Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas
*A. Dias, PhD (Chair)—modern Spanish literature, Puerto Rican literature
Degrees and Certificate Offered: BA in Classics, BA in French, BA in German, BA in Russian, and BA in Spanish; MA in languages and literatures of Europe and the Americas with concentration in Classics, French, German or Spanish; Certificates in Classics, Certificate in French, Certificate in German, Certificate in Russian, Certificate in Spanish, Certificate in Latin America and Iberian Studies
The Academic Program
The Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas (LLEA) is divided into five language divisions: Classics (Greek and Latin), French/Italian, German, Russian, and Spanish/Portuguese/Latin American Studies. Courses of language instruction at the beginning and intermediate levels are offered in French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Russian and Spanish. Other languages such as Dutch, Hebrew, Polish and Portuguese are also offered depending on available budget and staff. Advanced courses in composition, conversation and linguistics are offered in French, German, Russian and Spanish. Courses in the literatures of France, the Francophone world, Germany-speaking countries, Italy, Latin America, Russia, Spain and Wales are offered in the original language, as are courses in classical literary texts written in Greek and Latin. Cultural studies courses that use a strong interdisciplinary approach and critical interpretive perspectives to consider the politics of representation, culture, and identity include Hispanic Cultural Studies, U.S. Latino Culture and Literature, Indigenous Peoples of Latin America, Latin American Cultural Perspectives, Spanish Cultural Perspectives, Freaks and Monsters, the Ethics of Otherness, French Civilizations, French Culture for Americans, French and Italian Literature as Film. 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 in advanced courses in specialized topics: Classical Foundations, Europeans in the Pacific, French and German civilization, and Russian Arts and Culture.
LLEA believes that the study of film allows for an array of interdisciplinary considerations ranging from the aesthetics and politics of representation to the socioeconomics of production and distribution. It enriches students’ literacy concerning visual arts, narrative, sound, movement and space, at the same time that it provokes their questioning of ethical, critical, social and moral assumptions. LLEA offers a wide range of courses focusing on the aesthetic and historical development of film in Europe and Latin America: History of World Film, International Film Criticism, French, German, Italian, Latin American, Russian, and Spanish Film.
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 languge proficiency and cultural awareness through its sponsorship of student clubs, films, lectures, scholarships, and Study Abroad programs. Currently, the department supports programs in France (Angers, Annecy, Paris) and Tahiti; 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
Approved study abroad of at least one semester in a Spanish-speaking country is recommended for all majors.
Certificate in Classics, French, German, Russian, or Spanish
For a Certificate in Classics, 12 credit hours of Greek or Latin courses beyond the intermediate year, plus Greek 101-102 for the Certificate in Latin and Latin 101-102 for the Certificate in Greek.
Certificate in Latin American and Iberian Studies
The Certificate in Latin American and Iberian Studies provides a systematic program of study in English for students interested in the arts, traditions, values, histories, religions, socioeconomic systems, and mythologies of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. It combines studies on literature, history, film and cultural studies for a richer and more comprehensive understanding of the peoples and heritage of Latin America and Iberia. Its interdisciplinary nature treats issues of colonization, imperialism, race, ethnicity, class, neoliberal practices, aesthetics, popular culture and globalization as they have been played out within the Ibero-Latin context.
In keeping with the global focus of UH Mânoa, LLEA is committed to offering the students of Hawai‘i an opportunity to acquire a broad cross-cultural perspective on and a sensitivity to the classical and modern languages and cultures. With this in mind, LLEA has designed an MA program that combines the study of language and literature with other forms of expressive culture in their permutations in the specific geographical regions of Europe, Latin America, the U.S., the Russian Far East, and parts of the Pacific Basin. Graduate students are offered the following opportunities: an MA degree in LLEA with concentration in a particular language division (Classics [Greek and Latin], French, German, or Spanish); teaching and research assistantships; preparation for a PhD program; preparation for professional careers such as teaching, government/foreign service; editing/publishing, international banking and business, travel industry, fashion, etc.
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 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 provide students with advanced study in linguistic and literary analysis and cultural critique. 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. 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 the 600-level LLEA core courses. 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. Under this plan, students must take 30 credit hours, at least 18 of these in courses in the 600-level LLEA core courses. 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.
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