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CHINESE


CN101-102 Elementary Chinese I - II
An introduction to spoken Mandarin and written Chinese providing a foundation in speaking, listening, reading, writing and communication skills. The course involves three class meetings and one session of conversation with the native speaker for two semesters.

CN201-202 Intermediate Chinese I - II
A thorough review of grammar, exercises in composition, intensive reading and translations. The course requires three class meetings and one session of conversation with the native speaker each week for two semesters.

CN300-301 Special Topics in Chinese
Topics to be arranged

CN350 Independent Study

FRENCH


FR101-102 Elementary I - II
A careful study of the fundamentals of the French language. Conversation with native speakers and online listening and speaking exercises are designed to reinforce class work in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

The course requires three class meetings and one session of conversation with the native speaker each week for two semesters.

FR201-202 Intermediate I - II
A thorough review of grammar, exercises in composition, intensive readings and translations, and online listening and speaking exercises. The second semester emphasizes culture and civilization.

The course requires three class meetings and one session of conversation with the native speaker each week for two semesters.

FR301-302 Advanced Grammar and Composition I - II
A thorough review of grammar, vocabulary-building and idioms, with exercises in composition, syntax, and stylistics. Students may take the full year course or choose FR301 or FR302 as stand-alone semester courses.

Prerequisite: FR202

FR303 Conversation
A course designed to develop oral fluency. Discussions are based on current events, themes, and films.

Prerequisite: FR202

FR320 Culture and Civilization
A study of France's past from a variety of perspectives. The role of key historical figures, the practices of various social groups, and artistic and political developments will be analyzed. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR202

FR321 Contemporary France
With a view to better understanding the French and their role in the world; we will study contemporary France, including its institutions, cultural production, social practices, and worldview. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR202

FR325 Cinema
An examination of French culture through film. Students will view, analyze, and discuss a great variety of French and francophone films. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR202

FR348 Selected Topics
Topics to be arranged.

Prerequisite: FR202

FR350-351 Survey of Literature I and II
A general view of the main currents of French literature from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR202

FR353 Short Story
The theory and history of the French short story through readings and discussions which reflect a period of French literature, a common theme, or the short story in the Francophone world. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR202

FR354 Early Narrative Literature
A study of Medieval and Renaissance narrative literature, pre-cursor to the modern novel. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR202

FR355 The Novel
A study of the French novel from the 17th Century to the Present. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR202

FR356-357 Poetry I and II
A study of French verse, designed to develop the student's appreciation of, and sensitivity to, poetic forms of expression. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR202

FR358-359 Theater I and II
A study of French dramatic art in its major manifestations from the Middle Ages to the present. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR202

FR363 Seventeenth Century Literature: Age of Classicism
A study and analysis of the classical authors and their works. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR202

FR365 Eighteenth Century Literature: Age of Enlightenment
An examination of literature produced in France during the Enlightenment, a period of intensified scientific inquiry, public discourse, and religious tolerance which culminated in the first French and American republics. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR202

FR367 Nineteenth Century Literature: Age of Romanticism and Realism
A study of the major movements, themes, and authors of nineteenth century French literature. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR202

FR371 Women Writers
This course will introduce students to some of the major works and theories of French women writers. It will be taught as an overview or concentrate on a certain time period, theme, or author. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR202

FR373 Francophone Literature
This course will introduce students to the vast field of Francophone literature and culture. Students will discuss a variety of texts and films from many different countries of the French-speaking world, such as Canada, Africa, and the Caribbean. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR202

FR400 Senior Seminar

Prerequisite: FR202

FR448 Selected Topics
Topics to be arranged.

Prerequisite: FR202

GERMAN STUDIES


GR100 German Language/Culture
An intensive program of German language instruction at all levels, as well as full immersion into German culture, through summer programs at German universities. Saint Anselm course credit available upon completion of a written and oral exam at Saint Anselm.

Prerequisite: GR202.

GR101-102 Elementary German I - II
A careful study of the fundamentals of the German language. Conversation with native speakers and use of audio CDs are designed to reinforce classwork in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding. This course involves three class meetings and one session of conversation weekly for two semesters.

GR201-202 Intermediate German I - II
A thorough review of grammar, exercises in composition, intensive readings and translations, and use of audio CDs. The second semester is a survey of historical, as well as current culture and civilization of German- speaking countries. This course requires three class meetings and one session of conversation with the native speaker each week, plus the use of supplemental tapes, slides and film.

Prerequisite: GR102 or equivalent

GR301-302 Advanced German I - II
Primary emphasis is placed on the development of written and spoken German through discussion and written treatment of contemporary German press articles and modern German fiction. Use of audio CDs and advanced grammar are included.

Prerequisite: GR202

GR 320 Tales of the Brothers Grimm
In this course, students will read in German some of the best known and least known of the Grimm Brothers' tales. They will learn some of the ways Märchen can be analyzed, understood and retold, and see how some the Märchen are treated in contemporary media. Grammar and vocabulary of the texts will be attended to, as needed.

GR321 Business German
While reviewing German grammar, this course considers the usages of German business and economic terminology, and language forms. Students will read, translate, and compose German business letters, read and analyze business news and advertisements in the German press, and experience interview situations. The course will also focus on the position of the Federal Republic of Germany in the European, American, and world economic community, and on career opportunities in German business.

Prerequisite: GR301

GR322 Contemporary German Storytellers
This course, conducted in German, seeks to help students realize three goals: to read a representative selection of the short prose literature of contemporary German-speaking authors, to analyze their various narrative techniques, and to become aware of the political and social concerns which they voice from their unique vantage point in Middle Europe. Works include stories of Bichsel, Boell, Grass, Handke, Wolf, and others.

Prerequisite: GR301

GR323 Translating German Prose
This course, conducted in German and in English, introduces students to the science and the art of translating. Texts come from a variety of sources: history, philosophy, fine arts, biography, as well as from newspapers and web pages. Students will evolve strategies for dealing with difficult constructions and for using dictionaries effectively.

Prerequisite: GR301

GR324-325 Special Topics in German
Topics to be arranged.

RUSSIAN


RU101-102 Elementary Russian I - II
A study of the fundamental structure of the language with vocabulary development, practice in reading, writing, and conversation. The course involves three class meetings and one session of conversation with the native speaker each week, for two semesters.

RU201-202 Intermediate Russian I - II
An intensive review of basic grammar with spoken and written exercises including a study of idioms and training in modes of expression. The course requires three class meetings and one session of conversation with the native speaker each week, for two semesters.

RU129 Russian Literature in Translation
A study, in English translation, of important writings by major 19th and 20th century Russian authors from Pushkin to the present. The readings focus on short story, novel and drama rather than poetry. Lectures supply a detailed look at social and political events which helped shape the literature. Knowledge of Russian is not required.

RU300-301 Special Topics in Russian
Topics to be arranged.

RU350 Independent Study

SPANISH


SP101-102 Elementary Spanish I - II
A careful study of the fundamentals of the Spanish language, including conversation with native speakers and laboratory work to reinforce class reading, writing, speaking, and understanding. The weekly requirements are three class meetings and one session of conversation with a native speaker, for two semesters.

SP201-202 Intermediate Spanish I - II
A thorough review of grammar, exercises in composition, more intensive readings, and correlated laboratory work. The second semester places somewhat greater emphasis on culture and civilization. This course's weekly requirements include three class meetings and one session of conversation with a native speaker, and the use of supplemental slides, audio and video material.

Prerequisite: SP102 or equivalent

SP301 Advanced Spanish: Grammar
This course is designed to maintain and perfect the four main skills of language learning with emphasis on listening, writing, and reading. This thorough review of grammar allows students to synthesize and polish their skills through exercises, varied readings, and oral presentations.

Prerequisite: SP202 or equivalent

SP 302 Advanced Spanish: Composition
This course is designed to maintain and perfect the four main skills of language learning with emphasis on composition. Students are required to master a variety of writing genres, while perfecting syntax, semantics, and morphology in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SP301 or equivalent

SP353 Advanced Spanish Conversation
This course is designed to further develop and improve oral fluency through discussion of contemporary items from the Hispanic press as well as other media. The class also includes frequent oral presentations and reports based on current themes and extemporaneous speaking on assigned topics.

Prerequisite: SP301 or equivalent.

SP355 Introduction to Spanish Culture and Civilization
A study of the origins and development of the Spanish civilization which examines the development of modern Spain as the cumulative result of external and internal geographical, historical, and cultural factors. The course will provide a context in which to better understand the literary evolution studied in the upper-level literature courses. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SP301 or equivalent.

SP356 Introduction to Latin-American Culture and Civilization
A study of Latin-American culture from its origins to the present time, emphasizing the contemporary situation, the transformation of Latin- American societies, their present problems and dilemmas as reflected in their artistic and cultural output. Conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SP301 or equivalent.

SP357 Introduction to Spanish Literature
A survey course, conducted in Spanish, considers the general development of Spanish literature from the earliest times to the present.

Prerequisite: SP301 or equivalent.

SP358 Introduction to Spanish-American Literature
A survey course, conducted in Spanish, considers development of Spanish- American literature from the earliest times to the present.

Prerequisite: SP301 or equivalent.

SP361 Spanish Literature before 1700
A comprehensive survey, conducted in Spanish, studies the origins and development of Spanish prose, poetry, and drama from the Middle Ages up through the Siglo de Oro.

Prerequisite: SP301 or equivalent.

SP362 18th and 19th Century Spanish Literature
A study, conducted in Spanish, of the evolution of Spanish prose, poetry and drama from the close of the Golden Age through 19th century realism and romanticism.

Prerequisite: SP301 or equivalent.

SP363 Contemporary Spanish Literature
This course, conducted in Spanish, involves reading, analysis, and discussion of selected, representative works of 20th century Peninsular Spanish poetry, prose, and drama. Works are viewed in literary context but critical assessment of individual texts is stressed.

Prerequisite: SP301 or equivalent.

SP364 Colonial Through 19th Century Spanish-American Literature
A critical reading and discussion of selected texts, conducted in Spanish, ranging from Columbus' Diario to works by Ruben Dario and other representatives of the Spanish-American "modernista" movement. Although emphasis is placed on the texts themselves, an attempt is made to delineate the socio-historical and literary contexts wherein they originated.

Prerequisite: SP301 or equivalent.

SP365 Modern Spanish - American Literature
A study, conducted in Spanish, of the major patterns of thematic and formal development in the literature of Spanish America, concentrating on the individual study of selected texts written between 1900 and 1950.

Prerequisite: SP301 or equivalent.

SP366 Contemporary Spanish-American Literature
A critical reading and assessment of the more recent Spanish-American literature (1950-present) in the light of modern theory and criticism. Conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SP301 or equivalent.

SP367 Hispanic Short Story
This course, conducted in Spanish, traces the development of the Hispanic short story from its beginning to the present. Although it moves from the didactic tone of El Conde Lucanor to the magic realism of current Latin- American Writers, emphasis is placed on the output of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Prerequisite: SP301 or equivalent.

SP368 Problems in Spanish and Spanish-American Culture and Civilization
An investigation of selected issues crucial to the understanding of the Hispanic world. It is offered as required. Conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SP301 or equivalent.

SP371-372 Selected Topics in Spanish
Topics to be arranged.

Prerequisite: SP301 or equivalent.

SP400-401 Spanish Senior Seminar
Selected topics.

Prerequisite: SP301 or equivalent.

SP 450 Independent Study SP480 Spanish Internship
A student originated internship with Spanish speaking agencies: governmental, cultural, health care, law enforcement and non profit organizations; supervised by a member of the Spanish section. All work to be done in the target language of Spanish. The student must demonstrate advanced level proficiency before beginning the internship. The intern must comply with the guidelines and policies as established by the Office of Internships.

Prerequisite : SP302 or equivalent