Modern Languages and Cultures

MODERN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES 

The minor in Modern Languages and Cultures is an interdisciplinary program for students who wish to acquire linguistic, cultural, and literary proficiency in German, French, Spanish, or Bulgarian. The minor can be easily combined with many disciplines offered at AUBG, such as Business Administration, Economics, Journalism and Mass Communication, European Studies, Political Science and International Relations, or Information Systems.

The curriculum of the minor in Modern Languages and Cultures is designed to enable students to:
·        communicate effectively with native or other competent speakers of the target  language while maintaining a high degree of grammatical accuracy and using and presenting material in the target language (in written and oral forms) in a clear and appropriate manner;
·        demonstrate substantial knowledge of specific aspects of the cultures and societies of the countries in which the target language is spoken;
·        describe, analyze, and evaluate the similarities and differences between “target language” cultures and their own.

Total: 18 credit hours

German-language Focus
Required Course (3 credit hours)
MLL 175 Introduction to Language and Culture Studies

Elective Courses (15 credit hours)
At least three credit hours out of the following:
MLL 125 Introduction to German Language and Culture I
MLL 126 Introduction to German Language and Culture II
MLL 225 Intermediate German: Perspectives on German-Speaking Cultures

At least three credit hours out of the following:
MLL 226 Intermediate German Composition and Conversation
MLL 227 Intermediate German Reading

At least three credit hours out of the following:
MLL 302 Modern Germany – Society, Politics, and Culture
MLL 327 Topics in German Language, Literature, and Film

Additional electives may be taken out of the following courses:
MLL L97 Special Topics in German Language and Culture
MLL 275 Language, Culture, and Communication
BUS 340 Organizational Theory and Behavior

Other courses as approved by the discipline coordinator and the dean of faculty.

French-language Focus
Required Course (3 credit hours)
MLL 175 Introduction to Language and Culture Studies

Elective Courses (15 credit hours)
At least three credit hours out of the following:
MLL 115 Introduction to French Language and Culture I
MLL 116 Introduction to French Language and Culture II
MLL 215 Intermediate French: Perspectives on French and Francophone Cultures

At least three credit hours out of the following:
MLL 216 Intermediate French Composition and Conversation
MLL 217 Intermediate French Reading

At least three credit hours out of the following:
MLL 301 Modern France – Society, Politics, and Culture
MLL 317 Topics in French Language, Literature, and Film

Additional electives may be taken out of the following courses:
MLL L97 Special Topics in French Language and Culture
MLL 275 Language, Culture, and Communication
BUS 340 Organizational Theory and Behavior

Other courses as approved by the discipline coordinator and the dean of faculty.

Spanish-language Focus
Required Course (3 credit hours)
MLL 175 Introduction to Language and Culture Studies

Elective Courses (15 credit hours)
At least three credit hours out of the following:
MLL 155 Introduction to Spanish Language and Culture I
MLL 156 Introduction to Spanish Language and Culture II
MLL 255 Intermediate Spanish: Perspectives on Spanish-Speaking Cultures

At least three credit hours out of the following:
MLL 256 Intermediate Spanish Composition and Conversation
MLL 257 Intermediate Spanish Reading

At least three credit hours out of the following:
MLL 303 Modern Spain – Society, Politics, and Culture
MLL 357 Topics in Spanish Language and Hispanic Literature and Film

Additional electives may be taken out of the following courses:
MLL L97 Special Topics in Spanish Language and Culture
MLL 275 Language, Culture, and Communication
BUS 340 Organizational Theory and Behavior
FAR 310 Music in Latin American Culture
HTY 312 Cultures and Societies in Latin America

Other courses as approved by the discipline coordinator and the dean of faculty.

Bulgarian-language Focus
Required Course (3 credit hours)
MLL 175 Introduction to Language and Culture Studies

Elective Courses (15 credit hours)
At least six credit hours out of the following:
MLL 136 Introduction to Bulgarian Language and Culture II
MLL 235 Intermediate Bulgarian I
MLL L97 Special Topics in Bulgarian Language and Culture

At least three credit hours out of the following:
MLL 135 Introduction to Bulgarian Language and Culture I
HTY 224 Civilizations at the Crossroads: The Bulgarian Case
POS 301 Bulgarian Government and Politics
FAR 309 Bulgarian Folk Music

Additional electives may be taken out of the following courses:
ENG 260 Balkan Literature
MLL 275 Language, Culture, and Communication
FLM 371 History, Memory, and Narrative in Balkan Cinema
BUS 340 Organizational Theory and Behavior
Other courses as approved by the discipline coordinator and the dean of faculty.

Students may waive MLL 215, MLL 225, or MLL 255 based on a placement test. In such cases, they are required to take an additional 200 or higher level course in the language of their minor.
The subject of the course MLL L97 Special Topics in German/ French/ Spanish/ Bulgarian Language and Culture and its description are defined for every particular offering. Students must consult with their language instructor on when such a course will be offered. Special Topics and Topics classes in the target language may be repeated for credit as long as the precise topic is different.

No more than two courses taken abroad may be counted for the minor.

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