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World Languages and Linguistics Major

This new major offers students a strong grounding in linguistics, including language acquisition, coupled with in-depth study of one of the world languages already offered at the college: French, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish. The major will consist of five linguistics courses and seven courses in the world language. The seven world language courses will be the student’s specialization within the major, and that specialization will be tracked in PAWS and reflected on the student’s transcript at graduation. At least 5 courses must be taken at the 300 level. The new major is housed in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and incorporates the best practices with regard to the teaching of world languages already in place in the WLC Department.

The major assumes no previous foreign language study. Even if students enter with no knowledge of a foreign language, they will have ample time to complete the required seven language courses. Students entering the major at a higher proficiency level will be able to take a greater number of upper level courses in the foreign language. Students will be actively encouraged to complete at least one semester of study abroad. They will be able to take three language and linguistics courses for the WLL major and one free elective during their semester abroad.


Requirements for the World Languages and Linguistics Major: Liberal Arts

A total of 12 course units is the minimum requirement for the World Languages and Linguistics major: Liberal Arts. At least 5 courses must be taken at the 300 level.

LINGUISTICS REQUIREMENTS

All students must take:

WLC 390 (Second Language Acquisition and Related Methodologies )

Choose at least one WLL Foundation Course (Linguistic Theory):

ANT 213 Language and Culture: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

LNG 201/Introduction to the English Language

WLC 215/Introduction to Linguistics

Choose at least one Linguistic History Core Course:

LNG 202/Structure and History of the English Language

WLC 220/Introduction to Romance Linguistics

WLC 321/Introduction to Historical Linguistics

Choose at least two Linguistics options. At least one option must be at the 300 level or above. Any core course not listed here can be chosen as an option:

ANT 390/Research Course in Anthropology (when the topic is related to discourse analysis)

JPN 370/Topics in Japanese (when the title is Introduction to Japanese Linguistics)

LNG 311/Contemporary English Grammar

LNG 371/World Englishes

LNG 372/American English Dialects

LNG 391, SPA 391, or other appropriate Independent Study

PHL 421/Philosophy of Language

SPA 215/Spanish Phonetics

SPA 301/Advanced Spanish Grammar

SPA 350/ Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

SPA 351 Spanish/English Translation I

SPA 372/ History of the Spanish Language

SPA 373/Introduction to Hispanic Bilingualism in the United States

WLC271/WGS271/ANT270 Gender and Language

WLC 371/Topics in Linguistics in English

WORLD LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

The major assumes no previous foreign language study. Even if students enter with no knowledge of a foreign language, they will have ample time to complete the required seven language courses. Students entering the major at a higher proficiency level will be able to take a greater number of upper level courses in the foreign language. Students will be actively encouraged to complete at least one semester of study abroad. They will be able to take three language and linguistics courses for the WLL major and one free elective during their semester abroad.

Below are the course requirements according to language specialization.  Note that for any language specialization, up to three courses taken abroad can be counted toward the major.

Requirements for FRENCH specialization

TERM COURSE UNITS
First year fall FRE 103 1
First year spring FRE-211 Intermediate Composition and Conversation (entry course) 1
Second year fall FRE-240 Introduction to French Literature or FRE-241 Introduction to Francophone Literature 1
Second year spring FRE-255 French for Business and/or FRE-270 Intermediate Topics Course 1 or 2
Third year fall FRE-255 French for Business or FRE-270 Intermediate Topics Course and FRE-301 Advanced Composition and Conversation 1 2
Third year spring Study Abroad: Advanced Composition and Conversation II (mandatory) and two additional 300 level courses 3
Fourth year fall FRE-322 French Culture and/ or FRE-370 Advanced Topics 1 or 2
Fourth year spring WLC 393 Research Seminar (capstone). 1

Requirements for ITALIAN specialization

TERM COURSE UNITS
First year fall ITL 103 1
First year spring ITL 203/ITL 211 (entry course) 1
Second year fall ITL 216/ITL 217 1
Second year spring ITL 240/ITL 255 1
Third year fall ITL 312/Italy Since Unification (in Italian) or

ITL 327/History of the Italian Novella (in Italian) or

ITL 367/The Italian South (in Italian)

1
Third year spring Study Abroad: Students can either study in Siena at Universitá per stranieri (three courses at the 300 level) or at the Universitá del Sacro Cuore in Milan (preferred) where they can take a variety of courses in Italian language and linguistics, including phonetics, glottology and history of Italian. 3
Fourth year fall The following courses will not count for the major since they are taught in English, but they provide students with the opportunity to take additional courses related to their area of study: ITL 345/Italian Cinema since 1945 (with Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC)) or ITL 335/Sicily in Italian literature and Film (with LAC) or ITL 368/Migration in Italian Cinema (with Languages Across the Curriculum). 1
Fourth year spring WLC 393 Research Seminar (capstone 1
TBD: ITL 303/Advanced Italian Grammar

 

Requirements for JAPANESE specialization

TERM COURSE UNITS Total units
First year fall JPN151 2
First year spring JPN152 2 2
Second year fall JPN270 (topics): Intermediate-level transition 1 3
Second year spring JPN202 1 4
Third year: Students will also have the option of taking Japanese language courses equivalent to those listed below while studying abroad
Third year fall JPN301 1 5
Third year spring JPN302 1 6
Fourth year fall JPN370 (Topics): Current topics in Japan 1 7
Fourth year spring WLC 393 Research Seminar (capstone). 1

Requirements for SPANISH specialization

TERM COURSE UNITS
First year fall SPA 100 level or SPA 203 or SPA 210 1
First year spring SPA 100 level or SPA 211 1
Second year fall SPA 100 level or SPA 241 1
Second year spring SPA 203 and 211 or SPA 215 1 or 2
Third year fall SPA 241 and SPA 215 or SPA 350 or SPA 301
or an upper level linguistics core or option taught in a language other than Spanish, and SPA 3XX (Lit or Culture- must have one of each).SPA 350 and SPA 301 satisfy Linguistics Options. Students in Spanish must take SPA 350. Students in Spanish must also take at least two upper level linguistics courses taught in a language other than Spanish.
2
Third year spring SPA 351 or SPA 372 or an upper level linguistics core or option taught in a language other than Spanish, and SPA 3XX (Lit or Culture- must have one of each)

SPA 351 and SPA 372 satisfy Linguistics options. It is recommended that students in Spanish take SPA 372. At least two upper level linguistics courses must be taken in a language other than Spanish.

2
Fourth year fall SPA 350 or SPA 301 or an upper level linguistics core or option taught in a language other than Spanish, and/or SPA 3XX (Lit or Culture- must have one of each).

SPA 350 and SPA 301 satisfy Linguistics options. At least two upper level linguistics courses must be taken in a language other than Spanish.

1 or 2
Fourth year spring SPA 351 or SPA 372 or an upper level linguistics core or option taught in a language other than Spanish, and/or SPA 3XX (Lit or Culture- must have one of each).

SPA 351 and SPA 372 satisfy Linguistics options. At least two upper level linguistics courses must be taken in a language other than Spanish.

WLC 393 Research Seminar (capstone). The capstone can be completed for any language included in the major that a student selects.

1 or 2

 

 

1

Students may enter anywhere at the 100 level or at the SPA 203 level. All students must take the SPA 203, 211, 241 and 215 core. Students must take one SPA 300 level linguistics class, one SPA 300 level literature class, and one SPA 300 level culture class. Students must take at least two upper level linguistics courses taught in a language other than Spanish.

 

Linguistics options can be satisfied by SPA 301, 350, 351 and 372.

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