Major

The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers an undergraduate major for a Bachelor of Arts in World Languages and Cultures that allows students to choose one of four options: French, French/Spanish, Italian/Spanish, or Spanish. Each option requires specific foundation courses that prepare students for advanced study; students then select specialized courses that complement this core and allow for exploration of individual interests.

The main purpose of the World Languages programs is to provide students with the ability to function more effectively in the multicultural world we live in. The courses offer students the opportunity to acquire an ability to use a second language and to become aware of the cultures in which they flourish.

The options focus on the major intellectual concerns, culture and communication. Serving as the paradigmatic model for thinking in the human sciences, language occupies a high rung in the conceptualization of numerous disciplines and sign systems. Language courses offer an understanding of language as a system and a model of communication in its cultural context, in addition to providing skills in a number of languages. The learning of languages facilitates the cultural connection with the various linguistic groups of the region. The specific areas of study include instruction in language, literature, linguistics, civilization and culture.

To graduate, all World Languages and Cultures Majors must earn a minimum of 120 credits appropriately distributed:

  1. Core Curriculum requirements (33-38 credits) which all university students must fulfill;
  2. World Languages and Cultures Department requirements (maximum 54 credits); and
  3. Requirements which you must fulfill as a student in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. At least 75 credits must be for courses taken outside of the World Languages and Cultures Department.

Options


French

The French option consists of a minimum of 36 credits in the major, with at least 24 credits at the 3000 level or above. Students may not exceed a total of 54 credits in the major.

French/Spanish

The French/Spanish option consists of a minimum of 36 credits, with 18 credits in each language; a minimum of 6 credits in each language must be at the 3000 level or above. Students may not exceed a total of 54 credits in the major.

Italian/Spanish

The Italian/Spanish option consists of a minimum of 36 credits, with 18 credits in each language; a minimum of 6 credits in each language must be at the 3000 level or above. Students may not exceed a total of 54 credits in the major.

Spanish

The Spanish option consists of a minimum of 36 credits in the major, with at least 24 credits at the 3000 level or above. Students may not exceed a total of 54 credits in the major.

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For course descriptions, see the Course Listing in undergraduate online catalog. 

For additional information visit the Department of World Languages and Cultures website or contact us.