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Minors in Language & Culture

The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers minors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Each minor will require the completion of 22 credit hours, as outlined below.

Objectives of the Minor

The program objectives/outcomes for the minor in the six languages offered through the Department of World Languages and Cultures are:

  1. To allow students to earn transcriptable recognition of their work in language and culture beyond a listing of individual courses, and;
  2. To allow students to demonstrate their ability to communicate competently in another language and culture.

Successful completion of all required courses shall indicate that a student has successfully achieved the desired outcomes. Prior to declaring a minor through the Department of World Languages and Cultures, students must meet with a tenured or tenure-track faculty member from WLC and obtain a signature from that WLC faculty member and from their primary advisor. The signed form must then be turned in at the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office (268A Fine Arts Center).

 

Requirements

There are currently three options for fulfilling the requirements for the minor. Students should meet with a tenured or tenure-track faculty member from WLC to determine the best option for her/him.

Option A

  • 18 hours in the language1
  • for French, German, and Spanish, 18 hours above 051
  • for Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese, 18 hours beginning with 001 or above
  • WLC 147 Capstone for WLC Minors (1 hour)
  • WLC 148 Intercultural Communication (3 hours)

Total = 22 hours (a minimum of 12 of these plus the capstone must be taken at Drake)

Option B

  • 12 hours in the language above LANG 051 (at least one course must be taken after returning to Drake)2
  • WLC 080 Study Abroad Experience I (1 hour)
  • WLC 081 Study Abroad Experience II (2 hours)
  • WLC 082 Study Abroad Experience III (3 hours)
  • WLC 147 Capstone for WLC Minors (1 hour)
  • WLC 148 Intercultural Communication (3 hours)

Total = 22 hours (a minimum of 12 of these plus the capstone must be taken at Drake)

Option C

  • Language study, 001 and above (12 hours minimum; more acceptable and encouraged)
  • Courses in the fields of art, economics, English, history, marketing, music, philosophy/religion, political science, study of culture and society, world languages and cultures (up to 9 hours)
  • WLC 147: Capstone for Language Minors (1 hour)

For those minoring in Spanish Language and Culture, the following list of courses has been approved by the Department:

Economics

ECON 135 – Developing Economies

English

ENG 066: READING RACE & ETHNICITY

ENG 083: ENGLISH IN AMERICA: LANGUAGE, CITIZENSHIP & IDENTITY

ENG 163 – TRANS-CULTURAL LITERATURE

ENG 164/WGS 111 – LATINO/A LITERATURE

History

HIST 123 – MODERN MEXICO

HIST 124 – AZTECS INCAS MAYAS

HIST 125 – COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA

HIST 126 – MODERN LATIN AMERICA

HIST 156 – SEX, POWER, & WAR-AZTEC EMPIRE

Honors

HONR 073/WLC 150

J-Term
Accounting/Journalism and Mass Communication

ACTS 198/JMC 199– FAMILY, LIFESTYLES, ANNUITY TABLES

Education

COUN 145/245 - Counseling Diverse Populations: Brazil

Study of Society and Culture/World Languages and Cultures

SCSS 196/WLC 196 - TRAVEL STUDY SEMINAR – {CONTEMPORARY URBAN MEXICO}

Spanish

SPAN 140 - SPANISH PRTCL SPKG&WRTG

SPAN 150 - SPANISH LANG & CLTR

SPAN 151 - NATNL IDENTITY-TRANSNATNL AGE

SPAN 152 - FILM

SPAN 153 – MULTILINGUAL SOCIETIES

SPAN 154 - SPANISH FOR HEALTHCARE

SPAN 155 - SPANISH FOR BUSINESS

SPAN 160 - SPANISH LANG & LIT

Study of Culture and Society

SCSA 002 – INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

SCSA 150 – MIGRANT ORAL HISTORY

SCSA 150 – U.S.-MEXICO BORDERLANDS

SCSA 156 – ETHNOGRAPHIC METHODS

SCSS 155 – GLOBAL YOUTH STUDIES

World Languages & Cultures

WLC 148 - INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

WLC 150 - THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL: The Presence and Effects of American Culture in Mexico

Additional courses may be approved by the Department of World Languages and Cultures, as necessary.

 


[1] Courses must be approved by a WLC advisor.

[2] Students pursuing this option and also majoring in International Relations must complete nine credit hours that do not overlap between the two programs of study.

If you have any questions about the minors, please contact the Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures, Dr. Marc Pinheiro-Cadd.

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