The aim of the Modern Languages Major is twofold: to enable students to develop proficiency in the four language skills—aural, oral, speaking, and writing—in two modern languages, and to develop cultural literacy.
Through a structured and carefully planned group of course offerings and a strong recommendation to participate for a semester or a summer in study abroad programs, the Modern Languages Major will prepare students for a world in which intercultural understanding provides the basis for mutual respect, global harmony, and social justice.
The program will encourage and advise students to embark in study abroad experiences, research opportunities, extracurricular activities, and community-based learning opportunities that will prepare them to speak, understand, and write two foreign languages as well as linguistically analyze them, to know the principal aspects of some of the cultures where those languages are spoken, and to exercise intercultural awareness.
The major is highly desirable for those interested in international communications and access to immigrant populations, in areas including but not limited to business, teaching, social work, theology, law, theatre, and the visual arts. Competence in more than one foreign language, a keen awareness of cultures, and an understanding of the structure of language itself is a compelling combination of skills that will prepare the student for employment in a globalized economy.
Modern Languages Student Learning Outcomes
Modern Languages majors will know:
Modern Languages majors will be able to:
Modern Languages majors will be able to demonstrate that they value:
Two languages combined: Chinese/French; Chinese/German; Chinese/Italian; Chinese/Spanish; French/German; French/Italian; French/Spanish; German/Italian; German/Spanish; Italian/Spanish.
Lower Division Requirements:
24 semester hours consisting of a selection of courses in two languages from CHIN/FREN/GRMN/ITAL/SPAN 101, 102, and CHIN/FREN/GRMN/ITAL/SPAN 203, 204 or SPAN 205.
Upper Division Requirements:
31 semester hours in upper division courses:
12 semester hours in one language and 12 semester hours in a second language
6 semester hours
1 semester hour
MDLL 500—Senior Capstone Project
Also, these courses are recommended in other departments:
Comparative Foreign Governments