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Arabic

ARB 101 Beginning Arabic I 4 cr. (GE3) For beginners or those entering with one or two years of high school Arabic. Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.

ARB 102 Beginning Arabic II 4 cr. (GE3) A continuation of Beginning Arabic I. Prerequisite: ARB 101.

ARB 201 Intermediate Arabic I 4 cr. (GE3) Review of basic Arabic with increased practice in conversation, reading and writing. Prerequisite: ARB 102, three years of high school Arabic, or consent of instructor.

ARB 202 Intermediate Arabic II 4 cr. (GE3) Continuation of Arabic 201. Prerequisite: ARB 201.

ARB 220 Arabic Film 3 cr. An exploration of socio-cultural, historical, and political issues in non-mainstream Arab cinema. Supplementary readings in English translation. Films projected in Arabic, with English subtitles. Taught in English.

ARB 299 Special Topics 3 cr. Varying areas of content, issues, or themes in the study of Arabic. Repeatable for credit as topics change. Taught in English

ARB 340 Conversation & Composition I 3 cr. Advanced practice in oral and written skills using cultural reading and other media. Prerequisite(s): ARB 202 or consent of instructor

ARB 341 Conversation & Composition II 3 cr. Advanced practice in oral skills using cultural reading and other media. Prerequisite: ARB 202 or consent of instructor

ARB 342 Intro to Arabic Literature 3 cr. Designed to improve language skills with an emphasis on reading and enhance the students' ability to understand Arabic literature. Includes study of poetry, drama, and narrative form Arabic speaking countries. Prerequisite: ARB 202.

ARB 343 Arabic Culture 3 cr. Readings in culture and society of the Arab world. Prerequisite: ARB 340 or consent of instructor.

ARB 394 Independent Studies 1-3 cr. Independent or directed study of special topics in the study of Arabic. Arabic majors or minors only. Prerequisite: ARB 342.

ARB 402 Genres 3 cr. Study of a major genre or period in Arabic Literature. Topic varies from year to year. Prerequisite: ARB 343.

ARB 450 Senior Capstone in Arabic 3 cr. Individual research project on a cultural topic approved by the instructor one semester prior to enrollment in the course. Restricted to Arabic majors.

ARB 496 Study Tour 1-6 cr. MSU faculty led study trips to appropriate locations. Will include additional requirements beyond travel itself.

ARB 499 Special Topics 3 cr. Varying areas of content, issues, or themes in the study of Arabic. Repeatable for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: ARB 340 or consent of instructor.

Language

LANG 404 TA Foreign Language Seminar 3 cr. This course is designed to provide structure to the experience of teaching foreign languages as a Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA).

LANG 105 Writing Systems 3 cr. A history of the principal writing systems of the world and a discussion of how they work. In addition to studying cuneiform, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Chinese characters, Japanese kana and kanji, Korean hangul, Mayan glyphs, Hindi's devanagari, Linear A and B, Cree's alphasyllabary, Russian's cyrillic, Cherokee's syllabary, Hebrew and Arabic's consonantal writing systems, ample time will be spent tracing the history and development of the Roman alphabet's individual letters.

LANG 390 Foreign Language Methods 4 cr. Practical Methods for teaching foreign languages. Examines theories of second language acquisition and research in effectiveness of various teaching strategies. Includes a 60 hour practicum in high school classes with some practice teaching. This course is limited to and required of foreign language majors and minors in the BSE program. Does not count towards the residency requirements for the FL BSE major or minor. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education or department consent.

LANG 451 Study Abroad 1-4 cr. Students complete a significant period of immersion in the target culture. The foreign language faculty assist students with making arrangements for study abroad. Course restricted to declared FL BA/BSE majors and minors. Does not count towards the residency requirements for the FL BA/BSE major or minor; exceptions by department consent. Grading Basis: S/U. Repeatable for credit. Refer to MSU International Programs website for more information.

French

FREN 101 Beginning French I 4 cr. (GE3) For beginners or those entering with one or two years of high school French. Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.

FREN 102 Beginning French II 4 cr. (GE3) A continuation of Beginning French I. Prerequisite(s): FREN 101.

FREN 194 Independent Study 1-3 cr. Independent or directed study of special topics in the study of French. French majors or minors only. Repeatable for credit.

FREN 201 Intermediate French I 4 cr. (GE3) Review of basic French with increased practice in conversation, reading and writing. Prerequisite(s): FREN 102, three years of high school French or consent of instructor.

FREN 202 Intermediate French II 4 cr. (GE3) Continuation of FREN 201. Prerequisite(s): FREN 201.

FREN 299 Special Topics 3 cr. Varying areas of content, issues, or themes in the study of French language, literature, culture, and civilization. Repeatable for credit as topics change.

FREN 340 Conversation and Composition I 3 cr. Advanced practice in oral and written skills using cultural reading and other media. Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or consent of instructor.

FREN 341 Conversation & Composition II 3 cr. Advanced practice in oral skills using cultural readings and other media. Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or consent of instructor

FREN 342 Introduction to French Literature 3 cr. Designed to improve language skills with an emphasis on reading and enhance the students ability to understand literature. Includes study of poetry, drama, and narrative from France. Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or consent of instructor and French minor.

FREN 343 French Culture 3 cr. Readings in culture and society from the French-speaking world. Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or consent of instructor.

FREN 394 Independent Study 1-3 cr. Independent or directed study of special topics in the study of French. French majors or minors only. Repeatable for credit.

FREN 395 Service Learning 3 cr. Students will utilize reflection and research (both primary and secondary) to integrate (a) personal community or global service experience(s). French minors only.

FREN 399 Special Topics 1-3 cr. Varying areas of content, issues, or themes in the study of French. Frenchminors only. Repeatable for credit as topics change.

FREN 496 Study Tour 1-6 cr. MSU faculty-led study trips to appropriate locations. Will include additional requirements beyond travel itself. Repeatable for credit.

German

GERM 101 Beginning German I 4 cr. (GE3) For beginners or those entering with one or two years of high school German. Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.

GERM 102 Beginning German II 4 cr. (GE3) A continuation of Beginning German I . Prerequisite(s): GERM 101.

GERM 194 Independent Study 1-3 cr. Independent or directed study of special topics in the study of German. German majors or minors only.

GERM 201 Intermediate German I 4 cr. (GE3) Review of basic German with increased practice in conversation and reading. Prerequisite(s): GERM 102, three years of high school German, or consent of instructor.

GERM 202 Intermediate German II 4 cr. (GE3) Continuation of GERM 201. Prerequisite(s): GERM 201.

GERM 220 German Film 3 cr. An exploration of socio-cultural, historical and political issues in non-mainstream German film. Supplementary readings on modern German art and literature in English translation. Includes a cross-cultural unit on censorship in the arts during the cold war. Taught in English

GERM 340 Conversation & Composition I 3 cr. Advanced practice in oral skills using cultural readings and other media. Prerequisite(s): GERM 202 or consent of instructor.

GERM 341 Conversation & Composition II 3 cr. Advanced practice in oral and written skills using cultural reading and other media. Prerequisite(s): GERM 202 or consent of instructor.

GERM 342 Introduction to German Literature 3 cr. Designed to improve language skills with an emphasis on reading and to enhance the student's ability to understand literature. Includes study of poetry, drama, and narrative from the German-speaking world. Prerequisite(s): GERM 202 or consent of instructor.

GERM 343 German Culture 3 cr. Readings in culture and society from the German-speaking world. Prerequisite(s): GERM 202 or consent of instructor.

GERM 394 Independent Study 1-3 cr. Independent or directed study of special topics in the study of German. German majors or minors only. Repeatable for credit.

GERM 395 Service Learning 3 cr. Students will utilize reflection and research (both primary and secondary) to integrate (a) personal community or global service experience(s). German majors or minors only.

GERM 399 Special Topics 1-3 cr. Varying areas of content, issues, or themes in the study of German. German majors or minors only. Repeatable for credit as topics change.

GERM 422 Genres or Periods in German Literature 3 cr. Study of a major genre or period in German literature. Topic varies from year to year.

GERM 450 Senior Capstone Project in German 3 cr. Individual research project on a cultural topic approved by the instructor one semester prior to enrollment in the course. Course restricted to majors. Repeatable for credit.

GERM 496 Study Tour 1-6 cr. MSU faculty-led study trips to appropriate locations. Will include additional requirements beyond travel itself. Does not count towards the German or German Education major or minor. Repeatable for credit.

GERM 499 Special Topics 1-4 cr. Topics will vary from year to year depending on student backgrounds and needs. Repeatable for credit as topics change.

Spanish

SPAN 101 Beginning Spanish I 4 cr. (GE3) For beginners or those entering with one or two years of high school Spanish. Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.

SPAN 102 Beginning Spanish II 4 cr. (GE3) A continuation of Beginning Spanish I. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 101.

SPAN 194 Independent Study 1-3 cr. Independent or directed study of special topics in the study of Spanish. Spanish majors or minors only.

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I 4 cr. (GE3) Review of basic Spanish with increased practice in conversation, reading, and writing. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 102, three years of high school Spanish, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II 4 cr. (GE3) Continuation of SPAN 201. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 201.

SPAN 220 Hispanic Cinema 3 cr. An exploration of socio-cultural, historical, and political issues in non-mainstream Hispanic cinema. Supplementary readings in English translation. Films projected in Spanish, with English subtitles. Taught in English.

SPAN 299 Special Topics 3 cr. Varying areas of content, issues, or themes in the study of Hispanic language, literature, culture, and civilization. Repeatable for credit as topics change.

SPAN 340 Conversation & Composition I 3 cr. Advanced practice in oral and written skills using cultural readings and other media. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 202 or consent of instructor.

SPAN 341 Conversation & Composition II 3 cr. Advanced practice in oral skills using cultural readings and other media. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 202 or consent of instructor.

SPAN 342 Introduction to Hispanic Literature 3 cr. Designed to improve language skills with an emphasis on reading and to enhance the student's ability to understand literature. Includes study of poetry, drama, and narrative from the Spanish speaking world. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 341 or consent of instructor.

SPAN 343 Hispanic Culture 3 cr. Readings in culture and society of the Spanish speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN 341 or consent of instructor.

SPAN 394 Independent Study 1-3 cr. Independent or directed study of special topics in the study of Spanish. Spanish majors or minors only.

SPAN 395 Service Learning 3 cr. Students will utilize reflection and research (both primary and secondary) to integrate (a) personal community or global service experience(s). Spanish majors or minors only.

SPAN 399 Special Topics 1-3 cr. Varying areas of content, issues, or themes in the study of Spanish. Spanish majors or minors only. Repeatable for credit as topics change.

SPAN 441 Hispanic Literature 3 cr. Survey of the literature of the Spanish speaking world. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 342 or consent of instructor

SPAN 450 Senior Capstone Project in Spanish 3 cr. Individual research project on a cultural topic approved by the instructor one semester prior to enrollment in the course. Course restricted to majors.

SPAN 496 Study Tour 1-6 cr. MSU faculty-led study trips to appropriate locations. Will include additional requirements beyond travel itself. May be repeated for credit. May count towards the Spanish or Spanish Education major or minor.