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2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Languages - Modern and Classical

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116 Hoyt Hall, (307) 766-4177
FAX: (307) 766-2727

Department Chair: Joy Landeira


CONXITA DOMÈNECH, B.A. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 1990; Licenciatura 1992; M.A. University of Colorado Boulder 2006; Ph.D. 2010; Professor of Spanish 2020.

JOY LANDEIRA, B.A. University of Wyoming 1973; M.A. 1975; Ph.D University of Colorado, Boulder 1981. Professor of Spanish 2015. Department Chair.

Associate Professors:

EKATERINA ALEXANDROVA, B.A. Saint Joseph’s University 2003; M.A. Dartmouth College 2004; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania 2012; Associate Professor of French 2018, 2012.

IRENE CHECA-GARCÍA, B.A. University of Granada 1997; M.A. Linguistics University of Granada 2000; Ph.D. Universidad de Alemería 2004; Associate Professor of Spanish 2018, 2012.

REBECCA E. STEELE, B.A. LeibnitzAcademie 2001; M.A. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 2008; Ph.D. 2009; Associate Professor of German 2015, 2009.

KHAMA-BASSILI TOLO, G3: Gradué en Pédagogie Appliquée, Option: FrancaisLinguistique Africaine, Université Nationale du Zaire 1976; L2: Licencié en Pédagogie Appliquée, Option: Francais, 1978; M.A. Vanderbilt University 1986; Ph.D. 1989; Associate Professor of French 1996, 1990.

Assistant Professors:

CHELSEA ESCALANTE, B.A. Stanford University 2005; M.A. University of Arizona 2009; Ph.D. University of California, Davis 2018; Assistant Professor of Spanish 2018.

SONIA RODRIGUEZ HICKS, Ph.D. University of New Mexico 2017. Assistant Professor of Spanish 2020.

Senior Academic Professional Lecturers:

LAURA DE LOZIER, B.A. Beloit College 1990; M.A. University of Wisconsin 1992; Ph.D. 2002; Senior Academic Professional Lecturer in Classics, Greek, and Latin 2014, 2003.

MARK W. PERSON, B.A. University of Wyoming 1983; M.A. 1986; Senior Academic Professional Lecturer in German 2017, 2008.

BÉNÉDICTE SOHIER, B.A. Stephen F. Austin State University 2006; M.A. Indiana University Bloomington 2008; Associate Academic Professional Lecturer in French 2015, 2009.

YAN ZHANG, B.A. Harbin Institute of Technology 2000; M.A. Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences 2002; Senior Academic Professional Lecturer in Chinese 2016, 2006.

Associate Academic Professionals Temporary Lecturers:

Noah Miles, Adriana Noya-Salgueiro

Professors Emeriti:

M. Ian Adams, Lewis Bagby, Lowell A. Bangerter, Klaus D. Hanson, Francis S. Heck, Philip G. Holt, Joseph Krafczik, Hannelore Mundt, Jean-Louis G. Picherit, Duane Rhoades, Pavel Sigalov

The Modern and Classical Languages department offers work leading to the B.A. degree with majors and minors in French, German, and Spanish. A minor is offered in Classical Civilizations, Chinese, Latin and Japanese. The M.A. is available in Spanish. Courses are also offered in literature, linguistics and translation.

Foreign Language Requirements

All candidates for the B.A. and B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences who matriculated before Fall 2015 are required to complete the equivalent of 8 semester hours of work in a single modern or classical language. Students with prior exposure to the language may be granted college credit after taking an online examination administered by the department; students must take this examination before completing registration for a language course (for regulations governing credit by examination, refer to Credit Available to Undergraduate Students in this Catalog). An advanced placement, AP, examination in the language with a score of 4 or higher satisfies the language requirement in most languages, as do CLEP and IB scores (see section on Credit by Examination on the department website).

Students who have had a foreign language in high school should take the online examination to determine the course in which they should enroll and to avail themselves of the opportunity to receive credit by examination. Students who have completed their language requirement can enroll for additional language courses of their choice, something strongly advised for those who wish to reach adequate levels of proficiency in the language or wish to study abroad. Check the Catalog or website for special sections targeted for students with varied experiences in the language.

Undergraduate Major

A language major usually requires 30-31 semester hours of work in a single language beyond 2030. To include a language option in the humanities/fine arts interdisciplinary program, students must complete at least 12 hours above the 2030 level.

Students completing an undergraduate major in our department will meet the following learning goals:

  1. attain proficiency in another language in all four of the basic skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing);
  2. gain understanding of other cultures; and
  3. develop skills in research critical thinking, analysis, and writing on subjects appropriate to the field of study.

Students will meet the following learning outcomes to:

  1. demonstrate proficiency in conversation;
  2. demonstrate reading comprehension of texts written in the language;
  3. produce grammatical, idiomatic compositions in the target language;
  4. gain essential knowledge about the history, traditions, customs, and ways of thinking of at least one other culture;
  5. demonstrate understanding of works of literature read in the original language; and
  6. produce well-reasoned and clearly articulate research papers on subjects appropriate to their field.


In general, students desiring to complete a minor in a foreign language will be required to complete a program of 18 semester hours above 2030.

Teaching Certification

For those wishing to pursue teaching certification, contact the Department of Secondary Education.

Native Language Credit

Students are not allowed university credit for language courses in their native language below the 4000 level, but may receive credit for literature courses below that level.

Study Abroad

There are many opportunities for students to study abroad and students are encouraged to do so.

Graduate Study

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers programs leading to the master of arts degree in Spanish. Contact the department for further details or check the department website.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate program in a specific language is open to students who have completed an undergraduate major, or the equivalent, in the same subject and who meet the minimum requirements set forth in this Catalog.

Students entering the graduate program from other institutions may be required to make up deficiencies in areas covered by required courses in this department’s undergraduate programs.




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