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2020-2021

Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language with a concentration in German

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts (John Tyler Community College)
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Program description

Businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies are increasingly looking for employees with real world international experience who are able to communicate in a second language. The Foreign Language program is designed precisely for students to gain this experience and develop their abilities to communicate in a second language. The program offers major concentrations in French, German, and Spanish, as well as minors in French, German, Italian Studies, Russian Studies, and Spanish. The goal of the program is to broaden students’ multicultural perspective and to develop their ability to communicate across cultures so they can succeed in diverse professional environments. The degree encourages students to develop and utilize their abilities to communicate in different languages and to understand the powerful role that language and culture play in shaping every aspect of society. The Foreign Language curriculum places particular emphasis on the study of language as spoken in and shaped by everyday contexts, including work, rest, and recreation, and in and through popular film, music, and media. The Foreign Language degree provides a strong foundation for understanding language and culture and flexibility for students to pursue their own course of study. As is true with World Studies’ degrees in Anthropology, International Studies, and Religious Studies, Foreign Languages offers students opportunities to engage in real world learning through internships, lab-based and field research, and study abroad programs.

Career opportunities

Completing a degree in foreign languages strengthens student ability to secure work in global communications, marketing, public relations, and management; foreign aid and development; journalism; education; foreign service; international affairs, immigration services and the Peace Corps; organizations involved in development, disaster relief, immigration, human rights, and environmental justice advocacy; business and management in a multicultural environment. Graduates of our program will also find opportunities in teaching at home or abroad, as well as in work with a variety of public-service organizations. In addition, an undergraduate degree in foreign language provides excellent background and qualifications for admittance to graduate degree programs in a number of humanities disciplines, including foreign languages and international studies, as well as in international law, diplomacy, business or journalism. We encourage students to double-major in Foreign Language and one of the other majors degrees in the School of World Studies: Anthropology, International Studies or Religious Studies, as doing so strengthens their cumulative knowledge, experience, academic record and resume for success in whatever path they choose after graduation.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Bilingual Customer Service Representative
  • Blogger/Vlogger
  • Community Organizer Associate
  • Copy Editor
  • Digital Marketer
  • ESL - Teacher Assistant
  • Event Planner
  • Flight Attendant
  • Health Systems Front Desk Specialist
  • International Insurance Representative
  • Language Teacher (Private Schools)
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Intelligence Agency Officer
  • Linguistics Specialist
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 131
Science required
  • 1-2 additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • No
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.25

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2020-2021

Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language with a concentration in German

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Apply to the John Tyler Pathways Program.
  • Attend Tyler Orientation.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Browse the career coach for jobs related to the German major.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Use the career coach to take a career assessment.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Learn about the World ePass and start considering how you will fulfill the experiential learning requirement for the bachelor's degree.
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a current issue through ConnectVA or HandsOnRVA.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the School of World Studies.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or School of World Studies-related events.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Apply to the John Tyler Pathways Program.
  • Attend Tyler Orientation.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse the career coach for jobs related to the German major.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Use the career coach to take a career assessment.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Learn about the World ePass and start considering how you will fulfill the experiential learning requirement for the bachelor's degree.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a current issue through ConnectVA or HandsOnRVA.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the School of World Studies.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or School of World Studies-related events.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language with a concentration in German

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts)

John Tyler Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100College Success SkillsUNIV 1011Elective
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
MTH 154Quantitative ReasoningMATH 1313General education
GER 101Beginning German IGRMN 1014General education
CST 100Public SpeakingSPCH 1213Elective
ENG 112College Composition  IIUNIV 2003General education
GER 102Beginning German IIGRMN 1024General education
Art electiveArt Elective: ART 101, 102, CST 130, CST 151, MUS 121.VCU equivalent3General education
HISHistory elective (select 1): HIS 111, 112, 121, 122HIST3General education
Social/Behavioral ScienceSocial/behavioral science (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211 (PSY 230 will be accepted if Associate degree is completed)VCU equivalent3General education
GER 201Intermediate German IGRMN 2013Major
Laboratory ScienceLaboratory science (select 1): BIO 101, CHM 101, CHM 111. PHY 101, PHY 201 (ENV 121 will be accepted if Associate degree is completed)VCU equivalent4General education
HISHistory elective (select 1): HIS 111, 112, 121, 122HIST3General education
ENGAny 200-level ENG literature course (select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252ENGL3General education
Philosophy/ReligionPhilosophy/Religion elective (select 1): PHI 101, 111, 220, REL 100, 210, 230VCU equivalent3General education
GER 202Intermediate German IIGRMN 2023Major
Laboratory ScienceLaboratory science (select 1): BIO 101, CHM 101, CHM 111. PHY 101, PHY 201 (ENV 121 will be accepted if Associate degree is completed)VCU equivalent4General education
Cultural UnderstandingCultural Understanding/Civic Engagement Elective (select 1): GEO 210, PLS 135, PLS 241, REL 230.VCU equivalent3General education
ITE 115Introduction to Computer Applications or transfer electiveINFO 160, 161, 1623Elective
Transfer electiveTransfer electiveVCU equivalent3Elective
John Tyler credits transferred to VCU62
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Experiential learning requirement Students must fulfill an experiential learning requirement through an approved internship, service-learning course or study-abroad program. See VCU advisor for options. 0 to 3Major
World ePass Portfolio (see VCU advisor). The World ePass portfolio content requirements include professional preparation, transferable skills articulation, academic career highlights, experiential learning experiences and global citizenship.0Major
GRMN 300Composition and Communication3Major
GRMN 301Grammar and Writing3Major
GRMNSelect one of the following: GRMN 305, GRMN 307, or GRMN 3113Major
GRMN 320From the Vandals to Kant: Civilization and Literature I3Major
GRMN 321From Faust to Nazism: Civilization and Literature II3Major
GRMN 322From Kafka's World to the EU: Civilization and Literature III3Major
GRMNGRMN elective (300-level or above); see VCU advisor for course options3Major
GRMNGRMN electives (400-level or above); see VCU advisor for course options9Major
WRLD/INTL 203Cultural Texts and Contexts3Major
WRLD 302Communicating Across Cultures3Major
WRLD 490Senior Capstone in World Cultures and Languages (capstone) 3Major
Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses): consider a minor or a second major Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU. 9Elective
Open electives10Elective
Credits completed at VCU58
Bachelor's degree total120
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