Students who choose one of the six tracks of the foreign languages and literature major have options in Classics, French, German, Greek, Italian, and Latin.  

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Admission into the Major

See course descriptions for information concerning appropriate placement in French, German, and Latin. Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). Students can declare a major by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama.

Special Opportunities

The foreign languages and literature concentrations offer numerous opportunities for students to learn about the modern and ancient world. Students may participate in various club activities, become initiated into national honor societies, and take advantage of a variety of study-abroad programs. Students with foreign language proficiency have more opportunities open to them than students without that proficiency.

Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in foreign languages and literature must complete all University, College and major requirements. These include the general education requirement, all major and track requirements, all requirements for an approved minor and other sufficient credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

For all tracks, a minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Required Minor

This major requires the completion of a minor.

Additional Major Requirements

If students test out of any of the courses required for the major, this does not reduce the total number of credit hours required for the major. Students must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester.

Prerequisites

In addition to the stated prerequisites, all 400-level German courses have as a prerequisite 20 hours of coursework in German, or permission of the instructor.

Credit Options

With the exception of heritage language or bilingual individuals, students placed in intermediate level courses or higher can earn placement credit.

French

Except for heritage language or bilingual individuals, students placed in FR 201 Intermediate French or higher and who earn a grade of C- or higher in the course are granted additional credit upon written petition:

Placement Credit received with grade of "Pass" (C- or better)
FR 201 FR 102 (4 hours)
FR 202 FR 102 and FR 201 (7 hours)
FR 300 level FR 102, FR 201, FR 202 (10 hours)

German

Except for heritage language or bilingual individuals, students placed in GN 201 Intermediate German I or higher and who earn a grade of C- or higher in the course can earn additional credit upon written petition:

Placement Credit received with grade of "Pass" (C- or better)
GN 201 GN 103 (4 hours)
GN 202 GN 103 and GN 201 (7 hours)
GN 300 or 400 level GN 103, GN 201, GN 202 (10 hours)

Latin

The course level at which students begin their study of Latin is determined by several factors. These factors include the following: the number of high-school units completed, language placement examination scores or faculty evaluation. Students placed in LA 201 Intermed Latin Read I or higher and who earn a grade of B or higher in the course are granted additional credit upon written petition.

Placement Credit received with grade of "Pass" (C- or better)
LA 201 LA 102 (3 hours)
LA 202 LA 102 and LA 201 (6 hours)
LA 300 or 400 level LA 102, LA 201, LA 202 (9 hours)

Tracks

The major in foreign languages and literature requires the successful completion of specifically required semester hours in one of the following six tracks:

Classic Civilization Track

Hours
Required Courses
Select one of the following language sequences: 112
Elementary Latin I
and Elementary Latin II
Intermed Latin Read I
and Intermed Latin Read II
OR
Beginning Greek I
and Beginning Greek II
Intermediate Greek I
and Intermediate Greek II
Select from the following:21
Greek Roman Mythology
Alexander the Great,Then & Now
Greek Civilization
Roman Religion
History Of Greece
Greece & Rome in Film
Special Topics
History Of Rome
Ancient Art
Christ Church To 1500
Ancient Philosophy
Honors Spec Topics Sem (Women from Antiquity through Today)
Select Greek or Latin language electives (100 level or above)
Total Hours33

French Track 

Hours
Required Courses
FR 201Intermediate French 13
FR 202Intermediate French 13
Select two of the following:6
Voices In French 2
Advanced French Grammar 3
Text, Image, And Word 4
FR 341Survey Fr Literature I 53
FR 351Survey Fr Literature II 53
FR 421Pronunciation & Phonetics 63
Select two of the following: 76
French Civilization 8
Intro Romance Linguistic
Contemp French Civiliztn
French Linguistics
Credit Hours Subtotal: 27
Electives
Select six hours of FR electives 200 level and above6
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Ancillary Courses
Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The track in French requires the successful completion of the following courses:
FR 101
FR 102
Elementary French I
and Elementary French II 9
8

German Track

Hours
Required Courses
Select one of the following:8
Elementary German I
and Elementary German II
Accelerated Elementary German 1
GN 201Intermediate German I3
GN 202Intermediate German II3
GN 361 or Interm Convers Comp I3
GN 362 Interm Convers Comp II
GN 371Gn Cult Civil Thru 18323
GN 372Germn Cult Civ 1832-Present3
GN 403 or Undergraduate Seminar3
GN 404 Undergraduate Seminar
Credit Hours Subtotal: 26
Electives
Select three hours of GN electives 23
German Literature
Select one of the following:3
Germanic Mythology
Holocaust In Film & Lit
German Literature Translatn I
German Lit In Translatn II
Undergraduate Seminar
Undergraduate Seminar
Or other German literature course with departmental approval
Total Hours32

Greek Track 

Hours
Required Courses
GR 101Beginning Greek I3
GR 102Beginning Greek II3
GR 201Intermediate Greek I3
GR 202Intermediate Greek II3
GR 301Advanced Greek I3
GR 302Advanced Greek II3
GR 490Adv Greek Literature3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 21
Select one of the following:
CL 323 or Alexander the Great,Then & Now3
CL 385 History Of Greece
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Select 9 hours from among the following9
Ancient Art
Greek Roman Mythology
Alexander the Great,Then & Now
Roman Religion
History Of Rome
Special Topics
Greece & Rome in Film
Christ Church To 1500
Greek Civilization
Ancient Philosophy
Honors Spec Topics Sem (Women from Antiquity through Today)
Latin language electives on the 100 level or above
Greek language electives on the 400 level or above
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Total Hours33

Italian Track

Hours
Required Courses
IT 101Introductory Italian I4
IT 102Introductory Italian II4
IT 201Intermediate Italian I3
IT 202Intermediate Italian3
IT 353Italian Conversation3
IT 364IT Lit: Medieval to Modern3
IT 380Special Topics3
IT 380Special Topics3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 26
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Italian Cinema
Adv Grammar Composition
Intro Romance Linguistic
Undergraduate Seminar
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Other IT electives permissible, and Italian related coursework may apply with advisor approval.
Total Hours32

Latin Track

Hours
LA 101Elementary Latin I3
LA 102Elementary Latin II3
LA 201Intermed Latin Read I3
LA 202Intermed Latin Read II3
LA 301Survey Lit Roman Republ3
LA 302Survey Lit Of Empire3
CL 386History Of Rome3
LA 490Readings In Latin Literature3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 24
Select 9 hours from the following:9
Ancient Art
Greek Roman Mythology
Alexander the Great,Then & Now
Greek Civilization
Roman Religion
Greece & Rome in Film
Special Topics
History Of Greece
Christ Church To 1500
Ancient Philosophy
Honors Spec Topics Sem (Women from Antiquity through Today)
Greek language electives on the 100 level and above
Latin language electives on the 400 level or above
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Total Hours33

The interesting thing about the study of any field of foreign languages or classics is that, far from limiting a student's career choices, it actually expands them. Instead of being tied to one particular technical skill, learners have a broad and unique understanding of the human condition and have developed an appreciation for the precision and power of language. Most careers are open to students because employers and recruiters realize and appreciate the rigor and difficulty of the degree itself.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Many of our graduates in foreign languages and classics go on to professional schools or advanced degrees in their own areas at well known universities around the country and abroad. Since 1995, classics has had a 100% acceptance rate for those who have applied for medical school. We have sent students to prestigious law schools. Some students have completed advanced study in Library Science or English/TESOL, while others have entered various areas in the private and public sectors.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Foreign languages and literature graduates have jobs in a variety of areas in the private and public sectors, including all levels of education and educational administration, in print and other areas of media, law, diplomacy, auto industry, high tech fields and in many other areas. Competitive employers acknowledge the advantages of hiring those who can understand and communicate with a greater number of people.   

Classics graduates have gone to seminary and then on into the ministry. Several have gone on to MBA programs and graduated at the top of their class and now work in major businesses. Others have continued in classics and received a PhD and now teach in colleges here and in England. One student works for the Navy in Chicago, following a passion of hers, mapping and geography. The possibilities are endless!

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center