General Education Requirements
Each language major must satisfy the general education requirements of the university and the general education requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Specific Requirements or Restrictions
Students entering with no high school language units must enroll in Language 1001 or may enroll in Language 2115. Language 2115 (a, b, and c) is the intensive study of a language and will satisfy the foreign language requirement. 2115a, 2115b, and 2115c are co-requisites and must be taken concurrently. To satisfy the foreign language requirement all three sections must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
A grade of D in a Language 1001 course is a passing grade but not an entrance grade for a Language 1002 course. A grade of D in a Language 1002 course is a passing grade but not an entrance grade for a Language 2101 course or its equivalent. A grade of D in a Language 2101 course fulfills the language requirement, but is not an entrance grade for a higher-level course.
Demonstration of a high level of proficiency may affect the number of hours required for the major. Native or heritage speakers of a language should consult with the department concerning appropriate placement and advising. Students with previous language coursework should contact the department for language placement testing and advising. Students may not take for credit an elementary course if they have already completed a higher-level course for which the elementary course, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite.
All courses for the major must be passed with a grade of C- or better. No course required for the major may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (s/u) basis with the exception of those taken abroad as part of a university program that has received departmental approval.
Bachelor of Arts
All students seeking a B.A. in a Modern Language must successfully complete FL 2100 Languages and World View, and must meet the departmental requirement of a minimum of 33 hours in French or 33 hours in German or 37 hours in Japanese or 35 hours in Spanish (excluding Language 1001 and 1002). The maximum number of hours that may be taken in the major is 45 (including Language 1001 and 1002). In addition, students seeking the B.A. in a Modern Language who desire a teaching certificate must also take FGN LANG 4589 (same as SEC ED 4589), Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages, FGN LANG 4590 (same as SEC ED 4590), and fulfill the professional secondary education requirements of the College of Education.
Transfer students majoring in one of the modern languages must complete at UMSL a minimum of 12 graded hours in language courses at the 3000 level or above with a grade point average of 2.0 or better in those courses.
Native speakers must complete at least two courses at the 3000 level and four courses at the 4000 level to obtain a major in their native language.
Emphasis Area Requirements
|FGN LANG 2100||Languages and World View||3|
|Choose two of the following language options.||30-33|
|At least one course (minimum 3 credit hours) must include an internship, service learning, or study abroad component.|
|Intermediate French Language and Culture|
|Readings in French|
Three courses at the 3000-level or higher, at least one of which must be business/professions-focused
|Intermediate Practice in Speaking and Writing German|
|Intermediate Readings In German|
Three courses at the 3000-level or higher
|Intermediate Japanese II|
|Choose two of the following courses:|
|Kanji: A Radical Approach|
|Intermediate Japanese IV|
|Japanese Culture and Society|
|Topics in Japanese Culture|
|Readings in Japanese|
|Intermediate Japanese III|
Two courses at the 2000-level above 2101
Three courses at the 3000-level, at least one of which must be business/professions-focused
|One 4000-Level Capstone||3|
|Capstone course requirement may be met by 4000-level language course|
B.S. Ed. in Secondary Education with Emphasis in a Foreign Language
The B.S. Ed. is a professional education degree designed for students who wish to pursue a teaching career in secondary schools. Much of the discipline-specific coursework parallels the B.A. degree in the language; however, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires specific coursework for teacher certification. Therefore, students interested in the B.S. Ed. should contact the advising office (OASIS) 314-516-5937 in the College of Education for discipline-specific requirements. Note: To obtain teaching certification, DESE requires a 3.0 GPA in the discipline and professional education coursework, as well as a 2.75 GPA overall.
B.A. in a Foreign Language with Master’s Level Coursework for Secondary Teacher Certification
In addition to the B.S. Ed., students may opt to complete a B.A. or B.S. degree in their discipline as an undergraduate, followed by admission to the Graduate School for Master’s level teaching certification. The College of Education has a one-year accelerated program for post-graduate certification called Teach in 12, or students can choose a traditional path to certification. Graduate coursework for certification can apply towards a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, with additional coursework. Students interested in Master’s Level teacher certification should contact the advising office (OASIS) 314-516-5937 in the College of Education. Note: To obtain teaching certification, DESE requires a 3.0 GPA in the discipline and professional education coursework, as well as a 2.75 GPA overall.
Sample Four Year Plan
|INTDSC 10031||1||FRENCH 1002||5|
|FRENCH 1001||5||JAPAN 1002||5|
|JAPAN 1001||5||MATH 1020||3|
|ENGL 1100||3||CORE - Communication Proficiency||3|
|FRENCH 2101||3||FRENCH 2180||3|
|JAPAN 2101||5||JAPAN 2102||5|
|FGN LANG 2100||3||CORE - Information Literacy||3|
|EXPLORE - Math & Sciences||3||EXPLORE - Social Sciences||3|
|FRENCH 2170||3||FRENCH 3000-level Course||3|
|JAPAN 3201||4||JAPAN 3202||4|
|ENGL 3100||3||CORE - US History and Government||3|
|EXPLORE - Math & Sciences||3||EXPLORE - Social Sciences||3|
|Elective or minor||3||Elective or minor||3|
|FRENCH 3000-level course||3||FRENCH 3000-level course||3|
|JAPAN 4301||3||EXPLORE - Social Sciences||3|
|EXPLORE - Math and Sciences||3||Elective or minor||9|
|Elective or minor||6|
|Total Hours: 120|
INTDSC 1003 is required only for first-time freshmen and transfer students with less than 24 college credits.
PLEASE NOTE: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.