Apr 22, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures

Major Requirements   Minor Requirements  


Adrian Del Caro, Head

Blackwell, S.H., PhD – Indiana
Brizio-Skov, F., PhD – Washington
Cano, L., PhD – Penn State
Cruz Cámara, N., PhD – State University of New York (Buffalo)
Del Caro, A., PhD – Minnesota
Kaplan, G., PhD – Pennsylvania
Magilow, D.H., PhD – Princeton
McAlpin, M.K., PhD – Columbia
Rivera-Rodas, O., PhD – California (Davis)
Young, D.J., PhD – Texas

Associate Professors
Alcocer, R., PhD – Iowa
Ayo, A., PhD – Arizona
Bowden, H., PhD – Georgetown
Duke, D., PhD – Pittsburgh
Eldridge, S., PhD – Princeton
Gimmel, M., PhD – Indiana
Hao, Y.C., PhD – Indiana
Horiguchi, N., PhD – Pennsylvania
Ohnesorg, S., PhD – McGill (Canada)
Silva-Filho, E., PhD – North Carolina
Stehle, M., PhD – Massachusetts

Assistant Professors
Brauer, M., PhD – Northwestern University
Frimu, R., PhD – Indiana (Bloomington)
Gonzalez, L., PhD – Arizona
Huth, T., PhD – Kansas
Issa, B., PhD – Illinois (Chicago)
Mariani, A., PhD – Rutgers University
Meadows, H., PhD – Colorado
Miller, A.H., PhD – Washington
Paul, W.A., PhD – Texas
Stokes, P., PhD – Texas (Austin)

Programs in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures provide students with courses in language, literature, linguistics, and culture. Along with developing language proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension, the courses prepare students for study abroad and offer learning experiences that foster understanding and appreciation of global issues and multicultural perspectives.

Placement Examination

Students who have had previous work (two or more years in high school) in Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, or Spanish must take a placement test to determine the appropriate level course for which to register. Placement tests are given for incoming students during summer orientation and throughout the year. Please contact the department for further details.

Proficiency Examinations

Students who have acquired a knowledge of French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish may request a proficiency test. A student earning a grade of C or better will receive credit for an appropriate number of courses. Superior students are encouraged to proceed as rapidly as their achievement permits.

Study Abroad

Four summer study abroad opportunities are available to students through the department. The department sponsors programs in Costa Rica, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Students can earn up to 6 credit hours by participating in these programs. In most cases, the courses will fulfill part or all of the foreign language requirement (completion of the elementary or intermediate level). Upper-division classes in literature, culture, and language are also available for major and minor credit. Participation in these programs will satisfy the foreign study requirements for language and world business. A faculty member accompanies students in the program. In addition to formal classes held at a major university in the city, group excursions to cultural and historical sites are an integral part of the program. For more information concerning prerequisites, lodging arrangements, costs, and dates of an individual program, contact the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, 701 McClung Tower.

Students are also encouraged to study abroad, particularly through the university’s International Student Exchange Programs in China, Germany, Russia, and Japan. The department can also recommend other programs for students interested in foreign study in any of our languages. Credits from recognized foreign-study programs can readily be transferred to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. For qualified students, the  department also offers ARAB 491 , CHIN 491 , FREN 491 , GERM 491 ITAL 491 , JAPA 491 , PORT 491 , RUSS 491  and SPAN 491 . Students should consult the department before registering for these foreign study courses.