Liberal Arts AA– World Languages and Cultures Option

Code: AA.LA.WLAN

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program while earning credits toward their degree. It is recommended that students investigate this option early in their course selection.

The World Languages and Cultures program develops students’ appreciation for other cultures and other ways of living and thinking, and prepares students to live and work in an increasingly interdependent world.  In addition to language courses, students are encouraged to take regional/cultural studies courses and participate in a study abroad program.  The program prepares students to transfer to a four year school to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in a variety of areas including Area Studies, Languages and Literature, Translation and Interpretation, International Relations, Public Policy, Political Science, Social Sciences, SocialWork, Education, and Linguistics.

The study of world languages offers opportunities in multiple career fields in occupations such as: Teaching, research, translation and interpretation, public service, counseling, social work, advocacy, publishing, campaign management, journalism and business leadership among others.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate listening, speaking/signing, reading and writing skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of traditions, customs and beliefs related to the target language
  • Link information about the target language and cultures to other disciplines.
  • Compare and contrast language and cultural concepts with one's own language and culture.
  • Interact with native speakers, both locally and globally, and gain a world perspective

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

LAN  Language Elective* 3
HIS  History Elective** 3
MAT  Mathematics Elective***† 3-4
COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

LAN  Language Elective* 3
HIS  History Elective**   3
MAT/CIS/INF  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective***†   3-4
  or  
  Free Elective†  3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

SOC-101Sociology

3

ANT-101Cultural Anthropology

3

Total Credit Hours:18-19

Third Semester

  Humanities Elective**** 3
  Social Science Elective***** 3
LAN  Language Elective   3
  Natural Science Elective*** 4
LIT  Literature Elective   3

Literature Elective, Choose from:

  Humanities Elective**** 3
  Social Science Elective***** 3
  Natural Science Elective*** 4
LIT-203World Literature to 1650

3

LIT-204World Literature 1650 to Present

3

LIT-223Contemporary Latin American Literature

3

LIT-224International Literature

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

LAN  Language Elective* 3
  Natural Science Elective*** 4
  Free Elective‡ 2-4
GEO-101World Geography

3

SOC-222Ethnic-Minor Group Relations

3

Total Credit Hours:15-17

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History Electives**

Choose from:
HIS-101West Civilization to the Reformation

3

HIS-102West Civilization since the Reformation

3

HIS-106Modern Europe to the French Revolution

3

HIS-107Modern Europe since the French Revolution

3

HIS-121Modern Asian History

3

HIS-130Latin American History to the Independence

3

HIS-131Latin American History since the Independence

3

HIS-124African American History [1877-Present]

3

HIS-126Modern African History

3

HIS-135History of the Middle East

3

-or

HIS-145Anatomy of Peace

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities

  LAN Electives* 6
  General Education Humanities course (but not in History [HIS] & not in World Languages and Cultures [LAN]).**** 3
Total Credit Hours:9

Social Sciences

  One general education course selected from the following fields (but not in Sociology): Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Anthropology (ANT).***** 3
SOC-101Sociology

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Science, and Technology***

  Mathematics 3-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology 0-3
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Course:

ANT-101Cultural Anthropology

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45-47

Program Requirements

  LAN Electives* 6

GEO-101World Geography

3

SOC-222Ethnic-Minor Group Relations

3

Literature Elective, choose from:

LIT-203World Literature to 1650

3

LIT-204World Literature 1650 to Present

3

LIT-223Contemporary Latin American Literature

3

-or

LIT-224International Literature

3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Free Electives‡

Total Credit Hours: 2-6

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*World Language Electives: Students must complete either four semesters of the same World Language or two semesters each of two different World Languages.

**History Electives: Choose from HIS-101, HIS-102, HIS-106, HIS-107, HIS-121, HIS-130; HIS-131, HIS-124, HIS-126, HIS-135, or HIS-145.

***General Education Electives

****General Education Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, CIN); Literature (LIT); or Philosophy & Religion (PHR).

*****General Education Electives in Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Anthropology (ANT).

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101.