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Foreign Languages and Literature Major (BA)

Department of Modern Languages and Classics
200 B.B. Comer Hall
www.as.ua.edu/mlc/
Modernlanguagesandclassics@as.ua.edu
French@as.ua.edu
german@as.ua.edu
classics@as.ua.edu

Degree and track requirements. Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in foreign languages and literature must complete all University, college (see pp. 52-53), and major requirements. These include the general education requirement, all major and track requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. See course descriptions for information concerning appropriate placement in French, German, and Latin. Students are expected to declare a major formally no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA.

Major courses. The major in foreign languages and literature requires the successful completion of 30–33 semester hours in one of the following five tracks:

Classical Civilization Track

 
CoursesHours
LA 201 and LA 202 OR GR 201 and GR 202 6
CL 222, CL 350, CL 384, CL 385, or CL 386 6
CL 345 or CL 375 3
CL 380 3
PHL 201, ARH 351, HY 235, HY 236, or HY 384
or CL, LA, or GR electives*
15
Total 120
   
*May include LA 101, LA 102, GR 101, and GR 102.

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The track in classical civilization requires the successful completion of the following courses:

Courses Hours
LA 101 and LA 102* OR GR 101 and GR 102* 6
   
*Or proficiency or placement.

 

French Track

 
Courses Hours
FR 201 3
FR 202 3
FR 321 3
FR 323 3
FR 421 3
FR 331, FR 361, FR 431, or FR 461* 6
FR 341 and FR 351* 6
FR electives 200 level and above 6
Total 33
   
*With approval, 3 hours of topic appropriate FR 470 or FR 480 may substitute.

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The track in French requires the successful completion of the following courses:

Courses Hours
FR 101 and FR 102 (or FR 103)* 4–8
   
*Or proficiency or placement.

 

German Track

 
Courses Hours
GN 101 and GN 102 (or GN 103) 4–8
GN 201 3
GN 202 3
GN 361 or GN 362 3
GN 371 3
GN 372 3
GN 403 or GN 404 3
GN literature¹ 3
GN electives² 3–7
Total 32
   
¹Students must take 3 hours of German literature chosen from the following: GN 250, GN 260, GN 264, GN 265, GN 321, GN 322, GN 323, GN 341, GN 431, or other GN literature course with departmental approval.
 
²A total of 4 hours in GN 205 and GN 206 may be applied to the 32 required hours in the major.

 

Greek Track

 
Courses Hours
GR 201 3
GR 202 3
GR 301 3
GR 302 3
GR 490 3
CL 345, CL 375, CL 380, or LA 480 3
CL 222, CL 384, CL 385, CL 350, PHL 201,
ARH 351, or HY 235
6
GR or LA electives 200 level or above 6
Total 30

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The track in Greek requires the successful completion of the following courses:

Courses Hours
GR 101 and GR 102* 6
   
*Or proficiency or placement.

 

Latin Track

 
Courses Hours
LA 201 3
LA 202 3
LA 301 3
LA 302 3
LA 490 3
CL 345, CL 375, CL 380, or LA 480 3
CL 222, CL 384, CL 385, CL 350, PHL 201,
ARH 351, and HY 235
6
LA or GR electives 200 level and above 6
Total 30

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The track in Latin requires the successful completion of the following courses:

Courses Hours
LA 101 and LA 102* 6
   
*Or proficiency or placement.

Upper-level residency. For all tracks, a minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Required minor. This major requires the completion of a minor.

Additional major requirements. If students test out of any of the courses required for the major, this does not reduce the total number of credit hours required for the major. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester.

Special opportunities. The classics program offers numerous opportunities for students to learn about the ancient world. Students may participate in the Classics Academy Club, become initiated into Eta Sigma Phi, work as peer mentors for CL 222 (Greek and Roman Mythology), and earn credit during the summer study-abroad program in Greece. In addition, the German program offers numerous opportunities for students to learn about the German-speaking world. Students may participate in the German Club, be eligible for the Delta Phi Alpha honor society, live in the German House, and earn credit studying abroad for a summer, semester, or year.

Credit options. With the exception of heritage language or bilingual individuals, students placed in intermediate level courses or higher can earn placement credit.

French: Except for heritage language or bilingual individuals, students placed in FR 201 or higher and who earn a grade of “C-” or higher in the course are granted additional credit upon written petition:

Placement Credit received with grade of “Pass”
FR 201 FR 103 (4 hours)
FR 202 FR 103 and FR 201 (7 hours)
FR 300- or 400-level FR 103, FR 201, FR 202 (10 hours)

German: Except for heritage language or bilingual individuals, students placed in GN 201 or higher and who earn a grade of “C-” or higher in the course are granted additional credit upon written petition:

Placement Credit received with grade of “Pass”
GN 201 GN 103 (4 hours)
GN 202 GN 103 and GN 201 (7 hours)
GN 300- or 400-level GN 103, GN 201, GN 202 (10 hours)

Latin: Students placed in LA 201 or higher and who earn a grade of “C-” or higher in the course are granted additional credit upon written petition:

Placement Credit received with grade of “Pass”
LA 201 LA 102 (3 hours)
LA 202 LA 102 and LA 201 (6 hours)
LA 300- or 400-level LA 102, LA 201, LA 202 (9 hours)

 

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