2000-2001 UAF Catalog

Degrees and Programs

Foreign Languages

College of Liberal Arts
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
(907) 474-7396

Degree: B.A.

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

In a shrinking world Americans increasingly need to communicate directly with other peoples to achieve mutual understanding. The language people speak embodies a unique culture and its way of thinking, feeling and viewing the world.

Therefore to know only one language is to think in only one way. The study of foreign languages and literatures liberates the student from the confines of one culture.

Foreign language majors are encouraged to spend one or both semesters of their junior year in an exchange program appropriate to their language focus.

Undergraduate Program


Foreign Language -- B.A. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following first language requirements:*
    1. Complete one language from the following French, German, Russian or Spanish courses:
      201 -- Intermediate (3-4 credits)
      202 -- Intermediate (3-4 credits)
      301 -- Advanced (3 credits)
      302 -- Advanced (3 credits)
      431 -- Studies in the Culture (3 credits)
      432 -- Studies of Literature (3 credits)
    2. Complete 6 first language credits from the following:
      431 -- Studies in the Culture** (3 credits)
      432 -- Studies of Literature** (3 credits)
      482 -- Selected Topics (3 credits)
      488 -- Individual Study: Senior Project (3 credits)
      LING 410O -- Theory and Methods of Second Language Teaching (3 credits)
      400-level elective*** (3 credits)
  4. Complete the following second language requirements:*
    1. Complete 4 courses in one language from the following French, German, Japanese, Russian or Spanish courses:****
      201 -- Intermediate (3-4 credits)
      202 -- Intermediate (3-4 credits)
      301 -- Advanced (3 credits)
      302 -- Advanced (3 credits)
      400 level***** (3-6 credits)
  5. Minimum credits required (120 credits)

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.

** 431, 432 may be repeated for credit if the topics vary.

*** 400-level course from another discipline appropriate to the major language may be accepted if approved by your foreign language advisor.

**** The second language does not satisfy the minor requirements.

***** Students may repeat any 400-level language course for credit if the topics vary.

Note: Choosing a minor: In addition to a first and second language, students should complete a well-defined minor, related to their career goals. When choosing a minor it is highly recommended that students see an advisor as early as possible.

Note: Recommended background courses: LING 101 and LING 216.

Note: 100-level language courses (which are preparatory to, but not part of the foreign language degree) may be counted toward fulfillment of requirements specified under Perspectives on the Human Condition and/or Humanities. Each language counts as a separate discipline.


  1. Complete the following:
    Foreign language courses at the 100-level or above (3 credits)
    Foreign language courses at the 200-level or above (12 credits)
  2. Minimum credits required (15 credits)

See Alaska Native Languages.
See Eskimo.
See Native Language Education.

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