Credit Courses

2015-2016 Catalog (Courses updated for 2016-2017)

Foreign Languages









ARA* E101 Elementary Arabic I

This course is intended to bring students with no prior experience in the Arabic language to a proficiency level of Novice Mid (as per American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages or ACTFL guidelines) in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, with a focus on effective spoken communication. Elements of Culture and Civilization will also be studied. To this end, written Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and colloquial spoken forms will receive equal emphasis in coursework. No prerequisites.

  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: H

ARA* E102 Elementary Arabic II

Arabic 102 is the second semester in the two-year basic language sequence and it builds on the basic language skills learned in ARA E101. It is communicative in approach, emphasizing oral communication as a foundation for building balanced proficiency in the four communication skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Topics include basic structures, vocabulary, pronunciation, and writing, as well as further elements of culture and civilization.

Prerequisite: ARA* E101 or Permission of the instructor.
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: H

FRE* E101 Elementary French I

French 101 is a course designed for students without previous knowledge of the language. In this course, the four language skills will be developed: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course will also introduce students to French speaking countries and cultures around the world.

Prerequisite: A foreign language placement test is required or permission of instructor. Native Speakers are not permitted to take this course for credit.
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: H

FRE* E102 Elementary French II

A continuation of FRE*E101, this course is for students who have taken either FRE*E101 or one year of high school French. This course continues to cover the basic grammar patterns of the French language, and builds competence in all fours skill areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking at a basic level (personal information, immediate needs, survival skills, repeated utterances).The student will gain exposure to a broad range of vocabulary, grammar patterns, and major tenses. Through varied class activities such as group work, skits, role-play situations, oral presentations, oral proficiency and communication shall be emphasized. Laboratory time is required weekly.
Prerequisite: Either a foreign language placement test, FRE* E101, or permission of instructor is required. Students who place outside of the designated range for this class will not be permitted to take this course for credit.
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: H

FRE* E201 Intermediate French I

Continued systematic review of the French language and culture. Continuation of the gradual and proportional development of the four basic skills: understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis will be placed on Reading and Writing. Detailed explanation of the principles of grammar. Training in reading comprehension to facilitate the development of writing skills. Prose and poetry from contemporary literature will be introduced to enhance writing abilities. Access to the Internet will be encouraged. Laboratory time is required weekly.
Prerequisite: FRE* E102, Placement test or permission of the instructor.
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: H

FRE* E202 Intermediate French II

This course is a continuation of French 201 where we will continue to develop the four skills to master vocabulary and grammatical structures using texts and short novels from the francophone world, discussing contemporary topics, writing short essays to gain proficient level in French. Laboratory time is required weekly.
Prerequisite: FRE* E201, Placement test or permission of the instructor.
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: H

FRE* E299 Independent Study in French

Designed for those students who wish to obtain credit in a selected topic in French. Students should have a high academic standing in French language.
Prerequisite: Permission of the Foreign Language faculty
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: H

IRE* E101 Elementary Irish I

This course presents the phonetic system of the language, basic vocabulary and fundamental grammatical principles emphasizing communicative competency. All linguistic skill areas will be included: listening comprehension, reading, speaking and writing. Orientation to the geography, history and culture of Ireland and Irish-Americans will be included.

  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: H

IRE* E102 Elementary Irish II

This course is a continuation of IRE 101 and will further develop topical vocabulary and fundamental grammatical principles emphasizing communicative competency. All linguistic skill areas will be included: listening comprehension, reading, speaking and writing. Continued exploration of the geography, history and culture of Ireland and Irish-Americans will be examined.
Prerequisite: IRE* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: H

ITA* E101 Elementary Italian I

Stresses pronunciation, aural comprehension and conversation as well as the principles of grammar in order to reach facility in reading, writing, and speaking the language. Laboratory time is required weekly.

  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: H

ITA* E102 Elementary Italian II

A continuation of ITA*E101, this course is for students who previously took Italian 101 or the equivalent. Native speakers and students who have had more than the equivalent of one semester of Italian should opt to take something else. In this class, basic grammatical patterns and vocabulary are studied. Focus is on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Prerequisite: ITA* E101 or permission of the instructor
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: H

ITA* E299 Independent Study in Italian

Designed for those students who wish to obtain credit in a selected topic in Italian. Students should have a high academic standing in Italian language.
Prerequisite: Permission of the Foreign Language faculty
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: H

LAT* E101 Elementary Latin I (Distance Learning)

The first of a series of four courses designed to develop the ability to speak, read, and write Classical Latin. The course includes an introduction to the history of the Latin language and Roman history, pronunciation, the first three noun declensions, the demonstrative pronouns hic, ille, and iste, the four verb conjugations in the present, future and imperfect tenses, the irregular verbs sum and possum in addition to word order, agreement of adjectives, apposition, and various sentence structures, writing short essays on various aspects of Roman culture and history.

This is distance learning course requiring a computer and internet connection.

  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: H

LAT* E102 Elementary Latin II (Distance Learning)

The second of a series of four courses designed to develop the ability to speak, read, and write Classical Latin. The course includes a quick review of Latin 101 and the study of the personal, demonstrative, reflexive, intensive, possessive, relative, and interrogative pronouns; the perfect active system of all verbs; the passive voice; the i-stem and fourth declension nouns; numerals, various ablatives and genitive and writing short essay and Web presentations on Roman history, politics, and culturals.

This is distance learning course requiring a computer and internet connection.

Prerequisite: LAT* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: H

RUS* E101 Elementary Russian I

This course presents the pronunciation and phonetic system of the language, basic vocabulary and fundamental grammatical principles. The course involves all language skill areas: listening comprehension, speaking, reading comprehension and writing and introduces fundamental information regarding the geography, history and culture of Russia.

  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: H

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