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    Feb 17, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

World Languages and Cultures B.A., with Spanish Concentration

World Languages and Cultures

(CIP = 16.0101) (WLC)

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.


Total Major Hours: 30-69

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
  • Classics
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • French
  • French International Studies and Business
  • German
  • Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Spanish International Studies and Business

Research Opportunities

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.

Advising Information

World Languages Academic Advisor:

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).

Spanish (WLSP)

(CIP = 16.0101)

The concentration in Spanish is an interdisciplinary program, which focuses on the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Spanish is a global language, the second most spoken native language in the world. The historical ties with Spain, the proximity of Spanish America, and the presence of many Spanish speakers in the United States make knowledge of Spanish and the culture of the Spanish-speaking world highly relevant to students in all disciplines.

Total Concentration Hours: 33

Concentration Core (6 Credit Hours)

Recommended Language Preparation

Four semesters Spanish or equivalent language competency and SPN 2240  Conversation I prior to taking the core and elective courses toward the concentration. (SPN 2240  will count as a concentration elective.)

Concentration Electives (21 Credit Hours)

Student chooses 21 credit hours of 3000- and 4000-level coursework from the following prefixes: SPN, SPT, or SPW.

Please note the following restrictions:

  • A student may take no more than two courses with an SPT prefix.
  • SPN 2240 - Conversation I  and SPN 2341  may also be counted as concentration electives, unless the course has been used to fulfill another concentration and/or major requirement.
  • The requirements of SPN 3300  or SPN 2340  can be waived for qualified students. These students will take an additional coursework to satisfy the concentration requirements.

Plan of Study

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