Departments & Courses

Languages

The successful study of world languages can not only expand a student's horizons, it can better equip them for competitive college entrance, prepare them for unique job opportunities, and outfit them with an important tool in a global society. It won't take long to discover how much the faculty love and value the languages and diverse cultures of the world. Advanced immersion instruction is available at LSMSA. 
  • FL610 CL Adv French Language and Culture (pt 1)

    Yearlong (1 unit of credit). This course is designed to take students beyond the high level of linguistic and cultural competency already achieved in the first 3 years of the language by helping them get to the ultimate stage of linguistic and cultural proficiency. It is a course oriented towards helping students succeed on the AP French Language Exam; this course will let students experience authentic language and culture through engaging texts and multimedia materials that will provide activities designed to help understand challenging linguistic concepts and communicate using a rich, varied vocabulary. Students in this class will also be able to work with AP French Language and Culture Test practice materials. (Requirements: French 3 or consent of instructor)
  • CL Adv Latin Prose

    Yearlong (1 unit of credit). A course designed to review and deepen the students’ knowledge of basic Latin grammar, introduce them to advanced grammar concepts, and to build Latin vocabulary through the reading of classical Latin prose, with emphasis on the works of Livy, Cicero, and/or other Republican and Golden Age prose authors. This course will also include study activities in Roman history, culture, and classical mythology. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
  • FL160 CL Acc Chinese I (pt. 1)

    Beginning with learning to pronounce the tones and new sounds of Standard Chinese, students will learn to communicate based on sentence patterns learned from the textbook. They will also learn to read and write Chinese characters through class activities and homework. Classtime is mostly spent with oral practice of new patterns and vocabulary, but includes group reading and writing exercises as well. Students will deliver occasional presentations on topics to develop cultural and historical knowledge.
  • FL160 CL Acc Chinese I (pt. 2)

    Beginning with learning to pronounce the tones and new sounds of Standard Chinese, students will learn to communicate based on sentence patterns learned from the textbook. They will also learn to read and write Chinese characters through class activities and homework. Classtime is mostly spent with oral practice of new patterns and vocabulary, but includes group reading and writing exercises as well. Students will deliver occasional presentations on topics to develop cultural and historical knowledge.
  • FL170 CL Acc Arabic I (pt. 1)

    This course introduces students to the written and spoken language of Modern Standard Arabic as used throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Beginning with writing and reading exercises, students will learn the alphabet and pronunciation before progressing to practice in conversation and reading. The course will use a combination of guided conversations, textbook exercises, and audio materials to systematically develop knowledge of the essential features of Arabic grammar. Occasional projects will allow the students to investigate cultural phenomena associated with Arabic.
  • FL170 CL Acc Arabic I (pt. 2)

    This course introduces students to the written and spoken language of Modern Standard Arabic as used throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Beginning with writing and reading exercises, students will learn the alphabet and pronunciation before progressing to practice in conversation and reading. The course will use a combination of guided conversations, textbook exercises, and audio materials to systematically develop knoweldge of the essential feaetures of Arabic grammar. Occasional projects will allow the students to investigate cultural phenomena associated with Arabic.
  • FL230 CL Acc Latin II (pt. 1)

    Students will complete their study of the fundamentals of Latin grammar and will continue to build their Latin vocabulary and reading skills. An introduction to Latin literature will be added to the ongoing study of Roman history, culture, and classical mythology. Emphasis on the understanding of English derivatives and vocabulary building will continue. Prerequisite: Latin I or consent of Department Chair.
  • FL230 CL Acc Latin II (pt. 2)

    Students will complete their study of the fundamentals of Latin grammar and will continue to build their Latin vocabulary and reading skills. An introduction to Latin literature will be added to the ongoing study of Roman history, culture, and classical mythology. Emphasis on the understanding of English derivatives and vocabulary building will continue. Prerequisite: Latin I or consent of Department Chair.
  • FL244B CL Classical Scholars:Mythology

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit).  This course will be taken during the sophomore or junior year. Students will explore various aspects of classical mythology, study the culture, history, and geography of Greek and Roman antiquity, and improve English and Latin vocabularies through an introduction to Latin and Greek etymology. 
  • FL244C CL Classic Scholars: Early Christianity

    One semester, 1/2 unit of credit: In this course we will examine the first four-hundred years of the Christian movement within its Greco-Roman context. We shall try to answer these questions: (1) who were the early Christians?, (2) what other religious and philosophical groups influenced them?, (3) what was their relationship with Roman authorities?, and (4) how did the Christians become the dominant religion of the Roman Empire?
  • FL244E CL Classical Scholars: Greek Tragedy

    One Semester (1/2 unit).  Students will read (in English translation) and study a selection of plays from any or all of the three major Athenian tragedians: Aeschylus, Sophocles, and/or Euripides. General lectures will cover the mythical origins and 5th century development of Greek drama, the religious celebration of the City Dionysia, performance and the staging of the Greek theatre, and the structure and metres of dramatic verse. Text-dependent seminars will examine mythological sources, contemporary political contexts, and later literary receptions of the plays. Students will be responsible for frequent response papers (for participation credit), two exams on the lecture material, two short essays, and a creative project.
  • FL244F CL Classical Scholars: Sport/Spectacle in the Ancient World

    This course will examine the history of sport from early Greek athletics to the blood spectacles of the Roman Empire. We will study specific institutions such as funeral games and the Homeric literary tradition; the Olympic, Panhellenic, and Panathenaic Games; theatrical competitions; chariot-racing, gladiatorial combat, and beast hunts;  and triumphs and military spectacle. Other topics will include sports professionalism, violence as entertainment, the participation of women in ancient sport, and, of course, the reception of ancient sport and spectacle in modern popular culture. These studies will help us better understand the alien, yet familiar cultures of the ancient world, their values and their politics, as well as those of our own world. This course will run as a seminar, and students will be responsible for a research paper and presentation as well as a final Creative Project.
  • FL260 CL Acc Chinese II (pt. 1)

    Students continue to progress through the textbook and broaden their Chinese skill set. Second year Chinese will begin to incorporate short readings to develop vocabulary and comprehension, and will introduce more audio materials for students to become more confident in aural comprehension. We will study movie scripts and song lyrics in addition to the textbook learning schedule. Students will continue to write journal entries to practice their abilities in both typing and handwriting.
  • FL260 CL Acc Chinese II (pt. 2)

    Students continue to progress through the textbook and broaden their Chinese skill set. Second year Chinese will begin to incorporate short readings to develop vocabulary and comprehension, and will introduce more audio materials for students to become more confident in aural comprehension. We will study movie scripts and song lyrics in addition to the textbook learning schedule. Students will continue to write journal entries to practice their abilities in both typing and handwriting.
  • FL270 CL Acc Arabic II (pt. 1)

    One semester (1/2 Unit of credit).This course continues the study begun in FL170 - Arabic, parts 1 and 2.  Students continue their work with the written and spoken language of Modern Standard Arabic as used throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The course will use a combination of guided conversations, textbook exercises, and audio materials to systematically develop knowledge of the essential features of Arabic grammar. Occasional projects will allow the students to investigate cultural phenomena associated with Arabic.
  • FL270 CL Acc Arabic II (pt. 2)

    One semester (1/2 Unit of credit).This course continues the study begun in FL170 - CL Arabic, parts 1 and 2.  Students continue their work with the written and spoken language of Modern Standard Arabic as used throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The course will use a combination of guided conversations, textbook exercises, and audio materials to systematically develop knowledge of the essential features of Arabic grammar. Occasional projects will allow the students to investigate cultural phenomena associated with Arabic.
  • FL330A CL Intermediate Latin: Prose

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). A course designed to review and deepen the students’ knowledge of basic Latin grammar, introduce them to advanced grammar concepts, and to build Latin vocabulary through the reading of Latin prose. The course will be devoted to selected readings from one particular author or literary genre, so that students may gain an appreciation and comfort with an individual prose style. Latin selections will be supplemented by broader readings of the author's/-s' works in English translation. This course will also include study activities in Roman history and culture. Students may enroll and earn credit in either or both FL 330A and FL 330B. Prerequisite: FL 230.
  • FL330B CL Intermediate Latin: Poetry

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). A course designed to introduce students to the reading of classical Latin poetry, with emphasis on a particular poet and their opera. The course will broaden the students' Latin vocabulary and refine their knowledge of Latin grammar. Students will also be introduced to the scansion of Latin poetry, and to the study of figures of rhetoric and their use in poetry. Latin selections will be supplemented by broader readings of the poet's works in English translation. This course will also include study activities in classical mythology. Students may enroll and earn credit in either or both FL 330A and FL 330B. Prerequisite: FL 230.
  • FL360 CL Special Topics: History of Imperial China (pt. 1)

    History of Imperial China, Tang through Yuan (Fall Semester) : This course begins with China’s reunification in 581 under the brief Sui Dynasty, then proceeds to cover the dramatic history of China from the cosmopolitan and flourishing early Tang Dynasty through the Mongol conquest and rule of China as the Yuan Dynasty (up to 1368). Special attention will be paid to the philosophy of Imperial rulership and the Mandate of Heaven, the cultural ties between China and Central Asia through the Silk Road, the major conflicts and dynastic disruptions, and the developments in the arts, literature, religion (Zen Buddhism), and philosophy (neo-Confucianism). Students will write papers (two short, one longer) and deliver occasional presentations, and may take this course on its own without the following Spring semester course.
  • FL365 CL Special Topics: History of Imperial China (pt. 2)

    History of Imperial China, Ming and Qing : This course covers the period beginning in 1368 with the retaking of China from Mongol rule, and the establishment of the powerful Ming Dynasty, to the violent upheaval leading to the Manchu conquest and their rule as the Qing Dynasty. It ends with the final dissolution of the imperial system in 1912. The Ming and Qing Dynasties were a time of increasing connectedness with Eurasia and reassertion of cultural, economic, and military prowess, but also of brutal state inquisitions, civil war, the tragedy of again being ruled by a foreign power under the Qing, and the terrible experiences of the Opium Wars and economic subjugation to western powers. We will explore these events and make use of primary sources. Students will write papers (two short, one longer) and deliver occasional presentations. This course may be taken on its own without the preceding Fall semester course.
  • FL370 CL Special Topics: Literature of the Islamic World I

    Literature of the Islamic World I (Fall Semester)
    This course introduces students to the diverse literary forms of the early Islamic world. Beginning with pre-Islamic poetry, which served as a linguistic template for the classical Arabic of the Qur’an, students will read broadly in literature in translation from Arabic and Persian authors from approximately the 6th through the 11th century. Genres of focus will be classical Arabic poetry, epic Persian poetry, philosophy, travel literature, science, linguistics, and theology. Students will write papers (two short, one longer) and deliver occasional presentations. This course may be taken on its own without the following Spring semester course.
  • FL375 CL Special Topics: Literature of the Islamic World II

    Literature of the Islamic World II (Spring Semester)
    In the Spring, we will expand the scope of the previous semester both in geography and in genre. The Spring semester will begin with Islamic mystics of the 12th and 13th centuries, especially those from Islamic Spain, and then will move closer to Central Asia with Jalaluddin Rumi. We will read examples of the “scientific golden age” in Iran and Central Asia, literature on rulership from the Turkic conquerors of India, some of the unique Chinese-language writings on Islam from the 17th century, and will finally explore the 19th century reform movement literature which became extremely influential in 20th century political Islam. Students will write papers (two short, one longer) and deliver occasional presentations. This course may be taken on its own without the preceding semester.
     
  • FL620C CL Modern/Contemp Peninsular & Latin American (pt. 1)

    Yearlong (1 unit of credit). This course is an overview of modern and contemporary  Peninsular and Latin American Theatre. Students in this class will read, in Spanish, a total of six plays (three each semester), three by Peninsular playwrights, and three by Latin American authors. These plays will be the topic for class discussions and essays IN SPANISH; these (discussions and essays) together with preparation of the readings will be the basis for student assessment. Participation in public presentation of a one-act play to the LSMSA community will be strictly voluntary, and a means of getting bonus points or extra-credit in this class. The class will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Prerequisites: FL320, or Spanish Placement Test, or consent of instructor. 
  • FL620D CL Adv Spanish Language & Culture

    Yearlong (1 unit of credit). This course is designed to take students beyond the high level of linguistic and cultural competency already achieved in the first 3 years of the language by helping them get to the ultimate stage of linguistic and cultural proficiency. It is a course oriented towards helping students succeed on the AP Spanish Language Exam; this course will let students experience authentic language and culture through engaging texts and multimedia materials that will provide activities designed to help understand challenging linguistic concepts and communicate using a rich, varied vocabulary. Students in this class will also be able to work with AP Spanish Language and Culture Test practice materials. (Requirements: Spanish 3 and or consent of instructor)

Department Faculty

  • Leo Eisenlohr

    Instructor of Mandarin and Arabic
    University of Chicago - Master of Arts
  • John Littlejohn

    Instructor of German
    University of Kansas - Doctor of Philosophy
  • Nathalie Malti

    Instructor of French
    318-357-2576
    Louisiana State University - Doctor of Philosophy
  • Maria Sanchez

    Senior Lecturer of Spanish
    318-357-2568
    University of Massachusetts at Amherst - Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Oviedo, Asturias (Spain) - Licenciatura in English Philology
  • Morris Tichenor

    Instructor of Latin
    318-357-2546
    University of Toronto - Doctor of Philosophy (Projected 2019)
    University of Toronto - Master of Arts
    Tulane University - Bachelor of Arts