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Languages and Literatures

Learning Objectives

The Core Curriculum Language Requirement

As part of the Core Curriculum, undergraduate students must have third-semester competency in another language in addition to English at the time of their graduation.  Students are encouraged to fulfill this requirement during their freshman and sophomore years at USD.  There are a number of ways in which this can be done:

  • Completing the third-semester course (201) in any of the nine languages offered at USD: Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish
  • Alternate credit:
    • Competency Exam  - This exam cannot be taken more than twice in any given semester.  (This exam should not be confused with the Placement Exam; see below.)
    • Transferring Credit from another college or university - The student must take USD’s placement exam and submit a Petition for Transfer of Credit prior to taking a language course elsewhere.
    • Advanced Credit - Sufficiently high scores on the following tests:  AP or IB

Learning Goals and Outcomes for the Majors

Goal 1: Communicative Proficiency

LO 1: Recursive skills: Majors can communicate in the target language in the two basic “recursive skills,” reading and writing, at the Advanced-Low to Advanced-High level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

LO 2: Immediacy skills: Majors can communicate in the target language in the two basic “immediacy skills,” listening and speaking, at the Advanced-Low to Advanced-High level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

Goal 2: Intercultural Competence

LO 3: Diversity, inclusion, and social justice: Majors can identify and explain fundamental issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice in historical and current contexts of the target-language world.

LO 4: Intercultural competence: Majors can demonstrate the capacity to interact appropriately and effectively within diverse social settings and cultural contexts in the target-language world and beyond.

Goal 3: Knowledge, Understanding, and Critical Thinking

LO 5: Knowledge and understanding: Majors can identify and cogently explain the historical significance of principal figures, works, and tendencies in the literature and other forms of cultural production throughout major historical periods of the target-language world.

LO 6: Critical thinking: Majors can critically analyze a text, define a position, and substantiate it using thorough research techniques, the integration of disparate areas of knowledge, and innovative thinking.