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6. Language and Culture Skills (6 hours) 

There should be as much emphasis on language as a window to a culture as on acquiring skills. Departments may require more than 6 hours of language courses for their degree programs. Courses will be taught by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Outcomes

  • Students will be able to interpret (listening and reading) a language other than English at the novice level on the ACTFL standards of proficiency, or demonstrate through alternative means a similar or parallel knowledge of another language.
  • Students will be able to apply (speaking and writing) a language other than English at the novice level on the ACTFL standards of proficiency, or demonstrate through alternative means a similar or parallel knowledge of another language.
  • Students will be able to interpret non-verbal communications made by persons familiar with a language different from the student's own native language experience.
  • Students will be able to identify the significant criteria that enhance the cultural identity of individuals other than those from the student's native language experience.
  • Students will be able to distinguish the similarities and differences among individuals using the same language who live in different regions or different parts of the world, and
  • Students will be able to discuss their role in developing cross-cultural understanding, or a similar or parallel understanding in another language.

Note: American Sign Language (ASL) will be accepted for fulfilling this requirement. By allowing ASL to fulfill the requirement, Faculty Senate Committee A is not asking that any department provide a 6- or 12-hour component of it. However any student who has had 3 years of ASL in high school or 2 years of ASL and 2 years of a foreign language will receive credit for having fulfilled the Language and Culture skills requirement. Also, any transfer student who has had two semesters of ASL at an accredited college or university will receive credit for the requirement.