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Foreign Languages & Cultures Degree Plan

Degree Options

Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and Cultures

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Chinese Culture
  • Japanese Culture
  • Spanish Secondary Education
  • French Secondary Education

Professions Majors

Foreign Languages and Cultures offers professional majors in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. These are second majors only, to be combined with a primary major in another academic area.


  • Chinese
  • French
  • French/Francophone Area Studies
  • French for Design and Merchandising
  • Film Studies
  • German
  • German Area Studies
  • Global and Ethnic Narrative Traditions
  • Japanese
  • Latin American Area Studies
  • Spanish
  • Global Studies


  • Italian Language
  • Core Competencies in Spanish Language and Culture (online only)

Admission to the Major Requirements

Students may be admitted as Foreign Languages and Cultures majors upon declaring their intent to the department.

Suggested Classes for First-year Students

  • Appropriate level of language instruction
  • Follow the required UCORE and major requirements

Suggested Classes for Transfer Students

  • Appropriate level of language instruction
  • Meet with advisor to determine which courses are needed

Math Requirement

Any UCORE, most commonly:

  • Fin 223 [QUAN]: Personal Finance
  • Math 105: Exploring Mathematics
  • Math 212: Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • Phil 201: Elementary Logic

Core Courses

  • 204: Fourth Semester Language
  • 306: Intermediate Reading and Translation
  • 307: Intermediate Speaking and Listening
  • 308: Intermediate Grammar and Writing

Other Languages

While we currently do not offer a minor or major in Italian, the following classes can be used in the Global Studies minor and the International Area Studies major.

  • Italian 101, 102, 203, 204

For more information

Program Strengths

  • Students placing at 200 or 300 level courses may receive up to 8 departmental advanced placement credits for prior level courses, if the credits have not already been earned through AP or transfer.
  • Language Placement Testing: If a student has prior language learning, the language placement test determines placement for 101, 102, 203, or 204
  • Advising for BA in Humanities-International Area Studies, an option
  • in the general studies program, is provided in Foreign Languages and Cultures.
  • Scholarships are offered annually for new and ongoing students, and/or for study abroad.
  • Students may complete up to 12 credits a semester or 18 credits for two semesters in a study abroad program to count as coursework in their language majors
  • Students are encouraged to participate in a study abroad program.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in internship and experiential learning opportunities.

Student Clubs

  • French Club
  • Spanish Club
  • WAZZU Films Club

Career Options

  • Public relations/marketing/advertising
  • International business, banking, finance
  • Travel/tourism/hospitality
  • Law enforcement
  • Health and social services
  • Publishing/editing/journalism
  • Translation and interpretation
  • Customs and immigration
  • Customer service and personnel management
  • Education/teaching
  • Science, engineering, and technology
  • Music, film, drama, photography
  • Apparel and Merchandising