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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Language and International Careers - Spanish | BA

Revised Program | Fall 2017

In order to become successful in an international setting, you need to have distinct professional language skills and gain in-depth knowledge of transcultural competencies. The Bachelor of Arts in Language and International Careers - Spanish is designed to integrate the study of modern foreign languages with international cultures, business, politics, and economics to prepare students for exciting, global careers.


You will learn the skills and knowledge needed to function in a global environment and professional dealings. You will learn to communicate and negotiate with people and clients who speak foreign languages. Students are advised to select a minor that complements international and business expertise. The program offers learning experiences by studying abroad and in local, multicultural and international internships. 


With a degree in Languages and International Careers, you will be working in international careers in health and social services, translation and interpretation agencies, in the fields of international communication and information services, science, the arts, education, foreign service, government, business – particularly the automotive industry in Michigan – banking, and tourism.

Department Information

World Languages, College of Arts & Sciences

A. Jeff Popko, Ph.D. | Department Head | 219 Alexander | 734.487.0130 | apopko@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Alfonso Illingworth-Rico, Ph.D. | Associate Professor | 348 Alexander | 734.487.3345 | alfonso.illingworth@emich.edu

General Education Requirements:

For specific General Education requirements, click here  or print a General Education Worksheet  

Major Requirements: 33-36 hours

Language Courses: 24 hours

Depending on initial placement, a student may need to take additional credit hours of 100- and 200-level Spanish courses (ex. 121L5 , 122L5 , 233L5 , 234L5 322L5 ) before they can begin the required courses listed below. A student with prior language study or knowledge will be placed at an appropriate level in consultation with an advising coordinator.

International and Cultural Courses: 6 hours

Choose two restricted elective courses from the following lists. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor before selecting courses. Please note, some of the courses listed below have prerequisite requirements.

Minor Requirement:

In consultation with an advisor in LIC and appropriate areas, students can choose a minor to receive concentrated training in a wide variety of professional disciplines, such as:​ Communication  | Computer Science  | Economics  | General Business  | Geography  | Health Administration  | History  | Hotel and Restaurant Management  | International Affairs  | Journalism  | Military Science and Leadership (ROTC)  | Political Science  | Public Administration  | Public Law and Government  | School Health Education  | Social Work  | Sociology  | Tourism  

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Beginning in Fall 2022, all baccalaureate degree programs for all undergraduates (regardless of catalog year) will require a minimum of 120 credit hours for completion.

Critical Graduation Information

Each undergraduate student will be responsible for the fulfillment of the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of their original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credits for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education  section of the catalog.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.