Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Language & Culture Minor Programs in French, German, Spanish and Arabic

The language minor is an interdisciplinary program aimed at developing Intermediate Mid language skills and broad cultural understanding. It is designed with flexibility in order to accommodate students’ personal and professional interests. Language and cultural studies minors prove to be an important asset when seeking employment or applying to graduate schools. It also provides an incentive for students to study in upper division language and literature courses. Students who reach the intermediate level of French, German or Spanish have the opportunity of studying in France, Germany, Spain, Argentina, El Salvador, Costa Rica, or Puerto Rico.

Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures Curriculum for Minor Program in French (6 courses)

1.  Core curriculum Requirements:
View the Core Curriculum requirements. All students complete these requirements as part of their overall Canisius education. 

2. French Minor Requirements 
Students who begin at 103-104 level must add two more courses:
FRC 215 and FRC 217
FRC 323/324 and 332
FRC Elective

Up to two courses above can be replaced by DMLLC electives, approved courses from other departments or study abroad courses. Internships may count toward a minor (recommended Meudon Internship Program). All electives from other departments are subject to DMLLC approval.

3. A student portfolio.
FAH 224 Medieval Art  
FAH 251 Monet and the Age of Impressionism
HIS 213 Twentieth-Century Europe
HIS 260 Canada and the World 
HIS 319 The Enlightenment
HIS 320 The French Revolution and Napoleon
HIS 341 Decade of Wars 
HIS 354 French Empire
PHI 365 Existentialism
PSC 355 European Union
RST 352 The Church in the Modern World;
RST 329 Religions in North America to 1865 
RST 236 Theology and European Film 

Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures Curriculum for Minor Program in German (6 courses)

1.  Core curriculum Requirements:
View the Core Curriculum requirements. All students complete these requirements as part of their overall Canisius education. 

2. German Minor Requirements 
Students who begin at 115-116 level must add two more courses:
GER 215 and GER 216
GER 323/324 and 331/332

Up to two courses above can be replaced by DMLLC electives, approved courses from other departments or study abroad courses. Internships may count toward a minor. All electives from other departments are subject to DMLLC approval.

3. Student Portfolio
HIS 213 Twentieth-Century Europe
HIS 228 World War II in Films
HIS 229 The Violent Century in Films
HIS 315 the Renaissance
HIS 316 Reformation Europe
HIS 354 Post-War Europe, 1945 to present.
HIS 231 The Holocaust in History and Literature
HIS 366 Stalinism and Nazism, and HIS 413 Representations of the Holocaust
HIS 213 Twentieth-Century Europe
HIS 230 The Holocaust in Historical Perspective
HIS 325-326
HIS 339 Nazi Germany, World War II and the Holocaust, 1933-45
HIS 341 Decade of Wars
HIS 346 The Age of European Fascism, 1919-45
PHI 304 19th c Philosophy
PHI 356 Modern Philosophy II
HON 311 Masters of the Modern Mind: Marx, Nietzsche, Weber and Freud
RST 352 The Church in the Modern World 

Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures Curriculum for Minor Program in Spanish (6 courses)

1.  Core curriculum Requirements:
View the Core Curriculum requirements. All students complete these requirements as part of their overall Canisius education. 

2. Spanish Minor Requirements 
Students who begin at 103- 104 level must add two more courses:
SPA 215 and SPA 217
SPA 323/324 and 332
SPA Elective

Up to two courses above can be replaced by DMLLC electives. approved courses from other departments or study abroad courses. Pre-approved Campus Ministry* service trips, and Internships may count toward a minor. All electives from other departments are subject to DMLLC approval.

3. Non-Spanish Electives
Non-DMLLC electives for the SPA minor (with approval of chair) are listed below. In consultation with DMLLC advisor these courses, unless otherwise indicated, do not require a portfolio.
FAH 103 Survey of Pre-Columbian and Native American Art
FAM 224 Afro-Centric Music
 (Needs portfolio)
FAM 123 World Music (Needs portfolio)
HIS 131 Latin American History to 1830    
HIS 132 Latin American History since 1830

HIS 263 Wars in Latin America

HIS 365 U.S. - Latin American Relations Since 1898

HIS 336 Modern Mexico 
HIS 352 The Cuban Revolution
HON 223 Revolutions in Latin America 

HON 237 Intro Latinos in US Culture

HON 357 Global Pentecostalism
 (Needs portfolio)
HON 244 Issues in Comparative Education Policy  (When taught by a LAS faculty only)
HON 377  Plantation Psychosis
HON 378 Magic Realism
MGT 475 Doing Business in Latin America
MGT 476 Doing Business in Mexico
PHI 286 Latin American Philosophy
PSC 150L Comparative Government & Politics (When taught by a LAS faculty only)
PSC 241 Human Rights and Globalization (When taught by a LAS faculty only)
PSC 250 Politics in Latin America

PSC 360 Political Economy of Developing World (When taught by a LAS faculty only)
RST 327 Modern Global Christianity (Needs portfolio)
RST/IGSOR 302 The Jesuits in Latin America: Yesterday and Today

Minor Program in Arabic

ARBC 103-104 Introductory Arabic            6 credits
Reading, writing, listening and speaking. Introduction to Arabic culture. Course aim is for almost exclusive use of Arabic in class. Supplemented by required aural-oral practice in Language Laboratory (ARBC 299). Prerequisite for ARBC 104: C or better in ARBC 103 or permission of chair. ARBC 103 Fall, ARBC 104 Spring

ARBC 215/217 Advanced-Introductory Arabic            6 credits
Continued development in writing, listening, speaking and especially reading Arabic literary and cultural material. Comprehensive grammar review. Continued aim of almost exclusive use of Arabic in class. Lab required. Prerequisites for ARBC 215: C or better in ARBC 104.   ARBC 215 Fall, ARBC 217 Spring.

ARBC 323-324 Intermediate Arabic            6 credits
This course is an intermediate level course for all students who have completed 12 credits of Arabic language or an equivalent of 12 credits from another institution. The focus of the course is on grammar, structure, listening, reading and writing. Also emphasized is the cultural component. Each lesson in this course will address at least one cultural component framed in the context of the lesson. Cultural components include, but are not limited to, Middle Eastern cultures, North African cultures, and the influence of three religions—namely Islam, Judaism and Christianity—on cultures in the Arab World regions. Exclusive use of Standard Arabic in class. Prerequisite for Arabic 323 or better is Arabic 217 or permission of Chair. Arabic 323 is offered in Fall, and Arabic 324 is offered in Spring.