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College of Liberal Arts

School of Languages and Cultures

The School of Languages and Cultures offers a broad range of courses in language, literature, linguistics, culture, civilization, film and other areas pertaining to foreign languages and cultures. Majors are offered in Classical Studies, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish, and minors are offered in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The school also participates in the following interdisciplinary programs: African American Studies, Asian Studies, Comparative Literature, Film and Video Studies, Italian Studies, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Women's Studies. (See separate listings under Interdisciplinary Studies.)

The programs of specialization in the school are designed to give students an understanding of the linguistic functioning of the chosen language, a knowledge and understanding of the literature and the culture of the countries that use it, and communicative competence in the language. Majors in the language field are prepared to undertake graduate study or find careers in numerous fields, including business and industry and in teaching.

Classical Studies

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)* (3) Classical Studies requirement, Note A
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or (3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition) (3) Mathematics and Statistics*
(3) GREK 20200 (Classical Greek Level IV)or LATN 20200 (Latin Level IV), Other Languages*† (3) United States Tradition*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics* (3) Western Heritage*
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15-16) (15)


Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(3) Aesthetic Awareness* (3) Classical Studies requirement, Note A
(3) Classical Studies requirement, Note A (3) Natural Sciences*
(3) Individual and Society* (3) Other Cultures*
(3) Natural Sciences* (2) United States Tradition*
(3) Elective (1) Elective
(15)   (15)  


Junior Year

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) Classical Studies requirement, Note B (3) Classical Studies requirement, Note B
(3) Classical Studies requirement, Note B (3) Classical Studies requirement, Note C
(3) Gender Issues* (3) Racial and Ethnic Diversity*
(3) Global Perspective* (3) Social Ethics*
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(18)   (18)  


Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) Classical Studies requirement, Note B (3) Classical Studies requirement, Note C
(3) Classical Studies requirement, Note C (3) Classical Studies requirement, Note C
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  

 

Classical Studies Notes

* See "Core."

† Some students may need to begin language courses at a lower level.

  1. Select one from each division: 1) ANTH 10000 or CLCS 18100, 2) CLCS 33000 or 33100, 3) CLCS 33500 or PHIL 30100.
  2. Select five courses from a specific track (literature, historical studies (historical focus) or archaeological studies (archaeological focus).
  3. Select three courses from general studies, archaelogical studies (historical focus) or historical studies (archaeological focus).

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French Major

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)* (3) FR 30100 (French Level V)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or 
(3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics*
(3) FR 20200 (French Level IV)*†, Note A (3) Core requirement*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics* (3) Core requirement*
(3) Core requirement* (3) Core requirement*
(15-16) (15)


Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(3) FLL 26100 (Introduction to the Linguistic Study of Foreign Languages) or LING 20100 (Introduction to Linguistics) or ENGL/SLHS 22700 (Elements of Linguistics)*, Note B (3) FR 40100 (French Level VII)
(3) FR 24100 (Introduction to the Study of French Literature) (3) French Linguistics
(3) FR 30200 (French Level VI) (3) Core requirement*
(3) Core requirement* (3) Core requirement*
(3) Core requirement* (3) Core requirement*
(3) Free elective/Minor I, Note C    
(18)   (15)  


Junior Year
 (Note D)

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) French Civilization/Culture, Note E (3) French elective, Note F
(3) French elective, Note F (3) Free elective/Minor III, Note C
(3) Core requirement* (3) Free elective
(3) Core requirement* (3) Free elective
(3) Free elective/Minor II, Note C (3) Free elective
(3) Free elective    
(18)   (15)  


Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) French elective, Note F (3) French elective, Note F
(3) Free elective/Minor IV, Note C (3) Free elective
(3) Free elective, Note F (3) Free elective
(3) Free elective (3) Free elective
(3) Free elective (3) Free elective
(15)   (15)  

 

French Major Notes

* See "Core."

† Some students may need to begin language courses at a lower level.

  1. Admission by passing prerequisite course, placement exam or by other means acceptable to the department.
  2. Prerequisite for required course in French linguistics.
  3. Although minors are not required, they are strongly encouraged. See academic advisor for approved minors.
  4. Study abroad is recommended in semesters five and six. Study abroad of at least one semester meets the "Global Perspective" requirement in the core. See FLL advisor for details.
  5. One of the following courses in French culture: FR 38000, 42400, 48000, 58100.
  6. See academic advisor for appropriate courses.

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German Major

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)* (3) GER 30100 (German Level V)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or 
(3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics*
(3) GER 20200 (German Level IV)*†,
Note A
(3) Core requirement*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics* (3) Free elective
(3) Core requirement* (3) Free elective
(15-16) (15)


Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(3) FLL 26100 (Introduction to the Linguistic Study of Foreign Languages) or LING 20100 (Introduction to Linguistics) or ENGL/SLHS 22700 (Elements of Linguistics)*, Note B (3) GER 34200 (German Literature II: From the 18th Century to the 21st Century)
(3) GER 24100 (Introduction to the Study of German Literature) (3) German elective. Note E
(3) GER 30200 (German Level VI) (3) Core requirement*
(3) Core requirement* (3) Core requirement*
(3) Core requirement* (3) Free elective/Minor II
(3) Free elective/Minor I, Note C    
(18)   (15)  


Junior Year

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) GER 34100 (German Literature I: From the Middle Ages to the 18th Century) (2) GER 40200 (German Level VIII)
(3) GER 40100 (German Level VII) (3) GER 48000 (German Civilization) or
GER 58100 (German Culture)
(3) Core requirement* (3) Core requirement*
(3) Core requirement* (3) Free elective/Minor IV
(3) Free elective/Minor III (3) Free elective
    (1) Free elective
(15)   (15)  


Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) German elective, Note E (3) German Linguistics
(3) German elective, Note E (3) Free elective
(3) Core requirement* (3) Free elective
(3) Free elective (3) Free elective
(3) Free elective (3) Free elective
(3) Free elective    
(18)   (15)  

 

German Major Notes

* See "Core."

† Some students may need to begin language courses at a lower level.

  1. Admission by passing prerequisite course, placement exam or by other means acceptable to the department.
  2. Prerequisite for required course in German Linguistics.
  3. Although minors are not required, they are strongly encouraged. See academic advisor for approved minors.
  4. Study abroad is recommended in semesters five and six. Study abroad for at least one semester meets the "Global Perspective" requirement in the core. See academic advisor for details.
  5. See academic advisor for appropriate courses.

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Japanese Major

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)* (4) JPNS 10200 (Japanese Level II)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or 
(3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics*
(4) JPNS 10100 (Japanese Level I) (3) Core requirement*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics* (3) Free elective
(3) Core requirement* (3) Free elective
(16-17) (16)


Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(4) JPNS 20100 (Japanese Level III) (4) JPNS 20200 (Japanese Level IV)*
(3) Core requirement* (3) Core requirement*
(3) Core requirement* (3) Core requirement*
(3) Free elective/Minor I, Note A (3) Free elective/Minor II, Note A
(3) Free elective (3) Free elective
(16)   (16)  


Junior Year
 (Note B)

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) FLL 26100 (Introduction to the Linguistic Study of Foreign Languages) or LING 20100 (Introduction to Linguistics) or ENGL/SLHS 22700 (Elements of Linguistics)*, Note C (3) JPNS 24100 (Introduction to the Study of Japanese Literature)
(3) JPNS 30100 (Japanese Level V) (3) JPNS 30200 (Japanese Level VI)
(3) Core requirement* (3) JPNS 36100 (Elementary Survey of Japanese Linguistics)
(3) Core requirement* (3) Core requirement*
(3) Japanese elective, 30000 level or above, Note D (3) Japanese elective 30000 level or above, Note D
(15)   (15)  


Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) JPNS 34100 (Japanese Literature I: Modern Japanese Literature) (2) JPNS 40200 (Japanese Level VIII)
(3) JPNS 36300 (Relationship of Japanese Language and Society) (3) Free elective/Minor III, Note A
(3) JPNS 40100 (Japanese Level VII) (3) Free elective/Minor IV, Note A
(3) Japanese elective 30000 level or above, Note D (3) Japanese elective 30000 level or above, Note D
(3) Core requirement* (3) Free elective
    (3) Free elective
(15)   (17)  

 

Japanese Major Notes

* See "Core."

  1. Although minors are not required, they are strongly encouraged. See academic advisor for approved minors.
  2. Study abroad is recommended in semesters five and six. Study abroad of at least one semester meets the "Global Perspective" requirement in the core. See academic advisor for details.
  3. Prerequisite for required courses in Japanese Linguistics.
  4. See academic advisor for appropriate courses.

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Russian Major

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)* (4) RUSS 20200 (Russian Level IV)*†, Note A
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or 
(3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)†
(3) Mathematics and Statistics*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics* (3) Core requirement*
(3) Core requirement* (3) Core requirement*
(3) Free elective (3) Core requirement*
(15-16) (16)


Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(3) FLL 26100 (Introduction to the Linguistic Study of Foreign Languages) or LING 20100 (Introduction to Linguistics) or ENGL/SLHS 22700 (Elements of Linguistics)*, Note B (3) RUSS 30200 (Russian Level VI)
(3) RUSS 30100 (Russian Level V) (3) RUSS 34100 (Russian Literature I: From the Beginning to 1900)
(3) Core requirement* (3) RUSS 36100 (The Structure of
Russian I: Sound System and Sentence Structure)
(3) Core requirement* (3) Core requirement*
(3) Core requirement* (3) Core requirement*
(15)   (15)  


Junior Year
 (Note C)

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) RUSS 34200 (Russian Literature II: From 1900 to the Present) (2) RUSS 40200 (Russian Level VIII)
(3) RUSS 40100 (Russian Level VII) (3) RUSS 48000 (Russian Civilization)
(3) RUSS 58100 (Russian Culture) (3) Russian elective, Note E
(3) Core requirement* (3) Core requirement*
(3) Free elective/Minor I, Note D (3) Free elective/Minor II, Note D
    (3) Free elective
(15)   (17)  


Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) Russian elective, Note E (3) Russian elective, Note E
(3) Free elective/Minor III, Note D (3) Free elective/Minor IV, Note D
(3) Free elective (3) Free elective
(3) Free elective (3) Free elective
(3) Free elective (3) Free elective
(3) Free elective    
(18)   (15)  

 

Russian Major Notes

* See "Core."

† Some students may need to begin language courses at a lower level.

  1. Admission by passing prerequisite course, placement exam or by other means acceptable to the department.
  2. Prerequisite for required course in Russian Linguistics.
  3. Study abroad is recommended in semesters five or six. Study abroad of at least one semester meets the "Global Perspective" requirement in the core. See academic advisor for details.
  4. Although minors are not required, they are strongly encouraged. See academic advisor for approved minors.
  5. See academic advisor for appropriate courses.

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Spanish Major

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)* (3) FLL 26100 (Introduction to the Linguistic Study of Foreign Languages) or
LING 20100 
(Introduction to Linguistics) or ENGL/SLHS 22700 (Elements of Linguistics)*, Note B
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or 
(3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)
(3) SPAN 30100 (Spanish Level V)
(3) SPAN 20200 (Spanish Level IV)*†, 
Note A
(3) Mathematics and Statistics*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics* (3) Core requirement*
(3) Core requirement* (3) Free elective
(15-16) (15)


Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(3) SPAN 30200 (Spanish Level VI) (3) SPAN 24100 (Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literature)
(3) SPAN 36100 (The Structure of
Spanish I: Phonetics and Phonology)
(3) SPAN 36200 (The Structure of Spanish II: Morphology, Lexicology and Syntax)
(3) Core requirement* (3) Core requirement*
(3) Core requirement* (3) Core requirement*
(3) Core requirement* (3) Free elective/Minor I, Note C
(15)   (15)  


Junior Year
 (Note D)

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) SPAN 34100 (Hispanic Literature I: Poetry and Drama) (3) SPAN 34200 (Hispanic Literature II: Prose)
(3) SPAN 40100 (Spanish Level VII) (2) SPAN 40200 (Spanish Level VIII)
(3) Core requirement* (3) Spanish elective, 40000 level, Note E
(3) Core requirement* (3) Core requirement*
(3) Free elective/Minor II, Note C (3) Free elective/Minor III, Note C
    (3) Free elective
(15)   (17)  


Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) Spanish elective, 40000 level, Note E (3) Spanish elective, 40000 level, Note E
(3) Free elective/Minor, Note C (3) Free elective
(3) Free elective (3) Free elective
(3) Free elective (3) Free elective
(3) Free elective (3) Free elective
(3) Free elective    
(18)   (15)  

 

Spanish Major Notes

* See "Core."

† Some students may need to begin language courses at a lower level.

  1. Admission by passing prerequisite course, placement exam or by other means acceptable to the department.
  2. Prerequisite for required courses in Spanish Linguistics.
  3. Although minors are not required, they are strongly encouraged. See academic advisor for approved minors.
  4. Study abroad is recommended in semesters five and six. Study abroad of at least one semester meets the "Global Perspective" requirement in the core. See academic advisor for details.
  5. See academic advisor for appropriate courses.

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