The Department of Languages & Literatures of Europe & the Americas (LLEA) offers a variety of courses (e.g., languages, cultures, history, linguistics, film, literatures, cultural studies, L2 methodology, and translation) in French, German, Russian, Spanish, as well as in English (LLEA and LAIS courses).
The Bachelor of Arts in LLEA offers specialization in: French Studies, German Studies and/or Spanish & Latin American Studies.
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from of LLEA will
- Demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication
- Demonstrate knowledge of one of the following areas: French Studies, German Studies, or
- Spanish and Latin American Studies
- Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information related to LLEA cultural or linguistic fields
- Demonstrate intercultural competence
Many of our LLEA majors are double majors in other areas such as Biology, Business and Commerce, History, Political Science, PreMed, Psychology, or Sociology.
BA Requirements (total 27 credits)
- One core course (3 credits)
- LLEA 371 (Europeans in the Pacific), LLEA 364 (Survey of French Civilizations), or LAIS 340 (Chocolate Tales & Culinary Cultures: Latin America to Hawai‘i)
- One required course at the 400-level (3 credits)
- French Studies: 3 credits from any FR 400-level course
- German Studies: 3 credits from any 400-level GER course, or LLEA 415, 416, or 455
- Spanish & Latin American Studies: 3 credits from any 400-level SPAN, or LAIS course, or LLEA 455
- Seven electives (21 credits)
- French Studies: 21 credits from any FR 300 or 400-level course: two of FR 312, 331, 332, and may count up to two courses from LLEA 335, 336, 339, 364, 455, 470, 471 B/C, or HIST 445
- German Studies: 21 credits from any 300 or 400-level GER course, or LLEA 247, 320, 340, 341, 342, 371, 415, 416, 455
- Spanish & Latin American Studies: 21 credits from any 300 or 400-level SPAN or LAIS course, or LLEA 455.
- Spanish skill courses are normally limited to nonnative speakers of Spanish. Native and near-native speakers should consult a department adviser to determine what courses they may take.
- Recommended courses for prospective Spanish teachers: SPAN 330, 400, 403, 451, 452 & LLEA 455
- Recommended courses for prospective graduate students in Spanish: SPAN 400, 451, 452, and two 400-level literature courses. Approved study abroad of at least one semester in a Spanish-speaking country is recommended for all majors.
Neither Core courses nor Required courses may be double-dipped as Electives.
If you want to declare, change or add a second major, please go to CALL’s Advising Center for the appropriate forms.
The Department of Languages & Literature of Europe & the Americas offers a Minor in French, German Studies, LAIS and Spanish
The minors in LLEA offer students interested in the languages, literatures, history, film, or cultures of French-, German- and Spanish-speaking countries the opportunity to add a degree to their major and/or complement another minor. Minors recognize successful completion of a minimum of 15 credits of approved non-introductory courses with a grade of C or better. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.
- 15 credits of FR 300+ courses, 6 credits of which may be LLEA courses in English on a French topic: LLEA 335, 336, 339, 364, 455, 470, 471 B/C, or HIST 445
- 15 credits of GER 300+ courses, 6 credits of which may be LLEA courses in English on a German topic: LLEA 320, 340, 341, 342, 371, 415, or 416
Latin American & Iberian Studies
- foundation course (3 credits): LAIS 340, 360 B, 360 C, or 380
- electives (12 credits): LAIS 320, 340, 360B, 360C, 363, 365, 366, LAIS 368/ANTH 368, LAIS 372 B/ANTH 372 B, LAIS 372 C/ANTH 372 C, LAIS 380, 381, HIST 350, 386, 448, LAIS 468/HIST 478, LAIS 478/ANTH 478/REL 478, HIST 479, LAIS 495, PORT 360, 460, SPAN 358, 359, 360, 458, 459, 460
- SPAN 301
- 12 credits of SPAN 300+ level courses
Should you have questions about your minor, contact:
Certificate in Russian
The Department of Languages & Literature of Europe & the Americas offers a Certificate in Russian.
Certificates recognize successful completion of a minimum of 15 credits of approved courses with a grade of C or better. A minimum GPA of 2.5 will be required.
- up to 6 credit hours may be of RUS 200-level (201, 202, 260, or 209)
- at least 9 credit hours of RUS 300+ courses, one of which may be an LLEA course in English on a Russian topic: LLEA 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355
Double-dipping between H/SL courses and certificate requirements is allowed. CR/NR and Back Credits do count toward the certificate.
Should you have questions about your certificate, contact:
Anastasia Kostetskaya (email@example.com)
For the French placement exam, please contact Jacob Huss at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the German placement exam, please click here
For the Italian placement exam, please email Marie Christine Garneau at email@example.com
For the Portuguese placement, please email Rachel Mamiya Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Russian placement, please contact Anastasia Kotstetskaya at email@example.com
For the Spanish placement exam, please click here.
If you’re not sure about the difference between the placement exam and a second language waiver, please click here
All students (including native speakers of a language) with experience in another language other than English may earn “back credits.” These students may take any UHM course, appropriate to their level, in which there is significant use of that language. (Appropriate level determined by placement exam or adviser; significant use determined by the course content.) Upon completion of this course (and only first instance of a course) with a letter grade of C (not C-) or better, the student may petition between 3-16 back credits. For more information, please view the Policies for Back Credits.
To petition for back credits in French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese or Spanish, please complete the fillable form, initial, sign, date and email it as a pdf to Merle Kawabata at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about Back Credits in Spanish, please see our FAQs