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Applied Modern Language and Culture BS degree

Hiroko Yamashita, Program Chair
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Program overview

Today’s work force is international and global, and career opportunities may require you to work in exciting international locations where a solid understanding of your career field includes proficiency in a second language and its culture. The BS degree in applied modern language and culture prepares students to actively apply their knowledge of language and culture to a technical or professional discipline.

Applied modern language and culture is not a traditional foreign language degree. Instead, the major provides advanced study of languages and cultures that most directly apply to the global workplace and the global economy in which you’ll work. Students choose one of five language tracks—Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish—where they'll immerse themselves in that region’s language and culture. Students learn to speak, understand, read, and write in their chosen language, as well as gain a proficiency in the culture and traditions surrounding the language and geographic region. In addition, students choose a secondary major of study or a minor in a technical or professional discipline, such as computing, information technology, engineering, business, the arts, or the sciences.

The major is unique in that it provides extensive study of a specific language and culture and its direct application to a career field. Students learn how the integration of language skills, cultural awareness, and professional fluency impacts their work in science, computing, communication, engineering, business, the arts, and more. 

International experience

The major includes a required international experience where students will live, study, or work in an international location. Through study abroad or an international co-op, students immerse themselves in their chosen language, engage in cultural customs and traditions, and broaden their global perspective and understanding.

Capstone project

In the final year, students engage in an interdisciplinary capstone seminar that integrates their chosen linguistic/cultural discipline with the professional or technical field they have chosen to pursue. This capstone seminar culminates in a senior project presentation.


Applied modern langauge and culture, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
  LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) 3
  LAS Perspective 3 (global) 3
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
  LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical) 4
  LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical) 4
  LAS Electives 9
  First Year Writing Seminar 3
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
MLXX-301 Intermediate Language Course I 3
MLXX-302 Intermediate Language Course II 3
  Intenisve Enhancement Course I 3
  Intenisve Enhancement Course II 3
  LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry) 3
  LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles) 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
  MLC Focus Area Courses 6
Third Year
  Advanced Langauge Courses 6
MLXX-410 Language for Science and Technology 3
  MLC Focus Area Course 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
  MLS Program Elective 3
  LAS Electives 9
  Free Elective 3
Fourth Year
MLXX-415 Language for Professional Purposes 3
  LAS Elective 6
  MLC Focus Area Courses 6
  Capstone Seminar 3
  Free Electives  12
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.