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Grammar, idioms, and vocabulary. Practice in translating moderately difficult technical and non-technical French. Not open to students with credit in FREN 2500 This course will be taught 95% or more online. Intended to assist graduate students to satisfy reading knowledge requirement, but does not…
Linguistic, cultural, and literary structures in Portuguese-speaking societies. Emphasis is divided between students' abilities to express themselves fluently in oral and written Portuguese and to identify and contextualize main literary genres and movements. Given in Portuguese. 
A study of selected works of Italian literature within the literary and cultural context of the period in which each work was written. Given in English. Repeatable for maximum 12 hours credit. Course will be offered approximately every other year.  Not offered on a regular basis.
A study of selected works of Italian literature within the literary and cultural context in which each work was written. Given in English, with a significant portion of readings, presentations, and discussion in Italian. This course will be taught in an integrated format. Assignments, discussions,…
A study of the major periods and trends in Italian cinema combined with a critical analysis of selected movies by the major auteurs including, but not limited to, Rossellini, De Sica Visconti Fellini, Antonioni and Bertolucci. Given in English. This is a course on the recent history of Italian…
Specific aspects of cinema, culture, and literature of the Portuguese-speaking world. Topics to be selected according to the needs and interests of the students. Taught in seminar fashion with extensive outside readings of primary and secondary sources. Given in English. 
A study of the major periods and trends in Italian cinema combined with a critical analysis of selected movies by major auteurs. Given in English, with a significant portion of readings, presentations, and discussion in Italian. This course will be taught in an integrated format. Assignments,…
Overview of prominent characteristics and movements in Brazilian culture, history, society, artistic and intellectual development, as seen in Brazilian cinema, literature, art, media, and historical texts. Given in Portuguese. 
Selected poetry and prose from the Italian Middle Ages. Works include Dante's Vita Nuova, religious works by Umbrian writers, love poetry of the Scuola Siciliana and the Dolce Stil Novo, and narrative prose by Boccaccio, Marco Polo, et al. Given in Italian. Course will be offered approximately…
Representative prose texts from Portugal, Brazil, and Lusophone Africa analyzed in their cultural, social, and political contexts. Given in Portuguese. 
Italian Renaissance and Baroque texts, selected from lyric poetry, the epic, the pastoral, the theater, treatises, scientific prose, family writings and letters. Works by Ariosto, Poliziano, Boiardo, Tasso, Lorenzo, Alberti, Machiavelli, Castiglione, Sannazaro, Marino, Michelangelo, Leonardo da…
Representative poetic texts from Portugal, Brazil, and Lusophone Africa analyzed in their cultural, social, and political contexts. Given in Portuguese. 
Intensive reading and analysis of the major works of representative Italian writers and study of main literary movements in Italian literature from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Given in Italian. Course will be offered approximately every three semesters.  Not offered on a regular basis…
Representative plays from Portugal and Brazil analyzed with emphasis on drama as a literary genre, specific aspects of staging and performance, and socio-political context of theatrical production. Given in Portuguese. 
Studies in culture and literature of the Portuguese-speaking world. Selected topics of special interest in their cultural, social, and political context.  *Fall 2022* (cross-listed as an elective with Women’s Studies) TTH 2:20-3:35pm Dr. Cecília Rodrigues Women Short Story Writers of the Portuguese…
Mentoring and tutoring of undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages. Graduate students work directly with the students abroad in order to ease their transition, and tutor them in an assigned subject. Written final report required…
Advanced practice in the use of archives. Students will handle and interpret unique and rare objects in special collections. The course will culminate in the design of an exhibit, educational program, or project of cultural significance for a public audience. Course is given in Spanish. This course…
Representative texts from the Spanish Middle Ages through the Renaissance, including narrative fiction (poetry, prose, drama) and historiographic writings, such as chronicles and memoirs. Given in Spanish. Not offered on a regular basis.
This is a course whose content changes each time it is taught; it is a split-level course where both undergraduates and graduate students are present. Past topics have included "Word and Image in French Literature" and "The Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century French Fiction." FALL 2022: Lingua franca…
Selected topics in Italian culture, civilization, language, literature, or literary theory. Given in Italian. Offered every year.
Selected topics in culture, civilization, language, linguistics, literature, or literary theory. Given in English.   Spring 2023: Dr. Rachel Gabara, "Retelling Colonization in African Fiction and Film" In her landmark Imperial Eyes, scholar Mary Louise Pratt defined the contact zone as “the space…
Students will hone their language skills by engaging topics related to the cultures, language, or literature of the Spanish-speaking world. Given in Spanish. Offered every year.
Students will hone their language skills by engaging topics related to the cultures, language, or literature of the Spanish-speaking world. Given in Spanish. 
The major areas of the Francophone world: North America, Antilles, Africa, Maghreb, and Indian Ocean. Literary works will be examined in their linguistic and cultural contexts.
Representative texts from all genres of the late Renaissance through the Baroque, Spain's so-called "Golden Age." Given in Spanish. Not offered on a regular basis.
Significant developments in the language, literature, and civilization of France from the eleventh through the fifteenth centuries. Discussions will consider writers and genres, linguistic theory, popular culture, and the arts with special attention to historical, social, and political context.…
Representative texts from all genres of the Spanish Enlightenment through the Spanish Civil War. Given in Spanish. Not offered on a regular basis.
Significant developments in the language, literature, and civilization of France during the Renaissance and Reformation. Discussions will consider writers and genres, linguistic theory, popular culture, and the arts with special attention to the historical, social, and political context. Given in…
The scientific study of the nature and characteristics of human languages with a specific focus on the linguistic structures (phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic) of one or more Romance Languages and their use and variation, historical development, and acquisition. Given in English. 
The scientific study of the nature and characteristics of human languages with a specific focus on the linguistic structures (phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic) of one or more Romance languages and their use and variation, historical development, and acquisition. Given in Spanish.  
Selected topics in French 17th-century literature, culture, and civilization, from approximately 1590 to 1715. References to the broader context of European history, culture, and civilization of the time will be brought to bear when appropriate. Fall 2022 Course description
Representative texts from all genres of contemporary Spanish literature from the post-Civil War period through Postmodernism. Given in Spanish. Not offered on a regular basis. 
Selected topics in French 18th-century literature, culture, and civilization, from approximately 1715 to 1789. References to the broader context of European history, culture, and civilization of the time will be brought to bear when appropriate.
Introduction to sociolinguistics from a variationist perspective. Analysis of multiple levels of linguistic variation (e.g., phonetic, morphosyntactic) and examination of correlations between linguistic variables and social factors as observed in empirical data from different varieties of Spanish.…
Literary works and cultural artifacts in their contexts from the nineteenth century in France. Literary movements from Romanticism to symbolism may be studied, as well as the literary and social influences brought about by the wars, revolutions, and innovations of this period. Given in French. This…
Readings from a wide variety of texts, such as chronicles, letters and "relaciones," that articulate, reflect, and ponder upon New World encounters in the Early Modern Era. Given in Spanish. Not offered on a regular basis.
Literary and non-literary works in their contexts from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in France. Literary movements from Dada to Poststructuralism may be studied, as well as the literary and social influences brought about by the wars and revolutions of this period. Given in French.
Identification of the boundaries of Portuguese and their historic- political antecedents, study of the Portuguese language within the context of other romance languages, trace the development of Portuguese from Latin origins to modern, analyze texts from different periods illustrating stages in the…
The major linguistic changes in the history of the Spanish language, including the interaction of linguistic and societal changes and the representation of these changes in texts. Offered every year.
Significant developments in French and Francophone digital arts with a focus on the literary, storytelling, and poetry, including electronic literature and video games. Discussion will consider writers/designers and genres, literary theory, theory of media and game studies. Course given in French.…
Selected readings from nineteenth-century Spanish America, with particular emphasis placed on the literatures of nationhood and independence. Given in Spanish. Not offered on a regular basis.
Significant developments in French and Francophone digital arts with a focus on the literary, storytelling and poetry, including electronic literature and video games. Discussion will consider writers/designers and genres, literary theory, theory of media and game studies. Course given in French.…
French phonetics: the sounds of French as they relate to levels of language from the vernacular to literature. An examination of how sounds vary with relation to region and social class. Practice in class and in the language laboratory. Given in French.
The Spanish sound system using core concepts of linguistics in general and phonology in particular. Characterization and transcription of spoken Spanish. Analysis of important phenomena of language variation in the Hispanic world, including national, geographical, historical, and social dialects.…
Phonology of French as it determines the underlying forms of morphology with an application to the teaching of French to non-native speakers. Emphasis on the concepts of variation, acceptability, and cultural sensitivity. Given in French.
Representative texts from all genres of Spanish American literature from the Modernist to the Postmodern periods. Given in Spanish. Offered every year.
Grammar and language usage in the study of the syntactic and morphological structures of Spanish. The syntax and morphology of the pronoun and verb systems, agreement phenomena, gerunds, comparisons, and modal and aspectual distinctions. Written self-expression on a variety of issues as practical…
The syntax of modern French through readings in descriptive analysis and examples of literary texts to see how word order contributes to meaning. Particular emphasis on levels of style and reflections of social class. Frequent compositions required. Given in French.
Selected readings that articulate, contextualize, and define the complexities of Latina/o language, literature, and culture in the United States. Given in Spanish. Not offered on a regular basis.
Phonetic and morpho-syntactic structures that are problematic for the English-speaking student of Spanish. Ways in which culture is encoded in language. Implications of Spanish linguistics for the teaching and learning of Spanish and the linguistic education of language teachers. Given in Spanish.…
Representations of Africa and African American culture in Hispanic Literature by writers of African descent. By covering a variety of genres, the course will provide discussion about a cultural identity that is constantly in dialogue with dominant discourses. The course will incorporate critical…
The major changes in the history of the French language, with special attention to the interaction of linguistic and societal changes and to the representation of these changes in literary texts. Given in French.
Semantic and pragmatic approaches to the study of meaning in Spanish. Differences between sentence meaning and speaker meaning. Analysis of types of discourse in Spanish such as narrative and free conversation. Given in Spanish.
Research while enrolled for a master's degree under the direction of faculty members.
Research while enrolled for a master's degree under the direction of faculty members. 
Research while enrolled for a master's degree under the direction of faculty members.  
Advanced supervised experience in an applied setting. This course may not be used to satisfy a student's approved program of study. 
Professional development training for M.A. students. This course may not be used to satisfy a student’s approved program of study. Nontraditional format: Series of workshops and presentations regarding professional development skills and materials.
Thesis writing under the direction of the major professor.
Thesis writing under the direction of the major professor. 
Thesis writing under the direction of the major professor.
Principles and methods of second language teaching applied to Romance languages. An analysis of techniques used to teach listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture, with an examination of current theories of language acquisition. Given in English. 
Foreign language teaching and learning applied to Spanish. Theories of second language acquisition. Techniques and strategies to teach listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture in context. Activities and procedures of classroom instruction. Issues in the professionalization of Spanish…
Specific aspects of Romance languages, linguistics, literatures, or cultures.  Fall 2022 Contemporary Comics in Romance Language Cultures course description
An intensive, integrative, and contextualized study of a specific representative topic in language, literature, culture, and linguistics of the French-speaking world. Given in French.
An intensive, integrative, and contextualized study of a specific topic in literature and culture of the Portuguese- speaking world. Given in Portuguese. 
An intensive, integrative, and contextualized study of a specific representative topic in language, literature, culture, and linguistics of the Spanish-speaking world. Given in Spanish. Offered every year.
Topics in medieval literature, language, and culture. Study of a particular problem, author, genre, or linguistic topic will be integrated into the larger cultural context of medieval France. Given in French.
Topics in Italian literature, language, and culture. Study of a particular problem, author, genre, or linguistic topic will be integrated into the larger cultural context of Italian studies. Given in Italian. Offered every year.  
Poetry and poetics from Spain and/or Spanish America, which may include Latino/a poetry and poetics in the United States. Given in Spanish.  
Theories that have special relevance for understanding French literature, linguistics, and cultural studies. Readings, discussions, and assignments in French. Readings by Bal, Barthes, Baudrillard, Benveniste, Bourdieu, Genette, Irigaray, Jakobson, Kristeva, L‚vi-Strauss, Riffaterre. Emphasis on…
The theories and practices that have shaped Hispanic literature, with particular emphasis on some of the central issues that animate theoretical debates among literary scholars today. Given in Spanish. Offered every year.
In-depth study of a major author or special topic related to the French Renaissance. Given in French.
Fictional narrative discourses from Spain and/or Spanish America, which may include Latino/a texts written and conceived in the United States. Given in Spanish.
Doctoral-level seminar in French seventeenth-century studies. Given in French.
An analysis of different ways in which Spaniards and Spanish Americans have approached complex philosophical problems, such as self-definition and cultural identity. Given in Spanish.
Doctoral-level seminar in French eighteenth-century studies. Given in French. Spring '22 with Dr. Jonathan Haddad Les Droits de l’Homme: Une invention du XVIIIe siècle. Course description pdf attached below.
Exploration of broad and flexible conceptions of theater, theatricality, and/or film in the Spanish-speaking world. Given in Spanish.  
Topics in the study of sociolinguistics and dialectology, particularly related to Romance Languages. The topics covered in the course include (but are not limited to) quantitative methods in sociolinguistics and dialectology, language change/grammaticalization, sociophonetics, and language contact…
This is an advanced seminar in which a circumscribed topic is studied in depth. Topics in this course come from the literature of the 19th century. Topics have included "Hugo's Les Misérables," "Ekphrasis," and "Hugo and Baudelaire."
Extensive readings in the field of the student's program of study determined by the student's previous background, presuming that the student is capable of reading rapidly with comprehension. Nontraditional Format: This course would have a directed-study format. Offered fall and spring semester…
Extensive readings in the field of the student's program of study determined by the student's previous background, presuming that the student is capable of reading rapidly with comprehension. 
An exploration of how the interests of race, class, and gender are presented in Hispanic literatures. Given in Spanish.  
An in-depth study and critique of the scholarly literature and research on a representative topic or topics in the history of the Spanish language. Given in Spanish.
A major author, group of authors, theme, genre topic or movement in French or Francophone literature. Given in French.
Students will work with current models of formal phonological analysis, including Optimality Theory and Exemplar Theory, as well as phonetically-informed approaches, to look at both synchronic and diachronic phenomena in the language. Data from both modern Spanish dialects and the historical…
In-depth study of one or several writers, representative of one of the major Francophone areas in the world: North America, Antilles, Africa, Maghreb, and Indian Ocean. Although the primary emphasis will be on literary works, they will be studied in their linguistic and cultural contexts.
Advanced-level description and formal linguistic analysis of major syntactic structures, particularly relating to Spanish and other Romance Languages. This includes, but is not limited to, the interfaces with morphology and semantics. Study will be undertaken within light of recent linguistic…
Topics and issues in French linguistics. Possible offerings include Old French, French dialectology, French sociolinguistics, and French semantics and pragmatics. Given in French.
Survey of issues and theories in second language acquisition and examination of current research in the acquisition of Spanish as a second language. Critiques of both theoretical and applied studies and collection and analysis of empirical data. Given in Spanish. Offered spring semester every even-…
Topics in pragmatics and discourse analysis related to linguistic phenomena in Spanish and other Romance languages. Topics include inferential, cognitive, and socio-cultural pragmatic theories, discourse structure/organization, reference (anaphora, deixis), speech acts and politeness, and discourse…
Research while enrolled for a doctoral degree under the direction of faculty members.   
Advanced supervised experience in an applied setting. This course may not be used to satisfy a student's approved program of study. 
Professional development training for Ph.D. students. This course may not be used to satisfy a student’s approved program of study. Nontraditional Format: Series of workshops and presentations regarding professional development skills and materials
Dissertation writing under the direction of the major professor. 

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