Catalog 2010-2012

Department of Languages and Literatures

College of Humanities and Fine Arts


**Plans are in progress to consolidate the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the College of Natural Sciences by June 30, 2011

Note: Programs include teaching and non-teaching majors in World Languages and Cultures (French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Dual Languages), and Spanish.  Minors include French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.  Courses are offered in all of the above languages, plus Chinese.

Two interdepartmental programs are offered cooperatively with the Department of English Language and Literature* and are listed in both department sections. These programs are TESOL/Modern Language Major-Teaching, and the Comparative Literature Minor.

A student who has been enrolled previously in a foreign language at this institution will be advised by her/his instructor as to the sequence of succeeding courses.

A student who has never had a foreign language should enroll in the Elementary I or Introduction I course.

The previous background and facility in acquiring basic skills of the individual student may necessitate taking additional work in lower division courses which are not specified in the major.

The total program hours will depend on the student's background and will vary.

Licensure to teach a modern language in elementary school can be achieved by majoring in Elementary Education and taking the teaching minor in the relevant language.

To meet any course prerequisite, a grade of C- or higher is required in the prerequisite course.


The World Languages and Cultures major develops strong liberal arts skills with a focus on the study of languages and cultures.  Students can choose among the following emphasis areas: French (Liberal Arts); French (Business); French Teaching; German (Liberal Arts); German (Business); German Teaching; Russian; Dual Languages; Dual Languages Teaching


The University of Northern Iowa makes available, in addition to traditional programs, the opportunity for students to earn program certificates. Program certificates provide an alternative to programs leading to a degree, a major, or a minor; they certify that an individual has completed a program approved by the university. For information on the following program certificates, contact the Department of Modern Languages* or the Office of the Registrar, which serves as the centralized registry.

The Department of Modern Languages* program certificates are not intended for native speakers of the respective languages.