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Chinese

  • CHN 1010

    Introductory Chinese I (MLA)

    4cr
    The course exposes beginners to the Mandarin Chinese phonetic system Pinyin, the four tones, and carefully selected Hanzi, the writing system. Listening, speaking, visual recognition, and writing skills are learned through active participation by the students in communicative and hands-on situations. By the end of the course, the students are able to initiate and, to some degree, sustain oral communication in Chinese while gaining recognition and writing ability of Hanzi via email, handwriting, and calligraphy. 30-50 Hanzi is the goal. Cultural elements associated with Hanzi are introduced.
    Prerequisite: None
    Fall

  • CHN 1020

    Introductory Chinese II (MLA)

    4cr
    In this course students continue learning listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills using visual etymology, the four tones in Mandarin Chinese, and visualizing individual and combined radicals. The three inseparable dimensions of the Chinese language are studied in a more integrated manner: the visual, the phonetic, and the semantic, or Hanzi, Pinyin, and meaning. The interpersonal mode is stressed in communicative contexts. By the end of the course, the students are able to initiate and, to a greater degree, sustain oral communication with some cultural nuances. Hanzi recognition and writing is increased via email, calligraphy, and simple handwriting. 70-80 Hanzi is the goal.
    Prerequisite: Chinese 1010 or equivalent
    Spring

  • CHN 2010

    Elementary Chinese I

    4cr
    This course proceeds with an integrated approach to Hanzi/Pinyin and rebalances the four language skills. Speaking and listening continue to be a focal point while more emphasis is placed on writing (handwriting, email, calligraphy) and reading. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are now developed into an interpretative mode as well as the interpersonal one. By the end of the course, students will be able to express simple descriptions, interpretations, questions, ideas, identification, and preferences. Students are expected to recognize and master 100-150 Hanzi. Historical and philosophic aspects are introduced while studying Hanzi.
    Prerequisite: Chinese 1020 or equivalent
    Fall

  • CHN 2011

    Elementary Oral Chinese I

    1cr
    This course must be taken concurrently with Chinese 2010. Chinese 2011 is an oral class and enhances the speaking aspect of Chinese 2010. It meets once a week to expand students' oral competence in dealing with topics and themes presented in the regular Chinese 2010 class.
    Prerequisite: CHN 1020 or equivalent Corequisite: CHN 2010
    Fall

  • CHN 2020

    Elementary Chinese II

    4cr
    The class engages students in more complex communicative contexts. The four basic language skills, listening, speaking, reading, and writing, enter a mainly interpretative mode while students continue to expand the interpersonal one. By the end of the course, the students are expected to interpret, question, identify, negotiate, compare, and choose in orally communicable Chinese. Chinese idioms are taught as both language and culture. Students' ability to write Chinese is evaluated only with Hanzi (calligraphy, emails, and handwriting). 170-200 Hanzi are expected to be recognized and put into use for some daily functions, career objectives, diaries, and memos among other simple writings.
    Prerequisites: CHN 2010 and CHN 2011 or equivalent
    Corequisite: CHN 2021
    Spring

  • CHN 2021

    Elementary Oral Chinese II

    1cr
    This course must be taken concurrently with Chinese 2020. The class enhances the oral aspect of Chinese 2020. It meets once a week to expand students' oral competence in dealing with topics and themes presented in the regular Chinese 2020 class.
    Prerequisites: CHN 2010 and CHN 2011 or equivalent
    Corequisite: CHN 3011
    Spring

  • CHN 2070

    Calligraphy and Chinese/Japanese Language

    4cr
    This course integrates language and cultural studies through calligraphythe writing of Chinese Hanzi and Japanese Kanji. It is open to both language and nonlanguage students. This course carries a Global Heritage designation. It is conducted in English.
    Fall or Spring

  • CHN 3010

    Intermediate Chinese I

    4cr
    While proceeding with an integrated approach to Hanzi and Pinyin, the students continue to increase Hanzi and decrease Pinyin. The four basic language skills, listening, speaking, reading, and writing, are mainly in an interpretative mode. The communicative context is idea- or opinion-oriented and requires interpretative, subjective, and emotional expressions and responses. The students are expected to initiate, sustain, and expand conversations on the topics studied in previous courses as well as the current one. Social relationships, some philosophic concepts, government institutions, and artistic pursuits are taught as vital aspects of cultural studies. 250-300 Hanzi are expected to be recognized and put into use for brief discussions, debates, and exchange of ideas done through handwriting and emails.
    Prerequisites: CHN 2020 and CHN 2021 or equivalent
    Corequisite: CHN 3011
    Fall

  • CHN 3011

    Intermediate Oral Chinese I

    1cr
    This course must be taken concurrently with Chinese 3010. Chinese 3011 is an oral class and enhances the speaking aspect of Chinese 3010. It meets once a week to expand students' oral competence in dealing with topics and themes presented in the regular Chinese 3010 class.
    Prerequisites: CHN 2020 and CHN 2021 or equivalent
    Corequisite: CHN 3010
    Fall

  • CHN 3020

    Intermediate Chinese II

    4cr
    In this course students continue to increase Hanzi and decrease Pinyin to attain a more authentic and more native language acquisition. While listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are still developed in an interpretative mode, they progress toward a presentational direction. The communicative context at the 3020 level represents a bridge for students from the interpersonal to the interpretative and the presentational. Orally, the students are expected to initiate, sustain, and expand conversations on the topics studied from previous courses as well as the current one. Significant individuals and some historic/philosophic/literary aspects are studied together with language acquisition. 350-400 Hanzi are expected to be recognized and put into use for thematic writing (emails and handwriting).
    Prerequisites: CHN 3010 and CHN 3011 or equivalent
    Corequisite: CHN 3021
    Spring

  • CHN 3021

    Intermediate Oral Chinese II

    1cr
    This course must be taken concurrently with Chinese 3020. This is an oral class and enhances the speaking aspect of Chinese 3020. It meets once a week to expand students' oral competence in dealing with topics and themes presented in the regular Chinese 3020 class.
    Prerequisites: CHN 3010 and CHN 3011 or equivalent
    Corequisite: CHN 3020
    Spring

  • CHN 3070

    Chinese/Japanese Culture and Language

    4cr
    Culture is manifested in language and language verbalizes culture. This course studies how Chinese and Japanese languages and cultures reflect this symbiotic relationship. Students are engaged in an intercultural dialogue with a linguistic approach. Open to both language and nonlanguage students, it is conducted in English.
    Fall or Spring

  • CHN 4070

    Advanced Chinese

    4cr
    The course is typically designed for students who have declared their majors (optional for minors) in Chinese. Students are expected to perform advanced-level tasks. The four basic language skills, listening, speaking, reading, and writing, are honed in a presentational mode. Cultivating students' awareness and appreciation of the richness of the culture of the Chinese-speaking world is thematically structured. Authentic materials will be incorporated into reading and listening. Oral communication will be enhanced with a theme or a viewpoint. 500-550 Hanzi are expected to be recognized and put into use for thematic writing (emails and handwriting).
    Prerequisites: Chinese 3020 and 3021 or GNR 3510
    Fall or Spring

Japanese

  • JPN 1010

    Introductory Japanese I (MLA)

    4cr
    The course is an introduction to the Japanese language and culture, stressing both spoken and written Japanese. It teaches listening, speaking, visual recognition, and writing skills through active participation by the students in communicative situations. By the end of the course, the students are able to initiate and, to some degree, sustain oral communication in Japanese, gaining recognition and writing ability of Hiragana, Katakana, and some Kanji, the three sets of symbols used in written Japanese, while understanding some fundamentals of Japanese social values and ways of thinking.
    Fall

  • JPN 1020

    Introductory Japanese II (MLA)

    4cr
    This course continues to engage students in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. An interpersonal mode is stressed in communicative contexts. By the end of the course, the students are able to initiate and, to a greater degree, sustain oral communication with some cultural nuances. Kanji recognition and writing is increased via email, calligraphy, and simple handwriting. The students are expected to learn approximately 80 Kanji in Japanese.
    Prerequisite: JPN 1010
    Spring

  • JPN 2010

    Elementary Japanese I

    4cr
    This course proceeds with an integrated approach and rebalances the four language skills. Speaking and listening continue to be a focal point while more emphasis is placed on writing and reading. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are developed into an interpretative mode while expanding the interpersonal one. By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to perform communicative tasks such as description, interpretation, comparison, giving suggestions, and asking questions in a culturally acceptable manner. Students are expected to recognize and master 150 Kanji.
    Prerequisite: JPN 1020 or equivalent
    Corequisite: JPN 2011
    Fall

  • JPN 2011

    Elementary Oral Japanese I

    1cr
    This course must be taken concurrently with Japanese 2010 and enhances the oral aspect of Japanese 2010. It meets once a week to expand students' oral competence in dealing with topics and themes presented in Japanese.
    Prerequisite: JPN 1020 or equivalent Corequisite: JPN 2010
    Fall

  • JPN 2020

    Elementary Japanese II

    4cr
    The class engages students in more complex communicative contexts. The four basic language skills, listening, speaking, reading, and writing, are now entering into a preliminarily interpretative mode while we continue to expand the interpersonal one. Basic grammar patterns will be thoroughly taught. By the end of the course, orally in a communicable manner, the students are expected to have the basic survival abilities to live in Japanese society using fundamental Japanese language structures and common vocabulary related to everyday and communication needs. Some basic Japanese honorific forms will also be introduced. Students are expected to master 200 Kanji and to be able to write greeting letters, career objectives, diaries, and memos among other simple writings.
    Prerequisites: JPN 2010 and JPN 2011
    Corequisite: JPN 2021
    Spring

  • JPN 2021

    Elementary Oral Japanese II

    1cr
    This course must be taken concurrently with Japanese 2020. Japanese 2021 is an oral class and enhances the speaking aspect of Japanese 2020. It meets once a week to expand students' oral competence in dealing with topics and themes presented in the regular Japanese 2020 class.
    Prerequisites: JPN 2010 and JPN 2011
    Corequisite: JPN 2020
    Spring

  • JPN 2070

    Calligraphy and Chinese/Japanese Language

    4cr
    This course integrates language and cultural studies through calligraphythe writing of Chinese Hanzi and Japanese Kanji. It is open to both language and nonlanguage students. It is conducted in English.
    Fall or Spring

  • JPN 3010

    Intermediate Japanese I

    4cr
    This course will complete the study of basic Japanese grammar and syntax. The four basic language skills, listening, speaking, reading, and writing, are mainly in an interpretative mode. The communicative context is idea- or opinion-oriented and requires interpretative, subjective, and emotional expressions and responses. Orally in a culturally and pragmatically appropriate manner, the students are expected to initiate, sustain, and expand conversations on various topics beyond their daily lives. Cultural differences and social relationships will be introduced and brought to discussions in Japanese as vital aspects of cultural studies. By the end of the term, the students will have been introduced to all the basic grammar patterns of Japanese and will have mastered a total of at least 300 kanji.
    Prerequisites: JPN 2020 and JPN 2021 Corequisite: JPN 3011
    Fall

  • JPN 3011

    Intermediate Oral Japanese I

    1cr
    This course must be taken concurrently with Japanese 3010. Japanese 3011 is an oral class and enhances the speaking aspect of Japanese 3010. It meets once a week to expand students' oral competence in dealing with topics and themes presented in the regular Japanese 3010 class.
    Prerequisites: JPN 2020 and JPN 2021 Corequisite: JPN 3010
    Fall

  • JPN 3020

    Intermediate Japanese II

    4cr
    In this course we further practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing to attain a more authentic and more native language acquisition. While listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are still developed in an interpretative mode, they progress toward a presentational direction. The communicative context at the 3020 level represents a bridge for students to cross back and forth from the interpersonal to the interpretative and to the presentational. Orally, the students are expected to initiate, sustain, expand, and deepen conversations on various topics in a culturally appropriate manner. Cultural components will be emphasized and significant individuals and some historic/philosophic/literary aspects are studied together with language acquisition. Approximately 400 Kanji are expected to be recognized and put into use for thematic writing.
    Prerequisites: JPN 3010 and JPN 3011 Corequisite: JPN 3021
    Spring

  • JPN 3021

    Intermediate Oral Japanese II

    1cr
    This course must be taken concurrently with Japanese 3020. This is an oral class and enhances the speaking aspect of Japanese 3020. It meets once a week to expand students' oral competence in dealing with topics and themes presented in the regular Japanese 3020 class.
    Prerequisites: JPN 3010 and JPN 3011
    Corequisite: JPN 3020
    Spring

  • JPN 3070

    Chinese/Japanese Culture and Language

    4cr
    Culture is manifested in language and language verbalizes culture. This course studies how Chinese and Japanese languages and cultures reflect this symbiotic relationship. Students are engaged in an intercultural dialogue with a linguistic approach. Open to both language and nonlanguage students, it is conducted in English.
    Fall or Spring

  • JPN 4070

    Advanced Japanese

    4cr
    The course is typically designed for students who have declared their majors (optional for minors) in Japanese, and who are planning (or occasionally, have already done) study abroad. Students are expected to perform advanced-level tasks. The four basic language skills, listening, speaking, reading, and writing, are honed with the purpose to present a theme, a topic, or to make a point. Authentic materials will be incorporated into reading and listening. Cultivating students' awareness and appreciation of the richness of the culture of the Japanese-speaking world is thematically structured and is the foundation of this class. About 500 Kanji are expected to be recognized and put into use for thematic writing.
    Prerequisites: Japanese 3020 and 3021 or GNR 3510
    Fall/Spring

Modern Language Courses

  • MLA 1010

    Modern Literature in Translation (HUM)

    4cr
    Critical reading of modern literary masterpieces translated into English.

  • MLA 2000

    Emerging Markets: Cultures and Languages (HUM)

    4cr
    Emerging markets exemplify a symbiotic relationship between business and cultures, and serve as the cornerstone of this course. One instructor each from Business and Modern Languages utilize marketplaces as a unifying force of the globe and use numbers as a universal language combined with cultures, languages, and sociopolitics to explain the volatility of development with a humanities and sociologic approach.

  • MLA 2200

    Cultural Awareness

    1-4cr
    Preparation for encountering cultural differences that will be part of the linguistic and cultural immersion experiences (either in the U.S. or abroad). The focus of the course will include values clarification, cultural diversity, multicultural awareness training, and culture shock orientation. Majors who have returned from study abroad will give presentations on their experiences and be contributors to course content and activities.
    Prerequisite: 2020 or equivalent in target language

  • MLA 3050

    Community-Based Language Learning

    1-4cr
    Students in this Service-Learning course are given the opportunity to utilize their language skills in a variety of settings within the greater Kenosha community. Students will work with a local agency approved by Modern Languages faculty, in order to volunteer as language instructors, translators, tutors, support personnel, or other such positions that make use of their language abilities. Students are trained and guided by weekly meetings with the course instructor in order to prepare for their site placement and their volunteer duties. (This course may be repeated for credit.)
    Prerequisite: Students must have taken or be enrolled in 3010 or instructor's consent

  • MLA 4200

    Methods and Materials in Teaching Modern Languages

    4cr
    A study of the philosophies, methods, and materials used by the classroom teacher in elementary, middle, and secondary modern language classrooms. Emphasis will be placed on the practical teaching application of the communicative approach. Fieldwork required.
    The methods course can be taken before or after the language immersion experience (16 credits of study abroad for majors, four weeks immersion experience for minors). Students should check with the Modern Language department the first semester of their sophomore year to plan for this course.
    Prerequisite: 3010 or equivalent in the target language
    Fall only

  • MLA 5200

    Methods and Materials in Teaching Modern Languages

    4cr
    A study of the philosophies, methods, and materials used in teaching modern languages. Emphasis will be placed on the practical teaching application of the communicative approach. The focus of the class is teaching basic language classes at the college level. Fieldwork is required.
    Admission to the Target Language Expert Program or instructor permission is required.

  • MLA 5455

    Secondary Language Acquisition for Postsecondary Teaching

    4cr
    An exploration of contemporary theories of second language acquisition to provide a theoretical foundation for communicative language teaching at the postsecondary level.

  • MLA 5710

    Practicum in College Teaching

    2cr
    A supervised, language-specific opportunity for first-semester foreign graduate students to reflect on and apply methodologies of foreign language teaching and learning in the college classroom, while adapting to culture-specific aspects of language learning in the United States and at Carthage.
    Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. May only be taken during the student's first semester of teaching undergraduate courses.

French

  • FRN 1010

    Elementary French I (MLA)

    4cr
    This course teaches listening and speaking skills in French through active participation by the students in communicative situations. By the end of the course, the students are able to comprehend and communicate orally in a culturally acceptable manner, using basic language structures and common vocabulary related to everyday topics and communication needs.
    Fall/Spring

  • FRN 1020

    Elementary French II (MLA)

    4cr
    This course teaches listening, speaking, reading, and some writing skills in French through active participation by the students in a wide variety of communicative contexts. By the end of the course, the students are able to comprehend, communicate orally, read intelligently, and write simply in French, using basic language structures. They also will be able to employ constructively a broad range of vocabulary related to the themes studied and to survival communication and cultural needs.
    Prerequisite: FRN 1010 or equivalent
    Fall/Spring

  • FRN 2010

    Intermediate French I

    4cr
    This course teaches listening, speaking, reading comprehension, and basic writing skills in sequential development following 1010/1020, using a variety of original texts in French and exposing students to native French speakers and cultural events.
    Prerequisite: FRN 1020 or equivalent
    Spring only

  • FRN 2020

    Intermediate French II

    4cr
    Expanding on French 2010, this course provides original texts, film media, music, and cross-cultural experiences. Students speak and read, using all verb tenses and a broad range of structures and vocabulary. They create original compositions at their level, geared to their interests.
    Prerequisite: FRN 2010 or equivalent
    Fall only

  • FRN 3010

    Advanced French

    4cr
    This course continues the linguistic and cultural experiences of 2010/2020. Grammar and phonetics are studied in relation to the language skills the students have acquired. Cultural inquiry and current foreign events are emphasized. Original compositions are linked to course goals as well as student interests. Majors and minors are required to pass a target language competency exam during the term in which they take 3010.
    Prerequisite: FRN 2020 or equivalent
    Fall/Spring

  • FRN 3030

    French Conversation

    1cr
    An opportunity for extended use of the target language to improve oral fluency and proficiency. A wide range of communicative opportunities will encourage active exploration of the target culture. (The course can be repeated for up to a total of 4 credits.) S or U.
    Prerequisite: FRN 3010 or consent of department chair
    Fall/Spring

  • FRN 3080

    French-Speaking World: Social, Political, and Economic Issues (HUM)

    4cr
    Students will learn about social, political, and economic issues affecting the French-speaking world, using a variety of media and texts. Issues will be contextualized in the contemporary world, and examination of their historical background will further students' understanding of these issues in their cultural context.
    Prerequisites: FRN 3010 and FRNL 3010 or consent of instructor
    Alternate Fall Semesters

  • FRN 3090

    French-Speaking World: Cultural and Intellectual Life (HUM)

    4cr
    Students will study major currents of cultural and intellectual life in French-speaking regions. Topics will range from high culture to daily life. Students will examine the historical background of cultural manifestations. A variety of media including printed texts will guide students' understanding of both past and present cultural life.
    Prerequisites: FRN 3010 and FRNL 3010 or consent of instructor
    Alternate Fall Semesters

  • FRN 3110

    Interpreting Written Texts in French (HUM)

    4cr
    Students will learn to read and discuss in French a range of French texts. They will be exposed to the French literary tradition and learn to interpret textual intentions and assumptions.
    Prerequisites: FRN 3010 and FRNL 3010
    Spring

  • FRN 4010

    Senior Seminar in French

    4cr
    A capstone experience in which the students will study the theoretical foundations of French studies (cultural as well as literary). They will be introduced to the problems of translation. A major component of the course will be the preparation of an independent research paper, the Senior Thesis, which will culminate in a formal oral presentation of the results of the investigation as well as in a major paper written in French.
    Prerequisites: Senior standing or consent of instructor and GNR 3510
    Spring

  • FRN 4240

    French Theatre (HUM)

    4cr
    Students stage a play in French. Students also read and discuss related texts; these include such topics as other plays that contextualize the play being performed or texts expanding on cultural or historical issues raised by it. The course fulfills a topics course requirement of the major.
    Prerequisites: FRN 3080 or 3090 and 3110 and GNR 3510 or consent of instructor

  • FRNL3010

    French Competency Exam

    0cr
    Majors and minors in French are required to pass a target language Competency Exam during the term in which they take FRN 3010. Consisting of an oral, a written, and a cultural reading part; the competency exam assesses students' ability to incorporate intermediate to advanced linguistic structures in their speaking, writing, and reading. Students will receive a Pass/Fail grade for this noncredit course.

German

  • GRM 1010

    Elementary German I (MLA)

    4cr
    This course teaches listening and speaking skills in German through active participation by the students in communicative situations. By the end of the course, students are able to comprehend and communicate orally in a culturally acceptable manner, using basic language structures and common vocabulary relating to everyday topics and communication needs.
    Fall/Spring

  • GRM 1020

    Elementary German II (MLA)

    4cr
    This course teaches listening, speaking, reading, and some writing skills in German through active participation by the students in a wide variety of communicative contexts. By the end of the course, the students are able to comprehend, communicate orally, read intelligently, and write simply in German, using basic language structures. They will also be able to employ constructively a broad range of vocabulary related to the themes studied and to survival communication and cultural needs.
    Prerequisite: GRM 1010 or equivalent
    Fall/Spring

  • GRM 2010

    Intermediate German I

    4cr
    This course teaches listening, speaking, reading comprehension, and basic writing skills in sequential development following 1010/1020, using a variety of original texts in German and exposing students to native German speakers and cultural events.
    Prerequisite: GRM 1020 or equivalent
    Spring

  • GRM 2020

    Intermediate German II

    4cr
    Expanding on German 2010, this course provides original texts, film media, music, and cross-cultural experiences. Students speak and read using all verb tenses and a broad range of structures and vocabulary. They create original compositions at their level, geared to their interests.
    Prerequisite: GRM 2010 or equivalent
    Fall

  • GRM 3010

    Advanced German

    4cr
    This course continues the linguistic and cultural experiences of 2010/2020. Grammar and phonetics are studied in relation to the language skills the students have acquired. Cultural inquiry and current foreign events are emphasized. Original compositions are linked to course goals as well as student interests. Majors and minors are required to pass a target language competency exam during the term in which they take 3010.
    Prerequisite: GRM 2020 or equivalent
    Spring

  • GRM 3030

    German Conversation

    1cr
    An opportunity for extended use of the target language to improve oral fluency and proficiency. A wide range of communicative opportunities will encourage active exploration of the target culture. (The course can be repeated for up to a total of 4 credits). S or U.
    Prerequisite: GRM 3010 or consent of department chair
    Fall/Spring

  • GRM 3080

    German-Speaking World: Social, Political, and Economic Issues (HUM)

    4cr
    Students will learn about social, political, and economic issues affecting the German-speaking world, using a variety of media and texts. Issues will be discussed within the context of the contemporary world, and examination of their historical background will further students' understanding of these issues in their cultural context.
    Prerequisites: GRM 3010 and GRML 3010 or consent of instructor
    Alternate Fall Semesters

  • GRM 3090

    German-Speaking World: Cultural and Intellectual Life (HUM)

    4cr
    Students will study major currents of cultural and intellectual life in German-speaking regions. Topics will range from high culture to daily life. The course will examine the historical background of cultural manifestations. A variety of media including printed texts will guide students' understanding of both past and present cultural life.
    Prerequisites: GRM 3010 and GRML 3010 or consent of instructor
    Alternate Fall Semesters

  • GRM 3110

    Interpreting Written Texts (HUM)

    4cr
    Students will learn to read and discuss in German a range of German texts. They will be exposed to the German literary tradition and learn to interpret textual intentions and assumptions.
    Prerequisites: GRM 3010 and GRML 3010
    Spring

  • GRM 4010

    Senior Seminar in German

    4cr
    A capstone experience in which the students will study the theoretical foundations of German studies (cultural as well as literary). They will be introduced to the problems of translation. A major component of the course will be the preparation of an independent research paper, the Senior Thesis, which will culminate in a formal oral presentation of the results of the investigation as well as in a major paper written in German.
    Prerequisites: Senior standing or consent of instructor and GNR 3510
    Spring

  • GRM 4240

    German Theatre (HUM)

    4cr
    Students in the course stage a play in German. Students also read and discuss related texts; these include such topics as other plays which contextualize the play being performed or texts expanding on cultural or historical issues raised by it. The course may fulfill a topics course requirement of the major.
    Prerequisites: GRM 3080 or 3090 and 3110 and GNR 3510 or consent of instructor

  • GRML3010

    German Competency Exam

    0cr
    This is a noncredit, pass-fail course for students who will be taking the German Competency Exam (usually while they are also enrolled in German 3010). A passing grade in this course is required for subsequent upper-division German courses.

Spanish

  • SPN 1010

    Elementary Spanish I (MLA)

    4cr
    This course teaches listening and speaking skills in Spanish through active participation by the students in communicative situations. By the end of the course, the students are able to comprehend and communicate orally in a culturally acceptable manner, using basic language structures and common vocabulary related to everyday topics and communication needs.
    Fall/Spring

  • SPN 1020

    Elementary Spanish II (MLA)

    4cr
    This course teaches listening, speaking, reading, and some writing skills in Spanish through active participation by the students in a wide variety of communicative contexts. By the end of the course, the students are able to comprehend, communicate orally, read intelligently, and write simply in Spanish, using basic language structures. They will also be able to employ constructively a broad range of vocabulary related to the themes studied and to survival communication and cultural needs.
    Prerequisite: SPN 1010 or equivalent
    Fall/Spring

  • SPN 2010

    Intermediate Spanish I

    4cr
    This course teaches listening, speaking, reading comprehension, and basic writing skills in sequential development following 1010/1020, using a variety of original texts in Spanish and exposing students to native Spanish speakers and cultural events.
    Prerequisite: SPN 1020 or equivalent
    Fall/Spring

  • SPN 2020

    Intermediate Spanish II

    4cr
    Expanding on Spanish 2010, this course provides original texts, film media, music, and cross-cultural experiences. Students speak and read using all verb tenses and a broad range of structures and vocabulary. They create original compositions at their level, geared to their interests.
    Prerequisite: SPN 2010 or equivalent
    Fall/Spring

  • SPN 3010

    Advanced Spanish I

    4cr
    This course continues the linguistic and cultural experiences of 2010/2020. Grammar and phonetics are studied in relation to the language skills the students have acquired. Cultural inquiry and current foreign events are emphasized. Original compositions are linked to course goals as well as student interests. Majors and minors are required to pass a target language competency exam during the term in which they take 3010.
    Prerequisite: SPN 2020 or equivalent
    Fall/Spring

  • SPN 3030

    Spanish Conversation

    1cr
    An opportunity for extended use of the target language to improve oral fluency and proficiency. A wide range of communicative opportunities will encourage active exploration of the target culture. (The course can be repeated for up to a total of 4 credits.) S or U.
    Prerequisite: SPN 3010 or equivalent
    Fall/Spring

  • SPN 3040

    Spanish Composition

    4cr
    The course will focus on writing as a process. Using the workshop format, students will be involved in the different stages of writing from the beginning to end. Prerequisites: Students' writing will be evaluated in 3010. Those students who would benefit from further writing opportunities will enroll in 3040 before they are permitted to enroll in courses above 3010.
    Prerequisite: SPN 3010
    Fall/Spring

  • SPN 3050

    Intensive Spanish Encounter

    4cr
    This intensive conversation course will increase the students' ability to express themselves orally in a wide variety of everyday situations, while interacting with the Hispanic culture. Contact with resources from the Hispanic community as well as contextualized in-class course activities will improve overall oral expression and extend awareness of cultural practices.
    Prerequisite: SPN 2020

  • SPN 3080

    Spanish-Speaking World: Social, Political, and Economic Issues (HUM)

    4cr
    Students will learn about social, political, and economic issues affecting the Spanish-speaking world, using a variety of media and texts. Issues will be discussed within the context of the contemporary world, and examination of the historical background will further students' understanding of these issues in their cultural context.
    Prerequisites: SPN 3010 and SPNL 3010 or consent of instructor

  • SPN 3090

    Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural and Intellectual Life (HUM)

    4cr
    Students will study major currents of cultural and intellectual life in Spanish-speaking regions. Topics will range from high culture to daily life. Students will examine the historical background of cultural manifestations. A variety of media including printed texts will guide students' understanding of both past and present cultural life.
    Prerequisites: SPN 3010 and SPNL 3010 or consent of instructor

  • SPN 3110

    Interpreting Written Texts (HUM)

    4cr
    Students will learn to read and discuss in Spanish a range of Spanish texts. They will be exposed to the Spanish literary tradition and learn to interpret textual intentions and assumptions.
    Prerequisites: SPN 3010 and SPNL 3010

  • SPN 4010

    Senior Seminar in Spanish

    4cr
    A capstone experience in which the students will study the theoretical foundations of Spanish studies (cultural as well as literary). They will be introduced to the problems of translation. A major component of the course will be the preparation of an independent research paper, the Senior Thesis, which will culminate in a formal oral presentation of the results of the investigation as well as in a major paper written in Spanish.
    Prerequisites: Senior standing or consent of instructor and GNR 3510
    Spring

  • SPN 4240

    Hispanic Theatre (HUM)

    4cr
    Students stage a play in Spanish. Students also read and discuss related texts; these include such topics as other plays which contextualize the play being performed or texts expanding on cultural or historical issues raised by it. The course may fulfill a topics course requirement of the major.
    Prerequisites: SPN 3080 or 3090 and 3110 and GNR 3510 or consent of instructor
    Spring

  • SPNL3010

    Spanish Competency Exam

    0cr
    This is a noncredit, pass-fail course for students who will be taking the Spanish Competency Exam (usually while they are also enrolled in Spanish 3010). A passing grade in this course is required for subsequent upper-division Spanish courses.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 11 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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