Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Degree
World Languages and Cultures
Students must complete the study of a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of the college-level course work. All or part of this requirement may be fulfilled by performance on placement examinations. Students may fulfill the entire foreign language requirement by placing into the third-year level.
International students whose native language is not English may demonstrate required proficiency in their native language. They may not, however, earn credit for any course at the first- or second-year level in their native language.
By completing the B.A.J. foreign language requirement students will also complete the campus-wide General Education World Languages and Cultures requirement.
Generally 100-level foreign language courses may not be used to fulfill any other B.A.J. requirements. However, foreign language courses at the 100-level from departments that allow 100-level courses to fulfill major requirements, may be applied to other appropriate B.A.J. requirements.
The purpose of the Culture Studies curriculum is to introduce students to cultural systems, to allow students to define what is commonly meant by the term "culture," and to examine critically specific examples of culture. The curriculum also provides students with the opportunity to explore the relationship between cultural artifacts and the community that produced them and/or draw comparisons between different cultures. This exposure can lead students to understand the facts, possibilities, and limitations of their own cultural conditioning.
Complete three courses selected from "Approved Culture Studies Courses," in this bulletin. (Please note that some of the courses on the campus-wide General Education World Cultures course list are on the Approved Culture Studies Courses list, but not all of them.)
1. Complete two of the three courses from the Global Civilizations and Cultures list.
2. Complete a third course, from the Diversity in the U.S. list.
Students who successfully complete an academic semester abroad in a program sponsored by the Indiana University Office of Overseas Study will partially satisfy the culture studies requirement of one course from the Global Civilizations and Cultures list. Similarly, students who successfully complete an academic year abroad in a program sponsored by the Indiana University Office of Overseas Study will partially satisfy the culture studies requirement of two courses from the Global Civilizations and Cultures list. Students participating in academic programs sponsored by other universities may petition for a similar exception, providing materials from courses taken and evidence of the general cultural emphasis of the program.