With television, telephone, E-mail, and the advent of the World Wide Web, it only takes a split second to communicate with anyone from around the world. Where once there was isolation among nations, today we are interdependent as never before. With this increasing global contact, however, comes a need to be able to communicate effectively, and it is no understatement to say that foreign language is a key that can open up the world to you. Knowledge of a language unlocks great works of world literature, enlarges our awareness of other cultures, and even enhances our understanding and appreciation of English.
Students are assigned the appropriate course based upon placement testing and previous language study. In addition to classroom activities, students at all levels are also expected to utilize the Language Lab for further training. It is the expectation of the Department that all students who complete the program will use their language proficiency in their future careers or in graduate study.
Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in a language must satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. Specific requirements of the language programs are outlined below. In addition, majors must complete sufficient electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives taken outside the major toward a minor or a second major. The three programs of study offered by the department are: Modern Language Studies, Latin- American Studies, and Classical Studies.
The Modern Language Studies major consists of at least 18 credits in the selected language, with 12 of those credits at the 300 level (or above) and two major electives to be chosen from a specified list of alternatives. In addition, students are required to pass a comprehensive examination during their final year and to complete a senior thesis related to their course of study.
The Latin-American Studies major consists of the same requirements as the Modern Language Studies major with the following changes:
Students pursuing a dual major in Language and Secondary Education must satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements, all Secondary Education requirements, the following Language requirements, and a sufficient number of electives to total 120 credits.