B.A. in Modern Languages
Proficiency in a foreign language or languages places at a student’s disposal far more than a coveted job skill that will greatly enhance his/her value in the workplace. In our increasingly multilingual world, the ability to communicate with people from other cultures and from many walks of life infinitely enriches individual experience and holds out the promise of bridging differences that now needlessly divide us. The ability to understand, speak, read and write an acquired language broadens horizons, raises cultural awareness, fosters intellectual inquiry and heightens our capacity to act effectively, ethically and compatibly in everyday global affairs.
Students who wish to earn the B.A. in Modern Languages may do so with a concentration in Spanish or in French. A minimum of 24 credit hours in Foreign Languages and Literature courses numbered over 100 is required for the major. Students also may minor in French or Spanish by completing four courses at the 100 level or above in one language.
Majors and minors are encouraged to develop specific career objectives while pursuing undergraduate studies. Departmental advisors will assist students in exploring career possibilities and devising a personalized plan of study that will best prepare them for their career goals.
Career Advantages of Bilingualism
Students who graduate with a B.A. in Modern Languages (Spanish concentration) may pursue a wide variety of careers with full knowledge of the advantages bilingualism confers. Those who opt to enter the workforce instead of pursuing an advanced degree in languages and literature will find that their proficiency in a second language provides them with a clear edge over their monolingual competitors for jobs in all fields, including education, business, law, medicine, government, law enforcement, performance and the arts. Functional bilingualism is an asset esteemed by all employers, and the ability to speak, read and write competently in Spanish will prove to be an ever-greater asset to job seekers in the 21st century.