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Department of Modern and Classical Languages

Joy Landeira, Department Chair
231 Hoyt Hall
Phone: (307) 766-4177, FAX: (307) 766-2727
Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/modlang

Professors

PHILIP HOLT, B.A. St. John's College 1969; Ph.D Stanford University 1976; Professor of Classics 2005, 1993, 1987.
JOY LANDEIRA, B.A. University of Wyoming 1973; M.A. 1975; Ph.D University of Colorado, Boulder 1981. Professor of Spanish 2015. Department Chair.
HANNELORE MUNDT, Staatsexamen, Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule Aachen 1977; Ph.D. University of California-Irvine 1984; Professor of German 2004, 1998, 1996.

Associate Professors

KHAMA-BASSILI TOLO, G3: Gradué en Pédagogie Appliquée, Option: Francais-Linguistique Africaine, Université Nationale du Zaire 1976; L2: Licencié en Pédagogie Appliquée, Option: Francais, 1978; M.A. Vanderbilt University 1986; Ph.D. 1989; Associate Professor of French 1996, 1990.

Assistant Professors

EKATERINA ALEXANDROVA, B.A. Saint Jousephs University 2003; M.A. Dartmouth College 2004; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania 2012; Assistant Professor of French 2012.
IRENE CHECA-GARGIA, B.A. University of Granada 1997; M.A. Linguistics University of Granada 2000; Ph.D. Universidad de Alemeriá 2004; Assistant Professor of Spanish 2012.
CONXITA DOMÈNECH, B.A. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 1990; M.A. 1992; M.A. University of Colorado Boulder 2006; Ph.D. 2010; Assistant Professor of Spanish 2011.
REBECCA E. STEELE, B.A. Leibnitz-Academie 2001; M.A. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 2008; Ph.D. 2009; Assistant Professor of German 2012, 2009. 

Senior Professional Lecturer

JOSEPH KRAFCZIK, B.A. University of Wyoming 1983; M.A. University of Michigan 1986; Associate Lecturer in Russian 2005, 1988.

Senior Academic Professional Lecturer

LAURA DE LOZIER, B.A. Beloit College 1990; M.A. University of Wisconsin 1992; Ph.D. 2002; Senior Academic Professional Lecturer in Latin 2006; Assistant Department Chair.

Academic Professional Lecturers

PETRA HEINZ, M.A. Ludwig-Maximilian-Unviersitaet 1990; Assistant Academic Professonal Lecturer in ESL 2013.
JENNIFER LAVANCHY,
B.A. University of Wyoming 2004; M.A. 2006, 2008; Assistant Academic Professional Lecturer in Spanish 2011.
LAURA DE LOZIER, B.A. Beloit College 1990; M.A. University of Wisconsin 1992; Ph.D. 2002; Associate Academic Professional Lecturer in Latin 2006.
MARK W. PERSON, B.A. University of Wyoming 1983; M.A. 1986; Associate Academic Professional Lecturer in German 2012.
BÉNÉDICTE SOHIER, B.A. Stephen F. Austin State University 2006; M.A. Indiana University Bloomington 2008; Associate Academic Professional Lecturer in French 2015, 2009.
YAN ZHANG, B.A. Harbin Institute of Technology 2000; M.A. Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences 2002; Associate Academic Professional Lecturer in Chinese 2011, 2006.

Temporary Lecturers

Roland Akpovo, Christian Greaser, Sonia Rodriguez-Hicks, Xuan-Xabier Huynh, Comlan Igor, Noah Miles, Mary Katherine Scott

Professors Emeriti

M. Ian Adams, Lewis Bagby, Lowell A. Bangerter, Klaus D. Hanson, Francis S. Heck, Walter G. Langlois, Carlos Mellizo-Cuadrado, Jean-Louis G. Picherit, Pavel Sigalov

Modern and Classical Languages

The Modern and Classical Languages department offers work leading to the B.A. degree with majors and minors in French, German, Russian and Spanish, or concentrations for the B.A. in humanities/fine arts. A minor is offered in classical civilizations, Chinese, Latin and Japanese. The M.A. is available in French, German and Spanish. Courses are also offered in literature in translation.

Foreign Language Requirements

All candidates for the B.A. and B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences who matriculated before Fall 2015 are required to complete the equivalent of 8 semester hours of work in a single modern or classical language. Normally this requirement is satisfied by completing courses 1010 and 1020 with a letter grade of C or better in a single language, but completion of 1020 with a grade of C or better also satisfies the requirement. There are also other ways to satisfy the requirement: (1) a more advanced language course with a grade of C or better also constitutes the completion of the language requirement (for a list of applicable courses contact the department); (2) students with prior exposure to the language may be granted college credit after taking a written examination administered by the department; students must take this examination before completing registration for a language course (for regulations governing credit by examination, refer to Credit Available to Undergraduate Students in this bulletin); (3) an advanced placement, AP, examination in the language with a score of 4 or higher satisfies the language requirement, as do CLEP scores (see section on Credit by Examination on the department website).

Students who do not wish college credit for previous high school language study should register in classes appropriate to their level of training. Those who have had two years of a foreign language in high school normally enter 1020 of that language, while those who have had three or more years of such study should take the placement examination to determine the course in which they should enroll and to avail themselves of the opportunity to receive credit by examination. Students in doubt about their ability are advised to take the placement examination. Students who have completed their language requirement can enroll for additional language courses of their choice, something strongly advised for those who wish to reach adequate levels of proficiency in the language or wish to study abroad. Check the bulletin or website for special sections targeted for students with varied experiences in the language.

Undergraduate Major

A language major usually requires 30 semester hours of work in a single language beyond 2030. To include a language option in the humanities/fine arts interdisciplinary program, students must complete at least 12 hours above the 2030 level. 

French

Required courses for the major in French are 2040, 2130 or 3110, 2140, 3005, 3050, 3060,  4100, 4110, plus 6 hours of electives at the 4000-level.

German

Required courses for the major in German are 2040, 2140, 3050, 4100 and 4110, plus 15 hours of electives in German at the upper-level.

German in-residency requirement: German majors need to take 3 of the following 6 courses to meet the in-residency requirement: GERM 4100, 4110, 4145, 4240, 4230, 4265.

Russian

Required courses for the major in Russian are RUSS 2040, 2140, 3050, 3060, 4070, 4080, 4200 and 9 hours of electives in Russian* at the 3000-level or above. Coursework at the 3000-level or hight from study-abroad courses at Saratov University is also accepted (www.uwyo.edu/saratovstudy/).

*Non-RUSS electives may include: HIST 2230, HIST 2240, HIST 4290.

Spanish

Spanish offers two major tracks:

  1. The culture, literature and cinema track requires requires 2040, 2140, 3050, 3100, 3120, plus 15 hours of electives above SPAN 2030.
  2. The language-linguistics track requires language-linguistics requires 2040, 3050, 3060, 4090, 4310, plus 15 hours of electives above SPAN 2030.

Highly recommended electives for the language-linguistics track are SPAN 3080, SPAN 4080, and SPAN 4320. It is possible to take one class from the following: SPPA 4160; ENGL/LANG 4985; ANTH 4760; ANTH 4775; ANTH 4785; ANTH 4795.

Humanities/Fine Art Majors

The humanities/fine art majors should have 2040, 2140 and 3050 as part of their language option. Prospective B.A. language majors should seek help from their advisers to work out a coordinated program of study. An additional area of concentration (e.g., a second foreign language, English, fine arts, philosophy, history, science or social science) is strongly recommended.

Minor

In general, students desiring to complete a minor in a foreign language will be required to complete a program of 18 semester hours above 2030. The requirements for individual languages are as follows:

Chinese

CHIN 2040  4 credit hours
CHIN 2041  3 credit hours
CHIN 3050  3 credit hours
CHIN 3065  3 credit hours
CHIN 3055  3 credit hours
CHIN 4070  3 credit hours
Total             18 credit hours

Classical Civilizations

CLAS 2020 or HIST 2120  3 credit hours
CLAS 2040 or HIST 2130  3 credit hours
Electives*                          12 credit hours
Total                                     18 credits

*12 hours chosen from Classics 3000-level or above. Up to 6 hours of Latin at the 3000-level or above may be counted as electives. Other courses about ancient Mediterranean cultures that are not taught under Classics may be submitted for approval as electives to the advisor for the minor.

French

FREN 2140  3 credit hours
FREN 2040  3 credit hours
FREN 3050  3 credit hours
Electives*    9 credit hours
Total            18 credit hours

*9 hours chosen from French at the 3000-level or above (at least 6 of these hours must be at the 4000-level).

German

GERM 2140  3 credit hours
GERM 2040  3 credit hours
GERM 3050  3 credit hours
Electives*    9 credit hours
Total            18 credit hours

*9 hours chosen from German at the 3000-level or above (at least 6 of these hours must be at the 4000-level).

Japanese

JAPN 2040  4 credit hours
JAPN 3050  3 credit hours
Electives*   12 credit hours
Total            19 credit hours

*Electives to be chosen from: LANG 2150; LANG 3105; LANG 3140; HP 2151/4151; JAPN 4990; HIST 2460; HIST 2461; JAPN 3060; JAPN 4070; JAPN 4080.

Latin

LATN 3110  3 credit hoursLATN 3140  2 credit hours
LATN 4120  3 credit hours
LATN 4130  3 credit hours
Electives*    7 credit hours
Total            18 credit hours

*Electives chosen from Latin at the 3000-level or above.

Russian

RUSS 2040  3 credit hours
RUSS 2140  3 credit hours
RUSS 3050  3 credit hours
Electives*    9 credit hours
Total              18 credit hours

*9 hours from Russian at the 3000-level or above (coursework at the 3000-level or above from study-abroad courses at Saratov University is also accepted [www.uwyo.edu/saratovstudy/]).

Spanish

Electives*    18 credit hours
Total              18 credit hours

*18 hours of electives in Spanish at the 2000-level or above (excluding SPAN 2030).

Native Language Credit

Students are not allowed university credit for language courses in their native language below the 4000 level, but may receive credit for literature courses below that level.

Study Abroad

There are many opportunities for students to study abroad and students are encouraged to do so.

Suggested Curriculum for B.A. in a Foreign Language

(for students with no prior background in the language)

Freshman Year: Fall

Hours

Language 1010

4

Freshman Year: Spring
Language 1020

4

Sophomore Year: Fall
Language 2030

4

Sophomore Year: Spring
Language 2040

3

Language 2140

3

Junior Year: Fall
Language 3050

3

Language 3000-4000 level

3

Junior Year: Spring
Language 3060

3

Language 3000-4000 level

6

Senior Year: Fall
Language 4200

3

Senior Year: Spring
Language 4000-5000 level

6

Graduate Study

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers programs leading to the master of arts degree with majors in French, German, and Spanish.Contact the department for further details or check the departmental website.

Undergraduates contemplating advanced work in all fields should remember that many graduate schools require a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language for admission to candidacy for an advanced degree. Accordingly, they should plan to begin study in a foreign language early in their undergraduate years so that their progress toward an advanced degree will not be delayed later.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate program in a specific language is open to students who have completed an undergraduate major, or the equivalent, in the same subject and who meet the minimum requirements set forth in this Catalog.

Students entering the graduate program from other institutions may be required to make up visible deficiencies in areas covered by required courses in this department's undergraduate programs.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Degree requirements are based on the university minimum requirements.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate program in a specific language is open to students who have completed an undergraduate major, or the equivalent, in the same subject and who meet the minimum requirements set forth in this Catalog.

Students entering the graduate program from other institutions may be required to make up visible deficiencies in areas covered by required courses in this department's undergraduate programs. Program Specific Degree Requirements

Degree requirements are based on the university minimum requirements.

Undergraduates contemplating advanced work in all fields should remember that many graduate schools require a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language for admission to candidacy for an advanced degree. Accordingly, they should plan to begin study in a foreign language early in their undergraduate years so that their progress toward an advanced degree will not be delayed later.

Chinese (CHIN) Courses

Classics (CLAS) Courses

English as a Second Lanuage (ESL) Courses

French (FREN) Courses

German (GERM) Courses

Greek (GRK) Courses

Japanese (JAPN) Courses

Language (LANG) Courses

Latin (LATN) Courses

Russian (RUSS) Courses

Spanish (SPAN) Courses

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