Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures

This department offers to students at the beginning and intermediate levels an awareness of linguistic diversity in human societies, an ability to communicate at a basic level in a second language, and an acquaintance with the culture of that language. Majors and minors acquire high levels of communicative skills, a broad acquaintance with the culture, and an ability to understand and analyze the cultural manifestations (mores, literature and the arts, history) of their chosen languages. A major in this department prepares the conscientious student for graduate school or for teaching in secondary, middle, or elementary schools, and provides very useful skills applicable in international business, the travel industry, social work, foreign missions, and other areas. A language major or minor can also be a valuable complement to another major. Majors are encouraged to spend a semester or a year in a foreign study program. Foreign studies at any level, with fully transferable credit, are available at Cemanahuac in Cuernavca, Mexico, through the Kentucky Institute for International Studies, and through other programs. A minor in Classics is also offered.

370. Topics in Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures. (3 hours) Study of a special topic announced at advanced registration. No Prerequisite.

Classics (CLA)

See description of Classics minor.

314. Mythology in Greek and Roman Literature. (3 hours) Selected readings of Greek and Roman literature (in English translation) with mythological themes.

316. Ancient Drama. (3 hours) Selected readings in Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy (in English translation), combining literary study with attention to stagecraft and cultural context.

370. Topics in Classical Literature. (3 hours) Selected readings in Greek and Roman Literature in English translation. Topics will include, but not be limited to, “From Lyric to Satire: Greek and Roman Poetry,” and “Women and Gender in Antiquity.” Spring, as needed

378. Tutorial topics. (3 hours) Special topics in classics; use of one-on-one tutorial method of instruction adapted from humanities courses at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Commerce, Language, Culture (CLC)

Georgetown College recognizes that business and culture are inextricably linked. Opportunities for students to participate in the global society and to engage effectively in business will be enhanced if students have studied business, language, and culture in an integrated and reflective manner.

319. Foundations in Culture (3 hours) This course introduces the student to the concept of culture and related theoretical questions as well as to aspects of the French, German, Japanese and Spanish-speaking cultures that are part of the CLC program. Prerequisite: admission to the CLC Program and FRE/GER 230, SPA 255, or instructor’s permission. Odd Falls

French (FRE)

Students with two years of French at the high school level desiring to continue in the same language must enroll in the 102 – level course, or they may take the placement exam to attempt to place into 201. Those with more than two years of high school study in French are required to take a placement exam to determine placement in 102 or higher.

Major

(B.A. degree) Thirty-three hours above 102. Language: 18 hours, including FRE 230, 235, 333, 335, 435. Literature and Civilization: 12 hours of culture and civilization on the 300 level, plus 3 hours from the literature or topics/seminar block on the 400 level. Teaching majors must include 310, 312, 333, and 402 in their programs. Allied Requirement: 3 credit hours as approved by French faculty.

Minor

Eighteen hours above the 100 level.

Students who have successfully completed 200 level courses will not be allowed to take 100 level courses; nor will students who have successfully completed 300 or 400 level courses be allowed to take 100 level courses or 201. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the departmental chair. (This policy applies to students who have taken language courses at Georgetown or another college or university.)

101-102. Elementary French I and II. (3 hours each) A two-semester sequence. Emphasis on listening and speaking, with gradually increasing attention to the development of reading and writing skills in FRE 102. One hour lab per week required. Fall and Spring

201. Intermediate French. (3 hours) A course designed to bring students up to the required proficiency level at Georgetown College. One hour lab per week required. Prerequisite: FRE 102 or by placement exam. Fall and Spring

230. Intermediate French II. (3 hours) Continued development of listening and speaking skills. Increased emphasis on reading and writing skills, with concomitant study of more complex grammatical structures. Prerequisite: FRE 201 or equivalent. Spring

235. Conversation and Composition: Intermediate. (3 hours) Practice in speaking and writing, mostly on everyday topics, using appropriate models. Lab work may be required. Prerequisite: FRE 201 or equivalent. Fall

301. Initiation to Readings in Francophone Cultures. This course will focus on the development of reading strategies. Through an exploration of a variety of modern and historical texts students will review complex grammar, build vocabulary, study complex sentence structure, and examine cultural questions pertaining to various parts of the francophone world. Prerequisite: FRE 230 or equivalent. Fall

310. Pre-Revolution French Civilization and Culture. (3 hours) A study of the development of the ideas, political structures, art and architecture that constitute, in part, French culture. Historical and cultural texts as well as audio-visual material will be used to meet the goals of refining reading strategies and of better understanding modern French identity through its past. Prerequisite: FRE 301 or equivalent. Odd Falls

312. La Francophonie. (3 hours) A study of the problems of establishing and defining national identities in a variety of Francophone countries in the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include: regional identity in France in the nineteenth century; French-speaking Africa; Vichy and French identity crisis; Immigration politics in France today. Prerequisite: FRE 310 or equivalent. Even Springs

321. Initiation to French Literature. (3 hours) An examination of a selection of outstanding literary works. Writing skills will also be developed through practice of the explication detexte method of analyzing texts. Prerequisite: FRE 301 or equivalent. Odd Falls

333. Phonetics, Pronunciation, and Regional Variation. (3 hours) Phonetic alphabet and transcription; articulation of French sounds; French prosody; detailed study of vowels, semi-vowels, and consonants; intensive pronunciation practice introduced to regional and Francophone dialects. Prerequisite: FRE 235 or consent of instructor.  Even Springs

335. Conversation, Composition, Cuisine. (3 hours) A course designed to bring students up to intermediate-high level of the ratings of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Lab work may be required. Prerequisite: FRE 235. Odd Springs

355. French for The Professions. (3 hours) Introduction to basic vocabulary, institutional structures, and cultural differences specific to the business world in France and Quebec. Prerequisite FRE 301. Spring as needed

340. Independent Study. (1, 2, 3 hours)

370. Topics in French Culture/Language/Literature. (3 hours) Study of a special topic announced at advanced registration. Prerequisite: FRE 310.

402. Teaching of Foreign Languages. (3 hours) Methods and materials for the teaching of foreign languages. Prerequisites: Junior standing, and FRE 335. Fall as needed

424. The Politics of Poetry. (3 hours) A study of a selection of French poetry , theatre, and prose from the late Middle Ages to the nineteenth century with an emphasis on the ways in which the poetic text participated in political discourse and influenced political action of the various periods. Prerequisite: FRE 321 or permission of instructor. Even Springs or As Needed

426. Prose and Criticism. (3 hours) A selection of early modern and modern prose texts examined through various models of literary theory. Prerequisite: FRE 321 or permission of instructor. Odd Springs or As Needed

435. Conversation and Composition: Advanced. (3 hours) A course designed to raise the student’s command of oral and written French to advanced level on the ACTFL guidelines. Lab work may be required. Prerequisite: FRE 335. Spring as needed

440. Independent Study. (1 to 3 hours)

450. Seminar. (1 to 3 hours)

470. Topics. (1 to 3 hours)

German (GER)

Students with two years or more of German at the high school level desiring to continue in the same language must take the departmental placement exam.

Major

(B.A. degree) Thirty hours above the 100 level, including GER 230, 235, 301, 310, 312, 335, and 420. Allied requirement: HIS 343. Total hours required: 33. Teaching majors must also take GER 213 and GER 402. All majors are encouraged to study abroad, but those who start with 101 need to do so in order to complete the program within four years.

Minor

Eighteen hours above the 100 level.

Students who have successfully completed 200 level courses will not be allowed to take 100 level courses; nor will students who have successfully completed 300 or 400 level courses be allowed to take 100 level courses or 201. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the departmental chair. (This policy applies to students who have taken language courses at Georgetown or another college or university.) All incoming students with two or more years of high school German must take the language placement exam before taking courses in German.

101-102. Elementary German I and II. (3 hours each) In this two-course sequence, the four language skills of speaking, listening, writing, and reading German are developed. In addition students become familiar with aspects of the culture of the German-speaking countries. One hour lab per week is required.  Fall and Spring

141-142. Enrichment Through Reading. (1 hour each) A supervised independent study course which develops the reading skills of the first and second year language student. It can be targeted to the student’s area of interest. Prerequisite: GER 101 or GER 102 with a grade of A and/or with permission of instructor.

201. Intermediate German. (3 hours) This course is the third of a three-semester sequence designed to bring students to the proficiency level of the Georgetown College general education requirement. Students enhance their abilities in the four language skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading through review, “recycling”, and further study of structures, vocabulary and contemporary culture. One-hour lab per week is required. Prerequisite: GER 102 or by placement exam. Fall

213. German Phonetics. (1 hour) A study of German phonology. Intensive drills in pronunciation, intonation, and fluency in reading aloud. Recommended for voice majors.

230. Intermediate German II. (3 hours) This course is designed to help students solidify and develop their speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills through review and study of structures, an increased emphasis on vocabulary building, and further engagement with contemporary German culture. Prerequisite: GER 201 or equivalent. Spring

235. Conversation and Composition. (3 hours) Practice in speaking and writing on varied topics. Prerequisite: GER 230 or instructor’s permission.

301. Readings in German Literature and Culture. (3 hours) Readings in German “texts” ranging from short poems to feature films designed to develop students’ comprehension of complex syntactic structures, expand significantly their active and passive command of German vocabulary, and sharpen their analytical and interpretive skills. Prerequisite: GER 230 or instructor’s permission.  Fall

310. German Cultural Traditions. (3 hours) A critical exploration of key moments in German cultural history from its Germanic and Christian origins to the early 1900s. Prerequisite: GER 301 or instructor’s permission.

312. Contemporary German Culture. (3 hours) A study of contemporary German life ranging from its representation in the mass media, in literature, and in the visual arts to the specific nature of its central political and cultural institutions to ongoing discussions of German national identity in a European and global context. Prerequisite: GER 301 or instructor’s permission.

335. Conversation and Composition: Intermediate. (3 hours) This course is designed to help students further develop their speaking/listening and writing skills. In addition to the textbook we work with various types of authentic German texts, including a longer narrative and topical newspaper and magazine articles, as well as various types of television programs, including news and entertainment shows. In the process students also expand their reading proficiency and increase their knowledge and understanding of the German-speaking world. Prerequisite: GER 235.

340. Independent Study. (1, 2, 3 hours)

355. German for the Professions. (3 hours) The study and practice of German specialized vocabulary used in business and the professions combined with an exploration of relevant cultural practices in the German-speaking countries. Prerequisite: GER 235 or 301 or instructor’s permission.

370. Topics in German Language/Culture/Literature. (3 hours) Study of special topics announced at advanced registration. Prerequisite: GER 301.

402. Teaching of Foreign Languages. (3 hours) Methods and materials for the teaching of foreign languages. Prerequisites: Junior standing, and GER 335.

420. Masterpieces of German Literature. (3 hours) Readings of representative works by major German authors, studied against the background of historical and intellectual developments. Prerequisite: GER 301.

425. Translation Workshop. (3 hours) In this course students develop their ability to render ideas from one language to the other as accurately as possible, thus enhancing the understanding of idioms and vocabulary subtleties. The texts used vary according to each student’s major interests. Prerequisite: GER 335.

435. Conversation and Composition: Intermediate-High. (3 hours) Guided practice in speaking and writing German. Videos and other audio-visual material are used. Special emphasis is placed on skills required for the ACTFL proficiency level intermediate-high. Prerequisite: GER 335.

440. Independent Study. (1 to 3 hours)

Greek (GRK)

See description of Classics minor.

See course descriptions for first-year Greek under Department of Religion.

201. Reading Homeric Greek. (3 hours) Development of Greek reading skills; introduction to the Homeric dialect and the cultural context of the Homeric poems. Prerequisite: REL 104 (Beginning Greek II) or the equivalent.  Even Fall

202. Reading Classical Greek. (3 hours) Continued development of Greek reading skills; introduction to the Attic dialect and the cultural context of selected authors, including Euripides and Plato. Prerequisite: GRK 201 (Homeric Greek), REL 203 (Greek New Testament), or the equivalent. Odd Springs

Japanese (JPN)

Students with two years or more of Japanese at the high school level desiring to continue in the same language must take the departmental placement exam.

101-102. Elementary Japanese I and II. (3 hours each) The cultural dimension will be explored implicitly through language and explicitly through audio-visual materials. Emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. This course will be taught using a mixture of instruction of grammar in English (as in JPN 101) and many kinds of creative exercises in Japanese. Lab required. Elementary Japanese I Fall; Elementary Japanese II Spring, Fall as needed

201. Intermediate Japanese. (3 hours) Continuation of Japanese 102. Emphasis on daily conversational skills in various situations. Kanji and Katakana reading will also be emphasized. There will be many creative exercises in Japanese. Fall

202. Intermediate Japanese II. (3 hours) Emphasis on Kanji and Katakana reading. This course will be taught mostly in Japanese. There will be many creative exercises in Japanese. As needed

370. Topics in Japanese Culture/Language/Literature. (3 hours) Study of a special topic announced at advanced registration. No Prerequisite.

Latin (LAT)

All incoming students with two or more years of high school Latin must take the language placement exam before taking courses in this language.

See description of Classics minor.

101-102. Elementary Latin I and II. (3 hours each) A two semester sequence. Emphasis on reading with some attention to grammar and writing skills.  Fall and Spring

201. Intermediate Latin. (3 hours) A course designed to bring students up to the required proficiency level at Georgetown College. Completion of grammar foundation; increase in reading skills using Catullus and other writers. Prerequisites: LAT 102 or by placement exam. Fall

202. Intermediate Latin Reading. (3 hours) Continued development of Latin reading skills and study of Roman literary culture, focusing on selected ancient authors.

Spanish (SPA)

Students with two years of Spanish at the high school level desiring to continue in the same language must enroll in the 102 – level course, or they may take the placement exam to attempt to place into 201. Those with more than two years of high school study in Spanish are required to take a placement exam to determine placement in 102 or higher.

Major

(B.A. degree) Thirty-three hours above the 100 level, to include the following: 18 hours of language study, 12 hours of culture, civilization and literature on the 300 level, plus 3 hours from the literature or topics/seminar block on the 400 level. Teaching majors must also take 402. Prospective majors who start with 101 are encouraged to study abroad in order to complete the program within four years.

Minor

Eighteen hours above the 100 level.

Students who have successfully completed 200 level courses will not be allowed to take 100 level courses; nor will students who have successfully completed 300 or 400 level courses be allowed to take 100 level courses or SPA 201. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the departmental chair. (This policy applies to students who have taken language courses at Georgetown or another college or university.) All incoming students with two or more years of high school Spanish must take the language placement exam before taking courses in this language.

101-102. Elementary Spanish I and II. (3 hours each) Development of the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and culture. Communicative skills will be emphasized. One hour of lab per week required. Fall and Spring

201. Intermediate Spanish. (3 hours) Continued development of the four language skills plus culture. Communicative skills will be emphasized. One hour of lab per week required. Prerequisite: SPA 102 or by placement exam. Fall and Spring

230. Intermediate Spanish II. (3 hours) Designed to improve proficiency in all four language skills with an emphasis on grammar. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or evidence of  proficiency. Fall

235. Intermediate Conversation and Composition. (3 hours) Guided practice in conversation and composition covering topics on Precolumbian civilization and culture. Oral presentations; exercises in writing simple paragraphs. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or evidence of proficiency. Spring

255. Spanish for the Professions I. (3 hours) An introduction to the study of language and cultural practices as related to the world of business and/or other professional activities. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or evidence of proficiency. Fall

301. Readings in Latino Culture and Literature. (3 hours) Development of reading comprehension and analytical skills through the study of Latino literary, historical and cultural texts, as well as film, music and art. Prerequisite: SPA 230 or 235, 255, or instructor’s permission. Fall and Spring

310. Spanish Civilization and Culture. (3 hours) A study of the various aspects of Spanish culture such as the arts and theater, music, leisure activities, geography, political structures, and the main events of Spanish history. Prerequisite: SPA 301 or demonstrated reading proficiency. Even Falls

312. Spanish American Civilization and Culture. (3 hours) A study of the various aspects of Spanish American culture such as the arts and theater, music, leisure activities, geography, political structures, and the main events of Spanish American history. Prerequisite: SPA 301 or demonstrated reading proficiency. Odd Falls

320. Survey of Spanish Literature. (3 hours) A study of outstanding authors and works from the 12th through the 20th centuries. Prerequisite: SPA 301 or demonstrated reading proficiency. Even Springs

322. Survey of Spanish American Literature. (3 hours) A study of outstanding authors and works from the 15th through the 20th centuries. Prerequisite: SPA 301 or demonstrated reading proficiency. Odd Springs

335. Intermediate-High Conversation and Composition. (3 hours) Guided practice in conversation and composition covering varied topics of complex nature. Emphasis will be placed on skills required for the ACTFL intermediate-high level. Prerequisite: SPA 235 or permission of instructor. Odd Falls

340. Independent Study. (1, 2, 3 hours)

355. Spanish for the Professions II. (3 hours) A study of language and cultural practices as related to the world of business and/or other professional activities. “Language is the medium, culture is the context, business is the content.” Prerequisites: SPA 230, 235, 255, or instructor’s permission. Even Falls

370. Topics in Hispanic Language/Culture/Literature. (3 hours) Study of special topics announced at advanced registration. Prerequisite: SPA 301.

402. Teaching of Foreign Languages. (3 hours) Methods and materials for the teaching of foreign languages. Prerequisites: Junior standing and SPA 335. Fall

420. Spanish Literature of the Golden Age. (3 hours) A study of the golden age of Spanish literature. Prerequisite: SPA 310 or 320, or instructor’s permission. Spring

422. Spanish American Short Story. (3 hours) A study of the principal authors and representative examples of the Spanish American short story. Prerequisite: SPA 312 or 322, or instructor’s permission. Fall

435. Advanced Conversation and Composition. (3 hours) Guided practice in conversation and composition on topics of a complex nature; a study of advanced grammatical structures will be included. Emphasis will be placed on skills required for the ACTFL advanced level. Prerequisite: SPA 335, 355, or instructor’s permission. Even Falls

440. Independent Study. (1, 2, or 3 hours)

450. Seminar. (3 hours)

470. Topics. (1, 2, or 3 hours)



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