The Department of Modern and Classical Languages is part of the Division of World Languages and Cultures, and it offers major programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages with concentrations in Arabic, Chinese, French, and French with Business Emphasis. These degrees are designed to develop proficiency in the target language while introducing the student to the culture, history, and literature of their respective countries of study. The B.A. in French with Business Emphasis builds upon the study of culture, history, and literature by including coursework in accounting, business administration, and marketing in an international context. The A.A. degree in Modern Languages is essentially comprised of the Core Curriculum requirements for Areas A-E, plus the Area F requirements for regular Modern Languages degrees. The Department offers minors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, and Russian, and coursework is also available in Italian, Japanese, and Latin language in either regular classroom settings or through a self-instructional model that complies with the standards of NASILP (the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs).
Courses at the 1000, 2000, and sometimes the 3000-level are available in intensive formats such as Summer Language Institutes (SLIs) and other linked two-course and four-course options during fall and spring semesters. These programs are designed to bring students to an intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency in a shorter period of time in order that they achieve their language-related goals sooner and more efficiently. Students should review the North Georgia website or visit the department for current offerings and details.
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and the Department of Military Science offer students in the Corps of Cadets who are attached to a reserve unit the unique opportunity to combine course work at the university with study at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, California, in order to fulfill the Bachelor’s degree requirements while training as military linguists. * These students will receive an AA degree upon completion of language course work at the DLI. On returning to North Georgia, students will maintain and enhance the language skills acquired at the DLI via distance learning and will complete a major of their choice for the Bachelor’s degree, including any remaining core curriculum requirements needed.
The Department currently sponsors its own summer study abroad programs in Quebec, Canada, and the University maintains exchange agreements with Tsinghua University in Beijing, China; Liaocheng University in Liaocheng City, China; Daugavpils University in Daugavpils, Latvia; Caen, Normandy (France); and Fez, Morocco, allowing students to take courses in our major and minor programs. Other opportunities are currently under development. Additionally, students may take advantage of other study abroad programs through the University System of Georgia. For more detailed information, please see the Study Abroad section.
State-of-the-art language resource centers offer students and faculty the latest innovations in language pedagogy and digital technology, thereby supporting language acquisition for the entire university community.
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages faculty assist students in planning their academic program of study and in choosing courses which fulfill degree requirements for the selected major. Students are responsible for knowing their degree requirements, for meeting with their advisor on a regular basis, and for completing the baccalaureate plan of study during their junior year.
* Admission to North Georgia and to the Corps of Cadets does not guarantee acceptance to DLI language study. The DLI controls its own admission policy and sets its own quota each admission period. Part of the admission requirements to the DLI involves making an appropriate score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).
No grade below C will be accepted in a major area course required for a degree in Arabic, Chinese, or French. Major area courses include 1000- through 4000-level courses in the specific discipline in which the student is majoring. Additionally, no grade below C will be accepted in a course leading to an A.A. degree or language minor.
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