Bachelor of Arts Degree
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Foreign Languages
Speaking a second language and understanding other cultures are of strategic importance in a world in which international collaboration is not only necessary for political survival, but also indispensable for economic success. The B.A. with a major in Modern Language and Culture prepares graduates who are able to communicate effectively in one or more foreign languages and have a keen understanding of how humans interact across world cultures. Graduates will be familiar with current global issues and possess the knowledge, skills, and versatility needed to succeed academically and professionally in an ever-changing society.
The B.A. with a major in Modern Language and Culture is designed to develop students' communication skills and understanding of other cultures and to foster respect for difference and diversity in a global society. Students choose one of five primary languages - Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish - in which they develop and refine language proficiency as well as cross-cultural competence. In the course of their studies, Modern Language and Culture majors acquire and practice the communication skills and cultural competence necessary to function effectively in a global society. The curriculum prepares degree candidates for future academic programs and professional careers in which foreign language proficiency and cultural knowledge are desirable or required or both.
The B.A. with a major in Modern Language and Culture is fully accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) and nationally recognized by ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
All majors must take an official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). In addition, majors choosing the "Teacher Certification in a Foreign Language" concentration must receive a minimum rating of "Advanced Low" to graduate and to receive a recommendation for certification. For information about the OPI, see http://www.actfl.org.