Requirements

  • Modern Languages and Literatures Majors

    Majors are available in French and Spanish. Available minors within the department include French, German Studies, and Spanish.

    Courses in Spanish may apply to the major or minor in Latin American Studies, and coursework in Portuguese may apply to the major or minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies. Courses in Japanese or Chinese language may apply to the major or minor in Asian Studies. Coursework in Arabic may apply to the major or minor in Islamic World Studies.  

    Requirements for a Major in French or Spanish:

    At least 8 courses in the field of the major language

    • 1 course on the 200-level
    • 6 courses on the 300- and 400-levels.
    • completion of the Senior Studies Requirement in 1 of the following ways:
      • senior seminar
      • senior thesis
      • independent study project

    Students should consult with their academic advisers to ensure that their major programs present a balance of courses in culture, advanced or specialized language study, and literature. A grade of C or better is required for credit in all major courses.

    French

    Majors have the option of replacing two courses with selections from the linguistics program, Foreign Civilization, or French Literature in Translation. The Paris internship program offers four credits applicable to the major. The two credits for internship work may also be applied to another major, when approved by the major department.

    Spanish

    Majors have the option of replacing two courses with selections from the linguistics program, as well as Foreign Civilization, Latin American Studies, and Literature in Translation courses taught by the Spanish program faculty. 

    Requirements for a Minor in French, German Studies, or Spanish:

    At least 6 credits for all minors – generally distributed among offerings in language, literature, and culture 

    A grade of C or better is required for credit in all minor courses.

    French

    Prerequisite: French 110 and 112

    • French 210: Intermediate French: Cultural Emphasis
    • French 212: Advanced Intermediate French: Literary Emphasis
    • French 312: Oral Proficiency
    • 3 credits earned in 1 of the following ways:
      • 3 credits of coursework abroad, which may include an internship (such as the Paris Internship Program)
      • 3 courses from any French courses on the 300- or 400-level – One course in English from offerings listed for the major (such as Foreign Civilization or French Literature in Translation) may count toward the requirement.

    German Studies

    The German Studies minor couples language proficiency achievement at the 300 level with advanced knowledge of cultural context, acquired in the target language or through a combination of coursework in German and English. As part of their curriculum, German Studies minors will normally complete a semester of study abroad in a German-speaking country.**

    Prerequisite: German 110 and 112 (or equivalent).

    • German 210: Intermediate German (prerequisite for German 212 or more advanced coursework in German)
    • German 212: Advanced Intermediate German (prerequisite for more advanced coursework in German)
    • At least one German language course (or equivalent) at the 300- or 400-level.  Options include:
      • Credit for study abroad in a German-speaking country (up to 3 course credits awarded in transfer; appropriate program coursework will be determined in consultation with Professor Richard Fisher prior to departure)

      • German 395: Advanced Topics, Special Studies (recommended after study abroad in a German-speaking country)

      • German 400: Special Studies  (recommended after study abroad in a German-speaking country)

      • A 300- or 400-level German tutorial (requests for tutorials should be addressed to Professor Richard Fisher)

    • Up to three German language and culture courses (taught in English), from the list below:
      • German 333: Modern German Film
      • History 253: German History
      • Linguistics 101: Descriptive Linguistics

    **  Students who wish to minor in German Studies should make every effort to complete a semester of coursework in a German-speaking country. Students should start planning early, in consultation with the German faculty (Professor Richard Fisher) and the Assistant Dean of the Faculty for Off-Campus Programs. Alternatives will be discussed with Professor Fisher in order to work out an appropriate program for each student.

    Spanish

    Prerequisite: Spanish 110 and 112.

    • Spanish 210: Intermediate Spanish
    • Spanish 212: Advanced Intermediate Spanish
    • 4 additional courses, which may include 1 course in English from offerings listed for the major, as well as coursework and/or internship abroad in a Spanish-speaking environment.