Chairperson: Christina Isabelli
Professors: G. Brooke, C. Isabelli, B. Semple
Associate Professors: B. Boyer, L. Garcia-Torvisco, T. Haaland, F. Kuester (Emerita), R. Marquis, S. Nedderman, R. Stephanis
Assistant Professors: A. Schumacher
Senior Lecturers: D. Birginal, S. Katsushima, U. Perz
Lecturers: K. Bishop, A. Garcia-Osorio
The department offers two majors and four minors:
The Department of Modern Languages and Literature offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in French and Spanish, and cooperates in offering majors and minors in Italian studies, Latin American studies, European studies and Asian studies. The Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, and European Studies programs, which are part of the International Studies major, are fully described under International Studies. The Italian Studies major and minor are described under Italian Studies. The English Language Center (ELC) offers a fully accredited intensive academic English program, a Global Bridge program for undergraduate students, and English language and culture support to the entire Gonzaga community.
Minors are available in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Students interested in a minor in these languages are encouraged to consider a European Studies major through the International Studies Department. This major, along with its language skills, will provide an understanding of the changes in the new integrated Europe. It is also a very marketable degree. All language majors are encouraged to become proficient in a foreign language through study abroad. All language majors take a comprehensive exam, write a thesis, or engage in a capstone experience; content varies by language. Since the effective availability of upper level courses offered on the main Spokane campus will at times be contingent on enrollment, completion of the Italian minor may require participation in study abroad programs and/or enrolling in summer courses. Majors need a minimum of 19 credits (French) or 22 credits (Spanish) at the 300 level or above.
Gonzaga also offers programs of study (year or semester) in Paris, France or in Aix-en-Provence. Courses taken at the Institut Catholique (Paris) or at IAU (Aix) may be transferred to Gonzaga and applied to the major requirement, with prior approval from the Department Chair. Gonzaga-in-Florence, Italy, admits students for a year or a semester of study. There is also a summer program in Florence. The department has a fall and spring semester program in Granada, Spain, plus an occasional summer intensive program (up to six credits) in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Gonzaga students can also study abroad in Tokyo and Akita, Japan through the Japanese Program. Students can study at these colleges for one semester, one academic year, or for a 6-week summer session. Occasionally, students in the German program can spend a semester or a whole academic year at the University in Graz, Austria, or participate in a language program during the summer.
Students earning all Bachelor’s degrees offered by the College of Arts and Sciences must complete a language requirement described here: College of Arts And Sciences degree requirements. A waiver for lower division requirements may be granted by the chairperson of the department on the recommendation of faculty according to the student’s level of achievement or background. Three or six credits may be granted to students who achieve a score of four or five on the Advanced Placement Examination. Credit will not be given to native speakers of a language for their knowledge of that language. Students with previous experience in a language as well as native speakers or students with near-native fluency will not be allowed to enroll in first year language courses in that language. Students will be placed into an appropriate course level according to their skills or have the option of starting a new language. No language courses may be challenged for credit.
|FREN 101 Elementary French I||4 credits|
|FREN 102 Elementary French II||4 credits|
|FREN 201 Intermediate French I||4 credits|
|FREN 202 Intermediate French II||4 credits|
|One course in literature:||3 credits|
FREN 323 Le Paris des contrastes
FREN 327 Introduction to Existentialism
|One course in cinema:||3 credits|
FREN 331 Contemporary French Cinema
|One course in culture/civilization:||3 credits|
FREN 340 La France d'aujourd'hui
FREN 350 French Civilization and Culture
|French 300/400 level Electives||6 credits|
|FREN 499 French Comprehensive||1 credit|
|FREN 495 Senior Seminar||3 credits|
|open to French minors only with permission of the instructor.|
|In order to reach the level of linguistic and cultural proficiency required for the French major, most students should expect to study abroad. They may do so through participation either in the programs in Paris or Aix-en-Provence or in another approved study abroad program. French minors are strongly encouraged to study abroad for a year, or a semester, or in an approved summer program.|
|SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I||4 credits|
|SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II||4 credits|
|SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I||4 credits|
|SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II||4 credits|
|SPAN 301 Advanced Spanish||3 credits|
|SPAN 302 Advanced Spanish II||3 credits|
|Two of the following four courses:||6 credits|
SPAN 303 Survey of Spanish Literature I
SPAN 304 Survey of Spanish Literature II
SPAN 307 Survey of Latin-American Literature I
SPAN 308 Survey of Latin-American Literature II
|One of the following four courses:||3 credits|
SPAN 409 Spanish Civilization and Culture
SPAN 410 Spanish-American Civilization and Culture
SPAN 415 Spanish Cinema
SPAN 416 Latin American Cinema
|Spanish Electives||6 credits|
|SPAN 499 Spanish Comprehensive||1 credit|
|SPAN 499 requires 12 credits of upper division Spanish beyond SPAN 302 (not including SPAN 306 and SPAN 497).|
(or 12 credits at the 300 level and above)
|Elementary Level (6 credits for Italian minors)||6-8 credits|
|Intermediate Level||8 credits|
|Electives in Same Language||12 credits|
All Spanish minors are required to take SPAN 301 and SPAN 302.
Special Topics in Language Courses
|With prior approval of the Departmental Chair, students may study a language abroad (in a university approved program) not offered at Gonzaga and transfer these credits to Gonzaga.|
In addition to their major and minor areas of study, all undergraduate students follow a common program designed to complete their education in those areas that the University considers essential for a Catholic, Jesuit, liberal, and humanistic education. The University Core Curriculum consists of forty-five credits of course work, with additional designation requirements that can be met through core, major, or elective courses.
The University Core Curriculum is a four-year program, organized around one overarching question, which is progressively addressed through yearly themes and questions. Hence, core courses are best taken within the year for which they are designated. First year core courses encourage intellectual engagement and provide a broad foundation of fundamental skills. Second and third year courses examine central issues and questions in philosophy and religious studies. The fourth year course, the Core Integration Seminar, offers a culminating core experience. Taken at any time throughout the four years, broadening courses intersect with the core themes and extend students’ appreciation for the humanities, arts, and social and behavioral sciences. Finally, the designation requirements (writing enriched, global studies, and social justice) reflect important values and reinforce students’ knowledge and competencies.
Overarching Core Question: As students of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University, how do we educate ourselves to become women and men for a more just and humane global community?
Year 1 Theme and Question: Understanding and Creating: How do we pursue knowledge and cultivate understanding?
- The First-Year Seminar (DEPT 193, 3 credits): The First-Year Seminar (FYS), taken in the fall or spring of the first year, is designed to promote an intellectual shift in students as they transition to college academic life. Each small seminar is organized around an engaging topic, which students explore from multiple perspectives. The FYS is offered by many departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of FYS courses).
- Writing (ENGL 101, 3 credits) and Reasoning (PHIL 101, 3 credits): The Writing and Reasoning courses are designed to help students develop the foundational skills of critical reading, thinking, analysis, and writing. They may be taken as linked sections. Writing (ENGL 101) carries one of the three required writing-enriched designations (see below).
- Communication & Speech (COMM 100, 3 credits): This course introduces students to interpersonal and small group communication and requires the application of critical thinking, reasoning, and research skills necessary to organize, write, and present several speeches.
- Scientific Inquiry (BIOL 104/104L, CHEM 104/104L, or PHYS 104/104L, 3 credits): This course explores the scientific process in the natural world through evidence-based logic and includes significant laboratory experience. Students pursuing majors that require science courses will satisfy this requirement through their major.
- Mathematics (above Math 100, 3 credits): Mathematics courses promote thinking according to the modes of the discipline—abstractly, symbolically, logically, and computationally. One course in mathematics, above Math 100, including any math course required for a major or minor, will fulfill this requirement. MATH 100 (College Algebra) and courses without the MATH prefix do not fulfill this requirement.
Year 2 Theme and Question: Being and Becoming: Who are we and what does it mean to be human?
- Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 201, 3 credits): This course provides students with a philosophical study of key figures, theories, and intellectual traditions that contribute to understanding the human condition; the meaning and dignity of human life; and the human relationship to ultimate reality.
- Christianity and Catholic Traditions (RELI, 3 credits). Religious Studies core courses approved for this requirement explore diverse topics including Christian scriptures, history, theology, and practices as well as major contributions from the Catholic intellectual and theological traditions (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses) .
Year 3 Theme and Question: Caring and Doing: What principles characterize a well lived life?
- Ethics (PHIL 301 or RELI, 3 credits): The Ethics courses are designed to help students develop their moral imagination by exploring and explaining the reasons humans should care about the needs and interests of others. This requirement is satisfied by an approved ethics course in either Philosophy (PHIL 301) or Religious Studies (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
- World/Comparative Religion (RELI, 3 credits): Religious Studies courses approved for this core requirement draw attention to the diversity that exists within and among traditions and encourage students to bring critical, analytical thinking to bear on the traditions and questions considered. These courses carries one of the required two global-studies designations (see below) (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
Year 4 Theme and Question: Imagining the Possible: What is our role in the world?”
- Core Integration Seminar (DEPT 432, 3 credits). The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) offers students a culminating core experience in which they integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the core, and their disciplinary expertise. Some CIS courses may also count toward a student’s major or minor. The CIS is offered by several departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of CIS courses).
The Broadening Courses
- Fine Arts & Design (VART, MUSC, THEA, 3 credits): Arts courses explore multiple ways the human experience can be expressed through creativity, including across different cultures and societies. One approved course in fine arts, music, theatre, or dance will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
- History (HIST, 3 credits): History courses are intended to develop students’ awareness of the historical context of both the individual and the collective human experience. One course in History (HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 112, HIST 201, HIST 202) will fulfill this requirement.
- Literature (3 credits): Literature courses foster reflection on how literature engages with a range of human experience. One approved course in Literature (offered by English, Classics, or Modern Languages) will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
- Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits): Courses in the social and behavioral sciences engage students in studying human behavior, social systems, and social issues. One approved course offered by Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
Designations are embedded within already existing core, major, minor, and elective courses. Students are encouraged to meet designation requirements within elective courses as their schedule allows; however, with careful planning students should be able to complete most of the designation requirements within other core, major, or minor courses.
- Writing Enriched (WE; 3 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the WE designation are designed to promote the humanistic and Jesuit pedagogical ideal of clear, effective communication. In addition to the required core course, Writing (ENGL 101), which carries one of the WE designations, students must take two other WE-designated courses (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
- Global-Studies (GS; 2 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the GS designation are designed to challenge students to perceive and understand human diversity by exploring diversity within a context of constantly changing global systems. In addition to the required core course, World/Comparative Religion (RELI 300-level), which carries one of the GS designations, students must take one other GS-designated course (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
- Social-Justice (SJ; 1 course meeting this designation): Courses carrying the SJ designation are designed to introduce students to one or more social justice concerns. Students must take one course that meets the SJ designation (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
Major-specific adaptations to the University Core Curriculum
All Gonzaga students, regardless of their major, will complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. However some Gonzaga students will satisfy certain core requirements through major-specific programs or courses. Any major-specific adaptations to the core are described with the requirements for the majors to which they apply.