Madison Script James Madison University
College of Arts and Letters

Department of Foreign Languages and Literature

Department of Foreign Languages and Literature

Dr. Robert Goebel, Head

Phone: (540) 568-6128
Web site: http://www.jmu.edu/forlang/


Professors
D. Corbin, R. Goebel, A. de Jonge, C. Kline, M. Hamlet-Metz, B. Oberst

Associate Professors
G. Fazzion, R. Kyler, C. Szeps-Fralin

Assistant Professors
J. Barrio Olano, J. Martínez, E. Urroz

Instructors
C. Réthoré


Mission Statement
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures strives to develop students' awareness of foreign languages, literatures, and cultures. The department also seeks to train students to use their foreign language skills in a variety of ways in the job market. In these and other ways, the department works to support the mission of James Madison University and the College of Arts and Letters.


Goals and Objectives
The department strives to fulfill that mission by pursuing the following goals. Within each area, students should
Knowledge
  • Be familiar with a variety of linguistic principles in both the target language and their own.
  • Understand the major literary movements of the target culture and be familiar with selected major literary texts of the target culture.
  • Be familiar with the great ideas of humanity and of Western civilization in particular, especially as they have originated in or influenced the target culture.
  • Understand the institutions and history of the target culture.
  • Understand similarities and differences between the target culture and their own.


Skills
  • Demonstrate reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in both English and the target language.
  • Think critically, analytically and objectively.
  • Make and formulate informed aesthetic and linguistic judgments.
  • Research a topic thoroughly using both traditional and online sources.
  • Use computers effectively for a variety of purposes, from word processors and spell checkers in the target language to terminological data bases and machine-aided translation tools.


Experiences
  • Ponder what it means to be human in response to literary and cultural studies.
  • Engage great texts and great ideas.
  • Realize what it is like to be a foreigner with incomplete cultural and linguistic competence.
  • See the world through the filter of another language and culture.
  • Realize that every language is an imperfect vehicle, riddled with traps and ambiguities.


Attitudes
  • Embrace life-long learning.
  • Approach issues from interdisciplinary, global and historical perspectives.
  • Respect diversity among cultures and within any given culture.
  • Respect the opinions and beliefs of other people – and other peoples – while defining and advancing their own.
  • Recognize the contingent nature of knowledge.


Program
The department offerings address a wide spectrum of student needs. Our program seeks to
  • Offer a minor and a major in a specific language.
  • Strongly recommend a second major and/or minor in another discipline.
  • Offer advanced courses for interdisciplinary programs.
  • Offer basic courses required for Bachelor of Arts candidates.
  • Offer basic courses required for Bachelor of Arts candidates.
  • Provide General Education courses in Cluster Two and reinforce Cluster One goals in all courses.


Facultys
The faculty members of the department strive to
  • Meet the ever-evolving needs of the students.
  • Develop innovative teaching techniques, courses and programs while preserving a traditional core.
  • Engage consistently in scholarship.
  • Provide dutiful service to the college, the university and the profession.
  • Be a role model for students as educators and as human beings.


All language majors are expected to meet certain objectives.

General
  • To have a knowledge of critical thinking methods and to be able to apply these.
  • To have had an introduction to computers that includes word processing as well as working with software devoted to grammar exercises, vocabulary development, literature and culture.
  • To have developed an appreciation and affective feel for other cultures, not just an intellectual perspective.


Specific
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers programs designed to
  • Teach students to understand and speak a language with facility.
  • Develop skills in reading and writing.
  • Provide an acquaintance with foreign literatures.
  • Develop an appreciation of foreign cultures.
  • Prepare students for professions in education, government work, international trade or for research leading to advanced degrees.


Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
The department supports the following organizations:
  • Le Cercle Francophone
  • Dobro Slovo
  • German Club
  • Hispanic Studies Club
  • Italian Cultural Society
  • Phi Sigma Iota
  • Russian Club
  • Sigma Delta Pi



Degree Requirements
Bachelor of Arts in Modern Foreign Languages
A student can earn both a B.A. in Modern Foreign Languages and a minor in a specific language. Currently the department provides four years of instruction in French, German, Italian and Spanish, plus two years in Chinese and Japanese. Majors and minors in Russian are not available for the 2003-2004 academic year.

The minimum requirement for a major in languages is 33 upper-division credit hours in a specific language. However, students pursuing a second major in an unrelated field or whose choice of language makes it impossible to meet that requirement may seek substitutions and/or waivers from the department head.

Degree Requirements

Credit Hours
General Education1 41
Foreign Language classes (Intermediate level required)2 0-14
Philosophy course (In addition to General Education courses) 3
University electives 17-31
Additional language or cognate requirement3 12
Major requirements (listed below) 33



1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary. 2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student’s chosen language (typically 232), or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Language’s placement test. 3 Not required of double majors or education minors.

Major Requirements
All language sections share certain core requirements.
Core Corses Credit Hours
2 Language courses (300 and 320)1 6
2 Civilization courses (307, 308) 6
Literature courses in the target language 6-12
Other courses as specified by the section2 9-15
(See lists for each language below)

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1 These courses fulfill the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major. 2 The courses required for Spanish majors are different, as shown in the Spanish listing.

French
Credit Hours
FR 300. French Conversation and Composition1 3
FR 307. A History of French Civilization 3
FR 308. Contemporary French Civilization 3
FR 320. Advanced French Grammar 3
FR 335. Introduction to Literature 3
3 300- or 400-level FR literature courses 9
3 other 300- or 400-level FR courses 9

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1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

German
Credit Hours
GER 300. German Conversation and Composition1 3
GER 307. A History of German Civilization 3
GER 308. Contemporary German Civilization 3
GER 320. Advanced German Grammar 3
GER/TR 341. German-English Technical/Commercial Translation 3
2 400-level GER literature courses 3
4 more courses (see following list) 3
Group 1:
GER 308. Contemporary German Civilization (second time)
GER 330. Business German
Any 400-level GER lit courses
GER/TR 341 German-English Technical/Commercial Translation. (second time)
Group 2 (no more than one):
ENG/GER 436. Studies in German Literature
GHUM 200 (German works in translation)
HIST 388. Germany Since 1871.

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1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

Italian
Credit Hours
ITAL 300. Italian Conversation and Composition1 3
ITAL 307. A History of Italian Civilization 3
ITAL 308. Contemporary Italian Civilization 3
ITAL 320. Advanced Italian Grammar 3
ITAL/TR 351. Italian-English Technical/Commercial Translation1 3
3 300- or 400-level ITAL literature courses 3
3 other 300- or 400-level ITAL courses 3

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1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

Russian
Credit Hours
Not available 2003-2004 academic year.
RUS 300. Russian Conversation and Composition1 3
RUS 315. Russian Phonetics 3
RUS 320. Advanced Russian Grammar 3
RUS 400. Advanced Russian Conversation 3
RUS 405. Russian Literature of the 19th Century 3
RUS 426. Russian Literature of the 20th Century 3
Choose one of the following 3
RUS 308. Introduction to Russian Civilization
GEOG 348. Russian and the Former U.S.S.R. 3
HIST 385. Russian to 1855
HIST 386. Russian since 1855
HIST 475. Soviet Russia
POSC 337. Russian Political System
Choose any four of the following 12
GHUM 200. Great Works in Russian
RUS 490. Special Studies in Foreign Languages2 (may be repeated)
RUS 405. Russian Literature of the 19th Century (second time)
RUS 426. Russian Literature of the 20th Century (second time)
TR 300. Introduction to Translation
TR 361. Russian-English Technical/Commercial Translation1
TR 400. Text Revision

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1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major. 2 For the RUS 490 course description, see FL 490.

Spanish
Credit Hours
SPAN 300. Spanish Conversation and Composition1 3
SPAN 307. Spanish Civilization 3
SPAN 308. Latin American Civilization 3
SPAN 320. Advanced Spanish Grammar 3
4 SPAN literature course 3
3 other 300- or 400-level SPAN courses 3

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1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.



Additional Language or Cognate Requirement
Students majoring in modern foreign languages must complete the intermediate level of a second language or take at least 12 additional credit hours in other departments (e.g., art, English, geography, history, philosophy, political science, translation) in courses fully or partly related to their foreign language studies unless they are
  • taking a double major
  • taking an education minor



The 12 credit hours cannot be counted toward fulfillment of any other degree requirement, including General Education. Prior approval of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is required for each of these collateral courses.

Teaching Licensure
In conjunction with the College of Education, the department offers programs leading to the teaching license in French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. The Collegiate Professional Teaching License in a modern foreign language requires 36 credits in language study.

In addition to the general education and academic major requirements, foreign language majors desiring secondary teacher licensure must complete the undergraduate education minor and the Master of Arts in Teaching degree offered in Education Programs. For a full description of the programs in education, refer to the College of Education, Page 193.




Minor Requirements
Modern Foreign Language Minor
A minor in a modern foreign language consists of 15 upper-division credit hours in a specific language and must include a literature course. French minors are required to take FR 320 and FR 335.


French
Credit Hours
FR 300. French Conversation and Composition 3
FR 320. Advanced French Grammar 3
FR 335. Introduction to Literature 3
2 other 300- or 400-level FR courses 6

15

German
Credit Hours
GER 300. German Conversation and Composition 3
1 400-level GER literature course 3
3 other 300- or 400-level GER courses1 9

15

1 Highly recommended: GER 308, GER 320 and GER/TR 341

Italian
Credit Hours
ITAL 300. Italian Conversation and Composition 3
One 300- or 400- level ITAL literature course 3
3 other 300- or 400-level ITAL courses 9

15

Russian
Credit Hours
Not available 2003-2004 academic year.
RUS 300. Russian Conversation and Composition 3
Choose one 3
RUS 405. Russian Literature of the 19th Century
RUS 426. Russian Literature of the 20th Century
3 other 300- or 400-level RUS courses 9

15

Spanish
Credit Hours
SPAN 300. Spanish Conversation and Composition 3
One 300- or 400 level SPAN literature course 3
3 other 300- or 400-level SPAN courses 9

15


International Education and Studies Abroad
The department strongly supports – and greatly benefits from – the university’s excellent Studies Abroad programs. Majors are strongly encouraged to spend a significant amount of time abroad. The program directors for Salamanca and Martinique are members of the department, and those two programs are major suppliers of part-time instructors. Students are urged to check with their advisers to see which courses taken abroad count toward the language major.

Placement Tests
Placement tests are given to students who have studied one language for two or more years in high school and who have not taken the College Board Advanced Placement Test. Final decision on Advanced Placement rests with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

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