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Minors in Language & Culture

Beginning in the fall semester of 2017, the Department of World Languages and Cultures will offer minors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Each minor will require the completion of 22 credit hours, as outlined below.

Objectives of the Minor

The program objectives/outcomes for the interdisciplinary minor in the six languages offered through the Department of World Languages and Cultures are:

  1. To allow students to earn transcriptable recognition of their work in language and culture beyond a listing of individual courses, and;
  2. To allow students to demonstrate their ability to communicate competently in another language and culture.

Successful completion of all required courses shall indicate that a student has successfully achieved the desired outcomes. Prior to declaring a minor through the Department of World Languages and Cultures, students must meet with a tenured or tenure-track faculty member from WLC and obtain a signature from that WLC faculty member and from their primary advisor. The signed form must then be turned in at the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office (268A Fine Arts Center).

 

Requirements

There are currently two options for fulfilling the requirements for the minor. Students should meet with a tenured or tenure-track faculty member from WLC to determine the best option for her/him.

Option A

  • 18 hours in the language*
  • for French, German, and Spanish, 18 hours above 051
  • for Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese, 18 hours beginning with 001 or above
  • WLC 147 Capstone for WLC Minors (1 hour—currently “East Asian Studies Capstone”—to be renamed)
  • WLC 148 Intercultural Communication (3 hours)

Total = 22 hours (a minimum of 12 of these plus the capstone must be taken at Drake)

Option B

  • 12 hours in the language above LANG 051 (at least one course must be taken after returning to Drake)*
  • WLC 080 Study Abroad Experience I (1 hour)
  • WLC 081 Study Abroad Experience II (2 hours)
  • WLC 082 Study Abroad Experience III (3 hours)
  • WLC 147 Capstone for WLC Minors (1 hour—currently “East Asian Studies Capstone”—to be renamed)
  • WLC 148 Intercultural Communication (3 hours)

Total = 22 hours (a minimum of 12 of these plus the capstone must be taken at Drake)

Option C

  • 12 hours in the language, 001 and above*
  • 9 hours from the following fields: Art, Economics, English, History, Marketing, Music, Philosophy/Religion, Political Science, Study of Culture and Society, WLC[1],[2]
  • WLC 147 Capstone for WLC Minors (1 hour—currently “East Asian Studies Capstone”—to be renamed)

Total = 22 hours (a minimum of 12 of these plus the capstone must be taken at Drake)



[1] Courses must be approved by a WLC advisor.

[2] Students pursuing one of these options and also majoring in International Relations must complete nine credit hours that do not overlap between the two programs of study.

If you have any questions about the interdisciplinary minors, please contact the Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures, Dr. Marc Pinheiro-Cadd.

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