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History of the Division

On January 8, 2013, North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College consolidated and became the University of North Georgia. At that time, the Division of World Languages & Cultures began to serve the University's needs in language curriculum and delivery with two departments: the Department of Modern & Classical Languages and the Department of Spanish. Language courses are currently available on the Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee campuses, with the Cumming campus to follow in the fall of 2013.  

The Division continues to offer major programs, minor programs, and coursework in ten modern languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Major programs include the B.A. in Modern Languages with concentrations in Arabic, Chinese, French, and Spanish.

Arabic:
In the fall of 2012, the major program for Arabic Language and Literature was approved by the Board of Regents and began enrolling students for the approved plan of study in January of 2013. A minor in Arabic is also available. The University maintains a study abroad program agreement with the Arabic Language Institute at Fez, Morocco (ALIF) where students can take Arabic courses in order to complete coursework, a minor, or a major in Arabic language. Dahlonega campus only.

Chinese:
In the fall of 2011, the major program in Chinese Language and Literature began enrolling students following its approved Plan of Study. A minor in Chinese is also available. The University maintains exchange agreements with Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and Liaocheng University, Liaocheng City, China, where students can take Chinese courses in order to complete coursework, a minor, or a major in Chinese. Additionally, in 2011, the University received a grant to begin a Chinese Flagship Program that will allow qualified students to study the language for two years, then spend a year at a Chinese university. In the fall of 2013, the University will begin offering Chinese courses on the Gainesville campus.

French:
Students have a choice of two degree programs in French including the traditional French major program and French with Business Emphasis. French with Teaching Certification was discontinued on January 1, 2011. For students interested in Study Abroad, the Division offers a French language study program in Québec City, Québec, in conjunction with the Université Laval. A French minor is also available. Courses available on the Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses.

German:
The Department of Modern & Classical Languages provides on-campus instruction in beginning, elementary, and intermediate-level German, as well as several courses in advanced-level study. It also offers study-abroad opportunities in Germany, such as a five-week program in Bonn, Germany, where students can take a variety of courses taught by faculty of the University System of Georgia, and a 4-week Advanced German Language course in Paderborn, in which students can complete the courses they need for the minor. Courses available on the Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses.

Spanish:
Students have a choice of two degree programs in Spanish including the traditional Spanish major and Spanish with Business Emphasis. Spanish with Teaching Certification was discontinued on January 1, 2011. For students interested in Study Abroad, the Department of Spanish offers a study abroad language program in Nerja, Spain in conjunction with the Escuela de Idiomas, and another in Cusco, Perú, at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola. Semester and academic-year-long programs are also available through the GRIIS (Granada Institute of International Studies) in Granada, Spain. A Spanish minor is also available. Courses available on the Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee campuses, with the Cumming campus to follow in the fall of 2013.

Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, and Russian*:
Under the auspices of NASILP (National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs), the Department initiated pilot programs in Arabic and Korean in the fall of 2007. In the fall of 2009, Arabic, Korean, and Russian became part of the regular course offerings on the Dahlonega campus. These programs include coursework at the 1001, 1002, 2001, and 2002 levels, which can be used to fulfill language requirements for the core and those majors/minors with additional language requirements. Minors are also available in these languages by way of limited 3000-level offerings and support programs at Sogang University (Korea). Study abroad opportunities in Russia are currently in development.

Courses in Italian, Japanese, and Latin are currently available on the Gainesville campus, under the auspices of NASILP (with some classroom offerings), and an expansion to the Dahlonega campus is planned for the near future.

*Students should consult the proper resources to determine the location of course offerings. In addition, students should be aware that the SILP program does not constitute an offering of classes, but rather a coordinated system of independent study courses that are structured by native-speaker/facilitators and external examiners for each language. 

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