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The Foreign Language Major

With television, telephone, E-mail, and the advent of the
World Wide Web, it only takes a split second to communicate
with anyone from around the world. Where once there was
isolation among nations, today we are interdependent as never
before. With this increasing global contact, however, comes
a need to be able to communicate effectively, and it is no
understatement to say that foreign language is a key that can
open up the world to you. Knowledge of a language unlocks
great works of world literature, enlarges our awareness of
other cultures, and even enhances our understanding and
appreciation of English.
Students are assigned the appropriate course based upon
placement testing and previous language study. In addition
to classroom activities, students at all levels are also expected
to utilize the Language Lab for further training. It is the
expectation of the Department that all students who complete
the program will use their language proficiency in their future
careers or in graduate study.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in a language must satisfy
the University Core Curriculum requirements and the College
speech requirement, COMM 210. Specific requirements of the
language programs are outlined below. In addition, majors must
complete sufficient electives to total 120 credits. Majors are
encouraged to apply electives taken outside the major toward a
minor or a second major. The three programs of study offered by
the department are: Modern Language Studies, Latin-American
Studies, and Classical Studies.
The Modern Language Studies major consists of at least 18
credits in the selected language, with 12 of those credits at the
300 level and two major electives to be chosen from a specified
list of alternatives. In addition, students are required to pass
a comprehensive examination during their final year and to
complete a senior thesis related to their course of study.
The Latin-American Studies major consists of the same requirements as the Modern Language Studies major with the following changes:
  • Students must choose either Spanish or Portuguese for the four 300 level course requirements.
  • Students must complete at least one 300 level course in both Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Both major electives must be related to Latin-American studies.
The Classics Concentration consists of the same requirements as the Modern Language Studies major with the following changes:
  • Students must complete four courses at the 300 level in Latin.
  • Students must complete at least one 300 level course (or equivalent) in German, French, or Italian.
  • Both major electives must be related to classical studies.
  • Students must complete two of the following courses: PHIL 251, AAH 121, any ancient history course, or any classical mythology course.

The Foreign Language/Secondary Education Dual Major

Students pursuing a dual major in Language and Secondary
Education must satisfy the University Core Curriculum
requirements, all Secondary Education requirements, the
following Language requirements, and a sufficient number of
electives to total 120 credits.
  • The Foreign Language and Secondary Education Dual Major
    requires the completion of 30 credits of Language offerings.
  • 12 credits must be completed in the target language at the
    300-level or higher.
  • Two Survey in Literature courses (338-339) must be
    completed in the target language.
  • Students must complete LANG 430: Senior Thesis and
    satisfactorily complete a written and oral exit exam.
  • 6 credits may be satisfied with elective courses (in
    translation) related to the target language, provided those
    credits are approved by the Department. For Modern
    Language Majors, the Senior Thesis will count as one of
    these two courses in translation, if the Senior Thesis is not
    completed in the target language.
  • Students must complete at least one course in linguistics.
    This linguistic course will count as one of the two
    elective courses (in translation) if it is not delivered in
    the target language.