information on the Classics major and minor, see the entry for Classics. For
information on the Asian Studies minor, see the entry for Asian Studies.
entering students who have studied Chinese, French, German, Latin, or Spanish
in high school are required to take a placement test in that language. A
placement test in Ancient Greek and/or Chinese can be arranged by contacting Dr.
Rebecca Resinski in Classics or Dr. Wenjia Liu in Chinese. Placement
recommendations based on the test will be made before registration. Unless
these recommendations indicate otherwise, students should enroll in the first
semester course of the Basic Sequence (Chinese, French, German, Greek, Latin,
or Spanish 110). Native and heritage
speakers should also take the placement test in that language. Students who want to maintain PBK eligibility
should plan to take a 200-level language course or higher.
student who is placed in 120 or higher and completes that course with a grade
of C or higher will automatically receive college credit for 110.
Students who test out
of the entire first-year sequence in languages will have fulfilled the
languages requirement. They may either:
- Elect either to take no further languages courses, or to take courses in
- Decide to take the recommended languages course and receive one
additional course credit upon completion of the recommended course with a “C”
or higher. First year students who test
out of the 200 level courses should enroll in 300 level courses their first
Major in French
major in French consists of the following: nine courses above the first-year
sequence, distributed as follows:
- FREN 210 Intermediate Composition and Conversation I
- FREN 215 Intermediate Composition and Conversation II
- FREN 340 Survey of French Literature and Civilization I
(to 1789) or FREN 350 French Literature and Civilization
II (since 1789)
- Six electives above 215
certifying to teach are strongly encouraged to take FREN 320 Practical
Major in German
least nine courses above the basic sequence, including
- GERM 210 Intermediate Composition and Conversation or GERM
310 Advanced Composition and Conversation
- GERM 320 Survey of German Literature and Civilization I
(to 1848) or GERM 330 Survey of German Literature and
Civilization II (since 1848), and
- GERM 420 Senior Seminar in German Literary History
least nine courses above the basic sequence distributed as follows:
- SPAN 310 Survey of Spanish Literature to 1800
- SPAN 320 Survey of Spanish Literature since 1800
- SPAN 330 Survey of Latin-American Literature
- 6 electives including:
course at the 300 level or above
least one must be Peninsular (Spanish) in focus
least one must be Latin American in focus
least two must be at the 400 level
one 200 level course can count as an elective but neither is required
210 Conversation and Composition
220 Advanced Grammar and Composition
Grammar and Composition can
be counted among the 6 courses, but not both.
The program encourages all
students to have a study-abroad experience. Some things to remember include
that, for a major and a minor, at least half of the courses taken to fulfill SPAN courses have to be
based on literary texts. If a student hasn’t taken SPAN 210 at Hendrix, a
course in conversation could transfer as an equivalent. Courses taken in
Spanish but in other disciplines transfer as courses in those disciplines and
do not count towards a Spanish major or minor.
Minor in Chinese,
French, German, or Spanish
minor consists of five (5) courses in either Chinese, French, German, or
Spanish at or above the 200-level. In Spanish, either 210 or 220 (not both) may
count toward the minor.
courses are primarily either skills courses or survey of literature and/or
culture courses. They are offered frequently.. The rest of the advanced courses
in the department are usually offered only every third year.
wishing to pursue a major combining languages with other disciplines
may, with the help of a faculty advisor, create an individualized major through
the Interdisciplinary Studies major available at the College.
are strongly urged to spend a year outside of the U.S. in a study-abroad
program sponsored by Hendrix or another U.S. institution, or by a foreign
university. Planning should be done in consultation with a faculty member in
the appropriate target language.
majors considering graduate study in their language are strongly encouraged to
take at least the Basic Sequence in a second foreign language.
Senior Capstone Experience for the French Major is completed with a C or better
in FREN 480, a course on French Literature, Literary History, and Civilization,
with an emphasis on literary analysis, research, and presentation of research.
Senior Capstone Experience for the German major consists of three examinations
taken in conjunction with GERM 420 Senior Seminar in German Literary History.
The examinations cover German history, literary analysis, and literary history,
respectively. Senior majors are also offered the opportunity to demonstrate
their mastery of the language by taking an internationally recognized Goethe
Institute language achievement test offered by the University of Arkansas at
Fayetteville in April of each year.
Senior Capstone Experience for the Spanish major is a comprehensive examination
based on coursework in the major and on courses taken abroad, if applicable.
The format of the written examination may vary from question to question, but
the test will consist of five parts and should not exceed three hours in
length. The grade for the Senior Capstone Experience is based on the