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Global Languages and Cultural Studies

Requirements for Majors and Minors

The Global Languages and Cultural Studies majors are available as a bachelor of arts degree only, as defined in the section on degree requirements for all majors in this course catalog.

The Department of Global Languages and Cultural Studies offers a department wide major in Global Cultural Studies (GCS) and section specific majors and minors:

  • Chinese Studies (GLCH)
  • French and Francophone African Studies (GLFR, GLFA)
  • German and German Studies (GLGR)
  • Japanese and Japanese Studies (GLJP)
  • Spanish and Latin American/Latino Studies (GLSP)

Courses that serve all language concentrations are labeled GLCS. For entering students who place into a 300-level course, the department will waive four of the 40 credits required for their chosen major. Study Abroad: All majors and minors are generally required to study abroad. For German, French Studies, Japanese, and Spanish the requirement is typically one academic year for the majors and one semester for the minors. Majors and minors in Chinese Studies, Francophone African Studies, German Studies, Global Cultural Studies, Japanese Studies and Latin American/Latino Studies normally study abroad for just one semester. This will depend however on the student’s proficiency level and prior exposure to the target culture. In extenuating circumstances the study abroad requirement may be waived, granted the student can demonstrate required proficiency as determined by each language section and completion of the major is feasible at Linfield. Please check under each language section for specific requirements.

Majors and minors must take an appropriate language course at the 300-level (302 or above for Spanish) on the home campus after their study abroad. Courses taken abroad for the major or minor must deal with the culture of the host country. In all instances, majors and minors must work closely with their language advisors especially in choosing the study abroad program and appropriate courses.

Course grades: Courses in which a student has earned a grade less than C may not be counted toward either the major or the minor.

For Oregon Preliminary Teaching Licensure in French, German, or Spanish: a student must complete the Linfield Teacher Preparation Program requirements.In order to complete these requirements, a student must begin taking education classes no later than the sophomore year. The student must be advised by an Education Department faculty member each semester prior to registration.

Chinese

For a minor in Chinese Studies: 27 credits including 4 semesters of Chinese language study (only credits from GLCH 201 and above will count toward the minor); minimum of 10 credits of Chinese language and Chinese Studies coursework taken abroad (Linfield programs in Beijing or Hong Kong are recommended). No more than 12 credits taken abroad may be applied to the Chinese Studies minor; at least one Chinese Studies content course taken at Linfield should be taken after the student returns from study abroad.

French Studies and Francophone African Studies

For the French and Francophone African Studies majors, the study abroad requirement is as follows: One year is obligatory for students starting the major in GLFR 101 or 105; with faculty approval, a minimum of one semester may suffice for those starting in GLFR 201 or 301. Minors are required to study abroad for one semester. Please check with faculty for exceptions to the study abroad requirement.

French Studies

For a major in French Studies: 40 credits in language courses numbered 202 and above, including GLCS 380, GLFR 485, and GLCS 483 or GLCS 490, as well as one course in Francophone African Studies. The third year abroad normally yields at least 20 of the 40 required. The semester abroad yields at least 15 of the 40 credits required.

For a minor in French Studies: 20 credits in courses numbered 202 and above. Up to twelve credits may be available during the semester abroad, depending on program offerings..

Francophone African Studies

For a major in Francophone African Studies: 40 credits in courses numbered 202 and above, including GLFA 230 and 240; GLFR 301 and 302; GLCS 380; GLCS 483 or GLCS 490 (Senior Thesis – by departmental invitation only); GLFA 486; and 2 additional courses taught in English by other departments on campus (see below). Courses with a significant content related to Africa or people of African descent include: ARTS 210; ANTH 111; ENGL 305, 365; HIST 123, 125, 318; MUSC 080, 253; SOAN 265; courses with the same theoretical framework as African Studies (Postcolonial Studies, Gender Studies, Postmodern Studies, etc.) or that can be used as background to understand African realities include: EDUC 302; PHIL 430 (if topic pertains to African Studies); POLS 210, 370 (if topic pertains to African Studies), 384; RELS 140, 310. While two semesters of study spent in France, yielding at least 16 of the 40 required credits, are recommended, candidates for the major may need to study only one semester in France. The required length of stay depends upon their French language proficiency and placement which will be determined by the French faculty when entering Linfield.

For a minor in Francophone African Studies: 23 credits including GLFR 202 and 301; GLFA 230 or 240; one course from another Linfield department from among those listed above for the major; and 9 credits taken abroad.

Study abroad: Majors and minors in French Studies and Francophone African Studies study in France (Aix, Angers, and Dijon).

German and German Studies

German

For a major in German: 40 credits in German courses numbered 202 and above, including GLCS 380 and 483. The two semesters of study abroad normally yield at least 20 of the 40 required credits. By departmental invitation, students may substitute GLCS 490 (Senior Thesis) for 483.

For a minor in German: 20 credits in courses numbered 202 and above. One semester of study in Vienna, Austria. (The German course taken abroad in August does not count toward the minor.)

German Studies

The German Studies major and minor aim to foster in students the integrative perspective of a range of academic disciplines from the arts and humanities and the social sciences. Central to the German Studies program are cooperation and collaboration among departments, the insistence on a high level of German language proficiency, a significant study abroad experience (at least one semester), and the opportunity for an internship abroad.

For a major in German Studies: 40 credits including GLGR 202; 212 or 312; 301; 302; GLCS 483 or GLCS 490; four years of German, or equivalent level of proficiency (ACTFL Intermediate High); and 18-20 credits taken abroad in addition to course work in associated departments on the Linfield campus. One semester or more of study abroad or possible internship.

For a minor in German Studies: 27 credits including GLGR 202; 212 or 312; 301 and 9-12 credits taken abroad in addition to course work in associated departments on the Linfield campus. One semester or more of study abroad or possible internship.

Study abroad: Minors normally study in Vienna, Austria, and majors in Heidelberg, Germany. Please check with faculty for exceptions to the study abroad requirement.

Global Cultural jStudies

Please visit the Global Cultural Studies pages

Japanese and Japanese Studies

Japanese

For a major in Japanese: 40 credits in language courses numbered 202 and above, including GLCS 380 and 483. By departmental invitation, students may substitute GLCS 490 (Senior Thesis) for 483. Two semesters of study abroad are required, normally yielding at least 20 of the 40 required credits.

For a minor in Japanese: 20 credits in courses numbered 202 and above. Students normally earn 10 credits toward the minor during the required semester in Japan. (The Japanese course taken abroad in August does not count toward the minor.)

Study abroad: For minors: fall semester in Yokohama. For majors: full year in Tokyo or Kyoto.

Japanese Studies

The Japanese Studies major encourages students to make connections between the study of Japanese language and culture and coursework in other disciplines across the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Arts and Humanities divisions. Students are encouraged to speak with Japanese instructors about our cooperative agreements with other departments. Although the major is administered by the Department of Global Languages and Cultural Studies, we work closely with other departments to meet the needs of individual students. Like all majors offered by our department, the Japanese Studies major requires a high level of language proficiency and a significant study abroad experience.

For a major in Japanese Studies: 40 credits including GLJP 201; 202; 240; 301; 302; 360; GLCS 483; three years of Japanese, or equivalent level of proficiency (ACTFL Intermediate High) including one 300- or 400-level Japanese language course taken after study abroad; at least 12 credits taken abroad in Japan; at least one course from among the following: COMM 230, HIST 124, HIST 210, POLS 210, RELS/PHIL 160, RELS 218, PHIL 375, or PHIL 470. One semester or more of study abroad.

Spanish and Latin American/Latino Studies

The majors in Spanish and Latin American/Latino Studies and minor in Spanish offer students opportunities to effectively develop cultural and linguistic abilities to function productively in the global, 21st century world. The majors and the minor are completed in a 3-step cycle: 1) preparation to effectively benefit from experiences abroad; 2) 1-2 semesters of study abroad; 3) course(s) to reflect and integrate those experiences upon return.

Spanish

For a major in Spanish: 40 credits in language courses numbered 202 and above, including GLCS 380 and 483, and GLSP 280 and 485. By departmental invitation, students may substitute GLCS 490 (Senior Thesis) for GLSP 485. The two semesters of study abroad will yield no more than 20 of the 40 required credits.

Candidates for the major who have spent a year abroad before coming to Linfield (as well as Spanish-English bilingual students) may need to study only one more semester in a Spanish-speaking country. This depends on their proficiency level upon entering Linfield, to be determined by placement exam and interview. For students with extenuating circumstances the study abroad requirement may be waived provided they demonstrate advanced proficiency and significant contact with Spanish-Speaking cultures.

Because majors studying abroad take courses in the host language, they should complete course work up to and including the 302 level before undertaking foreign study. Bilingual/heritage students should complete GLSP 290 and GLSP 291.

For a minor in Spanish: 22 credits in courses numbered 202 and above, including GLSP 280. No more than 12 credits taken during the semester abroad will count toward the minor. Students must consult with Spanish faculty early in the process before choosing a study abroad site. Upon returning from study abroad, students will need to take GLSP 302 or another appropriate higher-level course.

Latin American/Latino Studies

For a major in Latin American/Latino Studies: 40 credits need to be completed as follows: at least 8 credits in Spanish language courses numbered 201, 202, 301, 302 or 290 and 291; GLSP 280 and at least 3 credits in Latin American peoples and cultures (selected from SOAN 226 and GLSP 312 or another appropriate course at a study abroad site); at least 3 credits in Latino studies (selected from HIST 314, SOAN 270 and GLSP 350 – when topic deals with U.S. Latino literature); up to 12 credits completed during a semester abroad in Ecuador, Chile or at Linfield if exempted from study abroad requirement; additional elective credits (at least 11) to be chosen as needed from Latin American history offerings (including HIST 213, 214, 215, 304, 314, 315 and 318) and, advanced content courses in Spanish (including 350, 360 and 362); and 3 credits in GLSP 485.

Linguistics Minor

The Linguistics minor is housed in the Global Languages and Cultural Studies Department. The minor is interdisciplinary with requirements in Global Languages and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Education, Psychology, English and Religious Studies. Refer the Linguistics section for further information and the requirements for the Linguistics minor.

Proficiency Goals

The ACTFL target levels referred to in the course descriptions below are those proficiency levels described in detail in the Proficiency Guidelines developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. These target levels imply a median performance in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Teaching in elementary and intermediate courses is proficiency-based, i.e. with a practical orientation and not a theoretical one.

Courses Taught in English

The department also teaches a number of courses in English from different sections. They afford students, who do not have advanced proficiency in the language, the opportunity to become acquainted with the cultures associated with the languages we teach and expose them to interdisciplinary perspectives. All these carry Linfield Curriculum (LC) designations in areas such as Global Pluralisms, Creative Studies, Individuals Systems, Societies, and Vital Past. Sample courses include the following: all courses from the Francophone African Studies program including Cinema, civilization, and literature, all with CS and GP designations; German civilization and film; Many of the interdisciplinary courses for the Global Cultural Studies major including the introductory class GLCS 240; Japanese literature and civilization; Chinese film, Spanish civilization and classes offered during January Term abroad. Please check individual language sections for more detailed information on course number and LC designations.