2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue
Department of World Languages and Cultures
Dr. Scatton-Tessier, chair. Ms. Asua, Dr. Balena, Dr. Barthe, Ms. Benitez-Galbraith, Dr. Bliss (French program coordinator), Dr. Boersma, Dr. Boomershine, Dr. Brignole, Dr. Burt, Dr. Cami-Vela, Dr. B. Chandler (Spanish graduate program coordinator), Dr. K. Chandler, Dr. Das (Spanish Upper-division progarm coordinator), Dr. Deagon, Dr. Dennis, Dr. DiPuccio, Dr. Felix, Ms. Ferreyra-Pollock, Dr. Gordon, Dr. E. Harris, Dr. Hoot, Ms. Irvin, Ms. Jara, Dr. Juall, Ms. Kano, Dr. Lapaire, Dr. D. Miller (German Studies program coordinator), Dr. Mrak (Spanish program coordinator), Dr. Randolph (French and Spanish teacher licensure program coordinator), Ms. Rider, Mr. Rosenbloom (Spanish Lower-division program coordinator), Dr. Spieser, Dr. Stevens, Dr. Trokhimenko, Ms. Tucker.
The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers classes in Arabic, American sign language, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish language, as well as in literature, film studies, civilization, linguistics and classics. Majors in French, German studies, and Spanish prepare students for graduate studies, teaching, and other careers requiring a strong liberal arts background combined with knowledge of foreign languages and cultures. The major in German studies is available in conjunction with the UNC German Studies Consortium (see Enrichment Courses and Programs ). A substantial number of courses for the major are offered through the consortium as GER 495 . Special Topics. Also available are minors in Brazilian/Portuguese, French, German and Spanish, and, in conjunction with other departments, classical studies, film studies, European studies, and Latin American studies, which complement students’ majors, deepen their cultural and linguistic appreciation, and enhance employment opportunities.
Students who have taken French, German, Latin, or Spanish in high school or students who grew up in a French, German, or Spanish-speaking home, must take a placement exam in that language. Students should take the exam online at the department Web site listed above. Placement in American sign language, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian is done through consultation with the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Students who have studied a language other than those offered at UNCW may enroll in the beginning level of any class without taking a placement exam.
Supplementary foreign language credit: Students who complete, with a grade of “C” (2.00) or better, a French, German, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese or Spanish course numbered 201 or higher (excluding 209, 210, 211, and 212) and who have received no AP credit, no transfer credit, and no prior credit at UNCW in that language shall be granted supplemental credit as follows:
- For completion of a 200-level course the student will receive 3 credit hours for the prior course in the sequence. For completion of SPN 215 , the student will receive 3 credit hours for SPN 201 .
- For completion of a 300-level course in French, German or Latin, the student will receive 6 credit hours for 201 and 202.
- For completion of SPN 303 , the student will receive 6 credit hours for SPN 202 and SPN 302 . For completion of SPN 302 , the student will receive 6 credit hours for SPN 201 and SPN 202 . For completion of SPN 315 , the student will receive 6 credit hours for SPN 201 and SPN 215 .
This credit may be used to fulfill university studies requirements.
Students with previous foreign language credit (AP, CLEP, transfer) may choose to take the UNCW placement exam for their respective language if they feel that they can perform at a higher level than the courses that they are transferring.
If a student has successfully completed, or is registered in a 200-level course (excluding literature and culture classes taught in English), she/he may not take for credit, either concurrently or subsequently, a 100-level course in the same language. If a student has successfully completed, or is registered in a 300- or 400-level course, she/he may not take for credit, either concurrently or subsequently, a 100-level class or a class numbered 201 or 202 in the same language. Exceptions to this rule may be granted under special circumstances and with special permission from the instructor of the course(s) and the department chair.
The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers introductory and intermediate sequences in American Sign Language, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian when resources permit. The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers courses in Latin (introductory and intermediate sequence) and classical courses in translation.