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Modern Languages Programs

Modern Languages Programs (3 yr. B.A. & 4 yr. B.A.)

The Modern Languages interdisciplinary programs at the U of S will be of interest to students who wish to obtain a 3 yr. or 4 yr. B.A. with a focus on German studies. These interdisciplinary programs offer students the opportunity to study German in combination with other languages or disciplines such as Comparative Literature, for example, by selecting German as their primary language.

Modern Languages 3 yr. B.A.

In the 3 yr. Modern Languages program students may combine the study of a primary second language option with the study of another language (or more) in conjunction with courses in other fields such as Comparative Literature. This allows students to gain a broader understanding of different cultures and the literature and culture of their chosen area.

Primary Language Options for the Modern Languages programs:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish   

N.B. Students wishing to teach French should take an undergraduate French program rather than a Modern Languages program. The 4 yr. B.A. is recommended for future French teachers.
N.B. Students choosing German as the primary language of study must take GERMAN 314.3 & GERMAN 317.3 & those choosing Spanish as the primary language of study must take SPANISH 314.3 & SPANISH 317.3 as part of their major.

Frequency of Course Offerings

Please note that not all courses listed in the Course & Program Catalogue are offered every year. Students interested in majoring in Modern Languages programs are strongly advised to consult the Department as soon as they begin considering these programs as majors, in order to map out their full program of studies and avoid problems.
Major Average
The major average in Modern Language programs includes the grades earned in:

  • 6 credit units LIT chosen from restricted list in Requirement A1
  • 6 credit units chosen in the primary language in Requirement A2
  • 6 credit units LING chosen from restricted lists in Requirement A4
  • All courses listed in the Major Requirement A6.

Modern Language 3 yr. B.A. Program Requirements

  • A1 Basic Humanities Requirements (minimum 12 credit units)
    • LIT 100.6
    • 6 additional credit units in the Humanities
  • A2 Language Requirement (9 credit units)
    • 6 credit units taught in the primary language
    • 3 credits in another language (see link above for a list of options)
  • A3 Natural Science (6 credit units)
  • A4 Social Science (6 credit units)
    • LING 111.3
    • 3 additional credit units in Linguistics
  • A5 Elective (6 credit units)
    6 credit units selected from the areas of Social Sciences, Natural Science or Fine Arts, such that no more than 6 credit units from one subject are used in Requirements A1 to A4.
  • A6 Major Requirements (30 credit units)
    • 18 senior credit units (200 level or higher) of language, culture, or literature courses taught in the chosen primary language.
    • 12 credit units from any of the following areas
      • Additional senior literature and/or culture courses taught in the primary language or in English translation
      • Courses taught in a secondary language (levels 100-200 with a maximum of 6 cu at the 100 level)
      • Senior Linguistics courses (level 200 or higher)
      • Senior Comparative Literature courses (level 200 or higher)
  • A7 Electives Requirements (21 credit units)
    • Specialization 2: 36-42 credit units
    • Open Electives: 6-15 credit units
    • Courses to complete the requirements for 90 credit unit 3 yr. program. Of the 90 credit units required at least 42 must be at the 200 level or higher and no more than 42 credits in one subject.

Modern Languages 4 yr. B.A. Program

The Modern Languages 4 yr. B.A. program allows students to combine the study two (or more) languages in conjunction with courses in other fields such as Comparative Literature. This allows students to gain a broader understanding of different cultures and the literature and culture of their chosen area.

Primary Language Options for the Modern Languages programs:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

N.B. Students wishing to teach French should take and undergraduate French program rather than a Modern Languages program. The 4 yr. B.A. is recommended for future French teachers.
N.B. Students choosing German as the primary language of study must take GERMAN 314.3 & GERMAN 317.3 & those choosing Spanish as the primary language of study must take SPANISH 314.3 & SPANISH 317.3 as part of their major.

Frequency of Course Offerings

Please note that not all courses listed in the Course & Program Catalogue are offered every year. Students interested in majoring in Modern Languages programs are strongly advised to consult the Department as soon as they begin considering these programs as majors, in order to map out their full program of studies and avoid problems.
Major Average
The major average in Modern Language programs includes the grades earned in:

  • 6 credit units LIT chosen from restricted list in Requirement A1
  • 6 credit units chosen in the primary language in Requirement A2
  • 6 credit units LING chosen from restricted lists in Requirement A4
  • All courses listed in the Major Requirement A6.

Modern Language 4 yr. B.A. Program Requirements

  • A1 Basic Humanities Requirements (minimum 12 credit units)
    • 6 credits of Comparative Literature courses (LIT 100 level or higher)
    • 6 additional credit units in the Humanities
  • A2 Language Requirement (9 credit units)
    • 6 credit units taught in the primary language
    • 3 credits in another language (see link above for a list of options)
  • A3 Natural Science (6 credit units)
  • A4 Social Science (6 credit units)
    • LING 111.3
    • 3 additional credit units in Linguistics
  • A5 Elective (6 credit units)
    6 credit units selected from the areas of Social Sciences, Natural Science or Fine Arts, such that no more than 6 credit units from one subject are used in Requirements A1 to A4.
  • A6 Major Requirements (48 credit units)
    • 24 senior credit units (200 level or higher) of language, culture, or literature courses taught in the chosen primary language.
    • 3 credit units in Linguistics (Levels 100 – 400)
    • 3 credit units 200 level Comparative Literature (LIT)
    • 6 credit units in a secondary language
    • 12 credit units from any of the following areas
      • Additional senior literature and/or culture courses taught in the primary language or in English translation
      • Senior courses taught in a secondary language (level 200 or higher)
      • Senior Linguistics courses (level 200 or higher)
      • Senior Comparative Literature courses (level 200 or higher)
      • Courses in literary criticism/theory can be taken from other departments as part of this option but must be approved by the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultural Studies prior to registration
  • A7 Electives Requirements (33 credit units)
    • Courses to complete the requirements for 120 credit unit 4 yr. program. Of the 120 credit units required at least 66 must be at the 200 level or higher and no more than 60 credits in one subject.