Jul 15, 2020  
2020-2021 General Catalog (Year Under Revision) 
2020-2021 General Catalog (Year Under Revision)

Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

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Department Head: Bradford 'J' Hall
Location: Main 204
Phone: (435) 797-1209
FAX: (435) 797-1329
E-mail: lpcs@usu.edu
WWW: lpcs.usu.edu

Associate Department Head: Ko-Yin Sung
Location: Main 002 C
Phone: (435) 797-1209
FAX: (435) 797-1329
E-mail: koyin.sung@usu.edu

Department Section Coordinators:

Asian Studies:
Li Guo, Main 073, (435) 797-8825, li.guo@usu.edu

Ko-Yin Sung, Main 002C, (435) 797-9182, koyin.sung@usu.edu

Sarah Gordon, Main 002L, (435) 797-8213, sarah.gordon@usu.edu

Doris McGonagill, Main 002E, (435) 797-9182, doris.mcgonagill@usu.edu

Intensive English Language Institute:
Jim Rogers, Director, Main 071, (435) 797-3910, jim.rogers@usu.edu

Atsuko O. Neely, Main 306, (435) 797-1365, atsuko.neely@usu.edu

Liberal Arts:
Harrison Kleiner, GEOL 421B, (435) 797-2388, harrison.kleiner@usu.edu

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT):

Sarah Gordon, Main 341B, (435) 797-8213, sarah.gordon@usu.edu
Joshua Thoms, Main 202J, (435) 797-9065, joshua.thoms@usu.edu

Charlie Huenemann, Main 208, (435) 797-0254, charlie.huenemann@usu.edu

Cacilda Rego, Main 002E, (435) 797-7102, cacilda.rego@usu.ed

David Richter, Main 202H, (435) 797-9167, david.richter@usu.edu

Master's in Communication Studies:
Jennifer Peeples, Main 213, (435) 797-4477, jennifer.peeples@usu.edu

Communication Studies:
Clair Canfield, Main 002G, (435) 797-7691, clair.canfield@usu.edu

Global Communication:
Jason Gilmore, LUND 206, (435) 797-7692, jason.gilmore@usu.edu

Degrees offered: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Chinese, French, French Teaching, German, German Teaching, Portuguese, Spanish, Spanish Teaching, Asian Studies, Global Communication and Liberal Arts; BA and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Philosophy; BA and BS in Communication Studies; Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT) and a MA/MS degree in Communication Studies.

Full Details of the learning objectives, assessment plan, student outcomes, and evidence of continuous improvement for these programs of study can be found at lpcs.usu.edu/about/assessment/index.

Undergraduate Programs

Mission Statement

The Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies offers programs in modern languages and literature, philosophy, communication studies and intensive English education. Although these programs differ widely in their curricula, they are bound together by two considerations: (1) an emphasis on humanistic content and method of inquiry; and (2) a recognition on the part of the departmental faculty that a critical part of becoming an educated person lies in achieving a greater understanding of one's self and of others, an understanding opened up through insight into the spoken and written word.

The majors in the department are: Asian Studies (BA), Chinese (BA), Communication Studies (BS/BA, and MA/MS), French (BA), French with Teaching Emphasis (BA), German (BA), German with Teaching Emphasis (BA), Global Communication (BA), Liberal Arts (BA), Second Language Teaching (MSLT), Philosophy (BS/BA), Philosophy with Ethics Concentration (BS/BA), Portuguese (BA), Spanish (BA), Spanish with Teaching Emphasis (BA).

The minors in the department are: Asian Studies, Chinese, Chinese with Teaching Emphasis, French, French with Teaching Emphasis, German, German with Teaching Emphasis, Japanese, Linguistics, Organizational Communication, Philosophy, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Spanish with Teaching Emphasis, Speech Communication Teaching Emphasis.

Courses offered by the department provide majors and minors with opportunities to achieve this understanding by increasing their communicative, logical, interpretive, linguistic and research skills; their ability to function within an increasingly globalized society; and their awareness of ethical, aesthetic, and other values. Courses offered by the department also give students in the teaching emphasis and teaching minors the opportunity to serve the needs of the education professions.

Through its participation in the University Studies program, the department provides all students with an opportunity to gain knowledge of how people come to understand themselves through their cultural, literary, and philosophical achievements. The department also furthers the education of both traditional and nontraditional students through faculty participation in interdisciplinary programs such as Honors, Global Communication, Latin American Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Liberal Arts, Asian Studies, and Women and Gender Studies; and in cooperative education, distance learning, extension, and study-abroad programs.

Admission Requirements

Admissions Requirements for freshmen desiring entrance to major programs offered by the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies are the same as those for Utah State University. Transfer students from other institutions and from other majors within Utah State University must have an overall minimum GPA of 2.5 (exceptions are 2.75 for Communication Studies and 3.00 for Spanish and Spanish with Teaching Emphasis) to be admitted to the department's major programs.

For admission to the Communication Studies or Global Communication majors, students must submit an application. Please visit the department office or website for details.

All students majoring in programs offered by this department must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in their major (3.0 in Spanish) to be in good standing in the department and to obtain official approval for graduation.

Career Information

For career and graduate school information, students should contact undergraduate advisors in the department.

Scholarship Information

Ten scholarships are offered through the Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies.

Communication Studies
Raymond T. Coward and Andrea S. Coward Global Communication Endowed Scholarship is given to a junior or senior with at least a 3.0 GPA in the major.
Harold J. Kinzer Scholarship is awarded to a Communication Studies major who has earned a minimum of 9 upper-division USU credits toward the major.

Carl T. Degener Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding language major at the junior level.
L. Grant Reese Scholarship awarded to an outstanding student in German, French or Spanish.
The Edgar R. Lewandowski Memorial Scholarship Endowment is awarded to a major in German with a demonstrated financial need. Preferential consideration will be given to students from Logan High or another Cache Valley High School.
Gene W. and Ruth Miller Family Scholarship is for an academic major in languages.
Jaime Cantarovici Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate senior majoring in Spanish.
Jean Inness Scholarship is awarded to outstanding upper-division student in French (and under some circumstances Spanish).
Thain Scholarship is given to an outstanding high school senior enrolling in a language or philosophy course at USU.

Brett E. Blanch Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding philosophy major with a minimum of 9 upper-division credits in Philosophy and a minimum 3.5 GPA.

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program offers students in all colleges and majors the unique opportunity to deepen their educational experience with hands-on practical applications of their academic knowledge. The Honors Program admits incoming, transfer, and existing USU students based on application. High achieving students with at least one year remaining are encouraged to apply.  See the University Honors Program catalog entry and website (honors.usu.edu) for more information.

Additional Information

For detailed information about requirements for majors and minors within the Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies Department, see the major requirement sheets, which are available from the department.


Language Program Learning Objectives

The learning objectives for the various language programs reflects the ACTFL Standards of Foreign Language Learning (i.e., the 5 C's: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, Communities) in our classrooms.

  1. Students will be proficient in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in their language of study.
  2. Students will be able to interpret a variety of cultural products (texts, films, music, art, photography, etc.).
  3. Students will be exposed to methods of inquiry and research appropriate to the humanities.
  4. To prepare students for a broad selection of professional activities appropriate to the 21st century job market in which knowledge of a foreign language is important, including primary/secondary language instruction, as well as graduate or other professional studies. 
  5. The students with modern language teaching majors and minors will be able to apply theories and research about second language learning and current teaching methodologies that promote communicative competence to practical language teaching situations

Language faculty members in the Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies teach courses leading to undergraduate degrees in Asian Studies, Chinese, French, German, Global Communication, Portuguese and Spanish, as well as to undergraduate minors in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Teaching emphases and minors are also offered in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. The department also offers a minor program in Linguistics. Other languages taught through the department include Arabic (with on-campus classes), as well as Korean. Italian is taught through Distance Education (see http://distance.usu.edu).

Sample Four-year Plans

Sample semester-by-semester four-year plans for students working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in French, German, or Spanish can be found in the department.

Students should consult with the academic advisor to develop a plan of study tailored to their individual needs and interests.

Proficiency Tests, Placement in Language Courses, and Obtaining Credit by Special Examination

Students who have completed one or more years of language study in French, German, Russian, or Spanish may take the CAPE proficiency tests offered by the Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies to determine proximate placement in language courses. After taking the test and if they are a currently enrolled USU student, French, German, Russian, and Spanish testers have the option of buying 4-16 language credits and may get help with authorization and placement in a language course.

(Note: In order to purchase these language credits, a student must be an active student, have a USU "A" number, and be a current student enrolled in one or more courses at Utah State University.)

Students with skills beyond the basic level in Chinese or Japanese should take a departmental placement test for those languages. If someone taking these tests places at a 3000 proficiency level, they still need to take the 3010/3020 course in the language. After they complete the class with at least an A or B, they can purchase lower-division Chinese or Japanese credits that aren't showing on their transcript as classes. Students who are placed at the 1000 or 2000 proficiency level after testing must also take one 4-5 credit course that they place into. If that student gets at least an "A" or "B" range grade in that course, then they can come to the LPCS office and get a form to purchase the lower-division credits. The Chinese or Japanese class needs to be at a higher level than the credits to be acquired.

Students with skills beyond the basic level in Portuguese, Italian, or Korean need to contact the departmental office to obtain authorization and help getting into the Portuguese, Italian, or Korean course available. Portuguese and Korean are available as regular classes. Italian is available as a Distance Education class. After taking the higher-level class that is available and getting an A or B in that class, students can purchase 4-16 lower-division credits in Portuguese and Italian. With Korean, students can purchase 5-20 lower-division credits. These credits are a grade for each class and will affect the overall GPA.

The testing credits will not count toward a certain semester or the institution GPA, but will be counted into the overall GPA. For further details, students should email the department at lpsc@usu.edu or call (435) 797-1209.

Students who are proficient in a language not offered at USU (the list is available in Main 204) may receive up to 16 semester credits by taking the FLATS foreign language proficiency test. Students will need to have the USU language department proctor this test for them. There is a $25 proctor fee. Students interested in taking this test should register online at http://flats.byu.edu/. Before registering, students will pay online for the $50 FLATS test fee. Students will also need to provide the USU proctor information and where to have the test results sent to. This information may be obtained at Main 204, 435-797-1209 or lpcs@usu.edu.

(Note: In order to purchase these language credits, a student must have a USU "A" number and be a current student enrolled in and attending one or more courses at Utah State University.)

Technology Assisted Language Center

The department operates a technology assisted language center, located in Main 004, for instructional use associated with language classes, and for students desiring additional language practice outside of the classroom. The center includes computer workstations capable of running multimedia applications, as well as audio equipment.

Exchange Programs, Semester Abroad Programs, and Summer Study Abroad Programs

The Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies assists students with academic advising for study abroad exchange programs, semester abroad programs, and summer study abroad programs. Students must be in good standing at the University, and it is recommended that the students have some language preparation in order to participate in these programs. Students desiring to count study abroad credits toward a major or minor in this department must obtain approval for these courses prior to their participation in the study abroad program. For more information, contact the departmental office at (435) 797-1211 or visit the Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies Department Study Abroad Programs website at: http://lpsc.usu.edu/default.asp?id=282

For other study abroad program information, contact the USU Study Abroad Office, Taggart Student Center 311, or visit the Study Abroad Programs website at: http://www.usu.edu/studyabroad/

National Honor Societies

Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the National Communication Honor Society of the National Communication Association for undergraduate junior and senior communication students. Among the goals of LPH are to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement; and to provide an opportunity for faculty and students to discuss and exchange ideas about their field of interest.

Sigma Delta Pi (SDP) is the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese for students studying Spanish. Among the goals of SDP are to honor those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples, and to encourage college and university students to acquire a greater interest in and a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture.

Phi Sigma Iota (PSI) is an international language honor society for juniors, seniors, and graduate students who excel in foreign language. PSI promotes international communication and understanding, as well as a sentiment of unity among nations. Phi Sigma Iota helps members further their training through scholarship and graduation honors. The society also promotes trips abroad.


Philosophy at USU reflects the ideals of the liberal arts in encouraging the respect for truth without promoting dogmatism, and in offering the opportunity for students to increase their self-understanding at the same time as they increase their knowledge of the world around them.

Philosophy faculty in the Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies teach courses leading to an undergraduate major and a minor in philosophy. The major in Philosophy allows students the option of choosing a concentration in ethics. The mission of the Philosophy program at Utah State University is to provide a high-quality education leading to an understanding of the major areas of inquiry represented within the discipline of philosophy. Coursework emphasizes the areas of the history of philosophy, logic, ethical theory and applied ethics, and metaphysics and epistemology. The curriculum is designed to meet a wide variety of student interests in pursuing a major in philosophy. It provides a rigorous foundation for students intending to further their education in law school or graduate school in philosophy, and it also provides an exciting and challenging education for those students who enjoy thinking about ideas for their own sake. Coursework is also designed to enrich the education of students majoring in other subjects, by providing them with opportunities to gain an understanding of philosophical perspectives on and philosophical foundations of their chosen fields. Note: As you plan for your general education and major courses, note that PHIL 4530  will not satisfy the DSC General Education Depth Requirement but if you take ADVS 3200 , it will satisfy the DSC and count for a Philosophy elective.

Sample Four-year Plans for Philosophy Major

Sample semester-by-semester four-year plans for students working toward a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy or Philosophy with a Concentration in Ethics are available in the department.

Students should consult with their advisor to develop a plan of study tailored to their individual needs and interests.

Communication Studies

Communication Studies has been taught continuously at USU almost from the University's founding in 1888. Communication Studies faculty in the Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies teach courses leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Global Communication, as well as a minor in Organizational Communication.

This major focuses on how people communicate to create meanings across a wide range of contexts, including interactions that occur in personal relationships and public interactions, with those from other cultures, and with those in business and other applied settings. Students learn to think critically about the messages they receive and to develop skills promoting the understanding and practice of effective and ethical communication behaviors.

Students majoring in Communication Studies are encouraged to earn a BA degree by completing two years of study in a foreign language. This broadens cultural and social awareness and can increase one's understanding of the nature of language in general. Students interested in the graduate program in Communication Studies should go to the department webpage at lpcs.usu.edu for more information.

Admission to the Communication Studies or Global Communication majors are done through a competitive application process. The admission decisions will be based on (1) academic record, (2) realistic career or professional study objective, (3) ability of this program to prepare the student for intended career, (4) satisfactory speaking and writing competencies, and (5) motivation and creativity demonstrated by class performance, work experience, volunteer activities, and other means offered by the student during the application process.

Students not admitted may apply the following year. If not admitted on the second application, the student will be permitted to complete a minor, but will not be considered again for the major.

To obtain guidelines for applying to either Communication Studies or Global Communication majors, contact the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies, Main 204, (435) 797-1209.

The minor program in Organizational Communication is designed for students who seek communication and human relations competencies, an understanding of human communication behavior, and the critical thinking skills required for success in a variety of careers.

Note: A DSS course will not satisfy the DSS (Depth Social Sciences) General Education requirement for a Communication Studies Major.

Pre-Communication Studies Major: Since admission to the Communication Studies major is limited, students not yet admitted to the Communication Studies major will be allowed to enter a Pre-Communication Studies major if they have at least a 3.2 overall GPA. While a student in the Pre-Communication Studies major is waiting to be admitted into the Communication Studies major, he or she should complete CMST 1020: Public Speaking (BHU)  and CMST 2110: Interpersonal Communication (BHU/HR) . For more information about the application process for these majors, contact the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies. Each semester new applicants will be considered for admission to the Communication Studies and the Global Communication major.

Sample Four-year Plan for Communication Studies Major

A sample semester-by-semester four-year plan for students working toward a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies can be found in the department.

Students should consult with their advisor to develop a plan of study tailored to their individual needs and interests.

Intensive English Language Institute


The Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) is an academic program contained in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies. IELI teaches international students, residents, and refugees the English skills and cultural knowledge they need to be successful university students. IELI also trains international teaching assistants (ITAs) for USU. Information about the ITA training is available through the School of Graduate Studies.

The IELI program accepts students seeking a degree at Utah State University, as well as students who want to study English for personal or professional reasons. Students may enroll to study only English.

To be admitted to USU as an undergraduate, international applicants must present:

  • a TOEFL score of 71 iBT (internet-based test) or 525 paper/pencil test, or
  • an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 on each subscale)

To be admitted to USU as a graduate student, international applicants must present:

  • a TOEFL score of 79-80 iBT (internet-based test) or 550 paper-pencil test
  • an IELTS score of 6.0

International applicants with less than the above scores on either the TOEFL or IELTS, or not presenting TOEFL or IELTS scores, must take the IELI Placement Test, given at the beginning of each semester (Fall, Spring & Summer), or be exempted from study in IELI and permitted to take classes in their major fields.

U.S. residents must present an SAT score or an ACT score for admission to USU. Residents who are still learning English and who do not have an ACT score of at least 17-22 (or a SAT score of at least 900-1100) may be admitted to USU on a provisional basis if they have graduated from a U.S. high school with a GPA of a least 2.5. They may take the IELI Placement Test and study in IELI until they have successfully completed the program, after which they may be eligible to continue in an academic major.


Four levels of study are offered each semester. The ability levels of classes range from high-beginning through advanced. Students entering IELI must have a basic knowledge of English in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Several of the level 1 and 2 classes are combined into multilevel classes. Classes focus on listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural skills. In addition, there are topics courses, covering topics ranging from current events and the environment to academic literacy and the cultures of the U.S. Students must complete one topics course for every level they study in the IELI program.

Students advance from one level of a class to the next higher level by obtaining a grade of C- or higher in the lower-level class. Students who do not obtain a C- or higher in a class must repeat the class. Students who complete all level 4 classes with a C- or higher may begin taking courses outside of IELI. Students at level 4, who have less than a full course load remaining in IELI, must take other University credits sufficient to stay in status with visa requirements. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the director of IELI in consultation with students' major field advisors and the Office of International Students and Scholars.

Credit for Intensive English Study

Classes in IELI carry academic credit. Full-time students at each level take 18 credits per semester. A student who begins IELI at level 1 and progresses to level 4 may earn a total of 72 undergraduate elective credits. While all the credits will appear on a student's transcript, a maximum of 18 can be counted toward graduation. Application of the 18 credits will be determined by the student's college and major department. Students must, therefore, meet with their departmental advisors to determine the role of IELI credits in their graduation requirements. IELI 2470 and IELI 2475 count toward the General Education Breadth Social Science (BSS) requirement. 


New students in IELI take the Placement Examination and attend an orientation meeting prior to the beginning of each semester. All students are assigned an advisor in IELI who helps them with various difficulties they may encounter. In addition, all the services and privileges offered to students on campus are available to IELI students. These services include healthcare, clubs, recreational opportunities, and numerous special programs for international students.

FACULTY - College of Humanities and Social Sciences   

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