Note: This Catalog was published in July 2009 and supersedes the 2008-2009 Catalog.

Department of Modern Languages

department web page: langlab.uta.edu/
department contact: langlab.uta.edu/about_department.htm
graduate web page:
graduate contact:

Chair

A. Raymond Elliott
230 Hammond Hall
817.272.3161

Admission Standards | Degree Requirements | Courses: MODL, FREN, SPAN

Areas of Study and Degrees

Masters of Arts in Modern Languages
(French; Spanish)

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis, Thesis Substitute and Non-Thesis

Graduate Advisor

Aimée Israel-Pelletier
310 Hammond, 817.272.55 30

Graduate Faculty

Associate Professors

Choi, Conway, Elliott, Israel-Pelletier, Rings, Sol, van Noort

Assistant Professors

Austin, Kania, Rueda Acedo, Ruiz-Perez, Seminet, Watson

Professors Emeritus

Acker, Keilstrup, Ordoñez, Sanchez, Studerus, Viña

Specialist/LAC Director

Bowden

Objectives

Modern Languages (French; 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.

Admission Standards

In compliance with HB 1641, the UT Arlington Department of Modern Languages does not use unwritten criteria, it does not assign a specific weight to any one factor being considered, and it does not use standardized tests (i.e., the GRE) in the admissions or competitive fellowship or scholarship process as the sole criterion for consideration or as the primary criterion to end consideration of an applicant to the M.A. program. However, the GRE is required and it is used as a criterion, without specific weight, in the Department's evaluation of candidates for admission to programs at each of three levels: Unconditional, Provisional, and Probationary Admission.

The Department wishes to be as thorough and fair as possible in evaluating applicants for admission. It recognizes that some applicants may appear to be stronger according to some criteria than according to other criteria. When an applicant does not completely meet the minimum expectations for Unconditional Admission, the Department considers the applicant for possible Provisional or Probationary Admission. When the applicant is not granted any of the three levels of admission, the decision may be deferred or the application is denied. We do not wish to exclude a qualified and potentially successful candidate who perhaps has approached but not met all the criteria completely. However, we do not wish to admit candidates who, based on the criteria, are deemed to have a poor chance of successfully completing the graduate program.

Unconditional Admission

The criteria for admission below are used, without specific weights, as positive indicators of potential success in the program. All four criteria for unconditional admission must be met in order to receive unconditional admission.

[1] A student with a bachelor's degree in a field other than French or Spanish may become an unconditionally admitted graduate student after fulfilling the upper level requirements in the language:
18 hours of upper level Spanish, or French or
a combination of coursework and testing.
(A person with a bachelor's degree in a major other than French or Spanish must have the equivalent of 18 hours of upper level French 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 ability to do literary studies).

[2] Under specific circumstances the GRE may be waived for those who received their B.A. from UT Arlington. 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 urged to take MODL 5305 Methods of Modern Language Teaching.

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, an appropriate reading list, as well as an oral exam.

Modern Languages (French; 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.

Modern Languages (French; Spanish) Students pursuing the M.A. in Modern Languages with concentration in French or in Spanish are required to take a minimum of 9 hours in the core MODL courses along with 27 hours in their concentration or alternatively a maximum of 12 hours in the core MODL courses and 24 hours in their concentration. All students are required to take MODL 5304.

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.


The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. 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 I) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded I. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an I, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an I was earned cannot change a grade of I. 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 dissertation courses and nine-hour thesis 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.)

Courses in Modern Languages (MODL)

MODL5300 - HISTORY OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE (3 - 0)
Development of the French language from its earliest forms to the present. Required for the MA in MODL with French concentration.

MODL5301 - 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, Russian, or other applicable or appropriate languages. Does not fulfill any graduate degree requirements.

MODL5302 - TOPICS ACROSS THE LANGUAGES (3 - 0)
This topic course varies in focus and will be taught by in-house faculty or visiting scholars. Taught in English, it will consider issues to cultural and literary concerns across the languages. Possible course offerings include: From Novel to Film, History and/as Literature, Propaganda as Literature, The History and Aesthetics of Film, The Other in Literature and Culture, Freud and the Literary Imagination, and Modernism.

MODL5304 - CURRENTS IN EUROPEAN AND LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURES AND THOUGHT (3 - 0)
An examination of the mainstream genres and movements in European and Latin American literatures from 1600 to the present. Taught in English. Required for MA students in Modern Languages. May not be repeated for credit.

MODL5305 - METHODS OF MODERN LANGUAGE TEACHING (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.

MODL5306 - L2 ACQUISITION (3 - 0)

MODL5307 - 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.

MODL5308 - 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.

MODL5309 - TRANSLATION THEORY (3 - 0)
Provides an introduction to basic concepts and offers a general conceptual framework for the study of translation theory. Students acquire the tools to identify, analyze and resolve translation problems while developing a rational approach to translation. (Following the completion of this course, students are encouraged to enroll in FREN 5309, GER 5309 or SPAN 5309, Practicum in Translation.)

MODL5310 - 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.

MODL5391 - CONFERENCE (3 - 0)

Courses in French (FREN)

FREN5101 - 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.

FREN5102 - 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.

FREN5314 - 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.

FREN5316 - 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.

FREN5317 - 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.

FREN5318 - 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.

FREN5321 - 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.

FREN5325 - 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.

FREN5330 - 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.

FREN5331 - 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.

FREN5338 - 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.

FREN5391 - CONFERENCE COURSE IN FRENCH LINGUISTICS, CULTURE, OR LITERATURE (3 - 0)
Graded R. Prerequisite: permission of Graduate Advisor. Course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes.

FREN5398 - THESIS (3 - 0)

FREN5698 - THESIS (6 - 0)

FREN5998 - THESIS (9 - 0)

FREN6310 - FRENCH STUDIES (3 - 0)

Courses in Spanish (SPAN)

SPAN5101 - 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

SPAN5102 - 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.

SPAN5190 - CONFERENCE COURSE IN SPANISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (1 - 0)
Graded P/F/R.

SPAN5300 - 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.

SPAN5302 - SPANISH DIALECTOLOGY (3 - 0)
Phonological, lexical, and grammatical features in Iberia, South and North America, the Philippines, and in Sephardic dialect.

SPAN5303 - 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.

SPAN5310 - 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.

SPAN5311 - 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.

SPAN5313 - 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.

SPAN5314 - 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.

SPAN5315 - 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.

SPAN5317 - 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.

SPAN5318 - 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.

SPAN5320 - 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.

SPAN5327 - 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.

SPAN5330 - 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.

SPAN5332 - 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.

SPAN5366 - SPANISH FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS (3 - 0)
Development of Spanish proficiency for teachers and administrators through an immersion approach. Emphasis on concepts and terminology related to education, program administration, community involvement and communication with Spanish-speaking parents. This course can be repeated.

SPAN5391 - CONFERENCE COURSE IN SPANISH LINGUISTICS AND LITERATURE (3 - 0)
Graded R.

SPAN5398 - THESIS (3 - 0)

SPAN5698 - THESIS (6 - 0)

SPAN5998 - THESIS (9 - 0)

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