The Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas offers language courses in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and classical Greek and Latin, which meet the undergraduate language requirements. Also offered are the BA and MA (Plan A, thesis, and Plan B, non-thesis) programs based on the view that European culture is a unity, which expresses itself in the several European languages and literatures, with roots in the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome. Candidates may focus on the Classics, French, German, Russian, or Spanish. Core requirements include history and civilization; language structure and phonetics; composition; conversation; and literary forms, styles, genres and periods.
The Classics concentration focuses on classical mythology, classic Greek history and culture, Greek philosophy, and Roman literature.
The French concentration offers course work in language, medieval through 20th century literature (novel, poetry, and theatre), and Francophone language and literature outside France, chiefly Canada and Africa. Faculty research interests include literary genres over time, critical theory, teaching methodologies, linguistics and phonetics, cross-cultural communication, gender studies, and French/Japanese literary influences.
The German concentration focuses on language, literature, foreign language pedagogy, intellectual history and culture of Germanic speaking countries, and literary criticism. In addition, faculty interests include German opera, pre-20th century women writers, and Germans in the Pacific.
The Spanish concentration, in addition to instruction in Spanish language and literature, emphasizes study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.
For the Russian concentration, see the Russian area studies statement.
In addition to the language selectors, discipline selectors (e.g., history, world literature, linguistics, religion, and philosophy) select European language materials in their subject areas.
Belles-lettres of French-speaking Oceania may be acquired by the Pacific Collection. The Pacific Collection collects German language materials about the Pacific basin. Belles-lettres of French-speaking Indochina may be acquired by the Asia Collection.
Audiovisual titles (on videotape, film, or videodisc, or sound recordings) are normally acquired through the Wong AV Center.
The library subscribes to the Loeb Classical Library.
English language translations of European language literature is not widely sought by the department, but is acquired for the use of scholars in world and comparative literature.
Language and literature materials in other Romance and Germanic languages, not regularly taught, are collected selectively.
The Blackwell approval plans provide most of the current imprint titles in English from major trade and university presses in the United States and to a lesser extent United Kingdom.
Date compiled: 7/01 Compiler: Ross Christensen