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Modern Languages and Literatures

Department of Modern Languages

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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.

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 approriate level. Courses taught in English may count toward the language major or minor with the consen 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 YearCredits
FRCH 101--Elementary French I   4
FRCH 102D--Elementary French II    4
University Core and Electives     22
30
Sophomore YearCredits
FRCH 201D--Intermediate French I   3
FRCH 220D--French Language & Culture    3
University Core and Electives     24
30
Junior And Senior YearsCredits
FRCH 305--Histoire Civilisation   3
FRCH 320--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 450R)   
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 470--Individual Problems
     ENGL 236IH--Intro to Language & Linguistics
     ART 418R--Beginnings of Modern Art
     ART 440--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 YearCredits
GRMN 101--Elementary German I   4
GRMN 102D--Elementary German II    4
University Core and Electives    22
30
Sophomore YearCredits
GRMN 201D--Intermediate German I   3
GRMN 220D--German Language & Culture    3
University Core and Electives    24
30
Junior And Senior YearsCredits
GRMN 315--Survey German Lit   3
GRMN 320--Contemp German Lit    3
GRMN 330--Adv Gram Conv Comp I    3
GRMN 331--Adv Gram Conv Comp II    3
GRMN 401--Linguistics-Phonetics    3
GRMN 450R--Sem: German Lit & Cult    3
GRMN 350--German Cult & Civ
GRMN 303IH--Issues of German Cinema
Select six credits from the following:6
     HSTR 362--Modern Germany
     ML 470--Individual Problems
     GRMN 360--The Faust Myth
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 YearCredits
SPNS 101--Elementary Spanish I   4
SPNS 102D--Elementary Spanish II    4
University Core and Electives    22
30
Sophomore YearCredits
SPNS 201D--Intermediate Spanish I   3
SPNS 220D--Spanish Language & Culture    3
HSTR 130D--Latin American History    3
University Core and Electives    21
30
Junior And Senior YearsCredits
SPNS 320--Spanish Culture & Civilization   3
SPNS 330--Latin Amer Cult & Civ    3
SPNS 350--US Latino Culture and Civiliz    3
SPNS 323--Adv Grammar & Phonetics   3
SPNS 324--Adv Conversation & Comp    3
SPNS 430--Latin Amer Perspectives 3
Select two courses from the following:6
     SPNS 325--Survey of Spanish Lit
     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
SPNS 470R--Sem:Modern Hispanic Literature (Sr Capstone)3
Select one course from the following:3
     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
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 (Instructional Perspectives) for one credit and/or ML 470 (Independent Study) for one credit to three credits.


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 YearCredits
FRCH 101--Elementary French I   4
FRCH 102--Elementary French II    4
EDCI 102--In-School Experience   1
HDCF 150--Lifespan Human Devlpmt    3
HDHL 106--Drug Hlth Issue for Ed    1
University Core and Electives    17
30

HDCF 150 (3 cr.) must be taken prior to or concurrently with EDCI 208 or 209. (Take either EDCI 208 or EDCI 209 depending upon your preference for an elementary or secondary focus.)

Sophomore YearCredits
FRCH 201--Intermediate French I   3
FRCH 220--French Language & Culture    3
EDCI 320--Found of Instr Computing   2
Take one of the following3
     EDCI 208--Ed Psy Hum Dev Sch Age
     EDCI 209--Ed Psy Adol Dev
University Core and Electives   21
32
Junior & Senior YearsCredits
FRCH 305--Histoire Civilisation   3
FRCH 320--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 following1
     ML 344--Instr Perspectives
     ML 470--Individual Problems
     HSTR 322--20TH Century Europe
     HSTR 324--19TH Century Europe
     ART 418R--Beginnings of Modern Art
     ART 440--Art in the Age of Revolution
EDCI 360--Found of Assmnt   2
EDCI 462--Meth of Teach Mod Lang    4
EDSD 301--Paraprofessional Experience    1
EDSD 363--Multicultural Education    1
HDCF 356--Exceptional Needs    3
University Core and Electives    18
EDEL 410--Student Teaching5-6
EDSD 410--Student Teaching5-6
EDSD 413--Professional Issues    2
EDSD XXX--Minor Methods3
65

A minimum of 128 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 YearCredits
GRMN 101--Elementary German I   4
GRMN 102D--Elementary German II    4
EDCI 102--In-School Experience   1
HDCF 150--Lifespan Human Devlpmt    3
HDHL 106--Drug Hlth Issue for Ed    1
University Core and Electives    17
30

HDCF 150 (3 cr.) must be taken prior to or concurrently with EDCI 208 or 209. (Take either EDCI 208 or EDCI 209 depending upon your preference for an elementary or secondary focus.)

Sophomore YearCredits
GRMN 201D--Intermediate German I   3
GRMN 220--German Language & Culture    3
EDCI 320--Found of Instr Computing   2
Take one of the following:3
     EDCI 208--Ed Psy Hum Dev Sch Age
     EDCI 209--Ed Psy Adol Dev
University Core and Electives   21
32
Junior & Senior YearsCredits
GRMN 315--Survey German Literature    3
GRMN 320--Contemp German Lit    3
GRMN 330--Adv Gram Conv Comp   3
GRMN 331--Adv Gram Conv Comp II    3
GRMN 401--Linguistics-Phonetics    3
GRMN 450R--Sem: Grmn Lit & Cult    3
Take one of the following:3
     GRMN 350--German Cult & Civ
     GRMN 303--Mod German Cult & Socity
Select one credit from the following1
     ML 344--Instr Perspectives
     ML 470--Individual Problems
     GRMN 360--The Faust Myth
EDCI 360--Found of Assmnt  2
EDCI 462--Meth of Teach Mod Lang    4
EDSD 301--Paraprofessional Experience    1
EDSD 363--Multicultural Education    1
HDCF 356--Exceptional Needs 0-21    3
University Core and Electives    18
EDEL 410--Student Teaching5-6
EDSD 410--Student Teaching5-6
EDSD 413--Professional Issues    2
EDSD XXX--Minor Methods3
65

A minimum of 128 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 YearCredits
SPNS 101--Elementary Spanish I   4
SPNS 102D--Elementary Spanish II    4
EDCI 102--In-School Experience   1
HDCF 150--Lifespan Human Devlpmt    3
HDHL 106--Drug Hlth Issue for Ed    1
University Core and Electives    17
30

HDCF 150 (3 cr.) must be taken prior to or concurrently with EDCI 208 or 209. (Take either EDCI 208 or EDCI 209 depending upon your preference for an elementary or secondary focus.)

Sophomore YearCredits
SPNS 201D--Intermediate Spanish I   3
SPNS 220D--Spanish Lang & Culture    3
EDCI 320--Found of Instr Computing   2
Take one of the following:3
     EDCI 208--Ed Psy Hum Dev Sch Age
     EDCI 209--Ed Psy Adol Dev
University Core and Electives   21
32
Junior & Senior YearsCredits
SPNS 320--Spanish Culture & Civilization   3
SPNS 330--Latin Amer Cult & Civ    3
SPNS 323--Spanish Adv Grammar & Phonetics    3
SPNS 324--Spanish Adv Conversation & Comp    3
Take one of 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 three credits 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
SPNS 470R--Sem: Modern Hispanic Lit    
Select one credit from the following:1
     ML 344--Instr Perspectives
     ML 470--Individual Problems
EDCI 360--Found of Assmnt2
EDCI 462--Meth of Teach Mod Lang    4
EDSD 363--Multicultural Education    1
HDCF 356--Exceptional Needs 0-21    3
University Core and Electives    18
EDEL 410--Student Teaching5-6
EDSD 410--Student Teaching5-6
EDSD 413--Professional Issues    2
EDSD XXX--Minor Methods3
65

A minimum of 128 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.

Note: If a student is not getting a teaching minor, they must get an Extended Major which requires 40 credits of SPNS classes.


COMMERCE OPTION

This program is designed to provide students in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures with a concentration of courses in Business which will provide them with a background necessary to enter degree programs for the MBA or master's degree programs in International Management/Business. Students will need to satisfy the major requirements in the foreign language of their choice and at the same time complete courses for the commerce option. Students may count courses taught in English toward their major.

Freshman YearCredits
CAPP 120--Introduction to Computers   3
ECNS 101IS--Economic Way of Thinking    3
ECNS 202--Principles of Macroeconomics   3
WRIT 101W--College Writing I     3
Language Major Req    8
University Core and Electives    12
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Sophomore YearCredits
BUS 221--Principles of Acct I   3
BUS 222--Managerial Accounting    3
STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics    3
Language Major Req    6
University Core and Electives    14
29
Junior YearCredits
BUS 351--Finance   3
BUS 361--Intro to Law    3
Language Major Req    12
University Core and Electives    11
29
Senior YearCredits
BUS 301--Management & Organzatn   3
BUS 341--Marketing    3
Language Major Req    10
University Core and Electives    14
30

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


FRENCH MINOR (NON-TEACHING)

Freshman YearCredits
FRCH 101--Elementary French I   4
FRCH 102--Elementary French II    4
8
Sophomore YearCredits
FRCH 201--Intermediate French I   3
FRCH 220--French Language & Culture    3
6
Junior And Senior YearsCredits
FRCH 305--Histoire Civilisation   3
FRCH 320--La France Aujourd'Hui   3
FRCH 323--Adv Grammar & Comp   3
FRCH 324--Adv Conv & Phonetics    3
Select three credits from the following3
     FRCH 401--French Literature I
     FRCH 402--French Literature II
12
29

GERMAN MINOR (NON-TEACHING)

Freshman YearCredits
GRMN 101--Elementary German I   4
GRMN 102D--Elementary German II    4
8
Sophomore YearCredits
GRMN 201D--Intermediate German I   3
GRMN 220D--German Language & Cult    3
6
Junior And Senior YearsCredits
GRMN 330--Adv Gram Conv Comp I   3
GRMN 331--Adv Gram Conv Comp II    3
Select Three (Nine credits) from the following6
     GRMN 301--German Cult & Civ3
     GRMN 303IH--Mod Grmn Cult & Socity3
     GRMN 315--Survey German Lit3
     GRMN 320--Contemp German Lit3
     GRMN 360--The Faust Myth3
     GRMN 450--Sem: Grmn Lit & Cult3
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 I4
JPNS 102D--Elementary Japanese II4
Take four of the following:
     HSTR 145D--History of Japan4
     JPNS 201D--Intermed Japanese I4
     JPNS 202D--Intermed Japanese II4
     ANTH 252--Contemporary Japan3
     JPNS 315--Intro to Japanese Literature3
     JPNS 340--Adv Readings & Grammar3
     JPNS 351 --Adv Communications & Comp3
     ANTH 347--Gender and Sexuality-Japan3
     ANTH 353--Popular Culture-Japan3
     HSTR 340--Age of the Shoguns3
     HSTR 342--Japan's Long 19TH Century 3
     HSTR 444--Japanese Women's History3
     HSTR 445--Sci, Tech, and Environment in Japan3
     JPNS 350--Japanese Cult & Civiliz3
     JPNS 352--Japanese Portrayals of WWII3
     JPNS 320--Classical Japanese Literature3
     JPNS 321--Modern Japanese Literature3
     JPNS 325--Women in Japanese Lit & Culture3
     JPNS 361--Japanese Text & Cinema3
     JPNS 371--Japanese Film and Anime3
Take one of the following Capstone Courses:
     JPNS 450R--Sem: Japanese Literature & Culture3
     JPNS 490R--Undergraduate Research3
     JPNS 492--Independent Study3
     HSTA/HSTR 490R--Undergraduate Research 3
     HSTA/HSTR 492--Independent Study3
     ANTH 490R--Undergraduate Research 3
     ANTH 492--Independent Study3

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 YearCredits
SPNS 101--Elementary Spanish I   4
SPNS 102D--Elementary Spanish II    4
8
Sophomore YearCredits
SPNS 201D--Intermediate Spanish I   3
SPNS 220D--Spanish Language & Culture    3
6
Junior And Senior YearsCredits
SPNS 323--Spanish Adv Grammar & Phonetics   3
SPNS 324--Adv Conversation & Comp    3
Select THREE COURSES from the following9
     SPNS 361--Hispanic Texts & Cinema
     SPNS 362--Hispanic Poetry
     SPNS 335IH--Travel in Latin Am Lit & Film
     SPNS 320--Spanish Culture & Civilization
     SPNS 330--Latin Amer Cult & Civ
     SPNS 350--US Latino Culture & Civiliz
     SPNS 320--Survey of Spanish Literature
     SPNS 332--Contemp Lat Amer Literature
     SPNS 351--US Latino Literature
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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.


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