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Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Foreign Language

The concentration in Foreign Language entails multiple aptitudes that prepare the student for citizenship in an increasingly global environment, one that gives students a deeper grasp of a world that includes profound population movements, cross-cultural influences, economic disparities, ethnic and political conflicts, and bio-environmental pressures. Students need to have knowledge of literature, history, culture, and competency in the spoken and written language.

Concentration Requirements:

Intermediate Language 6cr
Composition/Reading/Translation* 3cr
Civilization/Culture* 6cr
Literature 6cr
Electives: 6cr upper level
Related electives (Examples: art history, literature, philosophy, economics)         6cr
Capstone 3cr


*      In the specific language

Elementary language courses may not be used in the concentration.

Recommended Courses:

If planning to go for teacher certification or graduate school, Advanced Grammar in the specific language.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Foreign Languages will be able to:

  1. demonstrate familiarity with both the canonical and typical literature of the foreign language;
  2. possess an understanding of a range of literary styles and genres;
  3. be conversant regarding the major literary figures;
  4. demonstrate familiarity with the history of the foreign country or regions where the language is spoken;
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the culture of the other country/countries, including dietary customs, mode of dress, celebrations, traditions, societal mores, and cultural identity;
  6. demonstrate competency in translation;
  7. articulate an understanding of the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the foreign language, normally by successfully completing two years of college-level language instruction or its equivalent;
  8. evidence an ability to comprehend the foreign language and its linguistic nuances when spoken by others; and
  9. communicate in writing in the idiom of the foreign language.