Department of Modern Languages

The Department of Modern Languages offers a number of different languages. These include French, German, and Spanish. The curriculum is listed under each.


French Course Listing

Fre 115 Beginning French I
An introduction to basic modes of communication in the target language.
Emphasis is on everyday language while developing speaking, listening,
reading, and writing as well as introducing cultures of the target language.

Fre 116 Beginning French II
A continuation of French 115. Prereq: Fre 115 or placement into 116.

Fre 160 Special Topics

Fre 217 Intermediate French
Reinforcement and expansion of grammatical and phonological patterns.
Emphasis given to developing speaking, listening, reading, and writing
skills as well as study of cultures of the target language. Prereq: Fre
116 or placement into 217.

Fre 218 Advanced Intermediate French
Advanced study involving expansion and synthesis of knowledge and
understanding of the target language and its cultures. Prereq: Fre 217 or
placement into 218.

Fre 222  French Cinema

Taught in English, a survey course examining French cinema from its 19th century pioneers to the innovative New Wave directors of the 1950s to contemporary filmmakers.  Students with French ability may choose to write papers in French.  Does not count toward LADR sequence.

Fre 227 Off-Campus French Conversation in a Contemporary Context

Conducted in a French-speaking country. Intensive work in oral expression, focusing on practical situations and contemporary issues, by means of a variety of texts. Prerequisite: successful completion of 211 or 213 and permission of instructor. French 220 or 221 is recommended, as is 237. After taking Fre 227, Fre 228 cannot be taken for credit. Fre 227 may be repeated once for credit.

Fre 228 On-Campus French Conversation in a Contemporary Context

Intensive work in oral expression, focusing on practical situations and contemporary issues, by means of a variety of texts. Prerequisite: successful completion of 211 or 213 and permission of instructor. Fre 220 or 221 is recommended, as is 237. Offered alternate years. May precede Fre 227, but may not be taken after Fre 227.


The following courses are limited to students who have taken Fre 218 or who have been placed there through a placement examination administered by Hanover College. Acceptance into one of these courses without 218 requires SPECIAL PERMISSION of the instructor. All readings, discussions, and compositions in these courses are in French.

Fre 239  French Civilization and Culture Before 1900

Examination of the social, geographic and political structures of early France, as well as general study of the country’s history and artistic expression from the Gallo-Roman era through the 19th century.

Fre 240  Contemporary French Business and Culture

Examination of the political, economic, artistic and social structures of 20th and 21st-century France and their contribution to the French business structure.

Fre 260 Special Topics

Fre 307 Directed Study
This is a 1/2 unit course.

Fre 310  Studies in French Literature and Culture

A study of selected topics related to the literature and culture of France.

Fre 311  Studies in Francophone Literatures and Cultures

A study of selected topics related to the literatures and cultures of the Francophone world.

Fre 320 Introduction to French Literature

An introductory course on the three principal genres of French and Francophone literature--prose, theatre, and poetry--with emphasis on comprehension and literary/stylistic analysis. This course will prepare students for more extensive readings in advanced French literature courses.

Fre 332  17th and 18th Century French Literature

A study of representative works of prose, poetry, and theatre from the Baroque, Classical, Enlightenment, and Pre-Romantic periods.

Fre 335 19th-Century French Literature

A study of representative major works of prose, poetry, and theatre from the Romantic, Realist, Naturalist, and Symbolist periods.

Fre 336 20th-Century French Literature

A study of representative major works of prose, poetry, and theatre from the Surrealist, Existentialist, and Absurdist movements. May also include representative works of non-European Francophone literatures.

Fre 357 Internship

Off-campus supervised experience in French.

Fre 360 Special Topics

Fre 370 Directed Study
A one unit course.

Fre 423 French Middle Ages and 16th-Century Literature

Emphasis on the medieval epic and romance and on Rabelais, Montaigne and representative poets of the French Renaissance. Offered on demand.

Fre 457 Academic Internship as the Culminating Experience

Fre 471 Independent Study

Required of all majors. Each student will choose a topic, carry out the necessary research and write an extensive paper in French.

For More Information About the French Department,
Please Contact the French Convener
Ann Kirkland, 812.866.6878, or e-mail at kirkland@hanover.edu

German Course Listings

Ger 115 Beginning German I.

An introduction to basic modes of communication in the target language. Emphasis is on everyday language while developing speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as introducing culture(s) of the target language.

Ger 116 Beginning German II.

A continuation of German 115. Prerequisite: Ger 115 or placement into 116.

Ger 217 Intermediate German.

Reinforcement and expansion of grammatical and phonological patterns. Emphasis given to developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as study of culture(s) of the target language. Prerequisite: Ger 116 or placement into 217.

Ger 218 Advanced Intermediate German.

Advanced study involving expansion and synthesis of knowledge and understanding of the target language and its culture(s). Prerequisite: Ger 217 or placement into 218.

Ger 227 Off-Campus German Conversation in a Contemporary Context.

Conducted in a German-speaking country. Intensive work in oral expression, focusing on practical situations and contemporary issues, by means of a variety of texts. Prerequisite: successful completion of 217 and permission of instructor. Ger 218 is recommended. After taking Ger 227, Ger 228 cannot be taken for credit. Ger 227 may be repeated once for credit.

Ger 228 On-Campus German Conversation in a Contemporary Context.

Intensive work in oral expression, focusing on practical situations and contemporary issues, by means of a variety of texts. Prerequisite: successful completion of 217 and permission of instructor. German 218 is recommended. May precede Ger 227, but may not be taken for credit after Ger 227.

Ger 231 Business German.

German for commerce and economics, industry and labor, import and export, transportation systems, banking, and marketing. Builds reading, speaking, and writing skills, using contemporary economics and business texts and conventions. Prerequisite: 218.

Ger 235 Stylistics and Composition.

An advanced study and written application of grammar and strategies that teach students to speak and write more idiomatically, as well as read more fluently. Required for majors and minors. Prerequisite: 218 or placement, or special permission.

Ger 240 Studies in German Literature and Culture.

A study of selected topics related to the literature and culture of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Content may vary. Maybe repeated for credit once with permission of the instructor.

Ger 242 Nobel Prize winners in German Literature (in Translation)

Major works of recent Nobel Prize winners are examined against the background of the socio-political history of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. No prerequisite.

Ger 246 History of the German People from the Beginnings to World War I

A survey of events, developments, and personalities that shaped German-speaking Europe from Roman times to the early 20th century, focusing on the major political organizers: the Franks, Stauffers, the Hapsburgs, and the Hohenzollems; on the sociopolitical legacy of the Holy Roman Empire; on German unification and the "German question" and on the events leading to World War I. Offered alternate years.

Ger 247 History of Germany from 1945 to Present.

From ruin to riches to reunification: an examination of the postwar period; of Germany's defeat, occupation, and division; of the economic miracle and its consequences; of major forces, events, and developments leading to the second unification; and of Germany's role in Europe. Offered alternate years.


The following courses are limited to students who have taken Ger 218 or who have been placed there through a placement examination administered by Hanover College. Acceptance into one of these courses without 218 requires SPECIAL PERMISSION of the instructor. All readings, discussions, and compositions are in German.

Ger 260 Special Topics.

Ger 307 Directed Study .50 Unit

Ger 325 19th-century German Literature.

Study of representative prose and drama of romanticism, realism, and naturalism.

Ger 327 20th Century German Literature.

Study of Major novelists, short story writers and playwrights from German-speaking Europe.

Ger 357 Internship Off-Campus supervised experience in German.

Off-campus supervised experience in German.

Ger 360 Special Topics

Ger 370 Directed Study . One unit.

Ger 431 The German Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Survey of German literature from A.D. 1200 to 1700.

Ger 457 Academic Internship as the Culminating Experience

Ger 471 Independent Study

Each student will choose a topic, carry out necessary research and write an extensive paper in German.

For More Information About the German Department,
Please Contact the German Convener
Brigitte Randall, 812.866.7212, or e-mail at randall@hanover.edu

Spanish Course Listing 

Spanish 115 Beginning Spanish I
An introduction to basic modes of communication in the target language. Emphasis is on everyday language while developing speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as introducing culture(s) of the target language.

Spanish 116 Beginning Spanish II
A continuation of Spanish 115. Prereq: Spa 115 or placement into 116.

Spa 160 Special Topics

Spa 217.  Int. Spa. I: The Spanish Speaking World.  Students develop increasingly complex skills such as communicating in Spanish and understanding Spanish texts while studying and discussing social and cultural topics. Students study such essential dimensions of the Spanish speaking world as: geography and development, environmental challenges and solutions, population and demographic changes and challenges, ethnic diversity. Prerequisite: Spanish 116 or placement into 217.

Spa 219.  Int. Spa. II: “Hispanics” in the U.S. Students examine the history of the Hispanic/Latino presence within the United States and the intercultural connections created by this diversity.  Through a variety of readings they will mainly consider the unique histories of Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans and Puerto Ricans, and discuss the various formulations of identity for Hispanics/Latinos. As they strive to articulate the nature of cultural identity in the United States, they will explore the contributions of different ethnic groups as well as the challenges that cultural differences often provoke. Prerequisite: Spa 217 or placement into 219. Not open to students with prior credit in Spa 227 or 228. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.



The following courses are limited to students who have taken Spa 218, Spa 219 or who have been placed above 218 through a placement examination administered by Hanover College. All readings, discussions, and compositions in these courses are in Spanish.

Spa 227. Off-Campus Spanish Conversation and Culture. An immersion experience in a Spanish-speaking country. Focus is on many aspects of the culture of the particular country and oral expression in order to facilitate daily life functions, greater intercultural understanding and effective interactions. Offered spring term. Prerequisite: Spa 219 or placement above 219; and permission of instructor. May be repeated once for credit. After taking Spa 227, Spa 228 cannot be taken for credit.

Spa 228 On-Campus Spanish Conversation in a Contemporary Context

Intensive work in oral expression, focusing on practical situations and contemporary issues, by means of a variety of texts. Spa 218 or placement above is required. Offered every semester. May precede Spa 227, but may not be taken after 227.  Prerequisite: Spa 219 or placement above 219 or permission of instructor.

Spa 230 Spanish Culture and Civilization

Reading, discussion and presentation of the social, economic, geographic, and political structure of contemporary Spain, as well as a study of the country's history and artistic expression through the centuries. Prerequisite: Spa 227 or 228, or permission of instructor. 

Spa 231 Spanish American Culture and Civilization

Reading, discussion, and presentation of the social, economic, geographic, and political structure of contemporary Spanish America, as well as a study of the area's history and artistic expression through the centuries. Prerequisite: Spa 227 or 228, or permission of instructor.

Spa 260 Special Topics

Not recommended if student has prior credit in Spa 320. Prerequisite:  Spa 219.

Spa 307 Directed Study

This is a 1/2 unit course.

Spa 319 Stylistics and Composition

An intensive study and written application of the intricate details of grammar necessary for advanced students. Prerequisite: Spa 227 or 228, or permission of instructor.

Spa 320 Introduction to Literature in Spanish

An introduction to the literary genres of prose fiction, poetry, and theatre, using as examples readings from both Spanish and Spanish American literature. The student will learn the terminology used in discussion of the respective genres as well as critical methods of approach. Prerequisite: Spa 227,228,230 or 231. Although only 1 of these courses is required, it is recommended that students take 2 of these courses (or one of these and 319) before enrolling in 320 if at all possible.

Spa 320 is a prerequisite for all 300-level courses.

Spa 321. Latin American Film. Advanced course in Spanish that provides a visual context to the study of culture, history and society of Latin America. Prerequisite: Spa 320. Counts toward Film Studies minor.

Spa 322. Reading Spanish Film. This class explores several cultural themes that are prevalent in Spain and in the world at large, such as women and gender, immigration, collective memory, modernity, and globalization. Spanish films are examined in connection with the social, political, and historical context. Prerequisite: Spa 320. Counts toward Film Studies minor.

Spa 327. Studies in the Cultures of Spain. A study of selected topics related to the cultures of Spain using cultural narratives present in a wide variety of expressive forms. Content may vary. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Spanish 320.

Spa 328. Contemporary Spain. This course introduces students to contemporary Spanish history, politics, and culture through the analysis of a selection of texts. Prerequisite: Spanish 320.

Spa 329.  Women and Gender in Spain. This course introduces important female authors and artists from the Middle Ages to the 21st century from both within and outside the Spanish Canon, focusing especially on the authors’ response to their political, social, and cultural context. Students will learn about Spanish culture and society through the lens of women’s experiences and struggles for social justice. Prerequisite: Spanish 320.

Spa 333 The Development of Spanish-American  Literature

A study of the Spanish Chroniclers of the period of discovery and conquest, selected works of the colonial period, and representative writings of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Spa 334 Themes in Contemporary Spanish-American  Literature

A survey of contemporary topics such as national identity, gender relations, political action, and indigenous movements in Spanish-American prose, poetry, theatre, and film from modernism to the present.

Spa 337 Studies in Latin American Literature and Culture

A study of selected topics related to literature and culture of Latin America. Content may vary. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor.

Spa 357 Internship

Off-campus supervised experience in Spanish.

Spa 370 Directed Study

This is a 1 unit course.

 

Spa 437 Seminar in Latin American Studies

A critical inquiry into an important sub-field in latin American literary and cultural criticism. Prerequisite: Spa 320 and one additional course above Spa 320 or permission of instructor.

Spa 436. Spain during the Middle Ages and Golden Age.  A variety of historical documents, literary texts and artistic manifestations will be analyzed to understand a society that produced rogues, heroes, saints, pilgrims and inquisitors. Concepts such as diversity (religious, cultural, ethnic), nationalism, empire, honor, myth and deceit will be explored. Prerequisites: Spa 320 and one additional course above Spa 320.

Spa 439 The Clash of Cultures

A survey of texts detailing the indigenous experience during the process of cultural hybridization brought about by Spanish colonization of the Caribbean, Mesoamerica, and the Andes in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Texts and authors may include the Popol Vuh, Fray Bartolome de las Casas, Guaman Poma de Ayala, Netzahualcoyotl, Colon, Diaz de Castillo, and the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. Satisfies Othe Cultures LADR. Prerequisites: Spa 320 and one additional course above Spa 320 or permission of instructor.

Spa 457 Academic Internship as the Culminating Experience

Students may choose to undertake an internship in the field of Spanish. It may be taken as an elective credit toward the major/minor (Spa 357) or a student majoring in Spanish may choose to have this type of experience in the professional world in place of the Independent Study (Spa 457). An internship is an opportunity to gain first hand experience in the professional world but it does require extra initiative on the part of the student to identify an internship, establish the necessary contacts and carry out the work required. Students who do an internship simply as elective credit toward the major or minor follow the normal internship rules (see Mr. David Harden, Hanover's Internship Coordinator). Students who undertake this in place of the Independent Study must follow the special requirements established by the Department of Modern Languages described in their publication "Academic Internship Program."

Spa 471 Senior Thesis

It is required that all our majors do an independent study (or an academic internship).  This means that each student will choose a topic, carry out the research and write an extensive paper in Spanish (25-30 pages recommended). The Senior Thesis may be done during the Fall or Winter of your senior year. The Department recommends, though, the Fall semester as the best time to carry it out since the comprehensive exams take place during Winter and both endeavors require a great deal of time and dedication. It is very important that you consult with members of the Department during your junior year regarding your area and topic of study so that your interests be matched with the right professor and his/her own fields of interest and or research. This should be done at the end of the semester prior to when you will be enrolled in the I.S. Please follow the guidelines established in the department's document "Senior Thesis in Spanish".

For More Information About the Spanish Department,
Please Contact the Spanish Convener
Miryam Criado, 812.866.7207, or email at criado@hanover.edu