Literatures, Cultures and Languages

The Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, Classical Languages (Ancient Greek, Latin, and Biblical Hebrew) and selected critical languages. Students may major in Chinese Studies, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Italian Literary and Cultural Studies, Judaic Studies, and Spanish Studies. A student may double major in two of the above majors. Students will gain knowledge of the Literature, Culture, and applied Language skills that are required for teaching, business, diplomatic or governmental work, and research in graduate or undergraduate study of the culture and literature that is associated with these languages.

Education Abroad is required (or strongly encouraged, please see descriptions) for the majors in modern languages for at least one semester or approved equivalents. The department sponsors University of Connecticut programs in France; Italy; Spain; Germany; and Tianjin, China. Many other programs are available in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe through Education Abroad. Such coursework is normally most valuable during the junior year, but qualified sophomores and seniors are also eligible Students interested in Education Abroad should consult with their advisors.

Courses numbered at the 2000 level or above are open to freshmen and sophomores if they meet the course prerequisites. In the modern languages, coursework is conducted in the foreign language unless otherwise indicated.

Minors

The Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages offers minors in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Chinese, French, German, Italian Literary and Cultural Studies, and Spanish. Related minors in European Studies, Judaic Studies, Latin American Studies, Latino Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies may be of interest to students. Please see the Minors section of this Catalog.

Chinese

Course descriptions

The Chinese major requires a minimum of 36 credits in courses at the 2000- level or above, including 24 credits in Chinese and 12 credits of related courses from programs other than Chinese. A minimum of 12 major credits must consist of Chinese courses taken in residence. Only 6 may be transfer credits. AP credits may not be used toward the major.

Chinese majors must complete a minimum of twelve courses:

  1. Four language courses from the following: CHIN 3171, 3210, 3211, 3220, 3240, 3260, or another CHIN course approved by the advisor
  2. Four content courses from the following: CHIN 3171, 3230, 3260, 3270, 3271, 3275, 3282, or another CHIN course approved by the advisor
  3. Four related courses from the following: AASI 3201, 3220, 3221, AASI/ENGL 3212; HIST 3822, 3832, 3863, HIST/AASI 3808, 3809; HIST 3530/AASI 3578; DRAM 2131; PHIL 3264; POLS 3245; SOCI 2827; or any other related courses from programs other than Chinese, with the advisor’s consent.

Enrollment in an Education Abroad program in a Chinese-speaking country or region is required for all Chinese majors. With the advisor’s consent, any of the above courses may be replaced by an appropriate CHIN 3293 course from study abroad programs.

Up to 12 credits taken in study abroad programs may count toward the major. Students can enroll in either UConn-sponsored or non-UConn-sponsored programs. In either case, students must consult with the advisor to determine which courses will receive credits.

To satisfy the Information Literacy Competency and Writing in the major requirements, all students must take a W course as specified by the advisor.

A minor in Chinese is described in the Minors section.

Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Course descriptions

The major in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies allows students to pursue an interest in the Greek, Latin, and Ancient Hebrew/Biblical world. Students may choose to pursue a traditional, language-oriented (Greek or Latin) concentration in Classics or a concentration in Ancient Mediterranean Studies. Students who concentrate in Classics may take courses in Ancient Mediterranean Studies in addition to their language and literature requirements. Those who concentrate in Ancient Mediterranean Studies may also pursue some relevant language study (Greek, Latin, or Biblical Hebrew). Either concentration will lead to a major in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies.

Concentration in Classics

Students must complete a minimum of 8 courses from the following:

*May count toward major only with consent of advisor.

Concentration in Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Students must complete a minimum of 8 courses from the following:

*May count toward major only with consent of advisor.

To satisfy the writing in the major and information literacy competencies, all students must take CAMS 3241W or 3242W.

A minor in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is described in the Minors section.

French

Course descriptions

The French major requires a minimum of 30 credits in 2000-level or above French courses and 12 credits in 2000-level or above “related courses” from departments other than French. All majors must complete the following courses: FREN 3211, 3257, 3261W, 3262W, 3268/W, and 3269. Students may follow the French for the Global Community track or the French Cultural and Literary Studies track.

French for the Global Community

French majors pursuing the French for the Global Community track must complete 12 credits, distributed as follows: FREN 3215, 3216, or 3222; FREN 3217; FREN 3218 or 3250 or 3270W or 3280; FREN 3224 or 3274.

French Cultural and Literary Studies

French majors pursuing the French Cultural and Literary Studies track must complete 12 credits, distributed as follows: FREN 3210, 3223, or 3224; FREN 3218, 3231, 3234, or 3235; FREN 3220, 3221, 3222, or 3250; FREN 3272.

Study abroad in our Paris program is required for all French majors. Any of the above courses may be replaced, with advisor approval, by an appropriate FREN 3293 course from study abroad in Paris.

Education Abroad in Paris

French majors must complete at least a semester in the Education Abroad program in a Francophone culture. Students participating in the Paris program attend the University of Paris, and may earn a full academic year’s credit at the University of Connecticut and a maximum of 15 credits toward the major in French. The department encourages interdisciplinary work in this program, and wishes students to take courses in other disciplines wherever possible.

To satisfy the writing in the major and information literacy requirements, all majors must take FREN 3261W, 3262W, and 3268W.

A minor in French is described in the Minors section.

German

Course descriptions

Students majoring in German have a choice between a concentration in German Literature or German Studies.

German Literature

For the concentration in German Literature the following courses are required:

  1. GERM 3233, 3234, 4246;
  2. Three from among the following literature courses: GERM 3254W, 3255W, 3293 (on a literary topic), 3294 (on a literary topic), and 3295 (on a literary topic);
  3. One from GERM 3200, 3231, 3245, 3261W, 3265, 3292, 3293 (on a non-literary topic), 3294 (on a nonliterary topic), and 3295 (on a non-literary topic);
  4. One of the following courses taught in English: GERM 3251, 3258, or 3264W.

Only one course taught in English is allowed toward the literature major.

German Studies

For the concentration in German studies the following courses are required:

  1. GERM 3233, 3234, 4246
  2. Either GERM 3251 or 3258
  3. Three from GERM 3200, 3231, 3245, 3261W, 3264W, 3265, 3292, 3293 (on a non-literary topic), and 3294 (on a non-literary topic) and 3295 (on a non-literary topic)
  4. one of the following literature courses: GERM 3254W, 3255W, 3293 (on a literary topic), 3294 (on a literary topic), and 3295 (on a literary topic).

Only two courses taught in English are allowable toward the German studies major.

Information Literacy

To satisfy the Information Literacy Competency requirement, the following courses are required:

  1. One of GERM 3233, 3234; and
  2. One of GERM 3254W, 3255W, 3261W, 3264W; and
  3. GERM 4246.

Writing in the Major

To satisfy the writing in the major requirement, all majors must take one of the following courses: GERM 3254W, 3255W, 3261W, 3264W.

Eurotech

In collaboration with the School of Engineering, the German Section offers Eurotech, a carefully structured five-year, double-degree program enabling students who have been admitted to the School of Engineering to earn both a B.A. in German and a B.S. in Engineering. The program includes German language courses specially designed to include engineering content, engineering courses partly taught in German, and a six-month internship in a German-speaking company. There is a special emphasis on environmental engineering and pollution prevention. Eurotech students may substitute GERM 3220, 3221, and 3222 for one of the courses in category 3 required of majors in German literature; and for one of the courses in category 2 required of majors in German Studies.

Education Abroad in Austria and Germany

The University of Connecticut sponsors a variety of programs in Salzburg, Regensburg and a number of universities in the State of Baden-Württemberg that allow students to follow their own concentration and interests. Students also have the possibility of work-study programs and internships.

A minor in German is described in the Minors section.

Italian Literary and Cultural Studies

Course descriptions

This major focuses on Italian literary studies but also allows students to take advanced coursework in Italian language, communication, and cultural studies. (All 3000-level coursework on Italian cinema may also be counted towards the minor in Film Studies). Italian courses comprise two main groups:

Group 1 (Literature)

ILCS 3237, 3245, 3246, 3247, 3250, 3251, 3253, 3254, 3255W, 3256, 3261, 3262, 3293, 3295, 3298, 4279.

Group 2 (Language, Communication, and Culture)

ILCS 3239, 3240, 3255W, 3258W, 3259, 3260W, 3270, 3293, 3295, 3298, 4279.

For the major in Italian, students must take 24 credits of ILCS courses at the 2000 level or above and according to the following guidelines:

  1. At least one composition course: ILCS 3239 or 3240 or 3293.
  2. One introductory or literary survey course: ILCS 3245, 3246, 3247, 3250, 3251, 3256, 3261, 3262, 3293, 3295, 3298.
  3. Six additional courses taken from Groups 1 or 2 (which are not used to satisfy requirements A or B). No more than four of these six courses may be taken from the same group.
  4. All majors must take one W course as part of the 24 required Italian credits. A second W course may be counted toward the major with the consent of the advisor. (One W course taken outside of ILCS is also mandatory for all majors, as per UConn’s university-wide W course requirements.)
  5. 12 additional related credits are required in 2000-, 3000- and 4000-level related courses from programs other than Italian. These may include:
    • Courses in any modern or classical language.
    • Any English, Linguistics, or Philosophy course.
    • Any Communication Sciences course that is directly related to second language acquisition or the Italian/Italian-American communities.
    • Any History, Political Science, Art History, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, or Geography course that deals with Italy, Italians, or Italian-Americans.
    • Any course that does not meet these specific requirements should be approved by the advisor.
  6. Education Abroad in Italy: Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a variety of UConn-sponsored Education Abroad programs (and also have the option of enrolling in non-sponsored programs). In either case, students should consult with the ILCS faculty to determine which courses will receive credits. Students who enroll in study abroad programs not sponsored by UConn do not neces-sarily receive UConn credits for their coursework.

In addition, the following rules apply:

  • A minimum of 12 of the major credits must consist of Italian courses taken in residence.
  • Up to 12 credits may be met by ILCS 3293, with the consent of the advisor. Only 6 may be transfer credits.
  • UConn’s Early College Experience courses may be counted towards the major.
  • A single course cannot satisfy more than one requirement.

To satisfy the writing in the major and information literacy competencies, students must complete ILCS 3255W, 3258W, or 3460W.

A minor in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies is described in the Minors section.

Judaic Studies

Based in the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages and sponsored by the department’s Hebrew and Judaic Studies section, UConn’s major in Judaic Studies offers a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of the languages, literatures, culture, history and religion of the Jews. Students are especially encouraged to pursue their interests in Jewish civilization by learning about the experience of the Jewish people within other cultures from ancient to modern times. This truly interdisciplinary approach, which allows students to include relevant courses offered by other sections of the department, is further enhanced by the many courses that are cross-listed with other departments and programs at the university.

All students are required to study Hebrew language. Fulfillment of this requirement depends upon the student’s area of interest. There are two Tracks, each with a distinct orientation: Track A, General Judaic Studies and Track B, Classical Judaic Studies. While both tracks provide grounding in all periods of Jewish civilization, Track B emphasizes the pre-modern experience and “classical” texts of the Jews.

Students in Track A are required to have two years of Modern Hebrew (or the equivalent, which would include credits from Israeli or other “ulpan” programs).

Students in Track B are required to complete the single year sequence of courses in Biblical Hebrew, which prepares the student to read Hebrew scripture in the original.

Students in Track A and B are required to take 24 credits beyond the required language preparation in their track as specified below.

Students who are majoring in other disciplines and may not be able to pursue Hebrew language proficiency but wish to obtain a solid grounding in Judaic civilization are encouraged to pursue a minor in Judaic Studies.

Track A: General Judaic Studies

General Judaic Studies majors are required to complete the following courses: HEJS 1103, 1151, 1152, 1153, and 1154. These courses do not count toward the 24 credits required for the major.

Information Literacy and Writing in the Major requirements

General Judaic Studies majors are required to complete HEJS 3401W (included in 24 required credits) to fulfill their information literacy and writing (“W”) requirements.. SOCI 2509W may be substituted for HEJS 3401W with the approval of the student’s HEJS advisor.

Four courses (12 credits) from Group 1 including one each from the Biblical, Ancient/Rabbinic, Medieval, and Modern periods, and three additional courses (9 credits) drawn from either Group 1 or Group 2.

GROUP 1
  1. Biblical Israel: CAMS 3253/HIST 3301, HEJS 3201, INTD 3260.
  2. Ancient/Rabbinic: HEJS 3218/CAMS 3256/HIST 3330.
  3. Medieval: HEJS 3301.
  4. Modern: HEJS 2104, 3251, 3252, 3279; SOCI 2509W.
GROUP 2

CAMS 3244; HEJS 3202; HEJS 3203/HIST 3418; HEJS 3241; HIST 3243, 3705, 3712.

The following courses may also be included in the required 24 credits with the approval of the student’s HEJS advisor: HEJS 3293, 3298, 3299.

Some HEJS Graduate courses that are open to undergraduates may also be substituted with the permission of the student’s HEJS advisor. In addition, students may also take upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in other sections of LCL that have significant Judaic content provided they have been approved by their HEJS advisor.

Track B: Classical Judaic Studies

Classical Judaic Studies majors are required to complete the following courses, which are not included in the 24 credits required for the major: HEJS 1103, 1149, and 1150.

Information Literacy and Writing in the Major requirements

Classical Judaic Studies majors are required to complete HEJS 3218W/CAMS 3256W/HIST 3330W (included in 24 required credits) to fulfill their information literacy and writing (“W”) requirements.

Seven courses amounting to 21 credits chosen from Groups 1 (Core Courses) and 2 (Specialized Courses). The selection of Group 2 courses depends upon the student’s specific interests in the pre-Modern experience of the Jews and should be chosen with the approval of the student’s HEJS advisor.

GROUP 1 (Core Courses)

CAMS 3244; CAMS 3253/HIST 3301; HEJS 3201, 3241, 3243, 3301; INTD 3260.

GROUP 2 (Specialized Courses)

HEJS 5316, 5326.

One of the following courses may also be included in the 24 credits, depending upon the student’s pre-modern period of interest. Approval of the student’s HEJS advisor is required: ARTH 3150; CAMS 3246; CAMS 3250/HIST 3335; CAMS 3251/ARTH 3140; CAMS 3254/HIST 3320; CAMS 3255/HIST 3325.

The following courses may also be included in the required 24 credits with the approval of the student’s HEJS advisor: CAMS 3298; HEJS 3293, 3299, 3298 and CAMS 3298.

Spanish

Course descriptions

Spanish courses comprise three main groups: Literature, Culture, and Language and Communication.

Group 1 (Literature)

SPAN 3207, 3208, 3230, 3231, 3232, 3233, 3234, 3260, 3261, 3262, 3263, 3264, 3265, 3267W, 3293, 4200W

Group 2 (Culture)

SPAN 3179, 3200, 3201, 3204, 3205, 3206, 3207, 3208, 3214, 3250, 3251, 3252, 3254, 3293, 4200W

Group 3 (Language and Communication)

SPAN 3170, 3177, 3179, 3204, 3240W, 3241, 3242, 3261, 3267W, 3178, 3293, 4200W

Guidelines

To major in Spanish, students must take 24 credits of Spanish courses numbered 2000, 3000 or 4000 and according to the following guidelines:

  1. One composition course (SPAN 3178, 3240W or 3293).
  2. One introductory or literary survey course (SPAN 3230, 3231, 3232, 3233, 3234, 3242).
  3. Two courses from Group 1 (not used to satisfy requirement B).
  4. Two courses from Group 2.
  5. Two courses from Group 3 (not used to satisfy requirements A or B).
  6. All majors must take at least one W course as part of the previous 24 required Spanish credits.
  7. 12 additional credits are required in 2000, 3000 and 4000-level related courses from programs other than Spanish. These may include appropriate Education Abroad courses (ARTH 2993; POLS 3993; INTD 3993; ECON 2493; HIST 3993). Other related courses require advisor’s prior consent.
  8. Enrollment in an Education Abroad program in a Spanish speaking country is also required. In consultation with the advisor, this requirement can be substituted with additional Spanish credits in residence, research credits related to the United States Hispanic community, Urban Semester, and other options.

In addition, the following rules apply: A minimum of 12 of the major credits must consist of Spanish courses taken in residence. Up to 12 credits may be met by SPAN 3293. Only 6 may be transfer credits. AP credits may not be used toward the major. A single course cannot satisfy more than one requirement. To satisfy the information literacy and writing in the major requirements, all students must pass one of SPAN 3240W or 4200W.

A minor in Spanish is described in the Minors section.

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