B.A. in Languages and Cultures with Elective Certification - Russian Concentration

College of Arts and Humanities
General Education Requirements
English Composition requirements6
Mathematics requirement3
Public Speaking requirement3
Science requirements6
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Writing Emphasis requirements9
Major Language Courses 1
Tier 1: Language Skills
RUS 101Elementary Russian I 23
RUS 102Elementary Russian II 23
RUS 201Intermediate Russian I 33
RUS 202Intermediate Russian II 33
Tier 2: Proficiency6
Select one 6-credit course sequence:
Advanced Grammar and Composition I
and Advanced Oral Russian I
Advanced Grammar and Composition II
and Advanced Oral Russian II
Tier 3: Competency Content 4
Select one course from each of the following groups:9
Literary Analysis
Advanced Readings in Russian Literature
Cultural Analysis
Russian Civilization I
Language and Linguistics
Seminar in Russian
Tier 4
Select one course in cultural, film, or literary studies: 3
The Russian Novel
The Russian Drama
Russian Poetry of the 20th Century
Independent Studies in Russian Language
Seminar in Russian
Immersion Experience 53-12
Immersion study and/or internship work is an essential component of the B.A.L.C. curriculum. Languages and cultures are inextricably entwined. The goal of the immersion experience, which is a requirement for graduation, is to enable students to apply linguistic and cultural knowledge in an authentic social context, and for them to experience the challenges and the gratification of living in another culture.
Pennsylvania certification in languages K-12 6
Effective August 2013 students must complete professional education sequence of the following:
EDA 103Foundations of Special Education3
EDM 349Technology Tools to Transform Teaching and Learning1
EDP 250Educational Psychology3
EDP 355Assessment For Learning 7-123
EDP 349Adolescent Development3
or PSY 382 Infant, Child and Adolescent Development
EDR 347Literacy Development and Secondary Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms3
Following formal admission
EDA 304Special Ed Processes/Procedures for Secondary Educators3
EDS 306Teaching Principles and Field Experience in Secondary Schools3
LAN 401Teaching of Modern Languages: K - 123
EDS 411
EDS 412
Student Teaching Sec - 1st Half
and Student Teaching Sec - 2nd Half
PDE Prerequisites and Requirement for Program
LAN 327Introduction to Linguistics for Language3
or LIN 230 Introduction to Linguistics
LNC 368Comparative Cultural Studies3
Second Mathematics Course3
Total Minimum Credits Required123

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.


Students may substitute RUS 103 for RUS 101 and RUS 102.


Students may substitute RUS 203 for RUS 201 and RUS 202.


Students may substitute 400-level courses in Tier 3.


See the department chairperson and student handbook for options.

  • PAPA:  Undergraduate foreign language students seeking initial certification must take the PAPA series of basic skills tests unless they have met SAT/ACT passing criteria set by the PA Department of Education. For more information about this option or registering for the PAPA* tests, click here
    *Basic skills
    8001- PAPA Module 1: Reading
    8002- PAPA Module 2: Mathematics
    8003- PAPA Module 3: Writing
  • Formal admission into teacher education (FATE): In addition to passing scores on PAPA (formerly PPST) exams, certification candidates seeking FATE must have
    • a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher,
    • 48 completed college-level credits on their transcripts,
    • three earned credits in English literature, and
    • six earned credits in college-level mathematics
  • Praxis II Exams. There are two Praxis II exams:
    • Praxis II Fundamental Subjects:  Content Knowledge (#0511/5511)

      The Fundamental Subjects (#0511/5511) Praxis II is a PDE requirement for all K-12 certification students in the state and, therefore, must be taken and passed in order to be recommended for certification. This exam is to be taken by world languages certification students prior to enrollment in EDS 411/EDS 412.

    • Praxis II World Languages tests are no longer a requirement for program completion.  Effective Spring 2013, language certification majors will need to take the ACTFL/LTI (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages/Language Testing International) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT).
      Students failing to achieve either IH or AL will be permitted to complete the BA without certification in their language of specialization.
  • For certification-track students in French, German, Russian, and Spanish, the Department of Languages and Cultures will delete the requirement of AL (advanced low) on ACTFL OPI and WPT exams as a prerequisite for entrance into EDS 411/EDS 412.

For national recognition, the Department of Languages and Cultures, along with ACTFL and CAEP (formerly NCATE), requires OPI and WPT testing with the expected achievement of Advanced Low (AL). The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires teacher candidates score Intermediate High (IH) on the ACTFL OPI and WPT; consequently, those student who reach IH or AL on the OPI and WPT are recommended in PDE’s Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) for K-12 certification by the College of Education. Students enhance their career options and competitiveness in the job market by achieving AL.  The Department of Languages and Cultures recognizes that school districts are looking for candidates who meet the ACTFL requirement of AL on the WPT and OPI. Therefore, for those teacher candidates who do not reach AL on the OPI or the WPT, we create remedial plans informed by a candidate’s OPI or WPT diagnostic feedback acquired from ACTFL/LTI.

See the Teacher Certification Programs section of this catalog for an explanation of related requirements.

 To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.