Language and Literature Undergraduate Programs - Kendall College of Arts and Sciences

A degree in language and literature involves developing proficiency in a target language and a basic understanding of its linguistic structure. Students gain a deeper understanding of textual analysis and literary genres, styles and periods while acquiring greater knowledge and appreciation for other cultures.

The School of Language and Literature currently offers instruction in nine languages. These include three romance languages—Spanish, French, and Portuguese—that account for hundreds of millions of native-speakers in the Americas and Africa as well as Europe. The most-spoken language on the planet, Mandarin Chinese, is the focus of a growing program with strong student interest. Enrollments continue to grow in Russian and German, and dedicated groups of students choose instruction in Hebrew, ancient Greek, and Latin.

The School of Language and Literature produces successful alumni who obtain coveted positions in business, government, education and the most prestigious professional and graduate schools. A degree in a language and literature complements all other fields of study and makes a graduate more marketable. The student experience begins with small, student-centered language classes, continues with a study abroad experience and concludes with challenging advanced level courses in the language.

Bachelor of arts degrees are available in French, German and Spanish. Students can also minor in French, German and Spanish. Language students are encouraged to have a second major.

  • Program Objectives

    Students who complete the undergraduate program will:

    1. Demonstrate language skills (i.e., reading and listening comprehension, speaking, and writing) that aid in the communication and understanding among persons and groups of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
    2. Demonstrate critical thinking and creative insights in the disciplined study of cultural media (such as literature and film) and linguistics.
    3. Demonstrate fluency and coherence when presenting ideas in writing and in speech.
  • Degree Options

    French, B.A.

    Designed to develop proficiency in a target language and a basic understanding of its linguistic structure through language and literature.

    German, B.A.

    Designed to develop proficiency in a target language and a basic understanding of its linguistic structure through language and literature.

    Spanish, B.A.

    Designed to develop proficiency in a target language and a basic understanding of its linguistic structure through language and literature.

    Chinese Minor

    Students are encouraged to add a language minor to their degree program as a minor.

    French Minor

    Students are encouraged to add a language minor to their degree program as a minor.

    German Minor

    Students are encouraged to add a language minor to their degree program as a minor.

    Spanish Minor

    Students are encouraged to add a language minor to their degree program as a minor.

  • Typical Four Year Schedule
    FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTERFRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
    Exposition and ArgumentationFirst Seminar
    First Year College ExperienceContemporary Mathematics
    Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative ExperienceBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
    Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationBlock III - Scientific Investigation
    Beginning Spanish IBeginning Spanish II
    SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTERSOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
    Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative ExperienceLiberal Arts and Preparation for Life after Graduation
    Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
    Intermediate Spanish IBlock III - Scientific Investigation with lab
    MinorIntermediate Spanish II
    ElectiveMinor
    JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTERJUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
    Composition in SpanishStudy Abroad (upper division Spanish credits)
    Intro to Spanish Linguistics
    Latin American Cultures
    Minor
    SENIOR – FALL SEMESTERSENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
    Seminar in Latin American or Spanish LiteratureSpecial Topics in Spanish
    MinorSenior Project
    ElectiveElective
    ElectiveElective
    ElectiveElective