Department of Foreign Languages

Course Descriptions

Foreign Languages:

FL 100. (3) Introduction to Languages. A summary, for all undergraduates, of what is known about human language; social and regional dialects; origins of words; diversity and universality in language structure; phonetics; changes in language; language acquisition; the relation of language to other aspects of human inquiry and knowledge. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

FL 101. (3) Introduction to International Studies. Introduction to the analysis of issues, which cut across countries and cultures. Lectures, classroom discussions, readings, and films will explore culture shock, aspects of cultural and national identity, cultural relativity, cross-cultural interaction and conflicts, American and foreign values, and language issues as these relate to international and inter-cultural relationships and understanding. The course will focus on developing an ability to analyze subtle interactions of politics, economics, and culture within the global systems. (Spring)

FL 101H. (3) Honors Introduction to International Studies. Introduction to the analysis of issues which cut across countries and cultures. Lectures, classroom discussions, readings and films will explore culture shock, aspects of cultural and national identity, cultural relativity, cross-cultural interaction and conflicts, American and foreign values, and language issues as these relate to international and inter-cultural relationships and understanding. The course will focus on developing an ability to analyze subtle interactions of politics, economics, and culture within the global systems. Students will write an in-depth research paper on a selected topic dealing with international issues, and will also present their research results in a class presentation. Open to students in the Honors Program and other students with departmental approval. No prerequisites. (Spring)

FL 201. (3) Global Perspectives through Study Abroad. Open to all students (with instructor approval,) this course is designed to introduce students to global studies by providing them with a faculty guided, first-hand experience in a foreign country. Prior to departure, students will complete in-class readings and research projects designed to explore the customs, traditions, ancestry, religions, languages, values, and institutions of varied nations. Course will culminate in a brief (approximately two weeks) trip to a foreign country where students will complete culture based tasks. Program costs will vary based on destination. No foreign language experience necessary. Topics and destinations will vary and will be listed in the Schedule of Classes and on the student's transcript. May be taken twice for credit with change of destination. (Offered on sufficient demand)

FL 204. (3) Introduction to Latin American Studies. This introductory course gives an overview of the whole of Latin American studies. Covering topics such as colonial cultures and identity to contemporary U.S. Latin culture, this course situates Latin America in its historical, linguistic and cultural context. (Spring)

FL 204H. (3) Introduction to Latin American Studies (Honors). This introductory course gives an overview of the whole of Latin American studies. Covering topics such as colonial cultures and identity to contemporary U.S. Latino culture, this course situates Latin America in its historical, linguistic and cultural context. This course, open to students in the Honors Program, is, with departmental approval, also open to other qualified students, and requires completion of a special research project, in addtion to the requirements of FL 204.(Spring)

FL 301. (3) Culture through Cinema. Using the medium of film accompanied by cultural readings and research, this course provides for the study of various aspects of the culture and civilization of French, German, and Spanish speaking countries. Open to all students. No foreign language experience required. (Spring, Summer)

FL 302. (3) Cross-Cultural Interaction. A study of the ways in which differences in languages, perceptions, behaviors, social norms, and traditions influence how people from different cultures interact; analysis and discussion of various social and business situations to identify and address the consequences of linguistic and cultural differences, and the need for multicultural education, including the roles of language and ethnicity in a multicultural society. (Fall, Summer)

FL 490. (3) Special Topics in International Studies. A detailed study of a particular international studies topic of special interest. Topics will vary and will be listed in the Schedule of Classes and on the student's transcript. May be repeated once for credit with change of topic. (Offered on sufficient demand)

FL 496. (1-3) Foreign Languages Internship. Open to seniors majoring or minoring in a foreign language. Students gain special field experience by working in cooperation with a public or private agency for a minimum average of twelve hours per week (for 3 credit hours), nine hours (for 2 credit hours), and six hours (for one credit hour). In addition, bi-weekly seminars will be held to evaluate the student’s progress. The student will be required to maintain a daily journal regarding work assignments, accomplishments and daily experiences. A written report must be provided to the supervising departmental faculty at the end of the semester. Students may earn a maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: FR 350, GR 350 or SP 350; FR 353, GR 353 or SP 353; and an Oral Proficiency Interview rating in the target language of at least Intermediate-Mid. May be used in satisfaction of a 400-level course requirement for Options I and III of the Foreign Language Major, and in satisfaction of the 300 or 400-level requirement in the Minor. For Option II it may be used in satisfaction of a 300-level course requirement. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

FL 497. (3) Methods in Foreign Language Instruction. Practical aspects of teaching and learning foreign languages at the middle and secondary levels. Topics covered include foreign language curricula, preparation and presentation of lesson material, classroom management, professional organizations, discovery and use of resources and technology and professional behaviors. Course work includes on-site class observations and practice exercises. Does not satisfy requirements for foreign language major, minor or general studies component. (Fall,Spring)

FL 498. (1) Senior Seminar. Complete review of the grammar of the option language in preparation for the department exit exam. To be taken during the final semester of instruction.Prerequisite: 18 hours of selected option language at the 300 and 400 level. (Fall, Spring)

French:

FR 101. (3) Introductory French. Emphasizes listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Basic concepts of grammar are introduced. Course is enhanced with audio, video, software and Internet components. No prior knowledge of the language is required. (Fall)

FR 102. (3) Introductory French. A continuation of French 101. Prerequisite: FR 101 or equivalent. (Spring)

FR 111. (1) Language Laboratory. Required of all students enrolled in Introductory French 101. Two 1-hour laboratory periods per week. Special Fee: $30.00. (Fall)

FR 112. (1) Language Laboratory. Required of all students enrolled in Introductory French 102. Two 1-hour laboratory periods per week. Special Fee: $30.00. (Spring)

FR 201. (3) Intermediate French. Review and expansion of grammar and vocabulary. Speaking, listening, and writing skills further developed. Prerequisite: two years of high school French or FR 102. Special Fee: $30.00.(Fall)

FR 202. (3) Intermediate French. A continuation of French 201. Prerequisite: FR 201 or equivalent. Special Fee: $30.00.(Spring)

FR 350. (3) Conversation and Pronunciation . Thematic approach to improvement of conversational skills in French combined with limited study of corrective phonetics for accuracy in pronunciation. Prerequisite: FR 201 or departmental approval. (Fall, even-numbered years)

FR 351. (3) Written Expression in French. Development of writing skills with an emphasis on vocabulary-building, grammatical accuracy, and the mastery of a variety of styles. Prerequisite: FR 201 or departmental approval. (Spring, numbered year)

FR 352. (3) Civilization and Culture. Study of the history of French speaking civilization with emphasis on contemporary cultural patterns. FR 201 or departmental approval. (Spring, even-numbered years)

FR 353. (3) Commercial French. Introduction to commercial language by means of oral and written practice. Prerequisite: FR 201 or departmental approval. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

FR 403W. (3) Advanced Commercial French. A study of commercial language used in French language business transactions and correspondence. Prerequisites: FR 353 (Spring, even-numbered years)

FR 410W. (3) Survey of French Literature I. This course provides an overview of French Medieval, Renaissance, and Classical literature and culture, and acquaints students with major literary, intellectual and historical trends through the study of representative works from each period. Special emphasis is placed on close reading of texts in order to train students to read critically and to familiarize them with major authors, genres and their interpretation. (Fall, even-numbered years)

FR 411W. (3) Survey of French Literature II. This course provides an overview of French Enlightenment, 19th-century, and 20th century literature and culture, and acquaints students with major literary, intellectual and historical trends through the study of representative works from each period. Special emphasis is placed on close reading of texts in order to train students to read critically and to familiarize them with major authors, genres and their interpretation. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

FR 420. (3) Advanced French Grammar. Advanced French Grammar provides a deeper understanding of the basic principles guiding French grammar, in part by introducing new grammar rules, but primarily by reviewing and explaining in depth the grammar rules that were learned on the 100 level and reinforced in FR 201 Intermediate French I and FR 202 Intermediate French II. (Offered on sufficient demand)

FR 499. (1-3) Independent Study. Open to majors on approval of the chair of the department. Provides for independent study and/or research under departmental supervision and evaluation. May be repeated for credit. (Fall, Spring)

German:

GR 101. (3) Introductory German. Emphasizes listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Basic concepts of grammar are introduced. Course is enhanced with audio, video, software and Internet components. No prior knowledge of the language is required.  (Fall)

GR 102. (3) Introductory German. A continuation of German 101. Prerequisite: GR 101 or equivalent. (Spring)

GR 111. (1) Language Laboratory. Required for all students enrolled in Introductory German 101. Two 1-hour laboratory periods per week. Special Fee: $30.00. (Fall)

GR 112. (1) Language Laboratory. Required of all students enrolled in Introductory German 102. Two 1-hour laboratory periods per week. Special Fee: $30.00. (Spring)

GR 201. (3) Intermediate German. Review of grammar and pronunciation; introductory to German literature and scientific German. Prerequisite: two years of high school German or GR 102. Special Fee: $30.00.(Fall)

GR 202. (3) Intermediate German. A continuation of German 201. Prerequisite: GR 201 or equivalent. Special Fee: $30.00. (Spring)

GR 350. (3) Conversation and Phonetics. Oral practice in practical German conversational language. Prerequisite: GR 201 or departmental approval. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

GR 351. (3) Conversation and Composition. Practice in conversation as well as study of advanced grammar by practice in written composition. Prerequisite: GR 201 or departmental approval. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

GR 352. (3) Conversation and Culture. Survey of German civilization with emphasis on contemporary culture. Prerequisite: GR 201 or departmental approval. (Spring, even-numbered years)

GR 353. (3) Commercial German. Introductory to commercial language by means of oral and written practice. Prerequisite: GR 201 or departmental approval. (Fall, even-numbered years)

GR 403W. (3) Advanced Commercial German. Study of practical commercial language used in business transactions and correspondence. Prerequisite: GR 353. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

GR 405W. (3) Survey of German Literature I. This course provides an overview of German literature from its beginnings up to Romanticism. Prerequisite: GR 202 (Fall, even-numbered years)

GR 406W. (3) Survey of German Literature II. This course provides an overview of German literature during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Prerequisite: GR 202 (Fall, odd-numbered years)

GR 407W.(3)Survey of German Literature III. This course provides an overview of German literature during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Prerequisite: GR 202 (Spring, even-numbered years)

GR 420. (3) Advanced German Grammar. Advanced German Grammar provides a deeper understanding of the basic principles guiding German grammar, in part by introducing new grammar rules, but primarily by reviewing and explaining in depth the grammar rules that were learned on the 100 level and reinforced in GR 201 Intermediate German I and GR 202 Intermediate German II. (Offered on sufficient demand)

GR 499. (1-3) Independent Study. Open to majors on approval of the chair of the department. Provides for independent study and/or research under departmental supervision and evaluation. May be repeated for credit. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Intercultural Experience:

IE 499. (1-6) Intercultural Experience. Analysis of cultural features observed by students during their experiences abroad. In this directed independent study course, students will focus in their written analysis on ways in which the culture they experienced abroad differs from their native culture. Depending on the nature of the project and/or length of time/trip(s) abroad, this course may be taken for one, two, or three credits: IE 499 (01) 1 credit hour; IE 499 (02) 2 credit hours; IE 499 (03) 3 credit hours. May be taken for a maximum of six credits. Departmental approval required. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Study Abroad

SA 498. (0) Study Abroad Experience. Students who have completed a learning experience abroad for which academic credit has been awarded by the University or another accredited institution of higher education (either within or outside the United States) may enroll under this non-credit-bearing rubric in order to have their study abroad experience recorded on their transcript. In addition to this rubric indication of the study abroad experience, each course taken abroad will be so annotated on the transcript. May be repeated to reflect additional study-abroad experiences. Approval from the student's faculty advisor is required for registration. (Fall, Spring, Summer)  

SA 499. (1-5) Study Abroad. Students planning to pursue a course of study outside the United States at an institution with a standing arrangement with the University of North Alabama may enroll in sections of SA 499 for a combined total not to exceed 15 credit hours. SA 499 is a temporary course registration designation. Upon the student’s return to UNA and receipt of all documentation from the partner institution, courses taken abroad will be matched with equivalent UNA courses for the assignment of credit. Returning students will receive general elective credit only for courses suitable for university credit but without an equivalent UNA course.  Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Spanish:

SP 101. (3) Introductory Spanish. Emphasizes listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Basic concepts of grammar are introduced. Course is enhanced with audio, video, software and Internet components. No prior knowledge of the language is required. (Fall)

SP 102. (3) Introductory Spanish. A continuation of Spanish 101. Prerequisite: SP 101 or equivalent. (Spring)

SP 103. (3) Spanish for Professionals. Through various specialized sections the course will teach basic communication skills in Spanish for those pursing careers in education, social work, criminal justice, business or health care. May be repeated once. May substitute SP101 with departmental approval, to allow exceptional prepared students to proceed to SP 102 [SP111(1) Language Laboratory must also be completed]. SP 103 cannot be substituted for SP 101 in Area II of the General Studies Component. No prerequisites. Special Fee: $30.00 . (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SP 111. (1) Language Laboratory. Required for all students enrolled n introductory Spanish 101. Two 1-hour laboratory periods per week. Special Fee: $30.00. (Fall)

SP 112. (1) Language Laboratory. Required of all students enrolled in Introductory Spanish 102. Two 1-hour laboratory periods per week. Special Fee: $30.00. (Spring)

SP 201. (3) Intermediate Spanish. Grammar review, pronunciation, conversation, diction, composition, and introduction to Spanish literature. Prerequisite: two years of high school Spanish or SP 102. Special Fee: $30.00. (Fall)

SP 202. (3) Intermediate Spanish. A continuation of Spanish 201. Prerequisite: SP 201 or equivalent. Special Fee: $30.00.(Spring)

SP 350. (3) Conversation and Composition. Practice in oral and written Spanish with development of grammatical usage. Prerequisite: SP 202 or departmental approval. (Fall)

SP 351. (3) Spanish Civilization. Survey of Spanish civilization with emphasis on contemporary culture. Prerequisite: SP 202 or departmental approval. (Spring)

SP 352. (3) Latin American Civilization. Survey of Latin American civilization with emphasis on contemporary culture. Prerequisite: SP 202 or departmental approval. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

SP 353. (3) Commercial Spanish. Introduction to commercial language by means of oral and written practice. Prerequisite: SP 202 or departmental approval. (Fall, even-numbered years)

SP 360. (3) Introduction to Hispanic Literature. An overview of Hispanic literature which provides students the necessary tools and vocabulary for conducting literary analysis in Spanish. Prerequisite: SP 202 or instructor approval (with demonstrated language proficiency.) (Spring, odd-numbered years)

SP 403W. (3) Advanced Commercial Spanish. Study of practical commercial language used in business transactions and correspondence. Prerequisite: SP 350. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

SP 405W. (3) Survey of Spanish Literature I. This course provides an overview of Spanish literature from its origins through the Siglo de Oro and into Romanticism, and acquaints students with major literary, intellectual and historical trends through the study of representative works from each period. Prerequisite: SP 202 and SP 350 or equivalent. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

SP 406W. (3) Survey of Spanish Literature II. This course provides an overview of Spanish literature from romanticism to contemporary, emphasizing the Generation of 98, and acquaints students with major literary, intellectual and historical trends through the study of representative works from each period. Prerequisite: SP 350. (Spring, even-numbered years)

SP 410W. (3) Survey of Latin American Literature I. This course provides an overview of Latin American literature from its pre-Colombian origins through romanticism, and acquaints students with major literary, intellectual and historical trends through the study of representative works from each period. Prerequisite: SP 350. (Fall, even-numbered years)

SP 411W. (3) Survey of Latin American Literature II. This course provides an overview of Latin American literature from romanticism to the contemporary, and acquaints students with major literary, intellectual and historical trends through the study of representative works from each period. Prerequisite: SP 350. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

SP 420. (3) Advanced Spanish Grammar. Advanced Spanish Grammar provides a deeper understanding of the basic principles guiding Spanish grammar, in part by introducing new grammar rules, but primarily by reviewing and explaining in depth the grammar rules that were learned on the 100 level and reinforced in SP 201 Intermediate Spanish I and SP 202 Intermediate Spanish II. (Offered on sufficient demand)

SP 499. (1-3) Independent Study. Open to majors on approval of the chair of the department. Provides for independent study and/or research under departmental supervision and evaluation. May be repeated for credit. (Fall, Spring, Summer)