Romance Languages Major

Program Director: Giuseppe Falvo, Ph.D.

The Romance Languages Program is intended for students who want to specialize in two of the three Romance language majors offered in SLLC: French, Italian, and Spanish. Students selecting this major take a total of 45 credits selected from courses in two of the three components. The first four courses listed under each group are required for that particular language component; exceptions or substitutions may be made with the approval of the departmental language advisor only, in consultation with the Romance Languages advisor. 21 credits are taken in each of the two languages, as specified, and three additional credits are taken at the 4xx level in either of the languages chosen. Literature or civilization courses may not be taken in translation. Students who wish to apply for Teacher's Certification should consult the College of Education.

Placement in Courses

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Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of varied aspects of the cultures of the speakers of the two Romance languages selected.
  2. Show competence in speaking, comprehending, writing in, and reading the two languages as a way to communicate with people of other cultures.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written expression on a range of topics in the two languages.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret texts in a variety of genres within each of the two language spheres.

Students must take language-acquisition courses sequentially. Once credit has been received in a higher level language acquisition or grammar course, a lower level course may not be taken for credit.

Course Title Credits
College Requirements
Language Requirements
Select two of the following:42
Additional Requirement for ROML Majors
One additional course at the 4xx level in one of the two languages3
Total Credits45

Language Requirements

French Requirements

Course Title Credits
FREN204French Grammar and Composition3
FREN250Introduction to Cultural and Textual Analysis3
FREN301Composition and Style3
FREN351From Romanticism to the Age of Modernism and Beyond3
FREN352From the Age of Epic and Romance to the Enlightenment3
FREN4xx Two additional literature or civilization courses at the 4xx level6
Total Credits21

Italian Requirements

Course Title Credits
ITAL207Speaking and Writing in Italian3
ITAL301Italian Composition3
Select one additional course at the 3xx level in literature or culture:3
Survey of Italian Society and Culture: From Fascism to the Seventies
Survey of Italian Society and Culture: From the 1980s to thePresent Day
ITAL4xx Three additional literature or civilization courses at the 4xx level with 1 credit colloquium12
Total Credits21

Spanish Requirements

Course Title Credits
SPAN207Reading and Writing in Spanish3
SPAN301Advanced Grammar and Composition I3
SPAN303Approaches to Cultural Materials in the Hispanic World3
Select two courses from one of the following options:6
Option I:
Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature I: Medieval Times
Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature II: Renaissance and Baroque
Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature III: Modern Times
Option II:
Latin American Literatures and Cultures I: From Pre-Columbian to Colonial Times
Latin American Literatures and Cultures II: From Independence to Nation Formation
Latin American Literatures and Cultures III: From Modernism to Neo-Liberalism
SPAN4xxTwo literature or civilization courses at the 4xx level.6
Total Credits21

Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in each course applied toward a major or minor in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.0 in a major or minor is required for graduation.

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