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  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    The major provides a foundation for graduate work in Foreign Languages and Literatures or allied fields (anthropology, art history, history, linguistics, political science, religion). A Foreign Languages and Literatures major is excellent general preparation for entry to professional schools (business, journalism, law and medicine) or careers in foreign service, diplomacy, translation, commerce, business, import and export of information and culture, museums and libraries, and tourism.

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

    Overview

    The B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL) provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of a specific language (or languages) and advanced familiarity with the cultural practices and traditions associated with the language(s) of specialization. The major in FLL enhances critical thinking and communication skills and provides students with a cross-cultural understanding of our contemporary world. The program allows students the flexibility to explore a single or dual language specialization as well as the opportunity to study culture through interdisciplinary fields of critical concentration, such as Comparative Cultural Studies, Film and Visual Culture, Intensive Area Studies, Literary Studies, and Medieval and Early Modern Studies. A major in FLL offers an excellent basis for a variety of careers, including graduate study in an area of foreign language and culture and/or in the humanities and social sciences, as well as careers in education, international development, diplomacy and government, national security, communications, law, journalism, arts and culture, publishing, and global business. Participation in UF study-abroad programs or a UF approved program is highly encouraged.

    Foreign Languages and Literatures Specializations

    Dual Language Specialization

    The Dual Language specialization of the Foreign Languages and Literature major offers students the opportunity to specialize in two of the languages offered by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC). Students can combine any of the languages offered as specializations and/or they can combine any of these languages with a specialization in Haitian Creole or Vietnamese.

    Students who choose this this track will develop proficiency in two languages as well as acquire cultural knowledge of more than one language area. Dual language majors will be specially poised to make both broad and deep linguistic and cultural comparisons and to build cross-cultural and cross-linguistic connections, skills that will prepare them to operate and work in multi-lingual and multi-cultural societies as well as across various complex regions of the world. Further, dual language majors will be able to apply the language-learning skills gained in the study of one language of specialization to reinforce their acquisition of a second language of specialization.&

    In the Dual Language specialization, students will complete two years of study of a principal language of specialization and two years of study of a second language taught in LLC. Students will also complete advanced coursework in the languages, their literatures and cultures, as well as a critical concentration.

    There are a number of possibilities inherent in the Dual Language major. The following are some potential paths of study:

    1. Dual Language: Haitian Creole with French and Francophone Studies
    2. Dual Language: Vietnamese with Chinese

    Students interested in the dual language specialization should consult with the undergraduate coordinator to determine the best course of study and to discuss practical and intellectually advantageous language pairings.


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    Coursework for the Major

    The Dual Language specialization consists of two years of study of two languages. The 33 credits required includes 6 credits earned at the intermediate level in the second language, 18 credits of study in language, literature, and culture at the 3000 level or higher, and the 9 credit critical concentration. Students select a principal language of specialization and combine it with any of the other languages taught in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Course selections for the 18 credits of advanced electives will reflect the literature and culture of the student's first language of specialization.

    All coursework for the major must be completed with minimum grades of C.

    Required Foundation Coursework (not included in the 33 credits for the major)

    First language of specialization: 16-20 credits
    • Language A: Semester 1 [AKA1130, ARA1130, CHI1130, FRE1130, GER1130 or GER1125, HAI1130, HBR1130, ITA1130, JPN1130, RUS1130, SWA1130, VTN1130, WOL1130, XHO1130, or YOR1130]
    • Language A: Semester 2 [AKA1131, ARA1131, CHI1131, FRE1131, GER1131 or GER1126, HAI1131, HBR1131, ITA1131, JPN1131, RUS1131, SWA1131, VTN1131, WOL1131, XHO1131, or YOR1131]
    • Language A: Semester 3 [AKA2200, ARA2200, CHI2230, FRE2220, GER2220, HAI2220, HBR2220, ITA2220, JPN2230, RUS2220, SWA2220, VTN2220, WOL2200, XHO2200, or YOR2200]
    • Language A: Semester 4 [AKA2201, ARA2221, CHI2231, FRE2221, GER2240, HAI2201, HBR2221, ITA2221, JPN2231, RUS3400, SWA2201, VTN2221, WOL2201, XHO2201, YOR2201]
    Second language of specialization: 10 credits
    • Language B: Semester 1 [AKA1130, ARA1130, CHI1130, FRE1130, GER1130 or GER1125, HAI1130, HBR1130, ITA1130, JPN1130, RUS1130, SWA1130, VTN1130, WOL1130, XHO1130, or YOR1130]
    • Language B: Semester 2 [AKA1131, ARA1131, CHI1131, FRE1131, GER1131 or GER1126, HAI1131, HBR1131, ITA1131, JPN1131, RUS1131, SWA1131, VTN1131, WOL1131, XHO1131, or YOR1131]

    Required Core Coursework: 33 credits

    Students must complete four upper-division courses in the specialization while in residence at UF. Students should consult with their major advisor to ensure they are meeting this requirement.

    Second language of specialization, Intermediate Level: 6-8 credits (maximum 6 credits apply to the 33 credits required for the major)

    • Language B: Semester 3 [AKA2200, ARA2200, CHI2230, FRE2220, GER2220, HAI2220, HBR2220, ITA2220, JPN2230, RUS2220, SWA2220, VTN2220, WOL2200, XHO2200, or YOR2200]
    • Language B: Semester 4 [AKA2201, ARA2221, CHI2231, FRE2221, GER2240, HAI2201, HBR2221, ITA2221, JPN2231, RUS3400, SWA2201, VTN2221, WOL2201, XHO2201, YOR2201]

    Advanced Elective Coursework: 18 credits of advanced language and culture study with at least 6 credits at the 4000 level

    Specific course offerings in this section will depend on the language(s) selected, but these courses should be selected from the advanced elective offerings (3000/4000 level courses) associated with either language of specialization and its broader geographical area of cultural influence. Selections should include at least two courses at the 4000 level. Students should consult with the undergraduate coordinator to develop the best course of study.

    Critical Concentration: 9 credits from one of the following concentrations
    Although courses may appear in more than one group they may be counted toward only one group

    A maximum of 15 credits non-UF overseas study credit may apply to the major. Students must have all overseas study credit that will transfer to the major approved by their major advisor.

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    Overseas Study

    The department recommends no more than 12-15 credits from overseas study, depending on the requirements of the language specialization and in consultation with the appropriate Undergraduate Coordinator.

    Placement

    Students with previous training in their language of specialization as well as those with heritage background in that language should consult with the LLC undergraduate coordinator in order to have their level assessed before enrolling in any language course.

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    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete Language A: Semester 1 or higher-level Language A course with a minimum grade of C
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete Language A: Semester 2 or higher-level Language A course with a minimum grade of C and a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete Language A: Semester 3 or higher-level Language A course and Language B: Semester 1 with a minimum grade of C and a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    Language A: Semester 1 5
    Biological or Physical Science
    State Core GE-B or P
    3
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    3
    Total 14
    Semester 2 Credits
    Language A: Semester 2 5
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3​
    Biological or Physical Science
    Area not taken in semester 1, GE-B or P
    3
    Mathematics
    State Core GE-M
    3
    Science laboratory
    GE-P or B
    1
    Total 15
    Semester 3 Credits
    Language A: Semester 3 3-4
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3
    Mathematics
    GE-M
    3
    Physical Science
    GE-P
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    Total 15-16
    Semester 4 Credits
    Language A: Semester 4 3-4
    Advanced elective
    3000 level or above, in the major
    3
    Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    6
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S and D
    3
    Total 15-16
    Semester 5 Credits
    Language B: Semester 1 5
    Critical Concentration course 3
    Biological Science
    GE-B
    3
    Composition
    GE-C; WR
    3
    Advanced elective 3
    Total 17
    Semester 6 Credits
    Language B: Semester 2 5
    Advanced electives
    In the major
    6
    Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    3
    Total 14
    Semester 7 Credits
    Language B: Semester 3 3-4
    Critical Concentration course 3
    Advanced elective
    4000 level or above; in the major
    3
    Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    3
    Elective or
    Senior thesis option
    3
    Total 15-16
    Semester 8 Credits
    Language B: Semester 4 3
    Critical Concentration course 3
    Advanced elective
    4000 level or above; in the major
    3
    Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    6
    Total 15
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    Critical Concentration Courses: 9 credits from one concentration

    Although courses may appear in more than one group they may be counted toward only one group

    Course Credits
    Comparative Cultural Studies
    ABT 3500 Arabic Culture 3
    ABT 4131 The Qu’ran as Literature 3
    ​ARA 3510 The Arab Woman 3​
    CHT 3500 Chinese Culture 3
    CHT 3513 Taoism & Chinese Culture 3
    CZT 3564 Modern Czech Culture & Society 3
    FRT 3004 Monuments & Masterpieces of France 3
    FRT 3561 Women in French Lit/Cinema 3-4
    GET 3003 German Culture & Civilization 1 3
    GET 3004 Modern German Culture & Civilization 3
    ​​GET 3930 German Fairy Tales 3​
    HAI 3930 Haitian Culture & Society 3
    HAT 3564 Haitian Culture & Society 3
    ITT 3540 Crime Fiction & Film in Italy 3
    ITT 3700 Italian Perspectives on Holocaust 3
    ITT 3930 Special Topics in Italian 3
    JPT 3500 Japanese Culture 3
    JPT 4502 Japanese Folklore 3
    ​RUT 3443 War and Peace 3​
    ​RUT 3500 Russian Cultural Heritage 3​
    RUT 3501 Contemporary Russian Culture & Society 3
    RUT 3503 Violence & Terror in the Russian Experience 3
    RUT 3504 Russia Today 3
    ​RUT 3506 Creative Lives: Writers, Artists and Extraordinary People ​3
    RUT 3514 Russian Fairy Tales 3
    ​RUT 3524 Russia Through Film ​3
    RUT 3530 Russia's Struggle with Nature: Legacies of Destruction and Preservation 3
    ​RUT 3600 The Twentieth Century through Slavic Eyes ​3
    RUT 4450 Russian Modernism 3
    VTT 3500 Vietnamese Culture 3
    YOT 3500 Yoruba Diaspora in New World 3
    Film and Visual Culture
    CHI 4930 Special Topics in Chinese 3
    CHT 3391 Chinese Film and Media 4
    CHT 3523 Hong Kong, Taiwan and Global Cinema 4
    FRT 3520 French Cinema 4
    FRT 3561 Women in French Lit/Cinema 3-4
    FRT 4523 Euro Identities, Euro Cinema 4
    GET 3520 Early German Cinema 4
    GET 3580 War in Lit/Visual Media 3
    GET 4521 Women and German Cinema 4
    GET 4523 New German Cinema 1945-Present 4
    GET 4930 Variable Topics in German 3
    HBR 4930 Special Topics 3
    ITT 3521 Italian Cinema 4
    ITT 3540 Crime Fiction & Film in Italy 3
    ITT 3541 Italian Mafia Movies 3
    ITT 3930 Special Topics in Italian 3
    JPN 4930 Special Topics in Japanese 3
    JPT 3391 Intro to Japanese Film 4
    PLT 3520 Polish Cinema 4
    RUT 3524 Russia Through Film 3
    SSA 4930 Special Topics: African Film 3
    Literary Studies
    ABT 3130 Arabic Literary Heritage 3
    ABT 4131 The Qu’ran as Literature 3
    CHI 4930 Special Topics in Chinese 3
    CHT 3110 Chinese Literary Heritage 3
    CHT 3123 Pre-modern Chinese Fiction 3
    CHT 3124 Modern Chinese Fiction 3
    CHT 4111 Dream of the Red Chamber 3
    CHT 4603 Journey to the West 3
    FRT 3004 Monuments & Masterpieces of France 3
    FRT 3561 Women in French Lit/Cinema 3-4
    GET 3200 Literature of Knighthood 3
    GET 3501 History, Literature, Arts of Berlin 3
    GET 3580 War in Lit/Visual Media 3
    ​GET 3930 German Fairy Tales 3​
    GET 4930 Variable Topics in German 3
    ​HAT 3503 Haitian Culture and Literature in Translation 3​
    HBR 4930 Special Topics in Hebrew 3
    HBT 3223 Identity/Dissent in Hebrew Short Story 3
    ​HBT 3233 Israeli History and the Contemporary Novel 3​
    HBT 3563 Women in Mod. Hebrew Fiction 3
    HBT 3564 Motherhood Mod. Hebrew Lit. 3
    ITT 3431 Italy & Pilgrimages 3
    ITT 3540 Crime Fiction & Film in Italy 3
    ITT 3700 Italian Perspectives Holocaust 3
    ITT 3930 Special Topics Italian 3
    JPT 3100 Tales of Kyoto 3
    JPT 3120 Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation 3
    JPT 3121 Contemporary Japanese Literature: Postwar to Postmodern 3
    JPT 3140 Modern Women Writers 3​
    JPT 3150 Classical Japanese Poetry 3
    JPT 3300 Samurai War Tales 3
    JPT 4130 Tale of Genji 3
    JPT 4502 Japanese Folklore 3
    PLT 3930 Special Topics in Polish 3
    RUT 3101 Russian Masterpieces 3
    RUT 3441 Tolstoy & Dostoevsky 3
    RUT 3442 Themes from Russian Literature 3
    RUT 3443 War and Peace 3
    RUT 3452 Russian Literature of the 20th Century 3
    RUT 3503 Violence & Terror in the Russian Experience 3
    RUT 3506 Creative Lives: Writers, Artists and Extraordinary People 3
    RUT 3514 Russian Fairy Tales 3
    RUT 3530 Russia’s Struggle with Nature: Legacies of Destruction and Preservation 3
    ​RUT 3600 The Twentieth Century through Slavic Eyes 3​
    RUT 3930 Variable Topics Russian 3
    RUT 4440 Pushkin & Gogol 3
    RUT 4450 Russian Modernism 3
    SST 4502 African Oral Literatures ​3
    SSW 3303 Swahili Oral Literatures 3
    SSW 4713 African Women Writers 3
    ​VTN 4930 Special Topics in Vietnamese 3​
    YOR 4502 Yoruba Oral Literatures 3
    Medieval and Early Modern Studies
    ARA 3510 The Arab Woman 3
    CHT 3123 Pre-modern Chinese Fiction 3
    CHT 3513 Taoism and Chinese Culture 3
    CHT 4111 Dream of the Red Chamber 3
    CHT 4603 Journey to the West 3
    GET 3200 Literature of Knighthood 3
    ITT 3431 Italy and Pilgrimages 3
    JPT 3300 Samurai War Tales 3
    MEM 3003 Intro to Medieval World 3
    MEM 3300 Castles and Cloisters 3
    MEM 3301 Palaces and Cities 3
    MEM 3730 Studies in Holy Roman Empire 3
    MEM 3805 Research Methods in Medieval & Early Modern 1
    MEM 3931 Topics Medieval & Early Modern 3
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majors: foreign-languages-literatures