World Languages Dual Major

The world languages dual major program can be paired with majors that leads to a B.S. degree. The major offers eight language options from which to choose as a focus:  Arabic, Chinese, classics, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. Study of a second language adds immense value to a student’s academic experience by sharpening skills in communication, decision-making, critical thinking, listening, concentration and multitasking. It also provides excellent professional preparation for careers in business, healthcare, science, engineering and more. Mastering a second language and honing intercultural communication skills in a multicultural America and globalized world will add richness and flexibility to life beyond one’s career, as well.

The world languages dual major is administered by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC) but draws on languages and courses from both LLC and the Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Declared Primary Major

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

World Languages Dual Major Requirements

The dual major in world languages consists of a total of 8 classes (32 credits), which may include the following, depending on your level/proficiency and language placement entering UNH. The minimum level of proficiency is noted below for each language.

All coursework required for the world languages major must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Language 1
Choose ONE target language from below:8-24
Arabic Language Requirements
Elementary Arabic I
Elementary Arabic II
Intermediate Arabic
Intermediate Arabic
Advanced Arabic I
Advanced Arabic II (minimum level of proficiency required)
Chinese Language Requirements
Elementary Chinese I
Elementary Chinese II
Intermediate Chinese I
Intermediate Chinese II
Advanced Chinese Conversation and Composition I
Advanced Chinese Conversation and Composition II (minimum level of proficiency required)
Classics Language Requirements
Elementary Latin I
Elementary Classical Greek I
Elementary Latin II
Elementary Classical Greek II
Intermediate Latin I
Intermediate Classical Greek I
Intermediate Latin II (minimum level of proficiency required for LATN or GREK)
Intermediate Classical Greek II
French Language Requirements
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
Advanced French: Reading and Writing
Advanced French: Listening and Speaking (minimum level of proficiency required)
German Language Requirements
Elementary German I
Elementary German II
Intermediate German I
Intermediate German II
Advanced Communications Skills I
Advanced Communications Skills II (minimum level of proficiency required)
Italian Language Requirements
Elementary Italian I
Elementary Italian II
Intermediate Italian I
Intermediate Italian II
Advanced Conversation and Composition I
Advanced Conversation and Composition II (minimum level of proficiency required)
Russian Language Requirements
Elementary Russian I
Elementary Russian II
Intermediate Russian I
Intermediate Russian II
Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition
Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition (minimum level of proficiency required)
Spanish Language Requirements
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Advanced Conversation and Composition I
Advanced Conversation and Composition II (minimum level of proficiency required)
Culture, Linguistics, Literature 2
Choose any 400-, 500-, 600- or 700-level courses in your target language program and/or in LLC from the lists below4-20
World Languages Capstone 3

From 8 to 24 credits, depending on students’ proficiency level and language placement on entry. All students must complete at least 8 classes (32 credits). While the major may start counting as early as the Elementary I level (401), those who enter the major at a higher level (e.g., 503, 504, or 631) will replace the lower level language courses with additional electives in the “Culture, Linguistics, Literature” category.


Minimum 4 credits up to 20 credits (depending on number required to get to 32 total)


Or approved equivalent 700-level course taken at UNH, approved study abroad equivalent, or approved high-impact experience (such as internship with a robust target language/culture component). 

An experience such as study abroad, service learning, internship, or faculty-mentored, independent undergraduate research is encouraged but not required. Up to 16 credits toward the major may be earned in a semester-long study abroad program or summer study abroad program, depending on the individual language programs and their study abroad options. Students should consult with a faculty advisor regarding study abroad credits. 

Linguistic proficiency. Students will demonstrate an Intermediate-Mid to Intermediate-High  level of proficiency based on the ACTFL Perfomance Descriptors for Language Learners in the target language in three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal and presentational skills.

  • Interpretive: Students are able to understand main ideas and some supporting details on familiar topics relevant to their immediate environment such as everyday life and particular interests. They have sufficient control of language (vocabulary, structure and conventional spoken and written language) to understand fully non-complex texts.
  • Interpersonal: Students are able to participate in conversations on familiar topics, ask questions to initiate and sustain conversations, and communicate about self, others and everyday life.
  • Presentational: Students are able to communicate information and express their thoughts about familiar topics using simple sentence structures. They are able to create messages in contexts relevant to themselves and others, and their immediate environment.

Intercultural and transcultural competence. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of other cultures. They are able to think critically about and are able to recognize and accept culturally differences, and the uniqueness of other cultures and peoples. By the time they graduate from our program, they will be able to:

  • Recognize and describe the target culture products and practices they have directly studied and interpret texts that are read, heard and viewed.  
  • Analyze and critique the cultural and social products of the target culture (film, literature, art, popular culture, media, etc.) within their context, including conducting basic research projects.
  • Begin to question the validity of their own cultural beliefs, behaviors and norms, by contrasting and comparing them with those of the target culture, and reflecting upon cultural differences related to spoken and written communication.