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San Marcos, TX 78666

Dr. Robert Fischer, Chair
Phone: 512.245.2360
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Course Descriptions

Courses in American Sign Language (ASL)

1410 (SGNL 1401) Beginning American Sign Language I. (4-1) Introduction to understanding and using American Sign Language within the cultural framework of the deaf community.

1420 (SNGL 1402) Beginning American Sign Language II. (4-1) Continued practice in understanding and using American Sign Language within the cultural framework of the deaf community. Students who begin ASL 1420 toward general education requirements must also complete ASL 1420.

2310 (SGNL 2301) Intermediate American Sign Language I. (3-0) Continued development and review of American Sign Language within the cultural framework of the deaf community.

2320 (SNGL 2302) Intermediate American Sign Language II. (3-0) More advanced practice in American Sign Language within the cultural framework of the deaf community.

Courses in Arabic (ARAB)

1410 (ARAB 1411) Beginning Arabic I. (3-1) Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within an Arabic cultural framework. Students who begin ARAB 1410 toward general education requirements must also complete 1420. (MC)

1420 (ARAB 1412) Beginning Arabic II. (3-1) Continued practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within an Arabic cultural framework. (MC)

2310 (ARAB 2311) Intermediate Arabic I. (3-0) Continued development and review of all language skills within an Arabic cultural framework. (MC)

2320 (ARAB 2312) Intermediate Arabic II. (3-0) More advanced practice in all language skills with greater emphasis on reading within an Arabic cultural framework. (MC)

3301 Levantine Arabic. (3-0) An introduction to Arab dialects with a focus on Levantine Arabic (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestinian territories). The course will emphasize oral communication and using the dialect correctly in its cultural context. It will also compare Levantine Arabic to Modern Standard Arabic. Repeatable once with different content.

3302 Media Arabic. (3-0) Introduction to Arab media designed to advance students' proficiency in Arabic. It will present cultural characteristics of Arab media and describe how those characteristics differ from those of US media. The course will increase students’ vocabulary knowledge and enable them to understand various Arab media sources. Repeatable once with different content.

Courses in Chinese (CHI)

1410 Beginning Chinese I. (4-1) Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within a Chinese cultural framework. Students who begin Chinese 1410 toward degree requirements must also complete 1420.

1420 Beginning Chinese II. (4-1) Continued practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within a Chinese cultural framework.

2310 Intermediate Chinese I. (3-0) Continued development and review of all language skills within a Chinese cultural framework.

2320 Intermediate Chinese II. (3-0) More advanced practice in all language skills with greater emphasis on reading within a Chinese cultural framework.

Courses in French (FR)

1410 (FREN 1411) Beginning French I. (4-1) Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within a French cultural framework. Students who begin FR 1410 toward general education requirements must also complete 1420. (MC)

1420 (FREN 1412) Beginning French II. (4-1) Continued practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within a French cultural framework. (MC)

2310 (FREN 2311) Intermediate French I. (3-0) Continued development and review of all language skills within a French cultural framework. (MC)

2320 (FREN 2312) Intermediate French II. (3-0) More advanced practice in all language skills with greater emphasis on reading within a French cultural framework. (MC)

3305 Acting French. (3-0) An introduction to upper division courses in French designed to strengthen reading skills and oral command of the language through the study and performance of short French plays from the classical to the contemporary period. (MC)

3306 Masterpieces of French Literature. (3-0) Masterpieces of French literature in various genres from different periods with emphasis on the modern period. Repeatable for credit with different emphasis. (MC) (WI)

3310 French Pronunciation and Intonation. (3-0) Study and intensive practice of problems in French pronunciation and intonation. (MC)

3341 Advanced Grammar in French. (3-0) A study of more advanced grammatical, syntactical, and stylistic problems in mastering the French language with the aim of strengthening students' command of the structure of French and developing skills for more effective writing. (MC)

3350 History of European Cinema I, 1895-1960. (3-0) This course introduces students to the history of European Cinema from the medium's origins in 1895 to the end of the studio era in the late 1950s. Students will learn about the major developments in film narrative and technology in a European country from the silent to the classic eras. Taught in English. (WI)

3351 History of European Cinema II, 1960 to the Present. (3-0) This course introduces students to the history of European Cinema from the end of the studio era to the present. Students will learn about the major developments in film narrative and technology in a European country from the New Wave to the New European cinemas. Taught in English. (WI)

3381 Business French I. (3-0) A course designed for students interested in business related careers. The course will help students to become familiar with basic French business language and the specifics of Francophone business cultures. (MC)

3382 Business French II. (3-0) A case study-based course that uses a simulation approach to problem-solving in a French business environment. The course objective is the development of an understanding of French practices, and the way they differ from American ones, through the analysis of contextualized situations in marketing and management. Prerequisite: FR 3381 or consent of the instructor. (MC)

4304 Topics in French Literature and Culture. (3-0) Topics vary and include the study of specific literary or cinematic genres, periods, authors or film directors, and ethnic and women's contributions to literature or film in French. Repeatable for credit with different emphasis. (MC) (WI)

4341 French Composition and Stylistics. (3-0) Students will incorporate their more advanced grammatical and syntactical skills with the study of style in the writing of compositions in French. Writing exercises will explore a variety of expository techniques from description, narration, dialogue, portraits, to the writing of letters. (MC) (WI)

4350A French Poetic Realist Cinema. (3-0) This course will study the films and directors associated with Poetic Realism, the film style of the 1930s in France and an important precursor to Italian Neorealism. Taught in English. (WI)

4370 French Civilization. (3-0) A survey of the cultural institutions of France designed to provide a background for a better understanding of the French people, encompassing the development of French culture and the forces that have shaped modern France. Recent essays, films, and comparative analyses of French-American relations will be presented. Repeatable for credit with different emphasis. (MC) (WI)

4390 Studies in French Culture, Language, or Literature. (3-0) A course designed to offer students an opportunity to pursue independent studies in special areas of interest beyond those of other catalog courses. The course is generally available only to graduating seniors who have completed at least two advanced courses or graduate students with special needs. Prerequisite: Approval by the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages. Applications must be submitted prior to the registration period each semester. May be repeated once for additional credit. (MC)

Courses in German (GER)

1410 (GERM 1411) Beginning German I. (4-1) Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within a German cultural framework. Students who begin GER 1410 toward general education requirements must also complete 1420. (MC)

1420 (GERM 1412) Beginning German II. (4-1) Continued practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within a German cultural framework. (MC)

2310 (GERM 2311) Intermediate German I. (3-0) Continued development and review of all language skills within a German cultural framework. (MC)

2320 (GERM 2312) Intermediate German II. (3-0) More advanced practice in all language skills with greater emphasis on reading within a German cultural framework. (MC)

3304 Topics in German Literature and Culture. (3-0) Topics vary and include the study of specific literary or cinematic genres, periods, authors or film directors, and ethnic and women’s contributions to literature or film in German.

3304A German Cinema. (3-0)

3304B German Colonialism, Orientalism, and Exoticism in Film and Literature. (3-0)

3305 German on the Stage. (3-0) An introduction to upper division courses in German designed to strengthen reading skills and oral command of the language through the study and performance of short German-language plays from the classical to the contemporary period.

3320 Improving German Communication Skills. (3-0) Extensive practice in speaking and writing German and in mastering advanced grammatical structures in speaking and writing. Prerequisite: GER 2320 or equivalent. (MC)

3370 German Civilization. (3-0) An examination of German culture and life designed to provide a background for a better understanding of Germany and the Germans, encompassing historical survey of the development of German culture, the forces that shaped modern Germany, and a survey of contemporary German life and culture. Collateral readings; oral and written reports in German. May be repeated once for additional credit. (MC) (WI)

3380 Business German in Global Economy. (3-0) An introduction to the individual economies of each German state, the language and standards of the German business world, the tourist industry of Germany, and Germany’s role in the European Community. (MC)

4310 Masterpieces of German Literature. (3-0) An examination of major literary works representing the major genres and periods of German literature. The course may be repeated once with different content for additional credit. Prerequisite: completion of one 3000-level course or departmental approval. (MC)

4340 Advanced Conversation, Composition, and Stylistics. (3-0) A course designed to strengthen total command of the language. Collateral readings; oral and written reports in German. May be repeated once for additional credit. (MC) (WI)

4341 Advanced German Grammar. (3-0) Study of more advanced grammatical features of the German language essential for mastering the language and communicating effectively in it.

4390 Studies in German Culture, Language, or Literature. (3-0) A course designed to offer students an opportunity to pursue independent studies in special areas of interest beyond those of other catalog courses. The course is generally available only to graduating seniors who have completed at least two advanced courses or graduate students with special needs. Prerequisite: Approval by the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages. Applications must be submitted prior to the registration period each semester. May be repeated once for additional credit. (MC)

Courses in Italian (ITAL)

1410 (ITAL 1411) Beginning Italian I. (3-1) Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within an Italian cultural framework. Students who begin Italian 1410 toward general educational requirements must also complete 1420. (MC)

1420 (ITAL 1412) Beginning Italian II. (3-1) Continued practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within an Italian cultural framework. (MC)

2310 (ITAL 2311) Intermediate Italian I. (3-0) Continued development and review of all language skills within an Italian cultural framework. (MC)

2320 (ITAL 2312) Intermediate Italian II. (3-0) More advanced practice in all language skills with greater emphasis on reading within an Italian cultural framework. (MC)

3308 Advanced Grammar and Composition. (3-0) This course is designed to improve writing skills in Italian through the reading and writing of Italian texts. Focus on writing skills and the reading of selected works from Italian literature. Repeatable once with different content.

Courses in Japanese (JAPA)

1410 (JAPA 1411) Beginning Japanese I. (4-1) Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within a Japanese cultural framework. Students who take JAPA 1410 toward general education requirements must also complete 1420. (MC)

1420 (JAPA 1412) Beginning Japanese II. (4-1) Continued practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within a Japanese cultural framework. (MC)

2310 (JAPA 2311) Intermediate Japanese I. (3-0) Continued development and review of all language skills in a Japanese cultural framework. Prerequisite: JAPA 1410 and 1420 or consent of instructor. (MC)

2320 (JAPA 2312) Intermediate Japanese II. (3-0) Advanced practice in all language skills in a Japanese cultural framework. Prerequisite: JAPA 2310 or consent of instructor. (MC)

3304 Advanced Conversation and Grammar. (3-0) A course designed to strengthen oral and written command of the language. Collateral readings and reports in Japanese. May be repeated once with different emphasis for additional credit. (MC)

3307 Advanced Japanese Writing and Grammar. (3-0) A writing intensive course designed to strengthen students’ knowledge of the structure of Japanese and written command of the language. May be repeated once with different emphasis for additional credit. (MC)

3308 Advanced Japanese for Business. (3-0) An advanced course designed to develop the skills needed to succeed in the complex business world of Japan. May be repeated once with different emphasis for additional credit. (MC)

Courses in Applied Linguistics and Language Learning (LING)

4307 Foreign Language Acquisition. (3-0) An introduction to the nature of language development and to the theories that describe foreign language acquisition and development.

4390 Independent Study in Applied Linguistics and Language Learning. (3-0) This course is generally open only to students with special needs. Students select a topic in line with their special interests and requirements. May be repeated once with different topic for additional credit.

Courses in Spanish (SPAN)

1410 (SPAN 1411) Beginning Spanish I. (4-1) Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within a Spanish cultural framework. Students who begin SPAN 1410 toward general education requirements must also complete 1420. (MC)

1420 (SPAN 1412) Beginning Spanish II. (4-1) Continued practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within a Spanish cultural framework. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in SPAN 1410. (MC)

2310 (SPAN 2311) Intermediate Spanish I. (3-0) Continued development and review of all language skills within a Spanish framework. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in SPAN 1420. (MC)

2320 (SPAN 2312) Intermediate Spanish II. (3-0) More advanced practice in all language skills with greater emphasis on reading within a Spanish cultural framework. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in SPAN 2310. (MC)

3301 Survey of Spanish Literature. (3-0) Spanish literature from its beginnings through the 18th century. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3309. (MC) (WI)

3302 Survey of Spanish Literature. (3-0) Spanish literature from the Nineteenth Century to the present. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3309. (MC) (WI)

3305 Survey of Spanish-American Literature. (3-0) A study of Spanish-American literature from the colonial period to 1880 and its antecedents in Spain. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3309. (MC) (WI)

3306 Survey of Spanish-American Literature. (3-0) A study of Spanish-American literature from 1880 to the present and its antecedents in Spain. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3309. (MC) (WI)

3308 Advanced Composition. (3-0) A course designed to improve writing skills in Spanish through the reading of texts in Spanish. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 2320. (MC) (WI)

3309 Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Literary Analysis. (3-0) Focus on writing skills, literary analysis, and the reading of selected works from Spanish, Latin American and Hispanic literature. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 2320. Corequisite: SPAN 3308 or equivalent (MC)

3310 Spanish Phonetics and Phonemics. (3-0) Articulatory phonetics and sound discrimination and production; phonemic and allophonic variants; geographical and social distribution. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3308. (MC)

3311 Business Spanish I. (3-0) Business language and cultural basics and strengthening of oral and written Spanish. Prerequisites:SPAN: 3308. (MC)

3312 Business Spanish II. (3-0) Commercial Spanish terminology, strengthening written Spanish for correspondence and documentation, and oral Spanish for trans-cultural business situations. Prerequisites: SPAN: 3311. (MC)

3370 Spanish Civilization. (3-0) A survey of the civilization and cultures if Spain designed to provide a background for a better understanding of the Spanish people. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3308. (MC) (WI)

3371 Spanish-American Civilization. (3-0) A survey of the civilizations and cultures of Latin America and the Hispanic U.S. designed to provide a background for a better understanding of both groups. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3308. (MC) (WI)

4302 The Spanish Novel. (3-0) A study of the outstanding novels of Spain with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3309. (MC) (WI)

4311 Historical Aspects of Hispanic Linguistics. (3-0) Course designed to develop knowledge and skills required for analysis and discussion of structural and external aspects of the history of the Spanish language with special focus on word formation and social aspects of language variation. The course provides an overview of morphology, sociolinguistics, and historical linguistics. Prerequisite: SPAN 3308.

4312 Spanish Sentence Structure and Meaning. (3-0) Course designed to develop knowledge and skills required for analysis and discussion of different fields of study that address structural and social aspects of the Spanish language. The course provides an overview of semantics, syntax, pragmatics, and language acquisition in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 3308.

4330 The Spanish-American Novel. (3-0) The most representative novels in the literary history of Spanish-America. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3309. (MC) (WI)

4340 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Stylistics. (3-0) Major emphasis is placed on syntax, usage, and grammatical nomenclature. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3308. (MC) (WI)

4350 Hispanic Literature and Film. (3-0) This course examines Hispanic artistic, cultural and historical issues through the study of written and cinematic texts. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3309. (MC) (WI)

4361 Masterpieces of Hispanic Poetry. (3-0) Selected studies in Spanish and Latin American poetry, with attention to critical analysis of texts. requisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3309. (MC) (WI)

4362 Masterpieces of Hispanic Drama. (3-0) Selected studies in Spanish and Latin American drama, with attention to critical analysis of texts. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3309. (MC) (WI)

4370 Hispanic Literature of the Southwest: Space and Images. (3-0) The study of the Hispanic literature of the Southwest in order to have a better understanding of the cultural diversity of the region. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3309. (MC) (WI)

4380 Special Topics in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics. (3-0) Topics vary and include the study of specific genres, periods, authors, ethnicities, and women’s contributions to Hispanic literature and linguistics. Repeatable for credit with different emphasis. Prerequisite: SPAN 3308. (MC)

4380A Hispanic Nobel Prizes in Literature. The study of eleven Hispanic writers, all recipients of the Nobel Prize for Literature. (3-0) Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3309. (WI)

4380B Don Quijote. (3-0) The study of Miguel de Cervantes’ masterpiece, Don Quijote. Analysis of literary sources and novel’s influence throughout the centuries. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3309. (WI)

4380C Hispanic Film. (3-0) A study of Hispanic cultural issues through film and selected readings. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3309. (WI)

4380D Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (3-0) A study of selected works of Nobel Prize author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, focusing on literature, history, politics, and popular culture of Latin America. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3309. (WI)

4380E Translation Practice and Theory. (3-0) An introduction to Spanish translation at the upper division. The object of the course is to improve reading comprehension – a fundamental skill for translators, language proficiency, and cultural and historical knowledge of the target language. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3308.

4390 Studies in Spanish Culture, Language, or Literature. (3-0) The course is generally available only to graduating seniors who have completed several advanced courses or graduate students with special needs. Repeatable for credit with different emphasis. Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 3308, approval by the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and the Spanish Division Head. Applications must be submitted prior to the registration period each semester. (MC)