World Languages

Options for majors and minors are described in other sections of this catalog.

 

American Sign Language Courses

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introductory course for nonnative signers. Emphasis on receptive skills, vocabulary, and grammar. Introduction to issues important to the Deaf community. One language laboratory session per week.

Prerequisites:

ASL 101

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Continues to develop receptive skills, vocabulary and grammar. Explores patterns of lexical and grammatical structure. Fosters awareness of issues important to the Deaf community.

Chinese Courses

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) with an emphasis on developing conversational skills by using authentic materials such as video, audio, and various print media that teach fundamental grammatical patterns and vocabulary in functional contexts. Basic reading and writing (in Simplified Characters) are also taught.

Prerequisites:

CHIN 101 or Instructor's consent.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Continues to develop proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin). Helps to develop listening comprehension skills with the use of authentic materials, such as print media, audio, and video materials. Advanced beginning level of reading and writing of Simplified Chinese characters is taught.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This is an introductory and interdisciplinary course on Chinese civilization and traditional Chinese literature. It will provide the student with a brief introduction to the cultural legacy and literature of China from the archaeological origins of Chinese civilization to the present time. The diverse origins of China's civilization are stressed as topics in political, social, and economic history are explored, with a focus on developments in language, literature, and art. This course is a good introduction to further study of Chinese history and culture and, in particular, provides a valuable context for themes treated in Modern China.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Various topics can be covered based on student interest. Topics have included study and discussion of Taiwanese and Hong Kong film, and also an in-depth study of Chinese literature from the pre-modern to the modern period. Topics are to be arranged with faculty member.

French Courses

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Develops reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Explores audio-visual and textual materials based on French and Francophone cultural themes.

Prerequisites:

Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Continues to develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Explores audio-visual and textual materials based on French and Francophone cultural themes.

Prerequisites:

Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Reviews grammar, practice speaking, and continues to explore authentic cultural and literary texts in this writing-intensive course. Examines short readings, films, and print media.

Prerequisites:

Take FR-201 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Continues to review grammar, practice speaking, and explore authentic cultural and literary texts in this writing-intensive course. Examines short readings, films, and print media.

Prerequisites:

FR 202 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores the francophone world through the study of short stories, print media, and film, by engaging with the rich textured and diverse francophone literary canon. Teaches advance notions of French grammar, write compositions, and the art of conversation related to cultural themes.

Prerequisites:

FR-202

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course enhances students' conversational and writing skills in French. Authentic language and formal writing skills are detailed. The development of oral proficiency is stressed with a focus on listening comprehension, reading and writing. Advanced French grammar is stressed with a focus on written grammatical exercises. This class is open to heritage speakers as well as those who have participated or are planning on participating in the CAVILAM, CCFS-Sorbonne Programs.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores the French Enlightenment and its culture leading up to the French revolution through a focus on one significant figure: Marie-Antoinette. Examines the relationship of female image and the body politic of eighteenth-century France. Considers the legacy of Marie-Antoinette as martyr and fetish object in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and focuses on her continuing relevance today. Topics include: women and power; fashion and self-representation; motherhood and domesticity; and revolution and gender iconography. All work in French.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Masterpieces of French and Francophone Literature in English Translation. Studies works translated into English by major authors from the Middle Ages to the present. Explores drama, fiction, and poetry from many regions of the world: Africa, Western Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and Vietnam.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Discusses and deepens understanding of French and Francophone cinema from its origins in the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. Explores early works from France, by the Lumiere Brothers and Georges Melies as well as contemporary films from France, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Haiti, and Senegal.

Prerequisites:

FR-202;

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course enhances students' conversational and writing skills in French. Authentic language and formal writing skills are detailed. The development of oral proficiency is stressed with a focus on listening comprehension, reading and writing. Advanced French grammar is stressed with a focus on written grammatical exercises. This class is open to heritage speakers as well as those who have participated or are planning on participating in the CAVILAM, CCFS-Sorbonne Programs.

Prerequisites:

FR 202 or Instructors permission

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Analyzes and discusses canonical works of French literature from medieval times to the eighteenth century.

Prerequisites:

FR-202 or instructor's permission

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Study, analyze and discuss canonical works of French-language literature from the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries, as they relate to important events in the art, culture, and history of the Francophone world.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This class will explore the rich literary tradition of three Caribbean island-nations: Guadeloupe, Haiti, and Martinique. Class discussion will focus on a wide range of topics including: the different uses of Creole and French; the Negritude, Spiralisme, Antillanite and Creolite movements; the relationship between Africa and the African diaspora; gender and sexuality in the Caribbean; and postcolonial memory and post-colonial history as reflected in the work of prize-winning Caribbean women writers from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Normally offered alternate years. The class is taught in English, and is cross-listed with the Black Studies Program as well as the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

Prerequisites:

Take FR-205 and FR-305 or instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Studies the major plays written in French from the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries, with a focus on the socio-historical contexts in which the plays emerged. Analyzes and produces scenes from the plays, and reads and performs select scenes at the end of the semester. Explores authors such as Anouilh, Beckett, Cesaire, Genet, Ionesco, Marivaux, Moliere, Py, Racine, Reza, Sartre, and Schwarz-Bart.

Prerequisites:

FR-205 and FR-305 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines literature in the French language focusing on memoir, essay, and autobiography. Read authors such as, Montaigne, Rousseau, Lamartine, Colette, Duras, Beauvoir, Le, Chamoiseau, Djebar, Conde, Ernaux, Genet, and Satrapi. Develops an appreciation of the differences between autobiography and autofiction. Explores the question of truth and the fallibility of memory.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A survey of French and Francophone cinema from the late 19th century to the early 21st century. We will explore early works from France by the Lumiere brothers and George Melies, as well as contemporary films from France and French-speaking countries, such as Algeria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Haiti, Senegal. All papers are written in French, and bi-monthly discussion sessions are conducted in French. Normally offered alternate years. Cultural Diversity B. 4 credits.

Prerequisites:

FR-202

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines a range of topics in French and Francophone studies. Provides individualized guidance and promotes advanced-level research in the special topic area.

Prerequisites:

FR-101 and FR-102 and permission of instructor

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Designed to enable students to work in a local organization in which the French language and/or Francophone culture is a focus. Libraries, cultural centers, embassies, restaurants and bakeries are some places where this independent study course will carry variable credit, depending on the number of hours devoted to the internship and the related academic work done by the student. Interested students should consult the instructor as they are applying for internships.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Studies a specific theme related to art, culture, history,literature and politics from the end of World War II to the present day.

Prerequisites:

An independent study form must be submitted to the CAS Dean's Office.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Pursues advanced studies in an area of particular interest under the supervision of a faculty member.

German Courses

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Practice in both oral and written language skills using German culture as background for language study. Emphasis on active use of German to master structure, pronunciation and vocabulary. One language laboratory session per week.

Prerequisites:

Ger-101 or instructor's permission

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Continuation of skills development from 101. One language laboratory session per week.

Italian Courses

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Practices and develops oral and written language skills. Explores the culture and language of Italy through audio-visual and textual materials.

Prerequisites:

ITAL-101 or instructor's permission

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Continues to practice oral and written language skills. Explores the culture and language of Italy through audio-visual and textual materials.

Spanish Courses

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Practice in both oral and written language skills. Class activities are organized around cultural themes that reflect the diversity of the Hispanic world and its interconnectedness with the rest of the world. Weekly laboratory sessions required.

Prerequisites:

SPAN 101 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Continues skills development from 101. Weekly laboratory sessions required.

Prerequisites:

SPAN 102 or or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Reviews Spanish grammar and examines Spanish through authentic materials of cultural interest. Students develop written and oral skills through compositions and audio-visual materials. Weekly laboratory sessions required.

Prerequisites:

SPAN 201 or Instructor's consent.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Continues skills development from 201. Students read a collection of short stories, write compositions, develop cultural insights through comparative and contrastive assignments, and practice listening and speaking skills in weekly conversation sessions.

Prerequisites:

SPAN 201 or or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A writing and reading intensive course for students who are thinking about minoring and possibly majoring in Spanish. There will be a brief review of grammar, but the primary materials will come from the textbook, LAZOS,with ancillary materials from the print media and audio-visual sources. A weekly tertulia will be required instead of language lab.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish (201) at Suffolk or its equivalent elsewhere. Through a systematic review of grammar, a diversity of readings, and oral as well as written work, students will increase their lexical and grammatical knowledge of Spanish language specific to the workplace in order to communicate more easily and comfortably. Students will also be better prepared to deal with the specific themes related to business introduced in the course. (This course is not for Spanish minors or majors, but may be taken as a free elective.)

Prerequisites:

Prerequisite: Spanish 202, 203 or 250 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Develops written and oral skills in various contexts and registers. Emphasis on strengthening written skills and learning to speak clearly and persuasively in Spanish. Short texts and audio-visual materials provide the basis for classroom activities which include regularly assigned essays, group discussions and debates.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish (201) at Suffolk or its equivalent elsewhere. Through a systematic review of grammar, a diversity of readings, and oral as well as written work, students will increase their lexical and grammatical knowledge of Spanish language specific to the workplace in order to communicate more easily and comfortably. Students will also be better prepared to deal with the specific themes related to business introduced in the course. (This course is not for Spanish minors or majors, but may be taken as a free elective.)

Prerequisites:

Spanish 202, 203, 250 or Instructor's consent.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores a selection of Peninsular and Latin American cultural materials. Primarily examines texts from different literary genres (narrative, drama, essay, and poetry). Develops critical skills required in more advanced Spanish courses, through close readings and textual analysis. Activities include regularly assigned essays, group discussions, and short scene work.

Prerequisites:

Spanish 202, 203 or 250. Spanish 290 or 300 are strongly recommended

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the civilization and culture of Spain highlighting its historical development and cultural manifestations from pre-historic times to the nineteenth century. Students improve their four skills through activities that include discussions, oral presentations, and writing assignments based on reading and films.

Prerequisites:

Spanish 202, 203 or 250 or Instructor's consent. Span 290 or 300 strongly recommended.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces students to the complexity Latin America by examining its roots in pre-Columbian America and the impact of Spanish exploration and colonization. Places emphasis on cultural, economic, historical, philosophical, political and religious patterns that define the region. Includes class discussions, oral presentations, and writing assignments based on reading and audio-visual material.

Prerequisites:

SPAN 202 or 203 or Instructor's consent. SPAN 290 or 300 strongly recommended.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the path taken by Latin American and Caribbean countries to build independent nations out of colonial territories highlighting the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, ethnic plurality, and cultural complexity in areas such as politics, religion, sociology, economics, customs, music & film. The cultural contributions of Spanish-speaking minorities in the United States are also addressed. Includes class discussions, oral presentations, and writing assignments based on readings and audio-visual material.

Prerequisites:

SPAN 250, 290, or 300 or Instructor's consent.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the process and theory of translation. Materials are drawn from the literary world, the mass media (i.e. advertising, marketing, news, entertainment), and professional sources. Students gain further insights about the linguistic, cultural, and ethical dimensions of the field. Additional grammar review provided as needed.

Prerequisites:

SPAN 290 or SPAN 300 or Instructor's consent.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Integrates language learning with culture via business context of the Hispanic world. Spanish for banking and finance, marketing and advertising, and international commerce are highlighted. Students increase their cross-cultural understanding and written and oral proficiency in business Spanish through a wide range of assignments.

Prerequisites:

Take SPAN 290 or SPAN 300 or Instructor's consent.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of key issues in Hispanic culture today through the study of literature, film, music and TV. The purpose of the course is twofold: To introduce the students to major themes in recent Hispanic society and culture and, to develop the necessary skills to read and analyze literary texts and other cultural forms. Topics to be discussed include dictatorship and democracy, women and representation, political and domestic violence, national identity, immigration, and mass culture. The selected materials will include texts by authors like Manuel Rivas, Mario Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes, Cristina Peri Rossi, Rosa Montero, Carlos Monsivais, and Roberto Bolano among others. (Madrid campus only)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This is an interdisciplinary course that will examine the historical and socio-economic causes of contemporary Spanish culture. Material will be drawn from a variety of sources including: history, sociology, gender studies, literature and philosophy. Extensive reference will be made to the non-Western cultures which have made Spain what it is today. (Usually taught in English). (Madrid campus only)

Prerequisites:

SPAN-290 or SPAN-300 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of the city of Madrid in terms of its historical, cultural, and social development. Contemporary aspects of the city such as its rise to prominence amongst the capitals of Europe and the phenomenon of recent immigration patterns will also be discussed. All classes will be conducted in Spanish. Specific grammar points will be reviewed as needed. (Madrid campus only)

Prerequisites:

Take SPAN-290; Taught in Spanish

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of some Spanish cities from a cultural, economical, and social point of view. Special attention will be paid to Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Málaga, Valencia, and Avilés, and how these cities are reacting to gentrification, immigration, local movements, and sustainability. Thus, transforming from industrial to modern cities, from sunny touristic cities to cultural capitals, and from traditional metropolitan centers to young, vintage and gendered urban centers. This course is offered to students from different academic backgrounds under a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective.

Prerequisites:

SPAN 300; SPAN 302 is strongly recommended

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines authors from Latin America and the Caribbean in their historical and cultural contexts. Reading and class discussions consider the relationship between the writer and society by covering such topics as colonialism, the oral tradition, modernism and the emergence of new narratives in the twentieth century. The Inca Garcilaso, Sor Juana, Carlos Fuentes, Rigoberta Menchu, and Pablo Neruda are among some writers studied.

Prerequisites:

SPAN 300 or Instructor's consent. SPAN 302 is strongly recommended.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores the relationship between social history, cultural identity and artistic expression through a diversity of texts from Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Social justice, mass culture and gender are among the topics examined. Readings include novel, short story, poetry and drama. Films and documentaries further illustrate the connections between society and text.

Prerequisites:

SPAN-300; Spanish 302 or its equivalent is strongly recommended

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the changing roles of women in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America through fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry and film. Special focus is placed on the impact that changes in social ideology and culture have had on their identity and writings. Texts available in English.

Prerequisites:

Take ENG-102 or ENG-103 or Instructor's consent. Span 302 is strongly recommended for Spanish and Latin American & Caribbean Studies majors and minors.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Begins with the Cuban revolution as a point of departure and examines films from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and other Latin American countries. Students explore the relationship between film & society and consider how knowledge of a culture and its history is influenced and shaped by what is seen on the screen. Films in Spanish with English subtitles.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course offers the students a panoramic view of the most representative Spanish films from the 1950's until today, with special emphasis on its social, political, artistic and cultural context. Films will be viewed in Spanish with English subtitles. Conducted in English, the course will be open to both non-majors in Spanish as well as to advanced-level Spanish majors and minors, with the latter carrying out their written work and individual meetings with the instructor in Spanish.

Prerequisites:

ENG-102 or ENG-103 or Instructor's consent. Span 302 is strongly recommended for Spanish and Latin American & Caribbean Studies majors and minors.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the myth of a singular Latino experience in the United States through a variety of genres and authors. Issues relating to culture, language, family, and religion are among some of the topics explored. Authors include Sandra Cisneros, House on Mango Street, Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Julia Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Tato Laviera, and American.

Prerequisites:

Take SPAN 290 or SPAN 300 or Instructor's consent. SPAN 350 is strongly recommended.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

In this course we will study the transition of Spain from dictatorship to democracy from an interdisciplinary perspective based mostly on the analysis of literary works, film, visual arts and music besides relevant theoretical articles by major Spanish and international intellectuals. Youth culture (sex, drugs and rock and roll), the feminist movement, nationalistic demands, and Spain's subsequent incorporation into the European Union will be highlighted. (Madrid campus only)

Prerequisites:

ENG 102 or ENG 103 or Instructor's consent. SPAN 300 and SPAN 302 are strongly recommended for Spanish and Latin American and Caribbean Studies majors and minors.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the intersection between literature and film and the relationships between the written word and the cinematic image. The writers and cinematographers studied represent mainstream as well as marginal voices that address issues of race, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic class in South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

Prerequisites:

Span 290 or Span 300; Instructor's consent; Spanish 302 is strongly recommended

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the dynamic relationships that exist between art ( both visual and lyrical) and the written word. Through a juxtaposition of work by twentieth century authors from Latin America and the Caribbean and other artists who explore similar themes, students examine the multiple ways in which art and literature contribute to our understanding of life in Latin America and the Caribbean. Materials are drawn from the fields of music, photography, poetry, prose, theatre, and visual art.

Prerequisites:

SPAN 290 or 300 or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores the literature, culture, and history of the United States-Mexico Border, and analyzes the profound changes that the gain/loss of territories created by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo caused for the citizens in the region. Emphasis is on contemporary border theatre and film. Students read works of Salcedo, Galindo, Mijares, Rascon Banda, among others, and examine contemporary films and documentaries such as Senorita Extraviada, Victoria para Chino, and Crossing Arizona.

Prerequisites:

Span 290 or 300; Span 302 is strongly recommended

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Students examine the contemporary world of Latin American Theatre. A study of basic theatre concepts and methodology prepares students to perform in Noche de teatro latinoamericano, a public performance of three one-act plays from contemporary Latin American Playwrights. Publicity and set design are also part of the course framework.

Prerequisites:

Senior standing & permission of the Dept. Chair

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A major research project completed under the supervision of a regular faculty member.

Prerequisites:

Senior status and permission of Department Chair

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A major research project completed under the supervision of a regular faculty member.

Prerequisites:

Instructor consent required.

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Students meet with a department member to pursue advanced studies in areas of particular interest to them.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

Internship in Madrid, Spain. At least 12 hours a week working for an organization. Designed to give students an international professional learning opportunity. It takes place concurrently with SPAN 295.