College of Arts and Letters2012-2013

Department of Global Languages and Cultures

Modern Languages, Bachelor of Arts

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • French Global Sciences and Engineering - Emphasis (beginning Fall 2013)
  • French - Emphasis
  • German Global Science and Engineering - Emphasis (beginning Fall 2013)
  • German - Emphasis
  • Spanish Global Science and Engineering - Emphasis (beginning Fall 2013)

This degree provides proficiencies in the student’s choice of French or German. A study-abroad requirement ensures grounding and experience among native speakers.

Careers

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages?

If you want to gain a broad appreciation of language while specializing in the study of French or German, consider this degree. Global trade, the Internet, and improvements in transportation are accelerating rates of cultural and intellectual exchange. With this degree, you can help bridge the gaps between cultures and languages.

Prepare for the future by immersing yourself in diversity. With our linguistic, literary, and cultural approaches to language study, you will learn to think critically and develop skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. You will grow to understand and appreciate diverse cultures. In an international climate, second-language skills will open doors in many careers.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Media
  • Translating
  • Publishing
  • Exporting

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Consultant
  • Intelligence specialist
  • International lawyer
  • International patent attorney


University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 35 units of major requirements including 20 units of emphasis requirements. You must earn a "C" or better in all 35 units
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with the prefix of your emphasis to satisfy liberal studies requirements
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.0
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
Foreign Language Required
Study Abroad Required
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Details

Major Requirements
  • Take the following 35 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course. Be aware that you must complete at least 9 units at the 400-level of your emphasis prefix (FRE, GER or SPA) in your core and/or emphasis.

    Core Requirements (15 units)
    • LAN 250, LAN 350, LAN 450C (9 units)
    • At least 6 study-abroad units from either FRE 323, FRE 423, GER 323 or GER 423. Be aware that you must complete at least 9 units at the 400-level of your emphasis prefix (FRE, GER or SPA) in your core and/or emphasis. NAU has a variety of study-abroad options for you to complete your French or German study-abroad requirement. Your advisor will work with you personally to identify necessary courses as well as an affordable and an effective experience. (6 units)
    Many students complete a second major, although it is not necessary. The Modern Languages BA can complement a variety of NAU degrees. Your advisor can work with you to identify a complementary second degree.

    Emphasis Requirements (Select One):
    • French Emphasis (20 units)
      • FRE 201, FRE 202 (8 units)
      • FRE 303W or FRE 304W (3 units)
      • 300 & 400-level FRE courses (9 units). Be aware that you must complete at least 9 units at the 400-level of your emphasis prefix (FRE, GER or SPA) in your core and/or emphasis.
      Some courses may be fulfilled by CLEP or by challenge exam.

      You may not count FRE 101 and 102 toward your major requirements or liberal studies.

      In addition, you may only take lower-level FRE courses if you have not already taken advanced FRE coursework. For instance, after you've completed 200-level FRE courses, you can't take FRE courses at the 100 level; after completing 300-level courses, you can't take 100- or 200-level courses.

      In addition, it is recommended that you pass the Test de Connaissance du Français. This proficiency verification can be invaluable in your post baccalaureate endeavors. See your advisor for details.

    • German Emphasis (20 units)
      • GER 201 and GER 202 (8 units)
      • GER 304W or GER 350W (3 units)
      • 300 & 400-level GER courses (9 units). Be aware that you must complete at least 9 units at the 400-level of your emphasis prefix (FRE, GER or SPA) in your core and/or emphasis.
      Some courses may be fulfilled by CLEP or by challenge exam.

      You may not count GER 101 and 102 toward your major requirements or liberal studies.

      In addition, you may only take lower-level GER courses if you have not already taken advanced GER coursework. For instance, after you've completed 200-level GER courses, you can't take GER courses at the 100 level; after completing a 300-level courses you can't take 100- or 200-level courses.

      In addition, it recommended that you pass the Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache exam with a score of "Gut" or better before completing your undergraduate degree. This proficiency verification can be invaluable in your post baccalaureate endeavors. See your advisor for details.
Minor Requirements
  • A minor is not required for the Modern Languages B.A. However, if you do not have a second major, we strongly encourage you to consult with an advisor about a minor and/or elective coursework that is appropriate for your career aspirations and educational needs.
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
     

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