Department of Foreign Languages

Degree Programs

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Arts Degree Programs in French and in Spanish are designed to maximize student exposure to the language, culture, and civilization of the target area. High academic standards have been established and are maintained to ensure acceptance of the graduate into M.A. and, eventually, Ph.D. degree programs of study in French or in Spanish. These standards also ensure economic competitiveness in the global arena.

Program Mission Statement:

The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree Program in French and in Spanish. The B.A. programs are intended to produce graduates who are bilingual, bicultural and bi-literate for the Tallahassee community and surrounding area, the entire State of Florida, and the nation. The structure of the programs place emphasis on competence and competitiveness so that graduates will be successful in graduate study, professional schools, and in the global economic marketplace. Students will be competent in the language and knowledgeable of the literature and culture of the target areas.

The Department provides instruction, advising, and experiential opportunities for students in an environment promoting scholarship, critical thinking, free inquiring, creativity, and clear communication. We challenge students to develop standards for ethical engagement with the world of discourse, fostering knowledge about how all texts acquire meaning and power in changing historical contexts. The Department of Foreign Languages is also committed to cultural diversity by means of its course offering, special programs, and recruitment efforts.

General Educational Goals and Objectives:

1 To enhance access to foreign language opportunities to all students, especially the African American population, for whom a clear imbalance exists in Florida and the nation.

2 To promote a better understanding and control of the student’s own language by comparing selective phonological, morphological, syntactical, and lexical patterns with those in the foreign language.

3 To promote understanding of all related values tthat form the very basis of the liberal arts tradition.

4 To encourage students who demonstrate linguistic ability to continue further study and research

5 To promote and improve opportunities in Florida for cross-cultural, cross-ethnic contact, experience, and understanding between African Americans and the State’s growing Hispanic and Francophone populations.

Curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in French

Freshman Year
ENC 1101, 1102 Freshman Communicative Skills I, II
MAC, 1104, MGF 1202 College Algebra / Techniques of Math Science
FRE 1120, 1121 Elem. French I, II or Honors French 1120/ 1121 Lab
PSC 1121 Physical Science /Lab or approved alternative
BSC 1005 Biological Science /Lab
SLS 1101 Orientation

Sophomore Year
HUM 2211, 2230 Historical Survey I or II or approved alternative
FRE 2220/2221 Intermediate French/ Lab
LIT 2110 Introduction to Literature I or approved alternative
ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology or approved alternative
AMH 2091 African-American History
CGS 1160 Computers for General Studies
Electives

Junior Year
FRW 3100 Survey of French Literature I
FRE 3350 Readings in French Literature
FRW 3750 African Francophone Literature I
FRE 3410 Advanced French Conversation
FRW 3101 Survey of French Literature II
FRE 3500 French Civilization or
FRE 3440 Business French
FRW 3420 Medieval and Renaissance French Literature
Electives

Senior Year
FRW 3751 African Francophone Literature II
FRW 3433 Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century French Literature
FRW 4930 Special Studies in French
FRW 3460 Nineteenth Century French Literature
FRW 3480 Twentieth Century French Literature
FRE 4400 Advanced French Conversation and Composition
FRE 3780 French Phonetics
Electives

 TOTAL    120

Curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts Degree  in Spanish

Freshman Year

ENC 1101, 1102 Freshman Communicative Skills I, II
MAC 1104, MGF 1202 College Algebra/ Techniques of Math Science
SPN 1120, 1121 Elementary Spanish I, II or Honors Spanish 1120/ 1121 Lab
PSC 1121Physical Science/ Lab or approved alternative
BSC 1005 Biological Science/ Lab
SLS 1101 Orientation

Sophomore Year
HUM 2211, 2230 Historical Survey I or II or approved alternative
SPN 2220 / 2221 Intermediate Spanish/ Lab
LIT 2110 Introduction to Literature I or approved alternative
ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology or approved alternative
AMH 2091 African-American History
CGS 1160 Computers for General Studies
Electives 

Junior Year
SPN 3420 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Syntax
SPW 3100 Survey of Spanish Literature I
SPW 3130 Survey of Spanish American Literature I
SPN 3520 Spanish American Civilization and Culture
SPN 2240 Advanced Spanish Conversation
SPT 3800 Intro to Translation: Practicum or elective
SPT 3802 Intro to Translation: Theory or elective
Elective

Senior Year

SPW 3101 Survey of Spanish Literature II
SPW 3131 Survey of Spanish American Literature II
SPW 4310 Masterpieces of Hispanic Drama
SPW 4271 Masterpieces of Hispanic Fiction
SPW 4342 Masterpieces of Hispanic Poetry
SPW 4771 Black Themes in Afro-Hispanic Literature
SPW 4604 Cervantes
SPN 4840 History of the Spanish Language
SPN 4780 Linguistic Structure of Spanish Language
Electives

 TOTAL 120

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

FRE 1120 Elementary French I (3, 1) Introduction to the French language and culture; basic grammar listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Lecture /Laboratory.
FRE 1121 Elementary French II (3, 1) Prereq: FRE 1120 or equivalent. Introduction to the French language and culture; basic grammar, listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Lecture/Laboratory.
FRE 2220 Intermediate French (3, 1) Prereq: FRE 1121 or equivalent. Continuation of study of the French language and culture. Emphasis on intermediate grammar and further development of basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Lecture/Laboratory.
FRE 2221 Intermediate French II (3, 1) Prereq: FRE 2220 or equivalent. Continuation of study of the French language and culture. Emphasis on intermediate grammar and further development of basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Lecture/Laboratory.
FRE 3700 Introduction to Linguistics (3) Introductory study of general linguistics and the major branches of linguistic analysis in relation to the French language.
FRE 3350 Readings in French Literature (3) A study of selected French literature texts (en francais facile) designed to introduce students to major French authors and build vocabulary and critical skills.
FRE 3500 French Civilization (3) Prereq: FRE 2221 or equivalent. A survey of French civilization. Authentic texts will be used to highlight aspects of French history, art, government, education, and media to promote cross-cultural understanding.
FRE 3410 Advanced French Conversation (3) Prereq: FRE 3780 or approval of instructor. A continuation of French Conversation. The course is designed to perfect oral proficiency in French conversation and communication.
FRE 3780 Phonetics (3) Prereq: FRE 2221 or equivalent. Study of phonetics as an aid to pronunciation. Emphasis is on phonetic transcription, correct pronunciation, and parosody.
FRE 4400 French Conversation and Composition (4) Prereq: FRE 2221 or equivalent. A systematic review of grammar, techniques of composition and style, and the development of correct and effective expression in French.
FRW 3100 Survey of French Literature I (3) Prereq: FRE 2221 or equivalent. Study of representative works and excerpts which reflect major trends in French literature from the Middle Ages to the 17th Century.
FRW 3101
Survey of French Literature II (3) Prereq: FRW 3100. Study of representative texts which reflect major trends in French literature from the 18th Century to the present.
FRW 3433 Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century French Literature (3) Study of representative literary texts which reflect Classicism as a literary movement as well as the Age of Enlightenment.
FRW 3460 Nineteenth Century French Literature (3) Study of the works of major authors including Lamartine, Hugo, Balzac, Zola, and Stendhal as representative of Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism.
FRW 3480 Twentieth Century French Literature (3) Study of the works of major literary movements such as Surrealism, Existentialism, Theatre of the Absurd, and Nouveau Roman.
FRW 3750 African Francophone Literature (3) Introduction to francophone African literature and the socio-historical conditions favoring its early growth and development through 1950.
FRW 3751 African Francophone Literature II (3) Francophone African Literature from the 1960's to the Present, including literary responses to societal issues.
FRW 4930 Special Studies in French (1-4) Specialized studies in the French language and/or literature. This includes panorama of literature, civilization and culture, composition and oral expression.

SPN 1120 Elementary Spanish I (3, 1) Introduction to the study of the Spanish language and culture; basic grammar, listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Lecture/Laboratory.
SPN 1121 Elementary Spanish II (3, 1) Prereq: SPN 1120 or equivalent. Continuation of the study of the Spanish language and culture; intermediate grammar and further development of basic skills. Lecture/Laboratory.
SPN 2220 Intermediate Spanish I (3, 1) Prereq: SPN 1121 or equivalent. Continuation of the study of the Spanish language and culture; intermediate grammar and further development of basic skills. Lecture/Laboratory.
SPN 2221 Intermediate Spanish II (3, 1) Prereq: SPN 2220 or equivalent. Continuation of the study of the Spanish language and culture; intermediate grammar and further development of basic skills Lecture/Laboratory.
SPN 2240 Advanced Spanish Conversation (3) Prereq: SPN 2221, equivalent, or permission of instruction. Intensive practice in the spoken and written language on topics selected from literature, art, psychology, music, business, and the sciences.
SPN 3420 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Syntax (3) Prereq: SPN 2221 or equivalent. Advanced practice in the grammatical structure of the language, including and intensive review of syntax and usage.
SPN 3500 Spanish Civilization and Culture I (3) Prereq: SPN 2221, equivalent, or permission of instructor. A study of the history, geography, art, attitudes, and customs of the Spanish people from the Middle Ages to the Golden Century.
SPN 3520 Spanish American Civilization (3) Study of the history, geography, art, attitudes and customs of Spanish Americans from pre-Columbian civilization through the 20th Century.
SPN 3525 Spanish Civilization and Culture II (3) Prereq: SPN 2221, equivalent, or permission of the instructor. A continuation of SPN 3500. A study of the history, geography, art, attitudes, and customs of the Spanish people from the Golden Century to the Spanish Civil War.
SPN 4780 Linguistic Structure of the Spanish Language (3) Prereq: SPN 3420. A study of modern Spanish morphology and syntax and intensive practice in articulation.
SPN 4840 History of the Spanish Language (3) Prereq: SPN 3420. Study of the formation of internal and external forces contributing to the development of the language.
SPN 4905 Directed Individual Study (1-4) Prereq: Permission of instructor. Individually supervised reading and/or research on a topic or project agreed upon by student and supervisor. This course is intended for advanced students. Credit hours and research topic are to be arranged prior to registration.
SPN 4930 Special Studies in Spanish (1-4) Specialized studies in Spanish language and/or literature. This includes: Panorama of Literature Civilization & Culture Composition & Oral Expression.
SPT 3800 Introduction to Translation (3) Prereq: Permission of the instructor. An intensive application of translation theory.
SPT 3802 Introduction to Translation: Practicum (3) Prereq: Permission of the instructor. An intensive application of translation theory.
SPW 3100 Survey of Spanish Literature I (3) Prereq: SPN 2221, equivalent, or permission of instructor. Spanish literature studied within the frame work of the arts and humanities from the beginning of Romance poetry through the Golden Age.
SPW 3101 Survey of Spanish Literature II (3) Prereq: SPN 2221, equivalent, or permission of instructor. A continuation of SPW 3100 from beginning of the Bourbon reign through contemporary movements.
SPW 3130 Survey of Spanish/American Literature I (3) Prereq: SPN 2221, equivalent, of permission of instructor. A study of the literature of Spanish America from the pre-Columbian era to modernism.
SPW 3131 Survey of Spanish/American Literature II (3) Prereq: SPN 2221, equivalent, or permission of instructor. Spanish American literature from modernism through contemporary movements.
SPW 4271 Masterpieces of Hispanic Fiction (3) Prereq: SPN 3240. Study of novels and short stories by Borges, Carpentier, Cortazar, Gallegos, Garcia Marquez, Quiroga, Vargas-Llosa, and Icaza.
SPW 4310 Masterpieces of Hispanic Drama (3) Prereq: SPN 3240. Works of outstanding Hispanic authors from the Golden Age to the present.
SPW 4342 Masterpieces of Hispanic Poetry (3) Prereq: SPN 3420. Study of outstanding Hispanic authors from the Golden Age to the present.
SPW 4362 Literature of the Conquest (3) Prereq: SPN 2240. Exploration of the idea of the New World from conquest to independence, as revealed in the prose and poetry written from the sixteenth through the eighteenth century.
SPW 4604 Cervantes (3) Prereq: SPN 3420. A study of the classic work, Don Quijote de la Mancha.
SPW 4771 Black Themes in Afro-Hispanic Literature (3) Prereq: SPN 3420. Study of the major works by Nicolas Guillen, Alejo Carpentier, Manuel Zapata Oliveilla, Nicomedes Santa Cruz, Quince Duncan, Adalberto Ortiz, and Nelson Estupinan-Bass.

 

 

 

 

Contact Info

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International Language Center
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

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