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Are you interested in learning and teaching a foreign language? Do you want to add a global element to your educational experience?

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers a bachelor of arts degree in foreign languages and literatures with six focus areas: French, French education, German education, Hispanic studies, and Hispanic studies education.

The French program at East Carolina University teaches French and Francophone language and culture at all levels. From beginning language classes to advanced courses on culture, literature and cinema, we aim to provide a global perspective as well as a focused knowledge base that prepares students for jobs after graduation in areas like the Foreign Service, military, business, education and public service.

Students can expect to perfect French-speaking skills, as well as acquire expertise to address relevant issues concerning cultural literacy, international communication, gender politics and global diversity. These skills prepare our students for successful study abroad programs in Europe and other French-speaking countries across the world, including Africa, Canada, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Our limited class enrollments, and our personal approach to advising, assure student success here at ECU and after graduation.

Learning Spanish in ECU's Hispanic studies program will prepare you for a wide range of careers in health care, education, government, social work, business, and many others in the national and international arena. You will acquire communicative competence in Spanish, as well as the cultural and literary heritage pertaining to a language whose origins go back to the 8th century, and which by 2050, will be spoken by more than 30 percent of the population in the United States.

If you're interested in teaching, the BS in German is an option. Its course of study prepares students to teach elementary and high school German after college. Students take advantage of all of our program's offerings, including our cultural events, one-on-one mentoring, study abroad opportunities, and career counseling.

Most students come to us with no background in German. No problem! If you have some ability in the language, great! We can place you in the appropriate class and get you that much closer to your degree. Either way, we provide a high-quality education designed to help you achieve competency in the target culture and language. We also help you develop your critical thinking skills. As a student, you'll need these proficiencies in the global economies and communities of the twenty-first century.

We mentor students individually regarding their educational and career goals, and this individualized attention has benefits. Our majors have received grants from organizations such as Fulbright, DAAD, and even the Federal Republic of Germany. Students also have presented their original research at conferences, had their research accepted for publication, and obtained employment in education or with multinational companies here and in Europe.

ECU Advantage

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers unique and hands-on global experiences, including study-abroad programs in a variety of cities around the world. Our programs offer stand-out benefits including the ones outlined below.

Our limited class enrollments, and our personal approach to advising, assure student success here at ECU and after graduation.

We also offer professional internships that will allow you to use your knowledge of Spanish in a variety of work environments and study abroad options in countries such as Mexico, Spain, and Argentina that will round off your education and give you a significant edge over your competitors in the job market.

Our graduates have been highly successful in pursuing careers in education, public health, social work, business, law, and the government sector.

We know our students and mentor them one-on-one; this attention fosters success. In the past four years alone, German majors have completed paid internships in Germany and been awarded international and national grants to study in Europe worth more than $45,000. Recent German graduates have entered careers in international business, education, consulting, the armed services and pharmaceutical research, among others. Our study abroad programs are extremely affordable, and we help students plan their classes so they get ECU credit for their work in Europe, regardless of the field (the classes don't all have to be German courses).

What You Will Study

French Concentration Program Coordinator: Debra Rush (3322 Bate Building; 252-328-6542; andersonde@ecu.edu) French Education Concentration Program Coordinator: Laura Levi-Altstaedter  (3320 Bate Building; 252-328-4128; levialtstaedterl@ecu.edu)German Concentration Program Coordinator: Susanne Jones (116-B Ragsdale Hall; 252-737-2390; jonessu@ecu.edu)German Education Concentration Program Coordinator: Laura Levi-Altstaedter (3320 Bate Building; 252-328-4128; levialtstaedterl@ecu.edu)Global Studies Concentration Program Coordinator: Purificación Martínez  (3308 Bate Building; 252-328-6522; martinezp@ecu.edu)Hispanic Studies Concentration Program Coordinator: Katherine Ford (3323 Bate Building; 252-328-6523; fordk@ecu.edu)Hispanic Studies Education Concentration Program Coordinator: Laura Levi-Altstaedter (3320 Bate Building; 252-328-4128; levialtstaedterl@ecu.edu)

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:  

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

    French concentration:
    • HIST 1030 - World Civilizations to 1500
    • HIST 1031 - World Civilizations Since 1500
    • or
    • HIST 1552 - Honors, World History to 1500
    French education concentration:
    • COMM 2020 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication or
    • COMM 2410 - Public Speaking

    • HIST 1030 - World Civilizations to 1500
    • HIST 1031 - World Civilizations Since 1500
    • or
    • HIST 1552 - Honors, World History to 1500
    • space
    • MATH 1065 - College Algebra or
    • MATH 1066 - Applied Mathematics for Decision Making or
    • MATH 2127 - Basic Concepts of Mathematics
    • space
    • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
    German education concentration:
    • COMM 2020 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication or
    • COMM 2410 - Public Speaking

    • MATH 1065 - College Algebra or
    • MATH 1066 - Applied Mathematics for Decision Making or
    • MATH 2127 - Basic Concepts of Mathematics
    • space
    • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
    • Choose a literature course
    Hispanic studies concentration:
    • FORL 2665 - Don Quixote or
    • FORL 2666 - Latino Texts
    • space
    • HIST 1030 - World Civilizations to 1500 or
    • HIST 1552 - Honors, World History to 1500
    • space
    • HIST 1031 - World Civilizations Since 1500
    Hispanic studies education concentration:
    • COMM 2020 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication or
    • COMM 2410 - Public Speaking
    • space
    • FORL 2665 - Don Quixote or
    • FORL 2666 - Latino Texts
    • space
    • HIST 1030 - World Civilizations to 1500 or
    • HIST 1552 - Honors, World History to 1500
    • space
    • HIST 1031 - World Civilizations Since 1500
    • space
    • MATH 1065 - College Algebra or
    • MATH 1066 - Applied Mathematics for Decision Making or
    • MATH 2127 - Basic Concepts of Mathematics
    • space
    • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
    Note:

    Foundations courses have not been specified for German and global studies areas of concentration.

    2. Core - 30-36 s.h.

    (Includes grammar, conversation, composition, literature, culture, and history courses associated with three language areas and global studies courses associated with the global studies concentration.)

      French concentration - 36 s.h.
      • FREN 3002 - Review of Grammar
      • FREN 3225 - Advanced Conversation
      • FREN 3330 - Composition and Advanced Grammar
      • FREN 3500 - Introduction to Literature
      • Choose 9 s.h. from:
        • FREN 3001 - Culture and Communication
        • FREN 3443 - Special Topics in the Culture of France
        • FREN 3444 - Special Topics in Francophone Cultures of the World
        Choose 9 s.h. from:
        • FREN 4555 - France of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
        • FREN 4556 - France from Classicism to the French Revolution
        • FREN 4557 - France from the Napoleonic Period to World War II
        • FREN 4558 - The Francophone World: Colonization to Independence
        • FREN 4560 - The Contemporary French and Francophone World
        Choose 6 s.h. of FREN electives above 2999
        French education concentration - 36 s.h.
        • FREN 3002 - Review of Grammar
        • FREN 3225 - Advanced Conversation
        • FREN 3330 - Composition and Advanced Grammar
        • FREN 3500 - Introduction to Literature
        • Choose 9 s.h. from:
          • FREN 3001 - Culture and Communication
          • FREN 3443 - Special Topics in the Culture of France
          • FREN 3444 - Special Topics in Francophone Cultures of the World
          Choose 9 s.h. from:
          • FREN 4555 - France of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
          • FREN 4556 - France from Classicism to the French Revolution
          • FREN 4557 - France from the Napoleonic Period to World War II
          • FREN 4558 - The Francophone World: Colonization to Independence
          • FREN 4560 - The Contemporary French and Francophone World
          Choose 6 s.h. of FREN electives above 2999
          German concentration - 36 s.h.
          • FORL 2600 - Literature in Translation: The Holocaust or
          • HIST 3435 - History of Europe Since 1914 or
          • HIST 3461 - Germany Since 1914 or
          • equivalent course
          • space
          • GERM 3001 - German Composition and Conversation I
          • GERM 3002 - German Composition and Conversation II
          • GERM 3210 - Conversation
          • GERM 3330 - Composition and Advanced Grammar
          • GERM 3420 - Culture of the German-Speaking World
          • GERM 3510 - Introduction to German Literature
          • Choose 6 s.h. of German literature above 2999
          German education concentration - 36 s.h.
          • FORL 2600 - Literature in Translation: The Holocaust or
          • HIST 3435 - History of Europe Since 1914 or
          • HIST 3461 - Germany Since 1914 or
          • equivalent course
          • space
          • GERM 3001 - German Composition and Conversation I
          • GERM 3002 - German Composition and Conversation II
          • GERM 3210 - Conversation
          • GERM 3330 - Composition and Advanced Grammar
          • GERM 3420 - Culture of the German-Speaking World
          • GERM 3510 - Introduction to German Literature
          • Choose 6 s.h. of German literature above 2999
          Global studies concentration - 30 s.h.
          • GLST 1000 - Introduction to Global Studies
          • GLST 4500 - Seminar in Global Studies
          • Choose 15 s.h. of FREN or GERM or SPAN electives above 2004
              Choose 9 s.h. of FREN or GERM or SPAN electives above 2999 and 6 s.h. of a different language prefix above 1002 (for example CHIN, GRK, ITAL, JAPN, LATN, RUSS)
                Choose 9 s.h. of FORL electives from:
                • FORL 1060 - Global Understanding Through Literature
                • FORL 1551 - Introduction to Russia: Land of the Firebird
                • FORL 1662 - Introduction to Hispanic Studies
                • FORL 2220 - Sci-Fi: East and West
                • FORL 2520 - French Cinema Classics
                • FORL 2600 - Literature in Translation: The Holocaust
                • FORL 2620 - French Literature in Translation
                • FORL 2622 - Francophone Literature of the Americas in Translation
                • FORL 2624 - Francophone Literature of Africa in Translation
                • FORL 2660 - Spanish Literature in Translation
                • FORL 2661 - Latin American Literature in Translation
                • FORL 2662 - Special Topics in Hispanic Cinemas
                • FORL 2665 - Don Quixote
                • FORL 2666 - Latino Texts
                • FORL 2680 - German Literature in Translation
                • FORL 2690 - Introduction to German Cinema
                • FORL 2700 - Special Topics in French or Francophone Literature
                • FORL 2760 - Special Topics in Hispanic Studies
                • FORL 3660 - Hispanic Women Writers
                • FORL 4700 - Special Topics in Foreign Languages and Literatures
              Hispanic studies concentration - 36 s.h.
              • SPAN 3001 - Spanish Conversation
              • SPAN 3002 - Spanish Composition and Review of Grammar
              • or
              • SPAN 3003 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers
              • space
              • SPAN 3210 - Advanced Composition
              • SPAN 3310 - Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
              • SPAN 3440 - Spanish Culture and Civilization
              • SPAN 3441 - Latin-American Culture and Civilization
              • SPAN 3550 - Introduction to Cultural Analysis
              • Choose 15-18 s.h. of SPAN electives above 2999

                (Include 9 s.h. from the following with a minimum number from each area as designated below.)

                  Choose a minimum of 3 s.h. from:
                  • SPAN 4560 - Major Latin American Authors
                  • SPAN 4561 - Colonial Latin America in Texts and Images
                  • SPAN 4562 - Latin American Texts of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
                  • SPAN 4563 - Latin American Texts: The Boom and Beyond
                  Choose a minimum of 3 s.h. from:
                  • SPAN 4555 - Medieval Spain (900-1499)
                  • SPAN 4556 - Renaissance and Baroque Spain (1500-1681)
                  • SPAN 4557 - Spain from Neo-Classicism to Realism (1681-1898)
                  • SPAN 4558 - Contemporary Spain (1898-Present)
                  Choose a minimum of 3 s.h. from:
                  • SPAN 3325 - Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
                  • SPAN 3335 - Structure of the Spanish Language
                  • SPAN 4320 - Spanish Applied Linguistics
                  • SPAN 4330 - Spanish in the United States
                  Note:

                  15 s.h. of electives for students who take SPAN 3001 and SPAN 3002; 18 s.h. of electives for students who take SPAN 3003.

                Hispanic studies education concentration - 36 s.h.
                • SPAN 3001 - Spanish Conversation
                • SPAN 3002 - Spanish Composition and Review of Grammar
                • or
                • SPAN 3003 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers
                • space
                • SPAN 3210 - Advanced Composition
                • SPAN 3310 - Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
                • SPAN 3440 - Spanish Culture and Civilization
                • SPAN 3441 - Latin-American Culture and Civilization
                • SPAN 3550 - Introduction to Cultural Analysis
                • Choose 15-18 s.h. of SPAN electives above 2999

                  (Include 9 s.h. from the following with a minimum number from each area as designated below.)

                    Choose a minimum of 3 s.h. from:
                    • SPAN 4555 - Medieval Spain (900-1499)
                    • SPAN 4556 - Renaissance and Baroque Spain (1500-1681)
                    • SPAN 4557 - Spain from Neo-Classicism to Realism (1681-1898)
                    • SPAN 4558 - Contemporary Spain (1898-Present)
                    Choose a minimum of 3 s.h. from:
                    • SPAN 4560 - Major Latin American Authors
                    • SPAN 4561 - Colonial Latin America in Texts and Images
                    • SPAN 4562 - Latin American Texts of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
                    • SPAN 4563 - Latin American Texts: The Boom and Beyond
                    Choose a minimum of 3 s.h. from:
                    • SPAN 3325 - Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
                    • SPAN 3335 - Structure of the Spanish Language
                    • SPAN 4320 - Spanish Applied Linguistics
                    • SPAN 4330 - Spanish in the United States
                    Note:

                    15 s.h. of electives for students who take SPAN 3001 and SPAN 3002; 18 s.h. of electives for students who take SPAN 3003.

                3. Professional studies - 24 s.h.

                (Applies only to French, German, and Hispanic studies education concentrations.)

                  French education:
                  • EDTC 4001 - Technology in Education
                  • EDUC 3200 - Foundations of American Education
                  • space
                  • EDUC 4400 - Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment or
                  • PSYC 4305 - Educational Psychology
                  • space
                  • FREN 2611 - Early Experiences for the Prospective Teacher
                  • FREN 4880 - Internship in French
                  • FREN 4881 - Internship Seminar: Issues in French Education
                  • READ 3990 - Teaching Reading in the Content Areas in the Secondary School
                  • SPED 4010 - Effective Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
                  German education:
                  • EDTC 4001 - Technology in Education
                  • EDUC 3200 - Foundations of American Education
                  • space
                  • EDUC 4400 - Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment or
                  • PSYC 4305 - Educational Psychology
                  • space
                  • GERM 2611 - Early Experiences for the Prospective Teacher
                  • GERM 4880 - Internship in German
                  • GERM 4881 - Internship Seminar: Issues in German Teaching
                  • READ 3990 - Teaching Reading in the Content Areas in the Secondary School
                  • SPED 4010 - Effective Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
                  Hispanic studies education:
                  • EDTC 4001 - Technology in Education
                  • EDUC 3200 - Foundations of American Education
                  • space
                  • EDUC 4400 - Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment or
                  • PSYC 4305 - Educational Psychology
                  • space
                  • READ 3990 - Teaching Reading in the Content Areas in the Secondary School
                  • SPAN 2611 - Early Experiences for the Prospective Teacher
                  • SPAN 4880 - Internship in Spanish
                  • SPAN 4881 - Internship Seminar: Issues in Spanish Teaching
                  • SPED 4010 - Effective Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
                4. Specialty area studies - 11 s.h.

                (Applies only to education concentrations specified below.)

                  French education:
                  • EDUC 3002 - Introduction to Diversity or
                  • PSYC 2777 - Ethnocultural Psychology
                  • space
                  • ELEM 3000 - Curriculum and Standards in Elementary School
                  • FREN 4611 - Teaching Second Languages in Grades K-12
                  German education:
                  • EDUC 3002 - Introduction to Diversity or
                  • PSYC 2777 - Ethnocultural Psychology
                  • space
                  • ELEM 3000 - Curriculum and Standards in Elementary School
                  • GERM 4611 - Teaching Second Languages in Grades K-12
                  Hispanic studies education:
                  • EDUC 3002 - Introduction to Diversity or
                  • PSYC 2777 - Ethnocultural Psychology
                  • space
                  • ELEM 3000 - Curriculum and Standards in Elementary School
                  • SPAN 4611 - Teaching Second Languages in Grades K-12
                5. Minor and/or electives to complete requirements for graduation.

                The French, German, Global, and Hispanic studies concentrations require a minor and general electives to complete requirements for graduation.

                The French education, German education, and Hispanic studies education concentrations require electives to complete requirements for graduation.

                  6. Oral qualifying examination requirement

                  (In the second semester of the junior year, all foreign language and literatures majors, with the exception of global studies must pass an oral qualifying examination.)

                    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

                    Careers With This Degree

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                    NC Tower

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                    • Self-employed;
                    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
                    • Work outside of North Carolina.

                    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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