Applied Modern Language and Culture Bachelor of science degree

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Overview

Increase your career options with a proficiency in a second language and its culture. Pair your study of Chinese, Japanese, or Spanish with a major in computing, information technology, engineering, business, the arts, or the sciences.


Today’s workforce is increasingly global, and career opportunities may arise 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 is a unique and dynamic foreign language degree in which you’ll study Chinese, Japanese, or Spanish. It prepares you to actively apply your knowledge of language and culture to a technical or professional discipline of your choice, such as science, business, communication, computing and information technology, engineering, and more. You’ll gain proficiency in your chosen language and culture and learn to articulate your technical or professional discipline in the language.  

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 three language tracks—Chinese, 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.

Industries


  • International Affairs

  • Higher Education

  • Non-Profit

  • Advertising, PR, and Marketing

  • Government (Local, State, Federal)

  • Tourism

  • Hotels and Accommodation

  • Non-Governement Organization

Curriculum

Applied Modern Language and Culture (Chinese track), BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Choose one of the following: 3
  MLCH-201
   Beginning Chinese I
This course is designed for beginners, with no prior study of Chinese. It introduces students to the sounds, basic sentence structures, and the writing system of Mandarin Chinese. Pinyin, the Romanization (phonetic transliteration) of Mandarin Chinese, is taught and required throughout the course. Students also learn to read and write Chinese characters. Emphasis is on developing listening and speaking skills, as well as building a vocabulary based on the ideographic Chinese characters. Chinese culture is also introduced through the course. Students must take a placement exam if this is their first RIT class in Chinese and they have some prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.
 
 
   LAS Perspective 3 (global)
 
Choose one of the following:
3
  MLCH-202
   Beginning Chinese II
This course continues the the beginning level of Chinese study. The focus is on developing listening and speaking skills, with an increasing emphasis on reading and writing skills. Students will learn more expressions, sentence structures as well as other parts of the Chinese grammar. Further aspects of Chinese culture are also introduced, in parallel to Chinese language study.
 
 
   LAS Perspective 3 (global)
 
YOPS-10
RIT 365: RIT Connections
0
 
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)
3
 
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)
3
 
LAS Perspective 4 (social)
3
 
LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical)
3
 
LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical)
3
 
LAS Electives
6
 
First Year Writing (WI)
3
 
Wellness Education*
0
Second Year
MLCH-301
Intermediate Chinese I
This course begins the intermediate level of Chinese study. Knowledge of Pinyin, Chinese characters, and sentence structures covered by the beginning level of Chinese study is required before taking this course. The focus continues to be on developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Further aspects of Chinese culture are also introduced, in parallel to Chinese language study.
3
MLCH-302
Intermediate Chinese II
This course continues the intermediate level of Chinese study. Knowledge of Pinyin, Chinese characters, and sentence structures covered by the first three semesters of Chinese learning is required before taking this course. The focus continues to be on developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Further aspects of Chinese culture are also introduced, in parallel to Chinese language study.
3
MLCH-310
Intermediate Conversational Chinese
This course aims to improve students’ Chinese language proficiency and focuses especially on enhancing their conversational skills. The course will also increase students’ knowledge of Chinese culture in comparison with American culture through exposure to authentic sources. Students will learn expressions and manners of speaking during formal and informal Chinese conversations about their daily experiences. Students will develop their listening skills and will be able to gather general ideas and necessary details from authentic oral materials. They will also improve their abilities of narrating and describing familiar topics with various sentence structures. This course is especially suitable for students planning to study or work in China and desiring confidence and basic competence in communicating.
3
MLCH-315
Intermediate Reading and Writing in Chinese
This course is designed to enhance students’ ability to read authentic Chinese materials and write a variety of texts in Chinese, such as messages, blogs, emails, and short stories, more effectively. The main focus is to develop practical reading and writing skills that are essential for daily life by employing vocabulary, idioms, expressions, and structures in a more natural and descriptive fashion. This course provides students the opportunity to practice reading and writing strategies in meaningful and practical contexts, and to reinforce the materials that they have learned. Through reading, writing, discussion, multimedia, and presentations, students will learn the Chinese language in the context of describing nature, people, Chinese daily life and culture.
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†
MLCH-4XX
Advanced Chinese Language Courses
6
MLCH-410
Chinese for Science and Technology
This course teaches specialized terminology and linguistic structures important for communicating scientific and technological knowledge in the target language. The focus is on developing students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in interpreting technical Chinese. Students will learn science and technology terms and structures in a broad range of technical areas via experiential learning activities. In addition, students will research and present topics of their own interest or beyond their disciplines. Students will expand their knowledge of the target language to include technical terms/structures and prepare themselves to better apply their language skills in internships, research, and work while exploring and understanding the culture in professional workplaces.
3
 
MLC Focus Area Course
3
 
LAS Immersion 3
3
 
MLC Program Elective
3
 
LAS Electives
9
 
Free Elective
3
Fourth Year
MLCH-415
Professional Chinese
The course gives students an opportunity to study professional Chinese language and culture as well as to practice presentation and negotiation skills, especially in professional and formal contexts. Students will improve speaking, listening, reading and writing skills developed in the elementary/intermediate sequence to master formal interactions in Chinese. They will learn professional vocabulary, expressions, and grammatical structures through readings, conversation, and discussion. They will cultivate expressive skills through discussion, writing assignments, and a video tutorial project. This course will be useful for students who are planning to seek employment in Chinese companies or in companies doing business in Chinese speaking areas, and also for students who want to learn more about business in Chinese culture. This is a language class; proficiency equivalent to Intermediate Chinese II is required.
3
MLCU-549
Capstone Seminar in Applied Modern Language and Culture
This upper division seminar constitutes the final core requirement in the Applied Modern Language and Culture degree program. Students majoring in Applied Modern Language and Culture will enroll in this course in their final year of study. The capstone seminar will further develop and sharpen the connection between the students’ professional or technical fields and their linguistic and cultural knowledge of the language of the track The course will involve a variety of written and reading assignments, and/or project which involves professional fields. May be repeated up to twice.
3
 
LAS Elective
6
 
MLC Focus Area Courses
6
 
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 different Wellness courses.

† Students complete Study Abroad and Work Abroad requirements in the third year of study. Prior to studying abroad, MLCH-201, MLCH-202, MLCH-301, MLCH-302, and two Intermediate Enhancement Courses.

Applied Modern Language and Culture (Japanese track), BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Choose one of the following:
3
  MLJP-201
   Beginning Japanese I
This is the first course in the first year sequence designed for students with no prior exposure to Japanese. It provides a sound introduction to the language as it is spoken and written today. A strong emphasis is placed on oral proficiency and the appropriate use of language in Japanese society. Hiragana and Katakana syllabary is also taught for written communication. Not open to students with prior Japanese instruction. Students must take placement exam if this is their first RIT class in Japanese and they have some prior study of Japanese.
 
 
   LAS Perspective 3 (global)
 
Choose one of the following:
3
  MLJP-202
   Beginning Japanese II
This is the second course in the first-year sequence. It provides a sound introduction to the language as it is spoken and written today. A strong emphasis is placed on proficiency and the appropriate use of language in the Japanese society. Students continue to learn how to use language in real-life situations for different communication purposes. Approximately 120 Kanji characters are also introduced for written communication. Students must have a good command of Hiragana and Katakana and basic knowledge of Kanji to take this course.
 
 
   LAS Perspective 3 (global)
 
YOPS-10
RIT 365: RIT Connections
0
 
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)
3
 
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)
3
 
LAS Perspective 4 (social)
3
 
LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical)
3
 
LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical)
3
 
LAS Electives
6
 
First Year Writing (WI)
3
 
Wellness Education*
0
Second Year
MLJP-301
Intermediate Japanese I
This is the first course in the second-year sequence designed to give students more advanced instruction and practice in the skills of speaking, reading, writing, and comprehending contemporary Japanese. A strong emphasis is placed on proficiency through reading, writing, and speaking activities. Students learn cultural information and practice using the language in real life situations in Japanese society. Approximately 60 new Kanji are introduced.
3
MLJP-302
Intermediate Japanese II
This is the second course in the second-year sequence designed to give students more advanced instruction and practice in the skills of speaking, reading, writing, and comprehending contemporary Japanese. A strong emphasis is placed on proficiency through reading, writing, and speaking activities. Students learn cultural information and practice using the language in real life situations in Japanese society. Approximately 120 new Kanji are introduced.
3
MLJP-310
Practical Reading and Speaking in Japanese
This course aims to cultivate basic skills that are essential for daily life in Japan. The main focus is on the development of reading skills and oral communication skills with the use of common phrases, expressions, and Kanji characters that are commonly used in the Japanese society today. This course gives students the opportunity to read various practical texts such as signs, advertisements, notes, instructions, notices, and e-mails. The course also provides students opportunities to strengthen practical communication skills through activities and daily life situations such as filling out forms, asking for information, explaining situations in detail, and giving thoughts on daily matters. This course reinforces the materials learned in the beginning level in Japanese. Students need to continue the sequential courses (Intermediate Japanese I and II) in order to advance in the intermediate level.
3
MLJP-315
Practical Writing and Speaking in Japanese
This course aims to enhance basic writing and speaking skills that are essential for daily life in Japan. The main focus is on the development of practical daily conversational skills and writing with the use of common phrases, expressions, and Kanji characters that are commonly used in the Japanese society today. This course gives students the opportunity to practice writing various practical passages and texts such as application forms, advertisements, e-mails, blogs, and letters. The course also provides students opportunities to strengthen practical communication skills through activities and daily life situations such as asking for information, explaining situations in detail, and giving thoughts on daily matters. This course reinforces the materials learned at the beginning level in Japanese. Students need to continue the sequential courses (Intermediate Japanese I and II) in order to advance in the intermediate level.
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†
MLJP-4XX
Advanced Japanese Language Course
3
MLJP-402
Advanced Japanese II
This course provides advanced students of Japanese with training in all four language skills. Students will practice oral communication with a high degree of proficiency in various social settings. They will improve communicative skills with discussions and debate. They will also receive training in reading semi-authentic and authentic materials with the help of a dictionary, as well as training in writing for a specific purpose, such as news reports and critical essays.
3
MLJP-410
Japanese for Science and Technology
This course teaches specialized terminology and linguistic structures important for communicating scientific and technological knowledge in the target language. The focus is on developing students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in interpreting technical Japanese. Students will learn science and technology terms and structures in a broad range of technical areas via experiential learning activities. In addition, students will research and present topics of their own interest or beyond their disciplines. Students will expand their knowledge of the target language to include technical terms/structures and prepare themselves to better apply their language skills in internships, research, and work while exploring and understanding the culture in professional workplaces.
3
 
MLC Focus Area Course
3
 
LAS Immersion 3
3
 
MLC Program Elective
3
 
LAS Electives
9
 
Free Elective
3
Fourth Year
MLJP-415
Professional Japanese
The course gives students an opportunity to study professional language and culture as well as to practice presentation and negotiation skills, especially in professional and formal contexts. Students will improve speaking, listening, reading and writing skills developed in the elementary/intermediate sequence to master formal interactions in Japanese. They will learn professional vocabulary, expressions, and grammatical structures through readings, conversation, and discussion. They will cultivate expressive skills through discussion, writing assignments, and a video tutorial project. This course will be useful for students who are planning to seek employment in international companies or in companies doing business abroad, and also for students who want to learn more about business in Japan. This is a language class; proficiency equivalent to Intermediate Japanese II is required.
3
MLCU-549
Capstone Seminar in Applied Modern Language and Culture
This upper division seminar constitutes the final core requirement in the Applied Modern Language and Culture degree program. Students majoring in Applied Modern Language and Culture will enroll in this course in their final year of study. The capstone seminar will further develop and sharpen the connection between the students’ professional or technical fields and their linguistic and cultural knowledge of the language of the track The course will involve a variety of written and reading assignments, and/or project which involves professional fields. May be repeated up to twice.
3
 
LAS Elective
6
 
MLC Focus Area Courses
6
 
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 different Wellness courses.

† Students complete Study Abroad and Work Abroad requirements in the third year of study. Prior to studying abroad, MLJP-201, MLJP-202, MLJP-301, MLJP-302, and two Intermediate Enhancement Courses.

Applied Modern Language and Culture (Spanish track), BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Choose one of the following:
3
  MLSP-201
   Beginning Spanish I
 
 
   LAS Perspective 3 (global)
 
Choose one of the following:
3
  MLSP-202
   Beginning Spanish II
This course continues the basic grammatical structures, vocabulary and situations of first-year Spanish, with foundation work in all skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing, culture). Beginning Spanish II continues work in the past tenses and includes work on the subjunctive mood, plus the future and conditional tenses. Students work on paragraph-length speech and writing, and move toward readiness for conversation and composition.
 
 
   LAS Perspective 3 (global)
 
YOPS-10
RIT 365: RIT Connections
0
 
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)
3
 
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)
3
 
LAS Perspective 4 (social)
3
 
LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical)
3
 
LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical)
3
 
LAS Electives
6
 
First Year Writing (WI)
3
 
Wellness Education*
0
Second Year
MLSP-301
Intermediate Spanish I
This is the first course in the Intermediate Spanish sequence (second year). Intermediate Spanish I is a course in Conversation, along with grammar review and culture study. Emphasis is on tourist survival situation dialogues, various forms of conversation, and registers of formality. The basic skills learned in the first year courses are now put into practice. Students must take the placement exam if this is their first RIT Spanish class, and they have some prior study of Spanish.
3
MLSP-302
Intermediate Spanish II
This is the second course in the Intermediate Spanish sequence (second year). Intermediate Spanish II is a Composition course, emphasizing grammar review, composition, business-letter writing, Spanish for the Professions, and culture, while also including work in speaking and listening. The basic skills learned in the first year courses are now put into practice. In addition to the language work, there is significant work on cultural topics of Spanish-speaking countries at the intermediate level: both formal and informal culture (the arts and daily behavior). Students must take the placement exam if this is their first RIT Spanish class, and they have some prior study of Spanish.
3
MLSP-310
Spanish Grammar Review
Spanish Grammar Review is an intensive review of the major grammar components of the Spanish language as typically studied by U.S. college students. Classroom exercises and discussion are supplemented by a textbook and online activity program. The course intends to help students progress in their language study and solidify their grammar skills. In addition to particular exercises in the textbook topics, weekly class work includes an open forum for questions and spontaneous exercises.
3
MLSP-315
Hispanic Culture & Civilization
Hispanic Culture and Civilization, taught completely in Spanish, examines the history and cultures of the Spanish-speaking countries of the world. Detailed history, regional identities, regional characteristics, connections, similarities and differences, important historical events, cultural expressions, and contemporary issues are discussed, based on readings, documentary films, and research.
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†
MLSP-4XX
Advanced Spanish Language Courses
6
MLSP-410
Spanish for Science and Technology
This course teaches specialized terminology and linguistic structures important for communicating scientific and technological knowledge in Spanish. The focus is on developing students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in interpreting technical Spanish. Students will learn science and technology terms and structures in a broad range of technical areas via experiential learning activities. In addition, students will research and present topics of their own interest or beyond their disciplines. Students will expand their knowledge of Spanish to include technical terms and linguistic structures. This course will better prepare them to apply their language skills in internships, research, and work while exploring and understanding the culture of professional workplaces in the Spanish-speaking world.
3
 
MLC Focus Area Course
3
 
LAS Immersion 3
3
 
MLC Program Elective
3
 
LAS Electives
9
 
Free Elective
3
Fourth Year
MLSP-415
Professional Spanish
The course gives students an opportunity to study professional language and culture as well as to practice presentation and negotiation skills, especially in professional and formal contexts. Students will improve speaking, listening, reading and writing skills developed in the elementary/intermediate sequence to master formal interactions in Spanish. They will learn professional vocabulary, expressions, and grammatical structures through readings, conversation, and discussion. They will cultivate expressive skills through discussion, writing assignments, and a video tutorial project. This course will be useful for students who are planning to seek employment in international companies or in companies doing business abroad, and also for students who want to learn more about business in Spanish-speaking cultures. This is a language class; proficiency equivalent to Intermediate Spanish II is required.
3
MLCU-549
Capstone Seminar in Applied Modern Language and Culture
This upper division seminar constitutes the final core requirement in the Applied Modern Language and Culture degree program. Students majoring in Applied Modern Language and Culture will enroll in this course in their final year of study. The capstone seminar will further develop and sharpen the connection between the students’ professional or technical fields and their linguistic and cultural knowledge of the language of the track The course will involve a variety of written and reading assignments, and/or project which involves professional fields. May be repeated up to twice.
3
 
LAS Electives
6
 
MLC Focus Area Courses
6
 
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 different Wellness courses.

† Students complete Study Abroad and Work Abroad requirements in the third year of study. Prior to studying abroad, MLSP-201, MLSP-202, MLSP-301, MLSP-302, and two Intermediate Enhancement Courses.

Admission Requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • Strong performance in English and social studies is expected

Transfer Admission

Transfer course recommendations without associate degree

Courses in liberal arts, science, and foreign language

Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer

Liberal arts with social sciences, sciences, or languages

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