Language and Culture Minor
The goal of the Minor in Language and Culture is to prepare students for an increasingly diverse and interconnected world. Students will develop strong linguistic, communicative, and cultural competence, both written and oral, in the languages and cultures of study. They will be prepared for both graduate programs and employment opportunities in a wide range of fields that benefit from cross-cultural communication and competence. The program includes courses in a number of departments, reflecting the diversity and interconnectedness of today's society.
The program also permits a variety of international experiences to encourage students to take up to one year of their studies in field schools or exchange opportunities. This minor may be applied towards any KPU bachelor's degree.
Students pursuing a minor in Language and Culture must be admitted to KPU for undergraduate studies.
Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation. A minor may only be declared as part of a bachelor’s degree.
Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all required courses.
The Minor in Language and Culture requires a minimum total of 24 credits. At least 18 credits must be from courses at the 3000 level or above. The 24 credits will be divided as follows:
- 3 credits in a Linguistics (LING) course at the 1100 level or higher, plus
- 3 credits in a language course* at the 2000 level or higher, plus
- 12 credits from courses offered by the Department of Language and Cultures** at the 3000 level or higher, plus
- 6 additional credits from courses at the 3000 level or higher selected from:
- courses in the Department of Language and Cultures**, or
- approved culture-related courses in other disciplines (see the list below)
*Note: Any of the languages offered at KPU (currently FREN, JAPN, MAND, PUNJ or SPAN) may be chosen to fulfill the language requirement at the 2000 level or higher. Students will normally begin their language courses at the 1100 level, but may enter directly into 2000-level or higher courses, if they fulfill course prerequisites or pass a prior learning assessment test in that language. Guidelines for typical course progressions can be found on the Department's webpage at: kpu.ca/arts/language-cultures
**Note: The following subject codes are used for courses offered by the Department of Language and Cultures: FREN, JAPN, LANC, LING, MAND, PUNJ, SPAN
Approved culture-related courses in other disciplines†
|ANTH 3130||Sikh Culture, Religion and Society||3 credits|
|ANTH 3330||East Asian Archeology||3 credits|
|ASIA 3151||Gender in East Asia||3 credits|
|ASIA 3152||Ethnicity in China and Japan||3 credits|
|ASIA 3154||Chinese Cinema and Society||3 credits|
|ASIA 3230||Islam in South Asia||3 credits|
|ASIA 3255||Gender in South Asia||3 credits|
|ASIA 4351||Advanced Topics in Asian Cinema||3 credits|
|HIST 3350||China in the Twentieth Century: Reforms and Revolutions||3 credits|
|HIST 3370||History of Modern Japan||3 credits|
|HIST 4450||China and the West||3 credits|
|HIST 4470||Warriors of Japan: The Samurai||3 credits|
|PHIL 3425||Language and Meaning||3 credits|
|POLI 3146||Government and Politics of India||3 credits|
|POLI 3240||Chinese Government and Politics||3 credits|
|PSYC 4700||Culture and Psychology||3 credits|
†Note: Other courses that deal with the study of language, examine intercultural communication, or explore cultural aspects of particular nations or communities where any of the languages offered at KPU (currently FREN, JAPN, MAND, PUNJ or SPAN) are spoken may qualify as substitutes to fulfill these requirements upon the approval of the Department of Language and Cultures and the Office of the Registrar.
Students are advised that these courses will typically have prerequisites, which must be met when enrolling to fulfill requirements of the Language and Culture Minor.
Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a bachelor’s degree program, transcripts will indicate a Minor in Language and Culture.
At a Glance
Faculty of Arts
Language and Cultures
- Baccalaureate Degree
- Open intake
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