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Languages and Literatures of Europe and the AmericasCollege of Languages, Linguistics and Literature
1890 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8520
Fax: (808) 956-9536
*A. Dias, PhD (Chair)—modern Spanish literature, Puerto Rican literature
The Academic Program
The Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas (LLEA) is divided into five language divisions: Classics, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Courses of language instruction at the beginning and intermediate levels are offered in Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Advanced courses in composition, conversation and linguistics are offered in French, German, Russian and Spanish. Courses in the literatures of France, Francophone Africa, Germany, Latin America, Italy, Russia, Spain and Wales are offered regularly in the original language, as are courses in classical literary texts written in Greek and Latin. Cultural studies courses designed to acquaint students from other fields with the traditions and cultures of Europe and the Americas are also available, both in English and in the target language, and advanced courses in specialized topics have been designed for students at the graduate level.
Such courses include Hispanic cultural studies; U.S. Latino literature and culture; French and German film and French and German civilization; Spanish and Latin American cultural perspectives; Russian arts and culture; classical foundations; Europeans in the Pacific; literary theory; opera; exile literature; and courses on specific authors and literary movements. At the graduate level, particular attention is paid to literary analysis and cultural history. MA programs are offered in Classics, French, German and Spanish. In addition, BA degrees and certificate programs are offered in Classics, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. The department promotes language proficiency and cultural awareness through its sponsorship of student clubs, films, lectures, scholarships, and Study Abroad programs. Currently the department supports programs in Angers, Annecy and Paris, France; Florence, Italy; Berlin, Germany; Vladivostok, Russia; and several sites in the Hispanic world.
BA in Classics
BA in French
BA in German
BA in Russian
For a language emphasis:
For a literature emphasis:
BA in Spanish
†Language skill courses (SPAN 301 to 303) are normally limited to nonnative speakers of Spanish. Native and near-native speakers should consult a department adviser to determine what courses they may take.
††Recommended courses for prospective teachers: SPAN 330, 403, 451, and 452
††Recommended courses for prospective graduate students: SPAN 451, 452, and two 400-level literature courses
Certificate in Classics, French, German, Russian, or Spanish
Students must complete 15 credit hours beyond the intermediate year in the language of choice. A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be achieved. (For Classics certificate, 12 credit hours of Greek or Latin courses numbered 300 and above, plus GRK 101-102 and LATN 101-102.)
The master’s degree in Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas is based on the view that European culture is a unity that expresses itself in the different European languages and literatures. This culture finds its roots in the classical civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome and currently extends far beyond the geographical boundaries of Europe.
The department has designed the master’s program to emphasize this unity of culture, while at the same time preserving high standards of competence and performance in a particular language area. This aim is accomplished by providing a common core of courses for all students in the program, yet allowing for concentration in a given language and literature.
Students are encouraged to extend their competence by taking courses in languages outside their area of concentration. The program aims for flexibility in order to promote individual interests. It recognizes current job needs in which knowledge of two or more languages is useful and often required.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the Graduate Division, applicants must have the following:
Applicants with minor deficiencies may be accepted provisionally, but course work taken to make up deficiencies may not be counted toward satisfaction of the degree requirements. Students deficient in the second (or for Classics, the third) foreign language are strongly advised to make up this deficiency early in the program in order to participate meaningfully in the research/interdisciplinary aspects of the program.
All students in the program will be required to
Students who select Plan A (thesis) in their area of concentration must present a thesis proposal, including justification of the topic and a bibliography, for approval by the thesis director and two members of the thesis committee before the end of the second semester of work. The completed thesis must be presented to the thesis committee at least four weeks before the Graduate Division deadline. The Graduate Division requires all theses to be written in English.
All graduate students must take at least one 600-level course in the selected area of concentration each semester.
The core courses are designed to show how the European languages and literature are interconnected and stem from a common influence in classical antiquity. Although the courses are taught in English, candidates are expected to read the works from their own area of concentration in the original language.
For admission to the MA program, candidates must present an undergraduate major in Classics, with the traditional mastery of Greek and Latin in the original languages. Candidates admitted to the program must pursue both languages at the graduate level, in classes that will involve joint-instruction with advanced undergraduate students.
Plan A (thesis) requires a minimum of 30 credit hours in Greek and Latin; it is intended primarily for prospective PhD candidates. Under this plan, students must complete 24 credit hours, at least 12 of these in courses numbered 600 and above and at least 6 of these in LLEA 680, 681, 682, and 683. Students must also take 6 credit hours of thesis research under a sponsor of their choice and defend the thesis at a final oral examination.
Plan B (non-thesis) requires a minimum of 30 credit hours in Greek and Latin; it is intended primarily for prospective high school teachers. Under this plan, students must take 30 credit hours, at least 18 of these in courses numbered 600 and above and at least 6 in LLEA 680, 681, 682, and 683. Students must also pass a final comprehensive examination on Greek and Roman literature.
Candidates in French literature may select Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis). A minimum of 18 credits must be earned in courses numbered 600 and above, for a total of 30 credit hours, including 6 credit hours from among the core courses. FR 661 is also required but may be waived by the graduate chair. All specified requirements are minimal; a program for each student will be worked out based on the results of the preliminary conference with the graduate chair.
Plan A requires a minimum of 30 credit hours: at least 24 credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours of thesis research. A minimum of 18 credits must be earned in courses numbered 600 and above. Of these, a minimum of 15 credit hours must be in French courses numbered 600 and above, including at least one graduate seminar. Additional requirements are a written comprehensive examination and a thesis.
Plan B requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work. A minimum of 18 credits must be earned in courses numbered 600 and above. Of these, a minimum of 15 credit hours must be in French courses numbered 600 and above, including at least one graduate seminar. A written comprehensive examination is also required.
Candidates select either Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis). Both plans require a minimum of 30 credit hours. The requirements specified below are the minimum requirements; a program for each student will be worked out on the basis of a preliminary conference.
Plan A requires a minimum of 30 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. At least 12 credit hours must be in German courses numbered 600 and above, 3 credit hours in LLEA 630, 6 credit hours of thesis research, and 6 credit hours from among the core courses. Electives may be arranged upon consultation with a graduate adviser. Thesis approval and a thesis defense complete the requirements.
Plan B requires a minimum of 30 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. At least 18 credit hours must be in courses numbered 600 and above, 3 credit hours in LLEA 630, 3 credit hours in LLEA 480 or 481, 3 credit hours in LLEA 680 or 681, and 6 credit hours (or more) of electives. A final written comprehensive examination completes the degree requirements.
Candidates in Spanish may select Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis). Candidates in both plans are required to take 30 credit hours, including 6 credit hours of LLEA core courses. At least 18 of the 30 credit hours must be numbered 600 and above, including at least one graduate seminar. Students electing Plan A (thesis) must complete 6 credit hours of LLEA 700 Thesis Research. Graduate assistants in Spanish are also required to take SPAN 658 Seminar in Spanish Linguistics. Candidates of both plans must pass a comprehensive final examination in literature (Peninsular and Spanish American) and in one of the following three areas (language, Latino Studies, cultural studies/critical theory). The examination is based on the minimum reading list and is also tailored to fit the background and course work of the individual candidates and the thesis, if offered.