Languages and Cultures

B.A. in Modern Languages


Degrees and Areas of Concentration  
Languages and Cultures in the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Languages offers course work in French, German, Japanese and Spanish, leading to the BA degree in Modern Language, and a concentration in each of these languages for students seeking the BS degree in education. In addition, the program offers courses in English as a Second Language, Arabic, Chinese, Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, and Latin.

Degree Requirements 
All courses for the major must be passed with a grade of C- or better. No course required for the major may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (s/u) basis with the exception of those taken abroad as part of a university program that has received departmental approval.

Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language 
All students seeking a BA in Modern Language must successfully complete FL 1100 Languages and World View, as well as a minimum of 33 hours for a concentration in French and German, 37 hours for Japanese, or 36 hours in Spanish (excluding Language 1001 and 1002). The maximum number of hours that may be taken in the major is 45. In addition, students seeking the BA in Modern Language who desire  a teaching certificate must take FL 4589 (same as SEC ED 4589), Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages, FL 4590 (same as SEC ED 4590), Foreign Language Teaching Seminar, and fulfill the professional secondary education requirements of the College of Education.

Bachelor of Science in Education 
Those students seeking the BS degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in a modern language are required to complete 30 hours of work (excluding credit for Language 1001 and 1002),  of which 9 hours must be on the 4000 level. Students working toward a degree in elementary education with related work in a modern language should consult the College of Education concerning their program.

Post-Baccalaureate Certification Students

Students who have a bachelor’s degree and are seeking certification in a language must have completed 30 hours in that language and will be required to take the Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview exam to determine proficiency.  Students who do not demonstrate sufficient proficiency will be required to take additional coursework in the language.

Cooperative Study 
Courses in other languages are available to UMSL students through Washington University, Saint Louis University, Harris-Stowe University, and SIU-Edwardsville. For information, consult the UMSL registrar's office.

Transfer Students
Transfer students majoring in a modern language must complete at UMSL a minimum of 12 graded hours in language courses at the 3000 level or above with a grade point average of 2.0 or better.

Native Speakers
Native speakers must complete at least two courses at the 3000 level and four courses at the 4000 level to satisfy the requirements for a major in their native language. 

Specific Requirements for the Concentration in
Each major with a French concentration must complete the following courses: 
FRENCH 2101 French Language and Culture III, or the equivalent 
FRENCH 2170 Intermediate French Language and Culture  
FRENCH 2180 Readings in French 
Five of the following six:
 French Grammar in Review 
FRENCH 3205 French in Commerce and Media                                                    
FRENCH 3211 Contemporary French Civilization                                                       
FRENCH 3271 Intermediate French Conversation                                                        
FRENCH 3280 French Literature and Culture to 1800
FRENCH 3281 French Literature and Culture after 1800
and three courses at the 4000 level.

Specific Requirements for the Concentration in Spanish:
Each major with a concentration in Spanish must complete the following courses: 
SPANISH 2101 Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture or the equivalent 
SPANISH 2172 Spanish Composition +2172A Grammar for Spanish Composition 
One of the following two: 
SPANISH 2199 Special Topics: Language Immersion: Spanish  + 2199A Grammar for Special Topics: Language Immersion or
SPANISH 2180  Readings in Spanish +2180A Grammar for Readings in Spanish 
SPANISH 3210 Hispanic Culture and Civilization: Spain, or SPANISH 3211 Hispanic Culture and Civilization: Spanish America  + 3210/3211A Grammar for Hispanic Culture and Civilization 
SPANISH 3280  Introduction to Hispanic Literature: Spain 
SPANISH 3281  Introduction to Hispanic Literature: Spanish America 
Plus two additional courses at the 3000-level (see course descriptions for more details)
and three courses at the 4000-level, one of which must be SPANISH 4399 Seminar on Hispanic Literature.

Specific Requirements for the Concentration in German:
Each major with a concentration in German must complete the following courses:
GERMAN 2101 Intermediate German Language and Culture: German III
GERMAN 2170 Intermediate Practice in Speaking and Writing German 
GERMAN 2180 Intermediate Readings in German
GERMAN 3201 Introduction to German Literature
GERMAN 3202 Introduction to German Film
GERMAN 3208 The German-Speaking Countries in the Modern World
Plus one additional course at the 3000 level
And three courses at the 4000 level.

Specific Requirements for the Concentration in Japanese:
Each major with a concentration in Japanese must complete the following courses:
JAPAN 2101 (5) Intermediate Japanese I
JAPAN 2102 (5) Intermediate Japanese II 
JAPAN 3201 Intermediate Japanese III 
JAPAN 3202 Intermediate Japanese IV
JAPAN 3280 Readings in Japanese 
JAPAN 4301 Advanced Japanese I
JAPAN 4302 Advanced Japanese II 
JAPAN 4390 Advanced Readings in Japanese 
Plus three courses for a total of 9 hours in Japanese Studies.

Learning Outcomes for Majors
Students completing the BA in Modern Language should be able to demonstrate competence in 4 major skills and knowledge areas in the language of concentration: Linguistic, Critical Thinking, Cultural/Global Awareness, and Self- Reflection. This competence should include the ability to: 

  1. describe and narrate in the past, present and future both orally and in writing
  2. read authentic documents such as newspapers and literary texts for concrete information
  3.  understand conversations and radio and television programming on concrete topics in the target language
  4. summarize, analyze, and synthesize information derived from a variety of sources and media
  5. demonstrate knowledge of the history, geography, politics, and arts of the target culture
  6. make connections with, and draw contrasts between the target culture and their own
  7. understand the value and necessity of life-long learning and of translingual and transcultural competence

Students pursuing a graduate degree in secondary education may select an emphasis area in French, German, or Spanish. The required eighteen hours may be selected from 4000 and 5000 level courses in these languages.