Students who choose one of the six tracks of the foreign languages and literature major have options in classical civilization, 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.

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:6
Intermed Latin Read I
and Intermed Latin Read II 1
Intermediate Greek I
and Intermediate Greek II 1
Select two of the following:6
Greek Roman Mythology
Special Topics (Literature Topic Only)
Survey Lit Roman Republ
Advanced Greek I
Select seven of the following:21
Medical Terminology
Alexander the Great, Then & Now
Roman Religion
History Of Greece
History Of Rome
Ancient Art
Christ Church To 1500
Ancient Philosophy
Honors Spec Topics Sem (Women from Antiquity through Today)
Special Topics
Select Greek or Latin language electives (200 level or above) 1
Total Hours33
1

Students who choose LA 201 Intermed Latin Read I and LA 202 Intermed Latin Read II may not use LA 101 Elementary Latin I or LA 102 Elementary Latin II as an elective in the track. Students who choose GR 201 Intermediate Greek I and GR 202 Intermediate Greek II may not use GR 101 Beginning Greek I or GR 102 Beginning Greek II as an elective in the track. 

French Track 

Hours
Required Courses
FR 201Intermediate French 13
FR 202Intermediate French 13
Select two of the following:6
Voices In French
Advanced French Grammar
Text, Image, And Word
FR 341Survey Fr Literature I 23
FR 351Survey Fr Literature II 23
FR 421Pronunciation & Phonetics3
Select two of the following: 36
French Civilization
Intro Romance Linguistic (Same as IT 361 and SP 361)
Contemp French Civiliztn
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 4
8
Total Hours41
1

One honors section is available for this course. Consult the online schedule of classes or contact the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

2

With approval, three hours of topic appropriate FR 470 Undergrad Sem In French (Literature) or FR 480 Special Topics (in French Literature) may substitute for, either FR 341 Survey Fr Literature I or FR 351 Survey Fr Literature II, but not both.

3

With approval, three hours of topic appropriate FR 470 Undergrad Sem In French (Civilization or Linguistics) or FR 480 Special Topics (Civilization or Linguistics) may substitute for either FR 331 French Civilization or FR 431 Contemp French Civiliztn, but not both.

4

Or proficiency or placement.

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 371German Culture and Civilization 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
1

Students taking GN 103 Accelerated Elementary German are required to take additional GN coursework to satisfy the 32 hour requirement for the German major.

2

A total of four hours in GN 205 Living German House I and GN 206 Living German House II may be applied to the 32 required hours in the major.

Greek Track 

Hours
Required Courses
GR 201Intermediate Greek I3
GR 202Intermediate Greek II3
GR 301Advanced Greek I3
GR 302Advanced Greek II3
GR 490Adv Greek Literature3
Select one of the following:3
Alexander the Great, Then & Now
History Of Greece
Select five of the following (at least two courses must be culture courses):15
Ancient Art
Greek Roman Mythology
Roman Religion
History Of Rome
Special Topics
Christ Church To 1500
Ancient Philosophy
Alexander the Great, Then & Now
Honors Spec Topics Sem (Women from Antiquity through Today)
Latin language electives on the 200 level or above
Greek language electives on the 400 level or ablove
Credit Hours Subtotal: 33
Ancillary Courses
Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The track in Greek requires the successful completion of the following courses:
GR 101
GR 102
Beginning Greek I
and Beginning Greek II 1
6
Total Hours39
1

Or proficiency or placement.  

Italian Track

Hours
Required Courses
IT 101Introductory Italian I4
IT 102Introductory Italian II4
IT 201Intermediate Italian I3
IT 202Intermediate Italian3
IT 353Italian Conversation3
IT 364Masterpieces of Italian Literature in Translation: From the Middle Ages to Early Modernity3
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
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Other IT electives permissible, and Italian related coursework may apply with advisor approval.
Total Hours32

Latin Track

Hours
LA 201Intermed Latin Read I3
LA 202Intermed Latin Read II3
LA 301Survey Lit Roman Republ3
LA 302Survey Lit Of Empire3
LA 490Readings In Latin Literature3
CL 380 or Special Topics (Flavian Rome)3
CL 386 History Of Rome
Select five of the following (at least two courses must be culture courses):15
Ancient Art
Greek Roman Mythology
Roman Religion
History Of Greece
Special Topics
Alexander the Great, Then & Now
Special Topics (Flavian Rome)
Christ Church To 1500
Ancient Philosophy
Honors Spec Topics Sem (Women from Antiquity through Today)
Greek language electives on the 200 level and above
Latin language electives on the 400 level or above
Credit Hours Subtotal: 33
Ancillary Courses
Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The track in Latin requires the successful completion of the following courses:
LA 101
LA 102
Elementary Latin I
and Elementary Latin II 1
6
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Total Hours39
1

Or proficiency or placement.  

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)

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