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Courses in Modern Language (LAN)

LAN 152 Spanish I 4cr

An introduction to basic Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, with emphasis on Spanish as a formal system of verbal signs, with its own internal patterns of organization. Special attention will be paid to developing accurate pronunciation, listening, reading comprehension, and writing abilities. Cultural information will be introduced as topics of interest arise during each lesson. This course is for students who have had little or no instruction in Spanish. Classes are progressively conducted in Spanish as the student develops an ear for the language.
Triad: Language/Global Issues

LAN 153 Spanish II 4cr

An introduction to basic Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, with emphasis on Spanish as a formal system of verbal signs, with its own internal patterns of organization. Special attention will be paid to developing accurate pronunciation, listening, reading comprehension, and writing abilities. Cultural information will be introduced as topics of interest arise during each lesson. This course is for students who have had little or no instruction in Spanish. Classes are progressively conducted in Spanish as the student develops an ear for the language.
Triad: Language/Global Issues
Prerequisite: One year of high school Spanish or the equivalent, and permission of instructor, with placement test.

LAN 162 French I 4cr

An introduction to basic French vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, with special emphasis on French as a formal system of verbal signs, with its own patterns of organization. For students who have little or no previous instruction in French. Special attention will be paid to developing accurate pronunciation, listening and reading comprehension, and writing abilities. Cultural information will be introduced as topics of interest arise in the context of language lessons. Students do regular written exercises and assignments, but the main emphasis is on spoken French, and classes are conducted as much as possible in French.
Triad: Language/Global Issues

LAN 163 French II 4cr

An introduction to basic French vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, with special emphasis on French as a formal system of verbal signs, with its own patterns of organization. For students who have little or no previous instruction in French. Special attention will be paid to developing accurate pronunciation, listening and reading comprehension, and writing abilities. Cultural information will be introduced as topics of interest arise in the context of language lessons. Students do regular written exercises and assignments, but the main emphasis is on spoken French, and classes are conducted as much as possible in French.
Triad: Language/Global Issues
Prerequisite: For French II, one year of high school French or the equivalent, and permission of instructor, with placement test.

LAN 252 Spanish III 4cr

A continuation of LAN 151, emphasizing development of the four basic skills - understanding, speaking, reading, and writing--through cultural and literary readings, conversations and compositions in Spanish, supplemented by additional study of grammar as needed. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish.
Triad: Language/Global Issues
Prerequisites: LAN 151 Spanish I and II, or at least two years of high school Spanish or the equivalent, and permission of instructor, with placement test.

LAN 253 Spanish IV 4cr

A comprehensive review of all the skills needed for advanced language courses, including an intensive review of grammar. Students practice both conversation and composition and read supplementary texts on contemporary topics. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish.
Triad: Language/Global Issues
Prerequisite: LAN 252 Spanish III or equivalent, with placement test.

LAN 262 French III 4cr

In French III, the primary emphasis continues to be on spoken French, but students also write short essays and read supplementary texts on French life and culture. The course is conducted entirely in French.
Triad: Language/Global Issues
Prerequisites: LAN 161 French I and II, or two years of high school French or the equivalent, and permission of the instructor, with placement test.

LAN 263 French IV 4cr

This course is a continuation of French III, with more emphasis on writing. Supplementary reading texts and class discussion are an important part of the course. The course is conducted entirely in French.
Triad: Language/Global Issues
Prerequisites: LAN 262 French III, or three years of high school French or the equivalent, and permission of instructor, with placement test.

LAN 310 Teaching a Second Language: Approaches, Methods, Techniques 4cr

This course is designed to improve the skills of any student who intends to teach or learn a second language. Through a chronological overview of language teaching methods, combined with peer teaching and practical application, students gain the skills to enter the field of second language teaching. Although the emphasis of the course is upon English as a Second Language, the knowledge and skill acquired in this course are applicable to the teaching and learning of all languages.
Triad: Language/Global Issues

LAN 353 Hispanic Culture and Civilization 4cr

An interdisciplinary study of the diversity of cultures within the Latin American world. The course explores the interconnections among native, African, and European cultures with the help of concepts such as acculturation, transculturation, syncretism, and dependency. Comprehension will be enhanced by presenting students with texts, movies, documentaries, and art produced by Latin American authors. Writing skills will be refined by the completion of research papers, and communications skills will be developed further by presentations. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish.
Triad: Language/Global Issues

LAN 354 Advanced Spanish 4cr

A pursuit of the language in greater depth, focusing on writing, research, literature, culture, and speaking skills, in preparation for LAN 353 Hispanic Culture and Civilization, LAN 455 Hispanic Short Stories and Poetry, LAN 490-498 Special Topics., and LAN 399 and 499 Independent Study.
Triad: Language/Global Issues
Prerequisite: LAN 253 Spanish IV.

LAN 364 Advanced French 4cr

Concentrates on spoken and written French. Students review first-year French grammar as necessary and are introduced to more advanced grammar, vocabulary and syntax. Reading selections and class conversation topics are drawn from current newspapers and periodicals and from poetry, fiction, and essays by contemporary French and francophone writers. The course is conducted entirely in French.
Triad: Language/Global Issues
Prerequisite: LAN 263 French IV or the equivalent, and permission of instructor.

LAN 371 Spanish International Development 2-4cr

A study of a variety of topics relating to Spanish-speaking regions of the world, with particular focus on the country students will visit. Topics may include elements of history, geography, cultural studies, economics, literature, and Spanish language. This course is open only to students participating in the WorldWide program.
Triad: Language/Global Issues
Prerequisite: Language requirement will be determined by the instructor in consultation with the trip leader.

LAN 399 Independent Study 1-4cr


Prerequisite: At least one 300-level course in the appropriate language.

LAN 454 History of the Spanish Language 4cr

An introduction to the history of the Spanish language through the study of selected elements of its lexical, morphologic, and phonetic evolution. Chronologically, it covers the development of Spanish from the Middle Ages to the present. Geographically, it focuses on the dialectal varieties of Spanish encountered in Spain and Latin America.
Prerequisite: LAN 354 Advanced Spanish

LAN 455 Hispanic Short Stories and Poetry 4cr

An introduction to Latin American literature highlighting the contributions of Latin American writers, critics, and literary theorists. The course surveys twentieth century poetry and short stories by using descriptive categories such as neo-baroque, postmodernism, modernity, creationism, modernism, and neo-colonialism. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish.

LAN 465 Francophone Literature 4cr

This literature course concentrates on the 20th century. Students read a series of texts -- novels, essays, theatre. The analysis of readings will put emphasis on several topics including the relation between literary texts and other social and cultural concerns, the question of identity, post-colonialism, the family, and the relation between French and francophone literature. The aim of the course is not only to expose the student to the 20th-century francophone literature, but also to sharpen the students' skills in reading critically and writing analytically in French.

LAN 490-498 Special Topics in Languages 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of languages. May be repeated for credit under different topics.
Prerequisite: At least one 300-level course in the appropriate language.

LAN 499 Independent Study 1-4cr


Prerequisite: At least one 300-level independent study.