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Skidmore College
World Languages and Literatures
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Students majoring in French fulfill the departmental requirements by completing a minimum of nine courses totaling not less than 30 credit hours, including WLF 208 and WLF 210; Senior Seminar, WLF 376; four courses above WLF 203, one of which could be WLL (if taught by French faculty and/or with a substantical French or francophone component and taken in conjunction with WLF 271 A or WLF 271 B); and two additional French courses at the 300 level. Students will fulfill the writing requirement in the French major by successfully completing WLF 208, WLF 210, and WLF 376.

WORLD LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE WRITING IN THE MAJOR REQUIREMENT: Students majoring in French, German, and Spanish will demonstrate an advanced level of proficiency in writing ("Advanced Plus" on the ACTFL scale). World Languages and Literatures majors will develop the ability to write in the target language in a range of genres including writing for academic, social, and professional contexts in such forms as letters, reports, and research papers for purposes of description, narration, and analysis. WLL majors will demonstrate in writing the ability to perform a close reading of a literary or cultural text including explication of relevant rhetorical features, structural elements, and historical and cultural references. Through writing assignments students learn how to develop a thesis, provide textual evidence, present logical arguments, and employ appropriate theoretical lenses.

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