Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18
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World Languages and Cultures (WLC) with a concentration in Chinese Language and Culture (WLCC)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 16.0101
College of Arts & Sciences
The B.A. in World Languages and Cultures offers students a solid foundation in language and linguistic skills as well as knowledge of diverse cultures. Students may choose one concentration: Applied Linguistics, Chinese Language and Culture, Classics, East Asian Languages and Cultures, French, French International Studies and Business, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Spanish International Studies and Business, or may combine two concentrations (36 credit hours: 6 credit hours major core and 15 credit hours per concentration; the French International Studies and Business and the Spanish International Studies and Business concentrations are excluded). Upon completion of the program, students will be able to interact and participate in a global environment.
The Chinese Language and Culture concentration is designed for students who wish to achieve advanced level proficiency in modern Mandarin Chinese language at the same time they develop the sociocultural skills necessary for interaction with Chinese counterparts in professional contexts. Chinese is spoken by more than one billion people across the globe and has been designated a national Critical Language in the US government. High level Chinese language skills equip students to be highly competitive for China-related jobs in government, international business, international law, education and the non-profit sector.
College Level Requirements
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.
If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.
Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.
- Students should demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level within the concentration’s language. This may be accomplished by completing 6-12 hours within the language or by demonstrated competency at the intermediate level.
Total Major Hours: 30 Hours
Major Core Courses - 6 Hours
Major Elective Courses - 24-63 Hours
Students must select one of the following concentrations:
- Applied Linguistics
- Chinese Language and Culture
- East Asian Languages and Cultures
- French International Studies and Business
- Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations
- Spanish International Studies and Business
Required Supporting Courses for the Concentration (16 credit hours)
The following courses are prerequisite/supporting courses for this concentration. They are required for the concentration, but are not counted in the total hours for this major.
- CHI 1120 Modern Chinese I
- CHI 1121 Modern Chinese II
- CHI 2220 Modern Chinese III
- CHI 2221 Modern Chinese IV
Concentration Core Courses - 21 Hours
Required Courses (9 credit hours):
- CHI 3241 Advanced Chinese Conversation I
- CHI 3242 Advanced Chinese Conversation II
- CHI 4443 Networking in China and America
Culture, Literature, and Film Courses (12 credit hours):
Student chooses 12 credit hours of coursework from the following list of courses:
- CHI 4930 Selected Topics
- CHT 3110 Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation
- CHT 3124 Introduction to Modern Chinese Literature
- CHT 3500 Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture
- CHT 3512 Contemporary Chinese Language and Society
- CHT 3520 Chinese Film
Concentration Elective Courses - 3 Hours
Student chooses three credit hours of coursework in advanced language courses (3000-4000 level), study abroad coursework in a USF program in China, or coursework in culture, literature, and film. These three credit hours of electives should be planned with a World Languages advisor.
All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.