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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2007-2008


Interim Chair: Isabel Z. Brown (251) 460-6291
Professors: Jones, Mozur
Associate Professors: Brown, McCready, Perez-Pineda
Assistant Professors: Fantoni, Faught, Khan, Roddy
Instructors: Britt, Wilbanks
Emeriti: Lomangino, Quinn
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures web site:
The department contributes to the liberal education of all students by helping them to improve their ability to communicate with and understand other cultures in an increasingly interdependent world. The study of foreign languages provides students with additional basic knowledge of their own language, allows them to escape a narrow, monolingual view of the world, and offers them the opportunity to develop proficiency in a second or third language. In addition to introductory and intermediate level courses in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Japanese, and Latin, the department offers a major in Foreign Languages and Literatures with concentrations in French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Minors are also available in those four languages.
In the first-year sequences (Introductory) the student is given a basic foundation in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Typically, the emphasis is on listening and oral practice followed by development of reading and writing skills. The second-year courses (Intermediate) build upon the skills acquired in the first year. Upper-level courses provide students with comprehensive knowledge of the important writers and movements of each language area’s literary legacy, while other courses concentrate on language and culture, and history. Students with previous language training will be placed at the appropriate level.

All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: New Student Seminar as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry.

In addition to fulfilling the general education requirements specified, students majoring in Foreign Languages and Literatures will complete 25 hours of core courses and 24 hours of study in an area of concentration (French, German, Russian, or Spanish). The core requirement takes the place of a traditional minor. 36 hours of electives remain toward completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree. The required core courses include Global Issues (IS 100), World Languages (LG 110), World Literature I & II (EH 235 and EH 236), Directed Study: Pre-Study Abroad (LG 394), Study Abroad (IS 391), and Senior Seminar (LG 480). Students are also required to submit a portfolio of work done in upper-level language, culture, and literature courses.
As part of their core requirement majors will earn a minimum of 9 semester hours at the upper level in the language of their concentration in an approved study abroad program. During their stay abroad students will be required to maintain on-line contact with their advisors, keep a journal of their activities, and gather materials to be used in LG 480 Senior Seminar upon their return. Subject to availability of funding, grants are awarded to help off-set some of the costs of the Study Abroad program to qualified majors.
For students majoring or minoring in Foreign Languages and Literature or International Studies, credits earned in approved Study Abroad programs, up to a maximum of 16 semester hours, may be used to satisfy the university residency requirement provided the student is enrolled in IS 391, Study Abroad and has transient course approval from the dean of the college. Study Abroad courses must be certified as equivalent to upper division (300 or 400 level) course work in order to fulfill the USA Residency Requirement.
A minimum of 24 semester hours in one language is required, in addition to the 9 hour upper-level study abroad component. After completing the lower-division courses (Introductory and Intermediate sequences) the following specific upper-division courses are required depending upon the language in which the student wishes to concentrate: French - LG 311, 312, 326, 327; German - Six hours from each of the following groups: LG 366, 367, 368, and LG 361, 362, 363, 364; Russian - LG 374 or LG 376 and the remaining nine hours selected from the following courses: LG 374, 376, 381 and 375 (to be taken three times for a minimum of three course credits), 372 and 380. Spanish - LG 334, 336, 431, and one of the following: LG 432, 433, 434, or 435. Remaining credits needed to complete the concentration will be selected from additional upper-division courses offered in the respective languages.
Areas I, III, and IV of the General Education Requirements for Foreign Languages and Literatures majors are specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section. Note that a portion of Area II requirements (Foreign Language Proficiency, Intermediate Language courses, EH 235 and EH 236) are fulfilled by the major requirements specified above. For the Sequence Requirement, Foreign Languages and Literatures majors are restricted to EH 235 and EH 236.
Students must complete a minimum of nine semester hours beyond the Introductory and Intermediate sequences. The student must complete the following upper-division courses depending on the language in which the student elects to minor: French - LG 326 and 327 and either 311 or 312; German - LG 366 and either 367 (to be taken three times for a minimum of three course credits), or 368; Russian - LG 374 or 376; Spanish - three upper division courses (LG 333 and LG 334 recommended). Remaining credits, if any, are to be selected from the upper-division courses in the appropriate language. Native or near-native speakers of a language may not enroll in upper-level conversation courses.
It is to the advantage of students to begin their study of a foreign language at the highest possible level because they can gain college credits through appropriate placement. Students who have had three to five years of a foreign language in high school may wish to take the CLEP examination in that language and earn as many as (12) semester hours of lower-division credit based on the Foreign Language Department at USA's recommendation. Students participating in the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) will be granted 6 semester hours of credit in the corresponding language Freshman Language Sequence with a score of "5" or higher on the International Baccalaureate Program examinations. On the basis of the Foreign Language department’s evaluation of their previous foreign language training students may also elect to begin in the second semester of the introductory sequence, or the first semester of the intermediate sequence, and qualify for retroactive credit. By earning a "C" or better in the higher level course the student may petition the department for either 3 or 6 semester hours of introductory-level credit. Native speakers are not eligible.
The Department offers several languages under the auspices of the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs, a professional organization that provides guidelines, develops materials, and sets standards for self-instructional language programs throughout the United States. Success in these courses requires a high degree of motivation, self-discipline, and a long-term commitment to developing oral /aural proficiency in the target language. Students, working on their own 10-12 hours a week with audio and video tapes and written materials, follow a carefully organized sequence of lessons and meet three hours a week in small groups of no more than ten with native drill instructors. NASILP-approved examiners are invited to the campus to administer final student performance evaluations. Success in this program depends upon students’ willingness to assume responsibility for learning appropriate listening and speaking skills. Before enrolling in a NASILP course students are urged to discuss course requirements and testing procedures with the local program coordinator. Call (251) 460-6291 for more information. Fee.
Although the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures has no graduate degree program, graduate-level course work is offered in several languages under the rubrics of “Special Topics,” “Seminar,” and “Directed Studies.”





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