Major Requirements

Specific requirements for world-language majors can vary according to the student’s “catalog year,” which is the catalog current at the time of the student’s first enrollment at the University. A student’s particular “catalog year” remains the same throughout their studies, unless the student elects to move a forward to more recent catalogue year.

The Fulbright College Advising Center makes major requirement checklists for all catalogue years available. The following major requirements should only be consulted as a quick reference guide and not as an official degree audit. Please schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss your degree progress.

World Language major requirements for the current catalog year are as follows:

  • Fulfilled by completing six (6) hours of a single world language different than the major
  • Six (6) hours from any combination of department-approved WLLC courses (such as WLLC 2413, WLLC 3173, WLLC 4023, WLLC 4033), classical studies (CLST) courses, or language-related area/ethnic studies courses
  • Three (3) hours of a single world language different from the major plus one (1) course in a department-approved language-related course.

**Different for Classical Studies; see specific major requirements below

Please take note of the Fulbright Writing Requirement where it is applicable.

Requirements specific to the individual Arabic, Classics, French, German, Italian and Spanish majors are as follows:

Classical Studies – 30-36 Credit Hours

Classical Studies Foundation (12-18 hours)

  • 6 hours of 1000/2000 level CLST courses
  • Greek or Latin to 2003 (3-9 hours)
  • 3 hours of the Classical Studies Coloquium (CLST 4003H)
    • Can also be taken for 6 additional hours as an elective

In addition to the Foundation Requirements, students will choose one or the two following CLST Major Concentrations:

Major Concentration 1: Ancient Languages (21 hours)

  • 6 additional hours of Greek or Latin
  • 12 hours of the 3000/4000 level electives in LATN/GREK/CLST or related courses in other departments (no more than 6 hours non-CLST) 

Major Concentration 2: Cultures, Reception, and Digital Humanities (21 hours)

  • 18 hours of CLST or related courses in other departments (no more than 6 hours non-CLST) - at least 18 hours must be at the 3000 level or higher


A complete list of courses can be found on the U of A Course Catalog

French – 24 Credit Hours

There are 7 courses (21 hours) required of French majors:

  • FREN 3003 Advanced French
  • FREN 3113: Introduction to Literature
  • FREN 4003: Grammar and Composition
  • FREN 4033: French for Oral Proficiency
  • FREN 4213: French Civilization
  • + Any Two 4000 Level Literature Courses

**The remaining 3 hours of coursework required for the major in French will be chosen in collaboration with the student's adviser.

Fulbright Writing Requirement: The college writing requirement may be satisfied by a term paper or other written work submitted for an upper-division world language literature class approved by the chair of the department.

Additional Major in French for Non-Arts and Sciences Students

German – 24 Credit Hours

There are 8 courses (24 hours) required of German majors:

  • GERM 3003: Advanced German I
  • GERM 3013: Introduction to Literature
  • GERM 4003: Advanced German II
  • GERM 4213: German Civilization
  • GERM 3033 or 4033: German Conversation or German Advanced Conversation

**The remaining 9 hours of coursework will be selected from 3000- or 4000-level offerings in consultation with the student's major adviser.

Fulbright Writing Requirement

  • Satisfied by completion of an acceptable honors thesis or by a term paper or other written work submitted for a GERM course numbered 3000 or higher approved by the department chair.

Additional Major in German for Non-Arts and Sciences Students

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