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Languages B.A.

Why Learn a Language

The languages major promotes conversancy with two linguistic traditions and reflection on how language shapes cultural identity.

 

The Languages program offers two majors (a first major option and a second major option) and a minor. In all three options participants have the opportunity to become proficient in two of the languages offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin or Russian. In addition, students can substitute one of the languages above for Spanish or Portuguese, Navajo or ASL.

In addition to linguistic proficiency (speaking, listening, reading and writing), students studying Languages also gain proficiency in the cultures of the people who speak the languages, including insight into the historical development of those cultures and the social values and specificities of those cultures, and have the language experience and motivation needed to take full advantage of the many foreign exchange programs offered at UNM.

College of Arts and Sciences and Languages Major Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Demonstrated academic achievement by satisfying the following:

  • Completion of the University Writing and Speaking Core.
  • Completion of the University Mathematics Core.
  • Completion of the University Foreign Language Core.

Completion of Languages program admission coursework with grade of "C" or better:

  • MLNG 101, and
  • 6 credit hours of introductory (100-level) language study in one of these languages: Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Greek, Latin, Portuguese or Russian.

The Languages Major

Option A

Requirements: 45 hours of course work, to be distributed as follows:

  1. MNLG 101 (3 credit hours)

  2. Fifteen credit hours of intermediate and advanced course work in each of two languages: Arabic (200-level or above), Chinese (200-level or above), Japanese (200-level or above), Italian (300-level or above), Russian (300-level or above), French (300-level or above), German (300-level or above), Greek (300-level or above), Latin (300-level or above), Portuguese (300-level or above), Spanish (300-level or above). Another language taught at UNM in which it is possible to take fifteen credits above the 300-level (for example Signed Language or Navajo), subject to approval by the FLL departmental adviser for the Languages major. All courses must be conducted in the target language (except Latin, Greek, Italian and Russian). One language of study must be offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. (30 credit hours)

  3. MLNG 459 (3 credit hours)

  4. Nine additional credit hours of course work selected from these three areas:

    -          Additional upper-division (300-level or above) course work in one or both of the languages chosen under section #1 above, and/or

    -          Upper-division (300-level or above) topics courses offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in translation, and/or

    -          Linguistics 301, 331 and/or 367.

Option B

Note: A minor or a second major is necessary for Option B.

Requirements: 30 hours of course work, to be distributed as follows:

  1. MLNG 101 (3 credit hours)

  2. Twelve credit hours of intermediate and advanced course work in each of two languages: Arabic (200-level or above), Chinese (200-level or above), Japanese (200-level or above), Italian (300-level or above), Russian (300-level or above), French (300-level or above), German (300-level or above), Greek (300-level or above), Latin (300-level or above), Portuguese (300-level or above), Spanish (300-level or above). Another language taught at UNM in which it is possible to take fifteen credits above the 300-level (for example Signed Language or Navajo), subject to approval by the FLL departmental adviser for the Languages major. All courses must be conducted in the target language (except Latin, Greek, Italian and Russian). One language of study must be offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. (24 credit hours)

  3. MLNG 459 (3 credit hours)

Languages Minor

Nine (9) hours of courses above 300 in each of two (2) languages at the level specified in Major requirements, for a total of eighteen (18) credit hours.

Undergraduate Advisor - Jason Wilby

Check out the University Catalog for Languages!