World Languages Major

College of Arts and Humanities - Department of World Languages


The World Languages major is unique in the Massachusetts State University system. A student majoring in World Languages will select one of three (3) concentrations: Chinese, World Languages, or International Management. The department also offers beginning courses in Portuguese and Russian.

The General Education Requirement

All students must satisfy a general education requirement consisting of ten (10) courses outside of the major department. The General Education Domain I-C (Language) requirement is satisfied through the completion of the World Languages major.

Course Prerequisites

Courses may have specified conditions for enrollment, such as prior completion of less advanced courses, permission of the instructor, or appropriate placement test scores. Students should refer to course descriptions in the department listings for prerequisite requirements.

Department Requirements for the major:

Modern Language majors must select one of the concentrations described below with the approval of their advisor. Any change in the student’s concentration must be approved by the Department Chair. Students in all concentrations must take one of the following two (2) courses as a core requirement.

Core Requirement (one course):

  • LING 200 Languages and Linguistics

Students with a minor in Secondary Education enroll in LING 300 Romance Linguistics as the core requirement course.



Concentration in World Languages (UMOW)

The concentration in world languages includes the selection of a “primary” language and the selection of a “secondary” language. The concentration languages offered in the department are Spanish and French. Through an approved study abroad program (or an off-campus program), students may select a language other than French or Spanish as their “secondary” language.

The concentration requirements include the following:

Primary language:

  • Six (6) courses at the 300-level or above.

Secondary language:

  • Six (6) courses with a minimum of three (3) courses at the 300-level or above.

The core course may count towards either the primary language or the secondary language requirements.



Concentration in International Management (UMOI)

The concentration in International Management is intended for those who wish to combine modern language skills with business. The courses required for the Modern Language major are reduced to ten (10). Students may select a one-language option or a two-language option. In both cases, the core requirement may count as one (1) of the ten (10) language courses. The two (2) required 100-level economics courses can be used to fulfill part of the general education requirements. With careful course selection, students also may qualify for a minor in Economics or Business Administration.

World Languages courses (10):

One-language option:

  • Ten (10) courses in one language at the 300-level or above.

Two-language option:

  • Six (6) courses in a primary language at the 300-level or above and four (4) courses in a secondary language, three (3) at the 300-level or above.

Economics and Business courses (5):

  • ACCT 220 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics
  • MGMT 280 Organizational Behavior
  • MRKT 181 Marketing Principles

   Choose three (3) electives from the following:

  • ECON 410 International Trade
  • ECON 414 International Finance
  • MGMT 412 International Business
  • MRKT 318 International Marketing

A semester study or internship abroad is strongly recommended. See course description for LING 496 Internship in International Management.


Effective as of the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog