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B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in World Languages and Cultures with Emphasis in Spanish or French

The BA in World Languages and Cultures prepares you for a wide variety of employment opportunities and graduate level education as advanced level communication skills in French or Spanish, complemented with international experience and global competence, are of essence in every career field in the 21st century. This degree includes a study abroad requirement and an internship; you will gain a first-hand immersion experience in the target language and culture at a location of your choice. The BA in WL&C is a great choice as a primary major and an excellent complement to any other major program.

The BA degree builds on the prerequisite four course sequence of Elementary I, Elementary II, Intermediate I, and Intermediate II, or equivalent language experience. A placement exam is available to determine if previous language experience qualifies you to bypass part or all of the prerequisite sequence.

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B.S.E. (Bachelor of Science in Education) in World Languages and Cultures with Emphasis in Spanish or French

The BSE in World Languages and Cultures shares the same French/Spanish core program content as the BA. The BSE in World Languages and Cultures thus prepares you for a wide variety of employment opportunities and graduate level education as advanced level communication skills in French or Spanish, complemented with international experience and global competence, are of essence in every career field in the 21st century.

In addition, the BSE prepares you for a teaching profession in the secondary school setting; upon completing the degree and state licensing requirements, you will be licensed to teach and immediately employable as a teacher! The BSE degree includes a study abroad requirement and a target language internship that will enable you to gain a first-hand immersion experience in the target language and culture at a location of your choice. Furthermore, the last semester of the BSE entails a full-time teaching internship in a secondary school to provide hands-on professional experience in teaching French or Spanish.

The BSE degree builds on the prerequisite four course sequence of Elementary I, Elementary II, Intermediate I, and Intermediate II or equivalent language experience. A placement exam is available to determine if previous language experience qualifies you to bypass part or all of the prerequisite sequence.

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Minor Program Options


French

A minor in French shows prospective employers that you have a working knowledge of French and familiarity with the Francophone culture.

French is a worldwide language, used across five continents, including Canada, our largest trading partner. French is the official language of NATO, the World Trade Organization, the European Union, the international Court of Justice, and the International Olympic Committee. The USA has more trade with countries using French than those using any other language and France and Québec are leaders in research and production in high tech fields such as computers, medicine, communications, and aeronautics. France and francophone (French-speaking) countries have some of the richest and most diverse cultures in the world.

All of the above make French an important language for any career field. The Minor in French entails 18 credit hours of intermediate and advanced level French language, culture and literature courses. Study abroad is a great option for the minor. Course options include Intermediate French II, French Conversation and Phonetics, Advanced French Grammar, Reading and Composition, French Civilization, Contemporary France, French for International Business, Intro to French Literature, Advanced Oral Communication, Survey of French Literature, and Special Topic courses on French or Francophone culture and literature, among others.

German

A minor in German shows prospective employers that you have a working knowledge of German and the Germanic culture. This enhances your employability, both in national and international companies as German has become a must-have language for careers in business, science, engineering, and many graduate programs.

Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world. Germany is the EU’s industrial locomotive and by far our largest trading partner. As a language of business, tourism and diplomacy and science in Western Europe it is second to English only. German is the language most spoken in the European Union with about 110 million native speakers. It is the national language of Germany, Austria and large parts of Switzerland and a minority language in many other European countries. All of the above makes a minor in German a great complement to any major; it enables you to gain an extra edge at the job market through fluency in German which is bound to make a difference.

The Minor in German entails 18 credit hours of intermediate and advanced level German language, culture and literature courses. Study abroad is necessary for the minor. Course options include Intermediate German II, German Conversation, German Civilization, German Grammar and Composition, and Intro to German Literature, among others.

International Studies

An International Studies Minor shows prospective employers and graduate schools that you have an interest in and knowledge of international affairs. The minor confirms that you can work in an interdisciplinary environment and are able to “put the pieces together” in our global society. In addition, the International Studies Minor shows that you have skill in a second language, which is definitely a plus.

The Minor in International Studies entails 18 credit hours which include 6 credits in World Languages and Culture courses in German, French, or Spanish and 12 credits of Interdisciplinary electives. Study abroad is a great option for this minor.

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Spanish

A minor in Spanish shows prospective employers that you have a working knowledge of Spanish and familiarity with the Spanish and Latin American cultures. This enhances your employability as Hispanics are the fastest growing minority in the United States; Hispanics constitute a significant part of the cliental in all career fields, including the medical fields, education, social services, business, science and engineering, among others. No matter where your future profession takes you, Spanish language communication skills will be a definite plus.

The Minor in Spanish entails 18 credit hours of intermediate and advanced level Spanish language, culture and literature courses. Study abroad is a great option for the minor; a professional internship in the target language environment is also available. The minor builds on the prerequisite sequence of Elementary I and II and Intermediate I; a placement exam is available to determine if previous language experience qualifies you to bypass part or all of the prerequisite courses.

Course options for the minor in Spanish include Intermediate Spanish II, Spanish Conversation, Advanced Spanish Grammar, Reading and Composition, Culture and Civilization of the Americas and Spain, Spanish for International Business, Spanish Phonetics, Advanced Studies in Spanish Language, Intro to Hispanic Literature, Advanced Oral Communication, Survey of Peninsular or Latin American Literature, Special Topic courses on Peninsular or Latin American culture and literature, and the Spanish Internship, among others.