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Modern Languages & Literatures Course Offerings

French | German | Japanese | Spanish

French Course Offerings


Students majoring in French and Francophone Studies are required to take four core courses (FREN 305, 360, 375, and 400) at St. Norbert College. Students then choose to focus on one of two tracks: the Literature, Society and Culture track requires FREN 320, while the French for the Professions track requires FREN 325. Students will also take three electives abroad which focus on their chosen track. These courses will be approved by French faculty. 

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.

FREN 102 Elementary French 2 (Core: SL)
Continuation of FREN 101.

FREN 203 Intermediate French 1: French Language and Society Through Film (Core: SL)
FREN 203 is the first part of a two-semester sequence (203-204) leading to a transcriptable certificate in French. It focuses on the development of communication and cultural competency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Class discussions will focus on culturally significant films and student presentations will include topics such as art, music and cinema.  FREN 203 will take students to a new level of proficiency and provide them with the self-confidence necessary to study and live in a Francophone country. Prerequisite: FREN 102.

FREN 204 Intermediate French 2: Communication in French and Francophone Contexts (Core: SL)
Students completing FREN 204 with a B average or better in all previous French classes at the college will quality for the certificate in French. Through the study of film, music and other media from the French and Francophone worlds, students will continue to improve their proficiency in reading, writing and speaking.  This course is especially designed to develop students’ communication skills in order to discuss contemporary topics of cultural and literary significance.  It prepares students for advanced courses in French. Prerequisite: FREN 203. Spring semester.

FREN 305 Introduction to French Literature and Society (Adv. Core: EI, WI)
This course is an introduction to French Literature and is designed for students who seek to improve their French as well as learn about French literature and culture.  FREN 305 examines a wide variety of literary texts, drawing on poetry, prose, and drama, from the Middle Ages through the contemporary period in order to highlight significant achievements in the French experience. Prerequisite: FREN 204 or instructor’s consent. Fall semester.

FREN 320 Masterpieces of French Literature
An overview of representative masterpieces of French literature from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Topics covered include the classical period, ideas of the Enlightenment, the development of the 19th-century novel and existentialism. The course will also include film excerpts as visual texts. Prerequisite: FREN 305 or instructor’s consent. Every other fall semester.

FREN 325 French for the Professions
This course will take an interdisciplinary approach to professional communication in French, as a language for use in business, government and the non-governmental sector. Special focus will be given to basic professional vocabularies, oral, written and non-verbal communication, and French-American cross-cultural interaction. Prerequisite: FREN 305 or instructor’s consent. Every other fall semester.

FREN 360 Contemporary Francophone Societies Through Literature and Film
This course provides an analysis of the relations between France and its former colonies as manifested in the literature and film of France and the Francophone world. Questions of race and gender relations, exile, nationalism, identity and place are explored in written and visual texts. Prerequisite: FREN 305 or instructor’s consent. Every other fall semester.

FREN 375 French Civilization and Identity (Adv. Core: BB)
This course examines the representation of French identity from is origins in Roman times to its present forms. An interdisciplinary approach through the study of art, cinema and documentaries will enhance student understanding of the French intellectual tradition. Other topics will be drawn from history, human geography, the fine arts, philosophy and cultural iconography. Prerequisite: FREN 305 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: Contemporary French Society
A study of French society as it has been shaped by the major historical and cultural events since WWII (globalization, immigration, European construction, etc.), drawing on a wide variety of textual and audio-visual media and inspired by current events such as the tragic events in Paris in January 2015. Prerequisite: FREN 375. Spring semester.

FREN 490 Independent Study (2 or 4 credits)
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. Required laboratory practice. Fall semester.

GERM 102 Elementary German 2 (Core: SL)
Continuation of GERM 101. Prerequisite: GERM 101. Spring semester.

GERM 203 Intermediate German 1 (Core: SL)
Study of intermediate language through grammar, vocabulary, conversation, readings, composition and culture. Required laboratory practice. Prerequisite: GERM 102.

GERM 204 Intermediate German 2 (Core: 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.

GERM 304 German Composition (Adv. Core: EI, WI)
GERM 304 or GERM 305 is required of all majors and minors. The course includes a review of German grammatical structures, syntax and idioms through weekly compositions and short literary readings. Emphasis is 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. Fall or spring semester, as needed.

GERM 305 Introduction to German Literature and Literary Criticism (Adv. Core: EI)
German 304 or 305 is required of all majors. 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. Fall or spring semester, as needed.GERM 328  [4 CR]ENLIGHTENMENT AND CLASSICISMA 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. Infrequently offered.

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. Infrequently offered.

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. Infrequently offered.

GERM 350 Modern German Literature
A study of recent developments in German literature, including East German literature. Literary movements include Impressionism, Expressionism, Epic Theatre, Kahlschlagliteratur, Group ‘47 and Neo- Subjectivism. Prerequisite: GERM 304 or GERM 305. Infrequently offered.

GERM 355 Romanticism
A study of the Romantic Movement in Germany with emphasis on fairy tales, short stories, novellas and poetry. Students will analyze the works of such authors as Hölderlin, Novalis, Tieck, Fouqué, Hoffmann, Brentano, Eichendorff and the Brothers Grimm. Prerequisite: GERM 304 or GERM 305. Infrequently offered.

GERM 360 German Poetry
A study of German lyric poetry from Goethe to the present. Prerequisite: GERM 304 or GERM 305. Infrequently offered.

GERM 375 German Civilization 1 (Adv. Core: WT)
This class is meant as the first non-grammar course. Through extensive German language readings, this course acquaints students with the early cultures of German-speaking nations, German history, society and political institutions. Literature and art from 800 to 1600 are explored in depth. Prerequisite: GERM 204. Fall semester.

GERM 376 German Civilization 2 (Adv. Core: 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 (Expressionism, Dada, Bauhaus, Early German Ufa Studio films, Käthe Kollwitz, Neue Sachlichkeit). Prerequisites: GERM 375. 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. Prerequisites: GERM 304, GERM 375 and GERM 376 or instructor’s consent. Study 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, Dürrenmatt, immigration policies, Neo-Nazism, the European Community, and women’s issues. Often taught as a seminar on Max Frisch’s novel, Homo faber, or Christa Wolf’s novel, Cassandra. Prerequisites: GERM 304 or GERM 305; GERM 375 or GERM 376. For German majors and minors only.

GERM 490 Independent Study (2 or 4 credits)
For upper-level students in lieu of a regular course. Plan of work must be approved before registering. Students will be assigned reports, a paper and an examination. Prerequisite: Two courses above GERM 204. 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. Required laboratory work. Fall semester.

JAPN 102 Elementary Japanese 2 (Core: SL)
Continuation of JAPN 101. Prerequisite: JAPN 101. Spring semester.

JAPN 203 Intermediate Japanese 1 (Core: SL)
Short basic readings, conversation and grammar. Required laboratory work. Prerequisite: JAPN 102. Fall semester.

JAPN 204 Intermediate Japanese 2 (Core: 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 (Adv. Core: 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.

SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish 2 (Core: SL)
Continuation of SPAN 101. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or formal placement.

SPAN 103 Accelerated Elementary Spanish (Core: 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.

SPAN 203 Intermediate Spanish 1 (Core: 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 (Core: SL)
A continuation of SPAN 203 with emphasis on continued development in oral and written expression. Prerequisite: SPAN 203 or formal placement.

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 (Adv. Core: 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 (Adv. Core: 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 (Adv. Core: 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 (Adv. Core: 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 (Adv. Core: 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 (2 or 4 credits)
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 SPAN 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.