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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


College of Letters and Science


French, Italian, and Comparative Literature


The study of languages has been the fundamental basis of liberal education since the Renaissance, and it is crucial to learning in the 21st century as technologies create global channels of communication. This department, therefore, is committed to promoting the study of at least one second language in order to enable students to participate in the world of international communities and, moreover, to appreciate and contribute to a broad spectrum of diverse cultures. The Department of French, Italian, and Comparative Literature offers a complete sequence of courses in two languages and in the literatures and cultures of the world.

The department follows the Credit for Demonstrated Equivalent Preparation policy (see the Admission section of this catalog or the chair of the department).

French

Students who have had no previous training in French should enroll in French 103 (or an equivalent course). Those who have studied French in high school should take the placement examination in French, administered by the Testing Office, before enrolling; the exam is required for those who have had two or more years of high school French. After consultation with the department, a student may enroll in a course one level higher or lower than the one recommended by the placement examination.

Those who wish to become French majors can do so, once they have completed French 204 or equivalent, by registering with the French major advisor. To be accepted and to continue as majors, they must maintain at least a 2.50 GPA in French courses attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work. French 213, "Grammar for Students of Foreign Languages," is recommended for French majors and minors. Students also are encouraged to take courses in other literatures and Comparative Literature.

Course of Study: French Major

The major in French consists of 27 credits, at least 15 numbered above 303 taken in residence at UWM. The Department offers two options: a French and Francophone option and a French Translation option. Both options require the following credits:

1. 9 credits in skills courses: French 324, 325, and 332. (These courses may be taken in any order, including simultaneously; however, the department recommends taking them in the order listed here.)

2. 6 credits in the following: French 428, 429, 430 (The student satisfies the research requirement of the College of Letters and Science by taking any one of the preceding courses at UWM or by taking any of the following courses at UWM: French 431, 432, 433, 450, 510, or 592. Students taking any of these courses and wishing to fulfill the research requirement should inform their instructor at the beginning of the semester in which they take the course.)

The French and Francophone option requires 12 additional credits in courses numbered above 350 for a total of at least 27 credits in advanced-level French courses.

The French Translation option requires 12 additional credits in courses numbered above 350 for a total of at least 27 credits, including the following:

French 415

Introduction to Translation: French to English

One of the following two courses:

French 465

Introduction to Translation: English to French

French 515

Seminar in Advanced Translation: French to English

One elective course in French numbered above 350

One elective course in literature in French numbered above 400

All majors are required to pass an advanced language proficiency examination, which they are advised to take during the semester in which they complete 18 credits in the major.

Course of Study: French Minor

The minor in French consists of a minimum of 18 credits as follows:

• 204 and 303 or equivalent (6 cr);

• 12 credits in French literature, language, and culture above the 303 level;

• 12 credits numbered 300 or above taken in residence at UWM.

• 2.5 GPA on all French credits attempted at UWM as well as a 2.5 GPA on all credits attempted for the minor, including any transfer credits.

Course of Study: Business French Minor

The business French minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits taken in one of two tracks. The curriculum includes courses in business administration for non-business students and courses in the practical and professional use of the French language as well as understanding of Francophone culture for business students. Students must complete at least 9 upper-division (numbered 300 and above) credits in the minor in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Non-Business Student Track

Bus Adm 330

Organizations

3

French 311

French for International Business/Professional Communication: Oral Emphasis

3

French 361

French for International Business/Professional Communication: Writing Focus

3

Either of the following two courses:

Bus Adm 201

Introduction to Financial Accounting

3

Bus Adm 360

Principles of Marketing

3

One of the following courses in cultures of the French-speaking world:

French 324 (327)*

Contemporary French Language and Culture

3

French 430

Reaction and Innovation: French Culture of the 19th and 20th Centuries

3

French 432

Seminar in French and Francophone Cultures: (Subtitle)

1-3

French 450

Institutions and Culture of Contemporary France

3

French 451 (351)*

Cinema of the French-Speaking World: (Subtitle)

3

At least 3 cr in the following courses in French oral and written communication:

French 210

French Immersion: Intermediate

1-2

French 303*

Conversation and Composition: Intermediate Level

3

French 324*

Contemporary French Language and Culture (if not selected above)

3

French 325

Intensive Grammar and Usage

3

French 410

French Immersion: Advanced

1-2

French 411

Conversation and Composition: Advanced Level

2-3

French 415 (425)

Introduction to Translation: French to English

3

Business Student Track

French 203

Third-Semester French

3

French 204

Fourth-Semester French

3

Note: Students who place into 303 (fifth semester) and above, and, therefore, are exempt from taking 203 and 204, are expected to take 6 additional credits in language and culture on the 300-level and above.

French 311

French for International Business/Professional Communication: Oral Emphasis

3

French 361

French for International Business/Professional Communication: Writing Focus

3

One of the following courses in cultures of the French-speaking world:

French 324*

Contemporary French Language and Culture

3

French 430

Reaction and Innovation: French Culture of the 19th and 20th Centuries

3

French 432

Seminar in French and Francophone Cultures: (Subtitle)

1-3

French 450

Institutions and Culture of Contemporary France

3

French 451*

Cinema of the French-Speaking World: (Subtitle)

3

At least 3 cr in the following courses in French oral and written communication:

French 210

French Immersion: Intermediate

1-2

French 303*

Conversation and Composition: Intermediate Level

3

French 324*

Contemporary French Language and Culture (if not selected above)

3

French 325

Intensive Grammar and Usage

3

French 410

French Immersion: Advanced

1-2

French 411

Conversation and Composition: Advanced Level

2-3

French 415 (425)

Introduction to Translation: French to English

3

*These courses satisfy GER-HU distribution requirements.

Substitutions for some course requirements are possible and may include internships with firms doing business in French-speaking countries (including Canada). Students also have the option of completing a Certificate in Business French offered by the Paris Chamber of Commerce. For further information, consult the French Program Coordinator.

Italian

The Italian program offers a rich array of language classes at all levels as well as courses in culture and civilization, film, and literature. Students entering with previous knowledge of or high school preparation in Italian, or transfer students who have studied Italian in other colleges, are assigned to courses on the basis of a departmental placement exam.

Italian 213, "Grammar for Students of Foreign Languages," is recommended for Italian majors and minors. Students also are encouraged to take courses in other literatures and Comparative Literature.

Course of Study: Italian Major

Students who wish to become Italian majors may do so, once they have completed Italian 104 or equivalent, by registering with the Italian major advisor. To be accepted and to continue as majors, they must maintain at least a 2.50 GPA in all Italian courses attempted at UWM. In addition, the College requires students to attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

The major in Italian may be completed in one of the following options:

Option A (Italian). 24 credits in Italian courses at the 300-level and above, at least 15 taken in residence at UWM. These must include Italian 311, 321, 322, and at least 9 additional credits in advanced literature courses.

Option B (Italian Studies). 38 credits distributed as follows: 14 credits of first- and second-year Italian language; 12 additional credits within the Italian curricular area, including 257 or 258 (others could be Italian literature-in-translation, cinema, culture and civilization, literature, or additional language courses); and 12 credits that may be taken in crosslisted courses offered by other departments or courses in the Italian curricular area. (See crosslisted courses at end of Italian courses; see also Schedule of Classes for specific semester offerings.) At least 15 of the 38 credits must be earned in courses at the 300 level and above taken in residence at UWM.

Both options of the major require that students complete a research experience. To fulfill this requirement, students must complete, with a passing grade, Italian 457, Topics in Italian Literature and Culture in Translation: (Subtitle). Students will conduct independent research related to the general theme of the course, presenting their research in a final 10- to 12-page paper.

Course of Study: Italian Minor

The Italian minor requires 18 credits distributed as follows: 6 credits in advanced language courses (Italian 311 and 312); 12 additional credits within the Italian curricular area, including courses in language (beyond the first year), literature, film, culture and civilization. At least 9 credits must be taken at the 300 level or above in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Comparative Literature

Comparative literature is concerned with the study of literature from a transnational, interdisciplinary perspective. The exciting range of courses trains students to analyze literatures from around the globe, as well as their relationships to other arts such as film, painting, and music; to such disciplines as history, philosophy, and anthropology; and to social, cultural, and political movements. While working across national borders, courses (taught in English) examine diverse literary genres and movements, historical periods, and topics related to gender, ethnicity, religion, and race, among other subjects.

Course of Study: Comparative Literature Major

The program welcomes prospective majors who have maintained a minimum 2.50 GPA in their language and literature courses during the freshman and sophomore years. Prospective majors should meet with the Comparative Literature coordinator to declare the major. Students are assigned a Comparative Literature advisor in their primary areas of interest. The advisor helps students design plans of study tailored to their particular interests, academic goals, and professional aspirations.

Comparative literature majors are encouraged to take additional literature courses offered in languages other than English when possible. They also are encouraged to take additional courses outside of the program in the analysis of literature and other arts. In many cases, these courses may be counted toward the comparative literature major.

Credit Requirements

A total of 36 credits is required for the major, including CompLit 207 and 208 and at least 24 credits at the advanced level (numbered 300 and above). At least 15 of the advanced credits must be taken in residence at UWM. Students may count toward the major up to 6 credits in CompLit 133, 135, 230, 231, 232, and 233 selected in consultation with their advisor. All CompLit courses and approved electives that a student takes will count in calculating the major GPA. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

The department offers two options for the major. Both major options require that, in their senior year, students complete a research project that focuses on major theoretical and critical trends in comparative literature. Students may fulfill this requirement by completing one of the following courses.

CompLit 463

Literary Criticism: Major Authors

CompLit 464

Seminar in Contemporary Literary Criticism: (Subtitle)

Option A. This option is recommended particularly for students who intend to pursue graduate work in comparative literature.

Option A students must complete the following:

1. CompLit 207 and 208, 6 cr

2. CompLit courses numbered 300 and above, including either CompLit 463 or 464, 12-15 cr

3. Advanced literature courses (numbered 300 and above) offered in a foreign language, 9-12 cr

4. Electives selected from approved courses (including CompLit 133, 135, 230, 231, 232, and 233) to reach a total of 36 cr

Option B. This option is offered for students with little if any training in a foreign language. Though such work normally is not considered as suitable preparation for graduate work in comparative literature, Option B offers training that is useful and applicable in many academic and professional fields.

Option B students must complete the following:

1. CompLit 207 and 208, 6 cr

2. CompLit courses numbered 300 and above, including either CompLit 463 or 464, 15 cr

3. Advanced courses (300 and above) in the analysis of literature or the other arts offered by CompLit or by other related departments and programs, with the approval of the CompLit advisor. This includes literature-in-translation courses offered by foreign language programs as well as courses in Art History, English, Film Studies, Philosophy, and Religious Studies that have as their focus the study of literature and/or the other arts, 9 cr.

4. Electives selected from CompLit 133, 135, 230, 231, 232, 233, and CompLit courses numbered 300 and above to reach a total of 36 cr

Course of Study: Comparative Literature Minor

The minor requires 18 credits, including CompLit 207 and 208; one of CompLit 133, 135, or a 200-level thematic course; and 9 credits at the advanced level (numbered 300 or above), which must be taken in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Courses



 [ TOP ] Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)



 [ TOP ] French (FRENCH)

Related Course

The following course offered by the Department of Linguistics may be of interest to students concentrating in French. It may not, however, be used to fulfill curricular requirements of the undergraduate major in French.

Linguis 470 Historical/Comparative Linguistics, 3 cr



 [ TOP ] Italian (ITALIAN)

Crosslisted Courses

The following courses offered by other departments may be used to fulfill the curricular requirements of the undergraduate major in Italian Option B (Italian Studies).

ArtHist 333

High Renaissance Art in Italy

3

ArtHist 431

Renaissance Architecture in Italy

3

ArtHist 447 Topics in Early Modern Art: "Women and Art in Italy: 1350-1700" subtitle 3
CompLit 230 Literature and Society: "Narratives of Shelter in WWII Italy" subtitle 3
CompLit 231 Literature and Religion: "Italians and the Holocaust" subtitle 3
Hist 325 The Renaissance 3


FICL Faculty

Anita Alkhas, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., French
Michigan State University
Coordinator, French

Lawrence Baldassaro, Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D., Italian

Michelle Bolduc, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Comparative Literature
University of Oregon

Coordinator, MALLT

Sara Cordova, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles

Ihab Hassan, Vilas Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

Lawrence Kuiper, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., French
Michigan State University
Interim Director, ESL

Martine D. Meyer, Prof. Emerita, Ph.D.

James Mileham, Assoc. Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D., French

Simonetta Milli-Konewko, Asst. Prof., Ph.D., Italian
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Roswitha Mueller, Prof. Emerita, Ph.D.

Peter Paik, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Chair
Cornell University

Robin Pickering-Iazzi, Prof., Ph.D., Comparative Literature/Italian
University of Washington
Coordinator, Italian

Kristin Pitt, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Comparative Literature
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Caroline Seymour-Jorn, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Anthropology (Arabic)
University of Chicago

Rachel I. Skalitzky, Assoc. Prof. Emerita, Ph.D.

Bruce R. Stark, Assoc. Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D., Comparative Literature

Roy Arthur Swanson, Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

Madeleine Velguth, Prof. Emerita, Ph.D., French

Gabrielle Verdier, Prof. Emerita, Ph.D., French

Demetrius Williams, Assoc. Prof., Th.D., Comparative Literature
Harvard Divinity School

Jian Xu, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Comparative Literature
University of Iowa
Coordinator, Comparative Literature



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