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The Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures program advances the study of languages and cultures around the world. Students develop advanced proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, and/or Russian while studying the art, culture, film, folklore, literature, music, mythology, religion and theatre of the areas where these languages are spoken. In addition, the department provides service to the Commonwealth in language instruction and cultural awareness. Students choose one of seven tracks in the MCL major: Arabic and Islamic Studies, Chinese Studies, Classics, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Japan Studies, and Russian Studies. 

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Students with advanced foreign language skills find work in government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), travel and tourism, International business, arts and entertainment and education.

Career opportunities in Modern and Classical languages

  • International business
  • International organizations
  • International law
  • Diplomatic corps
  • Red Cross
  • Non-profit organizations
  • intercultural communication
  • Foreign and public service
  • Tourism
  • Education
  • National Security
  • United Nations
  • Publishing
  • Translation
  • Journalism

Current Curriculum Information

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  • MCL/Arabic & Islamic Studies (BA) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • AIS 101 - ELEMENTARY MODERN STANDARD ARABIC4

    An introduction to the standard written language of the Arab World. Initial emphasis upon the phonology and script, followed by gradual coverage of the grammar, with exercises in reading, writing, pronunciation, and vocabulary building.

  • MCL 100 - THE WORLD OF LANGUAGE3

    This course introduces students to some of the objects and methods of inquiry common to the different language areas and fields of study in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students will examine the structure and use of spoken language and written language as well as their sociocultural aspects and explore basic linguistic principles, the roles and function of language, and issues involved in first- and second-language acquisition. In the process they will develop a facility and vocabulary for the examination of the principal structures involved in systems of spoken and written language.

  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • AIS 102 - ELEMENTARY MODERN STANDARD ARABIC4

    Continuation of RAE 140.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours30

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • AIS 201 - INTERMEDIATE MODERN STANDARD ARABIC3

    A continuation of RAE 141, stressing comprehension of written and oral material, the ability to read Arabic aloud and to compose written material, and the ability to speak.

  • AIS 228 - ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION3

    This course is an introduction to the religion of Islam and the classical era of the Islamic civilization. A great deal of time will be spent on the life of Muhammad (570-632) and basic beliefs, rituals and practices. The course will also explore aspects of the history of Islamic civilization from the time of Muhammad to around the 17th century, including science, art theology and law.

  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • AIS 202 - INTERMEDIATE MODERN STANDARD ARABIC3

    A continuation of RAE 240, stressing comprehension of written and oral material, the ability to read Arabic aloud and to compose written material, and the ability to speak.

  • MCL 200 - GLOBAL LITERACY3

    A humanities course for the 21st century; this class “goes global” in unprecedented ways. Team taught by expert instructors representing ten different linguistic and cultural traditions (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Ancient Roman, Russian), it trains students in the analysis of a wide range of media (literary text, folk text, still image, film, etc.) that challenge cultural identities and cross national boundaries. Meets requirements for UK Core Inquiry in the Humanities.

  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours31

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • AIS 311 - ARABIC FOR BUSINESS AND MEDIA I3

    This course is designed to meet the needs of intermediate-level students of Arabic as well as members of the business community who wish to learn Arabic for professional purposes. The topics cover travel, social, and business interactions. The course also introduces and engages with a variety of current, authentic and primary Arabic materials through the language of the newspapers, magazines, Internet news sites, and TV news. Some of the media topics that will be covered are meetings and conferences, elections, and demonstrations and social protest. By the end of this course, the students will be at a mid-intermediate level of proficiency in Arabic.

  • AIS 330 - ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION II3

    The Islamic world's response to westernization and the resultant reassertion of its cultural role in the modern world.

  • Arabic & Islamic St Core (300+ level)3
  • Arabic & Islamic St Core (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • AIS 312 - ARABIC FOR BUSINESS AND MEDIA II3

    This course builds on and expands the business, travel, and social topics covered in AIS 311 through additional and more complex situations and interactions, such as shopping, going around town, at the sales office, at the post office, at the bank, renting and buying a house and a lot of land. The course also expands on the media topics covered in the first part of this course, in terms of both variety and difficulty. Some of the new topics will be elections, conflict and terrorism, business, cultural and social news. The course will take the students to a high-intermediate level of proficiency in Arabic.

  • Arabic & Islamic St Core (300+ level)3
  • Arabic & Islamic St Core (300+ level)3
  • Arabic & Islamic St Cross Disciplinary3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • Arabic & Islamic St Core (300+ level)3
  • Arabic & Islamic St Core (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • MCL 495 - MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES CAPSTONE3

    MCL Capstone Research Project and Language Learning Portfolio, MCL 495, is a common Capstone experience shared by MCL majors in Arabic, Classics, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Russian. It is designed to provide an opportunity for majors to develop research projects in collaboration with faculty members and to gain research experience in MCL Studies, as well as to allow majors to explore the various content areas and scholarly approaches represented in MCL so as to enhance their understanding of the value of work across disciplines. In addition, the course facilitates student completion of a language learning portfolio to document their level of proficiency in one of the fields of concentration in MCL Studies. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Arabic & Islamic St Core (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total14
    • Total Senior Hours29
  • MCL/Arabic & Islamic Studies (BS) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • AIS 101 - ELEMENTARY MODERN STANDARD ARABIC4

    An introduction to the standard written language of the Arab World. Initial emphasis upon the phonology and script, followed by gradual coverage of the grammar, with exercises in reading, writing, pronunciation, and vocabulary building.

  • MCL 100 - THE WORLD OF LANGUAGE3

    This course introduces students to some of the objects and methods of inquiry common to the different language areas and fields of study in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students will examine the structure and use of spoken language and written language as well as their sociocultural aspects and explore basic linguistic principles, the roles and function of language, and issues involved in first- and second-language acquisition. In the process they will develop a facility and vocabulary for the examination of the principal structures involved in systems of spoken and written language.

  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
    • Total17
Spring Semester
  • AIS 102 - ELEMENTARY MODERN STANDARD ARABIC4

    Continuation of RAE 140.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
    • Total17
    • Total Freshman Hours34

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • AIS 201 - INTERMEDIATE MODERN STANDARD ARABIC3

    A continuation of RAE 141, stressing comprehension of written and oral material, the ability to read Arabic aloud and to compose written material, and the ability to speak.

  • AIS 228 - ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION3

    This course is an introduction to the religion of Islam and the classical era of the Islamic civilization. A great deal of time will be spent on the life of Muhammad (570-632) and basic beliefs, rituals and practices. The course will also explore aspects of the history of Islamic civilization from the time of Muhammad to around the 17th century, including science, art theology and law.

  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • AIS 202 - INTERMEDIATE MODERN STANDARD ARABIC3

    A continuation of RAE 240, stressing comprehension of written and oral material, the ability to read Arabic aloud and to compose written material, and the ability to speak.

  • MCL 200 - GLOBAL LITERACY3

    A humanities course for the 21st century; this class “goes global” in unprecedented ways. Team taught by expert instructors representing ten different linguistic and cultural traditions (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Ancient Roman, Russian), it trains students in the analysis of a wide range of media (literary text, folk text, still image, film, etc.) that challenge cultural identities and cross national boundaries. Meets requirements for UK Core Inquiry in the Humanities.

  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • Arabic & Islamic St Cross Disciplinary3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Sophomore Hours36

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • AIS 311 - ARABIC FOR BUSINESS AND MEDIA I3

    This course is designed to meet the needs of intermediate-level students of Arabic as well as members of the business community who wish to learn Arabic for professional purposes. The topics cover travel, social, and business interactions. The course also introduces and engages with a variety of current, authentic and primary Arabic materials through the language of the newspapers, magazines, Internet news sites, and TV news. Some of the media topics that will be covered are meetings and conferences, elections, and demonstrations and social protest. By the end of this course, the students will be at a mid-intermediate level of proficiency in Arabic.

  • Arabic & Islamic St Core (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • AIS 312 - ARABIC FOR BUSINESS AND MEDIA II3

    This course builds on and expands the business, travel, and social topics covered in AIS 311 through additional and more complex situations and interactions, such as shopping, going around town, at the sales office, at the post office, at the bank, renting and buying a house and a lot of land. The course also expands on the media topics covered in the first part of this course, in terms of both variety and difficulty. Some of the new topics will be elections, conflict and terrorism, business, cultural and social news. The course will take the students to a high-intermediate level of proficiency in Arabic.

  • AIS 330 - ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION II3

    The Islamic world's response to westernization and the resultant reassertion of its cultural role in the modern world.

  • Arabic & Islamic St Core (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Junior Hours33

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • Arabic & Islamic St Core (300+ level)3
  • Arabic & Islamic St Core (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • MCL 495 - MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES CAPSTONE3

    MCL Capstone Research Project and Language Learning Portfolio, MCL 495, is a common Capstone experience shared by MCL majors in Arabic, Classics, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Russian. It is designed to provide an opportunity for majors to develop research projects in collaboration with faculty members and to gain research experience in MCL Studies, as well as to allow majors to explore the various content areas and scholarly approaches represented in MCL so as to enhance their understanding of the value of work across disciplines. In addition, the course facilitates student completion of a language learning portfolio to document their level of proficiency in one of the fields of concentration in MCL Studies. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Arabic & Islamic St Core (300+ level)3
  • Arabic & Islamic St Core (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30
  • MCL/Chinese Studies (BA) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • CHI 101 - BEGINNING CHINESE I4

    A course in first semester Chinese language.

  • MCL 100 - THE WORLD OF LANGUAGE3

    This course introduces students to some of the objects and methods of inquiry common to the different language areas and fields of study in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students will examine the structure and use of spoken language and written language as well as their sociocultural aspects and explore basic linguistic principles, the roles and function of language, and issues involved in first- and second-language acquisition. In the process they will develop a facility and vocabulary for the examination of the principal structures involved in systems of spoken and written language.

  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • CHI 102 - BEGINNING CHINESE II4

    A course in second semester Chinese language.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours30

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • CHI 201 - INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I4

    A course in third semester Chinese language.

  • CHI 330 - INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE CULTURE, PRE-MODERN TO 18403

    This course introduces students to pre-modern Chinese history, society, and culture up to 1840. Some of the major questions to be addressed include: Is “China” the oldest continuous civilization? Was it culturally and ethnically homogenous? Was Chinese traditional culture and society “patriarchal”? To what extent was the state successful in penetrating into daily lives of individuals? Course assignments will include primary and secondary literature (entirely in English) as well as visual and material culture sources. No prior knowledge of Chinese history, culture, or language required.

  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
    • Total17
Spring Semester
  • CHI 202 - INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II4

    A fourth semester course in Chinese language.

  • MCL 200 - GLOBAL LITERACY3

    A humanities course for the 21st century; this class “goes global” in unprecedented ways. Team taught by expert instructors representing ten different linguistic and cultural traditions (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Ancient Roman, Russian), it trains students in the analysis of a wide range of media (literary text, folk text, still image, film, etc.) that challenge cultural identities and cross national boundaries. Meets requirements for UK Core Inquiry in the Humanities.

  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Sophomore Hours33

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • CHI 301 - ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I3

    A course designed to increase student skills in listening, speaking, writing, reading, and culture. More complex grammatical forms introduced; focus on control of basic forms. Development of students’ lexicon through reading, watching films, conversations, tapes, etc. Prerequisite CHI 202 or equivalent. All students who have had three or more years of high school Chinese or are heritage learners of Chinese and are enrolling in college-level Chinese for the first time must take the Chinese placement exam before enrolling in this course.

  • CHI 331 - INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE CULTURE, 1840 TO PRESENT3

    This course introduces students to modern Chinese history, society, and culture from 1840 to the present, with a special focus on the developments of the twentieth century. We will investigate three sets of major problems: (1) China is often seen as an ethnically and culturally homogeneous society, but what is China and (Han) Chinese? (2) How did China transition from a multi-ethnic empire to a modern nation state? (3) What does modernity mean in the Chinese context? Aside from these specific objectives, this course will also teach students to analyze written and visual texts found in various genres. No prior knowledge of Chinese history, culture, or language required.

  • Chinese St Core (300+ level)3
  • Chinese St Core (300+ level)3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • CHI 302 - ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II3

    A course designed to increase student skills in listening, speaking, writing, reading, and culture. More complex grammatical forms introduced; focus on control of basic forms. Development of students’ lexicon through reading, watching films, conversations, tapes, etc. Prerequisite CHI 301 or equivalent. All students who have had three or more years of high school Chinese or are heritage learners of Chinese and are enrolling in college-level Chinese for the first time must take the Chinese placement exam before enrolling in this course.

  • Chinese St Core (300+ level)3
  • Chinese St Core (300+ level)3
  • Chinese St Cross Disciplinary3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • CHI 401 - ADVANCED CHINESE I3

    This course builds on the material covered in CHI 302 and will over a wide range of materials, including dialogues and newspaper articles. It will facilitate oral and written practices, allow students to communicate in real-life situations, and read and write Chinese texts with minimal aid of pinyin.

  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • CHI 402 - ADVANCED CHINESE II3

    This course builds on the linguistic skills acquired in previous Chinese study and further trains students in advanced use of the language, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course will expand students’ vocabulary and improve students’ reading, writing, and listening skills. The topics of the lesson cover the social changes in contemporary China and cultural developments in their social context.

  • MCL 495 - MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES CAPSTONE3

    MCL Capstone Research Project and Language Learning Portfolio, MCL 495, is a common Capstone experience shared by MCL majors in Arabic, Classics, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Russian. It is designed to provide an opportunity for majors to develop research projects in collaboration with faculty members and to gain research experience in MCL Studies, as well as to allow majors to explore the various content areas and scholarly approaches represented in MCL so as to enhance their understanding of the value of work across disciplines. In addition, the course facilitates student completion of a language learning portfolio to document their level of proficiency in one of the fields of concentration in MCL Studies. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
    • Total12
    • Total Senior Hours27
  • MCL/Chinese Studies (BS) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • CHI 101 - BEGINNING CHINESE I4

    A course in first semester Chinese language.

  • MCL 100 - THE WORLD OF LANGUAGE3

    This course introduces students to some of the objects and methods of inquiry common to the different language areas and fields of study in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students will examine the structure and use of spoken language and written language as well as their sociocultural aspects and explore basic linguistic principles, the roles and function of language, and issues involved in first- and second-language acquisition. In the process they will develop a facility and vocabulary for the examination of the principal structures involved in systems of spoken and written language.

  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
    • Total17
Spring Semester
  • CHI 102 - BEGINNING CHINESE II4

    A course in second semester Chinese language.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
    • Total17
    • Total Freshman Hours34

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • CHI 201 - INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I4

    A course in third semester Chinese language.

  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • CHI 202 - INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II4

    A fourth semester course in Chinese language.

  • MCL 200 - GLOBAL LITERACY3

    A humanities course for the 21st century; this class “goes global” in unprecedented ways. Team taught by expert instructors representing ten different linguistic and cultural traditions (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Ancient Roman, Russian), it trains students in the analysis of a wide range of media (literary text, folk text, still image, film, etc.) that challenge cultural identities and cross national boundaries. Meets requirements for UK Core Inquiry in the Humanities.

  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • Chinese St Cross Disciplinary3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Sophomore Hours36

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • CHI 301 - ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I3

    A course designed to increase student skills in listening, speaking, writing, reading, and culture. More complex grammatical forms introduced; focus on control of basic forms. Development of students’ lexicon through reading, watching films, conversations, tapes, etc. Prerequisite CHI 202 or equivalent. All students who have had three or more years of high school Chinese or are heritage learners of Chinese and are enrolling in college-level Chinese for the first time must take the Chinese placement exam before enrolling in this course.

  • CHI 330 - INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE CULTURE, PRE-MODERN TO 18403

    This course introduces students to pre-modern Chinese history, society, and culture up to 1840. Some of the major questions to be addressed include: Is “China” the oldest continuous civilization? Was it culturally and ethnically homogenous? Was Chinese traditional culture and society “patriarchal”? To what extent was the state successful in penetrating into daily lives of individuals? Course assignments will include primary and secondary literature (entirely in English) as well as visual and material culture sources. No prior knowledge of Chinese history, culture, or language required.

  • Chinese St Core (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • CHI 302 - ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II3

    A course designed to increase student skills in listening, speaking, writing, reading, and culture. More complex grammatical forms introduced; focus on control of basic forms. Development of students’ lexicon through reading, watching films, conversations, tapes, etc. Prerequisite CHI 301 or equivalent. All students who have had three or more years of high school Chinese or are heritage learners of Chinese and are enrolling in college-level Chinese for the first time must take the Chinese placement exam before enrolling in this course.

  • CHI 331 - INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE CULTURE, 1840 TO PRESENT3

    This course introduces students to modern Chinese history, society, and culture from 1840 to the present, with a special focus on the developments of the twentieth century. We will investigate three sets of major problems: (1) China is often seen as an ethnically and culturally homogeneous society, but what is China and (Han) Chinese? (2) How did China transition from a multi-ethnic empire to a modern nation state? (3) What does modernity mean in the Chinese context? Aside from these specific objectives, this course will also teach students to analyze written and visual texts found in various genres. No prior knowledge of Chinese history, culture, or language required.

  • Chinese St Core (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Junior Hours36

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • Chinese St Core (300+ level)3
  • Chinese St Core (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • MCL 495 - MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES CAPSTONE3

    MCL Capstone Research Project and Language Learning Portfolio, MCL 495, is a common Capstone experience shared by MCL majors in Arabic, Classics, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Russian. It is designed to provide an opportunity for majors to develop research projects in collaboration with faculty members and to gain research experience in MCL Studies, as well as to allow majors to explore the various content areas and scholarly approaches represented in MCL so as to enhance their understanding of the value of work across disciplines. In addition, the course facilitates student completion of a language learning portfolio to document their level of proficiency in one of the fields of concentration in MCL Studies. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Chinese St Core (300+ level)3
  • Chinese St Core (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30
  • MCL/Classics (BA) 120 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • MCL 100 - THE WORLD OF LANGUAGE3

    This course introduces students to some of the objects and methods of inquiry common to the different language areas and fields of study in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students will examine the structure and use of spoken language and written language as well as their sociocultural aspects and explore basic linguistic principles, the roles and function of language, and issues involved in first- and second-language acquisition. In the process they will develop a facility and vocabulary for the examination of the principal structures involved in systems of spoken and written language.

  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Classics Language Selection 13
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Classics Language Selection 23
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours30

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • Classics Language Selection 33
  • Classics Core (300+ level)3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • MCL 200 - GLOBAL LITERACY3

    A humanities course for the 21st century; this class “goes global” in unprecedented ways. Team taught by expert instructors representing ten different linguistic and cultural traditions (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Ancient Roman, Russian), it trains students in the analysis of a wide range of media (literary text, folk text, still image, film, etc.) that challenge cultural identities and cross national boundaries. Meets requirements for UK Core Inquiry in the Humanities.

  • Classics Language Selection 43
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours31

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • Classics Core Selection 13
  • Classics Core (300+ level)3
  • Classics Electives (200+ level)3
  • Classics Electives (300+ level)3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Classics Core Selection 23
  • Classics Electives (300+ level)3
  • Classics Electives (300+ level)3
  • Classics Cross Disciplinary3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • Classics Core Selection 33
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • MCL 495 - MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES CAPSTONE3

    MCL Capstone Research Project and Language Learning Portfolio, MCL 495, is a common Capstone experience shared by MCL majors in Arabic, Classics, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Russian. It is designed to provide an opportunity for majors to develop research projects in collaboration with faculty members and to gain research experience in MCL Studies, as well as to allow majors to explore the various content areas and scholarly approaches represented in MCL so as to enhance their understanding of the value of work across disciplines. In addition, the course facilitates student completion of a language learning portfolio to document their level of proficiency in one of the fields of concentration in MCL Studies. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Classics Core Selection 43
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total14
    • Total Senior Hours29
  • MCL/Classics (BS) 120 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • MCL 100 - THE WORLD OF LANGUAGE3

    This course introduces students to some of the objects and methods of inquiry common to the different language areas and fields of study in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students will examine the structure and use of spoken language and written language as well as their sociocultural aspects and explore basic linguistic principles, the roles and function of language, and issues involved in first- and second-language acquisition. In the process they will develop a facility and vocabulary for the examination of the principal structures involved in systems of spoken and written language.

  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Classics Language Selection 13
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
    • Total17
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Classics Language Selection 23
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
    • Total17
    • Total Freshman Hours34

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • Classics Language Selection 33
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • MCL 200 - GLOBAL LITERACY3

    A humanities course for the 21st century; this class “goes global” in unprecedented ways. Team taught by expert instructors representing ten different linguistic and cultural traditions (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Ancient Roman, Russian), it trains students in the analysis of a wide range of media (literary text, folk text, still image, film, etc.) that challenge cultural identities and cross national boundaries. Meets requirements for UK Core Inquiry in the Humanities.

  • Classics Language Selection 43
  • Classics Cross Disciplinary3
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Sophomore Hours36

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • Classics Core (300+ level)3
  • Classics Core (300+ level)3
  • Classics Core (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • Classics Core (300+ level)3
  • Classics Core (300+ level)3
  • Classics Core (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Junior Hours36

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • Classics Electives (200+ level)3
  • Classics Electives (200+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • MCL 495 - MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES CAPSTONE3

    MCL Capstone Research Project and Language Learning Portfolio, MCL 495, is a common Capstone experience shared by MCL majors in Arabic, Classics, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Russian. It is designed to provide an opportunity for majors to develop research projects in collaboration with faculty members and to gain research experience in MCL Studies, as well as to allow majors to explore the various content areas and scholarly approaches represented in MCL so as to enhance their understanding of the value of work across disciplines. In addition, the course facilitates student completion of a language learning portfolio to document their level of proficiency in one of the fields of concentration in MCL Studies. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Classics Electives (200+ level)3
  • Classics Electives (200+ level)3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours33
  • MCL/French (BA) 120 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • FR 101 - ELEMENTARY FRENCH4

    The study of basic French through grammar, reading and oral practice.

  • MCL 100 - THE WORLD OF LANGUAGE3

    This course introduces students to some of the objects and methods of inquiry common to the different language areas and fields of study in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students will examine the structure and use of spoken language and written language as well as their sociocultural aspects and explore basic linguistic principles, the roles and function of language, and issues involved in first- and second-language acquisition. In the process they will develop a facility and vocabulary for the examination of the principal structures involved in systems of spoken and written language.

  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • FR 102 - ELEMENTARY FRENCH4

    French through grammar, reading and oral practice.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours30

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • FR 201 - INTERMEDIATE FRENCH3

    Reading, conversation and oral comprehension are the basic aims of this course, which is structured around contemporary texts.

  • French/Francophone St Cross Disciplinary3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • FR 202 - INTERMEDIATE FRENCH3
  • MCL 200 - GLOBAL LITERACY3

    A humanities course for the 21st century; this class “goes global” in unprecedented ways. Team taught by expert instructors representing ten different linguistic and cultural traditions (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Ancient Roman, Russian), it trains students in the analysis of a wide range of media (literary text, folk text, still image, film, etc.) that challenge cultural identities and cross national boundaries. Meets requirements for UK Core Inquiry in the Humanities.

  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours31

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • FR 204 - INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES3

    Introduces students to the concepts, questions, and methodologies that inform the study of the Francophone world. Includes an intensive French grammar review.

  • French Core Selection 13
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • French Electives (300+ level)3
  • French Electives (300+ level)3
  • French Electives (300+ level)3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • FR 470G - TOPICAL SEMINAR I: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED)3

    Advanced work on a specific topic, concept, or problem in the field of French and Francophone Studies. Emphasis on advanced critical skills and research methods. Recent topics include: War, Literature, film; Comedy in the Age of Enlightenment; Le nouveau roman; Literature and Film of Subsaharan Africian; The Eighteenth-Century Novel; Ghosts, Vampires, and the Fantastic; Love and Madness in the Nineteenth Century; Le poeme ivre; The Early Modern Self. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits under different subtitle.

  • French Core Selection 23
  • French Electives (300+ level)3
  • French Electives (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • FR 471G - TOPICAL SEMINAR II: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED)3

    Advanced work on a specific topic, concept, or problem in the field of French and Francophone Studies. Emphasis on advanced critical skills and research methods,. Recent topics include: War, Literature, Film; Comedy in the Age of Enlightenment; Le nouveau roman; Literature and Film of Subsaharan African; The Eighteenth-Century Novel; Ghosts, Vampires, and the Fantastic; Love and Madness in the Nineteenth Century; Le poeme ivre; The Early Modern Self. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits under different subtitle.

  • MCL 495 - MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES CAPSTONE3

    MCL Capstone Research Project and Language Learning Portfolio, MCL 495, is a common Capstone experience shared by MCL majors in Arabic, Classics, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Russian. It is designed to provide an opportunity for majors to develop research projects in collaboration with faculty members and to gain research experience in MCL Studies, as well as to allow majors to explore the various content areas and scholarly approaches represented in MCL so as to enhance their understanding of the value of work across disciplines. In addition, the course facilitates student completion of a language learning portfolio to document their level of proficiency in one of the fields of concentration in MCL Studies. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30
  • MCL/French (BS) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • FR 101 - ELEMENTARY FRENCH4

    The study of basic French through grammar, reading and oral practice.

  • MCL 100 - THE WORLD OF LANGUAGE3

    This course introduces students to some of the objects and methods of inquiry common to the different language areas and fields of study in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students will examine the structure and use of spoken language and written language as well as their sociocultural aspects and explore basic linguistic principles, the roles and function of language, and issues involved in first- and second-language acquisition. In the process they will develop a facility and vocabulary for the examination of the principal structures involved in systems of spoken and written language.

  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
    • Total17
Spring Semester
  • FR 102 - ELEMENTARY FRENCH4

    French through grammar, reading and oral practice.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
    • Total17
    • Total Freshman Hours34

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • FR 201 - INTERMEDIATE FRENCH3

    Reading, conversation and oral comprehension are the basic aims of this course, which is structured around contemporary texts.

  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • FR 202 - INTERMEDIATE FRENCH3
  • MCL 200 - GLOBAL LITERACY3

    A humanities course for the 21st century; this class “goes global” in unprecedented ways. Team taught by expert instructors representing ten different linguistic and cultural traditions (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Ancient Roman, Russian), it trains students in the analysis of a wide range of media (literary text, folk text, still image, film, etc.) that challenge cultural identities and cross national boundaries. Meets requirements for UK Core Inquiry in the Humanities.

  • French/Francophone St Cross Disciplinary3
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Sophomore Hours36

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • FR 204 - INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES3

    Introduces students to the concepts, questions, and methodologies that inform the study of the Francophone world. Includes an intensive French grammar review.

  • French Core Selection 13
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • French Core Selection 23
  • French Electives (300+ level)3
  • French Electives (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Junior Hours36

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • FR 470G - TOPICAL SEMINAR I: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED)3

    Advanced work on a specific topic, concept, or problem in the field of French and Francophone Studies. Emphasis on advanced critical skills and research methods. Recent topics include: War, Literature, film; Comedy in the Age of Enlightenment; Le nouveau roman; Literature and Film of Subsaharan Africian; The Eighteenth-Century Novel; Ghosts, Vampires, and the Fantastic; Love and Madness in the Nineteenth Century; Le poeme ivre; The Early Modern Self. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits under different subtitle.

  • French Electives (300+ level)3
  • French Electives (300+ level)3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • FR 471G - TOPICAL SEMINAR II: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED)3

    Advanced work on a specific topic, concept, or problem in the field of French and Francophone Studies. Emphasis on advanced critical skills and research methods,. Recent topics include: War, Literature, Film; Comedy in the Age of Enlightenment; Le nouveau roman; Literature and Film of Subsaharan African; The Eighteenth-Century Novel; Ghosts, Vampires, and the Fantastic; Love and Madness in the Nineteenth Century; Le poeme ivre; The Early Modern Self. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits under different subtitle.

  • MCL 495 - MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES CAPSTONE3

    MCL Capstone Research Project and Language Learning Portfolio, MCL 495, is a common Capstone experience shared by MCL majors in Arabic, Classics, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Russian. It is designed to provide an opportunity for majors to develop research projects in collaboration with faculty members and to gain research experience in MCL Studies, as well as to allow majors to explore the various content areas and scholarly approaches represented in MCL so as to enhance their understanding of the value of work across disciplines. In addition, the course facilitates student completion of a language learning portfolio to document their level of proficiency in one of the fields of concentration in MCL Studies. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • French Electives (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours33
  • MCL/German (BA) 120 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • GER 101 - BASIC GERMAN4

    Fundamentals of German with development of the four basic skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

  • MCL 100 - THE WORLD OF LANGUAGE3

    This course introduces students to some of the objects and methods of inquiry common to the different language areas and fields of study in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students will examine the structure and use of spoken language and written language as well as their sociocultural aspects and explore basic linguistic principles, the roles and function of language, and issues involved in first- and second-language acquisition. In the process they will develop a facility and vocabulary for the examination of the principal structures involved in systems of spoken and written language.

  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • GER 102 - BASIC GERMAN4
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours30

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • GER 201 - INTERMEDIATE GERMAN3

    Systematic review of grammar and furthering of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills based upon cultural and literary materials.

  • Courses Outside German (100+ level)3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • GER 202 - INTERMEDIATE GERMAN3
  • MCL 200 - GLOBAL LITERACY3

    A humanities course for the 21st century; this class “goes global” in unprecedented ways. Team taught by expert instructors representing ten different linguistic and cultural traditions (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Ancient Roman, Russian), it trains students in the analysis of a wide range of media (literary text, folk text, still image, film, etc.) that challenge cultural identities and cross national boundaries. Meets requirements for UK Core Inquiry in the Humanities.

  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours31

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • GER 307 - INTERMEDIATE GERMAN COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION I3

    This course develops listening, speaking and writing skills in German with emphasis on practical communicative needs. It includes a review of grammar, special oral and written projects, class discussion, and practice in a variety of written forms.

  • GER 312 - INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LITERATURE: POPULAR FORMS3

    An introductory course that focuses on social, political, anthropological and aesthetic aspects of popular forms of German literature. Readings include fairy tales, folk songs and legends, children's literature, detective stories, comics and other popular literary forms.

  • German St Core (300+ level)3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • GER 308 - INTERMEDIATE GERMAN COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION II3
  • GER 311 - INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LITERATURE: THEMES (SUBTITLE REQUIRED)3

    An introductory course that explores such themes in German literature as Fathers and Daughter, Fathers and Sons, Trials, Judgments and Justice, and Conceptions of the Self. Readings will be drawn from various periods and major genres. Themes vary and will be announced. May be repeated once for a total of six credits if the theme changes.

  • German St Cross Disciplinary3
  • Courses Outside German (300+ level)3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • German St Core (300+ level)3
  • German St Core (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • MCL 495 - MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES CAPSTONE3

    MCL Capstone Research Project and Language Learning Portfolio, MCL 495, is a common Capstone experience shared by MCL majors in Arabic, Classics, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Russian. It is designed to provide an opportunity for majors to develop research projects in collaboration with faculty members and to gain research experience in MCL Studies, as well as to allow majors to explore the various content areas and scholarly approaches represented in MCL so as to enhance their understanding of the value of work across disciplines. In addition, the course facilitates student completion of a language learning portfolio to document their level of proficiency in one of the fields of concentration in MCL Studies. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • German St Core (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30
  • MCL/German (BS) 120 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • GER 101 - BASIC GERMAN4

    Fundamentals of German with development of the four basic skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

  • MCL 100 - THE WORLD OF LANGUAGE3

    This course introduces students to some of the objects and methods of inquiry common to the different language areas and fields of study in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students will examine the structure and use of spoken language and written language as well as their sociocultural aspects and explore basic linguistic principles, the roles and function of language, and issues involved in first- and second-language acquisition. In the process they will develop a facility and vocabulary for the examination of the principal structures involved in systems of spoken and written language.

  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
    • Total17
Spring Semester
  • GER 102 - BASIC GERMAN4
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
    • Total17
    • Total Freshman Hours34

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • GER 201 - INTERMEDIATE GERMAN3

    Systematic review of grammar and furthering of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills based upon cultural and literary materials.

  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • GER 202 - INTERMEDIATE GERMAN3
  • GER 206 - SPOKEN COMMUNICATION3

    This course concentrates on the development of speaking and listening skills. Steudent learn to negotiate everyday communication situations by acquiring verbal strategies and idiomatic expressions needed for meaningful interaction in a German-speaking country. Emphasis is placed on skills and vocabulary needed to discuss topics related to German culture.

  • MCL 200 - GLOBAL LITERACY3

    A humanities course for the 21st century; this class “goes global” in unprecedented ways. Team taught by expert instructors representing ten different linguistic and cultural traditions (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Ancient Roman, Russian), it trains students in the analysis of a wide range of media (literary text, folk text, still image, film, etc.) that challenge cultural identities and cross national boundaries. Meets requirements for UK Core Inquiry in the Humanities.

  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • German St Cross Disciplinary3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Sophomore Hours36

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • GER 307 - INTERMEDIATE GERMAN COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION I3

    This course develops listening, speaking and writing skills in German with emphasis on practical communicative needs. It includes a review of grammar, special oral and written projects, class discussion, and practice in a variety of written forms.

  • GER 312 - INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LITERATURE: POPULAR FORMS3

    An introductory course that focuses on social, political, anthropological and aesthetic aspects of popular forms of German literature. Readings include fairy tales, folk songs and legends, children's literature, detective stories, comics and other popular literary forms.

  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • GER 308 - INTERMEDIATE GERMAN COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION II3
  • GER 311 - INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LITERATURE: THEMES (SUBTITLE REQUIRED)3

    An introductory course that explores such themes in German literature as Fathers and Daughter, Fathers and Sons, Trials, Judgments and Justice, and Conceptions of the Self. Readings will be drawn from various periods and major genres. Themes vary and will be announced. May be repeated once for a total of six credits if the theme changes.

  • Courses Outside German (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Junior Hours36

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • German St Core (300+ level)3
  • German St Core (300+ level)3
  • Courses Outside German (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • MCL 495 - MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES CAPSTONE3

    MCL Capstone Research Project and Language Learning Portfolio, MCL 495, is a common Capstone experience shared by MCL majors in Arabic, Classics, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Russian. It is designed to provide an opportunity for majors to develop research projects in collaboration with faculty members and to gain research experience in MCL Studies, as well as to allow majors to explore the various content areas and scholarly approaches represented in MCL so as to enhance their understanding of the value of work across disciplines. In addition, the course facilitates student completion of a language learning portfolio to document their level of proficiency in one of the fields of concentration in MCL Studies. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • German St Core (300+ level)3
  • German St Core (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours33
  • MCL/Japan Studies (BA) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • JPN 101 - BEGINNING JAPANESE I4

    A course in first semester Japanese language.

  • MCL 100 - THE WORLD OF LANGUAGE3

    This course introduces students to some of the objects and methods of inquiry common to the different language areas and fields of study in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students will examine the structure and use of spoken language and written language as well as their sociocultural aspects and explore basic linguistic principles, the roles and function of language, and issues involved in first- and second-language acquisition. In the process they will develop a facility and vocabulary for the examination of the principal structures involved in systems of spoken and written language.

  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • JPN 102 - BEGINNING JAPANESE II4

    A course in second semester Japanese language.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours30

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • JPN 201 - INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I4

    A course in third seemster Japanese language.

  • JPN 320 - INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE CULTURE, PRE-MODERN TO 18683

    This course, taught in English, is designed as a general introduction to the culture of pre-modern Japan (up to the Meiji Restoration of 1868). Topics include: Shinto, Buddhism, and Confucianism in ancient Japan; feminine sensibilities in ancient literature; canons of medieval art; the culture of military strife; Christianity in pre-modern Japan; and encounters with the West.

  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • JPN 202 - INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE II4

    A course in fourth semester Japanese language.

  • MCL 200 - GLOBAL LITERACY3

    A humanities course for the 21st century; this class “goes global” in unprecedented ways. Team taught by expert instructors representing ten different linguistic and cultural traditions (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Ancient Roman, Russian), it trains students in the analysis of a wide range of media (literary text, folk text, still image, film, etc.) that challenge cultural identities and cross national boundaries. Meets requirements for UK Core Inquiry in the Humanities.

  • JPN 320 - INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE CULTURE, PRE-MODERN TO 18683

    This course, taught in English, is designed as a general introduction to the culture of pre-modern Japan (up to the Meiji Restoration of 1868). Topics include: Shinto, Buddhism, and Confucianism in ancient Japan; feminine sensibilities in ancient literature; canons of medieval art; the culture of military strife; Christianity in pre-modern Japan; and encounters with the West.

  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Sophomore Hours32

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • JPN 301 - ADVANCED JAPANESE I3

    This course is primarily a course in contemporary Japanese culture, but serves as a third year language course. The "texts" will consist of contemporary written materials (books, magazines, newspapers) and visual materials (tv programs, movies) and will exercise the four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) studied in the first four semesters of the language. By building on the skills learned in the initial semesters, this course will continue and strengthen the oral and aural, written and reading skills in Japanese, for students who have studied the equivalent of two years of Japanese language. Further, this course will emphasize the speaking and listening skills. It is paired with JPN 302, a course emphasizing reading and writing skills. Thus, students who complete this course will be able to communicate at a rather sophisticated level of Japanese on a variety of contemporary topics within Japanese society.

  • Japan St Core Selection3
  • Japan St Core (300+ level)3
  • Japan St Core (100+ level)3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • JPN 302 - ADVANCED JAPANESE II3

    This course is primarily a course in contemporary Japanese culture, but serves as third year language course. The "texts" will consist of contemporary written materials (books, magazines, newspapers) and visual materials (tv programs, movies) and will exercise the four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) studied in the first four semesters of the language. By building on the skills learned in the initial semesters, this course will continue and strengthen the oral and aural, written and reading skills in Japanese, for students who have studied the equivalent of two years of Japanese language. Further, this course will emphasize the reading and writing skills. It is paired with JPN 301, a course emphasizing speaking and listening skills. Thus, students who complete this course will be able to communicate at a rather sophisticated level of Japanese on a variety of contemporary topics within Japanese society, and will be comfortable within Japanese print media.

  • Japan St Core (300+ level)3
  • Japan St Core (100+ level)3
  • Japan St Cross Disciplinary3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours31

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • JPN 401 - ADVANCED JAPANESE III3

    This course will further develop skills in sophisticated Japanese language use by exercising the four skills of language (reading, writing, listening, speaking). The course will include readings in authentic materials in a wide variety of writing styles, student writing for a variety of occasions, and development of speaking and listening fluency.

  • Japan St Core (300+ level)3
  • Japan St Core (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • JPN 402 - ADVANCED JAPANESE IV3

    This course will further develop skills in sophisticated Japanese language use by exercising the four skills of language (reading, writing, listening, speaking). The course will include readings in authentic materials in a wide variety of writing styles, student writing for a variety of occasions, and development of speaking and listening fluency.

  • MCL 495 - MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES CAPSTONE3

    MCL Capstone Research Project and Language Learning Portfolio, MCL 495, is a common Capstone experience shared by MCL majors in Arabic, Classics, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Russian. It is designed to provide an opportunity for majors to develop research projects in collaboration with faculty members and to gain research experience in MCL Studies, as well as to allow majors to explore the various content areas and scholarly approaches represented in MCL so as to enhance their understanding of the value of work across disciplines. In addition, the course facilitates student completion of a language learning portfolio to document their level of proficiency in one of the fields of concentration in MCL Studies. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30
  • MCL/Japan Studies (BS) 120 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • JPN 101 - BEGINNING JAPANESE I4

    A course in first semester Japanese language.

  • MCL 100 - THE WORLD OF LANGUAGE3

    This course introduces students to some of the objects and methods of inquiry common to the different language areas and fields of study in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students will examine the structure and use of spoken language and written language as well as their sociocultural aspects and explore basic linguistic principles, the roles and function of language, and issues involved in first- and second-language acquisition. In the process they will develop a facility and vocabulary for the examination of the principal structures involved in systems of spoken and written language.

  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
    • Total17
Spring Semester
  • JPN 102 - BEGINNING JAPANESE II4

    A course in second semester Japanese language.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
    • Total17
    • Total Freshman Hours34

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • JPN 201 - INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I4

    A course in third seemster Japanese language.

  • JPN 320 - INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE CULTURE, PRE-MODERN TO 18683

    This course, taught in English, is designed as a general introduction to the culture of pre-modern Japan (up to the Meiji Restoration of 1868). Topics include: Shinto, Buddhism, and Confucianism in ancient Japan; feminine sensibilities in ancient literature; canons of medieval art; the culture of military strife; Christianity in pre-modern Japan; and encounters with the West.

  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • JPN 202 - INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE II4

    A course in fourth semester Japanese language.

  • MCL 200 - GLOBAL LITERACY3

    A humanities course for the 21st century; this class “goes global” in unprecedented ways. Team taught by expert instructors representing ten different linguistic and cultural traditions (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Ancient Roman, Russian), it trains students in the analysis of a wide range of media (literary text, folk text, still image, film, etc.) that challenge cultural identities and cross national boundaries. Meets requirements for UK Core Inquiry in the Humanities.

  • Japan St Cross Disciplinary3
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Sophomore Hours36

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • JPN 301 - ADVANCED JAPANESE I3

    This course is primarily a course in contemporary Japanese culture, but serves as a third year language course. The "texts" will consist of contemporary written materials (books, magazines, newspapers) and visual materials (tv programs, movies) and will exercise the four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) studied in the first four semesters of the language. By building on the skills learned in the initial semesters, this course will continue and strengthen the oral and aural, written and reading skills in Japanese, for students who have studied the equivalent of two years of Japanese language. Further, this course will emphasize the speaking and listening skills. It is paired with JPN 302, a course emphasizing reading and writing skills. Thus, students who complete this course will be able to communicate at a rather sophisticated level of Japanese on a variety of contemporary topics within Japanese society.

  • Japan St Core (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • JPN 302 - ADVANCED JAPANESE II3

    This course is primarily a course in contemporary Japanese culture, but serves as third year language course. The "texts" will consist of contemporary written materials (books, magazines, newspapers) and visual materials (tv programs, movies) and will exercise the four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) studied in the first four semesters of the language. By building on the skills learned in the initial semesters, this course will continue and strengthen the oral and aural, written and reading skills in Japanese, for students who have studied the equivalent of two years of Japanese language. Further, this course will emphasize the reading and writing skills. It is paired with JPN 301, a course emphasizing speaking and listening skills. Thus, students who complete this course will be able to communicate at a rather sophisticated level of Japanese on a variety of contemporary topics within Japanese society, and will be comfortable within Japanese print media.

  • Japan St Core Selection3
  • Japan St Core (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Junior Hours33

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • JPN 401 - ADVANCED JAPANESE III3

    This course will further develop skills in sophisticated Japanese language use by exercising the four skills of language (reading, writing, listening, speaking). The course will include readings in authentic materials in a wide variety of writing styles, student writing for a variety of occasions, and development of speaking and listening fluency.

  • Japan St Core (100+ level)3
  • Japan St Core (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • JPN 402 - ADVANCED JAPANESE IV3

    This course will further develop skills in sophisticated Japanese language use by exercising the four skills of language (reading, writing, listening, speaking). The course will include readings in authentic materials in a wide variety of writing styles, student writing for a variety of occasions, and development of speaking and listening fluency.

  • MCL 495 - MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES CAPSTONE3

    MCL Capstone Research Project and Language Learning Portfolio, MCL 495, is a common Capstone experience shared by MCL majors in Arabic, Classics, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Russian. It is designed to provide an opportunity for majors to develop research projects in collaboration with faculty members and to gain research experience in MCL Studies, as well as to allow majors to explore the various content areas and scholarly approaches represented in MCL so as to enhance their understanding of the value of work across disciplines. In addition, the course facilitates student completion of a language learning portfolio to document their level of proficiency in one of the fields of concentration in MCL Studies. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Japan St Core (100+ level)3
  • Japan St Core (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Senior Hours36
  • MCL/Russian Studies (BA) 120 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • RUS 101 - ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN4

    Students are introduced to the language through grammatical explanations, recitation practice, and oral as well as written exercises. The course centers on all four skills of language learning (listening, speaking, reading and writing), with emphasis on speaking standard Russian, reading Russian texts, building vocabulary and accurate pronounciation. Lecture, three hours, supervised recitation, one hour per week.

  • MCL 100 - THE WORLD OF LANGUAGE3

    This course introduces students to some of the objects and methods of inquiry common to the different language areas and fields of study in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students will examine the structure and use of spoken language and written language as well as their sociocultural aspects and explore basic linguistic principles, the roles and function of language, and issues involved in first- and second-language acquisition. In the process they will develop a facility and vocabulary for the examination of the principal structures involved in systems of spoken and written language.

  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • RUS 102 - ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN4

    A continuation of RUS 101. Lecture, three hours; supervised recitation, one hour per week.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours30

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • RUS 201 - INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN4

    Systematic study of grammar. Introduction through simplified texts to the life and culture of Tsarist and Soviet Russia. Dictation, composition, conversation, and extensive oral practice. Lecture, three hours; recitation, one hour per week.

  • RUS 371 - RUSSIAN CULTURE 900-19003

    An introduction to and survey of Russian culture from its origins until the 20th century that acquaints students with the roots of Russian religion, the arts, architecture, music, folklore, and everyday life. Taught in English.

  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • RUS 202 - INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN4

    A continuation of RUS 201. Lecture, three hours; recitation, one hour per week.

  • MCL 200 - GLOBAL LITERACY3

    A humanities course for the 21st century; this class “goes global” in unprecedented ways. Team taught by expert instructors representing ten different linguistic and cultural traditions (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Ancient Roman, Russian), it trains students in the analysis of a wide range of media (literary text, folk text, still image, film, etc.) that challenge cultural identities and cross national boundaries. Meets requirements for UK Core Inquiry in the Humanities.

  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Sophomore Hours32

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • RUS 301 - CONVERSATION AND COMPOSITION I3

    A course designed to increase students' skills in the areas of listening, speaking, writing, reading and culture. More complex grammatical forms introduced; focus on control of basic grammar. Development of students' lexicon through more advanced reading and writing, conversation, watching films, listening to audio materials, etc.

  • RUS 372 - RUSSIAN CULTURE 1900-PRESENT3

    An introduction to and survey of Russian culture since 1900 that acquaints students with the development of Russian and Soviet culture as manifested in the arts, architecture, music, folklore, religion, and everyday life. Taught in English.

  • Russian St Core (100+ level)3
  • Courses Outside Russian (300+ level)3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • RUS 302 - ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN II3

    A course designed to increase students' skills in the areas of listening, speaking, writing, reading and culture. More complex grammatical forms introduced; focus on control of basic grammar. Development of students' lexicon through more advanced reading, conversation, watching films, listening to tapes, etc.

  • Russian St Core (100+ level)3
  • Courses Outside Russian (300+ level)3
  • Russian St Cross Disciplinary3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours31

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • RUS 401 - ADVANCED RUSSIAN I3

    Detailed study of complex grammatical forms. Continued emphasis on speaking, reading, listening, and writing on the advanced level.

  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • RUS 402 - ADVANCED RUSSIAN II3

    Detailed study of complex grammatical forms. Continued emphasis on speaking, reading, listening, and writing on the advanced level.

  • MCL 495 - MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES CAPSTONE3

    MCL Capstone Research Project and Language Learning Portfolio, MCL 495, is a common Capstone experience shared by MCL majors in Arabic, Classics, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Russian. It is designed to provide an opportunity for majors to develop research projects in collaboration with faculty members and to gain research experience in MCL Studies, as well as to allow majors to explore the various content areas and scholarly approaches represented in MCL so as to enhance their understanding of the value of work across disciplines. In addition, the course facilitates student completion of a language learning portfolio to document their level of proficiency in one of the fields of concentration in MCL Studies. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total12
    • Total Senior Hours27
  • MCL/Russian Studies (BS) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • RUS 101 - ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN4

    Students are introduced to the language through grammatical explanations, recitation practice, and oral as well as written exercises. The course centers on all four skills of language learning (listening, speaking, reading and writing), with emphasis on speaking standard Russian, reading Russian texts, building vocabulary and accurate pronounciation. Lecture, three hours, supervised recitation, one hour per week.

  • MCL 100 - THE WORLD OF LANGUAGE3

    This course introduces students to some of the objects and methods of inquiry common to the different language areas and fields of study in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students will examine the structure and use of spoken language and written language as well as their sociocultural aspects and explore basic linguistic principles, the roles and function of language, and issues involved in first- and second-language acquisition. In the process they will develop a facility and vocabulary for the examination of the principal structures involved in systems of spoken and written language.

  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
    • Total17
Spring Semester
  • RUS 102 - ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN4

    A continuation of RUS 101. Lecture, three hours; supervised recitation, one hour per week.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
    • Total17
    • Total Freshman Hours34

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • RUS 201 - INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN4

    Systematic study of grammar. Introduction through simplified texts to the life and culture of Tsarist and Soviet Russia. Dictation, composition, conversation, and extensive oral practice. Lecture, three hours; recitation, one hour per week.

  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • RUS 202 - INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN4

    A continuation of RUS 201. Lecture, three hours; recitation, one hour per week.

  • MCL 200 - GLOBAL LITERACY3

    A humanities course for the 21st century; this class “goes global” in unprecedented ways. Team taught by expert instructors representing ten different linguistic and cultural traditions (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Ancient Roman, Russian), it trains students in the analysis of a wide range of media (literary text, folk text, still image, film, etc.) that challenge cultural identities and cross national boundaries. Meets requirements for UK Core Inquiry in the Humanities.

  • Russian St Cross Disciplinary3
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Sophomore Hours33

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • RUS 301 - CONVERSATION AND COMPOSITION I3

    A course designed to increase students' skills in the areas of listening, speaking, writing, reading and culture. More complex grammatical forms introduced; focus on control of basic grammar. Development of students' lexicon through more advanced reading and writing, conversation, watching films, listening to audio materials, etc.

  • RUS 371 - RUSSIAN CULTURE 900-19003

    An introduction to and survey of Russian culture from its origins until the 20th century that acquaints students with the roots of Russian religion, the arts, architecture, music, folklore, and everyday life. Taught in English.

  • Russian St Elective (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • RUS 302 - ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN II3

    A course designed to increase students' skills in the areas of listening, speaking, writing, reading and culture. More complex grammatical forms introduced; focus on control of basic grammar. Development of students' lexicon through more advanced reading, conversation, watching films, listening to tapes, etc.

  • RUS 372 - RUSSIAN CULTURE 1900-PRESENT3

    An introduction to and survey of Russian culture since 1900 that acquaints students with the development of Russian and Soviet culture as manifested in the arts, architecture, music, folklore, religion, and everyday life. Taught in English.

  • Russian St Elective (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Junior Hours33

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • Russian St Elective (100+ level)3
  • Russian St Elective (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • MCL 495 - MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES CAPSTONE3

    MCL Capstone Research Project and Language Learning Portfolio, MCL 495, is a common Capstone experience shared by MCL majors in Arabic, Classics, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Russian. It is designed to provide an opportunity for majors to develop research projects in collaboration with faculty members and to gain research experience in MCL Studies, as well as to allow majors to explore the various content areas and scholarly approaches represented in MCL so as to enhance their understanding of the value of work across disciplines. In addition, the course facilitates student completion of a language learning portfolio to document their level of proficiency in one of the fields of concentration in MCL Studies. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Russian St Elective (100+ level)3
  • Russian St Elective (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours33

Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

The Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures major serves to advance the understanding and appreciation of language and cultural study domestically and abroad. Majors choose one of seven tracks: Arabic and Islamic studies; Chinese studies; classics; French and Francophone studies; German studies; Japan studies; and Russian studies.

 

Graduation Requirements

Any student earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete a minimum of 39 hours at the 300+ level. These hours are generally completed by the major requirements. However, keep this hour requirement in mind as you choose your course work for the requirements in the major. Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree must complete a minimum of 60 hours in biological, physical, mathematical and/or computer sciences. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences degrees in the Arts and Sciences section of the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

UK Core Requirements

  • The Nature of Inquiry in Arts and Creativity (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Humanities (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • The nature of Inquiry in the Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication I (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication II (3 hours)
  • Quantitative Foundations (3 hours)
  • Statistical and Inferential Reasoning (3 hours)
  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA (3 hours)
  • Global Dynamics (3 hours)

Total Credit Hours - 30


Major Requirements 

MCL Core Requirements

  • MCL 100 - The World of Language [3 hours]
  • MCL 200 - Global Literacy [3 hours]
  • 200+level MCL course in an area other than the students field of concentration [3 hours]
  • MCL 495 - Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures Capstone [3 hours]

MCL Track Requirements

  • Students will be required to complete 12 hours of track requirements deppending on the language they choose to pursue [12 hours]
  • In addition, students will be required to complete an addition 18 hours of electives in their focus area (for a complete list of approved courses please refer to the UKY Bulletin [18 hours]

Total Hours - 42


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A&S Undecided/Exploratory Studies

Understanding that over 70 percent of university students will change their declared major at least once during their college careers, the College of Arts and Sciences has developed an Exploratory Studies program for students who have yet to decide the specific field of study that most closely aligns both their personal interests and their professional career goals and objectives. The Exploratory Studies Program provides students with an extraordinarily diverse educational environment that includes coursework spanning Math and Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences and provides students with the unique opportunity to explore multiple areas of interest during their first several semesters on campus. For more information please contact a recruiting representative at asrecruting@uky.edu. 


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