Nov 29, 2023
About the Program
The Bachelor of Arts in World Languages degree may be completed by selecting either Option I or Option II. Option I is a single-language option in either French or Spanish. Option II is a dual-language option with primary language either French or Spanish, and a choice of secondary language (French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish). Students are advised into intermediate and advanced classes in each language on the basis of individual background and need. A grade of “C-” or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the Bachelor of Arts degree in World Languages. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.
The World Languages Major Option II requires a minimum of 60 semester hours in a combination of two modern languages: a primary language (French or Spanish) and a secondary language (French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish). Students pursuing this option for the degree of World Languages do not need a minor.
For the primary language emphasized, either French or Spanish, students must complete a minimum of 42 semester hours of coursework at the 2000-level and above. No more than 12 semester hours may be taken at the 2000 level.
To complete the 60-semester-hour requirement, students must take at least 18 semester hours at the 2000-level or above in a second language.
- PRIMARY LANGUAGE. By the end of their studies, students earning a B.A. in World Languages will have at least working fluency in their primary language and will be able to:
- Handle both routine and unfamiliar situations in both formal and informal settings.
- Adjust responses in the target language to respond to a unique circumstance or question.
- Make specific recommendations or suggestions and give detailed explanations and precise descriptions.
- Resolve problems or justify an opinion, argument, policy or procedure.
- Communicate with high enough accuracy to be understood by any speaker of the language.
- SECONDARY LANGUAGE. By the end of their studies, students earning a B.A. in World Languages will have at least functional fluency in their secondary language and will be able to:
- Function in the language when completing familiar routines and tasks in predictable situations.
- Describe events, experiences, products, services or procedures.
- Complete formulaic documents and transactions.
- Provide scripted presentations and answer expected, frequently asked questions.
- Communicate in a way that a sympathetic speaker of the language will have few difficulties understanding, despite occasional grammar errors or mispronunciation.
General Degree Requirements
To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation.
- A grade of “C-” or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.
- A minor is not required for this program.
General Studies Requirements: 33 credits
Students should consult the General Studies Requirements for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.
- Written Communication (6 credits)
- Oral Communication (3 credits)
- Quantitative Literacy (3 credits)
- Arts and Humanities (6 credits)
- Historical (3 credits)
- Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits)
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
- Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)
** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences.
Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Requirement: 0 or 3 credits
- Students should consult the Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Graduation Requirement for a list of courses that fulfill the ESSJ Requirement for degree completion.
- Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement.
Option II: French Concentration
Option II: Spanish Concentration
The courses required to complete the remaining 60 semester hours must be taken with departmental approval.
Students preparing for teacher licensure may include the three (3) credits of MDL 4960 Teaching Foreign Languages in K-12 in the 42 semester hours if they so desire.
Summary of Requirements
|General Studies Requirements
|Option I French with Second Language or Option I Spanish with Second Language
||counted elsewhere in major
|Total for the World Languages Major, B.A. Option II
Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and ESSJ requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.