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2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog 
2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Foreign Languages Department

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Faculty and Staff

Joshua S. Nelson

Kelton W. Knight, French, Ph.D.
Natalie Lefkowitz, Spanish, Applied Linguistics, Ph.D.
Stella Moreno, Spanish, Ph.D.
Joshua Nelson, Japanese, Ph.D.

Associate Professors
Rodney Bransdorfer, Spanish, applied linguistics, Ph.D.
Nathalie Kasselis-Smith, Spanish, Ph.D.
Dieter Romboy, German, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors
Mei Chun, Chinese, Ph.D.
Eric Mayer, Spanish, Ph.D.

Emeritus Faculty
Elbert E. Bilyeu, Spanish, Ph.D.
Eva-Marie Carne, German, Ph.D.
Ilda Marie Easterling, French, Ph.D.
M. Nancy Lester, Spanish, Ph.D.
Carlos E. Martin, Spanish, Ph.D.,
Christian Immo Schneider, German, Ph.D.
Rosco N. Tolman, Spanish, Ph.D.

Non-tenure Annual Contract
Sarah K. Bishop, lecturer
Steven L. Cook, lecturer
Dianara Georgeoliani, assistant professor
Mariko Okada-Collins, lecturer

Lindsay Groce, secretary senior

Department Information

The foreign languages department offers four Bachelor of Arts degrees with specializations and minors in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Russian. Four Bachelor of Arts degrees and two minors are available in Spanish. Teacher certification may also be completed in the target language(s). Course offerings provide (1) an introduction to the nature of the language as a facet of culture; (2) an acquaintance with the literature and culture of the aforementioned languages; and (3) proficiency in speaking, comprehension and writing.

For non-majors or minors, the first and second year sequences are designed to provide basic proficiency in a foreign language. The department recommends that all majors include some organized study in a foreign country where their major language is spoken.

Admission to Department Programs

  1. Students planning to major or minor must consult the student handbook (, meet with an advisor in the foreign languages department for details of admission requirements, and complete an application form.
  2. Potential majors must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 in 2nd-year courses in the language.
  3. Potential minors must have a grade point average of at least 2.5 in 2nd-year courses in the language.
  4. The foreign languages department reserves the right to modify these requirements as the needs of the department change. Any changes would supersede policies previously published in this catalog.

Departmental Standards

Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in each course allowed, toward fulfilling the major and/or minor.

Departmental Honors

To earn honors in the foreign languages department, the student must be a major, at least a first quarter senior, and have a GPA of 3.4 in the foreign language in question. Aspirants must apply in writing to the department chair. For details on honors and procedures, please see the foreign languages student handbook, available at, or contact a member of the foreign languages faculty.

Core Course Requirements

Only courses numbered 200 and above will count toward a major or minor. For students with sufficient preparation the 200 level sequence may be challenged. Students pursuing either a foreign language major or a foreign language: teaching major will be required to earn at least 20 transferable upper division credits in a study abroad program where the courses are taught in the target language. Those pursuing a foreign language broad area major or foreign language teaching broad area major will be required to earn at least 35 such credits.  Students pursuing a Spanish broad area major or a Spanish teaching broad area major will be required to earn 10 transferable upper division credits in a study abroad program where the courses are taught in Spanish. Students planning to study abroad must see their advisor prior to departure to ensure the applicability of the proposed course of study. All upper division classes not listed as requirements are approved electives.


• Foreign Language Broad Area Major
• Foreign Language Majors with Specializations, B.A.
• Foreign Language Minors
• Foreign Language: Teaching Broad Area Major
• Foreign Language: Teaching Major
• Spanish Broad Area Major
• Spanish Major
• Spanish Minor
• Spanish Teaching Broad Area Major
• Spanish Teaching Major

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