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Cultural Difference in a Globalized Society(ANT 1471) 3 credits
Writing Across Curriculum (Gordon Rule)
Prerequisite: ENC 1101 with a grade of "C" or better
Examines cultural differences in three domains of human life: work, marriage relationships and religion. Course is equivalent to ENC 1102 and therefore satisfies the College Writing 2 core course requirement. This is a General Education course.

University Honors Seminar in Anthropology (ANT 1930) 3 credits
Writing Across Curriculum (Gordon Rule)
A seminar in the University Honors Program on topics in anthropology.

Introduction to Anthropology (ANT 2000) 3 credits
Anthropology encompasses the study of the prehistoric, historic and contemporary development of humans as both social and biological creatures. This broad framework for studying humankind leads to the division of anthropology into four distinct fields: physical anthropology, archaeology, ethnology and linguistic anthropology. This course surveys those fields, exploring the roots of humanity in the fossil and archaeological record and examining both the great diversity and the similarities among contemporary cultural groups. This is a General Education course.

Lost Tribes and Sunken Continents: Frauds, Myths and Mysteries in Archaeology (ANT 2149) 3 credits
A critical examination of a number of archaeological frauds, myths and mysteries that, using scientific reasoning, assesses the flaws in the purported evidence for each claim.

Culture and Society (ANT 2410) 3 credits
Perspective on the human condition by examining some of the principal cultural differences between traditional and modern societies. Using ethnographic materials, examination of how people formulate their world views (cosmology) and live by the social logics of reciprocity and kinship. These are compared with world views and social logics of markets and bureaucracy in industrial societies. This is a General Education course.

Introduction to Biological Anthropology (ANT 2511) 3 credits
Corequisite: ANT 2511L
Students learn about the general topics in biological anthropology, including genetics, primatology, comparative anatomy and paleoanthropology. This is a General Education course.

Introduction to Biological Anthropology Lab (ANT 2511L) 1 credit
Corequisite: ANT 2511
Students perform procedures similar to those used by professional anthropological researchers and engage in hands-on activities designed to reinforce the material presented in the lecture section. This is a General Education course.

Anthropology Study Abroad (ANT 2952) 1-6 credits
Prerequisite: Freshman or sophomore standing
Credit for enrollment in approved study abroad programs.

Note: The courses above (ANT 1930, 2000, 2410, 2511, 2952) may not be counted for credit in minimum major.

Stones and Bones: Unearthing the Past (ANT 3101) 3 credits
Course examines the concepts, theoretical aspects and methods used in archaeology as well as the practical applications of what is learned about the past.

The Maya and Their Neighbors (ANT 3163) 3 credits
Investigates the ancient cultures of Mexico and northern Central America with an emphasis on the ancient Maya, their calendar and hieroglyphic writing. Also studies their Olmec predecessors and contemporary civilizations in central Mexico, such as Toetihuacan, the Toltecs and Aztecs.

South America Before Columbus (ANT 3165) 3 credits
An introduction to the archaeology and people of ancient South America. Early hunters/gatherers, origins of agriculture and complex societies to the rise and fall of the great Inca civilization.

Real Archaeology (ANT 3190) 3 credits
Course contributes to professional development of archaeology students by teaching them the theory, methods and techniques of public archaeology and cultural resources management. Course includes a review of health, safety and ethics issues in archaeology; international, federal, state and local statutes affecting public archaeology; and hands-on instruction in practical methods.

Peoples Around the World (ANT 3212) 3 credits
A course in world ethnography involving an inspection of cultural developments, in all their variety, throughout the world. The indigenous culture areas of each continent will be considered, with a focus on livelihood, the social order, religion, music and art.

Anthropology of Religion (ANT 3241) 3 credits
A cross-cultural study of magic and religion with emphasis on belief systems and rituals and their practitioners.

Native-American Culture and Society (ANT 3312) 3 credits
A description and analysis of aboriginal and contemporary North-American-Indian cultures in their historical and ecological contexts.

Cultures of South Asia (ANT 3361) 3 credits
Writing Across Curriculum (Gordon Rule)
The cultural variation in South Asia, comprising the nations of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. Religion (Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism), caste and social structure, village dynamics, tribal groups, colonialism and culture change.

Anthropology of Film: An Introduction to Visual Anthropology (ANT 3391) 3 credits
A history and analysis of selected ethnographic films and film makers that give valuable insights into culture and human behavior.

Culture and Ecology (ANT 3403) 3 credits
How humans modify, utilize, conceptualize and are affected by their ecological context. Case studies focus on subsistence and the transformation of energy among food foragers, pastoralists, cultivators and industrial groups.

Human Variation (ANT 3516) 3 credits
An examination of the biological and sociological meaning of race in its application to humans. Processes affecting biological variation in human populations: the mechanisms of biological evolution and the interaction of human genetic factors with culture and the natural environment.

Human Evolution (ANT 3586) 3 credits
An investigation of the biological evolution of the human species. The hominid fossil record is surveyed in conjunction with explanation in terms of the principles of evolution and genetics.

Anthropological Linguistics (ANT 3610) 3 credits
Introduction to the scientific study of language within the context of human culture and society. Examines human versus non-human systems of communication, comparative structure of language systems and relationships between language and culture in cross-cultural perspective.

Human and Cultural Rights (ANT 4006) 3 credits
The course focuses on the definition of human and cultural rights by international bodies and cultural organizations. The starting point for the discussion is the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The course explores how the declaration has been received, implemented, debated or ignored in cultures around the world.

Archaeological Research Methods (ANT 4116) 3 credits
This course focuses on what archaeologists actually do in the field and laboratory to learn about ancient societies. Methods are placed in context through discussion of scientific research design in archaeology, which determines what methods are chosen, including field methods, analytical methods and laboratory methods.

Development of Ancient Civilization (ANT 4141) 3 credits
An analysis of human cultures from the emergence of humanity through the rise of civilization. An ecological orientation will focus on the close interplay among early humans, their paleoenvironments and the dynamics of culture change. Relevance for modern times in understanding the past and projecting the future. Examination of major archaeological concepts.

Florida Archaeology (ANT 4158) 3 credits
Native-American peoples and cultures of Florida in pre-Columbian times as revealed by the archaeological record. The development of Florida's indigenous cultures is traced from earliest known human occupancy to their disappearance after the European conquest.

Research Methods in Bioarchaeology (ANT 4192) 3 credits
Prerequisite: ANT 4141, ANT 4514 or permission of instructor
Training in the research methodology of biological anthropology and archaeology. Application to an original research project and the presentation of a written research report.

Economic Anthropology (ANT 4266) 3 credits
The exploration and application of economic anthropology as a subfield of anthropology. The course employs a comparative methodology to cultures as well as the study of economic theory as it applies to the analysis of culture.

The Anthropology of Politics (ANT 4274) 3 credits
This course examines how anthropology has used the concept of politics and applied it to its studies and fieldwork. Focus is on how power and politics have been organized in cultures and examining the contours of an emergent and dynamic global politics.

Gender and Culture (ANT 4302) 3 credits
An examination of the variation of gender roles in non-Western societies across different levels of social organization. Femininity, masculinity and additional genders are examined within the context of anthropological theory.

African-American Anthropology (ANT 4315) 3 credits
A review of the most important theoretical issues in African-American anthropology, including Africanisms, the family, matrifocality and religion, with the reading of ethnographic studies of African Americans in the United States.

Asian Medical Systems (ANT 4365) 3 credits
Asia is home to some of the world’s oldest continuing medical systems that serve the health care needs of hundreds of millions of people. Students will better understand the peoples and cultures of Asia from the perspective of health, illness and healing by focusing primarily on the theories, nosologies, diagnostic principles and therapies of three medical systems. These include Ayurvedic medicine, Tibetan medicine and Chinese medicine and subfields of practice like yoga and meditation. Students are introduced to the main theories, diagnostic techniques and therapies for each system.

Human Impulses (ANT 4407) 3 credits
An investigation of worldwide cultural differences in the expression of human propensities: sex, violence and sympathy in anthropological perspective. Implications for theoretical interpretation and understanding.

Anthropology of Peace and Violence (ANT 4409) 3 credits
Explores the meaning and forms of peace and violence that are a part of our daily lives, in cultures and globally. These are subjects that have engendered many debates about human behavior. The course also explores some general and directed questions about peace and violence.

Social Anthropology (ANT 4412) 3 credits
Studying society cross-culturally, with a focus on the dynamics of change in different social groupings and application of theoretical principles to a diverse selection of particular cases.

The Anthropology of Sex and Gender (ANT 4413) 3 credits
This course explores the cultural construction of sex and gender. It focuses on the United States as a central geographic site to explore these constructions, although examples from other parts of the world are used as comparisons to our own experience and beliefs.

Cultural Anthropology (ANT 4414) 3 credits
Culture: its nature, structure and dynamics; its relation to society and the individual. Tribal cultures as contrasted with state formations, exemplified by several widely varied case studies.

Anthropology of Nature (ANT 4419) 3 credits
Using theory from cultural anthropology, this course examines the relationship between culture and the physical environment or "nature," focusing on political, medical, religious, linguistic/discursive, ecological, development and gender issues in a variety of communities and countries around the world.

Psychological Anthropology (ANT 4433) 3 credits
A study of culture and personality with emphasis on anthropological approaches to childhood development, Oedipus complex, consciousness, rationality and other topics across world cultures.

Medical Anthropology (ANT 4462) 3 credits
Cross-cultural analysis of anthropological theories of health and disease. The status and role of patients and healers in human societies. Biobehavioral approach to human evolutionary adaptation to environment (e.g., belief, taboo, stress, nutrition).

Environment and Disease (ANT 4463) 3 credits
A study of the evolution of human diseases from ancient times to the present. The influence of culture, society and personal behavior will be explored, along with the relationship between the environment and human genetics.

Culture, Gender and Health (ANT 4469) 3 credits
The course examines in a variety of cultures how sex differences and gender inequalities impact the health status of women and men, their access to health care resources and their roles as health care providers. Focused attention is paid to culturally constructed knowledge of the body, gender-based political economy of health care in developing countries, reproductive health, indigenous medical systems and children's health.

Research Methods in Cultural/Social Anthropology (ANT 4495) 3 credits
Training in the research methodology of cultural/social anthropology. Application to an original research project and the presentation of a written research report.

Biological Anthropology (ANT 4514) 3 credits
Biological (physical) anthropology as the study of human biology: human genetics and genetic variation, human anatomy and physiology, human growth and adaptation, and the biological evolution of the human species, together with primatology.

Forensic Anthropology (ANT 4520) 3 credits
Course covers the application of scientific and anthropological techniques to criminal investigations in support of law enforcement, focusing on the skills necessary to carry out a basic analysis of human skeletal remains to determine identity of the decedent and the manner and cause of death.

Primate Behavior (ANT 4552) 3 credits
Prerequisite: ANT 2511
Examination of the types of living primates, their distribution and ecology. Students study general primate behavior as well as behaviors specific to particular groups of living primates.

Primate Evolution (ANT 4554) 3 credits
Prerequisite: ANT 2511
Examination of the evolutionary history of monkeys and apes through the fossil record and molecular evidence. Students learn how to reconstruct primate ancestors through the study of teeth, bones and behavior.

Advanced Topics in Human Evolution (ANT 4592) 3 credits
Prerequisite: ANT 2511
Examination of the fossil record for human evolution and behavior, focusing on how paleoanthropologists reconstruct the lifeways of our early ancestors and collateral relatives.

Ethnographic Fieldwork (ANT 4802) 3-6 credits
Prerequisites: Anthropology major, junior or senior standing and permission of instructor
Supervised fieldwork includes construction of research design, data gathering, interviewing techniques and development of other research skills in a field situation.

Fieldwork in Archaeology (ANT 4824) 3-6 credits
Prerequisites: ANT 2000 and permission of instructor
On-site field experience in methods of archaeological fieldwork, recovery techniques, recording, sampling strategy and survey. The course may include attendance at field schools directed by qualified faculty outside the University, with permission of the department.

Directed Independent Study (ANT 4905) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: For Anthropology majors only or by permission of instructor

Special Topics (ANT 4930) 1-3 credits
Selected topics in Anthropology. Special topics will be categorized by subfield. May be repeated as topics vary.

Internship in Anthropology (ANT 4940) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of department
This internship provides an opportunity for students to participate in a hands-on experience, one in which they are exposed to working environments where they can put anthropological knowledge and technical skills into effect.

Anthropology Study Abroad (ANT 4957) 1-6 credits
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing
Credit for enrollment in approved study abroad programs.

Honors Thesis in Anthropology (ANT 4972) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Includes studies of research design, the conduct of field laboratory and library research and the writing of an honors thesis in anthropology.



Anthropology Graduate Courses

Special Topics (ANG 5930) 1-3 credits
Selected topics in anthropology.

Internship in Anthropology (ANG 5940) 2-4 credits
Apprenticeship experience in museums, nonprofit institutions, governmental agencies or business settings, supervised by an on-site supervisor and Anthropology Department faculty sponsor.

Professional Development (ANG 6001) 1 credit
Course provides knowledge necessary for becoming a professional in the field of anthropology. It covers such information as anthropological ethics, the production of scholarly papers, presentation of conference papers, application for grants and to Ph.D. programs, survival after fieldwork and related subjects. Grading: S/U

Seminar in Anthropological Theory 1 (ANG 6034) 3 credits
Introduction to the history and development of anthropological theory and the interrelationships of theory across the four disciplines of anthropology.

Seminar in Anthropological Theory 2 (ANG 6084) 3 credits
Prerequisite: ANG 6034
Course focuses on contemporary anthropological theory and the interplay between theory and practice in each of the four subdisciplines of anthropology.

Advanced Anthropological Research 1 (ANG 6090) 3 credits
Advanced application of anthropological methods through active application in both field- and lab-based settings.

Advanced Anthropological Research 2 (ANG 6092) 3 credits
Prerequisite: ANG 6090
Course focuses on active student participation in the application of subdiscipline-based research methodologies.

Note: The prerequisite to each graduate-level seminar below is the completion of the corresponding 4000-level course or its equivalent. (This prerequisite does not apply to ANG 6486.)

Seminar in Archaeology (ANG 6115) 3 credits
Archaeological method and theory as well as reconstruction and description of prehistoric cultures.

Ethnographic Perspectives on Health (ANG 6390) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Graduate standing
Culture's role in shaping health and medicine across a range of societies and institutions is critically assessed through in-depth ethnographic examination of the impact ethnicity, gender, politics, technology, religion and class have on people's health status, their access to health care resources and their roles as health care providers.

Quantitative Reasoning in Anthropological Research (ANG 6486) 3 credits
Introduction to the process of conducting quantitative research in anthropology and developing an anthropological database suitable for statistical application.

Seminar in Cultural Anthropology 1 (General) (ANG 6490) 3 credits
Culture theory in historical perspective.

Seminar in Biological Anthropology 1 (ANG 6587) 3 credits
Biology and environment in human existence: theoretical considerations.

Directed Independent Study (ANG 6905) 1-4 credits

Special Topics (ANG 6930) 1-3 credits
Selected topics in anthropology.

Master's Thesis (ANG 6971) 1-6 credits
Grading: S/U

Art Courses
(Listed following the Women's Studies courses, under School of the Arts, Visual Arts and Art History)

Caribbean and Latin American Studies

Undergraduate Courses

The Maya and Their Neighbors (ANT 3163) 3 credits
South America Before Columbus (ANT 3165) 3 credits
(See Anthropology courses, this section)

Latin American Politics (CPO 4303) 3 credits
(See Political Science courses, this section)

Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean (GEA 4405) 3 credits
(See Geosciences courses, College of Science section)

Colonial Latin American History (LAH 3100) 3 credits
Latin American Independence (LAH 3133) 3 credits
Modern Latin American History (LAH 3200) 3 credits
History of Mexico (LAH 4430) 3 credits
History of the Caribbean (LAH 4470) 3 credits
History of Cuba (LAH 4480) 3 credits
Special Topics in Latin American History (LAH 4930) 3 credits
(See History courses, this section)

Introduction to Latin American Studies(LAS 2000)3 credits
This course is a required introductory course for the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Certificate and is designed to provide students with an understanding of the history, literature and culture of the Latin American region. While drawing on examples from specific Latin American nations, the course is broadly comparative, considering a number of substantive themes as they apply to the entire region and as they are related to world
powers, multinational actors and global economic structures. This is a General Education course.

Caribbean Literatures in English (LIT 4192) 3 credits
(See English courses, this section)

Latin American Culture and Civilization (SPN 3501) 3 credits
Latin American Literature in Translation (SPT 4130) 3 credits
Introduction to Hispanic Literature (SPW 3030) 3 credits
Prerequisite: SPN 2220 or permission of instructor
Latin American Civilization and Literature: Conquest to Modernism (SPW 3130) 3 credits
Latin American Civilization and Literature: Modernism (SPW 3131) 3 credits
Prerequisites: SPN 2220 and SPW 3030 or equivalent
Latin American Civilization and Literature: Modernism to the Present (SPW 3132) 3 credits
Prerequisites: SPN 2220 and SPW 3030 or equivalent
Special Topics in Spanish or Latin American Literature (SPW 4930) 1-3 credits
(See Languages, Linguistics, Comparative Lit. courses, this section)



Communication and Multimedia Studies

Undergraduate Courses/link to graduate courses

University Honors Seminar in Communication (COM 1930) 3 credits
Writing Across Curriculum (Gordon Rule)
A seminar in the University Honors Program on topics in communication.

Introduction to Communication and Civic Life (COM 2053) 3 credits
An overview of major approaches to the analysis and criticism of contemporary cultural concerns, situating these within the broader historical contexts of communication and cultural theory.

Communication Study Abroad (COM 2952) 1-6 credits
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Credit for enrollment in approved study abroad programs.

Communication, Gender and Language (COM 3014) 3 credits
Investigation of the role of language in communication by and about women from linguistic, rhetorical and literary perspectives as they relate to differences in female/male communication styles and their implications for female/male gender roles and relationships.

Organizational Communication (COM 3120) 3 credits
Microlevel, institutional and macrolevel analysis of the communication process in organizations. Organizational communication theories, including political economy, critical and poststructuralist approaches.

Communication and U.S. Cultural Studies (COM 3342) 3 credits
High, low and mass culture as they pertain to communication processes in U.S. society. Ethnic, gender-specific and class communication processes within subcultural contexts are examined. Psychoanalytic, social-scientific and critical communication approaches.

Human Communication Theory (COM 3405) 3 credits
Prerequisite: COM 2053
An examination of communication theory from interpersonal, small group, intercultural and organizational viewpoints.

Conflict and Communication (COM 3462) 3 credits
A study of theories and research in interpersonal conflict. Conflict management within personal relationships and in the workplace. The nature of conflict, assumptions arising from conflict, power, styles and tactics, negotiation and transformation.

Political Communication (COM 3500) 3 credits
The role of ideology, language, symbolism and mediation in the practice of American political communication.

Communication Internship (COM 3945) 3 credits
Prerequisites: 18 credits in Communication; 3.0 GPA in Communication courses and overall; permission of department
Practical experience working 12-16 hours per week in a communication-related business or industry. Course culminates in a research paper or project in which student evaluates the experience by methodologies learned in other communication classes. May be repeated for a free elective credit.

Women and Storytelling (COM 4031) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing
Explores how women tell stories and the ways in which women have been controlled through narrative and have themselves controlled narratives about themselves and others, particularly, but not only, with respect to Western history and culture. Through texts, film and in-class activities, we observe the power of master and counter narratives.

Media and Sexual Identities (COM 4094) 3 credits
Examines the media representations of the modern America lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community and movement in the context of both its own development and the changing American social/sexual/political environment.

Strategic Communication (COM 4150) 3 credits
The course addresses strategic interpersonal, group and public communication within an organizational format. In addition to learning and practicing basic workplace communication skills, students conduct an interview, write a résumé and develop an individual strategic plan and presentation that can be used in professional portfolios.

Corporate Communication (COM 4201) 3 credits
Instruction and practice in the planning and production of selected modes of oral and written communication common within large corporations, with emphasis on employee newsletters and personal presentations.

Studies in New Media (COM 4332) 3 credits
This course examines the key theoretical works and arguments in the field of new media and considers moments of collision and convergence between media forms.

Rhetoric and Aesthetics of Contemporary Culture (COM 4411) 3 credits
Analyzes ways our world is informed by rhetorical discourses as they are informed and shaped by contemporary aesthetics and the production, management and distribution of style, particularly as it is portrayed in popular culture. Considers the relationship between rhetoric and aesthetics and arenas of life undergoing renewed stylization.

Performance, Culture, Identity (COM 4419) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Junior and senior standing
An introduction to a communication-centered approach to performance studies, with a focus on both theory and application. In addition to studying the work of major theorists, students have an opportunity to create, observe, discuss and evaluate aesthetic and non-aesthetic performance.

Non-Verbal Communication in a Diverse Society (COM 4461) 3 credits
Course focuses on the significance of non-verbal behavior when communicating across cultures. Non-verbal messages from a variety of cultures are examined. These cultures include, but are not limited to, age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, the physically and mentally challenged or any groups that have not received peripheral attention in discussions of non-verbal communication.

New Media and Civic Discourse (COM 4603) 3 credits
Prerequisite: COM 2053
Explores how new media technologies change what communities we can be members of and how we perform our roles in those communities. Also explores the potential of new media to affect citizenship and alter what it means to be a member of a democratic society and electorate.

News Media Ethics (COM 4621) 3 credits
A critical examination of news media ethical issues and dilemmas through the use of case studies and current news reports. Course also includes critique of print, broadcast and online news coverage using ethical theory and standard journalistic ethical principles.

Storytelling (COM 4703) 3 credits
Historical development and cultural significance of storytelling as a basis for the discipline of communication. Oral performance of a variety of storytelling styles and techniques.

Peace, Conflict and Oral Narrative (COM 4707) 3 credits
Theory and methodology behind conflict resolution and peace-building techniques that employ storytelling, with a strong emphasis on learning and creating stories.

Directed Individual Project (COM 4903) 1-2 credits
An individual communication project, approved in advance by the directing faculty member. Grading: S/U

Directed Independent Study (COM 4905) 1-3 credits
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and 16 credits in Communication
Opportunity for extensive library study in a specific area of communication. Research paper required.

Directed Independent Honors Study (COM 4907) 3 credits
Reading and research in selected areas of communication done in context of individualized Honors Program of study.

Special Topics (COM 4930) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Some Special Topics courses may require permission of instructor
The study of a special area in communication. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.

Communication Study Abroad (COM 4957) 1-6 credits
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Credit for enrollment in approved study abroad programs.

Senior Honors Thesis in Communication (COM 4970) 3 credits
Completion of an honors thesis under faculty supervision. Permission of instructor required.

Fundamentals of Multimedia (DIG 3110) 4 credits
This production course explores a range of ideas and processes incorporated in multimedia projects. Class assignments introduce elements of image making, multipage sequencing and interface design. The class develops a combination of critical, technical and design skills.

Digital Video Editing (DIG 3207) 4 credits
Prerequisite: RTV 3531or DIG 3110 or DIG 3305C with minimum grades of "C"
An intensive study of the technical and aesthetic elements of non-linear digital video editing. Students learn strategies for media management, image capture, sequence creation, title creation, working with audio, video effects and compositing.

Digital Audio Recording and Editing (DIG 3253C) 4 credits
Prerequisites: DIG 3110 or DIG 3305C or RTV 3531 with minimum grades of "C"
Comprehensive overview of the basics of using digital audio equipment in a studio environment to record and edit audio. Students are introduced to audio systems, audio/video post-production, audio editing and surround sound mixing using software packages. Sound design theory is covered.

Fundamentals of 3D Computer Animation (DIG 3305C) 4 credits
An exploration of the basic creative principles and techniques of 3D computer character modeling and animation.

Advanced 3D Computer Animation (DIG 3306C) 4 credits
Prerequisite: DIG 3305C
Teaches the fundamental principles of animation, both computer and classical, including advanced techniques in character animation and dynamic scene design using advanced software. Emphasis on techniques such as keyframes, motion paths, inverse kinematics, procedural animation and scripting. Includes storyboarding for animation.

Advanced 3D Computer Modeling for Animation (DIG 3323C) 4 credits
Prerequisite: DIG 3305C
Provides a thorough foundation of 3D modeling, texturing and rendering techniques for computer animation using advanced software. Emphasis placed on such techniques as 3D curves, patches, meshes, surfaces, B-splines, polygonal tools, digital scene development, computer sculpture, texture mapping, shading and rendering.

History and Theory of Computer Arts and Animation (DIG 4026) 4 credits
A detailed overview of history, development and theories behind the medium of animation from the beginning of the 20th century, with cel animations to the latest advances in computer graphics. Each student writes a critical essay concerning the importance of a specific animation to the development of computer art.

Advanced Digital Compositing for Animation (DIG 4394C) 4 credits
Prerequisite: DIG 3305C
Trends and techniques in digital compositing to combine photographic video imagery with computer-generated animation. Students gain a thorough understanding of matting, keying, transitions, timing, color manipulation, compression and special effects. Advanced animation and related compositing software are used.

Narrative Video Production (DIG 4412) 4 credits
Prerequisites: RTV 3531 with minimum grade of "C;" Multimedia Studies majors only
Explores the methods of narrative film and video production and facilitates the development of personal voice and point of view. Students will develop their communicative skills and their unique visual styles through film and video, exploring and transmitting their raw, personal experience and utilizing the medium in a manner that effectively communicates their original ideas as filmmakers and media artists.

Video Game Studies (DIG 4713) 3 credits
An overview of the interdisciplinary academic study of video games, analyzing games as interactive media, rule-based systems, cultural and social texts, designed learning spaces, arenas of play and products of industrial discourse and design.


Web Research for Journalists (DIG 4820) 3 credits
The course offers students the opportunity to explore the vast amount of information available on the Internet and immerse themselves in online research. This enables students to evaluate web sites to determine which sites are trustworthy and have reliable sources of data that could add depth and context to news stories.

Special Topics (DIG 4930) 3 credits
This special topics course is reserved for new subjects in the area of digital media.

Senior Seminar: Portfolio in Computer Arts in Animation (DIG 4950C) 4 credits
Prerequisite: Senior standing in studio art
Prepares students for a career in computer arts or to seek graduate admission. Expands skills in 3D modeling, animation, and digital compositing. Students interview industry professionals on-site, present a class seminar, and organize a video/multimedia exhibit. Guest lecturers review student work and advise on career opportunities.

Film Appreciation (FIL 2000) 3 credits
Introduction to film as an art form, cultural product and social artifact. Basic analytical and technical terms, concepts and issues. Development of critical skills. This is a General Education course.

Film Analysis (FIL 2001) 3 credits
Introduces students to the various elements of film form and to how those constituent parts create meaning. Presents the fundamental vocabulary and concepts necessary for analyzing individual films and groups of films.

New Hollywood (FIL 3674) 3 credits
Examines Hollywood as an industry, its structures and policies in the production, distribution and exhibition sectors. Global expansion of Hollywood and its power relations between the U. S. government, Canada and other governments are considered.

Film Theory (FIL 3803) 4 credits
Prerequisite: FIL 2000
Examination of the major topics in film theory, including structuralism, psychoanalysis, feminism and Marxism, as well as debates about realism. Historical perspective on film theory and insight into its intersection with other disciplines.

Bollywood: The Exotic and The Erotic (FIL 3836) 3 credits
Prerequisite: FIL 2000
Introduction to the world's largest and most dynamic film industry that has come to be a distinct cultural marker for India in the 21st century. Students examine cinematic conventions and their relationship to India's diverse culture, history and arts.

Film to the 1940s (FIL 4036) 4 credits
Prerequisite: FIL 2000
History of film, 1890s to 1940s. Theoretical, industrial and social aspects of film in a variety of national and cultural contexts. Emphasis on narrative and avant-garde styles and traditions.

Film since the 1940s (FIL 4037) 4 credits
Prerequisite: FIL 2000
May be taken before FIL 4036. History of film, 1940s to the present. Theoretical, industrial and social aspects of film in a variety of national and cultural contexts. Emphasis on the dominant tradition of narrative realism and various modernist alternatives.

Women and Film (FIL 4056) 3 credits
Examination and history of film representations of and by women as they relate to issues of feminism, psychoanalysis, ideology and film style. Narrative, documentary and avant-garde forms in historical context. Feminist film theory. (May be taken for credit in Women's Studies Program.)

Radical Film, New Media and Social Movements (FIL 4058) 4 credits
Explores political activism and the socioaesthetic media processes and products of various activist media groups. Interrogates the pitfalls and promises that accompany such radical media movements and analyzes the ways in which they employ film and new media as more than simple commodities.

Scriptwriting (FIL 4106) 4 credits
Formal elements of writing for film and television; preparation of proposals and scripts with emphasis on conception, structure, characterization and format.

Documentary Film and Video (FIL 4364) 4 credits
Survey of the diverse forms and historical functions of non-fiction films and video throughout the world, Analysis of representative and significant texts; discussion of issues of style, ideology, technology, determination.

Exhibition Practices in Film, Video and New Media (FIL 4613) 3 credits
Prerequisite: RTV 3531 or DIG 3110 or DIG 3305C with a minimum grade of "C"
This class introduces students to a number of exhibition techniques and practices for film, video, media, sound and installation art. It explores the fundamental forms, structures, and ideas behind film and video exhibition. Students are exposed to the processes involved in curatorial duties, administrative responsibilities and programming detail for screenings.

Hollywood, Censorship, and Regulation (FIL 4672) 4 credits
Prerequisite: FIL 2000
This course embeds U.S. practices of film production, distribution and exhibition within a wider sociocultural framework of censorship and regulation to reveal the domestic and international pressures that affect not only what U.S. audiences will see but also how they will see it.

Visual Design for Film and Animation (FIL 4703) 4 credits
Prerequisite: DIG 3305C, DIG 3110 or RTV 3531 with minimum grade of "C"
This course is an exploration of visual design methodologies for use in the planning of a live action or animated film. This will include the analysis of cinematography, staging, shot composition, character and environmental design, story development, narrative structures, storyboard drafting and animatic editing.

Studies in Asian Cinema (FIL 4843) 3-4 credits
Intensive introduction to a style, director, genre, national tradition or other aspect of Asian cinema. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.

Film Criticism (FIL 4851) 3 credits
Prerequisite: FIL 2000
An overview of major approaches to film criticism such as filmmaker, genre, national cinema, political criticism and cultural studies. Students will apply critical models to analysis of films.

Sound in the Cinema (FIL 4866) 3 credits
Prerequisites: FIL 2000 or introductory FAU music or visual arts courses; open to Film, Video and New Media Concentration students
This course trains students in qualitative analysis and forms of critical thinking in the use of sound in the cinema, a major, often overlooked aspect of film production and an emerging field of research methodology. Students' research will contribute to an ongoing, periodically updated database that will eventually provide increasingly complex patterns of audio visual techniques.

Special Topics (FIL 4930) 3 credits
This special topics course is reserved for new subjects in the discipline of film studies.

News and News Reporting (JOU 3101) 3 credits
Prerequisites: ENC 1101, ENC 1102
Advanced practice in news gathering and reporting. Readings in journalism.

U.S. Journalism (JOU 4004) 3 credits
How news is defined and managed in the United States. Close analysis of newspapers, television news and magazines. Historical development of journalistic practices within cultural formations.

Coverage of Public Affairs (JOU 4181) 3 credits
Prerequisite: JOU 3101, Multimedia Journalism majors only and passing score on Journalism Skills Test
Instruction and experience covering government, school, the courts and other major institutions. Critical analysis of examples of public affairs reporting. Projects in investigative reporting.

Feature and Freelance Writing (JOU 4308) 3 credits
The writing of newspaper features and magazine articles of professional quality. Analysis of conventional and alternative journalistic forms.

Environmental Journalism (JOU 4314) 3 credits
This course introduces environmental reporting, with emphasis on the Everglades and the rest of South Florida's ecosystem. Topics include writing about nature, dealing with public agencies and private activist groups and obtaining and using government data.

Multimedia Journalism (JOU 4342) 3 credits
Prerequisites: JOU 3101 and JOU 4181 with grades of "C"or better; Multimedia Journalism majors only
Teaches the skills and understanding necessary to produce news stories across media platforms—print, broadcast and online. As the technical boundaries among media become less distinct, students must be prepared to enter the rapidly changing media environment.

Photojournalism (JOU 4601) 4 credits
A practical and critical overview of photojournalism through exploratory photo essays, with an emphasis on multimedia applications. Training in still camera and digital media, with a consideration of the basic principles and ethics of visual journalism and its role in social and political change.

Special Topics (JOU 4930) 3 credits
This special topics course is reserved for new subjects in the area of journalism.

Introduction to Multimedia Studies (MMC 1540) 3 credits
An introduction to the transformation of newspapers, magazines, film and video to digital multimedia platforms - based on technological innovations and internet advertising strategies.

Mass Communication Theory (MMC 3403) 3 credits
Prerequisite: MMC 1540
A study of the research and various theories dealing with the structure of media and its social impact.

Minorities and the Media (MMC 3601) 3 credits
A historical analysis of images of minorities in television programming and in motion pictures; the origin of social stereotypes, their relationship to societal development and an examination of other alternatives.

Interactive Multimedia (MMC 3711) 4 credits
An introduction to the basics of interactive multimedia production. Class projects explore the potential of interactive media to communicate, express and challenge cultural ideas. The course seeks to develop a combination of critical, technical and design skills.

Mass Communication Law and Regulation (MMC 4200) 3 credits
A study of the relationship of the mass media to contemporary law. Topics covered include the First Amendment, libel, privacy, reporters' rights and broadcast and advertising regulation.

Media, Culture and Technology (MMC 4263)3 credits
Prerequisite: MMC 3403 or permission of instructor
An examination of the historical relationship between technology, society and the development of the mass media. An examination of the social, technological, economic and cultural factors shaping the development of media technology with particular emphasis on current new media.

International Communication (MMC 4301) 3 credits
An examination of current issues in international communication with particular emphasis on the political/communication/media relations between developed and Third World countries.

Media Criticism (MMC 4501) 3 credits
Prerequisite: MMC 1540or FIL 2000
Introduction to social and critical cultural analysis of visual media culture.

Mass Communication in North American Social Thought (MMC 4502) 3 credits
Prerequisite: MMC 1540
A survey of the intellectual history of communication in North American social thought. Through readings, lectures and discussions, the course provides students with a broad historical understanding of American and European emigre social thinkers and intellectual and research endeavors involving "mass" communication from the late 1800s to the 1970s.

Public Opinion and Modernity (MMC 4640) 3 credits
Prerequisite: MMC 3403 with a grade of "C" or better
Conceptual and historical study and analysis of the construction and representation of public opinion as idea and sociopolitical formation in the West from the 1800s to the present.

Communication and Social Power (MMC 4642) 3 credits
Prerequisite: MMC 1540
Theoretical and historical examination of the political and economic relationships between public and privately controlled media organizations, policy-making and regulatory institutions and the broader culture and society.

Media, Representation and Diversity (MMC 4704) 3 credits
A theoretical and critical exploration of representation in or related to media institutions, texts, technologies and users, exploring race/ethnicity, nationality, gender, class, age, sexuality and ability.

New Media Narrative (MMC 4713) 4 credits
Explores traditional and alternative storytelling using new media tools and paradigms. Encourages experimentation while developing critical, technical and design skills. Taking inspiration from film, video, animation, comics, art and literature, the class creates collaged, multiperspective, modular and multiparticipant narratives.

Special Topics (MMC 4930) 3 credits
This special topics course is reserved for new subjects in the discipline of multimedia communication.

Public and Community Relations (PUR 4411) 3 credits
Public relations writing and campaign planning, including audience analysis, persuasive strategies, campaign management, media relations, evaluation of outcomes.

Experimental Video Production (RTV 3229) 4 credits
Prerequisite: RTV 3531 with minimum grade of "C"
Investigation of video as an experimental art form through exploratory production exercises. A guide through the fundamental issues in the theory and practice of video art, with an introduction to the history of the medium.



Documentary Video Production (RTV 3332C) 4 credits
Prerequisite: RTV 3531with minimum grade of "C"
Research, writing and production challenges of non-fiction video. Organizing and writing proposals, treatments and scripts, with basic training in equipment and techniques of video production.

Video Production (RTV 3531) 4 credits
Basic principles of visual and audio communication with an introduction to field production techniques and equipment. Hands-on projects facilitate the development of personal voice and point of view.

Television Production (RTV 3543C) 4 credits
A lecture-laboratory course with active participation in the planning and production of broadcast programming. An introduction to studio equipment and operations with an emphasis on the aesthetics and politics of both network and non-commercial TV.

Broadcast Journalism (RTV 4301) 4 credits
Prerequisites: JOU 3101 and JOU 4181 with grades of "C" or better; Multimedia Journalism majors only
Instruction in gathering, writing, editing and delivering of broadcast news. Analysis of broadcast journalism as organizational activity.

Advanced Broadcast Journalism (RTV 4304) 4 credits
Prerequisite: RTV 4301 with a grade of "C" or better
Advanced instruction in gathering, writing, editing and delivery of broadcast news. Advanced analysis of broadcast journalism as organizational activity.

U.S. Telecommunication Industry (RTV 4403) 3 credits
An investigation of the forces acting upon the telecommunication industry in the United States. Telecommunication is examined from historical, technological, economic, regulatory and sociological perspectives.

Gender and Television (RTV 4412) 3 credits
Historical, theoretical and analytical exploration of gender and television in terms of the structures, preferences and commercial imperatives of media institutions, representational dimensions of texts, producers and creators, and viewer readings and uses in everyday life.

Interpersonal Communication (SPC 2300) 3 credits
Readings, exercises and projects in dyadic communication. Analysis of interpersonal interaction with focus on message variables.

Public Speaking (SPC 2608) 3 credits
Theory and practice in the common forms of public address.

Classical Rhetoric (SPC 3233) 3 credits
Prerequisite: COM 2053
A historical and theoretical survey of rhetoric in Western civilization from Homer to the Renaissance.

Contemporary Rhetoric (SPC 3235) 3 credits
Prerequisite: COM 2053
A historical and theoretical survey of rhetoric from the Enlightenment through the 21st century.

Rhetorical Foundations of Publics and Counterpublics (SPC 3272) 3 credits
Prerequisite: COM 2053 with minimum grade of "C"
Introduces students to the broad range of theoretical perspectives on publics and counterpublics. Topics include the public sphere, identity, social advocacy and public judgment.

Small Group Processes (SPC 3425) 3 credits
Readings, exercises and projects in dyadic and small group analysis involving interpersonal attraction, message variables, personal perception, leadership and problem-solving techniques.

Rhetorical Theories of Persuasion (SPC 3542) 3 credits
Prerequisite: COM 2053 with minimum grade of "C"
Introduces students to the broad range of theoretical perspectives on persuasion as it operates to structure human relationships, shape attitudes and perceptions and constitute various cultural formations.

American Multicultural Discourse (SPC 3704) 3 credits
An exploration of the rhetorical practices of multicultural Americans utilizing rhetorical criticism as a tool to study the persuasive efforts of multicultural discourse in the United States.

Intercultural Communication (SPC 3710) 3 credits
Examination of the intracultural and intercultural communication differences within and between culturally diverse groups in the United States.

Intercultural Theory (SPC 3717) 3 credits
Prerequisite: COM 2053
Students observe the nature of intercultural theory, review various dialogues and theories among scholars of differing perspectives on this topic and explore the knowledge, motivation and skills needed for developing and/or enhancing intercultural competence.

Studies in Rhetoric (SPC 4232) 3 credits
A sustained critical treatment of select rhetorical practices. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.

Capstone in Communication and Civic Life (SPC 4271) 3 credits
Prerequisites:COM 2053 and 18 credits in the major; Communication Studies majors only, Senior level
Provides the experienced student of communication with an opportunity to reflect on disciplinary concepts and examine the influential role communication plays in nurturing democratic practices, recognizing and valuing diversity and training active, responsible citizens. Includes a semester-long civic engagement project.

Rhetorical Analysis of Democracy (SPC 4273) 3 credits
Writing Across Curriculum (Gordon Rule)
Prerequisite: COM 2053 with minimum grade of "C"
Surveys major methodological perspectives that consider the constitutive relationship between rhetorical practice and democratic politics, political culture, rhetorical citizenship and civic engagement.

Leadership and Communication (SPC 4443) 3 credits
This course is an analysis of the function of communication and its influence on leadership from a global perspective. Students are exposed to leadership as a product of symbolic communication by using both theories and practice to demonstrate that leadership competence results from communication competence.

Argumentation and Debate (SPC 4513) 3 credits
A preliminary survey/review of principles of argument followed by an in-depth study of and practice in oral argument and formal debate.

Rhetoric of Argument (SPC 4517) 3 credits
Writing Across Curriculum (Gordon Rule)
Study of selected classical and contemporary theories of argument and style as a means of improving student's ability to understand, analyze and create argumentative discourse.

Propaganda (SPC 4540) 3 credits
The theories and dynamics of persuasion and the history and techniques of propaganda in democratic societies.

Rhetoric of Social Protest (SPC 4633) 3 credits
An examination of the various approaches—psychological, sociological, historical—to the study of social and political movements with special emphasis on rhetorical criticism of movements. In-depth analysis of protest in the United States and its effect on politics and culture.



Rhetorical Criticism (SPC 4680) 3 credits
Writing Across Curriculum (Gordon Rule)
Prerequisite: COM 2053
An overview of major contemporary approaches to the analysis and criticism of public discourse. Students apply the methods by writing critiques of contemporary oral and written discourse.

Gender, Race and Communication (SPC 4712) 3 credits
An investigation of the relationships between discursive practices and cultural concepts of gender and race. Theories of gender and race differences as well as cultural myths, hegemony and personal, political and religious power are examined.

Ethnicity and Communication (SPC 4718) 3 credits
A comparative analysis focusing on communication patterns among different cultural groups living within the United States. May be repeated with a change of content.

Special Topics (SPC 4930) 3 credits
This special topics course is reserved for new subjects in the discipline of speech communication.

Multimedia Practicum (VIC 4943) 4 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
This interactive multimedia practicum brings video, audio, text, animation and new media to a multifunction, Department-hosted website. As part of this capstone experience, students create cross-media content, producing works engaged with art, culture and cross-disciplinary critical inquiry.

Communication and Multimedia Studies Graduate Courses

Exhibition Practices in Film, Video and New Media (ART 6684) 4 credits
Prerequisite: M.F.A. graduate standing in Media, Technology and Entertainment
Introduces students to a number of exhibition techniques and practices for film, video, media, sound and installation art. Course explores the fundamental forms, structures and ideas behind film and video exhibition. It exposes students to the process involved in curatorial duties, administrative responsibilities and programming detail for screenings.

Studies in Gender and Sexuality (COM 6015) 3 credits
Selected forms of analysis of the issues of gender and sexuality presented from different communication perspectives utilizing feminist and other theoretical approaches. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit.

Quantitative Communication Research (COM 6316) 3 credits
Quantitative research in communication, emphasizing experimental design and statistical methods in content analysis and survey study.

Qualitative Communication Research (COM 6340) 3 credits
Qualitative research in communication, with emphasis on ethnographic, focus group, interview and semiotic methods.

Cultural Analysis (COM 6341) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of department
Selected forms of critical analysis applicable to contemporary cultural communication. It includes presentation and critique of student work. May be repeated for credit.

Introduction to Graduate Study in Communication (COM 6400) 3 credits
An examination of the nature of human communication through analysis of major areas of advanced study, theories of the field and forms of research utilized in communication study.

Intercultural Communication Theory (COM 6415) 3 credits
An overview of the theories about intercultural communication between people of different cultures. Theories will be generated to describe or explain how communication varies across cultures.

Communication Theory (COM 6424) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor
Broadly surveys theoretical traditions in film studies, intercultural studies, media studies and rhetorical studies. Topics include communication traditions, texts, audiences, practices and contributions to social change.

Political Communication (COM 6511) 3 credits
Analysis of communicative factors in the facilitation, manipulation and discouragement of public political involvement.

Directed Independent Study (COM 6906) 1-3 credits
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of department
(FIL 6906) (RTV 6906) (MMC 6906)
(JOU 6906) (SPC 6906)
Intensive studies in areas of Communication mutually agreed upon by student and instructor.

Special Topics (COM 6931) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of department
(FIL 6931) (MMC 6931) (SPC 6931)
(JOU 6931) (RTV 6931)

Theory and Practice of Teaching Communication (COM 6944) 3 credits
Required of and restricted to Graduate Assistants. Helps teaching assistants develop skills in introductory courses taught or assisted by teaching assistants under faculty supervision.

Master's Thesis (COM 6971) 1-6 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to degree candidacy
(FIL 6971) (MMC 6971) (SPC 6971)
(JOU 6971) (RTV 6971)

Survey in Digital Media Techniques (DIG 6436) 4 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to M.F.A. in Media, Technology and Entertainment
This production class explores ideas of visual storytelling in space and time, taking inspiration from personal history, games, scientific theories and the cultural shifts of digital technology. The class encourages the development of a personal voice and artistic experimentation. The technical and aesthetic elements using composition/visual effects software are explored.

Preproduction, Prototyping and Previsualization (DIG 6546) 4 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to M.F.A. in Media, Technology and Entertainment
Explores preproduction techniques and workflows in the production of large-scale creative projects. Students create a number of products around developing a core idea that will culminate in a pitch/project book and/or demo reel of the idea’s development throughout the course.

3D Production for Interactivity (DIG 6547) 4 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to M.F.A. in Media, Technology and Entertainment
This course provides a broad overview of the 3D modeling, texturing, rigging and animation pipeline for use in most interactive 3D environments. Specifically, students adapt these 3D production techniques to the creation of game assets to be implemented in a visual demo of their game concept, assets, animation tests and other artowrk for interactive applications.

Graduate Media Technology Studio (DIG 6575L) 4 credits
Prerequisite: Open to students enrolled the M.F.A. in Media, Technology and Entertainment
Students complete practical research in digital media and interactive techniques using the MTEN lecture-laboratory resources. With faculty guidance and supervision, they prepare creative works and submit them for consideration in an M.F.A. exhibition. All students prepare a written synopsis of creative goals and research.

Portfolio Workshop (DIG 6589) 4 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to M.F.A. in Media, Technology and Entertainment
Students develop projects ranging from creative coding to narrative-based 3D animation that will be completed by the end of the semester. Student works-in-progress are presented each week for critical evaluation and analysis.

Interactive Interface Design (DIG 6605) 4 credits
Introduces design interactive interfaces for software and hardware. By emphasizing a conceptual approach toward interacting with technology, students learn creative coding techniques using the processing language and Arduino microcontroller. These techniques bridge the gap between design, technology, engineering and art.

Film History and Historiography (FIL 6026) 3 credits
Prerequisites: A study of film at the undergraduate level and the completion of an undergraduate degree with at least the equivalent of a minor in film or media studies

How to apply for graduate admission in the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature

Admissions requirements:

A student seeking admission into any graduate program in the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, ideally in the proposed field. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) for the last 60 undergraduate hours completed. In addition, students must have two letters of recommendation; a two- to three-page typed, double-spaced autobiographical statement (written in English) indicating the nature of their preparation for graduate work and the reasons for seeking the M.A. in the proposed field; and a writing sample (ideally, a research paper) in the language of the proposed field. Prospective applicants for graduate work in Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature are encouraged to schedule an interview (by phone for out-of-town/state candidates) with the department's director of graduate studies, Dr. Nancy Poulson (npoulson@fau.edu / 561.297.3845). Applicants who fail to meet the GPA requirements, and/or who lack a strong background in proposed field, may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Application Procedures for Graduate Studies in Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature

In order to be admitted to the Graduate program in French, Linguistics, Spanish or Comparative Literature, you must file two applications. The first application must be delivered to the Office of Graduate Admissions and Studies; the second to the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature. Here are step-by-step procedures to follow:

  1. First application dossier (for the Office of Graduate Admissions and Studies)
    1. Visit the website of the Office of Graduate Admissions and Studies at Florida Atlantic University, to download application forms and learn more details about graduate studies at their website. Candidates are particularly encouraged to read FAU’s “Quick Reference Guide for Graduate Admissions” before beginning the application procedure.

    2. Fill out and submit the application to:

      Office of Graduate Admissions and Studies
      SU 80, Room 101 (Student Support Services Building, Boca campus)
      777 Glades Road / Florida Atlantic University
      Boca Raton, FL 33431

      (Phone: 561-297-3624; Fax 561-297-1212)

    3. This application must be accompanied by official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed at previous institutions of higher learning. If you have studied at a non-U.S. institution, you must provide an official evaluation/translation of the relevant transcript(s).

  2. Second application dossier (for the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature)

    All candidates must establish an application file directly with the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature. The file must contain the following items, and must be delivered directly to the department:

    Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature
    Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
    777 Glades Road, CU-97, Room 232
    Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991

    Tel: (561) 297-3860 / Fax: (561) 297-2657

    Documents that must be submitted to the department:

    There are a limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships available for full–time students. These awards provide an annual stipend and tuition remission, in exchange for teaching or assisting in the Department of Languages and Linguistics. If you are interested in applying for this financial support, please be sure to indicate this on your application and in your statement of purpose.

    1. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from university professors who can attest to your academic ability and potential for graduate study.
    2. A “statement of purpose,” which is a brief essay (220–440 words) that outlines your interest and goals in pursuing graduate study. This should be written in English, since it will be read by the entire graduate committee.
    3. A “writing sample,” preferably a scholarly paper written during your undergraduate career.
    4. A copy of your official graduate application and copies of any relevant transcripts. If your transcripts are in a language other than English, please include copies of the original (untranslated, original-language) versions; these give us valuable information.
    5. Please be sure to include contact information (phone number and email) so that the Director of Graduate Studies can reach you in a timely manner.
  3. The Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature accepts students for Fall, Summer, and Spring enrollments. It is recommended  that students interested in full time study and teaching assistantships apply as early as possible during the term prior to their intended start date. The teaching assistantships are competitive, and a student stands a better chance of receiving one when applying early.

  4. It is recommended that International Students begin this process as early as possible. In most cases, international students must obtain a student visa, which requires additional paperwork. More information for international students is available at http://graduate.fau.edu/.

Students wishing to pursue the Master of Arts in Linguistics must satisfy all university graduate admission requirements. Applications, and information on University graduate admission requirements, are available through Graduate Admissions.

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