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Romance Languages – Overview

Elena Cueto Asín, Department Chair

Kate Flaherty, Department Coordinator

Associate Professors: Elena Cueto Asín, Nadia V. Celis, Charlotte Daniels, Katherine Dauge-Roth, Gustavo Faverón Patriau, Arielle Saiber, Hanétha Vété-Congolo, Enrique Yepes

Assistant Professors: Margaret Boyle, Allison Cooper, Carolyn Wolfenzon

Senior Lecturers: Davida Gavioli, Anna Rein*, Eugenia Wheelwright

Visiting Faculty: Erin Curren, Sandro Sechi, Esmeralda Ulloa

Teaching Fellows: Angela Lavecchia, Tatiana Le Mestric, Cristian Nogales Tamayo, Benjamin Vinel

The Department of Romance Languages offers courses in French, Italian, and Spanish language, literature, and culture. In addition to focusing on developing students’ fluency in the languages, the department provides students with a broad understanding of the cultures and literatures of the French-speaking, Italian-speaking, and Spanish-speaking worlds through a curriculum designed to prepare students for teaching, international work, or graduate study. Native speakers are involved in most language courses. Unless otherwise indicated, all courses are conducted in the respective language.

Study Abroad

A period of study in an appropriate country, usually in the junior year, is strongly encouraged for all students of language. Bowdoin College is affiliated with a wide range of excellent programs abroad, and interested students should seek the advice of a member of the department early in their sophomore year to select a program and to choose courses that complement the offerings at the College.

Independent Study

This is an option primarily intended for students who are working on honors projects. It is also available to students who have taken advantage of the regular course offerings and wish to work more closely on a particular topic. Independent study is not an alternative to regular course work. An application should be made to a member of the department prior to the semester in which the project is to be undertaken and must involve a specific proposal in an area in which the student can already demonstrate knowledge.

Honors in Romance Languages

Majors may elect to write an honors project in the department. This involves two semesters of independent study in the senior year and the writing of an honors essay and its defense before a committee of members of the department. Candidates for departmental honors must have an outstanding record in other courses in the department.

Requirements for Majors in the Department of Romance Languages

Students may declare a major in French or in Spanish or in romance languages (with courses in two of the three languages: French, Italian, and Spanish). All majors are expected to achieve breadth in their knowledge of the French-, Italian-, and/or Spanish-speaking worlds by taking courses on the literatures and cultures of these areas from their origins to the present. Students should also take complementary courses in study-away programs or in other departments and programs such as art history, Latin American studies, history, English, and Africana studies. The major consists of nine courses more advanced than French 2204 {204} or Spanish 2204 {204}*. Students must achieve a grade of C- or higher in all prerequisite courses.

All majors in Spanish, French, and romance languages will complete at least three advanced courses (numbered 3000–3999 {300–399}). No more than two courses may be in independent study, and no fewer than five Bowdoin courses should be taken. Students who study abroad for one semester will receive a maximum of three credits toward the major. Those who study abroad for the academic year will receive a maximum of four credits toward the major.

French Major Requirements

Nine courses higher than French 2204 {204}*, including:

1. At least two of the following five courses: French 2407 {207} (same as Africana Studies 2407 {207} and Latin American Studies 2407 {206}) or 2408 {208} or the equivalent in study abroad; and French 2409 {209}, 2410 {210}, or 2411 {211}, or the equivalent in study abroad.

2. Three courses at the 3000 {300} level, including French 3299 {351} (senior seminar), if offered. At least two advanced courses (numbered 3000–3999 {300–399}) must be taken at Bowdoin.

3. Students are strongly encouraged to include courses dealing with all periods and several Francophone contexts.

Spanish Major Requirements

Nine courses higher than Spanish 2204 {204}*:

1. Spanish 2305 {205} (same as Latin American Studies 2305 {205}), 2409 {209} (same as Latin American Studies 2409 {209}), and 2410 {210} (same as Latin American Studies 2410 {210}).

2. Three courses at the advanced level (numbered 3000–3999 {300–399})—at least two of which must be taken at Bowdoin.

3. Students are strongly encouraged to include courses dealing with all periods and several Spanish-speaking contexts.

Romance Languages Major Requirements

Nine courses higher than 2204 {204}* in two languages, including the corresponding requirements below:

1. French 2407 {207} (same as Africana Studies 2407 {207} and Latin American Studies 2407 {206}) or 2408 {208} and 2409 {209}, 2410 {210}, or 2411 {211}, or the equivalent in study abroad.

2. Italian 2305 {205} and 2408 {208} or the equivalent in study abroad, if combining Spanish or French with Italian.

3. Spanish 2409 {209} (same as Latin American Studies 2409 {209}) and 2410 {210} (same as Latin American Studies 2410 {210}), or the equivalent in study abroad.

4. Three courses at the advanced level (numbered 3000–3999 {300–399}), at least two of which must be taken at Bowdoin. These courses may be taken in either or both languages. If one of the languages is Italian, at least one advanced level course (numbered 3000–3999 {300–399}) must be in Italian.

Requirements for Minors in Romance Languages

Students may declare a minor in French, Italian, or Spanish. A minor in French or Spanish consists of at least four Bowdoin courses in one language numbered higher than 2204 {204}, including one advanced course (numbered 3000–3999 {300–399}). A minor in Italian consists of at least three Bowdoin Italian courses numbered higher than 2204 {204}, including one advanced course (numbered 3000–3999 {300–399}). The Italian minor may include one intermediate course (numbered 2000–2969 {200–289} or equivalent) from abroad; the advanced course (numbered 3000–3999 {300–399}) must be taken at Bowdoin. Courses taken abroad do not count for the French or Spanish minor.

Placement

Entering first-year and transfer students who plan to take French, Italian, or Spanish must take the appropriate placement test, administered online during the summer. Students with questions regarding placement should speak with a faculty member in the department.


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