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Degrees / Courses

 
General Education Requirements Majors Minors
Certification in Business French Courses Education Students
 
Projected Language Courses
French (pdf) German (pdf) Spanish (pdf)
 
Four-Year Advising Plans
For French Majors and Minors (pdf) For German Majors and Minors (pdf)
 
For French Majors: Equivalent AQ Credit for CIDEF-UCO Courses at Angers, France (pdf)
 
The Department of World Languages offers courses in French, German, Japanese, Latin, Spanish, and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages in K-12. Major studies may be pursued in French, German, and Spanish through departmental offerings at Aquinas College and through Study Abroad programs. Minors may be obtained in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
 
 
Major Requirements (French, German, Spanish)
For French, a total of 33 semester hours (exclusive of 101 and 102) including FH301 and FH302 are required. For a French Language and Culture emphasis, FH325, 327 and 401 are required. For a French for Professions Emphasis, FL405, FH413 and 415 are required.
For German, a total of 33 semester hours (exclusive of 101 and 102) including GN301, GN302, one literature (GN325 or 326) and one culture class (GN309 or 310) are required.
For Spanish, a total of 35 semester hours (exclusive of 101, 102 and 201) including SH301, 302 and 305, two literature courses (SH325 or 326 and 327 or 329) and one culture course (SH320, 363 or 370).
 
Students seeking to major in French, German, or Spanish must complete all courses beyond the introductory level with a grade of “C” or higher to continue with the next-level language class (102, 201, 202, 301, and 302). At graduation the student must have a cumulative G.P.A. of B (3.0) or higher in those courses used to fulfill the major requirement. Overseas language study is strongly recommended for all majors. At least 18 credit hours must be taken at Aquinas College, which may include courses taken while studying abroad. Aquinas College conducts a variety of Study Abroad programs representing the World Languages offered by the Department. Participants in study abroad programs remain registered at Aquinas College and the student’s financial aid package may be applied in full.
 
All French, German and Spanish majors and students who wish to enroll in FH/ GN/SH496 and/or 497 must demonstrate proficiency at the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) standard of Advanced-Low in Writing and Speaking through examination in FH/GN/SH301 and 302. This standard may equally be met by French students who pass the DELF B2 (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française), or the DFP Affaires B2 (Diplôme de Français professionnel Affaires), and by German students who pass the ZMP (Zentrale Mittelstufenprüfung Deutsch des Goethe Institutes).
 
Students transferring credits for FH/GN/SH 301 and/or 302 from other institutions will be required to take a proficiency exam. Students must consult with the department chair to arrange the proficiency exam.
 
Minor Requirements

A minor in French, German, or Japanese, may be obtained by completing 21 credit hours (exclusive of 101 and 102 in French and German, and exclusive of 101 in Japanese); including FH/GN/JE301 and FH/GN/JE302.

 

For French at least one of the following advanced course is required (FH401, 413 or 415).

 

For German at least one literature course and one culture course are required (GN325 or 326 and GN309, 310 or 398).

 

A minor in Spanish may be obtained by completing 23 credit hours (exclusive of SH101, 102 and 201); including SH301 and 302. At least two literature courses (SH325 or 326, and 327 or 329) and one culture course (SH320, 363 or 370) are required for a Spanish minor.

 
At least 12 credit hours must be taken at Aquinas College, which may include courses taken while studying abroad.
 
Students seeking to minor in French, German, Japanese or Spanish must complete all courses beyond the introductory level with a grade of “C” or higher to continue with the next-level language class (102, 201, 202, 301, and 302). At graduation time, the student must have a cumulative G.P.A. of B– (2.7) or higher in those courses used to fulfill the minor requirement. The language minor is not available for those students seeking teacher certification.
 
The Language Requirement for General Education
To successfully complete the two-semester language requirement (101 and 102) for the General Education program, all languages offered by the department count to fulfill this requirement. However, students must complete the sequence and receive a minimum grade of “C-” or higher in 101 or 110 and 102 or 120. Traditional-age freshman and transfer students who have not earned an Associate of Arts degree must take a language proficiency test for correct placement in, or possible waiver from, the required language courses. Students who have not studied a foreign language in high school, or those who choose to study a language other than that taken in high school, will be placed in a 101 level course. Transfer students who have earned an Associate of Arts degree, and Continuing Education students are not required to fulfill a language requirement under the General Education Program.
 
A maximum of eight credit hours toward the major or minor may be earned through Credit by Examination (CBE) or through Credit for Demonstrating Prior Learning and Competencies (CDPLC). Before applying for CDPLC, students should consult the Student Guide for CDPLC. The department chairperson must approved all CDPLC credits.
 
Important Information for Education Students
Students seeking Elementary and/or Secondary Michigan teacher certification must have a major in French, German, or Spanish. In Spanish, students can obtain an Elementary (K-8) or Secondary Certification (K- 12), in German and French, students can obtain a Secondary Certification (6-12). Candidates must successfully complete 30 credit hours of the language beyond FH/GN/SH202, including FH/GN/SH301 and 302, and seven additional advanced-level FH/GN/SH courses. Please contact an Education Department advisor for details.
 
FH/GN/SH496 (Methodology of Teaching Foreign Languages in the Elementary and Middle School, K-8) and FH/GN/SH497 (Methodology of Teaching World Languages in the Secondary School, 9–12) are required of all students seeking teacher certification in French, German, or Spanish. These courses do not count as credit hours toward the foreign language major, but rather as methodology courses for the Education Department. The Department of World Languages works closely with the Education Department to obtain a Bilingual Minor Endorsement and with the Business Department to obtain an International Business Degree. Please see appropriate Department Chairs for details.
 
Certification in Business French
Aquinas College is an approved examination center of the Paris Chamber of Commerce. Students may take the Diplôme de Français professionnel Affaires B 2 de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris at Aquinas College. This French diploma, identical to the one taken in France, is highly respected in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Students who succeed in obtaining this certificate have an in-depth knowledge of the French language and can work in any business-related field. The following course sequence prepares students for the certification in Business French: FH101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302 and 413.
 
*NOTE: FH designates offerings in French; GN, German; JE, Japanese; SH, Spanish; LN, Latin; and FL, other language-related courses.
 
Course Grade Requirement for all Language Majors and Minors
The required grade for all courses listed beyond French, German, Japanese, and Spanish 201 is a grade of “C” or higher in FH/GN/JE/ SH201. All subsequent courses must also be completed with a grade of “C” or higher in order to count towards the Major and/or Minor.
 

Courses

 
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Foreign Language Courses

FL110 Semester in a Foreign Language (4)
Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and the culture of selected countries. Prerequisite: None.


FL120 Second Semester in a Foreign Language (4)
Continuation of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Further exposure to the culture of selected countries. Prerequisite: C- or higher in FL110.


FL230 European Cultures and Identities (3)
This course examines the notions of Europe and the diverse interactive cultures and identities of the people living in Europe. From a multidisciplinary perspective it offers students the opportunity to improve their knowledge of Europe in light of a broad spectrum of cultures. Specifically, it explores the development and current state-of-affairs of these cultures in France, Germany and Spain as European Union members. This is not a course about the history of the European Union per se; however, selected readings will demonstrate how historical experiences and memories play a vital role in shaping identities and cultures. Students are encouraged to reflect upon the different perspectives and issues arising from this cultural diversity and study European cultures within a wider international and global viewpoint. Note: Strongly recommended for FH/GN/SH majors and minors, this course counts towards degree requirements. Prerequisite: None


FL405 Theory and Business of Translation (3)

Students from various language interests will explore and discuss theoretical approaches to translation, practical problems translators encounter, and prepare themselves for careers in translation. In addition, the course will be supplemented with distinguished professionals in the field of translation to discuss their own translations and experiences in translation. Prerequisite: FH/GN/JE or SH202 or instructor approval.

 
Latin Courses

LN101 First Semester Latin (4)
Introduction to Latin vocabulary, grammar, and syntax with emphasis on the language and culture of the classical period. Prerequisite: none.


LN102 Second Semester Latin (4)
Continuation and development of skills acquired in LN101. Prerequisite: C- or higher in LN101 or equivalent.