2009–10 Undergraduate Catalog
There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning, but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. So with yourselves; since you are eager for manifestations of the spirit, strive to excel in building up the church. — 1 Corinthians 14:10–12
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures seeks to help students:
High School Preparation
It is also recommended that students take advantage of intercultural opportunities including travel for study or missions. Superior students are encouraged to take advanced-placement courses and exams if possible.
All programs emphasize the relationship between culture and language. The European studies majors and the Latin American studies/Spanish major require participation in an overseas travel/study program, typically in an area where the language of specialization is spoken.
All students majoring in programs involving spoken languages must take the ACTFL oral proficiency exam in the language(s) studied before graduation, and must write a senior paper and present it in The Symposium (formerly called the European Studies Symposium).
Applicants for a major within the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in all college work applicable to the B.A. degree and a 2.5 GPA in 10 credits of coursework at SPU in foreign languages and literatures, linguistics, and/or European or Latin American studies. A student must complete the major requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the major.
Graduates in European studies follow careers in business, missions, travel, government, and education, among other fields. Students must complete all non-credited and language proficiency requirements found on the Languages department page.
All European studies majors must complete satisfactorily the following major requirements:
Latin American Studies/Spanish
For spoken languages, a minimum of 7 upper-division credits must be in courses taught in that language. Students should work closely with their faculty advisors to choose appropriate courses. A student must complete the minor requirements in effect at the time the student is admitted to the minor..
European Quarter is held Spring Quarter of odd-numbered years. Sites vary, depending on faculty leadership, but participants meet the expectations of a quarter’s study in Europe both academically, earning a minimum of 12 credits, and culturally, through in-depth contact with the language/culture connection.
The program includes the study of European civilization using the museums, theaters, and historic sights of the city as our classroom. Students also participate in a weekend excursion outside of Paris.
All majors in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures must make a presentation in The Symposium before graduation, typically during their senior year.