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Foreign language studies are essential in the modern global village. The ongoing process of globalization increasingly calls for a better understanding of the interconnectedness of all human endeavors. The Foreign Language Department offers an intellectual environment in which students have the chance to explore the multi-faceted opportunities for personal and professional growth that the encounter with other cultures and the development of proficiency in a foreign language offer them.

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Courses

Latin

  • Introductory Latin I and II.
  • Latin III.

Arabic

  • Introductory Arabic I-II.

French

  • Introductory French I.
  • Introductory French II.
  • Introductory French III.
  • Films as Keys to French and Francophone Cultures.
  • Texts as Keys to French and Francophone Cultures.
  • French Connections:  Letters and Culinary Art.
  • Introduction to French Literature.
  • France from 1950 to the present – Politics and Society.
  • Art, Culture, and History in Paris.
  • Conformists and Rebels:  Selected works from Seventeenth and Eighteenth-century France.
  • A Role of Her Own: Works by French and Francophone Women.
  • The Novel as an Expression of Traditional and Modern France.
  • 20th-Century Theater.
  • French Modern Urbanization.
  • Special Topics.
  • Independent Study.
  • Internship.
  • Honors.

German

  • Introductory German I.
  • Introductory German II.
  • Introductory German III.
  • Witches and Demons in German History and Culture.
  • German Culture in Context: Art and Contemporary Culture.
  • German Culture in Context: Literature and Film.
  • Berlin in Film and Literature.
  • Introduction to German Literature.
  • Young German Writers: Search for Identity.
  • German Film from Caligari to Fatih Akin.
  • Berlin in Film and Literature.
  • Women in German Literature and Culture.
  • Young German Writers: Search for Identity.
  • 20th-Century German Theater.
  • German Literature from 1949 to the Present.
  • Special Topics.
  • Independent Study.
  • Internship.
  • Honors.

Italian

  • Introductory Italian I.
  • Introductory Italian II.
  • Introductory Italian III
  • Conversation and Contemporary Life.

Spanish

  • Introductory Spanish I.
  • Introductory Spanish II.
  • Introductory Spanish III.
  • Spanish for Medical Personnel.
  • Intermediate Spanish - Spain: A Crossroads of Civilizations.
  • Spanish for Heritage Speakers.
  • Introduction to Hispanic Literatures and Cultures:  Islamic Spain to the Colonial Period.
  • Introduction to Hispanic Literatures and Cultures:  The Enlightenment to the Present in Latin America.
  • Introduction to Literature of Spain and Latin America.
  • Introduction to Hispanic Literature in the U.S.
  • From Macondo to McOndo.
  • Reel Images: Spanish Cinema from Buñuel to Almódovar.
  • Spanish Literature into Film.
  • Love and Jealousy from Cervantes to Almodóvar.
  • Agency, Citizenship and Identity in the Southern Cone.
  • Central American Literature: Rebirth through Contemporary Voices.
  • Emblems and Visual Culture in Early Modern Spain.
  • Latin-American Literary Movements.
  • Caribbean Literature: Space and Narrative.
  • Monsters and Madmen
  • Latin American Popular Culture and Tradition.
  • 20th-Century Peninsular Literature.
  • Linguistic Varieties in the Spanish-Speaking World.
  • Special Topics.
  • Independent Study.
  • Internship.
  • Honors.

Opportunities

Students at the intermediate and upper-level courses may become tutors in a language for other students and get remunerated by the College. This is a good experience, especially for those planning to combine the study of a language with a degree in Education. Our department also offers Independent Studies and Internships to earn credit towards a major or minor in a language. Juniors and Seniors can do a SOAR Project (an individual research project) with a professor, or join the Honor’s Program and write an Honors Thesis on any topic of their interest. The department also invites the best students to join Phi Sigma Iota, the Foreign Language Honor Society, every spring semester. We encourage our students to participate in the weekly activities of the German, French and Spanish Clubs, where they can practice the language and learn about the culture of the countries where the languages are spoken. In addition, the department offers May and Study Abroad summer programs.


Faculty

CARMEN FERRERO
Associate Professor of Spanish

EDUCATION: Licenciatura en Filologia, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain; M.A.T., University of Maine; Ph.D., Rutgers University

INTERESTS: Spanish Peninsular literature and history; literary theory and Women Studies.

AXEL HILDEBRANDT
Assistant Professor of German

EDUCATION: B.A., Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; M.A. &Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

INTERESTS: 20th and 21st-century German-speaking literature, culture  and politics, film, drama and philosophy; questions of memory and  transnational studies.

JEAN-PIERRE LALANDE
Professor of French; Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages

EDUCATION: Licence ès Lettres, Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Poitiers, France; M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa

INTERESTS: French 20th-century novels and drama, contemporary European politics. Dr. Lalande lives in Europe for several months each year. He has led numerous study tours as well as bicycling trips throughout Europe.

NILSA LASSO-VON LANG
Associate Professor of Spanish

EDUCATION: B.A. and M.A., University of Northern Iowa; Ph.D., University of Arizona

INTERESTS: Language in Contact and Changes, Business Spanish/ Spanish for the professions, Spanish American Literature, Multidisciplinary courses, Teaching and coordinating introductory and intermediate Spanish language and culture courses, Central American Women Writers, Linguistic Varieties/Language in Contact and Changes, Bilingualism and Dialectology, Hispanic World: Culture and Literature

JOANNE MCKEOWN
Professor of French

EDUCATION: B.A., Niagara University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia

INTERESTS: She teaches all levels of French language, and literature of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and is the Supervisor of foreign language students pursuing certification in secondary education. She spent the 1985-86 academic year at the Université d’Orléans, and accompanied students to Poitiers and Paris for a summer program of study in 1992. She is currently translating for publication an 1840 French manuscript written in the Haute-Savoie, a region to which she has traveled several times to conduct related research. Other areas of research include the relationship between the spa culture in southern France and literary output, foreign language pedagogy, and Madeleine de Guimard, a celebrated salon hostess, dancer and patroness of the arts in 18th century Paris.

CLAUDIA MESA
Associate Professor of Spanish

EDUCATION: B.A., M.A., Boston University; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

INTERESTS: Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Literature, Emblem Literature, Colonial Spanish-American Literature

MARGARET SNYDER
Visiting Instructor of Spanish

EDUCATION: B.A., William Smith College; M.A., Lehigh University

INTERESTS: Language, the Spanish language, the relationship between thought and language and language acquisition are my chief interests. I enjoy reading Spanish costumbrista literature and Don Quijote. And I am an assiduous observer of the culture wars in contemporary society.

ERICA MILLER YOZELL
Associate Professor of Spanish

EDUCATION: B.A., Brown University; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

INTERESTS: Modern and contemporary Latin American literature, film, and culture; Southern Cone literature; Caribbean literature; questions of mourning, loss, and subjectivity.


Adjunct Faculty
  • Jessica Brandt, Spanish
  • Zenaida D’Lima, Spanish
  • Nada Hamouch, Arabic and French
  • Susanne Lanzl-Lalande, Italian 
  • Birgit Laramie, German
  • Silvia Mandler, Spanish
  • Kathleen O’Donnell, Spanish

Emeriti
  • Hans Wuerth
  • Mary Arenas
  • Astrid Kromayer
  • Dennis Glew