THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA GRADUATE CATALOG
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6.15 DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND CLASSICS (GN, ROFR, ROML, ROSP)

Chairperson: Professor Thomas Fox, Office: 200 B. B. Comer Hall

 

Admission Requirements 

General requirements for admission to the Graduate School are set forth in the Admission Criteria section of this catalog. All applicants to graduate degree programs in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics must submit a writing sample in support of the application. Applicants to any French or Spanish track must also submit an entrance exam score, either the Graduate Record Exam or the Miller Analogies Test. Applicants to any German concentration are not required to submit an entrance exam score, unless the applicant wants to be considered for additional financial support in the form of an enhanced assistantship or fellowship. Applications for both full-time and part-time status are welcome. All applicants seeking full-time student status are considered for financial support in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

 

For students with deficiencies in undergraduate preparation, admission may be contingent upon completion of designated undergraduate requirements. (In particular, all three tracks of the master of arts program in German, as described below, presuppose completion of an undergraduate survey of German literature or a survey of German culture/civilization that includes a substantial literary component. Students lacking this requirement who are nevertheless admitted to the German master of arts program must make up this course concurrent with their other coursework.)

 

Qualified students who are holders of an appropriate undergraduate degree may be admitted directly to the doctoral program in Romance languages. However, in such circumstances completion of all requirements for the appropriate master of arts program, including comprehensive testing and subsequent awarding of the master of arts degree, will be a prerequisite for completion of the doctoral degree.

 

Qualified students can seek dual admission to the School of Law and to any master of arts program offered in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics. If admitted to both, the student will be exempted from at least 6 hours of coursework for the juris doctor degree.

 

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Degree Requirements

The Department of Modern Languages and Classics offers degree programs leading to the master of arts in German, the master of arts in Romance languages, and the doctor of philosophy in Romance languages. All three degree programs incorporate a variety of options (see below). General information is in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog. 

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Master of Arts in German. Three concentrations are available:

 

German literature. Plan I (24 hours of coursework and a thesis) or Plan II (30 hours of coursework, no thesis). In addition to German literature courses, students must take GN 510 History of the German Language and 3 hours of Middle High German. With the approval of the German graduate advisor, 6 hours of graduate work in a related field may be applied to the degree.

 

Germanic philology. Plan I (24 hours of coursework and a thesis) or Plan II (30 hours of coursework, no thesis). In addition to philology courses, students must take 6 hours of German literature. With the approval of the German graduate advisor, 9 hours of graduate work in a related field may be applied to the degree. EN 622 Old English may count as a German course for candidates in this concentration. The concentration and courses in Germanic philology are offered subject to availability of qualified faculty. 
  
German studies. Plan I (24 hours of coursework and a thesis) or Plan II (30 hours of coursework, no thesis). Students must take 15 hours of German literature/culture and philology courses, 3 hours in German history, and one 3-hour interdisciplinary seminar. With the approval of the German graduate advisor, 9 hours of graduate work in a related field may be applied to the degree. 
  
Regardless of concentration, all graduate teaching assistants must enroll in the teaching practicum, currently offered under 
GN 551/GN 552. Upon completing coursework for any of the three concentrations in German, a student must pass a comprehensive examination based on the coursework and on a pre-established reading list. For information regarding the examination, please contact the German graduate advisor. 
  
A student who chooses to write a thesis must enroll for six hours of Thesis Research (GN 599) with the appropriate thesis director and will defend the thesis orally. 
 

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Master of Arts in Romance languages. A single degree program incorporates a variety of options and tracks:

 

There are three options: the French Option, the Spanish Option, and the Romance Languages Option (which combines languages). All three options have thesis and nonthesis tracks. The French and Spanish options also allow for an applied linguistics track (thesis or nonthesis). Regardless of the option or track, all new graduate teaching assistants must enroll for the Practicum in Applied Linguistics (either FR 512 or SP 502).

 

All tracks include a six-part comprehensive exam. However, the configuration of the exam is specific to each track, as indicated below.

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Non-thesis tracks of the Master of Arts in Romance languages (Plan II). A description of the typical configuration for the various nonthesis tracks of the master of arts in Romance language follows. Included in all nonthesis tracks of the master of arts in Romance languages is a core of five courses in the five areas listed below:

 

Teaching Practicum/Topics in Linguistics 
Proseminar: Research Methodology/Critical Theory 
Topics in Culture and Civilization 
Graduate Seminar 
Special Topics/Directed Readings 

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French Option, standard track without thesis (Plan II). Curriculum requirements: 33 hours of coursework, including at least one course in five of the following six fields:

Medieval and Renaissance 
Early modern (17th and 18th centuries) 
19th century 
20th and 21st centuries 
Francophone and French studies 
French linguistics

Appropriate courses taken in these fields will simultaneously fulfill the Romance languages core requirements listed above. Students must pass a comprehensive examination based on their coursework in the five fields of study. However, for the written component of the exam, students may be exempted from examination in a maximum of two fields in two ways: either by writing a research paper in the field and presenting it at a professional conference or by satisfactorily completing two courses in the field, earning a grade of "A" or "B." Success on the written component precedes the oral component of the exam, which involves generating an oral presentation on a topic indicated in advance.

 

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French Option, applied linguistics track without thesis (Plan II). Curriculum requirements: 36 hours of coursework. The applied linguistics track involves three components: language, linguistics, and applied linguistics. The language component consists of 21 hours of course credit in French language, literature, and/or culture. The linguistics component is comprised of a 3-hour descriptive linguistics course (FR 561). The applied linguistics component consists of 12 hours of coursework in second language acquisition pedagogy and research (FR 512 and three of the following: FR 513, FR 515, RL 523, EN 613, or other approved courses). Based on the advice of the graduate advisor, appropriate courses taken in these components will simultaneously fulfill the Romance languages core requirements listed above. Degree requirements include success on a comprehensive examination, which is based on the coursework.  From the selection of questions provided, the candidate must generate six written answers (two pertaining to applied linguistics, one pertaining to French linguistics, and three pertaining to electives).

 

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Spanish Option, Hispanic literature track without thesis (Plan II). Curriculum requirements: 30 hours of coursework, including one course in each of the following areas, and two courses in Hispanic linguistics (courses in transatlantic studies can count as either modern peninsular or Latin American):

Golden Age 
19th-century peninsular 
20th- and 21st-century peninsular 
Colonial Latin America 
19th-century Latin America 
20th- and 21st-century Latin America 
US Latino studies

 

It is mandatory to earn 27 credits within the Spanish program. Optionally, three credits may be earned outside the Spanish program. Based on the advice of the graduate advisor, appropriate courses taken in these components will simultaneously fulfill the Romance languages core requirements listed above. Degree requirements include success on the written comprehensive examination.  No oral component is required.  The six-part written examination will be based both on coursework and a reading list in each area.  Students are required to take exams in the following areas: either three Peninsular areas (of the student's choosing) and two Latin American areas (of the student's choosing) or vice versa, and one area of linguistics. From the selection of questions provided, the candidate must generate six written answers. It is the student's responsibility to keep syllabi from each course on file for reference. 

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Spanish Option, applied linguistics track without thesis (Plan II). Curriculum requirements: 36 hours of coursework. The applied linguistics track involves three components: language, linguistics, and applied linguistics. The language component consists of 21 hours of course credit in Spanish language, literature, and culture (a minimum of 6 hours must be in peninsular literature and 6 hours in Latin-American literature). The linguistics component is comprised of a 3-hour descriptive linguistics course (SP 556). The applied linguistics component consists of 12 hours of coursework in second language acquisition pedagogy and research (SP 502 and three of the following: SP 523, SP 581, RL 513, EN 613, or other approved courses). Based on the advice of the graduate advisor, appropriate courses taken in these components will simultaneously fulfill the Romance languages core requirements listed above. Degree requirements include success on a comprehensive examination, which is based on the coursework.  From the selection of questions provided, the candidate must generate six written answers (two pertaining to applied linguistics, one pertaining to Spanish linguistics, one pertaining to peninsular literature, one pertaining to Latin American literature, and one pertaining to an elective).

 

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Romance Languages Option, without thesis (Plan II). Curriculum requirements: 30 - 36 hours of coursework. The curriculum requires study of French and Spanish, one as the major and one as the minor. The major includes a minimum of 18 hours. The minor includes a minimum of 12 hours. More than the minimum is recommended for both the major and the minor. Graduate courses in Italian studies are also available on occasion (see the RL prefix in course listings below). Based on the advice of the graduate advisor, appropriate courses taken in these components will simultaneously fulfill the Romance languages core requirements listed above. Degree requirements include success on a comprehensive examination, which is based on the coursework. From the selection of questions provided, the candidate must generate six written answers (four pertaining to the major and two pertaining to the minor; however, if the candidate has 18 or more hours in both French and Spanish, then the candidate will generate three written answers for each).

 

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Thesis tracks of the Master of Arts in Romance languages (Plan I). A description of the typical configuration for the various thesis tracks of the master of arts in Romance language follows. The Romance languages core requirements do not apply to thesis tracks.

 

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French Option, standard track with thesis (Plan I). Curriculum requirements: 27 hours of coursework and a thesis, including at least one course in five of the following six fields:

Medieval and Renaissance 
Early modern (17th and 18th centuries) 
19th century 
20th and 21st centuries 
Francophone and French studies 
French linguistics

Students must pass a comprehensive examination based on their coursework in the five fields of study. However, for the written component of the exam, students may be exempted from examination in a maximum of two fields in three ways: first, by writing a thesis in the field; second, by writing a research paper in the field and presenting it at a professional conference; or third, by satisfactorily completing two courses in the field, earning a grade of "A" or "B." Success on the written component precedes the oral component of the exam, which involves generating an oral presentation on a topic indicated in advance. Six hours of Thesis Research (FR 599) with the thesis director are required beyond the 27 hours of coursework.

 

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French Option, applied linguistics track with thesis (Plan I). Curriculum requirements: 30 hours of coursework and a thesis. In addition to the thesis, the applied linguistics track involves three components: language, linguistics, and applied linguistics. The language component consists of 15 hours of course credit in French language, literature, and/or culture. The linguistics component is comprised of a 3-hour descriptive linguistics course (FR 561). The applied linguistics component consists of 12 hours of coursework in second language acquisition pedagogy and research (FR 512 and three of the following: FR 513, FR 515, RL 523, EN 613, or other approved courses). Degree requirements include success on a comprehensive examination, which is based on the coursework. From the selection of questions provided, the candidate must generate six written answers (two pertaining to applied linguistics, one pertaining to French linguistics, and three pertaining to electives). Six hours of Thesis Research (FR 599) with the thesis director are required beyond the 30 hours of coursework. 

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Spanish Option, Hispanic literature track with thesis (Plan I). Curriculum requirements: 24 hours of coursework and a thesis, including at least one course in each of the following eight fields (courses in transatlantic studies can count as either modern peninsular or Latin American):

Golden Age 
19th-century peninsular 
20th- and 21st-century peninsular 
Colonial Latin America 
19th-century Latin America 
20th- and 21st-century Latin America 
US Latino studies 
Hispanic linguistics

In consultation with the Spanish graduate advisor, each student must also select a special area of interest in Hispanic literature in order to write the thesis. Degree requirements include success on the written comprehensive examination. No oral component is required. The six-part written examination will be based both on coursework and a reading list in each area.  Students are required to take exams in the following areas: either three Peninsular areas (of the student's choosing) and two Latin American areas (of the student's choosing) or vice versa, and one area of linguistics. From the selection of questions provided, the candidate must generate six written answers. Six hours of Thesis Research (SP 599) with the thesis director are required beyond the 24 hours of coursework. It is the student's responsibility to keep syllabi from each course on file for reference.
 

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Spanish Option, applied linguistics track with thesis (Plan I). Curriculum requirements: 30 hours of coursework and a thesis. In addition to the thesis, the applied linguistics track involves three components: language, linguistics, and applied linguistics. The language component consists of 15 hours of course credit in Spanish language, literature, and culture (a minimum of 6 hours must be in peninsular literature and 6 hours in Latin-American literature). The linguistics component is comprised of a 3-hour descriptive linguistics course (SP 556). The applied linguistics component consists of 12 hours of coursework in second language acquisition pedagogy and research (SP 502 and three of the following: SP 523,  SP 581, RL 513,  EN 613, or other approved courses). Degree requirements include success on a comprehensive examination, which is based on the coursework. From the selection of questions provided, the candidate must generate six written answers (two pertaining to applied linguistics, one pertaining to Spanish linguistics, one pertaining to peninsular literature, one pertaining to Latin American literature, and one pertaining to an elective). Six hours of Thesis Research (SP 599) with the thesis director are required beyond the 30 hours of coursework.

 

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Romance Languages Option, with thesis (Plan I). Curriculum requirements: 24 - 30 hours of coursework and a thesis. The curriculum requires study of French and Spanish, one as the major and one as the minor. The major includes a minimum of 18 hours. The minor includes a minimum of 12 hours. More than the minimum is recommended for both the major and the minor. Graduate courses in Italian studies are also available on occasion (see the RL prefix in course listings below). Degree requirements include success on written and oral comprehensive examinations. All examinations are based on the coursework. From the selection of questions provided, the candidate must generate six written answers (four pertaining to the major and two pertaining to the minor; however, if the candidate has 18 or more hours in both French and Spanish, then the candidate will generate three written answers for each). Six hours of Thesis Research (FR 599, SP 599 or RL 599) with the thesis director(s) are required beyond the coursework.

 

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Doctor of Philosophy in Romance Languages

 

Degree Requirements

The student's Plan of Study for the PhD degree must be approved by the department and the Graduate School by the time the student completes 30 graduate semester hours of UA and/or transfer course work.  In addition to the program-specific requirements presented below, all doctoral candidates, regardless of the option selected, must adhere to the following.

 

The minimal formal coursework required is 60 semester hours, which may include up to 30 hours of transferred credits earned at another institution. Appropriate MA hours earned at The University of Alabama can also count toward the total required accumulation of hours. Students who have completed a master's thesis need accumulate only 54 hours of coursework. Once all coursework is completed, an additional 24 hours of Dissertation Research (FR 699, SP 699 or RL 699) with the dissertation director(s) are required. All doctoral candidates must possess reading knowledge of one language in addition to English, their native language, and their language of specialization.

 

It is strongly recommended that, before the termination of studies, all doctoral candidates reside for a period in a country or location requiring constant interaction in the language of specialization.

 

All doctoral candidates must be careful to fulfill the residency requirement and to abide by the specified time limits (7 years from admission semester; 8 years from admission semester if entering directly from BA) specified in the Degree Requirements of this catalog.  Once enrolled, all doctoral candidates must submit a Plan of Study to the Office of the Graduate School and abide by all other policies of the Graduate School. 

 

All options of the Doctor of Philosophy in Romance Languages share the same qualifying exam format. This format begins with the creation of a “pre-prospectus” by the candidate, in consultation with the likely eventual dissertation director, followed by take-home questions from a committee of examiners with whom the candidate has had coursework or who have appropriate expertise (the questions may pertain to the coursework or the pre-prospectus, according to the discretion of each examiner), leading directly to the creation of the prospectus as the final product, assuming a successful outcome.  The prospectus is then submitted to the prospective dissertation committee for approval.

 

Regardless of the option, all new graduate teaching assistants must enroll for the appropriate teaching practicum, either FR 512 or SP 502.

 

Candidates interested in a linguistics-oriented curriculum should direct their attention to the Romance Languages Option.

 

Three options are available in the doctoral program:

 

French Option. The curriculum is centered on French, though up to 12 hours of coursework in a related discipline is admissible. All new graduate teaching assistants must take FR 512. All candidates must take at least one course from four of the following fields (above and beyond the hours earned for the MA):

Medieval and Renaissance 
Early modern (17th and 18th centuries) 
19th century 
20th and 21st centuries 
Francophone and French studies 
French linguistics

 

A course in literary theory is also required. Additional coursework will normally be geared toward the anticipated area of specialization for the dissertation. At the conclusion of the coursework, a qualifying examination and the approval of a prospectus outlining the proposed research topic must take place before work on the dissertation can begin.

 

Spanish Option. The curriculum is centered on Spanish, though up to 12 hours of coursework in a related discipline is admissible. All new graduate teaching assistants must take SP 502. All candidates must take at least one course from four of the following fields (above and beyond the hours earned for the MA):

16th-17th century peninsular (Golden Age)

19th-century peninsular

20th- and 21st-century peninsular

Colonial Latin American

19th-century Latin American

20th- and 21st-century Latin American

US Latino studies

Transatlantic studies

 

A course in literary theory is also required. Additional coursework will normally be geared toward the anticipated area of specialization for the dissertation. At the conclusion of the coursework, a qualifying examination and the approval of a prospectus outlining the proposed research topic must take place before work on the dissertation can begin.

 

Romance Languages Option. The Romance languages option allows for interdisciplinary work tailored according to the needs of the candidate, in consultation with the appropriate advisors. The goal is to meet the interests and career requirements of the candidate by utilizing the full resources of the department and of cognate graduate programs offered by the University. Regardless of the curriculum, the Romance languages option must conform to the following structure:

All Romance languages option students must major in either French or Spanish.

All Romance languages option students must have, in addition to the major in French or Spanish, either


a) an 18-hour minor in another discipline, or 
b) a second major in French or Spanish, or 
c) a second, 30-hour concentration in linguistics 

All Romance languages options students choosing the 18-hour minor must also include in their coursework (above and beyond the hours earned for the MA) at least one additional course in four of the five following main fields in their major: 
    

For Spanish (courses in transatlantic studies can count as either modern peninsular or Latin American)
        Golden Age 
        19th-century peninsular 
        20th- and 21st-century peninsular 
        Colonial Latin America, or 19th-century Latin America

        20th- and 21st-century Latin America, or US Latino studies

 

For French 
        Medieval and Renaissance
        Early modern (17th and 18th centuries)
        19th century
        20th and 21st centuries
        Francophone and French studies

 

A course in literary theory is also required. Additional coursework will normally be geared toward the anticipated area of specialization for the dissertation.

 

The 18-hour minor can be in any field for which a feasible curriculum can be assembled (French, Spanish, German, Latin-American studies, Italian studies, Renaissance studies, English, TESOL, linguistics, etc.). A feasible curriculum is defined as any curriculum for which the appropriate coursework at The University of Alabama is readily available and accessible and for which the candidate has the commensurate background. Up to 12 of the 18 hours in the minor may be transferred from previous MA coursework conducted on another campus. The full 18 hours can be transferred from a previous MA earned at The University of Alabama.

 

All Romance language option students choosing the double major have maximal flexibility in course selection. There is no slate of required courses for either of the two majors. The candidate must simply amass 30 hours (including transferred MA hours) in each of the two languages.  However, the requirement of taking either the French or the Spanish teaching practicum for all new GTAs remains in force (FR 512 or SP 502), and a course in either literary theory or linguistic research methods, as appropriate to the student’s curricular orientation and the direction of the anticipated dissertation, also remains in force. A maximum of 18 hours in either language (French or Spanish) can be transferred from a prior MA to satisfy requirements towards either major in the double-major track.

 

For students seeking a linguistics-oriented curriculum, a 30-hour, interprogrammatic concentration in linguistics, in addition to the major in French or Spanish, is an alternative option. For those students opting for the 30-hour concentration in linguistics (including transferred MA credits), the coursework for the major in French or Spanish, which must also comprise a minimum of 30 hours (including transferred MA credits), is not constrained and may include any combination of courses. The coursework for the concentration in linguistics will be determined in consultation with the appropriate graduate advisor. However, a course in linguistic research methods is required. In most cases, the greater part of the linguistics curriculum will be in the area of applied linguistics because graduate coursework in that area is available on a consistent basis in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics as well as in the Department of English and in the College of Education. Some graduate courses in descriptive and theoretical linguistics are also available in the modern languages department and in the departments of English and anthropology. On occasion, appropriate linguistics coursework is also available in the Department of Communicative Disorders, the Department of Communication Studies, and elsewhere.

 

Some courses can be used to simultaneously satisfy requirements for both the major and the 18-hour minor. For example, a student majoring in French and minoring in Renaissance studies can use a French course on the Renaissance to satisfy requirements for both the major and the minor. Some courses can be counted as either part of the major or part of the linguistics concentration, depending upon the student's programmatic needs. For example, a student majoring in Spanish and having a 30-hour linguistics concentration can count a course on Spanish linguistics as either part of the major or part of the linguistics concentration in order to free up additional hours in the category that best serves the student's programmatic needs. In all cases, a minimum of 60 hours of graduate credit must be accumulated (54 hours for students with an MA thesis).

 

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Course Descriptions

French (FR)

FR 501 Reading Proficiency in French I. Three hours, no credit awarded. 
Introduction to French grammar and vocabulary, with emphasis on developing basic reading and translation skills. 

FR 502 Reading Proficiency in French II. Three hours, no credit awarded. 
Prerequisite: 
FR 501 or permission of the instructor. 
Continued study of grammar and vocabulary, with emphasis on further developing reading and translation skills. 

FR 511 Research Methodology. Three hours. 
Basic research tools and techniques. 

FR 512 Practicum: Applied Linguistics. Three hours. 
The analysis and various practical applications of selected teaching techniques.  

FR 513 Research Methods in French Applied Linguistics. Three hours.
Quantitative and qualitative approaches to second language acquisition research and related techniques. The student will design a procedure based on a research question in relation to the teaching of French. The student will learn to use data collection instruments, to explore theoretical orientations, and to formulate a detailed data analysis plan.
May be repeated for credit when topics vary.


FR 515 Topics in Second Language Acquisition. Three hours. 
Analysis of major issues, theories, research findings and their implications for teaching. Examples: second language reading, classroom language acquisition. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. 

FR 521 Pronunciation and Phonetics. Three hours. 
Introduction to phonetic theory and corrective phonetics aimed at mastery of French pronunciation. Instruction on the articulation of the sounds of French, the phonetic transcription of French, and the correspondence between the sounds of French and its standard orthography. Frequent practice exercises. 
 
FR 531 Francophone Africa. Three hours. 
Prominent themes of the African experience, seen through the eyes of Francophone authors and cinematographers of the Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa, and the diaspora; dialectal and sociolinguistic considerations. 

FR 533 Topics in French Culture and Civilization. Three hours. 
Study of French artistic heritage and development of social and political institutions. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.


FR 545 17th-Century French Literature I. Three hours. 
Prose writings of the 17th century, including but not limited to the philosophical works of Descartes and Pascal and the novels of Madame de Lafayette. 

FR 546 17th-Century French Literature II. Three hours. 
Verse writings of the 17th century, including but not limited to the pre-classical poets (such as Saint-Amant and de Viau) and the dramatic works in verse (such as the plays of Corneille, Molière, and Racine). 

FR 547 Special Topics in 18th-Century French Literature. Three hours. 
A selection of the important texts of the period. Lectures and discussion. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. 

FR 548 18th Century: The Philosophe Movement. Three hours. 
Intellectual prose of the Enlightenment. Lectures and discussion. 

FR 551 19th-Century French Novel. Three hours. 
Close readings of the novel alongside studies in Romanticism, realism, naturalism, symbolism, and Décadence. Novelists, works, and movements of the period including the following: Chateaubriand, Mme de Staël, Stendhal, Balzac, Hugo, Sand, Flaubert, Zola, Huysmans. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. 

FR 552 Special Topics in 19th-Century French Literature. Three hours. 
Readings in poetry, theatre, and prose, either genre-specific or in combination, generally focusing on the first or latter half of the century in order to consider movements in literary thought. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. 

FR 553 20th-Century French Novel. Three hours. 
Major novelists of the period and their works. Reading and discussion of complete texts; lectures and reports. 

FR 554 Special Topics in 20th- and 21st-Century French Literature. Three hours. 
Major trends in 20th- and 21st-century French poetry, theatre, essays, and history of ideas. Lectures and reports. 

FR 555 Québécois Literature and Culture. Three hours. 
A study of the history, culture, and literature of Québec and French Canada, with emphasis on the modern period. 

FR 561 French Linguistics. Three hours. 
Linguistic theory applied to the analysis and description of French phonological, morphological, syntactic, and lexical systems. Tendencies of change in contemporary French. Dialect areas. 

FR 563 French-English Translation. Three hours. 
Study of the problems of translation and of translation strategies addressing them, in connection with relevant theoretical approaches. 

FR 570 Graduate Seminar. Three hours.
In depth study of French or Francophone literature, linguistics, civilization, or a combination. Examples: Francophone Louisiana, French Cinema. Emphasis on research and analytic skills. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

 

FR 580 Special Topics. Three hours.
Special topics in relation to French or Francophone literature, linguistics, civilization, or a combination. Emphasis on research and analytic skills. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.


FR 590 Directed Readings /Directed Study. Three hours.
Permission of the instructor required before enrolling. Subject matter varies. May be repeated for credit. 

FR 598 Nonthesis Research. Variable credit.
Permission of the French graduate advisor required before enrolling.

FR 599 Thesis Research. Variable credit. 
May be repeated for six hours.


FR 643 Poetry of the French Renaissance. Three hours. 
Major poets of the Renaissance, with emphasis on Marot, Scève, Louise Labé, du Bellay, Ronsard. 

FR 644 Narratives of the French Renaissance. Three hours. 
A study of major works, including Rabelais and Montaigne. 

FR 670 Graduate Seminar. Three hours. 
Subject may be in French literature, linguistics, civilization, or a combination. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. 

FR 680 Special Topics. Variable credit. 
Directed reading and/or research. May take the form of either a graduate seminar or individual research, as circumstances warrant. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. 

FR 699 Dissertation Research. Variable credit.

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German (GN)


GN 551GN 552GN 571GN 575, and GN 576 may be repeated for credit when the content varies substantially. A period course (GN 515GN 520GN 525GN 530GN 535, or GN 540) may vary in emphasis during different semesters; when this is the case, students may take the course a second time, but credit for the course may be applied only once toward the minimum hours required for the degree. 

GN 503 German Reading Proficiency I. Three hours, no credit awarded. 
Introduction to German grammar and vocabulary, with emphasis on developing basic reading and translation skills. 

GN 504 German Reading Proficiency II. Three hours, no credit awarded. 
Prerequisite: 
GN 503 or permission of the instructor. 
Continued study of grammar and vocabulary, with emphasis on further developing reading and translation skills. 

GN 510 History of the German Language. Three hours. 
The relationship to Indo-European and to the other Germanic dialects; linguistic development from the earliest times to the present. 

GN 514 Teaching Methodology. Three hours.
Analysis of basic concepts and practical applications of foreign language teaching and learning.

GN 515 Middle High German Language and Literature. Three hours. 
Introduction to the language and literature of the Middle High German period. 

 

GN 516 Topics in Second Language Acquisition. Three hours.
Analysis of major issues and theories in Second Language Acquisition. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

 

GN 518  Historical Linguistics. Three hours.
An advanced introduction to various levels of historical language change. A variety of language families serve as examples.


GN 520 Renaissance and Baroque Literature. Three hours.
Works from the Renaissance (including literature from the Reformation and Humanism) and the Baroque (17th century). 

GN 525 Literature of the Age of Goethe. Three hours. 
Includes the German Enlightenment, Sturm und Drang, Weimar Classicism, and the Romantic movement. 

GN 530 Literature of the Age of Realism. Three hours. 
Includes Biedermeier, Junges Deutschland, Poetic Realism, and Naturalism. 

GN 535 Literature of the Early 20th Century. Three hours. 
Includes the Jahrhundertwende, Expressionism, Neue Sachlichkeit, Exilliteratur, and literature of the Third Reich. 

GN 540 Literature after 1945. Three hours. 
Literature of the German-speaking world in the post-World War II era. 

GN 551 Special Problems and Directed Readings. Three hours.
Permission of the instructor required before enrolling. Special topics chosen by students in conference with the instructor. 

GN 552 Special Problems and Directed Readings.
 Three hours.
Permission of the instructor required before enrolling. Special topics chosen by students in conference with the instructor. 

GN 571 Seminar in Selected Authors. Three hours. 
Students will normally give reports and write at least one research paper. 

GN 575 Seminar in a Literary Genre. Three hours. 
Students will normally give reports and write at least one research paper. 

GN 576 Seminar on a Literary Theme. Three hours. 
Students will normally give reports and write at least one research paper. 

GN 599 Thesis Research. Variable credit. 

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Romance Languages (RL)

RL 513 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. Three hours.
Quantitative and qualitative approaches to second language acquisition research and related techniques. The student will design a procedure based on a research question in relation to the teaching of language. The student will learn to use data collection instruments, to explore theoretical orientations, and to formulate a detailed data analysis plan.
May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

 

RL 518 Historical Linguistics. Three hours.
An advanced introduction to various levels of historical language change. A variety of language families serve as examples.

 

RL 523 Quantitative Methods in Linguistics Research. Three hours.
Introduction to statistical methods that are commonly used in quantitative linguistics research, to prepare students to understand published research findings and conduct field research projects. Repeatable for credit when curriculum varies.


RL 557 Critical Theory. Three hours. 
Study and critical application of literary theory. 

 

RL 570 Graduate Seminar. Three hours.
Topics may be in literature, linguistics, civilization, or a combination. Topics may pertain solely to one or more of the Romance languages or to an array of languages including one or more of the Romance languages. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

 

RL 580 Special Topics. Three hours.
Topics may be in literature, linguistics, civilization, or a combination. Topics may pertain solely to one or more of the Romance languages or to an array of languages including one or more of the Romance languages. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

 

RL 598 Nonthesis Research. Variable credit.
Permission of the appropriate graduate advisor required before enrolling.

RL 599 Thesis Research. Variable credit.
May be repeated for six hours.

 

RL 680 Special Topics. Variable credit. 
Topics may be interdisciplinary or language-specific. A three-hour special topics course in Italian or Italian studies is offered on occasion. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. 

 

RL 699 Dissertation Research. Variable credit.

 

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Spanish (SP)

SP 502 Practicum: Applied Linguistics. Three hours. 
In-depth analysis of fundamental concepts in foreign language learning and teaching. Topics include grammar and vocabulary acquisition, classroom discourse, reading and listening comprehension, writing and principles of language testing. 

SP 503 Reading Proficiency in Spanish I. Three hours, no credit awarded. 
Introduction to Spanish grammar and vocabulary, with emphasis on developing basic reading and translation skills. 

SP 504 Reading Proficiency in Spanish II. Three hours, no credit awarded. 
Prerequisite: 
SP 503 or permission of the instructor. 
Continued study of grammar and vocabulary, with emphasis on further developing reading and translation skills. 

SP 515 Latin-American Colonial Texts. Three hours. 
In-depth study of texts from the colonial period, with emphasis on colonialism and the role of writing in colonization and decolonization. May be repeated for credit when the content varies substantially. 

SP 516 19th-Century Latin-American Literature I. Three hours. 
In-depth study of major literary works of the period, with emphasis on Romanticism, social Romanticism, and Romantic realism. Readings may vary. May be repeated for credit. 

SP 517 19th-Century Latin-American Literature II. Three hours. 
In-depth study of major literary works of the period, with emphasis on naturalism and modernismo (Martí, Darío, etc.). May be repeated for credit when topics vary. 

SP 518 20th- and 21st-Century Latin-American Novel. Three hours. 
A study of the Latin American novel from the Vanguard to the 21st century. Readings may vary. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. 

SP 519 20th- and 21st-Century Latin-American Poetry. Three hours. 
A panoramic approach to the most important movements and particular poetic voices from the Avant Garde period to the present, including authors such as Nicolás Guillén, Nicanor Parra, Lezama Lima, Juan Gelman, Alejandra Pizarnik, Olga Orozco, Tamara Kamentzain, Rosario Castellanos, Gioconda Belli, Alicia Genovese, Nestor Perlongher.

SP 520 18th-Century Spanish Literature. Three hours. 
Subject matter varies but will consist of some combination of the following areas: poetry, theatre, and prose works representing the different literary tendencies of the 18th century as well as the ideological issues of the period. 

SP 521 19th-Century Spanish Prose. Three hours. 
Reading and discussion of complete texts representative of the literary movements of the period; lectures and reports. 

SP 523 Quantitative Methods in Hispanic Linguistics Research. Three hours.
Introduction to statistical methods that are commonly used in quantitative linguistics research, including Hispanic linguistics, to prepare students to understand published research findings and conduct field research projects focusing on Hispanic linguistics. Repeatable for credit when curriculum varies.


SP 526 20th-Century Spanish Literature, Post-Civil War. Three hours. 
Reading and discussion of texts representative of the literary movements of the period. Lectures, discussions, and reports. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. 

SP 534 Latin-American Theatre. Three hours. 
A study of the development of the Latin-American theatre from its origins to the present, with emphasis on 20th-century authors such as Florencio Sánchez and Rodolfo Usigli. 

SP 538 Latin-American Short Story. Three hours. 
The theory of short fiction, as well as particularities of the genre in Latin America, based on the narrative models of Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Juan José Arreola, Virgilio Piñera, and Horacio Quiroga.

SP 556 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics. Three hours. 
Linguistic theory applied to the analysis of the Spanish language. Topics include phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and language change and variation. 

SP 570 Special Topics in Spanish Linguistics. Three hours.
Topics may be theoretical, applied or descriptive in nature, or a combination, and may be narrowly focused or may pertain to a wide variety of dialects. Application of various theoretical, critical and methodological approaches. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

 

SP 580 Seminar in Spanish Linguistics. Three hours.
The focus of the seminar may be theoretical, descriptive, applied, or a combination.
May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

SP 581 Topics in Second Language Acquisition. Three hours. 
Analysis of major issues, theories, research findings, and their implications for teaching. Examples: second language reading, classroom language acquisition, input/output, acquisition of pragmatics. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. 

SP 584 Spanish Phonetics and Dialectology. Three hours.
Detailed examination of Spanish phonetics, including dialectal variations. 

SP 590 Open Topics. Three hours.
Subject matter varies. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. 

SP 591 Cervantes. Three hours. 
Works of Cervantes. 

SP 593 16th-Century Peninsular Literature. Three hours. 
Reading and discussion of selected works of the period. 

SP 594 17th-Century Peninsular Literature. Three hours. 
Reading and discussion of selected works of the period. 

SP 598 Nonthesis Research. Variable credit.
Permission of the Spanish graduate advisor required before enrolling.

SP 599 Thesis Research. Variable credit.
May be repeated for six hours. 

SP 600 Directed Readings or Research. Variable credit.
Permission of the instructor required before enrolling.

SP 689 Seminar in Latin-American Literature. Three hours. 
May be repeated for credit when topics vary. 

SP 690 Seminar in Spanish Literature. Three hours. 
May be repeated for credit when topics vary. 

SP 699 Dissertation Research. Variable credit.


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