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 (Language/concentration A and Language/concentration B), and to develop cultural literacy. Two of the following languages offered in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures can be combined for the Modern Languages major: Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Students start Language/concentration A at least in the third semester (CHIN 2103 , FREN 2103 , GRMN 2103 , ITAL 2103 , SPAN 2103 ) and Language/concentration B at least in the first semester (CHIN 1101 , FREN 1101 , GRMN 1101 , ITAL 1101 , SPAN 1101 ).
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 majors who have German in their choice of languages/concentrations and a minimum GPA of 3.5 are eligible to apply once per year for the Conrad Lester merit-based scholarship.
Students that need more semester hours to complete the major because of their language placement must take additional courses in the corresponding languages. In the event that there are no courses in the languages, students may fulfill those credits with courses in the appropriate cultural studies areas (e.g., ASPA , EURO , HMNT ) in consultation with the Modern Languages major advisor and the Department Chair.