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Foreign Language

Concentration - 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. This concentration requires a minimum of 36 credits.

This concentration in the General Studies major can be completed by combining Charter Oak's online courses and other sources of credit such as credit transferred from regionally accredited institutions or testing.  It cannot be completed solely through Charter Oak State College courses.

Concentration Requirements:

Intermediate language6 credits
Composition/Reading/Translation*3 credits
Civilization/Culture*6 credits
Literature*6 credits
Foreign Language Electives*6 upper level credits
Related electives (e.g., art history, literature, philosophy, economics)6 credits
Capstone - FLN 499 (Culminating course in concentration)3 credits

*In the specific language.

Recommended Courses:
If you plan to pursue teacher certification or graduate school, Advanced Grammar in the specific language is recommended.


Only grades of C or higher can be included in the concentration.
This concentration requires a minimum of 36 credits.
Elementary language courses may not be used in the concentration.

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.