Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum - FLAC



Students of Russian and their professor, Andrea Lanoux (far right), visited the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

Connecticut College established the Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum (FLAC) program in 2008-2009 to provide students in a variety of English-language courses the opportunity to participate in an optional section taught in a foreign language. This program helps bring diverse perspectives to a broad range of subjects.

All of the foreign language sections are offered on an optional basis for an additional course credit. 

From its inception, the program expanded to eight sections offering Chinese, German, Russian, Czech, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and Japanese, with eighteen new or significantly revised courses with a language component added in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. 

See the Connecticut College Catalog for descriptions of the courses listed below. 

FLAC courses offered during Spring 2014 semester:

With an optional FLAC section in Spanish
American Studies 206/History 209: Theorizing Race and Ethnicity
ANT 234: Anthropology of South America
BOT 117: Introduction to Ethnobotany
ES/History 252: Social Justice and the Environment

With a optional FLAC section in Japanese
EAS/Film 317: Heroes and Heroines in Japanese Literature and Film
HISTORY/EAST ASIAN 222: World War II and Post-War Japan

With a optional FLAC section in German
GERMAN 256: German Culture Through Film
GERMAN 261: Environmental Consciousness 

With a optional FLAC section in Chinese
GOVERNMENT/EAST ASIAN 225: States and Markets in East Asia 
GOVERNMENT 400: Emerging Market Economies: BRICs 

With a optional FLAC section in Italian
ITALIAN 302: Dante 

With a optional FLAC section in Russian
SLAVIC/HISTORY 247: Soviet Union and its Legacies 

Among the seven FLAC courses offered during Fall 2013 semester:

EAS 223: Shodo: The Art of Japanese Brushwork (Japanese)
GOV 309: Chinese Politics (Chinese) 
FYS 143I: "Shot in America: US Latino Identity in Film (Spanish)

Other FLAC courses

Economic Growth and Development in Latin America

An interdisciplinary examination of the factors affecting growth and development in Latin America, with a FLAC section in Spanish.

First-Year Seminar: Russia after Communism

An examination of the radical social changes following the fall of the Soviet Union from a range of disciplinary perspectives.The course included a Russian language component and student-to-student Skype partnerships with students from the St. Petersburg School of Economics in Russia.

Language, Narrative, and Self

A revised version of the Human Development course that examined the various cultural/narrative sources that children and families from diverse backgrounds draw on when constructing moral meanings about their own and others' actions. The course includes an emphasis on foreign languages and cultures.

Representations of the Holocaust in Film and Literature

A significant revision of this German course emphasized the interdisciplinary connections with history, film, religious studies, and international relations. The course included a FLAC section in German.

Emerging Market Economies: BRICS

The course was an examination of the economic and social forces in Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Students with a knowledge of Portuguese, Russian, Hindi, or Mandarin were encouraged to conduct research and write course papers in those languages.

Gender and Media

Taught by a sociology professor, the course examined popular culture and media from a variety of international perspectives. Intermediate knowledge of a foreign language was a prerequisite for the course.

First Year Seminar: Made in China

A cultural studies course examining pertinent aspects of China’s recent and rapid rise as a global market economy.

Advanced French through History

An interdisciplinary course in French history focusing on language, popular culture, literature, and film, in French.

Contemporary Russian and American Cultures

A team-taught, dual language telecourse with the St. Petersburg School of Economics.

Latin American Immigration and Migration - Spanish

An examination of the movement of people within Latin America and of Latin Americans abroad. Topics included Iberian colonization; the African Diaspora; Asian, German and Jewish immigrants; rural-to-urban migration; and Latin Americans in the United States and Connecticut. Specific topics in the U.S. and Connecticut portion deal with migrant labor, bilingual education, gender roles, racism and transnational identity. The course includes an oral history project. An optional section in Spanish was offered for this course.

The Japanese Tea Ceremony: Warriors, Merchants, and Monks - Japanese

With roots in Zen monastic practice and samurai culture, the Japanese tea ceremony represents a microcosm of medieval society during the Warring States period. This course explored the changing nature of the ritual of tea drinking as a cultural practice to examine post-war Japanese society. It is taught in English with an optional section with conversation and readings in Japanese.

Representations of War and Disaster in Japan, 1000-1945 - Japanese

How does one record an unfathomable horror? This English-language course examined representations in Japanese visual and textual materials dealing with epidemics, war and disasters from the 11th to the 20th centuries. This course includes an optional section that meets for an additional hour each week to discuss supplemental readings in Japanese.

A Difficult Past: German History, 1850-2000 - German

This course examined German history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing especially on the uses and abuses of the study of the past. Important topics include the nationalist narrative of German history; the centrality of Hitler, Nazism and the Holocaust; and the nature of political and cultural division in the Cold War era. This course includes an optional section that meets for an additional hour each week to discuss supplemental readings in German.

Witches, Weirdness and Wonder in German Cultural Imaginations - German

An introduction to the imagination of symbolic order and chaos in German literature and popular culture. The course traced stories as well as contemporary media and film productions of witches and wonders in Grimm's fairy tales, works by Kafka, Hesse and others. Included was an optional section for an additional hour each week to discuss supplemental readings in German.

Art, Entertainment and Propaganda: German Culture Through Film - German

An introduction to classics in German cinema, exploring major works in their social, historical and cultural context. Students viewed and analyzed films from the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany, the division of the two Germanys and the present, with emphasis on the relationship between cinema and politics, popular and high culture. This course includes an optional section that meets for an additional hour each week to discuss supplemental readings in German.

Reformation and Counter-Reformation - German

The causes and impact of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations across Europe. The course examined the consequences of religious reform for religious belief and practice, politics, and society. Covers the theologies of Luther, Zwingli, Calvin and Loyola; religious conflict; and the long-term results of the Reformation. This course includes an optional section that meets for an additional hour each week to discuss supplemental readings in German.

The Late Renaissance: Art, Science and Religion - Italian

A study of Michelangelo (1475-1564) and Galileo (1564-1642) in English, including readings of Michelangelo's poetry and Galileo's prose. The course included an optional section that meets for an additional hour each week to discuss supplemental readings in Italian.

Post-Authoritarian Brazil - Portuguese

An examination of trends and processes since the transition to democracy in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Some of the topics covered include democratization, social movements, economic restructuring, violence and religion. Ethnography and oral history are emphasized in discussions of these issues. The course includes an optional section that meets outside of class to discuss supplemental readings in Portuguese.