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Modern Languages & Literatures Major Requirements

Required Modern Languages & Literatures Courses

(8 courses at and above 300)

Major programs are offered in French, German and Spanish. Complete descriptions of the majors and the courses can be found under the specific language major (French, German and Spanish) in the catalog. Language majors are required to complete at least one academic semester in a country where the language they are studying is spoken. A minimum cumulative St. Norbert College GPA of 2.75 is required for study abroad, although individual programs may have a higher GPA requirement. 


Required French Courses

(8 courses above 300)

  • FREN 305 Introduction to French Literature and Literary Criticism 
  • FREN 328 French Classicism 
  • FREN 349 Nineteenth-Century French Literature or FREN 350 Twentieth-Century French Literature 
  • FREN 375 French Civilization 
  • FREN 400 Senior Capstone Seminar 
  • 3 French electives

French majors are required to complete at least one academic semester in a country where French is spoken. A minimum cumulative St. Norbert College GPA of 2.75 is required for study abroad although individual programs may have a higher GPA requirement.


Required German Courses

(8 courses above 300)

  • GERM 304 German Composition or GERM 305 Introduction to German Literature and Literary Criticism 
  • GERM 350 Modern German Literature 
  • GERM 375 German Civilization 1 
  • GERM 376 German Civilization 2 
  • GERM 389 Special Topics 
  • GERM 390 Advanced Conversation, Grammar and Composition 
  • GERM 400 Senior Capstone Seminar 
  • GERM 490 Independent Study

German majors are required to complete at least one academic semester in a country where German is spoken. A minimum cumulative St. Norbert College GPA of 2.75 is required for study abroad although individual programs may have a higher GPA requirement.


Required Spanish Courses*

(8 courses above 300)

  • SPAN 300 Making Connections: Conversation, Composition and Culture 
  • SPAN 301 Introduction to Spanish and Spanish American Literature 1 
  • SPAN 302 Introduction to Spanish and Spanish American Literature 2 
  • SPAN 365 Latin American Civilization: South America and the Caribbean or SPAN 370 Latin American Civilization: Mexico and Central America 
  • SPAN 375 Spanish Civilization 
  • One SPAN 389 Special Topics (must be taken at St. Norbert) 
  • SPAN 400 Senior Capstone Seminar (must be taken at St. Norbert) 
  • One SPAN 300-level elective

*At least five of the eight courses for the Spanish major must be taken at St. Norbert College. Spanish majors are required to complete at least one academic semester in a Spanish-speaking country. A minimum cumulative St. Norbert College GPA of 2.75 is required for study abroad although individual programs may have a higher GPA requirement.