2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

World Languages & Cultures

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Majors

French Major

Spanish Major

Minors

French Minor

German Minor

Spanish Minor

Concentrations

French Cultural Studies Concentration

German Studies Concentration

Hispanic Cultural Studies Concentration

Iberian Studies Concentration

Latin American Studies Concentration

World Languages: French or Spanish Concentration

Teacher Licensure

Endorsement in French (PreK-12)

Endorsement in Spanish (PreK-12)

The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers a proficiency-oriented program, which is designed for students who want to increase their language skills and expand their knowledge of the culture and literature from the various areas where the language is spoken. We offer a major and a minor in French and Spanish, as well as a minor in German through study abroad. Our majors study a core of courses designed to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills along with cultural sensitivity and knowledge. Students supplement the core with courses best suited to their future plans.
 
A French or Spanish major is an excellent basis for graduate study in many fields, and there is also currently a strong demand for world language teachers. In addition, many of our majors and minors study a world language as a type of “value-added” component to their studies in another field. As a result, alumni of Bridgewater’s world languages and cultures program are using their language skills in the fields of business, social work, government service, medicine and education. The study of a world language not only enriches a student’s liberal arts education through the understanding and appreciation of another culture and language, but also provides a practical skill for employment in the global community.
 

General Education

The College's general education requirement of courses in world cultures through language can be met by completing one course in world language at the 102, 201 or 202 level (3 credits).  A placement credit for 202 in a world language course will exempt a student from this requirement.
 

World Languages and Cultures Majors

A major in French or Spanish consists of a minimum of 30–36 credit hours, depending on placement. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be taken in courses numbered 300 or above, and a semester in a study abroad program or equivalent, usually in the student’s junior year, is strongly recommended.

French Major

Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

Requires the bachelor of arts degree. All majors must place at the advanced level on the world language placement test, or complete FREN-201–202 in order to begin the 30 hours of advanced work required in the major. Twenty-four hours of advanced work must be taken on campus. The remaining 6 credits may include study abroad courses. Consists of 30–36 hours, depending on placement: FREN-201 and FREN-202 or placement at the advanced level.

Both of the following :

FREN-310 Advanced Grammar and Composition

-and-

FREN-315 Creative Writing

One of the following :

FREN-320 Advanced Conversation & Diction

-or-

FREN-325 Art of Conversation

One of the following :

FREN-340 French Culture and Civilization

-or-

FREN-345 Modern French Cultures

One of the following :

FREN-401W Survey of French Literature I

-or-

FREN-402W Survey of French Literature II

One of the following :

FREN-403W Survey of Francophone Literature

-or-

FREN-300 Special Cultural Topics in English

-or-

FREN-308 Francophone Cultural Studies

And 6 credits of electives from FREN courses numbered 300 or above; plus 6 additional credits from study abroad or other French-language experience at the advanced level.

Spanish Major

Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

Requires the bachelor of arts degree. All majors must place at the advanced level on the world language placement test, or complete SPAN-201–202 in order to begin the 30 hours of advanced work required. Twenty-four hours of advanced work must be taken on campus. The remaining 6 credits may include study abroad courses. Consists of 30–36 hours, depending on placement: SPAN-201 and SPAN-202 or placement at the advanced level.

Both of the following :

SPAN-310 The Structure of Spanish

-and-

SPAN-315 Special Topics in Writing

One of the following :

SPAN-320 Advanced Conversation and Diction

-or-

SPAN-325 Art of Conversation

Both of the following :

SPAN-340 Spanish Culture and Civilization

-and-

SPAN-345 Latin American Culture and Civilization

One of the following :

SPAN-401 Spanish Literature

-or-

SPAN-402 Latin American Literature

And 6 credits of electives from SPAN courses numbered 300 or above; plus 6 additional credits from study abroad or other Spanish-language experience at the advanced level.

French Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

All minors must place at the advanced level on the world language placement test or complete French 201–202 in order to begin the 21 hours of advanced work required. The French minor consists of 21–27 credit hours depending on placement and consists of:

Both of the following :

FREN-310 Advanced Grammar and Composition

-and-

FREN-315 Creative Writing

One of the following :

FREN-320 Advanced Conversation & Diction

-or-

FREN-325 Art of Conversation

One of the following :

FREN-340 French Culture and Civilization

-or-

FREN-345 Modern French Cultures

One of the following :

FREN-401W Survey of French Literature I

-or-

FREN-402W Survey of French Literature II

And 6 credits in electives from FREN courses numbered 300 or above.

German Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

All minors must place at the advanced level on the world language placement test or complete German 201–202 in order to begin the 18 hours of advanced work required. The German minor consists of 18–24 credit hours depending on placement. Eighteen credit hours numbered 300 or above are chosen in consultation with the German minor advisor. Coursework is normally done in Germany, as part of the study abroad program, but some advanced coursework also may be transferred from their colleges or universities with the approval of the provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Spanish Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

All minors must place at the advanced level on the world language placement test or complete SPAN-201–202 in order to begin the 21 hours of advanced work required. The Spanish minor consists of 21–27 credit hours depending on placement and consists of:

Both of the following:

SPAN-310 The Structure of Spanish

-and-

SPAN-315 Special Topics in Writing

One of the following :

SPAN-320 Advanced Conversation and Diction

-or-

SPAN-325 Art of Conversation

One of the following :

SPAN-340 Spanish Culture and Civilization

-or-

SPAN-345 Latin American Culture and Civilization

One of the following :

SPAN-401 Spanish Literature

-or-

SPAN-402 Latin American Literature

And 6 credits in electives from SPAN courses numbered 300 or above.

French Cultural Studies Concentration

Degree Type Offered: Concentration

Consists of 12 credit hours distributed as follows:

Choose one course from the following :

FREN-300 Special Cultural Topics in English

FREN-305X French Life and Cultures

FREN/HIST-307 Cultural Memory of the World Wars

FREN-360E Introduction to French Thought

Choose one:

FREN-340 French Culture and Civilization

-or-

FREN-345 Modern French Cultures

Choose one:

FREN-350 Special Topics in Culture

-or-

FREN-355 Special Topics in Fine Arts

Choose a relevant, advisor approved course in Cultural Studies, or an additional French Literature, Culture elective or May Term travel/Study Abroad course. Course choices may include FREN-305X Paris and the Provinces; FREN-307 Cultural Memory of the World Wars: Britain, France and Belgium; FREN-308 Francophone Cultural Studies; HIST-385 Topics in French History; COMM-334 Intercultural Communications; SOC-301 Classical Social Theory; and SOC-302W Contemporary Social Theory.

German Studies Concentration

Degree Type Offered: Concentration

Consists of 12 credit hours distributed as follows:

GER-224W Introduction to German Studies

Arts & Literature (choose one):

ART-201 Survey of Art History (1400 to Present)

ART-300W Modern & Post-Modern Art

ENG-385W Modern Literature

GER/ENG-334W German Literature in Translations

MUS-390 Special Topics: Major Composers

THEA-255 World Theatre History II

THEA/ENG-360W Modern Drama

Theory and Culture (choose one):

BUS-365X Cross-Cultural Issues in Business

COMM-333X Europe Media and Culture

GER-300 Special Topics in English

GER-305X German-Speaking Cultures

PHIL-318E Philosophical Ethics

PHIL-333W Contemporary Philosophy

REL-332W Reformation Thought

SOC-301 Classical Social Theory

SOC-302W Contemporary Social Theory

History & Global Connections (choose one):

ECON-440 International Economics

HIST-285 Monuments, Memorials, and Museums

HIST-321 Europe Since 1789

HIST-311 Europe 1492-1789

HIST-420 Modern Germany and Its Empires

Hispanic Cultural Studies Concentration

Degree Type Offered: Concentration

Consists of 12 credit hours distributed as follows:

SPAN-340 Spanish Culture and Civilization

SPAN-345 Latin American Culture and Civilization

SPAN-350 Special Topics in Culture

Choose a relevant, advisor approved course in Cultural Studies, or an additional Spanish Literature, Culture elective, or May Term travel course/study abroad course. Course choices may include SPAN-305 Culture of Costa Rica; SPAN-306 Culture of Mexico; SPAN-307 Cuban Life & Culture; SPAN-308X Spanish Life & Culture; COMM-334 Intercultural Communications; or SOC-335 Immigrants of the Shenandoah Valley.

Iberian Studies Concentration

Degree Type Offered: Concentration

Consists of 12 credit hours distributed as follows:

SPAN-340 Spanish Culture and Civilization

SPAN-401 Spanish Literature

Choose one course from the following :

ART-307X Visual Arts of Spain

COMM-333X Europe Media and Culture

SPAN-308X Spanish Life and Culture

SPAN-350 Special Topics in Culture

-or-

Study Abroad in Spain course

Choose one course from the following :

European Studies course (advisor approved)

Additional Spanish Literature or Culture course

HIST-125 The Atlantic World, 1450-1800

HIST-311 Europe 1492-1789

HIST-321 Europe Since 1789

HIST-380 Topics in European History

Latin American Studies Concentration

Degree Type Offered: Concentration

Consists of 12 credit hours distributed as follows:

 

SPAN-345 Latin American Culture and Civilization

SPAN-402 Latin American Literature

Choose one course from the following :

SPAN-350 Special Topics in Culture

SPAN-305 Culture of Costa Rica

SPAN-306 Culture of Mexico

SPAN-307X Cuban Life & Culture

Study Abroad in Latin America course

Choose one course from the following :

Latin American Studies course (advisor approved)

Additional Spanish Literature or Culture course

PSCI-310 Latin American Politics

HIST-120 The Pacific World

-or-

HIST-125 The Atlantic World, 1450-1800

SOC-361 Development and Underdevelopment in the Modern World

World Languages: French or Spanish Concentration

Degree Type Offered: Concentration

Consists of 12 credit hours from the courses listed below (Grammar, Writing and Conversation) in a language that is not the same as current major or minor.

SPAN-202 Intermediate Spanish II

-or-

FREN-202 Intermediate French I

SPAN-310 The Structure of Spanish

-or-

FREN-310 Advanced Grammar and Composition

SPAN-315 Special Topics in Writing

-or-

FREN-315 Creative Writing

SPAN-325 Art of Conversation

-or-

FREN-325 Art of Conversation

SPAN-330 Special Topics in Conversation

-or-

FREN-330 Special Topics in Conversation

Endorsement in French (PreK-12)

Degree Type Offered: Teacher Licensure

Requires the same education course sequence as for secondary licensure.  Refer to the Teacher Education Program.

Endorsement in Spanish (PreK-12)

Degree Type Offered: Teacher Licensure

Requires the same education course sequence as for secondary licensure.  Refer to the Teacher Education Program.

English as a Second Language—ESL (PreK–12) Add-On Endorsement

For ESL endorsement, the following courses are required in addition to the major and the education courses listed for either the elementary or secondary licensure.

COMM-100 Oral Communication

EDUC-330 Early Literacy

EDUC-332 Intermediate Literacy

-or-

EDUC-334 Literacy in the Context Area

ENG-110 Effective Writing

ENG-300 Linguistics

EDUC-215 Diversity in the Classroom

EDUC-307 Practicum in Current Teaching Techniques for ESL Endorsement

EDUC-406 Curriculum and Instruction Elem Class Elementary Classroom

FREN/SPAN 6 credits

ENG/FREN/SPAN-317 ESL and World Language Teaching

EDUC-460 Professional ESL Student Teaching

EDUC-465 Professional Student Teaching for Dual ESL Endorsement

Courses

FREN-101 Elementary French I

FREN-102 Elementary French II

FREN-201 Intermediate French I

FREN-202 Intermediate French I

FREN-300 Special Cultural Topics in English

FREN-305X French Life and Cultures

FREN-307 Cultural Memory of the World Wars

FREN-308 Francophone Cultural Studies

FREN-310 Advanced Grammar and Composition

FREN-315 Creative Writing

FREN-317 ESL and World Language Teaching

FREN-320 Advanced Conversation & Diction

FREN-325 Art of Conversation

FREN-330 Special Topics in Conversation

FREN-335W French Literature in Translation

FREN-340 French Culture and Civilization

FREN-345 Modern French Cultures

FREN-350 Special Topics in Culture

FREN-355 Special Topics in Fine Arts

FREN-360E Introduction to French Thought

FREN-401W Survey of French Literature I

FREN-402W Survey of French Literature II

FREN-403W Survey of Francophone Literature

FREN-410 Special Topics in Literature

FREN-480 Internship

FREN-490 Independent Study

FREN-491 Research

FREN-499 Honors Project

GER-101 Elementary German I

GER-102 Elementary German II

GER-201 Intermediate German I

GER-202 Intermediate German II

GER-224W Introduction to German Studies

GER-300 Special Topics in English

GER-305X German-Speaking Cultures

GER-334W German Literature in Translations

GER-490 Independent Study

GER-491 Research

LANG-101 Exploration of World Languages I

LANG-102 Exploration of World Languages II

LANG-201 Exploration of World Languages III

LANG-202 Exploration of World Languages IV

SPAN-101 Elementary Spanish I

SPAN-102 Elementary Spanish II

SPAN-201 Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN-202 Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN-300 Special Cultural Topics in English

SPAN-305 Culture of Costa Rica

SPAN-306 Culture of Mexico

SPAN-307X Cuban Life & Culture

SPAN-308X Spanish Life and Culture

SPAN-309X Argentinean Life and Culture

SPAN-310 The Structure of Spanish

SPAN-315 Special Topics in Writing

SPAN-316X Spanish Translation for the Professions

SPAN-317 ESL and World Language Teaching

SPAN-320 Advanced Conversation and Diction

SPAN-325 Art of Conversation

SPAN-330 Special Topics in Conversation

SPAN-340 Spanish Culture and Civilization

SPAN-345 Latin American Culture and Civilization

SPAN-350 Special Topics in Culture

SPAN-351 Latin American Science Fiction

SPAN-352W Hispanic Masculinities

SPAN-355 Special Topics in Fine Arts

SPAN-356 Hispanic Cinema

SPAN-401 Spanish Literature

SPAN-402 Latin American Literature

SPAN-410 Special Topics in Literature

SPAN-480 Internship

SPAN-490 Independent Study

SPAN-491 Research

SPAN-499 Honors Project