Foreign Languages

Program Overview

The importance of learning the languages of the world is becoming more apparent all the time.

Acknowledging this importance in regards to international relations and intercultural understanding, MSSU has established six bachelor’s degrees that aim at stressing the literature and cultures associated with the languages of French, German, and Spanish. There are two degree programs in each of these languages.

Beside majors, we also offer minors in six languages and a Certificate in Medical Interpretation (Spanish/English). See the chart below for a program that suits you!

Language

4 Semester Sequence

Study Abroad

Club

Award

Minor

Major 

Certification 

Arabic

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

Chinese

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

French

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

German

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Japanese

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

Russian

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

Spanish

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Every student who majors or minors in a foreign language has technology, tutors, audiovisual materials, language clubs and dedicated teachers beside them to guide and enhance their language proficiency (see Resources).

However, it is language immersion that polishes linguistic skills for a high quality finish. To help foreign language majors reach their highest oral proficiency level they are required to travel abroad through approved study programs, faculty lead tours and/or semester long stays through the Institute of International Studies which provides grants to subsidize travel for certain students.

To gauge language proficiency, diagnostic tools are used at multiple levels throughout students' academic careers. Those tools yield the best results after immersion experiences showing both students' current language abilities and areas needing improvement, thus preparing them for graduation, graduate school and eventually, employment.

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