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Foreign Language Concentration, Liberal Arts /A.A. Degree

Program Advisor: Lois Cooper, (413) 236-4615.

The Foreign Language concentration is for students who wish to meet the intermediate foreign language proficiency required in many baccalaureate programs. The emphasis is on the humanities, and the curriculum closely parallels the studies of freshmen and sophomores at colleges offering liberal arts baccalaureate degrees. Graduates of this program regularly transfer with junior status and have gone to some of the most prestigious colleges in the country.

Related majors at the baccalaureate level: anthropology, area studies, communications, economics, education, English, foreign languages, general studies, geography, geology, gerontology, government, history, international relations, journalism, liberal arts, library science, linguistics, mathematics, media, music, nursing, peace studies, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, radio and television, sciences, sociology, speech, telecommunications, theatre arts, visual arts, and women’s studies.

This is a MassTransfer eligible program.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 62 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below.

Program 27 Credits
ENG Literature  3
  Foreign Language (see footnote 1) 16 
  Free Electives (see footnote 3)  8
   
General Education 35 Credits
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
ENG  Literature 
HIS 113 Western Civilization to 1500 3
HIS 114 Western Civilization since 1500 3
MAT Mathematics 3
  Behavioral and Social Science 
  Environmental Studies (see footnote 2) 1
  Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 2) 7

 

Additional As Shown  
Core Competencies Portfolio  6 Items 
Forum  12 Units 
Health/Fitness  30 Hours 
Minimum Cumulative Averages: 
-Overall   2.000 

Suggested block for program completion

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time needed to complete the program will vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester

16 Credits

Foreign Language (see footnote 1) 4
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 3
HIS 113 Western Civilization to 1500 3
Behavioral and Social Science 3

 

Second Semester

16 Credits

Foreign Language (see footnote 1) 4
ENG English Composition/Writing 3
HIS 114 Western Civilization since 1500 3
MAT Mathematics 3
Behavioral and Social Science 3

 

Third Semester

14 Credits

ENG Literature 3
  Foreign Language (see footnote 1)  4
Free Elective (see footnote 3) 3
Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 2) 4

 

Fourth Semester

16 Credits

Foreign Language (see footnote 1) 4
Free Elective (see footnote 3) 5
ENG Literature 3
Environmental Studies (see footnote 2)  1
  Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 2) 

Footnotes:

  1. Foreign Language: Candidates for the Liberal Arts degree must attain the second-year college proficiency needed for many baccalaureate degrees. Most students achieve this with two years of study at BCC earning 16 credits. With the permission of the foreign language coordinator, students with sufficient background may meet all or part of the requirement through the CLEP examination. They will then complete more elective credits to meet the required 62 credits total for this degree.

  2. The Natural or Physical Science requirement must be fulfilled by one four credit laboratory science and one three credit non-laboratory science or by two four credit laboratory sciences. Completion of an environmentally focused laboratory science, such as BIO 109, BIO 110, ENV 101, or ENV 102, fulfill both the Natural or Physical Science and the Environmental Studies requirements.

  3. Recommended Free Electives: PHL 102, Introduction to Philosophy; HIS 117, U.S. History I; or GOV 105, United States Government.