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2017-2018 University Catalogue 
  
 
  Sep 26, 2017
 
2017-2018 University Catalogue

Romance Languages and Literatures


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Faculty

Professors Gallucci, Luciani (Chair), Naughton, Plata, Rojas, Rugg
Associate Professors Julien, Riley, Stolova, Zegarra
Assistant Professors Facchini, Pérez-Carbonell
Visiting Assistant Professors Bentivegna, Lee, Monsalve
Senior Lecturers Mejía-Barrera, Merklin, Ramakrishnan
Lecturer Carlesi, Escudero Moro


The aim of this department is to provide students with a solid foundation in the languages, literatures, and cultures of the French-, Italian-, and Spanish-speaking worlds. Language courses work to improve students’ abilities in speaking, comprehending, reading, and writing in French, Italian, or Spanish, while providing an introduction to culture. Structured in levels of increasing complexity, literature courses foster the improvement of analytical and critical skills, an enhanced aesthetic appreciation of works of literary art, and a broader understanding of linguistic and cultural diversity. Many of the courses offered in the department may be taken by students who do not plan to major in French or Spanish but who would like to maintain or develop their knowledge of these languages and cultures. Given the multi-cultural nature of the United States today, familiarity with a second language and culture will enhance a student’s preparation for a career in any profession. Advanced study of Spanish or French (300 level and higher) makes the student eligible for the intimate contact with a foreign culture available through the department’s study groups abroad. A major in French or Spanish can be particularly useful in the fields of law, business, international trade, journalism, education, and public administration.

The department offers majors and minors in both French and Spanish, but not in Italian. Courses counting toward these majors are conducted entirely in the appropriate language.


Awards

The Award for Excellence in French Studies — awarded in recognition of consistently outstanding performance in French.

The Award for Excellence in Italian Studies — awarded in recognition of consistently outstanding performance in Italian.

The Award for Excellence in Spanish Studies — awarded in recognition of exceptional contributions to the life of the Spanish program within the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

The Charles A. Choquette Memorial Prize — established in honor of Charles Choquette, professor of French and Spanish from 1927 to 1967 and chair from 1953 to 1962. This prize is awarded to one or more students for excellence in French language and literature.

David B. Jutten Prize for Romance Languages — established in 1914 for a prize for excellence in Romance languages.


Advanced Placement and Transfer Credit

University credit is automatically granted to entering students who achieve a score of 4 or higher on AP examinations in French language and Spanish language or literature. Major credit is granted for a score of 5.

The following course equivalents are established: In French, language grade of 4 = 202; language grade of 5 = 361. In Spanish, language grade of 4 = 202; language grade of 5 = 361; literature grade of 4 = 202; literature grade of 5 = 202, and exemption from a major credit at the 350 level.

Students with an AP language grade of 3 may take FREN 202  or SPAN 202  or higher. Students with an AP language or literature grade of 4 or higher must register at the 300 level to continue their study of French or Spanish. No more than two AP or transfer credits, or combination of the two, may be counted for a French or Spanish major or minor.

No more than one major or minor credit may be transferred from an approved program. To be accepted, such courses must be comparable in quality and scope to courses offered at Colgate. Students who hope to transfer a credit from an approved program must provide the department chair with documentation about the course for approval prior to enrolling in that program, and may be asked to present their work to the chair for evaluation upon return.


Honors and High Honors

French

Departmental honors requires a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and an average in all major courses of 3.30. After selecting a topic and adviser, the student registers for FREN 490  during one of the semesters of the senior year and writes a paper of significant length and depth. The quality of the paper determines whether the student receives honors (A– or higher required).

Departmental high honors requires a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and an average in all major courses of 3.70. After selecting a topic and adviser, the student registers for FREN 491  in the seventh term in order to compile a bibliography, gather materials, and begin the preparation of a thesis. The student then registers for FREN 490  in the eighth term in order to complete the thesis. The final version serves as the basis for an oral examination by three or more members of the faculty. The quality of the thesis and of the oral defense determines whether the student receives high honors (A or higher)or honors (A–).

A 490-course registration must be in addition to the minimum major requirement. The expected length of an honors paper or high honors thesis is established by the adviser in consultation with the department chair.

Spanish

Departmental honors requires a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and an average in all major courses of 3.30. After selecting a topic and adviser, the student registers for SPAN 490  during one of the semesters of the senior year and writes a paper of significant length and depth. The quality of the paper determines whether the student receives honors (A– or higher required).

Departmental high honors requires a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and an average in all major courses of 3.70. After selecting a topic and adviser, the student registers for SPAN 491  in the seventh term in order to compile a bibliography, gather materials, and begin the preparation of a thesis. The student then registers for SPAN 490  in the eighth term in order to complete the thesis. The final version serves as the basis for an oral examination by three or more members of the faculty. The quality of the thesis and of the oral defense determines whether the student receives high honors (A or higher)or honors (A–).

A 490-course registration must be in addition to the minimum major requirement. The expected length of an honors paper or high honors thesis is established by the adviser in consultation with the department chair.


Study Groups

France and Spain

Each spring the department sends a study group to the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France. In order to be eligible to participate, students must satisfactorily complete FREN 361  and one literature course at the 400 level.

The Spain Study Group operates in Santiago de Compostela and Madrid each fall semester. In order to be eligible, a student must satisfactorily complete at least one 350-level survey and SPAN 361 .

The study group experience is an integral part of the French and Spanish programs, and all qualified majors are expected to participate. Preference is given to majors and minors, but qualified non-majors are encouraged to apply.

The department has established the following policies for its study groups in Dijon and Madrid: two credits toward the French or Spanish major or minor may be earned; students must register for a full load of courses; students may not take a fifth course; all courses must be taken for a standard letter grade. Only in unusual circumstances will the department chair grant exceptions to these rules.

For more information, see “Off-Campus Study ”.

Italy

Several university departments, including the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, collaborate in organizing the Venice Study Group. Students who complete one year of Italian are eligible to apply. Eligibility may also be gained in other ways. See “Off-Campus Study  ”.


La Casa Pan-Latina Americana

Students have an additional opportunity for language and cultural study through residence in La Casa Pan-Latina Americana. The house provides a focal point for Latino students and a way for other students to share cultural knowledge and language skills.


Language Placement Regulations

Students wishing to continue a Romance language studied in secondary school should register for the appropriate courses indicated by the prerequisites. For help determining placement see Language Placement or Course Descriptions . Credit will not be granted to a student taking a course at a lower level than a course for which the prerequisites have been completed. Written permission from the department chair is required for an exception to this regulation. In all matters of language placement, the department makes the final determination.


 

Majors and Minors

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    Courses

      French
      Italian
      Spanish

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