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French, Italian, and Arabic

www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/french-italian-arabic/

Associate Professors O’RILEY (chair), TALLENT, WADE; Assistant Professor RIGHI

French

French

THE MAJOR -- REQUIREMENTS

Students who have taken French, Italian, or Spanish in high school must take a computerized placement test before enrolling in a language or literature course in the Department of French, Italian and Arabic. We strongly recommend that they take the 20-minute test at the Keck Humanities Laboratory upon their arrival at the college.

A student majoring in French has two French major options:

1.    FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES:

a)      all required courses: 305, 306, 431 and 432

b)      six literature or culture courses at the 300-level

TOTAL:  10 units

2.    ROMANCE LANGUAGES (FRENCH MAJOR; SECOND LANGUAGE FOCUS IN SPANISH OR ITALIAN):

a)    all required courses: 305, 306, 431 and 432

b) three literature or culture courses at the 300-level ; 

Courses for second language focus in SPANISH:

c)   305 and two Spanish culture or literature courses.

d)   elementary or more advanced Italian, Portuguese or Latin.

Courses for second language focus in ITALIAN:

c)  305 and two additional Italian courses from 306, 309, 315, 316, 320, GS 221.

d)  elementary or more advanced Spanish, Portuguese, or Latin. 

TOTAL: 11–12 units.

The department confers distinction based on senior thesis (432) and department work.

Students who study abroad on programs other than Colorado College’s must take at least two courses beyond 306, in addition to 431 and 432 at Colorado College, as well as completing the detailed major requirements described above, to receive a French degree from the college. Only 2 credits from any unaffiliated program abroad will be accepted into the major.

Transferring students and students who have taken the Advanced Placement (AP) examination should contact the department before taking any language or literature course, since some of the requirements for the major may be waived.

THE FRENCH LANGUAGE MINOR (6 UNITS BEYOND FR 101):

The prerequisite for admission to the minor is 101 (2 units) or equivalent. Students must complete a minimum of six units, including the following: 201, 305, 306 and two courses at the 300 level. Students may count up to two units of French AP credit (i.e., the equivalent of 201) toward the minor. Students who initially place at the 300 level as a result of previous French, must complete four CC French courses at the 300 level. College transfer credit will be accepted, but at least three 300 level French courses must be completed at Colorado College. Only one credit from an unaffiliated program will be accepted into the minor.

PROGRAM ABROAD:

CC Semester in France: Paris/Tours. Blocks 5 and 6 language study at 201 level or above. Block 7 — FR304 (Cultural Context and Oral Practice), Block 8 — FR329 (Paris and the Arts). Prerequisite: FR101 or Equivalent.

French Courses

101 Elementary French

Grammar, with tapes, reading and oral practice.

2 units —

103 Review of Elementary French

Prerequisite: French 101 or equivalent.

.25 unit —

104 Review of Elementary French

.25 unit —

159 French Civilization

This course will retrace the most important aspects of French culture from the 'entre-deux-guerres' period to the present through fiction, film , essays and plays. We will study the cultural life of this period and will explore the German Occupation, the Vichy government ideology, the Shoah, the politics of immigration. Readings will include works from Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Marguerite Duras, Patrick Modiano, Eugene Ionesco. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: First Year Experience Course.

2 units

201 Intermediate French l

This course is designed to build on the communication skills acquired in elementary French courses. In a simulated immersive environment enhanced with French/Francophone texts, films, and internet resources, students focus on developing reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills as well as increasing their knowledge and understanding of French/Francophone cultures. Prerequisite: French 101 or equivalent. Note: FR202 must also be taken in order to fulfill the language requirement for graduation or to continue into 300-level French courses

Prerequisite: French 101 or equivalent.

2 units —

203 Review of Intermediate French

Prerequisite: French 201 or equivalent.

.25 unit —

204 Review of Intermediate French

Prerequisite: French 201 or equivalent.

.25 unit —

208 Great Authors in Translation

For students who do not have time to develop the French skills necessary to take advanced literature courses, but still want to study and become familiar with well-known works from the French and Francophone literary tradition . Emphasis on historical and literary context, identifying major themes, and close readings of key passages. Authors may include: Moliere, Voltaire, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Marguerite Duras, Ousmane Sembene, and Albert Camus. (Not offered 2013-14).

.5 unit

211 Intermediate French and Cultural Studies in Francophone Africa

The sub-Saharan African region, specifically the country of Senegal, offers a unique experience to students, from both linguistic and socio-cultural perspectives. The course for Summer Session 2006 will provide students with the unique opportunities to travel in Africa and study language (in this case intermediate French) and culture within the broader international content. It will be based primarily on perspectives on literature, history, geography, social anthropology, politics, ecology and arts and crafts as well as on a formal and total immersion in language learning. The course will be mostly an exploratory learning experience, which includes an introduction to contemporary Africa through historical perspectives: examining the diversity of African cultures and sub-cultures through their indigenous and inherited legacies, particularly the Francophone regions. The course will also investigate the geo-politics of the colonial legacies by analyzing 'the African' definition of the state within the concept of nationhood. Furthermore, the course will expose the participant students to the intricate nature of African cultures, largely through prevailing cultural norms such as notions of caste, class and governmental politics, of the local African religions and the arts, etc. In regards to the ecology, guided field trips will be organized to expose participants to the diverse and rich nature of the Senegalese savanna fauna and flora. (Not offered 2013-14).

2 units

290 Advanced Language Study

Intensive study and review of basic concepts of French grammar in context: sentence structure, syntax, and syntagma. Further development of overall linguistic skills, with the goal of improving writing and speaking skills. Materias include grammar-focused materials on French/Francophone cultures, literary texts, films, and the Internet.

Prerequisite: French 201 or equivalent.

1 unit —

300 Orientation French Program (taught in France

Taught in France. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in French Semester.

.5 unit

301 Review of French with Emphasis on French/Francophone Civilizations and Cultures

Prerequisite: French 201 or equivalent.

.25 unit —

302 Review of French with Emphasis on French/Francophone Civilizations and Cultures

Prerequisite: French 201 or equivalent.

.25 unit —

304 Cultural Context and Oral Practice

Bridge course between intermediate-level and advanced language courses. Students will develop higher levels of listening comprehension, oral competence, and communicative proficiency and will acquire oral strategies of expression through the study of written and recorded cultural material dealing with a variety of aspects, issues, and realities of the Francophone world. Student activities in the course will include interactive oral presentations of selected web-based materials, of reading and recordings from targeted cultures such as: comic strips, articles, magazines, film clips, songs, etc.

Prerequisite: 201 or equivalent.

1 unit —

305 Cultural Context and Written Expression

Advanced composition and conversation practice through the study of literary and cultural texts of France and the Francophone world. Limited to 15 students.

Prerequisite: French 201 or equivalent.

1 unit —

306 Cultural Context and Critical Analysis

Continues the acquisition of the French language and trains students in the most important methods of critical analysis through readings in different genres.

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit —

308 Cultures and Civilizations of French-Speaking Regions

The history, art, music, and literature of French-speaking regions (outside of France), such as Quebec, French Africa, French Latin America, and parts of Asia. Taught in French.

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit —

309 Translation Practice French/English/French

Introduction to theories of translation and a focus on techniques of translating technical, commercial, scientific, and literary texts from English into French and vice versa. Seeks to increase students’ international communication skills while building up their cultural competence in French and Francophone worlds. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: French 290, French 305, or equivalent.

1 unit

310 Literature & Film

Analysis of several novels and screenplays of different periods in comparison with their film versions in order to examine various modes of interpretation of the two media. Conducted in English. Students wishing to obtain credit for the French major, or the minor, must consult the instructor at the beginning of the course. For majors, novels must be read and papers must be written in French. No prerequisite.

Also listed as Comparative Literature 200.

1 unit —

316 Topics in French Culture:

(Taught in English). Study of an aspect of French culture not represented in the regular curriculum. Topics may include various aspects of French culture such as France’s history and its political and economic structures, as well as their interaction with art, music, film, language and literature. Students wishing to obtain credit towards the French major or minor must consult the instructor at the beginning of the course. For such students, all possible readings must be read and all papers must be written in French. Note: This course does NOT fulfill the all-college language requirement for graduation

Also listed as Comparative Literature 351 and English 350.

1 unit —

317 Topics in Francophone Culture:

(Taught in English). Study of an aspect of Francophone culture not represented in the regular curriculum. Areas of study may include the Caribbean, the Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, or Quebec. Topics may include various aspects of these cultures such as their history and their political and economic structures, as well as their interaction with art, music, film, language and literature. Students wishing to obtain credit towards the French major or minor must consult the instructor at the beginning of the course. For those students, all possible readings must be read and all papers must be written in French. Note: This course does NOT fulfill the all-college language requirement for graduation

1 unit —

318 Theatre and Performance in French

Explores theatre as a literary genre and as a form of communication. Students study texts by major French and Francophone playwrights such as Racine, Moliere and Ionesco and (when possible) adapt them for a campus performance in French. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: French 306, or 307, or 308 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

319 Topics in French Culture:

(Taught in French). Study of an aspect of French culture not represented in the regular curriculum. Topics may include various aspects of French culture such as France’s history and its political and economic structures, as well as their interaction with art, music, film, language and literature. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: French 305 or French 306.

1 unit

320 Topics in Francophone Culture:

Topics in Francophone Culture (Taught in French). Study of an aspect of Francophone culture not represented in the regular curriculum. Areas of study may include the Caribbean, the Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, or Quebec. Topics may include various aspects of these cultures such as their history and their political and economic structures, as well as their interaction with art, music, film, language and literature.

Prerequisite: French 305 or French 306.

1 unit —

321 Identity and Revolution

Examines the questions of identity and revolution in French and Francophone cultures. Topics may include the French Revolution, anti-colonial struggle, feminist theory, philosophical issues in relation to French/Francophone culture. Questions of individual, collective, and national identity examined through film, literature, new media and other sources. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: French 306, or 307, or 308, or consent of instructor.

1 unit

323 Themes in Francophone Literature

Study of various themes in the literatures of the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb, or Quebec. Themes may include the politics of identity, exile, intertextuality, gender, women writers, etc. The structure and content of the course will depend on the theme and preference of the instructor. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: French 306, or 307, or 308.

1 unit

324 Topics in Modern French Culture

In-depth study of one aspect of modern French culture, such as philosophy, feminism, the media, forms of popular cultural expression, film, minorities in French society, etc.

Prerequisite: French 306, or 307, or 308 or consent of instructor.

1 unit —

329 Paris & the Arts

This course will introduce students to various aspects of the Parisian world. May include 20th-century theater, prose and poetry, theater as a genre, film, the manner in which the French understand questions of gender, race and the environment; the intersection of low and high culture; the relationship of popular texts to ideology. Taught in Paris, but not offered every year.

Prerequisite: French 306, or 307, or 308 or consent of instructor.

1 unit —

409 Independent Reading:

Senior majors only.

1 unit —

431 Research Methods

Methods of analysis and theories of literature and culture. Training in research methodology; selection of topic for senior project, portfolio, or senior thesis; research and presentation of work in progress. Required of all majors.

Prerequisite: Required of all Majors.

1 unit —

432 Senior Thesis

ntensive writing and supervised revision of senior thesis with oral defense

Prerequisite: French 431.

1 unit —

Italian

THE MAJOR — REQUIREMENTS:

Students who have taken French, Italian, or Spanish in high school must take a computerized placement test before enrolling in a language or literature course in the Francophone and Mediterranean studies department. We strongly recommend that they take the 20-minute test at the Keck Humanities Laboratory upon their arrival at the college.

A student majoring in Italian has two major options: 

ITALIAN STUDIES:

a.) All required courses: 305, 306, 431, and 432 for those students eligible to write a thesis, or 431 for those graduating seniors not eligible to write a thesis.
b.) Two Italian courses from 307, 309, 320. If thesis requirement not met, one additional Italian course.
c.) Electives: Four courses chosen from at least one, but not more than two, disciplines (art history, cinema, classics, history, international relations, linguistics, music). All courses must be directly relevant to Italian cultures and selected in consultation with advisor. Two electives must be at the 300 level; two of these four courses may be 300-level Italian courses relevant to the major. For complete list of elective courses, see department. 

ROMANCE LANGUAGES (ITALIAN MAJOR; SECOND LANGUAGE FOCUS IN FRENCH OR SPANISH):

a.) All required courses: 305, 306, 431 and 432 for those students eligible to write a thesis, or 431 for those graduating seniors not eligible to write a thesis.
b.) Three Italian courses from 307, 309, 320, General Studies 221. If thesis requirement not met, one additional Italian course.

Courses for second language focus in FRENCH:

c.) 305 and two French or Francophone culture or literature courses.
d.) Elementary or more advanced Spanish, Portuguese, or Latin.

Courses for the second language focus in SPANISH:

c.) 305 or 312, and two Spanish culture or literature courses.
d.) Elementary or more advanced French, Portuguese, or Latin.

TOTAL: 11–12 units

Distinction is awarded based on senior thesis (432) and departmental work.

Students who study abroad on programs other than Colorado College’s should consult both their advisors and the chair of the department for approval of transfer credit. Students must take at least two courses beyond 305, in addition to 431 and 432 (if student is eligible), at Colorado College, as well as completing the detailed major requirements described above, to receive an Italian degree from the college. Only two credits from an unaffiliated program will be accepted into the major. Students who are not eligible for 432 must take an additional upper-division course to satisfy the 11–12 unit Romance languages Italian major requirement.

Transferring students and students who have taken the Advanced Placement (AP) examination should contact the department before taking any language or literature course, since some of the requirements for the major may be waived.

THE MINOR — REQUIREMENTS:

ITALIAN LANGUAGE MINOR (6 UNITS BEYOND IT101):

The prerequisite for admission to the minor is 101 (2 units) or equivalent. Students must complete a minimum of six courses, including the following: 201, 305 and three additional courses from 306, 307, 309, 315, 316, 320, GS221. Students may count up to two units of Italian AP credit (i.e., the equivalent of 201) toward the minor. Students who initially place at the 300-level as a result of previous Italian, must complete four CC Italian courses at the 300 level. College transfer credit will be accepted, but at least three 300-level Italian courses must be completed at Colorado College. Only one credit from an unaffiliated program will be accepted into the minor.

PROGRAM ABROAD:

In addition to courses taught on the Colorado College campus, the French and Italian department sponsors a summer program in Italy.

Italian Courses

101 Elementary Italian

Basic grammatical structures and patterns, with oral drills, tapes, readings, and written exercises.

2 units —

103 Review of Elementary Italian

A lower-level maintenance course for students who plan to continue their study of Italian. Review of grammar with supervised oral practice.

Prerequisite: Italian 101 or equivalent.

.25 unit —

104 Review of Elementary Italian

A lower-level maintenance course for students who plan to continue their study of Italian. Review of grammar with supervised oral practice. 100-200 Pre-Beginning or Pre-Intermediate Italian. This course is intended for students who want to study Italian at the beginning (100) or second year level (200) but need additional work either because they have never taken a language before (100) or on grammar and speaking (200). Not offered every year.

Prerequisite: Italian 101 or equivalent.

.25 unit —

201 Intermediate Italian l

This course is designed to build on the communication skills acquired in elementary Italian courses. In a simulated immersive environment enhanced with Italian texts, films, and internet resources, students focus on developing reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills as well as increasing their knowledge and understanding of Italian cultures. Note: IT202 must also be taken in order to fulfill the language requirement for graduation or to continue into 300-level Italian courses.

Prerequisite: Italian 101 or equivalent.

2 units —

203 Review of Intermediate Italian

Review of Intermediate Italian. A maintenance course for students who have taken Italian 201 and plan to continue their study of Italian. A systematic review of grammar with supervised conversation practice.

Prerequisite: Italian 201 or equivalent.

.25 unit —

204 Oral Review of Intermediate Italian

A maintenance course for students who have taken Italian 201 and plan to continue their study of Italian. A systematic review of grammar with supervised conversation practice.

Prerequisite: Italian 201 or equivalent.

.25 unit —

300 Italy Semester: Intensive Grammar Review

This ten-day course serves as an introduction to our Italy Program. Intensive Italian grammar review and orientation in Italy. Students must complete the full semester program in order to receive credit. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: 201, consent of Program director & acceptance in the Italy Program.

.5 unit

301 Review of Italian with Emphasis on Italian Civilization

A maintenance course for students who have taken a 300-level course or have an advanced level of competence in Italian. Significant supervised conversation, reading and writing practice.

Prerequisite: Italian 201 or equivalent.

.25 unit —

302 Review of Italian with Emphasis on Italian Civilization & Culture

Prerequisite: It201 or equivalent.

.25 unit —

304 Cultural Context and Oral Practice

Students develop higher levels of listening comprehension, oral competence, and communicative proficiency and acquire oral strategies of expression through the study of written and recorded cultural materials dealing with a variety of aspects, issues, and realities of the Italian speaking world. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Italian 201 or equivalent.

1 unit

305 Cultural Context and Written Expression

Advanced composition and conversation practice through the study of Italian literary and cultural texts. Limited to 15 students.

Prerequisite: Italian 201 or equivalent.

1 unit —

306 Cultural Context and Critical Analysis

Continues the acquisition of the Italian language and trains students in the most important methods of critical analysis through readings in different genres. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit

309 Independent Readings in Italian Literature

Textual analysis of important literary works, including at least six authors, two genres and three historical periods. Some authors to be studied are: Dante, Pulci, Leonardo, Goldoni, Manzone, Svevo, Gozzano, Pirandello and Calvino.

1 unit —

315 Readings in Italian: Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque

The nature and evolution of Italian Literature and Culture from 1150 to the 17th century with emphasis on literary form and meaning in poetry, epic and drama. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: in Italian.

1 unit

316 Readings in Italian: The Enlightenment to the Postmodern

The nature and evolution of Italian Literature and Culture from the 18th century to the present day with emphasis on literary form and meaning in poetry, the novel, drama and film. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: in Italian.

1 unit

320 Topics in Italian Culture

Study of Italian culture, genres, art, film or literature not represented in the regular curriculum. The structure of the course is determined by the topic and the preference of the instructor. In Italian.

Prerequisite: in Italian.

Also listed as Comparative Literature 200 and Film Studies 205.

1 unit —

321 Italian Critical Thought:

Explores the intellectual contributions of Italian thinkers to the analysis of societal transformations. Includes a variety of theoretical approaches and thematic, focuses such as: philosophy, Marxism, feminism, psychoanalysis, postcolonial studies, and the history of social movements. Taught in English with work in Italian for interested students. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

431 Research Methods

Methods of analysis and theories of literature and culture. Training in research methodology; selection of topic for senior project, portfolio, or senior thesis; research and presentation of work in progress. Required of all majors. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Required of all senior majors.

1 unit

432 Senior Thesis

Intensive writing and supervised revision of senior thesis with oral defense. Thesis open only to students who have satisfied GPA requirements of 3. 5 and 3. 7 from the college and the department, respectively.

Prerequisite: Italian 431.

1 unit —

Arabic

The Arabic minor allows interested students to choose one of two tracks:

 I- Minor in Arabic Language, Literature and Culture: (5 units)

This track allows students to focus on Arabic Language, Literature and Culture.  Students who choose to follow this track will be required to take classes offered in the home department.  Students may take only one unit outside the home department of the minor.

  • A minimum of 3 units of Arabic language at the intermediate level covering AR 201, AR202 & AR304 .
  • Two relevant literature and culture classes at the 300 level.

II- Thematic Minor in Arabic and Islamic Studies: (6 units)

This track allows students of Arabic to study the history, religion, politics and culture of the Arab Islamic world. Students who choose to follow this track will be required to take:

  •  A minimum of  two units of Arabic at the intermediate level AR 201 and higher .
  •  Four units in approved content courses that cover topics related to the Arab and Islamic worlds in two different departments. During the last content course, the student is required to write an integrative experience paper.
  • The current possible list of courses for this track is listed below. However, the list below will be reviewed and updated on yearly basis.

Art History: AH 120 Islamic Art.

History: HY 104 The Mediterranean; HY133 Civilization in the Middle East; HY200 The search for Islamic order; HY200 Islamic Cities; HY200 Freedom and Authority in Everyday Life: Women, Men, and Children in the Middle East; HY 200; Imagining Jordan: Myth, History and Identity.

Political Science: PS313 Comparative Politics of the Middle East and North Africa; PS 314 International Politics of the Middle East and North Africa; PS 203Topics in Politics: Israelis and Palestinians; PS 200The Search for Islamic Order.

Religion: PA199 Islam; PA 345; RE 140 Islam; RE345 Sufism.

Mediterranean and Francophone Studies: AR 320 Topics in Arabic Literature and Culture.