Minor in Language and Culture


The goal of the Minor in Language and Culture is to prepare students for an increasingly diverse and interconnected world. Students will develop strong linguistic, communicative, and cultural competence, both written and oral, in the languages and cultures of study. They will be prepared for both graduate programs and employment opportunities in a wide range of fields that benefit from cross-cultural communication and competence. The program includes courses in a number of departments, reflecting the diversity and interconnectedness of today's society.

The program also permits a variety of international experiences to encourage students to take up to one year of their studies in field schools or exchange opportunities. This minor may be applied towards any KPU bachelor's degree.

Faculty's website: kpu.ca/arts

Department's website: kpu.ca/arts/language-cultures

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a minor in Language and Culture must be admitted to KPU for undergraduate studies.

Declaration Requirements

Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation. A minor may only be declared as part of a bachelor’s degree.

Curricular Requirements

Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all required courses.

The Minor in Language and Culture requires a minimum total of 24 credits. At least 18 credits must be from courses at the 3000 level or above. The 24 credits will be divided as follows:

  • 3 credits in a Linguistics (LING) course at the 1100 level or higher, plus
  • 3 credits in a language course1 at the 2000 level or higher, plus
  • 12 credits from courses offered by the Department of Language and Cultures2 at the 3000 level or higher, plus
  • 6 additional credits from courses at the 3000 level or higher selected from:
    • courses in the Department of Language and Cultures2, or
    • approved culture-related courses in other disciplines (see the list below)

Any of the languages offered at KPU (currently FREN, JAPN, MAND, PUNJ or SPAN) may be chosen to fulfill the language requirement at the 2000 level or higher. Students will normally begin their language courses at the 1100 level, but may enter directly into 2000-level or higher courses, if they fulfill course prerequisites or pass a prior learning assessment test in that language. Guidelines for typical course progressions can be found on the Department's webpage at: kpu.ca/arts/language-cultures


Note: The following subject codes are used for courses offered by the Department of Language and Cultures: FREN, JAPN, LANC, LING, MAND, PUNJ, SPAN

Approved culture-related courses in other disciplines1

ANTH 3330East Asian Archaeology3
ASIA 3151Gender in East Asia3
ASIA 3152Ethnicity in China and Japan3
ASIA 3154Chinese Cinema and Society3
ASIA 3230Islam in South Asia3
ASIA 3255Gender in South Asia3
ASIA 4351Advanced Topics in Asian Cinema3
HIST 3350China in the Twentieth Century: Reforms and Revolutions3
HIST 3370History of Modern Japan3
HIST 4450China and the West3
HIST 4470Warriors of Japan: The Samurai3
PHIL 3425Language and Meaning3
POLI 3146Government and Politics of India3
PSYC 4700Culture and Psychology3

Note: Other courses that deal with the study of language, examine intercultural communication, or explore cultural aspects of particular nations or communities where any of the languages offered at KPU (currently FREN, JAPN, MAND, PUNJ or SPAN) are spoken may qualify as substitutes to fulfill these requirements upon the approval of the Department of Language and Cultures and the Office of the Registrar.

Students are advised that these courses will typically have prerequisites, which must be met when enrolling to fulfill requirements of the Language and Culture Minor.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a bachelor’s degree program, transcripts will indicate a Minor in Language and Culture.

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