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Foreign Languages

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Foreign Languages Major (B.A.)

Program objectives for a B.A. in Foreign Languages are: (a) have functional control of the appropriate fundamental language skills for the principal language of the major.  For modern languages, these include speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  For ancient languages, these include reading, reciting in a standard scholarly reconstructed pronunciation, and the ability to analyze grammatical structures in detail; (b) be able to describe and critically evaluate the cultural assumptions and points of view of the targeted culture(s) of their principal language of concentration; (c) Be able to describe and appreciate the interplay of literature, language, history, and culture in the principal language of concentration.

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements.

B. College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (12-16 hours)

The College and Bachelor of Arts requirements are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements and are listed above.

C. The Major (24-33 hours)

Successful completion of one of the following concentrations:

1. A single-language concentration in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, or *Spanish: 24 upper division semester hours.

2. A two-language concentration chosen from Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish: 27 upper division semester hours with a minimum of 9 semester hours in each language.

3. A three-language concentration chosen from Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish: All three language concentrations require prior consultation with the approval of the department chair. Plans will normally include at least 33 upper division semester hours to include at least 12 semester hours in each of two languages plus approved course work in a third language.

NOTE: With the approval of the Head of the Classics Section, up to 6 credit hours in upper division Classics courses may be applied toward a concentration in Greek or Latin.

Foreign Language majors who minor in International Business are encouraged to include Advanced Composition and Conversation (6 hours) and two courses for commerce (6 hours) as part of their major.

* Students with a single-language concentration in Spanish must take SPAN 4410, 4510 and 4563.

D. Electives

Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

E. Foreign Languages Minor

Completion of 18 semester hours consisting of (1) courses numbered 1020, 2010, and 2020 (or their equivalents) in the foreign language in which upper division hours are to be taken, and (2) 9 upper division semester hours in one of the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish. Students placing directly into 2010 or higher on the Foreign Language placement exam may complete the requirements for the minor by either: (1) applying for retroactive credit for 1020 and any subsequent courses out of which they have placed; or (2) completing additional upper-division hours to bring the total number of hours for the minor to 18.

Typical 4-Year French Concentration Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
MATH* 3-4 Nat. Sci./Math/B.A. 3-4
Social/Behavioral Science* 3 Social/Behavioral Science* 3
Elective 3 Humanities* 3
FREN 2010 3 FREN 2020 3
       
Semester Totals 15-16 hrs   15-16 hrs

Sophomore Year

COMM 2381 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Natural Science* 4 Natural Science* 4
ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 FREN 3302 3
FREN 3301 3 UD FREN 3
       
Semester Totals 16 hrs   16 hrs

Junior Year

History* 3 History* 3
Fine Arts* 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 UD FREN 3
UD FREN 3 UD Social Science/B.A. 3
UD elective 3 Elective 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

UD FREN 3 UD FREN 3
UD FREN 3 UD elective 3
Elective 3 UD elective 3
UD elective 3 Elective 4
UD elective 3    
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   13 hrs
Total Hours: 120-122

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

Typical 4-Year Spanish Concentration Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
MATH* 3-4 Nat. Sci./Math/B.A. 3-4
Social/Behavioral Science* 3 Social/Behavioral Science* 3
SPAN 2010 3 SPAN 2020 3
Elective 3 Humanities 3
       
Semester Totals 15-16 hrs   15-16 hrs

Sophomore Year

COMM 2381 3 UD elective 3
Fine Arts* 3 Elective 3
Natural Science* 4 Natural Science* 4
UD SPAN 3 UD SPAN 3
ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 UD SPAN 3
       
Semester Totals 16 hrs   16 hrs

Junior Year

History* 3 History* 3
UD SPAN 3 Elective 3
Elective. 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 UD Social Science/B.A. 3
UD elective 3 SPAN 4563 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

Elective 3 SPAN 4510 3
SPAN 4410 3 UD elective 3
UD SPAN 3 UD elective 3
UD elective 3 Elective 4
Elective 3    
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   13 hrs

Total Hours: 120-122

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement