This major does not require a minor. Those pursuing a Japanese large plan major are required to earn at least 10 credits in a study abroad program where the courses are taught in the target language.
Second-year Japanese Credits: 15
Composition, Grammar and Conversation Credits: 15
Department-approved Japanese electives Credits: 30
World Languages Department Information
College of Arts and Humanities
Language and Literature Bldg., room 102
Mail Stop 7552
See website for how these programs can be used for educational and career purposes.
Faculty and Staff
Laila Abdalla, PhD
Rodney Bransdorfer, PhD, Spanish
Nathalie Kasselis, PhD, Spanish, French
Natalie Lefkowitz, PhD, Spanish, French
Stella Moreno, PhD, Spanish
Joshua S. Nelson, PhD, Japanese
Alejandro Lee, PhD, Spanish
Eric Mayer, PhD, Spanish
Volha Isakava, PhD, Russian
Michael Johnson, PhD, French
Roselia Arellano-Sandoval, MA, Spanish
Dinara Georgeoliani, PhD, Russian
Yuanxia Liu, MA Chinese
Jer Loudenback, MA, American sign language
Laurie Moshier, DA, French, German
Mariko Okada-Collins, MA, Japanese
TBA, secretary senior
The Department of World Languages offers BA degrees in French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish and offers minors in ASL, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. BA degrees in teaching are available in French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.
For non-majors or minors, the first-and second-year sequences are designed to provide basic proficiency in a world language. The department recommends that all majors include some organized study abroad where their major language is spoken.
Admission to Department Programs
Students planning to major or minor must meet with an advisor in the world languages department for details about admission requirements, and complete an application form.
Students in non-teaching majors and minors must earn a minimum grade of C+ in each course used for the major and/or minor. Students in teaching majors must earn a minimum grade of B in each course used for the major.
Core Course Requirements
Only courses numbered 200 and above will count toward a major or minor. For students with sufficient preparation, the 200-level sequence may be waived through credit by examination. Please note that Spanish CLEP test scores may be used to complete General Education and/or graduation requirements but may not be used to fulfill course requirements for Spanish majors or minors. Students planning to study abroad must see their advisor prior to departure to ensure the applicability of the proposed course of study. All upper-division classes not listed as requirements are approved electives.
College of Arts and Humanities Information
Administration and Organization
Stacey Robertson, PhD (Hebeler Hall, room 202)
Interim Associate Dean
Katharine Whitcomb, PhD (Hebeler Hall, room 202)
Mail Stop 7518
The College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) is comprised of 12 departments and programs, which represent the disciplines of the arts and humanities. All of the departments and some of the programs of CAH offer undergraduate degrees as well as minors which supplement other degree programs. Five departments offer Master’s degrees. In addition to its role in providing degree programs, CAH is responsible for many of the course offerings of the general education programs as well as extensive service coursework for the entire university. The college also plays a major role in Central’s teacher education programs, offering bachelors and master’s degrees for students preparing to be secondary teachers and providing coursework in educational foundations and discipline-specific methods for teacher education majors. Building on a legacy of teaching excellence, college faculty are engaged in research, creative activities and service, involving students in the scholarship and practical applications of their various academic specializations, while making important contributions to the intellectual tradition and to society at large. There are no special requirements for admission to the college, but some departments have requirements that are described under the respective department and program headings in the catalog.
The College of Arts and Humanities advances knowledge, promotes intellectual inquiry, and cultivates creative endeavor among students and faculty through teaching informed by scholarship, creative activity, and public and professional involvement. We are committed to helping students develop intellectual and practical skills for responsible citizenship and the challenges of contemporary life in a global society. The college offers disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs of the highest quality, acts as a steward of the foundational disciplines upon which all inquiry is based, and serves as a cultural center for arts and humanities for the university and the region.
The College of Arts and Humanities will be recognized as a distinguished learning community known regionally for scholarly and creative excellence, innovative, and rigorous foundational liberal arts education, and undergraduate and graduate programs that are outstanding and unique in the state.
Departments and Programs
Africana and Black Studies Program: Bobby Cummings, PhD (Michaelsen Hall, room 104)
Art: Gregg Schlanger, MFA (Randall Hall, room 100)
Asia/Pacific Studies Program: Jeffrey Dippman, PhD (Language and Literature Bldg., room 337C)
Communication: Marji Morgan, PhD (Bouillon Hall, room 232A)
English: George Drake, PhD (Language and Literature Bldg., room 423)
Film and Video Studies Program: Liahna Armstrong, PhD and Jon Ward (Bouillon Hall, room 225)
History: Jason Knirck, PhD (Language and Literature Bldg., room 100)
Latino and Latin American Studies Program: Stella Moreno, PhD (Language and Literature Bldg., room 102J)
Music: Todd Shiver, DMA (Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Building, room 144)
Philosophy and Religious Studies: Matthew Altman, PhD (Language and Literature Bldg., room 337)
Theatre Arts: Scott Robinson, MFA (McConnell Hall, room 106)
World Languages: Laila Abdalla, PhD (Language and Literature Bldg., room 102)