Modern Languages and Literatures - Requirements

Language Core Requirements

Core requirements may be fulfilled by successfully completing two semesters at the intermediate level of any language listed among the offerings of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Core mission statement

The study of languages is a key element in working and learning across cultures and geographical boundaries. Language in the Core Curriculum focuses on the acquisition of the skills of reading, listening, speaking, and writing, though the emphasis varies according to the chosen language. Students in core language study acquire knowledge about other cultures, literatures, and historical periods. It is expected that students will use the skills and knowledge acquired in language courses in practical and intellectual pursuits.

Through their study of foreign languages, students will:

• be able to read a passage of moderate difficulty in their chosen language and be able to communicate with a native speaker
• learn grammatical and syntactical rules which will facilitate oral and written expression in the language
• become acquainted with the life, customs, and cultural traditions where the language is spoken

French

FRENCH MAJOR

French majors elect a minimum of 30 upper-division credits in French for a total of 10 courses, at least 7 courses of which are in the target language (this may include 211 with a B or better); up to 2 courses may be taken in English, either from the department's offerings or from a list of approved courses in other departments; and one capstone seminar taught in English. Students select their course of study from a variety of offerings including courses on composition and conversation, creative writing, France's culture, francophone culture, literature, film. French majors also have the opportunity to apply for internships that count towards the major. Students are encouraged to study abroad in France or in a francophone country either during the junior year or in the summer. The final course for the French major must be taken at Fairfield University.

All majors are urged to work closely, as soon as possible, with an advisor of their choice to plan a program.

FRENCH MINOR

Students seeking a minor in French complete 15 credits in the language beyond the intermediate 210 level for a total of 5 courses, at least 3 of which are in the target language (this may include 211 with a B or better); up to 2 courses may be taken in English, either from the department's offerings or from a list of approved courses in other departments). Students select their courses in consultation with a departmental advisor.

Special credit notes:

FR 211 with a grade of B or better counts towards the minor/major.

List of courses in English approved to count toward the French Major and Minor starting with the Class of 2016:
AH 120 Medieval Art of Western Europe
AH 150 Neoclassical and Romantic Art
AH 152 Modern Art
EN 103 Fairy Tales
EN 316 Theoretical Readings of 19th Century Novel
HI 230 Early Modern France
HI 316 The French Revolution and Napoleon
HI 317 Religious Outsiders in Early Modern France and Europe
PH 207 Augustine, Pascal, and Camus
PH 209 Existentialism
PH 307 Descartes
PH 316 Bergson

German

GERMAN MAJOR

German majors elect a minimum of 30 upper-division credits in German for a total of 10 courses, at least 7 courses of which are in the target language (this may include 211 with a B or better). Up to 2 courses may be taken in English, either from the department's offerings or from a list of approved courses in other departments; and one capstone seminar taught in English. Students also have the opportunity to apply for internships that count towards the major. German majors also are encouraged to study abroad in Germany with Fairfield's Baden-Württemberg exchange program either during the junior year or in the summer. The final course for the German major must be taken at Fairfield University.

GERMAN MINOR

Students seeking a minor in German complete 15 credits in the language beyond the intermediate (210) level for a total of 5 courses, at least 3 courses of which are in the target language (which may include 211 with a B or better); up to 2 courses may be taken in English, either from the department's offerings or from a list of approved courses in other departments. Students select their courses with a departmental advisor.

Special credit notes:

GM 211 with a grade of B or better counts towards the minor and major.

Italian

ITALIAN MAJOR

Italian majors elect a minimum of 30 upper-division credits in Italian for a total of 10 courses, at least 7 courses of which are in the target language (this may include 211 with a B or better). Up to 2 courses may be taken in English, either from the department's offerings or from a list of approved courses in other departments; and one capstone seminar taught in English. Students select their course of study from a variety of offerings including courses on composition and conversation, creative writing, contemporary culture and film, the short story, literature of the New World, theater, and Dante (which is offered in translation; majors are encouraged to do their written work in Italian). Italian majors also have the opportunity to apply for internships that count towards the major. Students are encouraged to study abroad at our affiliates in Florence either during the junior year or in the summer. The final course for the Italian major must be taken at Fairfield University.

All majors are urged to work closely, as soon as possible, with an advisor of their choice to plan a program.

ITALIAN MINOR

Students seeking a minor in Italian complete 15 credits in the language beyond the intermediate 210 level for a total of 5 courses at least 3 courses of which are in the target language (including 211 with a B or better); up to 2 courses may be taken in English, either from the department's offerings or from a list of approved courses in other departments. Students select their courses in consultation with a departmental advisor.

Special credit notes:

IT 211 with a grade of B or better counts towards the minor in Italian.

Spanish

SPANISH MAJOR

A total of 30 credits (10 course) at the 200-300 level (beyond the 211 level) are required for the Spanish major. There are six required courses and four electives. One course may be taken in English.

Required courses: The six required courses for the major (all taken at Fairfield University) are:

  1. SP 220: Topics in Language and Culture (3 credits)
  2. SP 245: Analysis and Interpretation of Hispanic Literature (3 credits)
  3. One course from each of the following areas (total of 3 courses, 9 credits):

a. Peninsular (Spanish) literature and culture:

Sp 251 Spanish Civilization and Culture
SP 301 Love, Life, and Death in Spanish Literature
SP 346 Memory, Amnesia and Engagement in Contemporary Spanish Theater
SP 311 Glory, Splendor, and Decay: Spanish Golden Age Literature
SP 357 The Spanish Novel
SP 331 Love and Deception in 19th Century Spanish Literature
SP 341 20th Century Spanish Literature

b. Latin American literature and culture:

SP 253 Spanish American Civilization
SP 271 Hispanic Film
SP 303 From Empire to Modernization in Spanish American Literature
SP 305 Popular Culture in Latin America
SP 353 Spanish-American Narrative
SP 359 Culture, Civilization, and Literature in the Spanish-American Caribbean Region
SP 360 Dictatorships and Revolutionary Movements in Contemporary Latin America
SP 363 Literature and Culture of the Hispanic Caribbean Migration and Diaspora
SP 371 Images of Latin American Indians

c. Structure of the Spanish Language:

SP 208 Intermediate Spanish for Health Professionals
SP 225 Spanish and English in Contrast
SP 231 Career-Oriented Spanish
SP 285 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

4.  SP 381 Exit Research Study / Senior Capstone. (Students must take this course during their senior year.) (3 credits)

Notes:

  • SP 220 is a prerequisite for all subsequent Spanish classes. After taking SP 220, students may take all remaining courses (required and elective) at any time and in any order, provided individual course prerequisites are met.
  • Students who recieved their High School education in a Spanish-speaking country, in Spanish, are not allowed to take SP 220. They must still take 30 credits for the major or 15 credits for the minor.
  • Study Abroad: Students are encouraged to study 
abroad in a Spanish speaking country. In order to 
have courses taken abroad count toward the Spanish 
major or minor two conditions must be met: 1) the 
courses are taught entirely in Spanish; and 2) the 
content is related to some aspect of Latin American 
or Spanish culture, history, politics, or literature.
  • Any questions regarding the major should be directed to the director of the Spanish section.

SPANISH MINOR

Students who wish to minor in Spanish must complete 15 credits (5 courses) at the 200-300 level (beyond the 211 level). There is one required course and four electives.

Required course:

SP 220 Topics in Language and Culture

Note: We strongly recommend that all minors also take SP 245 Analysis and Interpretation of Hispanic Literature.

Elective courses:

The remaining four (4) courses can include any 200-300 level course (beyond the 211 level) taught at Fairfield University, courses taken abroad, or the coordination seminar (with professor approval.)

Notes:

  • SP 220 is a prerequisite for all subsequent Spanish classes. After taking SP 220, students may take all remaining course (required and elective) at any time and in any order, provided individual course prerequisites are met.
  • Students who received their High School education in a Spanish-speaking country, in Spanish, are not allowed to take SP 220. They must still take 30 credits for the major or 15 credits for the minor.
  • Study Abroad: Students are encouraged to study abroad in a Spanish speaking country. In order to have courses taken abroad count toward the Spanish major or minor two conditions must be met: 1) the courses are taught entirely in Spanish: and 2) the content is related to some aspect of Latin American or Spanish culture, history, politics, literature or linguistics.
  • Any questions regarding the minor should be directed to the director of the Spanish section.