Modern Languages and Literatures

Requirements

  • Modern Languages and Literatures Majors and Minors

    Majors are available in French and Spanish. Available minors within the department include Chinese, French, German Studies, and Spanish. The majors and minors in French and Spanish were redesigned in 2016.  All students must follow this set of requirements if they matriculated in the fall semester of 2016 or thereafter (see left navigation bar for requirements before Fall 2016). 

    Courses in Spanish may apply to the major or minor in Latin American Studies, and coursework in Portuguese may apply to the major or minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies. Courses in Japanese or Chinese language may apply to the major or minor in Asian Studies. Coursework in Arabic may apply to the minor in Islamic World Studies.  

    Requirements for a Major in French:

    At least 8 courses (Above French 210, may include others noted in Section C below):

    A. At least two courses from the offerings in advanced language (212-320)
    • French 212: Advanced Intermediate French: Literary Emphasis
    • French 250: Grammar, Syntax, and Style (formerly FREN 311)
    • French 255: Conversation and Composition (formerly FREN 312)
    • French 270: Translation and Creative Writing (formerly FREN 317)
    • French 310: Phonetics
    • French 315: Technical and Literary Translation
    • French 320: French for International Affairs and Business
    B. At least two courses from the offerings in literature/culture (325-340, 460-470)
    • French 325: Introduction to Reading Literature in French (formerly FREN 300)
    • French 326: Chanson et société (formerly FREN 302)
    • French 327: Introduction to French Culture (formerly FREN 305)
    • French 328: Contemporary France (formerly FREN 308)
    • French 330: The French-Speaking World
    • French 338: Cinéma français
    • French 460: French Narrative
    • French 465: French Adventure Stories
    • French 470: French Poetry
    C. Three additional courses from among the following:
    • Additional offerings from lists A and B above
    • French 230: Exploring French Literature Through Film (taught in English, formerly FREN 334)
    • French 233: French Culture Through Film (taught in English, formerly FREN 333)
    • French 265: Albert Camus: Philosophy of the Absurd (taught in English)
    • Linguistics 101: Introduction to Linguistics (taught in English)
    • Linguistics 300: Second Language Learning and Teaching
    • Tutorial/Independent Study or Research Project in French
    • Approved off-campus study and or internship related to the major

    Note: Up to two courses taken in English may count toward the major.

    D. Completion of the Senior Studies Requirement in one of the following ways:
    • Senior Seminar (see 400 level courses)
    • Senior Research Project
    • Senior Thesis

    A grade of C or better is required for credit in all major courses.

    Requirements for a Minor in French:

    At least 6 courses

    • At least two courses from List A above, or one course from List A plus the following course:
      • French 210: Intermediate French: Cultural Emphasis
    • At least two courses from List B above
    • Two additional courses from Lists A, B or C above

    Note: Only one course taken in English may count toward the minor.

    A grade of C or better is required for credit in all minor courses.

    Requirements for a Major in Spanish:

    At least 8 courses (above Spanish 212)

    A. At least two courses from the offerings in advanced language (212-260). Heritage Speakers are strongly encouraged to take SPAN 260.
    • Spanish 212: Advanced Intermediate Spanish
    • Spanish 250: Grammar, Syntax, and Style (formerly SPAN 311)
    • Spanish 255: Conversation and Composition (formerly SPAN 312) (Not open to heritage speakers, except by permission of instructor)
    • Spanish 260: Spanish for Heritage Speakers (formerly SPAN 313)
    B. At least two courses from the offerings in introductory writing/literature/culture (300-310)
    • Spanish 300: Introduction to Reading Literature in Spanish
    • Spanish 302: Canción y sociedad
    • Spanish 305: The Civilization of Spain
    • Spanish 306: Introduction to Latin American Culture
    • Spanish 308: Spain Today
    • Spanish 310: Creative Writing
    C. At least one course from the offerings in Spanish for the professions and translation/linguistics (314-324)
    • Spanish 314: Spanish Phonetics
    • Spanish 315: Translation
    • Spanish 320: Spanish for International Affairs
    • Spanish 321: Business Spanish
    • Spanish 322: Medical Spanish
    D. Two additional courses from among the following:
    • Additional offerings from lists A, B and C above
    • Spanish 236: Latin American Film (taught in English)
    • Spanish 325: U.S. Latino/a Literature
    • Spanish 330: Survey Peninsular Literature
    • Spanish 333: Cine e Historia en América Latina
    • Spanish 334: Cine Español
    • Spanish 337: The Latin American World (taught in English)
    • Spanish 338: Cine Latinoamericano
    • Spanish 339: Brazilian Literature
    • Spanish 345: Latino/a Identities in Chicago
    • Spanish 350: Modern Latin American Narrative in Translation (taught in English)
    • Spanish 360: Peninsular Narrative
    • Spanish 365: Latin American Narrative
    • Spanish 370: Hispanic Poetry
    • Spanish 380: Cine, Literatura y Sociedad América Latina
    • Linguistics 101: Introduction to Linguistics (taught in English)
    • Linguistics 300: Second Language Learning and Teaching
    • Tutorial/Independent Study or Research Project in Spanish
    • Approved off-campus study and or internship related to the major

    Note: Up to two courses taken in English may count toward the major

    E. Completion of the Senior Studies Requirement in one of the following ways:
    • Senior Seminar (see 400 level courses)
    • Senior Research Project
    • Senior Thesis

    A grade of C or better is required for credit in all major courses.

    Requirements for a Minor in Spanish:

    At least 6 courses

    • May select up to three 200-level courses including:
      • Spanish 201: The Mexican-American Border
      • Spanish 210: Intermediate Spanish
      • Spanish 212: Advanced Intermediate Spanish
      • Spanish 250: Grammar, Syntax, and Style (formerly SPAN 311)
      • Spanish 255: Conversation and Composition (formerly SPAN 312)
      • Spanish 260: Spanish for Heritage Speakers
    • At least one course from List B above
    • Remaining additional courses may be taken from List B, C, or D above

    Note: Only one course taken in English may count toward the minor.

    A grade of C or better is required for credit in all minor courses.

    Requirements for a Minor in Chinese or German Studies:

    At least 6 credits for each minor

    A grade of C or better is required for credit in all minor courses.

    Chinese

    Prerequisite: CHIN 110 and 112 (or equivalent).

    • Chinese 210: Intermediate Chinese
    • Chinese 212: Advanced Intermediate Chinese
    • At least two Chinese language courses (or equivalent) at the 300-or 400-level. Options include:
      • Credit for study abroad in a Chinese-speaking country (up to 3 course credits awarded in transfer: appropriate program coursework will be determined in consultation with Professor Ying Wu prior to departure)
      • Chinese 312: Chinese Oral & Written Proficiency
      • Chinese 313: Business Chinese
      • A 300- or 400-level Chinese tutorial (Requests for tutorials should be addressed to Professor Ying Wu)
    • Two Chinese language and culture courses (taught in English), from the list below, or courses taken on an approved Lake Forst College study abroad program on Chinese topics (also taught in English):
      • Chinese 230: East Asian Literature in Translation
      • Chinese 251: Intro to Chinese Literature in English
      • Chinese 260: Intro to Chinese Culture in English
      • Chinese 333: Chinese Cinema
      • Linguistics 101: Introduction to Linguistics
      • Linguistics 300: Second Language Learning and Teaching
    German Studies

    The German Studies minor couples language proficiency achievement at the 300 level with advanced knowledge of cultural context, acquired in the target language or through a combination of coursework in German and English. As part of their curriculum, German Studies minors will normally complete a semester of study abroad in a German-speaking country.**

    Prerequisite: German 110 and 112 Beginning German I and Beginning German II (or equivalent).

    NOTE: German 110-112 is the introductory first year language sequence. German 110-112 is intended for students with little or no prior study of German. Students with 3 or more years of prior German study are urged to enroll in the intermediate-advanced German language sequence (equivalent to German 210-212). Please direct concerns or questions regarding placement at the appropriate language level to Professor Fisher.

    NOTE: All on-campus German courses beyond the introductory first year language sequence German 110-112 are currently offered as tutorials. Tutorials carry full credit and are conducted each semester by arrangement with the instructor, Professor Fisher. Please direct concerns or questions regarding tutorial study or independent student research projects at the appropriate language level to Professor Fisher.

    • German 210: Intermediate German (prerequisite for German 212 or more advanced coursework in German)
    • German 212: Advanced Intermediate German (prerequisite for more advanced coursework in German)
    • At least one German language course (or equivalent) at the 300- or 400-level.  Options include:
      • Credit for study abroad in a German-speaking country (up to 3 course credits awarded in transfer; appropriate program coursework will be determined in consultation with Professor Richard Fisher prior to departure)

      • German 395: Advanced Topics, Special Studies (recommended after study abroad in a German-speaking country)

      • German 400: Special Studies  (recommended after study abroad in a German-speaking country)

      • A 300- or 400-level German tutorial (requests for tutorials should be addressed to Professor Richard Fisher)

    • Up to two German language and culture courses (taught in English), from the list below:
      • German 333: Modern German Film
      • Linguistics 101: Descriptive Linguistics

    **  Students who wish to minor in German Studies should complete a semester of coursework in a German-speaking country. Students should start planning early, in consultation with the German faculty (Professor Richard Fisher) and the Director of Off-Campus Programs (Ashley Sinclair). Alternatives will be discussed with Professor Fisher in order to work out an appropriate program for each student.