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Online Courses

Not all online classes are taught each semester, and students should check the current schedule of classes to see which courses are currently being offered and to check prerequisites and criteria for enrollment.

Online Course Schedule

Chinese

Chinese 101 – First Semester Chinese

A beginning Chinese language class for students with no previous knowledge of the language.

Sample Course Syllabus (pdf 931kb)

Contact: Andrew Olson, asolson@uwm.edu, for more information.


French

French 145 – Views of France

A hybrid course, the lecture portion of the course is online and discussions meet on campus. The class is an in-depth study of selected aspects of French civilization as reflected in literature.

Contact: Eric Anderson, ander245@uwm.edu, for more information.


French 401 – French for Reading Knowledge

A course for students with little or no previous knowledge of French, this class is especially useful to graduate students fulfilling a language requirement.

Contact: Rachel Ney, neyr@uwm.edu, for more information.


French 427 – Advanced Writing Expression

This course focuses on the development of writing proficiency in a variety of genres through close analysis and imitation of good French writing with an emphasis on usage, syntax, and authentic French expression.

Contact: Rachel Ney, neyr@uwm.edu, for more information.


French 706 – Introduction to Translation: French to English

Students will learn the basic skills necessary to professional translation through the translation of texts form French into English. Students will learn about summarizing texts and sight translation.

Contact: Michelle Bolduc, mbolduc@uwm.edu, for more information.


French 716 (515) – Seminar in Advanced Translation: French to English

Translation from French into English; advanced grammar; techniques of documentation. (Cross listed as Translation 716)

Contact: Anita Alkhas, alkhas@uwm.edu, for more information.


German

German 111 – German Life and Civilization: Part 1

The course covers the historical and cultural heritage of Germany from earliest times to 1806 including major figures and developments in German art, literature, music, philosophy, and language.

Sample Course Syllabus (pdf 110kb)

Contact: Bozena Tieszen, tieszen@uwm.edu, for more information.


German 112 – German Life and Civilization: Part 2

The course covers the historical and cultural heritage of Germany from earliest times to 1806 including major figures and developments in German art, literature, music, philosophy, and language.

Contact: Bozena Tieszen, tieszen@uwm.edu, for more information.


German 215 – Reading for Research

Basic grammatical principles and linguistic structures, augmented by individually-supervised readings in the student's field of specialization. Designed for students preparing for reading examinations.

Contact: Veronica Lundback, lundback@uwm.edu, for more information.


German 310 – Intermediate German Grammar and Usage

Review of major structures in German grammar; application of those structures through writing and speaking. Emphasis on written accuracy and proficiency.

Contact: Barbara Merten-Brugger, mertenb2@uwm.edu, for more information.


Hebrew

Hebrew Studies 331 – Topics in Biblical Literature

Analysis of genres or issues in biblical literature; topics may include wisdom literature, prophetic writings, Bible as literature, God in the Old Testament.

Contact: Dana Margolis, dmargo@uwm.edu, for more information.


Hebrew Studies 332 – Women in the Bible

This course analyzes stories about women in the Old Testament from a literary, cultural and historical perspective and includes how these texts have influenced modern views of women.

Sample Course Syllabus (pdf 130kb)

Contact: Dana Margolis, dmargo@uwm.edu, for more information.


Japanese

Japanese 310 ‐ Enhanced Knowledge and Skills for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Preparation for levels N2 and N3 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Exam.

Contact:Yuko Wert, kojima@uwm.edu, for more information.


Japanese 331 ‐ Reading Japanese Short Stories

An introduction to Japanese short stories to improve reading skills, vocabulary, and understanding of Japanese culture.

Sample Course Syllabus (pdf 64kb)

Contact: Masako Lackey, lackey@uwm.edu, for more information.


Japanese 416 – Introduction to Translation: Japanese to English

This course covers the basic skills for translating texts from Japanese to English with a focus on articles and documents encountered in business, banking, legal, medical, and academic contexts.

Sample Course Syllabus (pdf 164kb)

Contact: Jason Jones, jonesjc@uwm.edu, for more information.


Japanese 441 – Business Japanese

A course on the language and cultural studies that develop the practical knowledge and skills needed for doing business with Japan.

Sample Course Syllabus (pdf 278kb)

Contact: Atsuko Borgmann, sugaatsu@uwm.edu, for more information.


Latin and Greek

Classics 101 – Latin and Greek in English Words

A comprehensive study of the basic Greek and Latin word elements underlying modern English usage and their Indo-European background. 3 credits.

Sample Course Syllabus (pdf 56kb)

Contact: Bozena Tieszen, tieszen@uwm.edu, for more information.


Classics 170 – Classical Mythology

Students will survey Classical myths in the written sources and in artistic representations.

Sample Course Syllabus (pdf 208kb)

Contact: Andrew Porter, portera@uwm.edu, for more information.


Linguistics

Linguistics 210 - Power of Words

Dynamic role of language in interpersonal relations, social attitudes and behavior. Topics include: patterns of culture and language, language as identification; prejudice, politics, and advertisement.

Contact: John Kellogg, vkellogg@uwm.edu, for more information.


Russian

Russian 245 – Russian Life and Culture

A historical survey of Russian cultural patterns: themes, influences, religion, literature, architecture, music, and daily life.

Sample Course Syllabus (pdf 375kb)

Contact: Joseph Peschio, peschio@uwm.edu, for more information.


Russian 419 – Introduction to Translation: Russian to English

Translation process as combination of linguistic, cultural, ethical, and logistic challenges; translation strategies for business, media, academic, legal, commercial, medical, technical, and popular culture documents.

Contact: Nina Familiant, familian@uwm.edu, for more information.


Scandinavian Studies

Scandinavian Studies 331 – Intermediate Swedish Grammar and Writing

Review of major structures in Swedish grammar; application of those structures through writing and speaking. Emphasis on written accuracy and proficiency for academic/non-academic purposes.

Contact: Merete Leonhardt-Lupa, Merete.Leonhardt-Lupa@colorado.edu, for more information.


Spanish

Spanish 341 – Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

Spanish linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics, and sociolinguistics.

Contact: Kathleen Wheatley, wheatley@uwm.edu, for more information.


Spanish 348 – Introduction to Translation (English-Spanish)

Basic skills necessary for professional translation. Translation of texts from English into Spanish. Summarizing texts; sight translation.

Sample Course Syllabus (pdf 43kb)

Contact: Robert McCaw, rjmccaw@uwm.edu, for more information.


Translation

Translation 411 (Undergraduate) / 711 (Graduate) – Ethics and Procedures in Interpreting

The fundamentals of providing spoken language interpreting services in various settings.

Contact: Leah Leone, leh@uwm.edu, for more information.


Translation 702 – Introduction to Translation: English to Spanish

Basic skills necessary for professional translation. Translation of texts from English into Spanish. Summarizing texts; sight translation.

Contact: Magaly Zeise, magaly@uwm.edu, for more information.


Translation 703 – Introduction to Translation: Japanese to English

Basic skills for translating texts from Japanese to English; focus on articles and documents encountered in business, banking, legal, medical, and academic contexts.

Contact: Jason Jones, jonesjc@uwm.edu, for more information.


Translation 704 – Introduction to Translation: Arabic to English

Translating texts from Arabic to English, including media articles, political texts, and literary and consumer-oriented texts. Identifying and developing translation strategies; proofreading and editing own work.

Contact: Caroline Seymour-Jorn, csjorn@uwm.edu, for more information.


Translation 707 – Introduction to Translation – Spanish to English

Students will acquire basic technical and professional skills of translation. Emphasis will be put on translation as a decision-making process on linguistic, cultural, professional and ethical levels.

Sample Course Syllabus (pdf 97kb)

Contact: Leah Leone, leh@uwm.edu, for more information.


Translation 708 – Introduction to Translation: German to English

Students will learn advanced skills for German to English translation including texts encountered in "real world;" document terminology; translation strategies and tools; researching parallel texts; translation history and methodology.

Contact: Chantal Wright, wrightcm@uwm.edu, for more information.


Translation 719 – Introduction to Translation: Russian to English

Translation process as combination of linguistic, cultural, ethical, and logistic challenges; translation strategies for business, media, academic, legal, commercial, medical, technical, and popular culture documents.

Contact: Nina Familiant, familian@uwm.edu, for more information.


Translation 725 – Editing for Translation

This course covers translation industry standards and best practices for quality assurance. Students edit texts in English, applying style guides and implementing effective research techniques.

Contact: Kathryn Scholz, kscholz@uwm.edu, for more information.


Translation 820 – Translation Theory

Students will learn about the role of translation in development of languages, cultures, and societies; cultural and ideological forces shaping translations; and contemporary theories of translation.

Contact: Lorena Terando, terando@uwm.edu, for more information.