Department of Modern Languages

Major Programs

Arabic

The major consists of 52 credit hours, described below.

44 credits of advanced (200 and 300 level) coursework in Arabic language, literature, and culture, to develop appropriate levels of proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic:

    Language
  • ARB 201: Advanced Arabic I
  • ARB 202: Advanced Arabic II
  • ARB 203: Advanced Arabic III
  • ARB 301: Advanced Reading
  • ARB 302: Advanced Writing
  • ARB 303: Advanced Literature

    Culture & Literature
  • MOL 340: Arab Culture
  • MOL 341: Media in the Arab World
  • MOL 342: Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
  • 8 credit hours of Arabic Electives focusing on language, culture, or literature
8 credit hours of coursework in Arab studies, chosen from two different departments such as Art, History, Religious Studies, Geography, International Studies, Political Science, etc.

Students may need as few as 24 and as many as 32 credits of advanced language study in order to attain the goal of proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic at the ACTFL "Advanced Low" level. Depending on their level of prior expertise with Arabic, students may need to complete courses at the Basic and Intermediate levels before enrolling in 200 or 300 level language courses.

Chinese

The major consists of 52 quarter hour credits of coursework, distributed as follows:

  1. 24 to 32 credits of advanced (200 and 300 level) coursework in Chinese language, selected to develop appropriate levels of proficiency
  2. 20 to 28 credits of coursework in Chinese studies, chosen from the list of approved courses and from at least three different departments, such as Art, History, Religious Studies, Geography, International Studies, Political Science, etc.
Consult the current approved Chinese Studies course list available in the Department of Modern Languages. Students who begin their study of Chinese at DePaul with CHN 202 or higher may substitute a 300-level Chinese elective course for any of the required 200-level courses.

French

The major consists of 48 credit hours:

  • FCH 201 Advanced Communication I
  • FCH 202 Advanced Communication II
  • FCH 203 or 204 Advanced Communication III or IV
  • FCH 341 Introduction to French Literature I
  • FCH 342 Introduction to French Literature II
  • FCH 350 French Phonetics and Phonology
  • six more 300 level courses

One of these courses can be MOL 392, an internship held in a French-speaking country and designed in collaboration with a French faculty member.

German

The major consists of 11-12 (44-48 credit hours) courses beginning at the advanced level:

  • GER 201: Advanced Communication I
  • GER 202: Advanced Communication II
  • GER 203: Advanced Communication III
  • 3 (three) literature courses presenting German literature, history, and civilization from the Middle Ages through the 19th century and an in-depth study of the 20th (300-level)
  • 5 (five) elective courses chosen from offerings in German literature, civilization, intellectual history, translation, poetry and cinema.
  • Teaching Culture in the Foreign Language Classroom course at the 300 level (for education majors)
Students who begin their study of German at DePaul with GER 202 or higher may substitute a 300-level German elective course for any of the required 200-level courses.

Italian

The major consists of 44 credits:

  • ITA 201: Advanced Communication I
  • ITA 202: Advanced Communication II
  • ITA 203: Advanced Communication III
  • 8 (eight) 300-level courses of Italian instruction
Students who begin their study of Italian at DePaul with ITA 202 or higher may substitute a 300-level Italian elective course for any of the required 200-level courses.

Japanese

The major consists of 48 credit hours of coursework, distributed as follows:

  1. 24 to 32 credits of advanced (200 and 300 level) coursework in Japanese language, selected to develop appropriate levels of proficiency
  2. four to six classes focusing on Japan in at least two other departments or programs such as Art, History, Religious Studies, Geography, International Studies, Political Science, etc. Consult the current approved Japanese Studies course list available in the Department of Modern Languages.
Students who begin their study of Japanese at DePaul with JPN 202 or higher may substitute a 300-level Japanese elective course for any of the required 200-level courses.

Spanish

The major in Spanish consists of twelve courses distributed as follows:

  • Three 200-level language courses (advanced grammar, composition and conversation).
  • SPN 220: Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • SPN 352: Phonology and Phonetics
Three 300-level literature courses, one from three of the following areas:

  1. Spanish literature from the Middle Ages through the Golden Age
  2. Spanish literature from the Enlightenment to the present
  3. Latin American literature from its origins through Romanticism
  4. Latin American literature from Modernism to present

Four additional advanced courses in Spanish, up to two of which may be at the 200 level.

Students whose level of proficiency allows them to begin studying Spanish at DePaul in SPN 220 or higher may substitute 300-level courses for the three 200-level language courses.

The following courses are strongly recommended to students of Hispanic background instead of SPN 201, 202 and 203-204:

  • SPN 205: Grammar/Composition for the Heritage Speaker I
  • SPN 206: Grammar/Composition for the Heritage Speaker II
  • SPN 207: Advanced Conversation for the Heritage Speaker