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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Modern Language and Culture B.A.

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Bachelor of Arts Degree
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Foreign Languages
(770) 423-6366

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. 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. 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 two primary languages—French 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. 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.

General Education (42 Credit Hours)

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University-Wide Fitness For Living Requirement (3 Credit Hours)

Select three courses from one of the following concentrations:


*(Must be different from the Primary Language)


(*If ECON 2100 already taken in General Education)

Upper Division Required Core Courses (French or Spanish) (30 Credit Hours)

Other Requirements

Select one concentration

I. Second Language and Culture
II. Teacher Certification in Foreign Languages
III. Applied Business
IV. Cross-disciplinary Perspectives

Concentration I: Second Language and Culture (9 Credit Hours)

  • Select three 3000 level courses (or higher) within your second language (French, German, Italian, or Spanish)

Concentration II: Teacher Certification in Foreign Languages (36 Credit Hours)

The Teacher Certification in Foreign Language concentration under the B.A. in Modern Language and Culture program is designed to prepare Foreign Language Education teachers at all grade levels (pre-kindergarten through grade 12). It leads to P-12 teacher certification in the teaching field of (French or Spanish) in Georgia. Candidates complete a major in Modern Language and Culture (primary language: French or Spanish) and the equivalent of a second major in pedagogical studies with an emphasis on teaching a foreign language.

For specific concentration and full major requirements, see College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Major in Modern Language and Culture.


*must be the same as the primary language

Concentration IV: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives (9 Credit Hours)

(Choose three of the following courses):

Related Studies (9 Credit Hours)

(Applies to concentrations I, III, and IV only):

Nine hours of upper-division studies beyond the major requirements as approved by the academic advisor (for example, coursework toward the Certificate in Legal Interpreting). Lower division courses or additional internship or study abroad hours may also be approved when appropriate.

Free Electives (12 Credit Hours)

(Applies to concentrations I, III, and IV only):

Any courses in the University curriculum.

Program Total -concentrations I, III, and IV (123 Credit Hours)

Program Total -concentrations II (129 Credit Hours)

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