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USF 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 117-121

World Language Education

Course Descriptions - Faculty

The Department of World Languages offers students several undergraduate degrees. Although a baccalaureate degree is not offered in Linguistics, a minor is available to students. Comprehensive information about these programs is listed below.


CLASSICS (CLS)

Classics at the University of South Florida is a language-based, interdisciplinary humanities field. We provide instruction in the Greek and Latin languages, and translation courses that focus on the study of Greek and Roman civilization, literature, mythology, philosophy, and religion.

Comprised of 5 faculty members who specialize in widely diverse aspects of the Greek and Roman world (such as Greek tragedy and philosophy, Roman epic and historiography) our department combines the intimacy of a small liberal arts college with the wide-ranging educational interests of a large state university.

Our majors are of particular interest to students who wish to teach the languages, to those who plan graduate study in a humanistic discipline, and to those who want an undergraduate major that focuses on the ancient civilizations that are the cornerstone of the Western Tradition.

Requirements for the Major in Classics

Prerequisites (State Mandated Common Prerequisites)
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer without an A.A. degree and have fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

To complete a major in Classics, students should demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level within the target language. This may be accomplished by completing 6-12 hours within the language or by demonstrated competency at the intermediate level. If this coursework (or associated competency) is not completed at the community college, it must be completed before the degree is granted. A grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.

Upper-Level Coursework for the Classics Major

Major credits can also be fulfilled through appropriate courses offered by the Departments of History, Humanities, Religion, and Philosophy, etc., but only with the approval of the Advisor.

Requirements for the Minor in Classics

Honors Program

To graduate with Honors in Classics, the successful candidate must apply in the junior year, and complete special requirements during the senior year.

To apply, the candidate must schedule an appointment with the Advisor and a Thesis Director chosen by the candidate.

Admissions Criteria

  1. Senior status, with a departmental and overall GPA of 3. 5.
  2. Completion of the core courses in Classics.
  3. An appropriate project accepted by a faculty member of Classics who agrees to serve as Thesis Director.

Requirements for Completion of Departmental Honors:

  1. The candidate must maintain a departmental and overall GPA of 3. 5.
  2. The candidate must pass two (2) sight translations in either Greek or Latin (passages to be determined by the Thesis Director and the candidate.)
  3. The candidate must turn in the completed thesis (thirty to fifty pages, at the discretion of the Thesis Director) before April of the senior year, and defend the thesis before a committee of at least three faculty members by May of the senior year. (Committee members to be chosen by the candidate and Thesis Director.)

Dismissal Procedures
The student must maintain a Departmental GPA of 3.5, must submit the Honors Thesis on time, and must pass the scheduled Departmental Honors Examination. Otherwise, the candidate receives no Honors.

Requirements for the Major in Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations (ICC)

Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations is a broad-based area study encompassing the literature, history, linguistics, art and archaeology, philosophy, and religion of Greece, Rome and the Near East from pre-history to late antiquity. For centuries, the study of these vibrant societies has been recognized as essential to a proper understanding of our own culture and, recently, there has been a renewed recognition of the skills such study develops.

All students wishing to enroll in the ICC major must schedule an appointment with the Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations in order to develop a program of study. Students will be urged to fulfill their General Education and University Exit Requirements, whenever possible, from courses taught within the Classical Civilizations Program. Courses that are applied toward the Gen. Ed. or “Core” Requirements cannot be utilized more than once.

Language Requirement: The BA language requirement should be fulfilled by the two-semester sequence in either Greek or Latin (GRE 1120 & 1121 or LAT 1120 & 1121). One semester of intermediate level Greek or Latin (GRE 2200 or LAT 2200) is required by State mandate.

The ICC Major can be fulfilled in one of two ways:

  1. The ICC Major (33 hours minimum) is intended for students who wish to become familiar with aspects of the Classical heritage of Western Civilization.
  2. The ICC Major with Honors (39 hours minimum) is intended for students who wish to continue their studies beyond the undergraduate level and includes a thesis (3 hrs.). The student must also maintain a 3.5 GPA within the major and a 3.3 overall GPA.

  1. Requirements of the ICC Major (33 hours minimum)

    1. 12 hours from the ICC “Core.”
      CLA 3103 Greek Civilization (3)
      or
      CLT 3101 Greek Literature in Translation (3)

      CLA 3123 Roman Civilization (3)
      or
      CLT 3102 Roman Literature in Translation (3)
      HIS 3930 Classical Archaeology (3)
      or
      ANT 3101 Archaeology (3)
      or
      REL 3280 Biblical Archaeology (3)
      and
      CLT 3370 Classical Mythology (3)

    2. 18 hours (minimum) from the ICC “Fields.”
      Two (2) courses from an approved list of 2000 to 3000 level courses in Anthropology, Classics, History, Philosophy, or Religious Studies.

      Four (4) courses from an approved list of 3000 to 4000 level courses in Anthropology, Classics, History, Philosophy, or Religious Studies.

    3. 3-4 hours from an approved list of 4000 level Exit Requirement courses in Anthropology, Classics, History, Philosophy, or Religious Studies.

  2. Requirements of the ICC Major with Honors (39 hours minimum):

    1. 12 hours from the ICC “Core.”
      CLA 3103 Greek Civilization (3)
      or
      CLT 3101 Greek Literature in Translation (3)
      CLA 3123 Roman Civilization (3)
      or
      CLT 3102 Roman Literature in Translation (3)
      HIS 3930 Classical Archaeology (3)
      or
      ANT 3101 Archaeology (3)
      or
      REL 3280 Biblical Archaeology (3)
      and
      CLT 3370 Classical Mythology (3)

    2. 12 hours beyond the BA Language Requirement in either Greek or Latin.
      Competence in one or two ancient languages for 5 semesters of coursework is required. Courses must be taken with the approval of the Coordinator.

    3. 12-16 hours from the Major Field Requirements.
      Major Fields are currently defined in Ancient History, Philosophy and Religious Studies. The student will select four courses in the Major Field area with the approval of the Coordinator. The student must take at least one exit level course in the Major Field he/she chooses.

    4. 3 hours of Faculty Mentored Research.
      The student will complete a research project under the direction of a faculty committee composed of a faculty mentor and at least two additional faculty members. The project is intended to produce a substantial research paper that can serve as a writing sample when the student applies for advanced graduate study.

    5. Maintenance of a 3.5 GPA within the major and a 3.3 overall GPA.

Requirements for the Minor in Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations (ICC)

The ICC Minor (15 hours minimum) can be fulfilled in one of two ways:

  1. Courses are divided by level, with the “field” of study unrestricted.

    1. Two courses (6 hours) from the ICC Minor “Core.”
      • Either
        CLA 3103 Greek Civilization (3)
        or
        CLT 3101 Greek Literature in Translation (3)
      • Either
        CLA 3123 Roman Civilization (3)
        or
        CLT 3102 Roman Literature in Translation (3)
        CLT 3370 Classical Mythology (3)

    2. 3-4 hours from 2000-3000 level courses in Anthropology, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies selected with the guidance and approval of the Coordinator.

    3. 6-8 hours from 3000-4000 level courses in Anthropology, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies selected with the guidance and approval of the Coordinator.

  2. Courses are organized along an interdisciplinary principle.

    1. Two courses (6 hours) from the ICC Minor “Core.”
      • Either
        CLA 3103 Greek Civilization (3)
        or
        CLT 3101 Greek Literature in Translation (3)
      • Either
        CLA 3123 Roman Civilization (3)
        or
        CLT 3102 Roman Literature in Translation (3)
        CLT 3370 Classical Mythology (3)

    2. 9-12 hours from the Interdisciplinary Requirements. The student will complete three 3-4 credit courses, one each from three of the following four fields: (1) Anthropology, (2) History, (3) Philosophy, (4) Religious Studies. Courses are chosen with the guidance and approval of the Coordinator from the list certified for the major.


LINGUISTICS (LIN)

Linguistics is primarily an upper-level and graduate discipline with strong interdisciplinary concerns. Although no baccalaureate degree is offered, the minor in linguistics may provide a broader educational experience for students majoring in adjacent arts and sciences such as Anthropology, Communication, Communication Sciences and Disorders, English, Foreign Languages, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and others.

Requirements for the Minor in Linguistics

The minor in Linguistics requires a minimum of 18 semester hours as follows:
LIN 3010 (3)

Plus 15 semester hours from the following:
ANT 3610 (3) CLT 3040 (3) DEP 4135 (3)
EXP 4640 (3) LIN 3801 (3) LIN 4040 (3)
LIN 4600 (3) LIN 4671 (3) LIN 4710 (3)
SPA 3004 (3) SPA 3112 (3) SPC 3210 (3)
SPC 3212 (3) SPC 3712 (3)  


MODERN LANGUAGES (FRE/GER/GRK/ITA/RUS/SPA)

Foreign Language major programs are designed to meet the needs of students who desire competency in a language and an expanded understanding of its culture and literature. They are of particular interest to students who wish to teach languages, those who plan to further their studies in graduate school, and those who seek careers in various types of foreign or foreign-related employment, either in government or business.

Major programs leading to the bachelor of arts degree are offered in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. All major programs in foreign language require a total of 32 hours of coursework above the intermediate level. French and Spanish majors with an International Studies and Business Concentration require a total of 63 hours of coursework distributed in the three areas.

The following languages may also be taken as a minor: French, German, Italian, Latin, Modern Greek, Russian, and Spanish. The minor consists of 15 hours of course work in French and Spanish above the second-year level, and 16 hours in the other languages except for the less commonly taught languages. In order to begin taking courses for the minor, the student will have satisfactorily completed the intermediate level or have equivalent proficiency in the foreign language. Instruction in less commonly taught languages may be available upon sufficient demand.

Prerequisites (State Mandated Common Prerequisites) for Students Transferring from a Community College:
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer without an A.A. degree and have fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level within the target language. This may be accomplished by completing 6-12 hours within the language or by demonstrated competency at the intermediate level. If this coursework (or associated competency) is not completed at the community college, it must be completed before the degree is granted. Students are encouraged to complete the following prerequisites, or major, support, or elective courses if available, during the program of study at the community college, and when feasible in General Education/Gordon Rule courses. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.

ENC 1101 English I (3)
ENC 1102 English II (3)
Social Science (any HIS, SOC, ANT, etc.) (6)
Humanities (any HUM) (6)
Beginning and Intermediate “Target Language” (1120, 1121, and 2200) (14-19)

Upper-level Coursework Required for Each of the Following Modern Language Majors


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