Department of Modern Languages

Laura McGee, Department Head
Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center 251
(270) 745-2401



Karin M. Egloff, PhD (French), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1990

Laura G. McGee, PhD (Germanics), University of Washington, 1996

Inmaculada Pertusa, PhD (Spanish), University of Colorado at Boulder, 1996

Melissa A. Stewart, PhD (Hispanic Italian Studies), Johns Hopkins University, 1992

Associate Professor

Sandra S. Hughes, PhD (English), University of Georgia, 2003

Sonia E. Lenk, PhD (Hispanic Language and Literature), University of Pitts Pittsburgh Camp, 2007

Nathan L. Love, PhD (French), Indiana University at Bloomington, 1982

Ke Peng, PhD (East Asian Studies, East Asian Studies), University of Arizona, 2011

Assistant Professor

Stasie C. Harrington, PhD (Spanish), Pennsylvania State University, 2001

French Courses

FREN 420G   French Stylistics    3 Hours

Creative self-expression, refinement of grammatical understanding, the art of translation, and stylistic devices.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 320.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FREN 421G   Advanced French Conversation    3 Hours

Discussion on assigned topics and reports on current newspaper and magazine articles. Special emphasis on idiomatic expression.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 321.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FREN 427G   Francophone Culture    3 Hours

Covers all Francophone countries (including France) and deals with various aspects of culture: oral literature (legends, customs, etc.), music, religion.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 323.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FREN 445G   French Canadian Literature    3 Hours

A survey of the Quebecois novel, theatre and poetry through a selection of 19th and 20th century writers.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 314, FREN 321, or FREN 326, or instructor's permission.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FREN 450G   Topics in Francophone Cinema    3 Hours

Course examines the way Francophone film directors and social scientists look at various aspects of the most recent cinema: general narrative structure, recurring patterns, relation form/content, ideology.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FREN 520   Seminar French Literature/Language    3 Hours

A seminar involving the study of a single French author, school of literature, or particular emphasis in a literary genre; or an advanced level study of the French language, its use, development, and/or linguistic principles.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

German Courses

GERM 430G   Advanced German Composition and Conversation    3 Hours

Intensive practice in written and spoken German, enabling the student to write letters, reports, essays, and descriptions and to discuss literary, cultural, and political topics.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GERM 435G   German Literature 19/20th Century    3 Hours

Major German, Austrian, and Swiss writers of the 19th and 20th centuries, with emphasis on prose and drama.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GERM 436G   German Literature of Classic Period    3 Hours

The outstanding works of Goethe, Schiller, and other authors of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Prerequisite(s): GERM 314.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GERM 437G   German Literature and Film    3 Hours

A study of German film and film adaptations of German literature. Emphasis on textual analysis, special film terminology, theoretical approaches to film, writing about film.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GERM 555   Topics in Germanic Literature and Culture    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

This course will examine different topics of interest in German literary and cultural studies.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate status.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

Modern Languages Courses

MLNG 410G   Second Language Acquisition    3 Hours

Introduction to principal theories of the acquisition of a second or foreign language. Explores how language learning styles and strategies relate to language acquisition and implications for the classroom.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

MLNG 420G   Multimedia Technologies in Teaching Foreign Languages    3 Hours

Pedagogical and hands-on training for in-service teachers. Students may gain permission of instructor to enroll in a section for a language other than French, German, or Spanish.
Prerequisite(s): For graduate enrollment: teacher certification in French, German, or Spanish or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

MLNG 474G   Teaching Foreign Language    3 Hours

Develops skills, procedures and strategies for teaching foreign language in middle and secondary schools. Field experiences in public schools and/or appropriate settings away from campus are required for this course. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.
Corequisite(s): SEC 453.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2017

MLNG 480G   Topics in Modem Language Cultures and Pedagogy    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Topics in modern language cultures and societies, including literature and the arts, social issues, and current events, as well as aspects of language pedagogy. Students enroll in course sections for the language of their major.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

Spanish Courses

SPAN 470G   Advanced Oral Spanish    3 Hours

Conversation units, dramatic sketches, original oral topics.
Prerequisite(s): SPAN 370.
Course Fee: $7
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

SPAN 471G   Advanced Spanish Composition    3 Hours

Examination of selected literary works; original compositions on selected topics.
Prerequisite(s): SPAN 371.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2017

SPAN 476G   20th Century Spain    3 Hours

Chronological study of the culture of Spain through literary masterpieces of the present century. Ideas and characteristics of cultural and literary periods in Spain and approaches to literary texts will be discussed.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPAN 490G   Hispanic Cinema    3 Hours

Introduces students to the cinematic work of Latin American, Spanish and US-Hispanic-Latino film artists and develops critical interpretative skills that enhance appreciation of films.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SPAN 499G   Advanced Studies in Spanish    1-4 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

For guided independent study in culture, language, or literature. May be used with consent of full-time program faculty members for work accomplished during study abroad. Number of credit hours will be determined in consultation with instructor.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015

SPAN 555   Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

This course will examine different literary and cultural topics of interest in Hispanic studies.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate status.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017

SPAN 578   Seminar: Hispanic Literature or Language    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

No course description is available
Recent Term(s) Offered: None