Majors and Minors

2015 - 2016 Catalog

The Romance Languages department has the following degrees:

French major leading to BA degree

A major in French leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires demonstrated proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and completion of at least 31 credits distributed as follows:

  1. FREN 261, 273, and 397
  2. One course in civilization: FREN 280, 281, 282, 283, or 285
  3. Two additional French courses numbered 200 or above. The department head may approve any one Romance languages literature, film, or culture course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward this requirement.
  4. Four additional French courses numbered 300 or above

The department strongly recommends a study-abroad experience of at least one term, and preferably a full academic year.

Students who wish to work in French and another Romance Language are advised to see the description of the Romance Languages major.

  1. Required courses:
  2. Take one course in civilization from the following:
  3. Take two additional French courses numbered 200 or above.
  4. The department head may approve any one Romance languages literature, film, or culture course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward this requirement.

  5. Take four additional French courses numbered 300 or above.
  6. Study Abroad
  7. The department strongly recommends a study-abroad experience of at least one term, and preferably a full academic year.

Romance Languages major, with a French emphasis, leading to a BA degree

A major in Romance languages, with a French emphasis, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree consists of at least 33 credits as follows:

  1. FREN 261, 273, and 397
  2. One course in civilization: FREN 280, 281, 282, 283 or 285
  3. One additional French course numbered 200 or above. The department head may approve any one Romance language literature, film, or culture course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward this requirement.
  4. Four additional French courses numbered 300 or above
  5. Completition of one of the following sequences:

a. the intermediate level or its equivalent in Spanish (SPAN 162, 164 or 172) and one of the following three pairings:

SPAN 220 and 240
SPAN 211 and 240
SPAN 212 and 220b.

b. PORT 163 and two 200-level Portuguese courses

c. ITAL 163 and two 200-level Italian courses

The department strongly recommends a study-abroad experience of at least one semester, and preferably one academic year.

Students interested in using Portuguese or Italian in combination with French or Spanish for the Romance Languages major should consult with the appropriate faculty member (or department head).

  1. Required courses
  2. Once course in civilization from:
  3. One additional French course numbered 200 or above
  4. The department head may approve any one Romance language literature, film, or culture course taught by Romance Languages faculty toward this requirement.

  5. Four additional French courses numbered 300 or above
  6. Completion of one of the following sequences:
  7. a. the intermediate level or its equivalent in Spanish (SPAN 162, 164 or 172) and one of the following three pairings:

    SPAN 220 and 240
    SPAN 211 and 240
    SPAN 212 and 220b. 

    b. PORT 163 and two 200-level Portuguese courses

    c. ITAL 163 and two 200-level Italian courses

  8. Study abroad
  9. The department strongly recommends a study-abroad experience of at least one semester, and preferably one academic year.

Romance Languages major, with a Spanish emphasis, leading to a BA degree

A major in Romance languages, with a Spanish emphasis, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree consists of at least 33 credits as follows:

  1. SPAN 220, 240 and 275
  2. One additional 200-level course in Spanish. The department head may approve any one Romance language literature, film, or culture course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward this requirement.
  3. Five Spanish courses numbered 300 or above, as follows:
    1. One course on literature of Spanish America chosen from SPAN 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 348, 350, 352, 354, and 398
    2. One course on literature of Spain chosen from SPAN 312, 320, 322, 323, 324, 326, 328, 333 and 397
    3. One additional course in literature chosen from SPAN 312, 320, 322, 323, 324, 326, 328, 333, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 348, 350, 352, 354, 397, and 398
    4. Two additional Spanish courses numbered 300 or above
  4. Completion of one of the following sequences:
    a. Completion of the intermediate level or its equivalent in French (FREN 162 or 172), FREN 261, and one course chosen from FREN 273, 280, 281, 282, 283 or 285.
    b. PORT 163 and two 200-level Portuguese courses
    c. ITAL 163 and two 200-level Italian courses

The department strongly recommends a study-abroad experience of at least one semester, and preferably one academic year, in a Spanish-speaking country.

Students interested in using Portuguese or Italian in combination with French or Spanish for the Romance Languages major should consult with the appropriate faculty member (or department head).

  1. Required courses:
  2. One additional 200-level course in Spanish
  3. The department head may approve any one Romance language literature, film, or culture course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward this requirement.

  4. Five Spanish courses numbered 300 or above, as follows:
  5. Completion of one of the following sequences:
  6. a. Completion of the intermediate level or its equivalent in French (FREN 162 or 172), FREN 261, and one course chosen from FREN 273, 280, 281, 282, 283 or 285.

    b. PORT 163 and two 200-level Portuguese courses

    c. ITAL 163 and two 200-level Italian courses

  7. Study Abroad
  8. The department strongly recommends a study-abroad experience of at least one semester, and preferably one academic year, in a Spanish-speaking country.

Spanish major leading to BA degree

A major in Spanish leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires demonstrated proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and completion of at least 31 credits as follows:

  1. SPAN 220, 240, and 275
  2. Two additional 200-level courses in Spanish. The department head may approve any one Romance language literature, film, or culture course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward this requirement.
  3. Five Spanish courses numbered 300 or above, as follows.
    1. One course on literature of Spanish America chosen from SPAN 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 348, 350, 352, 354, and 398
    2. One course on literature of Spain chosen from SPAN 312, 320, 322, 323, 324, 326, 328, 333, and 397
    3. One additional course in literature chosen from SPAN 312, 320, 322, 323, 324, 326, 328, 333, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 348, 350, 352, 354, 397, and 398
    4. Two additional Spanish courses numbered 300 or above.

The department strongly recommends a study-abroad experience of at least one semester, and preferably one academic year, in a Spanish-speaking country.

The department strongly encourages majors to include at least one course each from the following areas: Spanish-American, Medieval or Renaissance Peninsular (312, 320, 322 333, and, when appropriate, 397) and Modern Peninsular (324, 326, 328 and, when appropriate, 397).

Students who plan work in Spanish and another Romance language are advised to refer to the description of the Romance languages major.

  1. Required courses:
  2. Two additional 200-level courses in Spanish
  3. The department head may approve any one Romance language literature, film, or culture course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward this requirement.

  4. Five Spanish courses numbered 300 or above, as follows.
  5. Study abroad
  6. The department strongly recommends a study-abroad experience of at least one semester, and preferably one academic year, in a Spanish-speaking country.

French minor

A minor in French requires demonstrated proficiency in the French language, an in-depth knowledge of French culture, and completion of at least 21 credits in seven courses. A student may not complete both a minor in French and a major in French. In meeting the requirements of this discipline-based minor, a student may not use more than nine credits also used to meet the requirements of another major or minor. Course distribution for the French minor must include:

a. FREN 261, 283
b. One course in civilization: FREN 280, 281, or 282
c. At least two courses in 300-level French
d. Two additional courses in French numbered 200 or above. The department head may authorize one 200-level Romance-language literature course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward the requirements of the minor.

The department strongly recommends FREN 212 as a study abroad experience. Students may count a total of three relevant French courses from study abroad in a French-speaking country towards the French minor.

  1. Required courses:
  2. Take one course in civilizazation:
  3. At least two courses in 300-level French
  4. Two additional courses in French numbered 200 or above.
  5. The department head may authorize one 200-level Romance-language literature course taught in English by Romance Languages faculty toward the requirements of the minor.