Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Russian Studies Program

The Department of Languages Literatures and Cultures offers major/minor programs in the following languages: French, German, Russian, and Spanish.  The major/minor requirements are listed below:

Major Requirements

To declare a major in French or Spanish, a student must have a grade point average of at least 2.000 in the intermediate language courses, FRN 203 Intermediate French I and FRN 204 Intermediate French II or SPN 203 Intermediate Spanish I and SPN 204 Intermediate Spanish II, or demonstrate an equivalent mastery of the language.

Majors must take a minimum of 9 courses beyond the Intermediate II course, including:

301, 302 Conversation & Composition
303, 304 Advanced Conversation & Composition (native speakers may be exempted)
At least 4 courses in literature

FRN 303, 304 Advanced French Conversation & Composition and SPN 303, 304 Advanced Spanish Conversation & Composition normally serve as prerequisites to all courses numbered 400 or greater. All majors must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.000 in all courses attempted in the department. The Advanced Conversation & Composition course fulfills the College’s writing intensive course requirement for all majors.

Students interested in German have three options: a major in German Language and Literature, as described below, or a major or minor in German Studies. Students majoring in German Language and Literature must successfully complete GRM 204 Intermediate German II and any previous language courses with a grade point average of at least 2.000 or demonstrate an equivalent command of the language. Majors complete 9 courses beyond GRM 204 Intermediate German II, including:

GRM 220, 221 German Civilization;
GRM 253, 254 German Literature in Translation II;
GRM 301, 302 German Conversation & Composition;
GRM 303, 304 Advanced German Conversation & Composition;
GRM 316, 317 German Cinema;
GRM 400 Introduction to German Literature;
one of the German genre courses (GRM 412 German Prose, GRM 413 German Drama, or GRM 414 German Lyric Poetry);
Plus two additional courses from the program offerings.

All majors in German Language and Literature must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.000 in all courses attempted in the major. Normally, GRM 221 German Civilization will fulfill the College’s writing intensive course requirement in the major. The major track in German Language and Literature should be selected by students seeking teacher certification in German. This option requires a grade point average of at least 3.000 in all courses attempted in the major.

Students majoring in Russian Studies must successfully complete RUS 204 Intermediate Russian II and any previous language course with a grade point average of at least 2.000 or demonstrate an equivalent command of the language. All majors must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.000 in all courses attempted in the major.


Minor Requirements

A minor in French or Spanish will consist of 6 courses beyond the Intermediate II course, including:

301, 302 Conversation & Composition
303, 304 Advanced Conversation & Composition
At least 2 courses in literature

Students must maintain at least a 2.000 grade point average in all courses for the minor. The Advanced Conversation & Composition course fulfills the College’s writing intensive requirement for all minors.

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