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Post-Degree Diploma in Languages and Culture (Romance Languages)

  • Program Length 
    1 Year
  • Credential 
    Post-Degree Diploma
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

Are you looking to add Spanish or French proficiency training to your resumé? VIU’s post-degree French or Spanish language diploma program combines written, oral and reading comprehension instruction along with a cultural component to develop a deeper understanding of the Romance language. Taking a post-degree in Latin Languages opens up doors to careers in government, tourism, international business, teaching and travel.

The Romance Language Program

  • Program Length: 33 credits related to the language of specialization; 1 - 4 years

The Languages and Culture (Romance Languages) Post-Degree Diploma offers students who have completed a Bachelor's degree (e.g. Bachelor of Education), the opportunity to document their completion of a specialization in Language outside their Bachelor's program. It is awarded subsequent to a Bachelor's degree.

The Languages and Culture (Romance Languages) Post-Degree Diploma is not an addition to the Minor; it has the same course requirements, learning outcomes, and evaluation procedures as the B.A. Minor.

Program Outline

French Concentration

Years 1 and 2: A minimum 'C+' average in 15 credits of first and second year French, or equivalent. Completion of French Immersion 12 allows students to start at FRCH 221, and take 9 rather than 15 credits — FRCH 221, FRCH 222, and FRCH 230 — before moving into upper level courses. Native French speakers should consult with department regarding eligibility.

Years 1 and 2

Credits

FRCH 121 - (Intermediate French I)

3

FRCH 122 - (Intermediate French II)

3

FRCH 221 - (French Oral and Written Practice I)

3

FRCH 222 - (French Oral and Written Practice II)

3

FRCH 230 - (Introduction to Francophone Culture and Literature) or
LANG 240 - (The Romance Languages)

3

Total credits

15

Note: Students without French 12 must take FRCH 100 / FRCH 101 and/or FRCH 110 to meet the prerequisite for FRCH 121. (Prerequisite for FRCH 121 is French 12, or a 'B' in FRCH 101 or FRCH 110).

Years 3 and 4: A minimum 18 credits of third and fourth year French, Spanish, or Language courses.

Years 3 and 4

Credits

FRCH 300 - (Critical Analysis and Writing Skills)

3

FRCH 301 - (Oral Expression and Cultural Exploration in French)

3

Select four courses from the following:
FRCH 320 - (French Normative Phonetics: Theory and Practice)
FRCH 330 - (Development of the Novel in French)
FRCH 437 - (Special Topics in French Literature)
FRCH 447 - (Special Topics in French Language)
LANG 390 - (Internship)
LANG 417 - (Special Topics in Romance Culture)
LANG 470 - (Translation Theory I) and LANG 471 (Translation Theory II)
SPAN 310 - (Spanish Culture to 1500)
SPAN 311 - (Spanish Culture 1500 to Present)
SPAN 417 - (Special Topics in Hispanic Culture)

12

Total credits

18

Note 1: Students may apply up to 6 credits of upper-level courses outside the Modern Languages department that are clearly relevant to the student's specialization, such as ENGL 405 - Inter-American Studies, LING 350 - Linguistics and the Dimensions, LBST 420 - The Modern Experience & Beyond (counts as 3 credits).

Other courses may also apply; consult with the Minor Program Coordinator for specific course approval. (Students may not count any course for required credit, in more than one program).

Note 2: Students may also apply up to 9 credits from a field school or exchange program with approval from the Department.

Spanish Concentration

Years 1 and 2: A minimum 'C+' average in 15 credits of first and second year Spanish, or equivalent. (Native Spanish speakers should consult with the department regarding eligibility).

Years 1 and 2

Credits

SPAN 100 - (Beginning Spanish I)

3

SPAN 101 - (Beginning Spanish II)

3

SPAN 200 - (Intermediate Spanish I)

3

SPAN 201 - (Intermediate Spanish I)

3

Select one of the following:
LANG 240 - (The Romance Languages)
SPAN 230 - (Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Culture)
SPAN 250 - (Introduction to Writing in Spanish)
SPAN 260 - (Evolution of Spanish Cinema - Almodovar and the Eighties)

3

Total credits

15

Years 3 and 4: A minimum 18 credits of third and fourth year Spanish, or Language courses.

Years 3 and 4

Credits

SPAN 300 - (Advanced Spanish I)

3

SPAN 301 - (Advanced Spanish II)

3

Select four courses from the following:
LANG 390 - (Internship)
LANG 417 - (Special Topics in Romance Culture)
LANG 470 - (Translation Theory I) and LANG 471 (Translation Theory II)
SPAN 310 - (Spanish Culture to 1500)
SPAN 311 - (Spanish Culture from 1500 to the Present)
SPAN 330 - (Hispanic Literature and Literary Analysis)
SPAN 331 - (Hispanic Poetry and Poetic Analysis)
SPAN 417 - (Special Topics in Hispanic Culture) 
SPAN 437 - (Special Topics in Hispanic Literature) 

12

Total credits

18

Note 1: Students may apply up to 6 credits of upper-level courses outside the Modern Languages department that are clearly relevant to the student's specialization, such as ENGL 405 - Inter-American Studies, LING 350 - Linguistics and the Dimensions, LBST 420 - The Modern Experience & Beyond (counts as 3 credits).

Other courses may also apply; consult with the Minor Program Coordinator for specific course approval. (Students may not count any course for required credit, in more than one program).

Note 2: Students may also apply up to 9 credits from a field school or exchange program with approval from the Department.

Completion Requirements

Successful completion of the required courses (33 credits related to the language of specialization).

Updated 
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Admission Requirements

This program is designed for students who have recognized Bachelor's degrees and wish to complete an academic credential equal in scope to a language minor. New students will be placed in language courses according to ability, experience, and previous education. Native French and Spanish speakers should consult with the department regarding exemption from lower-level requirements.

Program Regulations

Students must obtain a minimum "C+" average in all required first and second year courses, and then complete 18 credits of upper-level courses related to their language of specialization.

Start Date and Application Deadline

Entry is ongoing and applications are accepted throughout the academic year. Students must have a recognized Bachelor's degree to enter the Post-Degree Diploma program.

Career Opportunities

There is an identified need for people with second language skills in a wide variety of employment areas such as primary and secondary education, research, business, tourism, fisheries, forestry and other federal government services.

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (30 credits x $147.76 per credit)

4,432.80

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

177.31

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.53 per credit)

195.90

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.43 per month)

155.44

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

6,736.45

Notes

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $7620 per semester)

15,240.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $374.4 per semester)

748.80

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.43 per month)

155.44

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

17,919.24

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $635.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Sunday, April 1, 2018
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