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Language and Culture: Bachelor of Arts Minor


The goal of the Bachelor of Arts, 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.

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a minor in Language and Culture must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

Declaration Requirements

Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation.

Curricular Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements.

The Bachelor of Arts, Minor in Language and Culture consists of a minimum total of 18 credits. At least 15 credits must be from courses at the 3000 level or above. The 18 credits will be divided as follows:

  • 6 credits in courses at the 3000 level or above in one language (Language A*), plus
  • 3 credits in another language (Language B*), or a Linguistics (LING) course at the 1000- or 2000- level, plus
  • 3 credits in Language and Cultures (LANC) courses at the 3000 level or above, or approved culture-related courses in other disciplines from the list below, plus
  • 6 additional credits in courses at the 3000 level or above selected from:
    • Language A courses
    • Language and Cultures (LANC) courses
    • Linguistics (LING) courses
    • Approved culture-related courses in other disciplines from the list below

*Note: One of five languages (FREN, JAPN, MAND, PUNJ or SPAN) may be chosen as Language A or Language B. Students will normally begin their language courses at the 1100 level, but may enter directly into 3000-level courses, if they pass a prior learning assessment test in that language. Guidelines for typical course progressions can be found on the Department's webpage at:

Approved culture-related courses in other disciplines†

  ANTH 3130 Sikh Culture, Religion and Society 3 credits
  ANTH 3168 Deviance Across Cultures 3 credits
  ANTH 3330 East Asian Archeology 3 credits
  ARTH 3130 Film and the City 3 credits
  ASIA 3140 Environment and Society in East Asia 3 credits
  ASIA 3149 Hong Kong: Past, Present, and Future 3 credits
  ASIA 3150 East Asian Immigrants to North America 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 4350 Canadian East and South Asian Communities 3 credits
  ASIA 4351 Advanced Topics in Asian Cinema 3 credits
  COMM 3100 Media and Diversity 3 credits
  EDUC 3240 Social Justice and Diversity in Education 3 credits
  ENGL 3310 Literature in Translation 3 credits
  ENGL 3317 Readings in the History of Ideas 3 credits
  ENGL 3340 Cross-Cultural World Literature 3 credits
  ENGL 3345 Diasporic Literature 3 credits
  ENGL 3350 Literature and Film 3 credits
  GEOG 3120 Space Economies 3 credits
  GEOG 3130 Society and Urban Space 3 credits
  GEOG 3240 Development and Globalization 3 credits
  HIST 3330 Germany in the Long Nineteenth Century 3 credits
  HIST 3331 Twentieth Century Germany 3 credits
  HIST 3350 China in the Twentieth Century: Reforms and Revolutions 3 credits
  HIST 3360 British India 1857-1947 3 credits
  HIST 3361 The Indian Subcontinent since 1947 3 credits
  HIST 3370 History of Modern Japan 3 credits
  HIST 3380 World War Two in the Pacific 3 credits
  HIST 4450 China and the West 3 credits
  HIST 4460 Gandhi in History 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
  SOCI 3230 International Migration and Ethnic Communities 3 credits
  SOCI 3270 Education, Nation-Building and Globalization 3 credits
  SOCI 3275 Sociology of Popular Culture 3 credits
  SOCI 3320 Sociology of Global Inequalities 3 credits
†Note: 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.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a Bachelor of Arts program, transcripts will indicate a Minor in Language and Culture.

At a Glance

Faculty of Arts

Language and Cultures

Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Baccalaureate Degree

Offered At:

  • KPU Richmond  Richmond
  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January
  • Summer Intake (May)  May

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 18

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2016

How to Declare:

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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