Languages and Cultures

CHAIR: Fr. William J. Farge, Ph.D., Office: 305 Bobet Hall
PROFESSORS: Eileen Doll, Josefa Salmón
ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS: Blanca Anderson, Robert Dewell, William Farge, S.J., Cassandra Mabe, Uriel Quesada, Connie Rodriguez, Peter Rogers, S.J.
ASSISTANT PROFESSORS: Nathan Henne, Karen Rosenbecker
EXTRAORDINARY ASSISTANT PROFESSORS: Isabel Durocher, Alice Kornovich, Charles G. Wrighti/td>ngton, S.J.
EXTRAORDINARY VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSORS: Lisbeth Philip, Leopoldo Tablante
LECTURERS: Khedidja Boudaba, Michael Bouzigard, S.J., Masako Dorrill, Ching Chi Lee, Joanne Lozano, Laura Papadopoulos, Lori Ranner, Oliver Ranner, Wayne Rupp 
WEB PAGE: http://chn.loyno.edu/languages-cultures

The Department of Languages and Cultures offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Studies, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Languages and Cultures with a concentration in French, Spanish or Latin American Studies. These programs are designed to train students not only in the target language but also in the culture of those countries where the language is or was spoken. The department also participates in the interdisciplinary minor program in Latin American Studies and Asian Studies.

The department also offers language courses in Arabic, Chinese, German, Greek, Japanese, Italian, and Latin, which can be taken to satisfy the university language requirement. Other languages may be available through cross-enrollment at Tulane, Dillard, and Xavier University.

A minor in French or Spanish requires at least 21 credit hours, of which at least 12 credit hours must be at the 300-400 level in the major language. Students who begin with the first-semester course (A100) will thus need to take a total of 24 hours in the language, while all other students will need to take a total of 21 hours. Students who have already completed 12 hours at the 300-400 level may also take their remaining courses in the history and culture of the countries where the language is spoken, or in linguistics.

The minor in Classical Studies requires a total of 24 hours. At least 12 of those hours must be in Latin or Greek, with the remaining courses selected by the student and the advisor.

The Interdisciplinary minor in Latin American Studies requires at least 21 credit hours depending on the original level of placement in Spanish. The Interdisciplinary minor in Asian Studies requires at least 21 credit hours in approved co

Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Cultures

Concentration in Spanish or French

The concentrations in French and Spanish require an absolute minimum of 31 hours in the major language, of which at least 25 hours must be taken at the 300-400 level. Students who begin with the first semester course (A100) will thus need to take 37 total hours of course work in the major. These figures include a 1-hour capstone course taken in the senior year. Students are encouraged to complement their language studies with other courses in history and culture of the countries where the language is spoken, as well as with the study of another foreign language, courses in world history, linguistics, international economics and political relations.

French

The Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Cultures with a concentration in French requires a combination of language, literature, culture and film classes.  Below is a sample four-year program for a student who comes in with no language ability.  A student who comes in with some language abilities or is fluent in French would replace the language classes with more culture, literature and film classes, depending on level.

Course Requirements

Freshman Fall Spring
Major A100 — A101 of Language 3 3
Elective 3 3
Common Curriculum 9 9
Semester Totals 15 15
Total 30

 

Sophomore Fall Spring
Major A200 — A201 of Language 3 3
Common Curriculum 6 6
Elective 9 6
Semester Totals 18 15
Total 33

 

Junior Fall Spring
Major A300 — 400 Level 6 6
Common Curriculum 6 6
Electives 6 6
Semester Totals 18 18
Total 36

 

Senior Fall Spring
Major A300 — 400 Level 6 7
Electives 6 6
Common Curriculum 3 3
Semester Totals 15 16
Total 31

 

Total Course Hours: 130

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Spanish

The Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Spanish requires a balance of language, literature, culture, and film classes.   Our goal is for our students to understand many facets of Spanish cultures and languages.

The language classes will be substituted for other department electives in the case of fluent Spanish speakers or students who come in with a high level of Spanish.

Course Requirements

Freshman Fall Spring
Major SPAN A100, SPAN A101 3 3
Elective 3 3
Common Curriculum 9 9
Semester Totals 15 15
Total 30

 

Sophomore Fall Spring
Major SPAN A200, SPAN A201 3 3
Common Curriculum 6 6
Elective 9 6
Semester Totals 18 15
Total 33

 

Junior Fall Spring
Major

SPAN A300--Syntax and Composition
SPAN A301--Intensive Conversation (unless a native speaker of Spanish)

SPAN A305--Introduction to Hispanic Literature

1 class from the following survey of literature courses:

  • SPAN A310--Spanish Literature I
  • SPAN A311--Spanish Literature II
  • SPAN A340--Spanish American Literature I
  • SPAN A341--Spanish American Literature II
6 6
Common Curriculum 6 6
Electives 6 6
Semester Totals 18 18
Total 36

 

Senior Fall Spring
Major

1 class from the following survey of literature courses:

  • SPAN A310--Spanish Literature I
  • SPAN A311--Spanish Literature II
  • SPAN A340--Spanish American Literature I
  • SPAN A341--Spanish American Literature II

One culture class from the following courses:

  • SPAN A315-- Culture and Civilization of Spain
  • SPAN A350--Culture of Spanish America to 1850
  • SPAN A351--Culture of Spanish America since 1850

One class at the 400 level
One elective at the 300 or 400 level

*Capstone course for majors (1 hour--SPAN A495 "Special Project")

6 7
Electives 6 6
Common Curriculum 3 3
Semester Totals 15 16
Total 31

 

Total Course Hours: 130

View Spanish Course Descriptions

Concentration in Latin American Studies

The concentration in Latin American Studies requires 37 hours, with 6 hours of Spanish at the intermediate level. Students who begin with the first-semester Spanish course (A100) will need to take 12 hours of language prior to the intermediate level. To complete the program, students will take a variety of courses from several disciplines, including History, Sociology, and Religious Studies.

The Latin American Studies concentration offers you the opportunity to tailor your studies to your specific interests and future professional goals. You can choose many of your classes to focus on one region (say Cono Sur) or to revolve around several disciplines. Because of this flexibility, the sample plan outlined below only provides an idea of how to structure your 4-year degree plan.

In addition, the requirements for the degree depend heavily on your level of Spanish upon entering the program. While we welcome into the program those who are native speakers and those who have no Spanish, this difference will determine the exact number of hours available for Latin American Studies courses.

Freshman   F S
Major A100 — A101 of Language 3 3
Elective   3 3
Common Curriculum   9 9
    15 15
      30
Sophomore   F S
Major A200 — A201 of Language 3 3
Common Curriculum   6 6
Elective   9 6
    18 15
      33
Junior   F S
Major A300 — 400 Level 6 6
Common Curriculum   6 6
Electives   6 6
    18 18
      36
Senior   F S
Major A300 — 400 Level 6 7
Electives   6 6
Common Curriculum   3 3
    15 16
      31
TOTAL: 130 cr. hrs.  

View Latin American Studies Course Descriptions

Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies

The major degree in Classical Studies requires 36 credit hours, again including a 1-hour capstone course in the senior year. At least 18 of these hours must be in either Latin or Greek, and the remaining 25 hours may be additional courses in Latin or Greek, courses in the classical humanities, and/or designated courses from related fields such as history, philosophy and religious studies.

Freshman   F S
Major A100--A101 of Language 3 3
Adjunct/Electives   3 3
Common Curriculum   9 9
    15 15
      30
Sophomore   F S
Major A200--A400 Level 3 3
Adjunct/Electives   6 6
Common Curriculum   6 6
    15 15
      30
Junior   F S
Major   6 6
Adjunct/Electives   3 3
Common Curriculum   6 6
    15 15
      30
Senior   F S
Major   6 7
Adjunct/Electives   6 6
Common Curriculum   3 3
    15 16
      31
TOTAL: 121 cr. hrs.      

View Classical Studies Course Descriptions

View Course Descriptions: Arabic, Chinese, Classical Studies, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, and Spanish

(View Common Curriculum Requirements.)