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Course Descriptions

Filipino | French | Italian | Spanish | IPSL


Prerequisites

FREN/ITAL/SPAN 102 or the placement with an equivalent proficiency in the language is the prerequisite for all FREN/ITAL/SPAN courses numbered 201 or higher.

Courses numbered 201-216 are foundation courses intended for students who have completed 102 or have demonstrated an equivalent proficiency in the language. In general, these courses are designed for students who have not studied abroad. 300-level courses are upper-level courses intended for students who have already completed 210 and 220 or 217 and 218 or have demonstrated an equivalent proficiency in the language. 400-level courses are advanced courses intended for students who have already completed three 300-level courses in French, Italian or Spanish or who have studied abroad for at least a semester.

Filipino (FILI)
Foundation Courses 

FILI 101-102 FILIPINO FOR BEGINNERS (C)*
An introduction to the four basic language skills--listening, speaking, reading, and writing--with emphasis on speaking and comprehending spoken Tagalog. The course also provides an introduction to the culture of the Philippine islands. A two-semester course sequence (3 credits each).  

FILI 216 ASPECTS OF PHILIPPINE CULTURE (C)*
An intermediate course conducted in Tagalog  with a focus on various aspects of Philippine culture, language and society. It reinforces and improves students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Tagalog that were introduced in Filipino 101-102, and introduces students to the art, literature, music, film, cuisine and cultural heritage of the Philippines and its diaspora. The course is designed for students who have taken Filipino 101-102 or can demonstrate an equivalent proficiency. It provides the cultural context and linguistic competency required for the study of the Philippines at an advanced level (3 credits).

Upper-Level Courses

FILI 340 PHILIPPINE CIVILIZATION (C)*
An upper-level course on Philippine culture, history and society. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the historical, socio-economic and geographical factors that helped shape Philippine culture, politics and society, and explores how these factors relate and contribute to current global and U.S. developments.

The course is conducted entirely in English and is open to all students for elective or International Studies credit, Students who are taking the course to fulfill their core language requirement or to fulfill a Philippine Studies Minor requirement are however required to complete a significant portion of their work in Tagalog (3 credits). 

FILI 375 INTERNSHIP
An off-campus opportunity to gain practical experience related to Philippine studies while earning college credit. Internships are conducted under the supervision of a faculty member and require the approval of the Chairperson (3 credits).  

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French (FREN)

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers courses leading to the B.A. degree in French Studies. It also offers a Minor in French.

Foundation Courses 

FREN 101-102 FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS (C)*
An introduction to the four basic language skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing—with emphasis on speaking and comprehending spoken French. The course also provides an introduction to the culture of French-speaking peoples. A two-semester course sequence.  For students with little or no background in French, or with a maximum of two years of high school French (3 credits each). 

FREN 201-202 FRENCH FOR COMMUNICATION (C)*
An intensive review of French and further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through extensive use of audio and visual aids. A two-semester course sequence (3 credits each). 
Prerequisite: French 102, a maximum of three years of high school French, or placement with an equivalent proficiency in French.    

FREN 210 WRITING FRENCH (C)*
Intensive practice of writing skills through extensive use of aural and written materials. Review of grammar (3 credits).
Prerequisite: French 202, 220, four years of high school French, or placement with an equivalent proficiency in French. 

FREN 220 SPEAKING FRENCH (C)*
Intensive practice of oral skills through the use of aural and written materials. Review of grammar (3 credits). 
Prerequisite: French 202, 210, four years of high school French, or placement with an equivalent proficiency in French.   

FREN 216, 316 ASPECTS OF FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE CULTURE (C)*
An on-site study of different aspects of the political, socioeconomic, and cultural life of France or Québec together with a survey of its artistic heritage. The course is offered in France or Québec during the summer (3 credits each). 

Upper-Level Courses 
Prerequisite for all 300-level courses is one of the following: French 210, 216, 220 or placement with an equivalent proficiency in French.

FREN 303 FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE CULTURE THROUGH FILM (C)*
French language, and the history and civilization of the French-speaking world are studied through the viewing and study of great films. The course may be conducted in French or in English, as needed. In the latter case, it is open to all students. Prerequisites for French Studies Majors or French minors: French 210-220. For French credit, all written work must be done in French (3 credits). 

FREN 307 ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION (C)*
An intensive study of the grammatical structures of French aimed at perfecting the student’s written and oral command of the language. Required for all French Studies majors, and highly recommended for French minors (3 credits).  

FREN 340 FRENCH CIVILIZATION (C)*
The historical, social, and cultural background of France from the Middle Ages through the nineteenth century. Lectures, readings, discussions, and reports in French. Highly recommended for French Studies majors and French minors (3 credits).  

FREN 341 CONTEMPORARY FRENCH CIVILIZATION (C)*
The historical, social, and cultural background of France and the Francophone world from the twentieth century to the present. Lectures, readings, discussions, and reports in French. Highly recommended for French Studies majors and French minors (3 credits).  

FREN 342 THE FRANCOPHONE WORLD: A CULTURAL STUDY (C)*
This course examines Francophone literary texts from regions such as the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb and Lebanon. Topics such as colonialism, post-colonialism, gender and religion, as well as the concept of identity of the colonized and the colonizer, will be discussed through fiction, essays, poems, music and films. Lectures, readings, discussions and reports in French (3 credits).  

FREN 350 INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH LITERARY STUDY (C)*
A survey of the great writers and literary movements of the French-speaking world together with an introduction to the analysis of literary texts. Required for all French Studies majors and for French minors (3 credits).  

Advanced Courses 
Prerequisite for all 400-level French courses is the completion of 307, 350, and one of the following: 340, 341, or 342; or permission of the Chairperson.

FREN 420, 320 SPECIAL TOPICS IN FRENCH
An intensive study of a single author, genre, movement, or literary topic. The specific subject will be available at the time of registration. Lectures, readings, discussions and reports in French (3 credits).  

FREN 460 INDEPENDENT STUDY
In consultation with the professor and with the approval of the Chairperson. Offered as needed (3 credits).  

FREN 375, 475 INTERNSHIPS
An off-campus opportunity to gain practical experience related to French while earning college credit. Internships are conducted under the supervision of a faculty member and require the approval of the Chairperson (3 credits each).

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Italian (ITAL)

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers courses leading to the Minor in Italian.

Foundation Courses 

ITAL 101-102 ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS (C)*
An introduction to the four basic language skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—with emphasis on speaking and comprehending spoken Italian. The course also provides an introduction to Italian culture. A two-semester course sequence. For students with little or no background in Italian, or with a maximum of two years of high school Italian (3 credits each).  

ITAL 201-202 ITALIAN FOR COMMUNICATION (C)*
An intensive review of Italian and further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through extensive use of audio and visual aids. A two-semester course sequence (3 credits each). 
Prerequisite: Italian 102, a maximum of three years of high school Italian, or placement with an equivalent proficiency in Italian.    

ITAL 210 WRITING ITALIAN (C)*
Intensive practice of writing skills through extensive use of aural and written materials. Review of grammar (3 credits).
Prerequisite: Italian 202, 220, four years of high school Italian, or placement with an equivalent proficiency in Italian. 

ITAL 220 SPEAKING ITALIAN (C)*
Intensive practice of oral skills through the use of aural and written materials. Review of grammar (3 credits).
Prerequisite: Italian 202, 210, four years of high school Italian, or placement with an equivalent proficiency in Italian. 

ITAL 216, 316 ASPECTS OF ITALIAN CULTURE (C)*
An on-site study of different aspects of the political, socio-economic, and cultural life of Italy together with a survey of its artistic heritage. The course is offered in Italy during the summer or the winter intersession (3 credits).

Upper-Level Courses 
Prerequisite for all 300-level courses is one of the following: Italian 210, 216, 220 or placement with an equivalent proficiency in Italian.

ITAL 303 ITALIAN CULTURE THROUGH FILM (C)*
This course covers a variety of cultural topics through the use of Italian cinema. From the works of great Italian filmmakers like De Sica, Fellini, and Pasolini to the up-and-coming independent filmmakers of today, this course addresses the themes of Italian identity, representations of women, gender roles, religion, immigration and race, and postwar and contemporary social problems. It will also discuss film adaptations of Italian literary works.

This course is conducted in English and is open to all students. Italian minors are however required to complete all assignments in Italian and Women’s Studies minor are required to focus their assignments on women’s related issues (3 credits). 

ITAL 307 ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION (C)*
An intensive study of the grammatical structures of Italian aimed at perfecting the student’s oral and written command of the language. Highly recommended for Italian minors (3 credits).  

ITAL 340 MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE ITALIAN CIVILIZATION (C)*
A study of the art, music, philosophy, and literature of Medieval Italy and its development into the Renaissance of Western culture. Lectures, readings, and discussions in Italian (3 credits).  

ITAL 341 CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN CIVILIZATION (C)*
The major issues affecting modern Italy are explored through art, music, film, philosophy, and literature, as well as through readings on its political, economic, and social reality. Lectures, readings, and discussions in Italian (3 credits).  

ITAL 350 INTRODUCTION TO ITALIAN LITERARY STUDY (C)*
This course introduces students to the major authors and movements in Italian literature from its medieval origins to the present. It will expose students to both the classic works of the Italian literary canon as well as to a number of popular contemporary authors. Readings will include a mixture of poetry, narrative, and theatre. This course also introduces students the basic elements of literary analysis. This course will be conducted entirely in Italian and is a required course for Italian minors (3 credits).

ITAL 375, 475 INTERNSHIPS
An off-campus opportunity to gain practical experience related to Italian while earning college credit. Internships are conducted under the supervision of a faculty member and require the approval of the Chairperson (3 credits each).

Advanced Courses 
Prerequisite for all 400-level Italian courses is the completion of 307, 350, and either 340 or 341; or permission of the Chairperson.

ITAL 420, 320 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ITALIAN
An intensive study of a single author, genre, movement, or literary theme. The specific subject will be available at the time of registration. Lectures, readings, discussions and reports in Italian (3 credits). 

ITAL 460 INDEPENDENT STUDY
In consultation with the professor and with the approval of the Chairperson (3 credits). 

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Spanish (SPAN)

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers courses leading to the B.A. degree in Spanish. It also offers a Minor in Spanish.

Foundation Courses 

SPAN 101-102 SPANISH FOR BEGINNERS (C)*
An introduction to the four basic language skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing – with emphasis on speaking and comprehending spoken Spanish. The course also provides an introduction to the culture of Spanish-speaking peoples. A two-semester course sequence. For students with little or no background in Spanish, or with a maximum of two years of high school Spanish (3 credits each).  

SPAN 201-202 SPANISH FOR COMMUNICATION (C)*
An intensive review of Spanish and further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through extensive use of audio and visual aids. A two-semester course sequence (3 credits each). 
Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or placement with an equivalent proficiency in Spanish.

SPAN 210 WRITING SPANISH (C)*
Intensive practice of writing skills through extensive use of aural and written materials. Review of grammar (3 credits).
Prerequisite: Spanish 202, 220, four years of high school Spanish, or placement with an equivalent proficiency in Spanish. Not intended for native or heritage speakers of Spanish. Native speakers are students born in another country who received some formal education in another language before coming to the United States; heritage speakers are students usually born in the United States who have learned Spanish in their home environment but have little or no formal training in the language. 

SPAN 220 SPEAKING SPANISH (C)*
Intensive practice of oral skills through the use of aural and written materials. Review of grammar.
Prerequisite: Spanish 202, 210, four years of high school Spanish, or placement with an equivalent proficiency in Spanish. Not intended for native or heritage speakers of Spanish (3 credits). 

SPAN 217-218 SPANISH FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS (C)*
A course designed for students, usually born in the United States, who have learned Spanish in their home environment but need formal training to improve their communicative skills. The course helps students develop proficiency in reading and writing and provides an introduction to the culture and civilization of Spanish-speaking peoples. A two-semester course sequence. For heritage speakers only (3 credits each). 
 
Upper-Level Courses

Prerequisite for all 300-level courses: One of the following: Spanish 210, 220, 217, 218 or placement with an equivalent proficiency in Spanish.

SPAN 300 THE MUSICAL HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS (C)*
An examination of the rich and diverse traditions of Latinos in the Americas through the use of music, and including literature and film (3 credits).  

SPAN 303 HISPANIC CULTURE THROUGH FILM (C)*
Spanish conversation and composition as well as a study of Hispanic culture, through the viewing and analysis of films from Spain and Latin America (3 credits). 

SPAN 307 ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION (C)*
An intensive study of the grammatical structures of Spanish aimed at perfecting the student’s oral and written command of the language. Required for all Spanish majors and minors (3 credits). 

SPAN 319 SPANISH FOR BUSINESS (C)*
An introduction to the terminology and business practices of the Spanish-speaking world. The course includes a review of grammar as well as a discussion of cultural factors that affect commercial transactions (3 credits). 

SPAN 340 SPANISH CIVILIZATION (C)*
The major issues that have affected Spain are explored through film, art, and the reading of historical and literary texts. The course has a strong focus on discussion. Lectures, readings, and discussions in Spanish. Highly recommended for all Spanish majors and minors (3 credits). 

SPAN 341 LATIN AMERICAN CIVILIZATION (C)*
The major issues that have affected Latin America are explored through film, art, and the reading of historical and literary texts. This course traces Latin American Civilization from its pre-Columbian origins to the present. Focus is placed on the cultural, religious, political, and social-economic elements which have shaped the nations and peoples of Latin America today. It is designed to provide a context for the advanced study of Latin American literature. The course has a strong focus on discussion. Lectures, readings, and discussions in Spanish. Highly recommended for all Spanish majors and minors (3 credits). 

SPAN 350 MASTERWORKS IN LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE I (C)*
A survey of the great writers and literary movements of Latin America together with an introduction to the analysis of literary texts. Students will read and analyze poetry, short stories, plays, essays, and novel excerpts from the Pre-Colonial period to modernismo. Among the writers studied will be Las Casas, Sor Juana, Echevarría, Avellaneda, Martí, Silva and Darío. Along with reading primary sources, students will be exposed to the history and politics of Latin America. This coursefulfills a requirement for the Spanish Major, the Spanish Minor, and the Latin American Studies Minor (3 credits). 

SPAN 351 MASTERWORKS IN LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE II (C)*
A survey of the great writers and literary movements of Latin America together with an introduction to the analysis of literary texts. Students will read and analyze plays, poetry, short stories, essays and novel excerpts from the twentieth century on. They will examine the diverse literary movements and tendencies such as vanguardism, regionalism, cosmopolitanism, magical realism, boom, post-boom, and potmodernism.

Among the authors studied will be Quiroga, Mistral, Vallejo, Borges, Fuentes, García Márquez, Valenzuela, Allende and Vega. Along with reading primary sources, students will be exposed to the history and politics of Latin America. This course fulfills a  requirement for the Spanish Major, the Spanish Minor, and the Latin American Studies Minor (3 credits).   
                                                                                                                                                  
SPAN 352 MASTERWORKS IN PENINSULAR LITERATURE I (C)*
A survey of the great writers and literary movements of Spain  together with an introduction to the analysis of literary texts. Students will read and analyze Spanish poetry, short stories and novel excerpts from the ninth to the eighteenth century, written by authors from Spain. Along with reading primary sources, students will be exposed to the history and politics of Spain. The course fulfills a requirement for the Spanish Major and the Spanish Minor (3 credits).

SPAN 353 MASTERWORKS IN PENINSULAR LITERATURE II (C)*
A survey of the great writers and literary movements of Latin America together with an introduction to the analysis of literary texts. Students will read and analyze Spanish plays, short stories and novel excerpts from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century.. Along with reading primary sources, students will be exposed to the history and politics of Spain.  The course fulfills a  requirement for the Spanish Major and the Spanish Minor (3 credits).

Advanced Courses
Prerequisite for all 400-level Spanish courses: Spanish 307, or permission of the Chairperson.

SPAN 420, 320 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SPANISH
An intensive study of a single author, genre, movement, or literary topic. The specific subject will be available at the time of registration. Lectures, readings, discussions and reports in Spanish (3 credits).  

SPAN 423 GREAT HISPANIC POETS
An introduction to the analysis of poetry through the study of the great poets of the Spanish language such as Garcilaso, St. John of the Cross, Góngora, Sor Juana lnés de la Cruz, Bécquer, Martí, Darío, Jiménez, Machado, Mistral, Lorca, Vallejo, and Neruda (3 credits).  

SPAN 424 THE MODERN NOVEL IN SPAIN AND LATIN AMERICA
A survey of the development of modern fiction from the great nineteenth century Spanish Realists (Galdós and Clarín) to the Latin American "Boom" (Asturias, García Márquez, Carpentier, Fuentes, Vargas Llosa, among others). 3 credits

SPAN 427 CERVANTES: DON QUIXOTE
An in-depth analysis and discussion of Don Quijote (3 credits).

SPAN 429 THE SPANISH GOLDEN AGE
A survey of the history, art, and literature of Spain during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (3 credits).  

SPAN 435 LATIN AMERICAN SHORT FICTION
A study of the development of short narrative forms in Latin America in relationship to the social, political, and historical reality. Readings from the works of Quiroga, Borges, García Márquez, Cortázar, Fuentes, Vargas Llosa, Rulfo, and Donoso (3 credits).

SPAN 436 MODERN SPANISH THEATRE
A critical examination of the structure, themes, and style of the genre through the works of Valle-Inclán, Benavente, Grau, Lorca, Casona, Buero, Vallejo, Sastre, and Arrabal (3 credits).  

SPAN 440 GENDER STUDIES IN HISPANIC LITERATURE
Modalities of portrayal of gender by writers from the nineteenth century to the present with emphasis on the reinterpretation of the role of gender within the new socio-political reality of the Hispanic world (3 credits).  

SPAN 460 INDEPENDENT STUDY
In consultation with the professor and with the approval of the Chairperson (3 credits).  

SPAN 375, 475 INTERNSHIPS
An off-campus opportunity to gain practical experience related to Spanish while earning college credit. Internships are conducted under the supervision of a faculty member and require the approval of the Chairperson (3 credits each).

(C)* May be taken to meet Core Requirements

IPSL
The College of Mount Saint Vincent is the School of Record for the following Modern Languages and Literatures courses offered abroad through our IPSL partners in Montpellier, France and Segovia, Spain.

ARAB 103 MODERN STANDARD ARABIC FOR BEGINNERS I
This course introduces students to the Arabic writing system and enables them to read and write basic words and sentences. Modern Standard Arabic is the recognized means of formal spoken and written communication. It is used throughout the Arabic speaking world on official occasions, in education, and by the media. This course is designed for complete beginners to enable learners to communicate in Modern Standard Arabic within a limited range of everyday situations using the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking (3 credits).

ARAB 104 MODERN STANDARD ARABIC FOR BEGINNERS II
This course continues to introduce new students to Arabic and provide opportunities for immersion as well as improve Arabic language knowledge and skills already acquired in the student’s home country. Morphosyntactic issues contained in texts will be highlighted and explained in detail. The main goal of Arabic conversation lessons is to gain more communication skills, both oral and written Arabic (modern Arabic), to understand and use frequent expressions as well as plain sentences in order to satisfy their daily needs (3 credits).

FRENCH 103 FRENCH LANGUAGE FOR BEGINNERS: IMMERSION I
This course is designed for beginners with no French language experience. Starting off with survival phrases to function, and moving towards basic elements in the language enabling students to: understand, speak and write in simple phrases using such competencies as: vocabulary, grammar, semantics, phonology and spelling. A number of cultural activities are offered (i.e. a guided tour of Montpellier, excursions, etc.)
Classes take place on campus at the IEFE. This course is equivalent to FRENCH 101 offered at The College of Mount Saint Vincent (3 credits).  

FRENCH 104 FRENCH LANGUAGE FOR BEGINNERS: IMMERSION II
This course designed for beginners or near beginners who want to enhance their basic knowledge of French. 
Introduces the basic elements in the language enabling students to: understand, speak and write in simple 
phrases using such competencies as: vocabulary, grammar, semantics, phonology and spelling. A number of cultural activities are offered (i.e. a guided tour of Montpellier, excursions, etc.)
Classes take place on campus at the IEFE. This course is equivalent to FRENCH 102 offered at The College of Mount Saint Vincent (3 credits).

FRENCH 115 ASPECTS OF FRENCH CULTURE: CUISINE AND REGIONAL ROOTS
This course provides students with a new way to discover French language and culture by combining language classes with culinary arts workshops. It exposes students to professionally trained chefs and to a variety of tastes and flavors which are historically rooted in France as well as imported from exotic places. Students will connect dishes to regional traditions, historical legacies, and the peculiarities of French culture (1 credit).

FRENCH 116 ASPECTS OF FRENCH CULTURE: OENOLOGY AND TERROIR
This course explores the culture of French winemaking, and the local terroir of Montpellier. Students will be accompanied by an experienced guide with an extensive knowledge of the wines and vineyards of the region. This course will require students to connect their knowledge of French wine to the wider history and culture of France (1 credit).

FRENCH 211 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH IMMERSION I
Students will focus on the further development of French reading, speaking, and writing. Students will additionally learn about two of the following topical themes: Civilization of the South, Culture and Heritage, Cinema, French in the Social & Economic Fields, History of Art, Literature, and Theatre. This course is equivalent to FRENCH 210 offered at The College of Mount Saint Vincent (3 credits).

FRENCH 221 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH IMMERSION II
Students will focus on the further development of French language skills and abilities. Coursework will focus on the general improvement of reading, speaking and writing in French. Students will additionally learn about two of the following topical themes: Business French, French for Environmental Studies, Cinema, History of Art, Literature, and Theatre. This course is equivalent to FRENCH 220 offered at The College of Mount Saint Vincent (3 credits).

FRENCH 308 ADVANCED FRENCH IMMERSION I
This course will improve students’ French vocabulary and style and prepare them for advanced French language use in an academic setting. It will refine students’ reading, writing and oral skills. It will promote an understanding of press articles and excerpts from literary texts and develop advanced writing techniques including pre-writing & brainstorming, drafts and final essays. Students will additionally practice the forms and processes of writing used professionally and academically as well as practice creative writing in both spontaneous and reflective writing forms (3 credits).

FRENCH 309 ADVANCED FRENCH IMMERSION II
This course will refine and improve students’ French vocabulary and style and prepare them for advanced French language use in an academic setting. In addition to continuing the development and practice of all of the skills introduced in French 308, students will attain the total mastery of the linguistic rules in sentences and texts. They will demonstrate an understanding of systemic relations that underlie grammar study and govern syntax construction. It will provide students with a near native use of the language (3 credits).

SPANISH 221 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH CONVERSATION AND GRAMMAR
This course is designed to consolidate the student’s prior knowledge of the Spanish language acquired in their homeland, gaining confidence, not only in understanding the language, but also in using the target language properly. Moreover, they will not only have access to the language in a real context, but they will also get cultural knowledge (traditions and social etiquette) which will help them understand the Spanish speaking world. The interaction between the students and teacher will be ongoing in class. Students will be using the student book along with real texts (newspapers, books, magazines, etc). They are also required to do various tasks and exercises to improve their skills, above all speaking. This course is equivalent to SPANISH 220 offered at the College of Mount Saint Vincent (3 credits). 

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