Coursework in American Sign Language, French, and Spanish is offered by members of the faculty of the Division of Literature, Languages, and Philosophy. Coursework in foreign languages emphasizes instruction in the fundamentals of syntax, pronunciation, and idiomatic expressions. There is a four-way approach to teaching foreign languages (listening/comprehension, conversing, reading, and writing). Instruction takes place in both the classroom and the foreign language laboratory, where students practice speaking and pronunciation and where they watch video material, films, or documentaries in the foreign language they study. Intermediate and upper-level courses stress the acquisition of communicative skills and cultural or literary information.
Students who pursue a baccalaureate degree are required to complete 6 semester credit hours of a foreign language (101 and 102 or 171 and 172) as part of the Liberal Studies Requirements, or to demonstrate elementary knowledge in a foreign language by making the necessary score on an AP examination or on a CLEP examination (see the Bulletin section on Credit by Examination/Certification and credit for Life Experience). Foreign language proficiency examinations are also available to those who seek advanced placement in a foreign language or exemption from the foreign language requirement (see the Bulletin subsection on Proficiency Examination Programs).
Elementary foreign language courses 101 and 102 or 171 and 172 must be taken in sequence and in the same language.
Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.
Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.
- Liberal Studies General Core Requirements
- Liberal Studies Requirements: Whitney Young School Honors Program
- BA – Spanish
To satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, students must complete a total of 120 credit hours including a 36-credit-hour core, nine hours in supporting electives chosen from a specific list of courses in foreign languages, a three-hour support course and 16 credit hours in free electives. A total of 45 semester credit hours at the 300/400 level are required for graduation.
Divisional Attendance Policy
For all classes offered by the Division of Literature, Languages and Philosophy, the Divisional Attendance Policy will be enforced. This policy states that missing more than twenty percent (20%) of the course’s total class meetings for any reason is in itself sufficient cause for a student to receive a failing grade in the course. Instructors may adopt other attendance policies at their own discretion as long as these policies are included in the class syllabus and are within the parameters of the University’s attendance policy. Instructors will adopt their own policies for lateness and early departure from class and list these policies in the class syllabus.