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2021-2022

Foreign Language with a concentration in French/German/Spanish, Bachelor of Arts (accelerated masters degree option)

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts (Northern Virginia Community College)
Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia Community College
Program description

Businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies are increasingly looking for employees with real world international experience who are able to communicate in a second language. The Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language is designed precisely for students to gain this experience and develop their abilities to communicate in a second language. The program offers major concentrations in French, German, and Spanish and minors in French, German, Italian Studies, Russian Studies, and Spanish.


The goal of the program is to broaden students’ multicultural perspective and to develop their ability to communicate across cultures so they can succeed in diverse professional environments. The degree encourages students to develop and utilize their abilities to communicate in different languages and to understand the powerful role that language and culture play in shaping every aspect of society. The curriculum places particular emphasis on the study of language as spoken in and shaped by everyday contexts, including work, rest, and recreation, and in and through popular film, music, and media.


The Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language provides a strong foundation for understanding language and culture and flexibility for students to pursue their own course of study. As is true with World Studies’ degrees in Anthropology, International Studies, and Religious Studies, Foreign Languages offers students opportunities to engage in real world learning through internships, lab-based and field research, and study abroad programs.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language strengthens graduates' preparedness to work in global communications, marketing, public relations, and management; foreign aid and development; journalism; education; foreign service; international affairs, immigration services and the Peace Corps; organizations involved in development, disaster relief, immigration, human rights, and environmental justice advocacy; business and management in a multicultural environment. Graduates of our program will also find opportunities in teaching at home or abroad, as well as in work with a variety of public-service organizations. This degree also provides an excellent background and qualification for admission to graduate degree programs in foreign languages, international studies, international law, diplomacy, business, or journalism.


We encourage students to double major in Foreign Language and another major in the School of World Studies such as Anthropology, International Studies or Religious Studies. Doing so strengthens cumulative knowledge, experience, academic record, and resume for success in whatever path they choose after graduation.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Bilingual Customer Service Representative
  • Community Organizer Assoc
  • Copy Editor
  • Digital Marketer
  • ESL Teacher - Teaching Assistant
  • Event Planner
  • Flight Attendant
  • Health Systems Front Desk Specialist
  • International Insurance Representative
  • Language Teacher (Private School)
  • Management Trainee
  • NGO Staff
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Attorney
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Linguistics Specialist
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Highest level of math required
  • Quantitative Foundations requirement only
Science required
  • Natural Sciences requirement only
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • No
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0+ cumulative GPA, 2.25+ major GPA

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2021-2022

Foreign Language with a concentration in French/German/Spanish, Bachelor of Arts (accelerated masters degree option)

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Register for SDV 100 or SDV 101.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Attend diversity-focused events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU's annual intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to foreign languages through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
Experience Year 2
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Learn about the World ePass and start considering how you will fulfill the experiential learning requirement for the bachelor's degree.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Explore the accelerated BA to BS in Business program for French, German and Spanish.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU School of World Studies.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or School of World Studies-related events..
  • Consider learning a second foreign language.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Plan to complete at least two job experiences (e.g., internships) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a resume.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Register for SDV 100 or SDV 101.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU's annual intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to foreign languages through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Learn about the World ePass and start considering how you will fulfill the experiential learning requirement for the bachelor's degree.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Explore the accelerated BA to BS in Business program for French, German and Spanish.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU School of World Studies.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or School of World Studies-related events..
  • Consider learning a second foreign language.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Plan to complete at least two job experiences (e.g., internships) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a resume.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Foreign Language with a concentration in French/German/Spanish, Bachelor of Arts (accelerated masters degree option)

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts)

Northern Virginia Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV SDV 100 or SDV 101 UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education
CST Select 1: CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking OR CST 110 Introduction to Communication OR CST 126 Interpersonal Communication SPCH 121 3 Elective
World Language #1 FRE 101 Elementary French I or GER 101 Elementary German I or SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I (or transfer elective if placed out of the 101 requirement) VCU equivalent 3 to 4 General education
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning MATH 131 3 General education
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education
World Language #2 FRE 102 Elementary French II or GER 102 Elementary German II or SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II (or transfer elective if placed out of the 101 requirement) VCU equivalent 3 to 4 General education
MTH 245 Statistics I STAT 210 3 Elective
Science #1 Select 1: BIO 101 General Biology I OR CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry I OR GOL 105 Physical Geology OR PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I OR PHY 150 Elements of Astronomy VCU equivalent 4 General education
ENG Literature Select 1: ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I OR ENG 242 Survey of American Literature II OR ENG 243 Survey of English Literature I OR ENG 244 Survey of English Literature II OR ENG 251 Survey of World Literature I OR ENG 252 Survey of World Literature II ENGL 3 General education
World Language #3 FRE 201 Intermediate French I or GER 201 Intermediate German I or SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I VCU equivalent 3 Major
History Select 1: HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I OR HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II OR HIS 111 History of World Civilization I OR HIS 112 History of World Civilization II OR HIS 121 United States History I OR HIS 122 United States History II HIST 3 General education
Science #2 Select 1: BIO 101 General Biology I OR BIO 102 General Biology II OR CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry I OR CHM 102 Introductory Chemistry II OR GOL 105 Physical Geology OR GOL 106 Historical Geology OR PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I OR PHY 102 Introduction to Physics II OR PHY 150 Elements of Astronomy VCU equivalent 4 General education
Social/Behavioral Science #1 Select 1: PLS 135 American National Politics OR PLS 211 United States Government I OR PSY 200 Principles of Psychology OR SOC 200 Principles of Sociology OR SOC 211 Principles of Anthropology I VCU equivalent 3 General education
World Language #4 FRE 202 Intermediate French II or GER 202 Intermediate German II or SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II VCU equivalent 3 Major
History elective Select 1: HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I OR HIS 102 History of Western Civlization II OR HIS 111 History of World Civilization I OR HIS 112 History of World Civilization II OR HIS 203 History of African Civilization I OR HIS 231 History of Latin American Civilizations I OR HIS 251 History of Middle East Civilization I OR HIS 253 History of Asian Civilizations I HIST 3 Elective
HUM 298 Seminar and Project Liberal Arts HUMS 1XX 1 Elective
Humanities/Fine Arts #1 Select 1: ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I OR ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II OR MUS 121 Music Appreciation I OR PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy I OR REL 100 Introduction to the Study of Religion OR REL 231 Religions of the World I OR REL 233 Introduction to Islam VCU equivalent 3 General education
Open elective #1 Select 1: HIS 203 History of African Civilization I OR HIS 231 History of Latin American Civilizations I OR HIS 251 History of Middle East Civilization I OR HIS 253 History of Asian Civilizations I OR GEO 210 People and the Land: An Intro to Cultural Geography OR PLS 140 Introduction to Comparative Politics OR PSY 200 Principles of Psychology OR SOC 200 Principles of Sociology VCU equivalent 3 Elective
Social/Behavioral Science #2 Select 1: PLS 135 American National Politics OR PLS 211 United States Government I OR PSY 200 Principles of Psychology OR SOC 200 Principles of Sociology OR SOC 211 Principles of Anthropology I OR PLS 241 International Relations I VCU equivalent 3 General education
Open elective #2 Select 1: ENG 251 Survey of World Literature I OR ENG 252 Survey of World Literature II OR GEO 210 People and the Land: An Intro to Cultural Geography OR PLS 140 Introduction to Comparative Politics OR PSY 219 Cross-Cultural Psychology OR REL 231 Religions of the World I OR REL 232 Religions of the World II OR SOC 211 Principles of Anthropology VCU equivalent 3 Elective
Northern Virginia credits transferred to VCU 60 to 62
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language with a concentration in French
Experiential learning requirement. Students must fulfill an experiential learning requirement through an approved internship, service-learning course or study abroad program. See VCU advisor for options. 0 to 3 Major (Ancillary)
World ePass Portfolio (see VCU advisor). The World ePass portfolio content requirements include professional preparation, transferable skills articulation, academic career highlights, experiential learning experiences and global citizenship. 0 Major (Ancillary)
WRLD 302 Communicating Across Cultures 3 Major
WRLD 490 Seminar in World Cultures and Languages 3 Major
FREN 300 Communication and Composition 3 Major
FREN 301 Self and Society: Effective Writing 3 Major
FREN 305 or FREN 307 Advanced Conversation or French Conversation and Film 3 Major
FREN 320 French Civilization and Culture I 3 Major
FREN 321 French Civilization and Culture II 3 Major
FREN 330 Survey of Literature 3 Major
FREN 331 Survey of Literature 3 Major
FREN Select FREN courses (400 level or higher); may include up to three credits of FRLG 493 6 Major
Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses): consider a minor or a second major Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU. 12 Elective
Open electives 13 to 15 Elective
Credits completed at VCU 58 to 60
Bachelor's degree total 120
Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language with a concentration in German
Experiential learning requirement. Students must fulfill an experiential learning requirement through an approved internship, service-learning course or study abroad program. See VCU advisor for options. 0 to 3 Major (Ancillary)
World ePass Portfolio (see VCU advisor). The World ePass portfolio content requirements include professional preparation, transferable skills articulation, academic career highlights, experiential learning experiences and global citizenship. 0 Major
WRLD 302 Communicating Across Cultures 3 Major
WRLD 490 Seminar in World Cultures and Languages 3 Major
GRMN 300 Communication and Composition 3 Major
GRMN 301 Self and Society: Effective Writing 3 Major
GRMN Select either GRMN 305 Oral Communication OR GRMN 307 German Conversation and Film OR GRMN 311 German Through the Media 3 Major
GRMN 320 From the Vandals to Kant: Civilization and Literature I 3 Major
GRMN 321 From Faust to Nazism: Civilization and Literature II 3 Major
GRMN 322 From Kafka's World to the EU: Civilization and Literature III 3 Major
GRMN Select 300-level (or higher) German course 3 Major
GRMN Select GRMN courses (400 level or higher); may include up to three credits of FRLG 493 6 Major
Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses): consider a minor or a second major Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU. 12 Elective
Open electives 13 to 15 Elective
Credits completed at VCU 58 to 60
Bachelor's degree total 120
Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language with a concentration in Spanish
Experiential learning requirement. Students must fulfill an experiential learning requirement through an approved internship, service-learning course or study abroad program. See VCU advisor for options. 0 to 3 Major (Ancillary)
World ePass Portfolio (see VCU advisor). The World ePass portfolio content requirements include professional preparation, transferable skills articulation, academic career highlights, experiential learning experiences and global citizenship. 0 Major (Ancillary)
WRLD 302 Communicating Across Cultures 3 Major
WRLD 490 Seminar in World Cultures and Languages 3 Major
SPAN 300 Communication and Composition 3 Major
SPAN 301 Self and Society: Effective Writing 3 Major
SPAN Select either SPAN 320 Civilization of Spain I OR SPAN 321 Latin American Civilization I 3 Major
SPAN SElect either SPAN 331 Survey of Latin American Literature OR SPAN 330 Survey of Spanish Literature 3 Major
SPAN Select either SPAN 305 Oral Communication OR SPAN 307 Spanish Conversation and Film OR SPAN 311 Spanish Through the Media 3 Major
SPAN Choose six credits of 300-level SPAN electives, or 400-level SPAN electives. 6 Major
Select SPAN courses (400 level). May include up to three credits of FRLG 493, SETI 400, SETI 410 or SETI 420. 6 Major
Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses): consider a minor or a second major Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU. 12 Elective
Open electives 13 to 15 Elective
Credits completed at VCU 58 to 60
Bachelor's degree total 120