Modern Languages

College of Liberal Arts

 

Chair Antoinette Sol

 

Web www.uta.edu/modl/

Phone 817.272.3161

Fax 817.272.5408

 

230 Hammond Hall

Degrees / Certificates

Master’s Degrees

Modern Languages, M.A. (Spanish or French Concentration)

Certificates

Modern Languages, French Certificate

Modern Languages, Spanish Certificate

Graduate Faculty

Associate Professor

Jinny Choi

Christopher Conway

Raymond Elliott

Aimee Israel-Pelletier

Lana Rings

Ignacio Ruiz-Perez

Antoinette Sol

Kimberly van Noort

Assistant Professor

Amy Austin

Sonia Kania

Christopher Stewart

Sonja Watson

Graduate Advisors

Ignacio Ruiz-Perez

Modern Languages, M.A. (Spanish or French Concentration)

Department Information

Courses

 

Department Information

Objectives

Admission Standards

Degree Requirements

Objectives

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.

  • degree in the language to be studied of 18 upper level hours in the language or equivalent [1]
  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours)
  • submission of GRE scores [2]
  • 3 letters of recommendation (from faculty if possible) sent to the Department of Modern Languages Graduate Advisor.

[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.

Fast Track Program in Modern Languages

The Fast Track Program allows outstanding undergraduate students in French or Spanish at UT Arlington to take up to three graduate seminars in Spanish or French that will earn credit toward both the Bachelor's degree and the Master's degree in Modern Languages. It is designed to encourage high standards of performance, to facilitate the transition from undergraduate to graduate study, and to reduce time needed to complete the MA . Interested undergraduate students should apply for the Fast Track Program when they are within 30 hours of completing the Bachelor's degree. To qualify, students must have completed at least 30 hours at UTA with a GPA of 3.0 in all courses and 3.25 in the last 30 hours. Before entering the Fast Track, students must also have completed the four required core courses in the French or Spanish major with a GPA of at least 3.50. Additionally, they must have already completed at least two additional 3000-4000 level courses in either French or Spanish, excluding International Business and/or translation courses, with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Students who successfully complete the Fast Track Program will be admitted automatically to the Graduate School to continue their graduate work in the Modern Languages MA Program once the Bachelor's degree is awarded. They will not be required to take the GRE, complete an additional application for admission to the Graduate School, supply letters of recommendation, or pay an application fee. An undergraduate student completing the maximum of nine graduate hours would be admitted to the Modern Languages MA Program with only five additional courses and a thesis remaining to complete the requirements for the thesis option.

To remain in the Fast Track Program, students must receive no grade lower than a B in any graduate seminars taken as an undergraduate, selected with the advice and approval of the Modern Languages Graduate Advisor. Undergraduate students who do not maintain grades of B or A in the graduate courses taken will be unable to continue in the Fast Track Program but, if the courses are completed passing, will still receive credit toward their undergraduate degree requirements. Students originally denied entry into the Fast Track Program, discontinued after provisional admission, subsequently dropped or opting out are still welcome to apply to the Modern Languages MA Program in the usual way and will be considered without prejudice.

For an application form or to obtain more details about this program, contact the Modern Languages Graduate Advisor.

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:

  • Candidates must be new students entering in the fall semester, with a minimum of 6 hours of enrollment in both long semesters to retain their fellowships.
  • The minimum undergraduate GPA requirement is 3.0, as calculated by the Graduate School, plus as GPA of 3.0 for any graduate credit hours.
  • Transcript of a completed bachelor's degree in French or Spanish (or appropriate related field) from an accredited institution.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A written statement explaining the applicant's reasons for graduate study in Spanish.

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.

 

FREN Courses

FREN5101 – TEACHING PRACTICUM I

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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.

 

FREN5320 – TOPICS IN FRENCH LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Special studies in French language and linguistics not ordinarily covered by regular course offerings. Topics may include "Socio-Phonetics," French Phonetics and Phonology," and "History of the French Language." May be repeated for credit when content changes.

 

FREN5321 – TOPICS IN GENRES OF THE 17TH CENTURY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded R. Prerequisite: permission of Graduate Advisor. Course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes.

 

FREN5398 – THESIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

FREN5698 – THESIS

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

FREN5998 – THESIS

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

FREN6310 – FRENCH STUDIES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

GERM Courses

GERM5101 – TEACHING PRACTICUM I

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

Required of all teaching assistants in German in their first semester. May not be counted toward a master's degree.

 

GERM5102 – TEACHING PRACTICUM II

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

Required of all teaching assistants in German in their second semester. May not be counted toward a master's degree.

 

GERM5304 – TOPICS IN GERMAN LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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.

 

GERM5312 – ADVANCED GERMAN GRAMMAR AND STYLE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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.

 

GERM5320 – TOPICS IN GERMAN LITERATURE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May include topics from any period, genre, or author of literature in German. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

 

GERM5331 – TOPICS IN GERMAN NARRATIVE, 1700 TO PRESENT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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.

 

GERM5332 – TOPICS IN OLDER GERMAN LITERATURE, TO 1700

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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.

 

GERM5333 – TOPICS IN GERMAN DRAMA

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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.

 

GERM5334 – TOPICS IN GERMAN POETRY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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.

 

GERM5391 – CONFERENCE COURSE IN GERMANIC LINGUISTICS AND LITERATURE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

GERM5398 – THESIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

GERM5698 – THESIS

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

GERM5998 – THESIS

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

MODL Courses

MODL5300 – HISTORY OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

MODL5307 – TOPICS IN SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

SPAN Courses

SPAN5101 – TEACHING PRACTICUM I

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded P/F/R.

 

SPAN5300 – HISTORY OF THE SPANISH LANGUAGE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Phonological, lexical, and grammatical features in Iberia, South and North America, the Philippines, and in Sephardic dialect.

 

SPAN5303 – APPLIED SPANISH LINGUISTICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded R.

 

SPAN5398 – THESIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

SPAN5698 – THESIS

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

SPAN5998 – THESIS

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours