World Languages and Cultures

Studying a language other than English - and the culture and literature of the people who speak that language - combines personal satisfaction with career preparation. In today's globally competitive world, knowledge of a modern language greatly enhances an individual's credentials, whether in business, government, service organizations, or education. World language graduates have pursued a variety of endeavors, including graduate study and study or work abroad. Majors can pursue concentrations in French, German, or Spanish as well as a translator’s concentration in combined languages adding Russian, Arabic, Portuguese or Chinese.

Double Major

Students usually find it possible and desirable to combine a language major with a major in another area. The Department of World Languages and Cultures favors this procedure and will advise students how best to complement their language major with their other area of study, considering such objectives as the foreign service, a business career, teaching, or graduate study. The student will have the option, with the approval of both major departments, to write a senior project in only one of his or her majors or to write two separate papers, one for each major.

Study Abroad Program

University exchange programs are available in France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Brazil and Chile. It is expected that all language majors will participate in at least one abroad experience with language exposure for either one or two semesters or one or several summers. These programs are recommended also for any student who wishes to attain a high degree of language proficiency while working on a major in another field. A large range of courses is available in the foreign centers, and the program usually facilitates the obtaining of a minor.

Application to these programs is done through WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning.

Minor

A minor is offered in French, German, Russian, or Spanish. It consists of five units above the 102L level in the chosen language. The student's adviser and a professor in the planned minor determine the sequence and combination of courses. Any appropriate courses listed in the Stetson University Catalog may be applied to the units required for the minor. A modern language minor may be fully completed during one semester abroad in a foreign language program after the student has finished 202L or met the prerequisite to participate.

There are also majors and minors in Latin American Studies, Russian Studies, and International Studies. Consult those sections of this Catalog for descriptions.

Scholarships

Consult the Office of Financial Aid concerning the Corinne Lynch Scholars Program for Modern Language majors and the Elrod-Berge Travel Scholarship program for students of French and Spanish.

Courses at the 102L level and above, except those taught in English, offer credit for the Modern Language General Education requirement (“L”).

Minor in French - 5 Units

Requirements
Five Units at the FREN 201L level and above.5
Total Units5

Minor in German - 5 Units

Requirements
Five Units at the GERM 201L level and above.5
Total Units5

Minor in Russian - 5 Units

Requirements
Five Units at the RUSS 201L level and above.5
Total Units5

Minor in Spanish - 5 Units

Requirements
Five Units at the SPAN 201L level and above.5
Total Units5

Capitano, Carmen
Visiting Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures, 1999
B.A., Barry College
M.A., Southern Illinois University
Ph.D., Temple University

Cappas-Toro, Pamela
Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures, 2013
B.A., University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
M.A., University of Texas at San Antonio
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Clemmen, Yves-Antoine
Professor of World Languages and Cultures and Chair, 1992
Licenses de Philologie Germanique, University de l’état à Liège, Belgium
M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Denner, Michael A.
Professor of Russian Studies, 2000
Director of the Honors Program
Director of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program

B.A., Indiana University
M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University

Dysart, David L.
Associate Professor of World Languages and Cultures, 1991
B.S., Auburn University
M.B.I.S., University of South Carolina
M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Eire, Ana
Professor of World Languages and Cultures, 1990
Jane Heman Language Professor, 2010

Licenciatura, University Complutense de Madrid
M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Ferland, Richard A.
Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, 1978
B.A., Assumption College
M.B.A., Stetson University
M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

Houston, David
Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Modern Languages and Literatures, 2013
B.A., Stetson University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Poeter, Elisabeth
Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, 1995
B.A., University of California, Davis
M.A., Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Jane Heman Language Professor, 2013

Sitler, Robert K.
Professor of World Languages and Cultures, 1994
B.A., M.A., Kent State University
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Vosburg, Nancy
Professor of World Languages and Cultures, 1987
B.A., Simpson College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa

Watson, Robert
Visiting Assistant Professor World Languages and Cultures, 2012
Director of the Language Commons, 2012

B.A., Baylor University
M.A., University of Leeds (UK)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

FREN 101. Elementary French I. 1 Unit.

For students who have had no previous French or no more than two years of regular high-school French.

FREN 102L. Elementary French II. 1 Unit.

For students who have completed FREN 101 and for students who have had more than two years of regular high-school French whose placement scores indicate admission to this level.

FREN 185. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

FREN 190. Special Topics in French. 1 Unit.

FREN 201L. Intermediate French I. 1 Unit.

Provides students the opportunity to strengthen and expand basic language skills as well as their cultural awareness of the diversity of the francophone world. Prerequisite: FREN 102L, appropriate placement scores, or permission of instructor.

FREN 202L. Intermediate French II. 1 Unit.

A continuation of the structure and goals of FREN 201L with an added emphasis on developing more complex reading skills. Prerequisite: FREN 201L, appropriate placement scores, or permission of instructor.

FREN 285. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

FREN 290. Special Topics in French. 1 Unit.

FREN 301L. Advanced French. 1 Unit.

Emphasis on developing and practicing advanced language skills necessary for upper division courses. The focus will be on extensive vocabulary building, syntax and stylistics through culturally enriching material from a wide variety of media. Prerequisite: FREN 202L or FREN 329 (abroad program), appropriate placement scores, or permission of the instructor. Repeatable with permission of instructor.

FREN 302L. Advanced French II. 1 Unit.

Same emphasis as FREN 301L (these do not have to be taken in sequence). Prerequisite: FREN 202L or FREN 329 (abroad program), appropriate placement scores, or permission of the instructor.

FREN 303L. Business French and Culture. 1 Unit.

Emphasis upon the vocabulary and writing skills necessary for the business world. Prerequisite: FREN 201L.

FREN 304A. Contemporary French Cinema. 1 Unit.

An examination of contemporary French cinema within an interdisciplinary context. The course provides students with the opportunity to grow familiar with French cinema while at the same time studying French history, literature, and politics as part of its discourse. Open to all students. Taught in English.

FREN 305B. Franco-American Cultural Studies. 1 Unit.

Course taught in English and open to all students. This course will primarily focus on the relationships between France and the United States. It will encourage students to investigate the political, social, and cultural interactions between these two nations in the course of history. Although the concentration will be on Franco-American connections, the course will foster a broader awareness and understanding of cultural differences necessary in today's increasingly global society.

FREN 306L. French Culture Thru Literature. 1 Unit.

This course explores different cultural topics, constructions, and themes through the prism of the literatures of the French and Francophone world. It will rely mainly on primary sources in the target language. Readings, discussions and assignments will be in French. The content of this class may change from one instructor to another. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or permission of instructor.

FREN 308J. Mediterranean Memories: Muslims, Jews and Christians Before and After Colonialism. 1 Unit.

In this class, we will attempt to understand the context of inter-communal relations under the French flag in North Africa and the Middle East as well as why they came undone. Junior Seminar.

FREN 312. Comp and Conv II. 1 Unit.

FREN 320. General French Studies. 1 Unit.

FREN 325. Written Practice III. 1 Unit.

FREN 385. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

FREN 385L. Independent Study. 1 Unit.

FREN 390. Special Topics in French. 1 Unit.

FREN 395. Teaching Apprenticeship. 0.5 Units.

Pass/Fail only. A teaching apprenticeship gives a student insight into the methodological aspects of teaching a class in Modern Languages. It consists in class observations, goals and strategies discussions with the instructor, and some teaching responsibilities in and out of the classroom. The apprenticeship is arranged by mutual agreement between the faculty member and the student. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated once.

FREN 397. Internship in French. 0.5 or 1 Units.

A student–initiated internship where skills in French can be developed. Prerequisites: completion of FREN 201L and permission of instructor and chair. Pass/Fail only.Enrollment in an internship course requires students to attend an orientation prior to beginning work at their internship site. For more information regarding internship orientations, please contact Career & Professional Development at career@stetson.edu or 386-822-7315.

FREN 401L. Topics in Literature. 1 Unit.

Various courses are offered under these titles addressing different periods, genres or themes in the history of French literature. Prerequisite: FREN 301L or FREN 302L or FREN 329 (abroad program).

FREN 402L. Topics in Literature. 1 Unit.

Various courses are offered under these titles addressing different periods, genres or themes in the history of French literature. Prerequisite: FREN 301L or FREN 302L or FREN 329 (abroad program).

FREN 403A. Reading Photography - French Photography in Practice and Theory. 1 Unit.

This class will offer a multi-facetted approach to French photography as artistic and/or cultural practice and study the creation of a discourse on photography. Prerequisite: FREN 301L or FREN 302L or FREN 329 (abroad program). Can be used as an L course.

FREN 404L. Topics in Media Culture. 1 Unit.

Various courses are offered under these titles addressing different aspects of French visual media culture like photography, cinema, visual narratives in a historical and critical perspective. Prerequisite: FREN 301L or FREN 302L or FREN 329 (abroad program).

FREN 405L. Topics in French and Francophone Cultural Studies. 1 Unit.

Various courses are offered under this title emphasizing aspects of French culture from a historical perspective. Literary and other cultural documents as well as examples in the visual arts and in music will introduce students to diverse aspects of the French and Francophone world. Prerequisite: FREN 301L or FREN 302L or FREN 329 (abroad program).

FREN 406B. Tpc:Francophone Culture Std II. 1 Unit.

Various courses are offered under this title emphasizing aspects of French culture from a historical perspective. Literary and other cultural documents as well as examples in the visual arts and in music will introduce students to diverse aspects of the French and Francophone world. Prerequisite: FREN 301 or FREN 302 or FREN 329 (abroad program).

FREN 406L. Topics in French and Francophone Cultural Studies. 1 Unit.

Various courses are offered under this title emphasizing aspects of French culture from a historical perspective. Literary and other cultural documents as well as examples in the visual arts and in music will introduce students to diverse aspects of the French and Francophone world. Prerequisite: FREN 301L or FREN 302L or FREN 329 (abroad program).

FREN 407L. French Linguistics. 1 Unit.

This course will introduce students to the scientific study of the French language and refine their understanding of the workings of language in general. Prerequisite: FREN 301L or FREN 302L or FREN 329 (abroad program).

FREN 485. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

FREN 485L. Independent Study. 1 Unit.

FREN 490. Special Topics in French. 1 Unit.

FREN 499. Senior Project. 1 Unit.

Research project in French or Francophone literature or culture developed in conjunction with advisor.

GERM 101. Elementary German I. 1 Unit.

For students who have had no previous German or whose examination scores indicate 101 placement. This course creates the foundation for the acquisition of speaking, listening, writing and reading skills in German. Cultural topics will be an integral part of the language learning.

GERM 102L. Beginning German II. 1 Unit.

For students who have completed GERM 101 or whose examination scores indicate 102 placement. As a continuation of GERM 101, this course focuses on the further acquisition and development of basic German language skills and expanding the foundation for cultural competency toward the German speaking countries.

GERM 190. Special Topics in German Language and Literature. 1 Unit.

GERM 201L. Intermediate German I. 1 Unit.

Provides students the opportunity to strengthen and expand basic language skills for more diversified and complex communicative purposes. This course will focus on expanding students’ active vocabulary and on strengthening skills in grammatically correct oral and written discourse. Prerequisite: GERM 102 or appropriate placement score or permission of instructor.

GERM 202L. Intermediate German II. 1 Unit.

A continuation of the structure and goals of GERM 201. A focus will be on expanded language acquisition through active engagement with texts from a wide spectrum of media. Prerequisite: GERM 201, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.

GERM 285. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

GERM 290. Special Topics in German Language and Literature. 1 Unit.

GERM 301L. Advanced German I. 1 Unit.

Emphasis on developing an advanced level of proficiency especially in writing and conversation skills. This course will focus on the appropriate use of idiomatic German, as well as on variations in syntax and style. Prerequisite: GERM 202 or permission of instructor.

GERM 302L. Advanced German II. 1 Unit.

A continuation of the structure and goals of GERM 301 with a strong emphasis on issues in modern German culture. Students will engage in analysis of different cultural phenomena and practices in German speaking countries. Prerequisite: GERM 301 or permission of instructor.

GERM 303B. Germany and the Search for National Identity. 1 Unit.

Taught in English. Open to all students. This course will concentrate on the concepts of Nation, Nationhood and Nationalism. What does it mean to be a member of a nation, to celebrate nationhood and how is this expressed, positively and negatively, in the phenomenon of Nationalism? Although the concentration will be on Germany’s search for and struggle with national identity, we will want to examine our own values and precepts, i.e. what has (and does) it mean to “be German,” but also to be a citizen of any nation.

GERM 304B. Modern German Culture (in English). 1 Unit.

Taught in English. Open to all students. This course will emphasize aspects of German culture from a historical perspective. Literary and other cultural documents as well as examples in the visual arts and in music will introduce students to diverse aspects of modern Germany as it developed into a multicultural nation. Writing enhanced course.

GERM 305A. Contemporary German Cinema. 1 Unit.

An examination of contemporary German cinema within an interdisciplinary context. The course provides students with the opportunity to grow familiar with German cinema while simultaneously studying German history, literature, and politics as part of its discourse. In English. Can be repeated for different course content.

GERM 306B. From Division to Reunification. The New Germany. 1 Unit.

The course outlines the post-war social and cultural developments of the two Germanys until re-unification and addresses questions related to a re-orientation in cultural practices and products (film, literature, art and architecture) in the New Germany. The course will include excursions to Berlin, Weimar and other sites of interest as they relate to the course content. In English. Taught only as part of the Summer Freiburg Program.

GERM 307D. Migrations: The Culture of Border Crossings. 1 Unit.

GERM 385. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

GERM 390. Special Topics in German Language and Literature. 1 Unit.

The goal of this course will be to attain fluency of the German language at the idiomatic and stylistic level and to acquire the language strategies for understanding and utilizing nuanced constructions. The specific topic of this course will vary, but it will always have a cultural emphasis (Germans and the environment, Germany as a multicultural nation, an historical event or period). The topic will be examined utilizing a variety of texts (literature, poetry, biography) and media sources (print, television, film). Prerequisite: GERM 302.

GERM 395. Teaching Apprenticeship. 0.5 Units.

Pass/Fail only. A teaching apprenticeship gives a student insight into the methodological aspects of teaching a class in Modern Languages. It consists in class observations, goals and strategies discussions with the instructor, and some teaching responsibilities in and out of the classroom. The apprenticeship is arranged by mutual agreement between the faculty member and the student. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated once.

GERM 397. Internship in German. 0.5 or 1 Units.

A student-initiated internship where skills in German can be developed. Prerequisites: completion of GERM 201L and permission of instructor and chair.Enrollment in an internship course requires students to attend an orientation prior to beginning work at their internship site. For more information regarding internship orientations, please contact Career & Professional Development at career@stetson.edu or 386-822-7315.

GERM 401. The German Language as Cultural Expression. 1 Unit.

In this course we will work to reinforce and expand your knowledge of German through an examination of the role of the German language in its cultural, historical, geographic and cross-cultural context. We will examine artifacts, documents and literary works that reflect the relationship between language and culture. Our work will emphasize sociolinguistic issues such as language and gender, regionalism and dialects, the German address system, and specific social and political developments that have shaped the language. In English.

GERM 402L. Studies in German Literature. 1 Unit.

This course is organized around a specific theme or literary period, a genre or a selected author or group of authors in German speaking countries. It is designed to strengthen and expand students’ skills in critical analysis of literary texts.

GERM 403. Happily Ever After? The German Fairy Tale. 1 Unit.

Admittedly the site of horror and the grotesque, of violence and death, the German Fairy Tale of the 18th and 19th centuries provides unique insight into literature’s role in the construction of culture. The German Fairy Tale was an art form and a communicative practice, the goals of which ranged from the didactic to satire and comedy. All contributed to the unique constellation that was the German culture and nation of that time. The Fairy Tales will be examined in their literary, social and historical contexts. We will compare critical methods of analysis of these Fairy Tales and also consider modern variations and the significance of such transformations. In English.

GERM 404. Voices from the East and West: German Women Writers. 1 Unit.

The course focuses on a comparative analysis of women’s literature in East and West Germany. It addresses questions related to diverse narrative perspectives and themes and relates these differences to women’s experiences within the radically different socio-political and cultural realities of East and West Germany. It will also examine changes and continuities after German re-unification. In English.

GERM 485. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

GERM 490. Special Topics in German Language and Literature. 1 Unit.

GERM 499. Senior Project. 1 Unit.

SPAN 101. Elementary Spanish I. 1 Unit.

For students who have no previous Spanish or no more than two years of regular high-school Spanish.

SPAN 102L. Elementary Spanish II. 1 Unit.

For students who have completed SPAN 101 and for those who have had more than two years of regular high-school Spanish whose placement scores indicate admission to this level.

SPAN 190. Special Topics. 0.5 or 1 Units.

SPAN 201L. Language in Cultural Contexts. 1 Unit.

Emphasis on the development of speaking and writing skills in a cultural context combined with grammar review. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or placement by examination.

SPAN 202L. Reading Culture (Poetry, Narrative, Drama). 1 Unit.

Emphasis on vocabulary building and the acquisition of reading skills in cultural contexts. Prerequisite: SPAN 201, placement examination, or permission of instructor.

SPAN 285. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

SPAN 290. Special Topics. 1 Unit.

SPAN 301L. Expression Through Writing. 1 Unit.

Emphasis on developing a high level of proficiency in the writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or placement by examination.

SPAN 302L. Oral Expression. 1 Unit.

Emphasis on developing a high level of proficiency in the spoken language. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Not open to native speakers.

SPAN 303L. Business in Hispanic Cultures. 1 Unit.

Emphasis upon the vocabulary, concepts, and writing skills necessary for the business world in Hispanic cultures. Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or permission of the instructor.

SPAN 304L. Spanish Grammar. 1 Unit.

SPAN 305L. Understanding Spain. 1 Unit.

An introduction to the history and culture of Spain from prehistoric times to the present, including political and intellectual history, geography and the arts. Class is taught in Spanish, with readings in Spanish and English complemented by the use of audio-visual materials.

SPAN 306B. Understanding Spanish America. 1 Unit.

An introduction to the history and culture of Spanish America from Pre-Columbian times to the present, including political and intellectual history, geography, and the arts. Class is taught in Spanish, with readings in Spanish and English complemented by the use of films and audio-visual materials.

SPAN 309L. Studies in Hispanic Culture. 1 Unit.

Various special topics pertaining to the culture of the Spanish speaking world are offered under this title. Class is taught in Spanish, with readings and/or complementary audio-visual materials in English and Spanish. This course may be taken more than once if the topic is different.

SPAN 310L. Spanish Cultures Through Literature. 1 Unit.

Representative Spanish literary works from the Middle Ages to the present are studied in this course. The course stresses the ways in which writers present and represent themselves as individuals and communities within changing cultural contexts. Readings and discussions are in Spanish.

SPAN 311L. Spanish-American Cultures Through Literature. 1 Unit.

Students will study important works and authors of the Spanish-speaking nations of the Western Hemisphere from the period of the conquest to the present day. Emphasis is on the ways in which writers present and represent themselves as individuals and communities within changing cultural contexts. Readings and discussions are in Spanish.

SPAN 313L. Spanish in Communities: Latinos in the U.S.. 1 Unit.

Students will complete 35 hours of service-learning through different community sites while learning about diverse social issues and concerns of Latinos in the United States. Topics explored include: education, bilingualism, health issues, the distinct causes of Latino migration, the persistence of poverty, hardships caused by citizenship status, policing, incarceration, and racial and generational differences within and between Latina/o communities. Prerequisite: SPAN 202L or permission of instructor.

SPAN 329. Study Abroad. 3.75 Units.

Students who study abroad may transfer four units per semester. Three units will apply toward the major/minor. For the fourth unit students are encouraged to register for an approved course that will fulfill one of the College’s other “Knowledge” options.

SPAN 330. Study Abroad. 3.75 Units.

Students who study abroad may transfer four units per semester. Three units will apply toward the major/minor. For the fourth unit students are encouraged to register for an approved course that will fulfill one of the College’s other “Knowledge” options.

SPAN 385. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

SPAN 390. Special Topics. 1 Unit.

SPAN 391J. Social, Political and Economic Issues in the Hispanic World. 1 Unit.

The course will examine a variety of issues, such as government repression, terrorism, racism, immigration, homelessness, marginalization, and the effects of globalization, within Spain and the Spanish-speaking world. Junior Seminar.

SPAN 395. Teaching Apprenticeship. 0.5 Units.

Pass/Fail only. A teaching apprenticeship gives a student insight into the methodological aspects of teaching a class in Modern Languages. It consists in class observations, goals and strategies discussions with the instructor, and some teaching responsibilities in and out of the classroom. The apprenticeship is arranged by mutual agreement between the faculty member and the student. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated once.

SPAN 397. Internship in Spanish. 1 Unit.

A student-initiated internship where skills in Spanish can be developed. Pre-requisites: SPAN 201L and permission of instructor and chair.Enrollment in an internship course requires students to attend an orientation prior to beginning work at their internship site. For more information regarding internship orientations, please contact Career & Professional Development at career@stetson.edu or 386-822-7315.

SPAN 414L. Theme Study. 1 Unit.

Various courses in the literature and/or cinema of Spain and/or Spanish America are offered under this title. Each course is centered on a specific theme, such as Justice, Violence, War, The Encounter, Poetic Friendships Between Spain and Spanish America, The Kitchen, Dictatorship, Exile, etc. Readings and discussions are in Spanish. This course may be repeated as an elective if content is different.

SPAN 415L. Spanish American Genre/Period Study. 1 Unit.

Various courses in the literature of Spanish America are offered under this title. Offerings include the Twentieth Century Spanish American Novel, The Contemporary Spanish American Short Story, The Argentine Novel, Spanish American Modernist Poetry, etc. This course may be repeated as an elective if content is different.

SPAN 416L. Spanish Genre/Period Study. 1 Unit.

Various courses in the literature of Spain are offered under this title, such as Golden Age Drama, Nineteenth or Twentieth Century Novel, Post-Civil War Narrative, Contemporary Theater, Spanish Crime Fiction, etc. This course may be repeated as an elective if content is different.

SPAN 485. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

SPAN 490. Special Topics. 0.5 to 1 Units.

SPAN 499. Senior Research. 1 Unit.

WLGC 301B. Approaches to World Cultural Studies. 1 Unit.

The course introduces students to the basic principles and methods of Cultural Studies. Focusing on cultural material (literature, film, visual arts, music etc.) of Western and Non-Western nations, the course stresses a critical reflection on diverse cultural experiences, behaviors and norms and seeks to establish relationships amongst these norms and values within a global context.

WLGC 499. Senior Research in Translation. 1 Unit.

Annotated translation senior project: Substantial translation of an original untranslated text, with translator’s note on translingual and transcultural difficulties, and cultural background research on the topic. Prerequisite: Minimum of two 300-level L designated courses.