The minor in Global Language and Culture is a student-designed, interdisciplinary minor with three main components.
- Advanced language study (at least 6 credits beyond the 12-credit level required for any Penn State BA degree)
- An academic or internship experience abroad (at least 6 credits)
- Additional courses selected by the student, in consultation with an adviser for the minor, to complete a thematic concentration (6 credits, or as many as needed to complete the 18 credits required for a Penn State minor)
Each student in the minor will develop an individual program in consultation with an adviser for the minor, focusing on the language and culture of the student’s choice. Typical programs will focus on a theme, such as “Francophone Africa and Gender Studies” or “Latin American Studies and Sustainability.” Penn State Altoona currently offers language courses in Arabic, French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Consult with a language faculty member to explore the possibility of designing a minor focused on the language of your choice.
This flexible minor complements many courses of study and helps students develop intercultural competencies that will set them apart in today’s global world.