Department of Modern Languages

The Department of Modern Languages offers major programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese, French or Spanish. The B.A. in Chinese, French, and Spanish is designed to increase proficiency in the language while introducing the student to the culture, history, and literature of the respective countries of study. The B.A. in French or Spanish with Business Emphasis builds upon the study of culture, history, and literature by including coursework in accounting, business administration, and marketing in an international context. The Department offers minors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Russian, and Spanish, as well as courses leading to the minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (housed in the Department of English). Coursework is also available in other languages through a self-instructional model that complies with NASILP (the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs. Courses at the 1000, 2000, and some 3000-level instruction are available in intensive formats such as Summer Language Institutes (SLIs), and other linked-course options. These programs are designed to bring students to an intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency in a shorter period of time in order that they become capable of pursuing language-related goals and careers sooner and more efficiently. Students should review the North Georgia website or visit the department for current offerings and details. In addition, the Department offers a certificate in Latin American Studies as part of a collaborative program of fourteen universities in the University System of Georgia and also offers, in conjunction with the School of Education, courses leading to endorsement in the teaching of English as a Second Language (ESOL).

The Department of Modern Languages and the Department of Military Science offer students in the Corps of Cadets who are attached to a reserve unit the unique opportunity to combine course work at the university with study at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, California, in order to fulfill the Bachelor's degree requirements while training as military linguists.* These students will receive an AA degree upon completion of language course work at the DLI. On returning to North Georgia, students will maintain and enhance the language skills acquired at the DLI via distance learning and will complete a major of their choice for the Bachelor's degree, including any remaining core curriculum requirements needed.

The Department sponsors its own summer study abroad programs in Quebec, Canada; Toulouse, France; and Nerja, Spain. One and two-semester programs for students of Spanish are also available in Granada, Spain, at the GRIIS Institute. The University maintains exchange agreements with Tsinghua University in Bejing, China; Liaocheng University in Liaocheng, China; Caen, Normandy; and Rabat, Morocco, allowing students to take courses in our major and minor programs. Additionally, students may take advantage of other study abroad opportunities through the University System of Georgia. For more detailed information, please see Study Abroad section.

A state-of-the-art language laboratory offers students and faculty the latest innovations in digital technology, thereby supporting language acquisition for the entire university community.

The Department of Modern Languages faculty assist students in planning their academic program of study and in choosing courses which fulfill degree requirements for the selected major. Students are responsible for knowing their degree requirements, for meeting with their advisor on a regular basis, and for completing the baccalaureate plan of study during their junior year.

* Admission to North Georgia and to the Corps of Cadets does not guarantee acceptance to DLI language study. The DLI controls its own admission policy and sets its own quota each admission period. Part of the admission requirements to the DLI involves making an appropriate score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

No grade below C will be accepted in a major area course required for a degree in Chinese, French or Spanish. Major area courses include 1000- through 4000-level courses in the specific discipline in which the student is majoring.