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MLL Secondary Language Concentration or Minor Requirement

MLL students, on the 2015-17 catalog, must select one of the following options:

  1. Secondary Language Concentration (32 units), plan to complete one of the following:
    • French
    • German
    • Mandarin Chinese
    • Other language (such as Italian or Japanese); must be reviewed and approved by department chair and include an appropriate course list and method of completion (e.g., through study abroad)
       
  2. Minor & Upper Division SPAN courses (32 units), plan to complete both of the following:
    • 24-30 units of a declared Cal Poly minor, any course used in the minor may not also be used to meet other MLL major requirements, and
    • 2-8 units of Upper Division SPAN courses (units necessary to reach 32 total units combined with minor), may not also be used to meet other MLL major requirements
       

Declaring a Secondary Language Concentration or Minor as part of your MLL degree

First year students should plan to declare their concentration or minor no later than Fall quarter of their Sophomore year.

Transfer students should declare no later than the end of their first quarter at Cal Poly.

All MLL students must formally declare their concentration or minor by meeting with Dr. John Thompson, Department Chair, to complete a concentration declaration form. You may schedule an appointment with Dr. Thompson by emailing him at jjthomps@calpoly.edu.

Important note about choosing the minor option

You must ALSO declare your chosen minor with the minor department and submit the appropriate form(s) as determined by that office. It is recommended that you declare your minor before meeting with Dr. Thompson to declare your concentration. 

 

Click here for concentration statement form

FAQs

Can I do both a secondary language and a Cal Poly minor?

YES! We encourage you to do so. Talk with an Academic Advisor about minor options and how to plan efficiently.

When should I declare my secondary language or minor concentration?

First year students should plan to declare their concentration or minor no later than Fall quarter of their Sophomore year. 

Transfer students should declare no later than the end of their first quarter at Cal Poly.

When should I begin my secondary language?

First year students beginning at the 101 level should begin no later than fall sophomore year, unless otherwise arranged with the MLL Department Chair. 

Transfer students beginning at the 101 level should begin their first fall quarter.

What if I want to change my concentration or minor after declaring?

Meet with the Department Chair to discuss.

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