academics

Modern Foreign Languages

Professor: S. Lhotzky
Associate Professor: S. Fish (chair)
Assistant Professors: P. Cabrera, J. González, M. Rueter
Instructor: S. Ogdie

An essential part of a liberal arts education is the study of world languages, cultures, and literatures. In addition to preparing students for careers in teaching or for advanced language study at the graduate level, knowledge of a world language is a strong asset and an increasingly essential skill in many career fields. Proficiency in one or more world languages can provide students with a significant competitive edge in the global job market. The Department therefore encourages students to combine their major in Business Administration, Economics, Education, English, Government, History, Journalism, Nursing, Psychology, or Sociology, for example, with a second major or minor in French, German or Spanish. Students may continue studying a language begun in high school, or may select a new language.

Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP, and Placement Exams
The Department accepts Advanced Placement (AP) and CLEP credits. See the Department website for additional information. New students who do not have AP, CLEP or transfer credit, who have a background in French, German or Spanish take a free language placement exam that specifies at which level they should continue their language study.

Study, Work and Teaching Abroad
Residence in a foreign country allows students to achieve higher levels of proficiency and to gain insights into a country's rich culture and customs. Dozens of opportunities to study and to work abroad are available to Augustana students and the majority of language majors spend at least one Interim or semester abroad. Post-graduate assistantships are available to teach English. Augustana faculty also lead Interim and Spring Break courses abroad.

Certification
Students who plan to teach with a major or minor concentration in a world language should be aware that the minimum number of credit hours necessary for certification in South Dakota is 18. Since minimum requirements in most other states are higher, students who plan to teach are strongly advised to obtain a language major.

Assessment
The Department of Modern Foreign Languages has set student learning outcomes for its language majors based on proficiency guidelines established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The department continually reviews the applicability of those guidelines. Additional information can be obtained by visiting the department’s website. For information on single language majors or minors, see FRENCH, GERMAN or SPANISH.

Modern Foreign Languages Major:

37 credit hours
The Modern Foreign Languages major combines the study of two languages.

Choose one course from (3 cr)
MDFL 152, 197, 297, 397; ANTH 271; CLAS 230; COMM 300; ENGL 225, 226, 340, 380*; GOVT 120, 385; HIST 113, 201, 324, 325; MUSI 214; NAST 180, 320; SPAN 240.
*Strongly recommended for students planning to pursue graduate studies in a foreign language. Other courses may, upon the approval of the dept. chair, also fulfill the requirement.

Primary Language (22 credit hours)
Introduction to Language I (3 cr)
Introduction to Language II (3 cr)
Intermediate Language I (4 cr)
Intermediate Language II (4 cr)
Conversation and Composition I or II (4 cr)
Electives in Primary Language (4 cr)

Secondary Language (14 credit hours)
Introduction to Language I (3 cr)
Introduction to Language II (3 cr)
Intermediate Language I (4 cr)
Intermediate Language II (4 cr)

Modern Foreign Languages Minor:

27 credit hours
The Modern Foreign Languages minor combines the study of two languages.

Choose one course from (3 cr)
MDFL 152, 197, 297, 397; ANTH 271; CLAS 230; COMM 300; ENGL 225, 226, 340, 380*; GOVT 120, 385; HIST 113, 201, 324, 325; MUSI 214. NAST 180, 320; SPAN 240.
*Strongly recommended for students planning to pursue graduate studies in a foreign language. Other courses may, upon the approval of the dept. chair, also fulfill the requirement.

Primary Language (18 credit hours)
Introduction to Language I (3 cr)
Introduction to Language II (3 cr)
Intermediate Language I (4 cr)
Intermediate Language II (4 cr)
Conversation and Composition I or II (4 cr)

Secondary Language (6 credit hours)
Introduction to Language I (3 cr)
Introduction to Language II (3 cr)

Modern Foreign Languages Courses:

MDFL 152 Central and West-African Cinema (Area 3.6) (3 credits)
This course will survey Central and West African film from the 1960’s to the present. Class discussion and analysis will center around key social and political issues: confronting (post)colonialism, corruption and violence in post-colonial societies, the positive and negative effects of traditions, identity formation and coming of age, and changing women’s roles in modern Africa. All films are subtitled in English; no previous training in French or film studies is required. Offered Occasionally.

MDFL 197, 297, 397 Topics in Modern Foreign Languages, Cultures and Literatures (3-4 credits)
Courses that offer students opportunities to study issues surrounding and related to modern foreign languages, cultures and literatures. Offered Occasionally.

MDFL 199, 299, 399 Independent Study (2-4 credits)
Opportunity for students to study a particular subject under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites: Consent of the Instructor and Department Chair.

French Courses:

FREN 110 — Introduction to French I (Area 3.4) (3 credits)
This first course in a two-semester sequence is designed to help students develop beginning language proficiency in French through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will also gain an initial awareness of French and Francophone cultures. Offered Every Fall Semester and Some Interims.7

FREN 111 Introduction to French II (Area 3.4) (3 credits)
This second course in a two-semester sequence is designed to help students develop beginning language proficiency in French through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will also gain a basic an initial awareness of French and Francophone cultures. Prerequisite: FREN 110 or Appropriate Score on Placement Exam; Offered Every Spring Semester.

FREN 210 Intermediate French I (4 credits)
The first course in a sequence designed to further develop students’ proficiency in French through speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and to expand students’ knowledge of French and francophone cultures. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: FREN 111 or Appropriate Score on Placement Exam; Offered Every Fall Semester.

FREN 211 Intermediate French II (4 credits)
The second course in a sequence designed to further develop students’ proficiency in French through speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and to expand students’ knowledge of French and francophone cultures. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: FREN 210 or Appropriate Score on Placement Exam; Offered Every Spring Semester.

FREN 320 French Conversation and Composition I (W - Area 2.1B) (4 credits)
Developing proficiency in the use of French as a means of oral and written expression. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: FREN 211; Offered Occasionally.

FREN 321 French Conversation and Composition II (W - Area 2.1B) (4 credits)
Developing proficiency in the use of French as a means of oral and written expression. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: FREN 211; Offered Occasionally.

FREN 340 Civilization and Culture of France (3 credits)
An examination of the artistic, economic, intellectual, political, and social influences that have helped to shape the framework of contemporary civilization and culture in France. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: FREN 211; Offered Occasionally.

FREN 341 Francophone Cultures and Literatures (Area 3.6) (3 credits)
Discussion of selected literary contributions from African, Asian, Québécois, Caribbean and Polynesian Francophone authors, and analysis of important cultural, historical, political and social issues. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: FREN 211; Offered Occasionally.

FREN 360 History of the Literature of France I (Area 3.5A) (3 credits)
Survey of literary movements, discussion and analysis of some of the key poems, novels and plays from six centuries of French literature. This course will focus on French literature from le moyen âge to 1789. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: FREN 211; Offered Occasionally.

FREN 361 History of the Literature of France II (Area 3.5A) (3 credits)
Survey of literary movements, discussion and analysis of some of the key poems, novels and plays from six centuries of French literature. This course will focus on literature from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: FREN 211; Offered Occasionally.

FREN 380 French Seminar (3-4 credits)
Individual courses designed for advanced students to concentrate on specific areas of French language, and Francophone literatures and cultures. Course content will vary. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: FREN 211; Offered Occasionally.

FREN 395 Internship (2-4 credits)
Opportunity for students to improve language proficiency and to acquire practical knowledge through off-campus work in public or private settings. Prerequisites: Consent of the Instructor and Department Chair.

FREN 396 Topics in Francophone Literature (3-4 credits)
Opportunities for students to explore and to study selected topics in French and Francophone literatures. Content will vary. Conducted in French.  PREREQUISITE FREN 211. OFFERED OCCASIONALLY

FREN 197, 297, 397 Topics in Francophone Civilizations and Cultures (2-4 credits)
Opportunities for students to explore and to study selected topics in French and Francophone civilizations and cultures. Content will vary. OFFERED OCCASIONALLY

FREN 199, 299, 399 Independent Study (2-4 credits)
Opportunity for students to study a particular subject under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites: Consent of the Instructor and Department Chair.

FREN 400 Honors Thesis (1 credit)
Designed with and approved by a supervising MDFL faculty member, the honors thesis allows students to pursue additional study and research in world languages, cultures and literatures. Students work under the supervision of an individual thesis director. Grading System: A-F only. Conducted in French. Prerequisites: Admission to the MDFL Honors Program and the Consent of the Thesis Director.

German Courses:

GERM 110 Introduction to German I (Area 3.4) (3 credits)
This two-semester sequence is designed to help students develop beginning language proficiency in German through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will also gain an initial awareness of German and Germanic cultures. Offered Every Fall Semester and Some Interims.

GERM 111 Introduction to German II (Area 3.4) (3 credits)
This two-semester sequence is designed to help students develop beginning language proficiency in German through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will also gain an initial awareness of German and Germanic cultures.
Prerequisite: GERM 110 or Appropriate Score on Placement Exam; Offered Every Spring Semester.

GERM 210 Intermediate German I (4 credits)
This sequence is designed to develop further students’ proficiency in German through speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and to expand students’ knowledge of German and Germanic cultures. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: GERM 111 or Appropriate Score on Placement Exam; Offered Every Fall Semester.

GERM 211 Intermediate German II (4 credits)
This sequence is designed to develop further students’ proficiency in German through speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and to expand students’ knowledge of German and Germanic cultures. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: GERM 210 or Appropriate Score on Placement Exam; Offered Every Spring Semester.

GERM 320 German Conversation and Composition I (W - Area 2.1B) (4 credits)
Developing proficiency in the use of German as a means of oral and written expression. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: GERM 211; Offered Occasionally.

GERM 321 German Conversation and Composition II (W - Area 2.1B) (4 credits)
Developing proficiency in the use of German as a means of oral and written expression. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: GERM 211; Offered Occasionally.

GERM 340 German Civilization and Culture (3 credits)
A study of the social, cultural, and political influences that have shaped present-day Germany. Includes geography and a survey of German history. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: GERM 211; Offered Occasionally.

GERM 360 History OF German Literature I (Area 3.5A)
A historical survey of literature and readings from the various periods. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: GERM 211; Offered Occasionally. (3 credits)

GERM 361 History OF German Literature II (Area 3.5A)
A historical survey of literature and readings from the various periods. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: GERM 211; Offered Occasionally. (3 credits)

GERM 380 German Seminar (3-4 credits)
Individual courses designed for advanced students to concentrate on specific areas of German language, culture and literature. Course content will vary. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: GERM 211; Offered Occasionally.

GERM 395 Internship (2-4 credits)
Opportunity for students to improve language proficiency and to acquire practical knowledge through off-campus work in public or private settings. Prerequisites: Consent of the Instructor and Department Chair.

GERM 396 Topics in German Literature (3-4 credits)
Opportunities for students to explore and to study selected topics in German literature. Content will vary. Conducted in German. PREREQUISITE GERM 211. OFFERED OCCASIONALLY

GERM 197, 297, 397 Topics in German Civilization and Culture (2-4 credits)
Opportunities for students to explore and to study selected topics in German civilization and culture. Content will vary. OFFERED OCCASIONALLY

GERM 199, 299, 399 Independent Study (2-4 credits)
Opportunity for students to study a particular subject under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites: Consent of the Instructor and Department Chair.

GERM 400 Honors Thesis (1 credit)
Designed with and approved by a supervising MDFL faculty member, the honors thesis allows students to pursue additional study and research in world languages, cultures and literatures. Students work under the supervision of an individual thesis director. Grading System: A-F only. Conducted in German. Prerequisites: Admission to the MDFL Honors Program and the Consent of the Thesis Director.

Spanish Courses:

SPAN 110 Introduction to Spanish I (Area 3.4) (3 credits)
The first in a two-semester sequence designed to help students develop beginning language proficiency in Spanish through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will also gain an initial awareness of Spanish and Hispanic cultures. Offered Every Fall Semester and Some Interims.

SPAN 111 Introduction to Spanish II (Area 3.4) (3 credits)
The second in a two-semester sequence designed to help students develop beginning language proficiency in Spanish through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will also gain an initial awareness of Spanish and Hispanic cultures. Prerequisite: SPAN 110 or Appropriate Score on Placement Exam; Offered Every Spring Semester and Some Interims.

SPAN 210 Intermediate Spanish I (4 credits)
The first in a two-course sequence designed to develop further students’ proficiency in Spanish through speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and to expand students’ knowledge of Spanish and Hispanic cultures. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 111 or Appropriate Score on Placement Exam; Offered Every Fall Semester.

SPAN 211 Intermediate Spanish II (4 credits)
The second in a two-course sequence designed to develop further students’ proficiency in Spanish through speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and to expand students’ knowledge of Spanish and Hispanic cultures. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 210 or Appropriate Score on Placement Exam; Offered Every Spring Semester.

SPAN 240 Arab and Jewish Influence in Spain and Morocco (Area 3.6) (4 credits)
An interim abroad course that traces the Jewish and Arabic influences on Spanish culture. Conducted in English and Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 111 is strongly recommended; Offered Some Interims.

SPAN 241 Chile: Land of Contrasts (Area 3.6) (4 credits)
An interim abroad course that examines the culture, history, and economic and political realities of fifteen regions of Chile. Conducted in English and Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 111 Recommended; Offered Some Interims.

SPAN 250 Spanish For Health Care Professionals (3 credits)
An intermediate Spanish Course that focuses on the acquisition of the Spanish terminology and grammar necessary for health professionals to communicate effectively with their Hispanic patients. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 111; Offered Every Spring Semester.

SPAN 310 Modern Spanish Grammar (3 credits)
An in-depth explanation of the structure of Spanish grammar, emphasizing problematic areas and proficiency in verb tenses. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 211; Offered Occasionally.

SPAN 320 Spanish Conversation and Composition I (W - Area 2.1B) (4 credits)
Developing proficiency in the use of Spanish as a means of oral and written expression. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 211; Offered Occasionally.

SPAN 321 Spanish Conversation and Composition II (W - Area 2.1B) (4 credits)
Developing proficiency in the use of Spanish as a means of oral and written expression. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 211; Offered Occasionally.

SPAN 340 Spanish Civilization and Culture (3 credits)
A study of the social, cultural, and political influences that have shaped present-day Spain. Includes geography and a survey of Spanish history. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN211; Offered Occasionally.

SPAN 341 Latin American Civilization and Culture (3 credits)
A study of the social, cultural and political influences that have shaped present-day Latin America. Includes geography and a survey of Latin American history. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 211; Offered Occasionally.

SPAN 360 History of the Literature of Spain I (Area 3.5A) (3 credits)
A survey of the literary movements of Spain. This course will cover Spanish literature from the Poema del Cid through the Golden Age drama. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 211; Offered Occasionally.

SPAN 361 History of the Literature of Spain II (Area 3.5A) (3 credits)
A survey of the literary movements of Spain. This course will concentrate on the nineteenth century and contemporary Spanish writers. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 211; Offered Occasionally.

SPAN 362 History of the Literature of Latin America (Area 3.5A) (3 credits)
Background material on the literary movements of the colonial period. Special emphasis on the modernists of the late nineteenth century and contemporary South America writers. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 211; Offered Occasionally.

SPAN 370 Modern Latin American Novel (3 credits)
A study of important novelists of the twentieth century from a number of Latin American countries. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 211; Offered Occasionally.

SPAN 380 Spanish Seminar (3-4 credits)
Individual courses designed for advanced students to concentrate on specific areas of Spanish language, and Hispanic literatures and cultures. Course content will vary. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 211; Offered Occasionally.

SPAN 395 Internship (2-4 credits)
Opportunity for students to improve language proficiency and to acquire practical knowledge through off-campus work in public or private settings. Prerequisites: Consent of the Instructor and Department Chair.

SPAN 396 Topics in Hispanic Literature (3-4 credits)
Opportunities for students to explore and to study selected topics in Spanish and Hispanic literatures. Content will vary. Conducted in Spanish. PREREQUISITE SPAN 211. OFFERED OCCASIONALLY

SPAN 197, 297, 397 Topics in Hispanic Civilizations and Cultures (2-4 credits)
Opportunities for students to explore and to study selected topics in Spanish and Hispanic civilizations and cultures. Content will vary. OFFERED OCCASIONALLY

SPAN 199, 299, 399 Independent Study (2-4 credits)
Opportunity for students to study a particular subject under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites: Consent of the Instructor and Department Chair.

SPAN 400 Honors Thesis (1 credit)
Designed with and approved by a supervising MDFL faculty member, the honors thesis allows students to pursue additional study and research in world languages, cultures and literatures. Students work under the supervision of an individual thesis director. Grading System: A-F only. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: Admission to the MDFL Honors Program and the Consent of the Thesis Director.