Learning another language is one of the a cornerstones of a liberal arts or professional education. Along with developing a better understanding of how language works and increasing vocabulary through learning new words, the study of a foreign language introduces students to a range of cultures and a global awareness of the world in which we live. The department offers classes in Spanish and French language and literature, along with study abroad opportunities to Mexico and Spain. Students may major in Spanish and in Spanish with Teacher Certification, as well as a minor in Foreign Languages.
A minor in Foreign Languages provide students of any major an opportunity for detailed study of the language. Mastery of a second language also shows an understanding and sensitivity to other cultures and an awareness of the global marketplace. The minor requires a total of at least 18 hours in Spanish, French, or Latin.
The Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) prepares students to teach English to non-native speakers. The certificate is an ideal choice for students interested in teaching in elementary, middle or high schools, in teaching abroad, or in teaching adults in the workplace. Junior or senior status and completion of at least six hours of core English classes are required before beginning the twelve hours of certificate coursework.