Modern Languages

UW-PARKSIDE 2019-21 CATALOG
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College:
Arts and Humanities

Degree and Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts
Major - Spanish
Minor - Spanish
Minor - Medical Spanish
Minor - French

Career Possibilities:
Teaching, translation, foreign or diplomatic service, editing and publishing, media (film, radio, etc.), banking, business (purchasing, marketing, advertising, etc.), and travel services. Consult with faculty members about your interests.

Department Overview

In this time of internationalization and globalization, knowledge of a second language and the culture in which that language operates is a fundamental qualification necessary to many professions. The Modern Languages Department at UW-Parkside offers courses in the French, Italian and Spanish languages, literatures, and cultures. Modern Languages courses also fulfill requirements in other academic areas on campus including international studies, ethnic studies, humanities, women’s studies, business management, and music. The department encourages all students to pursue study-abroad programs and assists students in finding a program suitable for their needs.

Preparation for Graduate School

Students who intend to do graduate work in the modern languages should be aware that graduate programs often expect specific course work/concentrations from their applicants. Consult your faculty adviser.

Internships

The Modern Languages Department offers internships in collaboration with area businesses, governmental agencies and not-for-profit agencies

General Enrichment Courses Offered in English

The following courses, when taught in English, do not fulfill language requirements. They are offered occasionally for general enrichment.

FREN 218 French Civilization and Culture 3 cr
FREN 290 Special Topics in French 1-3 cr
SPAN 225 Contemporary Hispanic Writers in the U.S.A. 3 cr
SPAN 290 Special Topics in Spanish 1-3 cr
SPAN 440 Advanced Studies in Hispanic Literature in Translation 3 cr

 

Spanish

The Spanish program, which offers a Spanish major and a Spanish minor, develops students’ proficiency in Spanish in reading, writing and oral communication. For students wishing to broaden their proficiency, the Spanish program offers a variety of advanced Spanish-language courses which deal with aspects of both Peninsular and Latin American literature and culture. Students have an opportunity in these courses to sharpen their linguistic proficiency while at the same time gaining a better understanding of the contributions made by Spanish-language philosophers, artists, and writers.

Program Level Outcomes

Graduates with a major in Spanish will:
  1. Communicate effectively in spoken form in the target language.
  2. Communicate effectively in written form in the target language.
  3. Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics in the target language.
  4. Analyze artifacts from the target culture and compare and contrast the target culture with their own culture.

 

Requirements for the Spanish Major (30 credits)

The Spanish major consists of a minimum of 30 credits in Spanish at the second-year level (203-204) or above. Students are expected to demonstrate basic standards of linguistic proficiency and content competency (cultural and literary) that have been established and will likely include a senior examination. Students must earn at least a 2.0 average in the major in order to graduate.

At least 15 credits of upper-level courses in the major must be completed at UW-Parkside.

  1. Language Courses (6-14 credits, depending on placement)
    SPAN 203 Intermediate Spanish I 4 cr
    SPAN 204 Intermediate Spanish II 4 cr
    SPAN 303 Spanish Grammar and Composition I 3 cr
    SPAN 304 Spanish Grammar and Composition II 3 cr
  2. Literature Courses (6 credits)
    Choose two courses:
    SPAN 321 Spanish and Spanish-American Literature to 1700 3 cr
    SPAN 322 Spanish Literature Since 1700 3 cr
    SPAN 335 Spanish-American Literature Since 1700 3 cr
  3. Elective Courses in Spanish (10-18 credits)
    Relevant courses from other disciplines can be approved by your advisor.
    Students may be advised to take SPAN 307 Advanced Spanish Conversation if needed. Otherwise, any upper-level Spanish course can count as an elective.

 

Requirements for the Spanish Minor (15-23 credits)

Students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better in the minor be eligible to graduate with a minor in Spanish. The minor in Spanish consists of a minimum of credits beyond the second-year level (203-204).

  1. Required Courses (6-14 credits, depending on placement)
    SPAN 203 Intermediate Spanish I 4 cr
    SPAN 204 Intermediate Spanish II 4 cr
    SPAN 303 Spanish Grammar and Composition I 3 cr
    SPAN 304 Spanish Grammar and Composition II 3 cr
  2. Elective Courses (6-9 credits)
    Students who enter with a placement below SPAN 303 only have to take 6 credits of electives.
    Electives must include at least 3 credits (1 course) in literature.

 

Program Level Outcomes for the Medical Spanish Minor

Students who complete the Medical Spanish Minor will:

  1. Apply their understanding of clinical testing and the basic structure of health-care delivery to improve the accuracy of their interpreting/translating responsibilities;
  2. broaden their acquisition of medical terminology through real-life practice in a clinical setting;
  3. be able to communicate accurately and with precision the questions and concerns of patients to health-care providers;
  4. be able to communicate accurately and with precision the questions and information given by health-care providers to patients;
  5. be able to utilize their knowledge of both U.S. and Hispanic cultures to provide a nuanced interpretation of language utterances;
  6. if asked, be able to provide a cultural context for patient/provider communications to health-care providers.

Requirements for Admission to the Medical Spanish Minor

Note: New program declarations for the medical Spanish minor are currently suspended.
Students must be proficient at the intermediate level in Spanish (successfully complete SPAN 204 or place into SPAN 303).

Requirements for the Medical Spanish Minor (28-34 credits)

Students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 or better in all of the Spanish classes counted for the minor to be eligible to graduate with a minor in Medical Spanish.

  1. Advanced Spanish Courses (6-9 credits)
    SPAN 303 Spanish Grammar and Composition I 3 cr
    SPAN 304 Spanish Grammar and Composition II 3 cr
    SPAN 307 Advanced Spanish Conversation 3 cr
  2. Biological Sciences Courses (7-10 credits)
    Choose one pair of courses:
    BIOS 101 Bioscience 4 cr
    BIOS 102 Organismal Biology 4 cr
    OR - for nursing students and applied health sciences majors:
    BIOS 105 Human Physiology and Anatomy I 5 cr
    BIOS 106 Human Physiology and Anatomy II 5 cr
    OR - for students interested in medical interpreting or translation:
    BIOS 101 Bioscience 4 cr
    BIOS 103 Human Biology  3 cr
    ALL the courses above must be taken BEFORE the medical Spanish courses
     
  3. Translation Course (3 credits)
    Required course:
    SPAN 413 Translation 3 cr
    This course may be taken concurrently with SPAN 418 (but after SPAN 304 and before SPAN 421)
     
  4. Health Communication Course (3 credits)
    COMM 340 Health Communication 3 cr
  5. Intercultural/Diversity Course (3 credits)
    Choose one course:
    COMM 365 Intercultural Communication 3 cr
    ETHN 343/ SOCA 343 Latinas/os in U.S.  3 cr
    LBST 103 Diversity in the United States 3 cr
  6. Medical Spanish Courses (6 credits)
    SPAN 423 Medical Spanish I 3 cr
    SPAN 424 Medical Spanish II 3 cr

Recommended Course (not required):

HIMT 330 Healthcare I: Terminology and Body Systems 3 cr

STRONGLY recommended for students who plan careers in translation, interpreting, and administrative work in health care settings.

 

Courses in Spanish (SPAN)

Students entering from high school must have placement test results (UW System placement tests offered at regional testing and at UW-Parkside) in order to enter SPAN 104, 203, 204, and 303. The Modern Languages Department reserves the right to refuse access to any language class (including 103) to any student under the following circumstances:

  1. the student has not taken the placement exam, or
  2. the student’s previous experience in the study of the language makes enrollment in the class in question inappropriate.

ONCE STUDENTS HAVE TAKEN A COURSE IN THE SPANISH LANGUAGE SEQUENCE (103-304 AND 303) THEY MAY NOT AFTERWARDS TAKE A LOWER COURSE IN THE SEQUENCE FOR CREDIT.
 

103

Introductory Spanish I
Prereq: Placement exam or no prior knowledge of Spanish. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Development of basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Spanish.

4 cr
104

Introductory Spanish II
Prereq: SPAN 103 or equivalent or placement exam. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
A continuation of Spanish 103.

4 cr
111

Spanish for Singers
Prereq: Enrollment in vocal music. Freq: As needed.
To help university vocal and choral students gain theoretical understanding and practical mastery of diction in Spanish as it pertains to specific, select songs and choral pieces being learned with texts in those languages. Does not count for credit toward Spanish major or minor.

1 cr
203

Intermediate Spanish I
Prereq: SPAN 104 or equivalent or placement exam. Freq: Fall.
Reviews and further develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Spanish. Requires lab fee.

4 cr
204

Intermediate Spanish II
Prereq: SPAN 203 or equivalent or placement exam. Freq: Spring.
A continuation of Spanish 203.

4 cr
225

Contemporary Hispanic Writers in the U.S.A.
Prereq: None. Freq: Occasionally.
An exploration of the literary works on contemporary Hispanic writers. May not be counted toward Spanish major when taught in English.

3 cr
290

Special Topics in Spanish
Prereq: None. Freq: Occasionally.
Selected topics in Spanish studies will be examined. May not be counted toward Spanish major when taught in English.

1-3 cr
303

Spanish Grammar and Composition I
Prereq: SPAN 204 or equivalent; or placement in SPAN 303. Concurrent enrollment in SPAN 321 recommended for major.  Freq: Fall.
Covers essential points of grammar, emphasizing syntax and development of writing skills.

3 cr
304

Spanish Grammar and Composition II
Prereq: SPAN 303. Freq: Spring.
Continues SPAN 303. Covers essential themes of grammar, emphasizing syntax of verbs and the acquiring terminology and skills to facilitate analysis.

3 cr 
307

Advanced Spanish Conversation
Prereq: SPAN 204 or placement in SPAN 303. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Focuses on improving oral proficiency through intensive conversation practice. Topics vary. May be repeated for up to 3 elective credits with different topic.

3 cr
318

Spanish Civilization and Culture
Prereq: None in English, SPAN 303 in Spanish.  Freq:  Occasionally.
Presentation and discussion of historical, philosophical, and artistic elements of the Spanish society. Does not apply for Spanish major unless conducted in Spanish. Occasionally in English.

3 cr
319

Latin American Civilization and Culture
Prereq: None when offered in English; SPAN 303 when offered in Spanish.  Freq: Occasionally.
Presents and discusses historical, philosophical and artistic elements of Latin America. May be offered in Spanish or English.

3 cr
321

Spanish and Spanish-American Literature to 1700
Prereq: SPAN  303. Freq: Fall.
Explores literature of the Spanish-speaking world. Includes American Pre-Colombian, Mozarabic, and Andalusian Arabic literature in translation in addition to Spanish literature of the Peninsula and its colonies.

3 cr
322

Spanish Literature Since 1700
Prereq: SPAN 303. Freq: Spring.
Explores Spanish peninsular literature since 1700.

3 cr
335

Spanish-American Literature Since 1700
Prereq: SPAN  303. Freq: Spring.
Explores Spanish-American literature since 1700.

3 cr
350

Spanish Phonetics
Prereq: SPAN 304 or equivalent. Freq: Occasionally.
Theory of Spanish sounds in contrast to English combined with practical laboratory training in pronunciation and orthography. Required of all students preparing for certification as language teachers

3 cr
403

Advanced Spanish Grammar
Prereq: SPAN 304 or equivalent. Freq: Occasionally.
Analysis of questions of syntax and style; emphasis on idiomatic Spanish.

3 cr
413

Translation
Prereq: SPAN 304 or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
Acquire techniques for translation from English to Spanish. Discuss general theory about common translation problems and practice translation to increase vocabulary and reinforce the structures of the Spanish language.

3 cr
415

Spanish for Journalism
Prereq: SPAN 303. Freq: Occasionally.
Refines writing in Spanish through the process of creating and editing newsworthy articles.

3 cr
416

Children’s Literature
Prereq: SPAN 303.  Freq: Occasionally.
Examines the oral and written literature for children in the Spanish-speaking world from pre-Hispanic period to the present.

3 cr
417

Spanish for Criminal Justice
Prereq: SPAN 303.  Freq: Occasionally.
Focuses on legal terminology and proceedings in order to help police officers and other professionals in criminal justice.

3 cr
419

Spanish for Business
Prereq: SPAN 303. Freq: Occasionally.
Focuses on business terminology and procedure for Spanish-speaking countries. Emphasizing written Spanish supplemented by conversational work.

3 cr
420

Topics in Spanish Literature and Culture
Prereq: SPAN 321 or 322 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.   Freq: Occasionally.
In-depth analysis of an aspect of the literature or culture of Spain. Content will vary. Course may be repeated under different subtitle.

3 cr
423

Medical Spanish I
Prereq: SPAN 304;  BIOS 101 and BIOS 102 OR BIOS 105 and BIOS 106 OR BIOS 101 and BIOS 103; HIMT 330; LBST 103 OR ETHN 343/SOCA 343 OR COMM 365; COMM 340. Freq: Fall.
Develops an understanding of the cultural underpinnings of the communicative issues between Hispanic patients and non-Hispanic practitioners in the United States. Focuses on vocabulary and tools necessary for the professional medical use of Spanish in clinical settings.

3 cr
424

Medical Spanish II
Prereq: SPAN 304; BIOS 101 and BIOS 102 OR BIOS 105 and BIOS 106 OR BIOS 101 and BIOS 103; HIMT 330; LBST 103 OR ETHN 343/SOCA 343 OR COMM 365; COMM 340. Freq: Spring.
Continues the development of the cultural perspectives of Hispanic patients in health care settings. Introduces concepts and information necessary to understand basic principles of diseases and clinical testing. Requires participation in clinical settings.

3 cr
435

Topics in Latin American Literature or Culture
Prereq: SPAN 304 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.   Freq: Fall, Spring.
In-depth analysis of an aspect of the literature or culture of Latin America. Content will vary. Course may be repeated under different subtitle.

3 cr
440

Advanced Studies in Hispanic Literature in Translation
Prereq: Junior standing. Freq: Occasionally.
Study of representative Spanish and Latin American works in translation from the standpoint of analytic methods: approaches to critical analysis or problems in the theory of literature (genre theory, comparative study of themes or styles, discussion of literary movements). May be repeated for credit with different subject matters.

3 cr
475

Internship
Prereq: SPAN 304, Spanish major and consent of instructor and department chair. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Interns work with area businesses, government agencies and service Agencies. May repeat for credit.

1-3 cr
490

Special Topics in Spanish
Prereq: None. Freq: Occasionally.
Selected topics in Spanish studies will be examined.

1-4 cr
494

Fieldwork in Spanish
Prereq: Consent of instructor and department chair. Freq: Occasionally.
Application of Spanish in areas of community concern and in local business and industry. May be repeated for maximum of 6 credits.

1-3 cr
495

Senior Seminar
Prereq: Senior standing in Spanish. Consent of instructor required.  Freq: Spring
Students will develop portfolios that highlight their language skills and review/synthesize their course work in the major.

1-3 cr
499

Independent Study
Prereq: Junior standing, consent of instructor and department chair. Freq: Occasionally.
Available to qualified students under supervision of individual instructor. Normally, no more than 6 credits of Independent Study may be counted toward the major.

1-3 cr

French

The French program, which offers a French minor, seeks to give students the requisite linguistic skills with which to read, discuss, and write intelligibly in French. For students wishing to broaden their proficiency, the French program offers advanced French language courses which deal with various aspects of French literature and culture.

Students have an opportunity in these courses to sharpen their linguistic proficiency while at the same time gaining a better understanding of the contributions made by French-language philosophers, artists, and writers. The French program’s course offerings can be supplemented by a number of courses from other departments as part of the French studies major. Students who wish to pursue the study of French at the graduate level are encouraged to take as many French program courses as possible.

 

Requirements for Admission to the French Minor:

For entrance into the French minor, the student must have completed FREN 103 and 104, their equivalent or achieve placement into FREN 203 or above.

Requirements for the French Minor (18 credits)

The minor in French consists of a minimum of 18 credits beyond the first year introductory courses (FREN 103-104). Fifteen of these credits MUST be courses taught in French.

  1. Required Intermediate Courses (6 credits)
    FREN 203 Intermediate French I 3 cr
    FREN 204 Intermediate French II 3 cr
  2. Required Advanced Courses (9 credits)
    FREN 301 French Conversation & Composition 3 cr
    FREN 318 French Civilization and Culture 3 cr
    FREN 350 French Phonetics 3 cr
  3. Elective Course (3 credits)
    Choose one course:
    MODL 319 Paris: The City and the People 3 cr
    MODL 490 Special Topics in Modern Language
    (Topic French Studies in English)
    3 cr

Courses in French (FREN)

Students entering from high school must have placement test results (UW System placement tests offered at regional testing and at UW-Parkside) in order to enter French 104, 203, 204, and 301. The Modern Languages Department reserves the right to refuse access to any language class (including 103) to any student under the following circumstances:

  1. the student has not taken the placement exam or
  2. the student’s previous experience in the study of the language makes enrollment in the class in question inappropriate.

ONCE STUDENTS HAVE TAKEN A COURSE IN THE FRENCH LANGUAGE SEQUENCE (103-301) THEY MAY NOT AFTERWARDS TAKE A LOWER COURSE IN THE SEQUENCE FOR CREDIT.
 

103

Introductory French I
Prereq: Placement exam or no prior knowledge of French. Freq: Fall.
Develops basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in French. Lab fee required.

4 cr
104

Introductory French II
Prereq: FREN 103 or equivalent or placement exam. Freq: Spring.
A continuation of French 103.

4 cr
111

French for Singers
Prereq: Enrollment in vocal music. Freq: As needed.
To help university vocal and choral students gain theoretical understanding and practical mastery of diction in French as it pertains to specific, select songs and choral pieces being learned with texts in those languages. Does not count for credit toward French major or minor.

1 cr
203

Intermediate French I
Prereq: FREN 104 or equivalent or placement exam. Freq: Fall.
Reviews and further develops listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in French at the intermediate level.

3 cr
204

Intermediate French II
Prereq: FREN 203 or equivalent or placement exam. Freq: Spring.
Reviews and further develops listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in French at the intermediate level.

3 cr
218

French Civilization and Culture (in English)
Prereq: None. Freq: Occasionally.
Multimedia presentation and discussion of historical, philosophical, and artistic developments in France.

3 cr
290

Special Topics in French
Prereq: None. Freq: Occasionally.
Special topics in French studies will be examined.  May not be counted toward French studies major when taught in English.

1-3 cr
301

French Conversation and Composition
Prereq: FREN 204 or equivalent or placement exam.  Freq: Every other Fall.
Advanced training in conversation and composition with emphasis on acquiring communicative skills in colloquial French.

3 cr
318

French Civilization and Culture
Prereq: FREN 204 or equivalent. Freq: Spring (alternate years).
Multi-media presentation and discussion of historical, philosophical, and artistic developments in various periods in France. Readings in French.  May be repeated for credit with different content.

3 cr
320

Introduction to French Literature
Prereq: FREN 204 or equivalent. Freq: Spring (alternate years).
Study of a major literary genre and/or a cultural/literary period or movement. Development of historical perspective and techniques of critical analysis through the study of selected masterpieces of French poetry, drama or prose. May be repeated for credit with different content.

3 cr
350

French Phonetics
Prereq: FREN 204 or equivalent. Freq: Fall (alternate years).
Theory of French sounds in contrast to English, combined with practical laboratory training in pronunciation and orthography. Required of all intending to be teachers.

3 cr
402

Advanced Studies in French
Prereq: FREN 301 or equivalent; or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
Studies in French language, culture or literature.  May be repeated for credit with different subject matter.

3 cr
475

Translation Internship
Prereq: FREN 301 or equivalent, French studies major, and consent of instructor and department chair. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Translation interns work with area businesses and service agencies to furnish translations from and into French. May be repeated for credit.

1-3 cr
490

Special Topics in French
Prereq: None. Freq: Occasionally.
Selected topics in French studies will be examined.

1-4 cr
494

Fieldwork in French
Prereq: Consent of instructor and department chair. Freq: Occasionally.
Application of French in areas of community concern and in local business and industry. May be repeated for maximum of 6 credits.

1-3 cr
495

Senior Project
Prereq: Senior standing in French studies. Freq: Spring.
The senior project in French studies is designed to be a capstone experience which offers graduating students an opportunity to bring together several aspects of their French studies and general undergraduate course work in the form of an independent research project.

3 cr
499

Independent Study
Prereq: Junior standing, consent of instructor and department chair. Freq: Occasionally.
Available to qualified students under supervision of individual instructor. Normally, no more than 6 credits of Independent Study may be counted toward the major.

1-3 cr

 

Courses in Italian (ITAL)

Students entering from high school must have placement test results (UW System placement tests offered at regional testing and at UW-Parkside) in order to enter ITAL 104, 203, and 204. The Modern Languages Department reserves the right to refuse access to any language class (including 103) to any student under the following circumstances:

  1. the student has not taken the placement exam, or
  2. the student’s previous experience in the study of the language makes enrollment in the class in question inappropriate.

ONCE STUDENTS HAVE TAKEN A COURSE IN THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE SEQUENCE (103-204) THEY MAY NOT AFTERWARDS TAKE A LOWER COURSE IN THE SEQUENCE FOR CREDIT.
 

103

Introductory Italian I
Prereq: None. Freq. Fall
Development of basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Italian.

4 cr
104

Introductory Italian II
Prereq: ITAL 103 or equivalent. Freq: Spring
Continued development of basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Italian.

4 cr
203

Intermediate Italian I
Prereq: ITAL 104 or equivalent. Freq: Occasionally.
Develops intermediate level proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

4 cr
204

Intermediate Italian II
Prereq: ITAL 203 or equivalent. Freq: Occasionally.
Continues development of intermediate level proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

4 cr

 

Courses in Modern Languages (MODL)

The program offers occasionally, under MODL 103 and 104, first-year courses in modern languages other than French, Italian or Spanish.
 

103

Modern Languages I
Prereq: None. Freq: Occasionally.
Semester I of a modern language other than those regularly offered in the Modern Languages Department. May be repeated with different language content.

4 cr
104

Modern Languages II
Prereq: MODL 103 or equivalent. Freq: Occasionally.
Semester II of a modern language other than those regularly offered in the Modern Languages Department. May be repeated with different language content.

4 cr
191

Culture of Food: the French Case from Croissants to Champagne
Prereq: None. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Examines French culture, history, the geography, through the lens of French cuisine. Provides cuisine samples when appropriate. Instruction is in English.

3 cr
203

Intermediate Modern Languages I
Prereq: MODL 104 in the same language or equivalent. Freq: Occasionally.
Continued training in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through conversation, composition and grammar review.

4 cr
204

Intermediate Modern Languages II
Prereq: MODL 203 in the same language or equivalent. Freq: Occasionally.
Continued training in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through conversation, composition and grammar review.

4 cr
319

Paris: The City and the People
Prereq: ENGL 101, sophomore standing; or consent of instructor. Freq: Spring.
Examines the city of Paris including the daily life of the people, its monuments, history, culture, and international significance. Taught in English and requires no familiarity with the French language.

3 cr
347

Post-1800 World Literature
Prereq: ENGL 167, 266; or consent of instructor. Freq: Spring.
Explores selected global literary and cultural texts produced after 1800. Also, emphasizes non-Western works, including those with indigenous foundations. Examines the broad historical context and draws from other fields to deepen our understanding of the human experience, particularly along cross-cultural lines. Cross-listed with ENGL 347.

3 cr
490

Special Topics in a Modern Language
Prereq: None. Freq: Occasionally.
Special topics in modern language studies taught in English.

3 cr
499

Independent Study
Prereq: Junior standing, consent of instructor and department chair. Freq: Occasionally.
Available to qualified students under supervision of individual instructor.

1-3 cr
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