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Modern Languages

Professors Garrison (chair), Petreman
Associate Professors Halling
Assistant Professors Bonch-Bruevich, Broughton, Dona, Hertzler, Serrano

Lecturers Alvarez, Cipriano, Galbraith, Rubin
Instructors Blubaugh, Cabrera, Carrero

The Department of Modern Languages offers majors in French, German, Spanish, and Modern Languages (a combination of three languages), along with collaborative majors in International Business and International Studies. Students can minor in French, German, or Spanish, and they can take classes in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish.

The university has foreign study programs in Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and other countries; the department strongly encourages its majors and minors to spend some time abroad. Different programs allow students to study from three weeks to an entire year in a foreign country.

Language courses offered by the department combine training in oral and written language proficiency with study of the culture and literary heritage of countries other than our own. The department also offers applied language courses such as Business French/German/Spanish to help students enhance their career opportunities. Graduates, especially if they have additional training in another discipline, will be prepared for a wide variety of careers.

Students who wish to teach French, German, or Spanish in Ohio public schools earn the Bachelor of Arts degree in the respective major and then take a graduate teacher preparation program through the College of Education and Human Services at Wright State or at another university. Requirements for admission to the WSU program, which currently offers preparation in only two languages (French and Spanish), include a minimum grade point average of 2.7, C or better grades in all undergraduate content courses, admission testing, and interviews. Graduates are eligible for the Multi-Age License through the Ohio Department of Education.

Undergraduate Language Requirement, College of Liberal Arts
Students majoring in all Bachelor of Arts programs within the College of Liberal Arts must complete a sequence of courses in a foreign language (Chinese, French, German, Greek, Latin, Portuguese, or Spanish) through the 202 level, demonstrate proficiency at the 202 level through examination, or take a six-quarter sequence of courses in American Sign Language (RHB 101, 102, 103, 228, 229, 230). Students with no foreign language background will take 101, 102, 103, 201, and 202; those who have studied a foreign language previously can place into this sequence at their skill level (see information below on placement tests). Each course in the sequence is the prerequisite for the next one, so once students start the sequence, they may skip ahead only with permission from their professor and the department chair.

Students who graduated from high school before 1987 are required to take language classes only through 103 or demonstrate proficiency at that level.

High School Deficiencies
Wright State students, even those in majors that do not normally require study of a foreign language, must take three quarters of a language if they did not pass at least two years of a single foreign language in high school.

Placement
Students may take a free computerized placement test in the department office (325 Millett) or the language lab (303 Millett) to determine the appropriate starting point for them within the sequence of language courses. The test takes about 20 minutes, and it can be taken at any time during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. Generally, students with up to two years of foreign language in high school place into 101, 102, or 103. Those who have studied for three or more years in high school and received grades of "B" or better generally place into 201 or 202.

Credit by Examination
Students who place into and attain a grade of C or better in language classes above 101 or 111(102-203) may buy undergraduate credits for sequenced courses.

Proficiency Credits in French, German, and Spanish
Proficiency credit in French, German, and Spanish may be earned in two areas: 300-level conversation courses (4 credit hours) and 300-level composition courses (8 credit hours).

Proficiency in Languages other than French, German, and Spanish
Students who claim a language other than English as their native language may complete their foreign language requirement by taking one of several 300-level English courses (ENG 350-ENG 359) or by taking a proficiency exam administered by that department. These students should contact the English Department for further information. Native speakers who would like to take a proficiency examination in a language other than English, French, German, or Spanish, may do so elsewhere by agreement with the department. It is the responsibility of students to arrange for such tests.

Master of Education: Classroom Teacher, Modern Languages
Currently credentialed teachers may wish to pursue the degree of "Master of Education: Classroom Teacher, Modern Languages" through Wright State's College of Education and Human Services. This degree requires 48 graduate credit hours of study, half of them in education and half of them in modern languages.

Degree Requirements-French

Bachelor of Arts Degree
See General Education Requirements
General Education Requirements 56

Required Course:
Area VI: Any approved Liberal Arts College
Component course
   
Departmental Requirements 66

FR 201, 202, 203, 311, 312, 313 24
FR 321, 322, 323, 331, 332 20
FR 361 2
French electives (300-level and at least two 400-level courses) 20
College Research Methods 12

   
Related Requirements 16

CPL 310 4
ML 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306 8
(Students should choose the culture course related to their field, plus at least one other culture course.)
ML 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316 4
(Students should choose one literature-in-translation course outside their own field.)
   
Electives 42

Total 192

Degree Requirements-German

Bachelor of Arts Degree
See General Education Requirements
General Education Requirements 56

Required Course:
Area VI: Any approved Liberal Arts College
Component course
   
Departmental Requirements 60

GER 201, 202, 203, 311, 312 20
GER 321, 322, 331, 332 16
German electives (300-level and at least two 400-level courses) 24
College Research Methods 12

   
Related Requirements 20

CPL 310 4
LI 371 4
ML 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306 8
(Students should choose the culture course related to their field plus at least one other culture course.)
ML 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316 4
(Students should choose one literature-in-translation course outside their own field.)
   
Electives 44

Total 192

Degree Requirements-Spanish

Bachelor of Arts Degree
See General Education Requirements
General Education Requirements 56

Required Course:
Area VI: Any approved Liberal Arts College
Component course
   
Departmental Requirements 62

SPN 201, 202, 203, 311, 312 20
SPN 321, 322, 323 or 325 12
SPN 331, 332, 333, 334, 361 18
Spanish electives (400-level courses) 12
College Research Methods 12

   
Related Requirements 20

CPL 310 4
LI 371 4
ML 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306 8
(Students should normally choose the culture course related to their field, plus at least one other culture course; however, if they are headed for a teaching career, they should choose both Spanish and Spanish- American culture.)
ML 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316 4
(Students should choose one literature-in-translation course outside their own field.)
   
Electives 42

Total 192

Degree Requirements- Modern Languages

Bachelor of Arts Degree
The degree in Modern Languages is a combination of at least three languages: 36 credit hours in a primary field and 36 credit hours in a secondary field. A primary field is a concentration in French, German, or Spanish; a secondary field is any combination of languages the department offers, other than the one selected for the primary field. At least one of the second languages must be pursued through the 203 level. First-year courses will not be counted toward the primary field but may be used to fulfill the requirements for the secondary field. The primary field must include at least two courses at the 400 level.

See General Education Requirements
General Education Requirements 56

Required Course:
Area VI: Any approved Liberal Arts College
Component course
   
Departmental Requirements (at least three languages) 76

Primary language (example)
FR 201, 202, 203, 311, 312, 321, 322, 403, 452 40
Secondary language (example)
SPN 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203 24
GER 101, 102, 103 12
College Research Methods 12

   
Related Requirements 20

CPL 310 4
LI 371 4
ML 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306 8
(Students should choose the culture course related to their field, plus at least one other culture course.)
ML 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316 4
(Students should choose one literature-in- translation course outside their own field.)
   
Electives 28

Total 192

Cultural Proficiency Requirement
Each student wishing to graduate with a major in the Department of Modern Languages is required to pass a test based on the department's cultural handbook. This booklet of basic facts about French, Francophone, German, Spanish, and Latin American culture is presented to all students when they declare a major in the department. The test is given on the first Friday of every quarter and may be taken any quarter. The minimum passing grade is 93 percent.

Modern Language Minors- French, German, Spanish
A minor in a foreign language greatly enhances a student's career prospects. Minors are offered in French, German, and Spanish. They require a minimum of 32 credit hours selected from courses at the 200 level or above (excluding LI 371). A minor in Spanish, for example, might consist of the following courses:

SPN 201, 202, 203 12
SPN 311, 312 8
SPN 321, 322, 323 12
Total 32

A student beginning the program above the 200 level need take only five courses at the 300 or 400 level for a minor.
 
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