Degree Requirements

General Requirements for the Major or Minor

General university degree requirements stipulate that 1) at least four units of the major or three units of the minor be taken in residence at Puget Sound; 2) students earn a GPA of 2.0 in all courses taken for the major or the minor; and 3) all courses taken for a major or minor must be taken for graded credit. Any exceptions to these stipulations are indicated in the major and minor degree requirements listed below.

French Studies Program

Requirements for the Major in French Language and Literature (BA)

Ten to 12 units (depending on area of emphasis), a semester of study abroad in a French speaking country, a senior paper, and a senior portfolio (see Notes below).

  1. Basis in French Language and Literature
    1. Eight units in French at the 201 level or above, to include:
      1. FREN 300
      2. Three units at the 301 level and above, one of which must be at the 400 level.
    2. Two courses satisfying this requirement must be taken at the Tacoma campus, one during the senior year. See section on Transfer of Units (above) for more details.
  2. Elective Area of Emphasis (Choose Option A, B, C, or D)
    1. French Literary Studies (2 units)
      Two additional units at the 301-level or above in French, taken at the Tacoma campus.
    2. French Cultural Studies (4 units)
      1. Two units of the following, taken at the Tacoma campus: FREN 220, 240, 250, 260, 380.
      2. Two units of the following: HUM 355; HIST 302, 303, 304, 305, 311, 317, 392.
    3. French and the Arts (3-4 units)
      All majors in this emphasis must also have an experiential component in art, music, theater, or film/media studies (up to one unit of which may be credit-bearing) to be determined in consultation with a department advisor.
      1. Art Focus (3-4 units)
        Any three units from: ART 275, 276, 325, 359, 360, 363, 365; ENGL 267. One unit of studio art will meet the experiential component requirement.
      2. Music Focus (3-4 units)
        Three units in music from the following: MUS 221, 222, 224, 225, 226, 230, 231, 333. Experiential component requirement options may include: one unit of Applied Music, two semesters in a performing ensemble, or one unit of Music Theory.
      3. Media and Theater Studies Focus (3-4 units)
        Three units from the following: COMM, 291, 321, 322; ENGL 406; HUM 290, 315; PHIL 353; THTR 275, 371, 373, 375. Experiential component requirement options may include one unit of THTR 110, 210, or 217. Non-credit bearing options may include theatre production assignments on campus or at a community theatre.
    4. French and Comparative Literature (3 units)
      Three units from courses in American Literature, English/American Literature, German Literature, or Hispanic Literature, to be determined in consultation with department advisor.

Requirements for the Major in French Language/International Affairs (BA)

Fourteen units and senior portfolio (see Notes below).

  1. Eight units in French at the 200 level or above to include:
    1. FREN 240
    2. Three units taken at the 300 level and above. Two of the 300-level and above courses must be taken at the Tacoma campus, one during the senior year.
  2. Three units in International Politics
    1. PG 103
    2. Two units from: PG 311, 321, 327, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 339 or 350, 347; SOAN 318, 340, 350.
  3. Three units in International Business or Economics
    Three units from: ECON 170, 268, 271; BUS 270, 320, 335, 375, 435; IPE 300; 311, 321.

Requirements for the Minor in French (5 units)

Completion of a minimum of five units in French at the 201 level or above. One unit must be at the 300 or 400 level taken at the Tacoma campus.

Notes

  1. Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or above in all courses taken for a major or minor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.
  2. Only one IPE course may count toward the FLIA major.
  3. For the minor in French, no course may count for both the core and the minor.
  4. Exceptions to the semester study abroad requirement may be made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with a department advisor. Language-intensive replacements may include a year living in a French theme house, intensive summer study, etc.
  5. Refer to home departments for prerequisites for all courses without the FREN designation. For example, PG 321 has a prerequisite of PG 102.
  6. French Language/International Affairs students majoring or minoring in Economics may count Econ 301 and 302 toward the International Business or Economics requirement.
  7. Majors are required to compile a portfolio of their work, submitted to the department by April 1 of their senior year. When students declare their major, they should seek a faculty advisor in the department who will advise them on the creation of their portfolio. The portfolio serves to assess the student's progress in the curriculum and to synthesize the student's total experience as a major.
  8. French Language and Literature majors are required to submit a senior paper to satisfy graduation requirements for the major. An explanation of this requirement is available from the department or from the academic advisor.
  9. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature does not accept or award credit for distance learning courses.
  10. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature reserves the right to exclude a course from a major or minor based on the time elapsed since the course was completed.
  11. Students may apply either PG 339 or PG 350, but not both, to their FLIA major.

German Studies Program

Requirements for the Major in German Language and Literature (BA)

Eleven to 13 units (depending on area of emphasis), a senior paper, and a senior portfolio (see Notes below).

  1. Basis in German Language and Literature
    Nine units at the 200-level or above, with four units taken at the 350 level or above. Four units, including two at the 350 level or above, must be taken at the Tacoma campus, and one 400 level course must be taken during the senior year. See section on Transfer of Units (above) for more details.
  2. Elective Area of Emphasis (Choose Option A or B)
    1. Literary Studies (2 units)
      1. One unit from ENGL 491, 492.
      2. One unit from HUM 206, 210, 302, 303, 304.
    2. Literature and the Arts (3-4 units)
      All majors in this emphasis must also have an experiential component in art, music, theatre, or film/media studies (up to one unit of which may be credit-bearing) to be determined in consultation with a department advisor.
      1. Literature and Art Focus
        Any three units from: ART 275, 276, 302, 325, 360, 361, 362, 363, 365, or HON 206. One unit of studio art will meet the experiential component requirement.
      2. Literature and Music Focus
        Any three units from: MUS 220, 221, 222, 224, 225, 226, 230, 231. Experiential component requirement options may include: one unit of Applied Music, two semesters in a performing ensemble, or one unit of Music Theory.
      3. Literature and Theatre Focus
        Three units from: CLSC 301; ENGL 255, 306, 341, 351, 451, 476; MUS 220; THTR 275, 371, 373. (Only one of the above units may come from ENGL 255, 351, 451, 476.) Experiential component requirement options may include one unit of THTR 110, 210, 217. Non-credit bearing options may include theatre production assignments on campus or at a community theatre.
      4. Literature and Film Focus
        Three units from the following: COMM 240, 244, 291, 321, 322, ENGL 406; HUM 290.

Requirements for the Major in the German International Studies Program (BA)

Fourteen units; at least one semester, preferably one year, in an immersion study abroad program in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland; a research project, internship, or summer employment related to international affairs; a senior portfolio (see Notes below).

  1. Eight units in German at the 201 level or above, including
    1. Six units at the 300/400 level including
      1. GERM 303 or 304
      2. Three units must be at the 350 level or above
    2. Two 350 level or above courses must be taken at the Tacoma campus, including one during the senior year. See section on Transfer of Units (above) for more details.
  2. Three units in International Relations and/or Comparative Politics
    1. PG 102 or 103
    2. Two units from PG 321, 327, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336. (See Note 4 following on prerequisites.).
  3. Three units in Economics or International Business
    1. Economics Focus: ECON 170, 268, 271; IPE 300.
    2. Business Focus: BUS 270 and two units from BUS 320, 335, 375, 471.

Requirements for the Minor in German (5 units)

Completion of a minimum of five units in German at the 201 level or above. One unit must be at the 350 level or above, taken at the Tacoma campus.

Notes

  1. Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or above in all courses taken for a major or minor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.
  2. The senior paper is completed during a seminar (a 400-level course to be taken spring of the senior year).
  3. Majors are required to compile a portfolio of their work, submitted to the department by April 1 of their senior year. When students declare their major, they should seek a faculty advisor in the department who will advise them on the creation of their portfolio. The portfolio serves to assess the student's progress in the curriculum and to synthesize the student's total experience as a major.
  4. Refer to home departments for prerequisites for all courses without the GERM designation. For example, PG 321 has a prerequisite of PG 102 while PG 331, 332, 333, 334, and 335 have a prerequisite of PG 103.
  5. Financial or personal circumstances may preclude a student from studying abroad. A student may petition to waive this requirement or replace it by participation in a nationally recognized total immersion program, such as Middlebury or Monterey.
  6. Fulfillment of the German International Studies Program research project/internship/summer employment requirement will be determined in consultation with the student's advisor and its completion will be noted in the senior portfolio.
  7. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature does not accept or award credit for distance learning courses.
  8. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature reserves the right to exclude a course from a major or minor based on the time elapsed since the course was completed.

Hispanic Studies Program

Requirements for the Major in Language, Culture, and Literature in Hispanic Studies (BA)

Ten units, a senior paper, and a senior portfolio (see Notes below).

  1. Ten units in Spanish at the 201 level or above to include:
    1. SPAN 300
    2. Two units at the 301 level or above
    3. One 400-level course
  2. Two of the 300/400-level courses must be taken at the Tacoma campus, one during the senior year. See section on Transfer of Units (above) for more details.

Requirements for the Major in the Hispanic International Studies Program (BA)

Fourteen units and a senior portfolio (see Notes below).

  1. Eight units in Spanish at the 201 level or above, to include:
    1. SPAN 205
    2. Three units at the 300/400 level.
    3. Two of the 300/400-level courses must be taken at the Tacoma campus, one during senior year. See section on Transfer of Units (above) for more details.
  2. Three units in International Politics
    1. PG 102 or 103
    2. Two units from: PG 321, 327, 331-336, 339, 380, 381; SOAN 315, 318, 340, 350.
  3. Three units in International Business and/or Economics
    Three units from ECON 170, 268, 271; BUS 270, 320, 335, 372, 375, 435; IPE 300.

Requirements for the Minor in Spanish (5 units)

Completion of a minimum of five units in Spanish at the 201 level or above. One unit must be at the 300 or 400 level taken at the Tacoma campus.

Notes

  1. Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or above in all courses taken for a major or minor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.
  2. The senior writing project is a graduation requirement for Language, Culture and Literature majors. It will emerge from an upper division course (301 or above), an equivalent course while taken abroad or an approved summer research project. More information about the senior writing requirement are available from the department or the academic advisor.
  3. Majors are required to compile a portfolio of their work, submitted to the department by April 1 of their senior year. When students declare their major, they should seek a faculty advisor in the department who will advise them on the creation of their portfolio. The portfolio serves to assess the student's progress in the curriculum and to synthesize the student's total experience as a major.
  4. Refer to home departments for prerequisites for all courses without the SPAN designation. For example, PG 321 has a prerequisite of PG 102.
  5. Hispanic International Studies Program students majoring or minoring in Economics may count ECON 301 and 302 toward the International Business or Economics requirement.
  6. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature does not accept or award credit for distance learning courses.
  7. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature reserves the right to exclude a course from a major or minor based on the time elapsed since the course was completed.

Study Abroad Coursework

Because not all study abroad programs are suited for Foreign Languages and Literature majors and minors, only departmentally-sanctioned coursework earned through study abroad programs may be counted towards degrees in the department's majors and minors.

Credit is generally accepted from Puget Sound endorsed programs in Dijon, France; in Granada, Spain; in Oaxaca, Mexico; and in Passau or Munich, Germany. Credit may also be accepted from other study abroad programs. To ensure that credit will transfer, any student who plans to apply study abroad credit to a major or minor should consult with a department advisor prior to enrollment.

Transfer of Units and Placement

Students with previous high school language study may enroll in higher level language courses by estimating that three to four years of high school concentration are approximately equivalent to one year of college work in foreign languages. Other factors such as study abroad, living with exchange students or foreign parents, and other intensive studies may warrant special consideration on a case-by-case basis. Consult department advisors in the particular language.

All transfer students, especially those who have had prolonged periods of time elapse since their last academic coursework, will be evaluated on an individual basis. Their placement will be based on observation in courses at the Tacoma campus.

Advanced Placement Examinations (AP) with scores of 4 or 5, or International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Examinations with scores of 5, 6, or 7, apply toward majors or minors for a maximum of one unit at the 200 level. Foreign Language coursework completed at other accredited institutions may be accepted toward major areas of concentration; however, the following conditions for major and minor requirements must be met:

  1. All majors in the department: a minimum of four courses taught in the target language, and in the major, must be taken at the Tacoma campus.
  2. All International Affairs/International Studies majors (in addition to meeting the above requirement): a minimum of four of the required units outside of the target language must be taken at the Tacoma campus.
  3. All minors in French, German, or Spanish: a minimum of three units must be taken at the Tacoma campus, to include the required 300/400 level course.