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Language Major Requirements|Department of Modern & Classical Languages

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Language Major Requirements                                                          (Lake Argentina, Patagonia)

Undergraduate Language Major

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers coursework leading to a bachelor's degree with majors in French, German, Russian and Spanish, or concentrations for the bachelor's degree in humanities and fine arts. It also offers coursework in Chinese, Classical Civilizations, Greek Latin, Japanese and Literature in Translation. Those considering majoring in a language should seek help from their advisers to work out a coordinated study program.  For course offerings during a specific semester, please click under the Class Schedule for the desired semester, then "Course Offerings", then "A&S", and then the desired Language.

All language majors must take 30 (French = 31, Spanish Linguistics =33) semester hours of work beyond 2030 (third semester).


2040 (Second Year French II)
2130 (Contemporary French Culture) or 3110 (Contemporary French Civilization)
2140 (Introduction to Reading)
3005 (French Phonetics)
3050 (Third Year French I)
3060 (Third Year French II)
4100 (Survey of French Literature I)
4110 (Survey of French Literature II)

Plus 6 hours of electives in French at the 4000-level
Course Descriptions


2040 (Beginning Conversation)
2140 (Introduction to Literature)
3050 (Intermediate Composition and Conversation)
4100 and 4110 (Survey of Literature, 2 semesters)

Plus 15 hours of German electives above 2030

German in-residency requirement: German majors need to take 3 of the following 6 courses to meet the in-residency requirement: GERM 4100, 4110, 4145, 4240, 4230, 4265.
Course Descriptions


2040 (Second Year Russian II)
2140 (Introduction to Reading)
3050 (Third Year Russian I (COM2)
3060 (Third Year Russian II)
4070 (Fourth Year Russian I)
4080 (Fourth Year Russian II)
4200 (Senior Seminar: Russian Culture (COM3))

Plus 9 hours of electives in Russian* at the 3000-level or above

*Non-RUSS electives may include:
HIST 2230 (Russia to 1855)
HIST 2240 (Russia from 1855)
HIST 4290 (History of the Soviet Union)

Coursework at the 3000-level or higher from study-abroad courses at Saratov University is also accepted:

Course Descriptions

Spanish:  Culture, Literature, and Cinema Track

2040 (Second Year Spanish II)
2140 (Introduction to Literature)
3050 (Third Year Spanish I)
3100 (Survey of Spanish Literature)
3120 (Survey of Spanish American Literature)

Plus 15 hours of Spanish electives above 2030
Course Descriptions

Spanish:  Language/Linguistics Track

2040 (Second Year Spanish II)
3050 (Third Year Spanish I)
3060 (Third Year Spanish II)

4310 (Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics)
4090 (Spanish Phonetics and History of the Language)

Plus 15 hours of Spanish electives above 2030

For electives in the linguistics track:

Highly recommended are: SPAN 3080 (Spanish in the USA), SPAN 4080 (4th Year Spanish); and SPAN 4320 (Studies in Hispanic Linguistics, pre-requisite SPAN 4310).

It is possible to take one class from the following: SPPA 4160 (Speech and Language Development); ENGL/LANG 4985 (Linguistics, Language Teaching and Social Context); ANTH 4760 (Linguistic Anthropology); ANTH 4775(Language and Gender), ANTH 4785 (Language and Racism); ANTH 4795 (Language Change).

Course Descriptions

Humanities/Fine Arts Majors

Students in the Humanities/Fine Arts major wishing to complete a language component should take classes 2040, 2140 and 3050 in the given language. The department strongly recommends an additional area of concentration, such as a second foreign language, English, fine arts, philosophy, history, a social science or a science.

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