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MODERN Languages (MLG)
College of Liberal Studies
Department Chair: Donald Socha
315F Graff Main Hall, (608)785-8324
e-mail: socha.dona@uwlax.edu 
www.uwlax.edu/languages  

Professors: Rusterholz, Stroud; 
Associate Professors: Hindson, Poulton, Provencher, Socha;
 
Assistant Professors: Calmes, Dorado, Kuderer, Lake, Olson, A.; 
Senior Lecturer: Hanson,
 
Lecturer: Campbell. 

The department offers majors in French, German Studies and Spanish, and courses in Chinese, Russian and a variety of other languages. A student who plans to continue a language already studied in high school must take the UW System Placement Test in order to determine the appropriate class level. 

Retroactive Credit and Advanced Placement

The Department of Modern Languages does not offer an exam to establish retroactive credit or advanced placement. Instead, a student may receive retroactive credits provided a grade of “B” or better is earned in the student’s first university course above the 101 level in a particular language. However, if a student received college credit for a course taken while still in high school (through Advanced Placement, Youth Options, or other cooperative agreements between secondary schools and colleges/universities), received a grade of “B” or better (if a grade was given), and did not receive retroactive credits at that time, retroactive credits may be awarded upon completion of the next level course at UW-La Crosse with a grade of “B” or better.

Retroactive credit may be given in one or more languages. No retroactive credit is given for FRE 220, for FRE or SPA 331, or for FRE/GER/SPA 326. 

Elementary Language II (102)

earns 4 retroactive credits plus 4 course credits for a total of 8 credits

Intermediate Language I (201)

earns 8 retroactive credits plus 4 course credits for a total of 12 credits

Intermediate Language II (202)

earns 12 retroactive credits plus 4 course credits for a total of 16 credits

Any Advanced Course (except 326 and 331) earns 16 retroactive credits plus 2-4 course credits for a total of  18-19 credits 

 

Language Proficiency for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

A student who demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in an approved language at the 202 level may waive the foreign language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree. (Students must complete seven credits in the General Education Program, I, B.: “Mathematical/Logical Systems and Foreign Languages”). The student’s proficiency level will be determined by the results of the UW System Foreign Language Placement Test and the department’s proficiency examination. The student will not receive retroactive credit in the language for passing the proficiency examination. 

Foreign Study and Credit

The chair of the department of modern languages approves equivalencies for university study in other universities, domestic and foreign.

A student pursuing a major or a minor in a foreign language at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse may earn up to 66 percent of the credit hours for the major or minor in a foreign country. Thirty-four per cent of the credit hours must be earned at UW-L. The student is required to take at least one course in the foreign language at UW-L after returning from the country of study.

A student has the right to petition this policy. In this event, the department chair shall appoint an ad hoc committee to evaluate the case in terms of the following criteria:  1) proficiency examinations, both oral and written; and 2) evaluation of the student’s performance prior to the study experience in the foreign country.

Please refer to university residence requirements on p. 53. 

Alvida Ahlstrom Honors Program
I.   Admission
     A. Junior standing
     B.  3.60 in French, German or Spanish course work at the 300 or 400 level

II.  Program
A. Completion of the regular major or minor requirements
B. FRE/SPA/GER 495
C.  Three additional credits of literature or civilization at the 300 or 400 level
D. Department approval of seminar paper or project; submission of completed paper to the department

III.    Evaluation
A. A cumulative 3.60 grade point  average in the major or minor at graduation
B.  Distinguished performance on a paper or project developed in the French, Spanish, or German seminar course.
C.  Approval by the departmental staff. 

The modern languages department incorporates a significant amount of writing through the required courses instead of identifying particular courses as writing emphasis courses. Students who complete a major in this department will fulfill the university writing emphasis requirement. 

Modern Language Courses (mLG)

 

+ above a course number indicates a
General Education course. 

MLG   101   Cr. 4
World Languages: Elementary 
Oral and written language study, reading, grammar. A year of high school study in this language is equivalent to the 101 level. 

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MLG   102   Cr. 4
World Languages: Elementary II
Oral and written language study, reading, grammar. A year of high school study in this language is equivalent to the 101 level as a prerequisite. 

MLG   109   Cr. 4
English as a Second Language
A course designed to increase the development of four aspects of communication in English to speakers of other languages: understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. Enrollment limited to non-native English speakers. Prerequisite: ENG 050 or concurrent enrollment. Offered occasionally. 

MLG   110   Cr. 3
Introduction to the Study of Language
An investigation of the nature, function, and characteristics of romance and germanic languages compared linguistically with English and other languages. Offered occasionally. 

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MLG   201   Cr. 4
World Languages: Intermediate I
Third semester oral and written language study, reading, grammar. Prerequisite: two years of high school or MLG 102 in this language. 

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MLG   202   Cr. 4
World Languages: Intermediate II
Fourth semester oral and written language study, reading, grammar. Prerequisite: three years of high school or MLG 201 in this language. 

MLG   204   Cr. 4
Heritage Language: Intermediate
Taught in the heritage language specified, this course provides opportunities for students to develop intermediate-level heritage language reading and writing skills. Students learn the heritage language writing system in order to read and write short texts. Additional emphasis is placed on geographical variation within the heritage language. Prerequisite: ENG 110, native or near native speaking skills in the heritage language, consent of the instructor. Offered occasionally.

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MLG   299   Cr. 3
Foreign Literature in Translation
The primary focus of this course is on major and representative works originally written in French, German, Russian, Spanish and Chinese. The course is team-taught in English by specialists of the respective literatures. Content and theme vary with instructors. 

MLG   304   Cr. 4
Heritage Language: Advanced 
Taught in the heritage language specified, this course provides opportunities for students to develop advanced-level heritage language reading and writing skills. Students read authentic heritage language manuscripts, practice heritage language narrative and expository writing, translate documents in their fields, and explore heritage language features related to social customs. Prerequisite: ENG 110, native or near native speaking skills in the heritage language, intermediate-level reading and writing skills in the heritage language, and consent of the instructor. Offered occasionally. 

MLG   394   Cr. 3
Translating Literature
A study of the theory and problems of literary translation. Students translate literary works from the target language into English. The student translations are used for literary as well as translation technique study in the course. Prerequisite: FRE/GER/SPA 305. (Cross-listed with FRE, GER, and SPA; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered occasionally.

MLG   398 Cr. 1-4
World Languages: Advanced
Advanced study of less commonly taught world languages. Instruction may be offered on an individualized basis or through distance education when a course is available on another campus. Prerequisite: MLG 202 in the appropriate language. Repeatable for credit — maximum 8. Offered occasionally. 

MLG   455/555 Cr. 1-6
Foreign Language Program Development: ____________________
This course is designed for teachers or prospective teachers working toward teacher certification or recertification in a second or third language and/or in ESL. Program topics include: grammar, conversation, civilization, literature and methods. Prerequisite: acceptance of an approved program by department and permission of department chair. Repeatable for credit — maximum 12. 

MLG   491   Cr. 3
Films and Literature
Viewing and criticism of sub-titled films and reading their literary sources in translation. Prerequisite: one course in literature from either the foreign languages or English department. 

 

Chinese (CHI) 

+ above a course number indicates a
General Education course. 

CHI     101   Cr. 4
Elementary Chinese I
The first of two introductory courses in Chinese. The five language skills: listening, speaking, writing, reading and culture are introduced. 

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CHI     102   Cr. 4
Elementary Chinese II
The second introductory course in Chinese comprehension, speaking, writing, reading, and culture. Prerequisite: CHI 101 or placement. 

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CHI     201   Cr. 4
Intermediate Chinese I
The first of two intermediate-level Chinese courses. Students continue to develop all language skills with special emphasis placed on refining speaking and listening comprehension. Prerequisite: CHI 102 or placement. 

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CHI     202   Cr. 4
Intermediate Chinese II
The second of two intermediate-level Chinese courses. Students continue to develop all language skills with special emphasis placed on refining reading and writing in Chinese. Prerequisite: CHI 201 or placement. 

CHI     398 Cr. 1-3
Directed Studies
Individual reading and investigations in advanced Chinese study. Course materials will vary according to the needs and interests of students. Prerequisite: CHI 202 or equivalent. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.

 

French (FRE) 

French Major (All colleges) — 30 credits above FRE 202 including FRE 303, 304, 305, 320, 331, 430; six credits from the following: FRE 325, or any 400-level literature course; and six credits of electives selected from: FRE 315, 321, 325 (if not used in above category), 326, 351, 394, 403, 404, 405, 406, 450, 491, 495, 498, 499, ENG 432. Either FRE 491 or ENG 401 may count as an elective, but not both. 

 

French Major with Business Concentration (All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 54 credits. 30 credits above FRE 202, including FRE 303, 304, 305, 315, 320, 331, 430, three credits of 400-level literature or FRE 325, and six credits of electives selected from: FRE 325 (if not used in the above category), 326, 351, 403, 404, 405, 406, 450, 491, 498, 499, ENG 432. Either FRE 491 or ENG 401 may count as an elective, but not both.


Business Concentration — 24 credits, including ACC 235 (or 221 and 222), ECO 110, 120, 340, MKT 309, 341, MGT 308; and one from the following: ECO 311, MGT 430, FIN 355. Recommended courses — C-S 101, ECO 375, 145 or 250, MTH 175, FIN 440 and the two courses not chosen in the second group.   

French Minor (All colleges) — 18 credits above FRE 202, including: FRE 303, 304, 305, 320 or 325, 331; and three credits of electives: FRE 315, 320 or 325 (if not used in the above category), 321, 326, 351, 394, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 430, 450, 495, 498, 499. 

French majors and minors in education In order to be certified to teach a foreign language, students must take C-I 467, Teaching a Foreign Language, and student teach at the appropriate levels. Prior to student teaching, students are required to 1) demonstrate proficiency at a level equivalent to Intermediate High on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Scale, 2) complete an approved foreign language immersion experience, and 3) pass the Praxis II content test(s) in the language(s) to be certified for teaching. (official test score report required prior to student teaching enrollment). Questions should be referred to the department of modern languages. 

French Studies Certificate (All colleges) — 18 credits above FRE 102, including FRE 201, 202, 220 or 230 (or substitute FRE 320 or 321 or 325 for FRE 220 or 230), 303, 326 and three credits of electives: FRE 304, 305, 315, 320, 321, 325, 331, 351, 450. Please note: FRE 320, 321, or 325 can be used in elective category only if not used in required category. In order to complete the certificate program, a candidate must earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA for course work in the certificate.  

+ above a course number indicates a
General Education course. 

FRE    101   Cr. 4
Elementary French I
The first of two introductory courses in French. The five language skills: listening, speaking, writing, reading, and culture are introduced. 

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FRE    102   Cr. 4
Elementary French II
The second introductory course in French comprehension, speaking, writing, reading, and culture. Prerequisite: FRE 101 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores. 

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FRE    201   Cr. 4
Intermediate French I
The first of two intermediate-level French courses. Students continue to develop all language skills with special emphasis placed on refining speaking and listening comprehension. Prerequisite: FRE 102 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores. 

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FRE    202   Cr. 4
Intermediate French II
The second of two intermediate-level French courses. Students continue to develop all language skills with special emphasis placed on refining reading and writing in French. Prerequisite: FRE 201 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores. 

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FRE    220   Cr. 3
France and the Francophone World
This course offers both historical and contemporary perspectives on France and its relationship to the Francophone world. Students will examine French history and colonialism and their impact on such regions/countries as Quebec, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Senegal, Tahiti, and the Maghreb (North Africa). This course will also explore the multiple identities (based on ethnicity, race, gender and sexual orientation) that continue to “disrupt” the notion of a collective French consciousness as it persists today. These include North-African and Russian immigrants, Jews, women, gays and lesbians. Taught in English. Not applicable to the major or minor. Offered Sem. I. 

FRE    303   Cr. 3
Advanced French I
Development of all French language skills with emphasis on reading and writing. Prerequisite: FRE 202. 

FRE    304   Cr. 3
Advanced French II
Development of all French language skills with emphasis on listening and speaking. Prerequisite: FRE 303. 

FRE    305   Cr. 3
An Introduction to Literature in French
A beginning literature course designed to teach students to read, discuss and write about literature with depth and critical ability. Readings will include poetry, theater and short stories. Prerequisite: FRE 303 or concurrent enrollment. Offered Sem. II, alternate years. 

FRE    315   Cr. 3
Business French
A course designed to prepare advanced students in French to communicate effectively in the business world. Intensive practice in oral comprehension, speaking, writing, utilizing special, topical vocabulary related to international commerce. Prerequisite: FRE 303 or concurrent enrollment. Strongly recommend MGT 100 or concurrent registration in MGT 100. 

FRE    320   Cr. 3
French Civilization to the Revolution
Through chronological, thematic and literary perspectives this course is designed to provide an examination of French Civilization from its origins to the French Revolution. Topics may include socio-political and cultural history, the history of gender and sexuality, feudalism, absolutism, the Enlightenment, popular culture, art and architecture. Taught in French. Prerequisite: FRE 303 (or its equivalent) or concurrent enrollment. Offered Sem. II, alternate years. 

FRE    321   Cr. 3
Studies in Francophone Civilizations
This course is designed to provide an in-depth study of the civilization of French-speaking areas other than France. The individual topic will cover either the civilizations of several smaller areas or countries (i.e., Belgium, French Polynesia, Louisiana, etc.) or will deal with one major area (i.e., Quebec or Francophone Africa). The course is taught in French. Prerequisite: FRE 303 or concurrent enrollment. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Offered occasionally. 

FRE    325   Cr. 3
Modern and Contemporary France
Through chronological, thematic and literary perspectives this course is designed to provide an examination of French Civilization from the French Revolution to the present. Topics may include socio-political and cultural history, the history of gender and sexuality, regional and national identity, anti-Semitism, colonialism, popular culture and mass media. Taught in French. Prerequisite: FRE 303 or its equivalent. Offered Sem. I, alternate years. 

FRE    326   Cr. 1
Current Events
A weekly discussion of current events in the French-speaking world, based on readings, web-based news sources and television broadcasts in the target language. Prerequisite: FRE 202 or equivalent. Students may take as many times as desired, but only three credits will count towards major/minor. 

FRE      331 Cr. 3
French Phonetics
An emphasis on French vocalic sounds, phonetic transcription, and practice in pronunciation. Prerequisite: FRE 202 or concurrent registration. 

FRE    351  Cr. 4
Films in French
A study of films of the French-speaking world. Film viewing, discussion and writing assignments will all be in French. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: FRE 202 or equivalent. Offered every fourth semester. 

FRE    403   Cr. 3
Studies in French/ Francophone Literature
A course designed to survey major literary movements and authors in France or French-speaking countries; emphasis on chronology, 
definitions, literary criticism. Specific topics vary by semester. Prerequisite: FRE 305 or equivalent. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.
 

FRE    404   Cr. 3
French Literature: Theatre
A course which examines major authors and literary trends in French theatre from the Middle Ages to the present day. Works read in entirety. Prerequisite: FRE 305 or equivalent. 

FRE    405   Cr. 3
French Literature: Prose
A course which examines major authors and literary trends in French prose works of all ages. Emphasis will be on the evaluation of the short story and novel with studies on the development of the narrator’s role and the evolution in the description of a character. Prerequisite: FRE 305 or equivalent. 

FRE    406   Cr. 3
French Literature: Poetry
A course which examines major authors and literary trends in French poetry from the Middle Ages to the present day. Emphasis will be on the interrelationships of poetry, theatre, art and music. Prerequisite: FRE 305 or equivalent. 

FRE    407   Cr. 3
African and Caribbean Literature in French

A survey of African and Caribbean literature of French expression, including works from colonial times to the present, in the context of the political and cultural history of the African diaspora. Prerequisite: FRE 305. Offered Sem. II, every other year.
 

FRE    430   Cr. 3
Advanced French Syntax and Stylistics
An intensive study of the features of French sentence structure, with emphasis on the contrast between French and English. Prerequisite: FRE 304 and one literature or civilization course. 

FRE    450 Cr. 1-4
National/International Intern Program
A course in French individually tailored to fit career needs: cultural awareness, technical vocabulary in French to prepare students who elect internship credits in other departments. French majors or minors or other students having the equivalency of FRE 202 may elect to take these credits off campus. Prerequisite: a declared major in department offering intern programs or a declared major in French. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4. 

FRE    491   Cr. 3
Films and Literature
Viewing and criticism of subtitled films and reading their literary sources in translation. Prerequisite: one course in literature from either the modern languages or English department. Offered occasionally. 

FRE    495   Cr. 2
Honors Seminar in French
An in-depth examination of a topic in French or Francophone literature or civilization concluding with a research paper and presentation to faculty and peers. Prerequisite: admission to the Alvida Ahlstrom Honors Program, FRE 305 and one 400-level literature or civilization course. 

FRE    498/598 Cr. 1-3
Independent Study
Fieldwork, research, individual projects in a specific area of French language civilization or literature. Prerequisite: two advanced courses and junior standing. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. 

FRE    499/599 Cr. 1-3
Independent Study
Fieldwork, research, individual projects in a specific area of French language, civilization or literature. Prerequisite: two semesters of advanced courses and junior standing. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. 

 

German (GER) 

German Studies Major  (All colleges) — 36 credits. Multidisciplinary major that requires completion of the required courses in the German Studies Minor (15 credits); four additional upper-level courses in German; and three courses from the following list: GEO 304; HIS 314, 323, 346; 348, 352; POL 338; 355; ENG 401; students must complete an approved work or study experience in a German-speaking country; German language proficiency at the intermediate high level (based on departmental proficiency exam); and the student portfolio (an essay in German on a selected topic, a sample of oral proficiency, and the results of the department’s Advanced Grammar Test).  

German Studies Major with Business Concentration  (All colleges) — 60 credits. Multidisciplinary major that requires completion of the required courses in the German Minor (15 credits); four additional upper-level courses in German, one of which must be GER 315; and three courses from the following list: ENG 401, GEO 304, HIS 314, 323, 346, 348, 352, POL 338, 355.  

Students must also complete approved work or study experience in a German-speaking country; German language proficiency at the intermediate high level; and a student portfolio. 

Business Concentration 24 credits, including ACC 235 (or 221 and 222), ECO 110, 120, 340, MKT 309, 341, MGT 308; and one from the following: ECO 311, MGT 430, FIN 355. Recommended courses: C-S 101, ECO 375, MTH 175, 145 or 250, FIN 440 and the two courses not chosen from the second group. 

German Studies Minor (All colleges) — 18 credits above GER 202, including GER 300 or 301, 313, 320, 330, 420 and three credits of electives. 

German Studies majors and minors in educationIn order to be certified to teach a foreign language, students must take C-I 467, Teaching a Foreign Language, and student teach at the appropriate levels. Prior to student teaching, students are required to 1) demonstrate proficiency at a level equivalent to Intermediate High on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Scale, 2) complete an approved foreign language immersion experience, and 3) pass the Praxis II content test(s) in the language(s) to be certified for teaching. (official test score report required prior to student teaching enrollment). Questions should be referred to the department of modern languages. 

+ above a course number indicates a
General Education course. 

GER   101   Cr. 4
Elementary German I
The first of two introductory courses in German. The five language skills: listening, speaking, writing, reading, and culture are introduced. 

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GER   102   Cr. 4
Elementary German II
The second introductory course in German comprehension, speaking, writing, reading, and culture. Prerequisite: GER 101 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores. 

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GER   201   Cr. 4
Intermediate German I
The first of two intermediate-level German courses. Students continue to develop all language skills with special emphasis placed on refining speaking and listening comprehension. Prerequisite: GER 102 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores.

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GER   202   Cr. 4
Intermediate German II
The second of two intermediate-level German courses. Students continue to develop all language skills with special emphasis placed on refining reading and writing in German. Prerequisite: German 201 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores. 

GER   300   Cr. 3
Advanced German 
Development of all German language skills with emphasis on reading and writing. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. Offered Sem. I. 

GER   301   Cr. 3
An Introduction to German Literature
A beginning literature course designed to teach the student to read with depth and critical ability. Emphasis will be on German theatre, the short story, and poetry. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. 

GER   311   Cr. 3
German Conversation and Composition
Practice in oral and written German to gain fluency in idiomatic style. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. 

GER   313   Cr. 3
German Grammar and Composition
An intensive study of German grammar and stylistics with an emphasis on controlled compositions. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. 

GER   315   Cr. 3
Business German
A course designed to prepare advanced students in German to communicate effectively in the business world. Intensive practice in oral comprehension, speaking, writing, utilizing special, topical vocabulary related to international commerce. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. Strongly recommend MGT 100 or concurrent registration in MGT 100. 

GER   320   Cr. 3
German Civilization: 1870-Reunification
A topical and contrastive approach to German culture and civilization. A study of the social and political organization of  Germany from 1870 to reunification in 1989, based on an historical perspective with special emphasis on the forces which led to National Socialism and the division of Germany after World War II. Milestones in German cultural history prior to 1870 will be touched on briefly. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. Offered  Sem. II, alternate years. 

GER   326   Cr. 1
Current Events
A weekly discussion of current events in the German-speaking world, based on readings and television broadcasts in the target language. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. Repeatable for credit — maximum 3. Students may take as many times as desired, but only three credits will count towards major/minor. 

GER   330  Cr. 3
German Conversation and Phonetics
A study of the German-language sound system. Students learn the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) modeling their speech after native speakers—both live and from recorded materials. Sound patterns are reinforced through conversational exercises which are based upon current events, readings, and cultural nuances. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. Offered every third semester. 

GER   351   Cr. 4
Films in German
The study of the German-speaking world film viewing, discussion and writing assignments will all be in German. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. Offered every fourth semester. 

GER   394   Cr. 3
Translating Literature
A study of the theory and problems of literary translation. Students translate literary works from the target language into English. The student translations are used for literary as well as translation technique study in the course. Prerequisite: FRE/GER/SPA 305. (Cross-listed with MLG, FRE, and SPA; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered occasionally. 

GER   400   Cr. 3
Women Writers in Germany
An examination of literature by women writing in German from 1850 to present. Students will read works dating from the beginnings of the Women’s Movement, including writers from the following historical periods: Weimar, the Third Reich, the two post-war Germany, and united Germany. Representatives from each of the German-speaking cultures will also be covered, as well as works by Turkish women and/or other members of minority groups who write in German. Prerequisite: GER 305. Offered every fourth semester. 

GER   401   Cr. 3
German Drama
The development of German drama from Lessing to the present. Critical reading and analysis of masterpieces from the field of German drama, accompanied by an intensive study of the essence and development of this literary form. (Lessing, Schiller, Kleist, Buchner, Hebbel, Grillparzer, Hauptmann, Brecht, and others.) Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. 

GER   403   Cr. 3
Studies in German Literature
A course designed to survey major literary movements and authors. Specific topics vary by semester. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.  

GER   406   Cr. 3
Contemporary German Literature
From naturalism to the present. Selected novellas, novels, and drama by Rilke, Kafka, Mann, Brecht, Duerenmatt, Grass, and others. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. 

GER   420   Cr. 3
German Civilization: 1989-Present
A study of contemporary life in the German-speaking world with particular emphasis on the Federal Republic since unification. Topics include unification, the political system, the educational system, and the geography of the region. The multi-cultural aspects of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland will be highlighted. Prerequisite: GER 320. Offered Sem. I. 

GER   450 Cr. 1-4
National/International Intern Program
A course in German individually tailored to fit career needs: cultural awareness, technical vocabulary in German to prepare students who elect internship credits in other departments. German minors or other students having the equivalency of GER 202 may elect to take these credits off campus. Prerequisite: a declared major in department offering Intern Programs or a declared minor in German. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4. 

GER   491   Cr. 3
Films and Literature
Viewing and criticism of sub-titled films and reading their literary sources in translation. Prerequisite: one course in literature from either the modern languages or English department. Offered occasionally. 

GER   495   Cr. 2
Honors Seminar in German
An in-depth examination of a topic in German literature or civilization concluding with a research paper and presentation to faculty and peers. Prerequisite: admission to the Alvida Ahlstrom Honors program, GER 300 and one 300 or 400-level literature or civilization course. 

GER   498/598 Cr. 1-3
Independent Study
Fieldwork, research, individual projects in a specific area of German language, civilization or literature. Prerequisite: two advanced courses and junior standing. Repeatable for credit — maxi mum 6. 

GER   499/599 Cr. 1-3
Independent Study
Field work, research, and individual projects in a specific area of German language, civilization or literature. Prerequisite: two advanced courses and junior standing. Repeatable for credit — maxi mum 6.

 

Russian (RUS) 

+ above a course number indicates a
General Education course. 

RUS   101   Cr. 4
Elementary Russian I
The first of two introductory courses in Russian. The five language skills: listening, speaking, writing, reading and culture are introduced. 

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RUS   102   Cr. 4
Elementary Russian II
The second introductory course in Russian comprehension, speaking, writing, reading and culture. Prerequisite: RUS 101 or placement. 

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RUS   201   Cr. 4
Intermediate Russian I
The first of two intermediate-level Russian courses. Students continue to develop all language skills with special emphasis placed on refining speaking and listening comprehension. Prerequisite: RUS 102 or placement. 

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RUS   202   Cr. 4
Intermediate Russian II
The second of two intermediate-level Russian courses. Students continue to develop all language skills with special emphasis placed on refining reading and writing in Russian. Prerequisite: RUS 201 or placement.  

RUS   398 Cr. 1-3
Directed Studies
Individual reading and investigations in advanced Russian study. Course materials will vary according to the needs and interests of students. Prerequisite: RUS 202 or equivalent. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.

 

 

Spanish (SPA) 

Spanish Major (All colleges) — 30 credits above SPA 202, Category I: Core course requirements (21 credits) SPA 303, 304, 305, 320 or 321, 326, 331, and 430. Category II: (3 credits). Select one SPA 400-level literature course. Prerequisite: SPA 305. Category III: Choose one course from the following (3 credits): an additional SPA 400-level literature course, SPA 320 or 321 (whichever NOT taken in Category I), SPA 351, 390, or 410. Category IV: Electives - select one course from the following (3 credits): SPA 315, 320 or 321 (if not taken in Category III), SPA 351, 390, 394, an additional SPA 400-level literature course, SPA 410, 450, 491, 495, 498, 499 or ENG 432. 

Spanish Major with Business Concentration (All colleges) — 30 credits above SPA 202. Category I: Core course requirements (24 credits) SPA 303, 304, 305, 315, 320, 321, 326, and 331. Category II: (3 credits) Select one SPA 400-level literature course. Prerequisite: SPA 305. Category III: Elective - select one course from the following (3 credits): SPA 351, 390, an additional SPA 400-level literature course, SPA 410, 430, 450, 495, 498, 499 or ENG 432. 

Business Concentration — 24 credits including, ACC 235 (or 221 and 222), ECO 110, 120, 340, MKT 309, 341, MGT 308, and one from the following: ECO 311, MGT 430, FIN 355. Recommended courses: C-S 101, ECO 375, MTH 145 or 250, 175, FIN 440 and the two courses not chosen in the second group.  

Spanish Minor (All colleges) — 18 credits above SPA 202, including SPA 303, 304, 320 or 321, 326, and six credits of electives. 

Note: Students should consult with an adviser in the department of modern languages regarding their individual plan of study. Students planning to pursue graduate studies in Spanish need to be aware of special requirements.

Spanish majors and minors in education In order to be certified to teach a foreign language, students must take C-I 467, Teaching a Foreign Language, and student teach at the appropriate levels. Prior to student teaching, students are required to 1) demonstrate proficiency at a level equivalent to Intermediate High on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Scale, 2) complete an approved foreign language immersion experience, and 3) pass the Praxis II content test(s) in the language(s) to be certified for teaching. (official test score report required prior to student teaching enrollment). Questions should be referred to the department of modern languages.  

Note:  SPA 400-level literature courses include the following: SPA 401, 402, 403, 420, 421, 425, 440, 441 and 495. 

 

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General Education course. 

SPA    101   Cr. 4
Elementary Spanish I
The first of two introductory courses in Spanish. The five language skills are introduced: listening, speaking, writing, reading and culture. (Not open to students with more than two years of high school Spanish.)

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SPA    102   Cr. 4
Elementary Spanish II
The second introductory course in Spanish comprehension, speaking, writing, reading, and culture. Prerequisite: SPA 101 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores. 

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SPA    201   Cr. 4
Intermediate Spanish I
The first of two intermediate-level Spanish courses. Students continue to develop all language skills with special emphasis placed on refining speaking and listening comprehension. Prerequisite: SPA 102 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores. 

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SPA    202   Cr. 4
Intermediate Spanish II
The second of two intermediate-level Spanish courses. Students continue to develop all language skills with special emphasis placed on refining reading and writing in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores.  

SPA    303   Cr. 4
Integrated Skills Development I
Development of Spanish proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and listening with emphasis on reading and writing. Students will advance their cultural knowledge by working with a variety of texts. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: SPA 202. 

SPA    304   Cr. 4
Integrated Skills Development II
Development of Spanish proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and listening with emphasis on listening and speaking. Students will advance their cultural knowledge by working with a variety of texts. Lect. 3., Lab. 2. Prerequisite: SPA 202. 

SPA    305   Cr. 3
Introduction to Hispanic Literature
An introductory literature course designed both for students desiring to develop an appreciation of Hispanic literature and those planning to pursue more advanced courses requiring a critical background. The course may include works from the following genres: narrative, poetry, drama and essay. Prerequisite: SPA 303 and 304. 

SPA    315   Cr. 3
Business Spanish
A course designed to prepare advanced students of Spanish to communicate effectively in the business world. Intensive practice in oral comprehension, speaking, writing, utilizing special, topical vocabulary related to international commerce. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304. Strongly recommend MGT 100 or concurrent enrollment. Offered Sem.II, odd numbered years. 

SPA    320   Cr. 3
Spanish Civilization
A study of the civilization of Spain, from pre-historic times to the present; this includes such topics as political developments, geography, literature, art, music, and the current situation. Prerequisite: SPA 303 and 304. Offered Sem. I. 

SPA    321   Cr. 3
Spanish American Civilization
A study of the political, social, intellectual, artistic and literary development of Spanish America. Prerequisite: SPA 303 and 304. 

SPA    326   Cr. 1
Current Events
A weekly discussion of current events in the Spanish-speaking world, based on readings, web-based news sources and television broadcasts in the target language. Repeatable for credit — maximum 3. Prerequisite: SPA 303 or 304. Students may take as many times as desired, but only three credits will count towards major/minor. 

SPA    331   Cr. 3
Spanish Phonetics
Comparison of English and Spanish sounds. Systematic study of the production of Spanish sounds. Individual work with native tapes and recording of student’s pronunciation and intonation. Prerequisite: SPA 303.

SPA    351   Cr. 4
Films in Spanish
The study of films of the Spanish-speaking world. Film viewing, discussion and writing assignments will all be in Spanish. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: SPA 303 and 304. Offered occasionally. 

SPA    390   Cr. 3
Topics in Hispanic Cultures
A course designed to investigate areas of current social and cultural interest in Hispanic/Latin American culture. Topics will vary. Prerequisite: SPA 303 or 304. Offered occasionally. 

SPA    402   Cr. 3
Spanish Literature II
Principal authors from the generation of 1898 to the present. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304, 305. Offered every three years. 

SPA    403   Cr. 3
Studies in Hispanic Literature
A course designed to allow flexibility in the study of current topics of interest in Spanish or Latin American literature. Prerequisite: SPA 305 or equivalent. Offered every two years. 

SPA    410   Cr. 3
Advanced Conversation
Oral work based on Spanish life, culture, and literature. Prerequisite: SPA 303 and 304 or equivalent.  

SPA    420   Cr. 3
Latin American Literature I
A course designed to study the main literary works of Latin America from pre-colombian times through the 19th Century. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304, 305. Offered Sem. I. 

SPA    421   Cr. 3
Latin American Literature II
A course designed to explore new trends and themes in the writings of contemporary Spanish American authors. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304, 305. Offered Sem. II. 

SPA    425   Cr. 3
Latino Literature of the United States
Backgrounds, literary influence and major works of an emerging new literature of the United States, written by Hispanic minorities. Works are read in the original language or in translation. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304, 305. Offered every two years. 

SPA 427/527  Cr. 1
Spanish for Teachers
A review of selected essential concepts of Spanish grammar with a focus on developing effective strategies for teaching them to beginning Spanish students.  Prerequisites: SPA 303 and SPA 304 and one additional 300-lvel course in Spanish. Offered Sem II. 

SPA    430   Cr. 3
Advanced Grammar and Syntax
A comprehensive survey of grammatical principles with an examination of the main syntactical elements of the Spanish language. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304. Offered Sem. I. 

SPA    440   Cr. 3
The Spanish Novel
A study of the Spanish novel. Masterpieces from the picaresque to the contemporary novel will be read. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304, 305. Offered occasionally.  

SPA    441   Cr. 3
The Spanish Theatre
A study of Spanish drama. Works to be read will be chosen from masterpieces from the Renaissance and Baroque periods to the modern theatre. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304, 305. Offered occasionally. 

SPA    450 Cr. 1-4
National/International Intern Program
A course in Spanish individually tailored to fit career needs: cultural awareness, technical vocabulary in Spanish to prepare students who elect internship credits in other departments. Spanish majors or minors, or other students having the equivalency of SPA 202 may elect to take these credits off campus. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4. 

SPA    491   Cr. 3
Films and Literature
Viewing and criticism of sub-titled films and reading their literary sources in translation. Prerequisite: one course in literature from either the foreign language or English department. Offered occasionally. 

SPA    495   Cr. 2
Senior Seminar in Hispanic Studies
A seminar for students who possess the background and ability to engage in individual research related to social, cultural or literary aspects of the Hispanic world. Readings, oral presentations of ongoing research and a seminar paper are required. Prerequisite: SPA 303, 304, 305, plus one 400 level literature course or concurrent enrollment. Offered Sem. II. 

SPA    498/598 Cr. 1-3
Independent Study
Fieldwork, research and individual projects in a specific area of Spanish language, civilization or literature. Registration with the consent of instructor and the department chair. Prerequisite: two advanced courses and junior standing. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.  

SPA    499/599 Cr. 1-3
Independent Study
Fieldwork, research, individual projects in a specific area of Spanish language, civilization or literature. Registration with the consent of instructor and the department chairperson. Prerequisite: two advanced courses and junior standing. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.

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