The major has the same learning goals for the minors as well as several additional learning goals.

In academic and social settings in the US and in the target culture students should be able to use the target language orally and in writing to provide personal background information, meet basic social needs, and engage in simple social interactions in ways that are:

  • grammatically and lexically accurate
  • comprehensible to an attentive target-language speaker
  • in written form recognizable and interpretable to an attentive target-language reader
  • coherent
  • cohesive
  • informed by target-language social and cultural norms

Understand the target language in brief exchanges involving:

  • personal background information
  • meeting basic social needs
  • extended simple social interactions
  • short context-rich segments from radio and TV broadcasts and movies
  • printed messages encountered on signs, schedules, and similar brief texts
  • short connected texts edited for language learners
  • short, simple authentic texts with some guidance and assistance

To have knowledge of the common practices, conventions, and beliefs and an awareness of widely held norms of behavior in the target-language’s cultures.

To have knowledge of some of the ways in which languages differ from each other and the importance of those differences when using the target language and also when using one’s native language with speakers of other languages.

To develop strategies for interacting with people from other cultures both in the target language and in one’s own native language.

To develop strategies to continue learning the target language on one’s own.

To have systematic knowledge of the target language’s major modem and contemporary literary figures, fictional works, and themes.

To have systematic knowledge of the target language’s popular culture as expressed in its cinema and other popular art forms, and in social movements and trends within its speech communities.

To have knowledge of some of the ways academic disciplines study the modem and contemporary literature and popular culture of the target language and the kinds of questions those disciplines investigate.

To have knowledge of some of the ways in which the target language’s literature and popular culture are engaged with themes, movements, and concerns of global significance.

To have:

  • knowledge of the range of subjects and topics dealt with in the discipline
  • sound grounding in a significant area of study in the discipline
  • knowledge of the sorts of questions investigated in the discipline
  • knowledge of the ways research is conducted in the discipline
  • knowledge of widely accepted explanatory and interpretative frameworks and theories used in the discipline
  • ability to pose and investigate questions and to report findings orally and in writing in ways consistent with accepted practices in the discipline
  • ability to critically analyze and discuss (orally and in writing) primary and secondary material relevant to the discipline