Major programs in French and Spanish are composed primarily of courses in language, literature and culture. The study of foreign languages can lead students to a variety of careers, including teaching, government, commerce, international development and industry. Majors in foreign language teaching prepare specifically for teaching at elementary and/or secondary levels. Many students combine majors in French or Spanish with the study of international relations, business social work, nursing, psychology, communications or other areas where knowledge of a foreign language is useful. Some may continue foreign language study at the graduate level, pursing degrees in literature, culture, linguistics or translation. Students majoring in foreign language are encouraged to talk to department faculty and Career Services to discuss opportunities beyond graduation.
Goals for Foreign Language Programs
Goal I: to expose students to the target culture - for French students, the Francophone world, and for students of Spanish, the Spanish-speaking world, through language and cultural immersion with the aim to enhance cross-cultural competence and understanding.
Goal II: to enable students to develop oral proficiency in the foreign language, including accuracy of structure and pronunciation, at the target level of intermediate high (as defined in the ACTFL national proficiency guidelines).
Goal III: to introduce students to a variety of writing formats and improve written proficiency in the target language, including accuracy of syntactical structure, grammar, punctuation, and organization of presentation.
Goal IV: to introduce students to the literature of France and the Francophone world or Spain and Latin America, together with other avenues of intellectual inquiry (film, history, art, music, philosophy).
Goal V: to acquaint Foreign Language Teaching students with current methodologies in foreign language instruction in order to help them to develop pedagogical tools and skills necessary for teaching the target language and culture, and prepare them professionally for their career through hands-on experience and practical training.