International Languages and Cultures in Translation (ILCT)

ILCT 106. Introduction to World Literature (4F)

Literature is an expression of a particular culture’s highest aspirations. By studying the literary expressions that have developed within varying cultural traditions, we can come to a richer understanding of the breadth and depth of the human experience, and we can also develop a greater sensitivity to cultural multiplicity. This course provides an opportunity to study, at some depth, literary texts produced within traditions that are not encompassed by the English-speaking world. Since, by necessity, we will be reading translated materials, we will also look at questions of translation, both linguistically and culturally. The specific content of the course will vary. Topics that may be covered include Latin American literature, Francophone literature, various European literatures, as well as comparative and thematic literary topics.

ILCT 293. Introduction to Cultural Studies (2E)

This course must be taken as a pre- or co-requisite to the first 300-level course in ILCC/ILCF/ILCG/or ILCS by those students planning to major in International Languages and Cultures; students planning to fulfill the requirements for a minor in one of the languages, or to take upper-level courses in one of the language concentrations, should consult with a faculty adviser in International Languages and Cultures to determine whether and when it would be appropriate to take this course.

This course introduces students to recent scholarship in the area of cultural studies theory. Students will be exposed to a variety of approaches to textual analysis, be it the text of books found within an established literary tradition, the text of expressions within popular culture, or the text of a given social experience in its broadest sense. Students will learn how to use the insights generated by the discipline of cultural studies to better understand and comment about the cultures that they study within the curriculum in the Chinese, French, German, Latin American Studies and Spanish concentrations. By comparison and contrast, students will also come to a better understanding of how U.S. society fits within a globalized cultural context.

ILCT 300. Introduction to Linguistics (4AF)

This course will study the principles governing language structure and its use. Both formal and applied aspects of linguistics theory will be considered. On the formal side, the sound, word, and sentence structure will be studied. On the applied side, first- and second-language acquisition, historical, social, computer- and neuro-linguisitics will be considered. Data will be drawn from both English and other languages. This course satisfies a math requirement for teacher certification in foreign languages.

ILCT 301. French and Francophone Studies in Translation (4AF)

The study of major works in the French-speaking literary traditions of Europe, Africa, or the Americas; or the study of basic philosophical, moral, social, and political dilemmas of French-speaking societies. May be repeated for credit.

ILCT 302. German Studies in Translation (4AF)

The study of major works in the German-speaking literary traditions of Europe, or the study of basic philosophical, moral, social, and political dilemmas of German-speaking societies. May be repeated for credit.

ILCT 303. Hispanic Studies in Translation (4AS)

Study of major works in the Spanish-speaking literary traditions of Europe and the Americas, or the study of basic philosophical, moral, social, and political dilemmas of Spanish-speaking societies. May be repeated for credit.

ILCT 393. St. Mary's Project Workshop (2S)

This course must be taken prior to the term in which the student begins his or her St. Mary's Project. The St. Mary's Project Workshop prepares students for their St. Mary's Project in international languages and cultures by teaching them how to frame a project and by stimulating independent and creative activity. Students will learn to relate their scholarly and creative interests to major issues in their fields and to the linguistic and cultural traditions represented in the department. Students will have an opportunity to explore the possibilities for St. Mary's Projects within the major: literary analysis, cultural analysis, pedagogical application, linguistic study, translation, creative writing. They will also be guided to write a proposal for their St. Mary's Projects. Visitors from inside and outside the College will discuss their critical and/or artistic work with the seminar participants and serve as models. Prerequisite: Advanced knowledge of a foreign language and junior standing or consent of the instructor.

ILCT 199, 299, 399, 499. Independent Study (1-4E)

This course consists of an independent creative or research project designed by the student and supervised by a foreign language faculty member. The nature of the project, the schedule for accomplishment, and the means of evaluation must be formalized in a learning contract prior to registration. (See “Independent Study” under “Academic Policies” section.)