4108 Modern Languages Building
Professor Thomas M. Kavanagh, Chair
May be elected as a departmental concentration program in French, Italian, Spanish, or Romance Linguistics
Frank P. Casa, Director of Middlebury Spanish School, Golden Age Literature, Seventeenth Century Comedia, Social and Political Aspects of Twentieth Century Drama
Ross Chambers, Modern French and European Literature, Literary Theory
Cedomil Goic, Spanish American literature; Chilean literature, Literary History and Criticism
Floyd F. Gray, 16th and 17th century French literature
Monroe Z. Hafter, Spanish Literature from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century
Thomas M. Kavanagh, 18th century French literature, Film, Literary theory
Luisa Lopez-Grigera, Golden Age Philology and Rhetoric
Gregory Lucente, Italian Literature, Comparative Literature
Guy Mermier, Translation, Medieval literature Oil and Oc, Director of Medieval and Renaissance Collegium
Walter D. Mignolo, Latin American Literature, Semiotics and Text Theory
Marcel Muller, 19th and 20th century French literature
Roy J. Nelson, 20th century French literature, French cinema
Ilene Olken, Modern Italian and French Literature, Comparative Literature
Domna C. Stanton, Seventeenth century French literature, Women writers, Critical Theory
Noël Valis, 19th and 20th century Spanish literature
Andrew Anderson, Twentieth Century Spanish Literature
Frances Aparicio, Modern Latinamerican literature, Hispanic literature
Steven N. Dworkin, Spanish and Portuguese diachronic linguistics, Romance etymology
M. Peter Hagiwara, French linguistics, Applied linguistics, and methodology
Clifford S. Leonard, French, Italian, Romanian linguistics, Comparative Dialectology
William Paulson, 18th and 19th century French literature, System theory and literature
Alina Clej, French Literature and Comparative Literature
John Graham, Medieval French Literature
Laura Pérez, 19th and 20th century Spanish American poetry, narrative and culture; Latina(o) culture
Patrice Somé, Colonial and Neo-Colonial literature in Africa and the Caribbeans; Francophone literature
Santiago Colas, Latin American and Comparative literature
Franca Agnello-Modica, Elementary Italian Language Teaching
Mireille Belloni, Intermediate and Advanced Business French
Romana Capek-Habekovic, Elementary Italian Language Teaching
Michel J-P Gabrielli, Intermediate and Advanced Business French, French Drama, Language and Civilization, Spring Paris Program in connection with C.W.E.S.
Raquel Gonzales, Elementary Spanish Language Teaching, Coordination
Elizabeth Guzmán, Elementary Spanish Language Teaching, Coordination
Ann Hilberry, Elementary Spanish Language Teaching
Cheryl Mellor, Elementary French Language Teaching, Coordination
Kathy Meyer, Elementary French Language Teaching, Coordination
Michael Milne, Elementary Spanish Language Teaching, coordination
Helene Neu, French phonetics, Teaching Assistant supervision, Coordination
Dennis Pollard, Elementary Spanish Language Teaching, Coordination
Kathleen Smail, Elementary French Language Teaching, Coordination
Professors Emeriti Büdel, Fraker, Morgan, O'Neill, Pulgram.
The department offers courses in French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Romance Linguistics. The primary goals of the undergraduate program are (1) mastery of the language; (2) an understanding and interpretation of Romance literature and culture; and (3) preparation for teaching or other careers requiring specialized linguistic knowledge and skill.
The study of a second language expands the outlook and interests of the educated citizen. By providing insight into the social and intellectual life of other peoples, language study fosters humanistic attitudes and cultivates a spirit of tolerance and understanding.
Students supplement their training in classes by use of the department's language laboratory facilities and by participation in extra-curricular language activities.
The Language Requirement for the A.B. or B.S. Degree. Students who have previous training or experience in a particular language are required to take a placement test before electing a course in that language. Students who demonstrate a fourth-term proficiency are certified to have fulfilled the LS&A language requirement. Other students are placed in courses according to their demonstrated degree of competence and satisfy the LS&A language requirement by successful completion of French 232, Italian 232, Portuguese 232, Spanish 232, or the equivalent. Students with previous background in or exposure to a Romance language are encouraged to continue study of that language through the freshman and sophomore years. Once the study of a language has begun in residence, then fourth-term language study must be taken in residence.
Language Laboratory. There is a language laboratory on the second floor of the Modern Language Building which gives students an opportunity to improve their command of the spoken language by listening to recordings of native speakers and by oral/aural exercises and drills. Certain courses offered by the department require regular use of the language laboratory facilities.
French House. The department sponsors a Maison Française where students can improve their spoken French. Maison Française provides room and board for both men and women. Various cultural and social events are scheduled throughout the year. For further information, contact the University Housing Office.
Concentration in French allows students considerable flexibility in developing a program of study leading to competence in the French language and basic familiarity with French civilization and literature.
Prerequisites to Concentration. French through French 361.
Concentration Program. 30 approved credits beyond French 361 in French language, literature, and civilization. At least 12 of these must be French courses numbered 400 or above. French 362 (Advanced French) must be elected by all students who have satisfied the prerequisite, French 361, or equivalent. Students are required to elect French 371, unless they obtained a grade of B+ or above in 362, or are exempted by the concentration advisor. Concentrators must elect at least two courses from among 386, 387, 388, 389, and at least one course (apart from 362 and 371) in language or civilization. At the 400 level, at least two of the four required courses must be in literature. A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan. French concentrators are encouraged to elect courses related to their field of study outside of the department.
Honors Concentration. Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study in the beginning or middle of the junior year (or at the beginning of the senior year following participation in a junior/year/in/ France program), leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in French. Admission to senior level Honors work in French is by application only (forms are available in the Honors Office). The Honors Committee expects applicants to demonstrate superior ability for their level in both oral and written French, and to present evidence of serious interest in research. A grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses and in all French courses is required for admission and for graduation with Honors in French.
Students with a grade point average of 3.5 and permission of the Honors advisor may enroll in junior Honors courses (French 391 or 392), in which selected readings in French literature and/or theory are studied in tutorials with senior members of the faculty, in written reports, and in term papers. Students admitted to senior Honors by application (upon completion of French 391 or 392 or a junior year in France) enroll in College Honors 490, usually during both terms of their senior year, and seek out a member of the professorial staff in French to guide their studies. Honors seniors complete two principal tasks under the guidance of their tutor: intensive preparation for the Honors oral examination (this may include auditing of advanced courses and tutoring), and the writing of a senior thesis. The thesis is submitted, and the oral examination taken, near the end of the senior year. Honors students are expected to complete the requirements for the concentration in French.
Students interested in French Honors should consult the Honors advisor and pick up a copy of the application form in the Honors Office.
Advising and Counseling. The concentration advisors are Professor Guy Mermier and Professor Roy J. Nelson. Professor Hagiwara is the concentration advisor for candidates for a secondary school teaching certificate. Appointments are scheduled at 1213 Angell.
Teaching Certificate. Candidates for a secondary school teaching certificate should study the general information about teaching certificate requirements which appears under the Teacher Certification Program in this Bulletin. A teaching major in French requires 30 credits beyond French 361, including French 362, 371, 385, 388, 389 and 12 credits of 400-level courses including French 426 and 427. A teaching minor in French requires 20 credits beyond French 361, including French 362, 385, 453, 454.
Junior Year Abroad. The University of Michigan jointly sponsors a Junior Year Abroad in France (University of Aix-en-Provence) with The University of Wisconsin. Information about this program and other study abroad opportunities is available at the Office of International Programs (OIP) (5208 Angell Hall, 764-4311). See also International Programs in this chapter of the Bulletin.
France Summer Study Program.The University of Michigan sponsors a six-week program in St. Malo during the summer half term in France for second and third year courses. Information about this program is available at the Office of International Programs (OIP) (5208 Angell Hall, 764-4311).
For students concentrating in French and/or Economics, a course in French business, including an internship with major companies based in Paris, is offered by the Department of Romance Languages in connection with the Office of International Programs (OIP). Programs include courses on French politics and economics. Information about this program is available from OIP, 764-4311.
Prerequisites to Concentration. Italian 232 or the equivalent.
Concentration Program. Required are Italian 360, 361, 362, and 15 additional credits elected at the 400-level or above. Six credits in a cognate field are also required.
Advising and Counseling. Counseling appointments are scheduled at 4108 MLB.
There is no concentration in Portuguese, but students can select courses from the beginning level, 101-102, through advanced courses in Brazilian and Portuguese literature, as well as two 600 level courses in the history and structure of that language.
Prerequisites to Concentration. Spanish through Spanish 232, and Spanish 361 and 362.
Concentration Program. A total of 30 approved credits beyond Spanish 361 and 362. This must include three courses, or 9 credits, of literature or civilization selected from among Spanish 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387 and 388; six courses, or 18 credits, at the 400 level; and one course, or 3 credits, in a cognate department. A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.
Honors Concentration. Qualified students holding a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and Spanish Concentration GPA of 3.5 may be admitted to the Honors program in Spanish at the beginning of the junior year. Admission to the program is by application to the Honors undergraduate advisor. Students are required to take Span 391 and 392 Junior Honors Courses (as two of the three required courses for Spanish concentration), and Span 490 and 491 Senior Honors Courses (as two of the six required 400-level courses for Spanish concentration) during their senior year. Spanish Honors courses may be taken as independent studies with Spanish Faculty or as additional requirement agreed upon with the professors of Spanish 371 through 388, so that students register in the courses as Span 391 or 392. Upon completion of Span 391 and 392 the students enroll in Senior Honors 490 and 491 during both terms of their senior year, and seek out a member of the Spanish professorial staff to guide their studies. Honors seniors complete two principal tasks under the guidance of their tutor: intensive preparation for the Honors oral examination, and the writing of a senior thesis, normally produced in Span 491. The thesis (a forty-page essay) is submitted and the oral examination taken near the end of the senior year. In the oral examination the thesis must be defended by the Honors concentrator. Honors students are expected to complete the requirements for concentration in Spanish.
Advising and Counseling. The concentration advisor are Professors A.A. Anderson, L. López-Grigera, and Laura Pérez (Chair). Appointments through the department secretary in 4108 MLB.
Teaching Certificate. Candidates for a secondary school teaching certificate should study the general information about teaching certificate requirements which appears under the Teacher Certification Program in this Bulletin. A teaching major in Spanish requires 30 credits beyond Spanish 361, including 362, 411 and 412; nine credits of the total required 30 credits must be at the 300 level; and the remainder, 400-level courses, including Span 459. A teaching minor in Spanish requires 21 credits beyond Spanish 232, including Spanish 361, 362, 412, and 12 credits in literature courses elected at the 300 level or above.
Spain Summer Study Program. The University of Michigan sponsors a six-week program during the Summer half term in Salmanca and Madrid, Spain for second and third year courses. Information about this program is available at the Office of International Programs (OIP) (5208 Angell Hall, 764-4311. See also Office of International Programs in this chapter of the Bulletin.
Junior Year Abroad The University of Michigan jointly sponsors a Junior Year Abroad in Spain (University of Seville) with Cornell University. Starting 1993, a Junior Year Abroad in chile (Catholic University of Chile) will be sponsored jointly with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Information about these program and other study abroad opportunities is available at the Office of International Programs (OIP), 5208 Angell Hall, 764-4311. See also International Programs in this chapter of the Bulletin.
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