Montana State University

Modern Languages and Literatures

Department of Modern Languages

http://www.montana.edu/mll/

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a full range of courses for students interested in language, culture, and literature. Non-majors interested in the literature and culture of French-, German-, Japanese-, and Spanish-speaking peoples may choose elective credits from a variety of courses taught in English. The study of foreign cultures, languages, and literature is an integral part of a basic education and an essential component of one's university training. It provides students with the knowledge to better understand their own language and culture and to function intelligently as members of a multicultural society.

In addition to providing opportunities for students to participate in MSU-sponsored study abroad programs, the department offers advice concerning the role of language study in career planning. Foreign languages are used by interpreters, translators, and teachers. Language proficiency also enhances employment opportunities. With almost any "marketable" skill plus a foreign language, the chances of finding an interesting job are improved considerably. Foreign language training is a critically important skill for careers in business and commerce, secretarial/clerical positions, health care, government service, social services, and agriculture.

The department offers undergraduate options in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Lower division courses are designed to teach the five language skills: speaking, listening, understanding culture, reading, and writing. Advanced courses provide students with comprehensive knowledge of the important writers and movements of each language. Other advanced courses concentrate on history and contemporary culture. For students interested in teaching, K-12 teaching options are offered in French, German, and Spanish. The Department, in conjunction with the Department of History & Philosophy, offers both a non-teaching minor in Japan Studies and a Japan Studies option, as well as a minor in Latin American and Latino Studies.  We now offer Chinese language and culture classes.  These will be part of a planned Asian Studies minor, in conjunction with the Department of History & Philosophy and the Department of Sociology & Anthropology.

For students planning careers in international business/management, the department offers a commerce option to provide students with the training necessary to enter master's degree programs in business. In conjunction with the College of Business, we also offer an International Business minor. This program also prepares students to compete for jobs in businesses where foreign language skills are desirable.


Curricula in Modern Languages and Literatures


This curriculum leads to the baccalaureate degree in Modern Languages - French, German, Japan Studies, and Spanish, with additional options in Commerce and Teaching. Students with previous language training will take a CLEP exam to place at the appropriate level. Courses taught in English may count toward the language major or minor with the consent of the advisor.

To be certified for graduation in a major option or a minor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, students must take one-half of the required MLL upper division credits in the department. Students who have already completed a degree at another university and are seeking teaching certification from MSU may be required to take some additional course work in the language as determined by the language advisor. In addition, the department will not accept grades lower than "C" (2.0) or P in any of the upper division courses required for the degree. (Note: Department-approved study-abroad credits are considered to be the equivalent of resident credits.)

Students with native or near-native ability in a given language may only enroll in courses for credit which have been approved by the appropriate language section.

FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES OPTION

Freshman Year Credits
FRCH 101--Elementary French I    4
FRCH 102D--Elementary French II     4
University Core and Electives     22
30
Sophomore Year Credits
FRCH 201D--Intermediate French I    3
FRCH 220D--French Language & Culture     3
University Core and Electives     24
30
Junior And Senior Years Credits
FRCH 305--Histoire Civilisation    3
FRCH 320D--La France Aujourd'Hui     3
FRCH 323--Adv Grammar & Comp     3
FRCH 324--Adv Conv and Phonetics     3
FRCH 401--French Literature I     3
FRCH 402--French Literature II   3
FRCH 450--Sem: French Lit and Culture 
 (cross-listed with FRCH 490R)   
3
FRCH 490R--Undergraduate Research
(cross-listed with FRCH 450)
3
Select three credits from the following: 3
     FRCH 306IH--From Reflection to Rev
     HSTR 322--19th Century Europe
     HSTR 324--20th Century Europe
Select four credits from the following: 4
     ML 344--Instr Perspectives
     ML 492--Individual Problems
     LING 210IH--Intro to Language & Linguistics
     ARTH 438R--Beginnings of Modern Art
     ARTH 432--Art in the Age of Revolution
University Core and Electives    29
60

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.


GERMAN STUDIES OPTION

Freshman Year Credits
GRMN 101--Elementary German I    4
GRMN 102D--Elementary German II     4
University Core and Electives     22
30
Sophomore Year Credits
GRMN 201D--Intermediate German I    3
GRMN 220D--German Language & Culture     3
University Core and Electives     24
30
Junior And Senior Years Credits
GRMN 303IH--Issues of German Cinema 3
GRMN 315--Survey German Lit    3
GRMN 330--Adv Gram Conv Comp I     3
GRMN 331--Adv Gram Conv Comp II     3
GRMN 350--German Cult & Civ 3
GRMN 360IH--German Myths:The Lorelei,Faust,Vampires 3
GRMN 422--Text & Cinema 3
GRMN 450R--Sem: German Lit & Cult     3
Select six credits from the following: 6
     GRMN 270IH--Intro to German Studies 3
     HSTR 362--Modern Germany
     ML 492--Individual Problems
University Core and Electives    30
60

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. Students in the non-teaching option should also consider taking ML 344 for one credit.


HISPANIC STUDIES OPTION

Freshman Year Credits
SPNS 101--Elementary Spanish I    4
SPNS 102D--Elementary Spanish II     4
University Core and Electives     22
30
Sophomore Year Credits
SPNS 201D--Intermediate Spanish I    3
SPNS 220D--Spanish Language & Culture     3
HSTR 130D--Latin American History     4
University Core and Electives     20
30
Junior And Senior Years Credits
SPNS 320--Spanish Culture & Civilization    3
SPNS 329--Early Cultures of Latin America    3
SPNS 330--Modern Cultures of Latin America     3
SPNS 350--US Latino Cultures     3
SPNS 323--Adv Grammar & Phonetics    3
SPNS 324--Adv Conversation & Comp     3
SPNS 325--Survey of Spanish Lit 3
SPNS 470R--Sem:Modern Hispanic Literature (Sr Capstone) 3
Select one course from the following: 3
     SPNS 332--Contemp Latin Amer Literature
     SPNS 351--US Latino Literature
Select two courses from the following: 6
     SPNS 361--Hispanic Texts & Cinema
     SPNS 362--Hispanic Poetry
     SPNS 335IH--Travel in Latin American Lit & Film
     (Summer, in English)
     SPNS 416--Spanish Culture & Revolution
Select one course from the following: 3
     SPNS 430--Latin Amer Perspectives
     SPNS 460--Contemp Spain & Nations
Select one course from the following for three optional credits:
     HSTR 330--History of Mexico
     HSTR 431--Race in Latin America
     HSTR 434--Gen,Sex & Soc Chnge in Lat Am
     HSTR 430--Latin Amer Soc History
     HSTR 432--Colonial Latin America
     SOCI 368--Latin Immigration
University Core and Electives    18
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It is highly recommended to take SPNS 323-Advanced Grammar and Phonetics and SPNS 324-Advanced Oral and Written Composition prior to taking 300 and 400 courses.

Requirements for the major comprise 57 credits. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.


FRENCH K-12 TEACHING OPTION

Students with a teaching option should file with Education Certification in the sophomore year to establish their program of study. These students will be required to pass a language proficiency test approved by the Modern Languages department in order to qualify for practice teaching.

Freshman Year Credits
FRCH 101--Elementary French I    4
FRCH 102--Elementary French II     4
EDU 202--Early Field Experience    1
HDCF 150--Lifespan Human Devlpmt     3
University Core and Electives     18
30

HDCF 150 (3 cr.) must be taken prior to or concurrently with EDU 222 or EDU 223. (Take either EDU 222 or EDU 223 depending upon your preference for an elementary or secondary focus.)

Sophomore Year Credits
FRCH 201--Intermediate French I    3
FRCH 220--French Language & Culture     3
EDU 211D--Multicultural Education    3
EDU 370--Integrating Tech into Education    2
Take one of the following 3
     EDU 222--Ed Psych & Child Development
     EDU 223--Ed Psy & Adolescent Dev
University Core and Electives    16
30
Junior & Senior Years Credits
FRCH 305--Histoire Civilisation    3
FRCH 320D--La France Aujourd'Hui     3
FRCH 323--Adv Grammar & Comp     3
FRCH 324--Adv Conv & Phonetics     3
FRCH 401--French Literature I     3
FRCH 402--French Literature II     3
FRCH 490R--Undergraduate Research     3
Select one credit from the following 1
     ML 344--Instr Perspectives
     ML 492--Individual Problems
     HSTR 322--20TH Century Europe
     HSTR 324--19TH Century Europe
     ARTH 438R--Beginnings of Modern Art
     ARTH 432--Art in the Age of Revolution
EDU 382--Assessment, Curric, Instruction    2
EDU 497--Methods: K-12 Modern Language      4
EDU 395--Practicum: 5-12      1
HDCF 356--Exceptional Needs     3
University Core and Electives     13
EDU 495--Student Teaching: K-8 6
EDU 495--Student Teaching: 5-12 12
EDU 408--Professional Issues: 5-12     2
60

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. Majors are encouraged to take more than the minimum 36 credits in the department.


GERMAN K-12 TEACHING OPTION

Students with a teaching option should file with Education Certification in the sophomore year to establish their program of study. These students will be required to pass a language proficiency test approved by the Modern Languages department in order to qualify for practice teaching.

Freshman Year Credits
GRMN 101--Elementary German I    4
GRMN 102D--Elementary German II     4
EDU 202--Early Field Experience    1
HDCF 150--Lifespan Human Devlpmt     3
University Core and Electives     18
30

HDCF 150 (3 cr.) must be taken prior to or concurrently with EDU 222 or EDU 223. (Take either EDU 222 or EDU 223 depending upon your preference for an elementary or secondary focus.)

Sophomore Year Credits
GRMN 201D--Intermediate German I    3
GRMN 220--German Language & Culture     3
EDU 211D--Multicultural Education    3
EDU 370--Integrating Tech into Education    2
Take one of the following: 3
     EDU 222--Ed Psych & Child Development
     EDU 223--Ed Psy & Adolescent Dev
University Core and Electives    16
30
Junior & Senior Years Credits
GRMN 303IH--Issues of German Cinema
GRMN 315--Survey German Literature    3
GRMN 330--Adv Gram Conv Comp    3
GRMN 331--Adv Gram Conv Comp II     3
GRMN 350--German Cult & Civ
GRMN 422--Text & Cinema    3
GRMN 450R--Sem: Grmn Lit & Cult     3
Select one credit from the following 1
     ML 344--Instr Perspectives
     ML 492--Individual Problems
     GRMN 360IH--German Myths:The Lorelei,Faust,Vampires
EDU 382--Assessment, Curric, Instruction   2
EDU 497--Methods: K-12 Modern Language      4
EDU 395--Practicum: 5-12      3
HDCF 356--Exceptional Needs 0-21     3
University Core and Electives     12
EDU 495--Student Teaching: K-8 6
EDU 495--Student Teaching: 5-12 12
EDU 408--Professional Issues: 5-12     2
60

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. Majors are encouraged to take more than the minimum of 36 credits required in the department.


SPANISH K-12 TEACHING OPTION

Students with a teaching option should file with Education Certification in the sophomore year to establish their program of study. These students will be required to pass a language proficiency test approved by the Modern Languages department in order to qualify for practice teaching.

Freshman Year Credits
SPNS 101--Elementary Spanish I    4
SPNS 102D--Elementary Spanish II     4
EDU 202--Early Field Experience    1
HDCF 150--Lifespan Human Devlpmt     3
University Core and Electives     18
30

HDCF 150 (3 cr.) must be taken prior to or concurrently with EDU 222 or EDU 223. (Take either EDU 222 or EDU 223 depending upon your preference for an elementary or secondary focus.)

Sophomore Year Credits
SPNS 201D--Intermediate Spanish I    3
SPNS 220D--Spanish Lang & Culture     3
EDU 211D--Multicultural Education     3
EDU 370--Integrating Tech into Education    2
Take one of the following: 3
     EDU 222--Ed Psych & Child Development
     EDU 223--Ed Psy & Adolescent Dev
University Core and Electives    16
30
Junior & Senior Years Credits
SPNS 320--Spanish Culture & Civilization    3
SPNS 329--Early Cultures of Latin America    3
SPNS 330--Modern Cultures of Latin America     3
SPNS 323--Spanish Adv Grammar & Phonetics     3
SPNS 324--Spanish Adv Conversation & Comp     3
Select one from the following: 3
     SPNS 350--US Latino Culture & Civiliz
     SPNS 325--Survey of Spanish Lit
     SPNS 332--Contemp Latin Amer Literature
     SPNS 323--Survey of U.S. Latino Lit
Select one course from the following: 3
     SPNS 361--Hispanic Texts & Cinema
     SPNS 362--Hispanic Poetry
     SPNS 416--Spanish Culture & Revolutions
     SPNS 335IH--Travel in Lat Am Lit & Film
Select one course from the following: 3
     SPNS 430--Latin Amer Perspectives
     SPNS 460--Contemp Spain & Nations
SPNS 470R--Sem: Modern Hispanic Lit    
Select one credit from the following: 1
     ML 344--Instr Perspectives
     ML 492--Individual Problems
EDU 395--Practicum: 5-12 3
EDU 382--Assessment, Curric, Instruction 2
EDU 497--Methods: K-12 Modern Language      4
HDCF 356--Exceptional Needs 0-21     3
University Core and Electives     9
EDU 495--Student Teaching: K-8 6
EDU 495--Student Teaching: 5-12 12
EDU 408--Professional Issues: 5-12     2
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A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. Majors are encouraged to take more than the minimum 36 credits required in the department.


FRENCH MINOR (NON-TEACHING)

Freshman Year Credits
FRCH 101--Elementary French I    4
FRCH 102--Elementary French II     4
8
Sophomore Year Credits
FRCH 201--Intermediate French I    3
FRCH 220--French Language & Culture     3
6
Junior And Senior Years Credits
FRCH 305--Histoire Civilisation    3
FRCH 320D--La France Aujourd'Hui   3
FRCH 323--Adv Grammar & Comp    3
FRCH 324--Adv Conv & Phonetics     3
Select three credits from the following 3
     FRCH 401--French Literature I
     FRCH 402--French Literature II
12
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GERMAN MINOR (NON-TEACHING)

Freshman Year Credits
GRMN 101--Elementary German I    4
GRMN 102D--Elementary German II     4
8
Sophomore Year Credits
GRMN 201D--Intermediate German I    3
GRMN 220D--German Language & Cult     3
6
Junior And Senior Years Credits
GRMN 330--Adv Gram Conv Comp I    3
GRMN 331--Adv Gram Conv Comp II     3
Select Three (Nine credits) from the following 6
     GRMN 301--German Cult & Civ 3
     GRMN 303IH--Issues of German Cinema 3
     GRMN 315--Survey German Lit 3
     GRMN 360IH--German Myths:The Lorelei;Faust;Vampires 3
     GRMN 422--Text & Cinema 3
     GRMN 450--Sem: Grmn Lit & Cult 3
9
29

JAPAN STUDIES MINOR (NON-TEACHING)

The Japan Studies Program offers a non-teaching, interdisciplinary minor in Japan Studies through the Department on History and Philosophy and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. The Program's mission is to provide students with the skills and understanding they need to succeed in Japanese contexts. The minor requires basic Japanese language proficiency and a broad knowledge of Japanese history, literature, and civilization. It includes 8 credits in Japanese language training, 12 credits in elective course work, and a 3-credit capstone course, for a total of 23 credits.

Those wishing to declare a minor in Japan Studies must submit an "Application for a Non-teaching Minor" to the Registrar's Office by the end of the semester one year prior to the semester of completion. In order to receive the minor, students must successfully complete the following course work:

REQUIRED

Credits
JPNS 101--Elementary Japanese I 4
JPNS 102D--Elementary Japanese II 4
Take four of the following:
     HSTR 145D--History of Japan 4
     JPNS 201D--Intermed Japanese I 4
     JPNS 202D--Intermed Japanese II 4
     ANTY 242D--Contemporary Japan 3
     JPNS 305 --Japanese: Adv Conversation 3
     JPNS 340--Adv Readings & Grammar 3
     ANTY 337--Gender and Sexuality-Japan 3
     ANTY 343--Popular Culture-Japan 3
     HSTR 340--Age of the Shoguns 3
     HSTR 342--Japan's Long 19TH Century 3
     HSTR 444--Japanese Women's History 3
     HSTR 445--Sci, Tech, and Environment in Japan 3
     JPNS 150--Japanese Cult & Civiliz 3
     JPNS 320--Classical Japanese Literature 3
     JPNS 321--Modern Japanese Literature 3
     JPNS 325IH--Women in Japanese Lit & Culture 3
     JPNS 361IH--Japanese Text & Cinema 3
     JPNS 440--Modernity & Modernism in Japan 3
Take one of the following Capstone Courses:
     JPNS 450R--Sem: Japanese Literature & Culture 3
     ML 490R--Undergraduate Research 3
     ML 492--Independent Study 3
     HSTA/HSTR 490R--Undergraduate Research 3
     HSTA/HSTR 492--Independent Study 3
     ANTH 490R--Undergraduate Research 3
     ANTH 492--Independent Study 3

Not all courses may be taken in the same department. At least six credits must be upper division (numbered 300 or above). Other appropriate courses, including those taken abroad, may be substituted with the approval of the Director of Japan Studies.


HISPANIC STUDIES MINOR (NON-TEACHING)

Freshman Year Credits
SPNS 101--Elementary Spanish I    4
SPNS 102D--Elementary Spanish II     4
8
Sophomore Year Credits
SPNS 201D--Intermediate Spanish I    3
SPNS 220D--Spanish Language & Culture     3
6
Junior And Senior Years Credits
SPNS 323--Spanish Adv Grammar & Phonetics    3
SPNS 324--Adv Conversation & Comp     3
Select THREE COURSES from the following 9
     SPNS 361--Hispanic Texts & Cinema
     SPNS 362--Hispanic Poetry
     SPNS 335IH--Travel in Latin Am Lit & Film
     SPNS 320--Spanish Culture & Civilization
     SPNS 329--Early Cultures of Latin America
     SPNS 330--Modern Cultures of Latin America
     SPNS 350--US Latino Cultures
     SPNS 320--Survey of Spanish Literature
     SPNS 332--Contemp Lat Amer Literature
     SPNS 351--US Latino Literature
     SPNS 416--Spanish Culture and Revolution
     SPNS 430--Latin American Perspectives
     SPNS 460--Contemp Spain & Nations
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LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINO STUDIES MINOR (NON-TEACHING)

      A Latin American and Latino Studies minor (LALS) is available to provide students interested in Latin American and Latino history and language with valuable interdisciplinary skills. Because this is an interdisciplinary program, students will enroll in courses in History and Philosophy and Modern Languages. Courses in Sociology and Anthropology, as well as other departments with relevant course content, will also be allowed for credit subject to approval by the program coordinator. This minor will complement majors for students pursuing graduate school and professional programs in agriculture, engineering, history, literature, political science, sociology, international business, and more. The minor will also strengthen the skill-sets of students who wish to become more competitive in the Spanish speaking job market, either abroad or in the United States . A minor in LALS will prepare students for the close relationship developing between Latin American and the United States in trade agreements, the growing immigrant laborers, and the expansion of Latin American and Latino communities in the United States with significant political and economic power.

Those wishing to declare a minor in Latin American and Latino Studies must submit an "Application for a Non-teaching Minor" to the Registrar's Office by the end of the semester one year prior to the semester of completion.

The equivalent of four semesters of Spanish language is required. Students with prior experience in Spanish language may have some requirements waived. Students interested in the LALS minor should consult with the Modern Language Department immediately upon their decision to fulfill the minor so that they can ascertain the language requirements that are appropriate for them.

 

Required Courses Credits
SPNS 101--Elementary Spanish I    4
SPNS 102D--Elementary Spanish II    4
SPNS 201D--Intermediate Spanish I    3
SPNS 220D--Spanish Language and Culture    3
HSTR 130D--Latin American History    4
Elective Courses Credits

Select 12 credits from the following:

HSTR 330--History of Mexico    3
HSTR 434--Gen,Sex & Soc Chge in Lat Am    3
HSTR 430--Latin Amer Soc History    3
HSTR 431--Race in Latin America    3
SPNS 410--Culture and Revolution    3
SPNS 330--Latin Amer Cult & Civ    3
SPNS 332--Contemp Latin Americ Literature    3
SPNS 335IH--Travel in Latin American Lit & Film    3
SPNS 361--Hispanic Texts & Cinema    3
Not all elective courses may be taken in the same department. A total of 9 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level. This list may expand as other disciplines develop courses that contain a substantial Latin American or Latino component.


China Studies Minor (Non-Teaching)

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a non-teaching minor in China Studies (Chinese language and culture).  The program’s mission is to provide students with the language skill and cultural understanding they need to succeed in Chinese contexts. The minor requires basic Chinese language proficiency and a broad knowledge of Chinese history, literature, and culture.

A total of 28 credits of coursework is required, including 16 credits in Chinese language, and 12 credits of non-language China-related courses, 9 credits of which are at the upper division level. In addition, as many as 9 credits may be taken from courses on China in other departments. In order to receive the minor, students must successfully complete the following course work:

Language Courses Credits
CHIN 101--Elementary Chinese I 4
CHIN 102D--Elementary Chinese II 4
CHIN 201D--Intermediate Chinese I 4
CHIN 202D--Intermediate Chinese II 4
16
 
Non-language Courses Credits
Select 3 credits from the following:
CHIN 130D: Historical and Literary Journey into Modern China 3
CHIN 211D: Chinese Culture and Civilization 3
RELS 203D Asian Religions: From Daoism to Zen 3
ANTY 225IS: Culture, Language and Society 3
HSTR 140D: Modern Asia 4
3
Select 9 credits from the following:
ART 302: Survey of Asian Art 3
CHIN 320IH: History of Chinese Cinema 3
HSTR 345: Modern China 3
HSTR 443: Gender in Asia 3
HSTR 446: Science & Medicine in China 3
ML491: Asian Civilization (on-line only) 3
ML 490R Undergraduate Research / ML 492 Independent Study ** 3
9
 
Total 28

** Students who are on the Chinese Government Scholarship or other scholarship to study in China will receive 3 credits of ML 490R or ML 492. We highly recommend students who are pursuing a China Studies minor to spend a short period of time in China.                                                   


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