World Languages Major

College of Arts and Humanities - Department of World Languages


The World Languages major is unique in the Massachusetts State University system. A student majoring in World Languages will select one of four (4) concentrations: Chinese, French, World Languages, or International Management. The department also offers beginning courses in Portuguese and Russian.

The General Education Requirement

All students must satisfy a general education requirement consisting of ten (10) courses outside of the major department. The General Education Domain I-C (Language) requirement is satisfied through the completion of the World Languages major.

Course Prerequisites

Courses may have specified conditions for enrollment, such as prior completion of less advanced courses, permission of the instructor, or appropriate placement test scores. Students should refer to course descriptions in the department listings for prerequisite requirements.

Department Requirements for the major:

Modern Language majors must select one of the concentrations described below with the approval of their advisor. Any change in the student’s concentration must be approved by the Department Chair. Students in all concentrations must take one of the following two (2) courses as a core requirement.

Core Requirement (one course):

  • LING 200 Languages and Linguistics

Students with a minor in Secondary Education enroll in LING 300 Romance Linguistics as the core requirement course.




Concentration in Chinese (UWOC) (13)

A total of thirteen (13) courses are required for the Chinese concentration and must include the following distribution:

Language courses (8):

  • CHIN 101 Elementary Chinese I
  • CHIN 102 Elementary Chinese II
  • CHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHIN 301 Advanced Chinese Composition and Conversation I
  • CHIN 302 Advanced Chinese Composition and Conversation II
  • CHIN 405 Chinese Language through Media
  • CHIN 438 Topics in Chinese Language and Culture

One (1) Culture course:

  • CHIN 118 Chinese Writing System and Calligraphy

One (1) Chinese Linguistics course:

  • CHIN 300 Chinese Linguistics

One (1) Chinese Literature course:

  • CHIN 222 Chinese Literature in English Translation

Choose One (1) Chinese Elective course:

To fulfill the twelve-course concentration, students may select from the above courses and from the following:

  • CHIN 200 Chinese Culture Through Films
  • CHIN 326 Contemporary Trends in the Sinophone World
  • CHIN 330 Business Chinese
  • CHIN 450 Seminar in Chinese
  • CHIN 490 Independent Study in Chinese
  • CHIN 495 Internship/Practicum in Chinese                             



Concentration in French (UMOF)

Students concentrating in French complete their course work in a study abroad program (or approved off-campus courses). To apply for a study abroad program, students should have completed FREN 301 Advanced French Composition and Conversation or its equivalent. Internships abroad and immersion summer programs are also possible options for completing the major. Program descriptions are available in the chair’s office.

A total of twelve (12) courses is required for the French concentration. The core course counts as one (1) of the twelve courses. The remaining eleven (11) courses must be selected from the list below and must include the following distribution:

Language courses (choose two):

  • FREN 300 Business French
  • FREN 301 Advanced French Composition and Conversation I
  • FREN 302 Advanced French Composition and Conversation II
  • FREN 452 French Intonation and Diction

Culture courses (choose two):

  • FREN 390 Special Topics in French Studies (culture topic)
  • FREN 490 Independent Study in French (culture topic)

Literature courses (choose two):

  • FREN 306 Major French Writers I
  • FREN 307 Major French Writers II
  • FREN 490 Independent Study in French (literature topic)

World Language electives:

To fulfill the twelve-course concentration, students may select from the above courses and from the following:

  • FREN 490 Independent Study in French
  • FREN 495 Internship/Practicum in French                              
  • LING 200 The Languages of the World
  • LING 300 Romance Linguistics


Concentration in French (UMOF) with Minor in Secondary Education

The minor in Secondary Education leads to Initial Licensure for Teachers of Foreign Languages Grades 5-12. The Department requires that prior to student teaching, the students must have taken all of the education courses, LING 300 Romance Linguistics, and nine (9) of the advanced language courses required for the major.

For both academic and practical reasons, World Language majors with a concentration in in French are encouraged to achieve proficiency in a second foreign language.

Complete the Concentration in one of the following (11 courses):


                World Languages

Education Minor Requirements:

  • EDUC 200 Education in American Society with Field Study I
  • EDUC 222 Sheltered English Immersion
  • EDUC 300 Professional Preparation II: Special Needs and Educational Technology
  • EDUC 318 Professional Preparation and Field Study II: Methods, Special Education, and Technology for World Languages, Grades 5-12 (2 Course-credits)
  • EDUC 421 Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar I: World Languages Grades 5-12 (2 Course-credits)
  • EDUC 422 Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar II: World Languages Grades 5 - 12 (2 Course-credits)
  • PSYC 200 Psychology of Development

For further information on teacher education, see the Education Department section of the catalog.



Concentration in World Languages (UMOW)

The concentration in world languages includes the selection of a “primary” language and the selection of a “secondary” language. The concentration languages offered in the department are Spanish and French. Through an approved study abroad program (or an off-campus program), students may select a language other than French or Spanish as their “secondary” language.

The concentration requirements include the following:

Primary language:

  • Six (6) courses at the 300-level or above.

Secondary language:

  • Six (6) courses with a minimum of three (3) courses at the 300-level or above.

The core course may count towards either the primary language or the secondary language requirements.



Concentration in International Management (UMOI)

The concentration in International Management is intended for those who wish to combine modern language skills with business. The courses required for the Modern Language major are reduced to ten (10). Students may select a one-language option or a two-language option. In both cases, the core requirement may count as one (1) of the ten (10) language courses. The two (2) required 100-level economics courses can be used to fulfill part of the general education requirements. With careful course selection, students also may qualify for a minor in Economics or Business Administration.

World Languages courses (10):

One-language option:

  • Ten (10) courses in one language at the 300-level or above.

Two-language option:

  • Six (6) courses in a primary language at the 300-level or above and four (4) courses in a secondary language, three (3) at the 300-level or above.

Economics and Business courses (5):

  • ACCT 220 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics
  • MGMT 280 Applied Organizational Theory and Management
  • MRKT 181 Marketing Principles

   Choose three (3) electives from the following:

  • ECON 410 International Trade
  • FINA 411 International Finance
  • MGMT 412 International Business
  • MRKT 318 International Marketing

A semester study or internship abroad is strongly recommended. See course description for LING 496 Internship in International Management.


Effective as of the 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog