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World Languages and Linguistics, BA

This major offers students a strong grounding in linguistics, including language acquisition, and an 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 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 study abroad semester. They can take three language and linguistics courses for the WLL major and one free elective during their semester abroad.

The 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.

Requirements (12 course units)

The minimum requirement for the World Languages and Linguistics major: Liberal Arts is 12 course units, of which at least 5 must be taken at the 300 level.

Linguistics Requirements (5 course units)

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 WGS 271 ANT 270 Gender and Language
  • WLC 371 Topics in Linguistics in English

World Language Requirements (7 course units)

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 study abroad semester. They can 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 up to three courses taken abroad can be counted toward the major for any language specialization.

French Specialization

Language Core

  • FRE 211: Introduction to the French and Francophone World (1 course unit)
  • FRE 240 or FRE 241 Introduction to French Literature/Intro to African Francophone Literature (1 course unit)
  • FRE 270 or FRE 255 Intermediate Topics/French for Business (1 course unit)
  • FRE 301/302 Advanced Composition and Conversation 1 and 2 (1 course unit)
  • FRE 322: French Culture (1 course unit)
  • FRE 3XX CULTURE/LITERATURE (1 course unit)
  • FRE 3XX CULTURE/LITERATURE (1 course unit)

 

First Year Fall Semester

  • FRE 103

First Year Spring Semester

  • FRE 211: Intermediate Composition and Conversation (entry course)

 

Second Year Fall Semester

  • FRE 240: Introduction to French Literature or FRE 241: Introduction to Francophone Literature

Second Year Spring Semester

  • FRE-255: French for Business and/or FRE-270: Intermediate Topics Course

 

Third Year Fall Semester

  • FRE 255: French for Business or FRE 270: Intermediate Topics Course
  • FRE 301: Advanced Composition and Conversation 1

Third Year Spring Semester

  • Study Abroad: Advanced Composition and Conversation II (mandatory)
  • Two additional 300-level courses

 

Fourth Year Fall Semester

  • FRE 322: French Culture and/ or FRE 370: Advanced Topics

Fourth Year Spring Semester

  • WLC 393: Research Seminar (capstone)

Italian Specialization

Language Core

  • ITL 203 or ITL 211 (1 course unit)
  • ITL 216 or ITL 217 (1 course unit)
  • ITL 240 or ITL 255 (1 course unit)
  • 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 course unit)
  • 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 course units)
  • 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).

First Year Fall Semester

  • ITL 103

First Year Spring Semester

  • ITL 203 or ITL 211 (entry course)

 

Second Year Fall Semester

  • ITL 216 or ITL 217

Second Year Spring Semester

  • ITL 240 or ITL 255

 

Third Year Fall Semester

Select one:

  • ITL 312: Italy Since Unification (in Italian)
  • ITL 327: History of the Italian Novella (in Italian)
  • ITL 367: The Italian South (in Italian)

Third Year Spring Semester

  • 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.

 

Fourth Year Fall Semester

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))
  • ITL 335: Sicily in Italian Literature and Film (with LAC)
  • ITL 368: Migration in Italian Cinema (with Languages Across the Curriculum).

Fourth Year Spring Semester

  • WLC 393: Research Seminar (capstone)

TBD: ITL 303: Advanced Italian Grammar

Japanese Specialization

Language Core

  • JPN 152 (2 course units)
  • JPN 202 (1 course unit)
  • JPN 270 when the topic is “Intermediate review” (1 course unit)
  • JPN 301 (1 course unit)
  • JPN 302 (1 course unit)
  • JPN 370 Current topics in Japan (1 course unit)

First Year Fall Semester

  •  JPN 151 (2 course units)

First Year Spring Semester

  • JPN 152 (2 course units)

 

Second Year Fall Semester

  • JPN 270 (topics): Intermediate-level transition

Second Year Spring Semester

  • JPN 202

 

Third Year Fall Semester

Students can also take Japanese language courses equivalent to those listed below while studying abroad.

  • JPN 301

Third Year Spring Semester

Students can also take Japanese language courses equivalent to those listed below while studying abroad.

  • JPN 302

 

Fourth Year Fall Semester

  • JPN 370 (Topics): Current topics in Japan

Fourth Year Spring Semester

  • WLC 393 Research Seminar (capstone)

Spanish Specialization

Language Core

  • SPA 203 OR SPA 210 (1 course unit)
  • SPA 211 (1 course unit)
  • SPA 241 (1 course unit)
  • SPA 215 (1 course unit)
  • SPA 350 (1 course unit)
  • SPA 3XX CULTURE (1 course unit)
  • SPA 3XX LITERATURE (1 course unit)

 

First Year Fall Semester

Select one option:

  • SPA 100 level course
  • SPA 203
  • SPA 210

First Year Spring Semester

Select one option:

  • SPA 100 level course
  • SPA 211

 

Second Year Fall Semester

Select one option:

  • SPA 100 level course
  • SPA 241

Second Year Spring Semester

Select one option (one or two courses):

  • SPA 203 and SPA 211
  • SPA 215

 

Third Year Fall Semester

Select one option:

  • SPA 241 and SPA 215
  • 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.

Third Year Spring Semester

Select one option:

  • SPA 351*
  • SPA 372*
  • 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.

 

Fourth Year Fall Semester

Select (one or two courses):

  • SPA 350**
  • SPA 301**
  • 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.

Fourth Year Spring Semester

Select (one or two courses):

  • SPA 351***
  • SPA 372***
  • 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).

Required course:

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

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

 

Notes

  • Students may enter anywhere from 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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