Courses


American Sign Language

ASL 001: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE, 3 credit hrs.
The central focus of this course is the development of basic expressive and receotuve ASL communication skills. The course introduces ASL syntax, grammar, and idiomatic usage. Students begin to develop the visual-spatial acuity and non-manual skills necessary for commuication in ASL. Students learn about deafness and deaf culture.

ASL 002: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II, 3 credit hrs.
This course expands upon the material introduced in ASL 001. Expressive and receptive communication skills continue to be the focus. Students develop an increased awareness of ASL usage and syntax. Finger-spelling skills are strengthened. Students participate in discussions and exploration of deaf culture.

ASL 070: DEAF CULTURE, 3 credit hrs.
ASL 070 examines contemporary deaf culture and provides an overview of its historical development. The course examines values, norms, cultural identity, communication, and language of the deaf culture. It also examines significant societal contributions made historically by members of the deaf community. Comparisons and contrasts are made between deaf culture and hearing culture.


Arabic

ARAB 001: BEGINNING ARABIC I, 3 credit hrs.
First in a series of courses that develop reading, speaking, listening, writing, and cultural skills in Arabic. Course includes video materials and stresses communication in formal and spoken Arabic. This course aims to support students in the acquiring and using oral and written communication skills while they are developing competence in the language they are studying.

ARAB 002: BEGINNING ARABIC II, 3 credit hrs.
Second in a series of courses that develops reading, speaking, listening, writing, and cultural skills in Arabic. Course includes video materials and stresses communication in formal and spoken Arabic. This course is based on the 2nd textbook Al-Kitaab fii Ta‘allumi al-‘Arabiyya/A Textbook for Arabic, Part I.

ARAB 051: INTERMEDIATE ARABIC I, 3 credit hrs.
Third in a series of courses that develop reading, speaking, listening, writing, and cultural skills in Arabic. Course includes video materials and stresses communication in formal and spoken Arabic. Intermediate Arabic I, like Beginning Arabic I & II, is based on the 2nd textbook from the Al-Kitaab Arabic language program: Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allumi al-'Arabiyya/A Textbook for Arabic, Part I. It includes three DVDs that feature contextualized vocabulary, cultural background and illustrations, and new listening comprehension materials with each lesson. The course is designed to help students move from the beginning level of proficiency, which centers on daily life and their immediate world, to the intermediate and advanced, which broadens to include topics of general interest. In addition to the main video text (the so-called "qissa"/"short story"), students will also find additional authentic texts for reading and listening comprehension, vocabulary and grammar exercises, close listening and speaking activities.

ARAB 052: INTERMEDIATE ARABIC II, 3 credit hrs.
Fourth in a series of courses that develop reading, speaking, listening, writing, and cultural skills in Arabic. The course includes video materials and stresses communication in formal and spoken Arabic. Intermediate Arabic II is designed to help students move from the Intermediate Arabic I level to advanced level. Through directed independent study, students work with a combination of textbooks, workbooks, audio, video, software, and online materials and meet with a native-speaker language partner. This course is based on the Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allumi al-'Arabiyya/A Textbook for Arabic, Part II.

ARAB 140: ARABIC PRACTICAL SPEAKING & WRITING, 3 credit hrs.
This course aims at solidifying students' acquired language skills developed in the previous course sequence. Building on this foundation, this course will help students improve all four language skills: writing, speaking, listening/comprehension and reading. The course is designed to promote the development of superior level proficiency by increasing students' vocabulary, strengthening reading ability, strengthening writing ability, refining and expanding knowledge of sentence structure. Additionally, a significant amoung of authentic supplementary texts will be used from a variety of genres (literary, journalistic, etc.). Students will learn to use more precise vocabulary and be able to make more complicated arguments.

ARAB 150: ARABIC LANGUAGE & CULTURE, 3 credit hrs.
A course for language learners with advanced skills that aims to enhance fluency in the target language and develop greater knowledge of its culture. Students research a specific topic in the language under study, then present the material in class.

ARAB 160: ARABIC LANGUAGE & LITERATURE, 3 credit hrs.
A course for language learners with advanced skills that aims to enhance fluency in the target language and develop greater knowledge of its literatures. Students research a specific literary topic, work, or genre in the language under study, then present and explore their findings in class.

ARAB 170: INDEPENDENT STUDY, 1 to 3 credit hrs.
Students enrolled in this course utilize their language skills to pursue an area of interest while working directly with a professor of the language.


Chinese

CHIN 001: BEGINNING CHINESE I, 3 credit hrs.
Beginning Chinese is an introductory course to develop communicative competency of conversational and listening comprehension skills of Mandarin Chinese; and to master basic grammatical structures. A cultural component is integrated with the language studies. CHIN 001 is designed for students who have little or no previous exposure to Chinese.

CHIN 002: BEGINNING CHINESE II, 3 credit hrs.
Beginning Chinese is an introductory course to develop communicative competency of conversational and listening comprehension skills of Mandarin Chinese; and to master basic grammatical structures. A cultural component is integrated with the language studies. CHIN 002 is designed for students who have had CHIN 001 or equivalent proficiency.

CHIN 051: INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I, 3 credit hrs.
Intermediate Chinese is a course to further develop communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the intermediate level in Mandarin Chinese. A cultural component is integrated with the language studies. CHIN 051 is designed for students who have had one year of Chinese at the college level or equivalent proficiency.

CHIN 052: INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II, 3 credit hrs.
Intermediate Chinese is a course to further develop communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the intermediate level in Mandarin Chinese. A cultural component is integrated with the language studies. CHIN 052 is designed for students who have had CHIN 051 or equivalent proficiency.

CHIN 140: CHINESE PRACTICAL SPEAKING & WRITING, 3 credit hrs.
This course focuses on practical/authentic written and oral communication skills and students are expected to be able to function in the target language environment utilizing the basic knowledge they have learned in the previous courses.

CHIN 150: CHINESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE, 3 credit hrs.
This topics course exposes students to authentic Chinese materials, emphasis on expanding vocabulary, speaking, reading, and writing skills using short stories, essays, news articles, literature, and other selected materials.

CHIN 160: CHINESE LANGUAGE & LITERATURE, 3 credit hrs.
A course for language learners with advanced skills that aims to enhance fluency in the target language and develop greater knowledge of its literatures. Students research a specific literary topic, work, or genre in the language under study, then present and explore their findings.

CHIN 170: INDEPENDENT STUDY, 1 to 3 credit hrs.
Students enrolled in this course utilize their language skills to pursue an area of interest while working directly with a professor of the language.


French

FREN 001: BEGINNING FRENCH I, 3 credit hrs.
An introduction to the target language establishes a solid foundation of conversational, reading, writing, and listening comprehension skills. A cultural component is integrated with the language studies. Learners work with a combination of textbooks, workbooks, audio, video, software, and online materials.

FREN 002: BEGINNING FRENCH II, 3 credit hrs.
A continuing introduction to the target language builds on conversational, reading, writing, and listening comprehension skills. A cultural component is integrated with the language studies. Through directed independent study, learners work with a combination of textbooks, workbooks, audio, video, software, and online materials.

FREN 051: INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I, 3 credit hrs.
A continuation of courses for intermediate learners leading to the acquisition of fluency in the target language. Students work with a combination of textbooks, workbooks, audio, video, software, and online materials.

FREN 052: INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II, 3 credit hrs.
A continuation of courses for intermediate learners leading to the acquisition of fluency in the target language. Students work with a combination of textbooks, workbooks, audio, video, software, and online materials.

FREN 140: FRENCH PRACTICAL SPEAKING & WRITING, 3 credit hrs.
This course focuses on practical/authentic written and oral communication skills and students are expected to be able to function in the target language environment utilizing the basic knowledge they have learned in the previous courses.

FREN 150: FRENCH LANGUAGE & CULTURE, 3 credit hrs.
A course for language learners with advanced skills that aims to enhance fluency in the target language and develop greater knowledge of its culture. Students research a specific topic in the language under study, then present and explore their findings.

FREN 151: NATIONAL IDENTITY IN A TRANSNATIONAL AGE, 3 credit hrs.
French 151 is a course designed to introduce advanced-level students to the history and culture of France. Students will explore the issues of French culture that arise as its national identity is challenged by the strengthening of transnational and sub-national identities. As students explore France's historical development, they will analyze aspects and issues of its social, economic, artistic, intellectual, and political life in an attempt to build global awareness and understanding among citizens of the world. The course is taught in French.

FREN 152: FRENCH FILM, 3 credit hrs.
Students view, discuss, and write about French-language films in French. Students demonstrate knowledge of the culture necessary for a broader understanding of the films through discussion and writing.

FREN 160: FRENCH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE, 3 credit hrs.
A course for language learners with advanced skills that aims to enhance fluency in the target language and develop greater knowledge of its literatures. Students research a specific literary topic, work, or genre in the language under study, then present and explore their findings.

FREN 170: INDEPENDENT STUDY, 1 to 3 credit hrs.
Students enrolled in this course utilize their language skills to pursue an area of interest while working directly with a professor of the language.


German

GERM 001: BEGINNING GERMAN I, 3 credit hrs.
German 001 is the first semester of a two-semester introductory course to the German language and the cultures of German-speaking Europe. This course emphasizes communication and the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in German. Students will also become familiar with the cultures of German-speaking Europe and the influence of these cultures beyond Europe .

GERM 002: BEGINNING GERMAN II, 3 credit hrs.
German 002 is the second semester of a two-semester introductory course to the German language and the cultures of German-speaking Europe. This course emphasizes communication and the ongoing improvement of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in German. Students will also become increasingly familiar with the cultures of German-speaking Europe and the influence of these cultures beyond Europe.

GERM 051: INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I, 3 credit hrs.
A continuation of courses for intermediate learners leading to the acquisition of fluency in the target language. Students work with a combination of textbooks, workbooks, audio, video, software, and online materials.

GERM 052: INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II, 3 credit hrs.
A continuation of courses for intermediate learners leading to the acquisition of fluency in the target language. Students work with a combination of textbooks, workbooks, audio, video, software, and online materials.

GERM 140: GERMAN PRACTICAL SPEAKING & WRITING, 3 credit hrs.
German 140 is a course in German in which spoken and written communication are emphasized in order to develop the reading and writing skills necessary to comprehend, discuss and produce authentic-sounding German texts. Students will be able to comfortably and accurately express themselves in German after being introduced to a series of cultural readings including some literary selections.

GERM 150: GERMAN LANGUAGE & CULTURE, 3 credit hrs.
A course for language learners with advanced skills that aims to enhance fluency in the target language and develop greater knowledge of its culture. Students research a specific topic in the language under study, then present and explore their findings.

GERM 151: NATIONAL IDENTITY IN A TRANSNATIONAL AGE, 3 credit hrs.
German 151 is a course designed to introduce advanced-level students to the history and culture of German-speaking countries. Students will explore the issues of culture that arise as these countries' national identities are challenged by the strengthening of transnational and sub-national identities. As students explore the historical development of the countries, they will analyze aspects and issues of their social, economic, artistic, intellectual, and political life in an attempt to build global awareness and understanding among citizens of the world. The course is taught in German.

GERM 152: GERMAN FILM, 3 credit hrs.
Students view, discuss, and write about German-language films in German. Students demonstrate knowledge of the culture necessary for a broader understanding of the films through discussion and writing.

GERM 160: GERMAN LANGUAGE & LITERATURE, 3 credit hrs.
A course for language learners with advanced skills that aims to enhance fluency in the target language and develop greater knowledge of its literatures. Students research a specific literary topic, work, or genre in the language under study, then present their findings.

GERM 170: INDEPENDENT STUDY, 1 to 3 credit hrs.
Students enrolled in this course utilize their language skills to pursue an area of interest while working directly with a professor of the language.


Japanese

JAPN 001: BEGINNING JAPANESE I, 3 credit hrs.
Japanese 001 is for students with no previous experience with the Japanese language. The course covers hiragana, katakana, greetings, self-introductions, basic Japanese structures, and expressions used to describe directions and locations. Students have opportunities to explore Japanese life and culture through Japanese cultural learning weblogs.

JAPN 002: BEGINNING JAPANESE II, 3 credit hrs.
Japanese 002 is for the students who have very basic knowledge of Japanese and are able to read and write most Hiragana and Katakana. The course introduces over 50 basic Kanji characters, while students continue to reinforce their Hiragana and Katakana knowledge. Thematic foci include: daily/weekly routines, leisure time, favorite things, and activities. Students have opportunities to explore Japanese life and culture through class activities, and Japanese cultural learning weblogs.

JAPN 051: INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I, 3 credit hrs.
Japanese 051 covers the last four chapters of the beginning level Japanese text book, Nakama 1. Thematic foci include: restaurants, invitations, family members, seasons, weather, annual events, and past experiences. While exploring the given themes, students learn vocabulary and sentence structures related to making choices, making proposals, making inferences, expressing opinions, expressing hearsay, and so on. This course introduces over 70 new Kanji related to the assigned themes. Emphasis is also placed on cultural learning through assignments and activities both in and out of the classroom.

JAPN 052: INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE II, 3 credit hrs.
Japanese 052 covers the first 4 chapters of an intermediate level Japanese textbook, Nakama 2. Thematic foci include: climate, travel, favors, post office, and banks. Through these given themes and situations, students learn vocabulary and sentence structures related to expressing uncertainty, expressing intention, expressing chronological order, expressing obligations, and so on. Emphasis is also placed on cultural learning through assignments and activities both in and out of the classroom.

JAPN 140: JAPANESE PRACTICAL SPEAKING & WRITING, 3 credit hrs.
Japanese 140 is for students who have mastery of basic Japanese. Through the given themes, students learn vocabularies and sentence structures to express purposes, possibility, desires, favors, request for permission, and so on. Thematic foci include: future plan, directions, gifts, and employment. Cultural learning is also emphasized.

JAPN 150: JAPANESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE, 3 credit hrs.
Japanese 150 is for students who are prepared to move to advanced level Japanese. Through given themes, students will explore variety of expressions, sentence structures, and socio-cultural issues in comtemporal Japan. Thematic foci include: complaints, environments, and other selected current social topics.

JAPN 160: JAPANESE LANGUAGE & LITERATURE, 3 credit hrs.
A course for language learners with advanced skills that aims to enhance fluency in the target language and develop greater knowledge of its literatures. Students research a specific literary topic, work, or genre in the language under study, then present and explore their findings during practice sessions which are held three hours per week with a native-speaker language partner.

JAPN 170: INDEPENDENT STUDY, 1 to 3 credit hrs.
Students enrolled in this course utilize their language skills to pursue an area of interest while working directly with a professor of the language.


Spanish

SPAN 001: BEGINNING SPANISH I, 3 credit hrs.
Spanish 001 is the first semester of an introductory course to Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. This course emphasizes communication and the improvement of your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Spanish. You will also become increasingly familiar with the cultures of Spain and Latin America. The approach used to reach these goals requires consistent participation and interaction with your classmates, your native speaker, and your professor. Class time will be used primarily to engage in activities that will include active physical participation, dialogues, skits, group work, and conversations with classmates.

SPAN 002: BEGINNING SPANISH II, 3 credit hrs.
Spanish 002 is the second semester of an introductory course to Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. This course emphasizes communication and the improvement of your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Spanish. You will also become increasingly familiar with the cultures of Spain and Latin America. The approach used to reach these goals requires consistent participation and interaction with your classmates, your native speaker, and your professor. Class time will be used primarily to engage in activities that will include active physical participation, dialogues, skits, group work, and conversations with classmates.

SPAN 051: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I, 3 credit hrs.
This is a course designed to promote communicative competence. Students are expected to learn to use Spanish for communication in real, meaningful situations and to develop an appreciation of all the different cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, including the United States. To attain these goals, this course focuses on using Spanish as much as possible during the seminars with the professor and also when interacting in small groups with a conversation tutor (a native speaker).

SPAN 052: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II, 3 credit hrs.
This course is content-based and designed to promote communicative and cultural competence. Students will develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as they discuss current affairs, short films, films, and literary prose. Students will also develop an appreciation of all the different cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, including the United States. This course focuses on using Spanish as much as possible during the seminars with the professor and also when interacting in small groups with a conversation tutor (a native speaker).

SPAN 140: SPANISH PRACTICAL SPEAKING & WRITING, 3 credit hrs.
Spanish 140 is a course in Spanish spoken and written communication that emphasizes the development of reading and writing skills necessary to comprehend, discuss, and produce authentic Spanish texts. Students will be able to fully express in Spanish after being introduced to a series of readings about literature and culture, and convey what is on their minds, both in writing and speaking. Emphasis is also placed on technology-based learning, learning strategies, and critical thinking skills that will enhance your language learning.

SPAN 150: SPANISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE, 3 credit hrs.
A course for language learners with advanced skills that aims to enhance fluency in the target language and develop greater knowledge of its culture. Students research a specific topic in the language under study, then present and explore their findings during practice sessions which are held 3 hours per week with a native-speaker language partner.

SPAN 151: NATIONAL IDENTITY IN A TRANSNATIONAL AGE, 3 credit hrs.
Spanish 151 is a course designed to introduce students to the history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Students explore the cultural issues in the Spanish-speaking countries that arise as their national identities are challenged by the strengthening of transnational and sub-national identities. As students explore Spanish- speaking countries' historical development, they will analyze aspects and issues of their social, economic, artistic, intellectual, and political life in an attempt to build global awareness and understanding among citizens of the world. This course is taught in Spanish.

SPAN 152: SPANISH FILM, 3 credit hrs.
Students view, discuss, and write about Spanish-language films in Spanish. Students demonstrate knowledge of the culture necessary for a broader understanding of the films through discussion and writing.

SPAN 160: SPANISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE, 3 credit hrs.
SPAN 160 offers an introduction to the study of Latin American literature. Literary texts have been thematically organized around the following topics: myths and legends, contemporary indigenous voices, poetry as social and political critique, magical realism, women in society, and language and identity. Through an examination of thematic organized narratives, poetry, drama, films and documentaries, we will explore basic terminology and concepts of literary analysis as well as the historical and cultural contexts of the texts under study.

SPAN 165: SPANISH FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS, 3 credit hrs.
This course aims to arm future healthcare providers with the communicative strategies and cultural and linguistic competency necessary for effective communication with Hispanic populations to create positive health outcomes and to eliminate health barriers and disparities. Pre-req: SPAN 140.

SPAN 170: INDEPENDENT STUDY, 1 to 3 credit hrs.
Students enrolled in this course utilize their language skills to pursue an area of interest while working directly with a professor of the language.


World Languages & Cultures 

WLC 080: THE STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE I, 1 credit hr.
This course prepares students for their study abroad experience through familiarization with the 10 most important cultural stress factors (cultural differences, ethnocentrism, cultural immersion, cultural isolation, language, prior cultural experience, expectations, visibility and invisibility, status, and power and control; Paige [1993]). Students' examining their own identity and culture is integral to this familiarization process. Students will also examine their own learning styles so as to facilitate their increased competence in language and culture. Finally, students plan ahead for their re-entry into the Drake environment.

WLC 081: THE STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE II, 1 credit hr.
This course encourages students studying abroad to interact with members of the culture by requiring them to complete a variety of functions. Completion of each of the functions will be required for passing the course. The students then blog about their experiences and read the blogs of other students studying abroad and taking the course. Pre-req: WLC 080

WLC 082: STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE III, 3 credit hrs.
Students enrolled in the course engage in interdisciplinary work while examining global/local issues with a holistic approach. Students attend weekly class meetings; prepare, present, and attend end-of-term student presentations on their capstone projects; and write a reflective report relating their internationally-oriented coursework, language courses, study-abroad experiences, capstone project, and related studies to their overall education and personal and career goals.

WLC 098: BASIC LANGUAGE LEARNING STRATEGIES, 1 credit hr.
For students new to WLC independent language study courses, WLC is a unique program aiming to produce global citizens with skills in second language communication, technology and critical/intercultural thinking. Students explore strategies for learning a second language, including whole language learning, culture in context, use of web-based language resources and technology tools for independent language learning, and critical thinking analysis. Practical approaches to developing survival skills in a foreign language and culture will be studied. NOTE: This course is not being currently offered.

WLC 148: INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION, 3 credit hrs.
the discipline of intercultural communication deals with human interactions between and among culturally different individuals in the context of the globalizing world as well as U.S. co-cultures. The purpose of this course is to raise students' awareness of "cultural relativity" as an ethical guiding principle, which prompts them to recognize the danger of ethnocentric arrogance and come to respect other cultures. It is also important for students to understand that their usually unconscious absolute dogmatism to view their own culture as superior to others (e.g. "the greatest nation on Earth") will hinder their foreign-language acquisition, because any foreign language they attempt to learn has a unique configuration of denotations and connotations, which is quite different from their own. In hort, students must strive to learn how to see "reality" from within the culture of a foreign language rather than from their own. Three major components of the course are intercultural communication theories, foreign language language acquisition, and mass media images.

WLC 150: TOPICS, 1 to 3 credit hrs.
The topic of this course will vary. Students may take the course more than once if the topic has changed.

WLC 170: INDEPENDENT STUDY, 1 to 3 credit hrs.
Students enrolled in this course utilize their language skills to pursue an area of interest while working directly with a professor of the language.

WLC 196: CONTEMPORARY URBAN MEXICO, 3 credit hrs.
This course examines the social dynamics of urban Mexican society through field site visits, guest lectures, critical readings, service learning, and facilitated discussion/reflection. Students will explore questions of social inequality, cultural identity, ethnic diversity, and economic development, as well as current political and social issues.


Art Sci Events
September 23, 2014
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
September 26, 2014
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
October 9, 2014
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
×