Modern Languages Major
The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers an undergraduate major for a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages that allows students to choose one of four options: French, Spanish, French/Spanish, or Italian/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 modern language 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 Modern Language Majors must earn a minimum of 120 credits appropriately distributed:
- General Education requirements (33-38 credits) which all University students must fulfill;
- Cultural Studies Department requirements (maximum 45 credits); and
- 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 Cultural Studies Department.
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French and Spanish
The Spanish and French Option consists of 36 to 45 credits comprising a minimum of 15 credits in both languages at the 300 or 400 level. The distribution of the minimum allowed (36 credits) is as follows: for Spanish, 18 credits; for French, 18 credits.
Italian and Spanish
The Spanish and Italian Option consists of 36 to 45 credits comprising a minimum of 15 credits in both languages at the 300 or 400 level. The distribution of the minimum allowed (36 credits) is as follows: for Spanish, 18 credits, including 6 credits in Hispanic (Spanish and Latin-American) Civilization and Culture. For Italian, 18 credits including 6 credits in Italian Civilization and Culture.
The Spanish major consists of 36 - 45 credits, with at least 24 credits at the 300 level or above, and normally includes at least 18 credits in language, 12 in literature and 6 in culture courses.
The French major consists of 36 - 45 credits, with at least 24 credits at the 300 level or above in French and Francophone literature, civilization and culture courses.
For course descriptions, see the online catalog in iSiS: http://isis.uml.edu. For additional information visit the Department of Cultural Studies or contact us.