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Dr. Gretchen Skivington
Romance Languages/Humanities Professor


Contact Information

Office Location: MCML 127, Elko Campus
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Office Hours

  • Monday: 9-10:30 am
  • Tuesday: 9-10:00 am
  • Wednesday: 9-10:30 am
  • Thursday: 9-10:00 am
  • Friday: by appointment


  • Phd Philosophy/Comparative LIterature, UC-Davis, 2000
  • MA, Spanish, French literature; Basque Studies, minor, UNR, 1984
  • BA, English PBK, UC-Berkeley, 1978


Links of Interest


Recommended Reading

  • I and Thou, Martin Buber
  • The Wisdom of Uncertainty, Allan Watts
  • The Collected Works of, Shakespeare
  • Emerson's Essays, Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Zen in the Art of Archery, Eugen Herrige
  • Remembering Heraclitus, Richard Geldard
  • Faust, Goethe
  • Don Quijote, Cervantes
  • Les Essais, Montaigne
  • William Blake, George Herbert, Rumi, Mallarme, Emily Dickinson, Garcia Lorca, St. John of the Cross, Yeats, Rumi, Basho, Keats, Tagore, ee cummings, WH Auden, Walt Whitman

Books photo.


  • hiking & biking
  • reading & writing


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COM 101
Title: Oral Communication
Catalog Description: Introduction to the fundamentals of eff ective speaking. Develops the vocal and intellectual skills required for eff ective and powerful speaking in conversation and before an audience. (Formerly THTR 113, Fundamentals of Speech I) (Formerly COM 113, Fundamentals of Speech Communications)
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Syllabus (MS Word)
FREN 111
Title:First Year French I
Catalog Description: Development of language skills through practice in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and structural analysis. Language practice required. [H*]
My Comments:Beginning French FREN 111-112 follow the same syllabus, format, and online program ( "Promenades")
Syllabus (MS Word)
PHIL 102
Title:Critical Thinking and Reasoning
Catalog Description: Covers nonsymbolic introduction to logical thinking in everyday life, law, politics, science, advertising; common fallacies; and the uses of language, including techniques of persuasion. [H*]
My Comments:*syllabus will change for S'16 online only
SPAN 211
Title:Second Year Spanish I
Catalog Description: Considers structural review, conversation and writing, and readings in modern literature. [H*]
My Comments:Intermediate Spanish SPAN 211-212 follows the same syllabus, format and online program ( "Vistas")
Syllabus (MS Word)
SPAN 305
Title:Spanish Composition
Catalog Description: The advanced student of Spanish will be exposed to a free-writing approach in the composition of essays in Spanish. Auxiliary activities will include vocabulary development and grammatical refinement as well as a grounding in and further review of Spanish grammar and the use of idiomatic speech. [H]
SPAN 400
Title:Practicum in Spanish in the Community
Catalog Description: Supervised experience as an interpreter or translator using Spanish for local agencies or schools.
My Comments:Community job placement.

40 hours intership & log required.
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