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Modern Language

Modern Language Major. Students with a major in French, German, Italian or Spanish complete at least 28 semester hours above the 201 level with grades of C- or better. Students placed at the 300 level complete 24 semester hours at the 300 and 400 levels with grades of C- or better. At least one course in the target language must be at the 400 level. The Independent Study (542) in all languages may also be counted toward the major and minor. French, Italian and German require one related history course. Spanish requires one course in Latin American history. All majors complete the capstone, which is composed of two elements: (1) a 400-level course in the language of study to be taken after completing a semester abroad, typically during senior year; and (2) a language proficiency evaluation (FRNC-599, GERM-599, ITAL-599, SPAN-599), which they must pass in their final semester. This second part of the capstone is evaluated on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

All of the modern language majors require one semester of study abroad in a country where the language of study is spoken. Most students majoring in a language also have a second major. Almost any other major on campus can be combined with language studies. After returning from a year or semester of study abroad, majors must take at least one regularly scheduled 300- or 400-level language course at Susquehanna before graduating.

For a major in French, students complete FRNC-202, FRNC-301 and FRNC-302, one course in French or European history, a semester abroad in a French-speaking country; and the capstone, which is composed of two elements: (1) a 400-level course typically taken during the senior year and (2) a language proficiency evaluation in their final semster. 

For a major in German,  students complete GERM-202 and 24 semester hours at the 300- and 400-level; one course in European history; a semester abroad in a German-speaking country; and the capstone, which is composed of two elements; (1) a 400-level course typically taken during the senior year and (2) a language proficiency evaluation in their final semester. 

For a major in Italian, students complete ITAL-202 and 24 semester hours at the 300- and 400-level; one course in European history; a semester abroad in Italy; and the capstone, which is composed of two elements; (1) a 400-level course typically taken during the senior year and (2) a language proficiency evaluation in their final semester.

For a major in Spanish, students complete SPAN-202, SPAN-301, SPAN-302; a course in Latin American history; a semester abroad in a Spanish-speaking country; and the capstone, which is composed of two elements: (1) a 400-level course typically taken during the senior year and (2) a language proficiency evaluation in their final semester. Finally, majors complete one course in each of the three geographical areas where Spanish is most widely spoken; Spain, Spanish America and the United States.  

Minor in French, German, Italian or Spanish. Students minoring in French, German, Italian or Spanish complete, with grades of C- or better, 16 semester hours above 201. Students placed at the 300 level complete 12 semester hours at the 300 level with grades of C- or better.

LANG-210 Crossing Cultures through Literature

As the reflective component of the cross-cultural requirement, this course explores notions of cultural interpretation and difference through study of literary texts in English translation. By comparing multiple English translations of a single text, students reflect on ethnocentric assumptions with respect to their own cultural filter and its influence on their interpretation of the cultures in which they were immersed. Finally, students consider the responsibilities inherent in translating their own experience to others. Same as OFFR-210. Prerequisite: Successful completion of a semester-long study program or instructor approval. 4 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural Reflection, Ethics Intensive.

LANG-300 Introduction to Applied Language Studies

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the field of applied language studies, often referred to as applied linguistics. In particular, this course is an introduction to the study of language as applied to real-world problems in specific situations in which people use and learn languages, e.g., language learning and teaching, intercultural communication, bilingualism and multilingualism, language policy and planning, language, power, and politics to name a few. The course explores such questions as how do people acquire a language that is not their own and how does this affect their social and cultural identity? What is the role of computer-assisted language learning in the language classroom? How are the issues of bilingual and multilingual education addressed at both the educational and political level. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and completion of language study through the 202 level or equivalent placement. 4 SH. Interdisciplinary.

LANG-350 Introduction to Linguistics

This course is an introduction to the science of linguistics and its subcomponents, including syntax, semantics, morphology, phonetics, phonology, historical linguistics, and sociolinguistics. It is designed specifically for those completing a minor in applied language studies, but the course is open to others interested in this field of inquiry. Prerequisite: Completion of language study through the 202 level or equivalent placement. 4 SH.

LANG-360 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition

This course is designed as an introduction to how first and, in particular, second languages are learned. Students will contrast how first and second language acquisition differ from one another and begin to fathom the cognitive differences between child and adult language learning. Students will gain an understanding of the historical development of language acquisition theories and how they have led to modern hypotheses on language learning. Theories will be approached from both learning and pedagogical perspectives, with the hope that students will be able to utilize what they learn to analyze and ameliorate both their ability to learn and teach a second/additional language. Prerequisite: Completion of language study through the 202 level or equivalent placement. 4 SH.

LANG-503 Classroom Assistant

An opportunity for students to collaborate with a professor by assisting in one of the language courses offered through the Modern Languages Department to gain insight into language learning and teaching. Expectations and responsibilities will vary depending on the course in question, the needs of the professor and the goals of the student. Generally, they will include attendance and participation in the class in which the student is assisting and regular meetings with the supervising instructor. This course may be taken multiple times for credit. Prerequisites: A minimum of one semester abroad in a program in which all coursework is done in the target language; approval by the supervising instructor. 1-2 SH.

LANG-504 Language and the Professions

Supervised employment in an appropriate foreign language environment. Prerequisite: Department permission.  2 SH.

ARBC-101 Beginning Arabic I

Intended for students with no previous experience with the language. An introduction to speaking, reading, listening and writing in Arabic. Also explores aspects of Arab culture. 4 SH.

ARBC-102 Beginning Arabic II

Continuation of ARBC-101. An introduction to speaking, reading, listening and writing in Arabic. Also explores aspects of Arab culture. 4 SH. Prerequisite: ARBC-101 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. CC: Foreign Language.

CHNS-101 Beginning Chinese I

Introduces students to short conversations in standard (Mandarin) Chinese while laying foundations for further studies of the language. Includes standard pronunciation, basic vocabulary and writing simple statements. Explores the systems of language and culture of the Chinese people. 4 SH.

CHNS-102 Beginning Chinese II

A continuation of CHNS-101. Introduces students to short conversations in standard (Mandarin) Chinese while laying foundations for further studies of the language. Includes standard pronunciation, basic vocabulary and writing simple statements. Explores the systems of language and culture of the Chinese people. 4 SH. Prerequisite: CHNS-101 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. CC: Foreign Language.

CHNS-201 Intermediate Chinese: Language and Culture

Review and expansion of elementary-level skills to intermediate level. Focus on developing skills needed to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing. Topics include culture and civilization with emphasis on current issues, comparisons to own cultures and interdisciplinary perspectives. Prerequisite: CHNS-102 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH.

FRNC-101 Beginning French I

Intended for both students who are new to the language and students with limited previous experience in the language who have placed into the first-semester level. Focuses on acquisition of core vocabulary and structures useful for completing conversational and writing tasks associated with daily life. Also, development of strategies for reading short, authentic texts in the target language. Includes study of cultural topics. 4 SH.

FRNC-102 Beginning French II

Continuation of Beginning French I with emphasis on development and application of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Individual and group projects center on cultural dimensions of France and the French-speaking world. Prerequisite: FRNC-101, placement by examination or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH. CC: Foreign Language

FRNC-201 Intermediate French I: Language and Culture

Expansion of elementary-level skills to intermediate level. Includes discussion of culture and civilization with an emphasis on current issues. Prerequisite: FRNC-102, placement by examination or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH.

FRNC-202 Intermediate French II: Language and Culture

The first course in the French major/minor, FRNC-202 focuses on broadening and deepening all skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing in preparation for study at the advanced level. Cultural study emphasizes the larger French-speaking world. Prerequisite: FRNC-201, placement by examination or department-approved proficiency. 4 SH CC: Diversity Intensive.

FRNC-301 Advanced Conversation and Phonetics

Focus on development of oral expression through role play, storytelling and discussion/debate of a variety of current issues in France and the larger Francophone world. Intensive work on pronunciation and intonation. Prerequisite: FRNC-202, placement by examination or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH. CC: Team Intensive.

FRNC-302 Advanced Composition and Grammar

Intensive focus on written expression, including study of language as a system. Includes extensive writing, using a process oriented approach. Development of critical thinking skills through analysis of literary texts, film, translation, etc. Prerequisite: FRNC-202 or department-approved proficiency. 4 SH.

FRNC-310 French/Francophone Literary and Cultural or Film Studies

Topics vary each semester. Students may take more than one 300-level topics course. Critical study of particular cultural and literary themes and topics related to France and the French-speaking world. Approach and projects will vary with course topics. Prerequisite: FRNC-301 or FRNC-302, or department-approved proficiency. 2-4 SH.

FRNC-320 French/Francophone Film Studies

Critical study of particular themes or topics related to cinema of the French-speaking world. Approach and projects will vary with course topics. Prerequisite: FRNC-301 or FRNC-302, or department-approved proficiency. 2-4 SH.

FRNC-460 Seminar on French and Francophone Literature and Culture or Film

Topics vary each semester. Students may take more than one 460 seminar. These seminars explore selected topics in depth and from the perspective of more than one discipline. Includes discussion of theory and research methods. Research project is a central component of this course. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and completion of semester study abroad. 4 SH. Capstone. CC: Interdisciplinary, Oral Intensive, Writing Intensive. 

FRNC-501 Internship

Supervised employment in a foreign language environment. Prerequisite: Department permission. 4-8 SH.

FRNC-542 Independent Study

Prerequisites: 48 semester hours, a cumulative 3.00 or higher GPA and approval of supervising professor and course area department head. 1-4 SH.

FRNC-599 Senior Language Proficiency Evaluation

Noncredit. Required for all majoring students. Individually scheduled. Taken only in the student's final semester prior to graduation. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

FRNC-600 Practicum

1 SH.

GERM-101 Beginning German I

Intended both for students with previous experience in the language but who have not placed above the first-semester level and for students new to the language. Focuses on conversations to acquire a useful core vocabulary, reading graded prose and writing brief sentences. Explores the systems of language, culture and civilization of German-speaking peoples. 4 SH.

GERM-102 Beginning German II

Continuation of German 101. Focuses on conversations to acquire a useful core vocabulary, reading graded prose and writing brief sentences. Explores the systems of language, culture and civilization of German-speaking peoples. Prerequisite: GERM-101 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH. CC: Foreign Language.

GERM-201 Intermediate German I: Language and Culture

Review and expansion of elementary-level skills to intermediate level. Focus on developing skills needed to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing. Topics include culture and civilization with emphasis on current issues, comparisons to own cultures and interdisciplinary perspectives. Prerequisite: GERM-102, placement by examination or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH. 

GERM-202 Intermediate German II: Language and Culture

Extensive review and expansion of elementary-level skills. Focus on improving all skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Also includes culture and civilization. Prerequisite: GERM-201, placement by examination or department-approved proficiency. 4 SH. CC: Diversity Intensive.

GERM-301 Advanced Conversation and Oral Expression

Language skill development, emphasizing formal speaking and short essay writing. Includes cultural and/or literary materials. Prerequisite: GERM-202 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH. 

GERM-302 Advanced German Grammar and Written Expression

Focus on written German (reading and writing), including systematic review of principal grammatical structures. Development of critical thought and expansion of vocabulary through analysis of original German, Austrian, and Swiss texts in various genres and media (including literary, journalistic, and scientific prose, features and documentaries). Enhancement of German composition skills. Designed for students with a functional command of the German language and an understanding of its basic grammatical structures. Prerequisites: GERM-202, or equivalent, department-approved proficiency. 4 SH.

GERM-310 Topics in German Studies

Critical study of particular topics and forms of Austrian, German, and Swiss literature, culture, and film.  Themes and genres will vary according to the interest and expertise of the instructor. Lectures, discussions, and readings in German.  Prerequisites: GERM-301 or GERM-302, or equivalent, department-approved proficiency. 4 SH.

GERM-460 Seminar in German Studies

Explores selected topics in depth. Research paper required. Prerequisite: A 300-level course or department-approved proficiency. 4 SH. Capstone. CC: Oral Intensive, Writing Intensive.

GERM-503 Internship

Supervised employment in an appropriate foreign language environment. Prerequisite: Department permission. 4-8 SH.

GERM-542 Independent Study

Prerequisites: 48 semester hours, a cumulative 3.00 or higher GPA and approval of supervising professor and course area department head. 1-4 SH. Counts toward the major or minor.

GERM-599 Senior Language Proficiency Evaluation

Noncredit. Required for all majoring students. Individually scheduled. Taken only in the student's final semester prior to graduation. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

GERM-600 Practicum

1 SH.

ITAL-101 Beginning Italian I

Intended both for students with previous experience in the language but who have not placed above the first-semester level and for students new to the language. Focuses on acquisition of core vocabulary and structures necessary for carrying out short conversations, reading graded prose and writing brief sentences associated with daily life. Also explores aspects of Italian civilization and culture. 4 SH.

ITAL-102 Beginning Italian II

Continuation of ITAL-101. Focuses on acquisition of core vocabulary and structures necessary for carrying out short conversations, reading graded prose and writing brief sentences associated with daily life. Also explores aspects of Italian civilization and culture. Prerequisite: ITAL-101 or equivalent department-approved placement. 4 SH. CC: Foreign Language.

ITAL-201 Intermediate Italian I: Language and Culture

Review and expansion of elementary-level skills to intermediate level. Focus on developing skills needed to improve: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Topics include culture and civilization with emphasis on current issues, comparisons to own cultures and interdisciplinary perspectives. Prerequisite: ITAL-102 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH.

ITAL-202 Intermediate Italian II: Language and Culture

A content-based course focused on continued development of all four skills through a study of various aspects of Italian culture and civilization. Particular emphasis on reading and writing, building content-specific vocabulary, and reviewing principle grammatical structures. Prerequisite: ITAL-201 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH.

ITAL-301 Advanced Conversation and Oral Expression

This course stresses the development of oral proficiency in all registers, from informal conversational settings to formal oral presentations. Culturally authentic materials found in written texts, film, oral interviews with native speakers and online resources will be used to develop proficiency in speaking and listening. Speaking will also be reinforced through a focus on pronunciation, frequent writing exercises and a review of problematic grammatical structures. Prerequisite: ITAL-202 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH. 

ITAL-302 Advanced Grammar and Written Expression

This course stresses the development of functional linguistic abilities through the contextualized study of the main grammatical structures of modern Italian. Focus is also given to expanding vocabulary and improving writing skills through exposure to a variety of authentic texts. This course is designed for the student who already has a functional command of the language and a grasp of the basic structures of Italian grammar. Prerequisite: ITAL-202 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH. 

ITAL-310 Topics in Italian Literature, Culture and Film

Critical study of particular topics related to Italian literature, culture and film. Themes will vary according to the interest and expertise of the instructor. Lectures, discussion and readings in Italian. Prerequisite: ITAL-301 or ITAL-302 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH. 

ITAL-311 Topics in Italian Language and Linguistics

In-depth study of particular topics related to Italian language and linguistics. Themes will vary according to the interest and expertise of the instructor. Lectures, discussions and readings in Italian. Prerequisite: ITAL-301 or ITAL-302 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH. 

ITAL-460 Seminar in Italian Literature, Culture and Film

Explores selected topics in Italian literature, culture and film in depth. Research paper required. Prerequisite: ITAL-301 or ITAL-302 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH. Capstone. CC: Oral Intensive, Writing Intensive.

ITAL-461 Seminar in Italian Language and Linguistics

In-depth examination of selected topics in Italian language and linguistics. Research paper required. Prerequisite: ITAL-301 or ITAL-302 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH. Capstone. CC: Oral Intensive, Writing Intensive.

ITAL-542 Independent Study

Prerequisites: 48 semester hours, a cumulative 3.00 or higher GPA, and approval of supervising instructor and course area department head. 1-4 SH. Counts toward the major or minor.

ITAL-599 Senior Language Proficiency Evaluation

Noncredit. Required for all majoring students. Individually scheduled. Taken only in the student's final semester prior to graduation. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

SPAN-101 Beginning Spanish I

Intended for students with no previous experience in the language. An introduction to speaking, reading, listening and writing in Spanish. Skills-oriented, including grammatical structures, plus civilization and culture. SPAN-104 is the next level. 4 SH.

SPAN-103 Introduction to College Spanish I

Intended for students with previous experience in the language who have not placed above the first-year level. An introduction to speaking, reading, listening and writing in Spanish. Skills-oriented, including grammatical structures, plus civilization and culture. SPAN-104 is the next level. 4 SH. 

SPAN-104 Introduction to College Spanish II

Continuation of SPAN-103 and SPAN-101. Further development of speaking, reading, writing, listening and cultural skills at the introductory level. Prerequisite: SPAN-101, SPAN-103 or placement by examination or equivalent department-approved proficiency. The next level is SPAN-201. 4 SH. CC: Foreign Language

SPAN-105 Super Spanish

Intended for students with previous experience in the language but who have not placed above the first-year level. Two semesters normally covered in SPAN-103-104 are covered in one summer session of SPAN-105. Through a variety of activities, the course focuses on further development of speaking, reading, writing and listening skills, along with any necessary review to prepare students to continue with language at the 200 level. The next level is SPAN-201. 8 SH. CC: Foreign Language

SPAN-201 Intermediate Spanish I: Language and Culture

Review and expansion of elementary-level language and cultural skills to the intermediate level. Prerequisite: SPAN-104, SPAN-105, placement by examination or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH. 

SPAN-202 Intermediate Spanish II: Language and Culture

A continuation of SPAN-201 and the first course for the minor and major, this course focuses on grammar structures not covered in 201 and further develops students' language and cultural skills at the intermediate level in preparation for 300-level coursework. Topics of current interest in the Hispanic world form the basis of course activities. Prerequisite: SPAN-201 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH.

SPAN-302 Grammar and Composition

Reinforces the fundamental grammar studied previously and introduces more advanced structures. Emphasis on development of writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN-202 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. Required for the major. 4 SH.

SPAN-305 Spanish for the Service Professions

Emphasizes language skills for professionals in education, health care, personnel or welfare. Readings from sociological, cultural and technical sources and interviews in and out of class with native speakers. Includes a service-learning component, which requires substantial student interaction with Spanish-speaking individuals outside of class. Prerequisite: SPAN-302 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH.

SPAN-310 Topics in Hispanic Culture

In-depth study of a selected topic of interest for both majors and minors. Prerequisites: SPAN-301 and 302 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 2-4 SH.

SPAN-350 Introduction to Hispanic Literature

Reading and discussion of selected texts. Includes historical and cultural contexts, literary terminology, and critical theory. Prerequisites: SPAN-301 and 302 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH.

SPAN-401 Advanced Spanish Language

Linguistic analysis of fundamental grammatical structures of Spanish. Frequent oral and written reports. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH. CC: Oral Intensive, Writing Intensive.

SPAN-445 Seminar in Peninsular Spanish Studies

In-depth study of a selected topic of interest for majors. Research paper required. Prerequisite: Senior standing or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH. Capstone. CC: Oral Intensive, Writing Intensive.

SPAN-447 Seminar in Hispanic-American Studies

In-depth study of a selected topic of interest for majors. Hispanic-American encompasses both Spanish America and Hispanic cultures in the United States. Prerequisite: Senior standing or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH. Capstone. CC: Oral Intensive, Writing Intensive.

SPAN-503 Internship

Supervised employment in an appropriate foreign language environment. Prerequisite: Department permission. 4-8 SH.

SPAN-542 Independent Study

Prerequisites: 48 semester hours, a cumulative 3.00 or higher GPA, and approval of supervising instructor and course area department head. 1-4 SH. Counts toward the major or minor.

SPAN-599 Senior Language Proficiency Evaluation

Noncredit. Required for all majoring students. Individually scheduled. Taken only in the student's final semester prior to graduation. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

SPAN-600 Practicum

1 SH.

Teaching Certification. Susquehanna offers teaching certification in French, German, and Spanish, and students preparing for such certification must maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA in the major.  Coursework required by the state of Pennsylvania for admission to the teacher certification program includes successful completion of ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking or equivalent course, at least 3 semester hours in British or American literature, at least 6 semester hours of mathematics coursework (or other courses which satisfy the Central Curriculum Analytical Thought requirement), and at least one 40-hour externship.

Education course requirements for secondary education are EDUC-101 Introduction to Education and Society, EDUC-102 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education, EDUC-250 Educational Psychology, EDUC-260 Introduction to Special Education, EDUC-270 Instruction of Exceptional Students, EDUC-330 Technology in Education, EDUC-350 English Language Learners, EDUC-380 Instructional Design, EDUC-422 Methods of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Teaching Foreign Languages, EDUC-479 Principles of Learning and Teaching in Secondary Education, EDUC-483 Differentiated Instruction and Classroom Management in Secondary Education, and the EDUC-500 Student Teaching package (EDUC-501, EDUC-502, EDUC-503, and EDUC-600). In addition, students pursuing certification in French and German satisfy all of the usual requirements for those majors.