Degree Requirements

BA in Language and Culture Studies, Language Studies Option (in French, German or Spanish)

This program is designed for students who have studied a language in high school and want to become experts in the same language and culture. Required courses in the language (36 credits):

  • Intermediate Language 201 and 202
  • Composition and Oral Expression 351 and 352
  • At least one literature course
  • At least one civilization course
  • Five electives at the 300- or 400-level
  • One capstone course taught in the chosen language at the 400-level (linguistics, literature, or translation)

In addition, students will develop some proficiency in one or two additional languages (six courses total, 18 credits).

The following required courses also count towards the general education program (6 credits):

  • Introduction to Language Study (English)
  • A history, geography, or anthropology course related to the language studied

Study abroad in a full immersion program for one or two semesters during the junior year is highly recommended.

BA in Language and Culture Studies, Certification Option (in French, German or Spanish)

This program is designed for students who want to become teachers of French, German, or Spanish. In order to earn K-12 certification in Pennsylvania, they will need to reach a high level or oral and written proficiency in the language and be knowledgeable about culture. Required courses in the language (36 credits):

  • Intermediate Language 201 and 202
  • Composition and Oral Expression 351 and 352
  • At least one literature course
  • At least one civilization course
  • Five electives at the 300- or 400-level
  • A linguistics course at the 400-level taught in the certification language

In addition, students will develop some proficiency in one additional languages (three courses total, 9 credits).

The following required courses also count towards the general education program (6 credits):

  • Introduction to Language Study (English)
  • A history, geography, or anthropology course related to the language studied

Study abroad in a full immersion program for one or two semesters during the junior year is highly recommended.

Additional requirements in the teacher education program include 30 credits of education courses, 24 of those credits will be taken during the senior year when students are interning in a secondary school setting for two semesters as part of the Professional Development School program.

BA in Language and Culture Studies, Culture Studies Option (in French, German or Spanish)

This program is designed for students who may start the program without previous experience in the language. Required courses (27-33 credits in the language, 3-9 credits taught in English, 36 credits total):

  • Elementary Language 101 and 102
  • Intermediate Language 201 and 202
  • Composition and Oral Expression 351 or 352
  • At least one literature course
  • At least one civilization course
  • Two electives at the 300- or 400-level of the chosen language
  • Two additional electives, either at the 300- or 400-level or Humanities courses on the culture of the chosen language taught in English
  • LANC 490, a capstone course for students from all languages with the Culture Studies option, taught in English

In addition, students will choose a minor (or second major) in another field. The Culture Studies option can be combined with any minor (or second major) on campus.

Study abroad in a full or partial immersion program during the junior year is highly recommended.

Academic Minor in Language Studies (in French, German or Spanish)

This program is designed for students who have studied a language in high school and want to continue its study in college to develop as much proficiency and culture knowledge as possible within a minor. Required courses (18 credits in the language):

  • Intermediate Language 201 and 202
  • Composition and Oral Expression 351 or 352
  • Three electives at the 300-level

This minor can be completed in two years. Up to half of the required credits can be taken in a Study Abroad program. 9 credits must be completed in residence at Millersville University.

Academic Minor in Culture Studies (in French, German, Japanese or Spanish)

This program is designed for students who want to start studying a new language in college. Required courses (12-18 credits in the language, 0-6 credits taught in English, 18 credits total):

  • Elementary Language 101 and 102
  • Intermediate Language 201 and 202
  • Two electives at the 300-level in the language or in Humanities courses about the related culture

This minor can be completed in two to three years. Up to half of the required credits can be taken in a Study Abroad program. 9 credits must be completed in residence at Millersville University.

Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures

Millersville and West Chester Universities launched a joint graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures, in Fall 2014. This single joint degree is presented by both language departments in collaboration and coordination to facilitate the prompt and successful completion of the students’ course work.

The program contains three core seminars, totaling 9 credits: LANC 501 - Linguistic Studies, LANC 502 - Interpretive Strategies, and LANC 503 - Cultural Studies. These seminars are offered in a distance learning format, shared by both schools, and are taught in English to allow students in all three languages to study and work together.

Additionally, there is a general curriculum of 12-24 semester hours in the language of the student’s choice, either French, German or Spanish, which includes courses in communicative proficiencies, critical analyses, and cultural competencies.

Students may choose up to 12 semester credit hours from elective options, in accord with their experience, needs and future professional career plans. These include courses in other fields, such as education, nursing, marketing, criminal justice, study abroad or an internship. A minimum of 6 credit hours in the elective area must be completed in the target language as the language of instruction.

A total of 33 credits are required for the degree.

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