Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Svenska Kurs

10/17/2016 1:20 pm

Svenska Kurs

This is the American Swedish Institute, located in south Minneapolis. Here, multiple levels of Swedish language courses are taught nearly every day of the week. In addition, the following additional language classes round out the curriculum:

  • Swedish
  • Norwegian
  • Finnish

ASI also is home to a wonderful cafe with food and drinks served Swedish-style. Fika, which means “coffee break” in Swedish, is located on the ground floor of the Institute and has both indoor and outdoor seating.

Resources

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RESOURCES

Modern Languages

Faculty strive to use classroom time in authentic, inventive ways that reinforce language skills and allow students to apply them. Here are some examples from our classes.

French

The fall of 2015 French 203 Intermediate students had the choice to do a traditional oral exam or to create a video. Here is the video one group created, “French Film Noir.” One of the students who created it described the experience this way: “It was really fun doing and really good practice for a lot of different reasons. Having to come up with ways to ask questions, knowing how to respond to people, coming up with a creative idea, etc.”

In the spring of 2016 French students did a lot of exciting activities.

In French 204, a class that explores France region by region, students demonstrated their reading comprehension by drawing a picture of a forest associated with the Arthurian legends. Les Celtes-Draw your reading comprehension. Some students chose to create blogs and websites to organize and share their work as “travel guides” to a particular region. Later in the semester their final project was to write a travelogue imaginging they had actually visited some of the places they studied and then briefly present their trips to their peers. The day of the presentation we each prepared a French specialty to share in a potluck. French 204 present their trips to France.

In French 102 we spent a lot of time on culture this semester. Students integrated culture, vocabulary and grammar to creatively hypothesize the living experiences of people in two different francophone countries, France and Martinique. French 102 compare homes in the francophone world. At the end of the semester the students asked if they could do a hands on final project, instead of a traditional final exam, to showcase what they’d learned over the semester. They decided to plan, cook and serve a francophone breakfast. This project wove together numerous concepts including routines, food, lodgings, furnishings, the future and the past. They documented their use of French in each step with photos, videos and audio recordings. The day of our official final exam time we met at a student’s house to prepare and eat the results of their hard work. French 102 Petit-déjeuner francophone.

 

Religion

Professional Organizations

Religious Statistics, Data, and Affiliation Numbers

Religion and the Media

Biblical Studies

Judaism

Christianity

Islam

Hinduism

Buddhist Studies

New Religious Movements

Wicca, Witchcraft, and Modern Paganism

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Languages, Literatures and Cultures
113 Colman Library
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-4289
Fax: 815-394-5171

Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D.
SBartlett@rockford.edu

Study Abroad

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STUDY ABROAD

The Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department regularly engages in short-term study abroad trips (two to three-weeks in duration). Our most common destinations are Paris, France; Rome, Italy; and Santiago, Chile. Students visit museums, meet writers and intellectuals and experience the cultures they have read about in a deep and meaningful way. These trips are usually linked to upper-level class work for French, Classics and Spanish majors.

Students can also study in Spain for a semester or year. We have a direct exchange with the Universidad Santiago de Compostela. The following link will let you know more about the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela and the lovely city in which it is located.

Recent Study Abroad trips:

  • Rome – Spring 2014
  • Cuba – May 2014
  • France – May 2014
  • Chile-May 2015
  • Spain-May 2016

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Upcoming trips include:

  • Cuba
  • France
  • Rome

More information about Study Abroad at Rockford University >>

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Languages, Literatures and Cultures
113 Colman Library
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-4289
Fax: 815-394-5171

Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D.
SBartlett@rockford.edu

Language Lab

09/19/2016 6:16 pm

LANGUAGE LAB

The Language Lab, located in 108 C Starr Science, is there to help students of Spanish with conversation, homework and questions about vocabulary or grammar.
Native Assistant Hours for Andrés Guerrero, Language Lab, 108 C Starr

Monday 6-8pm
Tuesday 3-5pm
Wednesday 6-8pm
Thursday 9-10am, 11:15am-12:15pm, 2:15-3:15pm
Friday 9-10am

For more information write to:

Dr. Burns
JBurns@rockford.edu

Meet our Assistant

Andrés Guerrero was born in Veracruz, Mexico in 1992 and he’s spent most of his life there. In high school, he was one of only four students selected to compete in “Olimpiadas Del Conocimiento,” “The Olympics of the Mind” for math. At age 17 he came to the United States to study. He started his junior year at Guilford High School at Rockford, IL barely knowing a few basic English words.

During his senior year he had the opportunity to visit Rockford University. He liked the professors that he met, as well as the activities, majors and the environment that this university offers. He graduated from Guilford High School with honors and became a Rockford University full-time student.

He is currently the Spanish Native Speaker Assistant in charge of the Language Laboratory in the Starr Science building for Rockford University. He is member of the Multicultural Club and also treasurer of the Spanish Club.

We hope to see you in the Lab soon!

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Languages, Literatures and Cultures
113 Colman Library
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-4289
Fax: 815-394-5171

Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D.
SBartlett@rockford.edu

Student Clubs

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STUDENT CLUBS

Rockford University has an active Spanish Club. Activities include cultural celebrations like a Day of the Dead dance, film nights, conversation groups, poetry nights, field trips and community service opportunities. Students in other languages and religion regularly participate in other clubs and activities like those with the Multicultural Club.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Faculty

09/19/2016 5:23 pm

FACULTY

Associate Professor of French; Department Chair of Languages, Literatures and Clutures
Ph.D., University of Iowa
M.A., University of Northern Iowa
B.A., University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Phone: 815-394-4289
E-mail: SBartlett@rockford.edu

Dr. Bartlett enjoys teaching all levels of French language, courses on French and Francophone literatures and cinemas, and interdisciplinary courses such as her recent French 279 "Monsters and Mayhem in the French-Speaking World” where literature, cinema, culture, history, gender, race, religion and politics all intersect. She is currently collaborating with a group of faculty to create an interdisciplinary gender studies program at Rockford University that will allow students to examine gender from a multitude of perspectives.


She has studied, lived and worked extensively in France. She has also traveled to Quebec and Belgium. She hopes to have the chance to explore the Francophone Caribbean and Africa. She and Dr. Jennifer Langworthy, chair of Art and Art History, will take a group of students to France in May of 2014.


Her research interests have centered on gender issues in Haitian and Algerian literatures and cinemas and in French cinema. Recent projects have delved into monsters as manifestations of social turmoil and foreign language education when she presented on listening strategies at the annual ACTFL Conference in Orlando, FL.

Associate Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., University of Maine
Phone: 815-226-4099
E-mail: JBurns@rockford.edu
Dr. Burns loves to share his research on Latin American culture, literature and history with his students. Some semesters he is even fortunate enough to travel with his students to the regions he teaches about in his classes.

Dr. Burns has studied in Chile and Spain and has spent considerable time in Mexico. He completed his graduate work in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 when he defended his doctoral thesis entitled "Imagining the Poet: Strategies of Contemporary Spanish-Language Poets in the Era of Globalization”. A revised chapter of that thesis was published as "The Emergence of the Mediated Poet: Leopoldo María Panero in Roberto Bolaño’s 2666” in Contemporary Developments in Emergent Literature and the New Europe. Domínguez, César, ed. Universidade de Santiago de Compostela Press: Santiago de Compostela, 2011.

He regularly participates in academic conferences where he presents his research on contemporary poetry, cinema and new media. Additionally, he has participated in presentations for the University of Wisconsin’s Center for the Humanities on the subject of Nobel Prize winners in the Spanish-speaking world and the cinematic use of Don Quijote in the American film Ghost Dog. He often writes reviews of Latin American scholarly texts for the journal Feminist Studies.

Dr. Burns also translates literature in and out of English, Spanish and Galician. He is currently finishing an extensive of anthology of Beat poetry, cotranslated into Spanish with notable Mexican poet Rubén Medina which will be published by Editorial Aldus in Mexico City. You can read an interview with him about his experience translating Galician and Latin American literature at this link:

http://mundoadiante.blogspot.com/2010/02/interview-with-john-burns-translator-of.html

Contemporary Hispanic Poets: Cultural Production in the Global, Digital Age (Cambria Press, 2015)

The English translation of Chilean poet Raúl Hernández's work Aesthetic of the Rain (DíazGrey, 2015)

"The Emergence of the Mediated Poet: Leopoldo María Panero in Roberto Bolaño's 2666" in the Spanish journal 1616: Anuario de literatura comparada (2013).

In collaboration with Rubén Medina, he co-translated and co-edited an anthology of Beat poetry titled Una tribu de salvajes improvisando a las puertas del infierno (Aldus, 2012).
Adjunct Professor of Religion
Phone: 815-394-5013
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison
B.A., University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Phone: 815-226-4123
E-mail: MLoyola@rockford.edu
Marilén Loyola specializes in contemporary theater in Spain. Her current research is focused on Holocaust Theater and the Theater of Memory. She recently organized the visit of Emeritus Professor Robert Skloot from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to Rockford University’s campus, and during his visit he met with her transatlantic theater students as well as those from the Antigone course taught by Professors Bartlett and Quinn during the spring 2016 semester, before presenting a public lecture on Holocaust Theater. Professor Loyola recently traveled abroad to present a paper on Holocaust Theater in Spain at the II International Conference on XXI Century Hispanic Theater held at the University of Strasbourg in France. She will also be taking students abroad to Spain.
Emeritus Professor of Classics
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
M.A., University of Cincinnati
B.A., University of Illinois
Phone: 815-226-4027
Fax: 815-394-5171
E-mail: DMartin@rockford.edu

Don Martin received his Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Cincinnati in 1975. He read ancient and modern Greek at the Aristotelian University in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1966-67. From 1975 to 1984 he was cataloguer in the technical services department of the Colman Library, Rockford University, and from 1984 to the present he taught classical languages, classical civilization, and English. In 1994 he taught English composition in the Department of Foreign Languages of the University of Cyprus, Nicosia. During a sabbatical leave in the fall of 1998 he returned to Athens to translate George Theotokas’ Astheneis kai odoiporoi (Invalids and Wayfarers), the author’s epic portrait of Greece during and after WWII.

Associate Professor of Classical Studies
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
M.A., Vanderbilt University
B.A., The College of the City of NewYork
Phone: 815-226-4049
E-mail: SQuinn@rockford.edu
Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D., is interested especially in the literature and history of the late Roman Republic, and also generally in Greek and Roman epic, and Athenian democracy and tragedy. She enjoys teaching a wide variety of courses that introduce students to the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, including their languages. Her graduate work was at Vanderbilt University, and undergraduate in classics at CCNY. She has edited, with extensive introduction and conclusion, a collection of scholarly essays and literary selections that relate to the works of Vergil, focusing on the Aeneid. Dr. Quinn's career has included many years of senior academic administration in higher education institutions.‌‌‌ She has also traveled with students abroad to Rome. She recently gave a paper at the Chicago Classical Club and a talk for the AAUW (American Association of University Women).
Adjunct Professor, Coordinator of Religious Studies
Ph. D., Loyola University Chicago‌
M.S., USC
M.A., Loyola University Chicago
M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Phone: 815-226-4090
Fax: 815-394-5171
E-mail: PWalters@rockford.edu
She has taught at Rockford University, Beloit College and Loyola University Chicago.

Publications Dr. Walters has accomplished:

Dr. Walters has proficiency in the following languages: Ancient Greek, Sahidic Coptic, French, and German (reading knowledge).

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Languages, Literatures and Cultures
113 Colman Library
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-4289
Fax: 815-394-5171

Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D.
SBartlett@rockford.edu

Scholarships and Awards

09/19/2016 5:17 pm

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

Classical Languages:

Francis V. Ellis Award in Classics for Exceptional Achievement in Greek or Latin
Granted by Attorney Stephen Ellis in memory of his father, the Francis V. Ellis Award in Classics recognizes excellence in the study of the classical languages (Greek or Latin) and classical civilization.

Modern Languages:

Sally Lo Ware Awards for Distinguished Performance in Modern Language
These awards are to be presented to students who are majoring in one of the languages currently offered by Rockford University.

For more information on scholarships relevant to this department, please visit the Academic Catalog (pdf).

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Languages, Literatures and Cultures
113 Colman Library
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-4289
Fax: 815-394-5171

Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D.
SBartlett@rockford.edu

Careers and Internships

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CAREERS AND INTERNSHIPS

Modern and Classical Languages

Classics majors generally emerge from the university with the ability to communicate well in writing and speech — skills prized by potential employers and by graduate and professional programs. A classics background is helpful preparation for programs in medicine, pharmacy, law, divinity, archaeology, and modern languages. For students who do not intend to pursue degrees beyond the B.A., the classics major may lead to positions in high school teaching with openings also available in museum, archival, publishing or library work.

In addition to preparing students for teaching or graduate school, the B.A. in French provides a valuable tool for many careers in the fields of publishing and editing, travel and tourism, business and banking, library work, etc. It is an excellent second area of specialization that combines with other disciplines such as history, mathematics, economics, business administration, art, etc.

All levels of teaching in the United States and in German-speaking countries are open to German graduates. The list of non-teaching positions is expanding and includes business positions, work with service agencies such as tourism and banking, and a variety of government jobs. We recommend German as a minor or double major in combination with majors in biology, chemistry, mathematics, history, theatre, art and business.

The B.A. program in Spanish, in addition to preparing students for teaching or graduate school, gives students a useful and valuable tool for a large number of careers, especially for those in which contact with Spanish-speaking peoples is likely, such as in education, public and social services, health services, law, recreation programs, the tourist industry, business and banking, government, library work, publishing, etc. As a result, it is an excellent second area of specialization that combines well with many other disciplines; a growing number of students have chosen to major both in Spanish and another area (i.e., history, sociology, business administration, child development, political science, etc.).

Religion

A religious studies minor complements any career choice. It is almost impossible to name a field that does not have a great need for people informed about diverse backgrounds and cultures of those with whom they interact. For example, think of how significant it is to fields such as teaching, nursing, legal studies, business, or the arts to understand and interrelate thoughtfully with people. Because fields such as these seek professionals with not only subject matter knowledge and skills, but also a set of lived values, a minor in religious studies will significantly enhance any career.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Languages, Literatures and Cultures
113 Colman Library
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-4289
Fax: 815-394-5171

Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D.
SBartlett@rockford.edu

Programs of Study

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PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Modern & Classical Languages

The Languages, Literatures and Cultures department offers Bachelor of Arts degrees focusing on various classical and modern languages.  The classical language program offers the bachelor of arts degree with majors available in Latin or classics, and minors in Latin, Greek, classical civilization, or ancient and medieval studies. The Modern Languages program offers majors and minors in French, German, Spanish, and romance languages.

Majors and Tracks/Concentrations:
  • Classics (B.A.) — concentrations in Ancient and Medieval Studies, Classical Civilization
  • French (B.A.)
  • German (B.A.)
  • Latin (B.A.)
  • Romance Languages (B.A.)
  • Spanish (B.A., B.S.)

Course Requirements and Offerings
Degree requirements for the programs offered by the Languages, Literatures and Cultures department can be found below in the Academic Catalog.

Search course offerings and descriptions
Placement Exam
A placement exam may be required for those students with previous modern & classical language experience.  To arrange a time to take a placement exam, contact Liz Bergstrom at ebergstrom@rockford.edu or 815-226-4087.

Religious Studies

Religious studies is an interdisciplinary minor. At least nine hours of the minor in religious studies must carry the religious studies (RELG) designation, and at least one course must be taken at the 300-level. A total of 18 hours, nine (9) of which must be taken at Rockford University, and an earned 2.0 GPA in the courses appropriate to the minor are required for graduation.

Course Requirements and Offerings
Rockford University’s religious studies program offers students the opportunity to minor in religious studies; more information can be found in the Academic Catalog (pdf).

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Languages, Literatures and Cultures
113 Colman Library
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-4289
Fax: 815-394-5171

Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D.
SBartlett@rockford.edu

LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES

At Rockford University, we seek to take our students beyond a language, which is reflected in our new name, “Languages, Literatures and Cultures.” Students within our department  develop the ability to understand, speak, read and write in a second language effectively while gaining a better understanding of other cultures and other modes of expression in order to broaden international awareness. Graduates from our department are well-prepared for graduate studies along with careers in education, international business, communication, government, social services and other related fields.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Religious Studies at Rockford University instills a broad knowledge of and fosters a deep appreciation for the world’s diverse religious traditions, their history, the methodologies used to study them, and the tenor of ongoing religious discourse among individuals, communities and societies in the global context.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Languages, Literatures and Cultures
113 Colman Library
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-4289
Fax: 815-394-5171

Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D.
SBartlett@rockford.edu