372 O’DOWD HALL (248) 370-2060
Department Website: oakland.edu/languages/
Chairperson: Ronald F. Rapin
Distinguished professor emeritus: Jack R. Moeller (German)
Professors emeriti: John W. Barthel (German), Dolores Burdick (French), Carlo Coppola (Hindi-Urdu), Renate Gerulaitis (German), Don R. Iodice (French), David Jaymes (French), Estela Moreno-Mazzoli (Spanish), Munibur Rahman (Hindi-Urdu), Robert E. Simmons (German), Amitendranath Tagore (Chinese), Carmen Urla (Spanish)
Professors: Christopher Clason, (German), Barbara Mabee (German)
Associate professors: Stacey L. Hahn (French), Jennifer Law-Sullivan (French), Frances Meuser (Spanish), Seigo Nakao (Japanese), Aldona Bialowas Pobutsky (Spanish), Ronald F. Rapin (Spanish), Ingrid Broszeit-Rieger (German)
Assistant professors: Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo (Spanish), Hsiang-Hua Chang (Chinese), Stephen Filler (Japanese), Caroline Jumel (French), Maria Cecilia Saenz-Roby (Spanish), Mary Hartson (Spanish)
Special instructors: Dikka Berven (French), Julia Urla (Spanish)
Special lecturers: Yukiko Aigbedo (Japanese), Luz Clarke (Spanish), Bernadette Donohue (French), Jamila Doppke (French), Linda Eghtedari (German), Fatima Ferreira (Spanish), Tara Gardner (Spanish), Diana Greig (Spanish), Eiko Hiranuma (Japanese), Benjamin Hoffiz (Arabic), Mahmoud Hussein (Arabic), Setsuko Konishi (Japanese), Angela Milliken (Spanish), Henryka Nemesh (French), Jose´ Saenz (Spanish), Cornelia Schaible (German), Mayra Schmalzried (Spanish), Neldys Shekleton (Spanish), Gheorghita Tres (Spanish), Holly Walker-Cote´ (Spanish), Masae Yasuda (Japanese)
Lecturers: Lisa Agazzi (Italian), Shanyi Chen (Chinese), Ning-Ning Fang-Rothman (Chinese), Joaquin Frias (Spanish), Nira Lev (Hebrew), Michele Plattenberger (Japanese), Eric Russell (Spanish), Julia Salman (German), Wendy Shyu (Chinese), Mei-hsiao Tang (Chinese), Grzegorz Tokarski (Italian)
Chief adviser: Christopher Clason
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The modern languages curriculum is designed to help students acquire competence in the language of a given country or countries and, through the study of literature and civilization, to acquaint them with the cultural background of the country or countries. It also prepares students for graduate work, teaching and careers in business or government service. The department houses an interactive video, audio and computer language-technology facility, in which students have access to a broad variety of tutorials, exercises and multimedia activities supporting their classroom learning experiences.
Students may wish to investigate the advantages of combining a knowledge of foreign languages and cultures with competence in other fields. Study of a foreign language and culture is an important asset for students with majors such as economics, business, international management, computer science, communication or journalism. Knowledge of a foreign language also enhances the study of other disciplines, such as political science, English, linguistics, art or music. All language students may be asked to participate in departmental assessment activities.
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers language placement testing in French, German and Spanish year round. Students can take the test using a personal computer or at computer labs in Kresge Library or in the Oakland Center or in the language lab. The test in French, German and Spanish can be accessed at webcape.byuhtrsc.org?acct=oakland. Password: grizzlies1. For placement in the other languages, please contact the department. Students who enter Oakland University with high school work in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish must take the appropriate placement test during summer orientation. Students with previous language experience may not enroll in any 114 language courses without department permission. In case of questions concerning proper placement, students should consult with the department’s advising office, (248) 370-2060.
Students may take a competency examination to fulfill the general education requirement for foreign language. The languages are Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Students who wish to take this exam should consult the Department of Modern Languages for approval of the department chairperson.
Admission to Major Standing
To be eligible for a major in one or more foreign languages, a student must be admitted to major standing by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Normally, a student should apply for major standing at the department office after having attained 56 credits and no later than three semesters before graduation. A student planning to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree will be admitted to major standing after completion of 8 credits of language or literature at the 300 level with a minimum grade point average of 2.80.
Departmental Honors and Scholarships
Departmental honors may be awarded to graduating majors for outstanding achievements. In order to be eligible, students must submit for faculty review a writing project, usually either a research paper or a translation of superior quality, completed in a 400-level course. In addition, students must maintain a grade point average in major courses of at least 3.60 and have taken at least 16 credits of the major at Oakland University. Qualified students who wish to be nominated should contact a full-time faculty member in their major at the start of the semester in which they will graduate.
There are two scholarships specifically for majors in the department. The Don R. Iodice Grant-in-Aid for Foreign Travel is available for majors who will return to Oakland University for a minimum of two full semesters. The Carmine Rocco Linsalata Memorial Scholarship offers one stipend to an incoming student who intends to major in a foreign language and another to a major with a minimum of 28 credits. The Jack Moeller Gift Fund offers stipends to German majors for study at Oldenburg and for study in German courses at Oakland University. The department also offers the Holzbock Humanities Scholarship (For information, see General Information on Scholarships at the front of this catalog).
Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad. Students should consult departmental advisers for information on a variety of foreign study opportunities. Students wishing to transfer credits from study abroad programs must arrange for that prior to their departure. Chinese language students interested in studying abroad should contact Professor Seigo Nakao.
Students majoring or minoring in French wishing to participate in the exchange program with the University of Orleans in France should contact Professor Stacey Hahn. Students majoring or minoring in German wishing to participate in the exchange program with the University of Oldenburg in Germany should contact Professor Barbara Mabee.
Students may also participate in the Junior Year in Munich Program with Wayne State University. Japanese language students interested in studying in Japan should contact Professor Seigo Nakao.
Students majoring in Spanish may participate in Study Abroad Programs in Spain and Mexico, administered by the Director for International Education, 520 O’Dowd Hall. For further information on these programs, and on other study abroad opportunities, see the Center for International Programs section of the catalog.
Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language
Students may earn a certificate in teaching English as a second language (ESL) by completing the following courses: , and or their equivalents. In any case, a student must complete 12 credits in linguistics courses at OU to obtain this certificate. Students interested in earning this certificate should contact an adviser in the Department of Linguistics .
Students qualify for a translation certificate by completing language courses numbered 355, 455 and 491. A 491 course does not apply toward the major.
Concentration in French Studies
Coordinator: Stacey Hahn
The concentration in French studies provides an interdisciplinary understanding of French culture for students not majoring in French. Courses in French language, literature, civilization, art history and history are required. Students should refer to the Other Academic Options section for concentration requirements.
Programs & Cores
Modern Language and Literatures Majors, B.A.
Modern Language, Elementary Teaching Majors
Latin American Language and Civilization, B.A.
Modern Languages and Literatures (K-12), STEP
Modern Language and Literature Minors
Modern Language Minors
Chinese Language and Civilization Minor
German Studies Minor
Japanese Language and Civilization Minor
Modern Language, Elementary Teaching Minors
Modern Language, Secondary Teaching Minors
The department offers selected courses from this catalog as warranted by student needs and availability of faculty. Specific offerings for each term may be found in the Schedule of Classes. Modern Language courses at the 114-level satisfy the general education foreign language and culture requirement. Students who place into 115, 214 or 215 may use the credits to satisfy the general education foreign language and culture area.
The department offers selected courses from this catalog as warranted by student needs and availability of faculty: Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Schedule of Classes
Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes: sail.oakland.edu.