World Languages Dual Major

World Languages Dual Major
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What are world languages?

The world languages dual major degree program is a streamlined language program for students majoring in business, engineering and physical sciences, life sciences and agriculture, or health and human services who wish to master a second language and improve their intercultural communication skills. Choose from Arabic, Chinese, classics, French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish. Surveys of U.S. employers show the demand for employees with language skills far outpaces the supply. Increase your marketability and be ready for the globalized world with this dual major, which must be combined with any other major that leads to a B.S. degree.

Why study world languages at UNH?

As a world languages dual major at UNH, you will have a wide range of languages to choose from in order to tailor your program to your interests. This streamlined program can be paired easily with the structured curricula of B.S. programs. In our small classes, you’ll work closely with dedicated and caring faculty who will get to know you well. Throughout the academic year, you’ll have the opportunity to gather with other students for conversation hours and activities in your chosen language. You may even choose to study abroad with your classmates in one of our many faculty-managed programs.

Potential Careers

  • Any career where you interact with diverse colleagues or communities
  • Business leader
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign service officer
  • Healthcare worker (domestic or international)
  • Hospitality and tourism professional
  • International engineer or scientist
  • Interpreter
  • Lawyer
  • Social worker
  • Teacher
  • Translator

Curriculum & Requirements

The world languages dual major program can be paired with majors that leads to a B.S. degree. The major offers eight language options from which to choose as a focus:  Arabic, Chinese, classics, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. Study of a second language adds immense value to a student’s academic experience by sharpening skills in communication, decision-making, critical thinking, listening, concentration and multitasking. It also provides excellent professional preparation for careers in business, healthcare, science, engineering and more. Mastering a second language and honing intercultural communication skills in a multicultural America and globalized world will add richness and flexibility to life beyond one’s career, as well.

The world languages dual major is administered by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC) but draws on languages and courses from both LLC and the Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Declared Primary Major

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

World Languages Dual Major Requirements

The dual major in world languages consists of a total of 8 classes (32 credits), which may include the following, depending on your level/proficiency and language placement entering UNH. The minimum level of proficiency is noted below for each language.

All coursework required for the world languages major must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Language 1
Choose ONE target language from below:8-24
Arabic Language Requirements
ARBC 401
Elementary Arabic I
ARBC 402
Elementary Arabic II
ARBC 503
Intermediate Arabic
ARBC 504
Intermediate Arabic
ARBC 631
Advanced Arabic I
ARBC 632
Advanced Arabic II (minimum level of proficiency required)
Chinese Language Requirements
CHIN 401
Elementary Chinese I
CHIN 402
Elementary Chinese II
CHIN 503
Intermediate Chinese I
CHIN 504
Intermediate Chinese II
CHIN 631
Advanced Chinese Conversation and Composition I
CHIN 632
Advanced Chinese Conversation and Composition II (minimum level of proficiency required)
Classics Language Requirements
LATN 401
Elementary Latin I
or GREK 401
Elementary Classical Greek I
LATN 402
Elementary Latin II
or GREK 402
Elementary Classical Greek II
LATN 503
Intermediate Latin I
or GREK 503
Intermediate Classical Greek I
LATN 504
Intermediate Latin II (minimum level of proficiency required for LATN or GREK)
or GREK 504
Intermediate Classical Greek II
French Language Requirements
FREN 401
Elementary French I
FREN 402
Elementary French II
FREN 503
Intermediate French I
FREN 504
Intermediate French II
FREN 631
Advanced French: Reading and Writing
FREN 632
Advanced French: Listening and Speaking (minimum level of proficiency required)
German Language Requirements
GERM 401
Elementary German I
GERM 402
Elementary German II
GERM 503
Intermediate German I
GERM 504
Intermediate German II
Advanced Communications Skills I
GERM 632
Advanced Communications Skills II (minimum level of proficiency required)
Italian Language Requirements
ITAL 401
Elementary Italian I
ITAL 402
Elementary Italian II
ITAL 503
Intermediate Italian I
ITAL 504
Intermediate Italian II
ITAL 631
Advanced Conversation and Composition I
ITAL 632
Advanced Conversation and Composition II (minimum level of proficiency required)
Russian Language Requirements
RUSS 401
Elementary Russian I
RUSS 402
Elementary Russian II
RUSS 503
Intermediate Russian I
RUSS 504
Intermediate Russian II
RUSS 631
Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition
RUSS 632
Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition (minimum level of proficiency required)
Spanish Language Requirements
SPAN 401
Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 402
Elementary Spanish II
SPAN 503
Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 504
Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 631
Advanced Conversation and Composition I
SPAN 632
Advanced Conversation and Composition II (minimum level of proficiency required)
Culture, Linguistics, Literature 2
Choose any 400-, 500-, 600- or 700-level courses in your target language program and/or in LLC from the lists below4-20
ARBC 425, ARBC 595, ARBC #700, ARBC #795
CHIN 425, CHIN #521, CHIN #795
CLAS 400, CLAS 401, CLAS 403, CLAS 404, CLAS 411, CLAS 412, CLAS 444, CLAS 444D, CLAS 501, CLAS 510, CLAS 511, CLAS 520A, CLAS 520B, CLAS 520C, CLAS 520D, CLAS #525, CLAS 530A, CLAS 530B, CLAS 540A, CLAS 540B, CLAS 540C, CLAS 550A, CLAS 550B, CLAS 550C, CLAS 551, CLAS 575, CLAS 601, CLAS 675, CLAS 676, CLAS 677, CLAS 678, CLAS 686, CLAS 694, CLAS 695, CLAS 696, LATN 605, LATN 606, LATN 753, LATN 754, LATN 756, GREK #595, GREK 751, GREK 753, GREK 795
FREN 403, FREN 525, FREN 595, FREN 651, FREN 652, FREN 676, FREN 683, FREN 690, FREN 691, FREN #765, FREN 775, FREN 795
GERM #521, GERM 525, GERM 586, GERM 728, GERM 732, GERM #738, GERM 797, GERM 798
ITAL 425, ITAL 444A, ITAL 444B, ITAL 444C, ITAL 510J, ITAL 521, ITAL 522, ITAL 525, ITAL 526, ITAL 540, ITAL 595, ITAL 635, ITAL 651, ITAL 652, ITAL 675, ITAL 681A, ITAL 681B, ITAL 682B, ITAL 683, ITAL #733, ITAL 775, ITAL 795
RUSS 521W, RUSS 525, RUSS 691W, RUSS 733, RUSS #790W, RUSS 795, RUSS 797
SPAN 403, SPAN 525, SPAN 526, SPAN #595, SPAN 641, SPAN 645, SPAN 647, SPAN 648, SPAN 650, SPAN #651, SPAN 652, SPAN 654, SPAN 683, SPAN 686, SPAN 790, SPAN 795, SPAN 797, SPAN 798, SPAN 799
LLC #444H, LLC 444I, LLC 535A, LLC 540, LLC 552, LLC 555, LLC #560, LLC 595, LLC 791
LLC 790
World Languages Capstone 3

From 8 to 24 credits, depending on students’ proficiency level and language placement on entry. All students must complete at least 8 classes (32 credits). While the major may start counting as early as the Elementary I level (401), those who enter the major at a higher level (e.g., 503, 504, or 631) will replace the lower level language courses with additional electives in the “Culture, Linguistics, Literature” category.


Minimum 4 credits up to 20 credits (depending on number required to get to 32 total)


Or approved equivalent 700-level course taken at UNH, approved study abroad equivalent, or approved high-impact experience (such as internship with a robust target language/culture component). 

An experience such as study abroad, service learning, internship, or faculty-mentored, independent undergraduate research is encouraged but not required. Up to 16 credits toward the major may be earned in a semester-long study abroad program or summer study abroad program, depending on the individual language programs and their study abroad options. Students should consult with a faculty advisor regarding study abroad credits. 

Linguistic proficiency. Students will demonstrate an Intermediate-Mid to Intermediate-High  level of proficiency based on the ACTFL Perfomance Descriptors for Language Learners in the target language in three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal and presentational skills.

  • Interpretive: Students are able to understand main ideas and some supporting details on familiar topics relevant to their immediate environment such as everyday life and particular interests. They have sufficient control of language (vocabulary, structure and conventional spoken and written language) to understand fully non-complex texts.
  • Interpersonal: Students are able to participate in conversations on familiar topics, ask questions to initiate and sustain conversations, and communicate about self, others and everyday life.
  • Presentational: Students are able to communicate information and express their thoughts about familiar topics using simple sentence structures. They are able to create messages in contexts relevant to themselves and others, and their immediate environment.

Intercultural and transcultural competence. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of other cultures. They are able to think critically about and are able to recognize and accept culturally differences, and the uniqueness of other cultures and peoples. By the time they graduate from our program, they will be able to:

  • Recognize and describe the target culture products and practices they have directly studied and interpret texts that are read, heard and viewed.  
  • Analyze and critique the cultural and social products of the target culture (film, literature, art, popular culture, media, etc.) within their context, including conducting basic research projects.
  • Begin to question the validity of their own cultural beliefs, behaviors and norms, by contrasting and comparing them with those of the target culture, and reflecting upon cultural differences related to spoken and written communication.


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