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Majors & Minors

Course Catalog

Modern Languages

Majors are offered in French, German, Spanish and Romance Languages (a combination of French and Spanish). Minors are offered in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Language courses are offered for the major and minor in Asian Studies and Russian Studies and for the minors in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, European Studies and International Business. Transfer students are not accepted as majors until they have completed at least one course at the 200 level or above at DePauw. Courses taken for a major or minor may not be taken pass/fail.

The department encourages all majors and minors to spend at least one semester in an approved off-campus program in a country that speaks the target language. Students may apply credit from these programs to their major or minor as follows: two courses per semester may count toward the major, but only one course taken off-campus may count toward a minor. The International Center may assist students in locating an appropriate off-campus study program. See descriptions of programs in Section V, Off-campus Studies. Placement beyond the two-semester elementary level fulfills DePauw's language requirement. The language requirement may also be fulfilled with the two semesters of the elementary sequence in any language. In French and Spanish, successful completion of the "Review of Elementary" course (FREN 110, SPAN 140) fulfills the language requirement in a single semester. International students who are native speakers of any language other than English and who are degree candidates will be judged to have already satisfied the language requirement.

Placement and retroactive credit policies: Students who enter DePauw with previous experience in a language are assigned to the appropriate level by a required placement examination. They may not continue their study of the language at a lower level than the assigned one, but may move up one level with the department's approval. In no case may a student with more than two years of foreign language study in high school (grades 9-12) start at the beginning level in the same language. If assigned to the second-semester intermediate level or higher, students will receive extra credit on completion of that course with a grade of C or better, according to the following patterns. (See special regulations for heritage speakers of these languages.)

  • Chinese: CHIN 262=one course credit extra; one full credit of CHIN 361=two course credits extra.
  • French: FREN 202=one course credit extra; FREN 300+=two course credits extra.
  • German: GER 212=one course credit extra; GER 300+=two course credits extra.
  • Japanese: JAPN 252=one course credit extra; JAPN 300+= two course credits extra.
  • Russian: RUS 222, 224 or 263=one course credit extra; RUS 300+=two course credits extra.
  • Spanish: SPAN 232=one course credit extra; SPAN 300+=two course credits extra.

Special regulations for heritage speakers: Heritage speakers (those U.S. residents who speak the language within their families)are not eligible to take certain courses offered in their languages within the department. Heritage speakers of Spanish or French may take no course below the level of SPAN 332 or FREN 315; they may major or minor in their language, under special rules (see the appropriate sections under these language headings). Heritage speakers of other languages taught in the department should consult with faculty in those areas and with the department chair before registering for any courses in their language.

An interdisciplinary major is offered in East Asian Studies. See Section III, Asian Studies for additional information.


Requirements for a major

French

Total courses required Eight (exclusive of FREN 101, 102 and 110)
Core courses FREN 305, FREN 327, FREN 413, FREN 420 and additional courses in French to complete the major.
Other required courses
Number 300 and 400 level courses Six
Senior requirement and capstone experience The senior requirement consists of the completion of FREN 420 with a grade of C or better.
Additional information

A student may elect a French major with a minor in International Business, which must include FREN 316 or 318 and 320.

Heritage speakers of French majoring in the language must complete a minimum of six courses at the FREN 315 level or higher, including FREN 327, FREN 413 and FREN 420.

When heritage speakers successfully complete their first three classes at the 300-level or higher, with a grade of C or better in each, they receive two retroactive credits for FREN 202 and FREN 305 toward completion of the eight-course major.

Writing in the Major In order to satisfy the Writing in the Major requirement for French, students must complete French 413: Advanced French Stylistics in addition to the senior seminar (French 420). In both French 413 and French 420, students will have a variety of writing assignments and opportunities to revise and reflect on their writing. Upon completion of the major, students should be able to write in French clearly and elegantly for a wide range of audiences and in varied contexts, from informal correspondence through professional and academic discourse.

German

Total courses required Eight (exclusive of GER 111 and 112)
Core courses GER 211, GER 212, GER 304, GER 307, GER 415 and additional courses in German to complete the major
Other required courses
Number 300 and 400 level courses Six
Senior requirement and capstone experience The senior requirement consists of the completion of the senior seminar with a grade of C or better.
Additional information A student may elect a German major with a minor in International Business, which must include GER 309.
Writing in the Major In order to satisfy the Writing in the Major requirement for German, students must complete one 400-level course in German (German 411, 412, 447, or 448) in addition to the senior seminar (German 415). In these 400-level courses, students will have a variety of writing assignments and opportunities to revise and reflect on their writing. Upon completion of the major, students should be able to write clearly in German for a wide range of audiences and in varied contexts, from informal correspondence through professional and academic discourse.

Romance Languages

Total courses required Eleven
Core courses Students must meet the requirements for a major in either French or Spanish and take at least three courses at the 300-level or above in another Romance language (French, Italian or Spanish) or two courses at the 300-level or above in another Romance language plus one course at any level with an ML prefix on a topic related to the secondary language.
Other required courses
Number 300 and 400 level courses Eight
Senior requirement and capstone experience The senior requirement consists of the completion of either FREN 420 or SPAN 456 (depending on the primary language studied) with a grade of C or better.
Writing in the Major In order to satisfy the Writing in the Major requirement for Romance Languages when the primary language studied is Spanish, students must complete Spanish 430: Advanced Composition in addition to the senior seminar (Spanish 456). In order to satisfy this requirement for Romance Languages when the primary language studied is French, students must complete French 413: Advanced French Stylistics in addition to the senior seminar (French 420). In all these courses, students will have a variety of writing assignments and opportunities to revise and reflect on their writing. Upon completion of the major, students should be able to write in Spanish or French clearly and elegantly for a wide range of audiences and in varied contexts, from informal correspondence through professional and academic discourse.

Spanish

Total courses required Eight (exclusive of SPAN 131, 132 and 140)
Core courses SPAN 330, SPAN 332, SPAN 335, SPAN 430, SPAN 456 and additional courses in Spanish to complete the major
Other required courses
Number 300 and 400 level courses Six
Senior requirement and capstone experience The senior requirement consists of the completion of SPAN 456 with a grade of C or better.
Additional information

A student may elect a Spanish major with a minor in International Business, which must include SPAN 338 or 339 and 340.

Heritage speakers of Spanish majoring in the language must complete a minimum of six courses at the SPAN 332 level or higher, including SPAN 332, SPAN 335, SPAN 430, SPAN 456.

When heritage speakers successfully complete their first three classes at the 300-level or higher, with a grade of C or better in each, they receive two retroactive credits for SPAN 232 and SPAN 330 toward completion of the eight-course major.

Writing in the Major In order to satisfy the Writing in the Major requirement for Spanish, students must complete Spanish 430: Advanced Composition in addition to the senior seminar (Spanish 456). In both Spanish 430 and Spanish 456, students will have a variety of writing assignments and opportunities to revise and reflect on their writing. Upon completion of the major students should be able to write in Spanish clearly and elegantly for a wide range of audiences and in varied contexts, from informal correspondence through professional and academic discourse.

Requirements for a minor

Chinese

Total courses required Five
Core courses None
Other required courses Five credits in Chinese language courses at the 200-level or above. Only one of these courses may be taken off-campus.
Number 300 and 400 level courses Two

French

Total courses required Five
Core courses None
Other required courses The minor requires a minimum of five French courses, starting at the 200-level. Only one of these courses may be taken off-campus.

Minor for heritage speakers of French: When students successfully complete three classes at the level of FREN 315 or higher, with a grade of C or better in each, they receive two retroactive credits for FREN 202 and FREN 305 to complete the five-course minor.

Number 300 and 400 level courses Three

German

Total courses required Five
Core courses None
Other required courses The minor requires a minimum of five German courses, starting at the 200-level. Only one of these courses may be taken off-campus.
Number 300 and 400 level courses Three

Italian

Total courses required Five
Core courses
Other required courses The minor requires a minimum of five courses, including either five courses taught in Italian, starting at the 200-level, or four courses taught in Italian, starting at the 200 level, and one course taught in English on Italian cinema, literature, and/or culture (ML 164C or ML 295). Only one of these courses may be taken off-campus.
Number 300 and 400 level courses

Japanese

Total courses required Five
Core courses None
Other required courses The minor requires a minimum of five courses, either five courses in Japanese language at the 200-level or above, or four courses in Japanese language at the 200-level or above plus one of the following: ASIA 281, ASIA 282, REL 258 or REL 352. For the ASIA and REL courses, supplementary readings in Japanese are required for Japanese minors. Only one of the courses toward the minor may be taken off-campus
Number 300 and 400 level courses Two-three

Russian

Total courses required Five
Core courses Varies
Other required courses The minor requires a minimum of five courses, starting at the 200-level, including four courses taught in Russian plus one literature course (ML 227 or ML 326) or one culture course (ML 225 or ML 301). Only one of these courses may be taken off-campus.
Number 300 and 400 level courses One-two

Spanish

Total courses required Five
Core courses None
Other required courses The minor requires a minimum of five Spanish courses, starting at the 200-level. Only one of these courses may be taken off-campus.

Minor for heritage speakers of Spanish: When students successfully complete three classes at the level of SPAN 332 or higher, with a grade of C or better in each, they receive two retroactive credits for SPAN 232 and SPAN 330 to complete the five-course minor.

Number 300 and 400 level courses Three