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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Philosophy and Modern Languages


James A. Tuedio, Ph.D., Chair

Office: Vasché Library — L185
Phone: (209) 667-3686

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Philosophy

James A. Tuedio, Ph.D., Chair

Professors: Broin, Tuedio, Young
Associate Professors: Vallega-Neu, Winfree
Assistant Professor: Vallega
Lecturers: Hutchinson, Nagel

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy 
Minor in Philosophy 
Liberal Studies degree concentration in Applied Philosophy 


The Philosophy curriculum stresses development of critical reasoning skills at all stages of coursework. The Philosophy program cultivates the skills required to engage in a careful reading and analysis of original philosophical texts, and emphasizes the study of writings that have historical significance (drawing from the ancient Greek and modern European traditions).

The Philosophy curriculum focuses considerable attention on recent developments in Continental Philosophy (including phenomenology, hermeneutics, and postmodern approaches to philosophical genealogy and deconstruction).

Through a discussion of the guiding ideas in these texts, students gain historical perspective on the evolution of our cultural traditions. They also gain critical perspective on the operative assumptions that ground our sense of cultural and personal identity in a rapidly changing world.

Central issues raised in these courses concern the relation of judgment to moral evaluation, subjective perspective to the desire for objective understanding, language-games to discourses of power (including critical perspectives on metaphysical discourses), and critical approaches to the study and assessment of art, literature, and cultural values.

Many of our Philosophy courses focus on challenges and opportunities facing a multicultural society, including issues relating to self-development, cultural diversity, and the impetus to agree on shared principles as a basis for preserving or enhancing a sense of community. Philosophy also discusses the contingencies underwriting judgments that give privilege to some values over others, or serve to legitimize some voices at the expense of others.

Philosophy courses promote careful discussion of the relevance of intellectual ideas and positions. Philosophical study emphasizes the practice of sound reasoning techniques as a basis for discerning and defending philosophical positions. Philosophy also emphasizes reflective analysis of implications that follow from principled commitments.

Studies in Philosophy offer excellent preparation for advanced studies in Philosophy, Law, Literary Criticism, Counseling Practices, and Rhetoric Studies.

Liberal Studies Concentration in Applied Philosophy

Please refer to the Liberal Studies  section of the catalog.

Learning Objectives

Students of Philosophy will:

  • Develop knowledge of important figures, fields, and problems in the history of philosophy.
  • Recognize significant developments and emerging trends in contemporary philosophy.
  • Develop a capacity for self-conscious reflection on philosophical inquiry itself, including its methods, and its role in human life, culture and society.
  • Cultivate skills in formulating questions, reading philosophical texts,constructing and evaluating philosophical arguments, and discussing philosophical ideas.
  • Develop an understanding of significant philosophers, philosophical problems, and methods of philosophical inquiry.
  • Develop the ability to comprehend philosophical works, to critically appraise philosophical (and other) arguments, and to develop compelling interpretations and positions when dealing with philosophical and intellectual problems.
  • Develop the skills of critical and expository writing, including interpretive analysis of primary texts in their historical context.

Modern Languages

Professor: López-Contreras
Associate Professor: Andrés, Bargetto-Andrés
Assistant Professor: Murrieta-Saldivar
Lecturer: Garcia-Sanborn

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish 
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a Minor in Business Administration 
Minor in French 
Minor in Portuguese 
Minor in Spanish 
Liberal Studies degree concentration in Spanish 


Majors and/or minors in Modern Languages are designed to assist students as they plan careers. Some students anticipate teaching at the elementary or secondary level, while others are training to meet the challenges of advanced studies in language and literature. A growing number will discover that foreign language ability and sensitivity to other cultures are important assets, especially in career choices such as social sciences, the foreign service, international finance and banking, and international business.

As today’s students gain knowledge and understanding of other languages and cultures, they inevitably develop greater appreciation of their own. In the process, they find themselves better equipped to succeed in our modern society where multilingual and multinational interests are becoming swiftly and inexorably part of our daily lives.

Critical Foreign Languages Program

The Critical Foreign Languages program offers instruction in languages which students have requested for professional or scholarly reasons but for which there is insufficient demand to justify a regular teaching staff. The format used in this program differs from that of traditional language classes. Here, students are responsible for their own learning, working ten hours each week with a textbook and accompanying audio tapes.

In addition, they meet in regularly scheduled tutorial sessions three hours per week for intensive oral drill with an educated native speaker of the language who is trained in this format and supervised by Modern Languages faculty. An outside examiner, who teaches the language at an accredited institution, determines the scope of the course, paces the work, examines students at the end of each semester, and assigns grades. These courses are listed under the prefix FLAN (Foreign Language).

Program goals

  • To assist students in perfecting their foreign language skills (all courses are taught in the target language)
  • To deepen their knowledge of language and the humanities by introducing them to representative authors and ideas, and
  • To acquaint them with the culture and traditions of the people whose languages they have chosen to study.

Learning Objectives

In substance, the Department of Modern Languages provides its students the opportunity to achieve, at the very least, the following:

  • Proficiency in listening and reading (receptive skills) at an “Advanced” level (3) commensurate with the Foreign Sesrvice Institute (FSI) Proficiency Guidelines.
  • Proficiency in speaking and writing (productive skills) at an “Intermediate” level (2+) commensurate with the FSI Proficiency Guidelines.
  • An understanding of the linguistic components of the target lanaguage (i.e., language analysis.)
  • Fundamental knowledge pertaining to the cultural institutions, patterns of behavior, history and geography of the target culture(s) and how these affect values and traditions.
  • The ability to adapt both linguistically and culturally to different settings associated with the target language.
  • Demonstrate respect, understanding and sensitivity for the cultural traits, values, perspectives and contributions of the language’s native speakers.
  • The ability to understand and critically interpret a variety of works of literature in their specific cultural and historic context.
  • A general knowledge of the nature of language in general, its acquisition, and its use in human interaction.

International Path to the French Major

The CSU International Program has two study locations in France: Aix-en-Provence and Paris. Students enroll in the Institut d'Etudes Francaises pour Etudiants Etrangers of L'Academie d'Aix-en-Provence or at one of the participating campuses of the University of Paris. Students enroll simultaneously at CSU Stanislaus, where they earn academic credit and maintain campus residency. Beginning French language students attend the program in Aix, while more advanced students may study in either Paris or Aix. A preparatory language program precedes both programs. All campus financial aid is applicable to this program.

Eligibility

Aix-en-Provence:

  • Enrollment at a CSU campus or eligibility to enter from a California community college
  • Completion of 30 semester units
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Completion of at least one semester of college-level French

Paris:

  • Enrollment at a CSU campus or eligibility to enter from a California community college
  • Upper division or classified graduate standing
  • Cumulative GPA 2.75
  • Completion of at least two years of college-level French
  • Additional work in French at the upper division level is highly desirable

Liberal Studies Concentration in Spanish

Please refer to the Liberal Studies  section of the catalog.

Teaching Credentials

Single Subject Matter Preparation Program

Those interested in completing the single subject matter preparation program in Spanish should obtain the up-to-date description of the program currently available in the Department of Philosophy and Modern Languages. Please refer to the Teacher Education section of the Graduate Catalog for a description of other requirements to be completed in obtaining a single subject credential.

International Paths to the Spanish Major

Winter Term in Cuernavaca, Mexico

Students travel with CSU Stanislaus faculty to Cuernavaca and live with Mexican families while attending classes at the Universidad Internacional. Students may complete up to 6 units of Spanish 1010 - 4950: Beginning to Advanced levels of Spanish Language and Culture.

Eligibility:
Must be student in good standing. Minimum GPA 2.0

CSU International Program

The CSU International Program offers three locations for Spanish Majors: Chile, Mexico, and Spain. Students enroll simultaneously at CSU Stanislaus, where they earn academic credit and maintain campus residency. All campus financial aid is applicable to these programs.

Chile

Students attend the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC) in Santiago. A wide range of courses in history, literature, political science, and Latin American studies will be available to students with a strong Spanish language background.

Eligibility:

  • Enrollment at a CSU campus or eligibility to enter from a California community college
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Upper division standing prior to departure
  • Completion of at least two years of college-level Spanish with a B average
  • Interest in Latin America demonstrated by proof of completion of at least two courses with Latin American focus

Mexico

Students attend the Queretaro campus of the Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), better known as the Tec. Students with proficiency in the language may take most courses offered at the university, while students with as little as one semester of Spanish may take a Learn Spanish program offered through the International Division.

Eligibility:
ITESM Queretaro Program

  • Enrollment at a CSU campus or eligibility to enter from a California community college
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Upper division or graduate standing prior to departure
  • Completion of two years of college-level Spanish

Eligibility:
Learn Spanish Program

  • Enrollment at a CSU campus or eligibility to enter from a California community college
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Sophomore or higher standing
  • Completion of one semester of college-level Spanish

Spain

Students attend the Universidad de Granada or the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, taking courses in Spanish language and literature as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

Eligibility:

  • Enrollment at a CSU campus or eligibility to enter from a California community college
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Upper division standing prior to departure
  • Completion of at least two years of college-level Spanish with a B average