Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18
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World Languages and Cultures (WLC) with a concentration in Spanish (WLSP)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)8 Semester Plan
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 concentration in Spanish is an interdisciplinary program, which focuses on the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Spanish is a global language, the second most spoken native language in the world. The historical ties with Spain, the proximity of Spanish America, and the presence of many Spanish speakers in the United States make knowledge of Spanish and the culture of the Spanish-speaking world highly relevant to students in all disciplines.
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: 33 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
Recommended Language Preparation
Four semesters Spanish or equivalent language competency and SPN 2240 Conversation I prior to taking the core and elective courses toward the concentration. (SPN 2240 will count as a concentration elective.)
- Choose one of the following courses:
- SPW 3030 Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies
Concentration Elective Courses - 21 Hours
- Student chooses 21 credit hours of 3000- and 4000-level coursework from the following prefixes: SPN, SPT, or SPW.
Please note the following restrictions:
- A student may take no more than two courses with an SPT prefix.
- SPN 2240 Conversation I and SPN 2341 may also be counted as concentration electives, unless the course has been used to fulfill another concentration and/or major requirement.
- The requirements of SPN 3300 or SPN 2340 can be waived for qualified students. These students will take an additional coursework to satisfy the concentration requirements.
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.