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+ - Arabic Studies

Global View: The Arabic Studies Cluster is designed to advance Chapman's mission of providing students with a personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical, and productive lives as global citizens.

The Arabic language represents the cultural context of a major world civilization with historical influence on a number of significant world languages and sciences while continuing to maintain contemporary interest.

Focus: The Arabic Cluster provides students the opportunity to gain a foundation of the Arabic language within its broader context of rich history, literature and culture of the Arab World and other nations where the Arabic language plays a major societal role. Students are exposed to several manifestation of the Arabic Culture such as food, music, film, poetry and social customs.

Cluster Coordinator/email:  Chair, Department of World Languages and Cultures, and Professor of Languages, Dr. John Boitano

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors

Courses: Take two classes from Segment I, ARAB 301 (Segment II), and one class from Segment III.

Segment I: Students are required to take two of the following classes:
ARAB 101: Elementary Arabic I
ARAB 102: Elementary Arabic II [ARAB 101]
ARAB 202: Intermediate Arabic II [ARAB 201, or consent of instructor] (This course cannot be doubled counted with 7LC.)
ARAB 299: Independent Study [freshman or sophomore standing only and consent of instructor]

Segment II: Students are required to take Arabic 301-Advanced Arabic
ARAB 301: The Language and Culture of the Arab World: Contemporary Perspective [ARAB 201, or equivalent proficiency, or consent of instructor.]

Segment III: Students are required to take one of the following classes:
ARAB 399: Independent Study
HIST 304: The Ancient Mediterranean World
(cross listed with REL 304)
HIST 363: The Arab World: Colonialism to Revolution (cross listed with POSC 363)
POSC 326: Politics of the Contemporary Middle East (cross listed with HIST 325)
POSC 353: Peace and Conflict in the Middle East (cross-listed as PCST 353)
POSC 358: Islam and the West (cross listed with PCST 358 and REL 358)
REL 303: Readings in Qur'an and Hadith

The following courses may count when they contain a substantial Arabic Studies component, and they must have the cluster coordinator's approval:
HIST 399: Individual Study and Research (related topic to be approved by cluster coordinator)
POSC 399: Individual Study and Research (related topic to be approved by cluster coordinator)

+ - Chinese Studies

Focus: The Chinese Cluster provides students with the opportunity to gain a foundation in the Chinese language within its broader context of rich history, literature, and culture of the Chinese-speaking World as well as other nations where the Chinese language plays a major societal role. Students are exposed to several manifestations of Chinese Culture such as food, music, film, and social customs. The goal of this cluster is to enrich students with a better understanding of Chinese culture and Chinese language.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Instructor of Languages, I-Ting Chao 

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. Students must complete three courses from Section I and one course from section II.

Section I (take 3 of the following courses)
CHIN 201: Intermediate Chinese I  [CHIN 102, or equivalent, or consent of instructor] (This course cannot be doubled counted in 7LC)
CHIN 202: Intermediate Chinese II [CHIN 201, or consent of instructor] (This course cannot be doubled counted in 7LC)
CHIN 301: Chinese Culture and Society [CHIN 202, or consent of instructor]
CHIN 347: Business Chinese [CHIN 201, or consent of instructor] 


Section II (take 1 of the following courses)
ART 374: Change and Exchange in the Contemporary Arts of China, Korea and Japan
FS 443A: Asian Cinema
 [FTV 140, and FS 244, or 245]
HIST 352: Chinese Civilization
POSC 324: Asian Politics

REL 336: Buddhism
SOC 326: Mind, Self, and Society in Tibetan Buddhism

+ - The French/Francophone Studies

Focus: Promotes the interdisciplinary study of the rich histories, literatures, and cultures of the French-speaking world.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Chair, Department of World Languages and Cultures, and Professor of Languages, Dr. John Boitano

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in French

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.

ART 461: 19th and 20th Century French Art (Cannes)
FREN 201: Intermediate French I [FREN 102] (This course cannot be double counted in 7LC.)
FREN 202: Intermediate French II  [FREN 201] (This course cannot be double counted in 7LC.)
FREN 323: French Popular Music: A Mirror of Society [FREN 201]
FREN 340: Cuisine in French Literature and Film [FREN 201, or consent of instructor]
FREN 341: Literary and Cinematographic Images of the French Past: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry [FREN 201, or consent of instructor]
FREN 348: Francophone Literatures of the World [FREN 201, or consent of instructor]
FREN 349: French Theatre Across the Ages [FREN 201, or consent of instructor]
FREN 350: French Poetry Across the Ages [FREN 201, or consent of instructor]
FREN 351: French Writers of the Holocaust [FREN 201, or consent of instructor]
FREN 352: French Writers of the Nouveau Roman (New Novel) [FREN 201, or consent of instructor]
FREN 353: Topics in Historical Tours: Paris, A Literary History [FREN 201, or consent of instructor] (cross listed with HIST 346H)
FREN 354: French Opera in the Time of the Sun King: The “Libertti” of Quinault and Music of Lully [FREN 201, or consent of instructor] (cross listed with MUS 354)
FREN 355: Memories of World War II in French Films [FREN 201]
FREN 365: Of Avatars and Apes: The Supernatural and Science in French Fiction [FREN 201]
FREN 375: French Literature [FREN 201, or consent of instructor]
FREN 378: French Civilization [FREN 201, or consent of instructor]
FREN 387:Remakes and Adaptations in Films: From France to Hollywood [FREN 201]
FREN 389: The French Philosopher and the French Enlightenment [FREN 201, or consent of instructor]
FTV 311: Cinema Francais/French Cinema (Cannes)
POSC 303: La Vie Politique en France/French Political Life (Cannes)
SOC 309: La Societe Francaise/French Society (Cannes)
TH 310: Expression Theatrale/Acting: Theatrical Expression (Cannes)

+ - Germanic Studies

Focus: This cluster affords students the opportunity to acquire a foundation in the German language as well as a broad understanding of the history, culture, and literature of the German-speaking nations.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Professor of Languages, Dr. Walter Tschacher

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in German.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.

GER 202: Intermediate German II [GER 201] (This course cannot be double counted in 7LC.)
GER 341: German Literature in Film [GER 201]
GER 343: Advanced Grammar and Composition [GER 201, or consent of instructor]
GER 345: German Conversation [GER 201, or consent of instructor]
GER 347: Business German [GER 201, or consent of instructor]
GER 375: German Literature [GER 201, or consent of instructor]
GER 378: German Culture and Civilization [GER 201, or consent of instructor]
REL 307: Germany and the Holocaust (cross listed with HIST 307)

+ - Italian Studies

Focus: This multidisciplinary cluster allows students to explore the language, culture, film, literature, music, and history of Italy.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Paul and Marybelle Musco Professorship; Associate Professor of Languages, Dr. Federico Pacchioni

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. Students must complete a minimum of two courses from Section I. The remaining two courses may be taken from Section I or Section II.

Section I (Choose a minimum of two courses.)
ITAL 201: Intermediate Italian I [ITAL 102] (This course cannot be doubled counted in 7LC)
ITAL 202: Intermediate Italian II [ITAL 201] (This course cannot be doubled counted in 7LC)
ITAL 301: Conversation and Composition: Regional Culture and Tradition [ITAL 201, or consent of instructor]
ITAL 311: A Road Through Time: The Italian Region of Emilia-Romagna [ITAL 201] (Travel Course)
ITAL 340: The History and Culture of Food in Italy [ITAL 201, or consent of instructor]
ITAL 342: Advanced Italian: Grammar and Stylistics [ITAL 201, or consent of instructor]
ITAL 345: Conversation and Composition: Introduction to Contemporary Society [ITAL 201, or consent of instructor]
ITAL 347: Business Italian: Professional Language and Culture [ITAL 201, or consent of instructor]
ITAL 349: The Forms of Italian Theatre: History and Practice [ITAL 201, or consent of instructor]
ITAL 352: The Fantastic in Italian Literature [ITAL 201, or consent of instructor]
ITAL 353: The Short Narrative in Italian Culture: Oral Tradition, Literature, and Cinema [ITAL 201, or consent of instructor]
ITAL 375: Masterpieces of Italian Literature [ITAL 201, or consent of instructor]
ITAL 385: From Page to Screen: Literature and Film in Italy [ITAL 201, or consent of instructor]

Section II
ART 354: Art, Politics and Murder: 15th and 16th Century Florence and the Medici
ART 355: Art and the Senses: Visual Culture of the Most Serene Republic of Venice in the 15th and 16th Century
ART 356: Princely Art: Renaissance Court Art and Culture of Mantua, Milan, Ferrara and Rome
ART 366: Popes and Princes: Art and Culture in Papal Rome (1400-1700)
ART 379: Rome: The Development of the City (Travel Course)
ART 386: Monarchy, Republic, Empire: Etruscan and Roman Art
FTV 361I: Structure of an International Film Festival [consent of instructor]
HIST 306: The Middle Ages (cross listed with REL 306)
HIST 308: Early Modern Europe
HIST 358: Jewish Life from Napolean to Hitler
HON 371: The World of Fellini’s Cinema (requires permission for non-Honors students.)
HON 373: The Puppet Metaphor Across Media (requires permission for non-Honors students.)
IES 444: Aesthetics and Learning: Florence Italy [consent of instructor] (Travel Course)
ITAL 341: Italian Cinema: Politics, Art and Culture (cross listed with FS 443f)
ITAL 348: The Italian American Experience in Literature and Film (cross listed with HUM 348)
ITAL 387: Italian American Cinema (cross listed with FS 444M)

(The following course may count when it contains substantial Italian language component and it must have the cluster coordinator's approval.)
ENGL 449: Literature in Translation (Italian topics only, a special substitution) [Written Inquiry]

+ - Japanese Studies

Focus: This cluster gives students the opportunity to learn about Japanese language, culture, and history.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Assistant Professor of Japanese, Dr. Michael Wood

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Requirements: Open to all majors.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. Students must complete three courses from Section I and one course from Section II.

Section I (Language courses - take three of the following courses.)
JPN 101: Elementary Japanese I
JPN 102: Elementary Japanese II [JPN 101]
JPN 201: Intermediate Japanese I [JPN 102, or consent of instructor] (This course cannot double count in 7LC.)
JPN 202: Intermediate Japanese II [JPN 201, or consent of instructor] (This course cannot double count in 7LC.)
JPN 291: Student-Faculty Research/Creative Activity [consent of instructor]
JPN 301: Intensive Kanji Study [JPN 202, or consent of instructor]
JPN 343: Advanced Japanese Grammar and Composition [JPN 202, or consent of instructor]
JPN 345: Japanese Conversation [JPN 202, or consent of instructor]
JPN 347: Business Japanese [JPN 343, or consent of instructor]
JPN 348: Reading Japanese History [JPN 343, or consent of instructor]
JPN 349: Advanced Japanese: Topics in Literature and Cinema [JPN 343, or consent of instructor]
JPN 491: Student-Faculty Research/Creative Activity [consent of instructor]
JPN 499: Independent Study [consent of instructor, or seniors who have fulfilled advanced courses in Japanese]

Section II (take one of the following courses.)
ART 265: Exchange and Evolution of Arts in China and Japan
HIST 190:  From the Shaolin Temple to Shonen Manga: Modern East Asia
HIST 260: Asian History and Film
HIST 262: History of the Samurai
HIST 354: From Samurai to Pokemon: A Social History of Modern Japan
HIST 355: Disease, Power and Sex: Medicine and the Body in East Asia
REL 336: Buddhism

(The following course may count for this cluster if there is a substantial Japanese language component, and with the cluster coordinator's approval.)
ENG 449: Literature in Translation [written inquiry]

+ - Linguistics and Bilingualism

Focus: Through this cluster students will achieve an understanding of language and increase their competency in a language other than English. Theoretical principles, analytic techniques, and selected case studies will allow students to recognize linguistic patterns, understand language variation and change, and become aware of the complex interconnections between language, culture, identity, and society. Specialization in a second language will provide valuable insights into the language acquisition process and promote a greater appreciation for cultural diversity.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Professor of Languages, Dr. Pilar Valenzuela

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. Students are required to take two “Language, Culture and Society” courses and two “Second Language” courses. 

Language, Culture and Society (Two courses are required.)
ENG 271: Introduction to Linguistics  
ENG 372: Language and Ideology
SPAN 396: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics [successful completion of any 300–level course in Spanish, or consent of instructor]
SPAN 440: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Spanish Bilingualism [any 300–level course in Spanish, or consent of instructor]
SPAN 441: Spanish Phonetics and Phonology [SPAN 202, or consent of instructor]

Second Language (Two courses are required.)
FREN 343: Advanced Grammar and Composition [FREN 201, or consent of instructor]
FREN 345: Advanced French Conversation and Composition I [FREN 201, or consent of instructor]
GER 343: Advanced Grammar and Composition [GER 201, or consent of instructor]
GER 345: German Conversation [GER 201, or consent of instructor]
JPN 343: Advanced Grammar and Composition [JPN 202, or consent of instructor]
JPN 345: Japanese Conversation [JPN 202, or consent of instructor]
SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II [SPAN 201]
SPAN 343: Advanced Grammar and Composition [SPAN 202, or consent of instructor]
SPAN 344: Spanish Writing Workshop [SPAN 202, or consent of instructor]
SPAN 345: Spanish Conversation [SPAN 202, or consent of instructor]
SPAN 396: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics [successful completion of any 300–level course in Spanish, or consent of instructor]
SPAN 440: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Spanish Bilingualism [any 300-level Spanish course, or consent of instructor]
SPAN 441: Spanish Phonetics and Phonology [SPAN 202, or consent of instructor]

+ - Spanish Language and Linguistics

Focus: Students will increase their competency in Spanish and achieve a basic understanding of human language. Using Spanish as the main resource, students will identify and describe structural patterns, understand sociolinguistic variation, and become more aware of the complex interconnections between language, culture, identity, and power.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Professor of Languages, Dr. Pilar Valenzuela

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in Spanish

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. Students take at least one Linguistics course (SPAN 396, SPAN 440, or SPAN 441) is required; more than one is recommended.

SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II [SPAN 201]
SPAN 343: Advanced Grammar and Composition [SPAN 202, or consent of instructor]
SPAN 344: Spanish Writing Workshop [SPAN 202, or consent of instructor]
SPAN 345: Spanish Conversation [SPAN 202, or consent of instructor]
SPAN 396: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics [successful completion of any 300–level course in Spanish, or consent of instructor]
SPAN 440: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Spanish Bilingualism [any 300-level Spanish course]
SPAN 441: Spanish Phonetics and Phonology [SPAN 202, or consent of instructor]
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