Academic Catalog

World Languages and Cultures — B.A.

This B.A. degree requires 90 liberal arts credits out of the 120 credits required for graduation.

Courses taken for the World Languages and Cultures B.A. major may not also be used for any of the following language-based minors in the department:

  • French and Francophone Studies
  • German Area Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Spanish.

Eight credits of courses taken for the World Languages and Cultures B.A. major may be used in one of the following minors: 

  • Linguistics
  • Translation Studies.

Department policy on prerequisites: A grade of C- or better is required for a 10100, 10200, 10400, 20000, 20100, and 20200 course in any language to fulfill a prerequisite for another course in the same language.


World Languages and Cultures B.A. Major Requirements37
Integrative Core Curriculum Requirements and Electives 183
Total Credits120

This major is approved to fulfill the Integrative Core Curriculum requirement for the Humanities perspective.

Degree Requirements

Choose one of the following:4
Global Screen Cultures
Intersections of Race, Language, Literature, and Power in World Cultures
Introduction to the Art of Translation
Introduction to Linguistics
20 credits of language study in a single language, FREN, GERM, ITAL, or SPAN, numbered 10100 or above. 20
•A minimum of four credits of Core Language Study must be at the 300-level or above.
•No more than eight credits of 100-level courses can be included in Core Language Study
LNGS 40000Capstone in World Languages and Cultures1
Select an additional 12 credits of courses of courses offered by the department. 12
•Electives may include the remaining Foundation Requirements courses.
•No more than eight credits of 100-level courses can be included in the Focused Study Area.
It is expected that students focus these electives in one of three ways:
•focused study in a single language: all 12 credits in continued study of the core language
•focused study in an additional language: 12 credits of study in an additional language
•focused study in linguistics and translation: 12 credits of courses in linguistics and/or translation studies.
Students must determine their focused area of study no later than the spring semester of the junior year, and in consultation with their major advisor. The focused study area is noted on the transcript.
Total Credits37