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Graduate Catalog 2002-2004


Department of Modern Languages

http://langlab.uta.edu
Admission Standards | Degree Requirements | Courses

Areas of Study and Degrees

French

M.A.

German

M.A.

Spanish

M.A.

Dual Language

M.A.

Humanities

M.A.

(See Program in Humanities)

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis, Thesis Substitute and Non-Thesis

Chair

A. Raymond Elliott

230 Hammond, 817-272-3161

Graduate Advisor

Lana Rings

229 Hammond, 817-272-3161

Graduate Faculty

Professor

Gross

Associate Professors

Elliott, Israel-Pelletier, Lewis, Rings, Sol, Van Noort, Viña

Assistant Professors

Choi, Iñiguez-Becerra, Pastrana, Rojas-Auda

Professors Emeritus

Acker, Keilstrup,Monostory, Studerus

Specialist/LAC Director

Williams

Objectives

Acquisition of Language, Literature and Culture (French, German, Spanish)

This graduate program in language, literature, and culture affords students the opportunity to study literary and cultural texts in their major fields as well as the structure of language as meaning and beliefs within a cultural system. Methods of teaching the above, combined with appropriate coursework in linguistics and allied fields, are offered in combination with a supervised internship program. The specific objective is to prepare students to teach modern languages and texts in their cultural contexts.

Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish)

Graduate programs in modern languages are designed to enhance students' competence in the language and literature of their major language field. Specific objectives are to prepare students for a career in teaching or in any area in private or public life in which knowledge of a modern language is essential and to help them develop the techniques of independent research necessary for work beyond the master's level.

Dual Language Program (French and German, French and Spanish, German and Spanish)

The Master of Arts in Modern Languages is designed for students who would like graduate level expertise in two languages. Specific objectives are to provide students the opportunity to develop linguistic as well as cultural and literary competence beyond the B.A. and to prepare students with competence in two languages for a career in teaching at the community college level.

Admission Standards

Unconditional Admission/Probationary Admission

The following are normally required for unconditional admission to graduate school. No single factor will either guarantee or deny admission to the program. However, poor performance on a majority of factors listed below may result in deferral or denied admittance into the graduate program. Students with lower GRE scores or a lower GPA may be admitted based on other criteria, such as letters of recommendation or current coursework. Such admission may be considered probationary admission, requiring students to maintain a "B" average during the first twelve hours of graduate work.

* A student with a bachelor's degree in a field other than French, Spanish or German may become an unconditionally admitted graduate student after fulfilling the upper level requirements in the language:

(A person with a bachelor's degree in a major other than French, German, or Spanish must have the equivalent of 18 hours of upper level French, German, or Spanish in order to become a master's student. The equivalency may take one of the following forms: A student may obtain 18 hours at the 3000 and 4000 level, or s/he may attempt to test out of nine hours of grammar, composition, and conversation. If a student tests out of grammar, composition, and conversation, s/he must take nine hours of literature, in order to demonstrate the ability to do literary studies).

**Under specific circumstances the GRE may be waived for those who received their B.A. from UTA. See GRE Waiver or Advanced Admission. International students must also take the TOEFL test and score 550 on the paper-and-pencil test or 213 on the computerized test, in order to qualify for unconditional admission.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Admission

A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

Fellowships

Fellowships, when available, will be awarded on a competitive basis. Nominees for the Graduate School Master's Fellowship in Modern Languages will be selected based on the following criteria:

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are available for graduate students in the Department of Modern Languages. Graduate students who obtain teaching assistantships are required to take MODL 5305 Methods of MLT unless they are in the Dual Language Program.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate School requirements for Master's degree programs, the following requirements apply in the Department of Modern Languages:

Thesis: A written comprehensive examination may be given at the discretion of the student's committee.

Thesis Substitute: There will be a comprehensive examination on the coursework and appropriate reading list. An oral defense of the thesis substitute may be required at the discretion of the student's supervising committee. At least 30 hours must be in coursework.

Non-thesis: There will be a comprehensive written examination on the coursework and an appropriate reading list.

Acquisition of Language, Literature and Culture (French, German, Spanish)

Those wishing to study in this 36 hour non-thesis program must upon admission have a baccalaureate degree with a major in the chosen language or a minimum of 18 advanced hours. In addition, candidates are required to demonstrate an advanced level of proficiency in the target language prior to acceptance in the program.

Coursework consists of seven courses in language-specified literature, linguistics, and culture (designated SPAN, FREN or GERM) and the following five courses or their equivalent: MODL 5305 Methods of MLT; MODL 5306 Studies in Second Language Acquisition; MODL 5308 Technology and Language Instruction; Sociolinguistics; and Text Linguistics

The internship is a four-semester program proceeding concurrently with coursework and consisting of teaching, ongoing practica, reports on observations of expert teaching, and supervised guest teaching at the advanced levels (3000 and 4000 courses).

A knowledge of a second foreign language will be required, including listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as demonstrated by the successful completion of two semesters of coursework at the second-year level, MODL 5301, or by an appropriate examination.

Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish)

Those wishing to major in a modern language or literature must upon admission have a baccalaureate degree with a major in that modern language or have a minimum of 18 advanced hours, or the equivalent in language proficiency and course content.

A knowledge of a second foreign language will be required, including listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as demonstrated by the successful completion of two semesters of coursework at the second-year level, MODL 5301, or by an appropriate examination. MODL 5310 is required.

Dual Language Program (French and German, French and Spanish, German and Spanish)

Those wishing to study in this 36-hour, non-thesis program must, upon admission, have a baccalaureate degree with a major in one language or a minimum of 18 advanced hours. Students must have proficiency in the second language, as evidenced by six advanced hours in that language and an oral language proficiency exam administered by the Department of Modern Languages Screening Committee.

Coursework consists of 18 hours in each of two languages: French and German, French and Spanish, or German and Spanish.

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; it cannot be changed by completing course requirements in a later semester. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. A grade of X cannot be changed by enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Modern Languages (MODL)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at www.uta.edu/schedule. Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

5301. MODERN LANGUAGES FOR GRADUATE READING (3-0). An intensive one-semester course designed for Ph.D. candidates and other graduate students to fulfill departmental foreign language requirements. Sections may be offered in French, German, Spanish, Russian, or other applicable or appropriate languages. Does not fulfill any graduate degree requirements.

5305. METHODS OF MLT (3-0). Methods of Modern Language Teaching is an applied linguistics course for modern language professionals, focusing on the application of research and theory in linguistics and second language acquisition to the classroom setting. May include specific methods, language learning strategies, cooperative language learning, component and performance skills, and intercultural communication.

5306. SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (3-0). Focuses on theories of both first and second language acquisition. Discussions include: acquisition orders, constrastive analysis, error analysis, interlanguage, cognitive theories, data analysis, experimental design, and research methodology. Students are encouraged to learn basic applied linguistics research skills and to demonstrate mastery of concepts by completing a research project.

5307. TOPICS IN SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (3-0). May include topics in the areas of second language acquisition, methodologies, culture, and disciplines related to second language acquisition. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

5308. TECHNOLOGY AND LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION (3-0). Presentation and critique of research regarding the use of electronic media in language instruction; emphasis on computer and video, with attention to the application of research findings to the language classroom.

5310. THEORIES OF LITERATURE AND CULTURE (3-0). Readings, analyses, and applications of recent literary and cultural theories. Particular attention to how such theories may serve to focus or refocus literature as cultural production. Required for the M.A. in French, German, and Spanish.

French (FREN)

Students pursuing the MA degree in French are required to take MODL 5310. Students are encouraged to take at least one course in each of (1) 17th Century; (2) 18th Century; (3) 19th Century; (4) 20th Century; (5) Topics in French Culture.

5101. TEACHING PRACTICUM I (1-0). Required of all teaching assistants in French in their first semester. May not be counted toward a master's degree. Graded P/F/R.

5102. TEACHING PRACTICUM II (1-0). Required of all teaching assistants in French in their second semester. May not be counted toward a master's degree. Graded P/F/R.

5190. CONFERENCE COURSE IN FRENCH LANGUAGE, CULTURE, OR LITERATURE (1-0). Graded F/R.

5314. ADVANCED STYLISTICS (3-0). Focuses on advanced problems of grammar and style, including syntax, morphology, semantics and stylistics. Surveys the history of the French language, including influences of other languages and cultures on its evolution. Attention give to pedagogical models and approaches as well as intensive composition practices.

5316. MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE LITERATURE AND CULTURE (3-0). A study of the main currents of French literature and culture in their social, economic and political context through the representative genres of the period: epic verse, poetry, tales, fabliaux, comic narrative, and theatre to name a few.

5317. 17TH AND 18TH CENTURY LITERATURE AND CULTURE (3-0). A study of the main currents of French literature and culture in their social, economic and political context through the representative genres of the period: theatre, the romance, the novel, the portrait and maxim, the philosophic dialogue and tale, among others.

5318. 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY LITERATURE AND CULTURE (3-0). A study of the main currents of French literature and culture in their social, economic and political context through the representative genres of the period: theatre, the nouvelle, poetry, the novel, the anti-novel, etc.

5321. TOPICS IN GENRES OF THE 17TH CENTURY (3-0). Investigates ideology and practice through literature, the visual arts, music and other cultural "texts." Major topics may include "Versailles: Architecture, Literature, and Politics," "Jansenism and its Discontents: Pascal, Racine, de Lafayette," "Libertins: Masks and Counter Masks." May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

5325. TOPICS IN GENRES OF THE 18TH CENTURY (3-0). Studies oppositional discourse as expressed through the different genres (theatre, poetry, fiction, political and philosophical writings) popular in the 18th century as well as the role and the effect of these works in constituting the Republic of Letters. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

5330. TOPICS IN GENRES OF THE 19TH CENTURY (3-0). Concentrates on literature, the visual arts, entertainment, and fashion as expressions of popular culture. The rise of the "petite bourgeoisie," social utopias, the rebuilding of Paris, and responses to modernity will be studied in such courses as "Paris and Its Subcultures," "Impressionism and the Bourgeoisie," "The Novel and the Body." May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

5331. TOPICS IN GENRES OF THE 20TH CENTURY (3-0). Focuses on the work of French and Francophone writers in the light of modernist and post-modernist aesthetics. Literature, art, architecture, music, film, video, television, and other forms of popular production are studied as reflections of an era in crisis. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

5338. TOPICS IN FRENCH CULTURE (3-0). Survey of themes and structures on a range of topics such as "Women in/as Fiction," "Self and Society," "Revolutions," "French Film." May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

5391. CONFERENCE COURSE IN FRENCH LINGUISTICS, CULTURE, OR LITERATURE. Graded R. 5398, 5698, 5998. THESIS. 5398 graded R/F only; 5698 and 5998 graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: permission of Graduate Advisor.

A course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes.

German (GERM)

All students pursuing the M.A. in German must take MODL 5310.

5101. TEACHING PRACTICUM I (1-0). Required of all teaching assistants in German in their first semester. May not be counted toward a master's degree. Graded P/F/R.

5102. TEACHING PRACTICUM II (1-0). Required of all teaching assistants in German in their second semester. May not be counted toward a master's degree. Graded P/F/R.

5190. CONFERENCE COURSE IN GERMAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (1-0). Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: permission of Graduate Advisor.

5304. TOPICS IN GERMAN LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS (3-0). May include topics such as history of the German language, applied German linguistics, dialectology, Middle High German. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

5312. ADVANCED GERMAN GRAMMAR AND STYLE (3-0). Readings of samples of contemporary German prose, both narrative and expository, as a basis for the writing of exercises and essays stressing application of grammatical and stylistic principles.

5320. TOPICS IN GERMAN LITERATURE (3-0). May include topics from any period, genre, or author of literature in German. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

5331. TOPICS IN GERMAN NARRATIVE, 1700 TO PRESENT (3-0). The novel, Novelle, short story and other forms of German prose: historical overview, theory and selected primary texts as illustration. Topics vary in focus and methodology; emphasis ranges from individual authors, works or themes to theoretical or interdisciplinary issues. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

5332. TOPICS IN OLDER GERMAN LITERATURE, TO 1700 (3-0). Topics vary in focus and methodology; emphasis may range from individual authors, works, or themes to theoretical or interdisciplinary issues. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

5333. TOPICS IN GERMAN DRAMA (3-0). History and theory of the drama in German-speaking countries; methods of drama analysis, interrelationship of drama, theatre, audience. Topics vary in focus and methodology, emphasis may range from individual authors, works, themes, or periods to theoretical or interdisciplinary issues. May also include the study of German film. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

5334. TOPICS IN GERMAN POETRY (3-0). Study of the development of German poetry, and a close study of representative poets and poems from the beginnings to the present. Focus on selected poetic forms including the folk song, ballad, epic poem, sonnet, and religious and political poetry. Topics may vary in focus and methodology. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

5391. CONFERENCE COURSE IN GERMANIC LINGUISTICS AND LITERATURE. Graded R. 5398, 5698, 5998. THESIS. 5398 graded R/F only; 5698 and 5998 graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: permission of Graduate Advisor.

Spanish (SPAN)

All students pursuing the MA in Spanish must take SPAN 5300 and 5303, and MODL 5310.

5101. TEACHING PRACTICUM I (1-0). Required of all teaching assistants in Spanish in their first semester. May not be counted toward a master's degree. Graded P/F/R.

5102. TEACHING PRACTICUM II (1-0). Required of all teaching assistants in Spanish in their second semester. May not be counted toward a master's degree. Graded P/F/R.

5190. CONFERENCE COURSE IN SPANISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (1-0). Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: permission of Graduate Advisor.

5300. HISTORY OF THE SPANISH LANGUAGE (3-0). Development of the Spanish language from its earliest forms to the present. Required for the MA in Spanish and the MA in Humanities with Spanish concentration.

5302. SPANISH DIALECTOLOGY (3-0). Phonological, lexical, and grammatical features in Iberia, South and North America, the Philippines, and in Sephardic dialect.

5303. APPLIED SPANISH LINGUISTICS (3-0). Pedagogy, pronunciation and orthography, morphology, syntax, semantics, and culture. Required for the MA in Spanish and the MA in Humanities with Spanish concentration unless 5302 taken.

5310. TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY (3-0). Topics may include: Medieval Spanish literature and culture, Golden Age Spanish literature and culture, or any particular movement, genre, work or author prior to the eighteenth century. May be repeated for credit when content changes.

5311. TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE, EIGHTEENTH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT (3-0). Topics may include: Neoclassic peninsular Spanish literature and culture, peninsular Spanish literature and culture of the Romantic period, Realist or Naturalist Spanish literature and culture, peninsular Spanish literature and culture since 1900, as well as any particular movement, genre, work or author from the eighteenth century to the present. May be repeated for credit when content changes.

5313. TOPICS IN HISPANIC LITERATURE AND CULTURE (3-0). Special studies in areas not ordinarily covered by regular course offerings. Different topics may be repeated for credit.

5314. TOPICS IN SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO MODERNISM (3-0). Topics may include: Colonial Spanish-American literature and culture, pre-modern Spanish-American literature and culture, Spanish-American literature and culture of the Enlightenment, or any particular movement, genre, work or author prior to Modernism. May be repeated for credit when content changes.

5315. TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE, MODERNISM TO THE PRESENT (3-0). Topics may include: Spanish-American literature and culture of Modernism, modern Spanish-American literature and culture, or any particular movement, genre, work or author from Modernism to the present. May be repeated for credit when content changes.

5317. U.S. LATINO LITERATURE AND CULTURE (3-0). Readings of poetry, theater, and prose in relation to the specific socio-historical and political context of U.S. Latino life. Charts changing concepts of cultural identity and the evolution of cultural coding in texts written after 1960.

5318. MEXICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE (3-0). Readings in all Mexican literary genres from various critical perspectives. Particular attention given to the novel, poetry, and essay of the 20th Century and to interrelationships between text and culture.

5320. TOPICS IN SPANISH LINGUISTICS (3-0). Special studies in linguistics not ordinarily covered by regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit when content changes.

5327. WOMEN IN HISPANIC LITERATURE (3-0). Readings of literary texts by women writers from medieval Spain to contemporary Spanish America. Attention to recurrent motifs as well as to the literary expression of historical and cultural transformation.

5330. ADVANCED STUDIES IN SPANISH LINGUISTICS I (3-0). Topics may include: sociolinguistics, bilingualism, modern Spanish dialectology, as well as a detailed study on any one dialect or regional dialect of contemporary Spanish. May be repeated for credit when content changes.

5332. ADVANCED STUDIES IN SPANISH LINGUISTICS II (3-0). Topics may include: Old Spanish, Spanish philology, Spanish text linguistics, and Old Spanish dialectology, as well as a detailed study of any one dialect or regional dialect of Spanish. May be repeated for credit when content changes.

5391. CONFERENCE COURSE IN SPANISH LINGUISTICS AND LITERATURE. Graded R. 5398, 5698, 5998. THESIS. 5398 graded R/F only; 5698 and 5998 graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: permission of Graduate Advisor.

A topics course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes.

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