Modern Languages Minor

 What is a Modern Languages minor?

The Department of Modern Languages offers minors in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. General requirements include 18 to 21 hours in the same language beginning at the 200-level and one literature course. Literature courses in translation may not be applied toward a minor in the language.

Students pursuing a minor in a modern language must maintain a C (or higher) or a 2.5 GPA in all courses taken toward the minor while they fulfill the requirements. Classes for the minor cannot be taken Pass/Fail.

Entering students who have had previous language experience and who plan to continue language study are required to take a language placement examination (available in 001 Eisenhower Hall) before or at the beginning of the first semester of language study. Students wishing to acquire credit for language proficiency gained before coming to K-State should contact the Department of Modern Languages.

Students testing into a higher level and successfully completing the course with a "C" or better, will receive retroactive credit for the preceding course for FREE, on a "take one class/ receive credit for one class" basis, thus completing your language course sequence quicker. Retroactive credit from KSU applies toward the minor.

Our department encourages students to study abroad in order to enhance their minor. While university policy requires courses applied towards the minor to be taken in residence, we will accept appropriate coursework taken toward the minor; provided that at least two 400/500 level courses for the minor be taken on campus. Students are advised to consult with the department regarding applicability of courses taken abroad to their minor.

No advisor is necessary for a minor, simply follow the requirements for the chosen language. If, however, you have any questions about your minor, please contact:

How to declare/drop a minor in Modern Languages?

To minor in Modern Languages (or drop a minor), please fill out a "Drop/Add Minor" form in Eisenhower 104.

How do I know if I have fulfilled all the requirements for the minor?

First check for the language you are minoring in (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish), then check your DARS report on iSIS. If you have further questions regarding your minor, please contact Angélique Courbou (angeli@k-state.edu). Keep in mind that your minor will only appear on your transcript once you graduate. Please check with your advisor when applying for graduation to ensure your minor is included in your program.

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Minor in Chinese:

Requirements: 18 hours of Chinese courses at the 200-level or above.

  • CHINE201. Chinese III. (5) I. Continuation of Chinese II. Further development of functional skills. Intensive practice of spoken and written Chinese. Pr.: CHINE102.
  • CHINE202. Chinese IV. (5) II. Continuation of Chinese III. Presentation of more advanced elements of the Chinese language, with intensive practice of spoken and written Chinese. Pr.: CHINE201.
  • CHINE501. Chinese V. (4) Development of communication skills through application activities. Enhancement of vocabulary and intensive practice in grammatical structures and their usage. Pr.: CHINE202 or equiv.
  • CHINE502. Chinese VI. (4) Continuation of Chinese V. Development of functional skills for general situations. Further enhancement of vocabulary and intensive practice in grammatical structures and their usages. Pr.: CHINE501 or equiv.
  • CHINE599. Special Studies in Chinese. (Var.) Pr.: Consent of department head and instructor.

For further information regarding your coursework for the Chinese minor, please contact Dr. Li Yang at lyang1@k-state.edu.

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Minor in French:

Requirements: 20 hours of French courses at the 200-level or above, including one literature course (FREN 520 or 521).

  • FREN520. Introduction to French Literature I. (3) The reading and discussion of major works of French literature from the early nineteenth century to the present. Pr.: French 516 or equiv.
  • FREN521. Introduction to French Literature II. (3) The reading and discussion of major works of French literature from the Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century. Pr.: FREN 516 or equiv.

For further information regarding your coursework for the French minor, please contact Dr. Melinda Cro at macro@k-state.edu.

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Minor in German:

Requirements: 20 hours of German courses at the 200-level or above, including one literature course (GRMN 521 or 522).

  • GRMN521. Introduction to German Literature I. (3) Literary movements of the nineteenth century are introduced through the reading and discussion of texts in various forms and by representative authors. Pr.: GRMN 223 or equiv.
  • GRMN522. Introduction to German Literature II. (3) Discussion of significant works of twentieth-century prose, poetry, and drama. Special emphasis is placed on the literature of recent decades. Pr.: GRMN 223 or equiv.

Note: GRMN 503 (German Literature in Translation) and GRMN 524 and 525 (German for Reading Knowledge I and II) do not count toward the minor.

For further information regarding your coursework for the German minor, please contact Dr. Janice McGregor at jmcgregor@k-state.edu.

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Minor in Japanese:

Requirements: 18 hours of Japanese courses at the 200-level or above.

  • JAPAN291. Japanese III. (5) Introduction to grammatical patterns and sentence structure. Extensive practice of spoken and written Japanese, both in the classroom and thelanguage laboratory. Pr.: JAPAN 192 or equiv.
  • JAPAN292. Japanese IV. (5) Continuation of Japanese III. Enhancement of speaking and writing skills, and reading and listening comprehension. Practice in the language learning center included. Pr.: JAPAN 291 or equiv.
  • JAPAN391. Culture of Japanese Communication. (3) Introduction to verbal and nonverbal cultural aspects of Japanese discourse. Includes comparative study, followed by discussion on application of knowledge in cross-cultural context. Pr.: JAPAN 191.
  • JAPAN591. Japanese V. (4) Development of communication skills through application activities such as problem-solving tasks and role plays. Enhancement of vocabulary, structures, and their usage. Emphasis on extended discourse. Pr.: JAPAN 292 or equiv.
  • JAPAN592. Japanese VI. (4) Continuation of Japanese V. Development of functional skills for general situations. Completion of the presentation of major 300 Kanji characaters and 1,000 Kanji compounds. Pr.: JAPAN 591 or equiv.
  • JAPAN599. Special Studies in Japanese. (Var.) Pr.: Consent of department head and instructor.

For further information regarding your coursework for the Japanese minor, please contact Kumiko Nakamura at kunakamu@k-state.edu, you can also check the Japanese Festival page.

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Minor in Russian:

Requirements: 18 hours of Russian courses at the 200-level or above. Up to 6 credit hours of RUSSN 398 (Intermediate Studies in Russian) may also be counted toward the minor.

  • RUSSN250. Russian Culture and Civilization. (3) Russia’s past and present in the light of principal ideologies with emphasis upon fine art, literature, music, religion, politics, and education. Equal time will be devoted to the Tsarist and Soviet periods..
  • RUSSN251. Russian III. (4) Completion of the study of Russian grammar. Reading of selected prose on the intermediate level. Pr.:RUSSN 152 or equivalent.
  • RUSSN252. Russian IV. (3) Intensive review of Russian grammar. Exercises in reading selected modern Russian texts in the original. Pr.: RUSSN 251 or equivalent.
  • RUSSN398. Intermediate Studies in Russian (Var.) Offered only to participants in study abroad programs. Prior consultation for approval is expected.
  • RUSSN551. Russian V. (3) Reading of Russian short stories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including works by Pushkin, Lermontov, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov.
  • RUSSN552. Survey of Russian Literature. (3) A history of Russian literature from its beginnings until the present, with emphasis on the works of the nineteenth century, including those of Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy.
  • RUSSN553. Russian Conversation and Composition. (3) Discussion in Russian. Extensive practice in writing Russian compositions.
  • RUSSN559. Special Studies in Russian. (Var.) Pr.: Consent of department head and instructor.

For further information regarding your coursework for the Russian minor, please contact Viktoriya Pottroff at vikyen@k-state.edu.

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Minor in Spanish:

Detailed List of Spanish Minor Requirements

Requirements : 19 hours of Spanish courses at the 300 level or above, including one literature course. Courses at the 400 level should be completed before courses at the 500 level; students who enter the program with advanced skills should work with the Spanish faculty to determine appropriate placements. For further information regarding your coursework for the Spanish minor, please contact Angélique Courbou at angeli@k-state.edu.

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