Apr 15, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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K. Martial Frindéthié, Chair
María Patricia Ortiz, Assistant Chair

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The curriculum of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures includes courses in French, Spanish, German, Latin, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, and ESL. The major objective of the department is to enable students to gain linguistic and cultural competency through the study and practice (reading, writing, speaking) of the languages we offer. Further studies in the culture and literature of the target languages are designed to give students a better understanding of the traditions, achievements and lifestyles of the countries and areas where the languages are spoken. In teaching culture through literature and language, we seek to educate students with the intercultural and linguistic proficiency to become active members of a diverse global community.

Language Placement Exam Requirement:

A language placement exam is required of all students enrolling in their first language course at the 1020 level (Beginning II) or above. The placement exam score remains valid for only one year. Information about placement exams in all languages is available on the website of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (http://dllc.appstate.edu/node/674).

Students are expected to enroll in the course indicated by the results of their exam. When warranted, a student’s placement level may be adjusted after consultation with the language advisor. A student who enrolls in a course lower than the placement level indicated will not be granted credit for the course. Courses taken below the placement level count as credit toward course load and full-time student eligibility, but do not count toward hours required for graduation and will not be calculated as part of the GPA. Placement credit will be awarded to students only if they successfully complete (with a “C” or better) the course they score into.

Placement credit will be awarded in the following manner:

  • Students placing into and successfully completing 1020 receive placement credit for 1010.
  • Students placing into and successfully completing 1040 receive placement credit for 1010 and 1020.
  • Students placing into and successfully completing 1050 receive placement credit for 1020 and 1040.
  • Students placing into the 2000 level (advanced) may choose 2005 or 2010 as a validation course. Successfully completing the 2000 level class would gain placement credit for 1040 and 1050.

Transfer students with college credit in a language who wish to continue in the same language are not required to take the placement test. However, transfer students are encouraged to consult with the faculty advisor for that language.

All students who wish to enroll in courses on the level of 2000 or above must take proficiency tests or complete course work through the intermediate level of that language (1050). All classes in the Department, except those designated as LLC (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) courses, are taught in the target language. LLC courses are offered in English and may count towards the major only under special circumstances and with the consent of the advisor and departmental chair.

Honors Program in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC)

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures maintains an honors program to provide qualified students in each of the department’s majors (French, German, Spanish, and East Asian languages) with an opportunity for advanced research in a seminar atmosphere. In order to graduate with Honors in LLC, a student must take LLC 2510  and 6 semester hours of honors courses in the appropriate concentration, including the senior honors thesis: CHN 4510 , FRE 4510 , GER 4510 , JPN 4510 , SNH 4510 . For specifics on the course requirements for each language (French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese) see the Honors director in LLC.

Junior and senior level honors courses carry full credit toward the appropriate departmental majors, or for non-majors full elective credit. Students must earn a grade of “B” (3.0 grade points) or higher in all honors coursework taken to fulfill any honors requirements and must achieve an overall honors GPA of 3.45 to graduate with honors in LLC.

Admission to the program is by invitation. Students must have a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.20 for admission to LLC Honors. For more information, students should contact the LLC Honors program director.

Language Acquisition Resource Center

The Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC) will have a physical home in the newly renovated L.S. Dougherty Building. The space will be a dynamic and innovative teaching and learning space serving the needs of students and faculty in the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures.


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