Foreign Languages

Go Global! Marywood's curriculum calls for every student to become "global trade literate, sensitive to foreign cultures, and conversant in different languages."  The University requires a foreign language component as part of its core liberal arts curriculum.

It's your first step toward a wide world of career options.  Exposure to different cultures and diverse people helps prepare you for study and travel abroad and local and international internships.

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Goals

Institutions of higher education recognize a pressing need in the United States today to prepare students to compete in a global marketplace. Now more than ever before this has translated into a need for colleges and universities to graduate students who can not only communicate in a second language, but who can put the skills they have learned in a foreign language classroom to work in fields as diverse as teaching, business, health and human services, law enforcement, medicine, fashion, information technology and government. The student who is able to communicate in another language develops a world consciousness, an increased cultural awareness that fosters understanding, and social concern for others.

To this end, the Department of Foreign Languages offers major programs in French and Spanish. The department also offers a major in International Business in cooperation with the School of Business and Global Innovation. In today’s global economy, a combined business­language program affords students expanded oppor­tunities for employment both in the United States and abroad.

Through their study of a foreign language students will be able to:

  1. engage in conversations, obtain information, express feelings and opinions according to their level of study.
  2. present information, concepts, and ideas on a variety of topics in the target language.
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied and thereby appreciate the value and dignity they share with others.
  4. understand and interpret works of literary or artistic value.
  5. utilize resources essential for research, academic success, and lifelong learning.

Placement

In order to enable each student to continue progressing in his/her second language study and to achieve the highest proficiency level possible, the Foreign Languages Department places students into classes primarily based on the number of years they have studied the language as well as their achievement level. Notice of this placement for each incoming student is provided to the Registrar and then communicated to advisors and students. We encourage students to continue with their foreign language study as early as possible in their college career.

General Requirements

Students with 4 years of high school language study

Students who have successfully completed four years of the same foreign language in high school are placed into upper level language classes. These students may complete the University’s foreign language requirement with three credits provided that these three credits are taken above the 212 level. In recognition of the years already dedicated to language study, the Foreign Languages Department encourages these students to continue their study by offering them a fifteen credit minor in Spanish or French.

Students with 0-­3 years of high school language study

These students are required to take six credits in the same language at the level appropriate to their prior language preparation. Students who register for courses at a level that Foreign Language Department faculty have decided is not appropriate to their previous preparation will not fulfill the school­-wide language requirement. Levels 101-­102 will fulfill the foreign language requirement only for those students with no prior study of that foreign language.

Those students seeking a waiver of the foreign language requirement must receive a passing score on the CLEP exam.

Degree Requirements

Credits required for French

Major: 33
Core: 40
Electives: 39-51
Total to Graduate: 126

Credits required for Spanish

Major: 33
Core: 40
Electives: 39-51
Total to Graduate: 126

Requirements — Majors and Minors

Major Programs

All non­-education foreign language majors must complete 33 semester hours in the major language, excluding 101 and 102.

French Major

A student must take 33 semester hours of French language courses selected from among the following for a major. Students should consult the following list of required (*) and elective (**) courses:

* FREN 211-212 Intermediate French
3,3
* FREN 221-222 French Language and Culture
3,3
* FREN 275-276 Conversational French — Second Level
3,3
** FREN 302-303 Introduction to French Literature
3,3
** FREN 306-307 French Cinema and Culture
3,3
** FREN 311-312 Readings in French Literature
3,3
** FREN 333-334 French Civilization
3,3
** FREN 337 Commercial French
3
FREN 499 Independent Study in French
3

French Language courses may be studied abroad.

Spanish Major

A student must take 33 semester hours of Spanish language courses selected from among the following for a major. Students should consult the following list of required (*) and elective (**) courses:

** SPAN 201-202 Spanish for the Social and Public Service Professional 3,3
** SPAN 207-208 Spanish for the Health Professional
3,3
** SPAN 209 Conversational Spanish for the Public Service Professional 3
* SPAN 211-212 Intermediate Spanish
3,3
** SPAN 223 Spanish for Reading and Review
3
* SPAN 275 Conversational Spanish
3
** SPAN 280 Contemporary Cultural Trends in Spanish-Speaking Films
3
SPAN 290 Visions of Spain through Art and Architecture 3
* SPAN 300 Intensive Grammar Review
3
* SPAN 302-303 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
3
** SPAN 304 Hispanic Short Story
3
** SPAN 310 Contemporary Hispanic Issues
3
** SPAN 321 Literature of the Golden Age
3
* SPAN 325 Latin American Culture and Civilization
3
* SPAN 330 Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation
3
** SPAN 332 Hispanic Literature of Social Protest
3
* SPAN 333 Spanish Civilization
3
** SPAN 337 Commercial Spanish
3
** SPAN 350 The Latino Condition in the U.S.
3
** SPAN 421 Modern Spanish Novel
3
** SPAN 423 The Latin American Novel
3
SPAN 499 Independent Study in Spanish
3

Majors and minors are encouraged to study abroad with prior approval of course selections by the department chair.

* Required
**Elective

K-­12 Certification in Spanish, French

The major in Spanish or French Education requires 30 semester hours, exclud­ing 101 and 102 for students seeking K-­12 educational certification in either lan­guage. In addition to these 30 hours all education students must complete ENGL 400, Structure of Linguistics. Please note that the curriculum requirements leading to certification are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

French and Spanish Education majors must consult and adhere to the Educa­tion Department requirements regarding coursework, admission and retention crite­ria. Elementary education students who wish to concentrate in French or Spanish and students seeking certification in a second language must complete 18 semester hours in language exclusive of 101 and 102. The sequence of courses must be approved by the Foreign Language chairperson.

Advanced courses in French and Spanish are offered in rotation according to student need.

Transfer students at the junior level who are Foreign Language majors are required to take a minimum of 15 foreign language credits at Marywood.

Minor Programs, French or Spanish

Increasing numbers of students are opting to minor in French or Spanish as they realize the practical career advantage of combining language study with their major field. Students who choose to minor in French or Spanish may select courses in conversation, culture, literature, and film, as well as courses that service specific career interests.

Minor in French (18 credit)

This minor program in French should include:

**FREN 211-212 Intermediate French
3,3
FREN 221-222 French Language and Culture
3,3
FREN 275-276 Conversational French
3,3
FREN 302-303 Introduction to French Literature 3,3

Minor in Spanish (18 credit)

This minor program in Spanish should include:

**SPAN 211-212

OR SPAN 223

Intermediate Spanish I & II or Spanish for Reading and Review OR SPAN 223 (depending on student placement as determined by the
Foreign Languages Department)
3,3
SPAN 275 Conversational Spanish
3
SPAN 300 Intensive Grammar Review
3
SPAN 330 Advanced Composition and Conversation
3
SPAN 300 level
Elective (Consult the Foreign Languages Department for appropriate elective choices depending on major degree program)
3
SPAN 300 level Elective (Consult the Foreign Languages Department for appropriate elective choices depending on major degree program) 3

* These courses are not available to students with three or more years of high school language study.
**These courses are not available to students with four years of high school language study.

International Business


A major in International Business requires 21 credits in French or Spanish exclusive of 101 and 102. International Business majors should consult with an advisor in the Foreign Languages Department before registering for language courses. The sequence of courses for French must be approved by foreign language faculty.

Foreign language requirements for International Business in Spanish are:

**SPAN 211-212

OR SPAN 223

Intermediate Spanish I & II (3,3) or Spanish for Reading and OR SPAN 223 Review (3) (depending on student placement as determined by the Foreign Languages Department)
3,3
SPAN 275 Conversational Spanish
3
SPAN 325 Latin American Culture and Civilization
3
SPAN 333 Spanish Culture and Civilization
3,3
SPAN 337 Commercial Spanish
3
SPAN XXX Elective
3

**These courses are not available to students with four years of high school language study.

The business component requires 45 credits as outlined by the School of Business and Global Innovation. Students are encouraged to spend a semester studying abroad or to complete an internship utilizing foreign language skills.

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics with Spanish Emphasis


Students following the Spanish Emphasis DP curriculum option must complete a minimum of 18 credits, approved by the Foreign Languages Department, in Spanish before graduation. At least half of these credits must be earned through Marywood University. Additionally, students following this curriculum study abroad in a Latin American country for a portion of the spring semester of their senior year. During the semester abroad, the students complete Spanish credits in addition to any other outstanding required credits to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree. This curriculum option enhances the graduates’ cultural compe­tence and better prepares them to serve the Hispanic population.


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