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Romance Languages

Students may complete a major in Romance Languages.

Coordinators:

Grace M. Armstrong, E. M. Schenck 1907 Professor of French
Nicholas Patruno, Professor of Italian
María Cristina Quintero, Professor of Spanish

The Departments of French, Italian and Spanish cooperate in offering a major in Romance Languages that requires advanced work in at least two romance languages and literatures. Additional work in a third language and literature is suggested.

Major Requirements

The requirements for the major are a minimum of nine courses, including the Senior Conference or Senior Essay, described below, in the first language and literature (if Italian is chosen as the first language, only eight courses are required) and six courses in the second language and literature, including the Senior Conference in French. Students should consult with their advisers no later than their sophomore year in order to select courses in the various departments that complement each other.

The following sequence of courses is recommended when the various languages are chosen for primary and secondary concentration, respectively (see the departmental listings for course descriptions).

First Language and Literature

French

FREN 101-102 or 101-105; 103-102 or 103-105.; or 001-102 or 005-105.
Four literature courses at the 200 level.
FREN 212 or 260.
Two courses at the 300 level.

Italian

ITAL 101, 102.
ITAL 201 or 205.
ITAL 301.
ITAL 303 or 304.
Two other literature courses at the 200 or 300 level.

Spanish

SPAN 110 or 120.
SPAN 206.
Four courses at the 200 level.
Two courses at the 300 level.

Second Language and Literature

French

FREN 101-102 or 101-105; 103-102 or 103-105.
Two literature courses at the 200 level.
FREN 212 or 260.
One course at the 300 level.

Italian

ITAL 101, 102.
ITAL 201 or 205.
ITAL 301.
One other literature course at the 200 or 300 level.

Spanish

SPAN 110 or 120.
SPAN 206.
Two courses at the 200 level.
Two courses at the 300 level.

In addition to the coursework described above, when the first language and literature is Spanish, majors in Romance Languages must enroll in SPAN 398 (Senior Seminar).* When French is chosen as either the first or second language, students must take one semester of the Senior Conference in French in addition to the coursework described above.** When Italian is chosen, students must either select an additional literature course in Italian at the 200 or 300 level or take ITAL 399, offered in consultation with the department. An oral examination (following the current model in the various departments) may be given in one or both of the two languages, according to the student's preference, and students follow the practice of their principal language as to written examination or thesis.

Interdepartmental courses at the 200 or 300 level are offered from time to time by the cooperating departments. These courses are conducted in English on such comparative Romance topics as epic, romanticism or literary vanguard movements of the 20th century. Students should be able to read texts in two of the languages in the original.

* In order to receive honors, students whose first language is Spanish are required to write a senior essay (SPAN 399).

** For students whose first language is French, honors are awarded on the basis of performance in Senior Conference or on a successfully completed thesis.

 

 
     
 
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