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.
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.
A total of thirteen (13) courses are required for the Chinese concentration and must include the following distribution:
Language courses (8):
- CHIN 101 Elementary Chinese I
- CHIN 102 Elementary Chinese II
- CHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese I
- CHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese II
- CHIN 301 Advanced Chinese Composition and Conversation I
- CHIN 302 Advanced Chinese Composition and Conversation II
- CHIN 405 Chinese Language through Media
- CHIN 438 Topics in Chinese Language and Culture
One (1) Culture course:
- CHIN 118 Chinese Writing System and Calligraphy
One (1) Chinese Linguistics course:
- CHIN 300 Chinese Linguistics
One (1) Chinese Literature course:
- CHIN 222 Chinese Literature in English Translation
Choose One (1) Chinese Elective course:
To fulfill the twelve-course concentration, students may select from the above courses and from the following:
- CHIN 326 Contemporary Trends in the Sinophone World
- CHIN 330 Business Chinese
- CHIN 450 Seminar in Chinese
- CHIN 490 Independent Study in Chinese
- CHIN 495 Internship/Practicum in Chinese
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:
- Six (6) courses at the 300-level or above.
- 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.
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):
- Ten (10) courses in one language at the 300-level or above.
- 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 Applied Organizational Theory and Management
- MRKT 181 Marketing Principles
Choose three (3) electives from the following:
- ECON 410 International Trade
- FINA 411 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 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog