Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


World Languages and Cultures (WLC) with a concentration in Chinese Language and Culture (WLCC)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 16.0101

College of Arts & Sciences

Major Description

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.

Concentration Description

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.

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 by testing or completion of a foreign language through the intermediate level per State Mandated Common Prerequisites (see https://dlss.flvc.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=4f8695e3-1adc-4631-9e89-9c26fc145b54). 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
  • Classics
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • French
  • French International Studies and Business
  • German
  • Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Spanish International Studies and Business

Concentration Core

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.

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.

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