2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog

Foreign Language

Foreign Language Program Mission Statement

To foster thoughtful engagement with world languages, literature and cultures while attuned to the historical and contemporary challenges that shape their uniqueness.

Foreign Language Program Goals and Outcomes

  • Provide quality training in language acquisition
  • Foster critical and creative thinking about diverse cultural legacies
  • Guide research on issues of socio-cultural import in the studied culture
  • Facilitate study abroad opportunities
  • Mentor for the successful transition to graduate studies and careers

 

Foreign Language BA and International Business Double Majors

Up to 15 credits in Foreign Language may also count towards satisfying the degree requirements in International Business for students pursuing a double major.

 

Foreign Language Education Program Mission

The aim of the BSE program is to produce graduates who are proficient in the foreign language, knowledgeable of the culture, and conversant with contemporary methods of foreign language pedagogy.

 

Foreign Language Education Program Goals and Outcomes

 

  • Provide quality training in language acquisition and foreign language pedagogy
  • Foster critical and creative thinking about diverse cultural legacies
  • Guide research on issues of socio-cultural import in the studied culture
  • Facilitate study abroad opportunities
  • Mentor for the successful transition to graduate studies and careers

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Foreign Language

General Education
General Education courses38-40
Required Courses in Option
Select one of the following options:36
Arabic Option
Intermediate Arabic I
Intermediate Arabic II
ARB 220
Arabic Film
Conversation & Composition I
Conversation & Composition II
Intro to Arabic Literature
Arabic Culture
Genres
Senior Capstone in Arabic
ARB 496 Study Tour
Introduction to Linguistics
German Option
Intermediate German I
Intermediate German II
German Film
Conversation & Composition I
Conversation & Composition II
Introduction to German Literature
German Culture
Periods in German Literature
Senior Capstone Project in German
Study Tour
Introduction to Linguistics
Spanish Option
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Hispanic Cinema
Conversation & Composition I
Conversation & Composition II
Introduction to Hispanic Literature
Hispanic Culture
Hispanic Literature
Senior Capstone Project Spanish
Study Tour
Introduction to Linguistics
Dual Language Option:
Six 3-4 credit courses in any one language (German or Spanish) excluding first year courses (18-20 cr)
The equivalent of a minor in one of the other two languages (18-22 cr)
Second major or minor and/or concentrations
Second major, minor and/or concentration32
Electives
Elective courses14
Total Hours120-122

Your advisor will establish the unique sequence for your plan of study in the first semester you declare your major (most upper division courses rotate through a two-year cycle that accommodates all majors’ graduation goals).

Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Foreign Language

General Education
General Education courses38-40
Required Courses in Option
Select one of the following options:36
German Option:
Intermediate German I
Intermediate German II
German Film
Conversation & Composition I
Conversation & Composition II
Introduction to German Literature
German Culture
Periods in German Literature
Senior Capstone Project in German
Study Tour
Introduction to Linguistics
Spanish Option:
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Hispanic Cinema
Conversation & Composition I
Conversation & Composition II
Introduction to Hispanic Literature
Hispanic Culture
Hispanic Literature
Senior Capstone Project Spanish
Study Tour
Introduction to Linguistics
Professional Education Sequence
ED 260Educational Psychology2
ED 250Foundations of Education2
ED 320Curriculum, Planning & Assessment 13
ED 380Technology in Teaching 12
ED 460Managing the Learning Environment 12
ED 470Teaching Diverse Learners 12
ED 493Student Teaching, Secondary 112
LANG 390Foreign Language Methods 14
Select one of the following:3
Child & Adolescent Psychology
Adolescent Psychology
SPED 110Introduction to Exceptional Children3
SS 283Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in America3
Electives
Elective courses9
Total Hours121-123

1

Requires admittance to Teacher Education. Refer to Teacher Education Policies and Procedures.

Minors in French, German, or Spanish (non-teaching)

Students must complete six 3-4 credit courses, or the equivalent, in the language to earn a minor.

Minors in French, German, or Spanish (teaching)

Students must complete six 3-4 credit courses or the equivalent, in the language, plus LANG 390 Foreign Language Methods(4) to earn a minor.

Foreign Language Concentration

The concentration in Foreign Language consists of the 16 credit sequence of 101 (Beginning I), 102 (Beginning II), 201 (Intermediate I), and 202 (Intermediate II) in one of the five language options: Arabic, French, German, Latin, or Spanish. 

The requirement for 101 and 102 can be met by scoring 8 credits on the CLEP (College Level Examination Program).

The 101 and 102 may be waived by department consent for students who have successfully completed 3-4 years of courses in one language option in high school. However, students entering MSU foreign language courses at the 200 level, and who intend to pursue graduate studies, are advised to take the CLEP exam to ensure graduate school acceptance of the foreign language concentration as a two year progressive sequence of college level language study.