Oct 31, 2020  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

World Languages and Cultures


Our language programs play a fundamental role in the College’s mission to educate for a global community. We encourage students to become actively engaged learners of diverse cultural traditions and global perspectives through the study of world languages, literatures, and cultures.

The programs in the Department of World Languages and Cultures emphasize language proficiency, analysis of different kinds of complex texts, cross-cultural competence, and study abroad. This preparation allows students to use their language, critical thinking skills and artistic literacy in various professional fields. Linguistic and cultural competency in a second language also allows students to participate more fully in local and international communities, enjoying a richness of life that goes beyond national boundaries.

Saint Mary’s College proposes that all of its graduates should have knowledge and understanding of another culture and its language (see below, language proficiency requirement). To this end, the department has created a lower-division curriculum whose learning outcomes meet criteria established by the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). All students will demonstrate intermediate language skills-listening, speaking reading and writing-in the target language. Instruction balances a solid grammatical foundation with practical training, including exposure to culture and geography, in both classroom and multimedia settings.

The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers courses in French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Students can pursue a major in Spanish or French, and/or a minor in French, Spanish, East Asian Studies, German Studies or Italian Studies. Students interested in foreign language study are encouraged to explore the options of a major in Spanish or French; a double major in a foreign language and another discipline; a language minor to complement a major in another academic area; or a language studies minor. Additionally there are many natural links between the department’s course offerings and those of other departments with the same goal of global learning, such as Global and Regional Studies and History.

We strongly encourage our students to study abroad for a semester or more. Students can choose from SMC sponsored programs in China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Spain, or from many other international centers through Lasallian exchanges and independent programs.

Furthermore, proficiency in a second language is the natural complement to the local and international internships described in the internship database available through the department’s website. We support our students as they apply their cultural knowledge through internships related to their language of study. Students who secure an internship gain valuable work experience, enhance their professional skills, and lay the groundwork for their future careers.

We strive to prepare our students with the communicative skills necessary to participate successfully in an increasingly globalized working environment that asks for culturally knowledgeable, multilingual citizens.

Faculty

Claude-Rhéal Malary, PhD, Associate Professor, Chair
David Bird, PhD, Professor
Costanza G. Dopfel, PhD, Professor
Joan U. Halperin, PhD, Professor Emerita
Helga Lénárt-Cheng, PhD, Associate Professor
Brother Michael Murphy, PhD, Visiting Associate Professor
Alvaro Ramirez, PhD, Professor
María Luisa Ruiz, PhD, Associate Professor
Lori Spicher, PhD, Associate Professor
Frances Sweeney, PhD, Professor
Maureen Wesolowski, PhD, Professor Emerita

Programs Offered

The Department offers a major in French and Spanish, and a minor in East Asian Studies, French, German Studies, Italian Studies, or Spanish. In addition to a program of study for students who wish to major or minor in language, the Department of World Languages and Cultures plays a key role in the educational experience of all Saint Mary’s students through the language requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Learning Outcomes for the Language Requirement

After completing levels 1- 3, students will be able to:

  • UNDERSTAND and PRODUCE speech in a variety of personal and social contexts; initiate and sustain conversations about multiple topics in the past, present and future tenses.
  • READ and COMPREHEND texts with varied subject matter, multiple points of view and verb tenses.
  • WRITE prose that includes description and narration on a variety of topics with appropriate vocabulary;
  • PROVIDE interpretations and supporting ideas.
  • EXHIBIT understanding and demonstrate knowledge of cultural, geographical, historical and sociopolitical aspects of other societies.
  • DEMONSTRATE an ability to see the world from multiple perspectives and become aware of themselves as members of the global community.

Language Placement Exam

Incoming students are strongly encouraged to take the Foreign Language Placement Exam unless they have successfully completed three years of the same language during high school with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher each term. The placement exam should be taken online at stmarys-ca.edu/orientation prior to attending orientation. Students should contact the Language Placement and Proficiency Coordinator who will assist them with access to the online exam. Students may take the placement exam once during each academic year and results are valid for one academic year. For placement in all other languages, students must contact the Placement and Proficiency Coordinator in the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

Major Requirements for French Studies

The French Studies major cultivates skills in research, analysis and cross-cultural communication that are essential to a lifetime of intellectual engagement and a wide variety of careers. Students in French Studies can pursue one of two options. Option A is a program for students who wish to study French but may not plan to continue to graduate school (although it does not preclude further study at the graduate level). Option B is an Honors major program for students intending to continue the study of French at graduate level. For the Honors option, a GPA of at least 3.0 in the major is required, as is the recommendation of two instructors.

Learning Outcomes for the Major in French Studies

  • DEMONSTRATE career-ready proficiency in all language modalities (speaking, writing, listening, reading) for a variety of purposes and a range of content and context
  • DEMONSTRATE knowledge of literary texts and traditions across time, including major literary and intellectual movements, genres, writers and works, and ability to discuss and analyze literary texts from a variety of media
  • DEMONSTRATE knowledge of several French-speaking cultures across time and geography, and ability to articulate an understanding of global perspectives, practices and products of those cultures
  • ARTICULATE a critical analysis of artifacts and phenomena within the above-mentioned areas of content and cultural knowledge

Advanced Placement Credit

Students who have taken the AP exam in language and had a score of 3 receive course credit for level 3. For a score of 4, a student receives credit for levels 3 and 4. For a score of 5, a student receives credit for levels 4 and 9 or 10. Native speakers of Spanish who did not take the AP language exam are required to take SPAN 009 . Students who have taken the AP exam in literature should consult the Placement and Proficiency Coordinator for appropriate placement.

Major Requirements for French Studies

The French Studies major cultivates skills in research, analysis and cross-cultural communication that are essential to a lifetime of intellectual engagement and a wide variety of careers. Students in French Studies can pursue one of two options. Option A is a program for students who wish to study French but may not plan to continue to graduate school (although it does not preclude further study at the graduate level). Option B is an Honors major program for students intending to continue the study of French at graduate level. For the Honors option, a GPA of at least 3.0 in the major is required, as is the recommendation of two instructors.

Learning Outcomes for the Major in French Studies

  • DEMONSTRATE career-ready proficiency in all language modalities (speaking, writing, listening, reading) for a variety of purposes and a range of content and context
  • DEMONSTRATE knowledge of literary texts and traditions across time, including major literary and intellectual movements, genres, writers and works, and ability to discuss and analyze literary texts from a variety of media
  • DEMONSTRATE knowledge of several French-speaking cultures across time and geography, and ability to articulate an understanding of global perspectives, practices and products of those cultures
  • ARTICULATE a critical analysis of artifacts and phenomena within the above-mentioned areas of content and cultural knowledge

Split Major with French

The split major in which French is the predominant field of study requires FREN 001 , FREN 002 , FREN 003 , FREN 004 , FREN 005 , FREN 015  (.25), FREN 100 , FREN 101 FREN 196  (.25) and four electives. The split major in which French is not the predominant field requires FREN 001 , FREN 002 , FREN 003 , FREN 004 , FREN 005 , FREN 015  (.25), FREN 100 , FREN 101 , FREN 196  (.25) and three electives.

Major Requirements for Spanish and Latin American Studies (SaLAS)

Students may pursue a major in one of three concentrations in Spanish and Latin American Studies (SaLAS): Hispanic Literary Studies, Hispanic Linguistic Studies, or Hispanic Cultural Studies. In addition to preparing students for careers, the SaLAS major assists students who wish to pursue graduate education. The program of study is vibrant, flexible, challenging and engaging. SaLAS concentrations cultivate skills in communication, research, and analysis essential for a lifetime of intellectual engagement in language, cultures and literatures of Spain and Latin America, and of Latinos in the United States.

Learning Outcomes for SaLAS Major:

Students who complete this major will be able to:

  • DEMONSTRATE a career-ready proficiency in all language modalities (listening, speaking, reading and writing) for a variety of purposes and a range of content and contexts. [language proficiency]
  • DEVELOP an understanding of the linguistic nature of Spanish including its primary fields (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics and dialectology, language acquisition, second language pedagogy, and historical linguistics). [linguistic understanding and analysis]
  • DEMONSTRATE knowledge of literary texts and traditions, including major literary and intellectual movements, genres, writers, and works, and discuss and analyze literary texts from a variety of media. [literary knowledge and analysis]
  • DEMONSTRATE knowledge of Hispanic cultures across time and geography, and articulate an understanding of global perspectives, practices and products of those cultures. [cultural understanding and analysis]
  • DEMONSTRATE understanding of power/solidarity relations that develop among languages, cultures and literatures of multilingual societies, as well as the dynamics and tensions at play in Latin American and Spanish communities in today’s world. [cultural synthesis and dissonance]

Hispanic Literary Studies Concentration

For students wishing to gain knowledge of the literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world while achieving competency in the language. Students completing this course of study will study the rich literary and cultural texts and traditions from Spain, the Americas, and the Caribbean, discuss major literary and intellectual movements, genres, writers, and works, and use literary and cultural texts from a variety of media. As students discuss works of literature, they will learn about history, politics, human rights, social activism, and gender roles through the lens of fictional and non-fictional characters, including the voices of writers who represent diverse class, gender, and ethnic backgrounds.

Learning Outcomes for the Concentration in Hispanic Literary Studies:

In addition to achieving the outcomes for all SaLAS majors, students who complete this concentration will be able to:

  • GRASP the defining characteristics of the major periods (medieval, conquest, etcetera) and movements (the baroque, romanticism, modernismo, etcetera) of Spanish and Latin American literature.
  • IDENTIFY the major authors of Spanish and Latin American literature and be conversant in their most representative texts.
  • APPRECIATE the distinguishing features of literary genres (i.e. poetry, prose, narrative, theater) and the ways in which they often connect and are in dialogue with each other.
  • DEMONSTRATE an understanding of the appropriate literary and theoretical lexicon and use it effectively in class discussion and written assignments.

Hispanic Linguistics Studies Concentration

For students interested in the study of the linguistic fields of the Spanish language and an increased understanding of language use and change. This concentration is an excellent preparation for those whose career goals include graduate study in language and linguistics, work in education and teaching, interpretation and translation. This concentration is also designed for those who wish to combine language study for the professions with another discipline (e.g., Education, Health Sciences and Psychology, Business, Justice, Community and Leadership).

Learning Outcomes for the Concentration in Hispanic Linguistic Studies

In addition to achieving the outcomes for all SaLAS majors, students who complete this track will be able to:

  • DEMONSTRATE an understanding of the main fields of linguistics (morphology, phonetics and phonology, semantics and syntax, sociolinguistics, bilingualism and applied linguistics).
  • EXPLAIN and use diachronic and synchronic approaches to the study of Spanish as they relate to these fields.
  • UTILIZE the understanding of these concepts to complete individual linguistic research and fieldwork.
  • APPLY linguistic proficiencies in professional applications, such as interpretation, translation or Spanish for the professions.

Hispanic Cultural Studies Concentration

For students interested in gaining a multidisciplinary understanding of the culture, languages and artistic artifacts of the Spanish-speaking world. Considering a variety of perspectives and employing diverse analytical tools, this program of study provides students with an understanding of the history, cultures, and contemporary issues of Latin America, including the presence of Latinos in the U.S. Students in this track can take courses in literature, film, music, politics, art, and history, among others. Students gain knowledge of Hispanic cultures across time and geography, the practices and products of those cultures, and explore how these interface with larger social, economic, political, and historical processes.

Learning Outcomes for the Concentration in Hispanic Cultural Studies

In addition to achieving the outcomes for all SaLAS majors, students who complete this concentration will be able to:

  • DEMONSTRATE knowledge of Hispanic cultures across time and geography.
  • RECOGNIZE Hispanic cultures as a dynamic, interrelated system and employ a variety of processes to identify, analyze and evaluate cultural themes, values and ideas.
  • ARTICULATE an understanding of global perspectives, practices and products of Hispanic cultures.
  • DISCERN the variety and nature of cultural practices and artifacts of Spanish-speaking communities, such as art, architecture, film, literature and music.
  • GRASP the political and sociological dimensions of cultural practices and artifacts classified under rubrics of race, class and gender in Spanish-speaking communities.

Split Major with Spanish

The split major in which Spanish is the predominant field of study requires SPAN 009 /SPAN 089  or SPAN 010 /SPAN 090 ; SPAN 011 /SPAN 091 ; 6.25 upper-division courses which must include SPAN 101 ; SPAN 102 ; two of the following: SPAN 120 , SPAN 121 , SPAN 140 , SPAN 141 ; two electives, and SPAN 196 . The split major in which Spanish is not the predominant field requires SPAN 009 /SPAN 089  or SPAN 010 /SPAN 090 ; SPAN 011 /SPAN 091 ; three upper-division courses, one of which must be SPAN 101  or SPAN 102 ; and SPAN 196 .

Learning Outcomes for a Minor

Students graduating with a minor in East Asian Studies, French, Italian Studies, German Studies, or Spanish will be able to:

  • CONVERSE using the present, past and future tenses in everyday situations.
  • DEMONSTRATE satisfactory reading and writing skills.
  • ENGAGE the target culture through various disciplines, including politics, economics, anthropology, history, literature and art.

Prerequisite Grade

Any course listed in this department with a prerequisite assumes a grade of C- or better in the prerequisite course.

Programs

    Bachelor of ArtsMinor

    Courses

      French - Lower DivisionFrench - Upper DivisionGerman - Lower DivisionGerman - Upper DivisionItalian - Lower DivisionItalian - Upper Division

      Note: Upper-division courses in Italian are offered as World Languages in Translation.

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