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Modern Languages and Literatures Minor Requirements

Modern Languages and Literatures Minor

(four courses at and above 300)

An academic minor is offered in French, German, Japanese and Spanish. Four courses above 300 constitute a minor. 


Teaching Minors

(four courses at and above 300)

A teaching minor is available only to students in Education. For French these courses are FREN 305, FREN 375 and two electives; for German, GERM 305, GERM 375, GERM 390 and one elective; for Spanish, SPAN 300, SPAN 301 or SPAN 302, SPAN 365 or SPAN 370, and SPAN 375. In addition, all students seeking certification to teach a foreign language must complete an approved language immersion experience (377) of at least six weeks in a country where the target language is primarily spoken. Examples of acceptable immersion experiences include semester or summer programs sponsored by AIFS, CIEE or approved by Laval University in Quebec.


Language Certificates

A certificate recognizes successful demonstration of intermediate-level proficiency in the language for students that choose not to pursue a language major or minor. Language certificates in French, German, Japanese or Spanish are awarded only upon the completion of a St. Norbert College undergraduate degree. The certificate recognizes competency equivalent to the successful completion of the 101- 204 sequence with an overall GPA of 3.00 in the language courses counting toward the certificate. The course that demonstrates successful completion of the certificate must be taken at the College through the Modern Languages and Literatures curriculum and the student must earn a “B” or higher in this course. A student who places beyond the 204 level (e.g. 300, 301, 302, 304 or 305) still must complete one class on campus and receive a grade of “B” or higher in that class. A student interested in a certificate could take four classes (101, 102, 203 or 204) at St. Norbert College. However, students interested in a certificate could place into 203 or 204 and would only have to take one or, at most, two classes.

IBLAS Major: Modern Languages and Literatures collaborates with Business Administration in a major program in International Business and Language Area Studies (IBLAS).

Incoming students who have studied a second language are required to take the College’s language placement exam during Summer Advisement in order to assess their level of competency in that language. All St. Norbert students are expected to achieve a second language competency at the intermediate level by the end of their junior year. This competency may be demonstrated through: 1) placing into the 203 level of a language on the St. Norbert College language placement exam 2) successfully completing a 102 (or above) language course at the College 3) successfully completing an approved language program off-campus. Students may retake the placement exam. 

Retroactive credit policy: Students will be awarded up to two courses for previous language study upon completion of a language course at the 102 level or higher with a grade of “B” or better.


French Minor

(4 courses above 300)

Four courses above 300 constitute a minor in French. These must include FREN 305, FREN 375, FREN 400 and one elective.


French Teaching Minor

(4 courses above 300)

Available only to students in education.

Courses: FREN 305, FREN 375, FREN 390 (taken during the immersion experience) and one elective, In addition, all students seeking certification to teach a modern language must complete a language immersion experience in an educational setting of at least six to eight weeks in duration in a country where French is primarily spoken.


French Language Certificate

A French Language Certificate is available and recognizes successful demonstration of intermediate-level proficiency in the language for students that choose not to pursue a language major or minor. The certificate recognizes competency equivalent to the successful completion of the 101- 204 sequence with an overall GPA of 3.00 in the language courses counting toward the certificate. The course that demonstrates successful completion of the certificate must be taken at St. Norbert College through the Modern Languages and Literatures curriculum and the student must earn a “B” or higher in this course. A student who places beyond the 204 level (e.g., 304 or 305) still must complete one class on campus and receive a grade of “B” or higher in that class. A student who might be interested in a certificate could take four classes (FREN 101, FREN 102, FREN 203, FREN 204) at St. Norbert College. However, students who might be interested in a certificate could place into FREN 203 or FREN 204 and would only have to take one, or at most, two classes.

German Minor

(4 courses 300 level and above)

Four courses above 300 constitute a minor in German. These must include GERM 304 or GERM 305, GERM 375, GERM 376 and GERM 390.


German Teaching Minor

A teaching minor is available only to students in Education. Four courses above 300 constitute a minor. For German these courses are GERM 304 or GERM 305, GERM 375, GERM 376 and GERM 390 (taken during the immersion experience). In addition, all students seeking certification to teach a foreign language must complete a language immersion experience in an educational setting of at least six to eight weeks in duration in a country where German is primarily spoken.


German Language Certificate

A German Language Certificate is available that recognizes successful demonstration of intermediate-level proficiency in the language for students that choose not to pursue a language major or minor. The certificate recognizes competency equivalent to the successful completion of the GERM 101-204 sequence with an overall grade point average of 3.00 in the language courses counting toward the certificate. The course that demonstrates successful completion of the certificate must be taken at St. Norbert College through the Modern Languages and Literatures curriculum and the student must earn a “B” or higher in this course. A student who places beyond the GERM 204 level (e.g. GERM 304 or GERM 305) still must complete one class on campus and receive a grade of “B” or higher in that class. A student interested in a certificate could take four classes (GERM 101, GERM 102, GERM 203, GERM 204) at St. Norbert College. However, students interested in a certificate could place into GERM 203 or GERM 204 and would only have to take one, or at most, two classes. See Modern Languages and Literatures section for additional information on all St. Norbert College language programs, policies and courses.


Japanese Minor

(Japanese through 204 plus four courses above 300 from the following)

Four courses above 300 constitute a minor in Japanese. These must include JAPN 305, JAPN 306, JAPN 375; JAPN 389 or JAPN 390 or JAPN 490 at St. Norbert College and JAPN 320 (or equivalent) at Sophia or Tsuru University in Japan.


Japanese Area Studies Minor

Japanese through 204 plus four courses above 300 from the following:

JAPN 305, JAPN 306, JAPN 375; JAPN 389 or JAPN 390 or JAPN 490 at St. Norbert College and JAPN 320 (or equivalent) atSophia or Tsuru University in Japan.


Japanese Language Certificate

A Japanese Language Certificate recognizes successful demonstration of intermediate-level proficiency in the language for students that choose not to pursue a minor. The certificate recognizes competency equivalent to the successful completion of the JAPN 101-JAPN 204 sequence with an overall grade point average of 3.0 in the language courses counting toward the certificate. The course that demonstrates successful completion of the certificate must be taken at St. Norbert College through the Modern Languages and Literatures curriculum and the student must earn a “B” or higher in this course. A student who places beyond the JAPN 204 level (e.g. JAPN 304 or JAPN 305) still must complete one class on campus and receive a grade of “B” or higher in that class. A student who might be interested in a certificate could take four classes (JAPN 101, JAPN 102, JAPN 203, JAPN 204) at St. Norbert College. However, students who might be interested in a certificate could place into JAPN 203 or JAPN 204 and would only have to take one or, at most, two classes. See Modern Languages and Literatures section for additional information on all College language programs, policies and courses.

Spanish Minor*

(4 courses at and above 300)

Courses must include SPAN 300, SPAN 301 or SPAN 302, SPAN 365 or SPAN 370, and SPAN 375.

*At least two of the four courses for the Spanish minor must be taken at St. Norbert College.


Spanish Teaching Minor*

(4 courses at and above 300)

A teaching minor is available only to students in education. Required courses: SPAN 300, SPAN 301 or SPAN 302, SPAN 365 or SPAN 370, and SPAN 375. In addition, all students seeking certification to teach Spanish must complete an approved language immersion experience of at least six weeks in a Spanish-speaking country. Members of the Spanish faculty have information regarding a variety of suitable programs.

*At least two of the four courses for the Spanish teaching minor must be taken at St. Norbert College.


Spanish Language Certificate

A Spanish Language Certificate is available that recognizes successful demonstration of intermediate-level proficiency in the language for students who choose not to pursue a language major or minor. The certificate recognizes competency equivalent to the successful completion of the SPAN 101-204 sequence with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the language courses counting toward the certificate. The course that demonstrates successful completion of the certificate must be taken at St. Norbert College through the Modern Languages and Literatures curriculum and the student must earn a “B” or higher in this course. A student who places beyond the SPAN 204 level (e.g. SPAN 300) still must complete one class on campus and receive a grade of “B” or higher in that class. A student who might be interested in a certificate could take four classes (SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 203, SPAN 204) at St. Norbert College. However, students interested in a certificate could place into SPAN 203 or SPAN 204 and would only have to take one or, at most, two classes. See the Modern Languages and Literatures section for additional information on all St. Norbert College language programs, policies and courses.