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2017 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER - FALL) 
2017 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER - FALL) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Foreign Language (B.A.) - Hegis Code 1101

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(Bachelor of Arts Degree)

The focus of this major is to master a primary language and learn to apply it to an occupation, a field of study, or other life interests. Students will develop an understanding of the grammar, literature and culture of the language and the people who speak it. The Senior Research Project will combine the primary language with courses in a Major Related Sequence (such as Sociology or Human Rights Advocacy) acquiring the background knowledge and vocabulary in the primary language with which to work successfully in these fields

This major is designed to meet the needs of those students intending to interact with a non-English speaking population, be it in business and management, education, social services, journalism, law, travel and tourism, and other fields that require language skills. This program is also appropriate for students interested in education and teaching foreign languages. Furthermore, the knowledge of other languages is a positive attribute for those students who will pursue a graduate degree.

Total credit hours required for degree: 120 credit hours

Learning Objectives

  • For Majors and Minors: Students will demonstrate linguistic competency in a language other than English.
  • For Majors and Minors: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the culture, literary and visual arts and history and heritage of the societies related to the target language.
  • Goal 3: For Majors: Students will demonstrate the ability to acquire, organize, present and document ideas and information in a Senior Research Project.

Academic Requirements

Core: 34 - 55 Credit Hours

Major Course Requirements

At least 27 credits beyond the 202-level must be taken in the primary language. Prior competency in this language must be demonstrated before students are enrolled in courses beyond Language 202.

It is strongly recommended that at least 12 of the 300- and 400-level credits be taken abroad in a program approved by the language faculty in conjunction with the Director of International Programs. These 12 credits will usually include, but are not limited to, conversation, literature, grammar, and culture and civilization courses; the actual course work will vary with the study abroad program. Students should begin working early with their advisors and with the Office of International Programs to plan for the overseas experience, including the likelihood of additional expense associated with travel.

Required Courses

  • Primary Language 101 and 102 (6) **
  • Primary Language 201 and 202 (6) **
  • Electives at the 300- or 400-level. (If a topics course, may be repeated if the topic is different.) (9)
  • One course in translation, or an additional 300- or 400-level elective (3)
  • Language 490 - Senior Research Project (6)

30-42 Credit Hours

Major Related Courses (either track) Cultural Sensitivity

Students must complete either Track A or Track B.

Major Related Sequence

A sequence of courses in another field or combination of fields, as guided by the adviser, designed to complement the major courses. Content from the major related sequence will be integrated into the Senior Research Project (15-21)


* The requirement for those students interested in the teaching certificate is 30 credit hours in the foreign language of their choice.

** It is anticipated that most incoming Foreign Language Majors will already have already completed the equivalent of Elementary I [101] and II [102] of their primary language, and possibly Intermediate I [201] and Intermediate II [202].

*** Or comparable courses in the primary language as approved by the department.

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