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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.

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a minor in Language and Culture must be admitted to KPU for undergraduate studies.

Declaration Requirements

Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation. A minor may only be declared as part of a bachelor’s degree.

Curricular Requirements

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:

**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.

Credential Awarded

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

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:

  • 120

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2018

How to Declare:

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2018

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