In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all students majoring in language and culture must:
- demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language (French or Spanish) by completing with a grade of B or higher:
- an advanced language course and/or
- a course in advanced composition and conversation in the selected foreign language.
- complete the Translation Workshop in the selected language with a grade of B or higher. For those concentrating in French, LAC 3430/An Introduction to Linguistics can be substituted for this requirement in semesters the Translation Workshop is not being offered.
- complete a minimum of eight courses related to the study of foreign culture. Two of these eight courses must be related to the cultural area of the major language. In addition to any courses offered within the language and culture program, students may select relevant courses in literature, history, art history, philosophy, political science, and/or anthropology with the approval of a member of the Language and Culture Board of Study.
Students may replace four of the eight courses described above with courses in a second language. To exercise this option, students must complete at least two semesters of the second language at the advanced level or above. Beginning languages may not be counted toward the completion of this option.
- complete a two-semester, 8-credit senior project: SPJ 4990/Senior Project I (4 credits), followed by SPJ 4991/Senior Project II (4 credits). The project must have as its focus some manifestation of the major language or culture that the student has selected. It may take a variety of forms, concentrating on aspects of the major language, on a cultural theme, or on a particular period or event. It will generally involve research, though it may incorporate the student’s personal experience (e.g., work or study abroad). All majors must submit a short proposal of their senior topic for approval by the Language and Culture Board of Study by Oct. 15 (or March 15) of their senior year.