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BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures
Concentrations in French and French Education

Program Purpose

Students who have completed a concentration in French can communicate effectively in a professional setting in French in all four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking). In addition, students have studied the literature, linguistics, culture and civilization of the countries where French is spoken, and can combine cultural competence with the communicative skills necessary for the workplace or advanced study.

Students who have completed a concentration in French Education are prepared to teach French in the K-12 classroom. They can communicate effectively in all four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and instruct students in the same. In addition, these future teachers have studied the literature, linguistics, culture and civilization of the countries where French is spoken, and can combine cultural competence with the communicative skills necessary for the K-12 classroom.

Learning Outcomes

Critical Thinking Skills. Students are able to argue in favor or against the main thesis of a text (i.e., an academic article, literary essay, or argumentative text) written in French, and support their arguments.

Cultural Awareness. Students are able to compare and contrast significant historical and/ or current developments and traditions in their home culture and French culture.

Cultural Competence. Graduates can analyze and interpret literary and non-literary texts within their historical and cultural context and apply their knowledge of the French speaking world to engage with and understand other cultural and societal traditions, perspectives, and conflicts, including those of their own culture.

Interpersonal Mode of Communication. Graduates are able to interact orally in an effective manner in past, present and future time frames with supporting details in the target language.

Interpretive Mode of Communication. Graduates are able to assess and evaluate competing ideas and experiences within the French speaking cultures as represented in a variety of texts that are read, heard, or viewed in the target language.

Presentational Mode of Communication. Graduates are able to communicate using a variety of text types (i.e. communications, descriptions, narrations, dialogues, and essays) according to purpose and audience in the target language.

Proficiency in French. Students are able to interact orally in an effective manner in past, present and future time frames with supporting details, consistent with the Advanced Low Proficiency in Speaking in French standard of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).


Concentrations in German and German Education

Program Purpose

Students who have completed a concentration in German can communicate effectively in a professional setting in German in all four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking). In addition, students have studied the literature, linguistics, culture and civilization of the countries where German is spoken, and can combine cultural competence with the communicative skills necessary for the workplace or advanced study.

Students who have completed a concentration in German Education are prepared to teach German in the K-12 classroom. They can communicate effectively in all four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and instruct students in the same. In addition, these future teachers have studied the literature, linguistics, culture and civilization of the countries where German is spoken, and can combine cultural competence with the communicative skills necessary for the K-12 classroom.

Learning Outcomes

Critical Thinking. Graduates are able to apply their critical skills and knowledge of the German-speaking world to discern, synthesize, and evaluate the main ideas of German cultural productions, such as texts or films.

Cultural Knowledge. Graduates possess sophisticated cultural knowledge and the ability to analyze cultural differences critically. They can: analyze texts within their cultural contexts; apply their knowledge of the German-speaking world to engage with and understand other cultural and societal traditions, perspectives, and conflicts, including those of their own native culture.

Linguistic Proficiency. Graduates have Advanced Low Proficiency in German based on the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages scale (level B2 according the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Graduates are able to: understand the main ideas of linguistically and conceptually complex texts and speech; interact with native speakers with fluency and spontaneity; produce well-organized, detailed texts advancing coherent arguments on a wide range of subjects.


Concentrations in Hispanic Studies and Hispanic Studies Education

Program Purpose

Students who have completed a concentration in Hispanic Studies can communicate effectively in a professional setting in Spanish in all four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking).  Students have studied the literature, linguistics, culture and civilization of the countries where Spanish is spoken, and can combine cultural competence with the communicative skills necessary for the workplace or advanced study.  Students who have completed a concentration in Hispanic Studies Education possess these skills and in addition are prepared to teach Spanish and Hispanic cultures in the K-12 classroom.

 

Learning Outcomes

Critical Thinking Skills. Graduates are able to argue in favor or against the main thesis of a text (i.e., an academic article, literary essay, or argumentative text) written in Spanish and support their arguments.

Cultural Competence. Graduates can analyze and interpret literary and non-literary texts within their historical and cultural context and apply their knowledge of the Hispanic world to engage with and understand other cultural and societal traditions, perspectives, and conflicts, including those of their own culture.

Interpersonal Mode of Communication. Graduates are able to interact orally in an effective manner in Spanish, in past, present and future time frames with supporting details.

Interpretive Mode of Communication. Graduates are able to assess and evaluate competing ideas and experiences within Hispanic culture as represented in a variety of texts that are read, heard, or viewed in Spanish.

Presentational Mode of Communication. Graduates are able to communicate using a variety of text types (i.e. communications, descriptions, narrations, dialogues, and essays) according to purpose and audience in Spanish.

Research Skills in the Humanities. Graduates are able to locate, organize, and evaluate information in Spanish from multiple sources within related disciplines.


Hispanic Studies Graduate Certificate

Program Purpose

The Graduate Certificate in Hispanic Studies is intended to serve the needs of students seeking advanced knowledge of Spanish language, lingustics, literatures and cultures in support of their employment and educational goals. The program aims to foster advanced level competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening to Spanish, as well as excellence in research skills related to the study and analysis of texts, and insight into Hispanic cultures.

Learning Outcomes

Cultural Insight. Students understand Hispanic cultural issues in an informed way and know how to present them in a research-related project.

Oral, Professional Presentation Skills. Students know how to give an effective oral presentation that utilizes a professional, formal register in the target language.

Textual analysis and historical context. Students know how to integrate textual analysis and contextual information relevant to a primary source into the argument of an academic essay.

 

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