Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


World Languages and Cultures (WLC) with a concentration in East Asian Languages and Cultures (WLEA)

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 East Asian Languages and Cultures concentration is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop broad understandings of East Asia as a region through interdisciplinary explorations into the languages, literatures, cultures, film, humanities, history, geography, arts, and political institutions of China, Japan, and Korea. USF has strong programs in Chinese and Japanese, two critical languages that serve as the core of the East Asian Languages and Cultures concentration. The concentration prepares students be highly attractive in the global marketplace and to be immediate contributors to globally-oriented organizations, companies, and institutions with strong language skills as well as broad sociocultural knowledge that situates the use of those languages in two or more countries in the region. High-level critical language skills equip students to be highly competitive for Japan- and China-related jobs in government, international business, international law, law enforcement, defense, intelligence, 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 (8 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. A student chooses either Chinese or Japanese coursework from the following list:


Concentration Core Courses - 20 Hours

Concentration Language Requirement (11 credit hours)

Students completing the East Asian Studies concentration must complete a minimum of two semesters of coursework in two East Asian languages and complete at least two courses beyond CHI 1121 or JPN 1121 in one of those languages.

Japanese Focus Required Language Courses:


Chinese Focus Required Language Courses:

Concentration Regional Focus Requirement (3 credit hours)

Student chooses three (3) credit hours of coursework from the following list of courses:

Concentration Literature, Culture, and Film Requirement (6 credit hours)

Student chooses six (6) credit hours of coursework from the following list of courses:

Concentration Elective Courses - 3 Hours

Student chooses three credit hours of coursework in Chinese or Japanese language courses, study abroad coursework in a USF program in China or Japan, or coursework in culture, literature, and film with a significant focus on China, Japan, or East Asia as a region. These three credit hours of electives should be planned with a World Languages advisor.

Research Opportunities

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.

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

World Languages Academic Advisor: languagesadvise@usf.edu

Concentration Advising

World Languages Academic Advisor: languagesadvise@usf.edu

Major Faculty

World Languages Chairperson: S.K. Schindler; Associate Chair: A. Thompson (Linguistics), Professors: P. Brescia (Spanish), M. Camara (Spanish), V.E. Peppard (Russian), C.M. Probes (French), S.K. Schindler (German); Associate Professors: C.J. Cano (Spanish), M. Grieb (German), I. Kantzios (Classics), A. Latowsky (French), P. La Trecchia (Italian), E. Manolaraki (Classics), H. Scharm (Spanish), E. Shepherd (Chinese), K. Simeon-Jones (French), A. Thompson (Linguistics), C. Vasquez (Linguistics), W. Zhu (Linguistics); Assistant Professors: D. Arbesu (Spanish), J. Cazenave (French), M.H. Chiang (Chinese), A. Huensch (Linguistics), J. Nethercut (Classics), X. Qin (Chinese), N. Tracy-Ventura (Linguistics); Instructors: S. Amer (Arabic), M. Chinea-Thornberry (Spanish), C. Davies (Portuguese), A. De La Pava (Spanish), S. Huber (German), M. Nozu (Japanese), A. Oh (Classics), O. Oleynik (Russian), A. Perez Franco (Spanish), S. Savona (French), S. Wohlmuth (Spanish), Q. Wu (Chinese).

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