Undergraduate Academic Programs

BA: Bachelor of Arts
BFA: Bachelor of Fine Arts
BS: Bachelor of Science
Elective Options: Options not required in the major
Options: Required choice of alternate tracks within a major

Bachelor Degree Programs

Foreign Language Requirement for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

The minimal foreign language requirement for all bachelor of arts students, regardless of major, is proficiency in a foreign language as demonstrated by one of the following (0-6 credits):

  • satisfactory completion of one year of one language at the university level. American Sign Language I (SL 2950)-American Sign Language II (SL 2960) fulfill this one year of one language requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection;
  • satisfactory completion of a departmental placement test and French Language and Culture Studies IV (FR 2040), or Spanish Language and Culture Studies IV (SP 2040)
  • satisfactory completion of one three-credit course at the 3000 level or above; or
  • satisfactory completion of a proficiency test (see Advanced Placement and CLEP in the Transferring Credits section).

The foreign language requirement is satisfied for BA candidates who are native speakers of a language other than English. No credit is awarded.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete their foreign language requirement in their first year to build on their high school experience. It is important that the language requirement be satisfied during the first or second year. All students are encouraged to take a foreign language to satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.

Plymouth State offers language/culture courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. Media facilities for the enhancement of teaching and learning in multi-media classrooms and language laboratory are available.

Initial placement in the French and Spanish programs is through assessment of high school or other language experience, or through a placement exam (CAPE–Computerized Adaptive Placement Exam). Contact the French and Spanish professors.

  • Students who have no previous study or have completed no more than one year of high school French may register for French Language and Culture Studies I (FR 1015). Students who recently have completed their third year of high school French or one year 1000-level university French register for French Language and Culture Studies III (FR 2030).
  • Students who have no previous study or have completed no more than one year of high school Spanish register for Spanish Language and Culture Studies I (SP 1015). Students who recently have completed their third year of high school Spanish or one year of 1000-level university Spanish register for Spanish Language and Culture Studies III (SP 2030).

Academic Minors

An academic minor consists of at least 15 credit hours of courses. The courses selected to fulfill the minor must be approved by the department or faculty group that offers the minor program.

  • Students may not major and minor in the same discipline.
  • Students with a minor must complete six credits of 3000/4000 level courses outside the major discipline. These six credits could be taken as part of the minor.
  • For a second, or subsequent, minor, at least nine credits must be different from the major or the first minor.

To earn a minor students must achieve at least a 2.00 grade point average in their minor. One exception is the pre-law minor, which requires a 3.00 grade point average. 

Minor forms are available from the registrar.

Academic Certificates

An academic certificate consists of specific courses with a practical, applied focus intended to enhance one’s professional credentials. Anyone eligible to enroll in PSU classes may earn a certificate. The courses taken to fulfill a certificate provide a learning experience concentrated on expanding skills, competencies, and knowledge in particular subject areas approved by the department or faculty group offering the certificate program. To earn an academic certificate, students must achieve at least a 2.00 grade point average in their certificate. Declaration of an Academic Certificate form is available from the registrar. All certificates earned at PSU will be listed on the academic transcript.

Students in these Certificate programs may be eligible for federal financial aid. Students should contact the Financial Aid Team for more information. Please visit: campus.plymouth.edu/financial-aid/.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Gainful Employment Program Disclosures are available at https://www.plymouth.edu/current-students/academic-resources/gainful-employment-disclosures/. This information is provided to maintain compliance with the US Department of Education Gainful Employment Programs Disclosure regulations. This data will be updated regularly as new information becomes available. For any questions regarding the information on this site, please contact the department offering the certificate.