Undergraduate Catalog 2012–2013

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Bachelor of Arts

Michael Richardson, Associate Professor and Chair

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (DMLL) offers curricula in French, German area studies, Italian studies, and Spanish leading to a bachelor of arts degree, as well as courses in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, and Latin. DMLL serves the interests of students in their desire to communicate with and understand other peoples through the study of language, literature, culture, and civilization, and seeks to develop students’ knowledge of the structure, use, and history of the languages. The department supports cross-cultural exploration and interdisciplinary study, and facilitates and encourages study abroad. The department prepares students for teaching language in middle and secondary schools, for graduate or professional school, and for the workplace. Our recent graduates who combined language study with coursework in other fields have entered professions such as law, medicine, business, government, social work, journalism, advertising, and banking.

Requirements for Honors in French, German, Italian, and Spanish

Students may apply as candidates for honors in French, German, Italian, or Spanish at the end of the junior year but no later than the second week of the first semester of the senior year. To qualify, students must have a cumulative average of 3.50 in their major language and propose a topic to the chair and the language committee. Upon approval of the proposal, the student will write an honors paper as a 3-credit independent study project, under the supervision of an assigned adviser, and subsequently undertake the defense of the honors paper at an oral examination conducted by three members of the department. If the project is judged by the honors committee to earn at least the grade of B, the student is awarded departmental honors.

Departmental Policies on Placement Examinations

  1. Students with no previous training in a foreign language may begin by taking a 10100 course.
  2. Students who have studied a foreign language in high school are required to take the appropriate placement test and register for courses as per placement by DMLL.
  3. Transfer students who have earned college credit in a foreign language may register for a course at the appropriate level indicated by their college transcripts.

To be formally accepted into a language major, students must demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level in the chosen language. Proficiency can be demonstrated by language placement test scores or by completing the intermediate I and II (20100, 20200) courses.

A student may major in more than one language if his or her curriculum permits.

Study Abroad

General academic regulations concerning occasional credit from external sources apply to study abroad. In addition, DMLL allows a maximum of 12 major credits and 6 minor credits for a semester, or 15 major credits and 9 minor credits comparable to courses taught within the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (16 when earned in 4-credit courses) for an academic year of study abroad.

Certificate Program in International Business

In conjunction with the School of Business, DMLL offers a certificate in international business. See the section under the School of Business for details.

Certificate in International Business 

Policy on Prerequisites

A grade of C- or better is required for a 10100, 10200, 20100, and 20200 course in any language to fulfill a prerequisite for another course in the same language.


For full courses descriptions see:

LNGS courses

ARAB courses

CHIN courses

FREN courses

GERM courses

HEBR courses

ITAL courses

LATN courses

SPAN courses






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