In order to help the community understand the culturally diverse nature of our changing society and world, the faculty in the Department of Modern Language Studies currently offer courses in five languages: Arabic, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.
French - French is a global language and there are over 169 million francophones (French speakers) throughout the world. French is an official language of many international organizations such as: the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Labor Bureau, the International Olympic Committee, the 31-member Council of Europe, the European Community, the Universal Postal Union, the International Red Cross, the Union of International Associations (UIA), Doctors Without Borders (Médecins sans Frontières), and the PeaceCorp.
The Minor in French provides a more intense development of skills and knowledge of the French language, and of French and Francophone cultures and literatures, giving the students an opportunity to follow a course of study that will be supplementary or complementary to their majors. Not only does it give students a way to demonstrate global engagement and knowledge, but it also aims to make them more marketable in our global economy by providing them with insights and understanding of the French and Francophone world at large. The program is designed to develop advanced-high communicative proficiency in all four language skills: listening, reading, speaking, and writing.
Advanced grammar and composition courses will provide the level of proficiency mentioned above. Students choosing to pursue a Minor in French will be introduced to the French and Francophone world and its cultural, economical, political and social issues of today through readings from the press, French TV news, movies and documentaries. The French Minor gives students a comprehensive understanding of the French and francophone culture, literature, and language developing at the same time a sense of awareness, understanding and analysis.
German - The Minor in German provides a focused development of German language skills and knowledge of the cultures and literatures of German speaking peoples. The minor offers students a course of study that provides an important supplement or complement to their majors. It aims to provide more tools for understanding globalization while providing students with understanding and insights into the German and Germanic cultures. The program is designed to develop a high level of communicative competence in all four language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) through a focused collection of advanced grammar and composition courses.
Students pursuing the Minor in German will be introduced to the German-speaking world through important cultural, economic, political, and social issues presented via readings from the press, German TV, movies, and documentaries, and a variety of literary works from different genres. The Minor in German gives students a comprehensive understanding of German-speaking cultures, literatures, and language, while developing enhanced awareness, understanding, and analysis of cultural and social phenomena rooted in a shared language.
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