Dec 08, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Modern Language and Culture, B.A.

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Contact Information

Phone: (470) 578-6366

Program Description

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.

Teacher Education Admission, Retention and Graduation Requirements

Admission to teacher education is separate from admission to Kennesaw State University. Students must meet the admission, retention and graduation requirements outlined in the Teacher Education Admission Requirements  catalog page to pursue this degree program.

Graduation Requirements

Each student is expected to meet the Academic Policies Graduation Policies and Procedures  outlined in the Academic Policies section of the Catalog. In addition, all Modern Language and Culture 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


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).

Program of Study

General Education Core Curriculum (Areas A-E) (42 Credit Hours)

General Education Core Curriculum  

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (18 Credit Hours)

Select a primary language: Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish.

Required Core Courses (Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish) (30 Credit Hours)

Concentration (30 Credit Hours)

Select one of the following concentrations:

Second Language and Culture

Teacher Certification in Foreign Languages

The Teacher Certification in Foreign Language concentration 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 (Chinese, French, German, or Spanish) in Georgia. Candidates complete a major in Modern Language and Culture (primary language: Chinese, French, German, or Spanish) and the equivalent of a second major in pedagogical studies with an emphasis on teaching a foreign language.

Applied Business

Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

Upper-Division Electives (15 Credit Hours)

Select any 3000-4000 level courses totally 15 credit hours. 

Free Electives (15 Credit Hours)

Any courses in the university curriculum. 

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

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