Join us on February 20-21, 2014 for this international symposium held at UNC Charlotte Center City. See the following for more information: Symposium details
The Department of Languages and Culture Studies plays a fundamental role in the internationalization mission of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. It provides rigorous graduate and undergraduate education in modern and classical languages, literatures, and cultures, and it positions its students to make cross-cultural connections and to serve as communication bridges among local and global communities. The department’s emphasis on language proficiency, cross-cultural competence, and study abroad, combined with its strengths in translation and languages for specific purposes, prepares students to use their language skills in multiple professions and to engage productively with the greater international community both within the state of North Carolina and beyond. To this end, faculty pursue research and service in a broad range of multidisciplinary areas and specializations, furthering the critical understanding of world culture,and regularly providing students with opportunities to share in these experiences.
The Department offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Spanish, a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in French, German and Spanish, the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with majors in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish, and minors in French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and a minor in Classical Studies (including Ancient Greek, Latin and Modern Greek). Arabic, Chinese, Italian, and Portuguese are offered regularly through the intermediate level of instruction. Farsi, Swahili, and other languages are offered on demand.
The B.A. degree in French, German, Japanese, or Spanish is a relatively structured program, beginning with language classes at the beginning and intermediate levels and culminating in more advanced classes in literature and culture as well as continued study of the language itself. Both French and Spanish offer two variations or tracks for completing the major. Spanish offers an Honors Program and a Senior Seminar. All four majors encourage students to master the language through study abroad opportunities. Students with little or no background in the language should declare the major as Freshmen in order to graduate on time; students who do not need to take beginning or intermediate language classes may declare as late as their junior year and still complete the degree on schedule. Students interested in pursuing teacher licensure, study abroad or Spanish Honors, should contact the Department as early as possible. For more details on requirements, please consult the Academic Plan of Study.
Students interested in foreign language study are encouraged to explore the options of a single major in French, German, Japanese, or Spanish; a double major in a foreign language and another discipline or in two languages; a foreign language minor; a concentration in one or more languages to complement a major in another academic area; or a concentration of courses leading to a Certificate in Translating or a Certificate in Business Language. For more information: Certificate Programs.
The Education Abroad experience is encouraged for all students. UNC Charlotte sponsors programs in Costa Rica, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, and Spain. For more information on Education Abroad programs in these, and other countries: Education Abroad.
Professional Internships in French, German, Japanese, or Spanish are field and/or research experiences in cooperating professions (business, schools) or community organizations. For more information: Internships.
Minor in K-12 Foreign Language Education, beginning Spring 2010. The College of Education is offering a Minor in K-12 Foreign Language Education to all undergraduates majoring in French, German or Spanish. For more information, contact Dr. Scott Kissau in the College of Education.
Quick Links: Department Requirements and Policies
Why You Should Study Foreign Languages
You can study abroad in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, or Greece through UNC Charlotte. Go to Education Abroad for more information.
For more on the importance of studying foreign languages, please click the pdf files below to open the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) Brochures Promoting Language Study or visit http://www.mla.org/kol_brochure.
“MLA REASONS TO STUDY FOREIGN LANGUAGES”
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