Primary Area Language Options

A B.A. in World Languages and Cultures consists of two parts: (1) a Primary Language and (2) a Concentration.

A student must first select from two primary languages, French or Spanish, to complete a Bachelor of Arts in World Languages and Cultures.  A total of 21 credit hours must be completed to fulfill the requirements for the primary language.


Take all of the following courses: 18 credit hours

FREN 3010 French Structure & Composition     3
FREN 3020 French Conversation & Diction       3
FREN 3120 Culture & Civ of Modern France     3
FREN 3220 Survey of Modern French Lit          3
FREN 3310 Introduction to Linguistics               3
Take the following course: 3 credits hours  

*FREN 4900 Senior Capstone Experience         3


Take all of the following courses: 18 credit hours

SPAN 3010 Span Structure & Composition      3
SPAN 3020 Span Conversation & Diction        3
SPAN 3310 Intro to Hispanic Linguistics          3
SPAN 4450 Span Civilization                           3
SPAN 4500 Contemp Lat Amer Cultures         3

Take the following course: 3 credits hours

*SPAN 4900 Senior Capstone Experience        3

*The Senior Capstone Experience consist of three choices. The student will discuss the options with the faculty member of record for FREN 4900 or SPAN 4900 and select one of the following options.

1.  completion of FREN 4900 or SPAN 4900 Seminar of Language and Culture, a Senior Research/Thesis scholarly project. Students are required to revise and substantially extend a research essay from a previous upper-level language course. A general rule would be a 40-page essay with the substantial scholarly bibliography. Students pursing the Senior Research/Thesis option will be required to defend their thesis in a 30-minute public presentation during which they will discuss their work and answer questions. The supervising faculty member will assign a grade to the Thesis project, which becomes the grade for the course.

2. Completion of overseas study experience. Students are encouraged to study their primary language overseas during summer, fall or spring semesters or for a full year in their junior year. Course equivalents must be worked out with the Department Chair and the International Education Center prior to registration. Students who seek Capstone credit for study abroad must register for a 3-hour section of FREN 4900 or SPAN 4900 in the semester subsequent to their participation in any study abroad program approved by the Department Chair. While abroad students will write a journal or a blog in order to have a timely record of their impressions and experiences. Following their return to Georgia College, they will write a reflective essay of no fewer than 3,000 words, exploring what they have learned from their travel. The instructor of record for FREN 4900 or SPAN 4900 will award a letter grade for this essay, and it will be the grade for the course. Failure to complete FREN 4900 or SPAN 4900 by the end of the semester following study abroad will resul in a failing grade in the course, and Capstone credit will not be granted.

3. Completion of a 3-hour teaching practicum. To receive Capstone credit for a practicum, students must register for 3 hours of FREN 4950 or SPAN 4950 simultaneously with undertaking the practicum.  FREN 4950 or SPAN 4950 will be supervised by the faculty member teaching the course to which the student is assigned, with input from the Chair as needed.  In addition to the actual work of the practicum, students will be required to compile a portfolio, essay, or other appropriate documentation reflecting their learning and experiences, which will be evaluated by the supervising faculty member.  In addition, the faculty supervisor must provide an evaluation of the student's work in the practicum.  All material, including the faculty supervisor's evaluation, must be submitted to the chair in order to pass FREN 4950 or SPAN 4950 and receive Capstone credit.

Additional Departmental requirements:

A grade of C or better must be earned in order for the grade to count toward the degree program credits.