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Students in the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures study languages other than English, as well as the cultures where these languages are spoken. The study of a foreign language allows for direct access to people and cultures other than one’s own and helps develop international understanding and sensitivity. We live in a complex world where global awareness, cultural understanding, and intercultural communication are vital aspects of business, government, and education, indeed of all human interaction. This field of study provides the training necessary to flourish in this competitive environment.
- Strengths of the program
- A foreign language is an excellent complement to other disciplines, including business, communications, management and information systems, engineering, history, veterinary medicine, and agriculture.
- Study abroad for a summer, semester, or school year in Paris, St. Petersburg, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Bonn, Rome, or Kyoto, among other places, and gain college credit at the same time.
- We offer study in Chinese, French, German, ancient Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish, as well as courses taught in English on foreign film, culture, and literature in translation.
- The departmental Language Learning Resource Center provides the latest in language learning technology, as well as a fully trained staff on hand to provide assistance as needed.
- Requirements and core courses
—Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and Cultures
A student may declare a major in French, German, Spanish, or Russian Area Studies upon completing 30 total credits at the college level. Major requirements for French, German, and Spanish follow below; please consult the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures Web site for Russian Area Studies major requirements, as well as other pertinent information.
If students have studied a foreign language before attending WSU, they may be eligible for up to eight departmental advanced placement credits at no extra charge if they take a language course higher than 101 and attain a B or better in that course. Contact the department for details.
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN FRENCH, GERMAN OR SPANISH (34 credits)
After completing 12 credit hours in the target language (Fren, Ger, Span 101, 102, and 203) with a minimum grade of C or demonstrating an equivalent level of competence, students can enroll in the courses required for the degree.
REQUIRED LANGUAGE COURSES
Fren, Ger, Span 204—Fourth Semester
Fren, Ger, Span 306—Intermediate Reading and Translation
Fren, Ger, Span 307—Intermediate Speaking and Listening
Fren, Ger, Span 308—Intermediate Grammar and Writing
Fren, Ger, Span 407—Advanced Speaking and Listening
Fren, Ger, Span 408—Advanced Grammar and Writing
• Three credits from For L 101,110,120, 130, or 220
• Six credits in film, culture, literature, or business of the language area, taught in French, German, or Spanish (Fren, Ger, Span 310, 311, 320, 321, 350, 351, 361, or 362).
• Six credits in French, German, or Spanish studies by theme, author, or genre (Fren, Ger, Span 450, 451, or 452)
• Three to nine credits in film, culture, or literature of the language area, taught in English, to fulfill various general education and/or College of Liberal Arts requirements (Fren, Ger, Span 110, 111, 120, 121, 130, Chin 111, 121, 131, Rus 120, 121, or 130)
• Majors must complete either a minor in a second foreign language, a concentration of at least 16 credits in a related field, or a second major.
• Of the 34 credits required for the major, a minimum of 15 credits must be taken at WSU with six of these at the 400 level.
Students preparing to teach should consult the catalog listing of WSU’s Department of Teaching and Learning for certification requirements and for teaching majors and minors. In addition, they must take For L 440 and 441.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE MINORS
To fulfill requirements for a minor in Chinese, French, German, Russian, or Spanish, a student must complete a minimum of 16 credits of course work in one language area. Nine credits must be in the target language at the 300-400 level (or six credits in the target language at the 300-400 level and three credits in film, culture, or literature in the language area taught in English). Minors in film, French area, German area, Latin American area, and Russian area studies require 18-21 credits of course work. The department also offers courses in classics, Italian, and Japanese, as well as 100-200 level courses taught in English with an international emphasis. Please consult the Foreign Languages and Cultures Web site for details on specific programs.
Note: See the WSU Catalog (http://www.catalog.wsu.edu/Pullman) for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Scholarships and financial aid
For students in foreign languages
The Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures awards numerous scholarships annually for new students, continuing students, and those pursuing study abroad. Majors also may apply for University-level scholarships and more than $50,000 in scholarships awarded by the College of Liberal Arts.
For all students
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs. Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
Students should complete the Washington State University general scholarship application and the FAFSA to ensure their eligibility for the widest range of scholarships and needed-based financial aid.
For information or to apply for financial aid and scholarships from WSU, see the Scholarships and Finances section of the WSU website.
- Careers in foreign languages
Combined with most any discipline, the study of foreign languages is an ideal enhancement to one’s marketability in today’s work environment. There are several areas in which a knowledge of foreign languages is crucial and the current need for language skills especially acute. These include the foreign service, international business and law, real estate, tourism, agriculture, health care and social work, major print and broadcast media, international communication, art and music, secondary and higher education, forestry, engineering and construction, intelligence and national security, law enforcement, and the armed forces.