World Languages and Cultures
(CIP = 16.0101) (WLC)
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120
The B.A. in World Languages and Cultures offers students a solid foundation in language and linguistic skills as well as knowledge of diverse cultures. Students may choose one concentration: Applied Linguistics, Chinese Language and Culture, Classics, East Asian Languages and Cultures, French, French International Studies and Business, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Spanish International Studies and Business, or may combine two concentrations (36 credit hours: 6 credit hours major core and 15 credit hours per concentration; the French International Studies and Business and the Spanish International Studies and Business concentrations are excluded). Upon completion of the program, students will be able to interact and participate in a global environment.
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.
If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.
Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.
- XXX XXXX * 6-12 credit hours
*Must demonstrate proficiency by testing or completion of a foreign language through the intermediate level. PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that the student take the required for degree courses at the lower division, although the courses are not required for entry into the program.
NOTE: Native or heritage speakers or other persons with experience in a foreign language may qualify for a higher level language course, or exempt course(s) entirely. Please see the university to ensure proper advising and placement.
Major Core (6 Credit Hours)
Major Electives (24-63 Credit Hours)
Students must select one of the following concentrations:
- Applied Linguistics
- Chinese Language and Culture
- East Asian Languages and Cultures
- French International Studies and Business
- Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations
- Spanish International Studies and Business
All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IIDS 2912 , IDS 4914 or IDS 4910 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.
World Languages and Cultures Faculty
World Languages Chairperson: S.K. Schindler;Professors: P. Brescia (Spanish), M. Camara (Spanish), V.E. Peppard (Russian), C.M. Probes (French), S.K. Schindler (German); Associate Professors: M. Grieb (German), I. Kantzios (Classics), A. Latowsky (French), P. La Trecchia (Italian), E. Manolaraki (Classics), X. Qin (Chinese),H. Scharm (Spanish), E. Shepherd (Chinese), C. Vasquez (Linguistics), W. Zhu (Linguistics); Assistant Professors: D. Arbesu (Spanish), A. Huensch (Linguistics), J. Nethercut (Classics), N. Tracy-Ventura (Linguistics); Instructors: S. Amer (Arabic), M. Chinea-Thornberry (Spanish), C. Davies (Portuguese), A. De La Pava (Spanish), R. Hedrick (Classics), S. Huber (German), M. Nozu (Japanese), O. Oleynik (Russian), S. Savona (French), B. Thompson (Hapanese), S. Wohlmuth (Spanish), Q. Wu (Chinese).
Applied Linguistics (WLAL)
(CIP = 16.0101) (WLAL)
The Applied Linguistics concentration will help students comprehend a broad range of language-related issues to better understand how language functions both in the lives of individuals and in society. The coursework in this concentration will prepare students for a wide-range of career options, including pedagogical preparation for language teaching domestically or internationally, cross-cultural competency for careers in industry, and foundational knowledge in applied linguistics to be successful in graduate work in the field.
Concentration Requirements (30 Credit Hours)
Concentration Core (6 Credit Hours)
Recommended Language Preparation
Four semesters in any language or equivalent language competency prior to taking courses in the concentration.
Concentration Electives (18 Credit Hours)
Students choose a total of six courses (18 credit hours) of Applied Linguistics coursework from the following list.
Of these six elective courses, one literature or culture course can be substituted (e.g. Russian Literature in Translation, Introduction to Chinese Culture, etc.).
Note: Advanced undergraduates may be able to register for the graduate-level seminars upon the recommendation of the faculty.
Students must demonstrate proficiency by testing or completion of a foreign language through the intermediate level. Native or heritage speakers or other persons with experience in a foreign language may exempt course(s) entirely.
Plan of Study
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