Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

European Languages and Cultures B.A.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Candelaria 0190

Email: HSS@unco.edu

Website: www.unco.edu/hss/world-languages-cultures

Advising Information:
Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.
Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of four parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Required Minor Credits
  4. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The program in European Languages and Cultures prepares individuals to have an in-depth understanding of one or more European nations and their language(s), as well as broad understanding of Europe as a region. This program balances appreciation for cultural commonalities, which constitute a sense of shared identity in the European Community, with a nuanced sense of the continent’s linguistic, ethnic, and cultural diversity. Objects of study include the languages, history, literatures, arts, and cultures of Europe. Upon completing this program of study, students will have a general appreciation for the continent’s cultural legacy, as well as the linguistic and intercultural competence to work effectively, either in Europe or with Europeans, in such professional domains as international business, bilingual education, the foreign service, or international NGOs.

The program fosters knowledge of European perspectives and issues from their origins in the past to the 21st century. Courses in French, German, or Spanish prepare students with the linguistic competence to engage native speakers in Western or Central Europe. Elective courses in European Culture Studies (EUR), English (ENG), history (HIST), and political science (PSCI) permit students to tailor their degree program with the particular knowledge and skills they need, either for graduate study or for their chosen career.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing.

Program Requirements:

  • Students must select either a minor or a second major with advisor approval. A minor in a second European language is strongly recommended.
  • In accordance with University Policies, coursework earned more than 10 years prior to the date of matriculation to UNC may not be used to satisfy any major or minor requirements. Any exception to this policy is at the discretion of the academic program.

Students must demonstrate their language and cultural proficiency by meeting the following criteria:

  • At least 36 credit hours in courses related to European languages and cultures.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses required for major.
  • Achieving in an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) at least Intermediate level proficiency in one European language, according to the ACTFL guidelines.
  • Demonstration in research papers that they can bring an informed perspective to bear in the critical analysis of European cultural issues.

Program Recommendations:

Students are encouraged to choose a minor or second major, either in another European language, or in a discipline that prepares them to apply their language and intercultural skills to an international career. Examples of second majors and minors that pair well with European Languages and Cultures include a second European language (French, German, Spanish), Business Administration, History, International Affairs, Music, Political Science, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality.

The BA program in European Languages and Cultures is also open to transfer students who come to the University of Northern Colorado with substantial prior credits in a European language not taught at UNC, such as Czech, Italian, or Russian. Beyond that, language requirements for the degree may also be satisfied through a study abroad experience at one of UNC’s partner universities in Europe, as long as the credits add up to 18 in the same language.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses that also count toward the 39 required major credits.

Any additional coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

The following courses are recommended to fulfill both the LAC Arts & Humanities and International Studies requirements and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

FR 201, FR 202 Intermediate French I & II

GER 201, GER 202 Intermediate German I & II

SPAN 201, SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish I & II

GER 116 Contemporary Germany is recommended to fulfill both the LAC Social & Behavioral Sciences and International Studies requirements and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 39 credits

Courses requirements for the major include four areas: Intermediate Language Studies (2a), Advanced Language Studies (2b), European Culture Studies (2c), and Research and Synthesis (2d). See below list of courses that may satisfy degree requirements in each area:

a) Intermediate Language Studies — 6 credits

Choose one of the following sequences of two courses (201 and 202, total of six credits) in one's language of concentration. If the coursework in the language of concentration is transfer credit in a language other than French, German or Spanish, a total of six credits of FL 295 is required.

FL 295Intermediate World Language

3

or

FR 201Intermediate French ILAA4LAIS

3

FR 202Intermediate French IILAA4LAIS

3

or

GER 201Intermediate German ILAA4LAIS

3

GER 202Intermediate German IILAA4LAIS

3

or

SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish ILAA4LAIS

3

SPAN 202Intermediate Spanish IILAA4LAIS

3

b) Advanced Language Studies — 15 credits

Take 15 credits from the following courses, all with the same prefix (i.e., in same language). FR 340, FR 350, GER 340 and GER 350 may satisfy either Area 2b Advanced Language Studies or Area 2c European Culture Studies but not both simultaneously.

FL 296Study Abroad Experience

3

FL 395Special Topics

1- 4

FR 301France & Francophonie I

3

FR 302France & Francophonie II

3

FR 311French Civilization and Literature Survey I

3

FR 312French Civilization and Literature Survey II

3

FR 340French for the Professions

3

FR 350Introduction to French Literature

3

FR 407French Phonetics and Oral Proficiency

3

FR 440Advanced Linguistic Studies

3

GER 301Germany and the Germans I

3

GER 302Germany and the Germans II

3

GER 311German Civilization and Literature Survey I

3

GER 312German Civilization and Literature Survey II

3

GER 340German for the Professions

3

GER 350Introduction to German Literature

3

GER 407German Phonetics and Oral Proficiency

3

GER 440Advanced Linguistic Studies

3

SPAN 301Spanish Grammar

3

or

SPAN 310Spanish for Native Speakers

3

SPAN 302Spanish Composition

3

or

SPAN 312Written Spanish for Native Speakers

3

SPAN 303Spanish Conversation

3

SPAN 304Introduction to Hispanic Literature

3

SPAN 321Spanish Civilization and Culture

3

SPAN 470Spanish for Oral Proficiency

3

Note: FL prefix courses should be taken with advisor approval and match language of concentration.

c) European Culture Studies — 12 credits

Take 12 credits from the following courses. FR 340, FR 350, GER 340 and GER 350 may satisfy either Area 2b Advanced Language Studies or Area 2c European Culture Studies but not both simultaneously.

EUR 316Continental European Storytelling

3

EUR 317European Culture and Identity

3

EUR 318Europe at War

3

EUR 319Germanic and Romance Linguistic Studies

3

FR 340French for the Professions

3

FR 350Introduction to French Literature

3

FR 411France Then and Now

3

FR 412French Politics and Society

3

FR 413The Francophone World

3

FR 414Language and Society

3

FR 450Readings in French Literature

3

GER 116Contemporary GermanyLAB3LAIS

3

GER 340German for the Professions

3

GER 350Introduction to German Literature

3

GER 450Advanced German Literature and Culture

3

SPAN 450Masterpieces of Spanish Literature

3

Advisor approval is required prior to registering for the following courses, which may also satisfy European Culture Studies area requirements. A course adjustment form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar for courses approved from this list.

ENG 345Literary Theory and Criticism

3

HIST 217Europe and Islam: Myth and Reality

3

HIST 365Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Medieval Europe

3

HIST 371The European Enlightenment

3

HIST 372European Reformation: Religion & Society

3

HIST 373France, Empire and War to 1804

3

HIST 382Hitler's Germany 1890-1945

3

HIST 383Great War and Aftermath

3

HIST 384Three Germanies

3

HIST 385History of the Holocaust, 1933 to the Present

3

HIST 389Modern Europe

3

HIST 394European Intellectual History

3

PSCI 210European Politics

3

PSCI 230The Evolution of the Modern State

3

d) Research and Synthesis — 6 credits

Choose 6 credits from the following courses:

EUR 416Public and Personal Revolutions

3

EUR 417The Individual in the System

3

EUR 418The Western Mind

3

FR 475Research Seminar

3

GER 475Research Seminar

3

3. Required Minor or Second Major — 18 credits

Students must complete either a second major or a minor approved by the program. A minor in a second European language is strongly advised.

4. University-Wide Credits — 32 credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 32 credits.

*Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.