BA in Foreign Language

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Foreign Language prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program focuses on linguistic skills, literary appreciation, and understanding people and their culture. Students are required to select a specific language (such as French, German, Spanish, Italian, etc.) and develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in the language they select.

Learning Outcomes

  • Present information, concepts and ideas in a foreign language to an audience of listeners or readers
  • Translate and interpret a foreign language
  • Engage in conversations or correspondence in a foreign language
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the cultural and sociolinguistics aspects of a language

BA in Foreign Language Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College-Level Math Course
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 18
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or Interdisciplinary
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Other Ethics or Diversity Course
D. General Education Electives 18
II. Area of Study: Foreign Language 33
A. Required Courses 21
  • Language skills through the advanced level
  • Intermediate Language I and II
  • Advanced Language I and II
Note: Elementary/beginning-level language CANNOT be applied toward the area of study requirement  
  • History of Civilization
  • Major Writers/Masterpieces of Literature
    B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. Foreign Language Electives* 9
  • Advanced Syntax
  • Consecutive & Simultaneous Interpreting
  • Contemporary French Drama
  • Dada and Surrealism
  • French Civilization: l9th Century and 20th Century
  • French Film
  • French Novel to l900
  • French Novel of the 20th Century
  • French Poetry
  • French Renaissance
  • Music in French Revolution
  • Napoleonic Wars: Fact and Fiction
  • Phonology
  • 17th Century (or l8th C. or l9th C. or 20th C.) Literature
  • l7th Century (or l8th C. or l9th C. or 20th C.) Theater
  • Translation
  • Women in French Literature
  • Cervantes
  • Comparative Grammar: Spanish - English
  • Contemporary Latin-American Theater
  • Evolution of Spanish Language
  • Hispanic Culture in New Jersey
  • Hispanic Mainland Literature
  • Literature of Puerto Rico and/or Cuba
  • Masterpieces of Spanish American
  • Literature
  • Middle Ages in Spain
  • Phonology
  • Spanish-American Cultural History
  • Spanish-American Novel
  • Spanish Literature of l9th Century
  • Spanish Novel of the 20th Century
  • Theater of the Golden Age
  • 20th Century Poetry
  • 20th Century Spanish Prose Literature
  • Age of Schiller
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Drama of l9th Century and 20th Century
  • German Novel of the 20th Century
  • Goethe
  • History and Development of German Language
  • l9th Century German Realism
  • Phonology
  • Poetry
  • Prose Fiction
  • l6th Century - l8th Century Literature
  • Translation
  • Dante
  • Italian-American Novel
  • Italian Cinema
  • Italian Humanism and Renaissance
  • Italian Novel of the 20th Century
  • Italian Opera
  • Literature of the Renaissance
  • Literature of l3th & l4th Century (or l8th C. or l9th C. or 20th C.)
  • Phonology
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State College are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Free Electives 27
Total 120


*This list is a guide. Other foreign language courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

Note 1: Other foreign language areas of study may be modeled after the above. The area of study must be planned with a BA degree program advisor.

Note 2: All courses applied toward the foreign language area of study are REQUIRED to be taught in that specific foreign language, not in English translation.


Transfer Your Credit

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