A student who wishes to major in foreign literature and languages (French or Spanish) must complete a minimum of 30 credits in 300 and 400-level courses in the major field. Twenty-seven of these credits must be taken in courses taught in the language of the selected major. In French and Spanish, courses 301 and 302 and six credits in “survey of literature” are required. The remaining hours will be chosen at the discretion of the student with the approval of the advisor. To qualify for any language course at the 300 level, a student must complete courses through 202, or their equivalent in that language. Students wishing to take 400-level courses must normally obtain the consent of the instructor teaching the 400-level course and have earned at least 12 credits in their major at UMass Dartmouth. No more than 6 credits in directed or independent study will normally be accepted toward the major. Exceptions must be approved by the chairperson. A grade minimum point average of 2.0 in courses in the chosen language must be attained for graduation.
The Department recommends that all students specializing in foreign literature and languages, especially those planning to teach or pursue a higher degree, take at least 18 hours in a second foreign language.
The Department also strongly recommends that both majors and minors in foreign language seriously consider a study abroad experience. Information and advisement concerning a wide variety of options for study abroad is available from various faculty members in the Department.
Note: For the Master of Arts in Teaching program, appropriate 400-level Foreign Language and Literature courses may be offered at the 500 level.
General Education Departmental Requirements
Students majoring in French will meet their departmentally-determined General Education requirements as follows:
Senior majors in the Foreign Literature and Languages Department who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 can choose to do honors work. The student must take a three or six-credit independent study on a specific topic. This course will have an extensive reading list, and the student must present a substantial term paper which will be evaluated by a faculty committee. The term paper must earn at least a grade of A-.