BA International Letters and Cultures
The BA in international letters and cultures is a degree program grounded in the advanced study of at least one foreign language. It is more transcultural and transdisciplinary than a traditional languages and literatures degree program and is designed to encourage students to explore and challenge the traditional boundaries of cultures, texts and disciplines.
Students work closely with faculty and advisors to choose a program that combines study and research in a minimum of two cultures or disciplines, or in both.
Students must meet with an advisor in the School of International Letters and Cultures to discuss this degree option. It is not recommended for first-year students.
Required Courses (Major Map)
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At a Glance: program details
- Location: Tempe campus
- Additional Program Fee: Yes
- Second Language Requirement: Yes
- First Required Math Course:
- Math Intensity: General
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.
ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.
Change of Major Requirements
A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.
Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu for information about how to change a major to this program.
Knowledge of multiple languages and intercultural competencies enhances any occupation and offer graduates many career opportunities. Language-intensive careers include:
- foreign correspondent and media professional
- foreign service officer
- international banking and finance professional
- language teacher
- law and immigration professional
- multilingual administrative professional
- NGO professional
- professor of language, literature and culture
- translator and interpreter
- travel professional
Career fields and occupations using languages include:
- advertising, marketing and communications
- airline industry
- film, television and multimedia
- hospitality industry
- hotel and resort management
- international education and study abroad administration
- international law
- technology industries
Additional education and certification may be required for some career paths.
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
High School Teacher
- Growth: 3.8%
- Median Salary*: $62,870
- Growth: 1.1%
- Median Salary*: $86,940
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu
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Accelerated bachelor's degree programs allow students to choose either a 2.5- or a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor.