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Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2006

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Modern Languages and Literatures

Bachelor of Arts

Gladys M. Varona-Lacey, Professor and Chair

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (DMLL) offers curricula in French, German area studies, Italian studies, and Spanish leading to a bachelor of arts degree, as well as courses in Hebrew and Latin. The DMLL serves the interests of students in their desire to communicate with and understand other peoples through the study of language, literature, culture, and civilization, and seeks to develop students' knowledge of the structure, use, history, and recurrent patterns of language. The department supports cross-cultural exploration and interdisciplinary study, and facilitates and encourages study abroad. The department prepares students for teaching language in middle and secondary schools, for graduate or professional school, and for the workplace. Our recent graduates who combined language study with coursework in other fields have entered professions such as law, medicine, business, government, social work, journalism, advertising, and banking.

Requirements for Honors in French, German, Italian, and Spanish

Students may apply as candidates for honors in French, German, Italian, or Spanish at the end of their junior year, but no later than the second week of the first semester of their senior year. To qualify, students must have a cumulative average of 3.50 in their major language, and propose a topic to the chair and the language committee. Upon approval of the proposal, the student will write an honors paper as a 3-credit independent study project under the supervision of an assigned adviser, and subsequently undertake the defense of the honors paper at an oral examination conducted by three members of our department. If the project is judged by the honors committee to earn at least the grade of B, the student is awarded departmental honors.

Departmental Policies on Placement Examinations
  1. Students with no previous training in a foreign language may begin by taking a -10100 course.
  2. Students who have studied a foreign language in high school are required to take the appropriate placement test and register for courses as per placement by the DMLL.
  3. Transfer students who have earned college credit in a foreign language may register for a course at the appropriate level indicated by their college transcripts.

To be formally accepted into a language major, students must demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level in the chosen language. Proficiency can be demonstrated by language placement test scores or by completing the intermediate I and II (-20100, -20200) courses.

A student may major in more than one language if his or her curriculum permits.

Study Abroad

General academic regulations concerning occasional credit from external sources apply to study abroad. In addition, the DMLL allows a maximum of 12 major credits for a semester, or 15 major credits comparable to courses taught within the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (16 when earned in 4-credit courses) for an academic year of study abroad.

Certificate Program in International Business

In conjunction with the School of Business, the DMLL offers a certificate in international business. See "School of Business, Graduate Program" for details.

Requirements for the Major in French -- B.A.
Credits in the major

 

French courses numbered 308-20100 or above

36

328-23200

Introduction to Linguistics

3

 

Courses in a second language: All French majors are required to complete a second foreign language (besides French) through the intermediate level or demonstrate equivalent proficiency as part of their major requirements

0-12

Electives

 

Electives

69-81

 

Total, B.A. in French

120

Requirements for the Major in German Area Studies -- B.A.
Credits in the major

 

German beyond 309-20200

18-30

 

German area studies courses: Decisions regarding the appropriateness of a course for the German area studies major are made on an ongoing basis by the German area studies steering committee. A list of German area studies courses is available each semester from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

0-12

328-23200

Introduction to Linguistics

3

 

Courses in a second language through the 200 level, or equivalent proficiency

0-12

Electives

 

Electives

75-87

 

Total, B.A. in German

120

Requirements for the Major in Italian Studies -- B.A.
Credits in the major

 

Italian beyond 334-20200

18-30

 

Italian studies courses: Decisions regarding the appropriateness of a course for the Italian studies major are made on an ongoing basis by the Italian studies steering committee. A list of Italian studies courses is available each semester from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

0-12

328-23200

Introduction to Linguistics

3

 

Courses in a second language through the 200 level, or equivalent proficiency

0-12

Electives

 

Electives

75-87

 

Total, B.A. in Italian Studies

120

Requirements for the Major in Spanish -- B.A.
Credits in the major

318-33700

Introduction to Spanish Literature

3

318-33800

Introduction to Latin American Literature

3

 

Additional Spanish courses numbered 318-20100 or above

30

328-23200

Introduction to Linguistics

3

 

Courses in a second language (a foreign language besides Spanish) through the 200 level, or equivalent proficiency

0-12

Electives

 

Electives

69-81

 

Total, B.A. in Spanish

120

Note: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are for 3 credits.

Minors in Modern Languages and Literatures

Requirements for the Minor in French

Requirements for the minor in French are a minimum of 18 credits beyond level 1(308-10200). French courses at level 1 will earn credit toward graduation but not toward the minor. (See statement on placement tests, above.)

Requirements for the Minor in German Area Studies

Requirements for the minor in German area studies are a minimum of 18 credits beyond 309-10100 with at least 6 credits from level-3 German courses. The student who begins with 309-10100 will receive credit toward graduation but not toward the minor. Students may count up to 6 credits of German area studies courses towards the minor. (See statement on placement tests, above.)

Requirements for the Minor in Italian

Requirements for the minor in Italian are a minimum of 18 credits beyond 334-10100 with at least 6 credits at level 3. The student who begins with the 334-10100 course will receive credit toward graduation but not toward the minor. (See statement on placement tests, above.)

Requirements for the Minor in Spanish

Requirements for the minor in Spanish are a minimum of 18 credits beyond 318-20200 with at least 6 credits at level 3. Spanish courses at level 1 will receive credit toward graduation but not toward the minor. (See Departmental Policies on Placement Examinations.)

Departmental Requirements for the B.A. in French with Teaching Option
Credits in the major

328-23200

Introduction to Linguistics

3

 

French courses numbered 308-20100 and above

36

 

Courses in a second language: All French majors are required to complete a second language (besides French) through the intermediate level or demonstrate equivalent proficiency as part of their major requirements.

0-12

 

Total required

39-51

Core education requirements

327-21910

Elements of Tutoring

3

312-20100

Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

327-10100

Literacy Education for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

620-23900

Educating Children with Special Needs

2

330-21010

Educational Psychology

3

795-34000

Social Foundations of Education

3

327-30810

Pedagogy and Practice across the Disciplines

3

327-31310

Pedagogy and Practice for the Teacher of Languages Other Than English

3

327-41210

Seminar on the Practical Issues of Teaching

3

327-49810

Professional Semester in Education

12

795-11000

Child Abuse Identification and Prevention

0

795-11100

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Identification and Prevention

0

 

Total core education requirements

36

Note: 620-22900 Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators will not be required of French with teaching option majors because material covered in that course duplicates that covered in 327-31310 Pedagogy and Practice for the Teacher of Languages Other Than English.

Additional core requirements
  1. All teaching-option students must successfully complete a writing course numbered 377-10600 or above.
  2. All teaching-option students must successfully complete the second-year review and maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA in their subject. If a student receives an unsuccessful review or a review with stipulations, the student must participate in and successfully pass a second review the following year. Unsuccessful reviews and reviews with stipulations will be accompanied by a written statement outlining what must be done before the next review is complete.
  3. Students must earn a grade of B or better in 327-30810 and 327-31310 to qualify for student teaching. A grade of B- does not qualify.
  4. Professional Semester in Education and Seminar on the Practical Issues of Teaching constitute a full course load during the student-teaching semester. No additional courses may be taken.
  5. All candidates for initial certification must successfully complete all three sections of the New York State teacher certification examination: the liberal arts and sciences test, the assessment of teaching skills-written, and the content area exam.
  6. The student's department chair and the coordinator of teacher education must approve any exceptions to the above requirements.

 

Electives

33-45

 

Total, B.A. in French with teaching option

120

Departmental Requirements for the B.A. in German with Teaching Option
Credits in the major

 

Credits in the major beyond 309-20200

30

328-23200

Introduction to Linguistics

3

 

Credits in a second modern language

12

 

Total required credits in major

45

Core education requirements

327-21910

Elements of Tutoring

3

312-20100

Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

327-10100

Literacy Education for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

620-23900

Educating Children with Special Needs

2

330-21010

Educational Psychology

3

795-34000

Social Foundations of Education

3

327-30810

Pedagogy and Practice across the Disciplines

3

327-31310

Pedagogy and Practice for the Teacher of Languages Other Than English

3

327-41210

Seminar on the Practical Issues of Teaching

3

327-49810

Professional Semester in Education

12

795-11000

Child Abuse Identification and Prevention

0

795-11100

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Identification and Prevention

0

 

Total core education requirements

36

Note: 620-22900 Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators will not be required of German with teaching option majors because the material covered in that course duplicates that covered in 327-31310 Pedagogy and Practice for the Teacher of Languages Other Than English.

Additional core requirements
  1. All teaching-option students must successfully complete a writing course numbered 377-10600 or above.
  2. All teaching-option students must successfully complete the second-year review and maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA in their subject. If a student receives an unsuccessful review, or a review with stipulations, the student must participate in and successfully pass a second review the following year. Unsuccessful reviews and reviews with stipulations will be accompanied by a written statement outlining what must be done before the next review is complete.
  3. Students must earn a grade of B or better in 327-30810 and 327-31310 to qualify for student teaching. A grade of B- does not qualify.
  4. Professional Semester in Education and Seminar on the Practical Issues of Teaching constitute a full course load during the student-teaching semester. No additional courses may be taken.
  5. All candidates for provisional or initial certification must successfully complete all three sections of the New York State teacher certification exam: the liberal arts and sciences test, the assessment of teaching skills-written, and the content area exam.
  6. The student's department chair and the coordinator of teacher education must approve any exceptions to the above requirements.

 

Electives

39

 

Total, B.A. in German with teaching option

120

Departmental Requirements for the B.A. in Spanish with Teaching Option
Credits in the major

318-33700

Introduction to Spanish Literature

3

318-33800

Introduction to Latin American Literature

3

 

Additional Spanish courses numbered 318-20100 and above

30

328-23200

Introduction to Linguistics

3

 

Courses in a second language: All Spanish majors are required to complete a second language (besides Spanish) through the intermediate level or demonstrate equivalent proficiency as part of their major requirements.

0-12

 

Total required credits in major

39-51

Core education requirements

327-21910

Elements of Tutoring

3

312-20100

Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

327-10100

Literacy Education for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

620-23900

Educating Children with Special Needs

2

330-21010

Educational Psychology

3

795-340-00

Social Foundations of Education

3

327-30810

Pedagogy and Practice across the Disciplines

3

327-31310

Pedagogy and Practice for the Teacher of Languages Other Than English

3

327-41210

Seminar on the Practical Issues of Teaching

3

327-49810

Professional Semester in Education

12

795-11000

Child Abuse Identification and Prevention

0

795-11100

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Identification and Prevention

0

 

Total core education requirements

36

Note: 620-22900 Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators will not be required of Spanish with teaching option majors because the material covered in that course duplicates that covered in 327-31310 Pedagogy and Practice for the Teacher of Languages Other Than English.

Additional Core Requirements
  1. All teaching-option students must successfully complete a writing course numbered 377-10600 or above.
  2. All teaching-option students must successfully complete the second year review and maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA in their subject. If a student receives an unsuccessful review or a review with stipulations, the student must participate in and successfully pass a second review the following year. Unsuccessful reviews and reviews with stipulations will be accompanied by a written statement outlining what must be done before the next review is complete.
  3. Students must earn a grade of B or better in 327-30810 and 327-31310 to qualify for student teaching. A grade of B- does not qualify.
  4. Professional Semester in Education and the Seminar on the Practical Issues of Teaching constitute a full course load during the student-teaching semester. No additional courses may be taken.
  5. All candidates for provisional or initial certification must successfully complete all three sections of the New York State teacher certification exam: the liberal arts and sciences test, the assessment of teaching skills-written, and the content area exam.
  6. The student's department chair and the coordinator of teacher education must approve any exceptions to the above requirements

 

Electives

33-45

 

Total, B.A. in Spanish with teaching option

120

Policy on Prerequisites

A grade of C- or better is required for a -10100, -10200, -20100, and -20200 course in any language to fulfill a prerequisite for another course in the same language.

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