Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins

Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature


The Faculty

Chair:  Elena Martnez

Deputy Chair:  Wayne Finke
    Professors:
  • Ruth Adler
  • Olga Casanova-Burgess
  • Gayana Jurkevich
  • Meir Lubetski
  • Elena Martnez
  • Jeffrey Peck
  • Debra Popkin
  • Isabel Cid Sirgado
  • Franco Zangrilli
    Associate Professors:
  • Isolina Ballesteros
  • David Cruz de Jesús
    Wayne Finke
  • Ali Nematollahy
  • Ping Xu
  • Zhiqiang (John) Yu
    Assistant Professors:
  • Esther Allen
  • Shigeru Suzuki
    Senior College Laboratory Technician:
  • Sue Ng

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Field Description

The study of divergent modes of expression and cultures serves to broaden students perspectives and deepen their understanding of both themselves and their world. Language students not only develop an oral and written command of the studied language but also gain a comprehensive knowledge of the civilizations and cultures of the countries where the language is spoken. Literary analysis develops the students critical faculties and sense of style as well. The department offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish, and literature courses conducted in English.

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The Majors

 

Spanish

The Spanish courses of the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature are designed to give students oral and written fluency in the language and to impart a knowledge of the literatures of Spain and Latin America. It is hoped that literary appreciation and critical methods will be developed and that the students cultural and intellectual vistas will be broadened.

Required Courses 

All students who major in Spanish will take a minimum of 24 credits in this field. Students who have had three or more years of Spanish in high school or the equivalent may start their electives immediately. Those who are not sufficiently proficient in the aural-oral use of the language are advised to take SPA 4000 Advanced Oral Communication I early in their programs.


All students who major in Spanish are required to take the following courses:
SPA 4010 Advanced Written Communication 4 credits
SPA 4050 Introduction to Literary Theory
3 credits

As part of the 24-credit requirement, majors will take at least one course from each of the following groups:

Group 1:  Language and Linguistics
SPA 4001 Advanced Oral Communication II 4 credits
SPA 4003 Translation Workshop: Spanish to English 3 credits
SPA 4011 Structures of Modern Spanish 3 credits
SPA 4012 Phonetics 3 credits
SPA 4013 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
3 credits
SPA 4014 Hispanic Bilingualism
3 credits
SPA 4015 History of the Spanish Language 3 credits

Group 2:  Latin American Literature
SPA 4221 Contemporary Latin-American Theatre 3 credits
SPA 4222 Contemporary Latin-American Novel 3 credits
SPA 4224 Contemporary Latin-American Short Story 3 credits
SPA 4226 Afro-Caribbean Literature 3 credits
SPA 4228 Twentieth-Century Women’s Writing in Latin America 3 credits
SPA 4281 The Literature of Latin America I 3 credits
SPA 4282 The Literature of Latin America II 3 credits
SPA 4383 Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean I 3 credits
SPA 4384 Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean II 3 credits

Group 3:  Peninsular Literature
SPA 4114 Spanish Medieval Literature 3 credits
SPA 4117 Spanish Literature of the Golden Age 3 credits
SPA 4118 Neoclassicism to Romanticism 3 credits
SPA 4121 Modern Spanish Drama 3 credits
SPA 4123 The Generation of 98 3 credits
SPA 4124 Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature 3 credits
SPA 4125 Modern Spanish Short Story 3 credits
SPA 4150 Cervantes 3 credits
SPA 4181 History of Spanish Literature I 3 credits
SPA 4182 History of Spanish Literature II 3 credits

Group 4:  Culture and Civilization
SPA 4115 Images of Women in Spanish Culture 3 credits
SPA 4171 Civilization and Culture of Spain 3 credits
SPA 4183 Spanish Film: Cinematic Representation of the Spanish Artistic Tradition 3 credits
SPA 4271 Civilization and Culture of Latin America 3 credits
SPA 4999 Special Studies in Spanish 3 credits
SPA 5000-5004 Independent Study variable
SPA 6001-6003 Honors Seminars variable

Electives
The remaining 12 credits will be chosen from the following list of advanced course offerings in Spanish:
SPA 4000 Advanced Oral Communication I 4 credits
SPA 4001 Advanced Oral Communication II 4 credits
SPA 4003 Translation Workshop: Spanish to English 3 credits
SPA 4004 Seminar in Translation: Spanish-English 3 credits
SPA 4011 Structures of Modern Spanish 3 credits
SPA 4012 Phonetics 3 credits
SPA 4013 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics 3 credits
SPA 4014 Hispanic Bilingualism 3 credits
SPA 4015 History of the Spanish Language 3 credits
SPA 4114 Spanish Medieval Literature 3 credits
SPA 4116 Spanish Literature of the Renaissance 3 credits
SPA 4117 Spanish Literature of the Golden Age 3 credits
SPA 4118 Neoclassicism to Romanticism 3 credits
SPA 4120 Modern Poetry 3 credits
SPA 4121 Modern Spanish Drama 3 credits
SPA 4122 The Modern Novel 3 credits
SPA 4123 The Generation of 98 3 credits
SPA 4124 Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature 3 credits
SPA 4125 Modern Spanish Short Story 3 credits
SPA 4150 Cervantes 3 credits
SPA 4171 Civilization and Culture of Spain 3 credits
SPA 4181 History of Spanish Literature I 3 credits
SPA 4182 History of Spanish Literature II 3 credits
SPA 4183 Spanish Film: Cinematic Representations of the Spanish Artistic Tradition 3 credits
SPA 4219 Nineteenth-Century Latin-American Literature Prior to Modernismo 3 credits
SPA 4220 Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Latin-American Poetry 3 credits
SPA 4221 Contemporary Latin-American Theatre 3 credits
SPA 4222 Contemporary Latin-American Novel 3 credits
SPA 4223 Modernismo in Latin-America 3 credits
SPA 4224 Contemporary Latin-American Short Story 3 credits
SPA 4225 The Indian in the Novel of Spanish America 3 credits
SPA 4226 Afro-Caribbean Literature 3 credits
SPA 4228 Twentieth-Century Womens Writing in Latin America 3 credits
SPA 4271 Civilizations and Cultures of Latin America 3 credits
SPA 4281 The Literature of Latin America I 3 credits
SPA 4282 The Literature of Latin America II 3 credits
SPA 4381 Survey of Puerto Rican Literature I 3 credits
SPA 4382 Survey of Puerto Rican Literature II 3 credits
SPA 4383 Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean I 3 credits
SPA 4384 Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean II 3 credits
SPA 4501 Spanish for Global Markets I 3 credits
SPA 4502 Spanish for Global Markets II 3 credits
SPA 4999 Special Studies in Spanish 3 credits
SPA 5000-5004 Independent Study variable
SPA 6001-6003 Honors Seminars variable

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Arts and Sciences Ad Hoc Major

When a students educational objectives cannot be fully attained solely by study within an existing department, program, or school, he or she is given the option of devising an ad hoc pattern of courses in an area of concentration of his or her own choosing. A student may embark upon an ad hoc major following preparation and acceptance of a proposal outlining the area of study, the desired outcomes, and the educational values of the program. The program must be approved by the chairpersons of the appropriate departments and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

Students interested in including courses in French, Spanish, or Italian as part of an arts and sciences ad hoc major should contact the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature at 646-312-4210.

The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences ad hoc major requires 30–33 credits.

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The Minors

A minor consists of a minimum of 9 credits as described below, not including courses taken toward the fulfillment of the base curriculum.


Chinese

Students who choose to develop their intellectual abilities in Chinese may select two courses at the 3000 level or above from the Chinese section of the departments course offerings. Any 4000-level course in Chinese may serve as the capstone course for the Tier III requirement.

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French

Advanced training in francophone language and literature is increasingly necessary for business, teaching, translation, and other professional careers. Students who choose to develop their intellectual abilities in these areas may select two courses at the 3000 level or above from the French section of the departments offering. To complete their minors, students must enroll in an appropriate capstone course. Any 4000- or 5000-level course in French may serve as the capstone course for the Tier III requirement.

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Hebrew

Students who choose to develop their intellectual abilities in Hebrew language and literature may select two courses at the 3000 level or above from the Hebrew section of the departments course offerings. To complete their minors, they must enroll in an appropriate capstone course. All 4000-level offerings in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature or an independent studies course in Hebrew may serve as the capstone course for the Tier III requirement.

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Italian

Students who choose to develop their intellectual abilities in Italian language, literature, and culture may select two courses at the 3000 level or above from the Italian section of the department. To complete their minors, students must enroll in an appropriate capstone course. Any 4000- or 5000-level course in Italian may serve as the capstone course for the Tier III requirement.

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Japanese

Students who choose to develop their intellectual abilities in Japanese may select two courses at the 3000 level or above from the Japanese section of the departments course offerings. Any 4000-level course in Japanese may serve as the capstone course for the Tier III requirement.

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Spanish

Advanced training in Spanish language and literature is increasingly necessary for business, teaching, translation, and other professional careers. Students who choose to develop their intellectual abilities in these areas may select two courses at the 3000 level or above from the Spanish section of the department. To complete their minors, students must enroll in an appropriate capstone course. Any 4000- or 5000-level course in Spanish may serve as the capstone course for the Tier III requirement.

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Spanish-English Translation

Translation is the language of global communication, whether the text to be translated is a company's year-end report, an ad campaign, a politician's speech, a poem, or a novel. The interdisciplinary Minor in Spanish-English Translation, suitable for both Arts and Sciences and Business majors, allows students with good skills in English and Spanish to perfect their knowledge of both languages and gain the ability to produce fluent, accurate, and effective translations between them. The minor is open to all students who have successfully completed a 4000-level Literature or Culture and Civilization course in Spanish. To complete the minor, students must take three courses: SPA 4003, Spanish-English Translation Workshop; the capstone, SPA 4004, Seminar in Translation: Spanish-English; and one 3000 or 4000-level course from the list of approved electives offered by the Departments of English, Communication Studies, or Modern Languages and Comparative Literature.

Program Prerequisite:

Any 4000-level course in Literature or Culture and Civilization offered by the MLCL Department's Spanish program.


Required Courses:

Capstone Course:
SPA 4004 Seminar in Translation: Spanish-English 3 credits

Workshop:
SPA 4003 Translation Workshop: Spanish to English 3 credits


Electives

Choose one of the following courses:
COM 3069 Intercultural Communication 3 credits
ENG 3680 Advanced Essay Writing: Style and Styles in Prose 3 credits
ENG 3700 Introduction to Linguistics and Language Learning   (COM 3700) 3 credits
ENG 3750 The Structure and History of English   (COM 3750) 3 credits
ENG 4015 Globalization of English   (COM 4015) 3 credits
ENG 4030 Stylistics 3 credits
SPA 4011 Structures of Modern Spanish 3 credits
SPA 4013 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics 3 credits
SPA 4014 Hispanic Bilingualism 3 credits
SPA 4015 History of the Spanish Language 3 credits
SPA 4501 Spanish for Global Markets I 3 credits
or
SPA 4502 Spanish for Global Markets II 3 credits

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Comparative Literature

The minor in comparative literature provides students with a thorough knowledge of several national literatures through comparative and interdisciplinary study. Students must complete three courses at the 3000 level or higher, at least one of which must be a capstone, 4000-level course. Students are also encouraged to pursue the study of a foreign language.

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Special Program

Majors in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature will be admitted to the honors program in their junior and senior years with the following provisions: that a letter of recommendation from the students sponsor be written and reviewed by an Honors Program Committee consisting of three members chosen by the chairperson of the department, that the student has at least 12 credits in modern languages, and that the student has at least a 3.4 average in his or her major and that his or her overall record is good.

Structure: Students must take courses 6001 and 6002 either consecutively or simultaneously. Course 6002 can be a continuation of 6001, or it can be in a related field. In this context, a related field may be construed as comparative literature or linguistics.

Honors Paper 60032 credits: The final outcome of courses 6001 and 6002 will be an honors paper written by the student and supervised by a sponsor. The honors paper, after being approved by the sponsor, will be read by two other members of the department who are to be appointed by an Honors Program Committee. The degree with honors will be awarded by the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences upon recom - mendation of the department, whose minimum standards for such recommendation will be the grade of A in all three courses.

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