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Regularly Scheduled Studies Abroad Courses


Semester in Florence

*ARTH 413. Italian Renaissance Art. 3 credits.

Exploration of the invention of perspective and techniques of Renaissance realism including masterpieces by major artists such as Giotto, Donatello and Michelangelo. Weekly visits to museums and churches.

ENG 380/MCOM 460F. Italian Film 1930-1980. 3 credits.

Literary and visual analysis of the work of major Italian film makers such as Fellini and Visconti and others. Weekly film viewings.

*ILS 290F. Special Topics: Florence in Literature. 3 credits.

Impressions of Florence and the Renaissance Age through the eyes of English/American writers including Twain, Forster, Shelley, Browning and Dickens. Directed readings and excursions. Journal required.

ITAL 101-102. Intensive Beginning Italian. 6 credits.

Emphasis on speaking (pronunciation, vocabulary, comprehension); grammar and reading to the intermediate level.

ITAL 231-232. Intermediate to Advanced Italian. 6 credits.

Review of grammar and syntax; development of reading and writing skills. Improvement of listening comprehension and fluency.

ITAL 300F. Italian Conversation and Composition. 3 credits.

Intensive training in the use and comprehension of everyday Italian with emphasis on conversation and composition to give students confidence to express themselves in idiomatic Italian. Taught in Italian. Prerequisite: ITAL 231-232 or equivalent.

ITAL 308F. Contemporary Italian Civilization. 3 credits.

Study of Italian life and culture including geography, social, religious and political issues. Taught in Italian. Prerequisite: Italian conversation and composition at or above the 300 level.

*MUS 200F. Music in General Culture. 3 credits.

Study of music from classic Western heritage including Gregorian chant, symphonic music and comic opera. Weekly opera or concerts. Meets liberal studies fine arts requirement. Taught in English.

POSC 460F. European Community (Spring Semester). 3 credits.

Exploration of unification in political, economic and commercial areas, with emphasis on the current impact of the European Community on Italy. Taught in English.

POSC 490F. Italy and European Politics (Fall Semester). 3 credits.

Background study of Italian nationalism, fascism, communism, socialism and the Italian multiparty system. Visits to political institutions and party headquarters. Taught in English.


Semester in London

*ARTH 415. British Architecture. 3 credits.

The history and theory of British architecture. Visits to outstanding structures in England from prehistoric to modern.

*ARTH 416. British Art. 3 credits.

Art and its purpose in England. Weekly visits to galleries.

ENG 302R. London in Literature. 3 credits.

London as reflected in the works of its most famous writers. Weekly walks through the still-fabled parts of London.

ENG 458L. Shakespeare in London. 3 credits.

Students study and view Shakespeare's comedies and tragedies. Visits to the theater depending upon what is playing in London at the time. Restricted enrollment.

HIST 392L. British History 1485-1760. 3 credits.

The history of England as seen in its institutions, buildings and landscapes. Weekly outings to museums and areas of historic interest. This course does not fulfill the liberal studies history requirement. (Not offered every semester.)

*ILS 290L. London in Cultural Perspective. 3 credits.

Directed readings and independent excursions designed to complement the student's studies in London; supervised by the JMU faculty member in residence. The student is required to keep an extensive journal.

*MUS 200L. Music in General Culture. 3 credits.

Study of music from the classic Western heritage. Other types of music will be considered. Weekly concerts. Meets liberal studies fine arts requirements.

POSC 490L. British Legal and Political Institutions. 3 credits.

An introduction to English government and law. Outings include visits to the Houses of Parliament, trials, and other events of political and legal import. (Not offered every semester.)

THEA 449/*ENG 232. The London Theatre. 3 credits.

Classical and contemporary drama on the London stage. Weekly plays from the best of commercial theater including productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, backstage tours, discussion with actors. ENG 232 meets liberal studies literature requirement.


Semester in Paris

*ARTH 417. Masterpieces of French Art. 3 credits.

Survey based on the masterpieces to be found in Paris, with visits to all the major museums of Paris including the Louvre, the Musee D'Orsay, the Cluny and the Centre Pompidou. Taught in English.

FR 300P. French Conversation and Composition. 3 credits.

Intensive training in conversation, composition, idiomatic expressions and comprehension of modern, everyday French. Required for French majors, as well as for international business and international affairs majors. Taught in French.

FR 307P. History of French Civilization. 3 credits.

Social, economic, political and artistic development of France from the Middle Ages to the present with visits to historical monuments. Required for French majors. Taught in French.

FR 308P. Contemporary French Civilization. 3 credits.

A study of French life and culture with emphasis on contemporary France. Required for French, international business and international affairs majors. Taught in French.

FR 420P. French Theater (Fall Semester). 3 credits.

A study of dramatic genres from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Students attend performances of plays from most of the major historical periods. Taught in French.

FR 490P. New French Theater and Cinema (Spring Semester). 3 credits.

Anti-theatre and New Wave cinema, including authors such as Ionesco, Beckett, Truffaut and Godard. Taught in French.

*ILS 290P. Paris in Cultural Perspective. 3 credits.

Selected readings from Dickens, James, Hugo, Hemingway and Orwell with excursions in Paris. Extensive journal required. Will also count as an upper-level English elective. Taught in English.

*MUS 200P. Music in General Culture. 3 credits.

Study of music from the classic Western heritage, including French influence in the development of music. Students attend concerts, opera and ballet. Taught in English.

POSC 490P. Special Studies in French Politics (Fall Semester). 3 credits.

Introduction to the French political system, with emphasis on contemporary problems in France. Visits to political institutions, museums and monuments. Taught in English.


Semester in Salamanca

*ARTH 414/SPAN 490T. Masterpieces of Spanish Art. 3 credits.

A study of the art and architecture of Spain from medieval times through the present. Concentration on specific artists, as well as general movements in the history of Spanish art. ARTH 414 meets liberal studies requirement. Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or equivalent.

ECON 312. Comparative Economic Systems. 3 credits.

An examination of the distinguishing characteristics, institutions and performances of the economic systems of Spain and the United States.

*ILS 290S. Special Studies: Salamanca in Literature. 3 credits.

A study of Salamanca in cultural perspective. Directed readings and independent excursions are designed to complement the student's studies in Salamanca. The student is required to keep an extensive journal.

POSC 490. Comparative Politics: Spain/ United States. 3 credits.

A comparative study of political systems in Spain and the United States. Emphasis on historical and contemporary issues.

SPAN 300. Spanish Conversation and Composition. 3 credits.

Intensive training in the use and comprehension of modern everyday Spanish with emphasis upon conversation and composition to give the student confidence in expressing himself in simple idiomatic Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 232 or equivalent.

SPAN 307. History of Spanish Civilization. 3 credits.

A study of Spanish life and culture and the outstanding contributions of Spain to world civilization. Review of historical and contemporary figures. Prerequisite: SPAN 232 or equivalent.

SPAN 315. Phonetics. 3 credits.

Intensive drills in Spanish sounds and intonation patterns. Continued emphasis on conversation. Prerequisite: SPAN 232 or equivalent.

SPAN 320. Advanced Grammar. 3 credits.

Advanced course in morphology and syntax with extensive practice in composition. Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or equivalent.

SPAN 400. Advanced Conversation and Composition. 3 credits.

Intensive training in conversation and composition through discussions in Spanish dealing with topics of current interest. Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or equivalent.

SPAN 450. Stylistics. 3 credits.

Original composition with a study of stylistics and writing techniques. Oral and written participation is stressed with a view to perfecting the student's ability in spoken and written Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 400 or equivalent.

SPAN 490L. Spanish Literature: 19th-20th Century Spanish Novel or Golden Age Literature in Spain. 3 credits.

Readings and discussions of works of literature. Analysis and practice in critical compositions and research papers. Prerequisite: Three years of college Spanish or equivalent plus the completion of any survey literature course.


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