The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures embraces language, literature, and culture. Advanced courses prepare students for graduate study, research, teaching, or the use of foreign languages in professional fields.
The department offers majors and minors in French and Spanish, as well as minors in German and Russian.
Eleven (11) courses are required above the 100 level: six (6) core courses and five (5) French electives at the 300 or 400 level.
The department offers two programs for majors -- one for native speakers, the other for nonnative speakers. Because native speakers vary in language proficiency, faculty determine whether to classify a student as a native speaker.
NATIVE SPEAKERS PROGRAM
Eleven (11) courses are required above the 100 level.
NONNATIVE SPEAKERS PROGRAM
Eleven (11) courses are required above the 100 level.
DIAGNOSTIC TEST FOR ALL SPANISH MAJORS
All prospective Spanish majors must take a diagnostic test, ideally in sophomore year. Faculty administer the test during spring term and discuss results with each student. Transfer students should take the exam as soon as possible after matriculating at Rollins.
SENIOR CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN SPANISH
SPN 497 Senior Capstone Seminar, a required, 1/2-unit course, meets once a week during the spring. It helps majors prepare for the final, comprehensive, capstone exam in Spanish, which tests student abilities in all areas of Spanish language and Hispanic literature and culture. Faculty provide suggested and required bibliography.
Six (6) courses are required: four (4) core courses (FRN 201, FRN 202, FRN 301 and/or FRN 305 and/or FRN 311, FRN 320, and/or FRN 331) and two (2) electives in French. NOTE: Students exempt from intermediate courses must take the four (4) 300-level courses in the core and two (2) electives.
GERMAN or RUSSIAN
Six (6) courses at the 200, 300, or 400 level are required. At least three (3) courses must be taken on the Rollins campus.
NATIVE SPEAKERS PROGRAM
Six (6) courses are required.
NONNATIVE SPEAKERS PROGRAM
Six (6) courses are required.
Qualified Rollins students may participate in foreign study programs by:
Students who choose either of the first two options must complete request-for-study-abroad forms available at the Office of International Programs. With approval of the department, courses in accredited academic programs abroad may count toward a language major, if taken in the foreign language.
COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH
EUR 120/320 The European Union: A Cultural Evolution: Examines development of the European Union from the Treaty of Rome in 1957, to the Treaty of Nice in 2001. Explores institutions, focusing on various cultural aspects that have been integrated into the Union. Prerequisite for EUR 320 only: a 300-level course in French, German, or Spanish.
FRN 242 Imaginary Voyages in French Prose Fiction: Investigates genre's polemic. Concentrates on utopian motif, characterization of non-Europeans, and changing social, political and philosophical concepts presented by French authors from Middle Ages to present -- Chretien de Troyes, Rabelais, Voltaire, Verne, Celine, Butor, and Tournier.
GMN 221 Germany Today: East Meets West: Examines German society in 20th century: political institutions, political parties, educational system, media, industry and trade unions, role of women, youth, foreign workers, and cultural scene.
GMN 241 There's No Place Like Home: Contrasts German ideas of home as place of residence, set of relationships, "homeland" nation, and region of birth as portrayed in folk tales, novels, and films.
GMN 252 Looking Back at the Third Reich: Investigates the events unleashed by Nazi Germany and seeks to understand their reverberations today. Involves looking at Internet sites, viewing films from and about the period, and visiting local archives and museums.
LIT 231 Survey of German Literature I: Spotlights specific themes in German literature such as Madness and Evil or Germans and Jews. Students read works in English.
LIT 243 19th- and 20th-Century French Novel: Examines the major literary trends and ideas of the 19th and 20th centuries as defined by the classic works by Hugo, Flaubert, Zola, Proust, Gide, and Camus through novels and films. Novels in translation, films subtitled.
LIT 251 Fiction into Film: Explores the relationship between some key works of German literature/biography and their film versions. Students read works in English.
RSN 220 The Rise of Russia: From Its Beginnings to the First World War: Surveys political, social, economic, and intellectual forces which shaped Russia. Touches upon origins of Kievan state, Christianization of Russia, Mongol invasion and occupation, rise of monasticism, formation of strong centralized state, Napoleon's invasion of Russia, reign of Nicholas I and the Crimean War, emancipation of serfs, first revolution, and Russia's involvement in WWI.
RSN 221 Introduction to Russian Culture: Reviews selected achievements of Russian culture from inception through the early 20th century. Topics include principles of Russian medieval painting and architecture, iconography, Russian baroque and neoclassical architecture, Russian folklore (including Propp's theory of fairy tales), 19th-century Russian realist painting, and Russian avant-garde art.
RSN 222 History of Russian Painting: Surveys 700 years of icons, frescoes, and mosaics; neoclassical and romantic painting; realist art; Russian avant-garde; and contemporary developments. Discusses artistic developments in other countries to demonstrate influences, borrowings, and original contributions of Russian artists.
RSN 227 Russian Folklore through Film: Examines fairy and folk tales, heroic epic, mythology, folk architecture, and lacquer painting for insight into customs, beliefs, and the "Russian Soul."
RSN 234 Russia in the Movies: Examines movies from and about Russia, analyzing their historical, political, economic, and cultural background and discussing the issues which seem to be of utmost importance not only to the rapidly transforming Russian society, but also to every democratic country in the world.
RSN 241 Masterpieces of 19th-Century Russian Prose in Translation: Studies selected 19th-century Russian short stories and novels with emphasis on the intrinsic values of the works and their importance to the development of Russian and world fiction.
RSN 242 Masterpieces of 20th-Century Russian Prose in Translation: Highlights literary devices, experimentation, stylistic and compositional innovations, and importance of works by Babel, Bulgakov, Zamyatin, Olesha, Fedin, Sokolov, Nabokov, and Solzhenitsyn.
SPN 242 Masters of Latin American Fiction: Analyzes writing by Amado (Brazil), Vargas Llosa (Peru), Fuentes (Mexico), Allende (Chile), Borges (Argentina), and Garcia Marquez (Columbia). Places works in sociohistorical context.
COURSES TAUGHT IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Language determines prefix: Arabic (ARA), Chinese (CHN), French (FRN), German (GMN), Hebrew (HBR), Brazilian Portuguese (PTG), Russian (RSN), Spanish (SPN).
ARA 101 Elementary Arabic I: Introduces students to the fundamentals of the Arabic language.
ARA 102 Elementary Arabic II: Continues fundamental introduction to Arabic language. Prerequisite: ARA 101.
ARA 201 Intermediate Arabic I: Reviews and builds on first year grammar and vocabulary. Prerequisite: ARA 102.
ARA 202 Intermediate Arabic II: Reviews and builds on first year grammar and vocabulary. Presents more intricate grammatical concepts and stresses reading for comprehension, expansion of vocabulary, and improvement of oral and written skills. Prerequisite: ARA 201.
CHN 101 Elementary Mandarin Chinese I: Introduces students to the fundamentals of the Mandarin Chinese language.
CHN 102 Elementary Mandarin Chinese II: Develops student's vocabulary and grammatical skills in the Mandarin Chinese language. Prerequisite: CHN 101 or equivalent.
CHN 151 Elementary Chinese Conversation in the Language Living and Learning Community: Students in the Language Living and Learning Community work with the Chinese native-speaker tutor to make level-appropriate presentations.
CHN 152 Elementary Chinese Conversation II: Students work with the Chinese native-speaker tutor to make level-appropriate presentations and learn more about Chinese language, culture, and every day life. Prerequisite: CHN 101.
CHN 201 Intermediate Chinese I: Reviews the basic structure of Mandarin Chinese grammar and the rules of pronunciation. Develops vocabulary, expression building, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: CHN 102 or equivalent.
CHN 202 Intermediate Chinese II: Enhances student's skills in writing, reading, and comprehension of Mandarin Chinese. Prerequisite: CHN 201 or equivalent.
CHN 251 Chinese Conversation II: Complements the grammatical and structural content of 200 and 300-level language courses. Focuses on verbal communication skills. Prerequisite: CHN 151.
CHN 301 Advanced Chinese I: For students with intermediate level of Mandarin Chinese to develop their all-around skills of the language, with particular attention to speech and reading skills. Prerequisite: CHN 202 or equivalent.
CHN 302 Advanced Chinese II: Enables students with an intermediate level of Mandarin Chinese to further develop conversation and composition skills. Prerequisite: CHN 301 or equivalent.
CHN 401/402 Advanced Chinese III/IV: Further develops students language and cultural competence through selected readings of authentic materials and hybrid media content, emphasizing pragmatic Chinese, spoken and written. Prerequisite: CHN 302.
FRN 101 Elementary French I: Stresses speaking through intensive oral practice of grammar and vocabulary. Includes short readings, cultural materials, and lab work. For beginners or those with one year of high school French.
FRN 102 Elementary French II: Drills grammar and vocabulary. Includes readings, cultural materials, and lab work. Prerequisite: FRN 101 or no more than two years of high school French.
FRN 201 Intermediate French I: Reviews and builds upon grammar while emphasizing vocabulary and more challenging reading and writing assignments. Lab work. Prerequisite: FRN 102 or no more than three years of high school French.
FRN 202 Intermediate French II: Focuses on reading, writing, and speaking to improve grammar, vocabulary, and cultural background. Lab work. Prerequisite: FRN 201 or four years of high school French.
FRN 301 Advanced French: Discusses short literary texts. Assigns grammar exercises and compositions related to readings. Prerequisite: FRN 202 or consent.
FRN 305 Business French: Provides the essential terminology of commerce and industry needed to function in the world of business: banking, stock markets, post office, commercial correspondence, or interning for a French company. Taught in French.
FRN 311 Composition and Conversation: Uses readings on French culture and literature as basis for class discussions. Requires compositions and oral presentations. Prerequisite: FRN 202 or consent.
FRN 320 Introduction to French Civilization: Explores cultural, social, political, economic, religious, intellectual, and linguistic aspects of French civilization. Highlights conflict between traditional and modern values in education, family, employment, and status of women and minorities. Varies focus (metropolitan France or Francophone countries outside Europe) year to year. May be repeated for credit.
FRN 323 Introduction à la civilization maghrébine. Explores the historic, cultural, and artistic expressions of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, particularly the ways that the region's literature reflects hidden facets of society. While the diverse languages of the region (Arabic, French, and Berber) have produced a plurality of literatures, the focus will be upon works in French, with an exphasis on what can be learned about identity, history, politics, and religion. In French. Prerequisite: FRN 202.
FRN 331 Introduction to French Literature: Analyzes poetry, essays, drama, and fiction structurally and contextually. Varies period or genre. Prerequisite: FRN 202 or consent.
FRN 441 The French Novel: Traces development of novel from 17th century to present. Includes such authors as Mme. de la Fayette, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Hugo, Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, Proust, Gide, Camus, Sarraute, and Robbe-Grillet. Prerequisite: one 300-level French course.
FRN 451 French Poetry: Chronicles development of poetry from Middle Ages to present. Presents work by La Chanson de Roland, Ronsard, du Bellay, La Fontaine, Chenier, Hugo, Lamartine, de Vigny, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Mallarme, Apollinaire, Valery, Eluard, and Prevert. Prerequisite: one 300-level French course.
FRN 461 Le Théâtre Français: Follows French theatre from 17th century to present. Assigns plays by Corneille, Racine, Moliére, Beaumarchais, Marivaux, Musset, Vigny, Hugo, Monterlant, Anouilh, Genet, Cocteau, Girandoux, Salacrou, Pagnol, Sartre, and Ionesco. Prerequisite: one 300-level French course.
FRN 481 Seminar: Explores such topics as history of ideas; French nonfiction, short stories, or new novels; avant-garde theatre; Francophone literature from Canada, Africa, or Caribbean. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: one 300-level French course or consent.
FRN 497 Senior Capstone Seminar in French: Prepares French majors for the Comprehensive Examination in French, a final exam given at the end of the semester to evaluate student abilities in French language, literature, and both French and Francophone civilizations. Includes reading lists and guidelines for exam preparation. Required of all senior French majors. Prerequisites: French major and senior standing.
GMN 101 Elementary German I: Introduces basics of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in German. Includes lab work and computer drills. For beginners or those with only one year of high school German.
GMN 102 Elementary German II: Develops vocabulary and grammatical skills. Includes lab work and computer drills. Prerequisite: GMN 101 or no more than two years of high school German.
GMN 161 Elementary German Conversation in the Language Living and Learning Community: Students living in the Language Living and Learning Community work with the German native-speaker tutor to make level-appropriate presentations.
GMN 201 Intermediate German I: Reviews basic grammar while building vocabulary and reading comprehension. Includes computer drills. Prerequisite: GMN 102 or no more than three years of high school German.
GMN 202 Intermediate German II: Enhances skills in writing, reading comprehension, and group discussion. Prerequisite: GMN 201 or four years of high school German.
GMN 261 Intermediate German Conversation and Culture: Students work with the German native-speaker tutor to make level-appropriate presentations and learn more about German language, culture, and every day life. Prerequisites: GMN 101 and102.
GMN 311 Advanced Composition and Conversation: Builds vocabulary by providing extensive practice in writing and conversing in German. Prerequisite: GMN 202 or equivalent.
GMN 331 Survey of German Literature: Spotlights specific themes in German such as Madness and Evil or Germans and Jews. Students read larger texts in English with supplemental works in German. See LIT 231.
GMN 332 Survey of German Literature II: Concentrates on 20th-century writers such as Mann, Kafka, Brecht, Bobrowski, Seghers, Eichinger, Hesse, Böll, and Dürrenmatt, as well as on cultural and literary developments. Prerequisite: GMN 202 or consent.
GMN 341 There's No Place Like Home: Contrasts Germans ideas of home as place of residence, set of relationships, "homeland" nation, and region of birth as portrayed in fairy tales, novels, and films. Students read larger texts in English with supplemental works in German.
GMN 351 Fiction into Film: Explores the relationship between some key works of literature/biography and their film versions. Students read larger texts in English with supplemental works in German. See LIT 251.
GMN 352 Looking Back at the Third Reich: Investigates the events unleashed by Nazi Germany and seeks to understand their reverberations today. Involves looking at Internet sites, viewing films from and about the period, and visiting local archives and museums. Prerequisite: GMN 202 or consent.
GMN 391 German Business and Media Language: Investigates and develops vocabulary used in newspapers, business correspondence, television, and radio. Prerequisite: GMN 202 or equivalent.
GMN 392 German Cultural History: Surveys cultural achievements from 800 AD to present. Prerequisite: GMN 202 or equivalent.
GMN 481 Seminar: Probes literary, cultural, historical, political, or linguistic topics. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: one 300-level GMN course or consent.
HBR 101/102 Elementary Hebrew: Aims for basic knowledge of modern Hebrew in both oral and written forms. Assigns readings on Jewish culture and history.
HBR 201 Intermediate Hebrew: Stresses reading, writing, speaking, grammar review, and lab. Offered alternate years as enrollment permits. Prerequisite: HBR 102 or equivalent.
HBR 202 Intermediate Hebrew: Continues HBR 201with emphasis on reading comprehension and expansion of vocabulary; oral and written proficiency; enhancement of cultural background; and application of grammatical concepts. Offered alternate years as enrollment permits. Prerequisite: HBR 201 or equivalent.
PTG 101/102 Elementary Brazilian Portuguese: Develops speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. For beginners. Prerequisite for PTG 102 only: PTG 101 or no more than two years of high school Portuguese.
RSN 101 Elementary Russian: Covers alphabet, pronunciation, basic vocabulary, and grammar. Lab work. For beginners or those who have taken one year of high school Russian.
RSN 102 Elementary Russian: Emphasizes vocabulary building, grammar, idiomatic expressions, reading, and translating. Lab work. Prerequisite: RSN 101 or no more than two years of high school Russian.
RSN 201 Intermediate Russian: Reviews and builds upon first-year grammar and vocabulary. Aims to develop fluency in reading and translating. Acquaints students with Russia and former Soviet Union. Prerequisite: RSN 102 or no more than three years of high school Russian.
RSN 202 Intermediate Russian: Presents more intricate grammatical concepts and stresses reading for comprehension, expansion of vocabulary, and improvement of oral and written proficiency. Prerequisite: RSN 201 or no more than four years of high school Russian.
RSN 391 Tutorial in Russian Language: Draws lessons in conversation, composition, grammar, and reading from materials chosen by student and instructor. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent.
RSN 393 Tutorial in Russian Literature: Features materials chosen by student and instructor. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent.
SPN 101/102 Elementary Spanish I and II: Introduces speaking, listening, reading, and writing. For beginners. Prerequisite for SPN 102 only: SPN 101 or no more than two years of high school Spanish.
SPN 110 Review of Elementary Spanish: Reviews grammar and develops speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Prerequisite: SPN 102 or no more than three years of high school Spanish.
SPN 201 Intermediate Spanish I: First of two-course sequence for intermediate-level Spanish curriculum. Develops writing, speaking, and reading skills through study of grammar and oral exercises. Prerequisite: SPN 102, SPN 110, or consent.
SPN 202 Intermediate Spanish II: Second of two-course sequence for intermediate-level Spanish curriculum. Develops writing, speaking, and reading skills through study of grammar and oral exercises. Prerequisite: SPN 201.
SPN 210R Review of Intermediate Spanish. Review of intermediate-level Spanish curriculum. Develops writing, speaking, and reading skills through study of grammar and oral exercises. Prerequisite: Instructor consent only.
SPN 497 Senior Capstone Seminar: Helps majors prepare for comprehensive capstone exam in language and culture. Taught collectively by Spanish faculty.
COURSES OFFERED IN ALTERNATE YEARS
SPN 222 Spanish for Heritage Speakers: Course designed to satisfy the needs of students from Hispanic backgrounds, to reactivate the student's Spanish, to learn more about their language and cultural heritage, to acquire literacy skills in Spanish, and to develop or augment academic language skills. Prerequisite: consent. Prerequisite: consent.
SPN 302 Spanish for Advanced Communication: Students will master all communicative skills in Spanish -- speaking, writing, and comprehension -- at an advanced level and will attain near-fluency. Prerequisites: SPN 202 or SPN 210 or SPN 290 or one 300-level SPN course, or consent.
SPN 303 Business Spanish for Non-Native Speakers: Introduces business terminology, usage, and commercial correspondence. Teaches sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural differences in Hispanic business world. Prerequisites: SPN 202 or SPN 210 or SPN 290 or one 300-level SPN course, or consent.
SPN 321 Peoples and Cultures of Spain: Considers historical, cultural, sociological, and political factors influencing Spanish society. Prerequisites: SPN 202 or SPN 210 or SPN 290 or one 300-level SPN course, or consent.
SPN 322 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America: Explores historical, cultural, and political factors influencing Latin American society. Prerequisites: SPN 202 or SPN 210 or SPN 290 or one 300-level SPN course, or consent.
SPN 330 U.S. Latino Literature: Writings from Migration and Exile: Presents literary texts of fiction and non-fiction written and published in Spanish, in the U.S., by writers of Hispanic heritage. Explores issues of exile, colonialism, statehood, cultural hybridization and immigration. Prerequisite: SPN 290 or consent.
SPN 331 Medieval Spanish Literature: Arabs, Jews, and Christians from Frontier to Empire: Analyzes significant impact of conflictive coexistence of Christians, Arabs, and Jews on Medieval Spain through literature. Prerequisite: SPN 290 or consent.
SPN 332 Colonial Spanish Literature: Language and Empire: The Sword, the Cross, and the Quill: Early Chronicles of the discovery, exploration, and conquest of America by Spain. Prerequisite: SPN 290 or consent.
SPN 333 Golden Age of Spanish Literature: Imperial Spain and the Age of Conflict: Studies literary responses to new constitution of Spain as Empire and new definitions of Spanish identity. Prerequisite: SPN 290 or consent.
SPN 334 Latin American Identity in Literature: Examines theories of Latin American identity through regional, national, and Pan American literary movements. Varied works and genres are studied, from the time of conquest through the 21st century. Prerequisite: SPN 290 or consent.
SPN 335 Modern Spanish Literature: Visions of Spain through Narrative, Theater, and Poetry: Study of representative poetic, narrative, and dramatic texts from the 19th to 21st centuries. Emphasis on the technical and thematic innovations of the poetry, novel, essay, short story, and written dramatic texts, as well as the social and historical contexts that have shaped literary production. Prerequisite: SPN 290 or consent.
SPN 336 Latin American Short Fiction: Telling Stories: Study of Latin American short narrative, including short stories, novellas, and theater. Prerequisite: SPN 290 or consent.
SPN 337 Performing Identity: Hispanic Theatre Today: Analysis of Hispanic culture and identity as presented through several theatrical plays and performances in the Spanish-speaking U.S. and Latin America. Explores the concepts of self-identity, nation/narration and "performativity" during the 20th and 21st centuries. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 290 or consent.
SPN 338 Race, Class, and Gender in Latin American Literature: Voices from the Margins: Studies the representation of marginalized segments of Latin American society through literature. Explores the literary expressions of feminist, indigenous, Afro-Caribbean, and gay writers of Latin America. Prerequisite: SPN 290 or consent.
SPN 340 Hispanic Caribbean Literature: Culture Clash: Analysis of Caribbean culture as presented through the literature of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Explores the concepts of colonialism, nationalism, cultural hybridity, the Diaspora, and the Neo-Baroque from the Spanish conquest through the 21st century. Prerequisite: SPN 290 or consent.
SPN 341 Spanish Film/Cultural Trends: Taking the history of Spanish film from its beginnings to the present as a point of departure, this course emphasizes the political, social, economic, and cultural contexts from where these films emerge. It also analyzes the specific techniques and strategies used by the films to tell stories. The objective of this course is to raise awareness about the role of film in modern Spain and about the ways in which it reflects Spanish culture. Prerequisites: SPN 202 or SPN 210 or SPN 290 or one 300-level SPN course, or consent.
SPN 342 Latin American Film: Explores the tendencies and practices in Latin American cinema. Examines some of the most representative films produced in Latin America, considering the cultural, political, economical, and social contexts in which they were conceived and produced. Analyzes the diverse representations of culture, the construction of gender, and ultimately, the connection between national identity and filmmaking. Prerequisites: SPN 202 or SPN 210 or SPN 290 or one 300-level SPN course, or consent.
SPN 344 CSI in Latin America: Crime, Family Ties, and National Politics: Explores the representations of crime, punishment, family structure, and national politics in Latin America during the 20th and 21st centuries. Examines the construction of national identity through the analysis of violence in different media, such as the detective genre, post-dictatorial fiction, film noir, and other expressions of popular culture. Prerequisite: SPN 290 or consent.
SPN 431 Spanish Literature: Fiction and Truth in Cervantes' Work: Study of Cervantes' successful formula for the novel. Analyzes conflict between fiction and truth as basis for new realist novel proposed by Cervantes. Prerequisite: SPN 290 or consent.
SPN 432 Twentieth Century Latin American Literature: Revolution and Experimentation: In depth study of the Latin American literary movements through a century of social and political change. Explores experimentalist writers, the Boom generation, post-modern literature, social realism, and testimonial literature. Prerequisite: SPN 290 or consent.
SPN 481 Seminar: Probes literary, linguistic, or cultural topics. Prerequisite: one 300-level SPN course or consent.
Rollins in Asturias
Rollins College offers an opportunity to study at the University of Oviedo, Asturias (Spain), for an academic year or a semester. The "Language and Culture Program" is offered in both fall and spring semesters and provides an intensive, in-depth experience in Spanish language, culture, and society, designed for intermediate to advanced students of Spanish who are eager to improve or achieve proficiency in their language skills. The "Direct Enrollment Program" is offered for the academic year or spring semester. It is for advanced or native speakers who want to take university courses in their major field of study. A third option allows students to combine the two programs.
Rollins students who are majoring in Spanish may apply up to three of their courses in Oviedo. Rollins students minoring in Spanish may apply up to two of their courses in Oviedo.
Rollins also offers a summer program in Spain, "Verano Español." This four- to six-week program is designed for students at all levels of language proficiency who want to experience a total immersion in Spanish language. Instructor's consent is required.
Rollins students who are majoring or minoring in Spanish may apply up to two "Verano" courses.