2010-11 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. Highly capable 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, the Latin American studies/Spanish major and the Linguistics and Cultural Studies major require participation in an overseas travel/study program, typically in an area where the language of specialization is spoken.
Before graduation, all students majoring in programs involving spoken languages, including those majoring in Linguistics and Cultural Studies, must take a standardized exam, such as the ACTFL oral proficiency exam, in the language(s) studied. Students in these majors also must write a senior paper and present it in The Symposium (formerly called the European Studies Symposium).
Admission to the Majors or Minors
Applicants for a major or minor 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 coursework at SPU in foreign languages and literatures, linguistics, and/or European or Latin American studies, after completing at least 10 credits in the department. A student must complete the major or minor requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the major or minor.
All programs focus on the language, culture, and literature of Europeans and former European colonies.
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
Linguistics and Cultural Studies
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.
Santiago, Chile. An intensive, three-week, 5-credit study abroad/missions trip hosted at the Fuente de Vida church in Santiago, Chile. Students participate in the ongoing ministry activities of the church, and homestay with local families. The program involves three hours of academic study of Spanish in the morning, three hours of one-on-one Spanish conversation practice with a Chilean native in the afternoon, followed by outreach and ministry-related activities in the evening.
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.