Senior Seminar

A group of students in class at senior seminar.
Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.  Jorge Luís Borges

Course Description:

Senior Seminar (LG 480) is designed to broaden and enhance the study-abroad experience through the discussion of such topics as comparative cross-cultural behaviors and mind-sets, culture shock, cultural stereotypes, and cultural metaphors. Along with short lectures and discussion periods, classes will consist of student presentations and continued contact with the target culture through conversation sections with native speakers. The course serves as the capstone to the major, covering approaches to the study of culture and research skills. Another aspect of LG 480 Senior Seminar is as an assessment of the students' degree of success during their tenure at USA. A comprehensive senior assessment exam will be administered as part of the course for the purpose of evaluating the major's achievements and gauge the success level therein. Finally, the course considers career opportunities for foreign language majors and prepares them for research in the humanities through a broad introduction to the topic.

Course Objectives:

Upon completing the course, students will have a good working knowledge of foreign-language print and internet sources and library research techniques. They will be better prepared to interact more effectively with members of other cultures on both professional and personal levels, and will have practical knowledge of how to put their language skills and study-abroad experience to best use in the global marketplace.

Course Prerequisites:

Completion of the departmental study abroad requirement; EH102.


Oustanding Senior Seminar Presentations Over the Years


Year Student/Title

Lindsay Hodge

From Risk Societies to Global Communiites: The Unexpected Creations of Nuclear Disaster




Marilena Caviness

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Invisibility of the Worker in Alex Rivera's Sleep Dealer

Marylyn Gafford

Beyond Memory: World Ecology and Political Imaginary in Patricio Guzman's Films 



Katherine Strasser

Maternal Politics and Jouissance in Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate 



Trinh, Khanh
Time, Space and Fantasy in Haruki Murakami and Carlos Fuentes
Yunker, Daniela
Patriotism in Germany




Mitchell, Logan
Green" in Germany without Going "Red"
Colbourne, George
Le Tourd'argent
Williams, Kristi
The Evolution of Café Culture in France to Include the Mysterious Success of Starbucks and McDonald's
Calhoun, Nancy
Present Day Mexican Education Reform





Buck, Ryane.
Perpetuating the Soviet Myth in Children's Television, 1960-1990
Blosser, Kristen.
Indigenismo in Arguedas' Todas las sangres
Almeida, Will.
From Ascetic to Aesthetic: The Catharsis of Ernesto "Che" Guevara
Graves, Dorothy.
Sin Nosotoras: Latin American Women's Immigrants' in Spain
Katherine Brown

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