Undergraduate MLL Courses

Courses offered by the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

MLL 161 A/B - Behind the Scenes: Global Perspectives Through Film

Designed for Freshmen, MLL 161 A/B is a year long course, which, combined with FR 101, GER 101, or SPAN 201, features weekly lectures and small seminars. It constitutes a Humanities Learning Community (HLC) for any first-year student.

The learning objectives of this HLC will satisfy A3 (Critical Thinking) and C3 (Comparative Perspectives and/or Foreign Languages) GE categories.

MLL 161 uses film as a medium for exploring topics such as global human and civil rights, immigrants' experiences, and the concept and reality of multicultural societies.  We will alternate between full feature films and shorts created by mostly foreign filmmakers. The course will include a good deal of small group work, as well as an exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in language learning in a French, German, or Spanish class.

This Learning Community combines your interest in studying global perspectives through film analysis with the study of a second language with a cohort of peers whom you will get to know very well. You will refine your critical thinking skills, oral presentation skills, and your ability to appreciate cultures other than your own. Note that many employers and graduate schools also encourage the study of a foreign language (at least two semesters) as well as study abroad. We hope you will be inspired to pursue your language study beyond the first semester into at least a second semester.  Set yourself apart by learning another language and enhance your language learning by exploring exciting films from around the world! 


MLL 273 - Second Year Research and Creative Experience

Designed for Sophomores, the MLL 273 (World Literatures: Critical and Creative Readings) is part of the Second Year Research and Creative Experience (SYRCE) offered through the School of Arts and Humanities at Sonoma State University.

This course explores world literature and its relationship to the history, culture, and society from which it originates. Topics may include western and non-western cultural and religious values, colonialism versus emerging nationalisms, and the quest for personal, cultural, and national identities. Techniques of reading, analysis, research and creativity will be emphasized. Satisfies GE Area C2. Only one course numbered 273 in the Arts & Humanities will be considered for credit. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.