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

College of Arts and Humanities
General Education Requirements 1
First Year Experience4
Academic Foundations
English Composition requirement6
Mathematics requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Distributive Requirements
Science requirement6
Behavioral & Social Science requirement6
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Psychology
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Additional Baccalaureate Requirements
Writing Emphasis requirement9
Speaking Emphasis requirement9
Ethics requirement3
Major Language Courses 2
Tier 1: Language Skills
FRE 102Elementary French II (Traditional)3
FRE 201Intermediate French I (Traditional)3
FRE 202Intermediate French II (Traditional)3
Tier 2: Proficiency
Phonetics and Advance Oral French
French for Oral Proficiency
Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
Tier 3: Competency Content 3
Select one course from each of the following groups:9
Literary Analysis
Readings in Francophone Literature
Cultural Analysis
Francophone Civilization
French Cinema
Language and Linguistics
Topics in French Literature
Tier 4
Select one 400-level course in cultural, film, or literary studies3
Immersion Experience 43-12
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.
Capstone Requirement
FRE 401Commercial French 53
Pennsylvania certification in languages K–12 6
Effective August 2013 students must complete professional education sequence of the following:
EDA 103Foundations of Special Education3
EDT 349Technology Tools to Transform Teaching and Learning1
EDP 250Educational Psychology3
ERM 355Ethical and Effective Assessment 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 Teacher Candidacy
EDA 304Special Ed Processes/Procedures for Secondary Educators3
EDS 306Teaching Principles and Field Experience in Secondary Schools3
LAN 401Teaching of Modern Languages: K - 12 (LAT 301 FOR Latin majors)3
SED 411Student Teaching Sec - 1st Half6
SED 412Student Teaching Sec - 2nd Half6
PDE Prerequisites and Requirement for Program
LAN 327Introduction to Linguistics for Language3
or LIN 230 Introduction to Linguistics
LNC 368Comparative Cultural Studies (Language area cognate)3
Second Math Course3
Total Minimum Credits Required123

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.