The study of language and culture makes our students aware of their own values and appreciative of the values of others.

Modern Languages and Literatures Course Offerings

French Course Offerings

FREN 101 Elementary French 1
An intensive introduction to practical French with an emphasis placed on the four language skills: understanding, speaking, reading and writing. Fall semester.

FREN 102 Elementary French 2 – GS7 C-SL
Continuation of FREN 101. Fall and spring semesters.

FREN 203 Intermediate French 1 – GS7 C-SL
Study of intermediate language through grammar, vocabulary, conversation, readings, composition and culture. Prerequisite: FREN 102. Fall and spring semesters.

FREN 204 Intermediate French 2 – GS7 C-SL
A continuation of FREN 203 with emphasis on developing facility in oral and written expression. Prerequisite: FREN 203. Spring semester.


Advanced French Courses in Civilization, Language and Literature

FREN 305 Introduction to French Literature and Literary Criticism – C-EI
An introduction to major trends in French literature, including critical terminology and concepts, through class discussion of major works of poetry, prose and drama. Prerequisite: FREN 204 or instructor’s consent. Fall semester.

FREN 328 Classicism – C-WT
A study of the thought and literary movements of the 17th century, as seen in the works of authors such as Corneille, Racine, Moliere, Mme. de Lafayette and La Fontaine. Prerequisite: FREN 305 or instructor’s consent. Fall semester, alternate years.

FREN 349 Nineteenth-Century French Literature
A study of the major trends in the French novel: romanticism, realism and naturalism as seen in the works of authors such as Chateaubriand, Balzac, Hugo, Baudelaire, Flaubert and Zola. Prerequisite: FREN 305 or instructor’s consent.

FREN 350 Twentieth-Century French Literature
A critical study of the major French novelists of the 20th century: Gide, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Sagan, Djura. Prerequisite: FREN 305 or instructor’s consent.

FREN 375 French Civilization  C-BB
In this course, students will learn about the history of France over the centuries and gain a better understanding not only of how modern France was created, but also of what constitutes the specificity of French culture, society and politics. The course, which will be conducted entirely in French, will also help students to improve their French. Readings, discussions, presentations, papers, exams, etc., will give students ample opportunity to improve their language skills, including oral and written comprehension and communication. Prerequisite: FREN 204 or instructor’s consent. Spring semester.

FREN 389 Special Topics
Topics of special interest, dealing with Francophone literature, civilization or culture. Course may be taken more than once for credit if topic is different. Prerequisite: FREN 305 or instructor’s consent. Generally taken abroad as FREN 393.

FREN 390 Advanced Conversation and Composition
Emphasis on developing facility in oral expression based on Francophone literatures and cultures. Attention to phonetics, pronunciation and syntax. Development of more difficult and sophisticated patterns of expression. Prerequisite: FREN 305 or instructor’s consent. Generally taken abroad.

FREN 400 Senior Capstone Seminar
This course will examine a host of contemporary issues in post-1945 French and Francophone society through various media, including literature. Focus will vary from year to year but will generally include an in-depth look at decolonization, French Indochina, the Algerian war of Independence, immigration, racism, the European Community and women’s issues. Coursework stresses oral and written communication. Prerequisite: FREN 375. Spring semester.

FREN 490 Independent Study
For upper-level students in lieu of a regular course; plan of work must be approved before registering. Reports, papers and examination required. Prerequisite: two courses above FREN 204 or instructor’s consent.


German Course Offerings

GERM 101 Elementary German 1
An intensive introduction to practical German with an emphasis placed on the four language skills: understanding, speaking, reading and writing. Four class periods per week and required laboratory work. Annually, as needed.

GERM 102 Elementary German 2 – GS7 C-SL
Continuation of GERM 101. Prerequisite: GERM 101.

GERM 203 Intermediate German 1 – GS7 C-SL
Study of intermediate language through grammar, vocabulary, conversation, readings, composition and culture. Four class periods per week and required laboratory practice. Prerequisite: GERM 102.

GERM 204 Intermediate German 2 – GS7 C-SL
A continuation of GERM 203 with emphasis on developing facility in oral and written expression as well as reading short literary texts. Prerequisite: GERM 203.


Advanced German Courses in Civilization, Language and Literature

GERM 304 German Composition – GS9 C-EI C-WI
Review of German grammatical structures, syntax and idioms through composition and short literary readings. Emphasis on developing facility in diverse types of written expression. This course is comprised of composition on literary topics to prepare students for upper-level courses in German. Prerequisite: GERM 204. Required of all majors. Spring semester.

GERM 305 Introduction to German Literature and Literary Criticism – C-EI
An introduction to major trends in German literature, including critical terminology and concepts, through class discussion of various literary genres: fables, fairytales, short stories, poems and drama. Prerequisite: GERM 204. Required of all majors. Spring semester, at intervals as needed.

GERM 328 Enlightenment and Classicism
A study of the changes and literary production of the German Enlightenment and Weimar classicism as seen in the works of authors such as Gottsched, Lessing, Herder, Goethe and Schiller. Emphasis will be placed on drama. Prerequisite: GERM 304 or GERM 305. At intervals, as needed.

GERM 349 Realism and Naturalism
A study of the 19th-century German literary movements Realism and Naturalism with emphasis on prose and drama, exploring such authors as Stifter, Keller, Raabe, Storm, Fontane, Holz and Hauptmann. Prerequisite: GERM 304 or GERM 305. At intervals, as needed.

GERM 350 Modern German Literature
A study of recent developments in German literature, including East German literature. Literary movements studies include Impressionism, Expressionism, Epic Theatre, Kahl’Schlag poetry, Group ’47 and Neo- subjectivism. Prerequisite: GERM 304 or GERM 305. At intervals, as needed, though often taken abroad.

GERM 355 Romanticism
A study of the Romantic Movement in Germany with emphasis on prose, poetry and drama. Analysis of such authors as Holderlm, Novalis, Tieck, Fouque, Hoffmann, Brentano, Eichendorff and the Brothers Grimm. Prerequisite: GERM 304 or GERM 305. At intervals, as needed.

GERM 360 German Poetry
A study of German poetry from Goethe to the present. Prerequisite: GERM 304 or GERM 305. At intervals, as needed.

GERM 375 German Civilization 1 – C-WT
This class is meant as the first non-grammar course. Through extensive German language readings this course acquaints students with the cultures of German-speaking nations, German history, society and political institutions. Literature and art from 800 to 1815 are explored in depth. Prerequisite: GERM 204. Fall semester.

GERM 376 German Civilization 2 – C-BB
Continuation of German 375. A study of German-speaking countries from 1815 to the present. The course will explore the cultural, sociological and political developments of the era, with special emphasis on the art of the Weimar Period (Dada, Bauhaus, Expressionism, Neue Sachlichkeit). Prerequisite: GERM 204. Spring semester, alternate years.

GERM 389 Special Topics
Topics of special interest dealing with German literature, civilization or culture. Courses may be taken at the College or abroad (GERM 393) and more than once for credit if topics differ. Often taught as a beginning writing class with analysis of short literary texts, a course on the fairy tale genre, a film class, or as a Business German class. Prerequisites: GERM 304 or GERM 305, GERM 375 or GERM 376. Instructor’s consent.

GERM 390 Advanced Conversation, Grammar and Composition
This course reviews German grammatical structures, syntax and idioms. Special emphasis is given to developing facility in oral expression. In addition, written proficiency in the language is developed through drills, vocabulary exercises and compositions. Prerequisite: GERM 204 or instructor’s consent. Studied abroad or as an arranged course.

GERM 400 Senior Capstone Seminar
This course will examine contemporary issues in post-1945 German society through various media, including literature. Focus will vary from year to year, but will generally include the following topics: post-war Germany, the “German Question” (division of Germany), Frisch, Durrenmatt, immigration policies, Neo-Nazism, the European Community and women’s issues. Often taught as a seminar on Max Frisch’s Homo Faber. Prerequisites: GERM 304 or GERM 305; GERM 375 and/or GERM 376. Majors and minors only.

GERM 490 Independent Study
For upper-level students in lieu of a regular course. Plan of work must be approved before registering. Reports, paper and examination. Prerequisite: two courses above GERM 204. Studied abroad, as needed. Further German courses are available at the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay when advanced students need classes not offered in a given semester.


Japanese Course Offerings

JAPN 101 Elementary Japanese 1
An intensive introduction to practical Japanese with an emphasis placed on the four language skills: understanding, speaking, reading and writing. Four class periods per week and required laboratory work. Fall semester.

JAPN 102 Elementary Japanese 2 – GS7 C-SL
Continuation of JAPN 101. Prerequisite: JAPN 101. Spring semester.

JAPN 203 Intermediate Japanese 1 – GS7 C-SL
Short basic readings, conversation and grammar. Four class periods per week and required laboratory practice. Prerequisite: JAPN 102. Fall semester.

JAPN 204 Intermediate Japanese 2 – GS7 C-SL
A continuation of JAPN 203 with emphasis on developing facility in oral and written expression. Prerequisite: JAPN 203. Spring semester.

JAPN 305 Intensive Course: Intermediate Readings, Conversation and Composition
A continuation of JAPN 204 with emphasis on developing facility in oral and written expression. A cultural orientation prior to a study-abroad experience. Prerequisite: JAPN 204.

JAPN 306 Intensive Intermediate Composition and Grammar
A continuation of JAPN 204 with emphasis on developing facility in oral and written expression. Prerequisite: JAPN 204.

JAPN 320 Advanced Intermediate Conversation
A continuation of JAPN 305 with emphasis on developing facility in oral and written expression. Transfer credit from Sophia or Tsuru University for JAPN 320 must be evaluated and approved by the coordinator for Japanese language studies at St. Norbert College. Generally taken abroad.

JAPN 375 Japanese Civilization – GS11 C-BB
Emphasis on developing facility in oral expression based on literatures and cultures. A background of history, art and institutions as an aid to the understanding of Japanese thought in literature as well as culture and to appreciate the Japanese people.

JAPN 389 Special Topics
Topics of special interest, dealing with Japanese literature, civilization or culture.

JAPN 390 Advanced Conversation, Grammar and Composition
Emphasis on developing facility in oral expression based on literature and cultures. Attention to phonetics, pronunciation and syntax. Development of more difficult and sophisticated patterns of expression.

JAPN 490 Independent Study
For upper-level students in lieu of a regular course. Plan of work must be approved before registering. Course includes reports, papers and examination. Transfer credit from Sophia or Tsuru University for JAPN 490 must be evaluated and approved by the coordinator for Japanese language studies at St. Norbert College.


Spanish Course Offerings

SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish 1
An introduction to the Spanish language and the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Emphasis on the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Fall and Spring semesters.

SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish 2 – GS7 C-SL
Continuation of SPAN 101. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or formal placement. Fall and spring semesters.

SPAN 103 Accelerated Elementary Spanish – GS7 C-SL
This course consolidates SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 into a one-semester accelerated course of study, and is designed for students with prior study at the beginning level. Prerequisite: two to four years of high school Spanish and placement below 102. Fall and Spring semesters.

SPAN 203 Intermediate Spanish 1 – GS7 C-SL
Study of intermediate language through grammar, vocabulary, conversation, cultural and literary readings and written composition. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or formal placement.

SPAN 204 Intermediate Spanish 2 – GS7 C-SL
A continuation of SPAN 203 with emphasis on continued development in oral and written expression. Prerequisite: SPAN 203 or formal placement.


Advanced Courses in Spanish Civilization, Language and Literature

All SPAN 300- and 400-level courses emphasize correct and fluent oral expression through conversation as well as presentation and discussion of assigned topics. In addition, literature courses require written literary analysis of the assigned readings.

SPAN 300 Making Connections Conversation, Composition and Culture
This course builds on the language skills and cultural knowledge acquired at the elementary and intermediate levels and guides students toward a higher level of creative expression, reading comprehension, textual analysis, and grammatical and cultural understanding. Through such relevant themes as love and relationships, society and the individual, drugs and violence, and media and politics, students will explore the dynamic intersections of language, society and artistic expression. Prerequisite: SPAN 204 or formal placement.

SPAN 301 Introduction to Spanish and Spanish American Literature 1 – C-EI
An introduction to Spanish and Spanish American literature before 1800, including critical terminology and concepts, through class discussion and analysis of major works of poetry, prose and drama. Works and authors may include the Cantar de Mío Cid, Gonzalo de Berceo, the Libro de Buen Amor, Bartolomé de Las Casas, el Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Santa Teresa, Lazarillo de Tormes, Don Quijote de la Mancha, María de Zayas and Tirso de Molina’s El burlador de Sevilla. Prerequisite: SPAN 300. Fall semester.

SPAN 302 introduction to Spanish and Spanish American Literature 2 – C-EI
An introduction to Spanish and Spanish American literature since 1800, including critical terminology and concepts, through class discussion and analysis of major works of poetry, prose and drama. Authors may include José de Espronceda, Rubén Darío, Gabriela Mistral, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Federico García Lorca, Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende. Prerequisite: SPAN 300. Spring semester.

SPAN 365 Latin American Civilization: South America and the Caribbean – C-BB
This course introduces the student to the culture and history of Latin America, with an emphasis on South America and the Caribbean. Topics include the pre-Columbian period, the Spanish conquest, the colonial era, independence, the consequences of the Mexican Revolution, the Cuban Revolution, the dirty wars and dictatorships, and the emergence of democratic societies. Students will reflect on the interconnectedness of Latin American history and culture and its relationship to their own. Historical readings are supplemented by literary works, music, visual arts, architecture and film. Prerequisite: SPAN 300. Spring semester, alternate years.

SPAN 370 Latin American Civilization: Mexico and Central America – C-BB
This course introduces the student to the culture and history of Latin America, with an emphasis on Mexico and Central America. Topics include the pre-Columbian period, the Spanish conquest, the colonial era, independence, the Mexican Revolution, the dirty wars and dictatorships, and the emergence of democratic societies. Students will reflect on the interconnectedness of Latin American history and culture and its relationship to their own. Historical readings are supplemented by literary works, music, visual arts, architecture and film. Prerequisite: SPAN 300. Spring semester, alternate years.

SPAN 375 Spanish Civilization – C-BB
This course introduces students to the culture and history of Spain. Topics include the Muslim conquest in the 8th century; the Christians’ centuries-long effort to “reconquer” the peninsula; the cultural struggle between “enlightened” progressives and Spanish traditionalists which began in the 18th century and eventually culminated in civil war; the repressive Franco dictatorship of the 20th century; and the successful transition to democracy. Historical readings are supplemented by an examination of literary works, paintings and film. Prerequisite: SPAN 300. Fall semester.

SPAN 389 Special Topics
This course explores topics of special interest. Topics may include Hispanic cinema, Hispanics in the U.S., Latin American detective fiction, the Spanish Golden Age, medieval and early modern women writers of Spain, contemporary Hispanic theatre, or recent Latin American narrative or poetry. The course may be taken more than once for credit if the topic is different. Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or 302.

SPAN 400 Senior Capstone Seminar
The material of this course will center on a particular topic, which may change from year to year. This topic will be examined through various media, including literary and non-literary texts and film. Prerequisites: one academic semester in a Spanish-speaking country and successful completion of other required courses in the major.