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Modern Languages

Division of Humanities and Fine Arts

 

Pamela Pears, Chair

Cristina Casado Presa, Associate Chair

Collin Ashmore

Elena Deanda Camacho (on leave Fall 2016)

Victoria Finney

Nicole Grewling

John Hepler

David Hull

D’Juan Lyons

Katherine Maynard

Rebeca Moreno Orama

Martín Ponti

 

 

The Department of Modern Languages offers majors in French Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, and International Literature and Culture.  Our courses prepare students to live and work in the global community of the 21st century by giving them powerful tools for communicating and collaborating with people in the pluralist U.S. and abroad. Our courses have three main goals: 1. to foster critical thinking skills through an awareness of the power of language in its many contexts, 2. to provide linguistic training for students to develop proficiency in a modern language, and 3. to promote intercultural competence for students to communicate effectively across diverse cultural lines. Our graduates pursue successful careers in numerous fields, including education, international education, journalism, social services, business, international business, economics, government, law, international law, and applied and theoretical sciences.

 

The Department offers courses appropriate to majors and minors in French Studies, German Studies, and Hispanic Studies, as well as courses given in English in the field of International Literature and Culture. It also offers language courses in Chinese. All modern language courses may be used to satisfy the College’s foreign language requirement. For more details on how to complete the foreign language requirement, please consult the section on distribution requirements found under the Academic Program heading of this catalog.

 

ALTERNATIVE LANGUAGE STUDY

After consultation with the chair a student may receive tutorial instruction in a modern language that is not part of the regular curriculum but for which expertise is available. Students who participate in this program are urged to follow up with a study abroad experience in a country where the language is spoken.

 

COURSES THAT FULFILL THE HUMANITIES DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENT

Courses on literature and film in a foreign language and courses in International Literature and Culture (ILC), given in English, may be used to fulfill the distribution requirement in the Humanities. In some cases, where such action seems appropriate, the department chair may approve the use of foreign language literature courses to fulfill the foreign language requirement. In that case, those courses may not be used in fulfillment of the distribution requirement in Humanities as well.

 

LANGUAGE PLACEMENT

First-year and transfer students will be placed in the appropriate level language courses based upon the results of a language survey and placement test taken by new incoming students before summer advising. The department strongly recommends that students planning further study of their high school foreign language enroll as early as possible in a course in that language to ensure their continued progress. It counsels students to plan their academic program so as to complete year-long distribution sequences without interruption.

 

MAJORS IN FRENCH STUDIES/GERMAN STUDIES/HISPANIC STUDIES

To major in either French, German or Hispanic Studies the student must take at least eight courses at the 300 and 400 levels and complete the Senior Capstone Experience. The courses chosen for the major must include:

  • Either 301 or 302 (or an equivalent taken abroad).
  • Either 303 or 304 in French, 303, 304, or 305 in Spanish or 304 or 305 in German. It is recommended that these courses be taken on the Washington College campus.
  • 375 (completed during the required study abroad experience)
  • At least two courses at the 400 level, one of which must be taken during the senior year.

 

As a general rule, at least four of the courses presented for the major must be taken on the Washington College campus unless otherwise agreed upon by the faculty advisor. Students may count courses given in English under the International Literature and Culture heading toward their major if their written work is done in the foreign language.

 

The Department requires its majors in a modern language to complete a semester of overseas study (or a summer program if previously approved by the Department) in the relevant language, and strongly recommends a year-long course of study. Through exchanges coordinated by the Global Education Office, Washington College offers many options for study abroad to majors and minors in this department. Students are expected to maintain a 3.0 grade point in order to be eligible for the study abroad experience. Students should consult the faculty when planning their study abroad experience to insure that the program they choose meets the needs of their major and that they have a well-balanced course of study while abroad, including classes that complement their course of study on campus. As part of their study abroad experience, students must enroll in 375, a tutorial during which the student prepares a study abroad portfolio to be turned in to the faculty advisor.

 

Majors must successfully complete the Senior Capstone Experience, which may consist of a thesis or other project approved by the faculty advisor(s). The Senior Capstone Experience will be graded Pass, Fail, or Honors and should be taken during the semester in which the student plans to graduate.

 

To improve fluency, enrich course work, and further their interest in the customs and cultures they are studying, language students are encouraged to speak the foreign language on a daily basis with the native French, German, and Spanish assistants and the students who reside in the Language Suites. The language assistants are available to students on a regular basis at informal coffee hours and other meetings of the foreign language clubs throughout the year. All interested students are invited to participate in the cultural activities sponsored by the language clubs, the Language Suites, the International House, and the department itself. Language majors are encouraged to plan to live in a Language Suite for at least part of their course of study. There are opportunities for language-related internships as well. Interested students are urged to consult the chair or other department faculty.

 

The Department encourages students to enrich their knowledge of the foreign culture they are studying by taking related courses from other departments. In some cases, these courses may be counted toward the major. We also recommend that our majors study two years of a second foreign language.

 

MINORS IN FRENCH STUDIES/GERMAN STUDIES/HISPANIC STUDIES

The Department offers minors in French Studies, German Studies, and Hispanic Studies. Students who begin a language with 101, 102, 200, or 201 must take a total of six classes in order to obtain the minor. Students who begin with 202 or above must take a total of five classes, at least one of which must be at the 400 level.

 

TEACHER TRAINING

Students planning to earn certification for secondary school teaching in a foreign language should consult with the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and with the Chair of the Education Program during their first year or no later than their sophomore year.

 

Chinese Studies

David Hull

 

101, 102. Elementary Chinese

An introduction to Mandarin Chinese, this course offers an integrated approach to basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Class work is supplemented by laboratory periods that include engagement with native language via multimedia sources. Discussion of a graded series of cultural topics promotes students understanding of Chinese life and society and aids language learning. The class will meet three days plus two laboratory periods per week. Please note that this course is NOT appropriate for native speakers of Mandarin.

 

201, 202. Intermediate Chinese

This course will review and build upon language skills acquired in the introductory course to Mandarin Chinese. It offers an integrated approach to basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The class will meet three days per week, plus a laboratory period. The laboratory includes engagement with native language via multimedia sources. Graded readings on topics related to Chinese life and society serve as an aid to language learning and provide an introduction to Chinese culture. Prerequisite: Chinese 102 or the equivalent.

 

  1. Study Abroad Portfolio

This tutorial continues the development of specific listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills in the target language while students pursue a language-immersion study abroad program. Students will create a portfolio remotely with frequent consultation and feedback from a faculty advisor. The study abroad portfolio will be assessed for progress in the student’s language learning skills and personal development.

 

French Studies

Katherine Maynard

Pamela Pears

 

101, 102. Elementary French

Designed for beginning students and aimed at developing skill in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French. Emphasis on communication through intensive aural/oral practice and awareness of cultural context. Three class meetings and one or two laboratory sessions per week at the discretion of the instructor.

 

  1. Review of Introductory French

This course for high/advanced beginners reviews the material covered in FRS 101 and FRS 102 for those who need a refresher in the basics but have enough experience to progress to more advanced language production. The objective of this course is to expand basic proficiency in the four language skills—speaking, listening, reading and writing—as well as to help students interact with various elements of the culture from different French-speaking countries FRS 200 is only appropriate for those with no prior French experience at the university level who have had a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years at the high school level.  Three class meetings and one or two laboratory sessions per week at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: By placement exam or departmental approval only.

 

201, 202. Intermediate French

Continued emphasis on the four basic skills. Intensive aural/oral practice. Review of grammar, expansion of vocabulary, and their application in writing. Development of effective reading strategies in response to both expository and literary texts. Familiarization of the student with French life and the francophone world. Three class meetings and one laboratory session per week. Prerequisite: French 102 or 200  (for 201) or French 201 (for 202), appropriate placement score, or permission of the instructor.

 

301, 302. Advanced French

A sequence designed to deepen the student’s skills reading, writing, speaking, and listening. 301 focuses on writing: Journalistic, cultural, and literary readings about contemporary French life serve to develop the student’s ability to analyze texts and to write clearly and persuasively in varied forms, such as the résumé, analysis, commentary, description, and short narrative. 302 focuses on speaking: Class discussion aims at stimulating fluent and spontaneous use of spoken French. The course includes instruction in phonetics as a guide to correct pronunciation as well as multimedia cultural activities intended to improve the student’s linguistic and cultural knowledge. Theses courses prepare the student for upper-level literature and civilization courses and for study abroad in a Francophone country.  Prerequisite: FRS 202, appropriate placement score, or permission of the instructor. FRS 302 may be taken before FRS 301.

 

303, 304. Introduction to French and Francophone Literature and Culture

A course designed to help students answer the questions, “How does one talk and write about literature?” and “What does it mean to read and give a reading to a text?” An exploration of selected works representing different genres both in relation to other literary movements and their historical contexts. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302 or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. Contemporary France

Taught in English, this course provides an introductory historical and cultural study of contemporary France. Students will be provided tools for cultural interpretation via critical texts and the analysis of French films and their American remakes; they will then apply them to the cultural history of France. We will explore the impact of World War II, of the student protests of May ’68, and of women’s emancipation movements. We will examine France’s position in the world—its past as a colonizing nation, its present post-colonial actions, and its multicultural identity enriched by different waves of immigration. We will study the political and economic roles of women, their place in the family, health concerns, and struggles for autonomy through works by women. This course counts toward the French major and minor if the journal entries, mid-term exam, and final paper are written in French.

 

  1. The Contemporary Francophone World

Taught in English, this course provides an introductory historical and cultural study of the contemporary Francophone world. Designed as a survey of the non-European Francophone world, the course will offer for study both literary and cultural documents from the Caribbean, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Canada. Initially they will be provided tools for cultural interpretation via critical texts, media analysis (including print and internet sources) and the analysis of Francophone films; they will then apply them to the cultural history of the Francophone world. We will explore French colonization, the process of decolonization, and subsequent independence movements. We will examine social, political, and economic roles of both women and men, changing gender roles, and contemporary divisions of labor. Finally, we will reflect on the political, historical, and sociocultural situations of post-colonial Francophone nations.

 

  1. Study Abroad Portfolio

This tutorial continues the development of specific listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills in the target language while majors pursue their required language-immersion study abroad program. Students will create a portfolio remotely with frequent consultation and feedback from a faculty advisor. The study abroad portfolio will be assessed for progress in the student’s language learning skills and personal development.

 

  1. Love In the Middle Ages

An investigation of the various modes of representation used to define love during the Middle Ages in France. Readings will include Ovid, Andreas Capellanus, the troubadours, Chrétien de Troyes, Marie de France, and the letters of Heloise and Abelard. Prerequisite: French 303, 304 or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. The Renaissance in France

Reading and discussion of works exemplifying the literary achievement of sixteenth-century France and its relation to the spread of printing, voyages of exploration, the rise of Humanism, the Reformation, and the Wars of Religion. Readings include works by Marot, Rabelais, Scève, Louise Labé, du Bellay, Ronsard, Marguerite de Navarre, and Montaigne. Prerequisite: French 303, 304 or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. The “Grand Siècle”

A study of representative works of the “grand siècle,” in which France achieved cultural ascendancy in Europe. Exploration of the development of classicism and its relation to the emergence of a centralized, autocratic régime. Readings will include dramatic works by Corneille, Racine, and Molière and selected non-dramatic writings: the poetry of La Fontaine, Madame de Lafayette’s La Princesse de Clèves,and selected writings of Descartes, Pascal, and La Bruyère. Prerequisite: French 303, 304 or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. Les Lumières

A study of letters and the history of ideas from the Regency to the Revolution, with emphasis on the philosopher’s use of literature as a weapon to further their rationalistic, humanitarian ideas. The Pre-Romantic reaction to the Age of Reason as manifested in writing and painting. Readings include works by Prévost, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Beaumarchais, Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, and de Staël. Prerequisite: French 303, 304 or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. Nineteenth-Century France: Romantics, Realists, Symbolists

An exploration of the nature of the different grands récits that shape this century and of how they relate to problems of colonialism, aestheticism, industrialization, class structures, feminism, publishing, and criticism. Examines as well the effects of the crise du roman. Prerequisite: French 303, 304 or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. French and Francophone Poetry

An examination of major trends in French poetry from Romanticism to the present, this course is designed to increase the student’s awareness of and appreciation for poetry by close reading and explication in class of representative poems. Special attention will be paid to poetic forms and devices. Prerequisite: French 303, 304 or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. Twentieth Century Evolutions and Revolutions: 1900-1945

Evolutions and revolutions in French literature in their necessary relation to other artistic, social, philosophical, and psychoanalytical developments, criticism, the impact of the two World Wars and the interwar period. Emphasis on narrative and genre. Readings will include works by Apollinaire, Barthes, Colette, Proust, Sartre, and Surrealist writers. Prerequisite: French 303, 304 or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. Post-World War II France

What are the voices of the post-war period, feminism, and anticolonialism? What is the nature of identity and nationalism? What was the impact of the Algerian War and Mai 68? What is the nouveau roman? Who are some of the critics that have helped shape the visions of this century? Readings will be drawn from works by de Beauvoir, Beckett, Césaire, Cixous, Duras, Fanon, Foucault, Ionesco, and Robbe-Grillet. Prerequisite: French 303, 304 or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. Studies in Francophone Literature and Culture

This course will present the student with a number of aesthetic, cultural, historical, and political issues relevant to francophone literature. The particular national or regional focus will vary. Prerequisite: French 303, 304 or permission of the instructor.

 

451, 452. Senior Reading

The intensive study of an author or literary genre. Open to seniors; others by permission.

 

194, 294, 394, 494. Special Topics in French Studies

The intensive study of a selected author, movement, genre, or theme. Prerequisite: French 303, 304 or permission of the instructor for 394 and 494.

 

190, 290, 390, 490. Internship

 

195, 295, 395, 495. On-campus Research

 

196, 296, 396, 496. Off-campus Research

 

197, 297, 397, 497. Independent Study

 

SCE. Senior Capstone Experience in French Studies

The senior capstone is required for graduation and is devoted to the completion of a thesis or other project in the field of French Studies. Senior French Studies majors register for this course in the last semester in which they have full-time status at the College. While much of the work is done by each student independently in consultation with a faculty advisor, there are occasional group meetings in which those students writing theses or developing other projects report on the progress of their work. All students will give a formal oral presentation in the target language before their peers and the faculty at the end of the semester. The Senior Capstone Experience will be graded Pass, Fail or Honors.

 

German Studies

Victoria Finney

Nicole Grewling

 

101, 102. Elementary German

Designed to develop basic proficiency in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Authentic cultural materials and computer-aided instruction enrich the student’s knowledge and understanding of German-speaking countries. A native German-speaking assistant serves as tutor for the course. Three class meetings and one or two laboratory sessions per week at the discretion of the instructor.

 

201, 202. Intermediate German

Review and intensified practice of language skills. German literary texts, newspapers, magazines, and television shows provide the basis for discussion of a wide range of contemporary social, political, and cultural topics. Class projects allow students to explore issues of their particular interest. A native German-speaking assistant serves as tutor for the course. Three class meetings and one laboratory session per week. Prerequisite: German 102 (for 201), German 201 (for 202), appropriate placement score, or permission of the instructor.

 

301, 302. Advanced German Proficiency

A sequence designed to enhance students’ skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening as well as their cultural knowledge. Engagement with contemporary cultural and literary texts serves to develop students’ abilities to analyze texts and to express themselves clearly and according to genre-specific conventions in written and oral communication. These courses also include review of German grammar. Prerequisite: GRS 202, appropriate placement score, or permission of the instructor. GRS 302 may be taken before GRS 301.

 

  1. German Civilization

A survey of German history, politics, and art from their beginnings to the present with special emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In addition, this course will focus on a close study of the geography and social structures of German-speaking countries. Use will be made of authentic sources. Students will continue to develop language skills, especially reading strategies and vocabulary building. Prerequisite: German 301 or 302 or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. Introduction to German Literature

This course provides students with the analytic tools that will facilitate the reading and interpretation of German literature. Specific artistic accomplishments are discussed against the background of historical and social contexts. Brief selections reach from the writings of Martin Luther to works by contemporary women. Particular emphasis will be placed on authors of the twentieth century. Students will continue to develop language skills, especially reading strategies and vocabulary building. Prerequisite: German 301 or 302 or permission of the instructor.

 

313, 314. Berlin – Symphony of a Great City. History, Culture and Identity in Germany’s Metropolis

The course provides an overview of the cultural, sociological, political, and historical significance of Berlin. It presents a survey of its history and culture over the past century, examining how Berlin has come to stand as a symbol of the development of Germany as a whole. Discussion of selected (fictional and nonfictional) texts from specific moments in Berlin’s history. Course may be taught in English or German. Prerequisite: None if taught in English (313); GRS 301 or 302 or permission of the instructor if taught in German (314).

 

315, 316. Minorities in Germany: Reading at the Margins

The course provides an overview of the historical background to situate minorities in contemporary Germany, focusing on cultural productions (fictional, non-fictional texts, films) that contribute to the discussion about the situation of minorities in postwar Germany. We examine works that address minorities and their particular circumstances such as guest workers, the Turkish community, Black Germans, Jews, Muslims, Aussiedler, Russian immigrants. Course may be taught in English or German. Prerequisite: None if taught in English (315); GRS 301 or 302 or permission of the instructor if taught in German (316).

 

317, 318. German Cinema

Explores the history and cultural background of German cinema, its topics, forms of representation and relationship to main issues of German history; major themes, movements, and trends, and the construction of identity and difference with special focus on gender. Apart from the historical and narrative context of the films, we will also consider how movies produce meaning and how our perspectives as viewers are guided. While this course is not an introduction to Film Studies, it will give students a general idea how to think and write about film in a critical way. Films are screened outside of class; if students cannot attend the screenings, they must watch the films before the class discussion on their own time. Prerequisite: None if taught in English (317); GRS 301 or GRS 302 if taught in German (318).

 

  1. Study Abroad Portfolio

This tutorial continues the development of specific listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills in the target language while majors pursue their required language-immersion study abroad program. Students will create a portfolio remotely with frequent consultation and feedback from a faculty advisor. The study abroad portfolio will be assessed for progress in the student’s language learning skills and personal development.

 

  1. The Classical Age

Largely prevented from taking an active political role in the society of their day, late eighteenth-century German authors and intellectuals began what amounted to an artistic revolution—a revolution in thought and expression whose effects are still felt today. Focusing on key works by Kant, Goethe, Schiller, Mozart, Beethoven, and others, this course explores and critiques central concerns of the German Classical Age (e.g., enlightenment, tolerance, harmony, human perfectibility, progress, etc.) Prerequisite: GRS 304 or 305 or permission of instructor.

 

  1. Romantic Germany

Set against the backdrop of French/European revolution, German Romantic thought manifested two distinct but related modes. On the one hand, many romantics broke with traditional commonplaces about art, nature, and humanity, embracing forms of philosophical idealism, pantheism, and “Romantic Irony. “ On the other hand, however, a number of artists and intellectuals also longed for a return to the past—to an “organic” society in which divisive religious and political conflicts were as yet unknown. The course examines these and related trends as manifested in the literature, philosophy, painting, and music of the era. Prerequisite: GRS 304 or 305 or permission of instructor.

 

 

  1. The Birth of Modern Germany

In many respects, modern German history may be said to have begun with the failed bourgeois revolution of 1848. With the shattering of its democratic hopes, the German middle class largely turned away from political concerns, focusing instead on the pleasures of family life, the private accumulation of wealth, and the advancement of science and industry. At the same time, the German bourgeoisie also came to accept the autocratic state authority with which it would ever afterwards be associated. This course traces the often ambivalent artistic responses to German “modernity, “ focusing on figures such as Fontane, Hauptmann, Nietzsche, Wagner, and Rilke, and the movements with which they are associated (Realism, Naturalism, Symbolism, and Expressionism.) Prerequisite: GRS 304 or 305 or permission of instructor.

 

 

  1. Democratic and Totalitarian Germany

Few eras continue to fascinate as do those of Germany’s Weimar Republic (1918-1933) and Third Reich (1933-1945). In the former, we find a fragile new democracy characterized at once by anxiety, inflation, and the destruction of values, as well as an explosion of creative energies in literature, film, music, the visual arts, and architecture. In the latter, by contrast, Germany’s “Golden Twenties” come crashing to a halt; post-war anxieties, uncertainties, and freedoms are exchanged for the reactionary nationalism of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. Drawing on key cultural artifacts from the periods in question, this course considers the troubled relationship between democracy and totalitarianism in German history. The course then concludes with an analysis of the divided Germany as it developed after 1945. Prerequisite: GRS 304 or 305 or permission of instructor.

 

 

  1. The Culture of the Open Society

With the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, Germany’s permanent separation seemed assured. In the east, the German Democratic Republic sought to realize a socialist state founded upon the principles of Marxism-Leninism. In the west, the Federal Republic of Germany embraced the model of a capitalist and politically “open” (pluralistic) society. This seminar focuses on the trials and triumphs of the latter, tracing social, cultural, and political developments from 1961 to the present. Topics of discussion will include Germany’s “economic miracle” and “affluent society, “ the social market economy, student, peace, and women’s movements, terrorism, and German Reunification. Prerequisite: GRS 304 or 305 or permission of instructor.

 

 

194, 294, 394, 494. Special Topics in German Studies

The intensive study of a selected author, movement, genre, or theme in German culture studies.

 

190, 290, 390, 490. Internship

 

195, 295, 395, 495. On-campus Research

 

196, 296, 396, 496. Off-campus Research

 

197, 297, 397, 497. Independent Study

 

SCE. Senior Capstone Experience in German Studies

The senior capstone is required for graduation and is devoted to the completion of a thesis or other project in the field of German Studies. Senior German Studies majors register for this course in the last semester in which they have full-time status at the College. While much of the work is done by each student independently in consultation with a faculty advisor, there are occasional group meetings in which those students writing theses or developing other projects report on the progress of their work. All students will give a formal oral presentation in the target language before their peers and the faculty at the end of the semester. The Senior Capstone Experience will be graded Pass, Fail or Honors.

 

Additional Courses for German Studies

After consultation with the faculty in the German Program, students can take up to two 300- or 400-level courses from outside the German Program for credit toward a major, one such course toward a minor, in German studies if these courses contain substantial work done in German under the supervision of the German faculty. The following courses are recommended. This list is not exclusive.

ART 315. Northern Renaissance and Baroque Art

ECN 410. International Economics

HIS 354. Renaissance and Reformation

HIS 360. Twentieth Century Germany

HIS 362. Europe Since 1945

MUS 308. Classic Music

MUS 312. Romantic Music

PHL 414. The Philosophy of Marxism

POL 315. Comparative Government Western Europe

 

 

Hispanic Studies

Collin Ashmore

Cristina Casado Presa

Elena Deanda Camacho (on leave Fall 2016)

D’Juan Lyons

Rebeca Moreno Orama

Martín Ponti

 

101, 102. Elementary Spanish

Designed to develop basic proficiency in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. A native Spanish-speaking assistant serves as tutor for the course. Three class meetings and one or two laboratory sessions per week at the discretion of the instructor.

 

  1. Review of Introductory Spanish

A review of the material covered in HPS 101 and HPS 102 for those who need a refresher in the basics but have enough experience to progress to more advanced language production. The objective of this course is to expand basic proficiency in the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as to help students interact with various elements of the culture from different Spanish speaking countries.  HPS 200 is only appropriate for those with no prior Spanish experience at the university level who have had a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 3 years at the high school level. Students who have completed HPS 101, HPS 102, or HPS 201 may not take this course. Three class meetings and one laboratory session per week. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score, or permission of the instructor.

 

201, 202. Intermediate Spanish

Review and intensified practice of language skills. Readings cover a wide range of topics in Spanish and Spanish American culture and literature. A native Spanish-speaking assistant serves as tutor for the course. Three class meetings and one laboratory session per week. Prerequisite: HPS 102, 200, appropriate placement score, or permission of the instructor for HPS  201; HPS 201, appropriate placement score, or permission of the instructor for HPS 202.

 

  1. Advanced Spanish Proficiency I

A course designed to improve reading and writing skills and to augment vocabulary through the use of literary and cultural texts, including film. Spanish grammar is thoroughly reviewed with emphasis on those elements of the structure of Spanish that are often the most troubling to non-native learners. Prerequisite: HPS 202, appropriate placement score, or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. Advanced Spanish Proficiency II

This course is designed especially to improve speaking and listening comprehension skills, again through the use of cultural and literary materials, including film. Emphasis will continue to be placed on vocabulary building and the review of Spanish grammar. Prerequisite: HPS 202, appropriate placement score, or the permission of the Instructor. HPS 302 may be taken before HPS 301.

 

  1. Introduction to the Literature and Culture of Latin America

An introduction to the literature of Latin America. This course provides students with the analytic tools that will facilitate the reading and interpretation of the literature of various Latin American countries and their representative authors. The course includes works of poetry, drama, short story, novel and film. Prerequisite: HPS 301 or 302 or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. Introduction to the Literature and Culture of Spain

An introduction to Spanish literature. This course provides students with the analytic tools that will facilitate the reading and interpretation of the literature of Spain and its representative authors. The course includes works of poetry, drama, short story, novel, and film. Prerequisite: HPS 301 or 302 or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. Introduction to the Literature of Spain and Latin America

An introduction to Spanish and Latin American literature. This course provides students with the analytic tools that will facilitate the reading and interpretation of the literature of Spain and Latin America and their representative authors. The course includes poetry, drama, short story, novel, and essay. This class combines key texts from HPS 303 and 304 and prepares HPS majors for the Senior Capstone Experience. Prerequisite: HPS 301or 302 or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. Spanish for International Business

Designed to give students a foundation in the vocabulary of business and international trade and in the expression of basic business concepts in Spanish. Practice in presenting oral reports on business and cultural topics, in reading business reports and other texts of a cultural nature, and in writing various kinds of business correspondence, including résumés, memos, and letters. All materials are presented within a cultural context intended to expand the students’ knowledge and understanding of the manners and mores of Spain and the Spanish-speaking republics of Latin America, as well as of demographic, geographic, and other data related to those nations. Prerequisite: HPS 301 or 302  or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. Study Abroad Portfolio

This tutorial continues the development of specific listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills in the target language while majors pursue their required language-immersion study abroad program. Students will create a portfolio remotely with frequent consultation and feedback from a faculty advisor. The study abroad portfolio will be assessed for progress in the student’s language learning skills and personal development.

 

194, 294, 394, 494. Special Topics in Hispanic Studies

The intensive study of a selected author, movement, genre, or theme in literature or film or a study of the culture of a particular period, region, or nation. Prerequisite: HPS 303, 304 or 305, or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. The Civilization of Spain

The course begins with a look at the geography of Spain, followed by a study of the early cultures that contributed to the formation of Spanish character and civilization. It continues with the study of the evolution of Spain’s civilization from the Middle Ages up to the present time. A major emphasis is on contemporary Spanish society, its institutions and forms of cultural expression. Prerequisite: HPS 303, 304 or 305, or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. History of Spanish

A study of the evolution (phonological, morphological, semantic and syntactic of spoken Latin into Castilian through the reading and analysis of medieval texts. The class will also consider the major historical events (social and political that contributed to the formation of modern Spanish. Prerequisite: HPS 301 or 302, or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. How to (Make) Love in Early Modern Spain

This course investigates different texts that were read and/or produced in Early Modern Spain around the topics of love, gender, and sex in order to reflect on how we have loved throughout history. It will look at manuals, treatises, and diverse literary genres (poetry, narrative, and theater) that aimed to describe and/or prescribe ways of loving and ways of knowing. The goal is for students to put into practice their literary analytical skills and to reflect on everyday issues that puzzle us, weaken us, and strengthen us: love, sex, and the Other. Prerequisite: HPS 303, 304 or 305, or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. Studies in Early Modern Spanish Literature

Spanning the medieval era to the XVIII century, this course focuses on selective works of history, essay, poetry, prose, and theatre that are representative of literary periods such as Medieval, Golden Age, Baroque, and/or the Enlightenment. This class emphasizes close reading as well as contextual analysis, considering the major historical, social and political events that contributed to each period formation.

Prerequisite: HPS 303, 304 or 305, or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. Studies in Colonial Latin American Literature

Spanning the pre-hispanic era to the XVIII century, this course focuses on selective works of history, essay, poetry, prose, and theatre that are representative of periods like Pre-Hispanic literature, Colonial Baroque, and/or the Enlightenment. This class emphasizes close reading as well as contextual analysis, considering the major historical, social and political events that contributed to each period formation.

Prerequisite: HPS 303, 304 or 305, or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. Afro Latin America

This class will introduce students to the process of critical thinking through theoretical works on race and through selected historical and contemporary texts about the legacy of Africa in Latin America and the USA. This course will explore the effects of race on the relationship between language and the mind and will look at the intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality as socially constructed practices. Students will learn to read, think and write critically about different perspectives on being Afro-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Mexican, etc. It will consider why race still matters in the so-called “post-racial America.”  Prerequisite: HPS 303, 304 or 305, or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. Narratives of Mexico

An examination of modern Mexican society through representative works of cultural production, this course aims to enhance students’ understanding of Mexican literature, film, art, history and politics, by focusing on critical analysis of narrative forms that derive from a wide range of aesthetic and ideological approaches, including the idea of Mexico, imagined communities, national consciousness, representations of stereotypes, border culture and migration, democracy, human rights, justice (environmental and social), the Mexican Revolution, free trade, the Zapatista Rebellion, and violence (gender-based and narco). Successful completion of this course will enhance proficiency in technical vocabulary for writing and speaking about cultural analysis.  Prerequisite: HPS 303, 304 or 305, or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. Weapons, Words, Images: Perspectives on the Spanish Civil War

Few events on the 20th century have ignited the imagination, caused ideological discussions, inspired historical studies and shaken more passions inside and outside Spain than the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). This course analyzes this conflict in depth and shows how the Civil War has been and continues to be the center of an extraordinary cultural energy and a center of reflection in popular culture, art, literature, politics and the society of Spain today. Prerequisite: HPS 303, 304 or 305, or permission of the instructor.

 

  1. I Am No Angel: Post-Franco Literature Written by Women

Literary representations throughout the centuries reflect the belief that the aspirations of the Spanish woman must be subordinated to the roles of mother, saint, virgin…the prudente. This course explores representative literary works written by women after General Franco’s death. In this moment of political change, a significant tendency is the emergent depiction of female characters that show a clear self-consciousness and express fully their thoughts, emotions and desires. Throughout the course we will examine poems, short stories and plays that allow us to consider the possibility of the production of new ideologies at a moment in which new models of “la mujer española” coexist and come into conflict with the old ones. Prerequisite: HPS 303, 304 or 305, or permission of the instructor.

 

190, 290, 390, 490. Internship

 

195, 295, 395, 495. On-campus Research

 

196, 296, 396, 496. Off-campus Research

 

197, 297, 397, 497. Independent Study

 

SCE. Senior Capstone Experience in Hispanic Studies

The senior capstone is required for graduation and is devoted to the completion of a thesis or other project in the field of Hispanic Studies. Senior Hispanic Studies majors register for this course in the last semester in which they have full-time status at the College. While much of the work is done by each student independently in consultation with a faculty advisor, there are occasional group meetings in which those students writing theses or developing other projects report on the progress of their work. All students will give a formal oral presentation in the target language before their peers and the faculty at the end of the semester. The Senior Capstone Experience will be graded Pass, Fail or Honors.

 

Other Courses

 

ELL 101 English for Academic Purposes I

The purpose of this course is to assist matriculated English language learners (ELL) at Washington College in the development and improvement of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills needed to be successful in post-secondary academic and professional settings. It prepares ELL students for the oral and written demands and expectations frequently encountered in college-level academic classes. Permission of the instructor or the Provost’s Office required.

 

ELL 102 English for Academic Purposes II

This course aims to develop specific listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills including preparing and executing group presentations, working with and synthesizing primary and secondary sources, creating and implementing peer-to-peer activities, leading peer-to-peer constructive discussions, and research-based writing projects. Permission of the instructor or the Provost’s Office required.

 

FLS 101, 102. Elementary Language Study

Students may enroll in this course to study a modern language that is not part of the regular curriculum of the Department of Modern Languages. Permission to study the language under this independent study/tutorial arrangement depends upon the availability of an appropriate tutor for the language requested. Students who study a language in this way are strongly urged to follow up such study by participating in a study abroad experience in a country where the language is spoken. Permission of department chair required.

 

FLS 200. Introduction to Language

This course will introduce the student to the study of linguistics. Concepts of both historical and descriptive linguistics are included. Some of the areas of study are: linguistic history and methodology, language origin, language and society, language structure, dialects and language families. The course is open to all students.

 

FLS 194, 294, 394, 494. Special Topics in Foreign Language Studies

 

FLS 400. Romance Linguistics

A comparative overview of the Romance language family. Topics include the evolution, variation, and structural characteristics of these languages. Also considered are the sociopolitical factors favoring the linguistic autonomy accorded to some languages but not to others. Taught in English. Prerequisites: 300-level HPS or FRS, Italian 201 or permission of the instructor. Not currently offered.

 

FLS 490. Foreign Language Internship

Designed to provide students with pre-professional experience in fields in which their language proficiency is an essential asset. The specific internship experiences will vary. They include placement of Hispanic Studies students with public health and social service agencies, as well as in the local school systems as instructional aids with ESOL students. Interested students should consult the department chair.

 

ARA 101,102. Elementary Arabic I and II

An introduction to Arabic, this course offers an integrated approach to basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The class meets three days per week, and class work is supplemented by one or two weekly laboratory sessions, at the discretion of the instructor. The course is accompanied by a continuous video narrative that is presented as the basic text and the context for new grammatical concepts. Not currently offered.

 

ITA 101, 102. Elementary Italian

Designed for beginning students and aimed at developing skills in listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing Italian. Emphasis on communication through intensive aural/oral practice, basic composition, and awareness of cultural context. Three class meetings and one or two laboratory sessions per week at the discretion of the instructor. Not currently offered.

 

ITA 201, 202. Intermediate Italian

Continued emphasis on the four basic skills. Intensive aural/oral practice. Review and continued study of grammar, expansion of vocabulary, and their application to writing. Readings devoted to a wide range of topics in Italian culture. Class discussion of contemporary issues and cultural topics. Class meets three days per week with one additional laboratory session. Not currently offered.

 

JPN 101, 102. Elementary Japanese

The course aims at the acquisition of communicative competence in the four basic language skills—listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing in contemporary Japanese. The emphasis is on thorough mastery of the basic structures of Japanese through student-centered, aural-oral exercises and practice, and on an introduction to Japanese culture. Three class meetings per week, plus one or two drill sessions at the discretion of the instructor. Not currently offered.

 

JPN 201, 202. Intermediate Japanese

The course aims at further development in communicative competence in the four basic language skills—listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing in contemporary Japanese. The emphasis is again on thorough mastery of basic structures of Japanese through student-centered aural-oral exercises. Continued practice in reading and writing Japanese in a cultural context. Three class meetings per week, plus one or two drill sessions at the discretion of the instructor. Not currently offered.

 

POR 101, 102. Elementary Portuguese

Designed for beginning students and aimed at developing skill in listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing Brazilian Portuguese. Emphasis on communication through intensive aural/oral practice, basic composition, and awareness of cultural context. Three class meetings and one or two laboratory sessions per week at the discretion of the instructor. Not currently offered.