Preview of Courses

The following are courses that have been offered or are usually offered in the Modern Languages Department. For a comprehensive list of courses, please refer to the current Schedule of Classes or Course Catalog.


CHIN 160. Chinese for Business and Travel
This course is designed for students with no or little knowledge of Chinese. This course introduces practical conversational Chinese (Mandarin) for business and travel. It focuses on enhancing the listening and speaking skills in situations related to daily life, business occasions, appointments, etc. It also covers culture, social etiquette, and doing business in Chinese-speaking areas, such as China, Taiwan and Hong-Kong.

CHIN 360. Love, Romance and Lust in Chinese Literature
A multimedia survey of the various themes and representations of love in Chinese poetry, short fiction, novels, and film. Topics of investigation and discussion will include the unique Chinese heritage of polygamy, arranged marriage, homosexuality, eunuchs, and other phenomena. The course is taught using materials in English translation. No knowledge of Chinese language is required. Students with proficiency in the language are encouraged to do the readings in Chinese.


FREN 374. La Flâneur I
A “flâneur” is defined as “an aimless idler; a loafer...from flâner, to idle about, stroll.” By walking about and observing Los Angeles, and by thinking about cities critically through diverse readings, students will be initiated to fields of knowledge ranging from urban studies to literature. Students will use what they learn in this class and in the field to construct a project to be completed in Paris during January. While the course is taught in English because of the co-enrollment of students at different language levels and from other departments, students at the 374 level will read and complete assignments in French.

FREN 177/477. Franco-African Cinema and Literature
African Cinema is a new cinema. It borrows traditional technique of narration only to adapt and to reinvent them for the rich cultures of the many nations and peoples of Africa. Students will view ten movies which will open up their eyes to this burgeoning film movement. Literary texts will enrich their discovery of French-speaking African cultures In addition, students will learn about cinema concepts, vocabulary, and theory in order to articulate meaningful film analyses.


SPAN 360. Latin American Performance Experience
An experiential class in which students explore their bodies and minds in order to explore the difficulties involved in staging a text (poem, play, short story). While students practice Spanish during rehearsals, they also explore Latin American perspectives and techniques production (from acting to performance).

SPAN 483. Cinema in Spain and/or Latin America
This course examines Peninsular and Latin American cinematic production and introduces new critical approaches in film studies. For Latin America, the course usually incorporates recent films not previously distributed in the USA and focusing on global issues (drugs, sexuality, environment, youth culture, etc.). The course may organize materials from a historical perspective, or focus on a selected period, theme, or director.


JAPN 120. Elementary Japanese I
An introductory course in simple conversation, basic grammar, reading, culture, and written Japanese (Hiragana, Katakana, and simple Kanji).

JAPN 190. Taste of Japan
Introductory course of Japanese culture. Students will be introduced to the arts, religion, classical and modern culture, society, and life of the Japanese. It also includes hands on activities of Japanese Arts and Crafts. Student participation will be expected.