Department of Foreign Languages

Programs: B.A. Modern Language and Culture

The B.A. in Modern Language and Culture program requires the selection of a primary language and an area of concentration. Students must also complete FL 2209 (World Languages and Cultures), participate in an internship or study abroad experience, and complete an official Oral Proficiency Interview as part of the requirements for the degree.


Primary Language

Students within this program must select to study French, German, or Spanish as their primary language. Students will complete 30 semester hours (10 courses) in their primary language which emphasize development of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture, as well as content-specific courses in which students continue to expand and refine their linguistic and cultural competence.


Concentrations

The concentrations emphasize the applicability of the student's primary language to various career-oriented paths. The clear layout of these concentrations provides direction for students when choosing additional courses under the areas of “related studies” and “general electives.” The departmental advisors assist majors in their choice of courses in each concentration in order to design a coherent program of study.

  1. Second Language and Culture

    The curriculum in Concentration I mirrors the course of study in the student's primary language and thus reinforces and complements the primary curriculum. Students who have a strong commitment to and aptitude for foreign language and culture study should select this concentration. Also, students who seek advanced academic degrees should choose this concentration, as many graduate programs require at least reading knowledge in two foreign languages. International students and heritage speakers are also encouraged to select this concentration. These graduates will have job opportunities in the tourism and travel industry as well as in businesses and government agencies that require proficiency in more than one foreign language.

    * Select Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish:
    Course NumCourse TitleCredit Hours
    *1002Introduction to Language and Culture II3
    *2001Intermediate Language and Culture I3
    *2002Intermediate Language and Culture II3
    *3000/4000Take three courses at the 3000/4000 level9
    Related Studies 9
    Free Electives 12


  2. Teacher Certification in Foreign Languages

    This concentration allows degree candidates to complement their studies in the primary language with the coursework required for teacher certification. The curriculum in Concentration II satisfies requirements of both the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and is approved by the Kennesaw State University Teacher Education Council. Students completing this concentration successfully are recommended for clear, renewable certification, P-12 in French, German, or Spanish, in the state of Georgia. This major concentration is Nationally Recognized by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. It is one of only two Nationally Recognized foreign language teacher certification programs in the state of Georgia.

    Course NumCourse TitleCredit Hours
    EDUC 2110Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education 3
    EDUC 2120Sociocultural Influences on Teaching and Learning 3
    INED 3304Education of Exceptional Students 3
    EDUC 2130Exploring Teaching & Learning 3
    FLED 3303Second Language Acquisition 3
    FLED 4410Methods, Materials & Curriculum in FLED P-8 3
    FLED 4412Methods, Materials & Curriculum in FLED 9-12 3
    FLED 4413Field Experiences in FLED, P-12 6
    FLED 4480Student Teaching in FLED, P-12 12

    Please Note: Additional requirements for FLED Majors below.

  3. Applied Business

    This concentration allows the degree candidates to complement their studies in the primary language with courses that introduce them to important business principles and practices both in the U.S. and in the cultures of their primary language. Concentration III prepares candidates for employment in international companies and agencies, in U.S. businesses and organizations with international ties, and in local companies that have a need for employees with language and culture expertise in addition to an understanding of business practices. Students complete a business course in the primary language.

    Course NumCourse TitleCredit Hours
    ACCT 2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
    ECON 2100 Principles of Microeconomics 3
    BLAW 2200 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 3
    MKTG 3100 Principles of Marketing 3
    MGT 3100 Management & Behavioral Sciences 3
    FREN/GRMN/SPAN 4404 Commercial French, German, or Spanish 3
    Related Studies 9
    Free Electives 12


  4. Cross-disciplinary Perspectives

    This concentration allows degree candidates to complement their studies in the primary language with courses that situate their language and culture studies within the context of related disciplines. The curriculum in Concentration IV allows the students to survey the range of academic disciplines that explore cross-cultural experiences in a multicultural world. By exploring a variety of disciplinary perspectives, students enhance and deepen their knowledge and understanding of their primary language and culture. Concentration IV prepares candidates for advanced academic degrees, and for employment in agencies and businesses with international ties or local companies that require foreign language competence.

    Course NumCourse TitleCredit Hours
    GEOG 1101 World Regional Geography 3
    HIST 2206 Origins of Great Traditions 3
    HS 2233 Overview of Human Services 3
    ANTH 3310 Cultural Diversity in the U.S. 3
    COM 3325 Intercultural Communication 3
    HIST 3305 The World Since 1945 3
    PSYC 3355 Cross-Cultural Psychology 3
    Related Studies 9
    Free Electives 12



Additional Requirements

In addition to choosing your primary language and concentration, all students in this program must complete the following requirements.

World Languages and Cultures (FL 2209)

This course is on the cutting edge of Foreign Language curriculum design. It addresses global issues and provides students (both majors and prospective majors) with an overview of world languages and cultures. Students develop an appreciation of the multiplicity and diversity of languages and cultures in a global and local context. They are introduced to academic and professional career opportunities in fields that require foreign language skills and cultural competence. In addition, they explore manifestations of diverse languages and cultures in the metropolitan Atlanta area through supervised field experiences.

Study Abroad or Internship

All students in this program are required to participate in a study abroad experience or complete an approved internship. The National Standards for Foreign Language Programs include a requirement that there be "opportunities for candidates to participate in a structured study abroad program and/or intensive immersion experience in a target language community".

This requirement is part of the common content core that is shared by all students in each primary language, regardless of the concentration area they choose. The inclusion of a study abroad component in the curriculum directly addresses the Board of Regents’ challenge to USG institutions to increase students’ study abroad participation.

Proficiency-Based Curriculum

The program is proficiency-based which enables all majors to reach a minimum proficiency of advanced-low on the ACTFL proficiency scale in their primary language. All majors are required to complete an official Oral Proficiency Interview as part of the requirements for the degree.


Foreign Language Education (FLED) Requirements

Students interested in pursuing a degree in Modern Language & Culture with a concentration in Foreign Language Education (Concentration II: Teacher Certification in Foreign Languages) must also meet the following requirements.

Teacher Education Admission Requirements

Students must meet all the Teacher Education admission requirements of the Bagwell College of Education as well as additional Department of Foreign Languages requirements for admission to the FLED program. Please note that admission to Teacher Education is separate from admission to Kennesaw State University.

In addition to the College of Education requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program, the Department of Foreign Languages requires the following for admission to FLED:

FLED Admission Requirements

An oral interview in the target language with Dr. Griffin (French), Dr. Susanne Kelley (German), or Dr. Bernardy (Spanish). It is best to schedule this interview near the completion of the 2002 intermediate courses (FREN 2002/GRMN 2002/SPAN 2002).

A recommendation from the instructors of your two most recent French, German, or Spanish courses, assessing your skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, as well as your potential for success in the program. If you've not had any courses at the 3000-level, one evaluation from FREN 2002, GRMN 2002, or SPAN 2002 will suffice.

An earned GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Language Skills Assessment

  • An oral interview in the target language with Dr. Griffin (French), Dr. Susanne Kelley (German), or Dr. Bernardy (Spanish). It is best to schedule this interview near the completion of the 2002 intermediate courses (FREN 2002/GRMN 2002/SPAN 2002).
  • An evaluation from the instructors of your two most recent French, German, or Spanish courses, assessing your skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, as well as your potential for success in the program. If you've not had any courses at the 3000-level, one evaluation from FREN 2002, GRMN 2002, or SPAN 2002 will suffice.

Academic Requirements

  • To maintain academic standing in the FLED program, all students, once admitted, must maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher

More information and resources can be found on the FLED Resources page.


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