Degree Requirements

Language Major

  • CCS 100 – Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • 9 courses above 211 including:
    • One course in literature
    • KEY 480 – Topics in Global Interdependence
  • A semester of study abroad (15 weeks) is required

Students are expected to take as many courses in the target language as possible. Other than CCS 100 and KEY 480, any course taught in English must be approved by the advisor for credit toward the major.

Cross-Cultural Studies Major

The Cross-Cultural Studies major consists of three core courses, a language requirement, a study-abroad requirement, and three electives, as specified below.

Core courses:

  • CCS 100 – Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • CCS 399 – Internship
  • KEY 480 – Topics in Global Interdependence

Language requirement:

Minor in French, German, or Spanish or completion of the 212 level in two different languages. Placement waivers of the core skill in languages do not fulfill any part of the language requirement for the Cross-Cultural Studies major. Heritage speakers must earn credit by examination for 212, if following the two-language path, or complete the coursework for a minor in available languages (consult Academic Advising for testing in less commonly taught languages).

Study-abroad requirement (consult Augsburg Abroad for offerings):

One semester (15 weeks) on an approved study abroad program or two short-term international study experiences approved by the department

Electives:

Three upper-division courses in related areas. Courses must be chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisor and must include comparative study of a non-English speaking culture. Seminars, independent study, topics courses, and courses at other colleges and universities can be considered here. No more than two courses may be counted from a single department.

Graduation Skills

For all majors, the Critical Thinking (CT) graduation skill is embedded throughout the offered courses and is met by completing the major. The graduation skills in Speaking (S) and Writing (W) are met by completing CCS 100 and KEY 480.

The Quantitative Reasoning (QR) graduation skill is met with one of the following courses: GST 200, HIS 369, MAT 145, MAT 146, MAT 163, NUR 410, PHI 230, PHY 119, POL 483, or the QR from a second major.

Transfer students must consult an advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of these skills.

Language Minor

Four courses above 211

Students are expected to take all courses in the target language. Any course taught in English must be approved by the advisor for credit toward the minor.

Departmental Honors

Majors seeking graduation with departmental honors must apply to the chair of the department in their junior year. Requirements include a 3.50 GPA both in the major and overall, and an honors thesis written in the target language.

Prerequisite

Any prerequisite must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0 or P.

Transfer Students

Transfer students intending to major or minor in languages must take a minimum of one upper division course per year at Augsburg. See major/minor above for limits on non-Augsburg courses. Courses accepted for transfer must have been taken within the past seven years.

Study Abroad

A semester of study abroad (15 weeks) is required for Language majors, and some study abroad is strongly recommended for minors. See advisor for guidelines on portfolio documentation of coursework taken abroad. Majors in Cross-Cultural Studies must complete a semester abroad (15 weeks) or two short-term international study experiences approved by the department.

Internships

An advanced-level internship in the major language (399) or an interdisciplinary internship (INS 199) that links language skills with community service and career exploration may be arranged pending faculty availability.

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