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 Requirements

French Major

French majors elect a minimum of 30 upper-division credits in French or approved French-related courses for a total of 10 courses, which may include FR 0211 with a grade of B or better and approved courses from study abroad partners (list available upon request):

RequirementCredits
Complete at least 7 courses taught in French 21
Complete another 2 courses from the department's French offerings or from a list of approved courses in other departments 6
Complete one capstone seminar taught in English 3
Total Credits 30

 

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 and 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 upper-divsion credits in French or approved French-related courses for a total of at least five courses, which can include FR 0211 with a B or better, as well as approved courses from study abroad partners (list available upon request):

RequirementCredits
Complete at least 3 courses taught in French 9
Complete another 2 courses from the department's offerings in French or English, or from a list of approved courses in other departments s 6
Total Credits 15

Students select their courses in consultation with a departmental advisor.

Course List:

CodeTitleCredits
FR 0211 Intermediate French II 3
FR 0219 French Syntax and Expression 3
FR 0220 Topics in Language and Culture 3
FR 0251 Culture & Civilization of France and the Francophone World I 3
FR 0252 Culture & Civilization of France and the Francophone World II 3
FR 0260 Introduction to Sub-Saharan African Culture (taught in English) 3
FR 0265 French Translation Workshop 3
FR 0267 French Commercial Culture 3
FR 0271 Contemporary French Press & Media 3
FR 0301 Survey of Literature in French I 3
FR 0302 Survey of Literature in French II 3
FR 0305 French & Francophone Women Writers 3
FR 0337 Literature of the 19th Century: Romanticism to Naturalism 3
FR 0366 Film & Literature in French 3
FR 0377 Internship I 3
FR 0378 Internship II 3
FR 0381 Coordinating Seminar I 3
FR 0382 Coordinating Seminar II 3
FR 0399 Capstone Seminar 3

List of courses in English approved to count toward the French Major and Minor:

Course List:

CodeTitleCredits
AH 0120 Medieval Art of Western Europe 3
AH 0152 Modern Art 3
EN 0103 Fairy Tales 3
EN 0114 Caribbean Literature: History, Culture, & Identity* 3
EN 0117 Introduction to Francophone Sub-Saharan African Culture* 3
EN 0316 Theoretical Readings of 19th Century Novel 3
HI 0230 Early Modern France 3
HI 0316 The French Revolution & Napoleon 3
PH 0209 Existentialism 3
PH 0307 Descartes 3
PH 0316 Bergson 3

*May require some additional work in French to be determined by the French advisor

German Requirements

German Major

German majors elect a minimum of 30 upper-division credits in German or approved German-related courses for a total of 10 courses, which may include GM 0211 with a grade of B or better and approved courses from study abroad partners:

RequirementCredits
Select at least 7 courses taught in German 21
Select up to 2 courses taught in English, either from the department's offerings or from a list of approved courses in other departments 6
Select 1 capstone taught in English 3
Total Credits 30

 

German majors also are encouraged to study abroad in Germany with Fairfield's programs in Bonn or Berlin either during the junior year or in the summer. The final course for the German major must be taken at Fairfield University.

RequirementCredits
Complete at least 3 courses taught in German 9
Complete another 2 courses from the department's offerings in German or English or from a list of approved courses in other departments 6
Total Credits 15

Students select their courses with a departmental advisor.

Course List:

CodeTitleCredits
GM 0211 Intermediate German II 3
GM 0220 Topics in Language & Culture 3
GM 0241 German Cinema 3
GM 0251 German Civilization & Culture I 3
GM 0252 German Civilization & Culture II 3
GM 0262 Survey of German Literature 3
GM 0291 Modern German Literature 3
GM 0377 Internship 3
GM 0378 Internship 3
GM 0381 Coordinating Seminar 3
GM 0382 Coordinating Seminar 3
GM 0399 Capstone Seminar 3

The following list of courses taught in English have been approved to count toward the German Major and Minor:

Course List:

CodeTitleCredits
AH 0191 Art and Mythologies of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy & Bolshevik Russia 3
EN 0113 Literature of the Holocaust 3
HI 0210 The Third Reich 3
HI 0212 Modern Germany: From Reich to Republic 3
HI 0304 The Holocaust in History and Memory 3
MU 0124 Bach and Beethoven 3
PH 0311 Immanuel Kant 3
PH 0312 Hegel 3

Italian Requirements

 Italian Major

Italian majors elect a minimum of 30 upper-division credits in Italian for a total of 10 courses. This may include IT 0211 with a gread of B or betterand approved courses from study abroad.

RequirementCredits
Complete at least 7 courses taught in English 21
Complete another 2 courses from the department's offerings in Italian or English or from a list of approved courses in other departments 6
Complete 1 capstone seminar taught in English 3
Total Credits 30

 

Students select their course of study from a variety of offerings including courses on 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 affiliate 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 upper-division credits in Italian for a total of 5 courses. This may include IT 0211 with a grade of B or better and approved courses from study abroad partners.

RequirementCredits
Select at least 3 courses taught in Italian 9
Complete another 2 courses from the department's offerings in Italian or English, or from a list of approved clourses in other departments 6
Total Credits 15

 

Students select their courses in consultation with a departmental advisor.

Course List:

CodeTitleCredits
IT 0211 Intermediate Italian 3
IT 0220 Topics in Language & Culture 3
IT 0222 Made in Italy 3
IT 0233 Creative Writing 3
FR 0252 Culture & Civilization of France and the Francophone World II 3
IT 0240 The Language of Food in Italian Culture 3
IT 0253 Contemporary Italian Culture 3
IT 0255 The Novella 3
IT 0257 Theatre in Italy: Comedy from Machiavelli to Fo 3
IT 0262 Rome in Cultural Imagination (taught in English) 3
IT 0271/FTM 0201B Italian Cinema (taught in English 3
IT 0289/EN 0115 Dante (taught in English) 3
IT 0290 Italian-American Cinema (taught in English) 3
IT 0330 Redifining the Cosmos: Voyages to the New World in the Italian Renaissance 3
IT 0381 Coordinating Seminar 3
IT 0393 Italian-American Experience (taught in English) 3

The following list of courses taught in English have been approved to count toward the Italian Major and Minor

Course List:

CodeTitleCredits
HI 0203 European Society Middle Ages 3
HI 0222 TThe Roman Revolution 3
HI 0223 The Roman World in Late Antiquity, 284-642 AD 3
PO 0123 Modern Political Ideologies 3
PO 0139 European Politics 3
RS 0343 The Papacy 3
AH 0112 Etruscan & Roman Art & Archaeology 3
AH 0130 Early Renaissance Art in Italy 3
AH 0140 Baroque Art 3
AH 0191 Art & Mythologies of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Bolshevik Russia: Comparative Systems & Outcomes 3

Spanish Requirements

Spanish Major

Spanish majors elect a minimum of 30 upper-division credits in Spanish for a total of 10 courses, which may include approved courses from study abroad partners.

Course List:

CodeTitleCredits
SP 0220 Topics in Language & Culture 3
SP 0245 Analysis & Interpretation of Hispanic Literature 3
SP 0381 Coordinating Seminar 3

Select one course from each of the following 3 areas:

Area 1: Peninsular (Spanish) Literature and Culture

CodeTitleCredits
SP 0251 Spanish Civilization & Culture 3
SP 0311 Glory, Splendor & Decay: Spanish Golden Age Literature 3
SP 0331 Love & Deception in 19th-Century Spanish Literature 3
SP 0341 20th Century Spanish Literature 3
SP 0346 Contemporary Spanish Theatre 3
SP 0357 The Spanish Novel 3

Area 2: Latin American Literature and Culture

CodeTitleCredits
SP 0253 Spanish-American Civilization 3
SP 0271 Hispanic Film 3
SP 0305 Popular Culture in Latin America 3
SP 0306 Cuban Film: A Close Look at Revolution 3
SP 0353 Spanish-American Narrative 3
SP 0359 Culture, Civilization, & Literature in the Spanish-American Caribbean Region 3
SP 0360 Dictatorship & Revoltionary Movements in Contemporary Latin America 3
SP 0363 Literature & Culture of the Hispanic Caribbean Migration & Diaspora 3
SP 0371 Images of Latin American Indians 3

Area 3: Structure of the Spanish Language 

CodeTitleCredits
SP 0225 Spanish & English in Contrast 3
SP 0231B Career-Oriented Spanish for Business 3
SP 0231N Career-Oriented Spanish for Nursing & Health Studies 3
SP 0285 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics 3
SP 0309 Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World 3
Select 4 additional 200- or 300-level Spanish Courses 12
Total Credits 30

Notes:

  • SP 0220 is a prerequisite for all subsequent Spanish classes. After taking SP 0220, students may take all remaining courses (required and elective) at any time and in any order, provided individual course prerequisites are met.
  • If students have received their High School education in a Spanish-speaking country, and if those classes were given in Spanish, then the student needs to meet with a Spanish Professor to have his/her level determined. If it is determined that the student should not take SP 0220, he/she would still need to complete the required 30 credits for the major.
  • 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
    2. The content is related to some aspect of Latin American or Spanish culture, history, linguistics, politics, or literature.
  • Any questions regarding the major should be directed to the director of the Spanish section.

 

Spanish Minor

Students seeking a minor in Spanish complete 15 upper-division credits in Spanish (beyond SP 0211) for a total of 5 courses. There is one required course and four electives:

CodeTitleCredits
SP 0220 Topics in Language and Culture 3
Complete 4 upper-division Spanish electives 12
Total Credits 30

*These electives can include any 200- or 300-level Spanish course beyond SP 0211 taught at Fairfield University, courses taken abroad, or the coordination seminar (with professor approval).

 

Notes:

  • We strongly recommend that all minors also take SP 0245 Analysis and Interpretation of Hispanic Literature and SP 0285 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics.
  • SP 0220 is a prerequisite for all subsequent Spanish classes. After taking SP 0220, students may take all remaining courses (required and elective) at any time and in any order, provided individual course prerequisites are met.
  • If students have received their High School education in Spanish-speaking country, and if those classes were given in Spanish, then the student needs to meet with a Spanish Professor to have his/her level determined. If it is determined that the student should not take SP 0220, he/she would still need to complete the required 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
    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.
 

Other Languages

Arabic

  • AR 110-111: Elementary Modern Standard Arabic
  • AR 210-211: Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic
  • AR 215: Intermediate Intensive Modern Standard Arabic
  • AR 220: Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I
  • AR 381-382: Coordinating Seminar/Independent Study

 

Chinese

  • CI 110-111: Elementary Chinese
  • CI 210-211: Intermediate Chinese
  • CI 220: Advanced Chinese
  • CI 250/EN 118: Modern China through Fiction and Film
  • CI 251: New Chinese Cinema
  • CI 252/EN 119: The City and Modern China
  • CI 253: China and the West: Stories of Encounter
  • CI 381-382: Coordinating Seminar/Independent Study

 

Hebrew

  • HE 110-111: Elementary Hebrew
  • HE 210-211: Intermediate Hebrew

 

Japanese

  • JA 110-111: Elementary Japanese
  • JA 210-211: Intermediate Japanese

 

Portuguese

  • PG 110-111: Elementary Brazilian Portuguese
  • PG 210-211: Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese

 

Russian

  • RU 110-111: Elementary Russian
  • RU 210-211: Intermediate Russian

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