Feb 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Paul Worley, Chair
Catherine Fountain, Assistant Chair

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The curriculum of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures includes courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Applied Linguistics/TESL, and world literature in translation. 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 or faculty member. Students with transfer credit in a language who wish to continue in the same language are not required to take the placement exam. However, students with transfer credit 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 the placement tests or complete course work through the intermediate level of that language (1050). Generally, 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 major tracks (French and Francophone Studies, German, Spanish and Hispanic Studies, and East Asian Languages and Cultures) with an opportunity for advanced research in a seminar atmosphere. In order to graduate with Honors in LLC, students must take 2 honors courses and complete a 3-credit thesis.  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 on all honors coursework taken to fulfill any honors requirements.  “The minimum GPA in honors coursework upon graduation is 3.45. Due to the cumulative nature of this requirement, students must earn a grade of ‘B’ (3.0 grade points) or higher on each honors course taken to graduate with honors.”

To graduate with honors, a student must take 9 semester hours of honors courses in the appropriate concentration, including the senior honors thesis: CHN 4510 , FRE 4511 , GER 4510 , JPN 4510 , SNH 4511 .

Students must earn a minimum overall average GPA of 3.45 in coursework taken to fulfill any honors requirements. Admission to the program is by invitation. Students must have a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.20 for admission to LLC Departmental Honors.



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