Languages and Cultures

Language Minors


Minor in French, Japanese, or Spanish 
A minor in French, Japanese, or Spanish requires the completion of four courses in the language beyond the basic foundation sequence (Language 1001, 1002, and 2101) along with any associated “A” courses for Spanish minors. Transfer students must complete at least two courses for the minor at UMSL. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better.

Specific Requirement for the Minor in French:  
FRENCH 2170 Intermediate French Language and Culture  
FRENCH 2180 Readings in French 
Plus two French courses on the 3000-level or above. 

Specific Requirement for the Minor in Japanese:
JPN 2102(5) Intermediate Japanese II
JPN 3201 Intermediate Japanese III
JPN 3202 Intermediate Japanese IV
Plus one course in Japanese Studies.

Specific Requirement for the Minor in Spanish:
Two of the following three 
SPANISH 2199 Special Topics: Language Immersion: Spanish + 2199A Grammar for Special Topics: Language Immersion
SPANISH 2172, Composition  + 2172A Grammar for Spanish Composition
SPANISH 2180, Readings in Spanish   + 2180A Grammar for Readings in Spanish
Plus two Spanish courses at the 3000 level or above.

Minor in Modern Languages:
A minor in Modern Languages requires the completion of 4 courses beyond the introductory sequence (1001, 1002 and 2101), two courses in each of two different languages.  For students who are seeking a BA in Modern Languages, the two languages must be different from the language in which they are majoring.

1) Modern language study at UMSL   
Students must select one of the following languages and complete the required courses at UMSL. Total: 6 credit hours. (8 hours for Spanish)

A. French 
FRENCH 2170, Intermediate French Language and Culture 
FRENCH 2180, Readings in French

B. Spanish 
SPANISH 2172, Spanish Composition + SPANISH 2172A Grammar for Spanish Composition 
SPANISH 2180, Readings in Spanish + SPANISH 2180A Grammar for Readings in Spanish 

C. Japanese 
JAPAN 2102 Intermediate Japanese II 
JAPAN 3201 Intermediate Japanese III  

2) Foreign language study abroad
Students must complete a minimum of two additional three credit hour courses taught in the target language, at a foreign university that is affiliated with the UMSL Study Abroad Program, with the goal of increasing linguistic competence. All courses must be approved by Language faculty members.

Students should consult the study abroad advisor in International Studies and Programs to select a site for their study abroad experience. Then, students should consult their advisor in Languages and Cultures to select appropriate courses.

Minor in Classical Studies:
The minor in Classical Studies is an interdisciplinary course of study intended to encourage undergraduates in various disciplines to come to a fuller awareness of the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome and of the classical tradition that underlies much of modern Western civilization. In addition to appealing to any student’s curiosity about the early stages of society in the West, the minor provides an especially valuable supplement to those who are majoring in many liberal arts areas including history, literature, philosophy, foreign languages, and art.

Students pursuing the minor will acquire a foundation in either Greek or Latin. They may choose to use either sequence to fulfill the foreign language requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Candidates for the minor must complete 19 credit hours of course work including:

LATIN 1001 
LATIN 1002 or GRK ANC 1001 
GRK ANC 1002 
and three courses from the following list and any other course approved by the coordinator: 
ART HS 2211, Art and Archaeology of the Ancient World 
ART HS 2212, Greek Art and Archaeology 
ART HS 2213, Roman Art and Archaeology 
ART HS 4411, Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology 
ENGL 1200, Myth 
GRK ANC 2001, Intermediate Ancient Greek Language and Culture 
HIST 2081, Rome: The Republic and Empire 
LATIN 2101, Intermediate Latin Language and Culture 
PHIL 3301, Ancient Philosophy 
PHIL 4401, Plato
PHIL 4402, Aristotle