Program: B.A., 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 two 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.
A. Cultural Studies Component Requirements (18 units)
1. Lower Division Required Course (3 units)
2. Lower Division Elective (3 units)
Select one 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 and Thought 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)
4. Upper Division Electives (6 units)
Select two courses from two 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 Literary Masterpieces of Italian Humanism and Renaissance Literature (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)
B. 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.
1. Lower Division (8 units)
2. Lower Division Electives (3 units)
Choose one course from the following:
3. Upper Division Electives (9 units)
Choose three courses from the following:
FLIT 370 Modern Japanese Culture (3)
JAPN 300 Advanced Japanese Conversation (3)
JAPN 304 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)
JAPN 305 Language and Culture in Japanese (3)
JAPN 306 Advanced Reading and Composition (3)
4. Upper Division Electives (6 Units)
Choose two courses from the following:
C. General Education (48 units)
Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog.
Total Units in the Major/Option: 42-44
General Education Units: 48
Additional Units: 28-30
Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
Chair: Adrian Perez-Boluda
Sierra Tower (ST) 405
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate fluency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language.
- Demonstrate ability to reason and present sound arguments in both oral and written discourse.
- Demonstrate critical thinking in the analysis of traditions, cultures and civilizations.
- Understand the nature of language, its function, structure and interactional (social) purposes.
- Analyze and clearly articulate interpretations of literary texts.