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RLL Advising

The Department offers majors in French, Italian, Romance Languages & Literatures, and Spanish.  It offers minors in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Major Advising. Appointments are scheduled online: 
https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/AdvAppts/AA_StuSelfSvc1.aspx?ctgy=RLL
or at the department office, 4108 Modern Languages Building, (734) 764-5344.

 

Minor Advising. Students wishing to pursue a minor must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the department's designated  advisor. Appointments are scheduled online: https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/advappts/AA_StuSelfSvc1.aspx?ctgy=RLL or at the department office, 4108 Modern Languages Building, (734) 764-5344.

Romance Languages and Literatures Major

Effective Winter 2013

May be elected as a departmental major

Major in Romance Languages and Literatures allows students to include more than one Romance language in a program of study that also encourages them to discover and to make connections between the two Romance languages and cultures that they choose to pursue. All students should consult with a department advisor to develop a program of study that best corresponds to their interests and career plans.

Study Abroad

Majors in Romance Languages and Literatures are encouraged to consider the possibility of studying abroad for at least one of their languages.

Prerequisites to the Major

Same as those for majors in the individual languages:

  • FRENCH 235 for students of French
  • ITALIAN 232 or 233 for students of Italian
  • PORTUG 232 or 280 for students of Portuguese
  • SPANISH 277 (or 275 and 276) for students of Spanish

In addition, upper-level courses have the following prerequisites:

  • Two French courses FRENCH 250-299 for most French courses 300 and above
  • ITALIAN 230, 232 or 233  for other major-level Italian courses
  • PORTUG 287 for other minor-level Portuguese courses
  • Three 277-399-level Spanish courses for most 400-level Spanish courses

Requirements for the Major

 A minimum of 42 credits consisting of the following:

  1. A minimum of 33 credits of coursework in 2 languages (from French, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish) that meet the following qualifications:
    • only courses that would count towards the individual language majors may be used to satisfy this requirement
    • courses must be listed in the LSA Course Catalogue as taught in the target language
    • a minimum of 12 credits in each of the first two target languages
    • a minimum of 21 credits from upper-level courses (at least six credits in each of the first two target languages)
      N.b. "upper-level" means:
      300 or above in French and Italian
    • 400 or above in Portuguese
      400 or above in Spanish
  2. A minimum of 9 additional credits in any Romance language, including:
    1. one course in Romance philology or comparative Romance linguistics
    2. one elective:
      1. ROMLANG/ROMLING number; or
      2. another major-level course in French, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish (in English or the target language)
    3. ROMLANG 498, the Senior Seminar in RLL

Part I of the requirements gives students the choice between treating the languages more or less equally and having "primary" and "secondary" languages.

Part II of the requirements fosters "bridges" between the two languages that are of both a practical/linguistic nature and an intellectual one.

Requirement II.1 grounds the major in Romance Languages and Literatures in an understanding of the linguistic "kinship" between Romance languages. The following courses have been approved by the RLL curriculum committee as options for fulfilling the linguistics requirement (II.1):

  • ROMLING 300, Introduction to the Romance Languages
  • ROMLING 400, Topics in Romance Languages and Literatures, sections titled "Romance-Based Pidgins and Creoles" or "Romance-Based Bilingualism"
  • LING 446/LACS 446.

Requirement II.2 encourages students to explore the intellectual connections between the fields of French and Francophone studies, Hispanic studies,  Italian studies, and Portuguese studies while fostering both a comparative and interdisciplinary understanding of Romance studies. Students should have their elective (Requirement II.2) approved by the RLL advisor.

All RLL majors will be enrolled in the senior seminar (Requirement II.3) during the Fall term of their senior year. This seminar relies on students" prior coursework as a basis for reinforcing connections between courses in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish as well as offers an introduction to the methods of Romance Studies and an exploration of potential topics for which crossing boundaries between languages might provide productive avenues of inquiry. A major component of the senior seminar involves individual research projects tailored to each student"s linguistic competences.

Residence requirement: A minimum of 21 of the required 42 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.

Honors Plan

Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Romance Languages and Literatures. The Curriculum Committee in Romance Languages and Literatures expects applicants to present evidence of superior language skills and a serious interest in comparative research involving both of their languages and the cultures articulated through them. Interested students should contact the Honors advisor in Romance Languages and Literatures toward the end of their junior year. Admission to senior-level Honors work in Romance Languages and Literatures is by application only. In addition to the application form (available on the department website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/rll), students should submit a copy of their transcript, a one- page statement of purpose, and a sample essay.

The normal requirements for the major in Romance Languages and Literatures must be completed along with the following:

  1. Composition of a thesis incorporating the results of individual research, the minimum length being 40 pages; and
  2. A discussion of the thesis and of an agreed upon set of related readings with the student"s faculty advisor and one other faculty reader. Ideally. the two readers will represent the student's two languages.

A grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses, as well as in all courses taken for the major is required for admission and for graduation with Honors in Romance Languages and Literatures. For students opting to write an Honors thesis in Romance Languages and Literatures, the senior seminar constitutes their fall term of work on the thesis. In the winter term of their senior year, they enroll in ROMLANG 499, the Senior Honors Course, in which they will complete their thesis under the supervision of a faculty member whose research interests are more closely aligned with the student's.

Teacher Certification

By taking a number of courses in each language beyond the requirements for the major in Romance Languages and Literatures, students may qualify for teaching certification in both a major and a minor language. The exact requirements for certification are available at the following School of Education website: www.soe.umich.edu/file/tag/teacher+education/

Candidates for a secondary school teaching certificate should study the general information about teaching certificate requirements, which appears under the Teacher Certification Program, and contact the School of Education.

 

Romance Languages and Literatures Major (Fall 2011-Fall 2013) +

Effective Fall 2011-Fall 2013 

May be elected as a departmental major

Major in Romance Languages and Literatures allows students to include more than one Romance language in a program of study that also encourages them to discover and to make connections between the two Romance languages and cultures that they choose to pursue. All students should consult with a department advisor to develop a program of study that best corresponds to their interests and career plans.

Prerequisites to the Major

Same as those for majors in the individual languages:

  • FRENCH 235 for students of French
  • ITALIAN 232 or 233 for students of Italian
  • SPANISH 277 (or 275 and 276) for students of Spanish

In addition, upper-level courses have the following prerequisites:

  • Two French courses FRENCH 250-299 for most French courses 300 and above
  • ITALIAN 235 for other major-level Italian courses
  • Three 300-level Spanish courses for 400-level Spanish courses

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 42 credits consisting of the following:

  1. A minimum of 33 credits of coursework in 2 languages (from French, Italian, or Spanish) that meet the following qualifications:
    • only courses that would count towards the individual language majors may be used to satisfy this requirement
    • courses must be listed in Bulletin as taught in the target language
    • a minimum of 12 credits in each language
    • a minimum of 21 credits from upper-level courses (at least six credits in each language)
      N.b. "upper-level" means:
      300 or above in French and Italian
      400 or above in Spanish
  2. A minimum of 9 additional credits, including:
    1. one course in Romance philology or linguistics
    2. one elective:
      1. ROMLANG/ROMLING number; or
      2. another major-level course in French, Spanish, or Italian (in English or the target language)
    3. ROMLANG 498, the Senior Seminar in RLL

Part I of the requirements gives students the choice between treating the languages more or less equally and having "primary" and "secondary" languages.

Part II of the requirements fosters "bridges" between the two languages that are of both a practical/linguistic nature and an intellectual one.

Requirement II.1 grounds the major in Romance Languages and Literatures in an understanding of the linguistic "kinship" between Romance languages. The following courses have been approved by the RLL curriculum committee as options for fulfilling the linguistics requirement (II.1):

  • ROMLING 300, Introduction to the Romance Languages
  • ROMLING 400, Topics in Romance Languages and Literatures, sections titled "Romance-Based Pidgins and Creoles" or "Romance-Based Bilingualism"
  • LING 446/LACS 446.

Requirement II.2 encourages students to explore the intellectual connections between the fields of French and Francophone studies, Hispanic studies, and Italian studies as well as fosters both a comparative and interdisciplinary understanding of Romance studies. Students should have their elective (Requirement II.2) approved by the RLL advisor.

All RLL majors will be enrolled in the senior seminar (Requirement II.3) during the Fall term of their senior year. This seminar relies on students" prior coursework as a basis for reinforcing connections between courses in French, Italian, and Spanish as well as offers an introduction to the methods of Romance Studies and an exploration of potential topics for which crossing boundaries between languages might provide productive avenues of inquiry. A major component of the senior seminar involves individual research projects tailored to each student"s linguistic competences.

Residence requirement: A minimum of 21 of the required 42 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.

Honors Plan. Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Romance Languages and Literatures. The Curriculum Committee in Romance Languages and Literatures expects applicants to present evidence of superior language skills and a serious interest in comparative research involving both of their languages and the cultures articulated through them. Interested students should contact the Honors advisor in Romance Languages and Literatures toward the end of their junior year. Admission to senior-level Honors work in Romance Languages and Literatures is by application only. In addition to the application form (available on the department website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/rll), students should submit a copy of their transcript, a one- page statement of purpose, and a sample essay.

The normal requirements for the major in Romance Languages and Literatures must be completed along with the following:

  1. Composition of a thesis incorporating the results of individual research, the minimum length being 40 pages; and
  2. A discussion of the thesis and of an agreed upon set of related readings with the student"s faculty advisor and one other faculty reader. Ideally. the two readers will represent the student's two languages.

A grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses, as well as in all courses taken for the major is required for admission and for graduation with Honors in Romance Languages and Literatures. For students opting to write an Honors thesis in Romance Languages and Literatures, the senior seminar constitutes their fall term of work on the thesis. In the winter term of their senior year, they enroll in ROMLANG 499, the Senior Honors Course, in which they will complete their thesis under the supervision of a faculty member whose research interests are more closely aligned with the student's.

Teacher Certification. By taking a number of courses in each language beyond the requirements for the major in Romance Languages and Literatures, students may qualify for teaching certification in both a major and a minor language. The exact requirements for certification are available at the following School of Education website: www.soe.umich.edu/file/tag/teacher+education/

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, and contact the School of Education.

Study Abroad. Majors in Romance Languages and Literatures are encouraged to consider the possibility of studying abroad for at least one of their languages, The University of Michigan jointly sponsors study abroad programs in French, Italian, and Spanish. Information about these programs is available at the Center for Global and Intercultural Study, 930 North University Avenue, (734) 764-4311. See also Global and Intercultural Study in this Bulletin and the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/rll.

Romance Languages and Literatures major (Fall 2010-Summer 2011) +

Effective Fall 2010

May be elected as a departmental major

Major in Romance Languages and Literatures allows students to include more than one Romance language in a program of study that also encourages them to discover and to make connections between the two Romance languages and cultures that they choose to pursue. All students should consult with a department advisor to develop a program of study that best corresponds to their interests and career plans.

Prerequisites to the Major

Same as those for majors in the individual languages:

  • FRENCH 235 for students of French
  • ITALIAN 232 or 233 for students of Italian
  • SPANISH 275 and 276 for students of Spanish

In addition, upper-level courses have the following prerequisites:

  • Two French courses FRENCH 250-99 for most French courses 300 and above
  • ITALIAN 235 for other major-level Italian courses
  • Three 300-level Spanish courses for 400-level Spanish courses

Program of study in a major

A minimum of 42 credits consisting of the following:

  1.  A minimum of 33 credits of coursework in 2 languages (from French, Italian, or Spanish) that meet the following qualifications:
    • only courses that would count towards the individual language majors may be used to satisfy this requirement
    • courses must be listed in Bulletin as taught in the target language
    • a minimum of 12 credits in each language
    • a minimum of 21 credits from upper-level courses (at least six credits in each language)
      N.b. "upper-level" means:
         300 or above in French and Italian
         400 or above in Spanish
  2. A minimum of 9 additional credits, including:
    1. one course in Romance philology or linguistics
    2. one elective:
      1. ROMLANG/ROMLING number; or
      2. another major-level course in French, Spanish, or Italian (in English or the target language)
    3. ROMLANG 498, the Senior Seminar in RLL

Part I of the requirements gives students the choice between treating the languages more or less equally and having "primary" and "secondary" languages.

Part II of the requirements fosters "bridges" between the two languages that are of both a practical/linguistic nature and an intellectual one.

Requirement II.1 grounds the major in Romance Languages and Literatures in an understanding of the linguistic "kinship" between Romance languages. The following courses have been approved by the RLL curriculum committee as options for fulfilling the linguistics requirement (II.1):

  • ROMLING 300, Introduction to the Romance Languages
  • ROMLING 400, Topics in Romance Languages and Literatures, sections titled "Romance-Based Pidgins and Creoles" or "Romance-Based Bilingualism"
  • LING 446/LACS 446.

Requirement II.2 encourages students to explore the intellectual connections between the fields of French and Francophone studies, Hispanic studies, and Italian studies as well as fosters both a comparative and interdisciplinary understanding of Romance studies. Students should have their elective (Requirement II.2) approved by the RLL advisor.

All RLL majors will be enrolled in the senior seminar (Requirement II.3) during the Fall term of their senior year. This seminar relies on students" prior coursework as a basis for reinforcing connections between courses in French, Italian, and Spanish as well as offers an introduction to the methods of Romance Studies and an exploration of potential topics for which crossing boundaries between languages might provide productive avenues of inquiry. A major component of the senior seminar involves individual research projects tailored to each student"s linguistic competences.

Residence requirement: A minimum of 21 of the required 42 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.

Honors Plan. Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Romance Languages and Literatures. The Curriculum Committee in Romance Languages and Literatures expects applicants to present evidence of superior language skills and a serious interest in comparative research involving both of their languages and the cultures articulated through them. Interested students should contact the Honors advisor in Romance Languages and Literatures toward the end of their junior year. Admission to senior-level Honors work in Romance Languages and Literatures is by application only. In addition to the application form (available on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/rll/), students should submit a copy of their transcript, a one- page statement of purpose, and a sample essay.

The normal requirements for the major in Romance Languages and Literatures must be completed along with the following:

  1. Composition of a thesis incorporating the results of individual research, the minimum length being 40 pages; and
  2. A discussion of the thesis and of an agreed upon set of related readings with the student's faculty advisor and one other faculty reader. Ideally. the two readers will represent the student's two languages.

A grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses, as well as in all courses taken for the major is required for admission and for graduation with Honors in Romance Languages and Literatures. For students opting to write an Honors thesis in Romance Languages and Literatures, the senior seminar constitutes their fall term of work on the thesis. In the winter term of their senior year, they enroll in ROMLANG 499, the Senior Honors Course, in which they will complete their thesis under the supervision of a faculty member whose research interests are more closely aligned with the student's.

 

Romance Languages and Literatures major (Fall 2008-Summer 2010) +

Effective Fall 2008 through Summer 2010 

May be elected as a departmental major

Major in Romance Languages and Literatures allows students to include more than one Romance language in a program of study that also encourages them to discover and to make connections between the two Romance languages and cultures that they choose to pursue. All students should consult with a department advisor to develop a program of study that best corresponds to their interests and career plans.

Prerequisites to the Major

Same as those for majors in the individual languages:

  • FRENCH 235 for students of French
  • ITALIAN 232 or 233 for students of Italian
  • SPANISH 275 and 276 for students of Spanish

In addition, upper-level courses have the following prerequisites:

  • Two French courses FRENCH 250-99 for most French courses 300 and above
  • ITALIAN 235 for other major-level Italian courses
  • Three 300-level Spanish courses for 400-level Spanish courses

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 42 credits consisting of the following:

  1.  A minimum of 33 credits of coursework in 2 languages (from French, Italian, or Spanish) that meet the following qualifications:
    • only courses that would count towards the individual language majors may be used to satisfy this requirement
    • courses must be listed in Bulletin as taught in the target language
    • a minimum of 12 credits in each language
    • a minimum of 21 credits from upper-level courses (at least six credits in each language)
      N.b. "upper-level" means:
         300 or above in French and Italian
         400 or above in Spanish
  2. A minimum of 9 additional credits, including:
    1. one course in Romance philology or linguistics
    2. one elective:
      1. ROMLANG/ROMLING number; or
      2. another major-level course in French, Spanish, or Italian (in English or the target language)
    3. ROMLANG 498, the Senior Seminar in RLL

Part I of the requirements gives students the choice between treating the languages more or less equally and having "primary" and "secondary" languages. Part II of the requirements fosters "bridges" between the two languages that are of both a practical/linguistic nature and an intellectual one.

Requirement II.1 grounds the major in Romance Languages and Literatures in an understanding of the linguistic "kinship" between Romance languages. Requirement II.2 encourages students to explore the intellectual connections between the fields of French and Francophone studies, Hispanic studies, and Italian studies as well as fosters both a comparative and interdisciplinary understanding of Romance studies. All RLL majors will be enrolled in the senior seminar (Requirement II.3) during the Fall term of their senior year. This seminar relies on students" prior coursework as a basis for reinforcing connections between courses in French, Italian, and Spanish as well as offers an introduction to the methods of Romance Studies and an exploration of potential topics for which crossing boundaries between languages might provide productive avenues of inquiry. A major component of the senior seminar involves individual research projects tailored to each student"s linguistic competences.

Residence requirement: A minimum of 21 of the required 42 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.

Honors Plan. Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Romance Languages and Literatures. The Curriculum Committee in Romance Languages and Literatures expects applicants to present evidence of superior language skills and a serious interest in comparative research involving both of their languages and the cultures articulated through them. Interested students should contact the Honors advisor in Romance Languages and Literatures toward the end of their junior year. Admission to senior-level Honors work in Romance Languages and Literatures is by application only. In addition to the application form (available on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/rll/), students should submit a copy of their transcript, a one- page statement of purpose, and a sample essay.

The normal requirements for the major in Romance Languages and Literatures must be completed along with the following:

  1. Composition of a thesis incorporating the results of individual research, the minimum length being 40 pages; and
  2. A discussion of the thesis and of an agreed upon set of related readings with the student"s faculty advisor and one other faculty reader. Ideally. the two readers will represent the student"s two languages.

A grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses, as well as in all courses taken for the major is required for admission and for graduation with Honors in Romance Languages and Literatures. For students opting to write an Honors thesis in Romance Languages and Literatures, the senior seminar constitutes their fall term of work on the thesis. In the winter term of their senior year, they enroll in ROMLANG 499, the Senior Honors Course, in which they will complete their thesis under the supervision of a faculty member whose research interests are more closely aligned with the student's.


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