Modern Languages and Cultures
Dr. Helene Laroche-Davis
The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures offers minors in French Studies and Spanish Studies and the opportunity to create Interdisciplinary majors and minors.
Students are encouraged to gain practical experience outside the classroom by engaging in internships with international companies and agencies both in the USA and abroad to prepare for future careers in international business, education, diplomacy, travel, and translation.
By providing a range of courses in the language, culture, literature, film, and business of the French- and Spanish-speaking worlds, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures enables all NDNU students to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of foreign cultures, including foreign languages, societies, art, religion, history, and politics
- Develop improved communication skills in a language other than English and acquire proficiency in the target language
- Understand and respect differences in diverse societies and critically evaluate their personal responsibility and role in working toward a just society
- Apply information technology skills to research languages and cultures, preparing for professions in a high-tech, global world
- Understand the personal and professional value of international travel and internships
Please see the Foundations section of the General Education Requirements for more information concerning the Culture and Language Requirement.
Study Abroad, which may be undertaken for a summer, a semester, or a whole year, is highly recommended and a popular way for students to hone their language skills, experience living in another culture and undergo significant personal growth. Study Abroad programs are available in the French- and Spanish-speaking areas of the world and are open to all Notre Dame de Namur University students. Students minoring in French Studies or Spanish Studies will be encouraged to study abroad for a summer, a semester or a year. Courses taken abroad may be applied to a student’s degree at NDNU as appropriate. Financial aid is usually available.
Culture and Language
Culture and Language Courses are taught in English and offer students basic language content in addition to a study of the cultural heritage of a specific area of the world. They are specifically for students studying for a Bachelor of Science degree who decide that they prefer to substitute two Culture and Language courses for regular language courses in French or Spanish.
Note: BS students may not use the same course work to satisfy both the Culture and Language and the Cultural Diversity General Education Requirements.
Minor in French Studies
French Studies minors have the option of concentrating in literature, culture, or business culture. Students may choose to double-minor, combining French with such disciplines as business, sociology, psychology, communications, political science, or history. These combinations prepare students for future work in companies with ties in Canada, Europe, and Africa as well as in government organizations and teaching institutions.
|Complete 12 units chosen from the following:||12|
|CUL2100||Introduction to French Literature in Film (1-3)|
|CUL2108||French Cinema, Culture, and Language|
|CUL2124||Modern France: Culture and Language|
|CUL2135||Business Culture of France vs. USA (1-3)|
|CUL2140||Business French II (CDiv) (1-3)|
|CUL2400||African Cinema, Culture, and Language (CDiv)|
|FRE2100||Advanced Conversation I (1-3)|
|FRE2108||Advanced Conversation II (1- 3)|
|FRE2116||Pronunciation in Cultural Context (1-3)|
|FRE2124||French Society in Texts and Films|
|FRE2126||French Culture and Gastronomy|
|FRE2128||Litterature de Jeunesse|
|FRE2132||French Today (1-3)|
|FRE2134||Introduction to French Civilization (1-3)|
|FRE2140||Women in French Literature (CDiv)|
|FRE2886||Special Topics (1-3)|
|FRE2994||Teaching Assistant (1-3)|
|HST2200||History, Culture, and Language of France I|
|HST2210||History, Culture, and Language of France II|
|Total Unit Requirement||12|
Minor in Spanish Studies
The Minor in Spanish Studies emphasizes building skills and fluency in the Spanish language, especially for career purposes.
|Complete 12 upper-division units from the following, of which at least 6 units must be taught in Spanish:||12|
|CUL2232||Latino/Hispanic Experience in the USA (CDiv)|
|CUL2240||Mexican American Literature, Language, and Film (CDiv)|
|CUL2248||Culture and Language of Latin America through Film|
|CUL2250||Literature of Latin America|
|CUL2500||Service Learning: Spanish Community Service Project (CDiv) (1-3)|
|SPA2100||Advanced Spanish: Composition and Grammar Review|
|SPA2106||Spanish Conversation through Theatre|
|SPA2108||La herencia cultural de latinoamérica|
|SPA2124||Spanish for a Bilingual World: Community Service and Business|
|SPA2125||Spanish for Professionals|
|SPA2134||“Reel” Latin America: A Continent through Film|
|SPA2135||Introducción a la literatura latinoaméricana|
|SPA2136||Literature and Film of the Spanish-Speaking World (CDiv)|
|Total Unit Requirement||12|