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The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

1. French Major

Recommended for students who seek a rich foundation in the language, literature and civilization of France and the Francophone countries.  A double major (e.g. French/Journalism) is a plus for a rewarding career within a global context.

  • Required Units (crs.): 33 minimum

  • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses (203 and 204) listed above, see following paragraphs for the list of courses in each specific area.

    • French Liberal Arts Emphasis

      Recommended for students who wish to pursue a profession in Diplomacy, International Business, Interpreting and Translating or for cultural interests. Students are encouraged to consider a minor in European or International Studies.

      • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

        • French 301, 304, 306, 312 (12 crs.)
        • Two literature courses (6 crs.) from: 315, 318, 321.
        • Two culture courses (6 crs.) from: 308, 309, 330, 331.
      • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's upper level offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement (3 crs.)

    • French Secondary Education Emphasis

      Recommended for students who wish to fulfill requirements leading to Department of Public Instruction licensure for either grades K-12 or 6-12.

      • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

        • French 301, 303, 304, 306, 312, 330 or 331.   (18 crs.)
        • One literature course (3 crs.) from: 315, 318, 321.
        • One additional culture course (3 crs.) from: 308, 309.
      • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's upper level offerings to meet the Min. Requirement (3 crs.)
      • Comment: The Department encourages students to participate in the UW Stevens Point spring semester in Caen; other options are the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi programs or other programs in France. Students considering graduate work in French, Comparative Literature or Foreign Language Education should consult with French program faculty.

2. German Major

Recommended for students who wish to pursue careers requiring proficiency in German language and for students who seek a rich foundation in the language, literature and civilization of German-speaking countries. 

  • Required Units (crs.): 33 minimum

  • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses (203 and 204) listed above, see paragraphs following for courses required in specific emphases.

  • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement. See paragraphs following for information on electives in the emphases/ options.

  • Comment:

    Students are encouraged to participate in one of the many study abroad opportunities offered through the Wisconsin-Hessen Student Exchange.  

    • German Liberal Arts Emphasis

      Recommended for students who wish to pursue a career in Government, International Business or Translating/ Interpreting or those who wish to complement other fields of study including Political Science, History, Music, Art and Literature.

      • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

        • German 301, 304, 306, 312 (12 crs.)
        • Two literature courses from: 308, 315, 318, 321, 327  (6 crs.)
        • Two culture courses from: 313, 323, 325, 330 (6 crs.)
      • Electives: 314 or 360, or sufficient courses to meet  minimum requirement.
      • German Major (Secondary Education Emphasis)
                        Recommended for students who wish to fulfill requirements leading to Department of Public Instruction Licensure for                         either grades K-12 or 6-12.
          • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:
            • German 301, 304, 306, 308, 312, 314, 330 (21 crs.)
            • One additional literature course from 315, 318, 321, 327 (3 crs.)
            • One additional culture course from 313, 323, 325 (3 crs.)

      3. Japanese Studies Major

      Collaborative Japanese Studies Major with UW Whitewater.  Recommended for students who wish to pursue diverse interests and career goals in Computer Science, Education, Foreign Service, International Studies, Journalism, Radio-TV-Film, Tourism, or to complement other fields of study including Art, Environmental Studies, History, Literature, Political Science and Religious Studies.

      • Required Units (crs.): 33 Minimum, plus 2.25 GPA minimum in all courses applied to major.
      • Required Courses:  In addition to the Core Courses: Japanese 210, 211, 310, 311 (14 crs).
      • Japanese Culture in Global Context: One course from: Art 317, English 221, or English 361 (3 crs).
      • Japanese History and Culture:  Three courses from: Env. Studies/English 244, History 375, History 376, Japanese 315, Rel. Studies, 337, Rel. Studies 344, Rel. Studies 345 (9 crs.)
      • Capstone – Japanese 464 (three credits) Senior thesis in Japanese Studies.
      • Electives (4-6 credits):  Select from Japanese 305, 320, 331, 332, 360, 446, or courses not already taken in History and Culture above.
      • Comment: All majors will be encouraged to participate in study abroad exchanges of one or two semesters and short-term travel study programs.

      4. Spanish Major

      Recommended for students who seek a rich foundation in the language, literature and civilization of Spain and Spanish America.

      • Required Units (crs.): 33 minimum Liberal Arts, and 36 minimum Secondary Education Emphasis. 
        • Students can only register for a maximum of two literature courses per semester.
        • In order to count towards the major, students must have a minimum of a 2.00 GPA in each 300-400 level course taken.
      • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses (203 and 204 above), see paragraphs following for courses required in specific emphases.

      • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement. See paragraphs following for information on electives in the emphases/options.
      • Comment:

        The Department encourages students to participate in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh study abroad programs in Spain, Peru, or other University-approved programs throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

        • Spanish Liberal Arts Emphasis  33 crs.

          Recommended for students who are pursuing careers in Political Science, Criminal Justice, International Business, Library Science, Tourism, Nursing, Social Work, Foreign Service, Translating, Journalism, Radio-TV and other fields in which the ability to speak Spanish is either highly desirable or mandatory. Students are encouraged to consider minoring in either Latin American or European Studies offered by the Department of International Studies.

          • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses (6 crs.):
            • Spanish 300, 312, 301; or for native speakers, 310, 311, 301 (9 crs.)
            • Literature Emphasis: 314; plus three literature courses, and two optional language or civilization courses (18 crs.)
            • Language Emphasis: 314 and one additional literature course; Four courses of language and civilization, with at least three being language (18 crs.)
            • Language and Literature Emphasis:  314 plus two additional literature courses; two language courses; one optional language or civilization course (18 crs.)
          • Comment: Students pursuing this emphasis are urged to consider choosing a minor in Latin American Studies, International Business or European Studies.
        • Spanish Major (Secondary Education Emphasis)        36 crs.

          Recommended for students who wish to fulfill requirements leading to Department of Public Instruction licensure for either grades K-12 or 6-12.

          • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses   (6 crs.)
            • Spanish 312, 300, and 301; or for native speakers, 310, 311 and 301 (9 crs.)
            • Literature emphasis: Requires 314, plus three additional literature courses; 307 and one civilization course, and one optional language or civilization course (21 crs.)
            • Language emphasis: Requires 314 plus one additional literature course; 307, 313 and; at least one civilization course; plus two additional courses of language or civilization, (at least one being language) (21 crs.)
            • Language and Literature emphasis: Requires 314, plus two additional literature courses; 307 and one civilization course; two additional courses (minimum one language course) (21 crs.)
          • Comment: Students considering graduate work in Spanish, Comparative Literature or in Foreign Language Education, should consult a member of the Spanish faculty.

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