University Bulletin 2019-20

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Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (BA) - French Concentration

Majors in Arts and Sciences may be completed with a minimum of 120 semester hours unless designated otherwise. At least 30 hours of course work, which represents 25% of the required 120 hours, must be at the upper division level in order to fulfill the University’s residency requirement. At least 15 of the 30 upper-division hours must be in the major or concentration area. An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for graduation. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in the student’s major or concentration area. 

Requirements For A Major In Modern and Classical Languages And Literature

Major In Modern and Classical Languages and Literature
In addition to fulfilling the general education requirements specified, students majoring in Modern and Classical Languages and Literature will complete 24 hours of core courses and 24 hours of study in French. The required core courses include:
IS 100
LG 110
LG 205
EH 235                       
IST 300
LG 290 or 390 (3 credits)
LG 390 (3 credits)
LG 490 (3 credits)
LG 480

Requirements For A French Concentration

A minimum of 24 semester hours in French is required.

  • Introductory Sequence
  • Intermediate Sequence
  • LG 326
  • LG 327
  • Six hours from among the following: LG 311, 312, 314, 412, 415, 416, 492

Study Abroad Hours

Majors will earn a minimum of 9 semester hours in the language of their concentration in an approved study abroad program. Subject to availability of funding, grants are awarded to help offset some of the costs of the study abroad program to qualified majors.

General Education Requirements For Modern and Classical Languages And Literature Majors

Areas I, III, and IV of the General Education Requirements for Modern and Classical Languages and Literature majors are specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section. Note that a portion of Area II requirements for Foreign Language Proficiency, Intermediate Language courses and EH 235 are fulfilled by the major requirements specified above.

Minor Requirement For Modern and Classical Languages And Literature Majors

Language Majors can fulfill the College's minor requirement by taking either 1) another language concentration, or 2) a minor in a program outside of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature.


Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature website

The department contributes to the liberal education of all students by helping them to improve their ability to communicate with and understand other cultures in an increasingly interdependent world. Language study provides direct insight into other ways of thinking and perceiving reality, and enables a fresh perspective on students' own language and culture. The department offers a major in Modern and Classical Languages and Literature with concentrations in French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Minors in those four languages, as well as a Minor in Applied Linguistics, are available. An interdisciplinary Minor in Classical Studies is offered in cooperation with the Philosophy Department. Introductory and intermediate level courses in Arabic, ASL, Chinese, Classical and Modern Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin and Portuguese are also provided.

In the first-year sequences (Introductory) the student is given a basic foundation in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Typically, the emphasis is on listening and oral practice followed by development of reading and writing skills. The second-year courses (Intermediate) build upon the skills acquired in the first year. Upper-level courses provide students with more in-depth knowledge of the countries' language, culture, literature and history. Students with previous language training will be placed at the appropriate level.

All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry.
Modern and Classical Languages and Literature majors are required to take LG 480 to fulfill the technology proficiency requirement, which was formerly known as the computer proficiency requirement.

Retroactive credit policy

It is to the advantage of students to begin their study of a foreign language at the highest possible level because they can gain college credits through appropriate placement. The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature offers an on-line language placement exam to assist students with enrollment at the appropriate levels. Please contact the department for details. Students who place into the second semester of the introductory sequence, or either semester of the intermediate sequence, may qualify for retroactive credit. By earning a "C" or better in the higher level course the student may petition the department for either 3 or 6 semester hours of introductory-level credit. Native speakers are not eligible. Students who have had three to five years of a foreign language in high school may wish to take the CLEP examination in that language and earn as many as (12) semester hours of lower-division credit based on the qualifying scores established by CLEP. Students participating in the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) will be granted 6 semester hours of credit in the corresponding language Freshman Language Sequence with a score of "5" or higher on the International Baccalaureate Program examinations. 

Lesser Taught languages Program (LTLS)

Besides its four main languages, the Department also offers four semesters of instruction for several other languages as part of its Lesser Taught Languages Program. LTLS classes meet three times a week and are conducted by native-speaker coaches. Mid-term and final student performance evaluations are administered by nationally certified external examiners. As in all language classes, success in these courses requires a high degree of motivation, self-discipline, and a long-term commitment to developing oral/aural proficiency in the target language. Students must be willing to assume responsibility for learning appropriate listening and speaking skills. Before enrolling in a LTLS course students are urged to discuss course requirements and testing procedures with the program coordinator. Call (251) 460-6291 for more information. 

Graduate studies

Although the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature has no graduate degree program, graduate-level course work is offered in several languages under the rubrics of "Special Topics," "Seminar," and "Directed Studies" in conjunction with completing requirements in the Alternative or Innovative Master of Education Programs.