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Majors and Minors for World Languages and Cultures

World Languages and Cultures Major

A major in French or Spanish consists of a minimum of 30–36 credit hours, depending on placement. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be taken in courses numbered 300 or above, and a semester in a study abroad program (see academics section for a description of the program) or equivalent, usually in the student's junior year, is strongly recommended.

World Language Recognition

Students receive a notation on their transcript upon completion of five courses in French or Spanish, with a 2.0 average or higher, including FREN/SPAN 201–202 (or placement). The three additional courses at the 300- or 400-level are selected in consultation with the French or Spanish advisor from the department’s course offerings taught in the world language.

Courses numbered 201 and 202 are prerequisite to all courses of a higher number

French Major

Requires the bachelor of arts degree. All majors must place at the advanced level on the world language placement test, or complete FREN 201–202 in order to begin the 30 hours of advanced work required in the major. Twenty‑four hours of advanced work must be taken on campus. The remaining 6 credits may include study abroad courses. Consists of 30–36 hours, depending on placement: FREN 201 and 202 or placement at the advanced level.

Both of the following:

FREN 310 Advanced Grammar and Composition -and-
FREN 315 Special Topics in Writing

One of the following:

FREN 320 Conversation and Diction -or-
FREN 325 Art of Conversation

One of the following:

FREN 340 French Culture and Civilization -or-
FREN 345 Modern French Cultures

One of the following:

FREN 401 Survey of French Literature I -or-
FREN 402 Survey of French Literature II

One of the following:

FREN 403 Survey of Francophone Literature -or-
FREN 308 Francophone Cultural Studies -or-
FREN 300 Special Cultural Topics in English

And 6 credits of electives from FREN courses numbered 300 or above; plus 6 additional credits from study abroad or other French‑language experience at the advanced level.

French Minor

All minors must place at the advanced level on the world language placement test or complete French 201–202 in order to begin the 21 hours of advanced work required. The French minor consists of 21–27 credit hours depending on placement and consists of:

Both of the following:

FREN 310 Advanced Grammar and Composition -and-
FREN 315 Special Topics in Writing

One of the following:

FREN 320 Advanced Conversation and Diction -or-
FREN 325 Art of Conversation

One of the following:

FREN 340 French Culture and Civilization -or-
FREN 345 Modern French Cultures

One of the following:

FREN 401 Survey of French Literature I -or-
FREN 402 Survey of French Literature II

And 6 credits in electives from FREN courses numbered 300 or above.

German Minor

Consists of 18 credit hours numbered 300 or above, chosen in consultation with the German minor advisor. Coursework is normally done in Marburg, Germany, as part of the study abroad program, but some advanced coursework also may be transferred from other colleges or universities with the approval of the vice president and dean for academic affairs.

Spanish Major

Requires the bachelor of arts degree. All majors must place at the advanced level on the world language placement test, or complete SPAN 201–202 in order to begin the 30 hours of advanced work required. Twenty-four hours of advanced work must be taken on campus. The remaining 6 credits may include study abroad courses. Consists of 30–36 hours, depending on placement: SPAN 201 and 202 or placement at the advanced level.

Both of the following:

SPAN 310 Advanced Grammar and Composition -and-
SPAN 315 Special Topics in Writing

One of the following:

SPAN 320 Conversation and Diction -or-
SPAN 325 Art of Conversation

Both of the following:

SPAN 340 Spanish Culture and Civilization -and-
SPAN 345 Latin American Culture and Civilization

One of the following:

SPAN 401 Spanish Literature -or-
SPAN 402 Latin American Literature

And 6 credits of electives from SPAN courses numbered 300 or above; plus 6 additional credits from study abroad or other Spanish‑language experience at the advanced level.

Spanish Minor

All minors must place at the advanced level on the world language placement test or complete Spanish 201–202 in order to begin the 21 hours of advanced work required. The Spanish minor consists of 21–27 credit hours depending on placement and consists of:

Both of the following:

SPAN 310 Advanced Grammar and Composition -and-
SPAN 315 Special Topics in Writing

One of the following:

SPAN 320 Conversation and Diction -or-
SPAN 325 Art of Conversation

One of the following:

SPAN 340 Spanish Culture and Civilization -or-
SPAN 345 Latin American Culture and Civilization

One of the following:

SPAN 401 Spanish Literature -or-
SPAN 402 Latin American Literature

And 6 credits in electives from SPAN courses numbered 300 or above.