Sample Courses

Here are some of our graduate courses for the Fall 2020 semester!  These courses are open to admitted students in MS-GMC and MS-ALIS.  Admitted students can register during Phase II registration through OSCAR (

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CHIN 6500: Intercultural Seminar


Conducted in Mandarin Chinese, this seminar lays a foundation for students to analyze and understand current events in China and Sino-U.S. relations and develops students cross-cultural communication skills in the Chinese context. We will cover intercultural communication theories and concepts and train students to function effectively and comfortably in a China-related field. Students will learn to analyze Chinese and American interactions, to collaborate to resolve differences and misunderstandings, and to view situations from the perspectives of both American and Chinese cultures. Our goal is to foster the practical intercultural communication skills that future American leaders -- in business, industry, government, and the professions -- will be confronting in the 21st century.

FREN 8803-A: Francophone Africa


This course will introduce students to representations of Africa in light of its modern history and culture through modern and contemporary Francophone media. The focus will be on West African and North African films, and European movies dealing with these regions. Students will develop their analysis skills by examining, researching, and presenting in French on Francophone media and representations of Africa (from colonialism to present), and improve their oral and written communication skills at the mid-advanced level. We will also look at the relationship of France to North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. We will also attempt to understand contemporary cultural attitudes toward Europe, immigration, industries, finance, investments, banks, and governments.

GRMN 8803-B: Political Cultures and Movements


This seminar centers on political ideologies, social and cultural trends, as well as key figures to examine how political cultures and movements have shaped German-speaking societies after 1945. Students will learn about the division of Berlin and Germany in the Cold War, the reunification of Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the role of Germany in post-Cold War Europe, and the shifting political landscape of Germany today. Topics include ideology, media, protest and civic discourse, migration, nationalism, cultural and multicultural identities, hybridity, climate action, and international relations. Students will gain analysis and communication skills at the intermediate-advanced level of German, preparing them for a global job market.

JAPN 8903: Research and Creative Writing Lab, East Asian Media


This is a seminar group that will be run like a Japanese “zemi” or graduate seminar. Students will produce a research project or creative project on a topic related to East Asian media. This could be a translation of a Chinese short story, an analysis of Japanese films, a short documentary on social movements in Okinawa, etc. Transnational and comparative projects are welcome. Twice a month we will also meet to discuss assigned readings and to discuss project progress. At the end of each semester we will host an East Asian Media @ Tech Symposium to present our projects to the wider community. Our readings will discuss how Chinese, Japanese, and Korean speculative literature and film articulate fears, anxieties, dreams, and desires about the future of the Pacific region.

RUSS 8803-B: Contemporary Literature and Film


Russia's dramatic twentieth century; with its historical upheavals, and the totalitarian pressures placed on the arts; both stifled and catalyzed creativity. In this course, we consider each of the major periods in Russian and Soviet history in the 20th century through key works of prose, drama, and film; discussing historical and cultural context, aesthetics, structure and meaning. There will be a particular emphasis on texts and films which problematize the expanding role of science and technology and/or philosophical/psychological aspects of the "acceleration" of history and change in the twentieth century. We will also discuss the types of conflict between official "collectivization" of the creative process and authorial will which developed throughout the decades.

SPAN 6460: Hispanic Digital Cultures


This course covers the most influential trends in New Media and Digital Culture in Latin America and Spain. We will explore the impact of new information and communications technologies on Hispanic Cultural traditions. Students will learn about interactive story-telling, hypertext and connectivity, digital poetry, iPad and mobile literature, blog-fictions, twitter literature, digital photography, and video games. Students will also gain practice in the analysis of computational media, the production of digital artifacts using professional software and design principles. We also cover the pre-computational trends that helped pave the way for the emergence of new media (comics, experimental and avant-garde arts, hypertexts in print format) and the technical vocabulary for the analysis of texts and works in multimedia format.