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Availablity of Courses, Majors, and Minor Programs
Course Notation Information
Academic Foundations 003
Africana Studies 014
American Studies 050
Ancient and Medieval Civilizations 060
Anthropology 070
Arabic 074
Art, Design, and Art History 080, 081, 082, 083, 085
Arts & Sciences 090
Asian Studies 098
Biological Sciences 120
Chemistry 160
Chinese 165
Clinical Laboratory Sciences 191
Computer Science 198
Creative Writing 200
Data Science 219
Economics 220
Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources 216
English 350, 352
English: Composition and Writing 355
Environmental Sciences 375
Film Studies 380
French 420
Geoscience/Geology 460
Global Politics 487
Health and Society 502
Health Information Management 504
History 510, 512
Honors 525
Honors Living-Learning Community 526
International Affairs 551
Italian 560
Japanese 565
Journalism 086
Latin 580
Latin American Studies 590
Latina/o Studies 597
Legal Studies 603
Linguistics 615
Mathematics 640
Medical Imaging Sciences 658
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 686
Music 087
Neuroscience 112
Peace and Conflict Studies 735
Philosophy 730
Physics 750
Political Science 790
Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies 812
Learning Goals
Major Requirements (30 credits)
Minor Requirements (18 credits)
Teacher Certification
Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology 819
Psychology 830
Social Work 910
Sociology 920
Spanish 940
Theater 088
Translation and Interpreting Studies 942
Urban Education 300
Video Production 089
Women's and Gender Studies 988
Writing 989
Youth Development & Juvenile Justice 985
Administration and Faculty
Opportunities with New Jersey Institute of Technology
Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate-Newark
School of Criminal Justice
School of Public Affairs and Administration
Academic Foundations Center
Honors College
Honors Living-Learning Community
Academic Policies and Procedures
Divisions of the University
Camden Newark New Brunswick/Piscataway
  Newark Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2024 School of Arts and Sciences-Newark Academic Programs and Courses Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies 812 Learning Goals  

Learning Goals

Learning Goals for All Students

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies is committed to four primary educational goals: (1) to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the literatures, languages, and cultures of Latin America, the Hispanic Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Latina/o and Lusophone populations in the United States; (2) to provide rigorous liberal arts training to all of our students, by honing critical thinking and writing skills; (3) to develop our students' academic proficiency in Spanish and Portuguese, a particular need for our many students who are heritage speakers of these languages; (4) to provide students with training in preparation for careers as teachers, professors, or a myriad of other professional roles that require superior proficiency in Portuguese and Spanish. In each of these areas, the faculty of the department is committed to providing students with a high level of mentorship and support.

In addition to these more general abilities, literature and linguistics classes introduce students to the methods and modes of inquiry of their respective disciplines.
Goals for Student Learning in Literature and Cultural Studies Classes

Literature and expressive and material culture can be enjoyed by anyone, without any special training. Literary, cinematic, and performative analysis, however, are activities for which skills, knowledge, and preparation are needed. Students of literature and culture should not only be able to "read" texts, images, and performances in Spanish or Portuguese, but to read critically: in essence, they need to become professional readers. Becoming proficient in analyzing literature and culture includes the following abilities:
  • Reading and comprehending theoretical material about literature, cultural production, identity development, politics, and cultural criticism
  • Applying the theoretical material in the course to any cultural artifact about which one is reading
  • Gaining the tools for analyzing the social, cultural, and political issues that shape communities
  • Grappling with historical and social dilemmas that require sensitive, careful, critical commentary
  • Learning to express one's analysis through cogent arguments and clear writing
Goals for Student Learning in Linguistics Classes

Linguistic analysis allows us to understand how people use and acquire languages, the quintessentially human abilities that set us apart from other species. It also provides us with tools for studying language in a rigorous, precise way that uncovers its structure and hidden patterns. In linguistics classes, students will learn how to:
  • Understand basic characteristics of human languages including linguistic universals, how languages change, the formal structure of language, and the importance of considering social factors in language use
  • Analyze language scientifically, including collecting data and testing hypotheses, theoretical approaches to language analysis, and research methods for studying languages
  • Recognize fundamental units of linguistic structure, including phonemes, morphemes, and syntactic phrases
  • Understand how language is acquired by child and adult learners, including theories regarding the role of nature versus nurture in language acquisition, the effects of age, multilingualism, and input on acquisition
Goals for Student Learning in Language Classes

The learning goals for language students take as benchmarks the 2012 Proficiency Guidelines established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) for speaking, reading, writing, and listening in a language, as well as gaining knowledge of the target language culture.
Introductory or Elementary Language Instruction
  • At the end of one year of studying Portuguese or Spanish, students should demonstrate novice-high proficiency on the ACTFL rating scale.
  • Students should be able to enunciate simple opinions with clarity, begin to use informal versus formal address, be able to provide basic descriptions.
  • Demonstrate beginning knowledge of the culture of the target language.
Intermediate Language Instruction
  • Students at the end of the intermediate sequence (131-132) should demonstrate an intermediate-low to intermediate-mid level proficiency on the ACTFL rating scale.
  • Students should be able to understand simple literary and cultural texts.
  • Demonstrate more awareness of cultural conventions of address, daily routines, cultural, and linguistic differences between regions where the target language is spoken.
Advanced Language Instruction (Spanish 203, 204, 307, Portuguese 204)
  • Students must demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate-high level by the end of Spanish 204 and Portuguese 204, and advanced-low level proficiency according to the ACTFL scale by the end of Spanish 307.
  • Students should demonstrate an understanding of the concept of linguistic register, and are expected show evidence of a formal written and spoken register at this stage, abilities which are developed further in upper-level courses in literature, culture, and linguistics.
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