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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

World Languages and Literatures


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Associate Professor Dayna Oscherwitz, Department Chair

ARABIC: Senior Lecturer: Liljana Elverskog
Lecturer: Omar Al-Rashdan
 
CHINESE: Senior Lecturer: Yan Xia
Professors of Practice: Xiao Hu, Wei Qu

FRENCH: Professor: Thomas DiPiero
Associate Professors: Dayna Oscherwitz, Hervé Tchumkam
Assistant Professor: Maxime Foerster
Senior Lecturers: Gwendoline Aaron, Paola Buckley, Martine Kincaid
Lecturers: Omar Al-Rashdan, Denis Bettaver, Caroline Grubbs, Rachel Ney
Professors of Practice: Janet Dodd, Thierry Tirado
 
GERMAN: Associate Professor: Marie-Luise Gäettens
Senior Lecturer: Stephen Grollman
Lecturer: Gizem Arlsan
 
ITALIAN: Senior Lecturers: Brandy Alvarez, Teresa Brentegani
Lecturers: Damiano Bonuomo, Daniele Forlino
 
JAPANESE: Senior Lecturer: Keiko Flores

LATIN: Lecturer: Justin Michael Germain

SPANISH: Professors: Denise DuPont, Francisco Morán
Associate Professors: Olga Colbert, Luis Maldonado-Peña, Alberto Pastor, Elizabeth Russ, Rubén Sánchez-Godoy, Gabriela Vokic, Alicia Zuese
Senior Lecturers: Maria Eguez, Susana Fernandez-Solera, Verónica León, Leticia McDoniel
Lecturers: Sarah Bogard, Marlen Y. Collazo, Miroslava Detcheva, Rachel Hall, Constantin Icleanu, Michael Korrie, Allison Larkin, Maria Villar Martin, Ana Acosta Melgarejo, Maria del Pilar Melgarejo, Luis Polanco, Joy Saunders
Professors of Practice: Donna Binkowski, Lourdes Molina 

General Information

The Department of World Languages and Literatures offers eight modern languages and one classical language. Students may pursue a B.A. degree in French, French Studies, German, Spanish and World Languages and minors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Italian Area Studies, Japanese, Latin, Russian Area Studies and Spanish. The B.A. in World Languages allows students to specialize in two different languages.

In pursuing language study, students gain communicative proficiency in a second or third language, as well as cultural proficiency and heightened global awareness. Courses taught toward a language major or minor emphasize all of these through the study of communication, culture, literature, linguistics, history, film, politics business, and other diverse aspects of language and culture. Students may also apply these skills through a language-based internship, either in Dallas or abroad, and through independent research.

SMU Abroad Rules for Credit. Students participating in an SMU Abroad term program may automatically count nine hours of courses taught in an approved program toward a B.A. and six hours toward a minor. Students studying abroad for a full year may apply 15 hours with specific approval from the area chair of the language.

Departmental Distinction

  1. Overall 3.500 GPA by the middle of the junior year.
  2. Overall 3.700 GPA in the major by the middle of the junior year.
  3. Invitation of area faculty after the area as a whole has discussed the student’s candidacy.
  4. Two extra courses beyond the requirements for the major. One course must include a major research paper, to be undertaken and completed in the first term of the candidate’s senior year.

Majors, Minors and Courses in World Languages

Requirements for a B.A. degree in French, French Studies, German, Spanish and World Languages, as well as for minors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Italian Area Studies, Japanese, Latin, Russian Area Studies and Spanish are given below.

Programs

    Major(s)Minor(s)

    Courses

      Arabic
      Chinese
      French
      German
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