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The Faculty

Chair:  Elena Martinez

Deputy Chair:  Wayne Finke 

 Professors:

  • Ruth Adler
  • Isolina Ballesteros
  • Olga Casanova-Burgess
  • Gayana Jurkevich
  • Meir Lubetski
  • Elena Martinez
  • Isabel Cid Sirgado
  • Franco Zangrilli

Associate Professors:

  • Esther Allen
  • David Cruz de Jesús
  • Wayne Finke
  • Ali Nematollahy
  • Ping Xu
  • Zhiqiang (John) Yu

Assistant Professors:

  • Max Kramer
  • Shigeru Suzuki

Lecturers:

  • Antonietta D'Amelio

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:
Advanced Written Communication4 credits



Introduction to Literary Theory3 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
Advanced Oral Communication II4 credits
Translation Workshop: Spanish to English3 credits
SPA 4005The History of Translation in the Hispanic/Latino World 3 credits 
Structures of Modern Spanish3 credits
Phonetics3 credits
Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3 credits
Hispanic Bilingualism3 credits
History of the Spanish Language3 credits
Group 2:  Latin American Literature
Contemporary Latin-American Theatre3 credits
Contemporary Latin-American Novel3 credits
Contemporary Latin-American Short Story3 credits
Afro-Caribbean Literature3 credits
Twentieth-Century Women’s Writing in Latin America3 credits
The Literature of Latin America I3 credits
The Literature of Latin America II3 credits
Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean I3 credits
Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean II3 credits
Group 3:  Peninsular Literature
Spanish Medieval Literature3 credits
Spanish Literature of the Golden Age3 credits
Neoclassicism to Romanticism3 credits
Modern Spanish Drama3 credits
The Generation of 983 credits
Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature3 credits
Modern Spanish Short Story3 credits
Cervantes3 credits
History of Spanish Literature I3 credits
History of Spanish Literature II3 credits
Group 4:  Culture and Civilization
Images of Women in Spanish Culture3 credits
Civilization and Culture of Spain3 credits
Spanish Film: Cinematic Representation of the Spanish Artistic Tradition3 credits
Civilization and Culture of Latin America3 credits
Special Studies in Spanish3 credits
Independent Studyvariable
Honors Seminarsvariable
Electives 
The remaining credits will be chosen from the following list of advanced course offerings in Spanish:
Advanced Oral Communication I4 credits
Advanced Oral Communication II4 credits
Translation Workshop: Spanish to English3 credits
SPA 4005The History of Translation in the Hispanic/Latino World 3 credits 
Structures of Modern Spanish3 credits
Phonetics3 credits
Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3 credits
Hispanic Bilingualism3 credits
History of the Spanish Language3 credits
Spanish Medieval Literature3 credits
Spanish Literature of the Renaissance3 credits
Spanish Literature of the Golden Age3 credits
Neoclassicism to Romanticism3 credits
Modern Poetry3 credits
Modern Spanish Drama3 credits
The Modern Novel3 credits
The Generation of 983 credits
Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature3 credits
Modern Spanish Short Story3 credits
Cervantes3 credits
Civilization and Culture of Spain3 credits
History of Spanish Literature I3 credits
History of Spanish Literature II3 credits
Spanish Film: Cinematic Representations of the Spanish Artistic Tradition3 credits
Nineteenth-Century Latin-American Literature Prior to Modernismo3 credits
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Latin-American Poetry3 credits
Contemporary Latin-American Theatre3 credits
Contemporary Latin-American Novel3 credits
Modernismo in Latin-America3 credits
Contemporary Latin-American Short Story3 credits
The Indian in the Novel of Spanish America3 credits
Afro-Caribbean Literature3 credits
Twentieth-Century Womens Writing in Latin America3 credits
Civilizations and Cultures of Latin America3 credits
The Literature of Latin America I3 credits
The Literature of Latin America II3 credits
Survey of Puerto Rican Literature I3 credits
Survey of Puerto Rican Literature II3 credits
Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean I3 credits
Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean II3 credits
Spanish for Global Markets I3 credits
Spanish for Global Markets II3 credits
Special Studies in Spanish3 credits
Independent Studyvariable
Honors Seminarsvariable

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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 Associate 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 department's course offerings. Any 4000-level course in Chinese may serve as the capstone course for the minor.

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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 department's 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 minor.

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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 department's 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 minor.

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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 minor.

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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 department's course offerings. Any 4000-level course in Japanese, AAS 4905/ CMP 4905, or AAS 4906/ CMP 4906 may serve as the capstone course for the minor.

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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 minor.

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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:
Seminar in Translation: Spanish-English3 credits

Workshop:
Translation Workshop: Spanish to English3 credits

Electives

Choose one of the following courses:
Intercultural Communication3 credits
Advanced Essay Writing: Style and Styles in Prose3 credits
Introduction to Linguistics and Language Learning   ( COM 3700)3 credits
The Structure and History of English   ( COM 3750)3 credits
Globalization of English   ( COM 4015)3 credits
Stylistics3 credits
SPA 4005The History of Translation in the Hispanic/Latino World 3 credits 
Structures of Modern Spanish3 credits
Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3 credits
Hispanic Bilingualism3 credits
History of the Spanish Language3 credits
Spanish for Global Markets I3 credits
or 
Spanish for Global Markets II3 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 6001H and 6002H 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 6003 (2 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 recommendation of the department, whose minimum standards for such recommendation will be the grade of A in all three courses.

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Courses
Courses in Chinese (CHI)

Elementary Chinese I

3 hours; 3 credits

Elementary Chinese II

3 hours; 3 credits

Upper Elementary Chinese I

3 hours; 3 credits

Upper Elementary Chinese II

3 hours; 3 credits

Lower Intermediate Chinese

4 hours; 4 credits

Upper Intermediate Chinese

4 hours; 4 credits

Chinese for Heritage Students I

3 hours; 3 credits

Chinese for Heritage Students II

3 hours; 3 credits

Classical Chinese Literature I

3 hours; 3 credits

Classical Chinese Literature II

3 hours; 3 credits

Chinese Cinema

3 hours; 3 credits

CHI 4224The Contemporary Chinese Short Story

3 hours; 3 credits 

Business Chinese I

3 hours; 3 credits

Business Chinese II

3 hours; 3 credits

Special Studies in Chinese

3 hours; 3 credits

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Courses in French (FRE)
FRE 1001-1002

Elementary French I and II

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

Advanced Beginners French

3 hours; 3 credits

Intensive Intermediate French I

4 hours; 4 credits

Intensive Intermediate French II

4 hours; 4 credits

Advanced Intermediate French

3 hours; 3 credits

Commercial French I

3 hours; 3 credits

Commercial French II

3 hours; 3 credits

Advanced Oral Communication I

4 hours; 4 credits

Advanced Oral Communication II

4 hours; 4 credits

Advanced Composition

4 hours; 4 credits

Advanced Grammar and Syntax

3 hours; 3 credits

The Eighteenth Century

3 hours; 3 credits

The Modern Novel: 1800-1920s

3 hours; 3 credits

Contemporary French Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

The Modern French Short Story

3 hours; 3 credits

The Literary Avant-Garde in France 1898-1945

3 hours; 3 credits

History of French Literature I

3 hours; 3 credits

History of French Literature II

3 hours; 3 credits

Women Writers in French

3 hours; 3 credits

French Comedy from Moli?re to the Present

3 hours; 3 credits

Black French Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

FRE 4230

North Africa: Literature and Film

3 hours; 3 credits 
FRE 4240

French Orientalism

3 hours; 3 credits

Advanced Commercial French I

3 hours; 3 credits

Advanced Commercial French II

3 hours; 3 credits

Contemporary French Cinema and Society

3 hours; 3 credits

Special Studies in French

3 hours; 3 credits

Translation Workshop I

2 hours; 2 credits

Translation Workshop II

2 hours; 2 credits

Translation Workshop III

2 hours; 2 credits

Translation Workshop IV

2 hours; 2 credits

Independent Study

Hours and credits to be arranged

Honors

Credits flexible; usually 4 credits per term

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Courses in Hebrew (HEB) 
HEB 1001-1002

Elementary Hebrew I and II

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

Lower Intermediate Hebrew

4 credits

Upper Intermediate Hebrew

4 credits

Advanced Hebrew I: Reading in Hebrew Language

3 credits

Advanced Hebrew II

3 credits

Masterpieces of Literature: The Psychological Novel

3 credits

History (Ancient) of the Jewish People as Reflected in Literature

4 credits

History (Medieval/Modern) of the Jewish People as Reflected in Literature

4 credits

Advanced Hebrew Conversation I

4 credits

Advanced Hebrew Conversation II

4 credits

Great Works of Hebrew Literature I

3 credits

The Hebrew Essays

3 credits

Biblical Prose

3 credits

Biblical Poetry

3 credits

Poetry of the Hebrew Renaissance

3 credits

Poetry of Modern Israel

3 credits

Prose of the Hebrew Renaissance

3 credits

Prose of Modern Israel

3 credits

Hebrew Seminar

3 hours; 3 credits

Talmud I

3 hours; 3 credits

Talmud II

3 hours; 3 credits

Hebrew Philosophical Literature

3 hours; 4 credits

Independent Study

Hours and credits to be arranged

Honors

3 credits each

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Courses in Italian (ITL)
ITL 1001-1002

Elementary Italian I and II

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

Civilization and Culture of Italy (in English)

3 hours; 3 credits

Italian-American Contributions (in English)

3 hours; 3 credits

Intensive Intermediate Italian I

4 hours; 4 credits

Intensive Intermediate Italian II

4 hours; 4 credits

Commercial Italian I

3 hours; 3 credits

Commercial Italian II

3 hours; 3 credits

Contemporary Italian Culture

3 hours; 3 credits

Advanced Oral Communication I

3 hours; 3 credits

History of Italian Literature I

3 hours; 3 credits

History of Italian Literature II

3 hours; 3 credits

Contemporary Italian Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Advanced Commercial Italian I

3 hours; 3 credits

Advanced Commercial Italian II

3 hours; 3 credits

Special Studies in Italian

3 hours; 3 credits

Independent Study

Hours and credits to be arranged

Honors

Credits flexible; usually 4 credits per term

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Courses in Japanese (JPN)
JPN 1001-1002

Elementary Japanese I and II

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

Intensive Intermediate Japanese I

4 hours; 4 credits each semester

Intensive Intermediate Japanese II

4 hours; 4 credits each semester

JPN 4000

Advanced Japanese Oral and Written Communication

3 hours; 3 credits

Contemporary Japanese Literature, Film, and Culture

3 hours; 3 credits

Japanese for Global Markets

3 hours; 3 credits

 

JPN 5000-5001

Independent Study

Hours and credits to be arranged

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Courses in Spanish (SPA)

Elementary Spanish I and II

3 hours; 3 credits

Elementary Spanish II

3 hours; 3 credits

Continuing Spanish for Non-Heritage Speakers

4 hours; 4 credits

Intensive Intermediate Spanish I

4 hours; 4 credits

Intensive Intermediate Spanish II

4 hours; 4 credits

Spanish for Heritage Speakers I

3 hours; 3 credits

Spanish for Heritage Speakers II

3 hours; 3 credits

Advanced Intermediate Spanish for Business

3 hours; 3 credits

Advanced Oral Communication I

4 hours; 4 credits

Advanced Oral Communication II

4 hours; 4 credits

Translation Workshop: Spanish to English

3 hours; 3 credits

Seminar in Translation: Spanish-English

3 hours; 3 credits

SPA 4005The History of Translation in the Hispanic/Latino World 3 hours; 3 credits 

Advanced Written Communication

4 hours; 4 credits

Structures of Modern Spanish

3 hours; 3 credits

Phonetics

3 hours; 3 credits

Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

3 hours; 3 credits

Hispanic Bilingualism

3 hours; 3 credits

History of the Spanish Language

3 hours; 3 credits

Introduction to Literary Theory

3 hours; 3 credits

Medieval Literature of Spain

3 hours; 3 credits

Images of Women in Spanish Culture

3 hours; 3 credits

Spanish Literature of the Renaissance

3 hours; 3 credits

Spanish Literature of the Golden Age

3 hours; 3 credits

Neoclassicism to Romanticism

3 hours; 3 credits

Modern Poetry

3 hours; 3 credits

Modern Spanish Drama

3 hours; 3 credits

The Modern Novel

3 hours; 3 credits

The Generation of '98

3 hours; 3 credits

Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Modern Spanish Short Story

3 hours; 3 credits

Cervantes

3 hours; 3 credits

Civilization and Culture of Spain

3 hours; 3 credits

History of Spanish Literature I

3 hours; 3 credits

History of Spanish Literature II

3 hours; 3 credits

Spanish Film

3 hours; 3 credits

Nineteenth-Century Latin-American Literature Prior to Modernism

3 hours; 3 credits

Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Latin-American Poetry

3 hours; 3 credits

Contemporary Latin-American Theatre

3 hours; 3 credits

Contemporary Latin-American Novel

3 hours; 3 credits

Modernismo in Latin America

3 hours; 3 credits

Contemporary Latin-American Short Story

3 hours; 3 credits

The Indian in the Novel of Spanish America

3 hours; 3 credits

Afro-Caribbean Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Contemporary Latin American Fiction

3 hours; 3 credits

Latin American Women's Literature: Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

3 hours; 3 credits

Civilizations and Cultures of Latin America

3 hours; 3 credits

The Literature of Latin America I

3 hours; 3 credits

The Literature of Latin America II

3 hours; 3 credits

The City in Latin American Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

The Latin American Essay: From the Nineteenth-Century to the Present

3 hours; 3 credits

Latin American Cinema

3 hours; 3 credits

Contemporary Cuban Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Survey of Puerto Rican Literature I

3 hours; 3 credits

Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean I

3 hours; 3 credits

Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean II

3 hours; 3 credits

Spanish for Global Markets I

3 hours; 3 credits

Spanish for Global Markets II

3 hours; 3 credits

Special Studies in Spanish

3 hours; 3 credits

Independent Study

Hours and credits to be arranged

Honors

Credits flexible; usually 4 credits per term

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Courses in Comparative Literature (CMP)

Italian Cinema

4 hours; 3 credits

Spanish Cinema

4 hours; 3 credits

Great Works of Literature I

4 hours; 3 credits

Great Works of Literature II

4 hours; 3 credits

Archaeology and the Bible

3 hours; 3 credits

Women and Family in the Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Survey of Caribbean Literature in English ( BLS 3038), ( ENG 3038)

3 hours; 3 credits

The Modern Hero in Contemporary Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

CMP 3051Latin American Jewish Women Writers ( JWS 3051), ( LACS 3051), ( LTS 3051)3 hours; 3 credits 

Contemporary Latin American Fiction ( LTS 3058)

3 hours; 3 credits

Latino/a Literature in the U.S.

3 hours; 3 credits

The Literature of Italy

3 hours; 3 credits

Italian American Experience in the U.S.: Culture and Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

The Works of Cervantes

3 hours; 3 credits

History of French Cinema ( FLM 3151)

3 hours; 3 credits

Latin American Cinema ( FLM 3160)

3 hours; 3 credits

Post-Colonial French Literature of Africa and the Caribbean

3 hours; 3 credits

Special Topics in Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Laughter Through Tears: Classic Yiddish Fiction in Translation ( JWS 4001)

3.0 hours; 3.0 credits

The City and the Text: Representations of the City in Modern and Contemporary World Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Literary Theory ( ENG 4011)

3 credits; 3credits

Translating Between Worlds: Literature and Anthropology ( ANT 4020)

3 hours; 3 credits

Immigration Cinema: Migrations and Border Crossings to the U.S. and Europe ( FLM 4100), ( LACS 4100)

3 hours; 3 credits

African Diasporas: U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean ( ENG 4535)

3 hours; 3 credits

Hispanic Writers in New York City

3 hours; 3 credits

Language, Literature, and Culture of Japan ( AAS 4905)

3 hours; 3 credits

Critical Approaches to Japanese Popular Culture ( AAS 4906)

3.0 hours, 3.0 credits

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