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College of Arts and Letters

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Minor in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

The Minor in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, administered by the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, provides a general foundation for the range of subspecialties that together inform us about the classical past and its impact on contemporary society. Students gain an appreciation for diverse ways in which the classical and ancient Mediterranean world continues to influence our lives today and are given the opportunity to focus on a specific aspect of the classical past.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult the undergraduate adviser in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies.

Requirements for the Minor in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Complete a minimum of 18 credits from the following. At least one course must be at the 300- or 400-level. 

1.   One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
CLA 190 Introduction to Classics 3
CLA 140 Greek and Roman Mythology 3
HST 205A The Ancient Mediterranean from 3000 BCE to 400 CE 4
IAH 221A Great Ages: The Ancient World (I) 4
IAH 221A requires approval of the minor advisor to ensure Classics and Ancient Mediterranean-related content. Other related courses may count toward the minor with approval of the advisor. 
2. Complete at least one course in each of three of the following core subject areas:
Latin
LTN 101 Elementary Latin I 4
LTN 102 Elementary Latin II 4
LTN 206 Nepos and Latin Prose 3
LTN 208 Catullus and Lucretius 3
LTN 305 Third-year Latin: Major Authors I 3
LTN 405 Fourth-year Latin: Major Authors II 3
Greek
GRK 101 Elementary Classical Greek I 4
GRK 102 Elementary Classical Greek II 4
GRK 105 Intensive Elementary Greek 6
GRK 205 Second-Year Classical Greek: Major Authors 4
GRK 305 Third-Year Classical Greek: Major Texts 4
The 100-level Latin or Greek courses used to fulfill a college or major language requirement cannot also be counted towards the minor. The courses can, however, be counted toward the minor if the language requirement is otherwise satisfied.
History/Art History
HA 209 Ancient Art 3
HST 330 Ancient Greek History to 200 CE 3
HST 331 Ancient Roman History 200 BCE to 500 CE 3
HST 481 Seminar in Ancient History (W) 3
HST 419 Studies in Ancient History  3
Classical Texts in Translation
CLA 160 Myth Legend and J.R.R. Tolkien  3
CLA 201 The Greek and Roman World in Film 3
CLA 309 Greek Civilization  3
CLA 310 Roman Civilization  3
CLA  333 Roman Law (W) 3
CLA 360 Ancient Novel in English Translation (W)  3
ENG  265 Classical Myths and Literature  3
ENG  324 Readings in Epic  3
IAH  231B Themes and Issues: Moral Issues and the Arts and Humanities (D)  4
IAH 231B requires approval of the minor advisor to ensure Classics and  Ancient Mediterranean-related content. Other related courses may count toward the minor with approval of the advisor.
Archaeology/Anthropology
ANP  203 Introduction to Archaeology  3
ANP  264 Great Discoveries in Archaeology  3
ANP  363 Rise of Civilizations  3
ANP  451 European Archaeology  3
ANP  455 Archaeology of Ancient Egypt  3
HA  401 Greek Art and Archaeology  4
HA  402 Roman Art and Archaeology  4
Philosophy/Religious Studies/Political Thought
MC  270 Classical Republicanism  4
PHL  210 Ancient Greek Philosophy  3
PHL  410 Socrates and Plato Seminar  4
PHL  411 Aristotle Seminar  4
PLS  371 Classical Political Philosophy  3
REL  150 Introduction to Biblical Literature  3
REL  420 Birth of Christianity (W) 3

French

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in French

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in French.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the French major is met by completing French 320 or 340. Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. (1) below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following French courses (36 to 40 credits):  
      (1) All of the following courses (21 or 22 credits):  
        FRN 320 Self-Expression in Writing (W) 3
        FRN 321 Oral Expression 3
        FRN 330 French Phonetics 3
        FRN 340 Introduction to Reading French Literature (W) 3
        FRN 415 Introduction to French Studies I: Metropolitan France 3
        FRN 416 Introduction to French Studies II: Francophone Cultures 3
        FRN 425 Advanced Studies in French Language 3
          or        
        FRN 430 French Linguistics 3
        FRN  492 Senior Writing Project 1
        The completion of French 492 satisfies the capstone course requirement for the French major. French 492 will be waived for French majors who study abroad on a program approved by the department.  
      (2) Additional credits in French courses at the 400 level as needed to meet the requirement of at least 36, but not more than 40, credits in courses in the major.  



Minor in French

The Minor in French, which is administered by the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, will provide students the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge of the French language and French and Francophone cultures.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in French.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in French.

Requirements for the Minor in French

               
1. All of the following courses (15 credits):  
  FRN 320 Self-Expression in Writing (W) 3
  FRN 321 Oral Expression 3
  FRN 330 French Phonetics 3
  FRN 340 Introduction to Reading French Literature (W) 3
  FRN 415 Introduction to French Studies I: Metropolitan France 3
  or      
  FRN 416 Introduction to French Studies II: Francophone Culture 3
2. Complete 6 credits of course work in French at the 400-level as approved by the student’s academic advisor.  

 


Minor in Italian

The Minor in Italian, which is administered by the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, will provide students the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge of Italian language and cultures. Graduates with a minor in Italian will see an advantage in their job search as they will be able to demonstrate to employers a recognized level of achievement in Italian and to combine their interest in Italy with their career goals.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. Students seeking teacher certification in Italian should consult the requirements for the Disciplinary Teaching Minor in Italian in the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in Italian.

Requirements for the Minor in Italian

Complete 20 or 21 credits from the following:
1. All of the following courses (17 credits):
ITL 201 Second-Year Italian I 4
ITL 202 Second-Year Italian II 4
ITL 320 Advanced Grammar and Composition 3
ITL 330 Italian Culture and Civilization 3
ITL 350 Introduction to Italian Literature 3
2. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
IAH 209 Art, the Visual, and Culture (D) 4
IAH 221B Great Ages: The Medieval and Early Modern Worlds (I) 4
ITL 355 Italian Literature in English Translation 3
ITL 360 Topics in Italian Language and Culture 3
ROM 355 French, Italian and Spanish Cinema Since 1930 4
Students must obtain approval from the Department of Romance and Classical Studies prior to enrollment in ROM 355 and IAH 209 and IAH 221B.

Spanish

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Spanish major is met by completing Spanish 320 and 350. Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. (1) below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. The following Spanish courses (36 to 40 credits):
    (1) All of the following courses (27 credits):
    SPN 310 Basic Spanish Grammar 3
    SPN 320 Cultural Readings  and Composition (W) 3
    SPN 330 Phonetics and Pronunciation 3
    SPN 342 Media and Conversation 3
    SPN 350 Introduction to Reading Hispanic Literature (W) 3
    SPN 412 Topics in Hispanic Culture 3
    SPN 420 Spain and its Literature 3
    SPN 432 Latin America and its Literature 3
    SPN 440 The Structure of Spanish 3
    See the Department for an approved list of courses which may be used to substitute for Spanish 412.
    (2) Three of the following courses (9 credits):
    SPN 452 Topics in Spanish Language I 3
    SPN 462 Topics in Spanish Literature 3
    SPN 472 Topics in the Literatures of the Americas 3
    SPN 482 Topics in Spanish Linguistics 3
    SPN 491 Special Topics in Spanish 3
    Each course may be repeated for up to 9 credits.
    (3) Spanish electives:  Additional credits in 400–level Spanish courses as needed to meet the requirement of at least 36, but not more than 40, credits in the major.
    b. Intensive contact with Spanish is required in order to learn the language. Students majoring in Spanish are expected to study abroad for at least eight weeks, but should a student be unable to meet that expectation, one  of the following options must be approved:
    (1) internship for at least eight weeks in a Spanish-speaking environment.
    (2) service learning for at least eight weeks in a Spanish-speaking environment.
    Majors and teaching minors are strongly encouraged to take their second Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities course in Spanish, if this option is available.
    Any student who cannot complete the required experiential component must enroll in Spanish 492 Senior Writing Project for 1 credit. The completion of the experiential requirement or Spanish 492 satisfies the capstone course requirement for the Spanish major.


Minor in Portuguese

The Minor in Portuguese, which is administered by the Department of Romance and Classical Studies,  promotes study of the liberal arts and assist in creating more globally aware, internationally focused graduates with knowledge of the language as well as the cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.


Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies.

Requirements for the Minor in Portuguese

Complete 17 credits from the following:

               
1. All of the following courses (9 credits):  
  PRT 320 Advanced Portuguese 3
  PRT 340 Topics in Luso-Brazilian Culture 3
  PRT 350 Introduction to Literary Analysis (W) 3
2. Eight credits from the following courses as approved by the advisor  
  for the minor (8 credits):      
  PRT 101 Elementary Portuguese I 4
  PRT 102 Elementary Portuguese II 4
  PRT 150 Portuguese for Speakers of Other Romance Languages I (I) 4
  PRT 201 Second-Year Portuguese I 4
  PRT 202 Second-Year Portuguese II 4
  PRT 250 Portuguese for Speakers of Other Romance Languages II (I) 4
  PRT 290 Independent Study 1 to 4
  PRT 340 Topics in Luso-Brazilian Language and Culture 3
  PRT 490 Independent Study 1 to 4

Minor in Spanish

The Minor in Spanish, which is administered by the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, will promote study of the liberal arts and assist in creating more globally aware, internationally focused graduates with knowledge of the language as well as the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in Spanish.

Requirements for the Minor in Spanish

               
Complete a minimum of 21 credits from the following:  
1. All of the following courses (6 credits):  
  SPN 310 Basic Spanish Grammar 3
  SPN 320 Cultural Reading and Composition (W) 3
2. Complete 15 credits of course work in Spanish at the 300 and 400-level as approved by the student's advisor for the minor.