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Modern Languages - Interdisciplinary Courses

These courses serve all language concentrations.

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MDLA-040  Community Service

Community service activity working with elementary and/or secondary teachers responsible for instruction of students learning English as their second language. Possible activities: assisting teachers in the development of appropriate ELL (English Language Learner) lessons and activities; directly instructing students; translating; and tutoring and assisting students who are not native English speakers. 1 credit (EL)

MDLA-340  Introduction To Linguistics (also Listed As ANTH 340)

Language in its broadest sense. Discussion of phonetics, sound laws, and the linguistic relationship between English and other modern languages. Dialect geography, semantic change, bilingualism, and other topics. Study of the cultural roots of the Western Indo-European language family. $5 per credit fee. 3 credits

MDLA-365  Ethnic Diversity In Eastern and Central Europe (also Listed As HIST 365)

History and politics of Southeast, East Central, and Central Europe from the 1500s to the present. Consideration of ethnic, religious, cultural, and linguistic diversity from Ottoman expansion westward to Habsburg heritage of modern Austria. Taught in German. $5 per credit fee. Offered fall in Vienna only. 4 credits (IS or VP or GP)

MDLA-370  Modern Languages Research Methods

Practical preparation for designing and carrying out significant thesis-length research project; introduction to key methodologies and theoretical approaches used in both humanities and social science disciplines. $5 per credit fee. Offeres spring. 2 credits

MDLA-380  Abroad Portfolio

Preparatory work for MDLA 483, MLFR 485, MLJP 485, and MLSP 485. Construction of a portfolio during the year abroad including self assessment of progress in all skills and increased cultural understanding, representative coursework, oral interviews. See Majors Manual for specific requirements related to each language. All required items must be turned in on time as a prerequisite for admittance to MDLA 483. $5 per credit fee. 2 credits

MDLA-439  Peer Instruction

Advanced study opportunity for outstanding students to assist faculty members in the classroom. Focus on course content and pedagogy. May not be repeated for credit. $5 per credit fee. Prerequisites: application and consent of instructor. 3 credits (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) (EL)

MDLA-483  Advanced Cross-cultural Seminar

Integration of students' personal experiences living and studying abroad with the course work completed on campus and abroad for the language major. Emphasis on the role of language, both verbal and non-verbal, in cross-cultural interactions. $5 per credit fee. Prerequisites: MDLA 380, senior standing and acceptance as a language major. 2-4 credits (MWI)

MDLA-487  Internship

Practical experience in a work setting drawing upon the specialized skills developed by language majors. Additional expertise as required for a given internship setting (marketing, communications, leadership potential, etc.). Preference given to language majors and minors. 40 hours on-site for each enrolled credit. Prerequisites: advanced language proficiency, complete preapplication and departmental approval. $5 per credit fee. 1-3 credits (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) (EL)

MDLA-490  Senior Thesis

By invitation from language faculty on the basis of an interview and examination. Long (8,000 words minimum) research paper pertaining to a literary, linguistic, or cultural aspect of the target culture. Written in the target language in close contact with the thesis director. Culminates in an oral defense before the language faculty. $5 per credit fee. 5 credits (WI)

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