Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

B.A., Languages and Cultures

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree 

Cultural Studies Component Requirements: (18 units) 

1. Lower Division Required Course: (3 units) 

FLIT 234 Virtual Study Abroad (3)

2. Lower Division Elective: (3 units) 

Select 1 course from the following: 

FLIT 230 Life in Modern France (3)

FLIT 245 Introduction to German Literature (3)

FLIT 250 Traditional Culture of Japan (3)

FLIT 260 Life in Modern Spain (3)

FLIT 261 Life in Modern Latin America (3)

FLIT 295A Masterpieces of European Literature I (3)

FLIT 295B Masterpieces of European Literature II (3)

3. Upper Division Required Courses: (6 units) 

FLIT 391 Cultural Theories and Methodologies (3)

FLIT 491 Capstone Seminar (3)

4. Upper Division Electives: (6 units) 

Select 2 courses from 2 different cultures, each different from the courses selected for the Lower Division electives: 

ARMN 310 Armenian Culture (3)

ARMN 360 Changing Roles of Armenian Women (3)

FLIT 320 Business Culture in Asia (3)

FLIT 321 Business Culture in Europe (3)

FLIT 322 Business Culture in Latin America (3)

FLIT 330 Italian Civilization from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance (3)

FLIT 331 Italian Literary Masterpieces of Humanism and Renaissance (3)

FLIT 340 Life in Modern Germany (3)

FLIT 341 20th Century European Literature (3)

FLIT 370 Modern Japanese Culture (3)

FLIT 371 Modern Italian Culture (3)

FLIT 380 Cultural Development of Modern Russia and Eastern Europe (3)

FLIT 381 Aspects of the Italian-American Experience in Cinema, Literature, Philosophy and Music (3)

FLIT 383 Hispanic Civilization and Culture: Middle Ages to Golden Age (3)

FLIT 384 Modern Hispanic Culture (Peninsular) (3)

FLIT 402 Japanese Literature (3)

FLIT 455 Women Writers of Asia (3)

Language Option Component Requirements: (24-26 units) 

Languages and Cultures majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad, take a secondary target language and select courses and a Minor within their regional or thematic focus.

Total Units in the Major 42-44 General Education Units 48 Additional Units 28-30 Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree 120 


Credential Information 

Students interested in teaching Spanish in the secondary schools should seek advisement as soon as possible. The Spanish Program currently offers a Subject Matter Program that has been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and that meets the Subject Matter Competency Requirement for a Single Subject Credential. Students wishing to teach Spanish must choose the Language and Culture option of the major, which is designed to meet the requirements for the Single Subject Teaching Credential. For details on the Single Subject Credential program, see the Credentials and Department of Secondary Education sections in the Catalog.

Academic Advisement 

The Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Department helps students select the program and courses that best satisfy their individual needs and interests. Advisement for specific languages is handled by the language section heads as follows:

Armenian: Vahram Shemmassian, (818) 677-3456

French: Ahmed Bouguarche, (818) 677-3586

Italian: Anthony Costantini, (818) 677-7226

Japanese: Drake Langford, (818) 677-3467

For Spanish, Contact the Department office at (818) 677-3467.

Faculty advisors for the Single Subject Credential are Brian Castronovo, (818) 677-5799; Adrian Perez-Boluda, (818) 677-2092; and Elias Ramos, (818) 677-3581.

The College of Humanities (COH) Student Services Center/EOP reviews students’ progress to ensure that the requirements of a major or minor are fulfilled. Call (818) 677-4784 or (818) 677-4767 to schedule an appointment with the COH Student Services Center/EOP.

Credit By Challenge Examination 

See individual course descriptions to find out which courses may or may not be challenged. For procedures governing the challenging of language classes, please consult with the Department Office.

Cooperative Program in Foreign Languages and Literatures 

The Cooperative Program in Foreign Languages and Literatures gives CSUN students the opportunity, without additional fees, to take courses in foreign languages not available on this campus but offered at UCLA. In order to take advantage of this cross-enrollment option, students must be academically qualified and must have valid reasons for wanting to take the courses. Students are strongly advised to enroll in the Fall semester when beginning classes are offered. The enrollment process must be completed prior to September 10. Questions regarding qualifications and enrollment procedures should be referred to the Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.

International Studies 

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures supports the concept of international education and encourages students to investigate opportunities for overseas study. Certain courses taken at CSU International Program Study Centers abroad are equivalent to courses in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures and may be used to fulfill some of the requirements for Degree Options offered by the Department and/or certain General Education requirements. Please see the appropriate language advisor in MCLL prior to traveling abroad to determine these equivalencies. Students also should consult the International Programs Bulletin available in the Office of International and Exchange Programs, or the campus International Programs Advisor for more information.

Barbara Ann Ward Language Center 

The Barbara Ann Ward Language Center, located in Jerome Richfield (JR) 316, serves as a language acquisition and teaching-resource facility, primarily for the faculty and students of MCLL and the College of Humanities. Through multimedia, equipment, group and individual training available at the center, faculty and students are encouraged to use technology to enhance the language-acquisition experience. For more information, contact Director Patricia Miller at (818) 677-3452.

The Major in Languages and Cultures 

The Languages and Cultures Major prepares students for an increasingly globalized and interdependent world that rewards knowledge of languages and cultural literacy. The major provides students with advanced proficiency in language skills and cultural competency that will enable them to expand career opportunities and enhance their personal lives in an international and intercultural environment. In addition to studies in a primary target language, students take courses in comparative study of cultures and literatures to gain insight into the interrelation of language, culture and human nature. The 2 required seminars in cultural theories and methodologies constitute the capstone experience for intercultural studies. Students also are encouraged to study abroad, take a secondary target language and select from a rich array of courses offered in other Departments that deal with interactions among peoples, cultures and regions.