Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Department of Modern Languages

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Alex Poole, Department Chair
Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center 251
(270) 745-2401



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

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

Associate Professor

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

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 or FREN 321 or FREN 326) or permission of instructor

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.

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. Note: For students pursuing teacher certification in French, German, Spanish or other language.

Prerequisite(s): 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. Note: Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

Corequisite(s): SEC 453

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

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

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021; fall 2022

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: None

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.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

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

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: None

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.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021; spring 2023

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

No course description is available

Recent Term(s) Offered: None