spanish, with emphasis on the use of tenses and the subjunctive mode, vocabulary development through readings and use of authentic materials, and cultural and elementary literary readings. Prerequisite: SPAN-102 or SPAN-103. Four hours per week plus one hour of work with interactive technologies. Four semester hours. (L.)

SPAN-112. Intermediate Spanish II Faculty

Although Intermediate Spanish II is a continuation of Intermediate Spanish I, students may be placed in this course if they can demonstrate a good command of the basic structures of the Spanish grammar. The main focus of this course will be in the strengthening of vocabulary and the written command of the language through the use of authentic materials, literary readings, and writing of short compositions. Prerequisite: SPAN-111 or equivalent. Four hours per week plus one hour of work with interactive technologies. Four semester hours. (L.)

SPAN-200. Spanish Summer Study Abroad Faculty

A four-week total immersion experience abroad, this language-intensive course includes a minimum of 60 hours of classroom study, family residence and travel in a Spanish-speaking country, and is directed by a member of the Ursinus faculty. Offered annually provided there is sufficient enrollment. Possible destinations include Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Spain. Prerequisites: SPAN-112 or permission of instructor. Must be taken in conjunction with SPAN-203 when the destination is Mexico. Four semester hours.

SPAN-201. Conversation and Composition Faculty

Intensive review of the grammar to perfect oral and written communication. Materials used will be predominantly literary (short plays and short stories), but also journalistic. Writing will be both formal and informal. Four hours per week plus one hour of conversation with the language assistant. Prerequisite: SPAN-112 or equivalent. Four semester hours. (H, L)

SPAN-202. Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture Faculty

Topics, to be determined by interests of students and faculty, might include the short story, Spanish and/or Latin American film, class, gender, race relations as reflected in literature and/or film, and others. Prerequisite: SPAN-201 or permission of the instructor. Four hours per week plus one hour of conversation with the language assistant. Four semester hours. (H, L.)*

Note: Course may be taken for credit twice.

SPAN-203. Mexican Studies Faculty

Study of contemporary Mexico, especially the European and indigenous influences, which have contributed to 20th century Mexican culture. SPAN-203 includes essential information on Mexican geography, history, politics, customs, society, literature, and the arts. Readings include the works of major Mexican writers. Class discussions in Spanish, guest speakers, Mexican Films. Must be taken concurrently with Spanish Summer Study Abroad (SPAN-200) when offered in Mexico. Prerequisite: SPAN-112 or permission of the instructor. Two semester hours. (H, L)

SPAN-204.

(See Ursinus in Madrid Program.)

SPAN-207. Spanish Civilization and Culture Faculty

A chronological introduction to Spanish history, culture and civilization from its beginnings to the present time. Recommended for students planning to study in Spain. May be taken in place of SPAN-202. Prerequisite: SPAN-201 or permission of the instructor. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

SPAN-251. Survey of Spanish Literature Dr. Cameron, Dr. de Arana, Dr. Biel

Study of major literary works and genres of Spain from the Middle Ages through the 20th century with special attention given to the literature of the Golden Age, the Generation of 1898, and the post-Civil War period. Prerequisite: SPAN-202 or equivalent. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

SPAN-252. Survey of Latin American Literature Dr. Shuru, Dr. Biel, Dr. Ko

Study of major trends in Latin American literature from the Colonial period through the 20th century with emphasis on Latin America’s progress toward artistic and literary independence from European models. Prerequisite: SPAN-202 or equivalent. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L, G.)

Note: 300- and 400-level courses are offered in rotation.

SPAN-308. Culture and Medicine Dr. Cameron, Dr. Shuru

This course is designed for students interested in medicine or allied health fields. Students will use Spanish by engaging in specialized vocabulary and a variety of cultural and technical texts. The content of the course will emphasize traditional medical and non-traditional healing practices. Prerequisite: SPAN-201 or the equivalent. Three hours per week. Four semester hours.

SPAN-317. The Hispanic World Dr. Shuru

The development of the Hispanic Culture as a conjunction of Eastern and Western experiences and its subsequent expansion and transformation in the Americas. The creation of the American republics, the political and socio-economic crisis of the 20th century and the challenges of the future. Prerequisite: Two of the following: SPAN-201, 202, 251, 252 or permission of the instructor. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (SS, G.)

SPAN-328. Advanced Spanish Grammar Dr. de Arana

In-depth study of Spanish phonetics, morphology and syntax with special emphasis on the problems related to the teaching of the language. Prerequisite: SPAN-201 or equivalent. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

SPAN-335. Independent Study in Spanish Faculty

Individual study of topics in Spanish or Latin American literature or culture. Prerequisites: two 200-level courses and permission of the instructor. Two to four semester hours. (I, if 4 credits.)

SPAN-340. Topics in Hispanic Studies Faculty

The course explores topics in linguistics, literary, and cultural studies in the Hispanic world. Recent topics have included “Love, Sex and Marriage in Nineteenth-century Spanish Literature” and “Performance and Literature.” Prerequisite: SPAN-251 or 252, or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

SPAN-350. Translation Dr. de Arana

The theory and practice of translation. The course will cover different types of translation: literary, technical, advertising, from English to Spanish and vice versa. It will have a class project consisting of the translation of a short novel, a play, a collection of short stories or the subtitling of a film. Prerequisites: SPAN-328, or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week. Four semester hours.

SPAN-351. Contemporary Hispanic Theater: History, Text and Performance Faculty

Study of Spanish and Spanish-American theater from the end of World War II to the present. The course will address the development of the genre, the structure of individual works, as well as the stage techniques. It will also include the production and performance of a short play. Prerequisite: SPAN-251, 252 or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

SPAN-352. Contemporary Hispanic Novel Dr. Cameron, Dr. de Arana, Dr. Shuru, Dr. Ko

Close readings of texts from a variety of perspectives (including gender, race, class), representing major trends in contemporary fiction (Spain and Latin America). Prerequisite: SPAN-251, 252, or permission of the instructor. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

SPAN-381. Internship Faculty

An off-campus academic work/experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Contact the chair of the department for further details. Open to juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: three courses in Spanish and approval of a faculty internship adviser. Three semester hours. (I.)

SPAN-382. Internship Faculty

An off-campus academic work/experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Contact the chair of the department for further details. Open to juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 160 hours of work. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: three courses in Spanish and approval of a faculty internship adviser. Four semester hours. (I.)

SPAN-401W. Golden Age Literature Dr. Cameron, Dr. de Arana

The picaresque and the Comedia of the 16th and 17th centuries. This course satisfies the College requirement of a capstone experience. Prerequisite: SPAN-251, 252, or permission of the instructor. Four semester hours. (H, L.)

SPAN-402W. Cervantes Dr. Cameron, Dr. de Arana

Studies in the structure, sources and the impact of Cervantive prose, with emphasis on the Quijote. This course satisfies the College requirement of a capstone experience. Prerequisites: SPAN-251, 252 or permission of the instructor. MCS-102 is highly recommended. Four hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

SPAN-440W. Senior Seminar in Hispanic Studies Dr. Cameron, Dr. de Arana, Dr. Shuru, Dr. Ko

This course satisfies the College requirement for a capstone experience. It will explore topics in linguistic, literary, and cultural studies in the Hispanic world. Prerequisites: SPAN-251, 252 and senior status or permission of the instructor. MCS-102 is highly recommended. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H, L)

SPAN-491. Research/Independent Work Faculty

This course is open to candidates for departmental honors and to other students with the permission of the department chair. This course does not satisfy the College requirement of a capstone experience. Four semester hours. (I.)

SPAN-492W. Research/Independent Work Faculty

A continuation of SPAN-491. This is a writing-intensive course and at least one formal oral presentation is required. This course satisfies the College requirement of a capstone experience. Prerequisites: SPAN-491 and permission of the department chair. MCS-102 is highly recommended. Four semester hours. (I.)

Ursinus in Madrid

An Ursinus faculty member directs this full immersion program, designed to provide participants with a variety of sustained and meaningful interactions with native Spanish-speakers. The program targets three overlapping groups of students: those who are interested in continuing the study of Spanish beyond the language requirement, those who wish to major or minor in Spanish, and those who desire an internship-like experience in an international setting. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who will have completed SPAN-111-112 or higher before the program begins are eligible to apply. All courses are conducted in Spanish. Offered every fall semester depending on enrollment.

In order to facilitate language acquisition and integration in the local culture, this program places all participants in carefully selected family homestays.

Students earn a total of 16.0 credits in Spanish, consisting of SPAN-204 (8.0 credits), SPAN-281 (2.0 credits), SPAN-335 (2.0 credits) and an additional 4.0 credits at the 200 or 300 level. All courses count toward a Spanish minor or major.

The following course is offered only in Madrid.

SPAN-204. Intensive Spanish Faculty

An intensive review of Spanish grammar and further development of reading, writing and speaking skills in the language. Eight hours per week. Eight semester hours. (H, L)