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Program Requirements

Majors in a foreign language must take 30 credit hours of study in the chosen language beyond level 4. Related courses in World Literature or Foreign Literature in Translation, Linguistics and English 30 are strongly recommended. Majors must also complete 12 credits in a second foreign language. Majors are required to maintain a 2.75 average in the target language. Placement is determined by the Department of Foreign Languages if the student has previous language experience.

Students who received a grade of D, F or P in a level 1, 2, 3 or 4 course may NOT advance to a higher level course in the same language. Any student who gives false information may not receive credit for the current course. An undergraduate academic counselor is available to help students plan their programs and resolve academic problems.

Required Courses

Language I – 21 credits in French, Italian or Spanish above level 4
Language II – 12 credits in German or Russian or 6 credits in German and 6 credits in Russian
Language III – 6 credits in any 3rd language not already studied in
Language I or II (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish)
Linguistics – 3 credits in LIN 12 or LIN 15

Those foreign languages classified as “critical” (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, Swahili) and offered through the Critical Languages Program may not be used for credit in the Comparative Languages program.

Total credits required for the major: 42