Multi-Language Major

Gain proficiency in several languages on your way to a post-graduate degree.

Often used as the first benchmark in the pursuit towards a graduate program, the multi-language major is designed for students wanting to gain a significant level of proficiency in several languages as they prepare for careers in international development, foreign affairs or service to society, or for graduate school in fields such as linguistics or comparative literature.

Major Requirements

  • Three courses at the 300/400 level, often beginning with 301, in the primary language
  • At least three courses in the secondary language through a minimum level of 202
  • Demonstrate proficiency through the 102 level in the third language
  • ICS 270, WL 468 (.50 credit capstone internship) and WL 451 Senior Research Capstone
  • Two electives chosen from the provided list of courses in one of four tracks:
    • Pre-Graduate Study in the Humanities
    • International Development
    • Foreign Affairs
    • Social Service

Choose a Track

Students take two electives from one of the tracks listed below. Substitutions may be considered and granted through consultation with the chair of the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

  • Pre-graduate study in the humanities is recommended for those interested in linguistics, comparative literature and similar fields.
  • International development is perfect for those looking to work in business, nonprofit organizations, finance, economics or marketing.
  • Foreign affairs is a great fit for those interested in foreign service, diplomacy and political science.
  • Social service covers international or domestic social services, and can be faith or non-faith based.

Choose if interested in linguistics, comparative literature or similar fields.

Choose two:

  • ENG 220 Principles of Literary Study
  • ENG 415 Literary Theory (prerequisite: ENG 220 or consent of instructor)
  • ENG 416 History and Structure of English
  • WL 320 Non-Western Culture via Literature and Film

Choose if interested in business, nonprofit organizations, finance, economics or marketing.

Choose two:

  • BUS 230 Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 250 Management Theory and Practice
  • BUS 271 Introduction to Global Business
  • BUS 375 Capstone: Global Business (if student has taken BUS 271, 230 or 250 as other course in track)
  • COM 315 Intercultural Communications
  • ICS 275 Introduction to International Studies
  • PHL 310 Business Ethics

Choose if interested in foreign service, diplomacy or political science.

Choose two:

  • GEO 311 Regional Study of Europe
  • GEO 317 Regional Study of Latin America
  • HIS 116 Survey of Non-Western Civilizations
  • HIS 170 Latin American History: Civilization and Culture
  • HIS 204 History of the Middle East
  • HIS 303 U.S. Diplomatic History
  • POL 301 Politics of the Global North
  • POL 302 Politics of the Global South
  • POL 306 Policies of International Relations
  • POL 307 American Foreign Policy

Choose if interested in international or domestic social services, faith or non-faith based.

Classes in Group A generally present issues and concepts of concern in social service. Those in Group B would then help students explore their own professional path.

It is recommended that students choose one from each group.

SOC 100 Introductory Sociology is a prerequisite for all sociology classes.

Group A
  • PHL 306 Moral Philosophy
  • REL 230 Christian Social Ethics
  • REL 240 World Religions
  • SOC 301 Social Problems
  • SOC 310 Class and Status
Group B
  • REL 280 Ministry: Callings and Practice
  • REL 281 Serving Society: Faith Perspectives
  • SW 303 Introduction to Social Work

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