World Languages with Concentrations in French, German Studies, and Spanish
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Today, we are living in a world that is highly interconnected via commerce, travel, media and the Internet.
We are more than ever exposed to other languages, biographies, customs, histories and cultures. In order to understand world affairs and participate meaningfully in inter-cultural communication students need not only to learn a foreign language and to study its literature, culture and history, they also need to develop an inter-cultural competence. The study of foreign languages, their literatures and cultures expands their cultural horizon, sharpens their linguistic skills, and offers them the excitement of inter-cultural communication.
With a Bachelor of Arts in World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, you will be able to speak, read, write and understand the culture of one of three language concentrations (French, German Studies, Spanish), preparing you to apply that knowledge in a wide range of careers in the United States and abroad.
A major in World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (WLLC) with concentrations in French, German Studies, and Spanish consists of 42 hours above the FREN 101 and 102; GERM 101 and 102; and SPAN 101 and 102 levels. The major consists of courses in four (4) tiers:
For a more in-depth look at program requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.
The minor in Cultural Studies with Concentrations in French, German, and Spanish provides students with an opportunity to gain and demonstrate competence in language studies above and beyond the level specified by the University language requirement. It also provides an opportunity for students to gain a deeper knowledge of the history, culture, and politics of their chosen target culture. The minor will require the completion of 18 credit hours in the selected concentration (French, German, or Spanish)
A WLLC major and Cultural Studies minor in the same concentration are mutually exclusive. Courses taken in WLLC can only be used for one minor program (Cultural Studies or Language Minor).
For a more in-depth look at minor requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.
The Minor in Intercultural Communication consist of 1 200-level language course, 3 WLLC foundation courses and 2 selections from the courses offered in the comparative tier of the WLLC major, for a total of 18 hours. The main goal of the minor is to build the cultural awareness and intercultural competence of students.
The Department of World Languages, Literatures, & Culture also offers a Classical Languages Minor, a French Minor, and a Spanish Minor. Each minor consists of 15 elective hours within the specified program.
Your degree in World languages, Literatures, and Cultures with Concentrations in French, German Studies, and Spanish and the language proficiency and intercultural competence you will acquire will prepare you for exciting opportunities in many fields. The study of foreign languages, their literatures and cultures expands your cultural horizon, sharpens your linguistic skills, and offers you the excitement of inter-cultural communication. In addition, by learning another language and studying another culture, you will arrive at a deeper understanding of your very own culture. An intercultural competence will increase students’ marketability in fields such as business, education, the medical and legal professions, missions, media, tourism, politics, and many more areas that demand cultural literacy and inter-cultural communication skills.
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